May 28th Update: At PaizoCon

As I said in the title, I’m at PaizoCon, and am writing this in advance. Not much will be happening for word count this week, but with any luck it’ll just be a one-week vacation. That said, I’m not leaving you completely in the lurch. Tomorrow the automated launch of another chapter of Into the Eternal Wood goes out to my mailing list, and below I’m adding a basic overview of what will be going into Before the Godsrage.

Before the Godsrage is intended to be a 3-novella anthology. I’m starting with the stories the farthest back in time, and moving toward the present. Each core character will be one who has been at least mentioned in Ancient Ruins or Spells of Old. I’m going to do my best not to spoil the plots. Also note that at present, only Into the Eternal Wood has been written, so some minor details may change (or major).

Marin’s Codex: This story follows the research of Marin into the nature of magic, finally codifying the rules in a way that allows anyone to use magic, at least in theory. This will discuss how magic works in a way that never fit into the Ancient Dreams trilogy. I anticipate this being 30,000 – 40,000 words, but we’ll see.

Into the Eternal Wood: Following the original Sistina Constella, this is the story of her journey to meet a nymph who is mentioned in the prologue of Ancient Ruins, and expands on what occurred there. While eventful, this contains little conflict, and much in the way of world-building. This story is just over 20,000 words in length.

The Looming Shadows: This follows Kassandra Sunseeker, and how a human vampire joined the Everium Academy of Magic as a teacher. As the shadows of the Godsrage itself loom over the country, it shows what was happening, and what people were thinking as it went on. Alone of the three stories, this one does not have a full outline as of yet, but I’m hoping to get 20,000 – 30,000 words out of it.

There you go, a teaser of what’s to come! Or, in the case of Ancient Dreams… a teaser of what has already occurred.

2 thoughts on “May 28th Update: At PaizoCon

  1. Loved your two Sistina stories. Looking forward to the final book. The sleeping goddess, the Dungeon, the captive now sexy Elvin royals; will they be seduced, “the harem” as a whole, the war, golums versus the newely corrupted succubi and some more, what will happen?
    I find the adventurers the least interesting but themselves and the bits about the Kelvanis soldiers act as a kind of counterpoint to the other stories. Almost an alternative narrative, it works.
    What is the disrupter?
    Forgive my impatience. Thank you for a very good story.



  2. The answer to almost all of your questions is… we’ll see. I try not to force relationships into happening in the story, unless magic is involved. I’ve got a few ideas of where things will go, but until I write them, I don’t know for certain. A good example is Jared Falgrave. I did not intend what happened in Spells of Old to happen, but it made the most sense for the characters involved, so I threw out my outline at that point.

    The disrupter is a MAJOR plot element of Halls of Power, which has come up in the first 50k words of the book. Not spoiling it, either.

    And I don’t mind your impatience at all! Sadly, most of the questions are too specific to answer in a public forum, as I don’t want to spoil things. Now, off to the convention proper.


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