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The Age of Merrik: Relationships and Such

By Eugena On November 4th, 2008

Ok, getting to another question.


This one stems from the screenplay version:

What is the big deal with the vow? Why not break it?


And a combo from the novel:

What is with the “I think I might kiss her” obsession from John? What’s the big deal about kissing? Does it mean something else?
(Yeah, put the something else in “”)

To answer them all at once, the big deal with the vow is very cultural. To break it is to lose honor. And, consider the explanation of the vow.  Merrik risks losing power by simply breaking it.

Kissing. That relates back to the vow. In real life, kiss all you want. Just be careful of mono. In the AOM world, if you are a sword master or wizard or other magic user, be careful not to lose your life. You are transferring your power to another, whether or not you want to.

The cautions of the vow become part of the culture, and even non-magic users (who may not know the origin) are cautious of it. As for “something else” it does not refer to that. Think of how much more power a character would lose that way. To answer an unspoken question, there was none of that between Merrik and Brianna. Good thing, Brianna did not need to absorb any magic power, and Merrik did not need to lose any.

King Malik’s Generals (SPOILERS) (Mature Content)

By Eugena On November 3rd, 2008

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Mirrors: Brianna and Liana

By Eugena On November 3rd, 2008

What’s next with Brianna?

I haven’t really decided what to do with her. In the previous version, I knew how she would show up again, but now, I am considering other ideas.

I had Brianna and Liana as reflections of each other. They were essentially the same, just on different sides of the battle. One difference . . .


Who is worse, Liana or Brianna?

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Killing Off Characters (SPOILERS) (Mature Content)

By Eugena On November 3rd, 2008

The following post contains major spoilers for The Age of Merrik: The Anointing. It contains references to what may be classified as violence. This is mature content which may not be suitable for young readers.

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Great Songs for Sword Master Characters

By Eugena On October 26th, 2008

Here are some great songs for various characters:

  • Ling – Zhan Shen “Mars” theme
  • For Revolutionizing the World- Shoujo Kakumei Utena
  • Virtual Star Embryology – Shoujo Kakumei Utena
  • Spira Mirabilis Theatre – Shoujo Kakumei Utena
  • Keep Holding On – Eragon
  • Misfocusing – Billie Piper (Liana)
  • When the World Ends – DMB (“The Cry of War”)

Songs for pairings:

  • How to Save a Life – The Fray (Merrik/Brianna)
  • Cable Car – The Fray (Merrik/Brianna)
  • Swallowed in the Sea – Coldplay (Zaedrif paring (spoiler))
  • Until – Sting (Zaedrif/Eleya)
  • The Scientist – Coldplay (Zaedrif/Eleya)
  • Stay With You – GooGoo Dolls (Annointing Finale, Merrik/Eleya)

Fan Suggestion:

Nothing Else Matters – Metallica

The Dart Master is Back

By Eugena On October 26th, 2008

Wow, just for me, the local Legion is putting a dart board back in. This will be fun. I don’t get to practice as much as I would like–I’ve yet to install my own dart board in the house and a makeshift magnetic dart board set just isn’t the same as the steel tips.

🙂

Oh, yeah, I guess I should do one of those intros to myself:

Name: Eugena Moulton
DOB: (Like I'd actually post that on the Internet)
Sign: Don't believe in them
Hobbies: Writing, acting, stage combat, dart playing

So maybe it wasn’t “just for me,” but I certainly feel like it.

Explanation: The Vow

By Eugena On October 20th, 2008

What is the vow?

The vow is more thoroughly explained in Rise of the New Masters.

Here is a brief section about it:

A kiss is a vow. Outside of one’s family, a person does not kiss another unless that person is vowed to the other. After the dragons died out at the end of the Dragon Era, sword masters and wizards alike had difficulty in controlling leaking of their magical powers. They learned to concentrate the distribution of their magic power through their lips—whether in words or in a kiss.

The Age of Merrik

Fighting Back Sexism (Mature Content)

By Eugena On October 18th, 2008

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The Age of Merrik: The Anointing

By Eugena On October 6th, 2008
The Age of Merrik: The Anointing (Book Cover)
The Age of Merrik: The Anointing (Book Cover)

the forbidden secret of history is now his only hope

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