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!