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By Ced Pharaoh
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INTRO & INSPIRATION

My name is Ced Pharaoh and I'm the Creator/Writer of Urban Mage: The Legacy Chronicles Book 1.  I'm a lifelong bookworm and I love to read poetry, biographies, mysteries, thrillers and SCI-FI/FANTASY!! 

I've used my love of reading and writing in past marketing positions and opportunities from bios, media releases, advertising copy, voice-over scripts, interviews and blog posts but I've always written poetry and short stories, in particular Sci-Fi/Fantasy where the only boundaries are the limits of your imagination and the only rules are...there are none!  The possibilities are endless! 

This book is inspired by the people I've met, by the genres I love and the inspiration of the rich African Culture and History, the mythologies and My People.

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        URBAN MAGE is the first book in THE LEGACY CHRONICLES   

GlyphX is a smart but unfocused young man trying to find his way in the world or at least a corner to call his own. Lacking direction, he participates in a Leadership Training Program & during a field trip to Africa he finds his calling, or did it find him?

GLYPHX..in Everyday Fashion  &  Hero Form  Images: Shawn Alleyne / Pyroglyphics Studio
GLYPHX..in Everyday Fashion & Hero Form Images: Shawn Alleyne / Pyroglyphics Studio

A trip of self discovery turns into the journey and adventure of a lifetime when a world of monsters, demons and danger is revealed to him. There is a war between the Blessed, Immortal descendants of The Ancient Gods and the Forsaken, Demon Sorcerers who seek to misalign the universe. To do this they must kill the Binders, Elders who communicate with their ancestors & The Ancients. It is this connection that shields Earth's Realm against the Forsaken's Invasions. However, over time the attacks increase, thus weakening the spiritual shield. 

Stylized GyeNyame (GodCrest/Forehead, The Ankh (Solar Plexus), & Nyame Ye Ohene (Palms),
Stylized GyeNyame (GodCrest/Forehead, The Ankh (Solar Plexus), & Nyame Ye Ohene (Palms),

During a mystic journey, GlyphX's body & essence become emblazed with  symbols of immense power potential. It is revealed that his ancestors were among the First Chosen, those born from a God and Immortal union and allowed into The Mystery Systems.  He goes through a Rites Of Passage to study and train under the Mystery Systems, to begin to ignite his GodSpark and use Soulcery in the war against the Forsaken.

Cerberus the Jackal Ravager, werewolf and human (Dante Bane)
Cerberus the Jackal Ravager, werewolf and human (Dante Bane)
Darscon The Stalker
Darscon The Stalker

What was he going to do with his life?  GlyphX thought he would find the answers but instead he found nothing but questions and mysteries. Mystic Pyramids? Ancient magic treasures? Jackals that are ravaging werewolves? Stalkers that are ravenous vampires? Scheming Demon Priests? Can he overcome his own fears, master his Powers and make some hard decisions? So many questions to answer. GlyphX is 19 years old and you thought being a teenager was tough?

GlyphX head profiles wearing the hoodie of the Khasmic Dashiki.
GlyphX head profiles wearing the hoodie of the Khasmic Dashiki.

GlyphX, a young man in modern urban America, will learn who he truly is and who he may yet become. He is a Nubian GodSon. An Immortal with Soulcery Powers of Primordial & Celestial Values; The GodSpark Aether. He is the Key to his own Heritage, Destiny and Legacy.  His is an unequivocal fate of apocalyptic magnitude. He is...The Urban Mage.        

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URBAN MAGE is aimed at science fiction & fantasy lovers. THE LEGACY CHRONICLES is an Ancient Urban Sci-Fi Fantasy Adventure that mixes action inspired by African Mythology & other cultures.

When I began writing the story there were several things I wanted to accomplish; bring elements of different genres that love into the story, write a complete story for the book within itself but create the possibility of other stories that could be told (ala George Lucas) and finally put pictures in the book.  I love when you're reading a book and out of nowhere within the book, BAM! There is an image or photo that helps expound on what mental visuals your mind has already created. Its like a treat! 

In doing this, I'm lucky enough to collaborate and commission some artists who's art and style I love! In addition, I enjoy promoting the talents and skills of others and this is a GREAT way to do it.

So, even though this is not a graphic novel there will be some image and hopefully.....a complementary art book to the novel...but more on that much later......:)

GOALS 

Upon success of the KickStarter Campaign, the funds will be allocated to pay for the complete production of the 6x9 book;

  • ISBN (International Standard Book Number)
  • Professional Editing / Layout
  • Illustrators & Colorists for images
  • Printing the book in several formats
  • Shipping
  • Taxes
  • Paying the KickStarter/Amazon fees and
  • Fulfilling the rewards for YOU, the incredible Backers. 


WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU? :)

  • Massive Thank You for your Support!
  • Digital Art Sketches by amazing Artists!
  • Dark Fantasy Poetry inspired by the book!
  • Ebook of Urban Mage!
  • Digital Wallpapers!
  • Urban Mage Postcards!
  • Urban Mage Bookmarks!
  • Autographed image of the Author (me)!
  • Name listed on the website & in Book as a Backer!
  • Personalized Digital Audio message from Author (me)!
  • Exclusive Art!
  • Exclusive Music inspired by Urban Mage!
  • Personalized Email from Author!
  • Phone/Skype call from Author!
  • The Actual Book, Urban Mage..of course!!!
  • Personalized Video Message from Author!!
  • Exclusive Urban Mage T-Shirt!
  • Exclusive Sketch of You a Hero!!
  • You as a character in the Book!
  • Exclusive Painting of You!

FAQ

Can I get multiple rewards?

Yes! You can't select multiple rewards. However, select a reward and pledge the maximum dollar amount of everything you want and send an email detailing the other rewards you are paying for.  With this Checks & Balances, we'll confirm everything before we ship anything and everyone should be happy.

Risks and challenges

Self-Publishing is an exciting and long process full of great details. From administration, creation, production, marketing and fulfillment, each has the potential of slowing down the other. The goal is to effectively use the time and resources to produce the best quality product that YOU the backers deserve. Here is a list of potential challenges:

1. PRODUCTION ART. Even with deadlines working with several illustrators will create a set of potential delays; revisions/edits, approvals, inking and/or coloring, more approvals, technology/equipment malfunctions and real-life issues of emergencies for the artists may arise...causing a delay.
REMEDY: As Publisher, I consistently network with new and current contacts to possibly step in, if an original artist becomes unavailable to complete their commissions. In addition to keeping in constant contact with any illustrator, I will consistently keep my Backer informed and updated via KickStarter and Email.

2. FINAL SCRIPT EDITING. Again to produce the best quality product for my Backers having a professional editor grade my manuscript is imperative. Submitting the manuscript for a series of edits; substantive edits, line edits, copy editing & proofreading with revisions thrown in may cause slight delays.
REMEDY: Throughout the Kickstarter Campaign, the manuscript of Urban Mage has been in the editing process, which should substantially improve the editing process. Through constant contact with my editor and my Backers will be very important.

3. FORMATTING & PRINTING. After all the art is in and the final edit has been made, it will be time to format and process the document for a variety of forms; digital files and the physical book. In addition, this includes any printing of Rewards. Sometimes printers have delays on their end.
REMEDY: With my own skills and contracting out formatting services should minimize any delay but I will keep my Backers informed.

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    WITNESS LEVEL: You receive: A THANK YOU animation ** Digital Sketch Art I. ** Watch The Shadows: PDF of Dark Poetry

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    NEOPHYTE / ACOLYTE LEVEL: You are a believer and will receive: Digital Sketch Art II ** The Urban Mage Digital Art Banner ** 1 Digital ebook/epub of URBAN MAGE: The Legacy Chronicles Book 1.

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    GIFTED LEVEL: You have potential & will receive: Digital Sketch Art (I,II, III) ** The Urban Mage Digital Wallpaper ** 4 Urban Mage Cover Art Postcards ** 2 Urban Mage Bookmarks ** A Digital Author Image ** Your name listed in the novel AND YES, The printed book of URBAN MAGE: The Legacy Chronicles autographed by me.

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    Choose Your Path Sensei OR Warrior >>
    SENSEI LEVEL: Use Your knowledge to teach others. You will receive: The Gifted Level Rewards ** A personalized digital audio Thank You PLUS ** An Exclusive 8x10 Image of GlyphX the URBAN MAGE Focusing His Inner Being
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    WARRIOR LEVEL: Use Your Powers for battle and you will receive: The Gifted Level ** A personalized audio Thank You ** An Exclusive 8x10 Image of GlyphX the URBAN MAGE Ready for Battle!

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    HERO LEVEL: With proven Courage, You will receive: The Digital Sketch Art (I, II, III) ** The Urban Mage Poster ** 6 Urban Mage Cover Art Postcards ** 3 Urban Mage Bookmarks ** A digital copy of Urban Mage Music (every hero needs theme music) PLUS An Autographed Picture of the Author.

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    GUARDIAN LEVEL: With new Powers, You receive: The Digital Sketch Art (I, II, III) ** An Exclusive 8x10 Color Print based on a book scene ** A Phone or Skype Call from Author AND ** Your print copy turned into a 1st Print Limited Hardcover Edition (KickStarter only) PLUS a mystic PASSWORD to an online Q&A session with the author. Will it be enough to save the world? (Shipping U.S/CAN/MEX/ add $8; INTL add $12)

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    COSMIC LEVEL: Your hard work & dedication has led you to an elevated status few will attain. You receive: The HERO LEVEL ** An original, signed 8x10 sketch of the main character and A Personalized Video Thank you by Author.

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    SUPREME LEVEL: You receive: The GUARDIAN LEVEL ** 8x10 inked Urban Mage Poster Art signed by the artist and author ** An exclusive Urban Mage T-Shirt PLUS ** A full body sketch of YOU as a hero illustrated by one of the featured artists (give me a pic & I'll take care of the rest!) (Shipping U.S/CAN/MEX/ add $8; INTL add $12)

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    LEGACY: The Path that you have created has changed the World & Universe Forever! All above is yours AND you are forever Immortal as a character in the story (don't worry, it will be something heroic, I can't go killing you off now can I?) PLUS an illustrated color print of you by Master Illustrator & Artist Mshindo Heru Kuumba I. (Shipping U.S/CAN/MEX/ add $8; INTL add $12)

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