This is the final short story insert for the LORE Series and slots in between The Nemesis Blade and The Echolone Mine … and, yes, it’s about doors, special doors 🙂
An ancient people uncover an even older door buried in an obscure place. This mystery leads to strange truths regarding magic and maths … and a host of doors.
A time comes when Avior faces annihilation. To save the future, they use what they learned of doors to create a truly special one. This door leads to a shadowy place, but the future requires those shadows.
Available for free via KU – Amazon
Final edit done, cover ready – EURUE will be available soon!
Meanwhile, here’s a peek at the title (Font and effect that I love!) and the blurb …
The universe is populated and many worlds are far-flung, forgotten. Until the day Gabryl, a man both alive and dead, his body reposing in a sarcophagus, his spirit roaming as a shifting being, bellows a call to arms. Eurue, as world and civilisation, after ages of isolation, will now step into the ultimate arena.
Tristan and Alusin of the Kaval hasten to answer the summons to where tentacled miasmas are consuming people body and soul. Savier, as Keeper of the sarcophagus, sheds light on an ancient legend. Tianoman, Vallorin of the Valleur, brings the Valleur host to Eurue, and Emperor Teighlar of Grinwallin pledges his army.
But how does one fight miasma?
Who is the true enemy?
Meanwhile, as the spaces become frantic, a woman in a turret somewhere, elsewhere, plans her revenge. The schism between what went before and the reality of the present presents to her the power to control the fate of all.
Who will stop her?
The entire LORE Series delves into the concept TIME, and the final book is The Master Mechanism … yup, a clock and a hunt to find it first.
To that end, to showcase time and clocks, I started a new gallery on FB: Master Mechanism
Time did not run concurrent for Valaris and Luvanor. Where the season had just moved into the first month of winter for Valaris, the beginnings of spring was showing on Luvanor. In fact the dual spring on both worlds when Torrullin returned after a two thousand year absence was a rare event, a parallel that came around every seventy years or so, some years for spring, some for summer and some for winter. Autumn skipped the cycle due to the Valarian practice of shortening their winter and summer seasons by half a moon to realign the calendar to the stars. The fact that it was spring for both worlds caused Teighlar to remark to a number of his Senlu that the Enchanter would naturally choose an auspicious time to reappear.
The days were different also. Where Valaris counted out 22.4 hours, Luvanor held to 24.2 hours, which effectively meant morning on Valaris could be midday or dusk on Grinwallin’s mountain, or some other time in the various time zones of that world. It was not a strange concept at all – no two worlds were exactly alike – but it did make for surprise, particularly as few kept track, an intricacy limited to academics and fanatics who loved to fill their minds with the many facts and figures it entailed.
Time’s timekeeper never sleeps
forever telling the tale
of twin war gods
come to their father
seeking magic to eliminate
the monsters of worlds
and in the telling
remind of a taliesman
fashioned in purest gold
a cavorting little dragon
a key, a truth
a legend, a king
the Mysor of old
dragons once, hidden now
hold in their palms
a glorious green sword
a beautiful blue sword
the magic that will
slay the old monsters
remember eternally an anniversary
a coming of age
number five and twenty
time’s timekeeper is awake.
The Forbidden Zone Prophecy penned in Valleur, source unknown
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.
“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)
Extension of Life-expectancy (foundation)
Immortality Ritual (mastery)
Creation, Light, heat, sustenance, weaponry … and also thought and emotion
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?
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.
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:
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!