Raythe says …
As Members know, we’ve had an open slot in the schedule for a while. So far, it has been filled with extras chapters of the existing works. I’ve been promising Sanctuary 2 for some time, but we’re still going to hold off, because the back story is still being worked out in WHCC.
That means we here at Raythe Reign have to determine what comes next! I’m going to finish up The Fall short story (which hopefully I can get out for Halloween as its scary, but we’ll see) and then… the new story will start!
But what is the new story? That’s where you come in.
We had the poll where we asked you what things you would like to see here. There was a TON of great stuff there, I started to sketch out two stories. I’m going to do them both, but which comes first? We’re going to have a poll!
In today’s post, I’m going to describe the first story idea. Next week, I’ll post the second idea, and then we’ll have a vote on which story goes up first.
Story Idea #1: The Elven King’s Blade
TITLE: The Elven King’s Blade
GENRE: High Fantasy
STUFF YOU WANTED THAT’S IN THIS: Elves, magical beings (and other high fantasy stuff); strong unique characters; magic; fated mates; when the romance leads are equal; immortal love interest and chance for main character to become immortal; action and adventure; partners who complements each other (like brains and brawn); resourceful, brave main character; hidden worlds; humor; good versus evil; clash or gentler exploration of foreign cultures to main character; and soulmate and soul marks.
King Mael Ienith has ruled the High Elves for a Golden Age, but his time on the throne – and his immortal life itself – will come to an end unless he finds his Blade. For the Elves of the line of Ienith, while the most powerful and fair, have the greatest of weaknesses: they must be joined to a member of an incredibly powerful line of Elven warriors, Blades, or face madness and death.
The problem is that the Blades were all supposedly killed before Mael was born.
But Mael will not go easily into that good night. He believes that there is a Blade out there that is made for him and starts on a quest to find his fated love. But before he has barely left the capital city, he is beset by dark creatures that seek to end his quest and his life.
He does the only thing he can: he summons a magical portal to escape them. Only the portal does not take him back to the security of his palace.
It takes him instead to the human realm and traps him there; a place where, he believes, he will never find his Blade and will, therefore, die.
Ciaran Dhibir believes the meaning of his last name fits his life: banished. He is banished from living a “normal” life because of the extraordinary one he used to imagine as a child, where he was an Elven warrior that fought dread monsters and kept an Elven king safe.
Now, at twenty-five, his existence is an endless gray bolt of cloth due to the drugs he is forced to take and the psychiatrists he must speak to, because one time in the mystical woods around his grandparents’ home, instead of battling pretend monsters, he encountered a real one …
Only no one believed him and he was sent away, because he was “unwell”. Now, the drugs make him so ill he cannot work or go to school. The psychiatrists comb through out his every word looking for signs of hidden madness. Ciaran doesn’t see the point of going on.
But, at that blackest moment, Ciaran learns that his parents are going to sell his grandparents’ home in the woods. Forbidden from going there since “the incident,” he determines to see the place one last time.
Perhaps there, he will find a way to end his life … or find a new one.
I hope that sounds exciting. Things are sure to change as I work on the ideas more, but it’s the basic premise!
Now what do I want from you?
(1) Tell me what you think they should look like! And link to pictures!
One of the things I do when I put a story together is I look for images of models/actors/etc. for what I THINK the character should basically look like. I give these ideas to the artist, and Mathia will take that plus my description of the characters and craft a totally unique character design.
Now, you get the chance to tell us your “dream cast” based on these descriptions! Go look for images that you think are like the characters I’ve described or give ideas for hair and eye color, build, etc. Any special markings like tattoos, etc.
(2) Tell me anything special you think should be in the Elven culture like … soul mate marks, etc.! Or maybe they have familiars like dragons, or maybe they have special clothing or jewelry etc.
(3) Anything else that strikes your fancy.
While I might not be able to use all of your suggestions, everything you say is really important. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!