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Cursors are publicly the messengers and mailmen of Aleran Society. However, Cursors are actually spies and assassins for the Crown, a fact which is often well known among higher citizenry.

The chief spy, the head of the organization is called the Cursor Legate. He reports directly to the First Lord, currently Gaius Sextus. In book 2, Academ's Fury, the Cursor Legate is blind Killian.

Formal title includes “ex” as in: “My name is Amara ex Cursori Patronus Gaius.” (FoC chapter 35)

Contact Coins[]

Cursors are given a copper or silver disk /coin / bull for contacting Gaius Sextus via water — pool, pond, river, basin — through the First Lord’s powerful watercrafting.

a small disk of bright copper. “River Gaul,” she whispered, pushing whatever reserves she had left into the effort to speak to the water furies. “Know this coin, and hasten word to thy master.” She dropped the coin, giving it a slight spin, and the image of the First Lord’s profile spun and tumbled, alternating with the image of the sun in the bloody light.”(Furies of Calderon]] ch 6)

Cursor training[]

Cursors are trained at the Academy from early adolescence. The primary teacher of each Cursor is called a patriserus. In order to graduate from the Academy, the cursor trainee must complete a final trial, which entails designing, planning and executing a mission in the real world, under the eye of her patriserus. The patriserus is not allowed to assist the cursor in this. Cursors are skilled in a variety of actions which are often dependent on each cursor's unique style and talents. For example, Serai has trained in seduction, while Ehren and Fidelias are skilled in knife usage, to the point that people will ask whether a person is a Cursor after noticing the amount of hidden knives.


Amara and Serai speaking:

I expected the Cursor Legate to send Mira or Cassandra.”

“Mira was murdered near Kalare three days ago,” Serai responded. She folded her hands, but not before Amara saw how the courtesan’s fingers shook. “Cassandra has been missing from Parcia for several days. She is presumed dead or compromised.”

Amara felt as though someone had punched her in the belly. “Great furies,” she breathed. “What has happened?”

“War,” Serai responded. “A quiet war fought in alleyways and service corridors. We Cursors are being hunted and killed.” (Academ's Fury chapter 12)

Notable cursors[]

Ehren, academ

Ehren ex Cursori




Killian - Cursor Legate