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Offline james.eyler

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The War of Ages Synopsis
« on: October 17, 2018, 12:30:02 PM »
The War of Ages Saga, Book 1: Age of Darkness

Synopsis

Makayla Tinderson is a young phaerian, a slave to the empire. She sets the backdrop for the series, and while she is the antagonist for the first book in the series, she is the heroine of the War of Ages Saga. She is traveling with her father to a neighboring village to sell their wares before winter when a squad of imperial soldiers attacks them, killing her father and brutalizing Makayla. She awakens, broken and bleeding, but with vengeance on her lips. She tumbles into a cavern with a mysterious, distant light. Crawling through her pain, Makayla discovers a dome of swirling energy that contains a power as ancient as time. She breaks the dome, awakening an ancient prophecy, and the light flows into her, bestowing her with the power of a god. She vows to take revenge upon the empire, and slaughter every last citizen.

Kael Aelastair, a citizen and powerful shaper of the currents of power, is on his way to the capitol to train as an assassin in the emperor's Crimson Guard when a horde of undead creatures with powerful magical properties attacks his caravan, slaughtering all but him. Stabbed through the gullet and left for dead, Kael is brought to the hidden phaerian village of Headwater, where he is nursed back to health by a mysterious old sage named Reylan, the lovely but strong-willed Livia, Pendric the aloof son of a leatherworker, and a simple and a bright farmer named Jouler. Despite their backgrounds, Kael and Jouler quickly become friends, disintegrating Kael's prejudices about the "inferior" phaerian race. As their friendship grows, so does Kael's affection for Livia, culminating in a relationship too taboo to exist in a citizen's domain. When Kael discovers Headwater's secret—the village is an outpost for the Cabal, a clandestine group of phaerian shapers dedicated to bringing down the empire and fulfilling the Prophecies of Light—he is torn between staying in Headwater with Livia and returning to the empire.

Kael forsakes his citizenry when he defends a phaerian child against the wrath of the imperial high lord Rodak, notorious throughout the empire for his heinous treatment of phaerians. When Rodak's son cruelly slays the phaerian child, Kael's anger is unleashed, resulting in the accidental death of the high lord’s son. Kael escapes Rodak and flees to warn Headwater of the high lord’s impending attack, but Kael is blamed for leading Rodak to Headwater and is banished. Pendric, and Jouler forsake the loyalties of their past, joining Kael in his banishment to seek out new lives.

Along with Kael's guilt is his shame, underscored by the permanent Shield on his temple, his proof of citizenry. In the heart of phaerian countryside, Kael becomes the target of prejudice. As long as he bears the mark of his shame, he knows he will never walk safely. To survive in his new world, he must find someone not only able but willing to remove it.

The quest takes Kael, Pendric, and Jouler through hills shrouded in folklore, where fairylike creatures proclaim Kael and Jouler to be parts of the prophesied Light. Kael, Pendric, and Jouler are told to travel to the forest city of Alnazet, home of the nature-loving prytha. Kael doesn't believe in the prophecy, let alone that he's part of the so-called Light, but he'll do anything he can to help defeat the empire, if for no other reason than to make up for his own abhorrent actions of the past.

On the other side of the empire, Makayla, the young girl whose wrath initially invoked the prophecy, is wreaking havoc. She proclaimed herself the Light, raised a massive phaerian army, gained control of two key cities, and compromised the empire's hold on the west. Consumed with hatred, Makayla tortures and slays every citizen she comes across, slaughtering scores of innocent bystanders in her wake and razing cities to the ground. But in order to save her people, Makayla must relearn what it means to be human, and accept her role in the Prophecies of Light.

After narrowly escaping the wrath of the emperor's assassins, Kael and Jouler survive the arduous journey to Alnazet, where Kael is shown a vision of the fate of the world if Makayla achieves her goal. Not only will the empire be destroyed, but all life will be eradicated with it. The fabric between vision and reality is unwoven and Kael is grievously injured in a battle with Makayla. He is whisked away to be treated for his wounds, leaving Jouler to ponder at an ancient sculpted mural depicting the War of Ages and the Prophecy of Light. In the center of the mural is a being of light, surrounded by five figures, each masterfully etched—Kael, Jouler, a mysterious woman with a crown of leaves, another wearing a robe of fire, and Makayla at the center, closest to the being of light. Jouler understands the meaning: he, Kael, Makayla, and the two mystery woman, together embody the Light. They must seek each other out before the War of Ages comes to head, and Darkness reigns triumphant.
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Re: The War of Ages Synopsis
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2018, 01:17:24 PM »
This story sounds pretty interesting, ok what I really wanted to say was cool. This sentence was a little confusing: Along with Kael's guilt is his shame, underscored by the permanent Shield on his temple, his proof of citizenry.
I had to read it a few times to understand what you meant. Hopefully some of the other, more experienced people can help more. Good luck.

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Re: The War of Ages Synopsis
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2018, 07:54:32 AM »
Thank you newtothis22 :) I really appreciate your input, and you're right, that sentence IS confusing! Thank you for pointing that out :) I hope you have a great day!