[reposted from 2008]
Take a look at the map of Mnemosynea by clicking on the image.
Astute cartophiles (aka map fanatics, such as myself) may find its outline somewhat familiar.
Mnemosynea, you may or may not recall, is the world of the Seer and Sword fantasy stories, “Justice is a Two-edged Sword” in Powers of Detection and “A Woman’s Work” in Unusual Suspects (to order your paperback copy, click here).
In Mnemosynea, everyone has a Talent that manifests itself at puberty. Sharryn the Seer has a Talent for magic and Crowfoot the Sword has a Talent for war, and together the two make up one of the nine pairs of Seer and Sword teams that travel the nine provinces of Mnemosynea to dispense the King’s Justice. Sharryn bears a Staff of Truth, made from an oak of the Forest of Arthemeus in Yranea, and Crow wields a Sword of Justice forged in the Caves of Lycia in Pthersikore, both imbued with powerful magics by the Magi Guild in Hestia.
King Loukas I has been on the throne for a little over two years, and is determined to introduce a life of peace and prosperity to the people of Mnemosynea, who have been battered and bruised by a thousand years of warfare between nobles, clans and wizards white and dark. Not everyone buys into this notion of one nation, indivisible, with truth and justice for all, and even fewer of them know how to function when the countryside is at peace.
Well, of course not, or there would be nothing to write about.
I blush to disclose how much fun I’m having playing around in this world, especially since we’re only talking about two little short stories here, nothing like the massive fantasy epics I love so well, like Tolkien’s trilogy (natch), or Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series or George R.R. Martin’s Ice and Fire series. I have even, heaven help me, started an almanac (by kind permission of King Loukas the Good and with the invaluable assistance of the Magi Guild). It’s probably past time to write a novel set in this ‘verse.
The map was tranlated from my smudged, illegible pencil and paper mess by Mapping Solutions‘s resident genius Dr. Cherie Northon in Anchorage. She does good work, doesn’t she?