Shine Cycle Character Profile: Eliezer

This is the next in the series of profiles of characters who will appear in the Shine Cycle, my fantasy-series-in-preparation.

Eliezer is a native-born knight of the Shine and Wild Empire. As soon as he can get over his tendencies toward “textbook generalship,” he will perhaps be the best native-born general in the Empire—a military genius. However, that will probably take a while, since he usually achieves success even with textbook techniques. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Character Profile: Vincent

This is the next in the series of profiles of characters who will appear in the Shine Cycle, my fantasy-series-in-preparation.

Vincent – Knight, Visiting Scholar, and bard. A brilliant strategist and tactician, knighted on the field in the war that began days after he arrived. Since he saw several of the previous generation of strategists at work and patterned his own designs after them, he maintained that he did not deserve the honor and studied under various knights-master. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Character Profile: Henry

This is the next in the series of profiles of characters who will appear in the Shine Cycle, my fantasy-series-in-preparation.

Henry – Knight and journeyman mage, brother of Batea. Imperial commanders and analysts consider him one of the most likely candidates to revive the Sky Knights’ Order of the Shooting Star after it was dissolved under Duncan‘s leadership. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Character Profile: Emerald

This is the next in the series of profiles of characters who will appear in the Shine Cycle, my fantasy-series-in-preparation.

Emerald – Great-mage, prophet, and a senior aide to the King in the Imperial Service. One of the greatest Powers of Prophecy the Empire has ever seen, and able to use her precognitive abilities to improve her mastery of other areas of the Power.

A somewhat tall fair-haired woman. She favors long, billowing robes, usually in a deep color or black and embroidered in white. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Character Profile: Lauren

This is the next in the series of profiles of characters who will appear in the Shine Cycle, my fantasy-series-in-preparation.

Lauren – A knight of the Empire and a high-level aide to the King in the Imperial Service. She is one of the few “desk knights” to use that as a cover: her position as aide to the King is primarily so that she can be a first bodyguard in his offices, a position she volunteered for to protect the more important aides.

A tall, slender, athletic woman with straight chestnut hair falling to curl around her shoulders. She wears a light chain shirt and either carries a short sword under a thin grey robe or wears it openly at her hip with a costume more suitable for strenuous activity. Her bearing can only be described as “stately,” with an air of determination, but at need she moves smoothly from a calm walking pace to a run. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Character Profile: Theodosia

This is the next in the series of profiles of characters who will appear in the Shine Cycle, my fantasy-series-in-preparation.

Theodosia – A knight of the Empire, Visiting Scholar, nominally an aide to the Queen in the Imperial Service, and founder of the Empire’s third order of monastic knights.

A thick-set, athletic woman of medium height. Her slightly curled rich blonde hair is cut short and set closely around her head, in a somewhat boyish cut. For much of her career she usually wore a breastplate and chain mail and carried a longsword, but she now eschews armor and wears a simple, usually undyed robe. Continue reading

Idea For Adoption: Outsiders’ View of History

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an idea “up for adoption,” of an ice planet. The next idea I’ve come to doubt I’ll ever use, that I thus would like to see some other author put to good use, is a framework—incompatible with the one I plan to use—for a series of alternate history stories. Continue reading