Featured Sacred Band Character of the Week: Niko

Niko (Stealth, called Nikodemos) is a military character in the Thieves’ World shared fictional universe and the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe. Niko is a Bandaran-trained warrior-monk and an adept of the mystery of Maat, of balance and equilibrium, justice and truth. Niko is a Sacred Band fighter from humble beginnings, a ‘son of the armies.’ Niko begins his military career as an eromenos, then loses his ‘left-side leader’ and becomes an erastes, or left-side leader, in his next pairing with the Stepson Janni. After losing Janni to a witch, Niko is stalked by that same witch, Roxane, throughout the Wizard Wars. He leaves the Sacred Band during the Wizard Wars but returns to it. After that campaign, the storm god takes Niko to the City at the Edge of Time, where he formally becomes an adherent of Enlil, the Storm God, and marries the princess Tabet.

Notable Quotes:

“When the balance is restored, people get hurt.” -Niko, The Sacred Band, by Janet Morris & Chris Morris, (c) 2009 Perseid Publishing

“What we hold sacred is honor, justice, and glory. You need not swear allegiance to our storm god, to serve with us. Fighters are among us from many lands, with many gods and many beliefs. Believe as you will. What is between a man and his god is theirs alone to say.” -Niko, The Sacred Band,  by Janet Morris & Chris Morris, (c) 2009 Perseid Publishing

“I have my mind, my body, my soul — my maat. I’m not trading any of it away for special favors. You’ve taught me that nothing can be had without cost.” -Niko, The Sacred Band, by Janet Morris & Chris Morris, (c) 2009 Perseid Publishing

“Restore balance. Deliver justice. That’s the mission. Show me you understand.”  -Niko, The Sacred Band, by Janet Morris & Chris Morris, (c) 2009 Perseid Publishing

“Look around you. It’s an honor to fight beside you. Today we choose to fight. For the freedom to fight on other days. So we remember what’s worth fighting for.”  -Niko, The Sacred Band, by Janet Morris & Chris Morris, (c) 2009 Perseid Publishing

Men live, and then they die. It is the quality of the process of living which matters, that and that alone.  -Niko, Tempus with His Right-Side Companion Niko, by Janet Morris & Chris Morris, (c) 2011 Perseid Publishing

“It’s all the same — no good without evil, no balance…no maat. If we lose one, we lose the other. It’s just life, that’s all.” -Niko, The Fish, The Fighters, and the Song-Girl, by  Janet Morris & Chris Morris, (c) 2012 Perseid Publishing

Check out more information about Niko and all the characters in the Sacred Band at the Sacred Band of Stepsons Freebase Site here.

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Painting: “Automedon and the horses of Achilles” copyright(c) Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Image used with permission of license to Janet Morris.

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One comment on “Featured Sacred Band Character of the Week: Niko

  1. sacredbander says:

    Larry, wonderful pot. Would like to see a picture of Niko… there are two….

    Like

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