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Concept Art for Emery Thermae

A while back I had the very talented Masha draw up a image of the Prophecy Six main character Liora. Since I loved her style and the way the image turned out I asked her to draw the other member of the Six who has been revealed in book 2- Children of Sirphan. I couldn’t wait to share her with you and I can’t wait to hear what you think. Without further delay, here is the concept art for Emery Thermae – the Child of Water and second of the Six.

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Character Build: Emery Thermae

Some of you have started to read book two, while others haven’t gotten around to reading it. Either way, you will likely hear about Emery Thermae. She is the second member of the Six – the child of water. Her character was an interesting challenge and has grown into one of my favourites. With a history as Menk’s draper apprentice, Emery has a passion for making and creating new outfits for herself and others. She is a little bit of a prude, unable to understand why Liora likes to tend to other peoples problems when it is clear she has her own issues to deal with. Emery is forward and loves to tease people – especially Cael and other male peers. As the second of the Six she is the support character for Liora. She is Liora’s big sister and first female friend closer to Liora’s age. Although the two girls have different personalities and interests, they stand by one another and clearly have a connection.

It took a while to develop Emery’s physical appearance. I knew I wanted the two girls to be opposites. Liora has dark hair, darker skin, and a tomboyish personality. Emery has hair light hair, light skin, and a girly personality. Both girls are set in their ways, but both run into barriers in society. Liora is facing gender policing for wanting to take part in “boy activities”, while Emery is being ostracized for being the person she wants to be. As time goes on Emery will grow into a stronger character and in her own way become her own kind of badass.

Fun fact: Thermae was a name for a facilities for bathing in ancient Rome. As Emery’s parents owned the local bathhouse in Menk, her last name is reference to her parents’ business. 🙂

Now, what was the character design I made for Emery?
That’s right here:

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Characters in Book One: Child of the Light

Earlier this week I asked if anyone wanted me to share anything about the P6 book series, and as per the lovely Donna Lynn’s request I wrote out a brief paragraph introducing each character from book one.

When I complete the rough draft for book two I’ll do another character post but at this point in time characters may still change or be removed from the story. So, it is best to leave that until I have a better idea of the final draft. 🙂

Here we go:

Caldor Lefwid:

Caldor is the first character introduced in the Child of the Light. He is an old sage specializing in the field of medicine. He is one of twelve people in all of Gaitan granted the title of Master Healer. He’s a forward, logical thinker with the issue of assuming his answers are always right. He doesn’t believe in religion, prophecies, or other worldly beliefs. He believes that everything has a logical answer proven by science and he will not sleep until he finds it.

His responsibly in Demor is to care for the sick prince and to find the cure for the boy’s ‘incurable’ aliment. He enjoys taking challenges that appear impossible and asks for little help from those he doesn’t consider at his level of intelligence. He cannot connect to others emotionally, which leads to some interesting situations.

Cáel – The Prince of Derm:

Cáel is the only son of the northern king and heir to the throne of Derm. When he is not suffering from his aliments his favourite activities are playing his lute and telling stories to his caretakers. Unable to leave his bed or special chair, the boy spends most of his time dreaming of what it is like to go on adventures around Derm and hopes that one day he will get to see all of Gaitan. He rarely complains about his situation and is a great listener.

Foe – Lord of Demor & Steward of Derm:

Best friend to the King, Foe has a mysterious background. We know he was part of the frontlines for some time but he doesn’t speak much of it. As a seasoned warrior and now father, he keeps much of his time at the front to himself. Even his wife – the fair and kind Detress of Demor – doesn’t know much of what he has done for his country.

Foe is a friendly, childish fellow. He is Caldor’s confidant, and trusted companion in his adventures across the western valley. When Caldor can’t relate to human emotions it is Foe that steps in and gives a situation a human touch. He may at first appear threatening but those that let themselves get to know the Lord of Demor realize quickly that he’s just a big, blond teddy bear.

Charn – the Northern King:

Stubborn, set in his ways, and openly mistrusting of outsiders, the Northern King isn’t really the most welcoming man. If not for Foe, Caldor wouldn’t have been placed as Master Healer of the Prince. He believes that Liora is a threat to Derm because of the people she is born from and disapproves of her relationship with his son. Sometimes his behaviour gets him in trouble with the council or with his friends but everyone just sighs and accepts that is just how Charn is. He lets his emotions take control over logic, which results in causing more problems then just letting something go. It takes a really long time to gain the man’s trust, but if patient it can happen.

Liora:

From the Western mountain city of Morza and granddaughter to the Master Healer Naygu, Liora is not only talented in healing but also incredibly determined. Forced to leave her home due to the slaughter of her people, Liora escapes to Derm to try and find refuge. First running across Pellar, she quickly discovers that she is no longer the same person she was before leaving Morza. That something had happened the night of the massacre that awoke some kind of ability to see the future.

Upon meeting Caldor and Foe we quickly discover that Liora is going to be a stubborn, forward thinking, honest character. She is young – fourteen – and follows the ways of her people, which is ‘always be honest as honesty is always the best.’ Like Charn, Liora goes with her emotions than with her logic. She usually ends up in trouble due to not considering the consequences first. That or her curiosity gets the better of her. It takes time for everyone to accept Liora for who she is, and it takes Liora time to adapt to her new surrounds. Cultivating a deep friendship with both the prince and Foe’s son, Liora discovers that the North isn’t all that bad.

Pellar:

Pellar is a pellar. We do not learn his real name and possibly never will. This wild man dressed in fur, with matted hair, smelling of body odor is – according to him – a talented healer. Pellars are alternative healers using methods not yet proven by the University of La’reen to actually work. Caldor scoffs at people like Pellar and tries to avoid little contact with them as possible. Unfortunately for Caldor, he’s forced to interact with the wild man due to the relationship he’s made with Liora. It was Pellar that took care of her prior to the girl going off to live in Demor and the girl doesn’t appear to want to let the relationship fade.

Marcia – Detress of Demor:

The wife of Foe and mother of Druce, the Detress is known to be a motherly woman to all that fall in her care. Taking Liora under-wing, Marcia becomes a mother figure to the girl and helps the girl believe that everything will work out. As she was a trained healer by the Sisters of Mercy, Marcia also assists in tending to the prince when Caldor is off studying or gallivanting about Gaitan. She can be strict but rarely shows that side unless you truly deserve it. She’s the voice of reason not only to Foe, but to Charn. Marcia only wants the best for Liora but sometimes that means she will try and force the girl into things Liora doesn’t wish to do.

Druce:

He is the son of Marcia and Foe. He is around six in the first book and is quiet. When he isn’t with his mother or father, Druce can be found clinging to Liora. Druce enjoys learning about Liora’s culture and also picks up on the Morzi language quickly. He loves to write and finds languages fascinating.

 

Sisters of Mercy:

To put simply, these are nuns of the North. They follow the belief that Darkel – the God of Earth and Wind and the father of the Dermite – left behind a book of rules that the people of Derm are to follow. Of course as time went on and the world changed not everyone followed the rules of the book as closely. The Sisters of Mercy are those who dedicate their life to their God in hopes of pleasing him enough to bring good fortune to their people. They do not like outsiders. They hate those resembling the South, and they sometimes go overboard in trying to protect the monarchy. Still, a small amount of Sisters do accept anyone needing their help and have been known to take women of lower status into the cloth in hopes of giving them a better life and education.

Sisters of Mercy do not marry and if they choose to dedicate themselves to a mortal man they are forced to leave the cloth. Some Sisters may ostracized the one leaving but due to the relationships built over the years of living together most stay in contact with the Sister who has left.

Chaos Singers:

These crazy preachers are followers of Kanrow’s Prophecy – Prophecy Six. They throw away their worldly belongings to stand on wooden boxes in the streets and sing the verses of the prophecy to those willing to hear. They are found gathering in larger cities – like Demor – to sing their chorus after a large catastrophe has occurred. They believe their job is to remind the people of Gaitan of the six signs and that in time an era of peace will come.

No one likes them. No one believes them but there are thousands of them across Gaitan. Their dedication to the Prophecy makes people uneasy, and most believe that they are not well in the head to be preaching about a book written by – what they consider – a crazy old man.

The Flute Tree

There are many creatures in Gaitan that we earthlings will never have to worry about encountering …unless, of course, you’re joining Liora and the rest of the Six of their adventures.

One of these creatures happens to be a tree called a Flute Tree for the sound it makes when the wind blows through its leaves. Now, if you are interested in reading/ learning more about this creature tree I have provided a link that will take you directly to my other site. If you aren’t interested – then go on your way.

CLICK HERE!!

 

Places in book 1: Bay’s Lake

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Bay’s Lake is a merchant hub that is close to the Derm border. Still considered part of the west, Bay’s Lake welcomes anyone from anywhere wishing to trade or sell goods. They carry exotic items from the far south like silks, perfumes, and jewellery.

Bay’s Lake, although considered a neutral border town, is occupied by Dermite. Those living or visiting will see the guards marching in their royal blue capes, dressed in their polished silver armour and carrying their banners of the noble Silver Gryphon. The guards mainly keep to themselves and rarely involve themselves in the lives of those on the island village, but if there is trouble they are the first ones to act.

The village is not only known for its large marketplace, but for their fishing. As the largest body of fresh water, Bay’s Lake is the main producer of sturgeon, lake trout, and during certain times of the year salmon. They also harvest the kelp and snails.

The population of Bay’s Lake fluctuated depending on the year. During the winter Bay’s Lake has around 200 living within the village, while during the spring, summer, and fall there can be over 500. There are several inns and taverns to accommodate any travellers taste, and with music playing every night by the docks there are things to entertain.

If music isn’t your passion, there are plenty of trails and shops to explore. There is also an assortment of food to try from roasted chestnuts, and dried fruits to the locals favourite suckling pig and kelp chips.

If you are passing through to the north, or making your way to the south don’t forget to stop off through Bay’s Lake for a visit. It is worth any detour.

“The fishin’s great, and the inns are cheap.” -Brek Brambldo (Fish Bank)

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“The view of the lake is absolutely inspirational.” -Daislee Patree (Calin)

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“Cooler than I’d like but the food made up for it.” -Kal’kin Gir’mli (Syder)

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UPDATE: Something Exciting

I have something exciting to share with you.

I’m on the final part of the first book. By part, I literally mean Part. Part Four to be exact.

The way I’ve decided to divide up the book are in Parts. Each Part focusing on a main theme as reflected in the Part Title. This is one reason why I haven’t been sharing chapter updates, as for the moment there are no chapters. I’ve removed them all.

I find chapters to have to serve a purpose and just putting Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3 without a title under it is just a waste of space you could put towards adding more story to your… well… story. 😛

We shall see if I’ll change back to the chapter thing, but at the moment I’m liking how things are at the moment.

So here is Part Four (Final Part) of Book 1 of P6

part four

Now to clarify. Parts are not chapters. Parts in the sense I’m using them are defining the end of one piece of the story and moving into the next section of the whole story. Each Part averages over 20-30 pages. I use breaks between events in the parts to indicate change in time, or change of scene.

I find the story flows better this way, but of course, that’s just me. 😛

At the moment I’m experimenting with my set-up and will hopefully find one that pleases me before I publish.

If I don’t, well I have 5 more books to get it right. ^.^

Toodles for now,

Classy Canuck

Update: Book 1 Map

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To give you all an idea, Gaitan is a big place and the stories will take part all across this known world. At the moment, in book one, we are focusing on this region of Gaitan.

Here’s a close up of the area:

book1map

The squares are villages, stops, or trading posts.

O – Capitals and Major Cities

Blue line: Derm’s border (North)

Orange line: La’reen’s border (Independent state)

Red line: Syder’s border (South)

Fun fact:

Bay’s Lake is the largest lake in all of known Gaitan. It holds most of the freshwater fish population. As it is in neutral land they receive a variety of merchants and customers from all groups. They are one of the only places – asides from La’reen – to sell exotic southern goods outside of the south.

Fishing is the main source of income for those living in Bay’s Lake, though others become merchants or boat builders.

The populations of Bay’s Lake is around 2500, although it fluctuates depending on the trade seasons.

Update: As Promised

I said if I reached 300 followers I would post something special and the time has come to do that. This has been a project that not only will help you – my possible future readers – but also myself in the fact that I have a better idea on direction.

This has been something I’ve had stuck in my head for years, and it feels amazing to actually have a set up of what the world of Gaitan looks like.

Well, part of it at least. ;P

This map focuses on the part of Gaitan where the P6 Series takes place.

I’ll be posting a close-up of the area where P6 book 1 is taking place, and have some fun facts about the areas soon. My hand just needs a break from all this drawing. XD

Anywho, enjoy.

gaitan map

Legend:

O – Capitals and Major Cities

The bumpy dark sections – Mountains

Lightish grey sections – Unexplored or Uninhabitable Areas

*NOTE: I know the compass is upside down. North for Gaitan is in that direction. Sure Gaitan is comparable to earth’s medieval era, but there are some differences. 🙂

Character question: Intro or Extro?

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Caldor is an introvert. He rather would spend time alone in his room, with a book, away from all the stupid people that happens to be in the world.

Foe is an extrovert. Get that man a pint and he will make friends with everyone.

Liora is an ambivert. She loves her alone time but enjoys time with other people.

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