This novel, aimed primarily at teenagers and young adults, features a version of the historical Dark Wars that includes humans. “Historical Dark Wars?” Yes, the Dark Wars are a historical event on Lavana and in the rest of the Tri-System, but they didn’t actually include humans. For the sake of a fun, engaging novel that had people to which you could immediately relate, I added a few humans. This series is not to be taken as Lavanian canon; humans don’t show up in Tri-System space until much, much later.
The basic concept of The Dark Wars is that a few incredibly powerful individuals (Equitor and the Ajoitéi Prince) amassed enough forces to wage war on Lavana herself and all her inhabitants. With what seems like dark magic, a multitude of tricks and traps, and deadly warriors at his beck and call, Equitor allies with the Prince and uses the advantage of surprise to begin carving chunks out of Lavana’s populace. With so many varied species, Lavana has never had a centralized “government” of any sort to unite the packs, tribes, Centers, and loners into one cohesive force, and so Lavanians are swiftly scattered and picked off piece-by-piece. A human girl on Earth could prove to be the final key to Equitor’s victory; inexplicably, she has in-depth knowledge of nearly every species, language, and place on Lavana and could prove an invaluable resource to ending the war. To prevent their own destruction, Lavanians take a keen interest in keeping this girl out of Equitor’s hands.
This story is unique, as far as I know, in its presentation. You’re reading the written log of the Dark Wars, not just following one person’s personal journey or wandering about in a third-person omnipresent view. The written log was begun by Shane Myers, the girl who knows too much about Lavana for her own good, when she first encountered a Lavanian on Earth. Said Lavanian was Mackalla, a Non-Maned Heifia who could pass on Earth for some sort of dog – if no one looked too closely. After Shane helped Mackalla evade suspicious human pursuers, she began recording her experiences in a simple spiral-bound notebook, and she continued to do so as events played out. Eventually, after arriving on Lavana, other creatures began inserting their own stories via ngran-kre (“mind-power” – basically telepathy/telekinesis) and using the notebook as a way to communicate over distances. Pages filled quickly and new notebooks were employed to hold the ongoing record. Within the novel itself, the notebook that you’re reading has been a key element, often as means of communication, as those with sufficient ngran-kre can read the notebook even when it’s not in their possession.
The novel itself was begun when I was in seventh grade, and I stopped writing it when I was in eleventh grade. (This might clue you in to why I’m aiming at a young-adult audience – the story is not as sophisticated or “realistic” as many other novels that I began years later.) Like in the story, the novel has spanned five spiral-bound notebooks, which are now very tattered and well-worn, the margins and covers riddled with sketches, doodles, notes, and quotes. This site is built to showcase the second draft of The Dark Wars; each chapter that I put up has been typed up and greatly revamped from its hand-written form. Large chunks of the original story are changing – I’m slicing away unnecessary characters (about ten humans and various Lavanians) and making the plot somewhat more coherent, although no less twisted.
As the story goes along, there seems to be a great fuss about languages and terminology. Lavana has dozens of sentient races, and each of those have their own language. Nearly every individual, however, also speaks Kalash, the common tongue of the planet (and the entire Tri-System). The human character Shane, in knowing so much about Lavana, also seems to know most languages – she’s fluent in Kalash and often slips into using simple terms without thinking. Lavanian narrators, however, are more prone to using phrases and words of Kalash; whereas Shane, writing as a human, makes a point to explain and define new creatures and words, other narrators do not. Some common words and phrases are botsa za cha (‘peaceful greetings’), cha nu kayl (‘peace, prosperity, and understanding’), pelash (‘minutes’), and the four directions: danu (‘north’), sreki (‘south’), nuea (‘east’), and jaza (‘west’). There is a variety of insults and curses used, as well. Also, distances are measured in leagues, not miles or kilometers; one league is approximately three miles, so keep this in mind to make sense of distances and speeds mentioned.
This site will be updated with new chapters (and corresponding characters and races) as I finish them, so check back often to watch the story unfold.