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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The Choice Is Yours

By eugena On October 1st, 2011

Being an American, I’m fully acquainted with apathy. Maybe not in all parts of America, but it has been a golden standard in parts I have lived in.

In the past two weeks, I have been asked what my published novel, The Age of Merrik: The Anointing is about. In one way, it is difficult for me to summarize. I used it as a writing process to further hone my skills (they are far superior to what they were when it was published). In addition, I wrote three versions of it. Yet I really have to stop and think of a short summary of the published edition.

The protagonist, Merrik, is a young ruler of a kingdom (Tyera). After an eight year absence, The General, the Son of King Malik (a ruthless king) has returned to finish destroying Merrik’s homeland. He and his forces use Tyera as a base to enslave the neighboring kingdom (Rikan). He challenges Merrik and although Merrik is up to the challenge, he finds that most of his subjects have become apathetic and willing to accept The General without question (and falling for his lies). Merrik eventually fails the challenge and his rule is usurped. Only when his people and the people of Rikan are willing to fight for their freedom do they have the chance to receive it again.

Political Undertones

Political Marriages – A big theme of mine. Very big in my new novel WIP King’s Romance (working title). Merrik agrees to keep his enagement to Brianna for cultural reasons, but says she will merely “bear . . . [his] children quickly” and be banished from the hearts of the people.

Political Sucession – A cycle of rise, fall, and rise to leadership. Merrik, The General, Merrik. The inheritance of Sethane (Malik’s Kingdom) is assumed to be left to The General, though most of this importance is viewed in other books. Skye, former Swordmaster of Rikan, gave up her freedom to hand what land would become Nemea to Zaelen (Zaedrif’s Father) and to save him from Malik.

Deceit – The General on Liana, Liana on everyone else. The General on Brianna (also in a romantic fashion).

Role of Women – Brianna sees her role as simply being with the leader. That the leader will “make” her. Both Eleya and Elisha show their abilities and importance, each making themselves by their own worth. The Swordmaster leader is female. Merrik acknowledges their worth. The General uses Brianna as she is willing, but only because this is what she expects of herself. The General greatly respects women due to his love for his mother, *****spoiler***** Skye.

Relationship

Naivety – John and Miriam. Ken’rid’s crush on Eleya. Brianna’s belief in The General.

One-Sided – Jonas’ love for Brianna. Casseya’s love for Merrik. The General’s preoccupation with Eleya.

Cultural Chain – Merrik agreeing to still marry Brianna (“the vow”). Skye giving herself to Malik to save Zaelen, simply due to visions she had about Zaelen’s future.

Betrayal – Brianna’s betrayal of Merrik (love). Liana’s betrayal of Rikan (country). Zaedrif’s prior betrayal of everyone including Eleya (both).

What is a Family? – Merrik was adopted. He has a strong bond to those parents.

Death and Rebirth – Perhaps my biggest general category of theme.

The Swordmasters as a whole are dying. Eleya should have died in the beginning but appears later. The price of this rebirth appears to be her memories and her power. Through her rebirth, she gains power. Eleya (in Rikan as “Merris”) is often appears as sickly and personifies death. “Life” returns as Merris becomes Eleya again.

Everyman

The ethnicity in The Age of Merrik is homogeneous. Mortals possesses equal rights. The only divide is within the divine – the god (Serafin), the demi-god (swordmasters), and the mortal.

A small Merrik/Eleya (as Merris) passage:

[Merrik] had thought of what he wanted to say next. He had considered this since he saw Brianna with The General. He no longer had Cle’an’s wise council, but he felt she was as wise. He needed her advice.

“I’ve thought of this Merris, and I know what I will do after The General is gone. Brianna and I will wed, and she will bear my children quickly. I will banish her, and her children will learn to banish her even from their hearts. They will grow to understand the extent of her betrayal.”

“It could happen, since she is allied to The General. Even the smallest of human hearts can understand this darkness. She would be a mother as only life would command her, not in bond.”

“She would not be like my mother. I know only the family who raised me. My bond is in their hearts, even though they did not see my earliest days.”

“The way it should be.” Merris looked down to her arms, noting that even in this light they were still paler than others’ skin. Other people possessed skin tones all the same, the shade varying only in deep sickness or death.

Chapter 11: A Small Respite

The Choice Is Yours. [Yes, that is a song reference.]

Will the masses let their own Generals conqueror them with their own apathy?

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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: Merrik

By eugena On February 11th, 2011

Merrik is the male protagonist of The Age of Merrik. His biological parents are currently unknown, but he was raised by the married rulers of Tyera and Rikan along with their daughter, Elisha.

Merrik’s home life shattered when Zsastar, Son of Malik, and his army attacked Rikan during Shattered Sky. He had enslaved the minds of many Tyeran men, and they turned against their leader, Merrik’s father. Many more people, including Merrik, may have died in the battle, but the sword masters Eleya and Zædrif intervened and defeated Zsastar. Merrik’s father died in the battle, and his mother, Her Ladyship of Rikan, became horribly disfigured.

Eight years after Shattered Sky, Merrik must once again battle Zsastar for the freedom of the peoples of Tyera and Rikan. If he can face the pain of his past, he may become the next sword master.

Merrik’s father’s name (Lord of Tyera) was later revealed to be Matthias

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