Lord of Columbia Series

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Why Did I Call it the Sword of Stoicheion?

I’m often asked how I came up with names of people, locations, and objects that are present in Lord of Columbia and Neo Skyehawk. You have Sword of Stoicheion, Ddraigoch, character names, and more.  Some of which I touched on in previous posts and others will be examined in future articles.

Coming up with unforgettable names was something I often asked myself as a kid when I played Pokemon games, wondering how the creators came up with names like Gyarados, Pikachu, and the other original 151 creatures which now number over 700 if I’m not mistaken.

When I researched how the creators of Pokemon came up with names, it was to play to the tastes of American and other English-speaking audiences worldwide, giving them “clever and descriptive” names.

Knowing this, I wanted to do the same with my own names.

For instance, Cain Riscattare’s name in Northern Knights displays irony. You have Cain, who in the Book of Genesis in the Christian Bible, committed the first murder in human history while Riscattare is Italian for redeem.

For those who’ve read Northern Knights, Cain’s personality fits his name. He’s an immature, arrogant hothead who goes out of his way to make life hell for those he doesn’t like or for anyone who annoys him. However, he’s fiercely loyal to his friends and family, doesn’t tolerate discrimination, sexism, or racism, and is the type of person who will invite an outcast into his circle of friends.

As stated in previous articles, Rand Jefferson, Cain’s mentor, is named after Rand Paul and Thomas Jefferson.

Savannah Rivers is based on a girl I met whose first name is after a city and last name after a river.

The most unique might be Ddraigoch, which is basically a combination of the Welsh translation of The Red Dragon, ‘Y ddraig goch.’

The most notable and common term is Stoicheion, which is the subject of this article.

 

The Classical Elements

For those who grew up watching Avatar, the Last Airbender, you know how important element-bending is to the series. And those of you who don’t know, the four elements mentioned are water, earth, fire, and air (wind in Lord of Columbia).

In The Last Airbender, only the Avatar has the ability to master all four elements while in Lord of Columbia, anyone born with ability can master the five elements, as I added Spirit to this mantra as well. Each character born with Stoicheion ability (about 1 in 25, while 1 in 10 are born with any type of ability) can master the elements, which I refer to as the Stoicheion elements, separate from those with ability in the Philosophic elements of metal, blood, and wood.

Those born with such ability begin by controlling one element before learning others, just as Aang had done in Last Airbender, where his original element was air before learning water, earth, and fire. Only those whose original element is Spirit will likely control only one element, due to Spirit’s complexity, which I’ll dive into in a later article as many have asked me why this is the case.

Anyway, back to the talk of the Classical elements.

Basically, I wanted to pull a Pokemon and give… I don’t know about clever, but I definitely wanted descriptive and unforgettable names, especially for those who possess ability to give the reader something to identify with.

 

That’s the Name!

Not only was it important to give a descriptive name that readers could identify with, I wanted a name that was memorable, one that would walk into a reader’s mind anytime they heard the word ‘element.’

Wikipedia of all places, led me straight to the name.

While conducting initial research for Northern Knights, then under a completely different working title, I wanted accuracy when it came to element control and what to refer to the elements as a group.

Sword of the Elements just didn’t sound right, lacked creativity, description, and to be honest, was just forgettable.

Per Wikipedia, I read ‘the ancient Greek word for element, stoicheion…’

It was right there, sitting in a personal training office and awaiting my next client I gasped and said to myself, “That’s it, that’s the name!”

I went into my first draft and replaced ‘Sword of the Elements’ with ‘Sword of Stoicheion,’ and the rest is history.

The most common, and perhaps most mysterious unique name found in Lord of Columbia derives its name from Ancient Greece, where the classical elements also played a massive role.

 

Gaia, A World Quite Like Our Own

It was due to the Greek nature of the term ‘stoicheion’ did I decide that in Gaia, in which the entire world’s landmass is similar to our own landmass on present-day Earth, that the Greek-like region must play a massive role in both Lord of Columbia and Neo Skyehawk.

A bit of a foreshadow will come in Neo Skyehawk upon the release of Fighting the High Seas, and in Lord of Columbia’s Trilogy II, not only will the story take place in Columbia, but our characters will set sail across Gaia later in the trilogy, unearthing a mystery that is thousands of years old, a mystery that originates in the Greek-like region of Terrain, close, very close, to the Heart of the World’s Island, which is eerily identical to our own world island.

For that, I’ll leave you with this teaser quote:

“Who controls Eastern Europe controls the Heartland; who rules the Heartland rules the World-Island; who rules the World-Island controls the world,” – Halford John Mackinder, 1904.

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Spoiler Alert! Pop Culture, Locations, and Other References in Northern Knights

Northern Knights' References

Clockwise, Sunset in Weirton, WV (photo by: Todd Matthews), Cleveland Browns 2015 uniform unveil (photo by Eric Drost), Crossing the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge from Steubenville into Weirton, WV (photo by Eric Wagg), Riding along Main Street, Wintersville, Ohio.

Northern Knights might be an urban fantasy that takes place in a fictionalized version of our world, but don’t think for a single second I haven’t made some pop culture and mainstream references in Northern Knights, the Lord of Columbia Series’ first episode.

From Chapter One, the reader will find entertainment and comic relief from the darker overtones of the plot when they stumble across such references.

 

 

 

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The Eurean Kingdom

What’s up, Freedom Flames? If you look to the sidebar of this article, and all articles if you’re reading from a desk or laptop you’ll see an image with a book entitled ‘The Eurean Kingdom,’ my free e-book that serves as the prequel to the Neo Skyehawk Series.

Now, you might be thinking ‘Why would I just give away my email address for one single free book?’

Well, let me ask YOU something.

Are you a fan of free?

I think we’re all a fan of free, right?

In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever turned down free before.

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Get the Northern Knights, Swords of Destiny, and Missing in Columbia Collection Today!

Lord of Columbia Trilogy

Click the image to purchase your copy for just $6.99!

Everybody loves hot deals, and now you too can get in on the action by purchasing the first trilogy in the Lord of Columbia Series featuring Northern Knights, Swords of Destiny, and Missing in Columbia for only $6.99. This deal, advertised only here at Lord of Columbia Series rewards the reader with 53% off the cover prices if the books are bought separately.

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Raven’s Flock, Coming to You in 2020!

Raven's Flock

Dear Freedom Flames,

I hope you’re as excited as I am that Missing in Columbia has been released and is now available for purchase on Amazon. With Missing in Columbia up and running, the First Trilogy in the Lord of Columbia Series is complete, which I’m also referring to as the first season.

But, now that Season One is in the books, the focus is now on Season Two, which will bring about new characters and an entirely new situation with the first book entitled ‘Raven’s Flock.’

You guys and girls are in luck since I’m giving you a little bit of a preview as to what to expect when Raven’s Flock is released in early-2020, preferably January-February.

If you’re interested in learning more about the next dose of action in the new adult urban fantasy thrillers, strap in as I take you through some new characters, themes, and even a couple plot elements.

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Why Lord of Columbia Was Almost Days of Gaia

A Riddle

The series found a name in Lord of Columbia, which beat out both Days of Gaia and Age of Columbia, simply because Lord was a hotter search term at the Amazon market than Days and Age. It was a strategy I picked up from Derek Haines of Just Publishing Advice.

But what was the symbolism behind Days of Gaia?

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Lord of Columbia and Neo Skyehawk: Two Libertarian Manifestos

Libtertarian logo motivated the Freedom Flames

The Freedom Flames in Lord of Columbia were based on the logo of the Libertarian Party.

I’ve always considered the Lord of Columbia (LoC) as setting the stage for a Libertarian manifesto, taken from Ron Paul’s book, The Revolution: A Manifesto, which I read back in 2012.

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The Trilogy that Almost Wasn’t

It’s true. The Lord of Columbia trilogy was almost one huge book. Northern Knights is 385 pages. Swords of Destiny, 364. Missing in Columbia is roughly 350-375. My original intention was to write four to five books, at least 900 to 1,100 pages in length.

Thank goodness I do research, because I don’t think anyone in their right mind would’ve read a book consisting of four-figures from a rookie author.

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Missing in Columbia: Book III in the Lord of Columbia Series

 

Missing in Columbia has arrived and I can’t be happier about finally finishing Trilogy I in the Lord of Columbia Series.

Now that Missing in Columbia is in Amazon’s online store, today I want to share with you all the work’s epic extended description.

If you’re new to my site and the Lord of Columbia Series, feel free to check out my descriptions for Episode I, Northern Knights, and Episode II, Swords of Destiny.

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Neo Skyehawk Series, Book V: Fighting the Great Plan, Part II

Welcome back, guys, and I have an awesome treat for all of you reading today. As I stated in an earlier post, Episode IV in the Neo Skyehawk Series Fighting the High Seas, is coming along well and as expected.

But what I didn’t tell you all was that I already concocted a plot for the book’s sequel, Fighting the Great Plan, Part II. In doing so, the perma-free series will see two new releases within a short time of one another.

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