A city in the world of The Sundered known for violence and aggression.
From this point on, you are entering serious spoiler territory.
Bek is an isolated city, and one with a militaristic bent. In fact, it’s a perfect example of what was going on in the world while Harry Iskinder is the main character in the book, The Sundered. He's nineteen years old and not very tall, to his great lament. However, he's in great shape. His diet is Sundered-designed, lean protein and a perfect balance of nutrition. He's been active since childhood, both in the Academy and out on the Black Water from the age of fourteen. His skin... searched for A mysterious device which can, according to legend, return the Earth to its pre-flood state, removing the Black Water. No one has been able to find it for centuries. But Harry believes it's real, and will risk his very life to track that thing down.[themedy_alertbox icon="" colour="red" font_awesome_att="" custom_colour=""]From this point on, SPOILER WARNING. If you have not read The..., all unaware; without his knowledge, the political powers-that-be in the city of Bek had heeded the warnings, counted, the cost, and finally decided the only way to survive was to take control of the Sundered and kill the ones they didn’t own.
It might seem a little short-sighted, but these are humans we’re talking about. We’ve never been all that smart when it comes to limited resources.
In his research, Artemus Parnum unfortunately thought he’d found those who agreed with him, and shared more than he should have of his plan. His plan, however, was to end all the Sundered; theirs was to keep the best for themselves. End result: Artemus Parnum is Harry Iskinder's mentor. He's brilliant, and deeply determined that mankind survives whatever comes next. He's also tasted Sundered flesh - something even Jason Iskinder knew better than to do - and as a result, is no longer purely human.... became enemy number one, and only escaped Bek with his life because he always gave preemptive orders to his Powerful but broken creatures, enslaved to keep mankind alive in a flooded world. [themedy_alertbox icon="warning-sign" colour="red" font_awesome_att="" custom_colour=""] This wiki page is divided into TWO sections: Non-spoilers for The Sundered and spoilers for AFTER The Sundered. If you don't want spoilers for The Sundered, only read down to the halfway point (don't worry, I'll make it clear). If you're already read the....
Bek and Parnum ended up in a deadly race from there on out: both wanted to reach The Hope; Bek was determined not only to get there first, but to kill Parnum before he could ruin their chances at winning the war they made up.
Aware of Bek’s plans (as he is pretty much aware of everything), Aakesh is a Sundered One, and the first-created offspring of the sentient planet Motherwater. [themedy_alertbox icon="warning-sign" colour="red" font_awesome_att="" custom_colour=""]Major Spoilers Alert[/themedy_alertbox] Current Book(s): The Sundered Name Meaning “Lord of the Sky” in Sanskrit. The name is actually something of a joke with two parts. 1. Sundered Ones mimic what they see. When baby Aakesh first came into the world, he... maneuvered A Sundered One who resembles a lizard-man and has a major hate-on for Harry Iskinder. [themedy_alertbox icon="" colour="red" font_awesome_att="" custom_colour=""] Spoilers, yo. Don't read on unless you've already read The Sundered.[/themedy_alertbox] A Sundered One, considered "second born," which means Motherwater spat him out during Aakesh's first (and happily one of his last) temper-tantrums. The Second-born Sundered love violence, but -... into Parnum’s clutches, knowing that Bakura’s strength would allow him to subtly disobey Parnum’s orders long enough to manipulate the situation.
(And Harry Iskinder stumbled into the middle of all this without a clue as to what was really going on. Seems to be that kid’s lot in life, doens’t it?)