Many of you are probably aware that my best friend, Marie, is a writer. What you may not know much about is her world. Her latest book, Etania, is well worth reading: if for the imaginary world alone. Nearly all of her races are original, and I’ve had the privilege of seeing her Lewis-like world evolve over our 7 years of friendship. In honor of Marie’s “5-Minute Fridays,” here’s a look at 5 things I truly do love about Marie’s world.
• The Hafif (Half-eef)
These are the half-blooded people of Tamnarae, Marie’s fantasy world. That doesn’t just mean they’re half human and Elf, though. Some are half human, half wolf…half human, half water race…you get the picture. Why do I like this so much? Because I think having half-blood races adds depth to a world and creates characters with interesting conflicts. Also, “Hafif” is an excellent name for this sub-race because it conveys the feeling of being half of something.
• The Nothus (No-th-us)
Conveying the feeling of worthlessness in the name—as these people often feel—nothus are those born illegitimately. They are often shunned by society, which fits with the medieval feel of Marie’s world. One of her characters is a nothus, and Marie uses him to show that you can make the choice to be honorable even with dishonorable origins.
• The Skazic (Sk-a-zic)
Marie has several main, humanoid races in her story. All correspond to different elements or creatures: water, dragon, wolf, metal, and nature. Now imagine those races twisted by evil, and you’ve got the Skazic. Sort of a take on Tolkien’s Orcs, what makes the Skazic unique is that their race’s natural abilities (controlling water, riding dragons, etc.) become perverted. An Eritam wolf-keeper becomes a werewolf, a dragon-riding Draconian becomes a twisted lizard-like monster, and so forth. It’s pretty awesome.
• Lehrlings (Layer-lings)
The Lehrlings are people chosen by God to guide and help different regions of Tamnarae. I love them because they’re so unpredictable. They also have a color which corresponds to them and to their powers, like Jakin’s purple (purple flames, purple eyes, etc.) or another Lehrling’s red. You might think an elite group of guardians would be proud and distant, but Marie’s Lehrlings are anything but. Sometimes, they even invert the “wise old man/woman” motif, showing that years don’t always equal maturity.
• Safarast (S-ah-far-ast)
Safarast is a floating island upon which Christ dwells. It’s supposed to be like heaven, and thus the dead live there with Jesus. What I like about Safarast is how it symbolically portrays the Lord in heaven as an approachable, all-knowing, loving Savior. I also appreciate that it has buildings and gardens, symbolizing the holy city in Revelation. Those among the living who travel to Safarast cannot see the dead there unless Christ grants it, and the entire place is a beautiful reminder of eternal life with Jesus.
So there it is. Five things I love about Marie’s world. If you’re a fan of fantasy in the style of Lewis, you can learn more about these awesome things Marie has created by reading “Etania” once she finishes editing it.
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You can also see a full glossary of Marie’s world and creatures here.