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AJLKS

Location: Malaysia

Gender: M

Member Since: December 2016

Last online: August 2017

Open for read requests: Yes

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Last Updated Jul 17, 2017

Final chapter of the 3rd arc of Tales of Raetrethra, released!

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.

Arc 4 is scheduled for release in November, with an interesting update due in August!


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Hello! My name is Alvin, and go by my initials (AJLKS) when writing. I'm pursuing a career in academia (specifically in stem cell biology), but also write fiction, read books/manga, watch anime, and play video games. 

I’ve been a huge fan of sword-and-magic fantasy ever since I was a kid. The first book which exposed me to that genre was “Alanna the First Adventure” by T. Pierce, about a tomboy who swapped places with her twin brother in order to become a warrior. Since then I’ve read J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series (I used to be addicted to it), C. Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle (the film butchered the first book and the book ending was disappointing), S. Hill’s Icemark Chronicles (another excellent series with a great female lead), a bunch of Warcraft and World of Warcraft novels, and almost every one of R.A. Salvator’s books set in the Forgotten Realms. Salvator’s Drizzt Do’Urden is the role model of a dual-wielding swordsman, ranger, and philosopher.

I’m also a big fan of historical novels set in the medieval and antiquity. Authors like Bernard Cornwell and Simon Scarrow made huge influences in me, giving me the passion for writing with accurate detail while retaining a sense of realism. Another series which had a great influence on me was The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander, because it was more about coming-of-age rather than a grand adventure, and being written fifty years ago meant the writing style was very different.

My favorite series by far is Japanese light novel Spice and Wolf, written by Hasekura Isuna. Call me a weebo or a furry if you wish, but I believe that when I’m old and waiting to die, the last series I’d like to reread is this one. The amazing thing about this series is that it’s about the adventures of a peddling merchant and his companion; a female wolf-deity from a bygone era. Again, this book isn’t about grand adventures, great battles and awe-inspiring events. It’s about the relationship between a mortal man who dreams of opening his own shop and a long-lived she-wolf who hates being alone.

Playing computer games is probably my number one hobby. If you're interested in knowing what games I like just search ajlks1994 on steam. I don't watch much besides anime, the only other series I follow is The Walking Dead and several shows produced by Rooster Teeth. 

I used to do Taekwondo (got a 3rd dan) but dropped it after breaking two bones in my right hand in exchange for two bricks. I'd like to get back into it one day. I also do scuba diving. Did you know that the venom of a Blue-Ringed Octopus can kill two dozen people in minutes and has no antivenom? Neither did I, and it was quite a chore scanning the sand at 40m underwater for it.

I don't really have a music taste. It depends whether it clicks with me or not and tends to change over time. That said, I've been listening to Vocaloids and Nightcore for the past few years. 

I've been writing for quite awhile now, and only started to publish them online within the past few years. I usually write fantasy, general fiction, and fan fiction. My reason for writing is to convert what I experience into something creative that the reader can also experience. Whether that is a moral lesson, an aspect of human culture, a particular feeling in a particular setting, and so on.

Do spare a bit of time to check out my works, and hopefully leave a comment/review!

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Current Project: Tales of Raetrethra

Background: 

Tales of Raetrethra is set in a different world (name in the title) inhabited by four nations, desert arab-like Aszyria, island Britain-like Atlantia, grassland France-like Aragona and mountainous Switzerland-like Avalona. These nations have existed for over four millennia, and not always peacefully. In addition to the four, a newly founded UN-like organization called the Guardians exists to maintain peace between the four nations.

Technology in Raetrethra is overrall similar to 1880s Europe, with some variations depending on individual nations. Modes of long distance transport include steam trains, ironclad ships and massive blimps. Armies still rely on heavy plate armor and traditional weapons, but have already begun the transition towards gunpowder.

A special magic-like power called ‘Shard Energy’ exists in this world, and there are minerals called ‘Shard Crystals’ which can be manipulated by some people called ‘Shard Users’ to do extraordinary things. Lastly, Raetrethra is plagued by creatures called ‘Beasts’, monsters that seem to only exist to kill and destroy.

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