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A Dark Force Growing – Appendix 6 — Epic Fantasy Lore & History for Stardust Destinies

At the beginning of Kaulchèc History, as before, the Telorians had kings who ruled and looked after the land. They had no form of election, and the rulers were not chosen by bloodline. A Telorian was chosen to be King if he had great skill, if he was a powerful yet compassionate leader, and if he had a worthy heart. The wizards could look into their souls and determine whether a candidate was worthy or not.

Before being crowned, he would have to prove his worthiness to his people. He could choose to be king or to stay a great knight. There could also be Queens. Those who accepted the crown took good care of Teloria.

When the King or Queen was ready, they would pass on to the Portal, or, before the arrival of the Kaulchèc, they would resign their position to complete their training in wizardry. They could also come to a mutual understanding to let another rule before their time was up. A prince could be the next King if he chose to prove himself, or, if he remained Prince, he became the King’s aide, like in a Senate. The cycle went on for many generations.

Then one day, curiosity and doubt led to greed for power. No one had foreseen this. A polc was born convinced he could change the world. No one had found reason for this or words to describe it. This Telorian had been the first to question their faith. ‘If when in the Portal you become immortal and able to decide when to pass on to the stars, why not gain all the power from it and establish peace and immortality among all the lands?’ he would ask. ‘In this way, Telorians could see the entire world and conquer all the lands to be King over them all, and learn all about the other cultures without study.’

The Telorians had learnt from the Kaulchèc who had discovered the Portal that if one of them went through the Portal and returned in order to have power over all the lands, even if their intentions were good, it would be unfair to the others. The rule was: You pass on there if and when worthy and never return.

This polc grew up and ignored his doubts, but when he got married, he passed on his theories to his many children, putting doubt and curiosity in their minds. Their family name was Mittèlor. Quite a few family lines came from the Mittèlor line. Some understood the rule of the Portal, but others desired the knowledge and power the Portal could give them. One from this family became King Silovah Firlan Mittèlor. He was chosen by the Telorians, and proved himself worthy. Others in his family tried to prove themselves but they all desired the Portal.

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Counting Time & Polken Talk – Appendix 4 & 5 — Epic Fantasy Lore for Stardust Destinies

Counting Time

The Telorians, along with all polcs, have a different way of counting the days than we do. The polc New Year’s Day falls on the shortest day of the year. The longest day of the year is called Half Year’s Day. In between each, when night and day are of equal length, is the Warm Quarter Day and the Cool Quarter Day. The polcs count 365 days each year, like we do, and every fourth year, there is an extra day before Warm Quarter Day (our Spring Equinox). They count four seasons: Spring, Summer, Colouring, and Winter. Spring starts on Warm Quarter Day, Summer on Half Year’s Day, and so forth.

Polcs don’t have months like we do. They have the notion of weeks, though. This may become confusing when keeping track of their birthdays, but if you’re used to counting with the sun, it becomes second nature. Someone’s birthday would be on the oomph day of the umph week of the season, or the oomph of the year. They knew that Warm Quarter Day fell on the 90th day of the year, Half Year’s Day on the 183rd, Cool Quarter Day on the 276th, and New Year’s Day on the first.

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The Magic of Dûnelor – Stardust Destinies Appendix 3

The magical polcs who dwell in the Desert of Dûnelor in the Great Ocean Valley originally came from the far and distant Land of Dûnelor. Dûnelor is home to many deserts, oases and jungles. Those who travelled to the Great Ocean Valley established a magical desert wherein they would be protected from the harsh winters of their new home and could retain the weather to which they were so accustomed.

Dûnelorians are polcs, thus they live between 500 and 600 years of age. Being polcs who come from a southern continent, their skin is tawny with undertones ranging from golden to umber.

Dûnelorians possess great magic and know many forms of ancient spellcasting. In their domain, they are ruled by an Emperor or Empress, selected from within the family lines of the previous ruler. The new ruler is selected by their predecessor and chosen for their magical abilities. The Emperor or Empress then selects two other members of their family to form the magical triad with them, each wearing a magical gemstone around their neck.

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The King’s Rallying Call

I received in my Medium Weekly Digest a post challenging writers to write a drabble (100-word story). I’ve never done one before, so this is my attempt at a drabble.

The King’s Rallying Call

A Fantasy-Medieval Drabble
Screenshot from a character I created in Dragon Age: Inquisition, Maxwell Trevelyan.

He stood before the hundreds of knights and soldiers who formed his army. Many of them sat upon horses, though many more stood waiting to hear their king speak. The winter wind blew, causing him to shiver. Still, a bead of sweat formed on his brow.

He swallowed hard. 

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