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CAIRLANN - Coming Soon
« on: August 29, 2020, 04:08:28 AM »

Prince Kalland had dreamt of becoming the righteous ruler his stories always told of, just like his father one day. Yet little did he know that day would come sooner than expected.

Suddenly thrust into the role of Cairlann’s new king, Kalland must contend with his newfound duties as great turmoil ravages the land and dark machinations work behind veiled shadows to overthrow him. Yet how can a young boy hope to overcome such trials when he is in charge of the very regime responsible for the kingdom’s suffering?

Kalland would never guess that he’d entrust his fate and the fate of the entire realm to a stranger: a pauper boy named Edmund.


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A young, innocent prince must work to right the wrongs of his dead father, as forces from both within and without threaten to tear his kingdom apart, with the help of a young pauper.

This epic fantasy retelling of Mark Twain’s literary classic “The Prince and the Pauper” explores the meaning of coming-of-age through the clashing ideas of innocence and corruption, reality and idealism through the eyes of two young boys of different social status.

Genre: Epic Fantasy
« Last Edit: September 08, 2020, 12:35:19 PM by Operative13 »
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Re: CAIRLANN - Coming Soon
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2020, 04:08:46 AM »
Hello everyone!

It’s been a while since I last posted here, but I’ve been busy behind the scenes working on a new project in the making! Although the story is not ready for viewing (yet), the project has developed far enough that I feel comfortable sharing with you all the grand and exciting World of Cairlann!

I'll be posting updates about the project every Sunday with some juicy details about the worldbuilding for Cairlann (just as I once did for the treasure trove I had here) and answer any questions you may have about this upcoming story.

If you want to keep up to date with the process and receive a free copy of the book on release, PM me with your email and I'll get you added on my list!

Happy Writing! - Op
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Re: CAIRLANN - Coming Soon
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2020, 12:02:19 AM »
It starts with a simple idea.


The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

As the saying goes: Good Artists Copy. Great Artists Steal. If I want to become a good writer, a good starting point would be to take from the greatest minds and make it your own. In this case, I settled on Mark Twain's "The Prince and the Pauper" as my foundation. The classic tale of two look-a-likes drew me in its intriguing idea of two young boys from two different worlds abruptly switching places and confronting the challenges of the other's daily life.

However, I became disappointed at the rather shallow exploration of the novel's core theme: to be in another's shoes. The intricacies of court politics, the realities of everyday life, much of it merely glossed over or outright ignored. The worst offense would be the lack of development between Edward Tudor and Tom Canty. Twain's novel was merely a glimpse into the idea of the "switcheroo" concept, something to tickle one's thoughts than to be a full-course dinner of complex meaning and interpretations. That is where I sought to push the idea further with my unique flairs.

Pulling from my experiences with combining seemingly unrelated ideas and years of worldbuilding across multiple universes, and paired with extensive knowledge of world history and cultures, I could turn this small-time classic into an epic fantasy fit for a king! The question then remained: what would I change?

Some things were certain. I was interested in the bigger picture. I wanted to see the world at play and not completely dependent on the characters on stage. I wanted to see a living, breathing world teeming with life; a world bristling with grand adventures and extraordinary settings beyond imagination. As it so happened, I recently became interested in the Three Kingdoms period thanks to a certain game (Total War: Three Kingdoms). The characters of the Tyrant Dong Zhuo and his protege Lu Bu, alongside the Yellow Turban Rebellion that led to their rise to power deeply intrigued me. A noble, righteous cause fought by people of good intentions became the very spark that brought suffering upon the land. Thus, I settled on adding them to the story idea. Their inclusions led them to become the central conflict that propels the Prince and the Pauper to the level I longed sought: fully-realized characters.


Lu Bu (Left with Spear) and Dong Zhuo (Right on Horseback)

Dong Zhuo and Lu Bu would see their inclusion into Cairlann as Kalland's tyrant father King Kallus and Kalland's bodyguard Ghenry, respectively. The Yellow Turban Rebellion would also see their entry as the primary antagonists for the story as the aptly-named White Band Rebellion.


Borromean Rings of the White Band Rebellion

Yet work must still be done. The premise has been set, but the story lacks direction. Many things must be considered before Cairlann can become its own world. What are its goals? What themes must it impart? What thoughts or emotions must it invoke? All these questions and many more are considered as the story of Cairlann continues development.
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Re: CAIRLANN - Coming Soon
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2020, 06:46:10 AM »
Filling the Void


Yellow Turban Rebels besieging a Han-controlled city

Perhaps one of the most crucial part of any story is tension. What drives the tension in a story's conflict? Without tension, there is no sense of urgency, and without urgency, there is no threat. Every story is based on a conflict of some sorts, whether it'd be internalized by the characters, a tangible threat, or an obstacle to overcome.

It is important to consider all points of conflict in one's story. In this case, I opted to use the White Band Rebellion as the initial point of incident for Cairlann's conflict. Believing the Crown's regime to be wholly corrupt and immoral, the White Banders remain a constant threat to Kalland's rule, plotting against the Royal House and those who support them. However, the Rebels are not the only threats Prince Kalland must worry for.


Witenagemot, an Anglo-Saxon royal court in the Early Middle Ages

Just as with any real-life country, external threats from the across the border must be kept in line through constant vigilance and diplomacy, in the form of hostile kingdoms and barbarian hordes. Internal politics are also another consideration. After all, if I am to stay true to reality, I must emanate reality in my work. While many would like to believe kings during the Medieval Period were all-powerful and absolute, it is easy to forget that these same kings rose up during a time when feudalism was widespread. Feudalism by its very nature is decentralized, with many lords wielding power over their fiefs given to them by their king. The king relies on these same lords to provide wealth and security for the realm, and going against these lords posed a great risk to his rule. A certain balance, therefore, must be maintained between the Crown's power and the Lords' favor. This comes into play in Cairlann as the 12 Great Noble Houses that strive to further their grip on power within the Royal Courts.

Prince Kalland must contend with the multitude of issues that plague the kingdom, especially as the legacy his father left upon his death brought ruin to the land in the Crown's years-long war against the White Band Rebellion. Yet how could a young boy hope to piece together his fractured realm when he is threatened on all sides by enemies both internal and external?

Perhaps his fateful meeting with a young pauper could be the answer...
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Re: CAIRLANN - Coming Soon
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2020, 08:46:22 PM »
Two Worlds Collide


The Prince Kalland and the Pauper Edmund

The two would-be heroes of Cairlann Prince Kalland and Edmund Candor at first seem like unlikely allies.

Kalland is destined to lead a Realm of over a million souls in a time of great unrest. He lives a privileged life in a castle where servants cater to his every need, riches beyond what any commoner would know what to do with, and a vast collection of knowledge tucked away in the private library. Yet Kalland has lived within the secluded bubble of his keep for his entire life. His father, King Kallus, never took interest in raising his son and preferred to occupy his time hosting lavish parties and social gatherings while avoiding his duties as king. Instead, Lord Kelvan, Kalland's half-uncle, would serve both as the Realm's de-facto leader and Kalland's father figure. On the other hand, Queen Cecilia opted to raise Kalland personally, giving him all the love and attention Kallus never did. Despite having servants on hand to raise Kalland, Cecilia's warm, gentle heart compelled her to carry out these menial tasks herself. She would tell stories of epic heroes who conquered evil, great rulers who fought for their people, and the simple love and care of everyday commoners. Kalland would grow up taking to heart the very ideas her stories taught into his daily life, even after her untimely demise. Yet Kalland knows too well that his inexperience in the kingdom's matters prevents him from realizing his dreams. He turns to his Royal Council, comprised of the most loyal and experienced lords and servants, to advise him on matters of the Crown. However, some within the Council do not have the Prince's best interests in mind...

Edmund has nothing but the prospect of a hard life ahead of him. His father left him at an early age to join the White Band Rebellion, leaving his weary mother Klara to care for him on her own. She soon remarried to a soldier in the Royal Army named Jerry Candor, in which the couple later had two twin daughters. However, when Jerry was dishonorably discharged from the Royal Army for belligerent drunkenness, things took a turn for the worse. Jerry's attitude became increasingly abusive towards his family, especially towards Edmund, who he sees as an undisciplined troublemaker. Klara, who once was a caring and hardworking soul, began to withdraw and became distant to Edmund. Each day, Klara would devote more and more time to her younger daughters than her restless older son, who often bore the brunt of Jerry's violence in her place. To escape from his broken home, Edmund would find refuge with his three friends Tim, Cree, and Macy. Together they made up a wily gang of thieves that would stalk the open stalls regularly, looking for anything that would satiate their growing hunger. Edmund, with his pride and arrogance, would become the ruler of his own little kingdom between the four, all built upon the stories that his caretaker, a priest named Atkins, would tell. Father Atkins served as a local priest in the Capital, and would always give shelter and company to the young Edmund whenever he ran away from home. Atkins would teach Edmund how to read and write from the many stories he had in the church's collection, and it was then that Edmund began to form his early views on the world. When Edmund stumbled upon the revelation that Atkins was not a priest, but a spymaster for the White Band Rebellion, Edmund became committed to learning all there was to the craft, believing that life won't change for the better until he took matters into his own hands. Yet Atkins remains adamant that Edmund stays out of the White Band for the risk it poses to his life and those close to him. While Edmund might listen to Atkins's words, for now, Edmund's spirit grows restless. How much longer can Edmund stand before his frustration with the world overcomes him?

Two worlds. Two different ideas. From the outset, it would seem unlikely that these two characters could ever meet. Yet one fateful day caused by a single spur-of-the-moment would propel these two to become the best of friends, as they place their faith in one another to stay alive in an intricate web of conspiracy and betrayal.
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Re: CAIRLANN - Coming Soon
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2020, 10:35:55 PM »
Ah, all of the Op13 staples. Political intrigue, spies, world building, and kingdoms  :clapping:

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Re: CAIRLANN - Coming Soon
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2020, 11:01:52 PM »
A welcome return from an old veteran, I dare say. There's more to come soon!  ;)
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Re: CAIRLANN - Coming Soon
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2020, 07:09:13 PM »
House Bareth


The Banner of House Bareth

The Great House of Bareth controls the vast eastern hills in the city of Grennhal and serves as Cairlann's link to their seafaring neighbor, Vermaris. They bear the swan as their animal symbol, reserved only for members of the House. House Bareth was once a royal house ruling the Kingdom of Vermaris east of Cairlann before Cairlann’s Wars of Expansion engulfed it. House Bareth has since lost its coastal territories to the east as remnants of Vermaris had split from House Bareth’s rule shortly following their surrender. It has been a great many years since they have fallen from grace, but House Bareth still remains strong, and the Barethians are eager to reclaim their rightful place on the throne and become the empire they were meant to be. Queen Cecilia’s marriage to King Kallus and the birth of Prince Kalland had ensured House Bareth’s claim to the Cairlannder throne, although other Noble Houses loyal to the ruling Calicus Family are wary of Barethian ambition. House Bareth’s renewed ascension to power is near. They have grown strong since their shameful defeat at the hands of Cairlann, and have become close allies to the ruling House Calicus thanks to House Bareth's many exploits during the Wars of Expansion. The Crown sits right before them, but patience is needed if they wish to reclaim what was long lost. soon they will take their ambitions to the heart of Cairlann, and the world beyond.
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