“There is no truth or knowledge of this world prior to the Balance,
only spoken tales of Astasia – a time of unending horror and strife.
Many believe those stories to be myths, cautionary tales to keep mortals
living in fear. However, one thing is for certain. A world without
balance is a world that is vulnerable to absolute destruction. It is for
this reason that I say, let the gods forever stay the Days of Astasia.”
– Dreyer Maloth, the 44th Archbason of the Spearitan Faith
What is The Days of Astasia
The short answer: it’s a trilogy of books written by me, Brady Sadler, drummer and founder of the fantasy metal band Lorenguard. Book one (Eve of Corruption) is already written and published, and I am currently working on book two.
The Days of Asatsia is the setting for all the music written by Lorenguard, and it's what makes the band a little different. It's not uncommon for bands to write concept albums based on existing intellectual properties, or even create their own stories. However, Lorenguard strives to increase the level of immersion their music inspires by crafting a unique saga in the form of this book trilogy.
Initially, The Days of Astasia was a story concept to inspire my newly found power metal band with writing lyrics to our music. However, as time went on, the tales evolved in depth and complexity to warrant a full-fledged telling of the story behind the music. Now, The Days of Astasia is a trilogy of books and albums that is written, performed, and released independently by six Midwestern metalhead geeks called Lorenguard.
Why We Need Your Help
Currently, the Eve of Corruption novel is widely available as an eBook through the major distribution channels. However, the print version is only available through print-on-demand, which carries a heavy retail price tag, and suffers from quality control that is out of our hands. Our goal is to send book one of The Days of Astasia trilogy to print through traditional methods (off-set, large print run) to make it more widely available, while also creating a much more premium product.
Additionally, this Kickstarter will hopefully help further the production of book two in the trilogy, Two Shades of Night. Brady has moved from the outlining/planning phase for this book, and has started the long road of writing. Any interest generated by this Kickstarter will fuel the release of the next book in turn, starting with the funding of the next book's cover art.
Finally, this Kickstarter has been designed to not only fund a print run of books, but to help the band fund their upcoming endeavors, including live appearances and the recording of album two, slated for 2015.
Any support you can give this Kickstarter will only quicken the band's pace in releasing new music and booking shows.
What’s in it for You
Obviously, this isn’t all about us and our little fantasy world. It's about you. You’re the backers here, and we won’t be able to do it without you. The pledge levels described in the boxes to the right outline the rewards available for your generous pledge to publish this book. In addition to the rewards, there are also stretch goals planned that will be revealed as we reach our funding goal. We will continue unveiling more exciting rewards and stretch goals as the campaign progresses. The more pledges we get, the more majestic the rewards!
If we surpass funding, then these stretch goals will continue to add value to the campaign. All stretch goals featured below will be included at the Lorenguard pledge level ($25) and above. As usual, U.S. shipping is included, international shipping rates apply.
$̶7̶,̶5̶0̶0̶ $7,000 – Book upgrade #1: Illustrations + book 2 preview! All Kickstarter editions of Eve of Corruption will feature illustrations as well as a preview of Two Shades of Night (sample chapter) and the band will commission artwork for the 2nd novel and album!
$8,000 – T-Shirts: All backers at the Lorenguard level or above will receive a custom made t-shirt to commemorate their generous patronage.
$10,000 – Book upgrade #2: Hardcovers! All Kickstarter editions of Eve of Corruption will be hardcover, with a matte finish wrap around full color cover.
$15,000 – Art prints: All Lorenguard level (and above) backers will receive art prints from both the Eve of Corruption and Two Shades of Night album/novel covers.
Who is Lorenguard?
Lorenguard is a band of dedicated musicians who came together over their love of catchy and symphonic power metal, epic stories, games, and general geekiness. We have been playing music together for 10+ years with our members scattered all over the United States. However, in 2014 we managed to relocate all the members to the place of our formation (Indiana) to begin our plans of world domination. This is step one.
Lorenguard consists of:
Brady Sadler (drums): As the initial founder and visionary of Lorenguard, it is completely Brady's fault that the band faces the difficult task of writing music around his whimsical stories. In addition to being the band's drummer and author, he is also overly addicted to board games, spending any of his free time playing them or designing them with his brother, Adam.
Adam Sadler (bass guitar): Tied with Brady for first place in the "First Member of Lorenguard" contest, Adam has always been part of Lorenguard's foundation. Also a game designer and enthusiast, Adam was the lead designer for one of the highest ranked board games of the past several years (Descent: Journeys in the Dark 2nd Edition by Fantasy Flight Games).
Chris Cruz (guitar): Lorenguard would have never been a reality if it wasn't for the creative songwriting, superhuman guitar work, and addictive laughter of Chris Cruz. It was Chris that answered Brady's long dangling internet request for band members in the power metal-starved fields of Indiana, and it was Chris that brought the music to the world of Athland.
David Schneider (guitar): As a fan of the band before joining, David has always brought a level of passion and excitement to Lorenguard that is unmatched. He has been with the band almost as long as Adam and Brady, and has become a third twin that can handle three times as much alcohol.
Alec Biccum (keyboards): It's hard to describe Alec without using the term "brilliant." Not only is he a masterclass musician, able to play coherent melodies from anything you put in front of him, he's also one of the most accomplished scholars you'll meet. He has a PhD in medical physics and a million doctorates in symphonic fortitude.
Robb Graves (vocals): Hailing from the band Winterfell (yeah, he knew what GRRM was before HBO came around, fool), Robb was the final piece to the Lorenguard puzzle. With a slew of creative talents, shrewd business sense, and an unforgiving streak as a dungeon master, Robb serves as the band's frontman, lyricist, accountant, and TPKer.
Risks and challenges
Since "Eve of Corruption" has already been published (and is currently available for purchase), there is little risk involved in this Kickstarter. Mainly we are seeking funding to continue being an independent publisher and sole owners of our intellectual property.
Given that there are so many different facilities working to provide the rewards and add-ons available in this campaign, there is always a risk of delays. But we will take every precaution to avoid those risks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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