To be able to create something in a world so prone to destruction and entropy is a joy that I struggle to properly explain with words — especially in the complicated reality that I continue to live in. I find purpose in creating, meaning even, and a faint sense of hope that perhaps by creating something I’ll someday be able to do my part and help others.
Many years ago, back when I was younger, less weathered, with more hair, and more innocent, I used to live out the wildest of adventures throughout my imagination in countless solitary nights. Among all of those adventures, there was this one spark, young and feeble, that with time, grew up to be a blaze in my mind.
That spark began as something simple, just a main character — a hero of many adventures, if you will, joined by a few faceless and nameless characters living in a formless and shapeless setting, as well as dreams of something greater. These were tales and grandiose settings that gave me some shelter in my isolated and sheltered childhood, as well as during my early adolescence.
Those dreams evolved through time, nurtured by my woes, triumphs, sins, vices, virtues, losses, laughters, tears, and everything else that comprises the flawed man that I am. Through them, I found meaning and purpose to an otherwise lonely reality.
Many were the ways that I’ve imagined myself giving form to this dream, but never did I feel capable of doing so. It also clashed with the ‘maturity’ that what was expected of me by members of my extended family, and that, I’m afraid, was a burden with ongoing repercussions that has shackled me for so long. And so it all remained as it started: an anamorphic reverie.
Until one day, when my life began its darkest chapter — that’s when I finally decided to give it my all, and began bring that world to life, to chronicle the adventures of that character that eventually came to become Bastiel Isthal — and since then, slowly but surely, the dream began to take a more tangible and cohesive form.
Worlds were crafted, Nations were built, maps were charted, names were assigned, and tenets were written. Before I knew it, the Nation of Vaifen finally had a name and a life of its own.
This dream is one of my deepest passions, the initial spark that has lived on my mind for so long is finally taking form. This dream is something that I aspire to finish building in the near future, something that I hope transcends the boundaries of my addled mind and gets to live in the imagination of others, something that I can but hope that will get to live longer than I will.
I still do not have all the answers, and have stumbled more often that I’d like to admit. Bringing this dream to life is one journey that I wish to share with you all, one that I hope will soon be in your hands all the while I continue my personal journey to find my place in a world that I never quite fit in — a world that I still don’t fully understand, and to uphold a promise I made on the worst day of my life.
This is a look at my vision for this Crimson Dream of mine…
“To fight for them, and for their smiles, is our duty, and our reason.”
Sword of the Nation, the first entry in this saga, follows the journey and exploits of the young Nasivern Bastiel Isthal and the Gestalt team, as they work together to put an end to the Ashen Reckoning and their leader, the vicious and ruthless Dogma, who are hell bent on bringing the Nation of Vaifen to its knees.
I have been working on Sword (and the overall saga) for a few years now, as it stands, the fourth draft is finished, all that remains is to walk the road towards publishing it — made a tad bit complicated by my current situation and ongoing struggle with migrating out of my country.
For more information about Sword, including lore previews and a public preview of the novel’s unedited draft please check out its hub page by clicking here.
“You are not the arbiters of truth — everyone fights for what they believe is right.”
Sins of the Nation, the second entry in this saga, takes place [REDACTED] after the events of Sword. A more personal story, the Gestalt team will face new challenges that will push their abilities to the extreme.
The consequences of your actions, the perceived righteousness of your cause, and how the main cast impact the lives of those that they cross paths with are some of the themes I’d like to focus on with Sins.
While a general outline exists, work on Sins is slated to begin as soon as I have a more consolidated roadmap towards publishing Sword.
Stay tuned for more info!
“I will do what it takes to fix this, to make things right. I will damn myself in your name.”
The conclusion to the first arc of this saga.
At the moment, I am not prepared to divulge much about what I have planned for Soul.
“If we can save but one spark, then one day our flame will light up the heavens once more.”
Once the first three are published, I plan on rewinding time a little and tell a different story of this universe, one centered around the Heirs of Sin, the Nasivern.
As it stands, the plan calls for two entries that will narrate their devastation, renaissance, and ultimate demise of the Nasivern race, from the perspective of the Legendary Warrior Isthara and her son.
These prequels will be of a different tone than Sword, Sins, and Soul, and each entry will portray a different era in itself.
I’m still quite a few years away before I even begin to publicly talk about my plans for the second trilogy.
There are some rough and very basic elements of their premise, matching tentative titles, and some key moments here and there.
These complementary works, no less important in nature, will portray aspects of Vaifen (and beyond) through a different lens. I would love to collaborate with other authors and creators to bring these different facets to life, expanding and enriching the living world of this saga.
They would not necessarily have to be novels, it’d be a great way to expand this universe through different mediums, such as comics, graphic novels, or audiovisual works, to name a few.
A proper lore compendium is one that I’ll do for sure, with its own in-universe media snippers, advertisements, and whatnot.
This is a basic outline of what my plans are for this saga, but by no means is a definitive chart, a lot of work remains to be done, and a lot of road remains to be walked, but I am giving it all that I have.
I hope that this humble Crimson Dream, spawned from the unbound imagination of a pariah — a complete social outcast, inept and flawed in many ways, is soon given life in your mind just as it has lived on mine throughout these years since I began to dream it.
Sword, Sins, Soul of the Nation, and Heirs of Sin, are a work in progress, things are not set in stone and anything can be subject to change. All images, logos, and other graphics are to be considered placeholders.
2021, by Christian Kaleb Caruzo.