Iron of the Innocent: Standing the Wall

Happy Friday!

I have recently joined the StoryFire app created by Jesse Ridgeway and Brian Spitz.  StoryFire is a group and solo storytelling platform.  I thought it would be fun to write some flash fiction on the app to interact with my readers and get to read their work too.  This scene below is my first story on there.  You can download the app from Apple or the Google store.  Stay lit!  🙂

Author’s Note: This additional scene takes place during  Chapter 24 of Mistress of Agony (Iron of the Innocent, Volume 2).  These characters do not appear in the novel.  Spoiler warning!  I recommend reading this after you read that chapter.  Click below being fully informed.

274 I.C.
Solorn Kingdom
Solorn Province
City of Clendon

Characters: Evtaf, Linsei, and Mersius

Stone and mortar, the city wall was a heavy barrier against the danger beyond.  It was wide enough to walk and fight.  Its edifice tall enough to keep out the unwanted, and its parapets designed to protect those willing to die to keep it secure.

Three soldiers assigned on the east side for their duty shift stood their post.  The night felt tense, and the black, threatening clouds came closer.  One of the soldiers sniffed the air and rubbed his face.  Rain was coming, and the thought made him feel even more miserable.  He grumbled to himself.

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On Magic…

The concept of magic is mythological, ancient, and has developed up into our contemporary times.  No one really has an answer to the exact nature of magic or where the idea began in history.  It may simply be an answer to explain what some people did not understand long ago.  Human beings are quite creative with expansive imaginations, so someone, somewhere, came up with the idea at some point in the ancient past.  Their motivations, reasons, and purposes are unknown, lost in time.

Historically, the use of the concept has taken on many iterations in human society for better or worse.  In some cases to invoke fear in enemies (important to some in a brutal, dangerous world), to deceive (one reason for religious objections), gain prosperity (cha-ching!), to feel protected from the unknown/unseen, gain favor (or love!), or as a way for some people to feel empowered (I’m strong!).  Others have a desire to feel important by gaining some secret knowledge or ability that others do not have.  One example today driven by the prosperity motivation are illusionists.  They use illusion and slight of hand to entertain a paying audience.

In the end, we know that magic is simply not real.  Nope, not real at all.

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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 continues up until now.  The world and many of the characters are 25-33 years old, having been first conceived in the mid 80s.  In 1988, I began playing Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 1st Edition.  Stepping into the role of dungeon master required the continued development of a world, lore, NPCs, kingdoms, maps, and everything else that was needed for the characters to explore.  My imagination burned bright.  While AD&D inspired me to flesh out my story ideas, AD&D is only a system of rules to play a game based in the vivid imagination of the player(s).

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 mid 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.
Producers: Nichal Aracchande, Daniel Bastion

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