Favorite Character Moments

By eugena On June 18th, 2013

Hello out there, Readers and Fans.

I’ve been a very long hiatus from both blogging and writing, well fiction writing that is.  I thought I’d return with a few of my favorite moments.  My favorite comedic one has to be my very short spoof, A Modern Medieval (Picture Perfect).  I laugh every time I read that over, even though I know what’s coming.  As for The Age of Merrik: The Anointing, which I know some of you are familiar with, here’s a list warning: spoilers

Eleya: “I wanted the impossible, and now it is possible.”  (My favorite line.)  Eleya gets a happy ending – for now.

Merrik (Merrik I):  Can I really pick just one?  Okay, the ending.  They both get a happy ending for now.  It may be The Age of Merrik, but Eleya is very central.  “I kneel before the one who guards my heart.”

The General Zsastar:  Tough call.  The final battle.  As for a tie to book 2’s bond with his mother, see his promise to avenge his father and mother.  His ties with his mother is very important in book 2.

Brianna: Zsastar’s rejection.  No one wants you, Brianna.  Although, my #2 has to be the Brianna/Eleya confrontation in the dungeon.

Liana: I could revisit the who is worse, Brianna or Liana debate.  Liana will always get my vote since she is a traitor.  But she does get some justice at the end when Merrik spelled her to look like Eleya and she gets turned over to Zsastar.  Look for her to return.

Cle’an and Elisha: I have to group these two together since my favorite moment is when Elisha (in Reyenas) drops some pretty large hints to Cle’an that she is interested in him.  Sorry, Cle’an, we won’t know what happens between you two until Rise of the New Masters.  However, for those of you following my screenplay adaptation, it was really hinted that these two get together.

Casseya: All the angst in knowing she’s helped out Eleya only to find out that Merrik has moved on from Brianna to Eleya.

 

And what are some other favorite moments in upcoming books?  One moody dragon + one shinigami = a lot of good character interaction.  I am looking forward to this one (Shinigami Saga #1).  And a new character, Talissa, in Rise of the New Masters.  She was a former Central Region Sword Master charged with treason.  Her life was spared only because the one she betrayed was a traitor himself.  She still promises her allegiance to Eleya.  Talissa is a new opportunity to discuss treason.  What happens when one betrays a betrayer?  Will one be remembered as only a traitor or is there some good remaining to come to light?

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Some In-Depth Q and A

By eugena On July 5th, 2011

Currently watching SKU…I am one happy otaku.

Hello loyal fans and readers. Today’s been dramatic in the USA…after all, it has been the Anthony verdict. I’m going to refrain from making comments. I am sure I will be having lots of chats about it when I return to law school this fall.

The Age of Merrik, it its initial form was a book I had in my mind many years ago. In one sense, I feel like it has been my entire writing life. When I was still a kid, I wrote that book. In my mind anyway and kept notes on it. Years had passed and I morphed it into its second form, one featuring the Swordmasters, then later into the final form which was edited and published.

The Merrik of long ago focused on a trio — Zira, Zsastar, and Zaedrif. Yes, they are all “Z” for a reason. They were the reason for those three crystals. There was in fact another story entirely for them. That story passed into legend and two of the names were reused as new characters. Zsastar, still The General, now had a father, Malik, and the backstory of Sethane took roots. Zsastar now fought the Swordmasters — save Eleya — whom he still desires to dominate. No, Zsastar does not love. He is not capable. He is immature, but dangerous. He won’t falter to slay anyone — except Eleya. Zaedrif was no longer the teenage child. He became a cunning traitor — though most of his treachery was in fact a motivation I would have for Dark Desires.

Dark Desires and Rise of the New Masters will depart their predecessor and feature many changes, one of which is last names.

Some of the questions I have received:

  • What about John and Miriam?
  • What about Cle’an
  • What’s the deal with the crystals?

I’ve gotten the crystals question quite a lot. So, I’ll give you all a little hint: very important to mind/power transference. Yeah, not really too much of an answer. Eleya did not seem to have much effect with the blue one, but her memory and power had been sealed away by the end of Dark Desires which effects the influence of the crystal. Why did Zaedrif have them at first? Okay, I’ve already spoiled it a bit. He’s really a bad guy, but a bad guy at the end of his life, seeking to earn his redemption. Is he the same person as the Dark Desires baddie? You will all have to wait for that.

John and Miriam will have some sort of reunion. Cle’an will face his past and show his true loyalties. Will those crystals be important again. Yes, you all can bet on that.

I will need to flesh out the past a bit more (Dark Desires). For now, I’m focusing on Megami Pandora and Shinigami Saga.

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Writing and Frustration

By eugena On February 12th, 2011

So this semester it’s “nose to the grindstone even more.” I find myself dissatisfied on my direction for the AOM sequel. Okay, so I’ll just go out and say it. I like Zae’s (Zaedrif’s) character and in some ways I’m not in the mood to kill him off.

Alas, what do you do when you have a large character cast. In all the AOM: TA versions, I had Cle’an as a central character for a small portion of the beginning of the novel, then as per Merrik’s orders he leaves. In comes Jierin (I love this name. I’m the one who made it up and I love it–and my screen writing class loved it when I worked on AOM screenplay.). The only difference between the versions is that in the third version, Cle’an plays a minor role in bringing back Elisha to Tyera. I also use him to explain more of the Rikan-Tyera backstory and to expand on Nathan and the Fall of Nemea. Though I really don’t go into the Fall too much. I figure it is quite a large backstory, one more suited for other novels. It’s directly addressed in Dark Desires (yes, doesn’t this title sound like a romance novel?) and will be addressed more in The Age of Merrik: Rise of the New Masters.

And I had to use Cle’an to bring up Nathan yet again. Nathan is beyond a minor character. He’s like a legendary hero who is losing the retelling of his heroics. He’s a character mentioned in passing, but I certainly do it on purpose. I mention him in the first chapter then later when Cle’an is in Reyenas.

Speaking of Reyenas, I just found a file I had worked on for my reference library (a precursor to the wiki), where I have a partial outline of the events of The Age of Merrik: The Anointing. I’ll have to post it to the wiki.

Oh well, I’ll just have to flush out the Dark Desires and Rise of the New Masters plots some more and let go of Zaedrif. I think I am so fond of him because of my plans for the original Zaedrif character in version one of the novel. The official spelling for his name is with a joined “ae” but for ease of use in making a searchable blog and wiki, I will write names without the joined “ae” and without the accented “i” in Serafin. Otherwise, if you conduct a laymen search without the joined letters or accented “i,” the results will not come up.

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Zine Article: Eleya, Zaedrif, and The Fall of Nemea

By eugena On February 11th, 2011

Eleya has suffered much sorrow in her life. After surviving the destruction of Antham, her home country, she seeks refuge with the Sword Masters and the Wizards of the North. After revealed as the prophesized Regina, Eleya loses all opportunity of a life just for herself. She takes on the mantle of ruler and becomes a powerful figure with the Sword Masters, second only to The Serafin.

Because of Skye’s prophecy regarding Zaedrif and Eleya, she stays in Nemea with Zaedrif and Zibiah. Zaedrif and Eleya grow closer together and eventually become engaged. Zaedrif’s childhood friend, Oroco, is in love with him. Zaedrif cannot let go of his unresolved feelings for Oroco, and this becomes a rift between Zaedrif and Eleya.

Zaedrif abandoned Nemea shortly before its fall, presumably due to his involvement with Oroco. He left Eleya alone to defend it. Nathan of Anthama (who renamed his country in honor of Eleya’s home country) came to Eleya’s rescue and sacrificed himself to save her.

Many Nemeans died in the battle and more became slaves of Malik’s generals.

In The Anointing, both Areya and Cle’an become the voices of the victims of The Fall of Nemea. They both lost loved ones. Edric, Areya’s husband, was the brother of Valerie, Cle’an’s fiancée.

Although Zaedrif dies at the end of The Anointing, his memory lives on in Rise of the New Masters. Eleya must confront her past, including her relationship with Zaedrif.

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Zine Article: John + Miriam

By eugena On February 11th, 2011

John and Miriam are the central couple of the latter part of The Age of Merrik: The Anointing. Their naivety speaks to their simple desire to connect with others. They found love in the midst of war, a reoccurring theme throughout history in humanity.

They are naïve, because Miriam chooses to live a sheltered life, and John is too afraid to stand solely on his own. John, however, grows as the story progresses. After Cle’an leaves to visit the hidden survivors of Shattered Sky, John becomes the first Second to Merrik.

They are devoted to each other, and their relationship is a symbol for the relationship of others. Areya sees hope in Miriam’s child, a replacement for the two children she miscarried. Surprisingly, Zsastar encourages John to find Miriam for their child’s sake, foreshadowing Zsastar’s disconnection to and abandonment from his biological parents.

Additional Notes (Blog Tags): Areya’s husband was Edric. Miriam will name her child Merris.

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Defining Characters

By eugena On February 11th, 2011

Characters become part of you. You are their creator, their “god.” You define their beginning, trials, end. Sometimes when writing, you amaze yourself in the amount of evolution/personal growth you go through.

I remember when I first wrote The Age of Merrik under the title Crystal Destiny, focusing more on the powers of the crystals. I had three main characters other than Merrik, Queen Zira, General Zsastar, and Zaedrif. I eventually kept some ideas from Zira to keep her as a character of the same name in the sword master past**. She was married to Zsastar I, the namesake of General Zsastar. To a certain extent, Zastar of Crystal Destiny and Zsastar of The Anointing are the same. For Zaedrif, I only kept the name. While genetic characteristics are similar, the first Zaedrif was merely a teenager, adopted son/ward of both Zira and Zsastar, their common bond. Then Zaedrif became a bit older, a noble swordmaster, more like that of Zaedrif of The Age of Merrik: The Screenplay Adaptation.

While Oroco and the other members of The Four have always been part of the story since version one (Kaeya did have development), Oroco became a focal point of version three (final) Zaedrif. Zaedrif and Oroco are childhood friends. They shared in a very naive love, which eventually develops deeper. Oroco can’t let go, but Zaedrif can, because *enter Eleya.* I really like the name Eleya, one of the many that I made up. It’s perfect for her. Merris is ok, and Merris becomes *spoiler* the name of Miriam and John’s first child.

I could have left it at that. But when I began to develop an even deeper history for the sword master characters, I decided that this is really why Zaedrif betrayed his people. He did not cower in fear, he was not incapacitated. He failed them because he chose Oroco. Idiot. Choosing a pitiful love over responsibility for an entire nation.

Compare him with Merrik. Again and again he chose his responsibility as a leader over that of his own love, interest, and family. Yet Zaedrif is supposed to be a sword master and closer to the god character (Serafin).

Who are Merrik’s parents? Two-fold question. His bond/adoptive parents are much like himself. They both chose their positions as leaders first in as their priorities. As for his blood parents, I promise at least one of them will eventually be revealed. Did they make the same choice? Yes, I could answer that question, but I prefer to keep you all hooked.

Reflecting on it now, the Zaedrif/Oroco connection has an impact on many things in the storyline. Cle’an was once a minor character, taking entrance and exit, with Jierin then on stage. Now he became more rounded. He has a past. All characters do, but the more minor they are, the less the pasts are revealed. (Perfect fodder for fanfictions.) Cle’an, native of Nemea, obeyed his lord, Prince Zaedrif, to send Oroco away and protect her; he left his beloved Valerie. While Zaedrif’s love lived, Cle’an’s did not. Neither did Cle’an’s beloved queen escape unscathed. Rise of the New Masters reveals more of her suffering.

Many love Eleya. Mostly courtly love. Look that one up if you need to. They admire her, adore her. Is she god on Earth? No, but that doesn’t stop Zsastar in his “create-a-Serafin” plan.

Another character I enjoyed the development of is Areya, but I will save that for another post.

** Zira later renames herself Kerris, and this is the name recorded in Swordmaster historical records. Therefore, Zira is tagged as “Kerris”. The “Zira” tag is for the main character of version one. Eleya later becomes the main character instead of Zira.

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The Age of Merrik: Perspective from 2007

By eugena On February 11th, 2011

For those of you who have read previous versions of The Age of Merrik–which officially reached back as far as 2000–you will be pleased to know that Cle’an plays a more important part. The sword masters (mildly referred to in the 2000 version) have a much fleshed out history and are truly legendary.

Zaedrif’s role has changed throughout the versions. Beginning in the 2005 version, Zaedrif is hailed as the great Prince and Sword Master of Nemea–a land further explained in this final version.

Working on the screenplay adaptation helped me to develop Zibiah, Zaedrif’s sister, and Cle’an’s admiration of Eleya.

The most recent change to the series is the place and function of “The Journey”. It is a place between the mind of the present and the mind of the future where only sword masters may go. Eleya’s position as the Sword Master Regina has become more important and will be more so in Rise of the New Masters.

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Name Formatting in The Age of Merrik

By eugena On February 11th, 2011

In The Anointing, “Zaedrif” and others are spelled with a joined “ae.”  Beldare is “Beldare'” and Serafin has an accent over the “i”.  Although these will be kept in the novels, for ease of accessibility use, my websites, including the wikis will not include these spellings.  Characters will be listed in their simplified letter form.

“Sword masters” are used in The Anointing and The Screenplay Adaptation.  Other works list them as “Swordmasters”.

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