There are a number of stories that I've written over years – and there are more to come, of course.
Anchorfall, ca. 624—627 AR. These stories will chart the deeds of the Shadowhawks, a group of honourable thieves in the great city of Anchorfall. Most often, they focus on two of them: Faira Ativel, a former Privateer, and Lex Egrain, a... well, a thief, for the lack of better descriptor.
There's hardly anything interesting to say about this story... no wait, there's plenty of that stuff to say! This is the first Avarthrel story that I published that deals with events before the Varmhjelm's Great Revolution and the War against Apathy. So, this is a bit different from the other stories: The protagonists are Faira and Lex, still in employment of the Shadowhawks, and the street life is a bit different. Not much...
Anchorfall, ca. 630 AR. After the Great Revolution of Varmhjelm and the successive massive war against the invaders, three of the heroes – Faira Ativel, Facyr Tann and Gnedrnygr Adithebadoggr, a Rogue, Mercenary and Mage respectively – had absolutely nothing better to do, so they started adventuring. And, of course, they also enjoyed occasional breaks from the monotony of thrilling adventures and met interesting new people...
This was the very first completed Avarthrel "story", written around July 29, 2005. I'm a bit confused about the date; I'm very certain I wrote the story in one sitting, and perhaps posted it in deviantART the same day.
The only story that pre-dates this thing was my first attempt at starting a novel, and that story just never got anywhere.
This work has the dubious honour of being the first full-blown Avarthrel story. Dubious, because in retrospect, it might not have been such a great idea to go crazy with stylistic experiments, and, more importantly, publish the results. But I certainly had a lot of fun writing it.
If Hidden Horrors of Megyntia turned out a little bit weird, the second story went horribly awful.
I basically have the story on this web page because I made the mistake of actually putting the story out there.
So why is this story awful? I kind of started a journey and... well, I didn't quite have any idea where I'd end up to.
A rather archetypical fantasy story about a journey and some mad mages and lots of orcs to kill. It's rather long.
This is yet another giant story where I poured a lot of emotions and feelings and scenes and sights and, well, Stuff from the preceding summer. The story itself is more of a technical exercise than anything serious; I learned a lot while writing this story, and it is probably the most revised story I've worked on (Five printout revisions and two text-to-speech revisions). I uncovered many clumsy bits, and while I probably didn't fix all of them, I think it's a lot less flawed than it started out as.
This is the story that introduced us to the Order of Dried Petals, who will play a large role in Kara the Assassin comic and other stories that are cooking.
This story was originally going to be part of Flash-Fiction-A-Day 2. The problem with Flash-Fiction-A-Day 2, and why I somehow haven't been able to do that yet, is that it had a couple of stories that just took off on their own. This is one of those tales. Another is a gigantic tale involving a treasure hunt in the high seas, that may turn into another huge novella.
The Battlemages of Varmhjelm are a surprisingly hardy bunch, leading valiant soldiers into stirring battle with otherworldly beasts, gargantuan monsters, mad mages and the restless dead. These are their tales.
This is the story that introduces us to Quirierle Foggymorn. Unfortunately, due to all sorts of stuff, this is still the only published story that has Quir in it in any capacity; she has appeared in some of my drawings, and as-of-yet unfinished stories. And, of course, my NaNoWriMo 2011 novel.
What lies in the far-away forestlands? Even the elven explorers, who have studied these vast ranges for millennia, don't always know what they will find here...
They say that James Cameron came up with The Terminator when he was in high fever. I, on the other hand, came up with this stuff while actually feeling pretty normal. In short, I was compelled to record some Weirdness here.
Sometimes, I just write. Sometimes I write rather short things. Sometimes I even finish writing those short things while they are short.
What, indeed, do we have here? One day in early 2007, I just... somehow... got this bright idea to write some Random Stuff about Random Things. I figured out that reading longer stories off the screen was tough for people, so I decided to write some exceedingly short stories – specifically, I limited myself to one page (on 12pt monospaced font), or about 400-500 words. And, to improve my skills (not sure if this worked), I decided to write one story every day for a week. It turned out to be quite fun!
The Order of Dried Petals is a group of assassins dedicated to making life more interesting - primarily for the survivors, that is, and if it depended on some of the assassins, sometimes even the corpses.
[In progress] A huge novella that has so far been a real pain and horror and interesting thing to write. Featuring a new heroine, Auria Gustawynde, who goes out and gets some inconvenient details sorted out.
[NaNoWriMo draft available] My NaNoWriMo 2012 novel, in which some of the characters whom we've not yet properly met fight some unconvincing and boring villains. I've published the NaNoWriMo draft now, but I think this novel will need tons of work before it's in any way presentable...
Avarthrel is a fantasy world project, originated by Urpo Lankinen.
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