2012 in review

December 30, 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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There are a number of legendary objects floating around the League and Xaphan space, however, none are more sacred and potent as the objects known as the Noabs. The Noabs are 25 objects pertaining to or collected from the 25 departed Elders, one object for each Elder. All of the Noabs are currently in the possession of the Sisterhood of Light in their stronghold of Westron in western Vithland. Many of the great Noabs are not known to the general populace of the League.

The Paramel, by Eve Ventrue

The Paramel, by Eve Ventrue

The Paramel is an exception. It is one of the few Noabs that is well-known outside of the Sisterhood. Appearing as a brass and gold lantern hanging on a long golden chain, the Paramel is a Noab from the Elder Va. The Sisterhood of Light once interrogated prisoners with it in Twilight 4. They also carried it before them into battle, mainly against the Black Hats, who were afraid of its light. When the Elders grew sick and died, the Paramel went out of control and glowed as bright as a star in the Kanan sky for many years until the Sisters managed to bend it to their will and tame it. The Xaphans sought to claim the Paramel and the classic Battle of Ebron was fought over it, with the League being victorious and the Sisters reclaiming it.

The attributes of the Paramel are in dispute outside of the Sisterhood of Light, though it is generally acknowledged by those learned in its lore that it is very powerful and not to be trifled with.

The Paramel provides power to the Missive's Panel on the Seeker (Carol Phillips)

The Paramel provides power to the Missive’s Panel on the Seeker (Carol Phillips)

It is said to be quite dangerous to be in close proximity to, as it actively vetted any who came near it, and those who fail its test are killed immediately. It can cast light far into the future or the distant past. It can bridge gaps of time and space and illuminate one’s fate. As a source of endless power, the Paramel has no peer. It can cast light across various realms of reality and throw aside illusions.

The Paramel has, at various times, displayed a cantankerous, wandering nature. It has escaped from the Sisterhood in the past, moving on its own like a living thing and “hid” in plain sight hanging like an ordinary lantern on Goddown Street in the city of Saga. It powered the Lighthouse of Tuk for several years and lit the Hall of Ethers in Alderveryl Convent. On those select occasions when the Paramel does escape, the Sisters relentlessly pursue it, though it sometimes takes them years to catch back up with the artifact. Any caught in possession of the Paramel are punished by the Sisters, though the Paramel itself has intervened on their behalf in the past, sparing innocent people the Sisters’ wrath.

copyright 2012, Ren Garcia, Carol Phillips and Eve Ventrue

Carahil’s Busy Morning

December 3, 2012

As the LoE Universe has expanded, Carahil has become one of my more popular characters. Smiling and affable, his pure soul and innocent spirit just tends to make people happy.

Carahil and his family, by Felipe Montecinos

Carahil and his family, by Felipe Montecinos

I did a show in Cleveland last year. A question that kept coming up: “Do you have anything for kids?” Of course, the answer to that question was a resounding “NO!” As the rest of the day progressed I thought about it and, slowly, ideas entered my head.

A children’s story?

Should such a thing exist, the clear candidate for such a story immediately presented himself: Carahil, as he is basically a big kid himself. I had written in a small sub-story in the Temple Trilogy about Carahil, that he had taken up with Mabsornath, the Cat Goddess , and that Mabs was pregnant. I decided to develop Carahil and Mabs’ children, coming up with seven of them. In a sort of Lady and the Tramp, moment, all of their sons are seal-type creatures and all of their daughters are cats, except for one: Atha. I saw Atha in my head as the youngest of the group and the most chaotic. Of all of them she is the only one who prefers to appear as a goggle-wearing human child instead of in their usual animal shapes. In the novels, Atha is a seductive, rather unpredictable siren, for the children’s book, she is simply an innocent, precocious kid who, unlike her brothers and sisters, isn’t afraid to make use of her goddess-like power.

For the first book, Carahil’s Busy Morning, Chilean artist Felipe Montecinos will be doing the drawing. It should be ready by June, 2013

copyright 2012, Ren Garcia

It’s always a great event when the cover to a new book is completed. Its like Christmas.

"Against the Druries" by Carol Phillips

“Against the Druries” by Carol Phillips

It’s a big milestone. Soon, the MS will be shored up and finalized, the interior art collected and inserted into the text, the book will be properly sized and lettering will be added to the cover.

Ahh, so much to do.

Book VII, Against the Druries is the epic conclusion to the Belmont Saga begun in Book VI. There’s a lot of exciting things going on in the book and deciding on a subject for the cover was difficult–there was so much to choose from. In a departure from previous LoE books, we decided to go with a scene that doesn’t include the main characters of the story: Paymaster Stenstrom, Lord A-Ram and Private Taara. We thought this particular scene had a lot of cool things going on and the Beta Readers developed a strong liking for the Pilgrims of Merian that are depicted. This cover also has the least amount of Nixies of all the books so far.

Look for LoE Book VII: Against the Druries January 2013

Copyright 2012, Ren Garcia and Carol Phillips