Dust (Released!)

Dust by Daniel Bastion is now available to be purchased.  Editions include various eBook formats and print.  Purchase page here.

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Mailing List and Free eBook

Hello there fellow fantasy lovers and readers!  I hope you are having a wonderful day so far.  It is Friday!  Which, is always a good feeling kind of day.

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Iron of the Innocent (Series Development)

Development of Iron of the Innocent began a long time ago and has continues up until now.  The world and many of the characters are 25-29 years old, having been first conceived in 1988 when I began playing Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 1st Edition.  Stepping into the role of dungeon master required the necessary development of a world, lore, NPCs, kingdoms, maps, and everything else that was needed for the characters to explore.  My imagination burned bright.

As I mentioned in my last post, my first character was a  mage and I named him Dragas Blackwind.  That was also the name of my character in the Ultima game series I played back in the 80s.  He does make an appearance in the books, and it was quite enjoyable to write him.   Tarn Silvershield, Olis Dreer, Shydler Wresgoth, Tarak Ordain, Shanora Naur, Verdrin Solorn, Sartonius Walsh and others were all player characters designed to interact in the created world.  I also played them in other various game worlds too as avatars.

Sacren itself is a vast world with multiple continents and oceans.  Making and designing maps was sparked from Tolkien’s wonderful map of Middle Earth.  One of my favorite cartographers (map artist!) was Karen Wynn Fonstad.  She was an incredible atlas designer who mapped out Lord of the Rings, Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, and others.  You can find her work here on Amazon.  I spent hours going over her books, and she definitely inspired my own map making.

It has been a long wonderful road to get here, and I look forward to writing much more in this series.  I hope you as the reader and audience join me!  🙂

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Love for Fantasy…

My love for fantasy is deeply embedded in my life.

When creating characters, I like to explore their backstory and personalities, and one way I do that is looking at their lives as a whole.  I personally believe each of us has a seed of personality that begins in the womb, and that multiple variables and experiences will shape us over time.  It is an ongoing process from the beginning of life to the end.   Looking at others and myself while developing characters has been helpful, and I discovered that my love of fantasy, which has heavily shaped my life, goes all the way back to early childhood.

Visiting a local theater, one of my first exposures to fantasy was the 1981 movie, Dragonslayer.  Galen’s adventures with Valeria and Ulrich against the dragon Vermithrax left a long lasting impression on me.  Still one of my favorite portrayals of a dragon on film ever.  Reign of Fire and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit did well with the dragons.

Disney’s 1963 Sword in the Stone, the animated 1977 The Hobbit, 1981 movie Excalibur, the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon (1983-1985), and Black Cauldron in 1985 all solidified my love for fantasy.   Wrapped into all of that was plenty of science fiction that drew me into the fold as well.  Star Wars does have swords after all.  🙂

I began reading books in early elementary, and by the summer after 5th grade I decided to read Tolkien.  In downtown Grandbury Texas, there was a store called ‘Books on the Square’.  The ladies were very nice and seemed excited that I was a young reader.  I worked with my father everyday for $5, and I spent just about all of it from that summer visit at that store.  I bought plenty of Choose Your Own Adventure books, Time Machine books, and a boxed set of The Lord of the Rings that included The Hobbit.

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Iron of the Innocent Vol 2: Mistress of Agony (Released!)

Iron of the Innocent: Mistress of Agony by Daniel Bastion is now available to be purchased.  Editions include various eBook formats and print.  Purchase page here.

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Iron of the Innocent – TDJ Interior Art Work

This art work appears in the print version of Iron of the Innocent Vol 1: The Dark Judge.  I decided to display them here on the web site since the eBook version is unable to handle them.

I’d like to thank Catavic for his interior artwork.  Translating and capturing my vision of characters is no easy task.

Olis Dreer and Tarn Silvershield

Shydler Wresgoth

Dreydan Ruin

Dalora Blacksword

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Area Map (Iron of the Innocent)

Unfortunately, the eBook is unable to handle/display a proper map for the story of Iron of the Innocent.  The print book has a black and white version, but I wanted to give readers the color version here.  Click on the map below to see the full size.

This is only a small portion of the world of Sacren.

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Iron of the Innocent (Main Theme)

Composed by Nichal Aracchande.

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A New Banner

Concept art for new book cover for volume 1.  It is coming together.  🙂  Decided to use this one as a new banner for social media.

Illustrated by Tupe Ross

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Olis Dreer and Tarn Silvershield (Iron of the Innocent)

Some concept art of these two…  I’m very pleased.  Volume 2 coming soon!  🙂

Olis Dreer and Tarn Silvershield

Art by Adam Noel

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