The Rise of Nazil is the first of the series. Currently, there are three published works in this epic realm!
In the 75th year of Alberoth, the AsZar summoned the Guardians. There’s an imbalance in the lands of Faélondul. The Zaxson, Draizeyn Vereux, conspires to exterminate the infestation in Nazil. He plans to eradicate the humans.
Led by the priestly cast called the Cha, the xenophobic Nazilians dominating Faélondul justify their brutalities against the humans. But when the First Chosen of the elite guard discovers Brahanu Ravenot lost near the gates of the city, not only his life, but also his entire system of beliefs, is forever changed.
With the demands of his position and the pressures of his family, can Pentanimir overcome his internal struggles and protect Brahanu, or will war erupt in the lands and consume them both?
Trapped by the edicts of his position and his heritage, Pentanimir must choose. With the darkness covering the lands, can love–forbidden, yet eternal–save both humans and Nazilians?
How does your main character fit into this world?
The Rise of Nazil series does not have one main character. However, if I were to select only one, it would be Pentanimir Benoist. He is the First Chosen of the elite Nazilian Guard. Through him, the cascading events in Faélondul are set into motion.
Pentanimir struggles with and is bound by not only his honored position, but also his heritage. The Nazilians are a xenophobic species who capture and enslave the humans. Pentanimir and many others do not agree with this aspect of his culture. However, as an honored guard, he is bound by the edicts of the Chosen.
Throughout the series, he struggles as his morals are in conflict with his oath. Pledged to marry the Zaxson’s daughter, he feels trapped by his heritage and his people.
It takes but one integral element to cause him to honestly contemplate his people’s effect on the lands and not only silently oppose them.
Is there a system of magic? If so, please tell us about it.
There are several different types of magic present in Faélondul.
Arcane Magic: a select few beings of Faélondul have the knowledge and skill to harness and understand the use of this magic. Only the most powerful beings possess and bestow the arcane arts. However, as all things of extreme value-it comes at a price.
Mental Magic: several different species have the ability to use this type of magic. It includes, but not limited to, Psionic (mind manipulation/touching), Projection (associated with Psionics-transmission of images or emotions), Elenchus (truthseeking), telekinesis (moving objects with thought), Harmonizing (mentally projecting or changing of surroundings to invoke the mood/will of the wielder).
Elemental magic: is prevalent in but two areas of Faélondul. These do not truly manifest until later in the series. Some elemental magic includes Aerokinesis – mastery over air, Geokinesis – mastery over earth, Aquakinesis – mastery over water, Pyrokinesis – mastery over fire, and Fulgurkinesis – mastery over lightning.
There are three distinct species that harness these abilities. With them, there is another species of otherworldly beings that use a form of science manipulation.
Along with the aforementioned, some beings are pure energy and spirit wielders, where others are morphological beings. Faélondul is an interesting world.
What are the people who inhabit your world like? Are they based on real-world cultures? What systems of government are in place?
The Rise of Nazil series is extremely diverse. That is something that I feel is lacking in most Epic Fantasy. It is based on “real-world” cultures only in that it is inclusive of numerous cultures.
When I step outside my door, I encounter multiple different types of people. Thusly, I write about the same. I do not only see or interact with people who favor me.
In Faélondul, you will notice that the humans are of all varieties, tones, shades, sizes, etc.
The Zaxson of Nazil is the ruler of Faélondul. In the provinces, cities, and villages, there are Caretakers assigned as overseers.
Are there any magical creatures? If so, please tell us about them.
There are many throughout the series. Not all are introduced in the first novel or trilogy. Some include—Guardians, Protectors, Desu Beasts, Z’brachieyn, Tresahnege, Fire walkers, Ohor, Deignledorns, Ke’ohnzi, and some that are quite secret for now.
Is there a religious system in place?
Several religions are practiced in Faélondul. The Nazilians worship the Four—the gods of War, Power, Courage, and Judgment. Their priests are known as Cha, and their head, the Cha Asham. The Sulos, is the Nazilian holy book.
The human priests are Nohek (Nohek Karab) and the female temple servants are Tumishi. Their seven gods are Mercy, Truth, Protection, Strength, Judgment, Forgiveness, and Love.
Some humans serve the One god. We learn more about the One from the Drah’kuus throughout the series.
When Brahanu encounters Pentanimir, she poses a question regarding his Nazilian gods:
“Is there no love in the gods of Nazil? What of mercy and truth?”
“Our gods are those of strength and power,” he said. “There is love, yet there is no god for it. We are merciful, yet need no god to command it. Our god of judgment is as yours, it seems. For all men must be judged.”
What is one last thing you would like readers to know about your world?
The Rise of Nazil series is Epic Fantasy with an EDGE. The plot is multi-layered and the vast cast is interconnected in numerous ways. Faélondul is a blend of cultures and peoples. However, I do not shy away from the harsher elements of our past and current histories. All good fantasy is interwoven with reality.
Not only will you encounter new species, races, creatures, deities, etc. in Faélondul, you will also discover a new and fantastical language called Mehlonii. For a sample of this written and spoken language, please click below.
Thank you for allowing me to visit Our Epic Worlds. It was a pleasure to share information with you about the fantastical land of Faélondul and its denizens.
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