Another Reason to Write

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor pen cartoonMy life would make for a terrible novel and an even worse movie. As a series, there would be too little material to make a show or it would become repetitive every episode, really. I don’t do outrageous things. I don’t take on great challenges. I am not within the midst of conflict. My life is quite bland.

I am however not concerned with any of that. I am in a place in my life that I like. I enjoy my studies. The people around me are exceptionally kind and caring. I have no negative persons in my life. I am safe. I am warm. I am well fed. My hobbies are mainly writing, reading and video games. Now and then I watch Netflix or watch Critical Role on YouTube. I am an introvert. I do not go out and party and meet interesting people every week.

My life is plain. My life is simple. I dare say, some would call it boring.

I disagree.

What gives my life meaning is exactly the same thing that makes it so simple. The few people I have in my life, I deeply care for. The conversations that I have with them are so rich and expansive. The places I visit through books and games and even through writing, make me feel like my life is beyond full. The images that are placed within my mind and the thoughts that dwindle are what make life worth it. To me, my life is a collection of wisdom and knowledge; delivered through me in the manner that they are.

Live good. Live with morale. Live wisely.

These aspects also encompass my four principles.

All these things though, I want to share with the world. I want to be kind to others directly but I also want them to feel the things I do when experiencing the written word. I wondered to myself earlier; “Why should I write? It does not make me a better or more fulfilled person to publish a book.” I then resumed to think of what books do for me; the richness and pleasant feeling they deliver to my life. I am not sure that I can be as good as the authors that I read but perhaps I will be. Then, why would I withhold my words from the world if it makes others happy? Why not make the world better with my own written words and images?

I would be robbing the future.

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Trizzy’s Creature Compendium #7: Deep-dwellers

Welcome to Trizzy’s Creature Compendium! I like to write about all the magical creatures I have made up in my lifetime. Though I wish I was, I am not a physical artist and thus I do not have pictures to add to these posts. Regardless, I hope these entries inspire fellow fantasy writers.


Deep-dwellers

Basic information

Category: Humanoids
Intelligence: Positive
Power: Physical, magical
Size: Average

Deep-dwellers are humanoid beings of the night that dwell in caves or forests. They live at night and have perfect vision in near-dark. They are lithe and can move silently and climb trees effectively. Their endurance is generally extensive; making it easy for them to run long distances. Even the children are expected to move fast and quietly. Though they are not evil, their primal natures and appearances gains them a negative reputation.

Origin

Deep-dwellers’ roots cross those of goldians and cowbras. Considered cousins in the evolutionary tree, these three races share many characteristics. All of these races are nomadic to a reasonable extent. What separates the races from one another is their physical characteristics, their preference of terrain, their societies and a handful of other cultural aspects.

Due to their close heritages, these races are known to now and then have an offspring of two races. These offspring are called wilders and are often left to survive on their own at a young age.

Appearances

Deep-dwellers are taller than average humans. They are thin-limbed but wide hips, torsos and feet. Their skins are dark blue but vary in hues. Hair colors range from black to brown to shades of blue. Their yellow eyes and fangs give them nearly cat-like features. Add to this their thin, white claws to create a feline human. Some deep-dwellers wear garments but only to subdue the cold. They do not believe in clothing or armor for other uses.

Generalized personality

Most deep-dwellers are introverts. Though they are fairly pacifistic, they are primal. Because of this, they will defend themselves or hunt down prey. Deep-dwellers are carnivores so they need to hunt to survive. They often do so in groups to optimize their strategy and chances.

Because of their preferred environments, deep-dwellers are in tune with nature. They understand flora and fauna. They are excellent trackers because of their love and understanding of their surroundings. They are highly perceptive and intuitive. Deep-dwellers are not family-oriented but they are still very nurturing towards children, which is also an affect of their love of nature. They will lash out to protect their young or the forest.

Some deep-dwellers enjoy artistic outlets such as music or imagery. Many deep-dwellers can not read or write. They do not find it useful. What matters to an average deep-dweller is obtaining inner peace and being content with the world as it is, no matter how good or evil it currently is.

Society

Deep-dwellers live in small groups of about five. They roam about with spouses and children, in groups of friends or groups of siblings who were sent away by their parents. In this formation, they move about; never staying too long in one place.

A pair will birth three or two young at a time. Young dwellers are raised by their parents, unless they are wilders. Wilders are often left to fend for themselves at a young age. Deep-dwellers will raise their true blood to adolescents, however. They will teach the necessities of survival such as hunting, tracking and hiding.

When the twins or triplets are considered of age by the parents, they leave their parents and rarely look back. From then on, they no longer consider one another to be family. The siblings sometimes travel together for a while. Deep-dwellers usually find a mate for life though this can differ depending on the personality of those involved. Often times, a mate of these siblings will join the small party until the pair eventually moves away on their own.

Aside from these arrangements, deep-dwellers rarely engage with other creatures. They are not necessarily hostile towards others but can be reluctant to be welcoming as well. The situation is highly defining.

World involvement

Few deep-dwellers are seen among domestic locations. They do not come near cities or other settlements. The reason that civilization is familiar with them is because travelers and rangers have seen them while in the forests. Yet, even this is a rare situation because they are excellent at hiding and sneaking. Because of this, some only believe them to be an urban myth or even to be an extinct race.

Skills and abilities

Because of their deep connection with nature, some deep-dwellers have developed druidic skills. Many deep-dwellers can use herbs to heal while others can use the power of nature directly to cure others. These powers are not commonly used for violence but they can be. A rare few of these druidic deep-dwellers have created connections with certain animals, making it possible for them to morph into these animals temporarily. All of these druids commonly use the powers of earth and water and sometimes air. They use their powers for self-defense, if anything.

Power spectrum

The difficulty with fighting a deep-dweller is that they are extremely quick. Non-druidic dwellers use their fangs and claws to defend themselves. Druidic dwellers can flee with ease when transforming into animals or they will use the environment around them to shape a defensive barrier of some sort.

However, deep-dwellers are fairly frail. For all their speed and magic, they can easily be injured when caught. They do not have sturdy skin nor do they enjoy armor. This means that a fight is practically over if an enemy can trap a deep-dweller.

Gifting on Valentine’s

This past Wednesday, it was the 14th of February, as your calendar may have indicated. It was the day of hearts, cards and chocolates. I only got a few emoji versions of the first. Yet again, I had no cards or chocolates to enjoy. What I did however enjoy was my day off from classes and the company of my pseudo-Valentine; kind of so and kind of no.

A long-distance romance doesn’t offer much though aside from company. Unless you are called Tristin and decide that that is not enough. I made my Valentine a personalized gift.

Color cats with background and heart

I spent quite some time drawing it. I forgot the time and also my homework. I had also intended to write a post for Friday but failed quite extraordinarily. Thusly, I am sticking with this off-topic and artsy post instead and I’m leaving it at that. Wednesday’s post is already scheduled so no worries there.

Have a nice weekend and may destiny be kind to you!

Trizzy’s Creature Compendium #6: Duskfairies

Welcome to Trizzy’s Creature Compendium! I like to write about all the magical creatures I have made up in my lifetime. Though I wish I was, I am not a physical artist and thus I do not have pictures to add to these posts. Regardless, I hope these entries inspire fellow fantasy writers.

Duskfairies

Basic information

Category: Fairies
Intelligence: Positive
Power: Magic
Size: Small

Both powerful as allies and enemies, these interdimensional creatures roam a world of their own. Their objectives, often misunderstood or skewed, very strongly from those upon other planes of existence. Their dimension of origin, after all, has different dilemmas and conflicts. Thus, these creatures handle life in a completely different way.

Origin

Duskfairies evolved within their own realm to become a leading race among their own world. Their heritage is questionable. Scholars suspect that their former evolutions have vanished into the sands of time. The fairies themselves are not concerned with their lineage. They are not known to dwell on the past.

Appearances

Duskfairies vary in appearance to fairies of light. The wings, that seem to take resemblance to those of butterflies, are often of dark blues and violets with intervals of grey or silver. Their bodies are rather small and covered in short fur that is green, blue, turquoise or in rare instances a vivid orange. Rather than legs, these creatures have a slender tail reminiscent of fish or merfolk. Their hands and arms are considerably slender and small compared to the remainder of their body. Their arms are often colored in the same way as their bodies but there can be differences between body parts. The nails upon the thin fingers of these creatures are black. The heads, in contrast, are larger than expected. Their gleaming eyes are either red, yellow or gold. A rare few have irises of lime green color. They have short but sharp fangs in their otherwise human faces. Thick strands of hair—in every color imaginable—cascade from their heads; usually no further than their shoulders.

Because the fairies have both wings and tails, they are excellent flyers as well as swimmers. They use these limbs to swim easily or they use their tails to assist in flying.

Duskfairies are known for strange attire, an allure to shiny things or noteworthy headgear. Royalty of dusk carry crowns of grand magnificence; sparkling with countless jewels and metals. Some fairies are seen with necklaces or bracelets. Often these pieces of jewelry double as containers of magic.

Generalized personality

Duskfairies are skeptical of things that are not from their own world. Their existence on other planes is fairly recent and therefore they are still fairly hesitant and cautious. Within their own world, however, they are a lot more outgoing. They contain endless wisdom of many worlds and the inner workings of magic, too.

When interacting with a duskfairy, they can be perceived as rude or exceptionally straightforward. This however, is normal among their own culture. Despite this, their metaphors are strong. Often they seem cryptic, even when they do not intend to be. To them, their method of conveying a message is quite normal.

Generally, they are curious of their surroundings but are at the same time intelligent enough to understand that recklessness can cause harm. Fairies of dusk are rarely skilled at healing magic and therefore, caution is usually the best method.

Society

Fairies of dusk fall under the rule of a queen while within their own realm. Those who travel to other dimensions are often sent as emissaries, as messengers, as scholars or other matters of importance. In rare instances, a runaway can be encountered within other dimensions. Whether they ran from dusk or the world of dusk varies per fairy. Otherwise, they often have occupations of their own. Many of these occupations involve magic or are performed through the act of magic.

The societies of duskfairies are slow-moving. This is because the fairies of dusk age very slowly. They grow very old, if not immortal. Few ever die of old age.

Environment of origin

Duskfairies originated (and still greatly inhabit) the realm of dusk. This other plane often resembles other dimensions since they are closely linked. However, within this world, the dusk seems to prevail. Days do not pass and nights do not occur. The situation of dusk is endless. It has existed for as long as has been recorded among the inhabitants.

Additionally, many methods of magic or even certain spells work in one realm but not in the other. This is the same for the dusk realm. Within it, dusk magic is performed. Though this is a specific kind of magic, the fairies of the realm and several other magical creatures have learned to hone their skills and can apply the magical energy in many ways.

Skills and abilities

Over the millennia that they existed, these creatures managed to harbor their magic and twist it in such a way to allow portals to come into existence. These portals allow entrance to other planes and dimensions. The procedure requires particular combinations of magical energies as well as a lot of physical energy. The closer the current plane is to another, the easier it is to open a portal. If planes are far apart, it can be more difficult if not impossible to open a portal.

Duskfairies are also prone to magic. Few to no fairies exist who do not have an innate spark. There is no formal magical training within their societies. Fairies tend to have an instinct for the magic of dusk, after all. They understand it deeply and can thus use It with ease. Some dusk fairies that venture beyond the borders of their realms, learn to harbor the magic within other planes as well. This instance is rarer, however, since the fairies of dusk may not understand the other forms of magic as easily. They also do not believe in being taught.

Power spectrum

In ages past, a small scale war existed between the realm of dusk and an army of humans. Despite the fact that even many of these humans were skilled at magic, their abilities stood not a chance against the dusk, whose numbers were lower. Defeating the fairies of dusk within their own realm has thus been considered impossible, since their magic is so outstandingly powerful. They also seem outstandingly resilient. Magical defenses commonly shield the beings when in combat. However, an actual stab to the being’s heart will kill it quickly. Also cutting the wings will make it harder to move. However, some fairies will weave magic to help them move or they will perform summons. In doing this, they will open a portal to allow a creature of the dusk to cross to their current location or the creature of dusk transports through the portal. Often times, lions or wolves are summoned for the dusk fairies to use as modes of offense aas well as transportation when needed.

Writing Tool: Synonyms for ‘Said’

English is an amazingly rich language. There are synonyms for anything and everything out there. Writing prose in this language is a beautiful thing because there are countless options to describe the same thing.

Over the years, I have assembled many synonyms for the word ‘said’. Using them has improved my dialogue greatly. Personally, I even avoid the word ‘said’ itself. Instead I use one from the list instead.

NOTE: If you have any to add, please leave them in the comments so I can enrich my own list.

Accepted

Accounted

Accumulated

Accused

Acknowledged

Added

Admired

Admitted

Addressed

Advertised

Agreed

Allowed

Announced

Answered

Anticipated

Apologized

Applauded

Appointed

Approved

Argued

Arranged

Asked

Assigned

Assumed

Attempted

Authorized

Awarded

Bargained

Beamed

Began

Begged

Bellowed

Blamed

Bellowed

Bragged

Brainstormed

Breathed

Calculated

Called

Calmed

Challenged

Chanted

Charged

Cheered

Chose

Claimed

Clarified

Comforted

Commanded

Compared

Completed

Concluded

Confronted

Contradicted

Convinced

Counted

Cursed

Dared

Decided

Declared

Declined

Defended

Demanded

Denied

Described

Desired

Determined

Dictated

Differed

Discovered

Dismissed

Disturbed

Dramatized

Educated

Estimated

Evaluated

Exaggerated

Exclaimed

Explained

Expected

Exposed

Expressed

Favored

Finalized

Finished

Flirted

Forced

Foretold

Found

Gasped

Giggled

Granted

Greeted

Grinned

Groaned

Growled

Grunted

Grumbled

Guessed

Hinted

Hissed

Howled

Hummed

Imitated

Implied

Indicated

Informed

Initiated

Inquired

Insisted

Inspired

Instigated

Instructed

Interrupted

Introduced

Judged

Knew

Laughed

Lectured

Lied

Listed

Mentioned

Marveled

Mocked

Motivated

Mourned

Mouthed

Mumbled

Muttered

Named

Notified

Objected

Opposed

Ordered

Panted

Permitted

Planned

Plotted

Pleaded

Pledged

Pointed out

Pondered

Practiced

Prayed

Preached

Predicted

Preferred

Prescribed

Presented

Pretended

Proceeded

Proclaimed

Promised

Promoted

Pronounced

Protested

Proved

Queried

Questioned

Quoted

Rationalized

Read

Realized

Reasoned

Recited

Reckoned

Refined

Refused

Rehearsed

Rejected

Rejoiced

Released

Remembered

Reminded

Repeated

Replied

Requested

Responded

Returned

Revealed

Roared

Said

Sang

Scolded

Scowled

Screamed

Shot

Shouted

Sighed

Silenced

Sobbed

Soothed

Spat

Spoke

Stammered

Stated

Summarized

Summoned

Swore

Sympathized

Taught

Teased

Tested

Thanked

Thought

Threatened

Told

Translated

Tried

Uncovered

Understood

Urged

Uttered

Validated

Verified

Wept

Whispered

Wished

Wondered

Wrote

Yawned

Yelled

Trizzy’s Creature Compendium #5: SKB01

Welcome to Trizzy’s Creature Compendium! I like to write about all the magical creatures I have made up in my lifetime. Though I wish I was, I am not a physical artist and thus I do not have pictures to add to these posts. Regardless, I hope these entries inspire fellow fantasy writers. 


Skybeasts

Basic information

Category: Winged beasts
Intelligence: Positive
Power: Physical
Size: Large

For lack of a better name for the ferocious creatures, the settlers named them skybeasts; codenamed SKB01. Upon arrival on the new planet called Liberty, humanity faced this new foe who was unlike any creature they had left behind on the Earth. The beasts in turn, reacted to humans destroying their habitat. An endless struggle ensued between the highly advanced civilization and the native flying beasts.

Origin

Skybeasts are native to the planet of Liberty. Their planet has existed for millions of years longer than Earth. Their solar system has existed for much longer than the one surrounding the Sun. Unlike humans, the native beasts never sought to exploit the land. They lived in harmony with it. Meanwhile on Earth, humans had exhausted their own planet and sought refuge; finding a wormhole leading to Liberty. They arrived in masses; settling on the lush, green planet that reminded many of the tales of what Earth once was rumored to be.

The lineage of skybeasts goes back far. Their current species has existed for millions of years, making them highly skilled and wise. Not to mention their ability to manifest certain powers within their blood. Skybeasts have managed to evolve in such a way that cosmic radiation does not harm them.

Appearances

SKB01 is registered by the military as fast-moving airborne beasts that appear to most as a blur of color due to their speed. They are registered as being violent and dangerous. The military cautions anyone against approaching one.

However, skybeasts are much more than this. They have elongated bodies covered in scales of any color. Their wolf like heads have a handful of horns atop it; the amount varies per beast. Around their heads is a thick mane that covers only a portion of their long neck. Another assembly of ‘fluff’ is located at the base of their neck; where it connects to the shoulders. A portion of the shoulders, the chest and the ribs are protected by this fur. Around their haunches there is also a thick set of fur. On the ends of their long, slim tails is a plume that helps them steer their flight. Atop their neck, down their spine and along their tail is a line of hair that stands up and is equal in color to the mane and fur. Unlike would be assumed of the appearance, the hair is quite sturdy and rough.

The beasts have muscular legs that can bend any which way to allow them sturdy footing. At the ends of each foot are four toes; each ending in a large, thick talon. Another smaller toe sits at the back of their feet and can be used in combination with the others to grip things. The hind legs have five toes; all at the front. The soles of the hind feet are larger too; making it possible for the creatures to balance on their hind legs for a short amount of time. The hind legs also seem more muscular to help the creatures lift off into flight. Their wings, constructed from light bone and membrane, extend from within the collection of fur on the shoulders. Large as they are, the beasts can tuck the wings in against their sides; making them seem smaller than they truly are.

Every skybeast has its own distinct color pattern. Colors for their fur can be a mixture of colors. The remainder of the body is covered in either hard or soft scales. The soft scales cover areas where there are more muscles and more movement is required. The scales are usually darker near the beasts back and lighter near its belly. Wing colors also vary strongly. Their horns and talons can also have distinct colors. Their eyes can have any color. This variation in colors can make the beasts vibrant and makes each unique like a fingerprint or a snowflake.

Generalized personality

Skybeasts are considered violent and careless because humans have been involved in a long power struggle with them. The true nature of SKB01 has never been investigated by mankind.

In their own circles however, skybeasts are considered gentle. The only reason they attack humans is to protect their planet from the harm that humans are inflicting upon it. Never before did the beasts act so violently towards others species. Circumstance has however pushed them.

Skybeasts are, in truth, very caring and wise. They are patient and intelligent. Due to their long history on the planet, they are in tune with their environment. They have a deep understanding of their place in the world and in the cosmic background as a whole. They are generally humbled easily. Skybeasts value peace and kindness. They ultimately seek compassionate and wisdom.

Society

Skybeasts live among the trees with one another. The weather is fairly stable in general. The most severe conditions are wind and rain. Usually rain prolongs for a while, after which a multitude of sunny days occur. Climate is stable and thus the beasts are adapted to their environment. Their scales are resilient to water and they are skilled flyers even in windy conditions. Skybeasts often live with or near their families in clearings or forests.

Since skybeasts can become very old, they also age slowly. Young skybeasts are not only taught to fly and to forage for food but they receive more formal education, too. Since skybeasts are intelligent creatures, they speak their own language. The ‘words’ sound akin to whistling, humming and singing. The language itself, however, is highly alien and nearly impossible for humanity to learn. The pronunciation is not only tricky for humans, but there are rules in the language that are not familiar to any human culture.

When of age, skybeasts are not in a hurry to find companionship. Many of them can enjoy solitary conditions without trouble. It is normal for a young skybeast to venture away from home for long periods of time to fly about the world and learn of the planet before returning home or settling elsewhere.

Much like humans, skybeasts court one another and they may be polyamorous at times. They are however fiercely dedicated when they do find a friend or a mate. Though protective of their children, the beasts do not have any natural enemy aside from humans, at this point in time.

Many of the beasts who lived near the first human settlements were either chased away, killed or they fled of their own accord. Nowadays, the majority hides in the deep, uncharted wilderness for their own protection.

Skills and abilities

An unusual gene in the blood of the skybeasts make them resistant to cosmic radiation. The beasts also do not require oxygen, necessarily. Over time and through evolution, they not only became masters of the sky, but masters of the cosmic realm. Using the vacuum of space and their own acceleration into space, these beasts have learned to traverse through space at alarming speeds. Not only this, but they have learned to change mass and energy to become negative mass or negative energy. Using this, they can tear open small rifts in timespace and create wormholes. Using these wormholes, the creatures can traverse the entire universe and also any point in time. The only issue is that it takes time and trial and error before they open the desired wormhole.

Power spectrum

The skybeasts are a grand threat to humanity’s settlement. They are very fast; often too fast to be seen clearly by the naked eye. Their sharp physical weapons can tear open human flesh within an instant.

To counter the beasts and to even the field, the military has developed a device. Rather by chance, humanity discovered that the beasts feel harmed by a certain magnetic field and radio wave. The beasts will flee to avoid contact with the painful sensations. Humanity has placed these objects all over the settlement and equips their patrols with the devices when they move into the wilderness to protect them. The handheld devices of scouts takes a lot of energy, however. Therefore, they only use it when the beasts approach or attack. The city has massive storages of energy and can therefore supply the devices with power nonstop. This is the only defense that humanity has against the ferocious and yet intelligent monsters. Unbeknownst to them, their enemies were the ones who opened the wormhole to welcome them. Yet to the great despair of the creatures, they may have welcomed their own demise.

Contemplating a Book 0

Cover-nivitera´s promiseFor years now, just over two (it feels more like five) I have been working on my main project called Nivitera’s Promise; a project that will eventually span four different books. The story was large to begin with, but actually writing it made me realize that one novel would not be enough to encompass its entirety. So instead, I have decided to split the story into four parts. The reason for the number four is that the whole world of Nivitera’s Promise consists of divisions in quarters. This is because there are four gods who control everything, too.

However, I spent today, the second day of my 24th year, contemplating something. What if I wrote a book 0? It seems to be a popular thing in fantasy writing. Many authors write a book 0 before or after their series to explain further things or give information about characters who are featured in their series.

The reason why I want to write a book 0 is to fully exploit my own ideas of the age that past half a millennium ago. There was a large-scale change in the world at that time. It would be interesting to write that out in the form of a (short(er)) book. This would push me to fully indulge in the idea of the past and I will have to point out all of the details very specifically.

The one problem I have however, is that the past event is a very long story on its own. Otherwise, I would love to write it in its entirety. For now, I am considering writing parts of it in ‘book style’ for the above mentioned reasons.

A brief summary

Five hundred years ago, the land of Cavant had not been established. The center of the mainland consisted of independent cities. A young woman who attained magic beyond the limitations of any other human or beast, brought together the majority of this land. In her company, she had Warrior Wolves. It is rumored that she shattered one of the moons to create these ferocious beasts. Combined with other sources of magic and the woman’s ability to fuse souls to matter, they were the fighting force of her reign.

Using her minions and her own magic, she set out from her home city to bring together the cities and establishing the nation of Cavant. Soon after, she crowned herself empress of the nation. Due to her ruthless way and the looming danger of her magic, the surrounding nations soon started to fight back when their borders touched those of the new country. This throws the world into a world war where Cavant attempts to fight two fronts.

Due to that, the newly attained throne was lost to the queen. A handful of powerful magicians and warriors managed to overthrow her within her own fortress; forcing her to execute an action as a last resort. In order to keep her motives alive, she cast away her own shadow using a light and dark gem. She wove her shadow into a physical entity and drew a spirit from beyond the physical world to inherit the newly formed body of darkness. She presented to him her most powerful artifact and tasked him with finding her when next she would reincarnate. Shortly after this, the armies beyond the castle walls found their way to her and ended her life.

Now, half a millennium later, this shadow still roams; seeking desperately for any sign of the reincarnated soul of the fallen queen; the part of him from which he hails. Desperately does he attempt to reconnect with her so to feel whole again and to make her wishes true.

Contemplations

Though I have that basic outline, I still have a few points to work out. The process by which she conquered the world and grew powerful is one. I have a vague idea of how she obtained the magic that she did but it could still use some revamping and tweaking. Finally, I need to expand on the reason for her desire for power and territory. I have a basic idea; anger at the world and the gods and conquering the world could grant her more power so she might challenge even the gods. Perhaps…

Regardless, I really enjoy thinking about the story and the history within the world. Often times while I was writing Nivitera’s Promise itself, I made references to the past. I explained modern culture through subtle dialogue or such that was a result of the past.

Additionally, if I write this story, I would mainly keep it in my large concentration of documents. I can use it as a reference guide for myself. If ever I finish Nivitera’s Promise itself and manage to publish it and it becomes somewhat popular, then I will also rewrite book 0 so the fans can continue to enjoy the world of Arroyina. I’d do it for them.

May destiny be kind to you.

Trizzy’s Creature Compendium #4: Stormbirds

Welcome to Trizzy’s Creature Compendium! I like to write about all the magical creatures I have made up in my lifetime. Though I wish I was, I am not a physical artist and thus I do not have pictures to add to these posts. Regardless, I hope these entries inspire fellow fantasy writers. 


Stormbirds

Basic information

Category: Avion
Intelligence: Neutral
Power: Physical
Size: Large

Stormbirds cross the sky like luminous, floating clouds. Where they appear, rain may fall or lightning may strike. Thunder can roar and storms can rise. From their odd impact on nature—or rather the manipulation of water molecules in the air—comes their name. Stormbirds are revered and feared. Though they do not plunder or destroy entire villages, people fear angering the beings and provoking their intense wrath.

Origin

Stormbirds descended from a long line of magical birds. They share ancestry with other birds such as phoenixes and stonebirds. All three share their roots with one another. Their ancient ancestor was larger in size, due to a higher amount of oxygen in the air. When scattering across the world, the three new species of birds came into existence. The habitat and climates of these new species greatly impacted the manner in which they evolved, creating three specimen each able to use but one kind of magic rather than a multitude of magics like their ancestors. The birds shrunk in size, partially to accommodate the change in air conditions and to accommodate the pretty that was also slowly shrinking. Skilled hunters, the birds have refined their magic and use storms to hunt and defend themselves.

Appearances

Though considerably larger than most creatures in the world, these birds are smaller than their ancestors. Stormbirds roughly tower above horses. Specimens range from one and a half meters to almost two and a half. Their wingspans extend for a multitude of meters that is about five times their height. Males are generally larger than females.

The feathers of stormbirds are usually white, grey, pale blue or even yellow. Freshly-shed feathers will hold an electric charge to them that usually crackles across the stormbird’s body. The birds have large, straight beaks that are sharp and can pierce through hides of animals. Two large, sharp talons are skilled at both obtaining prey by swooping down and clasping them, as well as at tearing flesh from bones. The eyes of stormbirds are sharp and usually a bright, piercing blue.

Generalized personality

Both males and females are generally passive towards humans and other creatures. Stormbirds will not harm others unless provoked or unless they are hunting. When famine strikes, stormbirds will resort to attacking targets other than sheep, goats or boars. Generally speaking, stormbirds do not venture away from their territories. Many of their territories do not include human settlements and even if they do, the birds will usually leave humans be unless they feel threatened.

Females keep territories that can span a mountain and every valley around it. Males have no territory, until they settle with a female. Males usually venture from territory to territory until they meet a female that suits them. The female, if she accepts him too, will then share her territory with him. The two might attempt to increase their territory after their courtship in order to feed themselves and their upcoming young. In doing this, stormbirds can be vicious and relentless. This is often a cause of battle between two sets of mates or between two or three birds. When satisfied with the size of their territory, the birds will return to their more peaceful ways.

Society

Though solitary, stormbirds will mate for life. They do not live in flocks. After hatching, the young will stay with the parents for about half a year before they are sent on their way. The males then roam in search of a female. The females also roam and search for a territory of their own. Either they obtain desolate land or they fight another female for her territory. Some exceptionally powerful females will attempt to fight for a territory in possession of a domestic pair.

World involvement

Due to their solitary nature, these birds do not interact with many other creatures, including humans. A few champions seek to fight the beings, in which case they will defend themselves. Otherwise, humans leave t he creatures alone in order to remain safe. Even flyovers by the birds can make people shiver. The birds in turn, seem aware of humans and their intentions. Even as their settlements expand within their territories, they will not show offensive behavior. The chance exists that the birds will pick off domestic cattle.

Environment of origin

Stormbirds prefer mountains, especially those close to coats. They also settle in hills near coasts or in otherwise rocky regions where a lot of wind occurs. The creatures keep habitats according to their assumption of how much prey lives in their habitat. In that aspect, their instincts play a part.

Their have been attempts to domesticate stormbirds. The birds became highly offensive towards their captors however. The beings, often enraged with their situation, were reluctant to surrender. Any captured stormbirds often died of stress, of treatment as an attempt of corrective measures or as a result of the animal hurting itself somehow.

Power spectrum

Stormbirds are masters of using air to their advantage. They can condense the droplets in air quickly. They do this by cooling the edges of their feathers. This condenses the air around them and makes it essm like rain occurs. They can also manipulate air currents by cooling drafts in that way. They can also heat drafts by sending lightning across their bodies. Because lightning needs an outlet, this energy can be upheld while the bird is in the air without additional effort. By heating and cooling their surroundings, these birds can seemingly manipulate weather. The effects are on much smaller scales; giving the illusion of localized storms.

Battles between stormbirds can create clashes in heat and cold, causing thunder and lightning. In severe cases, these variations in air around them can create storms or even tornados. Few people dare to become involved when birds of the storms are engaged in battle. Few would survive their wrath and none would manage to hit these beings while in flight and in battle with another bird.

Any chance of killing a stormbird exists in waiting for it to exert itself and waiting for it to return to the earth. In doing so, the creature will discharge. Any lightning currents it had upon its body will quickly vanish unless the animal reinstates them. Using stealth to approach the exhausted bird would be advisable in order to have any chance.

8 Things Non-Writers Don’t Understand

“Writing is a weird hobby.”

Tristin R. F. Worth (2017)

Let’s start by saying that I am not super popular. Sure I get along with other people and I’d like to think I am very friendly and helpful but I do not let people beyond arm’s length often. Because of this, I only have three very good friends in real life. Online I have a few more. What these select few all know about me is my love of cats and my love of a strange activity known as writing.

Writing is a strange and tedious hobby. For those of you who are familiar with the act, you might understand. It is a battle with yourself, your creativity and with your characters. Writing is hard work and sometimes I just don’t want to do it. Often times I can’t even come up with words to describe the color blue. Sometimes my characters just make decisions of their own. They can be stubborn little trolls.

Much of what writing is does not make sense to those who don’t take on the challenge. Here are 8 things non-writers don’t understand.

  1. Writing is hard work

When you sit yourself down at your computer (or notebook, I did that back when) the words don’t always flow. Sometimes you have to force them onto the page; delving into the deepest part of your soul to find any. Even then, they might sound nonsensical, crude or inappropriate. The act of writing is hard. Good writing is even harder.

  1. Wanting to write and not wanting to write

If this was Instragram, I would add a #struggle here. There truly can be an internal war between wanting to write and not wanting to write. Despite the tediousness of it all, writing can be very fun and pleasant to do. At the same time, it can be terrifying and a grand challenge. Sometimes stories end up in a corner and we have to get ourselves out. Perhaps we have a difficult piece of dialogue to write and it is not our strong suit (I am terrified of dialogue) or there is an epic plot twist coming that you don’t want to mess up.

  1. Writing is continuous

Even while away from the keyboard, the stories I am working on revolve around in my head in a nonstop motion. New plots and character traits spring up often that I  note down to put into my story along the way. I imagine scenes that have passed, scenes yet to come and scenes I could touch up in certain way. They are vividly in my mind and are on constant replay like a movie. Though I am not always consciously concerned with the stories, they are always looming. I never forget abouot them and so the process of expanding these stories is continuous.

  1. The ups and downs in self confidence

I dearly hope I am not the only one subject to this. Some days I have a lot of confidence (in my writing, that is) and feel like I can do fine and can write fairly well. Other days, I want to throw it all away and quit forever. This is not an exaggeration. Whether this comes from comparing myself to authors out there or whether it is a result of days when I just don’t know how to even make a simple sentence, I can’t say. All I can say is it is common for me to love my writing one day and hate it right after.

  1. Those lovely words

Most writers have phases during which certain words are just so damn lovely to them. For a long time, I was a fan of the word ‘pedantic’ and much further back, I stuck the word ‘semi’ in front of everything I said to give it a hint of ambiguity. Words are, after all, an art and knowing more of those words and practicing the integration of them into sentences can really help as a writing exercise. As of late however, I am not sure what my current favorite word is.

  1. Writing alien characters

I do not mean actual space aliens, though they could fall into this category. What I mean is that it canbe very difficult to write characters who are so different from yourself. Not only do characters need personality traits, they also need motivations, a voice, values, a goal and many other assets. I personally find it very difficult to write characters who have highly different values than I have; especially if they conflict with my own. My example is Kyar; a young woman who loves the prospect of marriage and children. A prospect like that makes me shiver, at the very least.

  1. Pools of knowledge

Writers try to tap into countless pools of knowledge to try to make their stories believable. For example, my Google search history contains countless search terms about how fast someone would die from an arrow hitting certain parts of the body, whether blood can boil and whether helium can be exploded through the application of heat or fire. I also googled ‘shades of red’ or ‘shades of blue’ to see a list of those colors and an image of what that particular color was to better describe things.

  1. Despite it all, it is still an amazing thing to engage in

The tedium, the internal wars, the complications in the stories, the lack of skill and much other things do not hold me and many others back. Despite all of the difficulties, writing is such a treasure. Every creation is unique. Every writer has a voice all its own. No one can write the scenes in the same way that another person can. The hobby is popular, yet it remains so unique. Besides, if people gave up, I would not be able to lose myself in worlds beyond our own when reading books. They are humble gifts to the world.

May destiny be kind to you.

Trizzy’s Creature Compendium #3: Rutala

Welcome to Trizzy’s Creature Compendium! I like to write about all the magical creatures I have made up in my lifetime. Though I wish I was, I am not a physical artist and thus I do not have pictures to add to these posts. Regardless, I hope these entries inspire fellow fantasy writers.


Rutala

Basic information

Category: Humanoid
Intelligence: Positive
Power: Charisma
Size: Average

A folk as fair as elves, rutala are highly charismatic and charming. Due to their inherent power to steal the life force of other creatures, they can stay eternally young. Some rutala are unwilling to perform the act and age in the same method as humans. Those who do participate in the act often seduce their targets to make their hearts yearn, which makes it easier to syphon it from them. In that way, rutala are the ultimate predators to any other humanoids.

Origin

Rutala are an old race who have inhabited the world for as long as modern history can record. They, like humans, evolved over countless years into what they are now. The origin of the powers that the rutala all naturally have, is still unknown. Scholars have not dared to study it—or have not survived their attempts and rutala are not concerned with this knowledge.

Rutala can have children with humans. The genes of rutala are usually recessive, meaning that most offspring are unable to use the powers that rutala have. A rare few however, do have these powers and most do not become aware of their hunger for life force until they are young adults, suggesting that the power does not develop fully until that age.

Appearances

Rutala are highly attractive to humans as well as to other rutala. They have adapted their body language to be alluring to their prey. Their charisma is natural; a trait related to their bloodline. They appear in a multitude of eye colors, hair colors and other physical features. Their figures are generally slim and they are very agile and fast. In their history, rutala used these physical abilities to hunt prey and force the life force out of them. In modern times, they use there physical appearance to allure instead.

Generalized personality

Rutala are extroverts and have a flair for the dramatic. They can make a scene unintentionally to draw attention to their very existence. Rutala seem very kind and warm-hearted, should one decide to ignore their ulterior motives. However, if they truly should love someone, they will take the utmost care to protect that person and to make sure they will not get hurt; even willing to relinquish their youth or hunger to grow old with this person. As parents, they are also highly fierce and protective and ensure excellent education for their offspring.

Besides their deceptions, rutala are curious and perceptive. They have brilliant smiles and can genuinely enjoy contact with people and groups. Rutala highly appreciate pretty things and will go out of their way to obtain it or appreciate it.

Society

Rutala used to live in small packs; usually a collection of relatives and their spouses. Upon the development of cities and other communities, rutala started to integrate into the world of humans. Their worlds and genes began to intermingle in doing so. Many humans are unaware of their existence, however. Not only are the unable to distinguish the two races, they lack knowledge of the other race’s entire existence.

Nowadays, many rutala have acquired positions in society that will provide them with plenty of interaction with other creature—they are herd animals after all—as well as plenty of targets for them to hunt. Some royal figures even carry the blood within them.

World involvement

For thousands of years, rutala did not engage with humans aside from hunting them. Rarely did humans survive such a hunt and the few that spoke of their encounter were often not believed because of the rarity of their news. Many humans blamed the wilds for missing persons. Due to this, the knowledge of rutala remained dim. As the ages progressed, the two worlds flowed more fluently into one. Most rutala, valuing riches, moved into the cities to acquire objects and life. They are nearly impossible to distinguish and have become masters at disguising their kills.

Environment of origin

During past ages, rutala resided in the woods; having tamed the whims of nature. They either roamed a set location, moved about nomadically or built a small base to which they always returned. Examples of such bases are caves or other shelters.

In these times, rutala hunted other beings too; creatures of the forests. These beings also carried life force but their energies have always been less appealing to rutala. Hunting these beats were usually out of necessity rather than a method to replenish life.

Power spectrum

Agile and fast, rutala are not only fearsome due to their powers to steal away life. They can harm or kill targets in other ways too and will not hesitate when they feel threatened. A stone heart and steel armor will shape the best defense against these creatures.