I have this vision for my series... When I was younger, I was really into Star Trek. I collected pictures, posters, novels. I attended the conventions. But my most prized treasure was the Compendium. What a wealth of information about the Star Trek universe! I loved it! Later, when Star Wars took over my love for Trek (I still like them both...), I enjoyed reading the Chronology and other informative books. I want something similar for The Circeae Tales.
As I am gathering my descriptions of characters and terms I've made up, ships and planets I created, I am referring to them as The Circeae Tales Anomalies. Anomaly is such a cool word. And it seems to fit my "out-of-the-norm" creations. So after all ten books are published, I would like to put out an eleventh book - a collection of my Anomalies.
I already posted a little bit about a few of the character anomalies in Asylum. But I wanted to write a bit about the anomalies in the story arc. The big picture.
First and foremost, I must explain the Crown. This is the triune God of the Circeae system, modeled after the Christian Trinity. The Crown is comprised of the Creator King (God the Father), the Ruler Prince (Jesus the Son), and the Eternal Companion (the Holy Spirit). I love and relate to the Biblical description of Jesus as King of king and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16). The three components came together in such a neat way!
In Crepusculum and Valor, we meet the Ruler Prince in physical form. His name is Prince Ternion. "Ternion" means a group of three. He is the ruler of the Circeae system, as prophesied for many years. These stories - the hardest for me to write - are an allegory of the stories of Jesus we know and love.
The Lumen and Logia are followers of the Crown. Lumen is Latin for "light", while Logia translates to "breastplate". The word also refers to a collection of the sayings of Jesus. The Crepusculum - Latin for "twilight" (no reference to Stephanie Meyer there...promise!) - are corrupted, fallen Logia.
And as there are spiritual enemies of God, there are spiritual enemies of the Crown. These are called the Strages, which is Latin for "the defeat." They serve a contrived, decoy god known as Carnifex - Latin for "executioner". Their real leader is a physical manifestation of evil that occured when servants of the Crown decided to separate from Him. (Sound familiar?) This leader takes on the name Lucian Thaedrial (an anagram of "death" and "liar"), which then changes to Raef Thaed ("fear death" rearranged), and eventually, the Fulcrum of the Tribunal (leadership of the Progressive Legacy) who deposes Prince Ternion. He sticks around throughout the series. Bad, bad guy.
I liked the name "Ghosts" for my band of freedom fighters. They haunt the Legacy, avenging the deaths of Logia and Lumen who have suffered in the rise of the cruel government. It also suits their nature.
I named the Progressive Legacy after a term I often heard on the news - progressive socialism. I wanted to give the government a "nice" sounding ring to explain why some of the people of Circeae might have been duped into thinking that the Legacy would actually benefit the system. What do you always wish to leave behind for your children? A sterling legacy.
I wish I could take credit for all these thoughts, but I must point it all back to inspiration from above. These characters and their stories would not leave me alone. They were constantly in my thoughts until I could actually get the words out. They still visit me, as not all of their stories are complete. There is so much more - this is barely surface-level stuff.
I'm not really sure what God wants to do with this work of fiction, but I do place it in His very capable hands. I'm just excited that He wanted to use me in such a way as to deliver these stories!
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