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?
And with such symbolism, why didn’t I just leave Days of Gaia put while the term ‘Lord of Columbia’ would’ve just been another phrase within the pages of Northern Knights, Swords of Destiny, and Missing in Columbia?
Because to be honest, Days of Gaia had far more meaning.
Do I regret changing to Lord of Columbia?
Of course not, as Lord of Columbia to me has always held a darker tone than Days of Gaia, which was a play off the NASCAR movie, Days of Thunder if any of you remember it.
What is Gaia?
Gaia is the world in which Lord of Columbia is set.
In Gaia, about ten percent of the population hold supernatural abilities, the most prevalent of which are the Stoicheion abilities, and for those following my blog, you know by now the Stoicheion abilities involve control of the five classical elements: water, earth, fire, air, and Spirit.
But what else do we know about Gaia?
And no, I’m not talking about mythology, so you can rule that one out.
Days of Gaia
Think about that phrase, and forget Gaia for a moment.
There’s something very important about Gaia, and I’ll say this: Usually, I’m more vague here.
Yes, this post is a riddle to you all.
The first hint is in the title: Why Lord of Columbia Was Almost Days of Gaia.
The second hint is the second to last and next to last word in the above sentence: Days of.
I think some of you might be following, but others might still be staring at this page with a blank look on their faces.
What are you getting to, Todd?
Theory of Evolution
Yeah, I’m kind of talking Charles Darwin here, but I’m also talking about something else, and that’s a circle.
See, a circle really has no ending. There’s not beginning, and no ending to a circle.
If life really is a circle, it means we’re reborn after death, but in a different body.
Just a theory.
In a circle, the sun rises, sets high in the sky around midday, sets, and disappears for the night.
The Earth orbits the sun in a circle.
Just imagine, for a minute, if the circle theory were real, and that’s the third hint right now as to why I almost called Lord of Columbia ‘Days of Gaia.’
Look at the title of the post again.
Think of those second and next to last words once more.
Now imagine if the universe really moved in a circle and we can completely acknowledge the theory a circle has no ending in universal terms.
Something’s Still Missing
Oh, something is still missing, and when one reads through Northern Knights and Swords of Destiny, something is indeed missing.
One can read Neo Skyehawk and something isn’t mentioned.
In fact, in Missing in Columbia, a character mentions they wished Gaia had (fill in the blank), and that other planets in the solar system have (fill in the blank).
But there’s another object to pay close attention to.
Such an object is present in both Lord of Columbia and Neo Skyehawk.
Now we’re talking mythology, because the object in question, as well as Gaia, are derived from the same mythology.
And this is the fourth and final hint.
Reviewing the Hints
Okay, so look at the headline once more, which reads ‘Why Lord of Columbia Was Almost Days of Gaia.’
Hint two: Emphasize ‘Days of.’
Hint three: What if life really was a circle?
Hint four: Gaia and another object mentioned in Lord of Columbia are derived from the same mythology.
It says A LOT about Gaia itself.
Bonus Hint: Let’s have some fun and I’ll throw you a fifth hint: Contrary to popular belief, I never had to do much world building for this urban fantasy series; the world was already built for me.
Missing in Columbia
Missing in Columbia holds the solution to this four, or five, part riddle.
One character states Gaia’s age.
The same character longs for something other planets have, but Gaia doesn’t.
These are two additional massive hints that say a lot about Gaia.
A small number of you might be able to break the riddle and tell me what Gaia really is.
Final (seriously) hint: If you’re proficient in astronomy, you might definitely be able to break this riddle, which is the final hint.
So, I’ve scattered hints all throughout the work and tried to remain subtle about it.
Now you make the call.
What’s the significance behind Gaia?