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Nionia’s Creation

The Cales have been around long before this galaxy has existed. They live on various planes of existence, only emerging to create or guide intelligent life on solid worlds. Shiconen was no different. When the “Big Bang” created the Milky Way solar system, he chose this opportunity to satisfy his curiosity as a god. He chose the larges of the first nine to create his masterpiece that he called Nionia.

The gas planet was the perfect camouflage and protection. Any being that dared visit this place without permission would be killed before they were to even hit the magical atmosphere. He had always been overly protective of his possessions. He even chastised his younger brother, Zehikari, many times growing up and never shared a single thing. He used his magic to create a solid sphere that carried acres of deep forestation. He made a large ocean that covered all but a single piece of land. 

Next, he created the magical creatures he called Akuney. Wolves that had the ability to take on a humanoid form called the Lykney live in tight-knit Packs. The Felaney Prides were created as well. They are more individualistic and spread apart, but they were the second biggest group who roamed the forests. He filled the ocean with various kinds of fish, but also beautiful sirens called Mierney. He created fair, small creatures to keep the forests safe called the Fierney.

His most prized Akuney was much more elegant than the rest. They were perfect. Their bodies were akin to a modern equine, with much softer hair and a horn protruding from their foreheads. They were magical, and keepers of the sacred language called Nionian. They only communicate through this truth language using their horns as a telepathic link to themselves and other Akuney. They dared not consume anything from a living being other than plant life. Their species was dubbed the Unikney.

In order to make a contrast, Shiconen decided to create another species that would be the opposite. He called them Drakney. These large, scaled creatures were beasts. Ruthless against each other and always fighting for dominance. Even among the Lykney, they were unliked. They held large wings that carried them throughout the forests, allowing them to hunt the non-magical animals and sink their claws and teeth into them as if they were nothing. They hated the Unykney and constantly tried to prove how superior they were to them. The only magic they had, though, was elemental. Depending on what type of Drakney they were born as, they are able to use air, water, earth, and the most popular, which was fire.

After a while, Shiconen wanted more. He decided to create humanoid races that could live on this beautiful land. He decided to allow his favorite Akuney race to create them. The result was astounding. They were just as elegant as the Unikney. They had no need to kill or ingest any kind of meat from animals or akuney. They used their power to create a great city made only from the luscious land the forest had to offer. They befriended all the creatures that called their forest home.

The Drakney grew jealous. They demanded to know why they were not allowed to create beings just since they saw themselves as the superior Akuney. Shiconen cared not for their demands but had to do something when they began attacking his precious creations. He needed to find a way to control them, but the Celes race had been only able to live on a solid existence for a total of ten years every century. He decided to give in to the brute race’s demands but at a price.

The beings created from dragons were not given anything. No powers. Not even immortality like the Elveney. Their name was not even fancy. They were called Mortaras which are the true source of modern-day humans. He all but cursed this nasty race. He forced them to use hard labor, hunting, and gathering to survive. He gave them one spark of hope; if they found the Drakney that matched their soul then they would be bound to the beast indefinitely. They would be as immortal as their companion and could develop powers associated with them. However, if the dragon would be slain then so would they. 

His precious Elveney put themselves deep into the forest to seclude themselves from the barbaric race. They had no trust in them. The Faney, little creatures are known now as fairies, agreed to help keep their city safe by keeping out any who enter with ill intent. The Unikney also joined them as companions as they lived peacefully in the place named after their first king, Lyonoko.

The Mortaras began fighting amongst themselves. The barbarians went on journeys to greedily find their Drakney and slaughter the ones they come across so their match would never find them. Above all things, Shiconen loathed murder. Instead of cursing their entire existence immediately, he chose an innocent pair of orphan siblings to bring balance. He bestowed onto them their Drakney pair and gave them more power than normal. Their names were Malieko and Terianako. He raised them for ten years and taught them how to use their power and bring order to the Mortara. This was their job. He only left them with three simple rules. Never leave their property. Never indulge in incestual relations. Above all else; never kill a Calney or Akuney. If the last rule was to be broken, then all of the Mortara would be cursed for all eternity.

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I PROMISE I WILL BE MORE CONSISTANT!

Ok, I’ve said this many times before, but now that I am less busy/depressed I can update a lot more often! In fact, ever since I’ve begun listening to The Mortal Instruments series, by Cassandra Clare, my perpetual writer’s block has lifted. It takes about 40 minutes to get to and from my new full-time job. I choose that time to listen to the books. I’m finished City of Bones and City of Ashes, and now I am onto City of Glass.

Spark Has Ignited

Since this series is a fantasy book, I believe that is why I am able to write again. With school, I was only able to do so much. I was overwhelmed. Now, I’m back at it with writing. Just reading the series has made me realize that trying to write outside of the main series is what is holding me back.

I need to write within the scope of my pride and joy, The Inolla Chronicles. I’ve realized that going the traditional route is extremely stressful and if I am trying to have a backup career it will easily over whelm me. I decided that I will be self publishing the entire series. Novelettes, novellas, short stories, refference books for certain things and such will all be self published now.

Children of Gods and War

I decided that I will begin the series of stories with my own version of Greek and Roman Mythology. In a way. It is more so explaining how I feel about the various religions of the past and present. This will explain the origin of one of the main characters that will play a vital role in the main series. It will be a series of three novelettes, and then a three-part book. The first will be called The Wife of Ares, the second Child of Ares, and the third Child of Minerva.

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The Raja Naga (Part 1)

Alba the Soothsayer

Many centuries ago there was a young woman who fell upon a dark dungeon. She suffered from vivid nightmares that came to fruition far too many times to count. She lost her parents. She lost her own family. Even her own child. She entered this dark cave in hopes that no more tragedies would befall her and those she held dear.

Her feet took her farther and further into the everlasting darkness. The only thing to guide her was the rough, stone walls that led her. Eventually, she found a large room that had some sunlight shining through small holes in the ceiling. She squinted trying to allow her eyes to adjust to the light.

Who are you? Are you lost, soothsayer?” A voice sounded through the room in echo. It was hard for the young woman to tell where it had come from. There were hissing sounds that assisted the stranger’s words.

“Soothsayer?” she asked the voice. She had never heard of that word. “What does that word mean? Who are you? Where are you?”

The sound of something gliding along smooth stone approached her. She felt a bit of fear enter her as she felt a strong presence. Before she could say another word, a giant snake appeared before her. His scales were a beautiful shade of gold that complemented his crimson eyes. She gaped at the massive reptile with fear, awe, and intrigue. He was beautiful.

“You have never heard of the word Soothsayer, child? That is the name of your kind. Children cursed to have a tragic life,” the brilliant snake explained. “Those born of human blood but cursed with seeing terrible futures.”

“You, how could you know that I have seen things that came true?” she asked.

“Djinn can sense those children borne of our own kind and that of humanity. Do you know your mother and father? Has one of them absent from your life, always?” The girl gasped. She knew her mother, but her mother never spoke about her father. “Soothsayers are borne of Djinn and humans. That is why the bloodline is cursed. The children born from these beings are barren so the bloodline will end. The only way for their bloodline to live on is if their second parent is another Djinn. That has never been enacted. Come child, I can teach you how to control the visions you suffer from and use them to wield as your own. What is your name?”

“Alba,” she said with a relieved smile.

“They call me The Raja Naga. King of this cave and all its inhabitants. I have lived a very long time and shed many skins. If you wish it, I can give you the gift of a long life one day, Alba the Soothsayer.”

The Golden King led the hungry young girl to his home where he warmed her and gave her food. He treated her as his own daughter while training her in the ways of the Djinn. In time, their bond would become much more than that of mentor and student.

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What Comes Next?

You’ve been freed. Do you know how har- No that’s Hamilton…

Those songs are so catchy! Anyway, I think I may have an idea of what to do next. Instead of relying on just my Royal Vizier series, I decided to make a small series of mystery novelettes (possibly novellas if they go longer than expected.) I’ve always loved the mystery genre. Even though it’s hard to write for, I think that I will have fun trying to create a mystery.

Since villains are my favorite, I will most likely try to make the best kind of villains. I love complicated plots, so it might take a bit to figure out, but if I watch and play enough videogames and other mystery things I am sure that I will do well!

Since I cannot get away from magic, I decided on making this a “supernatural” mystery. The main character will be a natural witch born to a very Catholic family. Despite going to a well-funded Catholic boarding school, she will encounter many supernatural beings such as dark witches. Witches are not going to be inherently bad in this story. Quite the opposite. The only “bad” witches are those who choose to do wrong.

Can’t say much else because of spoilers. I plan to publish this series of novelettes on Kindle, so that if I sell any I can get some kind of royalty in return. This way I have fictional books on my resume and query letters. I might end up putting the whole series into one big book when it’s finished as a collection. I will update and possibly give character profiles and setting documents in future weekly blog posts.

In the meantime, I will be looking for some kind of desk job in order to make a living until the day I am able to work on my books full time.

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The Power of Djinns in the Royal Vizier Diaries

There have been many different varieties of Djinns throughout history. I still have yet to do a deep dive into them in Indian/Arabian culture. I will use this time to tell you what I know from media sources and then the little bit of research I had done to create my favorite kind.

Inspiration for Djinns

Aladdin Genies

In Disney’s Aladdin, the Genie is a being that grants you three wishes and then is forced to remain in his lamp until someone else picks them up. If the master chooses to set the Genie free, they are able to do whatever they wish. In the cartoon, he never changed the color of his skin and was still able to use his phenomenal powers. However, in the recent live-action, the Genie is able to become human and take the loyal servant of Princess Jasmine as a wife. I do prefer the second take. It just seems more realistic to me.

Magi: Labyrinth of Magic Djinns

There is an Anime/Manga called Magi: Labyrinth of Magic which is written and illustrated by Shinobu Ohtaka. This is a story that was also inspired by the 1001 Arabian Nights story. The story follows a little boy named Aladdin who has a flute that holds his best friend who is a Djinn named Ugo. Along the way, he meets a teen named Alibaba who wishes to be rich one day and enters a dungeon with Aladdin. This is only the beginning of a very long adventure. The Djinn in this story is in the shape of some kind of item that is on the person of the person who has gained the favor of the Djinn in control of the dungeons. For example, the once sailor Sinbad defeated seven dungeons and have obtained seven items.

The Witcher (Netflix Show) Djinns

While I have never been able to play The Witcher games yet, I have watched the show on Netflix and read the first book in the series. In this version, Djinns are very temperamental. If they do not like someone who tries to make a wish, or if they are offended, they tend to curse the person instead of in some way. At least that is how I interpreted what it did to poor Javier/Dandelion. Thankfully, the bard had a best friend (and secret lover?? *evil grin of poly Geralt role player*) who is a Witcher. A strong one at that. 

Finding My Own Kind of Djinns

In my own search to define my own kind of Djinn, I have used some of these elements as well as some research on what turned out to be my favorite kind of Djinn. Ifrits, (which I will spell as Afreet for the story,) is known as evil demons in Islamic Mythology, but also Djinns of fire in other places. It is very difficult to do research because many versions have been created.

Since my favorite magical element is fire, I have chosen a Djinn by the name of Afreet to be the first Djinn in my series of The Royal Vizier Diaries. The character of Sinbad will still be the first to obtain some kind of power from a Djinn, but my powers work differently. Instead of granting three wishes, the person who obtains mastery of a Djin only has three choices. 

The first two types are when Djinn becomes a personal slave. This is the most dangerous type of decision. The Djinn will be able to give the user the ability to wield the Djinn’s power. This is a double-edged sword.

One

If the user is consumed by this new power they can be overtaken by that Djinn and lose themselves. This would happen if the master had decided not to form a proper relationship with the captor. The slave inside of him will slowly instill evil thoughts into the master and eventually overtake the body and use the host as its body for revenge.

Two

If the master and Djinn relationship are kind and respectful, they will forever work together. Respect for the Djinn in my story goes a long way. I always believe that there are no beings that are born evil or good. They are defined by the choices they make.

Three

The third option is straightforward. When the master chooses to free the Djinn, they will become their own powerful being. Humanoid or animal, freed Djinn are what make up the magical creatures and beings of this world. Including the Raja Naga.

Final Thoughts

As I had this article drafted in my site, I decided to write out the legend of said Raja Naga. I wanted to do something different with them and find a way to connect the Djinn to the soothsayer. In the end, I decided that if a Djinn, freed or not, were to lay with a human their offspring will be a Soothsayer. It would be a curse of their union.

I hope this entry was fun and insightful. It sure has helped me figure out the most powerful being in my series just a little bit more. Enjoy!