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Author: Katherine Dotterer

Katherine Dotterer writes fantasy romance. When not writing, she enjoys reading anything she can find, singing in local choruses, and hiking in nearby parks.
Healers

Healers

from Parkstone’s The History of Damensea Since before the Stone Wars, healers have worn symbols of their craft. These symbols help patients identify them during times of need as well as protect healers from harm. In Calatini, healers wear torcs rarely removed from their necks, even in sleep. Apprentice healers wear silver torcs, while masters wear gold. The design of the terminals indicate a healer’s speciality. Healers without magic wear leaf torcs. The leaves symbolize a healer’s reliance on nature…

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The Mara Clans

The Mara Clans

from Parkstone’s The History of Damensea A fruit of the first Nightmara-Calatini Treaty, the mara clans were sent to guard the nightmara from other humans and were originally comprised of Calatini’s calvary and other likeminded volunteers. Although they had intended to build a large city in the middle of the Nightmara Plains, this idea was abandoned before the first building was constructed. Instead the humans named themselves the mara clans (derived by removing “night” from “nightmara”), split into thirteen clans…

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The Nightmara-Calatini Treaty: Part 3

The Nightmara-Calatini Treaty: Part 3

That evening, Adrian and I returned to the Queen’s stables, now full of nightmara. Nightwind eyed Adrian with suspicion. :Why has your husband come?: Recognizing the nightmara did not trust him to allow me to negotiate, I soothed, “As co-ruler, he wished to come in an advisory capacity.” Adrian performed a small bow. “If it pleases you, your majesty, I shall swear to address my comments strictly to Sarilee.” Nightwind nodded. :Very well.: With the nightmara and my husband silently…

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The Nightmara-Calatini Treaty: Part 2

The Nightmara-Calatini Treaty: Part 2

from Queen Sarilee’s diary early Fall 613 AF Adrian captured my mouth in a fierce kiss. “Sarilee, thank the Goddess! No one knew where you had vanished, and I was becoming concerned harm had befallen you.” Suppressing a yawn, I gestured toward the inky nightmara. “Nightwind, queen of the nightmara, merely wished to discuss a pact between our people.” Adrian straightened, his husbandly concern supplanted by his kingly mantle. “And Her Majesty thought she could accomplish that by kidnapping our…

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The Nightmara-Calatini Treaty: Part 1

The Nightmara-Calatini Treaty: Part 1

from Queen Sarilee’s diary early Fall 613 AF ‘Twas over a month ago, that I awoke from the most vivid dream of my life in completely unfamiliar surroundings. (My husband later told me that servants had seen me traversing the palace whilst asleep. I am still surprised I made it through Ormas unscathed, but perhaps nightmara magic protected me.) Although I had nary an inkling of where I was, I felt no fear as I gazed upon the inky mare…

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The Nightmara

The Nightmara

from March’s Creatures Beyond the Walle Unlike other magical creatures, nightmara do not live north of the Walle; thirteen large herds live in Calatini on the plains just north of the Tsarkan Empire (dubbed the Nightmara Plains), and a few smaller herds live in other human nations. Nightmara live among humans because they must consume dreams in addition to ordinary feed, and humans possess much richer dreams than other creatures. If nightmara do not consume enough rich dreams, they develop…

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Elementalball

Elementalball

from Addison’s Guide to Sports and Games Developed in Calatini during the eigth century, elementball has been a popular game among the affluent since its creation and has recently spread to the common classes through sports halls and taverns. An alchemic witch developed the game to show his students the weaknesses of elemental magic in different environments. However, the game was so enjoyable one of his students marketed it to gentlemen at court and elementball became an instant success. Elementball…

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Words, Words, Words

Words, Words, Words

When creating a fantasy world, I like to use some invented words. A different world, especially one with magic, would not grow quite the same as ours and would develop different words. Having invented words distinguishes my fantasy world from reality. When creating words for my fantasy world, I prefer using either homophonous spellings or words describing the item, so my invented words are not too confusing. I like to replace words borrowed from foreign languages or words with specific…

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Races of Elves

Races of Elves

from March’s Creatures Beyond the Walle One of the most ancient magical creatures of Damesea, elves have been both revered and reviled by humans. Elves are renown for their wisdom and magical prowess, but most do not care for humans, who they consider mayfly usurpers of their land. Elves may live for several centuries yet they are fortunate if they bear two offspring during their long lifespan. Elves appear similar to humans in size and form, but they tend to…

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Small vs. Strong Spells

Small vs. Strong Spells

from Saunders’ The Basics of Magic Over the millennia since Rhiannon discovered how to use magic, humans have learned to effectively direct spells requiring minimal energy. The power for these small spells can be gathered from environmental sources like sunlight, generated by relinquishing some ability or possession, or drawn directly from the user’s spiritual or physical energy. Since small spells have minimal, one-time costs that can be controlled, they have become prevalent throughout society. Even the poor possess some charm…

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