Conquerors is set on the distant planet K’Tara, a world which circles a binary star system, some three thousand years in the future. Thanks to a very unusual environment as well as to their biology, K’Tara’s peoples succeeded in building a civilization which thrived not by way of metal-based technological advancements, but through the masterful harnessing of biology. And yet, despite these great achievements, K’Tarans will crumble when those they believe to be their gods come to enslave them. But K’Tarans will rise again, after they create new myths and legends to spur their conquest of the false gods living on the third planet of the system Sol.
In Book 1 (Forebodings), creatures of a long-gone enemy reappear and begin to terrorize and destroy. The enemy himself, however, remains obscured and operates in the shadows while his forces gather. Confused and fearful of a threat they cannot yet fully recognize, K’Tarans struggle to make sense of what is happening and to prepare to defend themselves against the expected onslaught.
In Book 2 (to be called Eruption), we will see the K’Taran civilization begin to unravel as the enemy weakens it from within and pits rival nations against each other to cripple them all ahead of the final battle. Eruption will also be a book of revelation about some of the protagonists and of evolution for some others. Doubt, fear, disgust, despair, adventure, and hope will visit our heroes.
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K’Tara is the world upon which most of the events of the novel unfold. The planet’s location in the binary star system to which it belongs have created upon it some of the fiercest meteorological conditions of any habitable planet. But despite the harsh environment, life has evolved upon K’Tara, as it has elsewhere, and it is equally majestic, fascinating, dangerous and repulsive. Most of all, though, life on K’Tara has permitted the development of a unique humanoid society, a society in many ways superior to that which caused its creation. Here-below are the maps, created by me, of the major continents of K’Tara.
The various images on the pages of my site (except for the double-headed furan which I, myself, drew) were created by a talented artist named Michele (Meekeleh) Parisi, a young man living in Florence, Italy, and whom I had the fortune to meet via UpWork. Michele also made improvements to the double-headed furan (the emblem of House Coriolis). View my image gallery which contains final illustrations for Forebodings, as well as sketches of the illustrations for Eruption, and a collage of other domesticated animals of K’Tara. If you wish to see Michele’s other works, you may go here: www.artstation.com/michele_parisi.
- Map of the known continents of K’Tara
- Map of the lands of the king
- Map of Aquinos, the land of our heroes
- Map of Kynaria, a mystical land
- Map of Mo’Tarkoth, a little-known but feared land
Relationship Diagram of the Main Characters
Because it Matters
Read the first few pages of Forebodings on Amazon.
The Song – Insanity
Insanity was born as a single quatrain in Forebodings, where Lusk Methrim sang it during the testing of his healing abilities by the Lux Baiulae. Adam R. Watson so loved to sing those four lines, that he asked if I would finish the song so he could do the entire thing. So, I did and this here is the long-awaited result. The song, sung from a young man’s perspective, tells about the insanity of war, of his fears, and of his hope that he will remain a decent person through it and, at that he will still be so at the end of it.
Click to the right to listen. You may also hear Insanity on SoundCloud.
Other Conquerors Books and Writings
Conquerors Book 2 – in Draft
Book 2 of Conquerors of K’Tara is currently in draft. Every week, I write another chapter or two, with a goal to complete the entire book by mid-2019, then edit and prepare for publication by December 2019. Book 2 will see Alvinoria, K’Tara’s most powerful kingdom, begin to unravel as the enemy continues to strike across the land, infiltrates religious, political and military institutions, and causes a destructive engagement between Alvinoria and the neighboring kingdom of Zebulonia. Meanwhile, the enemy makes preparations for the invasion.
The Ronin short stories are set in the Conquerors of K’Tara universe. They are meant to provide a glimpse into the world of the K’Taran gods, a world where also lives a man whose life will soon be tied to K’Tara’s destiny.
RONIN – PART 1
As the elite of human society continues to stray from humanity’s biological origins, one man seeks an alternative route. The route fortune places in front of him will one day turn him into a traitor to some and a savior to others. Get your copy of Ronin Part 1.
RONIN – PART 2
Ronin has finally made it into the Empress’s Galactic Army and has been outfitted with the only piece of technology he had truly wanted: a device to be able to communicate with Julia, the fullhuman girl who saved him on Earth. But has he found what he was really looking for, yet? And if not, where else can he look?
His inexperience and trusting nature may very well put him in a situation worse than the one he seeks to flee. Find out in this new short-story, which continues our look into the universe of Conquerors of K’Tara. Get your copy of Ronin Part 2.
RONIN – PART 3
After several, long, stressful months of waiting, Ronin finally succeeds in getting Julia admitted Upside so that she may join General Genghis’s mission to Kepler—a decoy for his true aim: K’Tara.
Will Julia be able to adapt to life among enhanced humans and synthetics? Will she still be herself or become—a robot, as her father believes? Will she regret her decision to follow Ronin, or will she embrace it? And if so, at what cost? Get your copy of Ronin Part 3.
Magna K’Tara, congregamur ut dare tibi sororibus nostris, eos qui mortui sunt tibi servandum. Sorores, nostris mentibus nunc nos ligare!
English translation: “Great K’Tara, assembled we are to give you our Sisters, those who in your service have died. Sisters, our minds let us now join!”
Krystiana meli dux, great mother of the sisters of the light.
Incantation during the Ascension Ceremony following the death of two sisters.