Pondering Science & Architecture


Topic: The Sand Elves

The Sand Elves are a key group of people in my writing that have been, as yet, fairly skimmed over because I wasn’t getting many ideas about them and their livelihood or culture. I mean, obviously, they’re a desert sect of Elves that live in the Litsrandir Desert in the south-west end of Verdania. Only recently –today in fact– did I start thinking about how the desert exists in an otherwise grassy, lush continent. I started thinking on how their region of the continent looks, specifically, and was reminded again about work on the maps of the worlds in my writing. I still lack the money to get Campaign Cartographer 3 and City Designer 3, and have danced around with other programs, so till I have the money for CC3, I doubt I’m going to have a map that satisfies me.

I’ve been reading Wheel of Time lately, and thoughts about the Aiel, admittedly, got me thinking about the Sand Elves. The ideas of sweat tents is interesting, but more importantly, it made me think… where do they get the water to pour on the hot rocks in the first place? And of course, that transferred to the Sand Elves. Where do they get their water? What is the scientific explanation for the desert in the middle of an otherwise lush land?

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So, here’s a quick pic I made of Tal’litse, and the surrounding villages, in the mid-west portion of the desert. Fractal Mapper is still a crappy program, and the demo version of such is very limiting. Anyway, the off-colored “hills” on the maps are intended to be dunes. So, on the south-west portion of Verdania, the desert borders the ocean. Since the winds coming off the ocean would bring in moisture, there is some growth in the desert in the west, and the Sand Elves constructed a canal to encircle the city of Tal’litse so that they could do something that is inspired by Star Wars. You guessed it, moisture farms. I had a lengthy discussion with myself (because at least I listen to me) over the credibility of such a thing in a world not as technologically advanced as the Star Wars universe. This is where the Aiel ideas came in. Perhaps they built specific “sweat” tents along the canal, in order to heat the water from the ocean (since drinking water with that much salt would kill a person) Heat the water, so that it evaporates. The gas form of the water would collect within glass tubes/pillars, and during the day, when the temperature plummets, it would return to water. The salt is collected in bins, and a during the night, the bins are switched out, so they can then swab, shake, or do whatever it is they need to do, to collect the water that, via condensation, is within those tubes. Of course, that’s just for drinking water, as there is no qualms in bathing or washing clothes in salt water.

There are other villages built along the coast, that would have smaller versions of this, sans the canal, as well. And then, there are some villages built along the eastern border of the desert, along the mountains that cover the other borders of the desert, where they gain water via “mines” where they tunnel into the mountains to get to the springs. Thus, the center of the desert is non-populated. No worries, the Sand Elves are the ONLY sand people here. =P Mainly, also, I was debating the materials used in this. Would they have had the ability to shape glass, to make the condensation tubes? Or would they have to rely on a non-transparent metal to collect the water, not knowing till they began collecting, whether or not there was any water to collect? Sure they had sand, and they use magic, so could magic create “spun” glass in lieu of engineering and other technology that does such?

Thus, the Litsrandir Desert is surrounded on two sides by mountains and the other two sides by ocean. Their water comes from springs or boiled and cleansed ocean water. The springs in the mountains create rivers that go north and east, instead of south and west, creating a portion of the lack of moisture in the south-west regions. The winds from the ocean also travel north and east, covering the north end of the desert mainly, but going beyond the desert, leaving a lack of moisture in this region.

I hope one day to have the money for CC3 so I can make better maps for my worlds, but felt like sharing the random place my mind went to today. Its only my constant though over how the world looks that I don’t forget how I want it to look. Still, I would feel more secure with being able to have a computer file to work with, that I could save and work on through changes in the future, as well as keep, for my own reasons. Anyway, if you have any thoughts on the scientific validity of these ideas, feel free to chime in. Or just random opinions, feel free to comment.

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Elven Classification


In Demeteria, and abroad.

I’ve given a bit of info regarding the history of the Elves. And, the history is the same, in the base points, for all worlds within the cosmos of my writing. But, looking between Dorian’s world and Alek’s world, I can’t help but notice a large difference but with no real explanation as to why.

In Demeteria, the Elves thrived and built an empire that rose against the Orcs, fought the Dradar, and crumbled against a demon, then was rebuilt as a Nation, and has been allied with Humans and Dwarves in the past and shall do so again in the near future. In Arvandor, the Elves are either in hiding or in very few numbers, for they are not seen in any large quantities throughout the land and the story. What happened? Why are they so few? This could also play into the why so many people believe that the world of Arvandor is made up of one continent only to be proven wrong at a later time when Li shows up and the events around “Power & Bliss” occur.

Another tidbit of this that has been bugging me is, what sort of elf would those in Arvandor be? There are seas, forests, marshes, deserts, but… Dorian was not born in any march, though he resembles a Marsh Elf from Demeteria. He lives just outside of the Aldeon forest, but he was not born there either. Part of things I wondered about previously was ‘new’ sects of elves, not of the major ‘denominations’ due to different areas in different worlds, or perhaps, cross breeds of others. There isn’t much I can think of, regarding anew unused land features to use for a new sect of Elf, but what if Dorian were the result of a cross breeding between Forest and Marsh elves in the lands of Arvandor? And what became of them all? We know then that the Cavanagh and Blackwood families are elves as well, but what about other Elven families?

I’ve even come up with ideas for Snow and Wild elves, since the whole idea originated for these stories, and they’re again in the Demeteria world, and not in Arvandor. Or perhaps, in Arvandor, one of the other continents they eventually discover is an arctic continent where the Snow Elves reside, and perhaps, various forms of other Elves have taken shelter there, turning them all into part-Snow Elf hybrids. Even if that ends up being the case, there’s still the original point from this post — why? What happened to cause the difference in Elven survival between the two worlds. There’s no evidence of any conflict with other continents, since knowledge of these other continents passed from memory; the rise of the Arvandoran Empire did not have huge conflicts with Elves, as this was after the apparent drop in Elven numbers; and there is nothing, yet, to explain anything that might have chased Elves away to another continent.

On top of which, there’s no mention of the other various races in Arvandor as there is in Demeteria. Where’s the Dradar? Orcs? Trolls? Dwarves? A lot to think about.

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Demeterian Elven Culture


It’s been a while since I posted…. well, anything here. I’ve been working lately on a bit of culture and calendar stuff. It’s been a while since I looked at holidays/festivals/cultural common events for any of the people in my writing, and I revisited it after playing a lil Skyrim, watching the first season of Game of Thrones, and reading some Wheel of Time stuff. All the inspirational stoofs, you know?

Anyway… Days of the week —
Anar’re – Sun Day
Amrun’re – Morn Day
Nelde’re – Third Day
Ened’re – Mid Day
Elena’re – Star Day
Dome’re – Eve Day
Ithil’re – Moon Day

Some not-so-well known calender facts —

Once upon a time (I don’t know when) the month of March was actually regarded as the beginning of the year. September, October, November, and December are the only number named months, from the latin. Septem-7, Octem-8, etc. I decided with the calendar for my writing, I’d try to emulate this. It amounts, simply, to starting the year with the end of Winter and beginning of Spring, rather than partway through Winter. The names of months are being changed for my writing, but there is also a similar theme that comes from the origins of the names of the months of July and August. (hint, Julius and Augustus Caesar.)

Gregorian Calendar Month  –  Elven Calendar Month  –  Meaning/Origin:

March  –  Eldarime  –  From the children of the 8 Prime Fae, one of Danu and Thanatos’s children, Eldarie was a female Fae that was regarded as one of the many Fae that made up the stars, or created the stars. Though still below the Prime Fae, she was regarded as the embodiment of the Morning Star.

April  –  Ataranime  –  From the phrase, Atara nie, meaning “Mother’s Weeping,” this month is named for the month long tears shed by Danu. In an age long past, the war between the Sylvan and the Sidhe brought about the extinction of both races. The death of the Sylvan, Danu’s first children within the many worlds of the cosmos, brought Danu intense sorrow and grief.

May  –  Anorime  –  Anorious was one of the Fae children of Danu and Ignis, and is regarded as one of the Fae spirits over the Dawn and Birth. It is during this month, after Danu’s month long lament, that her tears, and the magic released into the cosmos from the death of the Sylvan, that the Elven race was born. And with them, Danu let new flowers and trees and other plant-life blossom to welcome them into the worlds of the cosmos.

June  –  Ohtarime  –  Ohtaer was one of the Fae children of Ignis and Ventanis and is regarded by some to be the ‘god of war.’ His symbol is a forge fire with bellows blowing.

July  –  Nominime  –  Nominmele was one of the Fae children of  Danu and Seraphim, and is regarded as a spirit of passion and wisdom.

August  –  Hyandime  –  This month was named for Hyandur Silverleaf who, during this month many years ago, reunited the different sub-species of Elves into a singular nation long after the Grey Elf Empire crumbled at the hands of the demon-possessed Dradar (Half-Dragon).

September  –  Raenime  –  Raenir ael’Sylvere was the first Emperor of the Grey Elf Empire. During this month, many years ago, he was responsible for pushing the Orcs off the sub-continent of Silveria for the first time, chasing them to the continent of Telluria.

October  –  Wendime  –  Wendelin is one of the Fae children of Danu and Terranis and is regarded as the spirit of fertility and growth.

November  –  Viresime  –  Viresse is one of the Fae children of Terranis and Ventanis and is regarded as the spirit of the hearth fire and harvest.

December  –  Losime  –  Losien is one of the Fae children of Aquanis and Thanatos and is regarded as the spirit of winter’s early frost.

January  –  Mirilime  –  Mirilien is one of the Fae children of Aquanis and Seraphim and is regarded as the spirit of winter’s replenishment of the soil for next year’s crops.

February  –  Ilmenime  –  Ilmenie was one of the Fae children of Danu and Thanatos. Ilmenie was a female Fae that was regarded as one of the many Fae that made up the stars, or created the stars. Though still below the Prime Fae, she was regarded as the embodiment of the Evening Star.

Elven Holidays, with dates from the previously mentioned calendar.

Dawn of the Morning Star – (Eldarime 1st-7th) Celebration of the new year. (Eldarime, however, corresponds with the month of March, as the end of winter and the beginning of spring.) Crop planting begins.

Rin tel’fealant – (To remember the spirit’s fall) A day of remembrance, with festivities, held to pay respect to the fallen Sylvan and offer condolences and love to the Prime Fae Danu. (Ataranime 14th)

Niireyave – (Tear’s End) The shed tears of Danu, the mother-of-all, brings forth the birth of the Elves. This festival rings out the joy that came from the end of Danu’s sorrow. (Communities celebrate all throughout the month, but its technical observance is Anorime, 16th-30th)

Sylvan Vineleaf Festival – (Ohtarime, 23rd-30th) The first seeds come to maturity early in the summer in the warm forests near to Demeteria’s equator on the continent of Verdania. A festival is held to honor the first crop to come in the year, and to share in the sweet wines made in the Vineyards of the western Sylvan Wood.

Lindanaur – (Nominime 8th-22nd) Meaning “Song of Fire,” Lindanaur is a two-week celebration of mid-summer. In origin, it celebrated the end of conflicts between the Gray Elves and the Dradar, even though their demonic corruption destroyed the Empire years later.

Sea Scout Games – (Hyandime 8th-14th) A week-long tournament of beach and sea-faring contests started by the Sea Elves. Since its inception, it has extended invitations to the other Elves as well as other races abroad.

Unification Day – (Hyandime 17th) The official date Hyandur Silverleaf finished negotiations and efforts with the various Elven races and formed the United Elven Nation that exists today.

Dawn of the Evening Star – (Raenime 1st-7th) Celebration of the mid-year. It is at this time that memory is given to the end of things; memorials decorated with the samples of the year’s flowers as the years final crops are brought in to store for the winter ahead.

Founding Day – (Raenime 9th) Long-since out of observation, this was the day that Raenir ael’Sylvere declared the Gray Elf Nation an empire, after the final battle that chased the Orcs to Telluria.

Duskpine Vineleaf Festival – (Raenime 23rd-30th) The second seeds come to maturity in the late summer and early autumn in the colder forests in the south of Verdania. A festival is held to honor the second crop of the year and to share in the wine made of their fruits. Not as sweet as those of the Sylvan Wood forest vineyards, but still sweeter than anything the Dwarves or Humans make.

Frostfield Vineleaf Festival – (Losime 8th-14th) Though a smaller celebration at first, with materials coming from the northern Dwarven mountains, after the discovery of the Snow Elves a boost in the celebration created this new festival. It is held to celebrate the growth of crops that grow better in the colder climates and colder months of the year. Planted at the beginning of autumn and picked in the early to middle winter, the wines and fruits this crop bears tend to be perpetually cold and refreshing.

After making a calendar, days of the week, and holidays for the elves, I was in a kick for searching through and coming up with elvish words for things. So I came up with the names of the elves in Elvish. o.o

Shaelea – Sea Elves
Ornlea – Forest Elves
Nandalea – Marsh Elves
Fauglea – Desert Elves
Coralea – High Elves
Mithlea – Gray Elves
Losalea – Snow Elves
Hostarlea – Jungle Elves
Rhovalea – Wild Elves
Nos’templea – The Sylvan (according to the High Elves)
Sylvelea – The Elves (according to the Gray Elves)

After I did that, inspired from watching the first season of Game of Thrones, I came up with some terms for the society of the newly added Wild Elves sect.

khila – follower (general citizens)
tuar – servant (craftsmen)
osta – defender (soldiers)
Khilasa – title, one of the circle of advisors to the Calarim.
Khilwen – wife of the Khilasa.
Tuarasa – title, one of the circle of advisors to the Calarim.
Tuarwen – wife of the Tuarasa.
Ostarasa – title, one of the circle of advisors to the Calarim.
Ostarwen – wife of the Ostarasa.
Calarim – title, Chief/Leader
Calarwen – title, Lead Lady/wife of the Calarim

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Arvandorian Empire: Part 1


So, my biggest holdup in finishing Dorian’s story is procrastination. I started the story with flying colors, excelled beyond my own expectations, but when it comes time to revising that rough draft into something viable of publication, that’s where I hit a snag. On top of it, that is not my only hold up.

Perhaps only as a personal distaste, I find myself continually making these references in the story that I wish to expand on. Things like “the empire,” “Arvandorian Empire,” and “Imperial ‘enter noun here’.” However, I have very little description about the Empire itself and the people in it. I have no names set down in stone for the members of the Empire, nor do I feature any of these characters except in loose reference in accordance with other characters of the story. I find myself often thinking that Dorian lives in the Star Wars world with how often I simply say “The Empire.” (though, I have played Dorian as a Sith Warrior in “Star Wars: The Old Republic”)

Anyway, I feel it is time to buckle down and decide once and for all what sort of characters are members of this alliance, and what sort of group they are. They shall not be Roman inspired because, 1, Elder Scrolls did that with their Cyrodill Empire, and 2, the structures I have described and have in mind for Arvandor City do not match with a Roman inspiration. (no stone pillars or aqueducts spanning over the city’s roofs) Instead, I see this as more of a Middle Ages, between the Dark and Medieval time periods, Empire. So, this could mark it as English, French, German, etc. all depending on the civilization’s decor to the architecture. The Germans are a no, for they are the basis behind a different set of people in the story. French and English both fit for the idea of pompous aristocracy I had in mind for the Empire. (But then, much of the Middle Ages civilizations were ruled by pompous nobility and aristocracy…) In the end, for some kind of connection with Dorian, I think I’m going with a grander British scheme, not just English, but a blend of English, Scottish, and Irish. (Since Dorian has a little Celtic backing — if that was not already evident with his mother’s maiden name being Cavanagh) Perhaps this will lead to a connection between Dorian and Alain, since Alain comes from the origins of the Scots people. (And both have issues with their anger, Ooo… the imaginative juices flow)

More on this another time.

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Elves, Elves, Everywhere!


Lately, I have been noticing a web search on “elven culture” linking to another page of mine. Now, I do not know how genuine it is, because I did the search myself and I went through 15 pages of results on google without finding my own page and so gave up. I seriously do not see people going through 15+ pages of results, not finding what they want (i.e. stumbling upon my page) without revising their keywords. And so, I started thinking. As those who know me will figure out, my thoughts travel in nonsensical patterns and I decided to do a bit of writing on Elven Culture again. Now, this is where my two series of story intertwine, as I have stated in previous posts. The stories of Aleksander Zachery (Repeating History) and Dorian Blackwood (What Lies Between…) are in entirely different worlds, or planets. However, they exist within the same universe. Even though neither tale is any way tied to Science Fiction (…yet) I do stress planets, simply to make it clear that their environs are not separate continents in the same world. Arvandor and Demeteria are different planets within the same cosmos.

Anyway, delays aside… I made a post titled “Elven Nation Culture” where I discussed, specifically, the elves of Demeteria. However, the deities that created Demeteria are the same that created Arvandor. I feel, since the same things occurred (regarding the Sylvan) in Demeteria as in Arvandor, then there would be similarities between the species of Elf that Dorian gets classified under and the species of Elf that the Silverleaf, Dusksinger, Sunstorm, etc. families get classified under. Not to say that Dorian would be a Marsh Elf (since he has physical similarities to that of Dinaer Dusksinger and other of the Marsh Elf sect) but that he would have at the very least, some similarities there-in. Afterall, “Aldeon” is the name given to the forests of Higashi due to the color of their leaves. Aldeon is an Elvish word that means “Ever-Autumn;” this is the same dialect of Elvish spoken by the Forest Elves in the Sylvan Woods, Verdania of the Demeterian world. Dorian was born neither in a forest nor a marsh, but the town he lives in is very close to both types of land-mass within the continent of Arvandor. Who is to say which species he is? To be honest, I never really dwelt on a specific sub-species of Elf that he would be classified under. But, in these thoughts of Elven Culture that were brought about by the origin of this post’s creation, I cannot help but feel I now should.

However, just because Arvandor and Demeteria are of the same universe, does not mean that he gets classified by the same sub-species. Not every world would be exactly alike, that is proven simply in the layout of the terrain in both worlds. So, how does Dorian get classified? Despite the idea that the classifications would not be viewed similarly in each world, I cannot help but say that Dorian would not be a wood elf/forest elf because of, perhaps, my love for Tolkein. Dorian looks nothing like Legolas’ style of Mirkwood Elves, nor does he look like Celeborn & Galadriel, the Loth’Lorian style of Elf. Rather, Dorian is more alike Elrond and Arwen. Shorter hair, of course, but still… darker colored eyes and hair, and tanned skin from not having barrier of tree branches over-head. But which is it that made Elrond different? Being Half-Elven or being Half-Maiar? Obviously, the Maiar do not exist within my story and Dorian is not Half-Elven. Anyway, that’s a matter of thought for another time. Either way, Dorian is not Forest Elf or Marsh Elf, alike those in my other series. Nor is he very much in tune with his Elven lineage, for his family did not seem very much attuned with it in the same manners as was found in Tolkein’s work or in Repeating History. The Cavanagh family show a very dark demeanor, and being snakes, perhaps they could be classified as Marsh Elves. As for the Blackwood family, they could very well be considered Forest Elves, but perhaps an example of a sub-sect within the sect? Blackwood; perhaps they lived in a small forest that bordered the marsh, where darker wood trees were found, rather than being from Aldeon itself. In which case, Dorian would be half-Marsh Elf, half-Forest Elf. Making him something unique and without a name of its own. That seems fitting to me.

The Cavanagh and the Blackwood are not the only elves in the story, and I never explored what the others of the Nightmist were. In Rhy’din, in AOL RP, there were many things they were, and that was the splendor while at the same time the curse of being a Rhy’din RPer. Freedom to do as you wish is great, but often times, people do go overboard. Myself included. And to be honest, it was 20 years ago, so I do not recall every detail from back then. So, was Rosa an elf as well? If so which sect? Kain? Vayne? Garr? etc. That will take some time to piece together. To push towards the point where I eventually unite the two series together, I would say that Vayne at least is an elf as well. I am sure there are a few people titillated by the idea of an Elven Vampire. Perhaps even a few that dislike the idea. But, these are my ideas, and the paths my mind takes. I told you I was crazy.

I do not have an area of frigid temperatures in the Arvandor world, yet. I have not defined any such creature as living in such an area, and so, that would mean that Ice Elves do not exist in Arvandor as they do in Demeteria. This does not mean that they cannot, as I have not really mapped out the whole of that world. It may come about in times, and who knows, maybe in time, I will come up with ideas to feature other types of Elves than are listed in the Demeteria world. Though, to be honest, I cannot think of anything else that would seem appropriate at the time. Unlike Elder Scrolls, I cannot feasibly think of creating  an Elven race that lives within the earth. That’s Dwarven territory and I do prefer to keep Dwarves and Elves as separate species/races.

However, while I cannot think of any other sect of elf, in regards to what I already have, I do kind of have ideas stemming from what was stated earlier. If Dorian is half Marsh Elf and half Forest Elf, what if I were to change Forest Elf to Wood Elf (hopefully not stepping on TES’s toes…) and then take into consideration the idea of sub sects. Since Dorian’s split lineage marks him from a forest nearby a marsh, what if within the categorization of Wood Elf there was then Pine Elf and Oak Elf etc. defining the type of wood or forested region they came from? And so on, try to do the same for the other categories as well. Such as River Elf being a cross between a Sea Elf and a Jungle Elf? Something more to think on.

Much to think on, so while I do that, I shall end the post here for now. Hope this equated to something more than textual rambling. =P

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Origins of the Nightmist


Not really sure that I remember how much detail I went into in past; not much I do not think. Since I mentioned in my previous post about explaining more about the other members of the Nightmist in “Power & Bliss” I thought I would post a little here as well, to show what is in store. I do not go very much in detail with their individual backgrounds, as that has little bearing on “Power & Bliss” specifically, so here we go.

Kain Nightmist is the founder of the clan. As said before, the Nightmist Family is not a family related by blood, but instead, a family related by their experiences and tribulations. Kain’s father was a soldier, and Kain’s mother was (as the norm in the continuity of the story) a housekeeper. However, both were killed in a battle during the rise of the Arvandorian Empire. This left Kain an orphan and he was moved to an orphanage. However, he grew to age in the orphanage, never being brought into a new household. He had a brother, named Garr. This is the only true blood relation among the Nightmist. Garr was one year younger than Kain, and when Kain was allowed to leave the orphanage due to coming into adulthood, he brought Garr with him, and went off on their own. During and after the war, there were many groups that opposed the Arvandorian Empire, and since none could do much alone, they formed an alliance to oppose the Empire. However, this Alliance did not get very far over the years, even united. Kain would have supported them, except that he did not see enough differences between the two groups to truly say the Alliance would be able to institute a better system of government throughout Arvandor. This, Kain and Garr initiated the Nightmist Clan, to simply help out those in need, regardless of what government was in control. They had little teaching in the form of acquiring a trade skill, so Kain endeavored to thievery and smuggling. He got weapons and supplies to the Alliance against the Empire just as readily as he moved things throughout the land for the Empire itself. So long as it got them money and the ability to survive, he did not care who the job came from. Of course, this did not mean that Kain and Garr were without scruples. Everyone has their pet peeves, hangups, and fears.

As I have stated in posts about Dorian directly, his chiefest hangup, the one thing he absolutely will not stand for, is the theft of one’s free will. This same hangup is what drew Dorian and Kain to be friends. However, Dorian was not the first to be brought into this newly formed Nightmist Clan/Family. There were many to meet and get to know when Dorian came onto the scene. First of all, there was Rosalinde Nightmist. Like his sister, Rosalinde had been raped when she was younger. While Raina suffered such at the hands of her older brother, Mathias, Rosalinde suffered such at the hands of her father. Unlike Dorian, who killed his own father and brothers, Rosalinde did not. Instead, in a fit of rage, she struck him in the head, and fled her home. She did not go to an orphanage, like Kain, and instead, wandered the streets until she crossed paths with Kain. Kain and Garr took her in, and showed her the love of a family that would never due such things to her. This is what drew Dorian, initially, to Rosalinde. Dorian idolized his sister whom had suffered a similar fate, and so he felt compelled to protect her as he did his sister. From there, it grew to something more. Something astoundingly confusing, but something more nonetheless.

Vayne is the oldest of the crew, of course, being a vampire (though there are other vampires that serve him directly as fellow members of the Nightmist Clan). He is the eldest among his kin who formed a group prior to their union with the Nightmist. He was nicknamed the Black Rose and the living servants that protected him when he was forced to slumber during the day, were called the Black Thorns. Ironically enough, or perhaps simply from a lack of imagination, the person in charge of such protective group was called Thorn. All people had nicknames in their group, to hide their true identities from the Empire or anyone else that opposed them. This tactic was adopted by the Nightmist as well after their union. Kain took the name Knight, Garr took the name Squire, Rosalinde took the name Ivy, and Dorian had many names already from which to choose. Little is known, even among the Nightmist, of Vayne’s life before he was a Vampire, but of what is known, he was turned into a vampire unwillingly, and was not looked after by the one that turned him. He was supposedly hunted by everyone living and undead for some time, before his story could be heard. Even then, it was apparently distrust that followed him. He took it upon himself to shelter vampires of like kind and protect them from the underworld’s menace that would no doubt hunt them down as well.

Raina has not been admitted as a member of the Nightmist Clan, however, with the events that transpire in “Power & Bliss” I forsee it as happening soon. Thus, I have no nickname for her at the moment, though I suppose that Dorian will simply default on the name he gave her when they were still young and dodging the criminal organizations in Kadmos. And then there is also Li Shaoshen, who has not been added to the group as a whole. I am not sure whether or not I shall, or if he’ll even be much of a featured character in the tales unless directly related to Dorian. That will be decided in time.

I am also working on some short stories that I see taking place before and after “Power & Bliss” and there are three newer additions to the Clan amidst these short stories. I cannot give back story on them, as that actually would spoil the short stories at this time. Let us simply say it once more ties in to the unified hangup amidst the various members of the Clan, and that their names are Nibiko, Salera, and Zsa’da. They will not be the last either, I have many others in mind, and I shan’t even mention their names, for their stories are a build up from what is already in the works. (Accurse these plentiful ideas that keep me from finishing a single project in a timely manner!)

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Long Time coming


An update!

I believe I mentioned a while back how Dorian poked a hole in my plot in some dialog while I was writing back in November and that kept me from my ultimate goal of trying to reach 100,000 words during nanowrimo. Well, I was far from 100,000 words, but that aside, I have not shoved this story aside completely. I’ve been working on plugging that hole, but also on fleshing out some of the scenes in what I had written, so that it wasn’t as skimp. Perhaps it’s just personal nitpicking, but the chapters were too short in my POV. Anyway. I’ve gotten through a few chapters, as well as came up with an answer for that annoying question Dorian asked.

I hope to have the chapters posted on wattpad revised soon to fit all the changes I’ve done, but I will not simply leave it at that. If it doesn’t happen soon then oh well, but I want to keep the revisions held back till I have the whole story (though it is still only a rough draft) available to be put up together.

The fleshing out I have done includes: A bit more description of characters and scenery in the individual scenes, and a bit more detail about Dorian’s crew, the Nightmist Clan. I felt in the original writing I did not have much told about Kain, Vayne, and the others. On top of that, I even included some other members of the group along with information about them individually so that their “familial” relations could be better reflected upon. I have also dabbled with the idea of some short story ideas about the Nightmist that might precede or follow “Power & Bliss”. These ideas have come to me while playing these characters in SWTOR. I just have to amend for the right continuity.

I shall decide on that in time, though, so until then, good day all!

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The Future of the Blackwood family


In World of Warcraft, Dorian had a son. Now, while there were some differences between the Dorian Dawnmist in WoW and the Dorian Nightmist in what I wrote this past November, there is also plenty of similarity. Obviously, the mother is not the same person.

I have randomly begun thinking though of Dorian having a son. What would the relationship be like?

Dorian has big issues when it comes to things like family. In fact, he even hates the term ‘family’ because of his own feelings about his father and brothers. However, would things be different if he were the father? Part of him would wonder if he would turn evil, because of how his father treated him and his becoming a father. However, another part of him is devoutly focused on never being anything like his own father. However, he is still a criminal; dependent on thieving and things of the sort in order to survive.

He has no qualms nor regrets for doing what he had to do in order to get by. He wanted to survive, and therefore, thieved, killed, and many other criminal things, simply for the capability it presented to survival. But he would not want anyone to have to do this. In fact, he has always hoped to find some means to support himself and his sister so that they would not have to resort to such things. Who wants the Arvandorian Empire on his/her ass all his/her life? He would seek to do the same for a son, if he ever had one. He would not want his son, or his daughter whichever the case may be, to grow up having to commit crimes to get by. He has no qualms with doing what he has done, but he did not have a choice. It was thieve or die in a gutter. He would have no plans to abandon or abuse his own children, and therefore, would wish to provide for them. The usual parental mentality; “I want my kids to have all the things I could not have growing up.” However, Dorian does not possess the means to supply his own kids with such things as he still is dependent on criminal activity to get by. Even with the support of the Kindred and the Nightmist, he is still knee-deep in criminal acts in order to survive. They all have their problems, and they support each other, so they are one big family, but no one has the money to support themselves. All jobs bring in money that is used to support everyone.

I do not have a name in mind yet, because Kalline was only a fitting name for Dorian’s son considering related RP going on in WoW. Since both the mother and people Dorian is interacting with in the world of Arvandor are different, then a son’s name would be different too. Since this story is also based in part on RP that took place in AOL decades ago, I also cannot remember the name of his son back then, which merely puts further damper on involving a son in anything in the future.

As a general rundown, however, I see Dorian’s son being given, in time, the two relics of Dorian’s heritage. This would make his son the third of three people possessing their secrets and power, and could make for some interesting story about the son specifically. I see a relationship between Dorian and his son as one of conflict. While Dorian would never treat his son poorly, and do his best to try and lead his son to a respectable profession rather than to the life of a criminal, Dorian’s son might see something in that criminal underworld that might net more money and for less work. He would see that as a more lucrative and more desirable plan of action, and would get into arguments that seem very … mafia-esque, “Analyze This” similar. (in case you did not see, or do not remember, Robert De Niro plays Paul Vitti, a modern times mafioso in NYC who is having psychological trauma over unresolved issues with his father who tried to lead Paul to a better life, and keep him out of the business. As a child Paul witnessed the hitmen approaching them while out at dinner, and did not say anything. Thus, deep inside, Paul feels responsible for his own father’s death.) I’m not saying I am fantasizing about a situation in which I kill off Dorian, because I do not know that I could do that. I love writing about Dorian too much to just kill him off for a story about his son. However, I do see Dorian and his son in similar circumstances as Paul Vitti and his father; at odds about the son’s future.

Anyway, that is my ideas for now. I do not see the son being mentioned in the completion of What Lies Between Power & Bliss but I do hope to bring him up in the next story. And at some point, of course, I am also going to merge the worlds of this story with Aleksander Zachery’s. Of course, I already have, but I mean bringing the main characters into interaction with each other in order to finalize that union of universe.

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Nano ’13 The End


Ok, so in the end, I wound up not posting about the last half of the month, pretty much.

I got back into playing SWTOR a bit, and that distracted me from this page, but I was also distracted by a scene I wrote in which Dorian himself poked a hole into my plot through a conversation with another character. So, I got no where near 100,000 words in the end, and ended the month with just over 60,000. I still reached the goal in the first 15 days, but after that day 15, I only wrote another 10,000 in the last 15 days, which accumulated to … 2 or 3 chapters I believe.

I still have more to write, I have to bring the story to a conclusion, and I will be focusing on that still. The writing will not be done as quickly as it was in November, because it seriously cut into doing other things in that time. Anyway, I shall finish this part of the story of Dorian and share it in time.

For now,that is that. Nanowrimo is finished, but that is the second our of three years where I met the goal. I look forward to finishing this story as I really see this one at least being a fun project to finish. Hopefully, I can get it published in time. Here’s to hoping.

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Nano ’13 Day 16


Yesterday was a busy day. On top of it being my birthday, it had two write ins, one of which was a mid-month special write-in/snack-in at the Morris County Library. It was my first time at that particular library, and I was stressing over being able to find it without difficulty, but I got there. Then, at the end of the day, my parents took me out to dinner, so I was not home much yesterday.

Nevertheless, in two write ins, I got down just about 3300 more words. I have no idea how far I have till I am “done” with the story but as I said before, it feels like it is close. I feel like there is going to be one final battle coming up soon, but at the same time, I feel like there is still more I have to explain. I know I’ll have a lot to do in editting and proofreading, so who knows. I will keep you posted even after Nano about the progress of this story!

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