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[*] posted on 6-16-2013 at 07:31 PM
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Zayn Nejem, the Commander of the Archers of the Zalan Empire, has never gotten a single quest. Training troops and entertaining princesses aside, his time in the military has been nothing but boredom and dealing with petty crime. However, that was all about the change when the Storm Moon rises above the tombs of Dakkha. The dead walked where they were said to rest and it is his job to find the answer to the most important question: Who?


A fantasy/horror novel that I expect to get around 75,000 words in (if I am lucky!). I'll probably continue it into AugNoWriMo to finish it up around 100,000. Hopefully.

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[*] posted on 6-16-2013 at 08:17 PM


Nice graphic! I love the font.

This sounds like a zombierrific novel. Really interesting premise. I'd definitely pick it up if I saw it in a bookstore. How's your planning on it going?




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[*] posted on 6-16-2013 at 08:49 PM


Thank you!

Planning is going pretty well! I have my characters percolating and the place is fleshing itself out. I need to decide if I am going WHOA fantasy or whoa fantasy now.





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[*] posted on 6-17-2013 at 03:27 AM


Zombie fantasy? Can't wait to find out more!




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[*] posted on 6-17-2013 at 06:56 PM


Good luck writing your Zombie Fantasy novel Sly. :)



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[*] posted on 6-18-2013 at 06:02 PM


Thanks marie! And you too, misa! I love twisting genres. It's my most favoritest thing...

Along with subgenres.





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[*] posted on 6-18-2013 at 06:28 PM


As I've said before, I cannot wait to read this novel. XD



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[*] posted on 6-19-2013 at 07:03 PM


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[*] posted on 6-21-2013 at 07:54 PM




So, not daily updates yet (obviously), but now that I've finished my short story for a competition over at another forum, I don't feel so bad focusing on O.I.

So I did some character work and thought I'd say a little bit about them here...



I have quite a number of characters to talk about but for now, let's go with the adventuring party.

Zayn Nejem is our main character. Commander of the Archers in the army, he's well liked by both the sultan, the amir and the vizier. Unfortunately, he's not liked so well by the ameera, who happens to be his betrothed. What he really wants is an adventure to prove his worth, honor and glory on - and to escape the pressures of the royal courtship.

Vahir Mazd is the vizier, and the youngest vizier in recorded history. He fought alongside the amir in one of the border wars and his strategic thinking and clever tactics proved he'd be perfect for the role. However, he wishes to be back on the field after a few too many social functions and too many royal secrets to keep...

Zakiya El-Hasheem is best known as a dancer in the market square of Zala. She entertains the soldiers, the merchants and the much-despised foreigners the best she can. But if one looks closely, one may notice the blades in her fans.

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That's my traveling crew at the moment. They'll meet more along the way - some friend, some foe - but for now, it's up to them to find out what is going on in the Tomb of the Foreign, Dakkha





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[*] posted on 6-21-2013 at 08:07 PM


Good luck Sly. :)



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[*] posted on 6-21-2013 at 10:21 PM


Ooooh, I like. XD (and live, apparently. I am not a zombie yet, woo!)



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[*] posted on 6-24-2013 at 10:32 AM




Thanks guys! This novel is starting to slowly come together. So let me introduce my three big "baddies"...



Jawahir A'Jam is the main antagonist. A slave brought down from the northern jungles of Muscaai when she was just fourteen, she took advantage of learning to speak and read the language. After years of learning all she could from ancient texts her owner had, she took her revenge at the age of nineteen. After a high body count and an even higher injury count, she was sent to Dakkha with hopes that she would perish with the others.

However, no one in Dakkha seems very perished anymore. Not with them walking about, that is...

Sham'a is the owner of the Oasis. Said to be an ifrit, she had founded the idyllic retreat for adventurers years before the Zalan empire was a dream in the human-creatures' heads. She's ruled over it peacefully since then, though the price of "peace" may be very high.

However, little is truly known about where she comes from or what she is; the only thing known is what she wants people to think about her...

El-Mansoor is dead. At least, he should be dead with how many times he's been reported to be killed. A whisper on the mouths of children and a nightmare lurking in every shadow, El-Mansoor is said to be both alive, dead and imaginary at once. The only "proof" to the rumors of his existence are the destroyed villages he leaves in his wake.

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I left it out here, but each of these characters has a backstory which made them what they are. All can be seen in some aspect as sympathetic, which is how I prefer to make my villains. However, that's left for the actual novel. ;)

Next time on Characters in Only Illusion, we'll meet the people who work for these three.

[Edited on 6-29-13 by SlySionnach]





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[*] posted on 6-24-2013 at 10:48 AM


Your banners are so pretty! And your story very interesting. You could almost forget it was about zombies (which I prefer since I don't see the appeal in zombies anyway).

The names of your characters and everything are very pretty as well. Two questions: What's an ameera and an ifrit?




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[*] posted on 6-24-2013 at 11:28 AM


Oh <3 I can taste them already and I love them. :D



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[*] posted on 6-24-2013 at 11:31 AM


Melange, not like zombies? Blaspheme! ;)

Ameera is an Arabic girl's name that means princess, from what I can tell. I liked the sound of it and chose to use it as the title for Princess (which it may or may not be. To be honest, I'm not sure. It just sounded pretty). It goes with Amir/Emir, which is the title of a leader/prince in a Muslim world (to my understanding).

An ifrit is a type of jinn in Arabic folklore. I linked wiki because I can't really describe it better than they can!





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[*] posted on 6-24-2013 at 11:53 AM


I like the names of your characters Sly. I hope everything goes great for you in July. :)



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[*] posted on 6-25-2013 at 01:53 AM


Ifrit .. is that thing from Final Fantasy. ;]
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[*] posted on 6-25-2013 at 11:05 AM


Mel, hell yes. The one that always hides in a cave for some reason. And has horns. And shoots out fireballs.

Like a magmar, but not.





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[*] posted on 6-25-2013 at 11:35 AM


I always think of American Gods by Neil Gaiman <3 when I think of Ifrits.



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And thank you again, ladies and ladies! This is my last batch of three (not counting the royalty, but they're barely in it so they don't get one. Nyah.) that I have worked out at the moment. I don't expect any more but... well, we'll see.



Esmail Es'sa is the right hand of Jawahir. A member of the Zalan Army, he has always served beside Zayn and Vahid, but if you were to ask either of them who he is, they wouldn't know. Esmail is never seen and never heard, always blending in. So he takes risks and foolish chances and revels in even the tiniest bit of attention - bad attention or not - that he's given.

And when Jawahir gives him her undivided attention, loyalties waver...

Shazi works for Sham'a. She's there to do everything the ifrit wishes, and more. Sometimes, it almost seems like she's out of control, but Shamb'a never gets upset. It's quite the opposite; Shamb'a supports any change in decision Shazi makes.

However, when things get down to the wire for Shazi, a nasty little fire-bug of a habit seems to come out... And maybe the truth.

El-Raza wishes to be dead, like his master, El-Mansoor. However, he is not and that only causes him to take on more jobs for the Undead Havoc. After his family was sacrificed for speed and silence in an escape, El-Raza has sworn a vow of vengeance against his former tribe and will not rest until no drop of their blood remains.

And when he sees Zakiya, he seems to grow a bit more restless...

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Those are my secondary antagonists. Shazi gets to come along for the journey for most of the time (she's really not so much an antagonist, come to think of it), and the other two get to be mini-boss battles. If we're speaking in RPG terms, that is.

[Edited on 6-29-13 by SlySionnach]





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[*] posted on 6-25-2013 at 02:30 PM


This is coming along nicely. Makes me think I ought to get on with plotting my own...

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I love your characters, i hope your novel turns great when you write it in July Sly. :)



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Thanks misa and marie!

I'm trying to keep up with this daily posting thing to keep my interest high (because, to be honest, after I plan something fully, I have a tendency to just leave it behind and not write). This story has ended up being part of a bigger universe (quartet!) which I'm now fiddling around with the third book.

But! There's still more to reveal here.

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Azat is the desert realm these people call home. Its borders stretch across three different kingdoms but the entire desert area belongs to the realm of Azat. However, inside of Azat, there are at least three kingdoms always vying for power..

  • The Yamba is the name of the main desert. At one time, all of the people of Azat lived within it. Now they have begun to spread and form communities of their own on the far fringes of Azat. However, inside of the Yamba, there are the Raiders. And Raiders do not like kings.

  • Zala is the main kingdom within the Yamba. Collected under a boy-king who had taken on the Raiders, the Zalans live happy and somewhat peaceful lives. They want for little and they need even less, but there is one problem - they are very distrustful of foreigners.
    --Within Zala, Ta'Zala is the castle and home of the sultan and his family.


  • Dakkha is the Tomb of the Outcast, or the prison of Zala. Placed far out in the desert, past the ruins of a Raider encampment, it is meant to be a place where the outcasts are forgotten and eventually pass on. This is where the walking dead are, and where our heroes have to travel to in order to stop them.


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And that's the top three for now. There are little places here and there that I'll probably name while writing (as I am prone to do) but most of the story happens in these places.

And on the back of momots.

Which is my name for giant-lizard-monsters that they ride like cattle.

Because lizards.





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[*] posted on 6-27-2013 at 09:42 AM


Oooh, a boy-king. :D They all sound so vibrant. XD



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[*] posted on 6-27-2013 at 02:55 PM


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