The Lich of Izaman is Out Now!!!

It’s been a while.

Apologies for the lack of updates over the past two months. I just got back from a trip overseas and have been working on re-adjusting to the States. But, with things back to normal-ish, I can get back to writing a bit more. 🙂

Anyways, The Illiad ChroniclesThe Lich of Izaman is now out on BookFunnel! Amazon paperback will be coming up within the next day, once things get approved on their end. I really hope everyone enjoys this new adventure. <3

How do you get a copy? Either subscribe to my mailing list (https://clintonreel.com/mailinglist) or just go to the book’s page on here (https://clintonreel.com/book/the-illiad-chronicles-the-lich-of-izaman/). I knew not everyone is up for mailing lists, so I made it available for those people. 🙂

Within the next week or two, I will be talking about the next book in the series: The Last Rite!

The Illiad Chronicles – The Lich of Izaman Announcement!

The Illiad Chronicles – Book I: Origins released on June 2nd on Amazon, and it seems like people are enjoying the book! As one of my most ambitious projects, I feel like it was a good start to what is to come. After all, the world of Ethos–and the entire realm–has a ton of stories to tell.

That said, I would like to go ahead and announce the first short story set in the Illiad universe:

The Illiad Chronicles – The Lich of Izaman

Some may wonder why I am announcing the next project so early, but it is because I have a release date set for August 4th, 2018! The Lich of Izaman is going to be a much shorter story than Origins, and it will delve more into Jacqueline’s character and one of her greatest adventures.

Chronologically, the book is set around three years before Origins begins. Jacqueline is tasked with stopping the resurrection of the powerful Lich of Izaman–a being so strong they nearly wiped out half the world in the Fifth Era.

 

Again, the book is to come out on August 4th, 2018. The book will be FREE for everyone who subscribes to my mailing list at https://clintonreel.com/mailinglist . The book will only be available, through Amazon, as a paperback; the ebook version will be handed out through the mailing list for everyone to read! So, yeah, subscribe to it! <3

The Illiad Chronicles – Book I is Now Available!

It’s been a hell of a journey, but the first book in The Illiad Chronicles is finally out on ALL ebook distribution platforms! You can now pick up the ebook version for $3.99 and pick up the paperback version for $11.99 through Amazon! Additionally, for Amazon, if you purchase the paperback edition, you can get the ebook for .99 cents.

If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to my mailing list for updates to the books. As well, subscribers to the mailing list will be getting freebies soon (information in the link).

I really do hope everyone enjoys the book, as it is the first of many to come! <3

Complete List of Retailers: https://www.books2read.com/illiadchronicles

Amazon Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Illiad-Chronicles-Clinton-Reel/dp/1980759944/

Release in Five Days!

Hey, everyone!

Taking a week off from The History of Ethos as I prepare whatever else I need for the upcoming release. Rest assured–it will be back next week!

Now, there are roughly five (or six depending where you are) days left before The Illiad Chronicles releases. Instead of doing a lore post this week, I wanted to talk about what inspired me to do this. Afterall, this is quite possibly the most ambitious project I’ve ever worked on.

Inspirations

The Illiad Chronicles, like many works, is a culmination of many, many months and years of design. My design documents for the series reach as far back as early 2015–which seems like a lifetime ago, now that I think about it. While most of the concepts, ideas, and characters were scrapped at different points and time, the idea of what I wanted to do was still there.

As an avid fan of fantasy, I wanted to do something completely different from people have seen before–something I feel authors should strive to achieve. While elements such as good versus evil, light versus dark, or even the concept of warring nations are very hard to avoid, I still wanted to do my best to avoid easy tropes and concepts.

So, I got to work. I created an expansive timeline spanning several eras, multiple ages, and threw in different concepts and ideas for good measure. As I added more and subtracted even more, I eventually came to what I had today with The Illiad Chronicles.

Series That Inspired

Now, I will admit that I am an avid anime watcher and video game player, so there were some things I mixed in that got inspired by those mediums. If you’ve read The History of Ethos, you can see that my world can be kinda dark at times; Ethos and its surrounding worlds are depressing places driven by war, chaos, and greed. As well, it has many elements of high fantasy from a different magic system (Energy), different races with unique attributes, and much more. So, in multiple ways, you could classify it as a Dark Fantasy or a High (or Epic) Fantasy. For me, I classify it as a hybrid.

The wonderful thing about works of art (whether it be video games, anime, movies, books, or what-have-you) is that it can “open” a door into your own worlds. When I was young, I often would think of new stories to write, worlds to explore, and characters to interract with. As said, I was young at the time, so I couldn’t feasibly write these expansive novels like I am today.

Now that I am older (about twenty-four-years old), I have more freedom to explore these worlds once again. The Illiad Chronicles is just one of several universes I would like to see explored.

Goals with The Illiad Chronicles

For starters, of course, I want people to love my books; this is the main goal of any good author. I, personally, feel that monetary gain from a book is secondary to the people I can take with me on this journey.

Another thing I would like for the series to do is to be a sort-of playground for others. One of the main reasons I wrote an expansive universe was that I wanted others–whether it be with fan fiction, approved books, or even games–is that I give room for anything. In the series, there are around three-thousand years of history on around one dozen different planets. This means that while one event can effect them all, there are an infinite amount of stories yet to be told on the others. This entire idea is what I call “everything is canon,” and an easy comparison would be to the Dungeons and Dragons multiverse.

Will there be another?

As you can probably expect, I do plan on writing a second book in The Illiad Chronicles. On the 3rd of June, I will put up a pre-order page for the second book! Production of the book has already begun, and I want it to be a fantastic sequel that will expand on what you read in the first book even further. I am far from done with it. (:

That said, I am taking a slower approach to writing it, which may or may not be to my detriment. In the new indie world, it isn’t unheard of for a writer to have a book out every two months or so; meanwhile I am taking a six-month break between releases. It is almost unfeasible for me to write a book that fast with my current situation, so it will have to wait until around December 2018. But, it will be worth it!

Final Note

I am going through a different distribution partner, so non-Amazon links to the book may be delayed a day or two. You can follow my Facebook or Twitter (links in the top bar) for updates on this situation. While it is last-minute and may be a slight inconvinence, it will help streamline things for me later down the line!

The Amazon e-book version is not affected and will release on the 2nd of June. Meanwhile, the paperback version is still good to be released on the 31st of May!

As always, thank you for reading! Enjoy the book once it releases! <3

The History of Ethos: Part 7 – Twilight

“There is no greater prize for a mortal. For one moment, they, themselves, are the Gods of old!” – General Resha, First Twilight War (5E373)

There is no place darker or more haunted than the continent of Twilight. Sitting between the four factions in the Grand Sea, the land of Twilight is a place of torment, victory, hope, and darkness. To some, it was the last gift from the Gods before they departed at the end of the Fourth Era. For others, it was the greatest curse of them all.

Records of what Twilight was before the Age of Darkness is still unknown as the continent wasn’t formally discovered until the mid-way point of the Fifth Era. On an expedition to map out the large super-continent of Ayasha, several members of the Chaos Order met a mighty hurricane that spiraled the group far to the east. The hurricane, according to first-hand accounts, seemingly disappeared over this large, unknown continent in the middle of the Grand Sea: Twilight. Surrounding the land was vast, powerful whirlpools that would sink any ship that dared enter.

Immediately, the expedition returned to Zalzabar–the capital of the faction–to report their findings. Rumors soon spread to the North Star Alliance, the eternal enemy of the Order, and they too began to research what the land of Twilight was.

For over one-hundred years, no one knew what was in the land of Twilight. That is, until a prophecy was discovered by the lost civilization known as the Majic:  “For when the three-hundredth-and-seventy-third year approaches, the land of bleak, eternal light shall awaken and those who sook it shall be granted power as eternal.”

One of the captains of the North Star Alliance brought together the finest of spellcasters and scientists in hopes they could crack the code… But were instead met with an even grander gift. Below is a recollection from his journal:

Day 419:

At long last! The seas have turned! As the crew and I were celebrating the dawn of another year, with ale and beer o’course, a ray of light shot from the sky to remote land of Twilight. A massive wave pushed back our ships several clicks to the north, but, when we returned, the whirlpools were gone!

As we returned our gaze above, we saw the many world within our realm–the Great Moons, Tiam, Resharock, and Kalaman–aligned perfectly! Could this be the key? I must tell our Lord at once!

Within months, the Chaos Order and North Star Alliance converged on the land of Twilight, and, thus, the First Twilight War began. It was a long-drawn war of attrition, as it is speculated more lives were lost to the terrain of Twilight than to the countless battles. Both sides fought to the center of Twilight where a large, heavens-piercing mountain laid. Surrounding the mountain was a grand staircase that only one could ascend to claim the greatest reward.

In the last battle of the First Twilight War, the North Star Alliance was ultimately defeated and forced to withdraw from Twilight. The general of the Chaos Order ascended the stairs, taking many hours to do so. When he reached the cold mountaintop, there sat the throne prophesied by the Seer only twenty years earlier. As they took a seat, it was a said a loud, booming voice could be heard from around the continent: “Mortal! You have done well! Claim your prize; what is your wish?”

With their Wish, the Chaos Order wished for the niyans–the very race they swore to destroy–to be cursed for eternity. The niyans fell ill to a terrible plague that wiped out tens of thousands in mere moments. Those who survived what became known as the Curse could no longer discovered that it was nearly impossible to create children of their own, leaving the race to drop dramatically within ten years.

After the end of the First Twilight War, historians decided to separate each of the eras within the Age of Darkness by the Twilight Wars. Thus, after the First Twilight War, the Sixth Era began.

In the Second Twilight War, the North Star Alliance was able to defeat the Order and claim the throne… Only to be betrayed by their own leader. With the Wish, the king of the alliance wished for eternal life. Upon his return to the alliance, they were branded as a traitor and forced into exile for the rest of time.

In the Third Twilight War, the Order reclaimed the throne. However, interestingly enough, it was discovered that one could “hold” their Wish, which they opted to do. As of writing, it is still unknown if the Chaos Order ever used the Wish or if they are holding it still.

With the Fourth Twilight War, and the end of the Eighth Era, approaching, only time will tell who will win… And what grand wish or terrible curse will be cast upon the bleak world of Ethos…

The Illiad Chronicles Beta Copy!

With the lead up to The Illiad Chronicles on June 2nd, 2018, I decided to go ahead and purchase a “beta” copy from Amazon to test their services. In the video below, you will see the book and its fantastic glory; Amazon did a tremendous job with it, and I am confident everyone will think the same!

Here are some details about the release:

eBook Pre-Order Price: From now until the release of the book on June 2nd, The Illiad Chronicles will be $2.99 (or regional equivalent). After it does release, the book will return to its $3.99 sale price.

Paperback Matchbook: Amazon–for now–will be the sole provider of the paperback release. The book will go on sale on May 31st for $11.99. Owners of the paperback version will also be able to get the eBook version for $.99 on June 2nd!


Hope everyone enjoys the book once it releases! <3

The History of Ethos: Part 6 – The Xul

“How can one race be so powerful, but, yet, so blinded by hatred towards themselves?” – High Swordsman Karo, 6E368

The Xul are the newest species to show up on Ethos. Formerly of Ethos’ Great Moon of Xul, the Xul have since called Ethos their home. In 6E212, a cataclysm occurred on their moon that wiped out over ninety percent of their population, with those surviving being of importance to the Xul Empire.

The Xul have often been described as “worshipers of Sato” or even “Sato’s chosen few” during their time on Ethos. In legends, Sato’s followers were depicted as beings of immense magical ability that could flatten cities in mere moments. His followers and the Xul race share many similarities in appearance. Both are depicted as celestial beings manifested through Energy, thus having no mortal body. The Xul, just like Sato’s followers, also possess two twisted horns on their heads, with both serving as an element of “expertise” the Xul has chosen to take.

Initially, the Xul landed on what is now known as Hian, building an alliance with the local Zichan and Human races. Together, they built up the Xul and protected them from the Chaos Order and North Star Alliance, who showed much fascination in the new race. Within fifty years, the First Xul Empire was rebuilt on Hian.

From the rise of the First Xul Empire to the current year of 8E368, there have been eight Xul Empires. Each of the empires has fallen for various reasons, each of which is documented below:

First Xul Empire: Ruled by Emperor Xul’Ana from 6E260 to 6E300. They were assassinated by the next emperor in a ploy to build the Empire towards the Second Twilight War.

Second Xul Empire: Ruled by Emperor Xul’Zantha from 6E300 to 7E10. They were removed from power by many Xul Lords due to their inability to win the Second Twilight War.

Third Xul Empire: Ruled by Emperor Xul’Ola from 7E10 to 7E210. The longest reigning Xul Emperor, Xul’Ola was assassinated by their offspring.

Fourth Xul Empire: Ruled by Emperor Xul’Croa from 7E210 to 7E220. The shortest reigning Xul Emperor, Xul’Croa demonstrated cruelty and hatred towards their people. They were removed from power by the Xul Lords when multiple assassination attempts failed.

Fifth Xul Empire: Ruled by Emperor Xul’Loa from 7E220 to 7E373. Xul’Loa is considered the most powerful, most infulential, and most successful Emperor to date. They were able to return peace to the Xul during a time of chaos. As well, they were able to successfully lead the Maoan Civil War and aligned with East Mao. They, however, were defeated during the Third Twilight War.

Sixth Xul Empire: Ruled by Emperor Xul’Ayla from 8E1 to 8E125. Not much is known about Xul’Ayla besides their attempts to recover the race after their failure in the Third Twilight War. They gave up the throne to the next emperor upon the end of their reign.

Seventh Xul Empire: Ruled by Emperor Xul’Ka from 8E125 to 8E300. Xul’Ka took over from Xul’Ayla left off and led the Xul Empire into a small era of prosperity. They were able to build relations with the other races and factions of Ethos. As well, they were able to learn more about their future enemies through espionage and spying.

Eighth Xul Empire: Ruled by Emperor Xul’Cron from 8E300 to 8E368 (current year). Not much is known about Xul’Cron. Ever since they were accepted as the newest emperor, they went into hiding. There have only been a handful of times through their reign where they spoke with the other factions.

As noted, the Xul do not have a specific gender. All Xul have the ability of Recreate, which allows them to create their “offspring.” To Recreate, a Xul must sacrifice a substantial part of their Energy-enough that it would take months to years to fully recover.

The Xul are one of the most powerful races on Ethos-rivaling the Zichans and Eternals in sheer power. However, not much else is known about them and their past. To date, no Xul has spoken about the Cataclysm that consumed their race, leaving many scholars fearing that a similar Cataclysm could occur on Ethos in the not-too-distant future.

The History of Ethos: Part 5 – The Thorans

“If you dare call a Thoran short, having a bloody nose will be the least of your problems.” – Unknown

Ah, the mighty Thoran race; a race so mighty, they would’ve once conquered the known world. Out of the primary races, the Thorans are the strongest by a large margin – with tales and Psalms of mighty Thoran heroes lifting mountains in the face of danger possibly exaggerating what they can achieve.

The Thorans, unfortunately, have had a troubled history that predates to the dawn of the Age of Darkness with the start of the Fifth Era. Formerly the slaves to the Chaos Order, the Thorans were able to wrestle away independence, along with their close friends the Niyans, before the start of the First Twilight War in 5372, interrupting the Order’s plans in the process. They were often used in large mines on both Ethos and Ula, the mining moon.

However, most frightening of all, the Thorans were used as test subjects by the Zichans in the early days of the Fifth Era. Scientists within the Order speculated that the strength of the Thorans could be extracted and implanted into a Zichan, reinforcing the Zichan’s nimble frame to become a stronger threat on the battlefield. These plans were, fortunately, halted with the Thoran liberation. Untold numbers of Thorans were sacrificed to these tests, with no recorded evidence suggesting the Zichans were close to solving the puzzle.

Ever since their liberation, the Thorans have since, as an entire race, declared allegiance to the North Star Alliance. Interestingly enough, the Thorans do not show hatred to the Zichan race, save for the leaders of the Chaos Order and those associated with them. It is not abnormal to see Zichans and Thorans have friendships, both home and on the battlefield.

As a whole, the Thoran race is not known for their magical prowess. In fact, in recorded history, there have been a total of four Thorans who achieved the rank of Spellcaster – comparatively the Zichans have over ten-thousand, the Humans have over four-thousand, and the Niyans have over six-thousand. Still, the Thorans do not own a reliable Energy reserve, objectively worse than the Humans. And the race is susceptible to a phenomena known as Spell Decay – where casting the same spell twice in an unspecified amount of time will result in the second spell being less potent.

However, the Thorans make up for it in strength. Their small frame allows for them to pick up larger objects, even giving them the ability to hurl them at unsuspecting enemies. They are also able to own large weapons, such as warhammers or even large maces, with relative ease.

Additionally, with their herculean strength, the Thorans know a special power known only as Berserk. As the name implies, Thorans can become stronger and faster, but only for a limited time. A consequence of the power is that the user, if untrained, loses total control of their body, succumbing to rage, and is left severely weakened upon completion. Still, the power has tipped the scales of war multiple times through history.

The Thorans are a race never to be trifled with unless you have a death wish. They are a proud and strong race also known for their large stomachs and iron wills. However, when you befriend one, you can always expect them by your side when the going gets tough.

The History of Ethos: Part 4 – The Niyans

“I will end the Niyans, even if it brings my Order death.” – Chaos Order High King Zalzafar, First Twilight War (5E373)

Not much is known of how, exactly, the Niyans came to be. Many myths from within the Order speak that the Niyans were an impure species, one of which born out of experimentation by Humans; Others even speak that the Niyans are not of Ethonian descent. Still, what the Niyans are and the many atrocities that species has suffered since the dawn of the Age of Darkness are well documented.

The Niyans are a unique species in that they are Thorans, the Zichans, and even the Humans. However, upon their forehead, they bear the symbol of a creature of whom they share a bond. This bond is also called the person spirit animal which, for a short time, that Niyan can transform into. It is not known what dictates what spirit animal a Niyan obtains at birth, or if it is possible for Niyans to change.

The circumstances for a Niyan birth is unclear. Throughout history, reports showed that pure-blooded Zichans, Humans, and Thorans could give birth to a Niyan, albeit rare. Upon the child’s birth, they would be classified as Niyan and not of their parent’s species. If two Niyans were to give birth to a child, the child would always be a Niyan, even if both parents are Children of Sin and, thus, impure.

Due to this, the Niyans have been scrutinized and scorned, serving as the primary reason the Chaos Order came to be. According to multiple defectors from the Order, Atanaism, their primary religion, states that “beings of impurity are to be unborn.” After the Gods disappeared at the dawn of the Fifth Era, the Order began their crusade to eliminate the Niyans from Ethos completely.

In 5E1, High King Xalen decreed that all Niyans born within the Order are to be killed, along with their parents, even if the Niyan is of royalty; Sympathizers to the Niyans, if found, were to be stoned; And those who harbored Niyans were to be tortured to death, along with their immediate family. Upon signing of what was to be known as the Manifest of Order, several opposing nations joined forces to become the North Star alliance and declared war, of which has lasted four eras.

The Niyans became an ally to the North Star alliance, who promised continuous protection while vowing to eradicate the Order.

According to ancient prophecies left by the Majic, with each three-hundred and seventy-three years that passed, “the land of bleak, eternal light shall awaken and those who sook it shall be granted power as eternal.” The alliances heeded this prophecy and arrived at the land of Twilight in 5E373. They fought towards the epicenter of the continent, where the Twilight Throne sat and a six-month war, the First Twilight War, began. In the end, the Chaos Order won and commanded that “Niyans to be destroyed from within.”

Once the wish was granted, the entire Niyan race fell ill to a plague that wiped out tens of thousands in mere moments. Those who survived the illness discovered that their chances of reproduction dropped dramatically. As well, pure-blooded species no longer gave birth to new Niyans. In only ten years, the Niyan population fell by half, and the decline has continued into the Eighth Era with the near extinction of the Niyan race.

With the dawn of the Fourth Twilight War fast approaching, the fate of the Niyans is on the line. Knowing this, all able-bodied Niyans, as young as seventeen, has joined the North Star war efforts.

The question remains, however: Can they stop the bleeding?

The History of Ethos: Part 3 – The Zichans

“They are old as the Gods themselves; Their intelligence may even surpass them.” – General Xul’Croan, Second Twilight War (6E373)

The Zichans are one of the most prolific and powerful races on Ethos, if not the entire realm. Multiple stories, myths, and legends exist, often told to our young, about how the first Zichan came to be. Some say they were the first race created by Ontario, and the closest he ever got to making his “perfect” species, while others speak of how they were born with the Gods in the Genesis. Regardless, the Zichans are a formidable race.

Their body-type is reminiscent of that of a human, save for markings on their body and several key changes. Upon birth, a Zichans, on their stomach, are marked depending on the House, or clan, they belong to; This mark is to always covered when in public, as it is said to bring bad luck to those who do. Additionally, a pure-blooded Zichan will only have platinum-white or grey hair that will, usually, extend a few feet. Their pointy ears also allow them to hear more distant noises and distinguish them easier.

The Zichan’s supreme intelligence can be credited to their powerful, unusual, and mysterious power called Soul Joining. The normal Zichan can live around four hundred years before they begin to become too weak to continue living. When a Zichan finally passes, a ritual begins that will combine their spirit and intelligence with that of another, usually a newborn. The new host’s spirit and mind will stay their own as the abilities and intelligence of the previous will merge. Due to this, a Zichan never “dies” and, instead, ensures their species continues to become more and more intelligent, and thus more powerful, with each Era.

Ever since the late days of the Majic, mortals were able to “harness the power of the Gods” and cast spells of various varieties. However, to use Majic, one must use their power, simply called Energy, to cast spells. If one were to use spells often, their Energy would slowly increase over time, a skill that can be passed by Soul Joining. Zichans, naturally, are potent spellcasters and are the only ones who can create portals.

The Zichans are not without fault; Their intelligence is both a blessing and a curse. While some of the greatest mortals on Ethos are Zichans, some of the worst also belong to them. The Zichans are credited with the creation of the Chaos Order alliance, an alliance hell-bent on eliminating the Niyans, and later the Children of Sin, from existence, but have also been credited with stopping Sato’s summoning in 6E232.

In present-day Ethos, 8E368, the Zichans are a race divided. Over half of the race has pledged their allegiance to the Order, either from tradition or their prejudices, with the rest pledging their loyalty to the North Star or Dragonean alliances. During the Third Twilight War in 7E373, it is estimated that over one million Zichans, about a third of the species, died on the battlefield – the consequence of this way is that a ritual for Soul Joining rarely occurs.

Only time will tell if the Zichans can be ever, truly, be reunited.