Azerri, a Tribunal Priest and his secret lover are murdered by the Arch Bishop. A deal is made to exact revenge on his killer.
Purpose of this project:
The purpose of this project is to obtain funding to edit and provide a free online publication of my novel. The novel I want to publish is titled, The Darkening: Revenge.
Who I am (Profile at a Glance)
My name is Timothy (Jak) J. Kearns and I began building the world in which the Darkening: Revenge occurs shortly before I began college. I have slowly (painstakingly at times) continued to write after enlisting in the military, during Basic Training and on deployment in the combat theater, in-between studying for tests while pursuing a B.S. in Geology and while pursuing an M.S. in Geology. The Darkening: Revenge is not your typical fantasy novel. It can be best defined as Dark Sword & Sensual Sorcery (READ MORE IN THE SECTION BELOW TITLED, DARK SWORD & SENSUAL SORCERCY).
What is this novel about? (UNOFFICIAL SYNOPSIS & BRIEF DESCRIPTION)
"Hate, revenge...I would kill"
Those are the dying thoughts of Azerri Lafiel Vallow. Azerri is a Tribunal Priest who planned to run away with his secret lover, a Holy Cleric named Kael. However, before they could escape their lives of service to the clergy the resurrected Arch Bishop of their sacred order, now a vampire, murdered them both in a jealous rage after brutalizing Kael. After slaying Kael the Arch Bishop dipped torn out pages of the sacred Taal, the most holy book of the Tribunal, and ate them. It was an act that would completely seal his own damnation and lead him to declare war against the holy order.
Before being pulled under the raging torrents of the River of Sorrows Azerri is made an offer escape the grave and return to kill his own murderer. The price for escaping the grave is damnation. Azerri is reborn into the body of a Jakkin, a life eating offshoot of the vampire bloodline.
This is where the novel begins and theme is hate and revenge, hate for the man that had taken everything from him and an all consuming desire for revenge. To obtain that revenge Azerri kills with reckless abandonment to achieve his dark ambition. The novel begins just before The Darkening, the prophesized end times, and ends at the onset of The Darkening. The remaining books in the series (A total of 9 books are planned) occur during the end times and climax with a final battle in Amora (a city of key significance) that will determine the ultimate fate of the world. READ THE OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS BELOW.
Free Online Publication (Why?)
I am publishing this novel online for the reasons provided in the following:
1) A Successful Tried and Tested Business Model
I am providing the first novel online for free due to the success of what I call the Doom business model. Doom was the first person shooter that revolutionized and popularized the genre in 1993 (Doom is essentially the great grandfather of the Call of Duty, Battlefield and Halo franchises).
Doom was initially released as shareware (free to download) and play through an entire objective. This provided the players the opportunity to sample the controversial content and game play before purchasing the full version of the game.
This business model allowed for the game to be widely distributed on an unprecedented scale, which resulted in the game being played by an estimated 10 million people!
I will similarly popularize my series by allowing for the first novel (The Darkening: Revenge) to be distributed for free (as an online download).
2) Explicit and Controversial Content
This is a series that I believe is unprecedented in the genre of High Fantasy or Sword and Sorcery. Like the first person shooter Doom, this novel contains explicit and controversial content not typical of the High Fantasy or Sword and Sorcery novels.
As a result of the explicit and controversial content I do not believe that a publishing company will be willing to publish this novel without requiring considerable changes to be made.
I intend for this novel to be released in its unrefined, unedited and uncut form. It is a novel without censorship, inhibitions or restrictions (READ MORE IN THE SECTION BELOW TITLED, DARK SWORD & SENSUAL SORCERCY).
3) Increasing Popularity of Digital Texts
I believe that the future of writing and publishing will not be constrained to the old dead tree medium (hardback and paperback books). This is suggested by the increasing popularity of digital texts, eBooks and the associated popularity of e-readers such as the ipad, nook and kindle. Although I will at some point offer a limited hardback edition of the novel for the traditionalist, I believe that electronic releases are the way of the future and best path forward for aspiring writers.
Dark Sword & Sensual Sorcery
This novel is dark, extremely violent, sensual and sexual. This novel is similar to a regular sword and sorcery novel in that it occurs in a fantastic world filled with sword and magic wielding “heroes” engaged in pitched battles and adventure to defeat an aberrant enemy. The individual struggles, emotions, hopes, relationships and desires of the main characters (even those of the “villains”) are emphasized and considered as the plot progresses. However, this can also be considered high fantasy in that the novel lays down the foundation for a series that is epic in scale and occurs in a parallel world that is similar to Europe in the Middle Ages. The actions of the main characters have far reaching implications that will save or doom the world of The Darkening.
Unlike the typical high fantasy or sword and sorcery novel, this novel does not ignore or marginalize the more nefarious aspects of the human condition, such as obsessive compulsive disorders, severe anxienty, depression, antisocial disorders, multiple personality disorders and schizophenia. However, I believe these less than desirable conditions make the characters far more believable in the world. For example, some battle hardened knights suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and are tortured mercilessly because of it. However, they continue on and fight against both their physical and mental enemies to become the heroes they were always meant to be.
I believe this novel is also atypical from other high fantasy or sword and sorcery novels because it focuses on the raw emotions that drive our own ambitions and desires. The overarching theme of the first novel is hate and revenge, which is motivated by a desire for retribution. The novel also delves and explores other facets of the characters emotions such as love, sadness, desire, fear, attraction, loss, feelings of ineptitude and lack confidence, unrelenting sexual drive and sensual affection.
In short, the novel is classified as a High Dark Sword and Sensual Sorcery because any theme or topic may be considered and written about in explicit detail without censorship or restriction. I consider nothing sacred or off limits. The characters' personal struggles and emotions (“normal” or otherwise) are considered in a magical and fantastic world that may be doomed or saved by their actions.
OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS (The Darkening: Revenge)
Hate, Revenge. I would kill...
- Azerri Lafiel Vallow
A Tribunal Priest is brutally murdered by the purportedly dead Arch Bishop, when he discovers him at the High Altar of Saulum, the Everlasting God King,dipping the pages of the most sacred book in the clergy, the great Taal, in the blood of Azerri’s forbidden lover, Kael, and eating them. Hate, the irreconcilable desire for revenge are his only thoughts as he is then slain by the Arch Bishop at the altar.
Azerri is made an ambitious offer and pays a considerable price to for retribution. He is inexplicably resurrected 333 years after his own death as a Jakkin, a life eating descendent of the vampire. He bound to the world of the living only by his hate and all consuming desire for revenge. He vows to kill without reason or consequence, to embrace damnation itself to kill his own murderer.
However, the world he finds himself in is very different than the world he remembered. Much has transpired since his death. The seemingly all powerful Tribunal has lost much of its influence and authority. Nobles have assumed dominance of many of lands and the magic wielding Saith, Arkani and Ikarri have gained much influence and power.
In the time between Azerri’s death and resurrection, his murderer, the Arch Bishop has raised a near unstoppable army of magic wielding Arch Vampires, rouge sorcerers, human allies with their own dark ambitions and seemingly endless legions of Saadi’ Innes. With his dark army the Arch Bishop isbent on again waging war, spilling blood and conquering everything in his wake, with the intent of eradicating all memory and every last vestige of The Tribunal.
The Arch Bishop’s eyes and ears are everywhere, nobles in powerful kingdoms secretly serve him, his reach is long and influence is vast. Confronted by such powerful adversaries, consumed only by hate, Azerri’s murderous desire for revenge may well be his own undoing.
However, he will briefly encounter a hastily drawn together and estranged band of companions, a rogue knight, a fiery barmaid, a cunning thief, and young noble woman of mysterious origin.Their lives will be forever altered by the series of events that follow, as war ensues and prophesized end times begin with The Darkening.
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