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Very recently (actually, in the past two days), I've contemplated shifting my creative focus into a medium I haven't been involved with for quite sometime. This may or may not have something to do with playing Final Fantasy XV (which is a great game, by the way, for the old heads and newcomers to the series).

Years back, I envisioned a fantasy series, somewhat darker than the usual fare. Not "A Song of Fire and Ice" dark, but retaining much of the high fantasy style. The premise revolves around an enormous fortress (dozens of square miles in land area) built to seal the absolute worst of the worst horrors inflicted upon that world. A thousand years prior, the combined might of the species of the world (humans, elves, dwarves, gnomes, etc.) fought a long, horrible war against demons and monsters released upon the world by a mad sorcerer. In the final battle which managed to draw these abominations in the same place, two people, a young, but talented wizard and slightly older knight evoked a powerful, eon-lasting spell to seal them away. It cost them their very lives, but enabled the world to recover and construct a fortress around the monsters and keep the world safe indefinitely.

Or so they thought. This modern world is mired in inter-conflict, with various powerful kingdoms vying for supremacy. The elves have mostly retreated from the world, while the dwarves focus on digging away into the ground for expansion/riches. The gnomes tinker away in the meanwhile, leaving the human nations to squabble amongst themselves. But the great magical seal of the fortress is weakening, and the ranks of the established Knights of the Seal dwindling in number. The inner layers of walls and fortifications of the fortress itself may contain them for a brief period, but eventually, they will break through. And a reckoning is imminent...

What do you think? Let me know if this is something I should pursue.
  • Listening to: The Black Mages
  • Reading: Star Wars d6 books
  • Watching: Macross Delta
  • Playing: Final Fantasy XV
  • Eating: Enchiladas
  • Drinking: The Kraken
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ExTank Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Have you read Glen Cook's "Black Company" series? Your premise mirrors the first three novels, "The Books of the North," fairly closely.
Shoguneagle Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
I haven't read any of the novels, but I did have the Black Company RPG book at one point. I definitely see some of the similarities between this and The Sealed... but I don't think it's intended to be quite as dark as the Black Company. If I recall the details, the Black Company is on par with A Song of Fire and Ice in terms of adult content and general tone.
ExTank Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmm, haven't done the Song of Fire and Ice thing, so I can't accurately compare. The Black Company is as much Military Fiction as it is Fantasy, inasmuch that Glen Cook does a fantastic job of accurately capturing the "military mindset;" I see so many of my former comrades (and even a bit of myself) in his characters throughout the entire series.

Dark? Not directly, no; you don't get blow-by-blow-with-blood-spatter-analysis. You do get some down-to-earth introspection on the nature of "Good vs. Evil" and "Us vs. Them" in relation to that; commentary on the morality of being a Soldier, and a Mercenary Soldier at that.

The real massacres are not described in overwhelmingly gory details, but neither are they glossed over; the narrative leaves little to the imagination, if you have an imagination.

The entire series may be too much to wade through, but the three Books of The North, (The Black Company, Shadows Linger, and The White Rose) and the companion novel, The Silver Spike, are worth the effort; the four of them completely tie up the "Norther Arc" story line.
Shoguneagle Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017
I probably should've used "gritty" as opposed to "dark." The series does look fascinating, and while I learned some about the setting from the RPG, I suspect it doesn't really capture the nuance, much like the Song of Fire and Ice sourcebook couldn't describe the details of the characters.
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