Howdy Thorne! Been doing much writing lately?
I’ve managed to get some work done on Encyclopedia Sarcadia, a reference book for the world my upcoming series, the Cardinal, will be set on.
Sounds like a pretty big world if you’re working on an entire encyclopedia for it! Give us a quick summary of what the Cardinal’s going to be about!
The series will focus on Abagael, the daughter of Sarcadia’s god, and her family battling the global vampire collective known as the Cardinal.
Sounds simple enough! So this planet, Sarcadia, is the time period modern? Medieval? Stone age?
Sarcadia is currently going through an advanced, Victorian-like Era so there’ll be some steampunk elements appearing in the series.
Now, I know we’ve been over this before, but these vampires…
Don’t sparkle in sunlight. They’re focused on the domination of Sarcadia with the ambition of controlling the human population so, as the Cardinal like to put it, they can protect humans from themselves. Anyone who gets in their way of the Cardinal’s goal will meet a very violent death.
Now we’re talking! I’m guessing the encyclopedia will serve as a background for the Cardinal series?
Pretty much. I don’t want to fall into the habit of explaining every single detail about Sarcadia while advancing the storyline at the same time. I’d like to hit the ground running as soon as the reader turns to the first page. That doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll be ignoring people who haven’t done their research. I’ll be mentioning things from the encyclopedia though not in great depth. If readers want to know more, they can turn to the encyclopedia whenever they want to feed their curiosity.
And everything about Sarcadia will be included in the encyclopedia?
From notable names in history to the backgrounds of the various countries, Encyclopedia Sarcadia will have it all. I’d say close to half of the information will be relevant to the storylines in the series while the rest will make for interesting reading. The encyclopedia should allow everyone to get a feel of Sarcadia and its lore.
What part of the encyclopedia are you currently working on?
Right now, I’m working on the races residing in Tenebris, Sarcadia’s version of Hell. The residents of Tenebris are known as “Tenebites” (shout out to Clive Baker). Currently there’s a bloody civil war taking place between Elysia, the Master of Tenebris, and an alliance of Tenebites called “the Synod”. I’ve finished writing up the information on Elysia’s faction which includes Succubi, Afreet, Ogres, and Harpies. The focus is now on the Synod Tenebites.
And who would dare oppose Elysia, Master of Tenebris?
Lycans, Daemons, Orcs, and Hobgoblins so far. They’re roughly a third of the races who want to see Elysia dethroned considering she was human once.
Oh, this sounds interesting? Tell us more!
I think that’s as much of a tease as I’m going to give for now. Let’s say we catch up every Monday? I’ll provide you all an update on how my writing in progressing. I might post up a random excerpt or two every now and then.
I like the sound of that! Well, whatcha waiting for? Get cracking on that writing. Unless you’re going to get distracted…
That won’t happen until the next Path of Exile league!
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