Tag: Worldbuilding

Interview with Killian

This interview is a with a character who appears in Revenant. It was based on a story called Rebel that hasn't been released yet. This was an attempt on my part to follow the more traditional interview format rather than the (slightly confused) story style that I used in the interviews with Pin Wei and Venom. It's a sneak peek of a work in progress, and, as such, has a few rough edges. Still, it's something that readers of the series should find interesting as it gives some insight into how Reaper's friends see him. Enjoy.   “When did you first meet Reaper?” “I was thirteen or fourteen the first time I met Reaper. My father had just been murdered and my sister, Barbany, kidnapped. I was leading a ragtag group of street urchins, thieves and beggars, in a fight against the D’nuran governor. We weren’t doing much of anything except stealing D’nuran supplies and ambushing the occasional patrol, typical teenage rebellion stuff. The first time I saw Reaper I thought he was a bravo, a mercenary, and that he was going to get himself killed. Then, watching him fight, it was like watching a dance. He moved so quickly, it was almost like the D’nuran’s were smoke. I’ve seen him fight many times since then, and it’s always the same. It’s a beautiful thing to see, as long as you aren’t the one he’s moving through. Then it’s terrifying.” “What did you think when you found out who he…

Tarsithian Communiqués

I have, over the years, done quite a bit of in-world writing. A lot of the stuff that has appeared here over the last however many months was written as though it was in-world. Doing my development that way helps me both to give depth to the world and to find layers in the story idea that I didn't realise were there. Writing about something from inside lets me get into the head of someone who lives in that world. Today's post is possibly unique in that, so far, the story for which it was created has not been written. This was created in two parts, the first part being Bartelmann's briefing for the Ambassador which was written before I attempted to write the story. The Ambassador's reply was written after I'd moved on with the development and realised that pretty much everything I'd come up with and put in Bartelmann's briefing was wrong. The story might, some day, be finished. In the meantime, you might find this interesting.   Dear Ambassador, Please find enclosed what little information the Bureau has been able to acquire on the Red Hand. I apologise for its sparsity, but due to the clandestine, criminal, and nationalistic nature of the organisation, we have been able neither to insert agents into its ranks nor to find members willing to divulge information about it. Any information you are able to gather whilst on your mission to Tarsith that would confirm, deny, or expand upon the briefing would…

On the Nature of Magic

Many things have been called magic over the aeons, some of them even were. Many things that were magic were mislabeled as ‘acts of god’, ‘acts of nature’, or explained away as hallucinations, ignorance or gullibility. It is, therefore, very difficult to judge the truth of magic by looking at what has and has not been labeled as magic in the past. It has been said that, to the ignorant, any sufficiently advanced technology will be indistinguishable from magic and this is probably true but really does little to explain the great number of varying acts, rituals and objects that have been labeled as magic through the ages. Science keeps trying to find explanations for the miraculous, putting forward theories on every topic that either makes magic out to be something commonplace or a fantasy, but unable really to explain anything satisfactorily and even knowing how it was done doesn’t make it any less miraculous. Neither advanced technology nor scientific theory are capable of explaining away magic. Countless definitions, expositions and depositions have been given in regards to magic, take your pick, but none of them do the subject justice. magic is an amorphous shadow, given definition only by the belief and the Will of the practitioner. Still, one more definition of magic that takes its amorphous nature into account cannot hurt and will afford the reader some idea of what I base my ideas upon. Magic is the changing of what is into what one wills to be. The…

On The Occult Disciplines

Ge’thyrimancy relies almost wholly upon Talent with lore coming an important second and ritual coming an almost inconsequential third. A’thyrimancy, like Ge’thyrimancy, depends mostly on Talent and lore, though ritual, as an aid to concentration and focus is important. Chi’thyrimancy, on the other hand, depends fairly equally upon ritual and Talent with lore taking a secondary by very important place. In Malythrimancy ritual and lore share the place of primary importance with Talent bringing up a helpful third place. Sorcery, where the flows of power in the world are directed, redirected or tapped to supply the Magician with power with which to perform those acts that are called magic. Sorcery is generally considered to be one of the higher occult sciences (along with most aspects of Healing). Sorcery is also called True Magic for it is with Sorcery that we most associate those things that are called Magic rather than conjuring. Both Witchcraft and Necromancy involve memorisation of spells and summonses and the use of charms and magic signs and words of command. Sorcery, however, requires the mage Talent and years of practice in its use but does not require the performance of those things that are commonly called spells, nor does it require charms, signs of summoning and warding for its performance. Many Sorcerers do use wards, and perform concentration exercises that are sometimes, erroneously, called spells. Sorcery is, quite properly, sometimes called Mind Magic, in that the whole structure and direction of the magic comes from the mind…

Reaper Hawk: Story Elements

Telepathy Telepathy allows the telepath or spellcaster to read a person’s surface thoughts with relative ease. The limits to this is that it only gives them what the target is thinking at the moment of contact and maintaining contact for long periods is very difficult. Magic takes energy, and it is almost impossible to maintain telepathic contact with an unwilling subject and carry on physical maintenance. There is also the fact that a person with sufficient training, either in magic, or in spying, can control their surface thoughts almost indefinitely so that the magical snooper won’t get anything useful unless stimulus is applied to the subject. It is possible to ‘Deep Read’ a person, but that, in effect, scrapes out the subject’s mind, turning the person into an empty vessel, which often results in the subject’s demise. In a deep read, the subject’s memories, thoughts, feelings, and emotions are taken and encapsulated within the ‘reader’. The mage has to be careful that they can control the process carefully or they will become two people in one body, both vying for control. To cope with this, various techniques of compartmentalising the mind have been developed. The mage creates a partitioned section within their mind into which everything scraped from the subject is inserted and compartmentalised. A truly great magician can then at a later date reinsert this mind, suitably modified, back into the subject, leaving them with no memory of what has been done to them in the meantime. The drawbacks…

Book of the Heavens

Note attached to the outside of the original manuscript It is with a heavy heart that I put pen to paper in order to write this account. The heaviness is not due to any reluctance in the telling, for I believe that this account should have been shared long ago, but rather it stems from the knowledge that the time that was foretold before the first dawn is fast approaching and will come upon us sooner than any of us would have wished. The time is rushing upon us when we needs must put aside our guardianship and give over responsibility for all of Elolel’s other children into their own hands that they might undertake the tasks that Elolel has decreed for them. Fear not, however, for though we must depart, that does not mean that we have abandoned you, for we will remain, until the end of days, as stewards to Elolel’s creation. I write this account so that ye who remain may know the truth concerning us and not fall into false beliefs. We are not divine. The universe did not originate with us. We are the Taleael, the eldest children of Elolel, the self-originator and author of all. We are the stewards and guardians of that which was created. I leave you now with this account of the beginning of all things that you might understand not only our part in Elolel’s plan, but your own. The Book of the Heavens In the beginning was Elolel who…