Only a few days ago, I finished writing the 2nd story of the new Sword of Dragons web series, The Orc War Campaigns, and I realized something. The story is not going quite where I expected. The reason for this? The characters.
Even though most of the characters in this series are new, I’ve somehow already reached a point with them where they are telling their own story, and I just seem to have the happy job of being their scribe ;)
The ones you already know from The Sword of Dragons are in it, and in fact are playing a bigger role than I originally planned in the initial trilogy of short stories. In fact in the 2nd story, there is an incredible scene involving Cardin as he continues to develop his new powers from the Sword.
However, their part in the story will become much less important as the new characters take center stage throughout the series. And I am most happy to state that one of the new characters is a strong female lead :)
As I’ve noted in a previous blog entry, men and women on Halarite, which is the world central to the Sword of Dragons universe, are truly equals. While there are other forms of discrimination explored and to be explored in TSOD, I wanted to show everyone a world where gender does not determine your future, and no one is shunned or judged for being either a man or a woman.
That trend will continue. And so, without further delay, I present to you the new characters of the upcoming web series.
Characters of The Orc War Chronicles
Amaya Kenla: A former lieutenant in the Tal Warriors’ Guild, Amaya and a small team she had commanded on a botched mission was imprisoned for disobeying one of the Tal Prince’s new laws enacted during his father’s illness. Now, several months later, she and her team have been pardoned by King Beredis.
Hailing from the small town of Everlin near the Saran border, Amaya is a strong-willed leader who has gone to great lengths to earn her place and rank in the Guild. She struggles with the anger she feels towards her former Commander, whom she believes set her and her team up. With no proof, and a new war with the orcs looming, she fears she will never be able to prove it.
Her skills as a Mage and a leader do not go unrecognized, however, and instead of rejoining the Warriors, Amaya is offered a place with the elite guard of Tal, whose name is only whispered in the dark corners of the castle: the Guardians.
Zerek Betanil: An apprentice miner, 15-year-old Zerek has worked and lived with his father for as long as he can remember. But that is not where his heart lies. At night, he dreams of running away to join the Warriors’ Guild, so that he may take up the sword and fight off the enemies of Tal.
When tragedy strikes and Zerek’s life is ripped away from him, he must struggle to find a new place in life. He has no choice but to take up a job as a courier in Archanon, where he watches the Warriors march by, day by day, wishing one would take him to the Guild to be trained.
Until he meets a young thief on the streets of the First City who steals his heart, along with his most prized possession. Now he must find her to take back what was stolen, and somehow convince her to fall in love with him.
Arkad: Shrouded in mystery, this giant of an orc has taken command of the Wastelands in the wake of Klaralin’s defeat. With an intelligence far surpassing any orc previously seen on Halarite, he commands the loyalty of all of his lesser kin, and maneuvers their armies into a multi-pronged attack that takes the four kingdoms by surprise.
He has made it his mission in life to return his people back to the cultured, intelligent, and strong people they once were before they were downtrodden by the despicable humans. The only way he believes this can be accomplished is to make a new home for them outside of the Wastelands, in the lush, life-filled lands throughout the western half of Edilas.
But where did he come from? How did he gain the loyalty of the tens of thousands of orcs that overfill the Wastelands? These and so many questions surround him, as he gains a reputation on the battlefields for being ruthless and nearly unstoppable.
I hope you all enjoyed this glimpse into the new characters of the Orc War Chronicles. I do not yet have an initial release date for the first story, but it is my goal to have it out by December :)
This is a long shot…but are there any artists out there who would be willing to take a crack at character sketches? Both for the new series and the novels?
Thanks for reading!