Fictional Character
The War Between the Provinces
Appearance(s): Sentry Peak;
Marching Through Peachtree;
Advance and Retreat
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Detina
Religion: Detinan polytheism
Occupation: Monarch
Parents: King Buchan
Relatives: Geoffrey (cousin)

Avram was a King of Detina. He ascended to the throne upon the death of his father, King Buchan. Avram had grown up in southern Detina and was committed to ending the institution of serfdom, which was common in the north of the kingdom. Due to this position, eleven northern provinces refused to accept Avram as their king and began a war of rebellion, proclaiming Avram's cousin Grand Duke Geoffrey as their king. Instead of backing down as expected, Avram and the south fought back.

As the war dragged on, Avram's political leadership showed itself more and more. He sacked generals who failed him on the battlefield while giving those who succeeded an increasingly free rein, until he promoted General Bart to the rank of Marshal - becoming the first king to name a marshal in over eighty years - and giving him all discretion in the planning of military operations. Meanwhile, Avram continued to be committed to emancipation of serfdom throughout the kingdom, even as he made conciliatory moves toward Northerners whom he encouraged to lay down their arms. These policies were outlined in a speech presented to his ministers and published throughout the land.

Avram drew the notice of the gods of Detina, who had long been somewhat withdrawn from their worshippers' purely human affairs. The Lion God and the Thunderer loved Avram and performed miracles for those who invoked his name.

After the end of the war, not all Detinans in loyal provinces were content with Avram's rule. In Georgetown itself, a stage actor named Barre began exhibiting an obsession with opposing Avram's vision, making public statements which fell just short of being treasonous.

Literary Comment[]

President Abraham Lincoln of the United States.

King Avram is based on US President Abraham Lincoln, who oversaw victory in the American Civil War but was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth (represented by "Barre") just as the war was ending. Within the series, the fates of Avram and Barre are never revealed.

Regnal titles
(The War Between the Provinces)
Preceded by
King of Detina Succeeded by
Incumbent at series' end