A to Z Challenge: T is for Tenacious

For the last few posts I have talked about Brandan and descriptions of his adventures, although I am not sureĀ  adventures is the right word for what Brandan does and the subsequent effects of his actions. But today’s post is not about Brandan. Instead I chose to talk about Joachim.

Prince Brandan

Joachim is the good twin, the one that their father appears to favor. Initially Brandan turns to the darkness to gain the attention and the favor of his father and brother, but after their father’s death he has traveled so far down the path that it is hard to return.

King Joachim

 

Throughout all of Brandan’s escapades, Joachim tenaciously holds onto the hope that he can save his twin from the darkness. Sometimes he does this without care for his own health or sanity. At one point he stands in danger of losing his throne and his family, because of his tenacious resolve to find and save his brother.

Each of the twins bonds with a dragon. Joachim bonds with the dragon, Myrria, who is one of the Dragons of Asha. Joachim even threatens his relationship with Myrria and Asha in his efforts to save Brandan from the tentacles of Sidramah.

Myrria

Brandan bonds with Tatsu a Dragon of Sidramah. Brandan and his dragon show total disdain for Joachim’s efforts and actually enjoy the gradual decline in his brother’s sanity.

Tatsu

Joachim and Brandan both have many lessons to learn. Neither is immune to the darkness or the light. Who will survive and learn the lessons?

 

A to Z Challenge: S is for Samurai

S is for Samurai.

In Sanctuary of Nine DragonsĀ Brandan is stripped of his magical powers and rank. He is banished to the Island of Hyogo, which is a prison colony and home to a monastic group of Wisdoms. While there he develops even more evil magic as well as a new type of warfare. For this transition I had to do some research first to discover a different type of sword than his brother used and then a different way of fighting. For this example I used a katana, which I mentioned in a previous post.

Since the island was modeled after a Japanese culture the next logical step was to model the fighting skills on the ancient Samurai.

I also added a little bit of pirate since Brandan had to become seafaring if he wished to get off the island. The clothing he adopted was that of a pirate as opposed to the formal wear of the Cratonite and Mahorgian royalty.

Once the transformation is complete, Joachim will have a hard time recognizing his twin brother.