Thursday, May 1, 2014

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“Geez,” said Roman.

Oh, and on top of all that, the nightrock still repels pests like all of Stasya’s “normal” stone does. So, yeah. It’s good shit, okay? You’re gonna like living here.

Okay,’ said Garovel. ‘I believe you. Were there any other reasons why you wanted us to take Warrenhold?

And Voreese fell quiet a moment. She looked across her audience again. ‘Well, I guess you’re gonna find it sooner or later.

Find what?

I’ll show you. I was gonna give you a tour, anyway.’ She floated off toward the underground entrance.

Hector gathered up the surveying team again. He did what Voreese told him earlier and tried to explain that the mysterious anxiety was merely a byproduct of pest control.

It took a while.

They weren’t particularly receptive to the idea that mere stone could magically influence people. Hector had to remind them that they were talking to someone who could make metal appear from nowhere. Then he had to reassure them that he wasn’t going to hurt them. Roman tried to help him out but just ended up confusing things more, because no one knew who he was or why they should listen to him.

Eventually, though, they made it underground again. Voreese led the expedition to the network of bridges that connected all eight towers near their peaks. With more light bearers around, Hector realized that in addition to all the crisscrossing paths, there wasn’t just one solid ring of bridges--there were actually three, stacked on top of each other with adjoining staircases intermittently. Much of the uppermost ring was embedded in natural rock, but occasionally, there was an opening that allowed for an incredible view of the greater cavern area.

Hector was a bit concerned that the bridges were unsafe to use, but Voreese assured him that they had lines of nightrock supporting them beneath the otherwise normal stone and were therefore quite sturdy even after all this time.

She rattled off all sorts of information as they made their way toward the Tower of Night. Apparently, the castle had been too large for pretty much everyone who ever owned it after Stasya. Hector was not surprised.


  1. Hey, Frosty, for the next set of maps, could you make them for specific places like Warrenhold cavern or the capital? please?

  2. Indeed , this place is quite complex and hard to imagine all of it as a whole.

  3. A map of Warrenhold would be really cool and really fun to make, but also super fucking difficult. I expect I'll get around to it, eventually, but I have no idea when that'll be.

    I'm not sure about a map of the capital, though. Aguarey is also a capital, but I assume you mean Sescoria. Hmm. I don't know. If a lot of folks really want a map for it, then I'll consider it, but right now I'm not planning on it.

  4. Yeah, that's why I want to take my time with describing it.

  5. Maps would be cool, but if you want to do something really useful and relatively easy, you might do a glossary kind of thing. I noticed this yesterday while I was looking for the description of the different servant abilities. There have been so many infodumps over the run of the series, but finding everything is a little difficult.

    Off the top of my head, things that should go on such a list: servant abilities, emergence, soul synchronization, hyper states, history of Eleg, command structure of Abolish and the Vanguard as it is currently known

    The world you created is absolutely fascinating and very "large" already. All the information is there, it's just difficult to find a specific thing.

  6. Ah, yeah, I've always intended to do that eventually. I've just got a slight problem of NOT FEELING LIKE IT. But I will do it some day. Probably, haha.

    I have no shortage of things to do, it seems. As the exposition grows, I'll want a glossary. As the setting grows, I'll want maps. As the lore grows, I'll want a timeline. And of course, the cast keeps growing, as well.

  7. Yeah, I see the problem. The longer the story gets, the more information there is that wants to be organized.

    As always, don't kill yourself writing the story or anything. If you don't feel like doing something, that's fine.

  8. Haha, why are my readers so forgiving and understanding? IT'S OKAY TO BE A LITTLE MORE DEMANDING, Y'KNOW. I CAN TAKE IT. Not that I'm encouraging anyone to yell at me, but yeah.

  9. So what's Hector supposed to do with it then? Found the New Vanguard?