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How To Pronounce The Names From IN THE COMPANY OF THE DEAD (Part 1)

In the Company of the Dead Book 1 of The Sundered Oath

I’m recording a series of videos to show you how to pronounce the words from my dark epic fantasy In the Company of the Dead, including the invented words, the Latin and the Gaelic. Watch Part 1 now.
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Watch out for Part 2, coming soon!

The Maps for IN THE COMPANY OF THE DEAD

I’m excited to share with you the maps from In the Company of the Dead, courtesy of Worlds Beyond Art.inFOLIO Research Group

The world of In the Company of the Dead:

Map

Floorplans of Caisteal Aingeal an Bhais (Castle of the Angel of Death), the design of which was inspired by Caerlaverock Castle in Scotland.

Ground Floor

First Floor

I hope this preview has given you a small taste of this new world!

Are You the Chosen of the Death Goddess? #ITCOTD Personality Quiz

To celebrate the upcoming release of In the Company of the Dead on April 25, I have created a new personality quiz to introduce you to the gods of this new world.Изготовление устройства электроподогрева автомобил…

So…are you the chosen of the death goddess? Play to find out!

Find out which god is your patron in the world of IN THE COMPANY OF THE DEAD.

These are the most loving and merciful of all people, with room in their heart for all. They are very accepting of people’s differences and unlikely to have prejudices. They can sometimes be indecisive, usually from fear of upsetting someone. Wanting to make everyone happy can make them a fence-sitter.  This includes sometimes finding it difficult to commit to one person, because they love too widely or freely, or because they treasure too many qualities for one person to contain them all. It is a special person who can tie down someone with Chalon as their patron.
 
They are social animals, always outgoing, and have a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. No matter where they go, they will usually find someone they know, and can strike up a conversation with perfect strangers.
Their commitment to life means they can rarely take a life, even in self-defence. They are never soldiers, but find work as gardeners, crop farmers, and healers (of people and animals).
When devotees of Chalon turn to evil, they most often devote themselves to Grindhym, dark god of putrefaction, deceit and cruelty.

The followers of Ahura believe in justice before mercy, but they form their own view of what is just in line with their own code of honour. While they generally prefer not to lie, they can be selective about which parts of the truth they choose to share. Because they see the world in black and white, they can struggle with both shades of grey and shades of meaning. Because they are forthright and honest, and mostly expect others to be the same, they can have issues with miscommunication.
Apart from this pitfall, they see more clearly than most, being particularly perceptive and observant. This means they are generally difficult to fool, which can unfortunately result in them becoming jaded or cynical. They are more likely to be logical thinkers than not.
Fewer people have Ahura as their patron god than any other. They make good soldiers, magistrates and law-keepers. Strangely, they also gravitate to the position of healer, perhaps because of its unwilling connection to death.
When devotees of Ahura turn to evil, they most often devote themselves to Rahmyr, dark goddess of decay, despair and corruption.

Frequently forward-thinking optimists, some of the greatest innovations come from the devotees of Istaril. At the extreme end, they can be so hopeful and positive as to be naïve, and always expect the best from people. They are silver-tongued, usually having a great gift for words, and so can usually get the best of a bargain or talk themselves out of trouble. Although innovative and progressive, logic is not always their strongest point, and their tendency to always hope for the best can lead them to take great risks in hope of great reward. Sometimes this pays off and sometimes it doesn’t.
As independent thinkers, they rarely subscribe to society’s ideals, expectations and morals, and will have their own code of ethics which may not align with the opinion of the day. This makes them a catalyst for great societal change—for good or evil.
Fiercely independent, they rarely work for others, but gravitate to roles like travelling merchants, mercenaries, shepherds, frictionnaires, and politics. When in the military, they are nearly always charismatic leaders.
When devotees of Istaril turn to evil, they most often worship Phelayne, dark goddess of stagnation, conquest, and hatred.

Shrewd but generous, Trystai’s followers never waste anything, not coin, not food, nor effort—yet they are generous of heart and compassionate. They will help out where they can, and give to those in need. Improving the human condition is important to them. They enjoy a good debate, and will happily discuss abstract topics for hours, such as the nature of ethics or the meaning of freedom.
They are astute and critical thinkers, and never accept anything at face value, but can be slow to make decisions and want to have as much information as possible. Sometimes this paralyses them in the search of perfection. They make poor soldiers but good businesspeople, philosophers and scientists.
When devotees of Trystai turn to evil, they most often devote themselves to Urslin, dark goddess of waste, selfishness and submission.

Devotees of Rulance are decisive but dedicated, both to their work and the important people in their lives. They work well under pressure, and rarely freeze when decisions need to be made, but sometimes their confidence can turn to arrogance.
They would rather die than break an oath or betray someone. They are fiercely loyal to family and friends, but generally find it hard to make friends, and are often reserved.
Getting to know one can be difficult, as they are likely to wear a public mask on their thoughts and emotions. Sometimes they are wrongly called emotionless, when in fact they are simply good at making decisions without involving emotion.
Their compassion makes them well suited to roles as healers, and their dedication, confidence and loyalty make them good soldiers. Their decisiveness also make them good leaders.
When devotees of Rulance turn to evil, they most often devote themselves to Lamehn, dark god of tyranny, arrogance and treachery.

Always free spirits, they are impulsive, often hot-headed, and given to ingenuity. They love to let their hair down and indulge in a little fun. They have trouble staying in one place for long, and their attention span can be short. In particular, they are prone to make impulsive decisions or promises, and later forget about them or regret them.
These people are often drawn to the travelling life, such as that of sailors, mercenaries, merchants or roving minstrels. Regardless of their day job, they are usually passionate creatives, composing music, writing poetry or telling tales on the side. Many of those who live life on the shady side of the law have Kelich as their patron god, particularly those who make their way using the art of the con.
When devotees of Kelich turn to evil, they most often devote themselves to Durlac, dark god of caprice, oppression and dissuasion.

Judge

Gardener

Politician

Writer

Scientist

Doctor

The loyal one

The party animal

The quiet thinker

The one who can talk anyone else out of trouble

The one who always tells it like it is

The one with the biggest circle of friends

Believe in good and evil

Live according to your own code of honour

Tend to act first and regret at leisure

Treat people the way you want to be treated – we should love everyone!

Happily debate the shades of grey in right and wrong for hours

Are loyal to family and friends first – if it’s not good for them, it’s not right

Expect the worst

Accept each person as their own individual

Expect the best – but sometimes you’re disappointed

Like the fun, outgoing ones

Always think about what you can do for them

Keep most at arm’s length

Rely on logic

Would really rather not

Hope for the best

Are impulsive and often don’t think it through

Make good choices, even under pressure

Think it over for a few days and assess all the information.

Very – a broken promise is just a kind of lying

I don’t like letting people down;

Sometimes a promise just can’t be kept. That’s life.

Sometimes I just forget…

What exactly do you mean by ‘promise’?

My word is my bond

Inflexibility

People-pleasing

Risk-taking

Procrastination

Being argumentative

Arrogance

Yes

No

Male

Female

Monday Morsel: Must Be Another Way – an excerpt from IN THE COMPANY OF THE DEAD

What Price A lie

‘Are you sure about this?’ Everard hovered behind the castellan’s wife’s maid, anxiety warring with dignity in his stiff posture.

The maid shot him an annoyed look as he bumped the table, jostling the collection of pots of paints and rouges. When Everard retreated, she put the brush in her hand delicately to Ellaeva’s cheekbones.

‘No.’ Ellaeva worked her jaw to moisten her dry mouth. ‘No, not at all.’

‘Could your holiness close your eyes?’ The maid’s soft voice was deferential as she laid down the brush. Examining the portrait propped on the table, she selected another, smaller brush.

Ellaeva closed her eyes, and a moment later the rabbit’s fur brush flickered over her eyelids.

‘There must be another way.’ Anxiety threaded through Everard’s voice.

Ellaeva’s heart fluttered in response, but she held herself steady under the ministrations of the maid. ‘We’re out of time.’

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Thanks for dropping by! Don’t forget, this is a first draft, and as such won’t be perfect – while the bones of the story are there, enough to give you a glimpse into the tale of these characters, I typically do at least eight drafts so you can expect the final version to bear little resemblance to what I post here.

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More about In the Company of the Dead

What Price A lie

Son of a duke and third in line for the throne, Lyram is exiled to a lonely castle after striking his prince – but when the castle is besieged, he fears the prince means to remove him more permanently.

Hope arrives in the form of the Left Hand of Death, the woman bound to serve the goddess Ahura in battle. But the priestess has not come for the siege – instead she hunts the castle for a hidden necromancer dedicated to the god of decay.

Within his stone prison, Lyram must fight to save himself from both political machinations and clashing gods. But as the siege lengthens, his greatest threat comes from an unexpected quarter.

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Monday Morsel: Her Betrayed Goddess – an excerpt from IN THE COMPANY OF THE DEAD

Ellaeva sat in the withdrawing room, contemplating a decanter of wine weighing down one corner of the map. The thud of Galdron’s receding boots still echoed around the small room. The room’s shadows deepened as the sun sank toward the west, and the chair held her close, like a nest cradling a baby bird, or a man comforting his lover.

The wine reflected a deep ruby red in the dying light. The colour captivated her, called to her, like a siren on the rocks beckoning a sailor, with a forked tongue promising impermanent oblivion.

For tomorrow she would arise and remember; deep below the castle, the enemy sappers still tunnelled.

The sally had failed, the explosives planted in the wrong place, or not deep enough. Men had died for no gain.

If she succumbed to the lure of the wine, tonight would be painless, but tomorrow held no change, except she would be an oathbreaker to boot, and one who might need to call on the forbearance of her betrayed goddess.

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Thanks for dropping by! Don’t forget, this is a first draft, and as such won’t be perfect – while the bones of the story are there, enough to give you a glimpse into the tale of these characters, I typically do at least eight drafts so you can expect the final version to bear little resemblance to what I post here.

If you like what you read, and are so inclined, show your support by leaving a comment. If you’d like to sample more of my writing, check out the free short stories available on this site, or subscribe to the newsletter to receive my novella, Confronting the Demon, and short story, A Magical Melody, free.

More about In the Company of the Dead

Stalking the Demon on Story Cartel

Son of a duke and third in line for the throne, Lyram is exiled to a lonely castle after striking his prince – but when the castle is besieged, he fears the prince means to remove him more permanently.

Hope arrives in the form of the Left Hand of Death, the woman bound to serve the goddess Ahura in battle. But the priestess has not come for the siege – instead she hunts the castle for a hidden necromancer dedicated to the god of decay.

Within his stone prison, Lyram must fight to save himself from both political machinations and clashing gods. But as the siege lengthens, his greatest threat comes from an unexpected quarter.

Don’t forget to share the love and spread the word on Twitter, Facebook or StumbleUpon (or other social networking site of your choice) if you know other people who might also enjoy this.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting!