Book Update – 24/04/2019

Greetings everyone! I hope you’ve been doing well and, for those lucky enough, enjoyed the long weekend.

It’s been over a month since my last update so I’m going to make this a bit of a big one! What’s been happening since last time? Quite a lot actually!

New Zealand – Australia’s Canada!

I recently returned from an epic trip to New Zealand. I’ve never been before which is really slack on my part considering I live in Australia. I guess with New Zealand being so close to home I took it for granted.

I loved New Zealand! The country was beautiful. The people were extremely friendly. And, most importantly, the food was great!

My American mates flew all the way from New York City and joined me in Middle-Earth. Come on, you had to expect there to be at least ONE Lord of the Rings reference! Trust me when I say there were plenty of them on the trip…

We spent most of our time hiking around the national parks of the South Island which included Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, Mt Aspiring National Park, and Fiordland National Park. Unfortunately, some of the trails we wanted to do were closed off due to some recent storm damage. Regardless we still got to see some amazing scenery including this shot from Gertrude’s Saddle:

Despite being in New Zealand for a few weeks I felt like I was there for a few months. The fresh air and stunning natural landscapes put my brain into a creative overdrive. Though it was sad to leave New Zealand and bid farewell to my mates, I looked forward to coming back home so I could get back into writing.

Zoya – My Feline Distraction

As you might recall, I’m now the proud father (?) of a Russian Blue kitten called Zoya. She continues to follow me around everywhere and is constantly preventing me from progressing further with my writing! I mean, look at this photo for example:

You might be asking yourself, “Shouldn’t he be writing, and not playing Sekiro?” Yes, I probably should be writing but if she’s not sitting on my keyboard or walking over my keyboard… or sleeping on my keyboard… she’s standing in front of my screen and attacking the mouse cursor.

Now I think about it, I should’ve posted a photo of that instead…

In any case! She’s a little furball of fun and recently has grown bored with my desk.

Encyclopedia Sarcadia – Vampire Section Complete!

Since returning from my trip I’ve put in a LOT of work into the Cardinal’s Encyclopedia Sarcadia. I’m happy to announce I’ve completed the vampire section of the Encyclopedia Sarcadia!

In the last update I mentioned I finished working on the backstory for Octavian, the First Vampire, and Darius Aventis, the first human turned by Octavian. Since then I’ve completed backstories on multiple key vampire characters as well as various vampire clans in Sarcadia.

Here’s just a quick sample of some of the major vampire clans and who their leaders are.

The Cardinal are the most dominant vampiric force in Sarcadia. It’s their belief humans should be under the rule of vampires, specifically the Cardinal, in order to ensure humanity’s survival from supernatural threats and to save them (humans) from themselves.

The six founding members of the Cardinal were responsible for Octavian’s death. The factions & leaders within the Cardinal are as follows:

  • House Aventis led by Darius Aventis (click here to see a brief rundown on him).
  • Clan Magnar led by Magnar Blutfest, a feared barbaric warrior with a violent, short temper.
  • The Duchy of Stagnum led by Beatrice Ellsworth, a Duchess from Hartland infamous for her cruel regime and ravenous appetite.
  • The Torino Dynasty led by Thomas and Tabitha Torino, a pair of twins who pride themselves on their appearance.
  • The Lyceum of Shadows led by Leverett Augustine, spiteful boy who loathes being trapped in the body of a child for an eternity.

The Menagerie are an aggressive vampire clan spread throughout Sarcadia. Initially the group was comprised of Octavian’s three hundred neophytes and their fledglings. The numbers suffered greatly due to the vampiric civil war known as the “War of the Blood Moon”.

Those still loyal to Octavian continue to fight in his name to this day. They’re bitter rivals of the Cardinal and are feared throughout Sarcadia for their ruthlessness. The Menagerie believe Octavian will rise again and will shroud Sarcadia in permanent darkness.

What’s next?

The next, and final, major section of Encyclopedia Sarcadia will focus on the countries which exist in my world. There’s a decent amount of work to do as each country has its own history, religious beliefs etc. that need to be fine-tuned.

Despite there being a lot of work ahead of me, I’m confident I’ll have this section completed by the end of May. I’ll be keeping you updated at least once a week with how things are progressing. That way, it should motivate me to write at a quicker pace!

That’s all for now! Thank you for reading and thank you for your continued support. Once I’ve completed the first draft of this encyclopedia, the real fun will soon begin!

Until next time, be safe and take care!

W.F. Thorne

Book Update – 19/03/2019

Hello everyone! It’s time for another update on how the editing for Encyclopedia Sarcadia is coming along.

Progression has slowed down a bit more than what I had anticipated but for a good reason! In my previous update I mentioned I was going to be getting a cat. Allow me to introduce to you my Russian Blue kitten, Zoya (the Destroyer)!

She’s been doing great and has settled in very well. She’s very playful, friendly, and purrs her head off constantly. She’s taken up most of my time (seriously, it’s like raising a child) but now she’s comfortable in her new home I should be able to start writing and editing again.

Fortunately, I do have a quick update this week! I’ve started to edit the vampire section with the aim of completing this by the end of the month. Here’s a quick summary of two important vampires in Sarcadia:

Octavian – The Fallen Son

Octavian was once the favourite son of Sarcadia’s deity, Atriarch. He was unique among his brothers as he took an interest in defending the innocent Sarcadians from Tenebris’ demons. Atriarch granted Octavian permission to assist Sarcadia, a decision he would ultimately regret making.

Octavian would be killed by an avatar of Elysia, the ruler of Tenebris, then resurrected as the first vampire. Atriarch was angered by Octavian’s transformation as he believed his son shouldn’t have allowed himself to be deceived so easily. Not only did Atriarch turn his back on his once favourite son, but he ordered the execution of all his sons, judging them to be weak and just as corruptible as Octavian.

Initially the Fallen Son tried to resume his normal life but Sarcadians throughout the realm violently drove him away. Octavian bared witness to his sisters slaughtering his brothers and it was then that he finally succumbed to his supressed rage and anger.

For over 300 years Octavian unleashed his “Menagerie” of vampires on Sarcadia and they spread his terror. Octavian’s demise would come at the hands of his own vampires who disagreed with his plans to eradicate humanity from Sarcadia. His death was orchestrated by the first vampire he created, Darius Aventis.

Darius Aventis

Darius Aventis is the first human turned into a vampire by Octavian. He originally served as a Senator in Alibrium and was highly revered for his progressive views and selflessness. Darius, like most of his Senators and the general population of the country, despised their ruler – Imperatur Mavos IV.

Darius was in talks with the major houses of Alibrium to install him as Alibrium’s new ruler, but this would never come to fruition. Octavian not only turned the Senator into a vampire, but also slaughtered Darius’ entire family. Darius stayed by Octavian’s side for over 300 years, slowly plotting and scheming his master’s downfall which would occur at the end of the vampire civil war.

Darius was too familiar with the dangerous threat of vampires and the supernatural. He also knew how cruel and heartless humans could also be to themselves. Along with the other vampires who helped him kill Octavian, Darius founded “the Cardinal” with the intention of protecting humans by ruling them.

Darius is regarded as the most powerful vampire in existence today and his faction, House Aventis, controls more than half of the continent of Alibrium. In doing so, Darius has established a haven for both humans and vampires.

That’s all for now! I’m hoping to have at least one big update before I leave for my trip next week. If not, I promise to post more photos of Zoya!

Until next time, be safe and take care!

W.F. Thorne

Book Update – 04/03/2019

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend or are still enjoying the weekend depending on where in the world you’re reading this from.

It’s time for another update on how the editing for Encyclopedia Sarcadia is coming along. I’m very happy to announce I’m way ahead of schedule! I gave myself the aim to have the section on Tenebris edited by the end of the week. I surprised myself by achieving my goal on last Thursday, which means I’ve started editing the section on Vampires earlier than what I anticipated!

“So, what’s a Tenebris?” I hear you ask? Allow me to give you all very quick rundown.

Tenebris – The Realm of Darkness

Tenebris is my universe’s version of Hell. It’s a vast, endless battlefield shrouded in shadows. Tenebris is inhabited by multiple races of evil, vile beings and creatures collectively known as “Tenebites”. They constantly fight and murder one another unless they’re battling the armies of Caelum, (my universe’s version of Heaven).

Some of these Tenebite races include:

  • Daemons
  • Orcs
  • Lycans
  • Succubi
  • Ogres

Elysia – The Dark Mother

Tenebris is currently ruled by Elysia who was originally from Sarcadia. She used to be a devoted servant of Sarcadia’s deity, Atriarch. The two copulated and, unbeknown to Atriarch, Elysia fell pregnant with his child. Her claims she bore their God’s child angered her church. Her blasphemous statement resulted in her being severely tortured and left for dead in a forest.

Elysia and her unborn child survived her punishment and she would go on to give birth to a healthy baby boy. However, Elysia immediately committed infanticide in front of Atriarch as revenge for not coming to her defence. Atriarch killed Elysia and damned her to an eternity in Tenebris.

Elysia would become corrupted by the realm’s power and she would eventually be transformed into the demonic entity she is today. She would dominant all Tenebite races and wage a bloody war on Sarcadia. Elysia extract further revenge on Atriarch by turning his favourite son, Octavian, into the first vampire.

Werewolves

Werewolves exist in Sarcadia and derive from the ancient Lycan Tenebite, Xensaroch. Werewolves in Sarcadia aren’t humans who can transform into beasts. In this universe, werewolves originally were wolves who were turned into humans by Xensaroch. Most of the werewolves in Sarcadia maintain their human form and only morph into their Lycan-like bodies when necessary.

The strength, agility, and look of a werewolf is dependent on where in Sarcadia they originate from. For example, werewolves from Rykhart are the tallest and strongest, while werewolves from Un’Kabaal are slimmer but are the most agile.

Witches

Witches also exist in this universe – further contributing to the chaos caused by Vampires, Werewolves, and other sinister supernatural beings. Not only do they worship Elysia but they also worship the ancient Tenebite, Belzabardos. It’s through the “Chatterer of Secrets” that one gains unlimited knowledge of the dark schools of magic.

There are different types of witchcraft one could study. You could spend your life learning how to raise the dead as a necromancer or, you could learn how to summon a Tenebite to do your bidding.

I could go on, but I only wanted to provide you all with a bit of a teaser! I promise you there’ll be a lot more information on the subjects I’ve mentioned and much, much more once the encyclopedia has been edited.

At the pace I’m going the final product shouldn’t be too far away if I don’t get distracted… which might happen a bit more as a kitten will be joining my home soon! I can totally see this website being transformed into a shrine dedicated to my cat!

That’s all for now! If all goes well by this time next week, I should have another big update for you.

Until next time, be safe and take care!

W.F. Thorne

A Quick Update – 25/02/2019

Hi everyone! I hope the “Year of the Vampire” has been treating you very well. It’s crazy to think we’re already approaching the end of February. 2019 is flying by and will be over before we know it, so I think now’s a good time for a long over-due update.

Encyclopedia Sarcadia

The editing of Encyclopedia Sarcadia has been slower than what I had anticipated. I was aiming to have everything completed by the end of February but due to a few circumstances out of my control (and a few minor distractions) it looks like I’ll have the first edit completed by the end of March.

Despite the slowness of the editing I’m quite pleased with the quality of the encyclopedia. In fact, it has made me rethink how I’m going to release this once it has been finalised. I’ve decided to publish small sections encyclopedia in weekly posts. The aim will be to release information once or twice a week though I’m mindful about other content I’ll be posting.

In terms of how far I’ve progressed with the editing, I’ve completed one and a half of the major timelines of Sarcadia as well as the major section about Caelum – the Realm of Light. Again, I’m pleased with how things are coming along and I’m looking to have most of the encyclopedia completed towards the end of March.

Behind the Pixels

Admittedly, I’ve fallen a little bit behind with the “Behind the Pixels” series but I’m going to put time aside to have the remainder of the Mega Man series completed. I’ve got an idea on what video game series I’ll be focusing on next which will be fitting for this website. I’m going to look at adjusting my style of how I write the series as I’m not satisfied with what I’m currently doing. I guess that’s just part of growing and developing as a writer!

Minor updates to the website

I’ll be looking to make some minor updates to this website over the upcoming months. This will mainly have to do with navigation, especially now that I’ll be posting Encyclopedia Sarcadia on a regular basis.

That’s about all from me for now. I’ll be heading to overseas at the end of March, so I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me. Hopefully I’ll get in a few updates or so before I leave for what is going to be an amazing trip. I might even post a few photos as well!

Until next time, be safe and take care!

W.F. Thorne

2019 – Year of the Vampire

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Hello everyone and a very happy New Year to you all! I hope you all had a safe and fun end to 2018 and I hope 2019 is going to be great year for you! As we’re all arousing and recovering from our food-and-drink induced comas no doubt some of us are already setting out to kick off our New Year’s resolutions.

For me, I’m looking to make 2019 the most creative and productive year of my life. I’ll be referring to this year as the “Year of the Vampire”. It’s been a VERY long time since I’ve posted anything on this website (30 April 2018 to be exact) so it’s time for an overdue update!

Encyclopedia Sarcadia

I’m happy to finally announce that the first draft of Encyclopedia Sarcadia has been completed! For those needing a quick recap, Encyclopedia Sarcadia will serve as the backstory to “the Cardinal” – my dark-fantasy series set in a world full of vampires, werewolves and other supernatural creatures.

It’s been a very long time coming and I do apologise for the lack of updates on its progression up until this point. I felt like I was just repeating myself every week or so by saying “I’m almost done”. The lack of updates was a result of a lack of creativity and book-writing.

At the start of May 2018, I went to Canada for a friend’s wedding. When I returned home my work went through a very busy, transition period which went on for several months. Though I really wanted to write I was struggling to get back in front of a computer after coming home from my job. This needed to change so started to write at least an hour before going to work. This new method was successful and slowly I chipped away at the encyclopedia until it was complete!

With the first draft of Encyclopedia Sarcadia done, it’s now time for the “fun”, repetitive process of editing. I’m very optimistic to have the first draft completed by the end of February, perhaps earlier if I really push myself. After the first edit I’ll be handing it over to some associates for some their input and feedback.

Short stories coming soon!

In-between the encyclopedia editing and writing the first book of the Cardinal, I’ve decided I’ll be publishing short stories and information relating to the world of Sarcadia. Here’s what you can look forward to in the upcoming year:

  • The Menagerie Origins – The first vampire Octavian was said to have turned up to three hundred humans to be part of his “Menagerie”. The Menagerie Origins will narrate the night these individuals were turned by the Fallen Son.
  • The Eternal Monologues – A collection of shorts written by Bruce Boward, a famous Sarcadian bard, which focuses on seven key moments for each of the “Eternal Trinity”: Atriarch the All-Father, Elysia the Dark Mother, and Octavian the Fallen Son.
  • Sarcadia 101 – “Education reading” for those curious to know more about the world. Lessons will be provided to curious students who would like to learn about Sarcadia’s history, geology, religion and more!

Behind the Pixels

I’ll be looking to continue the “Behind the Pixels” series next week by resuming my breakdown of Mega Man. I’m open to any suggestions of any storylines of video games you’d like for me to breakdown, so if you have any ideas please let me know in the comments!

That’s about all from me for now. It’s going to be a very busy yet productive and creative year ahead of me but I’m looking forward to every single day of it!

Unless you get distracted with your video games & TV binging. You seem to have omitted that part.

Oh great, you again.

Yeah, me again! You didn’t think I’d just let you go at 2019 alone, did ya?

No. I should’ve expected you’d pop up sooner or later.

You can’t get rid of me that easily! It’s going to be a hell of a year for the both of us!

For us, and hopefully for everyone else too! On that note it’s time to begin that long editing process. Happy New Year to you all!

Whatcha Writing There, Thorne? (30 Apr Book Update)

Howdy Thorne! Been doing much writing lately?

I have, and the past few weeks have been busy. The final stretch of Encyclopaedia Sarcadia has been going steady. I’d say I’m around 93% completion though things have been slowly down a little.

How come?

I’ve been busy with a few non-book related things so finding the time to write has been a bit tough. I also have a trip to Canada coming up soon so I’ve been slowly preparing for it. When I do get time to write I’ve managed to complete more than what I thought I could, so it isn’t entirely negative.

That’s good to hear. A trip will help recharge the batteries.

I’ve found my previous overseas trips to be good motivation for writing as well. My brain finds itself going into a creative overdrive, especially when I go some epic hikes. Though I’ll be going to Canada for a wedding, there’ll be some time to go exploring and to get some more cool ideas brewing.

I like the sound of that! What have you been focusing on in Encyclopaedia Sarcadia over the past few weeks?

I’m at the point where I’m going through the timeline. When I first planned most of the important events Sarcadia experiences, I added chunks of paragraphs to what should be a brief overview of the world’s history. This isn’t a bad thing though as at the time it was more “note taking” than a summary.

As I’m tightening the timeline it’s allowing me to create new entries in the encyclopaedia. This process is helping me out a lot. Before I was hopping around all over the place without a real plan of attack, but now I’m more focused and my productivity has increased.

The focus is currently on the first of Sarcadia’s three main time periods known as the Time Beyond, or TB for short. I’m at the point of where Sarcadia’s deity, Atriarch, has gained control of his country, Un’Kabaal.

Praise be to the All-Father! Are you going to tell us about how awesome Atriarch is?

What do you think?

I think you’re going to be saving that for another day.

Right as always. There’s way too much to talk about Atriarch.

How about you tell us about Atriarch in 50 words or less?

Atriarch was the great ruler of Un’Kabaal who conquered Sarcadia. The benevolent ruler was named “Supreme Lord” by the people, which angered the world’s previous deity, Vratralarion. Vratralarion challenged and was killed by Atriarch, who ascended as the new deity of Sarcadia.

Summarised in forty-two words. You still have eight words to go.

And they lived happily ever after. The end?

And they lived happily ever after because…

I’m not falling for your tricks, but that’s Atriarch in a very, basic nutshell. As I said, more information about him will be revealed once the first draft of Encyclopaedia Sarcadia has been completed.

And edited… Then edited again… And again…

Until the end of time. Well, maybe not that long.

Let’s hope not! Is there anything else you want to tell us before we leave you to your writing?

Yes. I’ve decided to stop doing my Weekly Rasslin Rundowns for now. I’d like to focus on completing as much of Encyclopaedia Sarcadia as I can before I leave for Canada. I’ll continue to do my reviews on the important WWE pay-per-view events. I’ll also be posting up more Behind The Pixels reviews when I return from Canada as well as giving this website an updated look. I think it might be time for one even though it’s still relatively new.

Nothing wrong with a bit of change every now and then. Well, if that’s all, we’ll leave you to it. Write again and please, don’t get too distracted.

I can’t promise that, especially with Westworld season 2 now out.

That’s the one and only exception I’ll allow!

Whatcha Writing There, Thorne? (16 Apr Book Update)

Howdy Thorne! Been doing much writing lately?

Indeed I have, good sir, and it’s been a productive week. The end is in sight as I push into the final stretch of Encyclopaedia Sarcadia.

The final stretch, ey? Can you finally see the light at the end of the tunnel?

I can see the light and it’s getting brighter as I push beyond 90% completion of the first draft. As I mentioned previously, I need to touch up on Sarcadia’s timeline as well as write up minor entries of the encyclopaedia which focuses on important figures and events throughout the planet’s history.

We’re almost there! How exciting! What new entries have gone into the encyclopaedia lately?

The final sections relating to Tenebris has been completed. I’ve added information regarding some of its notable residents, such as Gollentore, Xensaroch, and Nekvourntis. On the surface of Sarcadia I’ve added in some important werewolf figures such as Grigori Whiteclaw and Theron Bendoro, as well as included information on drugs and diseases one might encounter.

That seems like a lot of work. Tell us more about these Tenebites and werewolves.

I would but I think each might need their own post. There’s a bit of information to take in on each person, so a quick summary of all five might wouldn’t be ideal…

Why do I feel like you’re about to give us a teaser?

You know me too well! We’ll keep this short and sweet, so which two would you like me to quickly talk about?

Damn you! Well, how about we talk about Xensaroch and Nekvourntis?

Xensaroch was an ancient Lycan who’s responsible for the creation of Sarcadia’s werewolves. Like all Lycans, Xensaroch is a large, anthropomorphic wolf who was tasked by Elysia, the Master of Tenebris, to turn Sarcadians into Lycans. Instead, Xensaroch scouted for the world’s best wolf packs, transformed them into humans then granted them the gift to shift into an anthropomorphic wolf form similar to that of a Lycan. Though she was impressed with the result, Elysia saw Xensaroch’s act not to transform humans into Lycans as a sign of disobedience.

What’d she do to him?

She had him tortured and executed.

Damn. Elysia’s hard to please. What about this Nekvourntis chap?

Nekvourntis was another ancient Tenebite who rightfully earned the nickname “the Blood Tyrant”. He was infamous for his indiscriminate butchery and insatiable thirst for blood. The Dark Realm’s most powerful beings would temporarily put aside their differences to imprison Nekvourntis and starve him into a comatose state. The Blood Tyrant would be revived many centuries later by Elysia, who used him and his blood to develop a curse which would see the creation of the vampires.

And once Elysia got what she needed, she killed him?

No. Someone else did. But I’ll save that for another day.

Curse you and your teasing! Shall we talk about drugs?

I’m not sure this is the right forum for this discussion…

I mean the ones in Sarcadia, not the real-life ones. You mentioned you wrote about drugs and diseases.

Oh yeah! Sorry, my brain’s been in overdrive. I could briefly talk about some drugs and diseases. The most common drug in Sarcadia is known as “latisium”. It derives from a purple flower and can be smoked or baked into food, such as cakes and desserts. Users experience a euphoric relaxation accompanied by an increased appetite, enhancement of taste buds and hearing, and sometimes fits of laughter. In a nutshell latisium is world’s version of marijuana, only it’s legal everywhere.

I’m pretty sure some readers like the sound of that! How about diseases? What disgusting, gruesome things do people suffer from in Sarcadia?

I’m a little disturbed b your enthusiasm but I can confirm one nasty, common disease infecting people does by the name of “the Rot”. It starts off with one’s fingers, toes, or nose becoming numb and over time, blood stop flowing to these parts. They turn black, rot away and eventually fall off. In many cases hands, feet, and facial features decompose and must be removed. Those suffering from the Rot eventually die when their kidneys, liver, brains and other organs begin to decay away as well.

Ok, you can stop now. I’m officially done being excited.

Serves you right for being that excited to begin with. In any case, I’m happy with how things are traveling. I’m going to focus as much as I can on writing this weekend. If all goes well and I don’t get too distracted, I should soon reach close to the end of the first draft of Encyclopaedia Sarcadia.

Sounds like a plan! I’ll let you continue with your writing journey. Have fun!

I shall!

Whatcha Writing There, Thorne? (2 Apr Book Update)

Howdy Thorne! Been doing much writing lately?

Indeed I have! Last week has seen a lot of work go into Encyclopedia Sarcadia.

How far are we from the completion of Encyclopedia Sarcadia?

Still a little way to go. If I had to give it a percentage I’d say there’s about 10% of the encyclopedia to complete. Though it might seem like I don’t have much more to write, there are still some sections I haven’t started yet.

What’s there left to complete that you haven’t started yet?

Sarcadia’s timeline needs some more work and they’ll be sections of the encyclopedia which will expand a bit on important people and events throughout the world’s history. At this stage I don’t anticipate these sections will take too long to complete, but the way my brain works the world and its lore is forever growing and expanding.

What new additions have been included in Encyclopedia Sarcadia since the last update?

Last week I added information regarding various races and supernatural creatures. We now have ghouls, ghosts, reptilians, draconians, blood fiends, the Discarded, the Dolls, and most importantly – werewolves.

That’s a lot of new additions! Let’s pick a few and talk about them briefly, shall we?

Sure thing. What would you like for me to talk about?

Let’s talk about ghouls. Are they zombie-like creatures?

Not really. A ghoul isn’t some type of demon in the world of Sarcadia. A ghoul is someone who’s unfortunate enough to have been “half turned” by a vampire. Part of the process for a vampire to turn a human involves the vampire allowing the human to drink several mouthfuls of their blood.

If a human is only given a small amount of vampiric blood, let’s say a sip, they will not undergo a complete transformation. Instead they’ll become a ghoul, a creature which isn’t a vampire nor is it a human. They become a weak, skeletal-like version of their former-selves left to suffer for an eternity.

That sounds terrifying for the ghoul. Let’s move on to reptilians and draconians.

Reptilians and draconians are two reptile-humanoids who primarily live on the swamp continent of Stagnum. Most reptilians aren’t hostile towards humans and frequently engage in trade with the coastal towns and villages throughout Sarcadia. They’re much slimmer and weaker than their draconian cousins, but what they lack in strength they make up for in agility.

Draconians are larger and stronger than reptilians. They despite their weaker cousins though not as much as they detest humans. They will attack any person foolish enough to venture too close to their encampments. It’s their aim to one day regain control of Stagnum, to remove the human presence from their homeland, and to re-enslave the reptilian population.

They sound dangerous, but not as dangerous as werewolves. Let’s talk about them, shall we?

Sure thing. I’ll keep it short since there’s a lot to talk about. Unlike the common werewolf found in movies and novels, werewolves aren’t the result of a curse nor are they human. They were created by the ancient Tenebite known as Xensaroch, the Tyrant of Lycans. Xensaroch scouted Sarcadia for its best wolf packs. The wolves the Lycan Tyrant deemed worthy were transformed into humans, who could then shift into anthropomorphic wolves.

The breed of a werewolf varies per continent. Some werewolves are large and strong, while others are small and swift. Some wish to co-exist with humans, while others seek to butcher them in honour of their Lycan Tyrant.

That sounds very interesting. I wonder what role they’ll play in the Cardinal series.

I guess you’ll need to wait for the novels to come out to find out.

I guess we will but until then, it’s best you get back to work!

Photo Credit @minan1398

Whatcha Writing There, Thorne? (12 Mar Book Update)

Howdy Thorne! Been doing much writing lately?

Heaps of writing! I’ve been cracking down on both Encyclopedia Sarcadia and my upcoming series for the blog, “Behind the Pixels” which should be ready in a week or so!

Damn! Sounds like you’ve been super busy. Let’s start with Encyclopedia Sarcadia. Where are we at?

Last week I continued to focus on all things dark and evil from Tenebris. I’m happy to say the section on witches has now been completed.

Witches ey? Are we talking about the ugly, green skinned hags who fly around on broomsticks?

Far from it. The witches of Sarcadia are practitioners of the dark arts who have learnt their craft from the books provided to them by Belzabardos, the Chatterer of Secrets. Not all witches are the same as there are various forms of black magic. For example, there are “hexxers” who specialise in curses while some witches may become “necromancers”, summoners who can raise and control the dead.

So can anyone become a witch? Is there something you need to do to get hold of this Belzabardos chap?

You need to provide a worthy sacrifice to the Chatterer of Secrets to not only get his attention, but to prove you’re serious about becoming a witch. Anyone can become a witch as long as the sacrifice is right. I should point out there are male witches too, so not every witch is a female. Male witches aren’t called “wizards”, or “sorcerers”, or “warlocks”. A male witch is called a witch. A female witch is called a witch.

Well, you know what they say, “A witch is a witch is a witch is a witch”! Have there been any powerful witches in Sarcadia’s history?

There have been a few. In fact, one is currently alive. Her name is Daiyu Shen and she is in command of the most powerful witch coven in Sarcadia. Her disciples are spread out all over the planet, committing inhumane and horrible acts to please the Chatterer of Secrets.

Then there was a witch by the name of Michael Karabos, a powerful necromancer who once terrorised Sarcadia. He amassed an army so powerful it took a combined effort of several armies to defeat him.

I want to know more, but I know you’re just saying this stuff to tease everyone.

Well, I did mention I’ll be providing some extracts from my book in due time. I’ll eventually start doing some “spotlight” posts on certain characters so my readers can start getting used to them. It would be another good way to introduce everyone to the Cardinal series.

I like the sound of that! So, this blog series you’re working on… We can expect it soon?

You definitely will be seeing it next week… If everything goes to plan of course! I’m going to briefly redirect all my attention to the “Behind The Pixels” series, which means I’ll be taking a quick break away from Encyclopedia Sarcadia. Fear not though, this just means I’ll be freed up to focus on it a lot more in the weeks to come.

Sounds like a plan! I’ll let you get back to it! Break a leg!

I’d rather break a leg than an arm, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to write…

Yeah, that would totally suck!

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Whatcha Writing There, Thorne? (5 Mar Book Update)

Howdy Thorne! Been doing much writing lately?

Yes, I have! The focus of the past week has been entirely on Encyclopedia Sarcadia.

Where are we at with Encyclopedia Sarcadia?

I’ve finishing writing up information on the remaining Tenebites who are part of the Synod.

The group rebelling against Elysia, Master of Tenebris, right?

That’s right.

Who are the final additions to the Synod?

We have Behemoths, Manticores, Gorgons, the Zahrakii, the Sitorians, Banshees, and the Tengu.

Sounds like you’ve been very busy! And to think, you’ve written up all of this while playing Path of Exile!

I know right? I’m happy with the amount of work I’ve done.

I’m sure most of us are familiar with Banshees and Gorgons, but tell us about the Zahrakii and the Sitorians.

The Zahrakii are serpent humanoids who have the upper body of a human and a lower body and head of a snake. They’ve had a long rivalry with the Gorgons over who the superior reptilian race of Tenebris is. They now find themselves united against the Drakonkin, another powerful race of serpent-like beings, who have pledged their allegiance to Elysia. In return, the Dark Mother has offered to help the Drakonkin enslave the Zahrakii and the Gorgons.

If I were a Drakonkin Elysia would have my vote! Let’s talk about this other group, the Sitorians.

The Sitorians are mysterious, giant humanoids who look like mummified corpses. They’re powerful necromancers who have only existed in Tenebris for around five thousand years. They kept out of the affairs of the other races and, in return, the other Tenebites stayed away from them. Normally the Sitorians and their undead armies would be engaged in battles against one another, but now they’ve united and sided with the Synod against the Dark Mother.

That’s a bit odd. Why would dead people want to do something like that?

No one knows. Some thinks it’s due to the lack of corpses on the battlefield since Elysia is taking them to feed her children. Others think something more sinister is going on.

Like what? Wait you’re not going to tell us, are you?

Nope. I’ll let the suspense build a bit. You can read a bit more about them in more detail when Encyclopedia Sarcadia is released.

Well, get back to writing then! Don’t keep us in suspense for too long!

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