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Got a little more done… but it’s not quite there yet… Few places to fix… like shadows.

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Chapter Snippet

From the latest chapter in Book IV “No’va” 

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The Falonberry’s core should not have been translucent. Still, light passed through the thin outer layer and in between random areas where he would have expected seeds to show. Yet instead of individual shapes, everything connected to one large silhouette.

How did worms get in there? He kept turning it, trying to make sense of what he saw. Tendon-like appendages floated out from a single, large seed. He counted seven of them, then squinted. An eighth appeared, and he snickered. “Like a tiny squid got insss…oh….”

In sudden realization of what he held, he dropped the berry and stepped back.

“That’s an egg!” He must have stepped too far, for he could feel the prickle of leaves against his back. He shuddered at the thought of such a thing hatching, and even more so as he realized how it had been attached. Like it was a berry itself. How many more are there? And… did I just save any of those?

Jenario doubted the smaller ones were of any threat. As he turned to count how many of these swollen berries filled the bush, he nonchalantly swiped a hand across his shoulder to remove a few stray leaves. That was when he felt something brush against his back. There should not have been anything on the right side of him, and yet somehow one of the “M” branches was there, filled with drooping berries. It was as though it had purposely positioned itself to tempt once more.

“What is this?” Jenario stared suspiciously at the ground, trying to locate its root system. Surely, the dirt would show signs of disturbance if a plant decided to move itself. Finding none, he retraced his steps to leave when a rustle of leaves confirmed yet another move to block his retreat. Whipping around, he found a second branch in his path.

A low hiss made broke a cold sweat across his forehead. With every hair follicle raised on end, he turned with a tremble to a leafy form rising from behind. The top of the middle bush had been the perfect likeness of its two counterparts, the real Falconberry plants. But now that it rose, it was all too clear with the rays of the sunlight striking each of the fake berries. They were all eggs attached to its parent. What once resembled rooted branches now hoisted up the body, uncurling the abdomen in the process until Jenario stared up at a massive spider.

I was trying to come up with some back story to Kendra, my newest character featured in the “Nina” comic. While doing so, I began to wander how the children of different Healers came into their element. Because an infant is born with NO element of its own, then Healers who deal with Fire or Water would be forced to leave their homes in order to give birth.  An underground cavern with black smoke and no ventilation would be instant death for a newborn. The same with water due to the need to breathe. There may be pockets of air in underwater caves, things of that nature, where an infant could gulp in its first breath. Or the mother could just leave Water altogether.

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Healer children grow rapidly within their first month. This allows them to pick an element. Most of them end of returning with their parent to whatever home they came from. But it’s during the time of choosing that their bodies begin to change. In order to choose an element, they must except their first shift. This comes from exchanging blood with a creature that lives within that chosen environment. For instance, Ember Mages secrete a oil that coats and protects their skin from flames. For Water, children develop air sacks that enable them to retain oxygen for longer periods of time.

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Land and Wind Healers are the only two elements where they don’t necessarily have to leave their element completely.

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A Little of Everything

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I can’t wait to start adding color to this!

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Chapter Snippet

From NO’VA, Book IV, Part II, Chapter 4

Another patch of light caught his attention, and away he bounded to check. For several minutes it was a mad dash between different areas, until at last he chanced upon one about to go into shade.

Jenario dived, plucking it as he slid, then held it cupped between his hands as he tried to catch his breath. Afraid that it would immediately die after being pulled, he was hesitant to open his hands and check. To his amazement the petals were still pearl white.

“Yes!” he cried out in joy before thinking better of it. He was still in a strange location, and although surrounding swamp deterred Black Wings, he could not be sure of anything else. Pulling an empty vial from his pouch, he slid the flower inside and corked it. Its size was perfect for the smaller pouch on his belt. For larger ones such as the skunk cabbage, he could hear the tap of those bottles from the sack strapped over one shoulder.

Jenario pressed on, moving quickly through a grove of cypress trees. They reminded him of soldiers standing perfectly straight. Its many linear leaves fanned out as flat blades arranged on stems spiraled around the trunk. They felt prickly against his clothing while sliding in between, though soft enough not to catch as he entered a good sized clearing. He was only able to gather three additional herbs before clouds darkened overhead.

The area had an eerie feel as a faint mist settled over the earth. Moist ground slightly sunk under his weight while he jotted down a few notes about his discovery. He planned to flesh out more details once he got back, but for now it was good enough. Location played a vital role where herbs were found. Thus far, Sapphire had proven to be an alchemist’s treasure cove.

His thoughts wandered to what his other companions might have encountered. How many collectibles they probably passed! He then shook his head at the thought of telling the Fire Mage how he slipped up in the dirt to grab a flower. Shafari would love that!

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