So, I wanted to go ahead and give some clarification information on a few symbols and logos spoken of in the Lord of Columbia Series which are also seen on this blog. I’ve written a couple posts in the past describing a few of the symbols but this particular article encompasses every single symbol, from sports logos to the flags, one will come across when reading the Original Trilogy, or Books I through III.
During a late-night convo at a gas station (it’s actually the place to be in my hometown) friend of mine once pointed out that there’s always a reason behind me placing elements within my works. He couldn’t have been more right, and the same goes for the hundreds who have taken the time to comment on my blog.
We already saw this with names, where Cain is named after the biblical Cain, who commits the first-ever murder in human history, or at least in the Christian tradition. Riscattare means redeem in Italian. When you place the two together, it shows off Cain’s shoot first, ask questions later personality, yet at the same time cares enough for his people to the point he’s willing to die for them to be free and live their lives without government intrusion.
In other words, Cain isn’t afraid to go as far as to threatening to kill a rival (not seen in the main portion of the series) to consoling his younger cousin during a tragedy (also, not seen in the actual series). He’s more of a kind of, sort of, lovable outlaw, or perhaps someone who doesn’t stand for a flawed governmental justice system, sort of like Law Abiding Citizen’s Clyde Shelton.
The same goes for Adam Syndari. Adam was the first male to commit a sin in the Christian tradition, and Syndari literally means ‘sinner’ in Swedish. I can go on and on here, but I think you get it.
Anyway, let’s get on with the reasoning behind my flag designs, sports logos designs, and even the colors of my book covers. Every little detail is done for a reason, and I’ve paid close attention throughout the entire process.
The Name of Episode I
Most of you now know that the name of Episode I is Northern Knights, but how did the name come about?
Northern Knights is a culmination of a few elements. Northern really stands for Cleveland, which is the northernmost city in the NFL’s AFC North, which includes Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Baltimore. Cleveland is also one of many homes to America’s ‘North Coast,’ as it borders Lake Erie, separating the Continental US from Canada.
At the same time, I’m a fan of the Vegas Golden Knights of the NHL, whose name was revealed not long before I decided on the name ‘Northern Knights’ for my first novel. It simply made sense, to combine my favorite NFL team with my favorite NHL team.
I was lucky, very lucky to have seen Northern Knights as a popular search engine tool. I didn’t realize how many high schools in America called their teams the Northern Knights, even those in the Southern portion of America, but whatever.
While my books are Libertarian manifestos riddled with an Anarchocapitalist agenda, many Libertarians and AnaCaps will be confused as to why the protagonists are orange and brown while he antagonists are in black and yellow, since AnaCap colors are black and yellow, and ditto for Voluntarism.
This is one reason why you almost always see me wearing Browns apparel while I make videos or even when taking snippets of myself with my books; to relay that this urban fantasy series contains more than a simple political message; it also contains an NFL influence.
Being a Browns fan, it’d be a crime against my own well-being to place my protagonists in Steelers colors, especially since this Series is also my way of flipping the Steel City’s team off, something Browns fans from all political backgrounds will enjoy. Heck, if everything else divides us, our love for the Browns and subsequent hatred toward the Steelers are the two elements that unite us.
It is for that reason, Columbia’s colors are orange and brown while Southpoint wears the dreaded black and yellow. Notice I don’t say ‘black and gold’ here like some refer to the Steelers as. The New Orleans Saints are black and gold….as are two colors of my Vegas Golden Knights.
So, if you know Cleveland Sports, you will know why the Columbian Flag looks the way it does. For one, it contains an orange background along with brown lettering. The color scheme is another obvious nod to the Browns.
For my international readers or for those unfamiliar with Cleveland, I’ll elaborate a little.
The block ‘C’ is a reference to the Cleveland Indians, whose primary logo and cap insignia contain the block ‘C.’ While this is a different block design (I don’t need a lawsuit), nonetheless, it does resemble the Indians’ cap insignia.
It’s also clear that I use the term ‘Cavaliers’ to describe someone of courage and bravery. The initial term I used was ‘Warriors,’ however with the Cavs-Warriors Rivalry, I changed the wording in the final revisions, unable to justify using ‘Warriors’ over ‘Cavaliers.’
One will realize in the text itself, the term ‘Cavaliers’ is used often; make a mental note that all these terms were once ‘Warriors.’
In the actual novels, the orange and brown represent the colors of Columbia. The block ‘C’ stands for Columbia, while the intersecting swords symbolize the Sword of Stoicheion and the Sword of Destiny.
So, Southpoint is named after Southpointe, an area in Pittsburgh’s South Hills. The four inverted triangles are actually inspired by the Pittsburgh Penguins’ logo, where an inverted triangle behind the skating penguin represents Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle, which converges at The Point, where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers meet to form the Ohio River—Yes, Ohio literally runs through Pittsburgh and it’ll always run through Pittsburgh as long as this world is here!
Maybe Nick Chubb will emulate this when the Browns storm Heinz Field!
The Black-Ops font I use for Southpoint’s script in the black gap in between the four inverted triangles is identical to the font the Steelers use for their typescript. Also, the football team places the word ‘Steelers,’ or ‘Stillers,’ in Pittsburgh English, within the Steelmark logo, so placing ‘Southpoint’ within the open space is a nod to it.
In the books, each triangle stands for the four founding countries of the Southpoint Empire, which if you download my reader magnet, you can find out which four countries started the Empire. The name Southpoint in the novels symbolizes the location that forces from the four founding countries meant, at the southernmost point of the primary founding nation.
Santos Knights Logo
The logo consists of a knight on horseback bearing a Sword of Stoicheion. This was inspired by a logo from an MLB team once known as the St. Louis Browns, who played in St. Louis until 1954 before the team moved to Baltimore to become the Baltimore Orioles.
If you’re wondering, there is absolutely no correlation between the Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Browns, except the fact they were both called the Browns and both happened to move to Baltimore to have their relocated teams named after birds.
I know, it’s weird as hell, but there’s zero relation. What’s even crazier is that the St. Louis Browns’ colors were also orange and brown. So, when I saw the logo of St. Louis on horseback, I told myself, ‘That’s the Santos Knights’ logo.’
So, I took to Canva to conceive the logo and it turned out rather well, even if it does look a little like an Association football badge.