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Quaraun Novel Update: Starting in 2014, in preparation for the 40th Anniversary of The Twighlight Manor Series (September 23, 1978/2018), all 2,000+ short stories are being compiled into chronological order, to be re-released as a series of 130 novels. All the original short stories are being republished both here on EelKat.com and on Amazon. In the novels, each short story now stands as a "chapter" in the novels. New scenes/stories are being writing to connect the short stories together into novel format.
I am answering random questions today about world building, over on Reddit and decided to take my answers from there and expand upon them even further over here. So that's what this page is. Me rambling on about various aspects of world building techniques I use when writing the Quaraun series. The questions I am answering are embedded here. Clicking the link in the embedded question will take you to the original Reddit page where you can see the original answer along with other people's answers. If you wish to comment, you can do so on the Reddit page where a place to do so is provided.
One of the stranger aspects of the Quaraun novel series, is a race of Lovcraftian squid-headed humanoid aliens invade Earth and show up in almost every novel in the series.
Primary minor character ZooLock the Great is a Thullid Priest.
Quaraun and GhoulSpawn, are both Thullid Spawnlings, Elves who have had Thullid larvae implanted into their brains.
At first I had no reason for them to be there, other then I just wanted them there. The Quaraun series is set on an alternate version of Earth and it's more or less just Earth with minor changes. Real Earth does not have Squid headed beasts walking around. There Thullids had no backstory to explain why they were on Earth. And at first they didn't need one. But the 3rd novel had this whole flashback scene into the main character Quaraun's childhood, which revealed he and his mother had been attacked by them and the attack was the reason for several phobias he now has as an adult.
Well, I got to writing that scene, and I started asking myself...
"Why in the heck did these creatures attack his family? Wait... why are they even on Earth at all? What the hell are they and where did they come from?"
Next thing I knew, I'm doing this whole world building session for the squid beasts trying to figure out what sort of world they might have originated from and what reason they ended up on Earth.
My conclusion was this...
The squids are aberrations... their real bodies actually are squids, but here on Earth they are human-like bodies with squid heads, because the squids, attached themselves to human hosts, sucked out the brain, eat the head, and attached their body to the human body to try to "blend in" with humans, resulting in squid-headed humans.
Back on their home planet, they were just plain old ocean dwelling squids though, though why did they choose to become human-squid beasts? Could it have something to do with why they are on earth?
After some thought, I realize, they are not invaders of Earth. They are not trying to hunt down and kill humans. They are survivors. They came from a water planet, like Earth, but their solar system was destroyed by a sun going super nova or something to that affect (I didn't do a lot in the scientific details... basically their sun blew up for whatever reason and took their planet with it.)
Basically there was a Noah-type person, who gathered up animals and people and plants and set out on his space ark to find a new planet so his people and the creatures they knew would survive. Who knows what happened next (I didn't figure out the details yet, probably will at some point though) but somehow most everything on the ark ship died and the only life that survived, was the sea creatures living in their sealed water filled tanks.
After who knows how long, the ship crashes in the Atlantic ocean on Earth and the sea creatures get into Earth's oceans.... many of Earth's sea creatures (squid, octopus, jellyfish, angler fish, moray eels, sea slugs, etc) turn out to be NOT from Earth originally, but all originated from this crashed ship, thus why many sea creatures are so freaky looking (especially the deep sea fish that look so alien)....This now explains why these very alien looking creatures are so high intelligence too.
At some point they discover they can live on land if they combine themselves on a host body, which they do. Turns out they are not in fact Demons and they really are not trying to take over Humanity - this is just the way Humans translate them.
But I had them obsessed with this Elder God from the Underworld... how do I explain that, if the above is their back story?
Well, while I'm trying to come up with an answer to that, I'm on YouTube looking at squid and jellyfish videos, and I come across this video about tiny one inch long jellyfish off the coast of Japan that are among the deadliest creatures on the planets. Then I find this other video about "the immortal jellyfish" a jellyfish (also in Japan) that is over 1,000 years old and regenerates itself every time it dies (yes, it's a real creature - Google it - most of the cloning science was actually based of research into this jellyfish) . I'm fascinated by my discovery of these two real world jelly fish that I had never heard of before.
And then an idea hits me...
People always assume Cthulhu to be this super huge god right? That's because the cultists and such describe him that way.... but what if....
What if the Elder God was in fact a tiny one inch jellyfish, that had super psychic powers and was convincing every one it was huge, when in fact it wasn't? What if it was one of these immortal jellyfish from Japan, and it had just lived so danged long, that it was bored, and was having fun by sending psychic thoughts into people, convincing them it was a giant god beast just to watch people get scared....
So what if Cthulhu turned out to be like the Wizard of Oz and wasn't actually the big bad guy every one thought him to be, turned out to be this little old man behind the curtain, or in this case, the tiny super smart, super old, super bored jellyfish getting it's thrills by terrifying everyone?
JellyFish Art Images Provided By Amazon
So, that's what I went with...
The Sea Creatures of Earth are aliens who escaped a dying planet, some evolved into Lovcraftian beasts by absorbing Human bodies, while their leader uses mental illusions to convince cultists it's some ancient god, when in fact it's just a bored little jellyfish with mega powerful psychic skills.
In the end, this all worked and fit very logically in the story I was writing, so it just worked.
Not sure if that helps you out with your story or not, may or may not work for your story, may not be the type of direction you'd want to go, but that's the reason I went with as it seemed most logical for the setting I was writing. Hopefully this helps give you some ideas for what you could do in yours. Good luck with it!
I am wondering why has Amazon moved the Quaraun books to the category "Transgender Romance" and also "Gay Erotica"? The base story is a deeply depressed, suicidal, drug addict Elf who's lover commit suicide and he's trying not to do the same. It's an old Elf in a tavern, monologuing a lot of flashbacks and back story scenes of his youth. These stories are dark, bloody, angsty, full of drug use, murder, rape, Medieval torture, mental/physical/emotional abuse, and references to depression and suicide - no romance in it, unless you count the occasional (and usually brutally violent) rape scenes that show up in nearly every volume - sorry - no clue what Amazon is thinking or why they moved these to Romance and Erotica, but these books are NOT even close to being Romance or Erotica on any level at all. When I published these books I put them in "Dark Fantasy" and "Yaoi". If they show up in any category other then "Dark Fantasy" and "Yaoi", it's because Amazon put them there without my authorization or approval.
The 4 door white truck continues to sit at the end of my drive way (146 Portland Ave, Old Orchard Beach, Maine) near every night around sunset, reeving it's engine and squealing it's tires, with the driver yelling anti-gay threats and obscenities out the window. He continues to do the same thing at my dad's apartment building (Biddeford Maine) a few times a week, usually in mid to late afternoon time. He continues to follow me to shopping to various stores in various towns throughout the states.
Phrases he yells from the truck include:
"Kill or be killed remember Saco Shaws all transsexuals are alike"
"I keep a gun under the seat of my truck, I'm gonna use it to shoot you in the head, you transvestite freak"
if cars are going by he yells to them: "that thing is Ken's son, look at how's it's dressed; it's insane, it has autism, we can't allow that thing and it's gay cars in our family friend town of Old Orchard Beach"
He often babbles deranged ramblings about something he calls "the gay-pocalypse", raving lunacy about how "all the gays are gathering" on his doorstep. He raves some crazy nonsense about how Armageddon is coming and the war to end all wars will be "the gays against the Christians" and Christians have to be ready to "kill the gays"
My car is the Autism Awareness Car and had 2.5million marbles glued to it (I have Autism - savant - Kanner's syndrome) he claims tat my car "is gay" because of what it looks like. My car has been vandalized several dozen times, including to have the tires slashed 7 times in 6 months.
After dark often around 10PM, he stands at the end of the logging road across the street from me and shoots at my motohome (in February 2014 he shot holes in my neighbour's barn while doing this). I have video footage of 3 of his shootings at me here: https://youtu.be/NUebzJ9sz9U and here: https://youtu.be/C4dZbgG-Smw
This has gone on since August 2013 now, in addition to all the vandalism, hate crimes, pet beheadings, etc that has happened, including the bomb that blew up our house in 2006.
As you know, that whole time I had not been able to get a plate number on the truck. He as just here again, and I just realized why I could not get a plate number... there are no plates on the truck, either on the front or on the back. However, as he was driving away today... I noticed, there is a plate, stuck up in the back window of the truck, where it can barely be seen, deliberately obscured from view behind a silver tool box.
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