For the A-to-Z Challenge 2016, I am blogging info on my current work-in-progress, a YA fantasy/adventure mini-series tentatively titled “The Other World”.
Yesterday I explained that ‘The Other World’ takes place in a Universe full of ancient magic. I also mentioned that one of the ancient magical beings of the world’s past bestowed a form of magic on humans. What I didn’t mention is that those particular humans were all of the same clan – or family, if you will – and that the type of magic they were gifted with was blood magic.
Not much is written about those olden days, for writing itself had not yet come to be created, but I like to imagine that first human clan used the magic in their blood to help all the clans to survive and flourish. Perhaps their blood could help the crops to grow, or heal someone who had been seriously hurt. Regardless, that power was a revered thing, and eventually the other clans decided that that blood magic had helped them all so much that perhaps the human clan deserved to lead them all. That was how the first – and only – royal family came to be.
Over time the blood magic was employed less and less as the bloodline was diluted and the strength weakened. Eventually the reality of the royal family’s power was all but forgotten to the passages of time, until one particularly nasty young prince discovered a musty old book – a journal – written by one of his ancestor’s attendants. The book described how the prior king had tamed a wild beast that was terrorizing the kingdom, and that he’d done it by cutting his own palm and pressing it to the beast’s tongue. The author described how a strange calm had immediately fallen over the creature, all the rage and violence gone out of its eyes, and that it had followed the king around like a faithful pet afterward and until the end if its days.
It was then, reading about how his ancestor had been able to control the creature with not but a slice of his own hand, that the young prince made a very fateful decision indeed.
I hope you’re enjoying the A-to-Z Challenge and my little snippets of ‘The Other World’! If you’re interested in what else I’ve written, please be sure to check out ‘Nowhere to Hide‘, available on Amazon in both hard copy and e-book versions!