Good evening/morning to all of you in the world! R.S. Noel here with another Online Journal entry; and in today’s post, I’ll be talking about more progress made on my editing process for my debut novel Arkanim: Tales of the Enlightened Ones.
To begin, I have set a time-frame of 1 to 2 years for when I want it published (traditionally…but if that doesn’t work, than I will more than gladly self-publish first and hope for a traditional re-publish down the road!).
Anyways, I believe it’s the right time to start talking about some of the characters in the book itself.
As you may (or may not yet) have read in Entry #002, I posted a segment of the Prologue at the end of the article. I’m very pleased to see that I had received feedback from one of my followers whom I’ve had a nice conversation with! If you haven’t checked out Entry #002 for my Online Journal series, you may check it out on my homepage currently.
The first character I wanted to really delve into is that of Narien Altri’hu.
Narien Altri’hu is a 25 year old Urksinian woman who hails from the floating continental nation of Inur-Urksa. She is a devout martial artist, and likes to help those in the most need. Her ability to discern between what’s real and what’s fake makes her unique in her own right (considering her circumstances…but I won’t spoil any of that). She’s incredibly talented; and even so, she still finds faults in her own natural-born abilities. At times, she can be quite hard on herself. Ironically, she gives great sage-advice to others; but in truth, she may need to give herself those same pieces of advice from time-to-time! It’s hard growing up in the aftermath of the 20 year-long war known as The Revolting War in the world of my book.
The idea of Narien Altri’hu came to me in the form of a dream. I still remember it vividly, and it hasn’t left my mind’s eye since then. It was a battling scene, with her in a pub after resting from her long travels to reach Harolin Town (where the story begins after the Prologue and Chapter 1). She’s meeting up with someone important to her, an old acquaintance of hers (won’t spoil anything…I…must…RESIST!). Just as she settles in, a hand grabs her by her left arm. She turns around and finds an assassin-type man staring her right in the face. He’s ready to kill her, ready to make his move.
Then, after some heated words between both Narien and the assassin, Narien twists his arm with her free hand and manages to free her grasp from him.
This is when the story gets going.
I won’t spoil anything; even though I really want to share it all with you.
Initially, when I had awakened from this strange but kick-ass dream, I had written Narien Altri’hu as a man. I was a 12-year-old troublemaker who had managed to almost screw up possibly one of my favorite characters in the entire series.
Yes, you read that right. I was naive to my true dreams (luckily, I was reminded that “he” was actually a “she”. And moreover, “she” was going to be one of my all-time favorite characters). I suppose it would do well to tell you the story of it all.
In my dream she was a woman, but it took a couple of writing sessions for me to remember who Narien Altri’hu was at the core of her being. I was about 12 years old when the dream of Narien Altri’hu initially came to me; so I suppose in my years of rapid growing-pains, I had mistaken her proud inner-strength for that of a brute man. But looking back now, I’m impressed that such a character even entered into my mind. I was blessed by the God to be able to create such a humble yet strong-willed character who I’ve seen not for her gender or sex, but for her inner-character and the true contents of her actions.
Narien Altri’hu, to me, has always represented the strength of a whole tribe. After finalizing her character, I always imagined her as one of the leaders of her large home-village. Being that Inur-Urksa (her homeland) is filled with ancient culture and historic customs, I always admired Narien for her personality; even though the culture and customs of her homeland are just as equally stunning and memorable. I remember thinking to myself how lucky and fortunate Narien was to be able to grow up in such a family-oriented culture and society, where everyone competed aggressively with each other and also where everyone respected the reality of human-emotion. Of course, there are darksides to the Urksinian culture, but that will be further seen in Book II (I know Book I isn’t even out yet, but I have this whole series mapped out…for the most part. Nothing is final until it is written in chapter-form).
Though not as serious as Claris Ordiaus (who was presented in Entry #002), Narien has this human-tendency to her that just oozes of a strong woman who has grown into quite an exceptional human being (even though her home country is certainly faced with… ARGH I’m doing it again, cannot.spoil.anything.). Of course, she is human just like the other characters, and certainly she has her moment of vulnerability.
This might sound strange, but Narien has given me my current strength (with the help of a couple other characters in the book; but during adversities that I’ve faced in the real world, she’s definitely the character I turn to when I need to find my own inner-strength).
It’s thanks to her that I’ve been able to press through some situations in my life which would be seen as unbearably difficult by others. I was once told by a coworker of mine that she admired my inner-strength to just let rude comments from one particularly nasty manager slide right off of me. I remember telling her that I had help, “a great support system.”
It was a moment where my imaginary world colliding with my real-world life. And in that moment, I was struck with silent awe.
Aside from all of this; it has become increasingly evident that the story of Arkanim has come to me in the form of countless years of dreams.
I’ve always held the strong belief that this story was told to me through these strange yet realistic dreams.
It’s strange how dreams work, how extensive and unrelated they may seem at first glance. In the end, it’s all part of the creative process for artists and writers. Every single aspect of our dreams while we sleep helps to create and foster real change in the world we live in. We use small bits and pieces of our memories and the memories of our dreams whenever we’re creating something out of seemingly nothing.
In the end of it all, what my ultimate dream is will yet to be seen. But what my hope is; is that my dream will help to shape the future world in some way possible, even if it’s on a small and insignificant scale. The truth is, I want to help people in any way possible. This story is my one way of giving back to our own world. It’s my utmost aspiration to one day live in a world where good triumphs evil, even if the concept of “good and evil” are mere illusions of our human culture.
But then again, if you can dream-up something, you can certainly make it into reality….
Forever in Your Debt,