Hey everyone! Cassandra’s back, welcoming you all to the last night of the Summer season!
To recap my summer: It was a mix of good and bad, as all seasons are, I guess. The best thing that happened this summer is the fact that I started this blog. The worst thing that happened this summer was losing all of my data on my external harddrive, and this digital illustration stall I’m in. I got my time to reflect on Utah’s passing a year ago and got my first tattoo. I did good things and bad…but still, life goes on, and I’m okay with that.
Anyways, enough reflecting: let’s get on with the post!
This one’s going to be explaining the Keeper Order that existed a thousand years before the KoB series started. I’m mostly going to explain its origins, as well as the three branches of the Order.
The Original Keepers of Light and Darkness (the first people in history able to manipulate Light or Darkness, as well as the Core Elements) had been travelling around the world and had made multiple allies. They also learned how to pass on the ability to control Natural Energy to multiple people. So thus, they passed down their gift, then they passed on their gift, and soon, there were almost all over the world. The Originals also recruited people who weren’t necessarily interested in welding power, but still wanted to help. They were recruited as well, mostly as book keepers and, well, scouts.
Thus, the three branches of the Keeper Order was formed: Keepers, Seekers, and Scouts, all representing an aspect of a person in the KoB Universe.
- Scout: Representing the physical body that encompasses the Mind and Will. Scouts were usually known as the most athletic, and adept at blending in with the society around them. They often served as messengers as well, responsible for carrying information and letters from one Base to the other.
- Seeker: Representing the Mind that dictates the Body and sharpens the Will. The Seekers were primarily book-keepers–librarians, if you will. They usually spent their time researching Natural Energy, coming up with runes that the Keeper Order used to communicate, and often worked together as translators. When more Keepers began Awakening on their own, they–as well as other Seekers, Keepers, and Scouts–would become teachers, delving into magical theory and the history of those that came before them.
- Keeper: Representing the Will–or metaphysical capacity–that drives the Body. and can empower the Mind. While Keepers could also be Seekers/Scouts, they were the ones out on the field, dispelling forces that could threaten the existence of the world–taking on unnatural disasters, taking down those who had gained control of Light or Darkness through…unnatural means (still working out this bit, but there were people who used Light and Darkness for their own gains at the expense of others). They were the face of the Order, and were usually the first ones to respond when a crisis would hit.
The Keeper Order was destroyed when Break betrayed them, becoming the Keeper of Corruption (a force very little understood at that time) and wiping out important Keeper Bases one by one. Not every country was Keeper-friendly, and those that were had their leaders Corrupted, and they drove the Keepers out. He even created Corrupted Beings and Creatures: Shades are creatures born of Corrupted Darkness, and Glares are beings of Corrupted Light. I’ll delve more into SHades and Glares later, but they all come from a person with enough Corruption to form and harbor these creatures. To put it simply: as long as the person can survive, the Shade/Glare can exist. Again, more on these at a later post.
The Traitor killed off the Order, and those who remained–along with the Originals–fought in one final battle: a battle that took place on the Spring Equinox. It was called the Battle of Ostara, because of it. The Traitor, with his army of Corrupted Beings and Corrupted Keepers, led the charge against those who remained. Both armies dwindled, and soon, all that remained was the Keeper of Corruption, and the Original Keepers of Light and Darkness. The Keeper of Light was slain, and he tried to steal her Light as she died. However, she retained it, and passed away in the Keeper of Darkness’ arms. The Keeper of Darkness became enraged, and locked himself in combat with the Corrupted Keeper. The battle ended with both of them slain…execpt with a price. Before his last breath, Break cursed the Original Keepers of Light and Darkness’ souls to wander the Inbetween (a realm that’s basically purgatory) for all eternity, both separated, and forever lost within the labyrinth of Leylines. The Keeper of Darkness cursed Break to spend eternity locked in a realm called The Perdition (basically hell), until time itself stopped. However, both of these plans had drawbacks. By cursing the Keepers to be close to the Leylines, he unknowingly gave them very limited access to the Natural Energy that flowed to Vita and Nativus (the Realm of Life and the realm where the Leylines were born). The Keeper of Darkness’ seal didn’t do what he had hoped: he didn’t have enough power to seal Break when he intended to seal him (due to him, I dunno, dying), and thus, Break landed in the Inbetween as well…just right outside the edge of The Perdition.
…Yes, I’m coming up with a Realm Map. In fact, I had one…but I would rather redo the one I came up with last year. It’s very simple, really…but because the first Episode of Arc 2 is a lore-heavy Episode, I think I’ll hold off for a bit, anyways.
…Of course, if I get it done before hand, I can promise that you guys will see it.
Anyways, that ends my take on the Keeper Order. Some stuff needs to be ironed out, still, but I love the concept I came up with this. Everybody has a purpose within the Order, essentially making it one big family (…and making Break’s betrayal all the more heartbreaking, considering he was a personal student of the Original Keeper of Light herself).
So, now that you all have that to think about, let me move on to another thing I wanted to talk about tonight.
In 2007, when I was in the 7th grade, I subconsciously made the decision to become an author/illustrator. It’ll be 2017 next year, meaning that it would have been 10 years since I decided to make this choice.
That’s not all: in March of 2012, I came up with the concept of Keepers of Balance, and ran with it. Someday, I’ll make a video talking about it, but the short version is this: after writing romance for a while. I decided to try something new, something that I really wanted to write about. I love magic. I love adventure. I love the concept of someone who didn’t have the mindset of becoming a hero actually becoming a hero…and I still wanted to throw in a bit of romance. I wanted to do an epic series, and, to keep it simple, I wanted to use our world as an inspiration. So, Rachael Hale, Ian Hawthorne, and Oracle were born, as well as the Keepersverse in general. I’ve been working on this series for five years, now. Granted, I’m not as far as I’d like to be…but maybe I’ll use this to my advantage.
That means, that maybe…if I can get things to work and get myself off my ass and work…I can have Book One of Arc 1 published on Amazon Kindle March of 2017.
And that’s only IF I get the following completed by then:
- Submit trademark and copyright requests for Keepers of Balance
- Finish ALL of the Episodes for Arc 1 (including Bonus Episodes)–including possible revisions, and professional editing
- Create and finish illustrations for all Episodes
For me at this moment, considering my (goddamn) day job, my need for improvement with my illustration, time, and finances, this is a bit of a tall order…especially with moving in January. But this is my life. This is my passion.
And goddamnit, I WILL make is happen, not matter WHAT anyone says.
Oh, before I go, I wanted to show off some cool fan art I got for Keepers of Balance a few years ago. I’ve kept it all this time, and I still adore the piece. It’s on deviantart, and I’m sad to admit that I forgot the name of the person who drew this, but here:
I’ve got some more–not a ton–that I’d like to show off here, but for now, I think this one would suffice. I personally love how Rachael Hale is depicted: it’s so like her.
Wow, another long post. This is turning out quite well after all. I’m not sure if Friday’s post will be this long, considering what I’ve got going on tomorrow, but I’ll still try to post something. For now, all of my drive has been put towards finishing Ep#10. After those, I need to work on the Bonus Episodes, and after that…fuck, I don’t know. But I’ll figure it out, somehow.
I just wanted to give a quick thanks to everyone who has visited this site so far. I really do appreciate the views I’ve been getting lately–they have spiked up quite a bit! I’ve been having fun to do these posts, and even if KoB never gets published, then at least I can say I still had fun. Enjoy the last few hours of summer. and I hope everyone has a beautiful fall! (I’m excited–Fall is one of my favorite seasons!)