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Sorceress Surprise

Sorceress Surprise is a female crossbreed from Xanth. Her talent is using any talent she wants, but it is limited. She was first introduced in Harpy Thyme.

Surprise was delivered in 1093. She is the daughter of Rapunzel and Grundy; sister of Glitter; wife of Umlaut, Che, Picka Bone, Brusque, Jot, and Epoxy; and mother of Prize, an unnamed foal, and an unnamed son. She was delivered at the age of 5. She is 30 years old.

Surprise was delivered at age 6. With her talent, one never knows what magic will manifest. Initially she showed talents of size change, hair, changing objects, invisibility, and bringing nightfall, later, a whole paragraph more. However, she thinks she can only use each talent once.

She fell in love with Umlaut because of a trick Metria played on her. She shared the body of Tacy so she could visit Umlaut when he was away. She was offered Brusque by Demons Fornax and Jupiter in lieu of Umlaut. She offered her soul to Fornax and Jupiter to allow Umlaut to continue to exist. She got half of it back when Fornax could not handle it. The other half went to Umlaut from Jupiter.

When Prize was misdelivered to another Xanth Reality, Surprise traveled them to find her with Che, who was looking for the Simurgh. She is married to Umlaut in main Xanth and Xanth Reality One where they had an unnamed son. She is married to Che in Reality Two, and they had a foal. She married Picka Bone in Reality Three; Brusque in Reality Four; Jot in Reality Five. She was soulless and married Epoxy, who was underage at the time, in Reality Six and was the lover of Umlaut. Also in Reality Six, she was possessed by Morgan Le Fey who wanted Prize as a new host body.

Novels: Harpy Thyme, Geis of the Gargoyle, Roc and a Hard Place, Faun and Games, Xone of Contention, The Dastard, Up in a Heaval, Cube Route, Currant Events, Pet Peeve, Stork Naked, Air Apparent, Two to the Fifth, Five Portraits, Isis Orb, Jest Right

A Bold Title means she was a major character. A Small Title means she was only mentioned.

Character notes


Human men and women will not have a species in their entries. Also, if the surname of the character is the character's species, it was dropped.

If the character is a child, it will be in the description. The child will more than likely be an adult by this time in the Xanth series.

Many species are single gender, so their entries will not mention it. The species are Fury, Muse, basilisk, cenmaid, cenmare, cockatrice, dryad, maenad, sand witch, sandman, and woodwife. Harpies and nymphs are usually female, and fauns are usually male; but there have been a few exceptions that are noted.

In some instances, I have made educated guesses on gender, species, and some birth years.


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