Category Archives: Fantasium

Work of the Week #20

An experiment in a word-to-action language-script…:

In Fantasium, a race of interstellar beings known colloquially as the “Aliens” use a language whose script is an example of what I’ll call “word-to-action.”  What I mean is, each “symbol” stands for a sound (letter), but each sound stands for a meaning (each letter is a word).  Beyond that, writing a letter on a surface in such a way, one can write an action and then as if by magic that action will conduct itself.

Anyone who watched the original Digimon anime series may remember the script of the “Digi-world” acts in the same sort of way….

Anyway… here it is:

language-of-the-aliens

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Work of the Week #18

THE SAD AVATAR AND THE FAE (Fantasium):

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The Sad Avatar:  An Avatar of Lady Light; after the Five Waves, she had slowly become corrupted by Darkness until her halo of light turned to fire, eyes of white turned golden, tears of elixir turned to burning black ink, and wings of ether turned to physical bird-like ones.  Her antithesis is the Dark Avatar, who is the Avatar of Lady Dark and second only to her in terms of rulership over the Dark Forces.  The Sad Avatar, when she was known as the White Avatar (before the Five Waves), was the progenitor of the Fae race.

>>Avress:  Current, adolescent, Fae-queen of Appathall, and presently one of the last free Queens of the Fae-lands.  As a result, she and her land face heavy terror activity from the Archivists – trying to break her and have her join the Fae-alliance that’s already claimed so many of her kin.  Avress’ Fae-power is in the control of fire, in all its forms.

>>Gurrigan:  The 10-year-old leader of the Fae-alliance, and willing mouth-piece of the Archivists.  She was solely responsible for converting a whole half of the Fae-lands over the course of only two years; half of those Fae-queens she’s approached, who refused her offer, have since ended up dead.  Gurrigan’s Fae-power is in the control of the mind, being able to control people, addle their minds, and read thoughts.

>Iethey:  The youngest Fae-queen, at only 8 years of age; she rules Faeratour with her older sister Barthidda as Advisor.  Like Avress, she has refused the Fae-alliance and is in alliance with Avress and Razinya – building a wall about all three lands in a bid for protection from the Archivists.  Iethey’s Fae-power is in the manipulation of physical matter, no matter the state it comes in.

>Razinya:  The oldest Fae-queen and neighbour to Iethey and Avress.  Seeing the threat the Fae-alliance posed to the liberty of her people and kin, she was the first to refuse Gurrigan and the Alliance (she was also first to start building the wall).  Razinya’s Fae-power is in divination, wherein she is able to perceive the near-future at will and the far-future at random and only during sleep.

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Work of the Week #16

The “Ages” of the Fantasium “Universe”…:

Age 1 ~ Age of the Etherials…  Races = Etherials, Elementals, Binaries, Trinities, 1st Ones (*), (5 other races (*)).

Age 2 ~ Age of the Old Ones…  Races = Old Ones, 2nd Ones (*), Ringbuilders (*), Voidlings, Ancients (*), (5 other races (*)).

Age 3 ~ Age of the Builders…  Races = Worldbuilders, Ancestors (*), Titans (*), 3rd Ones (*), Spirituals, Goliaths (*), Eternals, (3 other races (*)).

Age 4 ~ Age of the Monsters…  Races = Gatebuilders (*), Monsters, Parents (*), Immortals, Darklings (*), Custodians, Rogues, (3 other races (*)).

Age 5 ~ Age of the Gods…  Races = Semimortals, Gods, Angels, Demons, Aliens, Imps (*), Shipbuilders (*), Fringelings, Adversaries (*), Allies (*).

Age 6 ~ (the current Age)…  Races = Mortals, Children, Hybrids, Avatars, Starseeds, Mages, Sages, Viles, Drones, Earthlings.

Each Age is 1 billion years long; a Universal “Cataclysm” ends each old Age and introduces the new Age to come.  Those races that survive the Cataclysm tend to be those that successfully overcame the evils of their Age.  (*) denotes presently-extinct races.

As can be seen, each Age produces 10 primary races; all races begin on “the World,” and by the time of the Cataclysm said races are either space-faring or extinct; at that point the World (the Mortal Realms) is remade anew with new races inhabiting it.

Work of the Week #15

This week:  the Freemen!

The Freemen are the third primary alliance in Fantasium, and are a coalition of primarily Mortals with specific skills and a common interest in “Liberty, Life, and Light.”

The Freemen:

>>The Rogue (R.E.) ~ Team leader; a very libertarian-minded man, he set up the Freemen in an effort to fight the primary Dark forces (particularly the Archivists) in place of the disarrayed Watchers.  He’s learned long-lost arts such as sun-grazing and astral projection, which provides him his primary power.

>>The Clockwork Child (Ashtan) ~ The first true Freemen recruit and the team’s only Immortal.  Ashtan was an infant Child that was caught in an Archivist experiment that turned her into clockwork; her power is with fire, and the longbow that she found and since uses to direct her power.

>>Dassan & Kessen ~ Two Hybrids, and the jokers of the team.  Dassan takes the form of a stag, while Kessen takes that of a tiger.  Like all Hybrids, “Dass” and “Kess” appear animalistic but in fact have Human levels of intelligence and can also speak.

>>The Old Guru ~ Resident of a secluded temple once dedicated to the Watchers and the collection of wisdom, and one of the last living Mortals who can trace lineage to the Peregrine.  He’s responsible for helping the Rogue perfect his skills in the various arts.

>>Arreshya ~ A Silver Guard defector, she is extremely skilled in martial arts and blade-wielding.  An agent, tactician, and assassin for the Guard, she now fulfills this role for the Freemen.

>>Dellinas (the Boar) ~ A mercenary living in the pirate town of Ravinem, his reputation of great success in his work and great distaste towards centralized authority have now been put to use in the fight against the forces of Darkness.

>>Seathier ~ The current living Bard, and only one currently part of two alliances; provides artistic relief for group.

>>Mirror (Ictheal) ~ A teenaged, female Shapeshifter found by R.E. as an orphan and taken in; her primary role is to mirror an Archivist figure and gather information about the Agenda.

>>Thrill-seeker (Tomeran) ~ A middle-aged man who made a living performing daring stunts for eager audiences, until he was let-go by his agency; now, he’s a front-man for Freemen missions.

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Work of the Week #14

Last week was about the Watchers…  This week shall be about the Archivists (the primary antagonistic force in Fantasium).

The Archivists:

THE CITY-STATE ~ The center of the Archivists.  The City’s government includes the President (the most powerful non-noble Man in the City), the Prime Minister (the second-most powerful non-noble Man, controls commerce, trade, and banking), Sheriff (third-most powerful non-noble Man, controls the military and police), King and Queen (most powerful nobles in the City, one level above President; non-stately nobility include prince/princess, duke/duchess, and baron/baroness), High Priest (one level of power above King/Queen, most powerful in the religious realm and is usually a Hybrid), and finally Witch-king and Witch-queen (Mages that rule the City, they contain absolute power and rule from the shadows; hid themselves when the Peregrine was captured).

THE ALLIANCE ~ an alliance involving the City-State, its military, peace-keepers, a number of Fae queendoms and Earthling kingdoms, and (secretly) the Fae-based group called the Rebels.  Their primary objective is to bring all the Fae-lands and Earthling kingdoms under the purview of the City-State while stating it is for the benefit of all; the Rebels are meant to help the process along by setting up terror-type attacks that the City’s military can clean up afterwards.

THE FREE KINGS ~ an alliance of kings who specialize in trade and commerce.  Their networks and banks are renowned throughout, the purpose of both being for the Free Kings to transition all the World along according to the agendas of their true masters (the Mages).

THE GOOD KINGS ~ another alliance of kings, these ones exemplified historically by their uprightness, steadfastness, and great honour and nobility.  Joining the Archivists under the belief that it’d serve them well, the Good Kings are now mere shadows of their former selves – now providing for the City a strong military (the Golden Guard) and collecting and storing the historic and literary artifacts from across the lands at their private libraries and museums.

THE TEN KINGS ~ yet another alliance of kings; on the outside this group of Men have been defunct for a long time, but secretly they are ten Men who are masterful merchants, market-tenders, and law-men who dictate the running of their old lands from the shadows.

THE QUEENDOM ~ the Queendom resides presently over what was once the Ten Kings realm.  A femdom in its own right, the Empress claims absolute power over it but in fact her orders come from the Ten Kings.

THE GOLDEN GUARD ~ the Good Kings’ standing army and considered the most competent military force in all the realms; one must advance through the ranks of the Silver Guard in order to become a Golden Guard.

THE SILVER GUARD ~ the Good Kings’ special forces unit and considered the most competent in all the realms; one must advance through the Copper Guard in order to become a Silver Guard.

THE COPPER GUARD ~ the Good Kings’ police force and considered the most competent in all the realms; one must be at least 13 years old, and have completed their primary education, to join.

THE BROTHERHOOD ~ a group of males deeply into the occult who began as circus performers and magicians; now, they continue the circus tradition but with the added rites and rituals common to occult groups.

THE SISTERHOOD ~ a group of females, typically wives to the men of the Brotherhood, who began as nurses and caretakers; now, they preside over healthcare and nursing and dictate its processes (alongside an occult-like hierarchy that gives it an occult-like structure).

THE MAGES ~ the masterminds behind the Archivists; those that are members do so in secret.  Deeply into the occult, the Mages have always driven the course of Human history from shadows, ever since the end of the Five Waves.  As children of the Gods, the Mages are innately intelligent, are immortal, and possess a number of magical powers.

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Work of the Week #13

In Fantasium, there’s an alliance of powerful beings called “the Watchers.”  This benevolent group was created during the Five Waves for the purpose of having a coalition of powerful beings working together to fight the Darkness, but has since fallen into memory with the disappearance (capture) of the team leader…

The Watchers:

THE PEREGRINE ~ Team leader; Peregrine (Khirthsta is her true name) is a Semimortal (a being that is perpetually reborn after death like a phoenix) who abandoned life in the Immortal Realms for a life of adventure and of aiding the Mortals in times of trouble.  Like the Gods, Semimortals like Khirthsta have two forms: a “sub-form” (“mortal” form, always human in appearance) and a “super-form” (“immortal” form; angellic for Semimortals).

AEVA ~ The only Elemental being that resides in the Mortal Realms and that is part of an alliance; Aeva is the Elemental of Nature, and is the mother of Yaw/Way.  She resides at the core of the Mortal Realms, and ensures balance throughout.  Her physical form is of a vegetation-covered cow, or a humanoid, feminine cow-form.

YAW + WAY ~ The only Etherial being that resides in the Mortal Realms, and one of two that is part of an alliance (the other being Lady Dark); Yaw and Way are an entity that has two distinct bodies but is of one spirit and soul.  Yaw is the deathly, feminine manifestation of the entity, while Way is the lively, masculine manifestation; Yaw’s physical form is of a Jackal, while Way’s is of a Hare (Jackal brings dead souls back to the Aether, while Hare endows the yet-to-be-born creatures with a soul from the Aether).

THE MORTAL GOD ~ The God presiding over the Mortal Realms; his sub-form is of a gold-clad king with magical long-sword in-hand, while his super-form is of a bejeweled, mighty stag.  All Gurus (exceptionally wise Mortals) and their descendents are ultimately his children.

THE FALLEN ANGEL ~ Barrakhein the Archangel, once the commander of an army of Angels, was accused and convicted (falsely) of aiding the Peregrine during the Five Waves; as a result, he was “fallen” — and so decided to become a Watcher.  With his powers stripped, his only solace is in the Watchers, his broad-sword, and his ability to fly (albeit now with bird-like wings instead of energetic ones).

THE RISEN DEMON ~ Yahuyyul the Demon, like the Archangel, was displaced from her original titles and positions at the close of the Five Waves; unlike Barrakhein, who “fell,” Yahuyyul “rose” to become a member of the Watchers.  As can be expected, the relations between Yahuyyul and Barrakhein have never been, and likely will never be, very cordial.

THE APOTHECARIAN ~ He is an Avatar (a child of Lady Light, who is perpetually reincarnated after every death) presiding over the practice of apothecary.  The present Apothecarian is a Human named Azkarchas.

THE WITCHDOCTOR ~ She is a mage (an Immortal with only one form), who presides over apothecary and witch-doctory.  She seeks out and trains each new Apothecarian.

THE TINKER ~ He is an Avatar, who presides over the practice of craft and invention.  The present Tinker is an Earthling named Duittal (he made himself immortal by replacing his biological body with an artificial one; Duittal was the fifth Tinker).  His notable creation is of the mechanical Gear-heads, who seek out Gurus and Star-seeds for the Peregrine Academy.

THE MERRY-MAKER ~ She is a Child (offspring of a Semimortal and a God) who makes her life providing entertainment at children’s parties, training each new Bard, and presiding over her creations — the Familiars — who seek out children who could use a good friend (only the child can see their Familiar, and the Familiar stays with their mate for life).

THE WAYFARER ~ He is a Child who makes his life traveling the Mortal Realms giving gifts to children on their birthdays.  The Merry-Maker is his younger sister (both were born to the Mortal God).

THE BARD ~ Another Avatar; this one presides over music, art, and theatre.  The present Bard is a Human male named Seathier.

THE MARTIALIST ~ Another Avatar; this one presides over strategy, war, and the martial arts.  The present Martialist is a Human female named Seqqen.

THE HEADMASTER ~ The Headmaster is the one who presides over the Peregrine’s Academy; this position is always taken by a Mortal, and every current Headmaster selects an apprentice to carry on the role upon the current’s death.  The present Headmaster is a Human male named Dalnen.

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Work of the Week #11

In Fantasium, there is a place known as the City-State (“Hullheach” in the language of the City-State — “hull-heesh”).

In the Bible, there’s the well-known phrase, “let there be light.”  In Latin, this takes the form LVX SIT (lux sit).

In the ‘common-tongue’ of the City-State, this is translated as “Rayas Eviz.”  In the language of the “Ten Kings” realm (aka, the “Queendom”), it is “Theal Farran.”  In the ‘common-tongue’ of the “Realms of Men” (the Free Kings and Good Kings), it is “Yashem Azarena.”

It is a common phrase of the Lady Light faith that is practiced in many parts of the World in question.  “Rayas Eviz” can be initialed “R.E.” — the initials used by a character in Fantasium known also as “the Rogue” (his real name is Reavesta Egaran).

Work of the Week #5

One of the main features in Fantasium is the Gateway — a magical portal system created by an ancient race that is shaped like a doorway that allows for instantaneous transport of an individual from one world to another.

gateway

When inactive, the Gateway has its “door” up (as shown above).  Once activated, the “door” slides downwards into a recess in its “floor” and the reddish orb glows.

When the door retreats, it leaves in its wake a bubble-like filament that projects the destination onto itself — allowing the user to see where they’ll end up.

To activate, one punches in a six-character code by tapping on engraved symbols on the Gateway’s “door-frame.”  After the code is entered, tapping the orb actually activates it.

There are 30 symbols, representing the 30 “letters” of the creator-race’s “alphabet”:

gateway script

A symbol can be used more than once in the six-letter code, which means an awful lot of possible code combinations are available to the unwary user.

Work of the Week #4

Totally forgot to do this last week, but whatever…

Switching-up a bit this time; below is a cryptic poem from my book-in-progress Fantasium:

old ones stela

It’s called the “Old Ones Stela,” created by one of Fantasium‘s first race of beings.  Translated into their language:

Yezz ejja urryng; Ke harjeing; Ke cilum zae daukhing; Aeg daukhing.

Auph zan eutheri ta kunkhey; Yadh ijhugh ashuvey; Fwezzy bhakh rouzhe ta khey.

Yadh othellir fwestea; Ke grominwe ca fhyzha; Ke dwarghin vellia.

Ullujh ejja fhou auvor chiggur ta velleu; Ullu dwarkh vi fhou; Ay zhou.

Ullu yammin ghy arphin; Ullu yammin ghy lankhin; Ullu yammin ghy stavin; Aickin.

Kap fhou ce; Velliewe; Fwejjim chade; Aghwae yadhe; Ca ejja thydhwe.

Razhur iche ejja bhakh ullu; Ca yumiyumi bhakh veu; Eggie ca ejja kappi kwervu.

Narrihe ejja tyrrung zae daukhing; Orkhi cang; Ca yumiyumi bhakh ullung.

Orkhi bhakh vi; Vi daed hwithem cai; Ullu swayei; Ullu ejja veuffi; Gavin ullu:

Zazzi hueghe van fhou, hiekhe daed fhou…

Ghaz virrum iche eushing ejja brangwey…

Ezzam ca zazzi vi pulkar…

Yankey chabbo ke sebho…

Pullem aej vi pullem…

Iche fhou dawar aufheng…

Arrumbin zeching ta zechin…

Ydhef ejja iche eushing uveum…

Pella ejja jheffer iche ejja jheffer…

Razhur ejja veghul rastifau…

Othellir ejja cichwa kaerno; Cechung orkhi babhin ca; Ullu ejja jorrie.

Fwezzy fie vaedachi, ngoff ngumbie jheffen.

In English:

Here is a key; To destiny; To freedom at the end; As the end.

On each land of old; A temple resides; Created with the tools of lords.

A marker created; To our home it points; To hopeful salvation.

We do not know the power of salvation; We hope you do; Or can.

We wait for a hero; We wait for an army; We wait for a chance; To strike.

So does she; Our salvation; Made of two; Behaves as one; She is asleep.

Time was not on our side; It should be on yours; Unless it is too late.

Terror is freed at the end; Even her; She should be on our side.

And on your side; You must prove it; We have; We will help; Save us:

Think of the consequences;

May the worthy not always be chosen;

What many can do, few must do;

Imagination defies logic;

Look how you look;

Do not send a king;

Avoid getting lost;

Consider the price of a price;

This beginning is not a beginning;

Time will forgive your future;

The marker is a path to follow; Walk and brace it; We will watch.

Made by its father.  When wars began…

Stay tuned for next week… I’ll try not to forget, as well.

A Fantasium Snippet!

“Fantasium” is still in the process of being written, but currently what I give below is the first chapter of the book:

In a state of hysterical fear, a young woman wearing a worn-out, ripped-up, filthy, white, one-piece dress made of itching wool runs over the mucky soil of a dense, but dead, forest.  She stumbles over protruding roots and hearty weeds, expression wild.  Her skin marred by mud and various cuts and bruises in differing stages of healing.  Her long, matted hair, like an angry fire flickering wildly from her head, ruffles in the breeze and bobs with her frantic movements.

The female, appearing no older than a teenager, breathes heavily yet quickly; it is raspy, and her ample chest heaves greatly.  Using beaten, yet still very feminine, hands, she pushes herself forward as fast as she can; as fast as her long, slender legs will take her.

Somewhere, an angry mountain crackles.  She won’t stop to look.

She won’t stop, even when she’ll become tired and too weary to carry on.  She won’t look back to see if anyone’s pursuing her.  She doesn’t know where she is.  She doesn’t know where she’s headed – she cares not about that, for so long as she heads away from where she’d been held captive for so long.  That is all she cares about.

She escaped her prison this time, but it’ll be coming for her.  Stalking her by day and haunting her by night.  Not until she can manage to leave this hell for good.  But, who knows when that may be…

Every noise, though most are from her own self, is frightening.  Every little sound threatens to be a menace out to seize her up again.  Every light an eye watching her.  Every slight motion an enemy ready to strike.  That dark, dank, deep that held her hostage for so long.  It forces her to continue running, even when her body wants to collapse and die.

Despite herself, tears build up in her large, emerald eyes, and begin trickling down her cheeks.  She’s never been so terrified.  So vulnerable.  So mortal

Happy New Year!  🙂

JD