Pantheon #14

Apparently, apologizing is a bad marketing strategy. Sorry about that. I guess all the marketing classes I took were for naught. So I’m not sorry this is late, I guess…or something. Anyways, I plan on releasing chapter 10 next week on Wednesday. If I work diligently and maintain a decent pace, I bet I’ll even be able to be only slightly late by a day. Yay for being lost in the vacuous void that is adulthood!

Showcase #14

Empathae

Empathae is the incarnation of the Progenitor’s resonance with the human soul. One of the first guardians to be created, Empathae is also one of the few who is near universally beloved. Aside from a few exceptions, most guardians appreciate her ability to relate to them. Whether she’s acting as a mediator or a shoulder to cry on, Empathae has a knack for solving problems and resolving personal issues. She is the glue that keeps the Koleth pantheon together and the negotiator that keeps the gods from tearing each other to shreds. Often described as the spirit of humanity, she embodies all the best qualities of humanity and suffers from all the worst.

Religion:

Domain: Empathy, Understanding, Sympathy

Associated Pantheon: Koeleth Sentimentals

Religious Order: Temple of the Resonant Spirit

Native Magical Element: Light

Symbolic Weapon: Heater

Symbolic Gem: Opal

Symbolic Bird: Mockingbird

Insignia: Open Heart

Appearance:

Body Type: Straight, Small Frame

Eyes: Rainbow

Hair Style: Loose Ponytail, Long

Hair Color: Brunette

Skin Tone: White, Freckled

Attire: Button-Up Shirt with Rolled Up Sleeves, Denim Jeans with Rolled Up Legs

Weapon: Heater

Markings: None

Notable Features: Appears to be A Teenager

Background:

Titles: Lady of Many Hearts, Allheart, Spirit of Society

Siblings: None

Significant Subordinates: None

Relationships: Well, before the catastrophe, she got on great with Magikron in Gracil.

Antithesis: Apathos and/or Desiren

Notable Events:

Envoy of Chaos: The Envoy is a powerful weapon, and the rules surrounding it were created for a reason. One of its bearers was a follower of Empathae, and she managed to destroy a city, ravage a countryside, and upset the balance of power, all the while trying to fix the problems she was causing.

Pantheon #13

You thought you wouldn’t get another post this week, didn’t you? Well, my cunning plan to make you all think that I’m lazy while I actually cleverly posted an update slightly earlier than usual but still technically late worked! Muahahahahaaaa! Anyways, I am currently working on the next chapter of the Chronicles of Koeleth. I’ve made some changes and am delving into new territory so it has taken a bit longer than I had hoped, but I think I’ve got a good thing going in this next chapter. My hope is that chapter 12 will see me caught up to where I was before the rewrite. I certainly have the time to, now that work has settled down.

Showcase #13

Detremanat

Detremanat is the incarnation of the Progenitor’s drive to achieve greater things. She is wholeheartedly dedicated to her duties as a Koeleth guardian. No matter how imposing the challenge, Detremanat will conquer it. As fearless as Valro, as passionate as Angern, and more intelligent than either of them. Like a ravenous wolf, she relentlessly pursues her prey.

Religion:

Domain: Determination, Ambition, Obsession

Associated Pantheon: Koeleth Sentimentals

Religious Order: Order of the Dauntless

Native Magical Element: Earth

Symbolic Weapon: Broadsword

Symbolic Gem: Black Onyx

Symbolic Bird: Marsh Harrier

Insignia: Wolf’s Head

Appearance:

Body Type: Straight, Medium Frame

Eyes: Bronze

Hair Style: Ponytail, Short

Hair Color: Brown

Skin Tone: White, Peach

Attire: Leather Vest, Long-Sleeved  Blouse, Brown Pants, Leather Boots

Weapon: Broadsword

Markings: Wolf Shoulder Tattoo

Notable Features: None

Background:

Titles: Lady of the Relentless Chase, Grand Huntress, Spearhead of the Pantheon

Siblings: None

Significant Subordinates: Rebelos (Rebellion)

Relationships: Angern (It’s complicated)

Antithesis: Apathos

Notable Events:

Order in the Court: Detremenat’s religious order is a subset of the Valiant Blades. Once they were separate entities, but the organizations’ goals were so closely aligned that the larger organization simply absorbed the smaller. Detremenat had no qualms about it and Valro welcomed the new warriors.

Pantheon #12

Still dealing with a busy work schedule. Sorry about that. One of my colleagues took a lot of time off, and I’ve been covering some of those shifts. At any rate, I haven’t had much time to write, so I’m taking advantage of this opportunity to post another showcase. Enjoy.

Showcase #12

Empiten

Empiten is the incarnation of the Progenitor’s hollow purpose. Once a figment of the imagination, he became all too real when humanity rejected the guidance of the Progenitor. Born of a broken heart, Empiten roams the dark and desolate places of the world, haunting dead lands and brushing elbows with the forsaken of society. Though close in temperament to Sorowa in his early years, the growing desperation of humanity jaded him as the centuries marched on. Dismal though he may be, Empiten serves as the only protector of those who escape even Compassia’s gaze.

Religion:

Domain: Emptiness, Purposelessness, Hollowness

Associated Pantheon: Koeleth Sentimentals

Religious Order: Order of the Hollow

Native Magical Element: Wind

Symbolic Weapon: Mace

Symbolic Gem: Alexandrite

Symbolic Bird: Boreal Owl

Insignia: Hollow Circle

Appearance:

Body Type: Straight, Small Frame

Eyes: Gray-Black

Hair Style: Messy, Shoulder Length

Hair Color: Greasy Black

Facial Hair: Greasy Stubble

Skin Tone: White, Pallid

Attire: Bedraggled Shirt and Pants

Weapon: Mace

Markings: None

Notable Features: Heavy Bags Under Eyes

Background:

Titles: Lord of Hollows, Ghost in the Void, Phantom of the Ruins

Siblings: Apathos

Significant Subordinates: None

Relationships: He has a distant memory of a guardian with a sunny disposition with whom he was quite enamored.

Antithesis: None in particular

Notable Events:

The Advent of the Abomination: Since the earliest days of Koeleth, abominations have been associated with Empiten. Above all others, they are the homeless, the forsaken, the unwanted. In many ways they are Empiten’s true followers, even if they do not actively worship him. For all his negligence and indifference towards humanity as a whole, he ensures that abominations are taken care of. Nothing is off limits, whether it be transforming an Inquisitor stronghold in an abomination oasis or convincing a fellow guardian to send a empathetic adventurer to help a nomadic group of abominations.

Pantheon #11 and A Necessary Update

Sorry about the late post here, my dudes. Last week was quite the week. Between work and other concerns I’ve had little to no time to write. I do apologize for that. This week looks like it will be equally packed, sorry. Anyhow, you may or may not have noticed that I’ve opened up the comments on my stuff. Feel free to say whatever you like down there; compliment me, critique me, mock me mercilessly, destroy my faith in humanity, whatever.

Showcase #11

Apathos

Apathos is the incarnation of the Progenitor’s stoic grandeur. Though he always played a role in the machinations of the Progenitor, Apathos never truly influenced the world until the Progenitor left it. Humanity, abandoned and jaded, gave him a pedestal on which he could stand. Neither good nor bad, Apathos simply is. He rules the broken man in his darkest but aids the strong man when the troubles of the world would drag him down. Like an academic studying a tome, Apathos studies humans, impartial and calculating. He is the anchor that grounds the rest of the sentimentals, whether he likes it or not.

Religion:

Domain: Apathy, Indifference, Lethargy

Associated Pantheon: Koeleth Sentimentals

Religious Order: The Listless Temple

Native Magical Element: Water

Symbolic Weapon: Spear

Symbolic Gem: Black Pearl

Symbolic Bird: Raven

Insignia: Empty Chalice

Appearance:

Body Type: Straight, Medium Frame

Eyes: Silver-Grey

Hair Style: Unkempt, Short

Hair Color: Ash

Facial Hair: Ashy Stubble

Skin Tone: White, Pale

Attire: Grey Sackcloth Robes

Weapon: Spear

Markings: None

Notable Features: Scar Near Left Eye

Background:

Titles: Lord of the Stoic, Nihilistic Spirit, Unseen Mover

Siblings: Empiten

Significant Subordinates: Ummm….he forgot

Relationships: Sorowa won’t take a hint. He’s not interested. Disciplina, on the other hand, has an exemplary posterior that requires further observation.

Antithesis: Disciplina

Notable Events:

The Advent of Desire: No, not the guardian from the previous showcase. Instead, Desiren has no effect on Apathos, but Disciplina does. When she joined the Sentimentals, Apathos felt something he had never felt before: lust (and maybe a little bit of love.) Very meh by human standards, but a big deal for someone who isn’t supposed to feel.

Envoy Elect: In the early days of the existence of the magical weapon Envoy, it was passed along freely to anyone who would wield it. Its immense power proved to be too much for some, however, and the guardians held a council in which it was determined that only followers of Disciplina, who could control themselves, and followers of Apathos, who desired nothing, should be allowed wield a power that would corrupt all others.

Chapter 9: Casper the Not-So-Friendly Ghost

A quick shout out to Life of Chaz. Dude’s probably become my most regular viewer aside from the friends who I force to view my content; in other words, he’s my most willing reader. Many thanks, my man. Much gratitude. Also, chapter 10 is is following on the tails of this one; I had a burst of creative momentum lately.

Chronicles of Koeleth: The River’s Tale
Chapter IX
Voice of the Damned

“Now, hold on a minute,” the barkeep interrupted. “You said you were going to tell us about Tom’s unexpected and interesting comrade. We haven’t met anyone that fits the bill.”

“Sure you have!” the old man assured his audience. “I’ve told you about Aaron, Collin, Cleo—she fits the bill of ‘unexpected,’ let me tell you!”

“I heard that, you squawking parrot!” the female voice retorted aggressively from the upper rooms.

“If only your sense of humor was as sharp as your hearing!” the old man shot back before returning to the topic at hand. “Anyways, you’ve met all sorts of interesting people that most folks don’t see everyday. Your grandmother and I are quite the exceptions. That, my young friend, is quite off topic, however. I haven’t gotten to Tom’s most unusual—and most important—companion. But we have some time before we get to that. You must know about the adventure that led up to that meeting.”

Continue reading Chapter 9: Casper the Not-So-Friendly Ghost

Pantheon #10

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, folks! I know this is a bit late, but hey, Christmas will do that to you.

Showcase #10

Desiren

Desiren is the incarnation of the Progenitor’s selfish pleasures. Though not intrinsically  wicked, without the guiding hand of her forebear, Desiren developed a mischievous streak. Unfortunately for mortals, divine mischief a tad bit more devastating than its earthly counterpart. Desiren promises to fulfill every carnal desire–for a price, of course. Where there is mayhem or chaos, there shall you find her influence.

Religion:

Domain: Desire, Carnal Pleasure, Indulgence

Associated Pantheon: Koeleth Sentimentals

Religious Order: Temple of Hedonism, Cult of the Dark Queen Incarnate (heretical cult), Various other minor cults (she’s very good at her job)

Native Magical Element: Heat

Symbolic Weapon: Whip, Whip Sword (Snake Sword)

Symbolic Gem: Ruby

Symbolic Bird: Bird of Paradise

Insignia: Female Figure

Appearance:

Body Shape: Hourglass, Small Frame

Eyes: Brown

Hair Style: Ponytail, Long

Hair Color: Brown

Skin Tone: White, Tan

Attire: Skimpy Undergarments

Weapon: Whip

Markings: Nothing Permanent

Notable Features: Insane Libido Levels

Background:

Titles: Lady of Sin, Wicked Seductress, Corrupter of the Innocent

Siblings: None

Significant Subordinates: The Six Other Deadly Sins (What? You should know by now that I am not terribly original)

Relationships: One night stands count, right? Because she’s had thousands of those.

Antithesis: Compassia

Notable Events:

Desiren’s Bondage: Innuendo aside, it was a reluctant Desiren that chained herself to the Ekoalem Pantheon. As much as she loves to cause trouble, there were too many enemies to keep track of, and she needed a safe harbor. Valro was just dumb and kind enough to invite her in.

Sinful Weapons: One of her greatest acts of mischief was binding a part of her soul to a blade. The magic sword Wicked Desire is one of the few blades that can influence their users. Desiren’s blade twists and warps the desires of its user, taking pleasure in breaking the purest of hearts.

Pantheon #9 And HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MATTHEW MATHERNE!

Yes, that is correct. Matthew Matherne, my WordPress persona, turns two today. Baby Matt is all growed up. So proud, so proud (wipes fake tear from eye). Anywhozit, I’m back with another Pantheon profile. Sorry about the lateness, but you know how it be around this time of the year.

Showcase #9

Compassia

Compassia is the incarnation of the Progenitor’s mercy and kindness. Even when his faith in humanity waned, the Progenitor still felt love for his creation and, in the wake of his departure, left behind one who would continue to love them. Compassia is a healing touch and warm fire. She is the mother of the orphan and the friend of the widow. It not selfish ambition nor foolhardy abandon that brings mortals into her service, but a selfless heart and a desire to help.

Religion:

Domain: Compassion, Fraternal Love, Generosity

Associated Pantheon: Koeleth Sentimentals

Religious Order: Compassia’s Hand

Native Magical Element: Fire

Symbolic Weapon: Shepherd’s Staff

Symbolic Gem: Jasper

Symbolic Bird: Snow Goose

Insignia: Heart Held in Hand

Appearance:

Body Shape: Hourglass, Medium Frame

Eyes: Brown

Hair Style: Wavy, Long

Hair Color: Sunset Orange

Skin Tone: White, Peach

Attire: Simple Dress

Weapon: Clerical Staff

Markings: None

Notable Features: None

Background:

Titles: Lady of Blessing, Poor Man’s Treasure, Orphan’s Mother

Siblings: None

Significant Subordinates: Mercio, Fargiv

Relationships: Well, there was this one fellow one time…but that’s in the past. She must give all her heart to the cause of helping the world.

Antithesis: Desiren

Notable Events:

Olive Branch: After the Fall of Orgalav, Trialias had quite the struggle ahead of them. The need to rebuild was urgent, especially with the looming threat of attack from the Nagybi. Under the Orgalav system, Nagybi leaders flourished and the actions of their fellow Trialians fed their fury. Compassia went to the Five Aspects, Ariluo’s Pantheon, and proposed that they aid each other in the mutual restorations of their countries. Along with human efforts, they forged a lasting bond between the two nations, a united front against the Nagyb.

My Writing Playlist…And Update

So, I’ve seen a few of these kinds of posts on other people’s blogs, and I thought it was a nifty idea, so here it is!

…I don’t have one. There’s this silly thing that happens if I get too into a song while writing: I start typing out the lyrics of the song instead of the story. This can happen whether I’m consciously aware of it or not. So sometimes I’ve gone through completed drafts of my chapters and found a paragraph about some interesting lore and Bam! “Something Just Like This” by Coldplay and the Chainsmokers interrupts the story. Or maybe there’s a big battle and Tim McGraw’s “Don’t Take the Girl” is mucking up the works. So, I don’t really have a writing playlist. When I do listen to music, I make sure to be extra cautious in my writing, but usually I listen to livestreams from YouTubers or just let the TV play in the background.  There you have it.

In any case, I figured I’d give you an update on the progress of my work. The Ender of Worlds is coming back; I ran into a bit of a road bump with that one when I added I character that I didn’t know how to deal with. But I got it all figured out now! Huzzah! I am working on chapter 9 of CoK: The River’s Tale, as well, and I think it will be a bit different than chapter 10 of the story’s previous incarnation, but in a good way. I’m going to try to resume working on the Warden of the West legend again, but that one I’ll only get to if I can keep up with my other work. I also plan on doing biweekly updates of A Blacksmith’s Adventures with Weapons of Legend. In addition to any chapters I release, I will also release a character profile for a relevant character from that story. Thanks, and enjoy the holidays.

Pantheon #8 (STRESS!)

Hey, all. Sorry this is coming to you so late. There has been some family drama on top of the usual busyness of the season, so I’ve been unable to focus on my writing. My apologies. I’ll try to keep up with the schedule as best I can, but I can make no guarantees at the moment. I should be able to make next Tuesday, but the 26th is a bit up in the air. Anyways, enjoy.

Showcase #7

Hopell

Hopell is the incarnation of the Progenitor’s promise of a better future. She was born in a time when the Progenitor still believed in the goodness of his firstborn, humanity. In the bleakest of night and the harshest of storms, Hopell shines like a beacon for those who dare to look beyond the cruel shadows and the crashing waves. In her heart lies the capacity for greater good and in her mind lies the confidence to strive for it. When joy fades and compassion retreats, still she keeps her vigil.

Religion:

Domain: Hope, Optimism, Aspiration

Associated Pantheon: Koeleth Sentimentals

Religious Order: Mission of Hope

Native Magical Element: Growth

Symbolic Weapon: Tower Shield

Symbolic Gem: Alexandrite

Symbolic Bird: Song Thrush

Insignia: Bird Singing at Dawn

Appearance:

Body Shape: Straight, Small Frame

Eyes: Crystalline

Hair Style: Straight, Long

Hair Color: Jet Black

Skin Tone: White, Peach

Attire: Milky White Gown

Weapon: Tower Shield

Markings: None

Notable Features: Tallest of the Koeleth Sentimentals

Background:

Titles: Lady of Promise, Guiding Light, Friend of the Forsaken

Siblings: Joye

Significant Subordinates: None

Relationships: She hopes to find love some day, but with whom she does not know.

Antithesis: Despar

Notable Events:

Valor’s Friend: Amongst Valro’s first allies was Hopell. In the burgeoning young nation of Ekoalem she saw great hope and the will to withstand any trial. Where Valro was the force driving the Ekoalem forward, Hopell was the force shielding the Ekoalem from the chains of despair.

A Mission of Hope: Since the dawn of tragedy, there have been those who have wanted to carry the afflicted through it. With the introduction of Hopell into the equation, the Ekoalem united under one banner to bring aid to their suffering nations. The Mission of Hope serves as a show of goodwill by Koeleth towards it neighbors, even to those who they normally butt heads with.

Races of Eirmoda

The first thing to get out of the way with this post is that all races are ultimately human at their core. The world of Eirmoda is a vast, wild world, and, in order to survive, humans have had to rely on magically influenced evolution and adaptation. So when I say race here, it means about the same thing as it does in the real world: different flavors of human. Of course, any humans can reproduce perfectly fine with each other, regardless of race. Now, just to make this clear off the bat, these are fictional representations of humanity. They are not meant to be indicative of any real ethnicity or race. Now, let’s begin.

Fight the Rainbow: Races of Eirmoda

Ekloans: Ekloans are white skinned people descended from the Ekoalem branch of humanity. Though most are far enough removed from the Koelings to be seen as separate ethnicities, they are mostly descended from the first Ekoalem to rise up in the Valley of Beginnings. There are a few extant tribes of light skinned easterners who aren’t descended from the Ekoalem, but are just as old, however, for the sake of categorization, they too are considered Ekloans, because of the physical similarities. Most Ekloan peoples are a fair balance of cerebral and muscular in their build, and they typically produce the most balanced individuals.

Ariloids: Ariloids are the yellow skinned people descended from the Arilese branch of humanity. Though most are far enough removed from the Arilese to be seen as seperate ethnicities, they are mostly descended from the first Arilese to rise up in the Valley of Beginnings. There are a few extant tribes of yellow skinned westerners who aren’t descended from the Arilese, but are just as old, however, for the sake of categorization, they too are considered Ariloids, because of the physical similarities. Most Ariloid peoples are more inclined to cerebral pursuits than physical activities. They emphasize harmony and inner balance over power and physical strength.

Angmufids: Angmufids are the black skinned people descended from the Angmufi branch of humanity. Though most are far enough removed from the Nagybi to be seen as seperate ethnicities, they are mostly descended from the first Angmufi to rise up in the Valley of Beginnings. There are a few extant tribes of dark skinned southerners who aren’t descended from the Angmufi, but are just as old, however, for the sake of categorization, they too are considered Angmufids, because of the physical similarities. Most Angmufids are driven towards physical excellence in order to survive, rather than cerebral excellence. Savage beasts and cruel environments hone their bodies and minds for survival.

Elvair: Elvair are the fair skinned peoples of the forest kingdom of Elvairnian. Countless centuries of isolation from humans have led to a refined and unmistakable appearance; shimmering hair, bright eyes, pale skin, short in stature, small frames, and signature pointed ears. Despite their delicate appearance, Elvair are almost on par with humans physically and have slightly better dexterity and coordination. Beyond their natural agility and grace, the Elvair also have a stronger affinity for magic than most other humans. Their connection with their guardians is on par with that of the Trialians, whose guardians are the first ones gifted to humanity. The Elvair are the basis for countless legends featuring elves and fae.

Dwarvark: Dwarvark are the rough skinned peoples of the mountain kingdom of Orakdwarvark. Countless centuries of isolation from humans have led to a refined and unmistakable appearance; powerful hair and beards, appraising eyes, red skin, short in stature, stout frames, and signature sturdy muscles. Despite their gruff appearance, Dwarvark are almost on par with humans physically and have slightly better strength and constitution. Beyond their natural power and resilience, the Dwarvark also have a stronger affinity for crafting and appraising than most other humans. Their connection with their guardians is on par with that of the Trialians, whose guardians are the first ones gifted to humanity. Though many other cultures have influenced such legends, the Dwarvark are the basis of countless legends featuring dwarves and gnomes.

Bestalas: Perhaps the most different from other humans, Bestalas are the beast skinned peoples of the wild kingdom of Manibestaw. Countless centuries of isolation from humans have led to a refined and unmistakable appearance; thick hair, bestial eyes, brown skin, muscular bodies, lean frames, and signature fluffy ears and tails. Despite their bestial appearance, Bestalas are almost on par with humans mentally and have superior senses and athleticism. Beyond their natural instincts and skill, the Bestalas also have a stronger affinity for hunting and survival than most other humans. Their connection with their guardians is on par with that of the Trialians, whose guardians are the first ones gifted to humanity. Though abominations, druids and shapeshifters have influenced such legends, the Bestalas are the basis of countless legends featuring werebeasts and beastmen.

Titanolae: Titanolae are the stone skinned peoples of the island kingdom of Titanos. Countless centuries of isolation from humans have led to a refined and unmistakable appearance; no hair, large eyes, grey skin, tall in stature, large frames, and signature three fingered hands (plus thumbs). Despite their colossal appearance, Titanolae are almost on par with humans mentally and have superior strength and endurance. Beyond their natural power and toughness, the Titanolae also have a stronger affinity for seafaring than most other humans. Their connection with their guardians is on par with that of the Trialians, whose guardians are the first ones gifted to humanity. The Titanolae are the basis of countless legends featuring giants and titans.