What’s Coming Next?


I’ve come to a section in the chapter where I’m trying to decide what will make the group go into the woods. If they wait for night, then they run the risk of Everest’s sisters coming out for the hunt… unless I place them at risk of being hunted in broad daylight and they not know it. Either way… they have to go in there.

black wings

Here’s a painting I put together showing the size between the White and Black Wings compared to humans. It’s the Black Wings they are presently concerned with… for good reason.


Comic Dialogue

I did take some time this morning to flesh out a bit more of the characters’ conversations as they leave the ship. It gives some information as to why the three characters have arrived in Astra. Here’s what I have so far… (very rough notes – BE WARNED)


Wisdom introduces Nina. “This is Nina”

Kris is not impressed while Nina refuses to make eye contact.

Kris: I hope you realize what you’re getting yourself into.
She says this to Wisdom. “She’ll be questioned by every official and regarded with distrust whoever else sees her.

Wisdom: Hmmm… Illusion should suffice for now, me thinks? (illusion inverts her hair color). The meeting is more important than petty quetsions by townspeople. That, we can get around. When does the meeting take place?

Kris: You’ve arrived in good time. Less than a week. But you’ll be too busy to address such concerns. I should hope this is why you’ve brought your Ember Mage.

Wisdom: Already? I’ve nearly just arrived and you’re sending me away? (chuckles)

Kris: between conversations, motions for the guards to get their belongings. She tells them they are clear to leave the ship.

Kris: I have someone who wishes to meet with you (at this point they are disembarking the ship). I’ve been told it’s regarding a contract between your people and his.

Wiz: A contract?

Kris: Are you familiar with the Myrr Family Bloodline?

Wiz: Can’t say I am. I’m guessing they’re not…human?

Kris: (smirk) Not even close.

Nina watches guards cart away their luggage.

Kris: There no need to wait for your belongings, dear. They’ll be taking a different route than what we do.

Wiz: A shortcut, no doubt.

Kris grins and they start to end toward town.

Kendra: So wait? You’re lining up stuff for him to do so that he leaves? (crosses arms) I hope you’re not expecting us to just sit up in a stuffy room somewhere.

Kris: Where we go, dear, you’ll have plenty of room to let off some steam.

Kendra is not impressed.

Nina looks preoccupied. She has slipped on cape and has a hood covering her face.

They’re walking toward town. Nina looks around at all the blooming flora.

Nina: it’s pretty here.

Ken: Would take two seconds to turn to ash.

Wiz: Let’s get back to the matter at hand. (glares at Kendra)

Kris: Of course. Dark Ones. (not fazed by Kendra’s words, even smirks back)

Nina: It’s not just them. We’re looking for what makes them become Dark Ones.

Kris: So there is a trigger after all. I had my suspicions.

Nina: What remains of Dark Magic lies dormant beneath the earth as a type of energy. It only actives when a living being encounters it.

Kris not impressed again.

Kris: You say it’s dormant? Pan! Not enough it would seem.

Wiz: So far only non magic-users have been affected… and some animals. But I take it you’ve had some instances here?

Kris: (looking at Nina) You think our town looks pretty now? You would think otherwise once you leave out on the other side. Nothing but barren wasteland. That is what a Dark One would do here unless we deal with them immediately… before they fully change.

Nina: You kill them when they could be helped. (hint of anger here in those eyes)

Wiz: This is another reason why we’ve come. There’s no need to kill anyone. Not anymore. Not with Nina here.

Kris: And yet she doesn’t have magic, does she? (glances over to Nina) What can you do that’s any different, I wonder?

Kendra: Guess that’s for us to know and you to find out.


As the group of friends find themselves traveling down different paths to explore the new world, one group transitions from a scene into another. The tall grassy fields of Sapphire have expired as Nickademis, Mididus, Nemmerel, Phine and Everest find themselves in a lush green meadow.

I’m still developing the scene before them. The meadow stretches as far and wide as they can possibly see until they reach the wooded areas. Eventually, this will become the home to the Eastern Clan. Other clans will soon form once they clear it of the carnivorous Black Wings.

Everest has two full-sized sisters who claim territory beyond the open plains. It will be quite the adventure should they meet.



Backtracking Chapter 2

So after writing Chapter 2 in the second part of the novel “No’va” I realized that I was leaving out one of the characters. Although we know this particular character from the first trilogy, writing him into a prelude has been interesting.

In the original books, Mididus can speak. But upon first meeting the rest of the characters, he’s younger and mute. He can only make hand signals while their Healer friend tries to interpret by reading images from his mind.

At first I merely mentioned that he was present and couldn’t communicate with the group. After I finished the chapter, I realized that it was unfair he be treated as a bystander or “expendable”. So I gave him more interactions and made the group respond to his presence in a more friendly manner.

Mididus and others like him were probably kept around only for labor. As I continue into the rest of the chapters, we will likely get more opportunities to reveal his past.

Page 13 Progress

Nearly done… just needs a background…


Way to Luxor

This was a concept LineART of how I thought the winged carriage horses might look transporting guests to and from Luxor Castle. Luxor is the only known floating structure in No’va. So far, the main character has ridden in it twice.


Worked LIVE today on the last bit of details. This page came out better than expected. I’m very glad I decided to include the words within the drawing.

Chapter1 Title Page

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