He Who Knows No Fear

After spending the past couple months delving into fantasy races, monsters, and the nature of villains, I thought it was time to change things up a bit.  Let’s return to…

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To Be Aestari

[The Aestari] are tall, taller even than the Humans or the Ie’dhae who came after, and slight of frame with long features, sharp noses, angular cheeks, and pointed ears.  To…

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They’re Just Elves, Right?

One of basic components of fantasy is the blending of the familiar with the fanciful.  But sway too far one way or the other and the majority of readers will…

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Quotes: The Birth of Empire

This is my third article on the quotes that begin each chapter of “Tears from Iron.”  You can find the other two articles here: Concerning Chapter Quotes Quotes: Memories of…

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Behind the Pages: Vitarria

It’s been a while since I last wrote a “Behind the Pages.”  This stems, in part, from a desire for variety but also from my increased focus on the characters…

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Cities of the Kayrstaran Empire

Having spent the past couple articles talking about general writing themes, I thought it might be time to return again to the world of “Tears from Iron” and the empire…

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Quotes: Memories of the Great War

While the series that “Tears from Iron” begins is called “Memories of the Cataclysm,” the Cataclysm was the second of two devastating events that struck Isfalinis. It was immediately preceded…

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The Aestarin Alphabet

Last week, we looked at some background on the languages of the Aestari and humans, particularly concerning the names of peoples and places and how they interrelate.  Now, let’s take…

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