More Authors Wanted

December 3rd 2017

Hello Authors and Would-Be Authors! WE WANT YOU!

If you are a writer and are looking to publish we understand the need to try and establish yourself and create your own world, complete with your own maps, your own history of the world, figure out how your story fits in to that world you are creating, and so forth.

However at the same time we also understand that this can be a daunting task to go through this whole process of "world building" in an effort to create a rich fantasy world with lots of history, architecture, food, different cultures to play with... and yes, it is a lot of work.

But we don't have to do it alone.

Shared worlds have been around for decades. Some of the more famous examples are Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance - properties once owned by TSR and currently owned by Wizards of the Coast. Licensing and writing in these worlds is a tricky matter.

For example, did you know that Conan (the Barbarian) is in a grey legal zone when it comes to copyright? The problem is that the copyright on Conan ran out 75 years after the death of Robert E. Howard in 1936. So the copyright ran out in 2011. However because somebody purchased the film rights years ago, rights which were later purchased by a company which makes video games, they tend to be very protective of their film rights - and as such sue anyone they think might be infringing on their rights. Even though they don't actually own the rights to the books.

So to remedy this problem we do have a solution.

His name is Wulfric the Wanderer. And anyone who wants to publish a book within Korovia can write Conan-esque stories about Wulfric set in the world of Korovia / Aoerth. Admittedly Conan stories are pretty formulaic. Generally there are some strange ruins for Conan to explore, a damsel to rescue, a beast for Conan to kill... and a smart villain that also needs to be defeated.

However with Wulfric stories you do not need to follow the formula. You can do something very different with the character.

That is the beauty of Korovia. Any story you want to tell can be told within this world. There is something for everyone. You are not limited to a particular kind of protagonist. You could have an anti-hero or villain being the main character of the story. Your story could be high fantasy, it could be a murder mystery, it could be about an environmental issue and the hero is a druid... Anything is possible.

Want to write a story about time travel? The ruins north of Dangarn village have a solution for you.

Want to write a story about horror or vampires? The cursed village of Starovia in southern Korovia has problems with vampires. And there are numerous other places suitable for horror stories, such as Mount Relicairn in the Tranquil Mountains.

Want to write about pirates or sea monsters? The Leviathan Sea has you covered.

Not sure what part of Korovia suits your needs? Just ask. We will help you out.

You can even write something collaboratively. We can pair you up with another author and you can bounce ideas back and forth to see if there is an idea you both enjoy and want to write together.

The Dark Eclipse

October 10th 2017

In the beginning there was the Eldar Noramir, beings made of light and between them they perceived darkness.

One darkness they sensed which was beyond all others would eclipse the light and with it came death. It was the one thing that the Eldar Noramir feared and so they strove to find a way to contain this darkness.

They made stars for their homes, the sun, planets and moons - giving rise to new sources of light, always with the goal of trying to fight back against the darkness.

They created Metrequia to give off a silvery white light, to give hope to all creatures who aspired to goodness.

They created Xarsius to give off blood crimson light, to give pleasure to all creatures who craved evildoing.

They created Triquirius the fire god to be both the sun and to provide light to weakminded mortals in dark places in the form of fire.

They created magic to create magical light so that strongminded mortals could provide light indefinitely.

But even so, despite all their efforts, the Dark Eclipse would always come one night each year. To darken the sky, to darken torches, and even to darken magical light.

Dark doings happened during the Dark Eclipse. Evildoers who sought the darkness as their ally would use it to steal and murder. Evil mages would find their magic intensified and it was the perfect time to strike against their good enemies.

And so it was that a tradition was born amongst the common folk of Korovia. On the eve of the Dark Eclipse people would light torches, lanterns and use magic and travel from home to home to visit their neighbours.

Over time the good folk of Korovia would give food to their guests for visiting them, some too old to make the journey would bake wee snacks and sweets.

And so it fell to the younger generations to do this good deed. To travel from home to home bearing lanterns and to leave the lanterns behind to scare away evil. They would carve the lanterns out of wood or pumpkins and leave them with flickering candles within to scare away evildoers.

Thus over time the Dark Eclipse became a social event for the common folk of Korovia. But to those who know, the Dark Eclipse is still a time of great evil and there is a wisp of magic in the light of the lanterns.

Happy Yuletide Season / Updates to Authors page

Happy Yuletide Season!

We have updated the Authors page significantly, adding images of the various books by authors and links to where they can be purchased.

Winter Festivals in Korovia

Druids travel about the land following the Winter Solstice giving out gifts usually made from Holly and Mistletoe. Common folk refer to this period as the "Holly Days".

Common gifts include Holly Water / Tea (useful as a digestive and also combats rheumatism, fever, high blood pressure), wooden toys for children (wooden swords, shields, bows, arrows, etc), herbal teas, Holly symbols, superstitious protective charms, and a variety of other gifts.

Peasants and nobles alike also exchange gifts, but it is the wandering druids who really draw the attention of children as the druids give out sweets such as candied apples, hot taffy, candied nuts, caramel corn, maple syrup candy and more.

Adults frequently celebrate the Winter Solstice and Holly Days with a variety of games, sporting competitions (darts is really popular as it can be played indoors), and a significant amount of drinking of vodka, mulled wine and spiced ales.

Map of Korovia

Map of Korovia

Under the Red Moon Xarsius

Under the Red Moon Xarsius