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This StyleSheet can be used directly by languages such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean which use a logographic writing system and need larger font sizes.

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You'll also need to enter your username for signing your edits: <<option txtUserName>>
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<<option txtUserName>>
<<option chkSaveBackups>> SaveBackups
<<option chkAutoSave>> AutoSave
<<option chkRegExpSearch>> RegExpSearch
<<option chkCaseSensitiveSearch>> CaseSensitiveSearch
<<option chkAnimate>> EnableAnimations

Also see AdvancedOptions
A new innovation in [[Nova Venezia]], a televisual entertainment service that runs on the city's communication screens. Provides news, music, sport and drama and has made celebrities out of [[Smiles Zoot]] and [[Tin and Tom]].

An assassin and member of the [[Ombra Society]]. Employed by [[Yugal]] in a failed attempt to kill [[Tozo]] at the funeral of [[Luco Lello]]. Also involved in Lello's own murder.
The enthusiastic leader of the most ardent fans of the famed [[hookball]] team. Usually in prison for violence of one sort or another.
[[Tozo]], a police inspector on the island city of [[Nova Venezia]], has been ordered to investigate the murder of [[Luco Lello]], an employee of the [[Financial Exchange]]. Although it appears that the murder is the result of a random robbery, a conversation between Police [[Commissioner Sforza]] and the city’s ruler, [[the Doge]], reveals they know more about it than they are willing to share with the detective.

Tozo then meets up with his friend and neighbour, the scientist [[Professor Borello]]. After a discussion regarding the mysterious but troublesome [[Spider Empire]] and its equally mysterious queen, they visit Borello’s laboratory where the professor presents Tozo with a small [[mecha-golem]], a biomechanoid assistant that Tozo can use in his investigations. Tozo names the mecha-golem ‘[[Klikker]]’.

On a visit to Lello’s apartment, Tozo and Klikker discover papers suggesting Lello had uncovered evidence of a smuggling organisation, operating from [[Silver Star Merchants]]. A mysterious hooded figure also provides clues by leaving Lello’s briefcase outside the door of the apartment. It contains a locker key from a public spa, and a diary showing Lello had a meeting with the director of the Papal Bank the day before he was killed.

The evasiveness of [[Yugal]], the owner of Silver Star Merchants, makes Tozo more suspicious but he is unaware of just how close he is to the truth. It appears that Yugal ordered the [[Ombra Society]], a group of assassins for hire, to kill Lello because he was blackmailing Yugal. Yugal considers ordering the death of Tozo, much to the horror of his reluctant business partners, [[Franz]] and [[Constanzia]], who are members of a rebel group from within the Spider Empire. They order him to let Tozo live, but when left alone Yugal once again makes contact with the Society.

Meanwhile, Borello gets a visit from [[Tikker]], a mecha-golem that was the prototype for Klikker, and who is also a member of the rebellion on the mainland. Their reunion is interrupted by the entrance of the Ombra Society, led by the sinister [[Lady Magdalene]], who bundle Borello and his equipment into their waiting airship. Tikker escapes, unnoticed by the thugs. The kidnap is witnessed by Tozo, who attempts to intervene but is shot at by Lady Magdalene. He watches as the airship disappears, heading for the Spider Empire....
[[Tozo]]'s investigation of the murder of [[Luco Lello]] has been interrupted by the kidnap of his friend [[Professor Borello]] by the [[Ombra Society]]. Despite his concern he decides to leave the matter to the Nova Venezian military authorities who are better able to handle the might of the villainous Society.

The Doge is also keen for Tozo to continue with his investigations. In a private conversation with Police [[Commissioner Sforza]] she reveals that Lello was actually secretly working for her and that she suspects the [[Papacy]] of belonging to a conspiracy to undermine her authority. She is using Tozo as bait to draw out the conspirators and produce proof of their treachery so she can legitimately act against them.

There follows a stormy audience with the Ambassador from the [[Spider Empire]], [[Lord Pavlov]], who accuses the Papacy of stirring up rebellion within the Empire. Implying [[the Doge]] has no control over the actions of [[the Pontiff]], he further drives a wedge between the secular and spiritual government of [[Nova Venezia]], whose relationship is already tense. The audience is witnessed by [[Tikker]], a spy for the Empire rebels.

Tozo attends the funeral of Lello on the cemetery island of [[Mortuaria]]. Also present is [[Count Gleb]], head of the [[Financial Exchange]] and Lello's employer. The Count is surprised to hear that Lello was investigating a smuggling ring and also divulges that Lello's assistant has disappeared. He invites Tozo to meet him at his palazzo later to discuss the case further.

Tozo is then attacked by two assassins from the Ombra Society who, unbeknownst to him, have been hired by Merchant [[Yugal]] and who were also responsible for Lello's death. Thanks to the intervention of the mysterious hooded stranger from the previous day, Tozo escapes with his life, unnerving the assassin named [[Rosa]] in particular.

Tozo then travels to the [[Papal Quarter]] to meet with the [[Spiritual Cashier]], director of the [[Holy Bank]] and the last person known to have seen Lello alive. The Cashier discloses that Lello accused the Holy Bank of diverting money donated by the church's followers to fund a smuggling operation, which the Cashier hotly denies. Klikker manages to steal a ledger from the Cashier's office which contains evidence that the bank had been paying Yugal and also overhears a suspicious conversation between the Cashier and [[Grand Cardinal Cornelius]], the Pontiff's representative at the court of the Doge. Tozo leaves for the [[Gleb Palazzo]], hoping to find more clues.

Meanwhile, the Doge secretly meets with Lord Pavlov and passes a mysterious object over to him on the assurance that the [[Spider Queen]] will leave Nova Venezia in peace. Despite her discomfort, it is apparent that this arrangement has been in place for centuries...
It is the night of [[Count Gleb]]’s masked ball and [[Tozo]] has been invited to discuss his investigation with [[Luco Lello]]’s former employer. However, [[the Doge]] is not in the mood for a party, thanks to her distasteful meeting with [[Lord Pavlov]], and sharply rejects [[Commissioner Sforza]]’s attempts to provide comfort.

Meanwhile, the members of the [[Golden Rebellion]] residing in [[Nova Venezia]] meet with their leader, [[Count Karlo]]. They discuss recent events in the city, in particular Lord Pavlov’s ultimatum to the Doge. Despite the Count’s belief that the [[Spider Empire]] is bluffing, he counsels the other members of the group to wind up their smuggling operation in case the political situation in the city boils over.

At the same time, [[Professor Borello]], kidnapped by the [[Ombra Society]], arrives at their headquarters on the coast of the Empire and cannot help but be impressed by the scale of [[Lady Magdalene]]’s enterprise. However, the reason for his abduction has still not been revealed.

Tozo arrives at Count Gleb’s party unaware that the Ombra Society assassins from Lello’s funeral are also present. But whilst Tozo talks to the Count in private, the assassin [[Rosa]] recognizes [[Klikker]]. Luckily he is saved by  the intervention of [[Tikker]] and a party-goer who mistakes them for the [[Airvision]] puppets, [[Tin and Tom]]. Klikker learns from Tikker that Lello was murdered because he was involved in blackmail, just as Tozo learns the identity of the Lello’s missing assistant.

In the [[Papal Quarter]], Count Karlo has a secret meeting with [[the Pontiff]] himself, who has been sponsoring the smuggling operation between the Empire and Nova Venezia. The Pontiff tells Karlo the story of the Papacy’s holiest relic, the [[Soul Shard]], and how it has the ability to protect the holder from the attentions of the [[Spider Queen]] herself (or so he believes). It has been the Pontiff’s intentions to give the Shard to the Rebellion in order to finally defeat the Queen, turning the insurrection against her rule into a holy war. Unfortunately, the [[Pontiff's secretary]] is in the pay of Lord Pavlov, who immediately relays the conversation to his master.

Tozo and Klikker are leaving the party when they encounter their mysterious cloaked helper, but Tozo has already guessed her identity. It is [[Rafaella]], an old flame of Tozo’s who is also Lello’s missing assistant. They leave the Gleb palace with Rafaella promising to explain everything. They are observed by Rosa, who in spite of her orders to kill Tozo, allows them to leave. [[Belladonna]], Rosa’s partner-in-crime, arrives with [[Grand Cardinal Cornelius]] and the promise of an interesting new contract....
__Main characters:__

[[the Doge]]
[[Commissioner Sforza]]
[[Professor Borello]]
[[Lady Magdalene]]
[[Lord Pavlov]]
[[Count Gleb]]
[[Grand Cardinal Cornelius]]
[[Spiritual Cashier]]
[[Count Karlo]]
[[the Pontiff]]
[[Smiles Zoot]]
[[Spider Queen]]

__Other characters:__

[[Luco Lello]]
[[Dr Kordox]]
[[Police Sergeant]]
[[Pontiff's secretary]]
[[Tin and Tom]]
[[Professor Orsini]]
[[Professor Marzz]]
[[Countess Maldorini]]
[[Chairman of the Gentlemen Supporters of Cornucopia]]
[[Neptune Spa assistant]]

Sforza is the Chief of Police for [[Nova Venezia]] and consequently [[Tozo]]'s boss. An admirer of [[the Doge]] who he is keen to impress, although it seems she does not share his feelings. Along with the Doge, he appears to know more about [[Luco Lello]]'s death than he lets on to Tozo.

A senior member of the [[Golden Rebellion]] against the [[Spider Queen]], Constanzia and her partner [[Franz]] are reluctant business partners with the greedy [[Yugal]] in an apparent smuggling outfit operating from the [[Silver Star Merchants]] offices.

The Gleb family have always been influential in the affairs of [[Nova Venezia]], having founded the [[Financial Exchange]] and the city Bank. The current Count is no exception, serving as the Exchange's chief and also sitting on the Ruling Council. The annual Gleb masque at the family palace is one of the highlights of the city's social year.
As the employer of [[Luco Lello]], Count Gleb has an interest in [[Tozo]]'s investigation into Lello's murder.

The head of the [[Golden Rebellion]]'s operations within [[Nova Venezia]]. Ruthless, determined, highly intelligent and with a mysterious past. At an audience with [[the Pontiff]] he learns the secrets of the [[Soul Shard]].
Society hostess and avid sports fan. Her dog, Mr Pookleberry, is the arch-nemesis of the city's postal delivery service.
Decimus is the young assistant of [[Professor Borello]] who appeared in the short story [['Launch'|]]. He may be the author of the essay on the history of mecha-golems (Urbino Decimus) to be found in the [[print version|]] of Chapter 1.
The good-humoured police coroner who examines the body of [[Luco Lello]].
An authoritative source on all information regarding [[Nova Venezia]]: articles on history, biography, geography, trade and the sciences written by experts from the most august institutions in the city. The master copies are held within the [[Hermes Institute]] with public editions published regularly. Some excerpts from the latest edition appear in the [[print version of Chapter 2|]].
A heroic figure from ancient times, credited with many deeds. He appears as a statue in the [[Palace of the Doge]] and in the short story [['Legend'|]].
The economic hub of [[Nova Venezia]] and at the centre of its [[Financial Quarter]], the Exchange is controlled by [[Count Gleb]]. Trading in stocks and shares of the city's major trading companies and businesses takes place here.
Occupying the centre of the island of Urbano, the Financial Quarter is one of the most vibrant parts of the city of [[Nova Venezia]]. The city's most important financial institutions are situated here: the [[Financial Exchange]] and the Bank of Nova Venezia as well as the city's major non-financial markets and trading stores. The inns and taverns are always busy with rumour and intrigue and are often the location of much 'unofficial' business. The Gleb family are virtual rulers of this quarter, having founded the Bank and the Exchange, and a member of this able dynasty is usually found a place within the city government.
A friendly steam engineer who [[Rafaella]] goes to for airbike repairs.

Franz is from the [[Spider Empire]] where he is a senior member of the '[[Golden Rebellion]]' against the [[Spider Queen]]. Along with his partner [[Constanzia]], he appears to be involved with a smuggling operation of [[Yugal]]'s [[Silver Star Merchants]] which is implicated in the murder of [[Luco Lello]].

A large ornate palace in the [[Government Quarter]] of [[Nova Venezia]]. Home to the family of [[Count Gleb]] for generations, before which they lived in the [[Palace of the Doge]]. The location of the Count's annual masked ball, where [[Tozo]] meets the Count to discuss the mrder of [[Luco Lello]].
The [[Spider Queen]] has ruled the [[Spider Empire]] for many years, well beyond living memory. Despite her iron grip on the massive empire, rebel organisations are known to exist, the primary one being the so-called 'Golden Rebellion'. Known members include [[Count Karlo]], [[Franz]], [[Constanzia]] and [[Tikker]], who are acting as agents of the Rebellion in [[Nova Venezia]]. Although the government of Nova Venezia does not openly support anti-Imperial activity, the rebels are known to use the island state as a means of gaining money for their operations.
Located at the very centre of [[Nova Venezia]] is the control hub of the city. The [[Palace of the Doge]] is building around which all administrative life centres, being the seat of government, official residence of [[the Doge]] and home to a number of important government offices. The Ruling Council meet here and important official and diplomatic functions occur within it's richly decorated chambers.
The Government Quarter also contains the headquarters of the Police ([[Tozo]]'s employer), the Command Headquarters of the N.V. Armed Forces and diplomatic missions from the other Nations of the World, including the [[Spider Empire]] and the [[Papacy]] (although though this actually part of Nova Venezia). The Government Quarter also contains some of the smarter residences of the city including the [[Gleb Palazzo]] and a number of the aristocratic families make their homes here.

The representative of the Pontiff at the court of [[the Doge]] and a senior member of the [[Papacy]] hierarchy. Seen as a potential successor to the current aged Pontiff, Cornelius is ambitious and already very powerful. He also seems to be aware that the Papacy are involved in a smuggling deal with the [[Silver Star Merchants]].
The principal further education establishment of [[Nova Venezia]] and home to some of the most advanced scientific research known. The Hermes Institute has produced many great scientists and engineers, including [[Professor Borello]], Professor Aegeus Bellerophon, Prime Engineer Hostix, and Lorcus Baldini. Synthetic [[bioneurium]] and hypersteam are just two of the innovative technologies to have been produced by this prestigious university. Located in the [[Government Quarter]].
One of the most powerful institutions in [[Nova Venezia]], the Papal Bank is the financial powerhouse of the [[Papacy]]. Located in the [[Papal Quarter]], not far from the [[Holy Basilica]], the bank is where 'material devotions' - otherwise known as money from church supporters - are kept under heavy security. It is also the storage place for other highly sensitive documents including the Papal Accounts, deeds and contracts and anything the Papacy does not intend anyone to see easily. Its director is the [[Spiritual Cashier]], who was one of the last people to see [[Luco Lello]] alive.

This is the residence of the Pontiff and the headquarters of the [[Papacy]], as well as the most important church in the city of [[Nova Venezia]]. It is located in the middle of an island that adjoins Urbano, linked by a causeway. The huge building is effectively a fortress built to protect the holiest shrine on the archipelago, the Holy Star Crater.
A celestial object that is recorded to have appeared in the skies in ancient times, a short time before the [[Holy Star]] crashed to earth. Modern astronmers have speculated that the two objects might be related.

The name given to an ancient meteor that crashed into the wastes of the [[Spider Empire]] long ago. Its divine nature is revealed in a small fragment - the [[Soul Shard]] - that broke off from the main body of the star and landed in [[Venezia]] (now [[Nova Venezia]]), creating what is referred to as the Holy Star Crater. Much of the practise of the [[Papacy]] invokes this sacred object.
This is the major newspaper of [[Nova Venezia]]. Consisting of news, articles on the arts, sciences and sport, comment and occasional gossip, the Gazette is mostly tolerated by [[the Doge]] and is considered a must-read for any informed citizen. Extracts from the Gazette appear in the [[print version of Chapter 1|]] of Tozo - the Public Servant.
A member of the [[Ombra Society]].

Klikker is a [[mecha-golem]] created by [[Professor Borello]] and presented to [[Tozo]] to assist him in his work. His function is to act as a personal assistant to Tozo, primarily as an information repository recording both sound and image data. He was named by Tozo for the sound he makes when speaking.

The sinister Lady Magdalene is the leader of the [[Ombra Society]], an organisation of professional assassins and thugs-for-hire. Possibly responsible for the murder of [[Luco Lello]], she and her men are also seen kidnapping [[Professor Borello]] and taking a shot at [[Tozo]].
[[Nova Venezia]]
[[Spider Empire]]
[[Papal Quarter]]
[[Financial Quarter]]
[[Government Quarter]]
[[Palace of the Doge]]
[[Holy Basilica]]
[[Gleb Palazzo]]
[[Ombra Society HQ]]
[[Holy Moon]]
[[Neptune Spa]]
[[Stadium Fosca]]

The menacing ambassador from the [[Spider Empire]] to the Court of [[the Doge]]. Travelling in a mechanical chair, he collects information on the business of [[Nova Venezia]] for his mistress, using an extensive network of spies. He is not above using this information to cause trouble between the various factions within the Doge's government.
The murder of Lello, an inspector of mercantile practise at the [[Financial Exchange]], starts an investigation by [[Tozo]] into the dark and dangerous world of smuggling, political intrigue and religious conspiracy.
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A small island off the coast of the main urbanised island of the Nova Venezian archipelago. For centuries the cemetery of [[Nova Venezia]] where tombs and mausoleums substitute for the palazzos and shopping arcades of the living. A regular ferry crossing allows mourners to attend funerals or visit the family plots to pay their respects to deceased loved ones. Nova Venezia custom dictates that the dead should be buried on the day following death unless there are exceptional circumstances.
It was on Mortuaria that [[Tozo]] was attacked by assassins from the [[Ombra Society]] whilst attending [[Luco Lello]]'s funeral.
A popular spa used often used as the location for informal business meetings. It is here that [[Tozo]] discovers vital evidence for his case and eavesdrops on the meeting between [[Count Karlo]] and [[Yugal]].
The chatty barber at the [[Neptune Spa]] who revealed to [[Tozo]] that [[Luco Lello]] regularly met merchants and members of the [[Papacy]].
Nova Venezia is the setting for the first part of [[Tozo - The Public Servant|]].



The city-state of Nova Venezia is comprised of an archipelago some distance from the mainland of the [[Spider Empire]]. There are two main islands and over half-a-dozen smaller islands, with many of the smaller islands linked to the larger by causeways and bridges.

The largest island, Rurale, with its rolling and well-drained landscape, is taken up mostly by farmland which produces all the food for the population of the city. The citizens themselves reside on the second largest island (Urbano) which is criss-crossed by a complex network of canals. The city is heavily built up with architecture still present from all the major periods of Nova Venezia's history. Overall, there is a atmosphere of faded glory and decadence.

Urbano is divided into quarters (in increasing order of size): the government, papal, financial and residential quarters.


''Government & Administration''

The city is ruled by [[the Doge]], a post elected (often for life) from within the ruling council. This council is made up of the oldest and most aristocratic families of Nova Venezia as well as career politicians and administrators. The general populace have no say in matters of government, but (with a few exceptions) this arrangement has worked peacefully and productively for all.

The [[Papal Quarter]] is made up of a small island linked by a causeway to Urbano and a small portion of Urbano itself. Upon the island is the large [[Holy Basilica]]; the remnant of the Papal Quarter is made up of smaller churches, religious orders and the Papal University. The Pontiff has nomimal autonomy of the Papal Quarter which has put the Papacy at odds with the secular government over time.

The [[Financial Quarter]] is centred around the Financial Exchange and its adjacent Bank of Nova Venezia. Count Gleb is responsible for the smooth running of the city's finances, a role that has stayed within the Gleb family for generations. The government has a mostly laissez-faire attitude to business and enterprise is encouraged. Bribery is an issue, but is not rampant and government tax and finance inspectors are known to be strict and thorough.


''Trade & Industry''

Nova Venezia is practically self-sufficient, thanks to significant mineral wealth and highly mechanised intensive farming. However, some trade occurs between other states including the [[Spider Empire]], although this is unauthorised. Thus most business is conducted internally, and a large service sector has developed. Additionally the city-state is relatively technologically advanced and the industrial sector is a major employer.



Basic level education is provided free to all citizens. From the age of fourteen, apprenticeships or placements in trade schools are available to most, whilst particularly gifted pupils have the chance to attend either of the two higher education centres: the Papal University or the [[Hermes Institute]]. Enrollment at the University does not necessarily lead to a religious vocation. Indeed, it was founded to provide a primarily secular education to the children of the nobility. However, recently the University has fallen into disrepute as it suffers increasing pressure from the Papal authorities to impose a stricter religious curriculum on its students. The [[Hermes Institute]], which promotes a science-based education, has thus become the more popular choice.


''Order & Defence''

Nova Venezia has a police force responsible for everyday law and order and a small standing army which is highly trained but has not faced real warfare in living memory, although the threat of an attack from the generally hostile [[Spider Empire]] remains a concern.
Controlled by the cold and calculating [[Lady Magdalene]], the Ombra Society are a group of assassins and thugs-for-hire. Widely feared, they flaunt their own fearlessness by wearing highly distinctive uniforms. The location of their headquarters is unknown. Although they will perform any task for the right price, the Society have their own agenda.

A vast complex on the coast of the [[Spider Empire]], this is where the legions of [[Lady Magdalene]] plan their operations, develop their advanced technology and store their ill-gotten gains. [[Professor Borello]] is brought here as a prisoner after his kidnap.
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Although not one of the biggest buildings in [[Nova Venezia]]'s [[Government Quarter]], the palace of the Doge is one of the grandest and definitely the most important. As well as being the official residence of the ruler of the city ([[the Doge]]), it is also the effective seat of government, its warren of offices the location of many of the various Ministries that regulate the city's busy life.
The palace is lavishly decorated and is home to some of the finest art works to have been produced during the city's history. It was originally home to the Gleb family, although the current [[Count Gleb]] now lives in the [[Gleb Palazzo]].
The Papacy is the organisation built around [[the Pontiff]], as head of the largest religion in [[Nova Venezia]]. It is centred in the [[Papal Quarter]] with its headquarters in the [[Holy Basilica]]. The Papacy has a major impact on the lives of everyday Nova Venetians, although not all citizens are necessarily believers, and the increasingly orthodox and over-zealous teachings of the Papacy are starting to alienate those who are, particularly [[the Doge]] who views the Papacy as a threat to her rule over the city. The Papacy acts as effective ruler of the Papal Quarter, even to the point of having a diplomatic mission to the court of the Doge.
The Papal Quarter is the section of [[Nova Venezia]] occupied by the organisations and associated infrastructure that make up the main unofficial religion of the archipelago. It includes the cathedral called the [[Holy Basilica]], the [[Holy Bank]] and the Papal University amongst its most important buildings. The Basilica is located on an island of the southern coast of Urbano, joined to the larger island by a causeway. The remainder of the Papal Quarter forms a buffer zone between the Basilica and the rest of the city.
This friendly member of the police force is first seen breaking up the fight between [[Spider Empire]] missionaries and members of the clergy. He later helps [[Tozo]] in dleaying his pursuers from the [[Neptune Spa]].
An elderly clergyman who guides [[Count Karlo]] through the secret tunnel to [[the Pontiff]]'s audience chamber. Also a spy for the [[Spider Empire]].

A friend and neighbour of [[Tozo]], Ignatius Borello is an esteemed, if slightly cranky, scientist of the [[Hermes Institute]] specialising in the creation of [[mecha-golem]]s, including both [[Klikker]] and [[Tikker]]. At the end of Chapter 1 he is kidnapped by the [[Ombra Society]] under the leadership of [[Lady Magdalene]] and taken to their headquarters.
An astronomer at the [[Hermes Institute]] and discoverer of the red planet that bears his name (Wilfred). He appears in the short story [['Discovery'|]].
Glorula Orsini is Professor of Astronomy at the [[Hermes Institute]], and one of the most senior scientists in the city of [[Nova Venezia]]. Her particular interest is the study of the [[Holy Moon]]. She appears in the short story [['Discovery'|]].

[[Luco Lello]]'s assistant at the [[Financial Exchange]] and an old flame of [[Tozo]]'s. Going into hiding after Lello's murder, she secretly assists Tozo but eventually reveals her identity at [[Count Gleb]]'s masked ball.

A cameraman for [[Airvision]] and friend of [[Smiles Zoot]]. Smiles reportedly got his job at Airvision via a tip off from Rollo.

An assassin and member of the [[Ombra Society]]. Employed by [[Yugal]] in a failed attempt to kill [[Tozo]] at the funeral of [[Luco Lello]]. Also involved in Lello's own murder. She appears to be slightly unnerved by Tozo's presence.
This is the trading organisation implicated in a smuggling operation by [[Luco Lello]]. It is located on the northern coast of Urbano and is owned by [[Yugal]].
an encyclopedia of Tozo and his world

The vacuous [[Airvision]] personality and commentator for the [[hookball]] final at [[Stadium Fosca]].

A fragment of the [[Holy Star]], this crystal of pure [[bioneurium]] crashed into an islet off the coast of [[Venezia]] creating the Holy Star Crater. Worshipped as divine by the inhabitants, this 'teardrop from God' was instrumental in the creation of the [[Papacy]] and is its most sacred relic. A set of scrolls known only to [[the Pontiff]] tell of how the Soul Shard appears to have psychic powers, including the ability to protect [[Venezia]] from the [[Spider Empire]], thus convincing the Pontiff that the Shard could be a weapon in a holy war against the Empire.
The Spider Empire covers much of the continent adjacent to the archipelago of [[Nova Venezia]].
An oppressive, authoritarian state, little is know about it or its inhabitants. Equally mysterious is its fabled ruler, the [[Spider Queen]]. Rumoured to have lived far beyond a natural lifespan, the Queen is viewed as a deity by her subjects, who view [[the Pontiff]] and the [[Papacy]] as an affront to their beliefs and their queen's person. Despite her firm rule, the Queen does have to deal with insurgency within her territories, in particular the so-called [[Golden Rebellion]].
There has been little contact between the Empire and Nova Venezia for many years, although the current Doge has allowed small Imperial religious missions into the city, mainly to irritate the Pontiff. The Ambassador from the Empire, [[Lord Pavlov]] is quite happy to stir up as much friction between [[the Doge]] and the Papacy as he can. Despite the uneasy relationship at diplomatic levels there has been some illegal trade between the citizens of Nova Venezia and their neighbours, which the Rebellion has used to its advantage.
The mysterious and so far unseen ruler of the [[Spider Empire]].

The Director of the [[Holy Bank]] and a senior member of the [[Papacy]]. He is visited by [[Tozo]] as part of his investigation into the murder of [[Luco Lello]] who visited the bank on the day of his death. He is also aware of the Papacy's involvement in a smuggling deal with the [[Silver Star Merchants]].
The main sports arena of [[Nova Venezia]] and the location of the [[hookball]] final.

A [[mecha-golem]] creation of [[Professor Borello]], Tikker was the prototype for [[Klikker]] who ran away from Borello shortly after his creation. Finding his way to the [[Spider Empire]], he joined the [[Golden Rebellion]] who make use of his diminutive size for the purposes of espionage.
Characters from the popular [[Airvision]] puppet show of the same name. They bear a resemblance to [[Klikker]] and [[Tikker]] causing confusion at [[Count Gleb's]] masque.
An exceptionally tall member of the [[Ombra Society]].

Tozo is a Detective Inspector in the police force of the city of [[Nova Venezia]]. His boss, [[Commissioner Sforza]], remarks that he is dependable, loyal and good at his job, but that he is also a bit of a dreamer. A writer of poetry, there appears to be a deeper side to Tozo.
Tozo has no family and is generally a loner, although he does not shun company and appears to enjoy the presence of [[Klikker]].
Tozo discovers the body of [[Luco Lello]] and is tasked with uncovering the circumstances of his murder.
The old name for [[Nova Venezia]]. Originally a small fishing village, its power and prestige grew through trade until Venezia became a regional power. Thus it was attacked by the [[Spider Empire]] who threatened to destroy the entire city. After the Empire's unexpected withdrawal, the city rebuilt and renamed itself Nova Venezia.

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Slimy and ruthless, Yugal is the owner of the [[Silver Star Merchants]] business, implicated in a smuggling operation that appears linked to the death of [[Luco Lello]].

A mineral found only in the [[Holy Star]] crater on an islet in the [[Papal Quarter]]. A gel extract from bioneurium, when under the influence of an aetheric current, shows properties of a neural network. This was discovered by [[Professor Borello]] and was an important factor in the development of [[mecha-golem]]s. The [[Papacy]] banned any research on its properties, although Borello was able to create a synthetic version of bioneurium. The [[Soul Shard]] is a giant crystal of pure bioneurium.
The national sport of [[Nova Venezia]]. A cross between pelota and hurling, the principle of the game is to get a small ball in into the opposing team's goal using large wooden curved hooks. The game is followed fanatically by the city's inhabitants who support their favourite teams with a fervour that often leads to violence. The final game of the annual championship is a major event, attended by [[the Doge]], amongst other members of the aristocracy.
Mecha-golems (also known as biomechanoids) are man-made automatons that contain organic components, usually their neural networks. The origins of mecha-golems lie in the workshops of silversmiths of [[Nova Venezia]] who created mechanical toys and clocks for the aristocracy. After the creation of synthetic [[bioneurium]] by [[Professor Borello]] these mechanical objects could be given a level of intelligence that could develop through learning. Currently the technology is in its infancy, and is limited to secretarial and household appliances (for the very rich) though Borello has developed more advanced models, including [[Klikker]] and [[Tikker]].
A more detailed essay on the history of mecha-golems can be found in the [[print version|]] of Chapter 1 and blueprints of [[Klikker]] can be found in [[Chapter2|]]

Lady Celestine is the ruler of the city of [[Nova Venezia]]. Effectively a dictator, she governs the citizens with a firm but generally benign hand. Not above a bit of unscrupulous political manipulation she appears to know more about the murder of [[Luco Lello]] than might be expected. Currently, she is troubled by Nova Venezia's relationship with the [[Spider Empire]].

The head of the [[Papacy]] and the supreme religious leader in [[Nova Venezia]]. Now extremely elderly and frail, he will gamble everything on the destruction of his arch-rival, the [[Spider Queen]], even at the cost of the [[Soul Shard]] and [[Nova Venezia]] itself.