Interview with Dantian

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(Blue could not interview Dantian, Vallorin of the Valleur beyond the Rift, for the time between rift tear and his capture was too fleeting. Blue subsequently spoke to Dantian via a visitation from the realms beyond. The Valleur, it is told, can do this. Whether or not you believe what is recorded below, these are the words as remembered upon waking.)

 

Blue:  My Lord Vallorin, thank you for appearing. We believe others need to know of your sacrifice.

Dantian: I do not regard what happened as a sacrifice. My destiny was written into my name at birth.

Blue: The Valleur scry a newborn’s future and apply a name to suit, right? Is that how you became aware of what you call your destiny?

Dantian: When one grows with a name that is a destiny, one accepts.

Blue: I cannot believe it is as simple as accepting.

Dantian: It was not easy.

Blue: Your brother Dante- what was his destiny?

Dantian: To be the father he was.

Blue: Ah, yes, he had a daughter. According to our records, she did not survive the burning of Ardosia.

Dantian: There are different kinds of death, Blue. Her survival may not be as you trust it to be. Mark the future for news of this daughter of the Valleur.

Blue: We do enjoy a challenge. We shall watch.

Dantian: My time in this form grows short.

Blue: And before you dissipate, my lord, could you tell us what lies beyond?

Dantian: Life. Salvation, if you desire it. Redemption, is you require it. Choice, where before choice was a relative factor.

Blue: I assume you speak now of a destiny voided.

Dantian: Destiny fulfilled. And beyond it new choice. Life.

Blue: We need not fear death?

Dantian: Fear it. What you do in flesh echoes in these realms …

 

(Dantian’s visitation ended then, although Blue claims the essence of his presence lingered for a time. From that lingering she claims to have absorbed more of the man’s personality.)

 

Blue: A footnote, reader: Dantian was a man who loved life despite knowing his destiny. He lived large and loved as much. We are the poorer for his passing. I wish I had known him.

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The History of Ardosia

This short story was a ‘part’ in Lore of Arcana, which was completely removed, and yet it explains quite a bit about Millanu’s reason for returning to Valaris …

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Blurb

After ages of war, a Rift is opened between realms. The Valleur choose exile and peace over war and death. Choosing to rebuild and renew, they start over.

But, after millennia, the Rift opens and ancient loyalties are again put to the test.

This is what happened between their then and their now.

The History of Ardosia

Interview with Llettynn

(A Siric is hard to corner; Blue River Frond is fortunate to have recorded these words.)

 

Blue: You are the Siric leader, Llettynn. How long have you held the position?

Llettynn: Too long.

Blue: I look at you and see a smallish humanoid dressed all in white. Please don’t take offense, but how do you inspire confidence in those you are forced to deal with?

Llettynn: Guardians are not forced into anything.

Blue: I seem to have offended you, after all. I’m sorry. For the record, white isn’t the only colour you wear about your person, is it?

Llettynn: The Siric wear white.

Blue: You are being coy. I am, of course, speaking of your wings. Wings and colour together define the Siric.

Llettynn: It does not.

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Blue: Perhaps I didn’t say it correctly. I meant you wear colour upon your wings, and Siric read status by it. You, for example, carry turquoise … and that, I believe, is the mark of leadership. Others – Declan, for instance – carries red more markedly, because he is your deputy.

Llettynn: Your point?

Blue: Hmm, I see now why others name the Siric as cold. You do not share either information or emotion easily. Why is that?

Llettynn: Immortality teaches even the most emotional of beings to rein it in.

Blue: You’re jaded, is that what you’re saying?

Llettynn: No.

Blue: What do you mean?

Llettynn: Nothing. I suggest you ask a relevant question before I return to my duties.

Blue: Of course. What are your current duties?

Llettynn: The Guardians are present on Valaris, currently searching for hidden sites which may or may not lead to enlightenment. We do this because we hope to curtail Infinity in her desire to unleash chaos upon the universe. I cannot say more, and now I must return. If you seek greater insight, Belun of the Centuar is the Guardian to speak too. Not yet, Blue River Frond; time is of the essence for all of us and even Belun, loquacious as he is, cannot now be spared.

Blue: I thank you for your time and for the advice. Another time, then.

 

(Blue states years later she wished she had pushed the Siric leader harder; in Llettynn there resided a mind of absolute brilliance.)

The Worlds of Lore and the Author

A few words from the author today!

The Lore Series has been the ultimate mission, and to that end the main story is now complete. 3 separate series, yes, but all part of the whole, ending with the 12th volume, The Master Mechanism.

And yet, there is more to say.

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Firstly, much was taken out of the grander tale in the interest of a smooth reading experience, and those inserts served as a greater backstory to enrich the telling. I knew, and could therefore draw on them to flesh out the story. These inserts are now being collated as short stories, and will be published one by one. They are not integral to LORE, but you may find the extras intriguing.

The LORE Short Story Series! 

4 shorts stories are ready, the first of which has just been published (see next post!)

So far:

The Rainbows of Pilan

The Life-Wheels of Pendulim

The History of Ardosia

The Wolves of Valaris

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Secondly, having completed the series, I realised certain characters have their own tale, and the moment I thought that … an added new series was born 🙂

LORE Worlds Series!

One full volume is finished and the second is underway. As soon as the cover art is complete, I will tell you more.

So far:

EURUE – The Forgotten World

FAROCHIN – The Terraformed World

Here’s hoping you will come with me on these journeys also!

ejd

 

Steps of the Magical Condition

The Steps of the Magical Condition is a manual used by sorcerers and wizards to train apprentices and inform laymen of the basics of sorcery. Below is an excerpt that lists the fourteen main talents.

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“Manifold are the talents of the sorcerer. We tend to list the majors, 1 to 14, in a dictionary of terms such as this, because the authors attempt to instil the principle of the ruling number. But, reader, manifold are the talents of a sorcerer.”

 

The Sight – seeing over distance

The Sight – employing visions

Mind Reading and Speaking

Retrieval of objects from afar, both from the physical plane and the ether

Transport of Mind and Body across Space (foundation)

Transport of Mind and Body across Time (mastery)

The Shield of Defence

Control of the Elements (foundation)

Manipulation of the Elements (mastery)

Physical Flight

Invisibility Cloaking

Extension of Life-expectancy (foundation)

Immortality Ritual (mastery)

Creation, Light, heat, sustenance, weaponry … and also thought and emotion

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Aeonian

The LORE Series as a whole, its grand message, is about TIME.

Not time as in time travel (although there is some of that), and not time as in a generational story (yes, there is that, too), but rather the concept.

What is it?

Who made it?

Who measured it?

Do all measure the same?

Is time an imperative?

IS TIME REAL?

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Now, when you’re attempting to deal with a complicated and disputable concept, a writer needs characters able to move through time, see time, know time, BE time, and those characters need to, therefore, be either deathless or as near as.

Yes, immortals.

Time is about eras, eons, years, epochs, millennia, days, seconds, minutes and ages. Take your pick, because to an immortal it is highly relative.

The point of this post, though, is a word I came across recently:

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Eons are also aeons (a word I love!) and therefore aeonian is pretty self-explanatory, and yet, for some obscure reason, it is new to me (gasp!). And, indeed, I have fallen for this glorious and beautiful word. It exudes the concept TIME.

I want to ask the question I am now asking myself. Should I substitute the word ‘immortal’ for ‘aeonian’ in the Lore books? Perhaps that is too much, a pretentious writer’s trick?

Perhaps an all-new tale is written into the scribe’s imagination!

ejd

 

 

A Scribe and His Mission

And it begins with a scribe …

The Master Mechanism – PROLOGUE

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Ghosts craned over his shoulder, he was certain of it.

He felt the cold of dead breath upon the fine hairs in his neck; he heard the whispers of cloth against denuded bones, a sound much like chitinous scratching. On the edge of perception, he was aware of swaying shadows.

When he looked, there was nothing to see.

When he listened, utter silence pressed upon him.

When he held his breath, no mouldy sighs stirred the tiny antennae upon his skin.

Yet he was beyond certain ghosts watched him as he carefully created new words from old ink upon ancient parchment. He hoped the watchers were his ancestors. Benevolent witnesses to his task, perhaps present to aid him in finding the perfect verses.

The words needed to record not only events, but also the emotional state inherent in the timing. He stared into the distance beyond a candle flickering in the night breeze, to see other miniscule amber flames, some far, some near. It helped him not at all, serving merely to underscore how swiftly stanzas eluded him.

Gazing down, older words reached out to him, recorded by the many scribes of his bloodline before him, the verses calling to him, whispering insights, revealing to him an answer. Perhaps the ethereal watchers visited this night simply to draw his attention to the words he now viewed.

Maybe they were present to tell him it was not yet an auspicious time to add his thoughts as lyrical images to the mighty legend contained within parchment pages older than time itself.

Yes.

Something remained undone in the wideness of Time, and it needed doing before he would be permitted to complete his marks upon the ancient material.

He sensed his guests depart. A sense of satisfaction wafted around him, validating his insights.

Sighing and shifting in his scratchy homespun robe upon an unforgiving wooden bench, he gazed into distance once more, wondering when Torrullin Valla would act in such a manner as to finish what he started the moment he drew his first breath.

My Lord Torrullin, I await you. My words are for you.

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The Master Mechanism

The Master Mechanism

It’s finally up!

THE FINAL LORE BOOK!

While I wanted to wait until all the Lore covers have been updated before releasing this, the final volume, I’ve had too many queries from loyal readers about when – when? – will it be available, and decided to do so.

The Master mechanism is on pre-order until July 20 for a mere 99c. Do grab your copy now, while I update the covers! Serendipity and synchronicity may just allow us to have it all coming together at the same time 🙂

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Seasons Somewhere Beyond Our Skies

A good friend and reader (you know who you are!) yesterday asked me about the months of Spring for Valaris.

The months for Summer, Autumn and Winter were up on this Lore Series site, but not Spring. Was there no such concept as ‘spring’ for Valaris (that’s me reading between the lines)?

Truth is, Spring’s post went up around the time the question was asked! Due to a long weekend, I spent little time at my computer 🙂 and caught up yesterday!

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Still, this led to a discussion about Valaris time. Here, after all, is a bit of a difference from our concept of seasons for Earth. Our local world has 3 months for each season, which means a 12 month year. Valaris, on the other hand, somewhere beyond our skies, has a 4 3 4 3 combination – 14 months.

My friend shared this graphic (thank you!) of a more elliptical orbit, to account for the differences:

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This explains it better than my words do 🙂

Valaris follows its magical moon (that magic is for another post) in marking time and seasons.

The calendar is therefore lunar:

14 phases – 14 months

10 days dark of moon and 22 days light – 34 days in a month

A 476-day year.

The two equinoxes fall on a Full Moon, while the two solstices are at Dark Moon’s beginning. Valaris, therefore, has a longer counted year than other worlds, but in actual time elapsed it is a close parallel; the globe spins between light and dark a mite faster, gifting each day a total of approximately 19 hours.

Being approximate, the months lose to the phases of the moon each year, and thus every sixth year winter and summer loses a day to realign. On Valaris, too, it is called a leap year.

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The year therefore ends on the winter solstice, the first night of Dark Moon on the last day of Blizzird. Thus, it is not only the winter solstice; it is also New Year’s Eve.

Valaris follows our northern hemisphere trend, counting the year from winter through the seasons back to winter. Valaris, as continent on world, lies entirely in the northern hemisphere.

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Out there, in the wider universe, worlds are both large and small, and all behave differently in their local spaces. Orbits are never exact and same, and distances from the star that gifts light and life are different as well. The statement above ‘a longer counted year than other worlds, but in actual time elapsed it is a close parallel’ doesn’t make sense, if one wants to be either scientific or pedantic about it.

Valaris, in its present, is a human world, however, and the time comparisons therefore refer to worlds they are able to settle and thrive upon. The timing of worlds beyond comprehension is something else entirely!