Woe: A Collaborative Novel

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: The Imaginarium


High Fantasy sub-genre trope subversion coupled with radical sexual dimorphism...what's not to like?



In a world plagued by conflict---where an ancestral rivalry threatens to consume the nations---elves command a mighty empire, while orcs struggle against oppression.



Tensions escalate as the ire of the Tree-Folk is kindled. Yet even as diplomatic and military preparations unfold, an even more ominous threat plots from the shadows; for an ancient evil seeks a
return to the world of Midgard, to subjugate the human race.



The Imaginarium and C.A. Exline proudly present an interactive fantasy narrative featuring contributions from hullabaloo22, Akumakaze, starsthatfellonrandumgirlatnite, and Kossettes Novelettes.
You're invited to enter a realm of the unexpected, where even the authors do not know what might happen next.



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Table of Contents

Woe Be Unto the Orc - C. Allen Exline


The beginning.


This was intended to be a sort of primer: an introductory installment in what was to become an anthology for The Imaginarium. It has since become something of a collaborative novel. Should anyone
be interested in writing within this setting send me a private message.


This is NOT published under a collective commons license. If you would like to participate you must follow the aforementioned steps to obtain authorization.


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Elorien - by hullabaloo22


"Elorien" Written by hullabaloo22


Thanks to Hully for submitting this outstanding chapter. If anyone else is interested in contributing, send me a message or sign up on The Imaginarium house thread entitled "Anthology?"


Please take some time to check out Hully's other works on her profile @ https://www.booksie.com/users/hullabaloo22-171418
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Damasc - by Akumakaze


"Damasc" Written by Akumakaze.


Thanks to Akumakaze for submitting this awesome chapter. If anyone else is interested in contributing, send me a message or sign up on The Imaginarium house thread entitled "Woe Be Unto the Orc: A
Collaboration." Please take some time to check out Akumakaze's other works on his profile @ https://www.booksie.com/users/akumakaze-150666
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Lair - by C. Allen Exline


As plots tend to do...it thickens.


Exline


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A Return to Damasc - by Akumakaze


"A Return to Damasc" Written by Akumakaze.


A very special thanks to Akumakaze for yet another awesome (and significant) contribution, as well as for his celerity and dedication to the project. This chapter was written swiftly in response to
a change in the line-up. Please check out his other works @ https://www.booksie.com/users/akumakaze-150666
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Meanwhile - by C. Allen Exline


A return to some of the other characters, with some new ones introduced.
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News Reaches Barlda - by Hullabaloo22


"News Reaches Barlda" Written by Hullabaloo22 -- Thanks to Hully for submitting another outstanding chapter. And a very special thanks for doing so on short notice! Please take some time to check
out Hully's other works on her profile @ https://www.booksie.com/users/hullabaloo22-171418
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Moonlit Shore - by starsthatfellonrandumgirlatnite


"Moonlit Shore"


by starsthatfellonrandumgirlatnite


Thanks to starsthatfellonrandumgirlatnite for submitting this stellar chapter, especially since she volunteered to cover for someone else.


Please take some time to check out Stars' other works on her profile @ https://www.booksie.com/users/starsthatfellonrandumgirlatnite-154171


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A Dwarf Sets Forth - by Hullabaloo22


"A Dwarf Sets Forth" - Written by Hullabaloo22 --- Thanks to Hully for yet another outstanding chapter. If anyone is interested in becoming involved with the project, please refer to The
Imaginarium house forum entitled "Woe Be Unto the Orc: A Collaboration" for updates. --- Please take some time to check out Hully's other works on her profile @
https://www.booksie.com/users/hullabaloo22-171418
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Damascan Thoughts - by Akumakaze


"Damascan Thoughts" by Akumakaze https://www.booksie.com/users/akumakaze-150666
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Dark Sky - by starsthatfellonrandumgirlatnite


"Dark Sky" by starsthatfellonrandumgirlatnite --- Please check out her other works @ https://www.booksie.com/users/starsthatfellonrandumgirlatnite-154171
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Possessed - by Starsthatfellonrandumgirlatnite


"Possessed" by starsthatfellonrandumgirlatnite


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Arisen - by Akumakaze


"Arisen" written by Akumakaze.


Please check out "Lucidity," and his other works, @ https://www.booksie.com/users/akumakaze-150666
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Rise of The Darkbringer - C.A. Exline


After numerous problems relating to formatting, this chapter is finally complete.
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Follow the Nose - by Hullabaloo22


"Follow the Nose" written by Hullabaloo22


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Blight of Elorien - Kossettes Novellettes


"Blight of Elorien" by Kossettes Novellettes
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Recent Comments

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Oleg Roschin

Wow! This is excellent! The writing is rich and powerful throughout; and I love the idea of "inverting" the common Lord of the Rings preconceptions - though I'm not sure how it will develop, since it's too early to evaluate the character of the unusual protagonist. Great work!

Sun, August 6th, 2017 7:24am

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Thanks for the support, my friend. "Excellent...rich and powerful [writing]..." is pretty high praise, indeed.

Sun, August 6th, 2017 10:09am

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The Bard

Really liked this. The reversal of the common idea of orcs and elves is really cool.

Sun, August 6th, 2017 4:27pm

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Hey, Bard, I'm glad I seem to have pulled off the central premise. Hopefully people will be interested in it enough to contribute to the setting. I truly appreciate the feedback; it does help to know how the idea is received, for sure.

Sun, August 6th, 2017 10:18am

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hullabaloo22

C. Allen, I'm almost speechless! This is fantastic. The description is perfect, the reversal of character so well done. You really are a phenomenally good writer. This is going to be hard to follow but I'll give it a go!

Sun, August 6th, 2017 6:00pm

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Ah shucks, Hully, now I'm almost speechless! Thank you so much for the compliment and the support. Thanks for contributing, too, and with such alacrity.

Sun, August 6th, 2017 4:25pm

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Keke Serene

This is wonderfully written. I only fear that sometimes I got lost in some of your sentences because some of the vocabulary is foreign. Otherwise, I'm not too familiar with typical famtasy characters- no idea what an orc or a dryad looks like but I suppose a quick google would be a quick remedy. I'm highly impressed this is a collab and look forward to see how it will progress! :D
I wish I could contribute but alas, I can't measure up to this haha! You did a marvelous job with pacing and ahhh! Your imagery is amazing!
Well done! :D

Mon, August 7th, 2017 1:56am

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Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment, stars. Glad you were impressed and that the pacing worked out, but I hope you might still consider participating; collaborations do need collaborators, after all!

Mon, August 7th, 2017 7:31pm

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Miss Midnight

Wow, a lot takes place in this chapter. You have a rich vocabulary and great take on the Lore. I like Orc's and found that they tend to be more honorable than the Elves or any other kind race. Ones they've committed themselves they will die for that cause. But, I guess like so many other ppl, lol, I love my Elves, lol. Maybe that's the arrogant side of me, lol. Really well written, with beautiful descriptions and powerful emotions. Can't wait to read on! Fantastic!

Tue, August 8th, 2017 5:42am

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Thanks for all the kind words, Miss Midnight. And it's totally okay that you love your Elves...just had to shake things up a bit, you know?

Tue, August 8th, 2017 10:01am

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ShadaStorm120

That was fantastic. Your descriptions are great and this whole chapter was awesome. I. Quite excited to see where the other authors take this story, but so far, you've done a great start. :)

Thu, August 10th, 2017 5:59am

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Thanks, ShasaStorm120, glad you liked it!

Thu, August 10th, 2017 8:33am

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Skinny Coutreux

I really enjoyed this! Gaff's story has me intrigued. What led to his capture? Who did he leave behind in his escape (possible friends made during enslavement)? When he was given the fruit, I worried that it might hinder him but Dephodella had good intentions. Her husband is an interesting character, and I lived when he said "as a courier." The writing was great and painted a beautiful canvas of imagery.

Sun, October 8th, 2017 4:09am

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Thank you for reading, Skinny, and it's good to hear you have an interest in the story already. I hope you'll keep reading and let me know what you think of the other writers' contributions to the tale.

Fri, October 13th, 2017 11:14am

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Keke Serene

Ok so first of all, I think booksie' formatting messed up this chapter big time because there were some strange errors in what appeared to be paragraphs interjected in between sentences and such strangeness. I would've gone and noted a few but it seems more prevalent and calls for a complete revision unfortunately.
Otherwise, I mean, I'll have to reread this because I was a little more confuesed than I'd like, and I think this mostly has to do with the formatting errors on booksie's part.
Despite such challenges I love this glimpse into Sul'Ma's past. The writing is solid, the descriptions terrifying and the dio strong. Well done. :p

Wed, October 11th, 2017 11:18pm

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Thanks, Stars, the editor did wreck the formatting and omitted a lot of the text, but I've gotten it fixed. I look forward to hearing what you think of it in it's proper state.

Fri, October 13th, 2017 11:44am

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A. K.Taylor

Strangely enough, I've realized I've never commented on the first chapter. Sorry, C.A. It really is a great start to a epic journey of immense proportions. The task you've taken here is to establish the reason and causal force acting upon this world towards the strife and turmoil it boils into. The inverted concept of orcs versus elves is rather ingenious and it grabs your attention in a way that makes you go "What the #$%@!" and you have to go and read it again to be sure you read it right the first time.

I've read over this probably ten times now and it stays just as epic as it did the first time. Being a part of this story just makes it more tantalizing and daunting at the same time. We couldn't have gotten as far as we have without this first step. Your command over the fantasy lore and its minute details is practically flawless. The eloquence of Tolkien's influence is apparent and there could be hints of other authors I'm not familiar with. There could be some elements of Terry Brooks, but he himself drew inspiration from Tolkien so that would be a misnomer. All in all, an excellent beginning and hopefully a fun filled journey for all the authors who decide to participate.

Wed, October 18th, 2017 2:29am

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