A Sundered One who resembles a lizard-man and has a major hate-on for Harry Iskinder.

Spoilers, yo. Don’t read on unless you’ve already read The Sundered.

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 – if this makes sense – not necessarily in a violent way. They utterly love to beat each other up, but this causes no damage or pain to them; it’s a game, one they literally live and breathe every single day.

The game in question can be read right here, from Bakura’s point of view.

Of course, that was all perverted when the humans came to town. The Sundered, having never encountered something as terrible as slavery, greed, hate, envy, or real anger before, still struggle to fit weirdo human emotions into their simple, cleaner palettes, and it doesn’t always work. In Bakura’s case, the result was… bad.

His anger toward the humans (specifically the Iskinder family – which he sort of sees as one Iskinder entity, never fully grasping the concept that humans are fully independent individuals) has created a lot of bitterness and a lot of true violence, which is something Aakesh has had to rein in more than once.

Don’t be mistaken: Bakura is highly intelligent and a fantastic strategist. His difficulty with the true individuality each human brings to the table is kind of understandable; the Sundered, after all, are always truly one.

Thus, when Bakura is angry, they’re all angry.

When he’s soothed, they’re all soothed.

When he’s having a blast, they’re all having a blast.

Sundered emotion is simple, yes, but so multi-layered it would break any human who tried to understand it.

All that aside, we need to talk about his appearance, because… oh, Bakura, why?


When the humans came, they brought with them every memory and experience their brains ever took in. The Sundered, being creatures of almost pure thought, absorbed that like a sponge.

The Second-born tend to really like scary things (part of the game) even though they themselves don’t really get scared. Humans, do, though, which makes no sense; humans get scared at things that don’t even exist, which (to the second-born) is absolutely hilarious.

So Bakura grabbed an image from Captain Sykes’ brain: old Star Trek television broadcasts, which not only moved Sykes to enter the space program, but also gave her some hella nightmares when she was a very small child.

Bakura, in particular, fell in love with Gorn.

Yeah, I know. Cheesy to the extreme, right? Well, it was more effective than one might imagine; by the time Bakura was done tweaking this rubber-masked creature so it became something biological and undeniably real, he was genuinely terrifying, and that, after all, was his goal.

Scaring humans is funny, didn’t you know? There’s no harm in it. Surely.

I’d say he has some growing up to do, but after everything he’s been through, I think he deserves a pass.

Bakura’s hatred for Harry (because an Iskinder is an Iskinder is an Iskinder) nearly blows up Aakesh’s careful strategy throughout the book, but as the Sundered are all one, his hatred was balanced out by Gorish’s love. Yes, it’s a little confusing, but hey – that’s Sundered life for you.

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