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? (See this post)
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.
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?
SPOILERS AND POLL FOLLOW
By Eugena On October 6th, 2008
The Age of Merrik: The Anointing
the forbidden secret of history is now his only hope
After his father’s death, Merrik, warrior and heir to the throne, brought stability to the war-torn kingdom of Tyera. But his fiancée brings about its destruction in her alliance with The General, the sworn enemy of the legendary sword masters and of the ancient Serafín. The General challenges Merrik’s authority and defeats him in battle, taking control over Tyera and enslaving the neighboring country of Rikan.
Merrik tries to regain his place as leader to rescue his people and the people of Rikan from The General’s iron grasp. In a desperate bid to save the country, his supporters find a mysterious woman, Merris, who becomes Merrik’s closest ally against The General. Aided by visions and warnings from the Serafín, Merrik and Merris must defeat The General before he can create his own super being to rule the world. Will Merrik be ready to accept the power of the ancient Serafín and become a Sword Master himself?
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