RETURN OF THE FONTALO
Book 3 of The Mascot Trilogy
by Linda Rigsbee
In book 3 of the Mascot Trilogy, a Fontalo spaceship arrives at the planet of Purlieu and demands the return of all their mascots (humans genetically modified with animal genes.) Donte is a mascot, the Ruler of Bergen Colony, and the prophesied Anialwch Connection. According to the Prophesy, Donte and Princess Celyn will lead the planet to freedom from the Fontalo. Fontalo is the company that created the mascots and abandoned them in the middle of a plague they created forty years ago.
In the forty years the Fontalo has been gone, the experimental colonies have managed to keep Purlieu nearly as pristine as when they arrived. They have united and prospered. They have tasted freedom and they don’t want to give it up. They are willing to fight the Fontalo and they want Donte to lead them.
The captain of the Fontalo spaceship has a list of mascot leaders to collect, but Donte has no intention of turning anyone over to him.
The captain of the Fontalo spaceship considers the mascots to be animals, not human. Donte tries to negotiate with the captain, but turning the mascots and spaceships over to the captain is not a negotiable choice. When Donte refuses, the Captain sends shuttles to destroy the tram station on Bergen. Donte responds by destroying the shuttles. The situation escalates to battle.
When a spaceship from the mother planet of Oriel arrives, Donte discovers that the Fontalo has been charged with a crime in connection with the creation of the mascots. Apparently the Captain’s list contains mascots to be eliminated in order to destroy evidence.
The Fontalo is influential on the planet of Oriel and Purlieu has no representation. It is possible that the Fontalo could win the court battle and Purlieu might be forced to turn the mascots and the spaceships over to the Fontalo. That would include Donte’s mate and children. All his life Donte has thought of the mascots being different from the colonists. Now he must convince Oriel that Mascots are human.
Donte can think of only one way to win freedom for the colonists and mascots. It could be dangerous for the people he loves. He decides to take a chance with something that isn’t in the Prophesy.
As a mascot, a genetically modified human, Donte has a life expectancy of 350-400 years. Natural life expectancy means nothing to an assassin, and in the last ten years Donte has survived multiple assassination attempts. He is the Ruler of Bergen Colony and the prophesied Anialwch Connection; destined to work with Princess Celyn in leading the planet of Purlieu to freedom from the Fontalo – the company that created the mascots. Donte has become a target.
The experimental colonies created on Purlieu by the mother planet, Oriel, were abandoned forty years ago when the Fontalo betrayed the mascots by creating a plague. The Fontalo left three spaceships to guard the planet. The Prophesy indicates the Fontalo will return, but it doesn’t say when. Donte believes the time is now.
When a Fontalo spaceship arrives, Donte is elected to represent the colony leaders and the spaceship commanders. His first meeting with the Captain of the Fontalo ship is a failure. The Captain orders Donte to surrender all the mascots on his list and any prodigy. Donte’s struggle to negotiate with him ultimately ends in a battle.
When a spaceship from Oriel arrives, Donte discovers the truth about the Fontalo. The company has been charged with a crime on Oriel and it is believed that the list of mascots is an extermination list to eliminate any evidence against them.
Donte doesn’t have Oriel’s support, but he has an idea how he might be able to fulfill his part in the Prophesy. It’s risky, but at least it offers a hope of freedom for the colonists and mascots.
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Donte is the Ruler of Bergen Colony on the planet of Purlieu. He is a mascot (a genetically modified human) and the prophesied Anialwch Connection. He is destined to lead Purlieu to freedom from the Fontalo, the company that designed the mascots.
The Fontalo abandoned the experiment on Purlieu forty years ago during a plague, leaving three spaceships to defend the planet. Now they have returned to retrieve all their property. They have a list of mascots, one of which is Donte’s father. Donte isn’t on that list, but he and his children are among the illegal offspring to be collected.
Donte discovers negotiating with the Captain of the Fontalo is futile, but he has an idea how he might be able to protect the mascots and fulfill the Prophesy. Is the risk worth the gain?