“Untitled Novel” – Possible Titles (and my reasoning about each)

So, yeah. This novel has been done (after a fashion) since 2012 and is currently in its second (and final) editing phase. Through all this, it has never had a title. The closest has been the “working” title I’ve been calling it while I work on it. “The Doctor’s Tale” works okay when I’m checking my notes or boring my wife to death with my ramblings, because I/we know what I’m talking about… If I were to publish it under that name it’d cause all sorts of problems. So, now that I’m nearly done with editing, I should pick a name…

So after the break you’ll find a list of possible titles, what I like about them, and what I don’t like about them. Feel free to chime in and give an opinion (either through WordPress directly or (if you know how) via text/e-mail/etc! Continue reading ““Untitled Novel” – Possible Titles (and my reasoning about each)”

No Books of Men: World Building – Enlightened Academies, part I

Now to start in on the next (and final for a bit, as I really need to get back on track with editing that damned novel) bit of world expansion for the No Books setting. These are the Academies where mages of the Council are trained. While I will not be listing the Order’s institutions here, know that they do exist but are primarily located on the Atlantean Archipelego. These will be organized primarily by continent, but as those divides are as much political and cultural as they are geographical, there wil be a bit of bleed through on the classifications. It’s really more of a breakdown for convenience than a geographical rule of the setting.

Today, we’re starting with the Americas. Why? I live in N. America and thus my brain starts there, close to home, as opposed to elsewhere. Plus, Columbiana University is the place where all this began, as it was there that the original No Books of Men site took place (and thus the vast majority of the upcoming stories are too).

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No Books of Men: World Building – Houses, part III

These are the Ancient Houses of the Council. These are the inheritors of traditions that trace back to the most ancient days of humanity. When the first Shaman spoke to the spirits, the Kadji were there. When the first druid spoke to the beasts and trees of the world, the Silvani were there. When the first seer glimpsed the fate of her tribe, the Tanka were there. In none of these cases did these figures know the name their descendents would raise as a banner and a House to be proud of, but their methods and purpose were, are, and always will be the same. Continue reading “No Books of Men: World Building – Houses, part III”

No Books of Men: World Building – Houses, part II

After a cold that knocked me off my feet for almost a week, I’m back with three more Houses!

These three are the “Founding” Houses of the Council. These are the groups which, possibly older than the Cult of Thoth, helped come together to form its core in the Roman Period and later recruited the other Houses. These are all very different in level of organization and stability, but all are united in their loyalty to the Council. Most also tend to have contributed to the Order’s ranks centuries ago, and thus have counterparts within the Order.

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No Books of Men: World Building – Houses, part I

As promised, I’ve started putting together summaries of the Houses of the High Council. As I’ve been going through these factions, I’ve been drfiting further and further away from calling them Houses. They’re more than simple “factions” however, so until I can think of a different term for them they will continue to be called “Houses.”

The first three of the Houses are those who began as groups independent of the Council, the Order, and the Schism Wars. Houses Lian, Mara, and Masar each have a unique history and set of circumstances which brought them to the Council and thus have a certain degree of autonomy and independence that other Houses might not. That said, they are still full members of the Council and thus follow its guidelines while helping to shape the bylaws of the group.

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No Books of Men: World Building – Supernaturals, Part IX

The Heralds. The closest thing to Angels or Demons in the No Books setting, but they’re still very different from either classification. The Heralds are creatures created by the Elder Things to serve obscure purposes and dark goals. They are manipulators and architects, building and changing things to suit their masters’ purposes.

They have more power and knowledge than Magi can imagine. They control, manipulate, and abuse more than Vampires could even dream. They have more mutability and adaptability than Werewolves or Shifters think possible. Wyrdlings are created to serve the Heralds and their masters in turn, even those who retain/regain their free will are doing so in defiance of the Heralds. Heralds are (theoretically) eternal and have existed since the dawn of time and will survive its end. They are the Alpha and the Omega, and yet these puny mortals defy them and defeat them at every turn (intentionally or otherwise). They are bound by rules they cannot help but follow, which hinder them in their machinations. They are powerful, but restrained. They are of this world, but something wholly alien as well… Continue reading “No Books of Men: World Building – Supernaturals, Part IX”

No Books of Men: World Buillding – Supernaturals, Part VIII

While Urban Fantasy, as a genre, has a different focus than the broader Fantasy genre there is still a tendency for some to question the status of the “other” races/species. Elves, Dwarves, Goblins, Dragons, Dyrads, Centaurs, Unicorns, and more fall in this category. So, what about them? Do they exist in the No Books setting?

Short answer: Yes. While these races and creatures exist, they aren’t common. These sorts of creatures were rare in ancient times and they have only become more so in the modern era. Some hide in the unpopulated corners of the globe, others seek out refuge in places of magic, still others have simply gone extinct and are only remembered in myths and legends. This is only the briefest of overviews and is not meant to be all-inclusive, just a conception to show how those living in this world are familiar with these races/species. It is unlikely any of these creatures will play more than the smallest of roles in any No Books stories.

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