The Windfarer

1. Windfarer

MAP

The Windfarer official map2Map created by Shaun Jooste. ©2002 – 2015

Professional design by Robin Dean Smith, BIZculture resident graphic design artist. ©2015

Published by African Publishers. ©2015

Printed by Groep 7 Drukkers

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Creatures

hero-thiefAssassin: “a stealthy, efficient mercenary hired to kill a target for a price by any means necessary”

Think less Assassin’s Creed and more Guild Wars Thief class, or Taki from Soul Calibur, and you have a better idea of these assassins. When assassins reach the high rank of dark assassin, they are called Semhum Kateth. There is a galactic Order of Assassins which outsources their trained assassins to anyone, anywhere in any world for the right price.

Vampir-1aVampeyer: “pale, black-robed creature relatively close to being human,
except that it is dead. It sucks on the blood of the living to survive,
with razor sharp teeth to pierce the skin of its victims. Has adversity
to sunlight”

The traditional vampire with superhuman speed and strength, while not being able to survive sunlight. These are more in line with “Underworld” and Anne Rice’s vampires than any other. Nellice’s closest visual description would fit that of Brad Pitt’s Louis de Pointe du Lac in “The Interview with the Vampire”

floating_eyeCarner: “a terrible beast whose body consists of a single eye the size of a
man’s body from head to toe. It has one stem beneath the eye from
which protruded four upper arms and four legs”

This image is the closest I could find online to how I envisioned it in 2002, just add two more arms and a thin stem between the eye and the arms – legs. They are pretty much as formidable as the Dementors in Harry Potter and just as creepy. They are animals more than a race of beings, and are used to guard buildings or entrances. Imagine a very aggressive, protective rottweiler…. without a leash.

images (1)Demon-Queen: “A mer-queen that rules over a group of sirens, with a dark trident of her own. Has snakes twisting from her hair and four arms attached to her body that ends in a twin mer-tail. Part of Le’Mar’s army attacking the Mer-Kindgom”

Put her in the water instead of fire, and this image pretty much captures it. There is more than one demon-queen, each with their own school of sirens, as opposed to the singular mer-King who rules over all the mer-Kingdom. Add some snake heads twisting in her hair, and you have a swimming medusa look-alike.


DraDra-hu’Mar: “Looks like a human, and has characteristic blond hair and green eyes. Has the ability to transform his bow into a sword and vice versa. Part of Le’Mar’s army”

There is nothing significant in appearance that needs to be mentioned. They are warriors from another world used by Le’Mar for the war. Imagine that bow being able to turn at will into a sword and back again, and you’ve got it down.


79d156c0-83f3-4af2-826e-f963b2283042Dragon: “Great, reptilian beast with sharp fangs, ferocious talons and
enormous wings; has the ability to breathe fire from its lungs and can
bond with a single human in extremely unique circumstances, but
usually only when a bargain is struck. They reside in Bentley Strip”

Think of every dragon book or movie you have read or seen, and that’s about it. The dragons are ruled in another world by a Dragon King, currently Asgorna, where they are waging a fierce war against rebel dragons and wyverns who want to take the king down. On the very rare occasion that a dragon binds its soul with a human, it comes at a high price that is usually more beneficial to the dragon than the human. In my novels, the dragons arms are attached to the wings, which differentiates it from the wyverns.

dwarfDwarf: “A short, stocky human with large beard and usually an axe for a weapon. They are masters of dwarven lore and Architectural Engineering. They reside in Dwarf Mountains and are the guardians of the Vale of Tigers”

Ever seen Lord of the Rings? See those small men with long beards, gruff voices and axes larger than their bodies? That be dwarves, and every great fantasy RPG / strategy game you have played (such as Heroes of Might and Magic). If you imagine Hargon looking like Gimli from LOTR, then you are on the right track.


Fire_mage_by_yobtaf-d4d6btjElemental: “A human or creature with the ability to summon one or more of the four elements, whether in form or essence. Uses power of the spirit to master the elements”

How many of us have not dreamed of being able to do this? We see it appearing more and more in the movies these days. If I could have any power or ability, it would be to summon the power of the elements, hence the theme of the series (duh).

elfElf: “One of the ancient creatures that were on the world when it was created; pointed ears and green-shaded skin, with the elder elves deep green in colour. Adept at any weapon, but specialise in staff and bow. They are masters of the elvin lore and servants of Bontu; they reside in the Far Isles and Eldor’s Forest”

Give this elf a little bit more green to her skin, and that about cuts it. Everything you’ve learned about elves from Lord of the Rings and any other fantasy series that features them should be enough detail for these. Give Orlando Bloom as Legolas a shade of green skin, and you have a good representation for Prince Lesan. Eldor would lean more towards Piccolo from DragonBall Z.

1f31e046-7bc9-433d-883d-c5182336dfa9Fairdievell: a species of fairy known for their variety of light and colour and mostly for their power. This species resides in the Fairiwell, a haven provided by the elves in tunnels beneath Eldor’s Forest. 

It’s a fairy… nuff said, right? Seriously though, if the novels were movies, you would not so much see the fairies as much as you do the light that surrounds them. So when they surround Chenesia in the Fairiwell, it isn’t as if she is seeing what they truly look like, only what she is able to see. And for any of you that think of them only as cute, think again… on Celenic Earth, they are a warrior class of their own.


cornish-pixie-potterFletchling
: small, blue creature similar to a fairy but three times the size and with bat-like wings and sharp fangs. Part of Le’Mar’s army.

When “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” came out, and I saw these cornish pixies on film, I widened my eyes and thought “hey, just add bat wings to that thing and you have my fletchlings”. That’s about the closest imagery I can give for these creatures… use, don’t use it…..

Honestly though, the fletchlings were mostly created as future opponents of the fairdievells.


4061d15ce141ed54b871540fb489005fFroth Hun: a beast with a skeletal head engulfed in blue flames. Carries a two-horse-ghost-rider-assassin-s-creed-games-1920x1200handed sword the length of a man and rides a black mare with dark pits for eyes and ghostly torn mane and tail. Part of Le’Mar’s army.

Imagine “Ghost Rider” with blue flames over the skull instead of orange, and you have this bad boy down. I also found this image on the right which does their horses justice

tumblr_inline_nq7ibjcKz61slrvm0_500Gargoyle: “Stony being that resembles a human who usually stands guard against evil forces. Sunlight hardens their bodies and they remain motionless until the source of light is removed. Superior gargoyles have wings”

I am so glad I found this image, I was not sure I would find an almost exact match as much as this one. I’m not sure where I got the idea for gargoyles that resembled humans, except that it assisted the plot for the “Windfarer”, and became engraved (see what I did there?) in the entire series.


images (4)Ma-Wreth: “large beast, towering twice a man’s height with large, oak-like arms that move faster than its weight should permit. These lightning-fast arms are mostly used to break down walls and defences. Part of Le’Mar’s army”

It doesn’t matter whether you imagine troll, giant or ogre, as long as you can imagine lightning fast attack moves despite its huge arms.


008ec877-b347-46b6-b978-960d1161ea32_560_420Merman / -maid: “has the body of a human, but its legs are replaced by a scaly tail and lives in rivers, lakes or oceans. Ruled by a mer-king who possesses a three-pronged trident as a weapon of power”

Merlani: “Of human and mer-conception, usually man and mermaid. Can transform tail to human legs at will.”

Many us know about mermaids, and that in some legends they are able to transform their tails to legs to walk onto land. I’ve stuck to the theory that their legs change back if they get wet, as it made the story more exhilarating, especially with the battle scenes. The Merlani combination of human-mermaid allowed me to create a situation where this limitation is removed.

download (3)Orc: “a foul creature with dark, grey skin and putrid smell. Those whose blood are untainted by any other are referred to as “purorcs”. Where a human has been crossed with an orc through the dark lord’s cruel experiments they are referred to as “hurorcs”. The orcs that wear amethyst pendants and are controlled by Le’Mar are called am-Abutjas”

I lean more towards the Lord of the Rings movies for a visual translation of my orcs, than for instance the Warcraft mighty orcs. These are more the pawns of Le’Mar’s army than any steadfast race that stands on its own.

images (5)Pegasus: “mythical horse with large wings and special powers for combat. Located in a mythical land called uPendus”

I make reference to a pegasus that T’Mar rode during the Battle for T’Mar’s Scourge, although towards the end of the series I differentiate between pegasi and pegators. The pegasus is white, not because it reflects good (which is merely coincidental), but because the land where they reside is snowy like the arctic and their coats reflect that homeland.

download (4)Saint: “Servant, sage and fighter of Bontu, the one true God. Uses the powers given to him by Bontu to defend the innocent and defeat evil”

You don’t have to imagine a halo or anything, just a wise being filled with and guided by the ultimate essence of God. Yes, this is my Gandalf

download (6)Siren: “a ghostly apparition or being that can take many physical forms and can travel on air, land or sea; known for its tendency to seduce men in order to kill them, and lures them by beauty and song. Often mistaken for a mermaid when in the form of a water-siren and can be killed when in physical form. Ruled by a Demon-Queen with a dark trident”

Sirens are almost exclusively used in their battle against the mer-Kingdom in my novels. I’ve taken the old adage of mermaids luring men into the oceans and killing them, and given this to the sirens (as is it written in Greek mythology actually).

unicorn8Unicorn: “mythical horse with a power sack embedded beneath a single,pointed horn that protrudes from the horse’s forehead. Has the many powers, including the ability to fly”

I’ve seen many pictures of unicorns with wings, but in my novels the winged horses are kept exclusively among the pesagi. I’ve also kept to the legend of unicorns being very rare. Also, in 2002 when I researched unicorns for this series, I had read somewhere that Ursula was considered the mother of all unicorns and the very first of their kind. So I kept to that name as it is very apt on Celenic Earth.

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3 thoughts on “The Windfarer

  1. As if I wasn’t excited enough to be getting your books soon to read. Of course – I am now going about it backwards, kind of getting a sneak peak into some of the creatures that I will encounter in your stories ahead of the books arriving. Looking forward to curling up with a coffee and escaping reality.

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    1. Hi CTMelrose. Yeah I must admit, adding the glossary was to tantalise the readers expecting their books too. I’m glad you are enjoying the glossary and I cannot wait to get your feedback on the novels.

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