Charon’s Blade and Watch Your Six #SpaceOpera #SciFi #MFRWhooks

Charon's Blade and Watch Your Six #SpaceOpera #SciFi #MFRWhooksThere were surprises as I started putting together Bringer of Chaos: Watch Your Six. This is the final book of the Bringer of Chaos trilogy, so tying up loose ends is important. I went to great lengths to ensure everything was covered, right down to creating weapons like Charon’s Blade (shown here).

As I wrote, I got to thinking, what would humans need ghosts for with all the Ultras in exile? How many ghosts had there been? Would the Ultras who’d been captured be released? How many Ultras were there? What were the powers they imparted to the various ghosts? Why didn’t Six get much of those powers?

The biggest surprise to me was discovering Pietas’s real agenda for humans. I’d always known he wanted to destroy them, but why would he after coming to respect and love Six? And if he wanted to kill them, why hadn’t he already done it? After all, he holds the title Destroyer of Worlds. He could do it. What’s stopping him?

I wrote a spinoff short story about Ghost Corps. Lights Out will release in mid September inside The Expanding Universe Vol 4, edited by Craig Martelle. The anthology will feature multiple authors, all with stories in the sci fi and space opera genres. It’s going to be a real treat for fans of the genre.

Charon’s Blade

I hired an artist to create images of the Ghost Corps weapons. They were designed to kill Ultras, so they’re formidable (and nasty). Livius designs scifi weapons as art. I found him on Having the images and the technical aspects of these helps me create the people who wield them.

What kind of person would carry a weapon called Charon’s Blade designed to stab and then inject the victim with poison? Why such an extreme weapon?

Considering it was designed to wound creatures who come back from the dead, it’s at least a little bit understandable. Even so, Charon was the mythical guide to the underworld in ancient mythology. This knife has quite a legacy just in its name.

I know the answers to all these questions and have the basics of the journey plotted. But as I write, this story reveals more and more. I plan many more books featuring Pietas, his family and fellow immortals.

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About Kayelle Allen

Kayelle Allen did a tour in the US Navy, where she climbed around airplanes (on the ground of course) fixing black boxes that helped pilots find their way home. She wrote her first science fiction novel at 18, and to this day, it's hidden under the bed, where she vows it will remain. Gems from it, though, launched several series in her galaxy-wide universe of stories. From childhood, Kayelle was the victim of an overactive imagination and inherited the Irish gift of gab from her mother. From her father, she got a healthy respect for mechanical things. No wonder she writes Science Fiction and Fantasy peopled with crazy androids, mythic heroes and warriors who purr.
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12 Responses to Charon’s Blade and Watch Your Six #SpaceOpera #SciFi #MFRWhooks

  1. The dedication you put into background for your books – inspirational. Tweeted.

  2. Thanks for sharing your research methods and how cool that you found an artist to draw the weapons. World building can be fascinating. Tweeted.

  3. henhousepublishing says:

    The level of detail displayed is impressive, especially when you get down to thinking of the design of the weaponry. That translates into realistic detail in the writing.

  4. The depth of your absorption in your fictional world reminds me of The Valley of the Moon, “an enchanted historic storybook land and the heart of magic.” A man named George Legler built it piece by piece as a labor of love, and nearly 100 years later, people still flock to it.

    • I can relate to this site completely. I’ve had these worlds in my head for decades. It’s just now that I have time and talent available to bring them to life.

  5. janwal says:

    What a neat looking blade but lethal. Good luck as you plan the journey

  6. Sometimes I wonder how much time you spend in your alternative world, in contrast to the “real” world. You delve so deeply!