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Before you ask, no, in the introduction video I'm not drunk or even practicing my drunken fist. I'm just really nervous =P

There's also a version with subtitles available in this link to minimize the odds of my accent creating misunderstandings.

Description

Lethen - The House of Arganos Part I is the first part out of three of the House of Arganos Arc of the Lethen saga. This project pertains exclusively to Part I, has roughly 150000 words and is complete.

The two other parts will be released in the near future. Part II has roughly 170000 words so far as is almost complete. Part III has roughly 200000 words and is also near completion.

Synopsis

The story of Lethen takes place in a continent comprised of many kingdoms but the focus of the story so far takes us to the kingdom of Lethen, currently engaged in war with Gradrom, Lethen’s enemy for little more than a few decades, and Arvalis, the remainder of the ancient kingdom of magic. Lethen – The House of Arganos describes the story of the kingdom through the point of view of Allania, a young noblewoman exiled in the Island of Draguum who is rescued by Lethenian soldiers and mercenaries from a Gradromian invasion of the island. Obviously, the Lethenians did not rescue her out of kindness of their hearts. Allania has a vital role for the survival of the kingdom and they will stop at nothing to see it fulfilled. The Lethenians in general have a healthy disrespect for life and even their religion is mostly focused on war. Chief amongst her bloodthirsty guards is the Dark Phantom, a mercenary whose reputation as a ruthless killer is not only renown but proven throughout Allania’s journey. She strives to humanize him while keeping herself untainted from his influence. A tantalizing quest, given that the latter has an uncanny ability to spite her efforts by effectively obliterating every human obstacle in his path, more often than not through displays of excessive violence. Though Allania is the main character and the story circles mostly around her, it is not exclusive to her point of view. There are other characters that get the spotlight such as Nivra, a blind Gradromian princess that has dreams of the future, or Rulph’Alar, a young mage Initiate who provides insights on Arvalis and some others whose allegiances and objectives not only make them neutral in the conflict, but indicate that there might be more interests at play than just the war between the three kingdoms.

Future Arcs

The arcs are planned as follow: The House of Arganos, Rise of Raseac, Exile, Abyss, Broken Wings (Subjected to change as work progresses. Not all arcs will be trilogies, but you can expect a minimum of 2 books per arc.)

Rewards

Every reward has shipping cost included. That is why the requested pledge after the merely digital reward increases so much. (17 to 40 pounds).

Every pledge includes the rewards of less expensive pledges. For example, in the 100£ reward, you not only receive the poster, but every other reward that precedes it, meaning that you would receive the poster, the annex, the T-Shirt and the book. The exception to this rule would be the 75 and 130 pound reward that give 5 and 10 book packages for retail purposes. I do understand the price is a bit steep for retail, but as of now I have no certainties regarding shipping or printing. I can guarantee, however, that I will talk to those who select this reward and discuss ‘extras’, whether books, poster or T-shirts, if I manage sweet deals with the printer or transportation companies.

Yes, I do allow you to name cities, places and even people that I will use in the story, however, bear in mind that I cannot promise that they will be relevant characters outside the scope of those two or three pages. They may be common soldiers, merchants, scholars, minor mages, servants, thugs, craftsmen and even slaves. Also, I cannot predict when the appropriate time and place to place those characters will be, so don’t expect them on this particular book. To do that on a book that is finished is inviting trouble in the form of redundant plot or actual plot holes. I have 9 other books in planning, there’s plenty of space to place characters and plot their eventual demises. As for their deaths, well, this is Lethen, a story about kingdoms at war and there’s nut-cases at every turn. There’s plenty of ways for people to die.

Goal Stretches

12000£ Will add a minimum of ten illustrations to the book.

15000£ Will make an audiobook of it. (Those that gave over 100£ will also receive the audio version if this goal is reached.)

30000£ Jesus! What do you people want?! Action figures?! Figurines?! Life-sized mannequins of the female characters? Sold! To the creepy looking gentleman with the suitcase full of money!

Author

Name: Paulo Magalhães

Biography: Born in 1986, Portugal, Porto, Paulo started putting the first words of Lethen into paper at the age of 17.

A decade later and after he rewrote the story at least fifteen times, Paulo finally completed the first part of the saga. A good sign since he tends not to be fully satisfied with his own work.

He’s a kind hearted lunatic that insists in taking every heavy circumstance of life in a light-hearted manner. He claims his sanity depends on it. He's weird like that!

Paulo is a finalist student at ISEP, finishing his degree on Computers and Electronics and is absolutely addicted to stories.

Location: Porto, Portugal

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Risks and challenges

The requested funds will be used in printing services, transportation and material to further my career as an author. There are very few risks if the project is successfully funded. Priorities will always assure that my 'debts' to the donators are settled, at the very least. Priorities settled and even if the paperback version proves too costly to market, the ebook will always be available.
After that, knowing the author, it's safe to assume he won't spend his money on booze and hookers. One being that he doesn't drink, the other being that he's so cheap he'd never pay for sex.

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