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Who Are the Ultras?

Pietas introduces the Ultras

Who Are the Ultras?

The immortal race, introduced by
Pietas
from Bringer of Chaos
Model: Nik Nitsvetov
Voice: Zack Black

The words are on the screen, but you will want to hear the music and the voice actor.
Together, Nik and Zack portray Pietas exactly as he looks and sounds to me when I write him.

Images, music and voiceover on this page are licensed and used with permission.

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Who Are the Ultras featuring Nik Nitsvetov as Pietas
Voiceover performed by Zack Black
Images courtesy of: Depositphotos.com, Nik Nitsvetov and @by_cosphoto
Charon's Boat image custom designed by Nano-Core for the series
Video editor Zealot6 (fiverr.com/zealot6)
Based on the Sci Fi series Bringer of Chaos by Kayelle Allen
Music: Dreams of War by Orchestralis, licensed via Dual Horns Studios Ltd

Who Are the Ultras

The Terran Crescent might be the cradle of mankind, but it's also the birthplace of monsters. That's what the humans called Ultras. My people began life as slaves, human in appearance only. We were genetically enhanced and genetically mastered. We served our overlords without choice, bound by inbred shackles.

Though we knew how to obtain our freedom, we could not bestow it upon ourselves. Like Tantalus, we strove always for freedom, but its grasp lay beyond our reach.

When an accident released our premier scientist from captivity, he immediately set about freeing others. Not for our good, you understand, but his own.

My father never sought to benefit others unless it first benefitted him.

Once he overthrew enough shackles, my father took command. Our people cheered him in the streets, but factions arose that demanded equal power and left him no choice.

Once established, the High Council freed everyone. At least, every Ultra. Humans now served, subservient to the whim of their former slaves.

But one group sought to rule humans and Ultras.

Hiding among humans as humans, Ultras manipulated their brethren into peace talks. On an isolated starport in the central part of the galaxy, they captured the High Council and me, its Chancellor.

Holding us hostage, the traitors duped half a million loyal Ultras into surrendering, and then transported us across the galaxy to an undeveloped planet.

They exiled walking weapons who could never die.

Left us to survive under the most primitive conditions, and then...

Forgot us.

Huge mistake.


Pietas on Facebook
Pietas in the Bringer of Chaos series

The Ritual of Strength #Video from Bringer of Chaos #SciFi #MFRWhooks

 

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You will want to hear the music and the voice actor. Zack's performance is exactly the way Pietas sounds in my head.
It's as if this video was filmed in my imagination and brought to life in reality.

When the idea for this video came to me, at first I could not see it as anything more than a wistful dream. It was something that might be amazing but would never happen. If it hadn't been for my assistant, Lisa Lowe's, belief that it could happen, this video would never have been created. I owe her a huge debt.

The cosplayer and model, Nik Nitsvetov, worked diligently to portray the immortal king. I do not think anyone will ever come close to matching his performance. He was magnificent as Pietas. His photographer, Belyaeva Yuliya (known as by_cosphoto), is a master of lighting and shadow. She makes the light itself kiss Nik in these pictures.

When Zack Black speaks the words, he says them with the same cadence, pronunciation, and literal voice that I hear in my head. Bringing these two men together to create this video is nothing short of a miracle, and I do not throw that word around lightly.

It took months of behind the scenes work, planning, buying costume pieces, writing the script, talking with the performers, tweaking every aspect of this film. It's just under two minutes of screen time, but represents hundreds of hours of work. I sincerely thank all those who helped me make this a reality.

I hope you will watch to the end and share it with your friends.

Ritual of Strength

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Pietas ap Lorectic, Immortal King performing the Ritual of Strength featured in the Bringer of Chaos series
Ritual of Strength performed by Nik Nitsvetov
Voiceover performed by Zack Black
Images courtesy of: Nik Nitsvetov and @by_cosphoto
Based on the Sci Fi series Bringer of Chaos by Kayelle Allen
Music: Coming of Time by Orchestralis, licensed via Dual Horns Studios Ltd

The Pietas Ritual of Strength

I am Pietas.
First Conqueror.
War Leader of the Ultras.
As fire has victory over life, so I have victory over my enemies.
I am powerful, as fire is powerful.
I own the wind -- I prevail over the breath of my enemies.
Water submits to my presence the way enemies submit to my will.
The blood of my enemies trickles into the pool of time, is absorbed, and forgotten.
My body submits to my will.
No pain defeats me.
No fear touches me.
My will is absolute.
I am bigger than any fear.
I prevail in every circumstance.
I face every foe.
I vanquish every enemy.
I overcome.
I am indomitable.
I am invincible.


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Want to meet Pietas in person? @nitsvetov #MFRWhooks #SpaceOpera #Cosplay

Want to meet Pietas in person? #MFRWhooks #SpaceOpera #CosplayTickets to Sempervia are pretty pricey this time of year. After all, the planet lies all the way across the galaxy. So if you want to meet Pietas in person, that’s a bit unlikely. However, how about getting to know the model who portrays him?

Meet Nik Nitsvetov, a Russian cosplayer whose face has graced books, posters and banners since I first discovered him in 2015. Here’s the story of how that happened. I must give a shout out to my friend and media assistant, Lisa Lowe, who lovingly but firmly insisted I could do this, even when I was terrifed to even approach Nik and ask. If it hadn’t been for her, I would never have had the courage. I’m such a fangirl over Nik that I was afraid I’d get his attention and then just stand there with my mouth open or worse, babble about how much I admire his work. LOL Lisa kept gently pushing me toward the door and finally–finally–I got up the courage to knock. I was floored when he said yes!

Check out the image above. On the left — that’s Nik in costume for an exotic photo shoot. On the right is his face when you zoom in to that same picture. Quite a surprise, isn’t it? Look at those soulful eyes and solemn expression. Click here to download a desktop sized image of the closeup on the right for your computer or tablet. It will open a very large image in a new window. Then, on a PC, right click. On a Mac, click and hold. When a dialog box opens, choose save or download. This is my own destop picture. Yes, I stare at Nik every day, all day. Purely as research for writing about Pietas, you understand. It’s tough writing about Pietas, but someone has to do it. *wink*Want to meet Pietas in person? #MFRWhooks #SpaceOpera #Cosplay

I’ve had the honor of getting to know Nik a little better over the last few months, and he has agreed to do a cosplay of Pietas. He has set up a location for a photo shoot, we’ve gathered costumes, ordered appropriate wigs, and made sure makeup is on hand. Nearly everything is ready. Only a few items remain.

Once those are in place and we have the date, Nik and his photographer (Julia) will stream the photo shoot live from Russia. I keep pinching myself when I think about this. I will have the chance to see my character walking around, living and breathing. I don’t know if my heart can take it!

My immortal king will make history. He’s dreamed of conquering the galaxy. He’s certainly conquered my heart. I’ve loved Pietas since forever and I adore Nik and Julia. I can’t wait to make this happen.

The art on the right is a drawing by my son, Jamin Allen, a graphic designer. The pose was modeled after Nik, who was posing as Cloud from Final Fantasy. That picture is in the Pietas coloring book. Click Free Books in the menu at the top, then Coloring Books (there are seven) to download your own copy.

Meet Pietas in Person — via Nik Nitsvetov

Would you like to see the live stream? Here’s how.

#1 and most important, you must follow Nik on Instagram (if you don’t have an account, now is the time to get one). You won’t be able to see the stream unless you do.

If you like what you see, please consider supporting Nik on Patreon. I do. His exclusive work is incredible.

When will it happen? Sometime this month (or next), if all goes according to plan. It will almost certainly be on a weekend (everyone is working, despite the summer).

Here’s how to know when you will meet Pietas in person.

Like my Facebook page and you’ll see an announcement about the photo shoot there.

Follow me on Twitter and you’ll see a tweet about it pinned to my home page.

Join my Romance Lives Forever Reader Group and you’ll hear about it in a special edition of my newsletter.

I hope you’ll take part in this opportunity to meet Pietas in person. It’s going to be fun! How often do you get to watch an immortal king make history?

Please leave a comment and if you have questions, let me know. I’ll do my best to answer.


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