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.
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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 perhaps more majestic, fascinating, dangerous and repulsive because of its conditions. 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.
- 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
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.
Relationship Diagram of the Main Characters
Insanity – or Lusk’s Song
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
Conquerors Book 2 – in Editing Phase
The drafting of Eruption, book 2 of Conquerors of K’Tara, is complete. It is now in the editing phase, and I am now proofreading and revising it to ensure consistency across the 600+ pages. Eruption 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 it and the neighboring kingdom of Zebulonia. Meanwhile, the real — and hidden — enemy makes preparations for the invasion. Eruption will 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.
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
In Part 1, we meet Ronin—a member of the human elite. Ronin hates life in Upside, on the Disk that surrounds the Earth and where humans are increasingly mechanized and less and less connected as individuals, and he craves a different life. His yearning takes him Downside one day, a place that ceased to evolve thousands of years before. There, we experience the awe as well as the anxiety he feels, despite being an Upsider, as he visits the ancient city of Boulder and he meets its people—fullhumans who still use their voices to communicate. And we understand how his meeting with a local girl, full of life, finally brings him to action. Get your copy of Ronin Part 1.
RONIN – PART 2
In Part 2, Ronin has joined the empress’ galactic army, and he discusses with his roommate the idea of getting Julia admitted into General Genghis’s mission to Kepler – a decoy for his true goal: K’Tara. This mission, according to Ronin, is the ticket to take both him and Julia to a world in the galaxy where humans live as they were meant to live, and which will allow him to finally put Upside’s degenerate society behind himra.
Get your copy of Ronin Part 2.
RONIN – PART 3
In Part 3, Ronin has succeeded in getting Julia admitted into General Genghis’s mission to Kepler. Here, we experience Julia’s shock in the face of the alien silence of the Disk and of the prejudice of Upsiders. Will Julia be able to adapt? And if so, at what cost?
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.