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Earthcore Series: Detailed Summaries
FULL SUMMARIES. Do NOT read on unless you are
familiar with the events in all published stories!
Also, DO NOT by any means highlight the
blank-looking areas on this page, unless you actually want
spoilers for unpublished material!
This area is under construction as the
- -1 year approx: The 14 Hour Marriage
of Mrs Martin (told at the opening of Book 6)
- Manaia marries her high school sweetheart Kahi
Martin, only to discover that the steam vent at their
new house causes real sparks to fly between them when
they touch. Manaia wakes to discover Kahi gone. She
calls her aunty Pania who comes with cousin Ngaire,
and together at the steam vent they discover they can
summon some kind of portal that looks like a glowing
lava cave. Pania enters it, promising to look for
- -3 months approx: Wiremu Martin is
- Year 1
- January: Book 1, RotoVegas
- Anira Fraser arrives unwillingly
in Rotorua for a family trip, meets Tiger McRae, and
starts noticing the effects of the geothermal steam on
her mind. She feels more awake and doesn't need much
sleep. Wandering the lakeshore through the night, she
sees a person running on the lake and thinks there
must be sandbars.
Day two, she visits Ohinemutu and sees someone running
on the water again, but they run away. Tiger admits
something's going on but flees to reassure his
mysterious friend, swearing Anira to secrecy. Anira
finds she can sense the difference on people with
strange abilities. She follows her nose to Manaia's
house where she sees baby Wiremu and watches Manaia
toasting bread with a fireball from her fingertips.
Anira confronts Tiger, who doesn't want to talk about
it, but agrees to come to a meeting if she arranges
one at Manaia's house. She's barely able to convince
Manaia to host it. Tiger and Harley show up very
unwilling, and Anira fails to get a discussion going.
Day three, there's news of a crimewave in the town.
Anira's family goes on a gondola ride - while there,
she sees thefts happen with a super-masking ability.
She tells Tiger what she witnessed and he agrees they
should try to stop it. But Tiger fails to convince
Harley to help, and Anira fails to interest Manaia.
Day four, Manaia's relative becomes a victim of
pickpocketing and now Manaia wants to help, and
Harley's on board too. They all meet and agree to work
together. In town, they combine their abilities to
deal with some thieves who turn out to be kids. While
searching for them, they come across Bethany in the
tourist office and Anira can sense she has abilities.
In turn, Bethany recommends they go and see Graeme
down at the lakefront. That night they all meet at
Kuirau Park and exchange information.
Day five, they corner a thief and learn that they're
working for a big boss they call Mr. B. In the evening
Graeme takes them to Whakarewarewa where they are
welcomed by the locals and test the effects of various
hot springs in their village. Later, in the night,
Harley alerts the team to a case of ghostly harassment
occurring at Owhata, across the lake. Tiger scrambles
Graeme to pick everyone up and get over there to help.
They come face to face with illusions cast by Mr. B's
minions, try to catch them, but only succeed in
chasing them away. Mr. B is secretly trying to buy out
the owners, but they don't want to leave.
Day six, Anira checks out thermal sources at Waimangu,
with Tiger and Graeme. These have no effect. That
night the haunted family is treated to gory illusions
of zombies, and although the Earthcore rush in to
help, the family decides to flee so the children won't
have to see such things. They discover that Mr. B is
able to steal abilities from Manaia and use her own
fire against them.
Day seven, Anira's family goes home and she arranges
to stay on for a while with Manaia, though she'll
really be sleeping at Tiger's after she finds out
Manaia's steam vent makes her dazed and dumb. Manaia's
young cousins Rangi and Ngaire join the team and
explain their telepathic gift. Mr. B's minions cause a
looting incident at the mall. Back at Manaia's, she
receives what appears to be a legal notice of land
takeover. That night, the minions stage a haunting of
Manaia's neighbourhood. The teams face off in a
Day eight, Tiger's mother receives one of the takeover
notices and laughs it off. Harley brings Hana over,
who is one of Mr. B's minions, and she spills some of
his plan. The whole Earthcore goes over to
Whakarewarewa and hears tales of the taniwha from the
elders there. Back in town, mind-controlled security
guards serve notices to the business owners to pay a
new lease fee or leave. A big event is announced for
that evening and the Earthcore team prepares to make a
move, ensuring everyone is fully charged on their
spring water from the various sources around town and
on the island. At the event, Byron announces a city
rebuild project to the crowd, who are initially
enthusiastic due to mind control. Anira distracts
Dazza, the kid with mind control powers, and he
reveals he doesn't want to help Mr. B. Dazza creates
illusions to help the Earthcore evade the guards.
Bethany hears the taniwha coming to help. Byron steals
Dazza's ability to control the crowd, but he's too
rough and Dazza faints, releasing the people. The
crowd melts away and Byron makes a Villainous Speech.
As he rants on, the lakefront geysers activate with
the arrival of the taniwha. Anira can only see them
when in contact with Bethany. Byron rushes them both
to steal their powers, but Manaia dumps her bottle of
home water on Anira, causing a severe case of the
dumbs. Byron then does his power grab and is inflicted
with the dumbs. The taniwha swoop in and attack him
while he can't react. Soon all is calm again.
Epilogue: Anira is back in Auckland and without access
to the hot spring, has forgotten all her adventures.
On a whim, she sprints along a beach and finds that
running allows her to remember everything again for a
- June: Book 2, Volcano City
- December: Book 3, Aftershocks
- Year 2
- Early January:
- Hero Talent Quest (short
story)(appeared in Havok Magazine, June 2019)
- Initiation (short story)(see the
front page of this website)
- Sulphur & Sunshine (short
story)(appeared in Paws, Claws & Magic Tales -
- Lead a Cat to Water (short story)
- Let the Sun Shine (short
story)(appeared in Swashbuckling Cats - 2020)
- Late January: Book 4, High Tide
- Early February:
- Book 5, Toxicity
- Just One Day (short story)
- Mid February: Book 6, Timequake
- Late February: Pukeko (short story)