The Wizards tower
The Thousand levels of the tower of Wizards are whispered of in the deepest legends of the galaxy. Most assume it is little more then legend but it is simply a place few can find, and even fewer can return from. Once every hundred years emissaries are sent out to scour the galaxy for sensitives, to seek the next generation of adepts who will ascend the levels of the tower, and if they survive eventually ascend to the title of wizard and the long path of wisdom that accompanies that life.
Beings sensitive to the ways of magic usually manifest their abilities early in life, if the emissaries don’t find them most dye in a few short years, remembered as lunatics or demons for their actions while in the throes of barely understood powers. The tower is A place where sensitives can study in safety, and learn how to control their gifts.
Some say it was founded in the time of Illyria, but the truth is it was ancient even when the mother of an empire was born. The tower is almost as old as reality, so old as to have become in its own way intelegent. It protects its wizards like a mother hen from the lords of rot and demon princes that would prey on sensitive minds. The only entity in creation that might have the power to breach its walls is the shadow king but it is doubtful he would try without the power of the throne of etheria.
In all the eons of the towers existence there has been but a single human taken into its halls. Upon entering the halls of the tower he shed his name and past like a silkie sheds her skin, and took to the endless research and learning of the hallowed tower. As days turned to years the man with no name delved ever deeper into the catacombs of the deepest levels of the library seeking knowledge most thought lost, eventually discovering records from the time of Illyria. The incomplete journals of the wizard Ba’al and the forging of the first great blade. The nameless wizard had long sought the knowledge of how the soul swords, the blades of the Knights of Illyria were made, and he found pieces of what he sought. Pieces enough that the human thought he could recreate the great working. To forge a soul sword would prove his worth and elevate him from acolyte of the wizardly orders to become a wizard of the 999th level, centuries before his time. He had the arrogance and impatience of youth.
The nameless one gathered the ingredients and ascended to the undying fire of the towers peak, a cold fusion blaze that made the tower blaze in the dim light of the morning. Carefully following the complicated tasks that Ba’al had laid down in his journals, he took to the weeks long task of forging the blade in the fires of the beacon. The eldritch heat gave the steel an energy that made it crackle and shiver beneath his hammer, and finally as he carved the last ancient sigle into the glowing steel the nameless wizard realized he was ill informed of the true cost of the task he was undertaking. To forge a soul sword required a sacrifice of equal repayment. And as his very essence was ripped from his mortal body the first sword of power to be forged in countless centuries since the fall of illyria gained life and thought its first thought.
If youre interested in the process of oil painting illustration I’ve just released the last in a sereis of paintings following the process i use to create my illustrations for Shards of Etheria https://youtu.be/J3KLlzBdrWs
Im very excited to finaally release a behind the scenes look at the painting of the cover for the Dark Blade.
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this week only any level of patron gets 50% off
I’m incredibly excited to announce the launch of the Shop of Etheria and to celebrate I’m offering all kinds of merch and perks. most of which have only been available at conventions before now.
I am offering a permanent 20% off purchases from my etsy shop to all of my patreon supporters no matter the level of backing. And as a special thank you my to patrons this week only I am offering 50% off any print or digital download for pledging at any level. If there are any prints you’ve been wanting now is the time for as little as $1 you save 50% on your order. these offers cant be combined.
There are added perks for joining at the Adventurer tier you will be shipped a Patreon exclusive 5×7 print of this month’s featured illustration, and if you become an Emmisary of Etheria you will be entered to win a custom painted Karas bust, this is a $98 value and I will customeize the paint job to your specifications(Pictures below).
Monsterpalooza was an amazing success and I was absolutly thrilled to meet so many of you and introduce Blackened Knight to a wider audience. I have several new stories in the works and am going to be releasing some character and location profiles in coming months while I work on getting the next chapter of Knight Errant ready for release. I plan to release these first on patreon then later on http://www.shardsofetheria.com, the first of these is already available to my backers at https://www.patreon.com/shardsofetheria
I make Shards of Etheria free to read because I want everyone to be able to join in the adventure, but this also means that its update schedule is spotty at best. I am always endevoring to give you regular updates But currently I work as a freelance in the entertainment industry, when I take on outside projects I have no choice but to delay releases. Patreon is an amazing platform that allows you to help this series keep going, and me turn down freelance projects and focus on bringing you the next chapter. you can subscribe at any level and cancle at any time. If youve had your eye on any of my prints this is the time to get a great discount.
I really can’t thank all of you enough for following along with me on this adventure and all the kindness youve shown as I get this series going more steadily all the time. you all rock.
The thrilling conclusion of the Dark Blade, as Teh’ran makes planetfall the battle between Daniel and Karas comes to a head, don’t miss a minute of this epic finale.
the Dark Blade Part 3
Welcome back traveler.
I have been dwelling in recent months how to best bill Shards of Etheria online and have realized while it is, in essence, an online serial or pulp, it is, in reality, a way of premiering stories to you in their early stages. the Dark Blade is a great example of this. the version you read here is essentially the final but I have been still working on edits and illustrations for the print edition, you are reading the first and in some ways raw edition of this story, and it is my hopes that to help it become its best version you will tell me what you think. please comment below, tell me if you liked it, tell me if you hate it.
in the meantime, sit back with your favorite reading device and enjoy part 2 of Knight errant, the Dark Blade,
dark blade part 2