Palladium – Chapter 40

I didn’t mean to disappear. I’ve been very focused. More about that below the story.

Let’s get you to the story.

Previously: Cirvel heads through a festival on his way to meet up with an old “friend” who has a map to a revered imagination dragon. Instead, he meets Treshauna, a Black Night ninja who needs his help. She replies that she and Drelin, the leader of the ninjas, need a powerful trap. Meeting up with the ninjas, they take to hiding within Cirvel’s shadow to travel through the Wells. As soon as they come out on the other side, they discover something is waiting for them. Blindsided, Cirvel gets severely injured by the Shniktaur, an agent of pure chaos. Cirvel withdraws and takes Treshauna back through the Wells, but is unable to pull Drelin along. Once healed, he and Treshauna make plans to find Drelin and rescue him. Cirvel opens a portal to another world. They step through and they find Drelin, who is severely injured. They take Drelin to the nearest town in search of a healer, but they are taken captive. Civel is released from the cell to go be presented before the queen. Upon meeting the queen, Cirvel shows just how otherworldly he is. Instead of scaring the queen, it intrigues her. Queen Marthryn indicates there is more on this planet for him to protect other than only her city of Gohaldinest: a small, ill imagination dragon.  Cirvel touches the dragon with trepidation, afraid his own power might overwhelm it.The dragon, Leschemal, is terribly sick and weak, but there is no apparent cause. Cirvel learns more about this planet and that in the last 100 years that Leschemal has gotten sick as a war rages with the Plenelians, a group of magicless people. Meanwhile Drelin remains unconscious and unresponsive. The healer claims that Drelin is in the veil and trying to decide if he wants to return to his body or remain in the shadows. Cirvel decides to take him into the lamp, hoping they can heal Drelin the sands of the genie realm. Burying Drelin in the sands to let him heal, Cirvel and Treshauna head off over the sands. They take off on a flying carpet toward the genie city of Fazitarn in order to get supplies to help Leschemal’s recovery. Cirvel begins to explain some of complicated customs of genies to Treshauna.


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Palladium

Chapter 40

by Dawn Blair

“What does Leschemal need?” Treshauna asked. Did she sense his explorative wanderlust and that he sought the knowledge of whether or not her bracelet held power?

He almost resented her disruption, but in forcing himself to smile at her, the anger dissipated. “The gold dust of a crushed genie lamp.”

“Please tell me that’s not like the death penalty for a genie!”

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The Strange Little Character

I’ve been preparing Tangled Magic for publication and I started thinking that I should add a map and a character list like I’ve done for my Sacred Knight series.

Now, keep in mind that I had this thought while I was actually working on a scene for Walk the Path, sequel to Tangled Magic, because this is where one of those odd synchronicities take place.

These two things made me start thinking about the character list in Sacred Knight. Did you know that there is actually a character missing from the cast in To Birth a Destiny (book 3) as well as Prince of the Ruined Land (book4)? I have mentioned it a few times and no one has ever come back to me saying that they have found the character.

Okay, yes, it is one character in a lineup of nearly 100. I admit that it’s probably not very obvious.

But here comes Tangled Magic and I have an opportunity to either list this very character (sort of – I’ll explain below) in the cast or not. The situation repeats for Walk the Path. If I really wanted to push it, I get another “chance” to hide this character in the character list for Palladium.

Now the reason I say that it’s the “very character” is because it’s not necessarily the same person. It is the same person in To Birth a Destiny and Prince of the Ruined Land, but in the other books, there’s a possibility that it’s more of a position, like a title.

And I am the one left laughing because I never did give this character an actual name in the Sacred Knight series.

As for the synchronicity, I was writing about this character in Walk the Path when I actually realized what was going on with this character.

Yep, now I’m really launched into my maniacal laughter.

I’m having fun wondering just how long I can “hide” this character. Maybe if I make it all the way to the release of Palladium without someone pointing it out, I’ll set up some kind of prize for finding the missing person.

Until then, I already consider the game afoot. (grin)

Palladium – Chapter 39

For those of you with celebrations this week, happy holidays. May you have fun and stay safe. Those of you that choose not to celebrate, I hope you have a good week.

Since it is a festive week and people are gathering, I’m going to keep this week’s portion of the story short too. I also won’t babble on (a gift I’m sure you’re glad to receive!) (grin).

Let’s get you to the story.

Previously: Cirvel heads through a festival on his way to meet up with an old “friend” who has a map to a revered imagination dragon. Instead, he meets Treshauna, a Black Night ninja who needs his help. She replies that she and Drelin, the leader of the ninjas, need a powerful trap. Meeting up with the ninjas, they take to hiding within Cirvel’s shadow to travel through the Wells. As soon as they come out on the other side, they discover something is waiting for them. Blindsided, Cirvel gets severely injured by the Shniktaur, an agent of pure chaos. Cirvel withdraws and takes Treshauna back through the Wells, but is unable to pull Drelin along. Once healed, he and Treshauna make plans to find Drelin and rescue him. Cirvel opens a portal to another world. They step through and they find Drelin, who is severely injured. They take Drelin to the nearest town in search of a healer, but they are taken captive. Civel is released from the cell to go be presented before the queen. Upon meeting the queen, Cirvel shows just how otherworldly he is. Instead of scaring the queen, it intrigues her. Queen Marthryn indicates there is more on this planet for him to protect other than only her city of Gohaldinest: a small, ill imagination dragon.  Cirvel touches the dragon with trepidation, afraid his own power might overwhelm it.The dragon, Leschemal, is terribly sick and weak, but there is no apparent cause. Cirvel learns more about this planet and that in the last 100 years that Leschemal has gotten sick as a war rages with the Plenelians, a group of magicless people. Meanwhile Drelin remains unconscious and unresponsive. The healer claims that Drelin is in the veil and trying to decide if he wants to return to his body or remain in the shadows. Cirvel decides to take him into the lamp, hoping they can heal Drelin the sands of the genie realm. Burying Drelin in the sands to let him heal, Cirvel and Treshauna head off over the sands. They take off on a flying carpet toward the genie city of Fazitarn in order to get supplies to help Leschemal’s recovery. Cirvel begins to explain some of complicated customs of genies to Treshauna.


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Cover design by Dawn Blair/Morning Sky Studios
Cover art copyright © Rodjulian | Dreamstime.com, ©
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Palladium

Chapter 39

by Dawn Blair

They had reached the edge of Fazitarn and the carpet settled as a point where the sandstone brick road met the desert. Cirvel helped her off, then watched in amusement as she gaped over the carpet burrowing down into the sand.

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Sketchbook ramblings

Sometimes I like to go back through my sketchbook. I find interesting things.

Here’s a partially inked picture of *shock* Steigan. I use to draw him more than anything else. Not so much these days, but every now and then he pops up.

You can see that it’s over 2 years old.

More interesting is that on the next page, I found this statement that I wrote:

His eyes are older,

Yet they still mock me.

Temptation leave me be.

I am an idiot.

His eyes still haunt.

My heart grows none the wiser.

Just have to say, “Say what?” I found this to be a completely odd statement in my journal. Who the heck was I talking about? Was it just words that popped into my head? I have lines that do that sometimes, but I generally write them down in an idea file, not in my sketchbook. This makes me think I was actually referring to someone. Besides, words like “I am an idiot” don’t usually fill the snippets that land in my head; that also feels more like me talking in my head.

Since this was also dated around 2017 and there is absolutely no clue as to what I was thinking about on that day, I guess this will fall off into the mysteries of mankind. The world will never know what adventure I was on that day which led me to write these words.

Oh, and it’s more proof that I am no poet. But I do enjoy it when my past self leaves my future self some tantalizing mysteries.

Palladium – Chapter 38

I feel like I’ve spent weeks working on the plot design for five different novels.

Oh, wait! I have.

One of many of my whiteboards – blurred to prevent spoilers

So the whiteboard above is just one of many that I used to help piece this story together. This board is actually directly tied to Palladium. So many decisions to be made.

Now I’ve spent the last two weeks trying to line out Walk the Path. I feel that once I have it lined out, then I can start listing Tangled Magic for pre-order. It’s hard to keep the cart before the horse. I admit that I’m having trouble staying focused on that plan. However, considering the magnitude of this story, I need to.

I just hope I don’t have to divide Palladium up into two novels too. (grin) Of course, my chapters are a little longer than the “chapters” I list here because I’m trying to keep it bite-sized for readers who don’t have the time to read through thousands of words each week. But still, I see how much I still have to go in this story and, while I’m certain there are parts that I can take out, I want the tale to be solid.

Let’s get you to the story.

Previously: Cirvel heads through a festival on his way to meet up with an old “friend” who has a map that Cirvel needs. The friend, Sapere Imor, isn’t happy to see Cirvel and tries to persuade Cirvel with other temptations. Irritated with not getting his answers, Cirvel seals Imor into a genie lamp. A ninja steps from the shadows and steals away the lamp containing Imor, leaving Cirvel holding only air. After a search, he finds the woman who stole the lamp. Treshauna is a Black Night ninja who needs his help in exchange for the genie lamp. He asks her why she needs a genie. She replies that she and Drelin, the leader of the ninjas, need a powerful trap. Meeting up with the ninjas, they take to hiding within Cirvel’s shadow to travel through the Wells. As soon as they come out on the other side, they discover something is waiting for them. Blindsided, Cirvel gets severely injured by the Shniktaur, an agent of pure chaos. Cirvel withdraws and takes Treshauna back through the Wells, but is unable to pull Drelin along. Once back, the saperes realize how wounded he is. His world blurs as he’s taken back to be healed. Waking up, Cirvel realizes three things: Treshauna has stayed with him, he’s lost the book about Alexander on a doomed world, and he is still not fully healed. He returns to his lamp where he knows he can take care of himself. After taking to the sands to heal, Cirvel returns with the strange feeling that he has fallen in love with Treshauna and she with him. He knows they must put their feelings aside, hard as it may be, to deal with the Shniktaur. Treshauna begins to ask him questions and he reveals how he had been an experiment which turned him into a unique novihomidrak (a champion born from a dragon). They then begin to make plans to find which dimension Drelin is in and to rescue him. For that, Cirvel needs supplies. Then go to the workshop of a gnome named T’kiel, who grudgingly allows the genie inside and gives them a clean space to work. T’kiel sets Cirvel and Treshauna up with everything they need to complete the spell to find Drelin, but outside forces work against Cirvel. T’kiel takes over helping the novihomidrak when Cirvel proves to be too distracted. Once Cirvel gets his focus back, he completes the spell and discovers Drelin’s location. T’kiel is interested in how Cirvel got tangled up with the ninjas and gives Cirvel a charm made of unicorn horn for protection. Cirvel and Treshauna leave T’kiel’s place and head out to find Drelin. Cirvel opens a portal to another world. They step through and they find Drelin, but are being tracked with attack imminent. Cirvel has Treshauna take Drelin to the shadows while he hunts. The Shniktaur follows Treshauna from the shadows, attacking them. Once again, Treshauna retreats to the shadows, taking Cirvel with her. He feels movement, and strangely even senses the Humline strongly here even as he is surrounded by chaos. Treshauna brings them out of the shadows. They stand before huge gates closing off the city before them and try to gain entrance. The guard demands to be shown that they have magic among them, a strange request, but Cirvel obliges with a simple fire incantation. They are allowed to enter the city, but not very welcomed. They only get the briefest of replies in response to their questions about a healer for Drelin. Cirvel and Treshauna begin to walk the streets of this town they have happened upon. In looking for the healer, Madam Orcee, they discover that they are being followed. A brief encounter with their pursuers threatens to detain them from getting Drelin healed, so Cirvel uses magic to get away, only to be countered at ever spell, almost in a taunting way. At last, Madam Orcee’s shop is ahead of them. Once inside the tea shop, they convince Madam Orcee to help heal Drelin. The guards following them enter the tea shop and capture Cirvel and Treshauna, using some sort of magic which leaves them powerless and transports them to a cell. In the transition, a feeling comes over Cirvel that there is more going on here and that the Shniktaur has no intention of destroying this planet, not yet at least. They are released from the cell to go be presented before the queen. Upon meeting the queen, Cirvel shows just how otherworldly he is. Instead of scaring the queen, it intrigues her. Treshauna is left behind while the queen goes on with Cirvel. Queen Marthyrn leads Cirvel through the maze of her castle and shows him the amazing library called the Athenium which lies at the center. Cirvel learns she has read the entire library by magic. Queen Marthryn indicates there is more on this planet for him to protect other than only her city of Gohaldinest and its library, then she leads the way to show him. Marthyrn takes him to the center of the Athenium where there is an enclosed glass room. He hears a weak mewling. She keeps him from rushing ahead. Then he sees it: a small, ill dragon upon a pillow.  Cirvel touches the dragon with trepidation, afraid his own power might overwhelm it.The dragon, Leschemal, is terribly sick and weak, but there is no apparent cause. Cirvel learns that this planet measures their time in seasonal cycles rather than by the stars; they have no astronomers here. It is in the last 100 years that Leschemal has gotten sick, so Cirvel questions Marthryn about what happened back then. Cirvel learns about the Plenelians, a group of magicless people who are at war with Gohaldinest. Cirvel demands that she stop the fighting, but when she says it won’t be easy, Cirvel pledges to go and speak with the Plenelians. One way or another, for the imagination dragon’s sake, this battle must end. Cirvel sees that she does care for Leschemal. Leschemal asks Cirvel if any of the worlds the imagination dragon created has survived. Cirvel tells Leschemal that he doesn’t believe they have. Cirvel and Treshauna are offered quarters. Treshauna notices that Cirvel is enjoying himself here and he confesses that Gohaldinest is his dream. He confesses to Treshauna that they have an imagination dragon here and why that is so important: they create worlds. Treshauna returns from checking on Drelin to let Cirvel know that Drelin would like to see Cirvel. They head over to Madam Orcee’s Tea Shop where Drelin is still recovering, but when they get back to the tea shop, Drelin is unconscious and unresponsive. Another woman who now claims that she is Madam Orcee tells them that Drelin is in the veil and trying to decide if he wants to return to his body or remain in the shadows. Cirvel decides to take him into the lamp, hoping they can heal Drelin the sands of the genie realm. Burying Drelin in the sands to let him heal, Cirvel and Treshauna head off over the sands.


Cover and layout copyright © 2019 by Morning Sky Studios
Cover design by Dawn Blair/Morning Sky Studios
Cover art copyright © Rodjulian | Dreamstime.com, ©
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Palladium

Chapter 38

by Dawn Blair

Cirvel and Treshauna flew along at speed which kept tossing strands of her blonde hair into her face. He finally reached up and wrapped the silky length around his hand. Just as a town came into view in the distance, the carpet began to slow.

“There are other genies here?” she asked.

“This is Fazitarn, a sort of hub city for the genies. I am the only one in this lamp, but I can travel to the edge of it and, if I am allowed, pass through boundaries into other lamps.” He pointed toward the distance to his right. “Do you see that faint blue shimmer on the sands over there?”

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Palladium – Chapter 37

Welcome to the genie world. It’s no itty-bitty living space.

As I was walking to the gym the other day, I was thinking about this chapter. It’s so cool to be so able to slip into a story and get so excited about it.

What is even more amazing is that I get to share this.

Let’s get you to the story.

Previously: Cirvel heads through a festival on his way to meet up with an old “friend” who has a map that Cirvel needs. The friend, Sapere Imor, isn’t happy to see Cirvel and tries to persuade Cirvel with other temptations. Irritated with not getting his answers, Cirvel seals Imor into a genie lamp. A ninja steps from the shadows and steals away the lamp containing Imor, leaving Cirvel holding only air. After a search, he finds the woman who stole the lamp. Treshauna is a Black Night ninja who needs his help in exchange for the genie lamp. He asks her why she needs a genie. She replies that she and Drelin, the leader of the ninjas, need a powerful trap. Meeting up with the ninjas, they take to hiding within Cirvel’s shadow to travel through the Wells. As soon as they come out on the other side, they discover something is waiting for them. Blindsided, Cirvel gets severely injured by the Shniktaur, an agent of pure chaos. Cirvel withdraws and takes Treshauna back through the Wells, but is unable to pull Drelin along. Once back, the saperes realize how wounded he is. His world blurs as he’s taken back to be healed. Waking up, Cirvel realizes three things: Treshauna has stayed with him, he’s lost the book about Alexander on a doomed world, and he is still not fully healed. He returns to his lamp where he knows he can take care of himself. After taking to the sands to heal, Cirvel returns with the strange feeling that he has fallen in love with Treshauna and she with him. He knows they must put their feelings aside, hard as it may be, to deal with the Shniktaur. Treshauna begins to ask him questions and he reveals how he had been an experiment which turned him into a unique novihomidrak (a champion born from a dragon). They then begin to make plans to find which dimension Drelin is in and to rescue him. For that, Cirvel needs supplies. Then go to the workshop of a gnome named T’kiel, who grudgingly allows the genie inside and gives them a clean space to work. T’kiel sets Cirvel and Treshauna up with everything they need to complete the spell to find Drelin, but outside forces work against Cirvel. T’kiel takes over helping the novihomidrak when Cirvel proves to be too distracted. Once Cirvel gets his focus back, he completes the spell and discovers Drelin’s location. T’kiel is interested in how Cirvel got tangled up with the ninjas and gives Cirvel a charm made of unicorn horn for protection. Cirvel and Treshauna leave T’kiel’s place and head out to find Drelin. Cirvel opens a portal to another world. They step through and they find Drelin, but are being tracked with attack imminent. Cirvel has Treshauna take Drelin to the shadows while he hunts. The Shniktaur follows Treshauna from the shadows, attacking them. Once again, Treshauna retreats to the shadows, taking Cirvel with her. He feels movement, and strangely even senses the Humline strongly here even as he is surrounded by chaos. Treshauna brings them out of the shadows. They stand before huge gates closing off the city before them and try to gain entrance. The guard demands to be shown that they have magic among them, a strange request, but Cirvel obliges with a simple fire incantation. They are allowed to enter the city, but not very welcomed. They only get the briefest of replies in response to their questions about a healer for Drelin. Cirvel and Treshauna begin to walk the streets of this town they have happened upon. In looking for the healer, Madam Orcee, they discover that they are being followed. A brief encounter with their pursuers threatens to detain them from getting Drelin healed, so Cirvel uses magic to get away, only to be countered at ever spell, almost in a taunting way. At last, Madam Orcee’s shop is ahead of them. Once inside the tea shop, they convince Madam Orcee to help heal Drelin. The guards following them enter the tea shop and capture Cirvel and Treshauna, using some sort of magic which leaves them powerless and transports them to a cell. In the transition, a feeling comes over Cirvel that there is more going on here and that the Shniktaur has no intention of destroying this planet, not yet at least. They are released from the cell to go be presented before the queen. Upon meeting the queen, Cirvel shows just how otherworldly he is. Instead of scaring the queen, it intrigues her. Treshauna is left behind while the queen goes on with Cirvel. Queen Marthyrn leads Cirvel through the maze of her castle and shows him the amazing library called the Athenium which lies at the center. Cirvel learns she has read the entire library by magic. Queen Marthryn indicates there is more on this planet for him to protect other than only her city of Gohaldinest and its library, then she leads the way to show him. Marthyrn takes him to the center of the Athenium where there is an enclosed glass room. He hears a weak mewling. She keeps him from rushing ahead. Then he sees it: a small, ill dragon upon a pillow.  Cirvel touches the dragon with trepidation, afraid his own power might overwhelm it.The dragon, Leschemal, is terribly sick and weak, but there is no apparent cause. Cirvel learns that this planet measures their time in seasonal cycles rather than by the stars; they have no astronomers here. It is in the last 100 years that Leschemal has gotten sick, so Cirvel questions Marthryn about what happened back then. Cirvel learns about the Plenelians, a group of magicless people who are at war with Gohaldinest. Cirvel demands that she stop the fighting, but when she says it won’t be easy, Cirvel pledges to go and speak with the Plenelians. One way or another, for the imagination dragon’s sake, this battle must end. Cirvel sees that she does care for Leschemal. Leschemal asks Cirvel if any of the worlds the imagination dragon created has survived. Cirvel tells Leschemal that he doesn’t believe they have. Cirvel and Treshauna are offered quarters. Treshauna notices that Cirvel is enjoying himself here and he confesses that Gohaldinest is his dream. He confesses to Treshauna that they have an imagination dragon here and why that is so important: they create worlds. Treshauna returns from checking on Drelin to let Cirvel know that Drelin would like to see Cirvel. They head over to Madam Orcee’s Tea Shop where Drelin is still recovering, but when they get back to the tea shop, Drelin is unconscious and unresponsive. Another woman who now claims that she is Madam Orcee tells them that Drelin is in the veil and trying to decide if he wants to return to his body or remain in the shadows. Cirvel decides to take him into the lamp, hoping they can heal Drelin the sands of the genie realm.


Cover and layout copyright © 2019 by Morning Sky Studios
Cover design by Dawn Blair/Morning Sky Studios
Cover art copyright © Rodjulian | Dreamstime.com, ©
Xneo | Dreamstime.com, and © Gualtiero Boffi| Dreamstime.com

Palladium

Chapter 37

by Dawn Blair

A moment later Cirvel and Treshauna were inside the lamp. Treshauna gasped as she turned to look around her. “We’re inside your lamp?” She stopped, looking at him now standing in the billowing pants and vest, his hair pulled back in a knot at the back of his head.

“Yes,” he answered. He looked down at Drelin in his arms. “Now, can you find his energy, maybe bind it to you?”

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