I’ve changed the name of this blog and I mean to post here more often than to store my latest addition to Project: Destiny. However, on that subject, I’ve been doing a lot of background work lately, fleshing out things like government and history. For the first time ever, I have a solid timeline of the lineage of T’Heri’s kings and important historical events. Before, I had only a vague idea of the order in which certain catastrophes occurred and no kind of history of kings or heroic figures outside the community of shadeweavers. The common folk need heroes too.
I’ve also done some developing of the ancient past, which is largely considered pre-historical, but I believe some scant few records have survived the ravages of time such that scholars may conjecture as to what happened in the Long Long Ago. Even if I don’t spell it out, it’s important for me to know what happened. It’s difficult to project an air of mystery if the pieces that remain point in radically different directions.
In terms of kings, there have been several who have earned themselves special nicknames: the Lightning Kings, the Bloody King, the Mad King (because you always need a Mad King, right?), the New King, the Wise King. Though only a man may sit the throne, I don’t believe the kingdom is inherently patriarchal; their oldest religion is that of the Church of the Sun, which teaches that the female aspect, Destiny, is the source of goodness and light while the male aspect, Fate, is the master of deception and manipulation. Also, the natural world is personified by three female aspects because life comes from women.
One of my main motivations in creating the royal lineage and history was to have a calendar. There’s one reference in chapter two that will have to be changed, for example. It says that records indicated that the Eyrtan prospered for over 300 years, which is laughable.
But I can now say that the calendar of T’Heri is based on the years that have passed since the kingdom’s Founding, with the prologue of the story taking place in 403 AF and the first chapter nearly ten years later. It was important for me to know how long the Guild of Colours has existed, when they began teaching Artifice, and when exactly a couple of cataclysmic events took place.
See, I say I want to post non-Destiny material here and I go on and on about it. My apologies.
If anyone is interested in seeing some of this background material and has a Google Drive account, send word and I’ll share the relevant folder. Or, if you prefer to read the narrative and present me with questions that might indicate holes or that some part of the history or world seems unclear, that’s great too.