Phoenix Quest is initiated by
a postcard from Julie, the main character, asking for urgent help.
As the story progresses, Saffron sends power word riddles by postcard.
Eventually all four characters are available via this magical
avarian-email. Julie and Darien, as teenagers, are particularly
loquacious and despite the danger they are in, are willing and
able to converse on most topics that interest children and young
adoloscents. (The Julie personality won 3rd place in the 1997
Loebner contest, a prestigious artificial intelligence competition.)