Greetings and welcome to Sword of the Nation’s eighth lore preview. For this one I’ll be presenting a brief bio of some of the secondary characters featured in Sword, some of which will cross paths with Bastiel Isthal, the Gestalt Team, and the Royal House of Starsong throughout the first entry of this upcoming book series.

Disclaimer: these previews aren’t 100% final and may be subject to change before the book is published, in addition to that, certain information will be withheld for spoiler purposes, and all graphics and imagery are to be considered placeholder until further notice. This is still a learning experience for me, so please excuse the bumps and turbulence.

Without further ado, let us begin.

MARCUS JOHNSON

Marcus is a skillful software engineer that works as a Senior Quality Assurance Technician for the Noveaux Tech corporation. Outgoing, friendly, and unrepentantly in love with his fiancee, Sally.

Upstanding and easygoing, his friends, neighbors, and acquaintances have no complaints about him, and he’s always a blast at parties and social encounters. Living within a walking distance of the emblematic Estival train station, Marcus always takes the ever so punctual line five train that takes him to Addicus every morning—the location of his workplace. While his job can be boring at times, it is a well remunerated position. Marcus’ life can be monotonous to some, yet idyllic to others.

An ugly brown briefcase and its contents will forever seal his fate…

JEANNE HALCEN

A young waitress that works at her family’s restaurant, a small but renowned locale hidden in plain sight at the outskirts of Grand Royale, the crown city’s busiest commercial district.

Jeanne is always eager to greet each and every customer with a smile, and more than willing to help her family and the restaurant they’ve run for decades in any way she can. Her nimbleness and dexterity are invaluable assets as she navigates through the tables with the customers’ orders.

HAROLD VOGEL

Harold Vogel is the proud caretaker at the service of the Royal House of Starsong, a man with an impeccable appearance, and an enviable posture. Age does not seem to have an effect on his duties, nor does it seem to slow him down at all.

As the Royal Caretaker, Harold is in charge of keeping and preserving the royal palace, it’s patrimony, and heritage. From the smallest book to the most inspiring works of art, from the flowers in the gardens to the walls and furniture—everything must be kept in pristine conditions during the present, so that they can continue to inspire future generations.

Having served two generations of Starsong regents, Vogel is one of the handful of people in the entire planet that have King Sulwyn Starson’s complete trust, and is a firsthand witness of the burden the crown of Starsong that bears heavily upon the King. While he can be demanding to the staff under his command, he is a very comprehensive and empathic man that never raises his voice in anger, which earns him the respect of everyone that works for the Crown.

His personal life is something he keeps to himself, his greatest mistake is not being able to mend the rocky relationship between himself and his son and daughter.

ANNETTE HUGHES

Princess Vesper’s personal assistant and partner in crime. If Vesper is considered to be the brains behind the resurgence and reinvigoration of the Starsong Foundation, then Annette is the brawns behind it. An extremely resourceful and diligent woman, she does everything in her power to assist Vesper in her duties.

While she sees a role model in the Princess she adores and respects so much, the heiress sees in Annie a real and genuine friend, something that was mostly absent in her atypical life.

CILLIAN BYRNE

The Crown’s current spokesman, and the youngest person to ever hold such a prestigious position.

As a representative of the Crown, Cillian is the frontline voice between Vaifen’s monarchy and the media. Always looking for ways to stand up, Cillian’s rampant sycophancy towards the King is perhaps his greatest flaw, a dual-edged trait that the King attributes to Cillian’s relatively new tenure in the job, something which the regent expects will subside as he further acclimates in the position.

EVAN LECARDES

A surgeon and longtime friend of Bastiel Isthal. Handsome, charming, yet unlucky in the matters of love. Evan’s flamboyant mannerism and extravagant sense of fashion do make him stand out from the crowd, and he has no shame in the eccentricities and luxuries that he’s so fond of—yet always humble in his oath to save lives and do no harm.

Evan and Bastiel go way back, having become friends on a fateful afternoon during the last years of their highschool education, when Evan’s love affairs had taken a turn for the worst.

Having found himself in a life or death situation after tarnishing the honor of a notorious student—who was out for blood, Evan’s life was saved by the unusual and lonely white haired Nasivern, who fought against the mob to save a fellow student, using the Absolute Doctrine that he was still learning to wield.

Bastiel emerged victorious that afternoon despite being outnumbered, not without suffering through its fair share of pain. Evan’s actions had left him with a broken nose and a pair of broken ribs—but he ended up gaining a lifelong friend in return.

THOMAS EASTON

A seasoned politician, and the head of the New Vaifen Front, a recently established political party. Father of three sons, and husband to a loving wife. Easton’s radical political message is centered about shaking down the traditional foundations of Vaifen’s way of governance and reforming them into something new—going as far as to challenge the rule of the Crown of Starsong, proposing a new Vaifen Republic that would hypothetically cast off the monarchy.

With a nation under turmoil due to a stagnated economy and the unleashed terror of the Ashen Reckoning, Easton has begun to dramatically gain support among Vaifen’s electorate for the upcoming parliament elections—but whether or not his actions and proposals are well intended and meant for the good of Vaifen or he is merely another piece in the board for the powers that be is something that remains to be seen.

ANDRE CALLAHAN

Vaifen’s current Prime Minister. A pragmatic man that’s outshined in eloquence by those around him. Callahan, despite being holding the highest rank among Vaifen’s senate, has been obfuscated by his peers, especially by Senator Thomas Easton, who constantly denounces his inaction and ineptitude with regards to the rise of the Ashen Reckoning—a narrative that regardless of its veracity, has dictated the Prime Minister’s pace in recent times.

ALMA

A relic of the Nasivern’s war torn past. An artificial intelligence that once fought alongside the legendary warrior Isthara, serving as her ancilla in battle, as well as being her confidant. Alma’s existence is kept a secret from everyone except a select few, for the world would both fear and covet her for what she is. Alma lives in seclusion with Bastiel Isthal, the heritor of the White Blaze’s legacy.

The old Nasivern Battle Ancillas were a creation that goes way back to their Age of Wonder, and they saw extensive use during the Age of Devastation. In reality, Alma was damaged in battle long ago, losing much of herself in the process. Her functions and potential have been severely impaired since, which would’ve deemed her flawed and useless at the eyes of the Arghest Empire. It is those newfound flaws that made Isthara consider her a true living entity, as it made her act, think, and feel just like any other living being.

She is Bastiel’s main nexus to a world that no longer exists, having conveyed him the stories and exploits of not just Isthara, but the Daybreak group she led in times past, and the history of his fallen race. Now, she exists as a remnant of what once existed, an instrument of a war that tore apart the old Nasivern world, and the living legacy of the woman that gave her purpose in life—not a day goes by when she doesn’t miss her friend.

AXEL INGRAM

A young child with an unfortunate congenital heart condition that has deprived him of a normal life. Axel has spent most of his still young existence at the mercy of doctors, nurses, treatments, needles, and tests. Greatly loved by his mother, the child hopes to one day be free from it all so he can step into the world, grow up, and pursue his dreams of becoming a hero—just like the ones from his favorite television shows.

MICHAEL TRAXLER

A renowned General of Vaifen in life, whose legacy and influence is still palpable among the nation’s military. Ruthless, cunning, he had a shrewd mind keen for strategic forecast and combat. His sharp wit and exploits were fundamental for Vaifen during their war against the Republic of Svarzfald.

After the assasination of his wife and son, Michael Traxler became hollow and more devoted to the one thing he had left in this world: his job. He founded and led the controversial Silent Echo unit, an elite black ops group that carried out top secret operations for Vaifen’s military.

Traxler, along with almost all of his unit, died during the disastrous outcome of Operation Warm Daylight, not without saving the life of Erron Leitner, the youngest and newest member of Silent Echo—and the last soldier that was ever recruited into it.

JONATHAN FOSTER

A natural of Vaifen’s Quaile region and the CEO of Noveaux Tech. No one could’ve predicted that the son of a simple miner would go on becoming one of the biggest names in technology at such a young age. Some call it luck, others call it wit and determination—regardless, to be able to build such a large tech conglomerate at such a meteoric rate and at a young age is a monumental feat.

His advanced algorithm and proprietary software solutions rapidly put him on the spotlight. Noveaux is now a leading global hardware manufacturer, from computer devices to phones. Jonathan dreams of pushing humanity further through technology, and he’s built the right empire to do so, but there are times when the empires that men built outgrow them, and Jonathan might no longer be in full control of the company he built.

DEXTRIAS

A Nasiven exile living in Ternion, and the last living Archon of her Mother’s Grace and Mercy.

As part of the alliance that once existed between the Nation of Vaifen and the Nasivern, Dextrias was sent to the human nation to be in charge of the cultural center that acted not just as sort of embassy for the so called Heirs of Sin, but also as a center for the cultural exchange between both people while being a representative of the Nasivern religion and their mother deity, the goddess Sollente.

As the top hierarchy of the Nasivern’s religion perished during the fall of Nineveh and the annihilation of the Nasivern race, Dextrias is now the highest ranking member of the religion of Sollente, a religion that’s now devoid of an Exarch and High Archons.

While others would’ve given up given the circumstances, the Archon continues his work, maintaining the Nasivern Cultural Center in Ternion, which hosts the last remnants of his race’s culture, religion, traditions, and heritage. Dextrias is now the last custodian of a dying religion, the keeper of the fading flame of a race on the verge of extinction—something that he will continue doing for as long as he draws breath.

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These men and women of different backgrounds and beliefs that inhabit the city of Ternion are but some of the side characters that will come to life throughout this upcoming book saga. Their dreams, hopes, ambitions, desires, and the clash between these elements with the reality that they live in will shape their lives. It falls to the Gestalt team to ensure and preserve their safety and that of the Nation of Vaifen as a whole.

If you want to know more about this upcoming book series please check out Sword’s hub page. Please stay tuned for more previews and info as I chart and walk the path towards publishing this dream of mine.

Until next time,

-Kal