Friday, February 16, 2018

When the World was New #OurAuthorGang

Rich Feitelberg

In order to understand a little about my fantasy world and the kingdom of Thalacia, you need a little background. So I’m going to begin with the early history. I can’t possible cover all of it in one blog post because there are many races and each has it’s own history so I’m going to highlight the most important events and dates.

The beginning of the world is a time referred to as, When the World was New. I like this better than the First Age, which sounds like something from Tolkien. It is the time from the start of the world until the death of the first elven king, King Argol.

How the world started is left vague because each race has its own mythology and thoughts on this, but there are nine races that are present at the start of the world:
  • Dragons 
  • Elves 
  • Dwarves 
  • Merfolk — Mermen and women 
  • Winged folk — golden-haired people who look like humans with wings; it is where stories of angels come from 
  • Bogger — a swamp monster 
  • Kware sand — a sand creature 
  • Plozark — an ice monster 
  • Cloax — a rock eating creature 
Notice some of these are standard fantasy races and some are of my own invention. Winged folk are straight of out Flash Gordon, I believe. Notice that humans are not on the list. That’s intentional. They come later and cause trouble.

Some of these races don’t survive into the time in which my novels are based. They are purely for flavoring the background. Others are major races, like the elves. In fact the elves pretty much control the world, even though the humans think otherwise.

Also notice each race has its own terrain in which it lives. The elves are in the forest. The dwarves are in the mountains. Winged folk live in the clouds and in early years had to deal with dragons, until they went extinct.

Cloax and dwarves also interacted and dragons threaten all races but rarely attacked unless cornered.

So the history starts when other races, like giants, ogres, orcs, goblins, lizard men, and humans begin to thrive. Where did these races come from? I’ve cover that and their impact on the nine races next time.