World Building: Eliador Weaponry

In my attempt to do things relevant to my novel, other than writing my novel like I should be, I decided to design weaponry for Eliador, a town in Newhaven (TWO NAMES, I’VE BEEN ON FIRE!). This is the hometown of three of my five main characters.

Due to having no official army, weapons are made on demand, with anyone able to pay a blacksmith for their skills. However, there is a town guard, who use this. None of the settlements on Newhaven have ever been at war, but guards are necessary for law enforcement, and also for fighting/defending against tribes that roam the open expanses.

Also, bows, spears and axes are popular as they can be used when hunting. Swords are less common for commoners, but used in the town guard.

I am an awful artist, but I’d say I have above average skill on Photoshop, so I used that to create the designs:

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Green and white are the town colours of Eliador, and the chequered look emblazons its flags/standards. Everything is fairly simple due to costs. Most of the cities on Newhaven are ‘free cities’, with no tax. You earn money through effort and trade. If you want say a sword, then you go chop some wood, and sell it. Their is a chief/head of the town, as men are made to follow, and need a leader.

Due to provision of Iron and cost, plate armour isn’t used, instead a lighter leather alternative is used. Those with enough money often buy chainmail.

I hope you like it!

NaNoWriMo

I’ve decided that I’m going to give NaNoWriMo a go.

I’ll be working on the novel I’ve already been working on, which has about three completed chapters written. However, after much procrastination, I realise they will need complete re-writes, so I’m effectively starting from scratch.

Over the next month, I’m going to work hard on chapter outlines, names and world building so that I can write at the speed of light come November.

The goal is to write 50,000 words, which won’t be the full novel. Although it won’t be a finished novel, probably about half of a novel, I think we can all agree 50,000 words would be significant progress from three about to be scrapped chapters.

The goal I have in my head for my finished novel is 80,000 – 100,000  words, which I think is a good length – not too long, not too short.

If I make huge progress this month and a writing fever sets in, I may cheat and start writing before November 1st. But even if I did that, I would still aim to write 50,000 words in November.

It’s an exciting prospect, I feel like a five year old on a friday at school at 3:30pm.

http://nanowrimo.org/about

Writing Update + October Plan

I still haven’t got much writing done.

I have plenty of alone time (I’ve only been in lectures for about 6 hours in the last 10 days), yet I still manage to avoid doing anything productive.

However, NaNoWriMo is next month I do believe, so my goal for October is to have a relatively detailed plan of every chapter I envisage being in the novel.

Then, when November starts, I can blitz it! I can just write and write and write as I’ll know what I’m writing.

I keep finding wholes in my plot, and I’m still trying to flesh out the world. Names are needed, more names are needed, and maybe some more names. Also, just deciding on some names. You probably get the picture at this point.

The problem has risen due to me knowing how it ends (before the planned sequel… Like that’ll happen). However, I don’t know how I’ll meet that ending. So perhaps the ending I’ve envisaged needs to change. A shame, it’d have looked good as a Hollywood blockbuster.

I will keep you updated. I might have a EUREKA!!! moment and write 80,000 words in the next two weeks. We’ll see.

Book Backstory: The Monarchy of the North

Hello, sorry for not posting, but just getting accustomed to being at university (it is a struggle, but feels easier by the day).

Last night, I sat down to write, and was in one of those moods where I did everything I possibly could to not write.

Instead, I decided to write up the ‘known’ monarchy of the as yet unnamed northern part of my world. Its society is similar to feudal Europe/England, but with little differences. The unnamed capital, which I will call capital for now, is the capital city. There are 7 ‘high lords’, who each warden a certain part of the country. Then, there are minor lords who rule small keeps, castles, towns, etc. Knights can only be made by being knighted by the king, so there are few of them. The history spans from 43 OD (Olden Days) – 420 AD (After Dein), which is present day when the book takes place.

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King Dein was the last of the ‘old kings’, where you became king through being the most powerful/popular. Little is known of his reign, and much of it is viewed as myth and legend. He went with his army north into the Great Forest to kill the ‘last of the giants’. Whether giants existed or not is still up for debate. Also, this time is famous, as it is when Ran ‘put out the fires of evil, defeating darkness’. By the followers of Ran (Ranism), this is viewed as literal, whereas some still follow the old ways. King Dein died in the battle, and died on the walls of his newly made defences, which became the ruins now known as Deingard.

Darren was Dein’s lieutenant, his second in command and close friend. In the aftermath of the battle, he was crowned King Darren I. He had a passion for learning, and had all known history wrote up. Plus, he was the first ruler to decide that his eldest child should inherit the throne. He also created the first calendar, and the After Dein (AD) years began. Darren I however only lived for five years, dying in 5 AD.

His son, Turstin, became King Turstin I. King Turstin I was famous for being the son of Darren, and nothing else. He died childless in 24 AD, so the throne passed to his brother.

His brother was called William, and he became King William I. He moved the capital city to Whiterose, which lies in the east as opposed to the west. He died in 40 AD, and the throne went to his son, King Darren II.

King Darren II was a religious man, but believed that all should follow his religion. He decided to go to war with King Bast III of the Mountains, which lie to the south. However, Lord Edric Cordington, one of the high lords, disagreed with the war, and with the support of Lord Owain Bracken, marched a large host back home to their homes of Bracken Hall and Cordington in the west. King Darren II was crushed by King Bast III on the Mountain Pass. He was the first modern era king to die in battle. He also had no heirs, dying the last of Darren’s dynasty 50 AD.

Due to his support and military strength, Lord Edric Cordington was elected King Edric I ahead of Lord Owain Bracken. He immediately made peace with the King Bast III, and moved the capital back to its original home in the west. This caused a split in the religion, with the followers of Ran growing in numbers in the east. The first High Opio (High Priest), called Bard, of Ranism built a great temple at Whiterose, and gained a lot of power. King Edric’s reign was filled with tension, but there were no wars. He died in 63 AD.

Edric I was succeeded by his son, Edric II. Due to the Cordington family’s increase in wealth, Edric II went wild. He spent money on expensive goods and foreign goods, and raised taxes exceptionally high to maintain his spending. He flaunted his wealth, and made enemies. He was delusional, thinking everyone loved him. Edric II was killed by a commoner, whilst walking the streets of the capital. He ruled for only four years, and died childless.

In 67 AD, King Jon I ‘the Good’ ascended to the throne. He was only 16 at the time, not even an adult. His rule started off with an uprising from the Laigel’s of Waren, a high family. They, and most people, were skeptical about Jon’s potential rule due to his brother’s poor reign. They had the support of a few minor houses, and they laid siege to the capital. But, King Jon was clever, and cunning. King Jon I bravely rode out in battle with his smaller army. This was a ploy to draw the Laigel army in, so a Bracken army could attack them from the north and a small Rowan army from the East. This won victory, and also won the support of the families. The Rowan’s were raised to high lords in place of the Laigel’s, who were stripped of Waren, all titles and their wealth. The lord at the time was killed, but his family was freed, as peasants. He earned the respect of the high lords of the west, and lowered the taxes. The realm prospered, and the people loved him. He donated wealth to the Ranist temples, earning him good favour with the High Opio, uniting the west and the east. A great plague swept over the west shortly after, believed by some to be a sign. King Jon died of the plague, as did his two sons. He died the last male of the Cordington Dynasty in 89 AD.

King Jon I had a daughter who survived the plague, Madeleine. No female had ever been the last heir, but she ascended to the throne as the first, and only, queen. She was only 18, and despite being courted by a Lord Bracken and a Lord Summerbee, she married Prince Emirhar, from the deep south of the world (I am yet to think of a name for the country as a whole). The country didn’t take well to having a foreign king, who effectively ruled in the smitten Madeleine’s place. After only about a year, King Emirhar was killed by Lord Thomas Rowan in a meeting of high lords in Emirhar and Madeleine’s own palace. Queen Madeleine committed suicide. No women have been allowed to inherit the throne and rule in their own right since.

In 90 AD, Lord Thomas Rowan became King Thomas I. Due to the death of Emirhar, war was declared by the country in the deep south. King Thomas I was a competent commander, winning two famous battles in the Arkan Straights in consecutive days. Over half his fleet blockaded the harbor of Krahlar, the capital in the south. Also, they burned the coastal city of Rah’ Taha to the ground. Knowing he didn’t have an army capable of taking the entire south, a peace was agreed when King Thomas I was given the port of Sah’ Arobal, which is now known as Fisherman’s Rest. King Thomas I died in 101 AD.

King Thomas’ eldest son, William, died ‘in his sleep’, so he was succeeded by his second eldest son King Henry I. The country remained in peace, and Henry died in 119 AD.

King Henry’s son, William, became King William II ‘the old’. He became king aged 39, but lived to the age of 90. He outlived his two sons, and all three of his grand sons. His great grandson, Henry, inherited the throne aged 8.

King Henry II ‘the young’, inherited the throne in 170 AD, but died of a fever in 173 AD, aged only 11.

King Jon II was Henry II’s younger brother by only one year, getting the throne aged 10. He ruled much longer than his elder brother, reigning until 192 AD. He lived to see his only son, Jon, reach 14 years old.

King Jon III started off as a competent young king under the guidance of his advisor uncle Sir Stephen Rowan. His early rule was prosperous, and many people’s standard of living grew. However, in 195 AD, when King Jon III was only 17, Sir Stephen died. Many believed psychiatric problems took over when his uncle died, others quietly said his uncle was keeping him stable. King Jon III earned the moniker ‘the Crazed King’. He believed the world was his, not just the country. He, like King Darren II 150 years before him, decided to wage war on the King of the Mountain. He led his army he south east to meet King Anders II on the mountain pass. He died in his bed at his army’s camp in 201 AD. He didn’t even reach the mountain pass.

The Crazed King’s younger brother, Frederic, became King Frederic I. He immediately made peace with King Anders II. King Anders knew he couldn’t conquer the two surrounding countries, but knew his capital of Montenholt was impenetrable. He died in 232 AD. He is most famous for his son, Edric.

King Edric III became known as King Edric the Wrathful. In 256 AD, he started a religious war within his own country. He took many of the stories about Ran as literal, and claimed Ran was ‘demon spawn’. All those who worshipped him would convert or die. He marched his army east to the holy city of Whiterose, and personally murdered High Opio Preston on the steps of the great temple. The temple was burnt, as was its famous library. Opios and Opias were notorious for their intelligence and love of writing. King Edric’s son, Henry, was cut into five pieces and sent back to his father by Brandon, the new self instated High Opio. Peasants were at war with their neighbors, towns were at war with neighboring towns. People were skinned, tortured, murdered over what they believed in. This directly caused what became known as the ‘Great Voyage’, where 45 men women and children escaped to the west and got on the ship ‘the Sea Maiden’, and set sail west. No one knew what happened to those who sailed west. They found a new land after months of sailing, which they named Newhaven. King Edric III died in battle, slain by Lord Ondrew Blacktree, the minor lord of Fosford at the Battle of The Beck in 266 AD. The war ended shortly after his death, with no religion destroyed. Ranism still prevailed in the east.

King Henry III ‘the Peacemaker’, created a peace with High Opio Ronald on new years day, 267 AD. Ronald was part of a group of Ranists who overthrew High Opio Brandon, who was corrupted and did things in the name of religion and God that a godly man wouldn’t do. The peace lasted. King Henry III became king by being the eldest male descendant of King Frederic I on the maternal side, as Edric III died heirless. King Henry III was the first king of the [Insert Name]’s, the first of the line of kings who rule to this day. He was the first king to receive contact from Newhaven, and established the first naval trade route between the two places.

King Henry III was succeeded by his son, King Harry I in 295 AD. Henry became the first king to step down, so his son could succeed and he could tutor him on how to rule. Henry died in 300 AD. King Harry I learnt successfully from his wise father. He built on everything his father made, establishing more trade routes with Newhaven and building a good relationship with King Ornbon I of the Mountain. He had three wives before his death in 339 AD, dying childless due to infertility.

Harold was Harry I’s brother, and became King Harold I. He quickly had to deal with an uprising and a rebellion. In 342 AD, all the bands of outlaws in the Forest of Dein united, and attacked Waren, the most northern home of a great lord, who historically monitored the Forest for trouble. King Harold I led a large army and the crushed the army, who had less numbers, poorer weapons and armor and lacked discipline. In 346 AD, Lord William Sigglesthorne, high lord of Sigglesthorne, rebelled against the throne. King Harold again led a large army to Sigglesthorne, but died on the walls of Sigglesthorne.

Harold’s son, David, took command in the battle after witnessing his father’s death. He slayed Lord William’s son, Benjamin. He then was first into Lord William’s keep, and killed him in single combat, refusing assistance by forcing his men to stay back. He became King David I. He was a famous fighter and won many melee tournaments. He was however less competent on horseback. In 350 AD, he died in a jousting tournament at Summerbee, when a broken lance pierced his belly. He died the next day.

His son Edric became King Edric IV, a king who drank too much and left the governance of the realm to the high lords, who all grew in power. In 359 AD, Lord Derric Bracken mustered an army and went North West, crushing the towns of [Insert Name], [Insert Name] and Drifton, bringing them under his rule. They are still ruled by the Bracken’s now. The extra land and settlements made Lord Derric feared, as his wealth doubled and his army doubled in size.

Edric’s son, Henry, became Henry IV in 374 AD. He ruled during a drought which lasted for 3 years, where hundreds of thousands of people died in the west. A lot of food had to come from the east, which raised the power of the High Lords of Waren and Summerbee. He died from illness in 393 AD.

Finally, we have King Edric V, who ascended to the throne in 393 AD, and still rules in present day 420 AD. He has been ruling for 27 years, and they have been peaceful years. He inherited the throne aged 11, and has a son, Henry. The drought ended at the start of his reign, and he has ruled in peace for all his reign. However, more outlaws have started to roam the land out of the Forest of Dein, and due to taxes, he is losing the support that matters. He taxes the rich highly, but has low taxes for the poor. The common folk love him.

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I know it was long winded, and if you’re still hear, I hope you enjoyed it and found the history of part of my world interesting.

Have a good day x