As was promised, we now have all the swords for the entire Dark Veil saga in one place. To keep detail, we made them all the same lengths in the image. They aren’t the same length. The one at left is 168cm long in total. So yeah.

Anyhow, the first book comes out hopefully spring 2016! Look for Dark Soldier on shelves. Eventually.

All the Swords

Finally, all the swords for the series are in one place… Facebook!

Each blade will make an appearance, but only two (technically three) will be in the first book. Those ones are Enlightener and the Leviathan Killer, or Leviethen Killer, as we are considering re-spelling it. Why? Because we made a typo once and it looked cooler than the original. That’s the thing about fantasy. If you make a typo, you just roll with it.

From 12 o’clock and clockwise, they are: Regal Blade, Royal Elegance, Crescent Moon Blade, Enlightener, Celtic Elegance (working title), Elect’ic Blade, Leviethen Killer and finally, page’s blade. Page’s blade is only referred to, as it was the sword Malkeon – the main character – used growing up. BUT YES! They are all here, and I cannot be more proud of how badass they look.

Also, not all the proportions are up to canon. That was purposeful, so that people could see the detail in each equally. Leviethen Killer, for instance, is 5’6″ long, or 168cm. It’s a very, VERY big sword, so if we’d done it at it’s height there would be much less detail in the rest. And a 4’10” tall (148cm) person wields Leviethen Killer. Kinda fun.

Calling On the Knowledgeable

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So I need the LARP and cosplay side of Tumblr to help me out. 

For the novel I’m writing, I want to make life-size replicas of one or two of the swords the characters carry. I figure if I go around toting epic swords, I can help promote the book a bit. However, I do not wish to make them out of metal because I am not a sword-smith.

So my question is, what is the best (preferably cheap) material can buy to make a brutal 66 in / 167.64 cm fake sword and a more elegant 34 in / 84 cm also-fake sword? Better yet, what is the best way to go about it?

Calling On the Knowledgeable

So I need the LARP and cosplay side of Tumblr to help me out. 

For the novel I’m writing, I want to make life-size replicas of one or two of the swords the characters carry. I figure if I go around toting epic swords, I can help promote the book a bit. However, I do not wish to make them out of metal because I am not a sword-smith.

So my question is, what is the best (preferably cheap) material can buy to make a brutal 66 in / 167.64 cm fake sword and a more elegant 34 in / 84 cm also-fake sword? Better yet, what is the best way to go about it?

Big and Beastly Berserker Swords

I couldn’t think of any grand writing tips, fun stories or spiritual thoughts today, so I’m going to appeal to fantasy geekiness. Please accept this epic blog as my epic apology.

We’re talking about the biggest swords ever used in combat, starting from largest to smallest.

5. Claymore

A good claymore is typically somewhere around 4.5-5 feet long. These are the great two-handed swords of legend, one of them well know for being used by William Wallace. They were often used to settle disputes in single combat. These were so epic that they were passed down from generation to generation. That’s pretty epic.

4. Zweihänder / Great Sword

If your sword is so awesome that it’s working title is “great sword”, it’s probably a great sword. And if it’s known as one of the greatest great swords, then this sword is just incredible. The Zweihänder measured anywhere from 4.6 ft to 6 ft long. And they were used to cut off the heads off of pikes. So there’s that.

3. Odachi

The odachi is the only Eastern sword on this list. Big swords were mostly a European thing, to be honest. These katana-like swords were typically 5-6 ft long and were so deadly that they were banned from combat after a while. But whether they’re legal in combat or not, they’re still dang awesome swords.

2. William Wallace’s Sword

Having Scottish blood in me, I cannot help but place this on the list. It is only above odachi because there are odachi blades that are smaller than this sword. It measures 5’4″ (163 cm) in total, with a 4’4″ (132 cm) blade. You have to be one big man to cary around a sword that big. (Unless you’re Zenti from the saga I’m currently writing. Then you can be 4’10”, or 147 cm, and still carry around a massive blade about 7 cm bigger than his. But that’s a story for another time.) In the end, this is just a beast sword. Just pray its end never goes in you.

The Sword of Pier Gerlofs Diona

This is by far the greatest sword in history, so much so that it puts Sephiroth from the video game Final Fantasy VII to shame. This man who wielded it was about seven feet tall, and so it would make sense that he would have a large sword. But you still have to be one berserker of a man to carry a 213 cm long sword. For you Americans, that’s SIX FOOT NINE INCHES. And yes, he used it in war. Constantly. For a slightly gruesome fact, it was able to take out several men in one shot. So, kudos to you, Pier Gerlofs Diona. That’s some talent right there.

There’s the end of my rant on big swords. Hopefully, I can come up with some better content soon.

Three People Walk Into A Bar…

…And they run into some wise old wizard. Cliche? You betcha. And it has to stop.

Tavern_for_Descent_by_feliciacano

…and it’s super cliché. I kid you not. Why is there always a bar or a tavern in a fantasy story? And why are the main characters starting fights in them? What if the main characters are underage? Admittedly, that doesn’t stop modern kids. But here’s three cliches in fantasy stories that I think should stop. 1. Everyone Has Swords Let’s face the facts. Swords are really expensive and take a long…

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Three People Walk Into A Bar…

…and it’s super cliché. I kid you not. Why is there always a bar or a tavern in a fantasy story? And why are the main characters starting fights in them? What if the main characters are underage? Admittedly, that doesn’t stop modern kids. But here’s three cliches in fantasy stories that I think should stop.

1. Everyone Has Swords
Let’s face the facts. Swords are really expensive and take a long time to make. And we’re just expecting peasants to randomly have swords available? They probably won’t. I want to see someone who fights with a pitchfork or something. Can we make this a reality? I think we should. Or give them a hammer. Or get them a sledgehammer even, mainly because that’s awesome. But please don’t give all of your heroes swords.

This one actually makes sense in context, because it’s a show of power. He didn’t just have all these swords lying around.

2. The Obviously Evil Badguy
Since we’re on the topic of bad guys, let’s talk about one that continues to bother me. Why are all the bad guys these ugly deformed things? I get the thought that deformity somehow equals corruption, but it’s just not right. Even Satan himself is considered the most attractive angel out there. He does not have horns. We gave him those.

That’s what’s so attractive about evil. It looks real good. So, if you want a really good novel that’s going to be remembered, make the reader question the good guys. It’s more fun that way.

3. A Great Lack of Variety
The Hobbit movie changed this up a bit, but I do have a qualm with Lord of the Rings. Gasp! With the father of all fantasy? How dare I! But here it is… all the elves and dwarves pretty much look the same. The elves all are prudes with smooth faces with blonde hair. The dwarves are all fat and bearded grumps. So I am thankful for the Hobbit movies in regard to changing that. Change things up!

DO YOU SEE THIS?! DO YOU SEE WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT?

I realize that I’ve not even put out a book and I’m telling you all how to write yours. I’m not speaking as a writer, I’m speaking as a reader. Books without the issues I’m describing are things I would love to read. I could always be wrong. Maybe fantasy needs these to be a good fantasy. But I don’t think so.

What cliches would YOU like to see removed from the fantasy genre? Tell me in the comments!

Inspired by the prompt Fill in the Blank.

Looking Forward [novel blog]

What can you expect from the Dark Veil series? Check this new blog to find out!

Telescopes are probably not going to be a weapon.

I can’t think of an actually decent post so I’m just going to run with this.

What am I looking forward to most about my book? Because the fact of the matter is I have most of the series planned out at this point. Yes, I’m one of those outlining sort of people, I like to have things planned out well in advance. I already know how book four ends. But that’s not really the point of this blog – this…

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