Nivitera’s Promise; Analyzing Syllin

This past November, I took part in what is known as NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). 2015 marked my fourth year of participation in this wonderful project that has by now spread itself worldwide. During the month dedicated to this project, which is November every year, aspiring authors, new authors and even the well-known ones will attempt to write a novel that consists of 50.000 words (or more, of course!)

I spent 27 days writing vigorously that month and ended with a word count that is over 113.000 words. Trust me, I am not completely sure either how that happened. It was hard work, of course, but it was delightful to do at the same time. Though the story had been given months of my time to be considered, it now holds more details than it did then. There are still many plotlines unfinished and thus I plan to continue writing it until it is completed to my satisfaction.

I found myself quite consumed with the creation of many various characters and magical abilities to remain true to my own standards for a good fantasy tale. However the many persons that are involved in the journey and objective of the main character, cause for a lot of confusion when I discuss ideas with a friend. He often finds himself unsure of whom might be whom and their place in the story. So, I am here to change that, while also giving my readers their first experience with this blog. To ensure I won’t tire anyone with my lengthy writing, I will cut my analytics of the novel into pieces.

1. Syllin

At the start of my telling, Syllin is a young woman; aged twenty-four. She resides in a glamorous house with her mother, father and adopted sister. Her mother is a professor at the local academy of magic; teaching the youths of the ways of magical objects that are involved in the world. Her father is a knight of the kingdom who fought in several glorious battles in the past; several of which were part of the war that is currently being waged with a neighboring nation.

The relationship Syllin has with her sister (Tarii) is a toxic one. Syllin finds herself unable to use magic and thus can not learn from her mother. Tarii however, is able to use various magical abilities. This is part of what makes Syllin feel negatively towards the younger girl. It is something that has compelled Syllin towards perfecting the art of the blade; learning from her father instead. It is the only way, she feels, that she might earn the approval of her parents. Because Syllin was always an only child, she found it normal that all the attention of her parents would be dedicated to her. A person that takes up her mother’s attendance is therefore unsettling to her. She feels that Tarii is to be blamed for taking up her mother’s time, rather than having it be given to herself. Finally, she does not share many interests with the younger girl and therefore does not find herself able to tolerate her too well.

From a young age, Syllin has been involved with a descendant of an unusual race. His name is Shatten and he is her dearest childhood companion. They met at a very young age in the city where Syllin and him where born. Due to the offer of employment at the magical academy given to her mother, the family decided to move to the city where the academy resided. Therefore Syllin and Shatten physically parted. However they kept their bonds strong through letters and through visits on rare occasions. When Syllin reaches adulthood, she finds herself falling in love with the young man.

Within the city where Syllin later grows up, she meets a young woman named Kyar. The other female is shyer and quieter than she is and thus the two find themselves complementing one another. The two become close friends; exchanging thoughts and feelings of depth as friends ought to. But several years before the tale begins, Kyar vanishes without a word. The parents of the girl will not declare what has happened to her. All they tell Syllin is that the time the two have spent has come to a close and that it is time for them to let one another go. During the few years that follow, Syllin does so. After a chaotic event that affects Syllin’s path during a journey she undertakes alone, she finds herself stumbling onto Kyar’s doorstep; finally discovering what happened to her old friend and rekindling the lost friendship.

Something that one might not directly link to Syllin’s character is power. However it courses through her veins in many ways. She enjoys strengthening her muscles and the art of the blade. She carries two slim swords with her that her father teaches her to handle well. Her paid occupation is training horses that will be used during combat. Therefore she works with powerful beings. The tasks this involves give her sincere satisfaction. To top it off, she carries strong willpower in her heart that compels her to embark on a voyage that not many would dare to challenge themselves with.

In her youth, Syllin’s family transferred their living location from one city to another. After this, the family took several trips about to either visit personal friends or to uphold contacts that involve the professions of her parents. Therefore Syllin has become quite detached. A location does not hold the feeling of home for her. That is why she finds the journey ahead of her to be easy to decide on.

Fates collides eventually and toss Syllin into a series of events that drastically change her life. She no longer trains horses or finds herself practicing swordplay. The contacts she upheld with friends such as Shatten and Kyar fade. Her entire connection with her family dissolves and Syllin finds herself justified in feeling a loathing towards her sister Tarii. A great destiny lies before her; one that involves the power of the gods.


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