Here I was, promising a Saturday post, and I nearly forgot to do so. Luckily, the time exists for me to do this now as opposed to waiting until the evening or tomorrow.
Last week, I started talking about the world of our upcoming book, Nosamae Ascending. Our “human” races, Mar and farlander — and yes, sure, there are no doubt others, but are they relevant? No, not now — share their magic from the same “source,” which is called the myst. But, by race, they are stronger in certain areas of that magic.
Is it a genetic thing? I’m not going to go so far as to say that; after all, our hero in Lesson of the Fire, Sven Takraf, becomes a master with several aspects of magic that are not primary to the Mar. He’s no less a Mar for it. There are some farlanders, as well, who can work exceptionally well with the motes they are not supposed to be good with.
Two other races, the Wen and Turu — which I’ll get into more next week — have a similar relationship that is far more delineated, despite being, probably, far more closely related than the Mar and the farlanders.
Anyway. Way, way back in time, two other, older races intermingled to create the Mar, and cousins of those same races intermingled to create the farlanders. This happened, essentially, on opposite ends of the same continent that contains Marrishland from LotF, Turuna from Kingmaker, and the various states and kingdoms of the Flecterran Union in NA are located. There are several other countries/regions on the continent, but, you know, they’re irrelevant right now.
The Mar ended up in an incredibly inhospitable deadly swamp, essentially living on the borders with Hell and taunting its denizens. In order to survive, day in and day out — I am very much simplifying this story, by the way. The first Mar didn’t have or need magic — the magic they used had to lean toward destruction, healing and mobility. The races they sprung from treated them as worthless and vile abominations, and those races, on the whole, were struggling to kill each other, too. It was a terrible place and time, and a very stimulating read.
The farlanders were treated differently, and a large portion of them traveled from their homeland down into the Flecterran Valley, at the time, home to the Wen. The Wen are no less violent than the two races that fought in Marrishland, but the farlanders didn’t start out on the kind of negative footing that happened there.* The farlanders could communicate, and well. They had their magic, and had been treated fairly, on the scale of poor to great. The land they came from was, mostly, urbane and friendly, and the Valley was, despite being an overgrown jungle, at the very least, friendly.
* Short story about that: When one set of Mar ancestors arrived by boat, there was some miscommunication and they desecrated a few graves of the locals. The locals, who are the other set of Mar ancestors, did not react well. The first “Mar’ weren’t born for quite a long while into this what-seemed-like-a-forever war.
The Wen and the farlanders, of course, have had their wars, but not as races. Factions have fought over the years, farlanders and Wen, Wen and Wen, farlanders and farlanders, and alliances have been formed. And, like the two races that met and bred the Mar and farlanders, the farlanders and Wen have bred a third race for the region — Wefals. Don’t forget that name; I’ll get to it later.
So farlander magic became the negotiating magic: Presence, Knowledge, Wisdom and Elements.* How to deal with the factions. Wen are related to Turu, and their magic is gone when they are adults. If farlanders had Mar magic and temperament, they may have won the Valley back then. But in their creation, the world they were born into, there was no war. They had guidance in learning their magic (to the Mar, who discovered it on their own, magic is a gift; to the farlanders, magic is birthright).
* I could devote a whole blog to Elements, and I will someday, but let’s simply define it at magic resistance for now. If you’ve read LotF, you know that it has other tasks.
Oh, I’m long today. So much to discuss! And plenty of ideas for next week. Thanks!