pyraxis: Lin (Lin)
For Nano this year, I am going to be working with Studio Pyraxis to edit my part of the Water Song trilogy. This is the project we drafted and finished for Nano 2009, so we'll be breaking with protocol to revise it instead and get it to the point of being ready for publication.

We're looking for feedback....

The book, which doesn't yet have a title, is one side three sides of the coin octahedron in the story of my homeworld Ua. The water had already drained from the oceans when I was born, and all the magic in the world couldn't tell where it was going. All we had were fragments of a prophecy, our will for a better life, and all the ingenuity we could muster. It is the story of my people, some of whom disagreed with my extreme methods of conservation of natural resources. It is my story, and the stories of my anza Uz'qi and the rogue priest Ua'vic ([personal profile] shashigai/Javik). It's a story about ambition, desperation and the currency of power.

If all goes well, we'll be posting about 2300 words/day. You'd be welcome to read as much or as little as you like. Any response would be much appreciated, from rough first impressions, to detailed writing critique, to anything that will help keep our spirits up. (You may also be as insulting as you like; I don't stand on protocol when I can avoid it, and I've heard much worse in my twenty-odd years as Raba Ua.)

I'm opening up a friendslist. Please let me know if you would like in. :)

- Ua'lin, the fourth Raba Ua
pyraxis: Lin (Lin)
Ua character sheet 01, ink on bristol board, 18"x14", August 09

(click to enlarge)

From left to right:

Ua'roké - Head of the Temple of the Elements. The Raba Ua'lin's closest personal advisor and martial arts trainer. A force for sanity and balance amidst the Raba's cruelty.

The Raba Ua'lin - Head of the house of Ua, the newest and most prosperous house in the nation. Lin took the sagama at thirteen, when her mother Mai disappeared under suspicious circumstances.

Anza Ua'qi - Ua'lin's right hand and sometimes partner. Qi was first in line to inherit rulership of the rival house of Uz, but she walked away against all good advice to join Lin in the house of Ua. She is as gentle and kind as Lin is ruthless, and many suspect she's been coerced against her will by the Raba to serve her. Her mother Uz'jef worries constantly but can not force her daughter to return home.

Ua'vic - Vic was adopted into the house of Ua by Mai when Lin was young in order to block her daughter's growing ambition. Vic was trained to become Raba, but only women are permitted by tradition to rule. Vic refused the magic that would have changed his body to a woman's. He became an ascetic priest and disappeared into the desert, returning only recently.

The Raba Uz'jef - Head of the house of Uz, Masta Ua's main rival. Mother of Qi. Her royal garden is the most beautiful in the nation.

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