Crovirs are a race of immortals. Are Dimitri and Alexa immortal? If so, what is their relationship to humans? How does Alexa work with her human assistant Zachary? Are humans subservient or equal? Why is Zachary assigned to the mission?
Dimitri Reznak and Alexa King are indeed immortals belonging to the Crovir race. Currently, only a select few humans know of the existence of immortals, namely the political leaders of the most powerful nations on Earth, as well as the Secretary General of the United Nations. Dimitri and Alexa live alongside humans and interact with them normally, while keeping their immortality a secret. Zachary Jackson is recruited by Dimitri Reznak to assist Alexa on her mission; as a normal human, he is unaware of the existence of the immortal races. Jackson is a Harvard archaeology professor and one of the most intelligent humans on the planet.
In the modern world, humans are not subservient to the immortals. In fact, humans currently far outnumber immortals in terms of population size; this is as a direct result of the Red Death, the plague that wiped out more than half of the immortals races in the 14th century, and made most of the survivors infertile. Thousands of years ago, immortals ruled over an empire that stretched thousands of miles across Europe, Asia, and Africa; in those dark days, humans were the slaves and servants of the immortal races.
When Alexa is approached by her godfather for a mission that could help elucidate the enigma of her lost past, she finds herself delving into the dangerous and shadowy world of secret religious societies. What does she know about her lost past prior to beginning this mission?
Alexa’s earliest memories are of Dimitri Reznak finding her on the killing fields at the Battle of Narva in 1700. Dimitri assumes that her memory loss is due to the head injury she suffered at the time. She looked to be about eight years old when he found her and was holding a knife covered with blood, with a dead man lying at her bare feet.
In their search for the missing artifacts, Alexa and Zachary stumble upon the existence of a deadly sect whose origins are as mystifying as the relics they are searching for. Describe this sect. How might this group be dangerous?
Shortly after starting out on their mission, Alexa and Zachary come across a group of hostile men. During the fight that ensues, they get their first clue as to who might have stolen the artifacts in the cave that Reznak had discovered. The sect is suspected to be very old and and has been busy working behind the scenes for decades to achieve their goal. They are dangerous by virtue of ‘who’ they are, what they have already accomplished, and what their final aim is. Let’s just say that if they achieve their goal, it will be the end of human and immortal societies as they currently exist.
There is evidence of looting and half the priceless artifacts Reznak has been seeking for centuries have disappeared. Who are doing the looting?
The sect members are the ones who looted the cave.
Briefly describe the magical systems of your world. How do those who are empowered, the Crovirs and Bastians, gain their abilities?
There is no ‘magic’ as such in the series Seventeen, not in the sense of spells, wizards, or witchcraft. There are no vampires, werewolves, fey, or otherwise fantastical creatures. The clues to the origins of the immortals and the reasons for their supernatural abilities are given in tantalizing bits throughout the series. Well, to be fair, you get some very big clues in the first two books.
The reason I haven’t info dumped the whole backstory of the immortals, where they came from and why they have the abilities that they possess, is because much of that history has been lost to the immortals themselves, as in, even they don’t know the answer to these questions at the start of the series. Dimitri Reznak’s lifelong obsession has been to find out this ‘lost’ past. Why was it lost? The answer to that will come later on in the series, with ‘Immortal Origins’.