*kicks down door* I’M BACK, BABY!
It’s been a tiring couple of weeks with some good and bad, but I’m BACK. Hopefully, this means the return to my usual posting schedule on Monday.
Aaanyways, I’ve got a bit to cover today, so let’s dive right in.
I’ve been working a little on runes and spell tags the Keepers would use to aid in their fight for Balance. I’ve got a few sketches, so I’ll go ahead and slap them onto here and explain as I see fit.
(The runes for the four Core Elements and both sides of Balance)
(Runes for the four Sub Elements, Balance itself, Body, Will, and Person)
(Misc Runes often useful in out in the field)
I think the images above are self-explanatory. Not all of these are final quite yet (Corruption has me stumped), but most of these I’m confident on what these symbols would look like. I have pages and pages within a notebook to go over, so I’ve still got quite a lot to cover. I’ve got runes for the four seasons, runes for stages of the moon, runes for solar and lunar eclipses…it took weeks to get all this information together. I’ve also, in that time, come up with how the runes themselves would be placed–and how they would be written.
Buuuuttt that’s not what I’m showing you tonight. What instead I will show you tonight, is how the “spellboxes” work.
In order for a rune to become activated and have its true effect, it needs to be placed in something called a spellbox (ignore the diamond-shaped one–I was trying out something different for offensive runes). The box is a container–literally a box–for Natural Energy. For these clothing patches here, you would form the rectangular cloth, charge it with Natural Energy, then sew or etch the runes within the rectangle. Sew it onto your clothing in choice, then activate it (a simple declaration of will would do–as long as you want it to be active, then it shall be. Or, as my husband says “If I will it, then so mote it be”), then you’ll be all set to go!
The spellboxes could be drawn and activated on nearly any surface. Meaning that Keepers were able to make their own spell tags on things such as paper or wood. The healing rune on the top left is drawn on a simple scrap of paper. Remember, the spellbox itself doesn’t have to be perfect–as long as the lines are closed, it should hold Natural Energy just fine, until the runes adsorb and use up all of it.
Now, for the placement of the runes, when using spellboxes and spelltags, is important. As shown above, how you place the runes will determine the effect.
For example: if you wanted to power up Darkness, then you would place the Darkness rune at the top of the box, and the power increase rune at the bottom. If you wanted to protect yourself or a friend from Ice, you would place the protection rune on the top of the box, the Ice rune nestling at the bottom.
What I’m going to announce next isn’t exactly KoB related, but this blog is for all of my projects, so I decided to go ahead and tell you guys about this one.
I usually don’t write fanfiction. I never saw myself very good at it, and always worried about staying within the continuity of the world I’m trying to write. And it seems harder when I have to follow someone else’s rules. However, a rare exception I have been dying to explore is Five Nights at Freddy’s.
I LOVE the series. I’ve never been the biggest fan of jump scares and horror games, but what I love most about the series has influences what I try to implement in Keepers of Balance: lore and mystery.
Five Nights at Freddy’s (aka FNaF) has all of that in surplus, and its so fun to theorize on the events of the games (including the 5th one, Sister Location). I also have a soft spot for the animatronics who are (spoilers) possessed by the spirits of children who were murdered by a worker, working at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzarea. It’s not a perfect series, and the jump scares do get old, eventually, but it’ll always have a place in my heart, and serve as an odd inspiration for KoB as a whole.
So, imagine my own surprise when I come up with an odd idea for a story based on the series. It’s not gonna be published fancy or anything like that…but it’s always been kind of a pet project I would glaze over, if KoB has been stressing me out too much. I have the characters, the plot, and some of the timeline set, but…it’s still kind of a daunting task for me. However, since Sister Location came out, I’ve been feeling the urge to work on it once more. I decided to at least confide you guys in it, despite there being slower progress on that story.
Jumping back to KoB for a moment, I wanna be able to talk about some of the major sources of inspiration for the series, ssssooooo….I think that’ll be the theme for next week. If not next week, then the week after for sure (unless I have something really, really cool to show you all, or just some big news).
Finally, a few miscellaneous things I wanted to share in this post tonight. First off, I wanna show off my cat…so I’m gonna do so!
This is my cat, Annabelle. I’ve talked about him before, but I never got a chance to show you guys any cute pictures of him, so here’s one. He’s tubby, and a little bit of a salty one…but he loves it when you scratch at the base of his tail.
Next, my dad took me to the newly-built penguin exhibit at the Detroit Zoo, and I got a few that I thought looked good to post onto here:
(The perfect shot. These guys always just look so hugable~)
(Reminds me of at work when we’re all gathered by the credit card machine, waiting for our turns)
(We got to walk through these huge glass tubes that were underwater. It was kinda hard to, but I got a great shot of them swimming overhead)
(I dunno why, but I really love this shot. It looks kinda trippy to me, with the way the water’s distorting everything)
(I couldn’t say no to this one–if only I moved the camera slightly to the left…)
(This crane kept posing the entire time my dad and I were talking on a bridge that passed over a marsh. I think he just really wanted me to take a picture of him)
(This guy was roaming free within a nearby food court, so I decided to stalk him and get the best shot I could. Luckily, I did so with no hilarious incidents to speak of)
(We stopped by the gorilla and chimpanzee pen when we saw them wandering around. I managed to get a close up to this one as it was walking past a log and snap a photo of it.)
I took more photos–a lot of photos–that day, but I decided to only pick a few to show on here. I love visiting the zoo. So alive, and taking pictures of animals can be fun…and, at times, rather frustrating.
Anyways, you all may be like: “Okay, this was a decent post you put on here, Cassandra, but what’s next?”
Well, I’m glad you asked, thin air. As I said before, hopefully I’ll be back to my regular posting schedule this week, with my inspirations for KoB being the theme for the week. A quick word on my program scenario, sadly, no Clip Studio Paint, but I’ve been using the generic Sketchbook App for Workspace Inc on Windows to quickly sketch out things such as runes and rough diagrams. Lately, I’ve been playing a game called Faster than Light (FTL for short), a space strategy game where you’re manning a ship and a crew. It’s an excellent time-waster, and it can be quite challenging, even on Easy Mode.
Anyways, it feels good to be back after a couple of stressful weeks. Have a good weekend, everybody, and I’ll see you all on Monday!