Brightblood: A Fantasy Novel Series

Brightblood

Brightblood: A Fantasy Novel Series

Warning: The things you read on this page are fiction mixed with some historical/mythological accuracies. I took many creative freedoms from a wide range of ancient cultures and their lore to craft these ideas into my own. Nothing on these page should be taken for fact!


This novel is a mix between Magical Realism, Mythic Fantasy, and the Sword and Sorcery genres. It dives deep into the realm of Delahden to follow the stories of Kaidrick Brightblood, Adiah Ruddland, and Havbjörn Abilgaurd as they attempt to defeat the malevolence terrorizing their world.

As our heroes travel across the realm of Delahden, they will encounter many vile creatures, overcome adversities they have never faced before, and attempt to defeat the Alphas, who are ancient creatures created by the gods themselves. Who will win the battle for Delahden, or more importantly, the battle for life.


Brightblood Character Descriptions

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Kaidrick Brightblood

Character Breakdown
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Adiah Rudland

Character Breakdown

Character breakdown from GoogleDocs

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Havbjörn Abilguard

Character Breakdown

Character breakdown from GoogleDocs

Thanna Nerezza

Character Breakdown

Character breakdown from GoogleDocs


Lands, Races, and Peoples of Delahden

In the works!


Brightblood’s Magic System

The Magic system in the realm of Delahden is not a complex one. The magic itself is drawn from the earth, which is actually remnants of the frost giant Ymir’s body. Certain people can also tap into their own soul to draw additional magic, but this is highly frowned upon and comes at a hefty price. Any and all can “practice” magic, but not all can actually manifest the power needed to extract it from the earth.

Typically, once someone realizes they have the ability to use magic they will almost immediately know which of the four main fields they belong to; Artifice Magic, Philo Magic, Khaos Magic, or Life Magic. However, some may possess The Gift, which gives them the ability to use all four fields at will. There is a fifth, lesser known, field as well, and it is known as death magic. This is the magic that draws upon the soul to be cast, and it only calls upon those with The Gift.

Outside of Death Magic, there are no drawbacks associated with the use of magic. Too much of it at any given time can be detrimental the mind and body, but as a spell-caster ages and hones their abilities they also build up a higher threshold for that detriment. There is no limit to magic either, as it is drawn from a frost giants remains, and many test its boundaries regularly.

Magic is practiced across the realm of Delahden, but it is not accepted in all areas. The Humans of The Heittlands have banned it from their lands in hopes of keeping as much peace as possible, yet the Nordic folk of Nepja freely partake in it. The people of Ohtamoor survive on it, and you wouldn’t be surprised to find many refugees from The Heittlands who make their way across the border into its neighboring sister lands.

Fields of Magic
Artifice Magic

Those who practice Artifice Magic are known as Artificiens (Art-afis-ians).

Philo Magic

Those who practice Philo Magic are known as Philoans (Phi-low-ens).

Khaos Magic

Those who practice Khaos Magic are known as Khaos Weavers but are also often referred to as Battle Casters.

Life Magic

Those who practice Life Magic are known as Aeviens (Ah-v-ens).

Death Magic

The few who find themselves down the destructive path of Death Magic are referred to as Soul Breakers.

“If they succumb to its temptations, they will find themselves spiraling down a path of darkness that will piece by piece rip apart their soul.”


Brightblood Gods & Religions

The Gods of Delahden
The Main Gods
Ymir

As the ancestor of all Jötnar, Ymir is typically looked at as more of a “first being” or “first creation” rather than a god, but in Delahden, he is widely recognized as the first god of the realm.


Created by the ice of Niflheim and the heat of Muspelheim, the massive frost god traveled and terrorized the galaxy for many years after his inception.


Throughout his travels, the hermaphroditic Ymir fathered many beings. These beings, known as “Alphas”, were incredible creatures, but none grew to be more powerful or important as the werewolf, Fenrir.


As Ymir grew, so did Fenrir. As Ymir lost bits of his soul, Fenrir did too. Their demeanor grew darker and more sinister, and the two terrorized the realm for generations to come. That is, of course, until Odin and his brothers discovered the two. The battle of all battles ensued, and the demise of Ymir followed.


It is said with the death of Ymir came the birth of Delahden, but it also sparked The Oath of Fenrir, which would haunt Odin and Delahden for years to come.

Odin

Odin is revered as the supreme deity in Norse mythology, but in Delahden, he is known as the one who followed Ymir.


He was the awe-inspiring ruler of Asgard, the most admired immortal, and was hunting for new knowledge. It is well known that he sacrificed his right eye in order to more clearly see the cosmos, and to quench more of his thirst for complete wisdom.


Odin was the god of war, which is one of the main reasons he was able to defeat Ymir with his two brothers, Vili and Vé.


On top of all this, Odin was also the god of poetry and magic. Many perceived the loss of his eye as his greatest sacrifice, but in all reality it was not. Odin hung himself from the world-tree, Yggdrasil, for nine days and nine nights for the sole purpose of fully grasping the magically-charged runic alphabet, which is still rumored to hold many of the greatest secrets in all existence.

Frigg

In the works!

Thor

The most well known son of Odin, Thor, The Lord of Thunder, was thought to be the strongest god of them all, even more so than his father.


Thor is also revered as one of the most courageous, loyal, and honorable warriors, so the people who worship him will have similar traits.


He also brings levels of comfort, protection, and blessings to those not on the godly planes, and is very popular among both the Nepjan and Heittlands peoples.

Loki

As the trickster god of the Aesir, Loki was behind many a ruse within the realm of Delahden.


To many, he was thought to be the father of Hel, Jormungandr, and Fenrir, but even part of this is a trick. Loki, in fact, fathered the first two creatures, but his claim to be the father of Fenrir is false. This claim started when Loki first realized his powers and how far they reached. He attempted to cover up much about Ymir in hopes of claiming the most powerful Alpha ever known to man as his own.


More to come!

Tyr

The deity of war and heroic glory, Tyr, is regarded as the bravest of all the gods. He is hailed as the god of justice and oaths, and was sure to always let everyone know.


More to come!

Hel

Known as the goddess and ruler of the Norse underworld, Helheim, Hel has beyond pale skin and looks to be on the precipice of death herself.


She houses any who enter her realm, and as a child of Loki, is known to be just as, if not more, deceptive. Hel has many underlings within her realm, and can be very manipulative to get whatever it is she wants.

The Sub-Gods
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Vili

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More to come!

Baldur

Baldur was the son of Odin and Frigg. Known as the god of light, it was said that he lived between the realm of the gods and earth equally, and was the favorite among both.

Freyr

Freyr was the god of fertility, and was one of the most respected gods that ever lived. He was widely known as “the foremost of the gods” and “the god hated by none”, as he was a symbol of prosperity and pleasant weather conditions. The god also had ties to a paganistic horse cult within the sanctuary of Throndheim, and was the Ruler of Álfheim, the home of the Light Elves.

Heimdall

Another son of Odin, Heimdall was known as the “shiniest” of gods due to the sheer lack of color to his skin. He sat atop the Bifrost, the bridge that connected Asgard to Midgard, and remained forever on alert in case anyone attempted to attack his home. He is known as the “All-seeing, All-hearing” god and is often related with vigilance and determination.

Vidar

It has been rumored that Vidar is the second strongest god behind Thor, but his strength probably matched up evenly with that of Odin’s. Oft referred to as “The Silent God”, many believe him to be roguish in nature; always wanting to get things done in simply and without the flashy routine that most gods would put on. There was also a very strong tie to death with Vidar, and he was believed to be as paganistic as some humans.


Vidar was also the first to slay Fenrir, but as he would learn later on, Fenrir cannot be killed in any general way (see Fenrir).

Freya

Freya was one of the most sensual and passionate goddesses. She was associated with many of the same qualities as Frigg (love, fertility and beauty), and many believed Freya was actually the “alter ego” of Frigg.


She was the sister of Freyr, if one didn’t fall under the aforementioned belief, and was often prayed to by those in search of compassion or love.

The Religions of Delahden
Elven Religions

The Elves take their religions very seriously and do not typically allow outsiders to practice freely. It is not unheard of for others, specifically mountain dwarves, to delve into these religions in hopes of understanding them, but the Elves themselves will be the only ones to ever truly grasp their respective religions. However, one would never see a Light Elf practicing a Dark Elf religion or vice versa. That goes against all morals the Elven races hold dear.

Alfheism
  • The Light Elven Religion
  • A bright, positive religion in which the elves practice graciousness and kindness to all who are not threatening their life or culture
  • There are no gods, per se, in this religion, but since Freyr is the “owner” over Alfheim (the land of the Light Elves), he is often looked at as their god
  • Practiced by any race of Light Elf: Light Elf, High Elf (AKA Highborn Elf), Snow Elf, MORE TO COME…
Svartalism
  • The Dark Elven Religion
  • As many know, Svartalfheim (or Nidavellir) was known to be a mostly cavernous, labyrinth esque realm, which led to the Dwarves and Elves pictured as “dark” peoples
  • This religion is the complete opposite of the Light Elven religion and often is compared to some aspects of Myrism
  • There are no gods among the Dark Elves. They strictly believe they were put within the realm to combat and defeat the Light Elves, who they look at as weaker versions of themselves
  • Practiced by any race of Dark Elf: Dark Elf (AKA Night Elf), Half Elf, Wild Elf (AKA Wood Elf or Tree Elf), MORE TO COME…
Dwarven Religions

In the works!

Ancient Religions
Allitism
  • The belief that all gods are real in some form and that any one person may pray to any on god at any given time
Aesirism
  • The belief that some, or all, of the gods are real, but that only one god is the “true” god in which one can pray to.
  • Warriors will pray to a warrior god, lovers to a loving god, and things of that sort
  • Typically, practiced by older generations within the Nepjan culture, but it is not uncommon to see it elsewhere in Delahden
Verrism
  • The belief that the gods are irrelevant and that chaos rules the realm.
  • The first steps of those falling into Myristic (see below) tendencies
  • It is possible for one to become a Verrist, but never find themselves as a Myrist
Myrism
  • The Belief that Ymir (the purest form of evil and chaos) is the ONE and ONLY true god
  • Different from Allitism (the belief in one “true” god) due to the fact that Allitism still acknowledges other gods. Myrism acknowledges ONLY Ymir
  • Myrism is the darkest of religions and not very common.
  • Known worshipers of this religion are typically highly intelligent evil beasts, the Alphas, or humans that delve deep into death magic and lose their souls.
Human Religions

Note: these religions are TYPICALLY only followed by their sub category type of people, but it is not out of the ordinary for someone outside that scope to practice a religion…

Paganism
  • The belief that multiple gods are real, but not that all gods are real
  • It’s believers can oft be found sacrificing sacred items, animals, or even people, to their gods in hopes of being granted some blessing to better their lives
  • Paganism is sometimes broadly used to describe any new, unfamiliar religion that may scare common folk as well
  • Typically, practiced by those closer to the bottom tier of the social ladder (peasants, serfs, slaves, etc), but it’s not uncommon to find a king or queen who practices Paganism every now and again
  • Sometimes referred to as Hellenism or Heathenism
Atheism
  • The belief that none of the gods are real and that there is an overall lack of evidence that proves any deities are real
  • Typically, practiced by those who feel that, at some point, they were wronged by the gods or learned scholars who veer away from religion in general
Deism
  • The belief that some godlike entity created the world, but that religion itself doesn’t explain who or what that godlike entity may be
  • Typically, the religion of learned scholars and humans of the highest intelligence

Brightblood Guilds

In the works!


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