Authors: Ron Glick
Books by Ron Glick:
Oz – Wonderland
The Wizard In Wonderland
Dorothy Through the Looking Glass
Ron El's Comic Book Trivia Volume 1
Ron El's Comic Book Trivia Volume 2
Ron El's Comic Book Trivia Volume 3
Ron El's Comic Book Trivia Volume 4
Ron El's Comic Book Trivia Volume 5
Ron El's Comic Book Trivia Volume 6
The Godslayer Cycle
You are my Geoffrey.
To Vera Jane,
For standing by me.
© Ron Glick, 2013
Cover Art and Design by Laura Gordon (www.bookcovermachine.wordpress.com)
ISBN #: 1490589872 - ISBN-13 #: 978-1490589879
Table of Contents
Map of Na'Ril
What has come before...
About the Author
One of the most unique aspects about writing an epic fantasy story is the concept of world building. As a fantasy author, I am forced to not only create new characters, but I must manufacture a world in which these characters exist and interact. It can be challenging, certainly, but even moreso is the necessity to convey this world to my readers.
Unlike the majority of fiction – with the notable exception of science fiction – the world already exists around the writer, so there is no need to provide too much detail on how it looks. We all know what Paris looks like and what it's given geographic location to London is, for instance. A writer of historical fiction might have to give a little more background, but the overall context of the world is already there for them to insert wherever it is needed.
However, when I set out to create the Godslayer Cycle and its companion series, Chaos Rising, I knew that this was not going to be Earth – the fantasy concepts I imagined do not exist in our world. So I created the world of Na'Ril, a reality dominated by magic, Gods and mythical creations. In doing so, I hoped to be able to convey imagery and descriptions necessary for my readers to easily delve into this world along with me.
I stepped away from the Godslayer Cycle for about a year while I worked on other books – first
The Wizard In Wonderland
. In the interim, I have had a lot of great reviews that have applauded my ability to create a rich and detailed world. When I set back on the path to write this sequel, I reread what I had already written and had to agree that it was a very sophisticated and complicated world I had created. In fact, it was so complex, that what had originally been so clear and vibrant in my mind now necessitated notes to keep track of details between the books. And if I – the world's creator – felt I needed notes to keep track of all the characters, locations and circumstances, how could I possibly expect my readers to follow?
So for this installment, I decided to create some crib notes for my readers. I am no cartographer, but I endeavored to create a crude map to help give the lay of the land for people to get a relationship to where major events in the books are happening. I also created a categorized glossary so that my readers can track the characters, locations and concepts introduced in the novels so far. I will also endeavor to create a counterpart of these in my next installment in Chaos Rising.
I am hoping these added resources will better help you to better enjoy and immerse yourself into the world of Na'Ril. I welcome any suggestions any of my readers may have for future installments, too. If I left anything out, or if you would like to assist in improving the Na'Ril map, I welcome the input.
Once again, I sincerely hope you enjoy where this story is going. I am committed to making this as easy a transition from our real world to the fantasy world of Na'Ril as possible. But I am, in the end, human, so I am equally hopeful that you will forgive any shortcomings I may demonstrate.
Thank you for your loyalty and fellowship.
Old Gods – The Pantheon
God and Goddess of Charity and Greed, Master and Mistress of Benevolence.
God and Goddess of Life and Death, Mistress and Master of Mortality.
God and Goddess of Truth and Deception, Baron and Baroness of the Dark.
God and Goddess of Knowledge and Mystery, Steward and Stewardess of Learning.
God and Goddess of Magic and Chance, Lady and Lord of Fortune.
God and Goddess of Bounty and Famine, Guardian of the Grail.
God and Goddess of War and Peace, Lord and Lady of Strife.
God and Goddess of Love and Hate, Maiden and Champion of the Heart.
God and Goddess of Land and Sky, Empress and Emperor of the Day.
The New Order
The Greater Powers
God of the Hunt, aka, the Hunter.
Goddess of the Moon
God of the Sun, aka, the Sun God.
God of Knowledge
Goddess of Soil
, aka, Maiden of the Soil
Goddess of Death
God of Deception
God of Harvest
, aka, Knight of the Fields
God of Honor
Goddess of Truth (deceased)
God of the Sea
God of War
God of Justice
God of Storm
, aka, the Stormlord
God of Mountains
, aka, the Mountain King
God of Merchants
The Lesser Powers
God of Mischief, aka, the Prankster.
Goddess of Dreams
Goddess of Mystery
God of Darkness
Goddess of Charm
God of Shadow
Goddess of Seduction
Officer in Carland Army. Marshal of Justin Surelake.
Father of Mariabelle. Grandfather of Geoffrey.
Mercenary. Derek's younger brother.
Self-Proclaimed God. First bearer of
Dwarf. Proprietor of Wyrm's Fang Tavern.
aka, Lillian. Priestess of Imery.
Mercenary. Alsen's older brother. Rendered an imbecile by Brea.
Avery's former apprenticeship master.
Son of Nathaniel and Mariabelle. Grandson of Aliban.
Mutineer. Wielder of
Avery's scribe. Ankor in disguise.
aka, Justin I, aka, Lord Justin. King of Carland.
Innkeep in Scollhaven. Father of Viola.
Wife of Nathaniel. Mother of Geoffrey. Daughter of Aliban.
Nathaniel Goodsmith's mother. Druidess.
Pantheon's Avatar. Father of Geoffrey. Husband of Mariabelle. Son of Maribel.
Of the first men. Made covenant with the Pantheon.
Priest of Anlar. Murdered Faerun. Branded Avery.
Daughter of Mansel. Avery's lover.
aka, El'ba Ilitro. One of the trinity of powers in addition to the Eternal and Infinite. Recently came into his power, physical form resists any change.
aka, Alalya Mirnette. Demi-God with ability to teleport anywhere on Na'Ril. 400 years old.
aka, phoenix, fenhuang, aka, garuda. One of the trinity of powers in addition to the Constant and Infinite – Guardian of the First City, moving backwards through time.
Demi-God, awareness of all things destined to happen. 600 years old.
A crystalline mass encasing the First City.
Kingdom bordering Wildelands to the west, founded by Justin I twenty years ago.
Military zone bordering eastern side of Wildelands.
Legendary genesis of where all mortals' existence began on Na'Ril.
Coastal community. City taken by Gravin
The Constant's homeland (somewhere in the Western Realms).
City-state in Welshire, hometown of Gravin.
Township in Wildelands. Avery's initial base of control.
Capital of Carland.
Territory south of Carland, occupied by city-states.
Sealed society on another continent.
An area of largely unsettled, heavily forested, mountainous lands.
Tavern formerly owned by Bracken Hillfire (destroyed).
Varied texts of Pantheon faith.
The scriptures of Imery.
Mythical group of people said to be the first humans on Na'Ril.
Ship which Gravin attempted to mutiny.
Parable depicting the consequences of defying the Gods.
Rules of Divinity
1) A deity must name him or herself when asked. 2) A God cannot take a mortal life. 3)
A God is always bound by his or her word.