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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