Kaldr Bane Goes live!

The graphic novel series has gone live!

The first issue “The forgotten lands” is now online. A new website for hosting the series has also been launched, over at comicfury.com

The official website is located at kaldrbane.thecomicseries.com

Head on over and check it out.

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As always updates and previews will continue to be posted here as well.

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The darkness is always present

“The darkness is always present, even when there is light. I can feel it, I can hear it. When I close my eyes it rises from the deepest, darkest reaches of my soul.” – Copper Tenderfoot

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 The usual sounds of the forest were silent, only the slight rustling of the leaves could be heard over the frightened breathing of Copper and his parents. The cold night air clung to his chest with each breathe that he took. The screeches and  ear piercing hollows ripped through the forest, echoing louder and louder with each moment. The screeching shrill cry was answered by another and another, till the forest was engulfed in the thunderous roar. Copper’s father grabbed his arm and pushed him to his feet.

 “Come on Copper, we must run.” Copper’s father whispered through clenched teeth.

 They ran. Copper looked back and saw the shadowy forms crashing through the trees. He was exhausted, unable to even change form anymore. Though changing form had proven useless, their pursuers found them every time. They were relentless hunters, nothing got away from them.  The sounds of their talons ripping through the underbrush and tree limbs sent uncontrolled shivers up his spine. These creatures were the essence of nightmares. The taunt ashen skin stretched tight against muscle and bone, as well as the black sightless eyes made Copper want to do nothing more than run and hide. He needed no urging from his father in that respect.

 He felt the blood curdling scream rip through him. He turned to see the black sightless eyes of the creature staring right at him. Its scream ripping through the night as a blade pierced through its chest. The black orbs of its eyes still looked at him as the others dragged the body away. The feral cannibalistic nature of the creatures made Copper wonder what purpose such a creature could serve.

 Were they once something else?

 Maybe they simply spring forth from the nightmares of some crazed mage? Copper wasn’t sure, but for once he didn’t really want to know the answer to that.

 “Run, don’t stop.” Copper’s father screamed as the creatures ripped through the body of their fallen comrade.

 Copper looked around as the world seemed to slow down. He couldn’t move. In stunned horror, he watched as his mother was lifted off her feet into the tree tops above. Her screams echoed loudly throughout the forest, and then silence fell for a moment. Copper heard the wet tearing sound of flesh…

 “MOM!”

 Copper shot up from his bed roll. His eyes open wide in terror as he looked around. He a saw large shadowy shape loom largely over him. He tried to shape shift, but his mind was unable to focus on such a task at the moment.

 “Copper”

 “Wake up lad!”

 The deep voice shouted several times before the young changeling could register the words. Copper blinked several times before he came to his senses and fully aware of his surroundings.

 “Tinker ! ” Copper Smiled as he jumped to his feet. He looked around the ruined campsite wondering what or who had made such a mess.

 “What’s wrong? Why you looking at me with bloodshot bulgy eyes ?” Copper asked as he looked dumbfounded at Braydin.

 “What?” Braydin asked exasperated.

 “Well look at this place. The campsite is a mess!” Copper answered. He turned and started to pick up pots and pans and broken shards of pottery.

 “You mean to tell me, that you don’t remember!” Braydin couldn’t believe it, the changeling was a bit daffy, but not that daffy.

 “You was have nightmares, thrashing and screaming and changing back and forth for hours. It took me forever to just get you to wake up.” Braydin looked at Copper expecting some long drawn out story.

 “Hmm, I don’t recall having a dream. Changelings don’t really have dreams. Maybe it was you having a dream about me having a dream.” Copper grinned as felt satisfied he had solved the mystery at hand.

 Braydin merely shook his head and started cleaning up as well. He wasn’t going to pry. If Copper wanted to talk about it, then he would. Braydin recalled Copper screaming throughout the night the same word over and over. The lad would scream “Uttar”. The sound of his screams still echoed in his mind.  He wondered who or what the Uttar were to have scared the lad so much.

Kaldr Bane Chronicles – Graphic Novel Series will soon go live.

Buffalo Comic Con 2013 is just a few days away, twelve to be exact. I have been trying feverishly to get everything prepared. The first issue of the graphic novel will be going online live in the next day or so, as well as a new short story in the “Tales of Copper” series.

In the mean time the new promo video is live. The video is for both the novel and the graphic series and features the song “Melting” by Bride. This video will be feature as a slide show at the table as well.

I hope you enjoy it !

A Changling’s View

Copper Amara Forest

( Episode 1 – Tales of Copper )

Copper stood  on the cliff side path, over looking the large valley below. The panoramic view before him was marred by the dark scar of the valley, with it’s darkness  that clung to it like a  living fog. The ruins scattered across the valley’s floor reminded him of darker memories from his youth that he had long suppressed.

 The screams once again echoed in his mind. He closed his eyes and held his breathe. The memories came rushing back in one by one. The creatures, called Uttar chasing him and his parents, like hunted prey. He pushed the thoughts away and slowly chanted to himself.

“The amara forest is miles away.” he whispered as he slowly opened his eyes.

“They say orcs live down there…” He suddenly pronounced as the thought occurred to him.

“I want to meet an orc”

“It would be an amazing thing to meet an orc, don’t you think?” Copper turned to address his companion. His attention once again diverted to something new as is want with changelings.

The man standing next to Copper sighed and slowly walked back down the path. He shifted the weight of the large pack on his back. The clanking sound of metal and tin, rattling together as the pots and pans and various other items clanged together seemed to echo loudly across the dead valley below.

“That there are the forgotten lands, lad… “

“No one goes there on purpose, let alone to simply meet orcs.”

He was use to the little fellows chattering and yammering. To be honest it was nice to have company as he traveled from town to town selling his wares and repairing the odd item here and there.

“Why not?” Copper interrupted.

“Have you ever seen an orc?” Copper could barely get the question out fast enough.

“Tinker, are you even listening to me?” Copper asked, as he continued to look over his shoulder in wonder at the forgotten lands below.

“No, And I told you my name is Braydin” answered the merchant.

“No you never seen an orc, or no you are not listening to me?” Copper asked as he ran to catch up with Braydin.

“Both” answered Braydin.

“You know that no one knows the true history of the orcs… It’s true I asked a mage once and he said so.” Copper continued talking as they walked down the long narrow path that lead away from the valley.

The loud blaring of the horns echoed across the valley, startling Copper and Braydin. Copper instantly turned and looked at the dark valley behind them. The orcs had mounted an all out assault, on who was the question that burned the most in his mind.

“Orcs!” Copper grabbed Braydin as he pointed toward the valley.

Braydin looked incredulous at Copper for a moment. The valley behind them was unchanged, no bands of orcs racing out of the dark mists.

“Not Orcs, Erahaim…”

“Get off the path!” Braydin pushed the confused changeling into the nearby underbrush as the sounds of the horns grew louder.

“Are you sure?”

“I really wanted it to be orcs” Copper whined as Braydin pushed him deeper into the underbrush.

Within minutes the sound of huff beats grew louder and a battalion of Erahaim knights rode past. The black and red banners snapped loudly in the air, as they road by like gruesome birds of death. Their black armor polished to perfection was what impressed Copper the most as he watched them go by.

“It must take hours to polish that armor , and then just imagine how much more work they have after riding all over the place like that in polished armor.” Copper continued with his musings as he stood watching the distant road ahead.

“Finger prints, dust, heck even bird poop would just ruin my day if I wore armor like that.”

Braydin just rolled his eyes and shouldered his pack once again; it was going to be a long, long day ahead of him. That much he knew for sure.

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ancient darkness orc

Orcs – In the world of Shadora ( Ancient Darkness and Kaldr Bane Chronicles) are one of the cursed fallen races. They are not your typical Tolkien or DnD type orcs. They are highly intelligent, brutal, cunning and passionate. The orcs make their debut in the graphic novel and appear prominently in the second novel currently being written, entitled Iceforge.

Copper is one of the main characters in the Novel Ancient Darkness and was modeled after my own son. I even made Copper look like him as well. I plan on making this a regular series – Tales of Copper  – where we get to see the world of Shadora through the eyes of Copper the changeling.

Forgotten Lands

Before the fall…

Before the curse…

Before we forgot about them…

Rastain Forgotten Lands

A second sneak peak of the graphic novel is now available in an updated version with new content and pages. I have found this project to be extremely rewarding but challenging as well.  Layout and graphic content  are the first points of contention. I tend to go back again and again wanting to add “just one more thing”. Capturing the right look and feel has also been something I have paid a lot of attention to.

The atmosphere and the story line is what I have found to be interesting and the most challenging. Telling tales with words and pictures at the same time is so different then just writing a short story or novel. Point of view, context, dialogue and flow are still the same, however the way you deliver them is where the challenge arises. So far I have focused on the presentation and storyline. so you may find some grammar issues or syntax issues but its a work in progress that I wanted to share along the way. I wanted to show the stages and the progress over time from beginning to end product.

I wont bore you with words and paragraphs any longer. I hope you enjoy the sample and keep in mind this is an evolving project, as you can see from this sample and the first.

https://rksouliske.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/kaldrbane-comic-sampler-1.pdf

The Dragon lily

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The last three nights she has invaded my dreams. I don’t normally put much thought or meaning into dreams, but I cannot deny theses dreams. They are vivid dreams. She is always there, her beauty is intoxicating and I feel connected to her in ways I cannot explain.

I don’t feel disconnected like I normally do in dreams. No, these dreams feel more like memories or soon to be memories.

“Something is coming, something big and soon.”

This is what echoes in my mind as I wake. The dream fades but her face doesn’t. She’s with me throughout the day lingering in my mind. The slightest thought or smell brings her back into my thoughts.

I tried to explain it to people, my friends and family, but they just smiled at me and told me to spend less time on the internet. It’s frustrating as I wonder if she is having the same dreams. Is it just me and are they just dreams? Is it something more, something much larger? Is it really possible that she can be having the same dreams? There’s a part of me that wants her to be having the same dreams, just to validate what it is that I have been experiencing. I also want to spare her the experience, since the nature of the dreams isn’t always pleasurable.

The re-education camps or specialized training camps as they called them, is where we first appear in my dreams. They are nothing more than internment camps, no matter what the government designates them as. Executive orders state the purpose of the camps to be for training and reintegration back into the work force. Only problem with that is not many people leave the camps. The few that do leave the camps are usually no better off than they were before.

 “The government is mother, is father” is the mantra they now live by.

We survive the camps and for one reason or another we are released. The dreams never clearly state why, but I get the feeling once again something big is about to happen.

I see the world as one would see it from outer space, and as always her face. We are fighting some unknown force, always on the run. We only have each other and we depend on that. I feel like I have known her, that somehow I have been connected to her my entire life.

I see her broken and defiant in front of an unknown enemy, I try to reach her side, I need to rescue her but I’m prevented from doing so. She looks at me, and I can see it in her eyes, she feels it as well.

She whispers “Something is coming…..”

The world is suddenly burning. The stars are blotted out as I float above it all. I can hear what sounds like a dragon roaring in the distance. It’s shadow covers over the earth as it burns. I awake and stare into the darkness. I want to close my eyes and return. I need to return but I dare not. The sense of apprehension is thick and palatable, it drives me to remember and keep her image alive in my mind.

I need to find her. She’s out there.

“Lily” I whisper her name and close my eyes.

Maybe she will hear me and whisper my name back….

Kaldr Bane Chronicles

Kaldr Bane Chronicles, is the newest project I am working on. A graphic novel/comic series set before the events in my novel “Ancient Darkness”.

I wanted to share a sneak peak “work in progress” with everyone. It’s just the cover and 2 preview pages. I hope everyone enjoys it. I’m excited to start this project. I wont deny the fact that its loads of fun as well.

https://rksouliske.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/kaldrbane.pdf

Kaldr Bane Chronicles

“During the time of the guilds and the Elden wars, a young ranger sets out to unify the Elves and forge a foundation for peace.
  Rastain Monsaic’s mysterious past will shape the things to come for the world of Shadora.”