From the Author
As I began to wonder at the mechanics of these magic systems - and the motivations of the gods, if they were deliberately limiting their followers in these ways - I began to discover fiction that spelled out the exact functions and restrictions of magic in ways that were internally consistent. I fell in love with that style, and this book is my love letter to the "hard fantasy" genre.
Within this book, you'll see a variety of practitioners of magic, mostly in the form of Dominion Sorcery. My goal is that the reader should be able to understand how this system works and attempt to anticipate the ways in which the protagonists - and antagonists - may use their abilities, much in the same manner than one might guess at the twist in a "fair play" mystery.
Another major source of inspiration from my writing comes from the amazing combat scenes in manga and anime. These types of flashy, epic battles are rarely found in western fiction, and I wanted to make a contribution into that side of the genre.
I hope you enjoy the book!
About the Author
When he's not crunching numbers for game balance, he runs Shades of Venaya, a swords and sorcery themed live-action role-playing game. In addition, he writes for pen and paper role-playing games.
Aside from game design and writing, Andrew watches a lot of anime, reads a metric ton of fantasy books, and plays every role-playing game he can get his hands on.