Posts Tagged ‘Shadesphere Chronicles’

Yeah, about that. Dragon Strange will continue, I’ve been a bit busy lately. Partly with real life stuff and partly because of a couple of new projects, the Shadesphere Chronicles which is a story, or rather a series of interconnected stories, that have been floating around in my imagination for years and I’m finally getting around to sorting out and putting to paper (metaphorically, fingers to computer keyboard is the more literal description). I’ve also been playing a lot of Portal 2 and making my own maps… so if anyone reading this is a Portal fan (or in fact if anyone is actually reading this at all!) you might want to take a look at the maps over here!

My personal favourites are

We Have Always Lived In The Aperture Science Laboratories and They Have Always Lived In The Aperture Science Laboratories are based on the novel We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirely Jackson. Both feature Merricat and Constance represented by a Companion Cube (Merricube) and a Frankenturret respectively

Going Up looks like a simple map but has a few tricks and surprises

Are You Feeling Blue? is a reminder that whenever you make a mess, somebody has to clean it up

There Must Be Some Way Out Of Here is a two story maze with glass walls. the question is, do transparent walls make it easier to find your way around or do they make it more confusing?

The Shadesphere Chronicles

Rumblings of War

Prologue: Reflections on the War

It’s hard to say when the War of Fire and Thunder began. We can point to the ending easy enough but who can say what truly started such a war? Did it begin with the invasion of the Wesknotlands when the first battle was fought? Did it begin with the armies journey through the passes of the Colossal Reaches on their way to spill the first blood? Or did it begin much earlier, with a young man running through a thick forest, terrified for his life. Perhaps centuries earlier still, with a different man fleeing in terror through a different forest? Or with something more innocent, when a cold hand was warmed by the first touch of comfort from an unexpected friend?

Perhaps if certain events had not happened then war would have happened later, or perhaps sooner. Doubtless there are some events that, had they never occurred, would have meant that nor would the War. Certainly if the Shadesphere had never left the Halls then the War of Fire and Thunder would not, could not have torn the Known Lands asunder. Few would argue that the world would not be better without that War. But, if not for that great loss, could we truly have learned the lessons that prepared us for the Darkening that followed? Could it be that the greatest loss of life in three thousand years of recorded history was actually responsible for the prevention of something far, far worse?

What would have happened if the Known Lands were not united? If the peoples had not the weapons, the armour and the skill to use them? If the Darkening had come upon a people who knew war as only a distant legend from generations lost? I do not ask these questions idly, they have tormented me most of my life. The Darkening will come again and we will not be prepared. Not without another Great War. The decision falls to me. Do I, to save the world, bring damnation and death upon it? I stare into the Shadesphere, seeking some desperate insight amongst that blackest of fog that dwells within. All I see there is darkness. Can that truly be our only hope? Dare I unleash such horror upon the peaceful populace of the United Lands? Dare I not?

 

to be continued…