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Tales of Raetrethra, Book 1

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Fantasy Realm


Aszyria, Atlantia, Avalona, and Aragona. These four nations are the only safe places for humans in the Beast-infested world of Raetrethra. The year is 4547 and for now, there is peace; upheld by an
intergovernmental organization called the Guardians. However, all of that is soon about to change. Follow the epic journey of eight aspiring Guardians, whose actions will determine the fate of the
world. It is a tale of friendship, justice, honor, heroism, and tragedy.



In the first book, the main protagonists: Norah, Dezmond, Jemma, Nemo, Roland, Aria, Elfred, and Irene, find themselves teamed in their quest to join the Guardian ranks; despite their differences
in culture and motivations for enlisting. Follow this tale of heart-warming friendships and friendly rivalries between the eight, as they learn what it means to be a Guardian while honing their
respective abilities and talents. However, their bonds and skills will be put to the test when mixed loyalties lead to conflicts of interests, and more than one of them will have to make severe
choices that could risk shattering the team, along with their lives.



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Prologue 1 of 8 - Norah

Submitted: December 22, 2016


Introducing Norah, the unwilling assassin.


After The Fall - Two Steps From Hell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cj8ADt48oAE&list=PL7B16C924C1FAD7BD&index=21


The first half minute or so made me imagine a city in a desert, and I can imagine Norah having that kind of voice. It's gentle yet strong and filled with quiet drive. Like Norah.
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Prologue 2 of 8 - Dezmond

Submitted: December 22, 2016


Introducing Dezmond, the silent warrior.


Black Parade - Globus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2xmueFjBXQ


Though the lyrics and sound effects at the beginning indicate a world/time closer to ours, the message and the emotion fits what Dezmond feels. Also, I can confirm that the female co-singer also
fits a certain character in this prologue. I'll let you guess who it is. It's not Norah.
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Prologue 3 of 8 - Jemma

Submitted: December 22, 2016


Introducing Jemma, the runaway jewel.


Super Strength - Two Steps From Hell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qAMIVytZPw&index=8&list=PL7B16C924C1FAD7BD


Finding a suitable song for Jemma was difficult. Her backstory and personality are quite unique, and the scenes in this prologue also required certain genres of music in order to fit. I believe
this piece is the most suitable, as its pace fits what's going on and compliments Jemma.
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Prologue 4 of 8 - Nemo

Submitted: December 22, 2016


Introducing Nemo, the swashbuckling fencer.


Aura - Two Steps From Hell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNOpKwnAQyw


I recommend playing this when Nemo goes into action. The rapid violin fits Nemo's speed and wit. Besides that, I think this piece's composition suits Atlantia.
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Prologue 5 of 8 - Aria

Submitted: December 23, 2016


Introducing Aria, the powerhouse beauty.


One Woman Army - Porcelain Black: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1v_RP1Funk (Original); https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNNMOoOA68A (Nightcore version)


Though I don't personally identify with much of the lyrics or music style, the chorus of this song perfectly describes Aria's personality; confident almost to the point of being arrogant, with more
than enough strength to support that claim. I personally prefer the Nightcore version. However, I understand not everyone appreciates the pace and tune, so I provided links for both versions.
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Prologue 6 of 8 - Roland

Submitted: December 26, 2016


Introducing Roland, the feeble fighter.


Welcome To My Life - Simple Plan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0U0AlLVqpk


I'm sure there are other songs that suit Roland, however, this was the first song that came to mind when I was writing this prologue. Again the chorus describes Roland's situation very well, from
how his peers and family treats him.
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Prologue 7 of 8 - Elfred

Submitted: December 27, 2016


Introducing Elfred, the renegade sergeant.


A Call To Arms - Glory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR09OclTLNk&index=1&list=PLABC09122EA7F16FC


Welcome To The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRKJiM9Njr8


There were so many pieces of music which can fit Elfred's personality. Thus, I had to put down two songs instead of one. "A Call To Arms" fits this prologue scene perfectly, especially considering
the epic movie it came from. "Welcome To The Black Parade" describes Elfred in the same way Aria's "One Woman Army" does. More than that, the lyrics accurately describes his background,
personality, fears & demons, hopes & dreams.
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Prologue 8 of 8 - Irene

Submitted: December 31, 2016


Introducing Irene, the mystery protagonist.
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Chapter 1 - First Time On Board A Blimp

Submitted: January 08, 2017


Several of our protagonists meet for the first time on route to Cambreford, the Guardian headquarters.


Atlas - Two Steps From Hell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVEXaYHf5ZI


"Atlas" is a fitting piece
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Chapter 2 - First Day Of School

Submitted: January 15, 2017


Having arrived at Cambreford, our four protagonists will find their first night as candidates to be far from casual.
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Chapter 3 - Potential Last Meal

Submitted: January 22, 2017

Our seven protagonists wake up after their first night, only to find out the first test isn't over yet. Read Chapter

Chapter 4 - Into The Forest

Submitted: January 29, 2017

Now fully assembled, the eight candidates will go through the second test in the Gray Forest. Read Chapter

Chapter 5 - Into Their First Battle

Submitted: February 05, 2017

This is the big day which will decide whether they make the cut or not. Read Chapter

Chapter 6 - Team Amethyst

Submitted: February 12, 2017

With their lives on the line, our eight protagonists must work together to survive this battle. Read Chapter

Chapter 7 - It Feels Like A Dream

Submitted: February 26, 2017

A new day, a new environment. Our protagonists wake as new trainees, only to encounter new obstacles. Read Chapter

Chapter 8 - Good Leaders, Great Leaders

Submitted: March 12, 2017

Roland and Elfred learn to put aside their differences. In the meantime, Norah and Dezmond are introduced into the world of espionage. Read Chapter

Chapter 9 - Irene's Secret

Submitted: March 19, 2017

Irene's secret has been exposed, at the same time hurting a dear friend. Can she salvage their friendship or is it irreparable? Read Chapter

Chapter 10 - Norah's Nighttime Excursion

Submitted: March 26, 2017

Four months has passed, and it's time for Norah to have the spotlight! Will she be able to carry out her mission as an assassin? Read Chapter

Chapter 11 - Jemma's Pride & Prejudice

Submitted: April 02, 2017

It's the weekend, so Aria, Irene, and Jemma decide to take a day off to go shopping. But when disagreements turn personal, harsh words are thrown and feelings get hurt. Read Chapter

Chapter 12 - Apologies and Forgiveness

Submitted: April 09, 2017

Harsh words have been thrown and friendships have become strained. What is the cause of Jemma's prejudice against Aszyrians, and can Team Amethyst still remain united? Read Chapter

Chapter 13 - Awake & Away By Night

Submitted: May 01, 2017

Dezmond has made the critical decision to leave Cambreford, and finds that he is not alone. This is the beginning of the end for Team Amethyst's first year as Guardian trainees, will they be able to pull through as a team? Read Chapter

Chapter 14 - We’re Going After Them

Submitted: May 14, 2017


Dawn arrives for the rest of Team Amethyst, and they will have to make an important decision.
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Chapter 15 - Welcome Home, Dezmond

Submitted: May 29, 2017


After a long journey, Dezmond returns to Asher. But as for his home...
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Chapter 16 - The Hunt Begins

Submitted: June 10, 2017


The fate of Dezmond's family is revealed. And, the rest of Team Amethyst has arrived in Asher.
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Chapter 17 - The Hunt Continues

Submitted: June 25, 2017

Roland and Aria managed to escape, but little do they know that it was due to Nemo's behind the scenes actions. Read Chapter

Chapter 18 - The Hunter & The Hunted

Submitted: July 16, 2017


Norah, Dezmond, and Sheera are ready to continue on their journey. In the meantime, the rest of Team Amethyst find themselves in greater danger than ever.
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Chapter 19 - Countdown To Midnight

Submitted: November 04, 2017


Back in Cambreford, Gandalin makes an important decision regarding Aszyria. In the meantime, Norah and Dezmond's journey to Juryah continues.
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Chapter 20 - To Prove One's Identity

Submitted: November 19, 2017


Norah, Dezmond & Sheera arrives in Juryah, and trouble soon finds them. In the meantime in Asher, the rest of Team Amethyst realizes the grave situation they are in.
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Map of Raetrethra

Submitted: August 20, 2017


Map of the continent of Raetrethra
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Extra Information

Submitted: June 11, 2017


Breakdown of the four nations, territory area, population, military size, major city names and more.
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