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Sunday, June 28, 2015

An Interesting Conversation

So, I had an interesting conversation with Michael McCoy last week. If you have read the books, you will recall that Michael is the leader of the group of Advocates, members of the Sentinels - normals who know of the existence of the wizards and help them fend off the forces of dead magic in the natural world.

He has had several conversations with some of the Historians - members of the Sentinels who observe and document the battles but never get involved - in our attempts to replace Stanley and Tasha.

However, it seems no one with whom he has spoken is interested in going from neutral observer to gun-toting advocate. I guess I should not be surprised. Most of those folks discovered the existence of the wizards by chance and were immune to the perception-warping effects of magic. Though most people re-interpret magical events so they fit within their common sense of reality (as happened during the zombie invasion), those who are immune to the effect - for whatever reason - often end up as members of the Sentinels.

They typically have no interest in toting around guns and magic-tipped stakes, putting their lives on the line to fight goblins, zombies, and other creatures. No, at best, they typically like to remain in the background, jotting down observations that can be recorded in the Chronicles. And so far, none of them seem to be jumping at the chance to go from historian to combatant. And that means we might be a bit short-handed for a while. I suppose I should not be surprised.

The Sentinels have played an important role in Books 1 and 2, and they play a similar role in Book 3: Pure Magic, coming soon.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

And So It Has Begun...

I was over in the Province of Lightning this last week talking to Balder, the leader of the centaurs. They have been guarding the barrier separating the Province of Lightning from the Province of the Dead. Apparently, goblins have engaged in some feeble attempts to break through the barrier.

Reece posted something a long time ago about goblins and how annoying they are, and quite frankly, their level of annoyance has increased even more now that the Realm is once again united. It seems they aren't quite smart enough to figure out two things.

First, they aren't quick enough to make it to the barrier before the centaurs will drop them with their bows.

Second, even if they make it to the barrier itself, they won't be strong enough to get through it. But apparently, they have tried several times.

I may have to check with the elves guarding the barrier in the Province of Light and see if anything like this has happened over there. I guess if nothing else, it gives us something to do while we wait patiently for the next crisis affecting the Realm of Magic or the natural world. I was hoping to spend all my time with Cassie, now that she's moved in, but I guess sometimes duty calls...

The centaurs and Balder will play a prominent role in Book 3: Pure Magic. In the meantime, see what you've missing in Books 1 and 2. You can find them on Amazon.