Posts tagged ‘Fantasy Novel’

September 29, 2013

Fantasy Writing – Building A World

by darkjade68

This Post was Originally Posted on My “The Written Word” Blog, December 29, 2012

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Fantasy Writing – Building A World

Not that I’m necessarily an ‘Expert’ on Building Fantasy Worlds… But who knows, maybe I’ll be good at it.

As I approach January 1st, the Starting Date of Beginning to Write My Second of the “Plane Of Ordose” Trilogy Fantasy Novels, “Iliad” (The Sequel to “Chess With Agatha”, which I’m hoping to Self Publish in Jan-Feb), I find right from the start I have a Lot of Work ahead of me.

Now those of you that have been following my site know that I actually started “Iliad” back in July, 2012, right after the completion of the First Draft of “Chess With Agatha”. But then put it on hold for this coming January (A year from when I started the first book), and so have been Re-Posting what I wrote in July to catch my Readers up, for when I begin again come Jan 1st.

But enough of all that.

The Land; In “Chess With Agatha“, the majority of the book took place in what I’ve called “The Plane Of Ordose”… Though for this first book, I really only needed to Create a hand full of pieces of the land for the sake of the Story… As opposed to Creating a ‘Whole’ Land, and or World.

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In fact I still need someone to Draw The Portions of the Map that I did use in the Story, for the Sake of Creating a Map for My Readers in that Book.

But in “Iliad” I Fear/Suspect that I will need much more of the Land to be Revealed, and/or Explained, or at least ‘Accessible’, meaning more of it may be used than in the first book.

This, I suspect, will be a Challenge.

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My Experience In Building Lands; I’d have to say that any ‘Land’, or ‘World’ Building Experience that I might have, would be from when I used to be a Dungeon Master whilst playing Dungeons & Dragons.

Now granted, it’s been many years since I Ran a Dungeons & Dragons Game, but like I say, this, if any, is the only experience I have with Building Something like a Land, or World.

Draw A Map; Often the first thing I’d do when Creating a Continent, was Draw Out a Map… I’m not much of an Artist, but it was Functional Enough.

This will likely be what I need to do for “Iliad” as well.

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Fill It With Inhabitants; The next thing I’d do, is fill the different areas (Be it Forest, Mountains, Hilly Areas) with Inhabitants.

Now Dungeons & Dragons had Charts that you could use for this, though I usually put Creatures where I wanted them… To a Degree. Though, often Forests might have Elves, and/or Wolves, and Mountains would often have Orcs, and/or Giants.

Then amongst these Inhabitants, I’d perhaps Create Leaders for several of the areas (Generally the Areas Where the Players Might Explore).

This, to a degree, will be something I do for My Book as well.

Creating/Determining Main Characters; Though before I get to deep into Inhabiting the Map/World/Land, I will want to determine what some of the Main Characters in the Story are going to be.

In “Chess With Agatha” the Main Characters Were/Are as Listed Below;

Agatha – Daughter of King Elias (The Father thing is a bit more complicated than this, but I don’t want to give it away for those that haven’t Read “Chess With Agatha” yet)

Agamemnon;  Agatha’s Earth Plane Guardian (Also more complicated than this)

The Blue Wizard Hemmingbyrd ; King Elias’s Court Wizard

King Elias; A Ruler in the Land of Ordose, as well as Agatha’s Father

Iliad; King Elias’s Court Jester

Morr; One of King Elias’s Primary Protectors

Jarod; Also one of King Elias’s Primary Protectors

King Eterr; The Dark and Maniacal Villain in the Piece

Queen Sorceress Olamna; The Villainess in the Piece

These are basically the ‘Main’ Characters in the Piece, though there are other Secondary Characters of course.

For Iliad So Far I have These;

Agatha – A year-ish older

Angly – You should Read the First Book to get a better idea who he is

Agamemnon – Same as in the First Book

King Elias – Same as in the First Book

The Villains – I shall not Disclose the Villains (Partially a Work in Progress)

That’s all I shall divulge at this point (Also partially a Work in Progress)

Once I Draw the Map, Develop the Main Characters, and Inhabit the Lands…

There also comes a less familiar area for me, which is ‘More Detailed’ Cultural Things… Such as Religions Etc.

I’m not exactly sure how much I will go into such things, but I do know that there will be more known about The “Plane Of Ordose” by the end of this 2nd Book, than there was by the end of the 1st Book.

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Well, that’s all for now, like I say, I have a lot of work ahead of me… But I am very much looking forward to the process, and hopefully after this particular book, World/Land Building might come a bit Easier to me in Future Books… Time shall tell.

Thanks for Reading/Listening

DarkJade-

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May 7, 2013

The Dragon Tongue War Part VI

by Paul Davis

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V

Fishermen stopped to watch the bedraggled crew in the boat. Three days had passed, and the men had not eaten. Two had already died, the bodies thrown into the river to lighten the load. Such a disrespect to the dead would anger the spirits and ancestors, but Tai Shi felt the spirits were angry enough. As for the ancestors, if these snake men proved as powerful and numerous as they appeared, it wouldn’t be long until all joined their ancestors. By noon the day after the battle, the armor and weapons had also gone overboard.

The final man on the boat was with Winter squad, a bright, young alchemist by the name of Rai. A few final potions around his belt allowed the men to sustain themselves on water alone, though there was only so much of the liquid and the men were already badly beaten. Tai Shi suspected Rai held out a bit with the elixirs, but the captain couldn’t begrudge the youth the selfishness considering the circumstances, and he didn’t want to rouse the youth to some act of stupidity when cornered.

Dock hands were sitting on empty crates, talking, drinking, gambling, and a few even pissing off the piers. When the small boat was spotted, everyone went into action, shouting out towards the men. Most of the calls were incomprehensible, each drowning out the other. News of Zu and Lu Tan was asked for. One or two wanted to know if the men were alright, and if anything could be done to aid the strangers. Soldiers started to the docks and slowly pushed back the curious peasants until all the docks were empty.

A soldier in bronze plated leather armor stood at the end of one dock. He wore a bronze helm with gold inlays and held a spear of green wood with a bronze tip. He said, “Haven’t had many of your kind this way. The south has been pretty quiet.”

“It has been cut off,” Tai Shi said. The three men rowed to the dock where the armored man aided them.

“Cut off? You don’t look well. Cut off by what?”

“What’s your name?” Tai Shi let Rai go first, then aided Jung up to the dock. The soldier on the dock extended a hand to help up Tai Shi.

“Tua of the Bleeding Spear. You?”

“Tai Shi. This is Jung and Rai. We’re from Zu. Lu Tan is conquered.”

“By what?” There was a skeptical look on Tua’s face, which Tai had expected.

“I’ll tell you everything after we rest.”

The three men were escorted by Tua to an inn. The city was very busy, and large throngs were heading towards the docks. Several whispers were heard about the people from the south. Rumors had even started about how the spirits beat the visitors into submission for fishing too greedily, and how Bai Ding would never suffer such a fate due to the gentle fishing practices of the city. Tai Shi was too worn down to argue or comment on any of the conjecture, and just continued to the inn where he could find something resembling comfort.

The Worthy River was on a canal dug through the city to fields far to the west. Water was brought in from the canal, though it was forbidden to dump refuse in it. Some children swam in the canal, though they were fended off from time to time by the elderly. Jung snapped when he saw the youths playing in the canal, “Out of the water!” His eyes were wide and his breathing became erratic and raspy. “They’ll swallow you. Out. Out right now. Before they….”

Tai Shi silenced his friend and dragged him into the inn. Tua looked at them suspiciously. “What did you see down there, that causes men to act like that?”

Jung was helped to a chair, where he continued to move back and forth, muttering incomprehensibly under his breath. Tai Shi said, “Tua, can you take us somewhere private? I will speak to you there. See to Jung and Rai, that they have food and a bath.”

Tua motioned to a few people, and food was set out, along with hot drinks. “Follow me.” The two went into a back room, a curtain separating it from the rest of the inn. There was a booth with a wood table. It was a tight area, but it was segregated well enough. “So what happened?”

“There are snake men down stream. Our men were devoured whole after being poisoned. There were five of us, but two died rowing here. We are the only survivors.”

“Is this one of those, ‘the spirits are after us for our sins,’ speeches? I’ve been getting enough of those already. Everyone’s saying the south disappeared, and it must be the spirits.”

“I don’t think it is. I think there was something else in the river.”

“Then why are they after us? I don’t see why they would want to eat us.”

Tai Shi thought a while. “We took their fish.”

Tua quirked a brow.

“As long as these creatures had food, they staid in the river. We took the food. This is why the spirits warned us.”

Tua laughed, “You’ve been in that boat too long. You should eat and rest and we can discuss in the morning. I’ll send a small squad to look into it.”

With urgency, Tai Shi grabbed Tua’s arm, “Don’t do that. These creatures, they appear as we do. It’s a clever monster, and you will not see those men again. Do not send men. Trust me on this at least.”

“As you say, friend.” Tua firmly removed Tai Shi’s hand. White marks were left where the fingers had gripped. “But honest, you need sleep. Your mind isn’t working right.”

“It’s not.” Tai Shi put his head in his hands, tears starting to well up. The images were all there, of his friends and soldiers which trusted him, poisoned and fed upon. “Nothing is working right anymore, Tua. Nothing will ever be fixed.”

Tai Shi was led out into the main hall. Food was placed in front of him, and all three men were brought to a corner table, far from the other people. Two strong looking men sat at tables near the three from Zu, keeping away anyone with enough courage and curiosity to brave the insane men with questions. Tai Shi didn’t like the treatment, but he understood why it was happening. Jung didn’t have enough wits about him to figure out they were cut off, while Rai was too inexperienced to see it as more than a courtesy to three very hungry and tired men. But Tai Shi could allow the naivety, as ignorance was better than a tantrum from a hot blooded youth.

May 5, 2012

Dark Globe Featured Novel: Chess With Agatha

by darkjade68

The Dark Globe Featured Novel;

Chess With Agatha… And The Dark Fortress Of Doom

by DarkJade/James Mahoney

My Writing History;

When I was pretty young, maybe somewhere between 9 and 11, I started to Write a Fantasy Novel Called “One Knight.

At some point I showed what I had Written to My Dad (Who I didn’t grow up with, but saw several times a year), and he said “This is really Good”.

And ever since then, he’s considered, and talked to me as if I am a Writer… Even when I pursued Film Making in 2000-2003, and got a Short Film into a New York Film Festival… And took him out to New York with me to see it, he still referred to me as a “Writer“.

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