Still pressing forward. This immorta history is full of elephants, dragons, tigers, religious extremism, one-eyed rebels, warrior queens, alliances, betrayals and more things than I can even get into right now. Thank you for your continued support.
Earth, Sea, Empire
Greetings and hello to you all. There’s so many of you now, I look forward to these numbers swelling in the coming days. News! I had to go back and fix some of the early mythology stuff, so I’ve done that. Now I’m just doing a quick run through of the early mythology and the age of kings and then I’m back to the age of dragons and I can keep chuggin’ through the history. It’s more work than I thought it’d be, but it’s gonna be dooooope. I am pumped. I hope you all had very good thanksgivings and for those of you who don’t celebrate thanksgiving, I hope thursday was great anyway! Sorry everything was closed.
Photoshop is a wonderful thing. Here, I have created (kinda, roughly) the nine Ephemeral Titans (working title), the giant monsters that float around in the cosmos...doin’ stuff. Anyway, these are interdimensional supergods and that’s really all you need to know. Starting at the top we have:
Takhsona: The Golden Takin, Baghantir: The Great Tiger, Baazste: The Mighty Eagle, Ajaraa: Lord of the Dragons, Maghoda: The Noble Horse, Ediya: The Cunning Wolf, Soarkaman: The Selfish Boar, Sundarakh: The Elegant Peacock and everyone’s favorite, Dharin: The Dark Ape.
These guys shape the cosmos and all the things within and without them. Fun times.
I mentioned the giant space eagle, right? A few tweaks aside, this is the general idea, only he flies around space, mostly fighting with the other cosmic creatures, which I’m not gonna get into right now, but this is Baazste, who lays the Three Eggs. There’s the white egg, the grey egg and the black egg. The black egg gets eaten by the dragon, who gets eaten by the eagle, who gets eaten by the tiger, who gets tusked by the boar and dies. Then in the nice warm rotting cadavers of all those animals, the egg hatches and out of it comes a giant space gorilla. That gorilla, Dharin, is the epitome of evil shenanigans and he starts causing a ruckus around space, which causes a big fire and the heat from that fire causes the white egg to hatch and BOOM the Sun God is born! He consumes all the fire for himself and harnesses its power into a big beam of light which he shoots at the big space gorilla, knocks out one of his eyes and sends him blasting off into space. He then sets the eye on fire and we have the sun. This explosion of awesomeness also chips off a piece of the grey egg, which becomes the moon, which he falls in love with and they have the daughters and awesome. Stay rad. More later.
I got an e-mail that said my numbers were slackin’ and I’ve been pretty out of the loop for most of the summer, so here’s what I’ve been up to! Before I can finish the next draft of my book, I need to do a complete history of the Empire without getting too bogged down with details. (We don’t need to know Corelia Masos’ favorite color, do we? I mean okay, maybe we need to know HER favorite color because that could be important at some point, but-) See what I mean? Anyway before I can finish the History of the Empire, I need to finish the History of the Immortals for reasons that matter, but I can’t quite tell you because...I’m not convinced it won’t ruin something. But here we go!
Roughly 70,000 Immortal Years ago, (140,000 human years) the cosmos got together and poofed out some cosmic animals that were made of space dust and anger and...popcorn. They’re massive nebular beings and they’re super cool and mysterious. They smash together and fight and their corpses become things like planets and stars and suns and moons and diamonds and pearls and all those fun things. There are some eggs and some things hatch out of them and one of those things is the Sun God who falls in love with the moon goddess and they have seven daughters who for time’s sake, live in Asgard in a big castle in the clouds and everything’s great. But then this giant evil space monkey shows up and starts ruining things. To fight the evil monkey, they need soul sacrifices so (FAST FORWARD) Humanity exists! For nine thousand years, humanity lives in three castes all dedicated to the preservation of the planet and the sacrificing of humans to satisfy this big furnace that keeps the evil monkey away, but then suddenly after 9,000 years, the giant evil monkey finishes work on his giant doomsday machine, which is just a giant drum in space. With one beat of the drum he tears a hole in space and time and sends a whole bunch of meteors to smash through the wall that protects the humans and the immortals and everybody. Those meteors punch holes in the ground and out of those holes come a lot of demons and giant monsters and there’s a big army and at the head of the army is the youngest addition to the family of gods: WAR! The war god is basically an out of control toddler who leaves messes everywhere he goes and it’s up to his seven sisters to hunt him down and get him back in his crib so there can be peace and all that instead of genocide and mass killings and just...bummertown all over. (FAST FORWARD)
With the goddesses distracted trying to catch their little brother, the Immortals have to figure out how to rule on their own. The first king is Jerighundi Jidha, formerly a priest of the water temple who rises up and does a spartacus move against the demon overlords and drives the demons back into the mountains, but he goes crazy and everyone in his family goes crazy and they’re not very good at being kings (but can you blame them?) so they’re overthrown by their stewards, The Chungas.
The Chungas are way better at being kings, but they’re openly cruel to the House of Andhurashaa (worshippers of the old gods, sacrificers of millions, but very corrupt and self-righteous jerks who just want power, mostly to fight off the evil monkey, but at the same time they kind of.......are.....the evil monkey.) The Chungas are then overthrown by religious zealots from The House and they impose some seriously messed up theocratic shenanigans on their people.
The Khaina (the zealots) rule exactly how one should not rule. They only have four kings and they rule for about 400 years before they’re attacked on all fronts by an ancient and proud general with 100,000 elephants, some ancient exiled kings who have learned to not be dicks to humans, and some wild, eastern "heretics" who just haven’t been "saved/converted" yet.
The Khaina are defeated by the Nayachungas (ancient exiles) and the Pravabhuras (general with the elephants) but when the general refuses to kneal to the ancient kings and claims power for himself there’s some more war which results in a split in the kingdom. This works out for a while, but then a few centuries later there’s another big war. That war drags on for way too long without either side really winning or losing any ground, but then from the south, a cadet branch of the Nayachungas, the Chungamhasaas rise and they’re just good at all of the things. Every single thing.
The Chungamhasaas place their Nayachunga cousins under house arrest and take control of the army, win the war and BEHOLD THE GOLDEN AGE OF KINGS. Everything’s great for a while, but everything being great makes the kings complacent and lazy and they start to not be good at everything. Despite awesome conquests and expansion and immense wealth and all that, their kingdom starts to falter and break apart and factions emerge and all that and before long there are four splintered kingdoms and they’re all fighting.
This is when the Archer Lords, the Dhabhahi emerge and they rule for like ten whole minutes before everything just collapses. Out of this collapse some of those ancient dudes from the Khaina Conclave of religious zealots see an opportunity and they rise up and take power again only this time they’re way nicer. That ushers in the Age of the Conclave, which lasts for a while , but I’ll get into that later. It’s complicated. As the Conclave takes power most of the kings are locked up or executed or exiled and some people are pushed out of the sacred mountains, theoretically to die, but they find some dragons which’ll be helpful later (for the Age of the Dragon Lords) and that’s what I’ve been up to. You’re all wonderful. Stay tuned for more shenanigans and maps! I got maps! So many maps. Too many maps? No such thing! Rock and roll!
Hail, mighty warriors!
My brother sent me this and I think it’s a beautiful way to describe my book. It’s almost exactly what I’m going for, only more roman than medieval, but also medieval,but really just a big mishmash of history with magic and volcanoes and at some point some spoilers will happen and it’ll be wonderful, heartbreaking and beautiful and you’ll love it. That’s the plan. If you’re in one of those states that needs to vote today, please get out there and do it. You’re great! The power is yours!
Earth, Sea, Empire,
Lots of things happening, much work being worked, many histories being historical. I’ve fixed the world map. Based on much math and several sciences, this is basically what the planet looks like around the time my book takes place. In theory, we’ve destroyed the world with our SUVs and X-Boxes and Quarterpounders (with or without cheese) and there’s a big ice age, but when the ice melts again, the whole mess looks very different and there’s about 3/4 of the amount of land we have now. None of that really matters because it’s not going into the book, it’s just something I need to know for me. Here’s a map! I have a few bits and pieces with weather and whatnot to fix, but these are all the major landforms and stuff. If you have any questions...MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA...really, though. Don’t heistate to ask. I’ve GOT the answers.
It didn’t work! I’m sure you all got the memo, but I did not reach my pre-order goal, but that’s fine! I have way more work to do than I thought, so everything’s fine. Stay tuned here for updates and such and I’ll maybe try again when I have more time to devote to things like marketing and being excited that my book is done than trying to do 4 million things all at once AND finish my book. So! With that out of the way! It’s #MapStuffMonday! I’m naming rivers! I literally cannot believe I haven’t named these stupid rivers yet. There’s so many. It’s almost like I’m trying to create a totally new world here or something. Onward, forward and skyward. Everything’s great and I feel great! You’re all great! Tomorrow’s #TOBTuesday! Make sure you’ve liked the Facebook page if you haven’t already and tell your friends. I’ll be posting updates here and there and everywhere. You keep me young.
Earth, Sea, Empire stuff.
I made a world map! You probably recognize a few of these continents. That one there in the center is where the book takes place. To the southwest is where the Keima’i people come from. To the southeast is Rhyfell Proper. The Grey Crag is too small to see on this map, but it’s part of a triangle extending from the southern tip of Yhur and Rhyfell Proper. The Immortals and pretty much all life comes from that island to the north west of the Ma’i Islands and to the northwest of that is where the Dwarves and Uurians (centaurs) are banished when the Immortals rise up against the Uurians and take back their sacred cities and lands. That charred little spot all the way to the southwest? We don’t talk about that. You guys are great! Much love and a thousand thank yous!
Earth, Sea, Empire.
It’s #ToBTuesday! Quick update: I finished the map for real. Maybe not for REAL, I have to add silly things like roads and there’s a certain blank spot that should be in a rather central location, but other than that, this is pretty much what the map of the Immortal Lands looks like in current book times. A shame we don’t see those lands in the actual book, but it all helps shape the world. I finished up the broad strokes of 80,000 years of Immortal History (that’s roughly 160,000 human years) (Oy vey). From their earliest days in the Sacred Mountains of Boku (now western Tenshu), through Birth of War and the Expansion (to the northwest in Yashikina) to their Golden Age, when they explored just about everything but that south western plain, to their conquest and subjugation by the Golden Herd who lived in that southern plain, to their Uprising and Reconquest of their Empire, the Immortals have pretty much just been trying to find out why their gods abandoned them. (Seven teenaged daughters trying to control one manic toddler (war) while their parents try to run the universe.) If you think about it, they’re kind of adorable from a distance. Up close, though they’re covered in tattoos, they’ve got deadly weapons and the skills necessary to pretty much turn you into peanut butter. Not even kidding. Peanut butter. We have fun here. Pre-orders are coming in slowly but surely (maybe too slowly? Maybe not so surely? there’s still time.) Thank you all for your support! Enjoy the map. I’m working on a world map that puts pretty much the whole deal into perspective and paints a pretty (mostly blue (oceans)) picture! Lots of love!