The Dythe Mountains are notorious for being the most dangerous lands in Pravum, and possibly Faraday, on-par with the Deep Woods. Immense mountains that pierced the sky, and continued through the clouds, topped with a constant cap of thick snow and ice. The dense caps have never melted, only grown, then shrunk, to then grown again. The smallest mountain scrapes the highest clouds, leaving a long, thin trail of crystal blue sky where the tip parts the cloud in two. The sides are almost vertical, with shear drops along the Ice Passage, that leads to the other side of Pravum. Thousands of men and women died when constructing the single road through the mountains. All falling thousands of metres to their death. Built into the tough granite sides of the mountain, it’s a constant battle of keeping the passage clear of snow, ice, and falling debris. The permanent granite stone made it an almost impossible task to build the passage, although, when the sky is clear, and the sun shines in the morning light, the quartz and rich ores imbedded in the mountains glisten in the rays, creating a mosaic of colours. Reds from the red granite mountains, blues from the black and blue granite mountains, purples and greens and hints of orange, shine and beam at different parts of the day, when the sun rays shine through the crystals, making a beautiful and mesmerising site, hiding the danger of the place. Within the chasms and ravines and steep valleys lie the Dythe Mountains hidden treasures. A wonder of caves, filled with rich and rare ores and diamonds, enough to reduce a dwarf to tears. The only issue is getting there. Unlike other mountains in Pravum and Integer, the Dythe Mountains create an impenetrable wall of rock. The only way to pass through the mountains is by going up. Within the caves live the Dythe bandits. A population of hardy folk that create havoc and dismay to those that travel through on the Ice Passage.
The city and stronghold of Praevalidus has many meanings and attributes and powers. Praevalidus is Latin for ‘great’, which is a profound understatement for what is found there and the family that are in-charge of the city and stronghold, the Fermatas. In the common tongue in Faraday, Praevalidus means three things. Prae is a word for peaceful, val is strong and great, dus is fearless. The Fermatas, known as the peaceful, the strong, and the fearless, were the first to tame the first dragons of Integer, almost four-hundred-years ago, before that, they rode the famous val stallions, a horse like no-other, and still do.
Only found in the Southern Reaches, in the Uyllisian Plains and the outskirts of the Lyntherian Forests, the val’s are acclimatised to the warm, hot weather of the south. The vals are equipped with huge, muscular legs, the largest measuring two metres, and a small streamlined body, making their galloping the quickest and swiftest in all of Pravum, but turning sharply at high-speeds is notoriously difficult for them to handle, due to the enormousness of their legs. They’re mostly noted for their small, subtle tail, made of coarse hairs, usually tangled and messy. Their manes are short, coarse and stubby, and not very comfortable to stroke when riding. All the vals are light in colour. The majority of them are light brown and dark yellow, however some, the most powerful and ferocious, are light grey. All the vals have black manes and tails. The grey vals were once rare in the Uyllisian Plains, but once, after many, many attempts to tame them, because of their aggressiveness and speed, the Fermatas and Praevalidus Guards finally tamed some, and made them abundant by careful breeding in Praevalidus. Only the grey vals are used by the high ranking officers of the Imperium and the Fermatan family.
Although aggressive and stern in nature, the vals are also extremely shy. The only times when their true nature emerges, like any other animal, is when their private space is invaded and feel that intruders are a threat to their young. They are extremely loyal and protective of their young, but since the Fermatas and Imperium Guards started breeding them, have become very loyal and protective of their owners. The vals dwarf every other type of horse and stallion in Pravum, making them very intimidating to any other animal, or person. Their weakness, however, is the cold. Since they’re only found in the Southern Reaches, the cold is the vals biggest threat, since they cannot cope with very cold conditions. When travelling to the Central and Northern Reaches in Pravum, the vals are equipped with thick heavy coats of sheepskin leather, creating a protective overcoat for their travelling. This does, however, have a major disadvantage in battle, since the additional weight means less speed, and the bulkiness of the coat making them less agile, although they still outmatch any other horse in Pravum.
So lately, after continuing reading ‘Game of Thrones’ and writing ‘Right of Legions’, I think it’s time to start spicing things up a bit on here! So, commencing Friday (or tomorrow) I will be posting large updates/status’ explaining some of the beliefs and legends of Faraday, just to give a bit more context, and depth, to generate some more interest. So, stay tuned, stuff is about to get wild!
Also, another mention about the giveaway.
There is evidence of when I used to be very good at drawing, but I’m talking about drawings that are quite old (we’re going back to late primary/early secondary school here). This is one of the things that’s slightly annoying about writing a book, is drawings and covers, the little things. So, being artistically inept in that sort of sense means that I have to use more of my imagination to try and use the materials available to create pieces of artwork that fit the book. Thank you clipart! A lot of you maybe thinking right now, ‘what a fake!’, but seriously, trust me on this one! Because I’m quite good at photoshop, I take what I can (stuff that can be moderated and used for commercial use, so I’m not breaking the law), and manipulate it into something better. For instance, the sigils/emblems I’ve been posting recently, the crown, and my book covers. I take what I can get, and make it better. Of course, it would be even more better if I could draw, but I can’t and don’t have the time to do it, unfortunately (and I’m not giving up cycling or my degree). In coordination with this, I also use things like microsoft shapes in powerpoint to make sigils/embems, so kind of drawing.
When I release my book cover for ‘Blood of the Sea’, you’ll understand what I mean further, because that cover (in my opinion) is something else! And yes, I used things that can be used commercially, and yes, I did use photoshop…but that brilliant program also helped me create the ‘Right of Legions’ title logo. And that turned out okay right?
Also, reminder about the competition giveaway! 100 followers people, I really want to make some shirts, and in your own ‘Right of Legions’ design too!
So, I’m back in the flow of writing right now, and writing about a long journey from the Southern to the Central Reaches of Pravum, of course, there is a lot of description. But, I especially liked this one, for reasons I can’t explain, so, I’ll post it up here to see what everyone thinks! Enjoy!
Once the cavalcade had cleared the moors, they then entered the Lyntherian Forests. It took an entire day to clear the densely packed maze of oak, spruce and birch and pine trees, whose branches had become so entangled, it was almost a small replica of the Deep Woods in Integer. The forests, although scary, dark, and intimidating, offered comfort to those that respected nature and her beauty. Common people would look at the forests in two ways. One sending frightening and chilling vibes through one’s spine, the second, offering comfort and safety amongst the branches and leaves, mostly the great salix trees, that towered above all the others. Whose thin smooth, white branches hung from the top, and falling all the way to the ground, creating a circular wall around the trunk. The circular wall of branches made by the great salix is used by many animals for mating, and raising new-borns, particularly the dragons of the Southern Reaches. Quite often, the Guardian’s would find their dragons sleeping under the safety of the great salix, their massive bodies curled around the trunk. Within the centre, in the small space between the dragon and the trunk, would be the young, new-born dragons. Their eyelids protecting them from the sun’s intensity.
It’s amazing what things you find locally that offer so much inspiration to ones writing. I say this because, yesterday I went to my local town called Wells in my homeland of Somerset (UK – not to be confused with Somerset, US). And there was something that I had never been to before, a place called ‘Bishop’s Palace’. Now, for those of you who are familiar with the film ‘Hot Fuzz’, almost all of that was filmed in Wells. ‘Bishop’s Palace’ is a large and very tranquil palace set in the middle of the smallest city in the UK, with a rather large moat around it. Within the palace are several sets of gardens and the most beautiful stone work and masonry I’ve seen since I went to China and Mongolia. The actual buildings are made with the local limestone, and the upkeep of them has made the walls look immaculate! The windows too! It was just a very, very nice place to have a cuppa (a very English thing to do to my non-UK followers). I only saw the outside of the palace, unfortunately, but still, it got me thinking that I need to describe places like this in my book, and more of them.
Thinking the other day, whilst reading ‘Game of Thrones’, my world is pretty sparse and simple, with boring words for places, and not many of them. In addition to this, there needs to be more families. You can see how much editing I’ll need to do once the first draft is finished! And all of this thinking from going to a place I’ve never been before! It’s funny how things come into your head when you go to places you’ve never been before, and realise how you can intertwine thoughts and ideas into making a broader more intricate picture!
So, my suggestion to those that struggle with inspiration, go to a local town or village or city, and wonder around, don’t take a map (or maybe do, might end up somewhere dodgy), and just look around and see what you find, it may surprise you! On that note, followers will be happy to hear that my ‘Writer’s Block/Bonk’ has gone, with thanks to the little trip yesterday, and continuing my progress with ‘Game of Thrones’.
I need not be worried!
Photo credit to: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2730882
Withal Smyth, a Captain of the Praevalidus Guard, is a illustrious, loyal, trustworthy, and witty friend and advisor of Isaac Fermata, and one of the most disciplined students ever to have graduated from the Tower of Imperium. Streaky black hair, chiselled face, dark emerald piercing eyes, sharp nose, and built stature, he’s quite the looker around the city and Stronghold. The two of them grew up together in the city, and built a friendship that would last a lifetime. His commitment and devotion to Praevalidus, the Fermatas, and the Imperium is unquestionable, although, quite so often, he can be found at the local brothel, against Praevalidus Guard regulations, having a bit of chill out time. Through a lifetime of training and seeing battles, his skill and experience in war and combat is legendary and indisputable! Definitely someone to have by your side. His welcoming and laid-back, yet stern, attitude, makes him an approachable character, whatever situation or position you’re in. Raised by his parents, along with four other siblings, he decided from a young age that he wanted to join the Imperium. His mother was an advisor to Isaac’s father, his father, a blacksmith in the Forgemaster’s Tower.
Like the post title says, I am back for the summer, and yes, things are looking for it to be a fantastic break, and no just for writing ‘Right of Legions’. As a quick rundown as to why things are looking up, here are some reasons, 1. got home yesterday, had a job interview today, and start work on the 5th June! Fabulous! 2. I have now finished 2nd Year of Uni, with a great exam! Brilliant! 3. I now have more time to write the book! Epic! 4. I’m home and cycling here is so much better than Southampton! Awesome! 5. I am now starting my dissertation and am so excited to get writing and process data! Huuurrrraaaahhhh!
So, yeah, things are looking to be absolutely fantastic for a great summer break! Stick around for more WordPress posts in coming weeks! 😀
Also, check the link for the competition giveaway. I’m at 50 followers now, lets get to 100 by end of July!
So a couple days ago, I hit 50 followers on my page, and all I can say is a massive thank you to all of you! Your support is profound and very very appreciated! I’m very happy to have all of you on board with this project, and to follow means you’re interested in its progress, which is a really awesome and lovely touch! So thank you so much!
In response to the awful terror attack last night, my thoughts are with all those affected. Let us come together and be stronger, and rise above those that do harm to our families, friends, and society.
My thoughts and sympathies to all those who have lost loved ones.