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In the Shadows - Child of Wrath


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silvershadows
03.25.2013 , 05:41 PM | #1
Hey guys, I'm back again with my latest novella, In the Shadows - Child of Wrath.

This is, of course, the sequel to my first fanfic, In the Shadows - A Smuggler's Tale, written nearly a year ago. Child of Wrath is my most ambitious fan fiction writing to date, and also my longest, despite my best efforts to keep the size of the story down. It just seemed to run away with me.

Due to the length of Child of Wrath, I decided I'm not going to post it here in it's entirety, and instead give a synopsis of the story along with an excerpt, and a link to my DeviantArt account, where the story can be read in PDF format, making it much easier on the eyes than trying to read over 100 pages of story in forum posts.

For those of you with E-readers, you can download the PDF file from DeviantArt and then convert it into an epub format your E-reader can use.

I would ask that if you comment on the story though, that you do so here because I don't check my DA account that often, but DO check the SWTOR forums every day.

As always, I encourage people to check out my other stories... though I actually find myself wishing that people would NOT re-read A Smuggler's Tale before reading Child of Wrath, as I believe my writing style has evolved tremendously since my first foray into fan fiction, and almost find myself cringing when I go back and re-read A Smuggler's Tale. Not that it's bad, but it could have been much better.

Anyway, should you decide to re-read any of my other work, especially since the characters from the In the Shadows series appear in my Of Blood and Honor series, here is a list of links in chronological order:

In the Shadows - A Smuggler's Tale
Of Blood and Honor - A Mandalorian Vacation
Of Blood and Honor - Jedi Hunt
Of Blood and Honor - Jailbreak

Synopsis for Child of Wrath and an excerpt in the post to follow! You can find the full story HERE at my DeviantArt page.

If your browser doesn't support PDF, just click where it says 'download PDF' and the story will open for you, assuming you have Acrobat Reader or another program that supports PDF files. If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can get it at Adobe's main page.

If it seems there are a lot of people who can't read it in PDF format, then let me know and I will try to format it for the forums, though its length will make it very tedious, which is why I don't want to do it

PS - I understand some of you are unhappy with me due to my abrasiveness and the fact I can come across as... slightly mean sometimes, but I would really like to just put that all behind us so that I can continue to post my work here without feeling like it might be ignored just because I wrote it I am not a very social person and so I often have a hard time communicating with others without angering them in some way. This is why I write so much fiction, at least my characters would get me
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03.25.2013 , 05:42 PM | #2
Here is a short synopsis of Child of Wrath!

It’s been a little over a year since Jedi Master Isad’ia defeated the Sith Lord Darth Umbral on the icy planet of Hoth in a daring rescue of the smuggler captain, Lillian Riggs. Now plagued with ominous visions of the future, Isad’ia finds herself once more allied with the silver-eyed smuggler, facing off against the Dark Lord that has become her nemesis.

Lillian Riggs just can’t seem to get a break. After retrieving an unusually powerful Rakatan weapon for one of the noble houses of Alderaan, she finds herself thrust once more into the world of the Jedi and Sith, traveling to the volcanic fortress of the Emperor’s Wrath in an attempt to stop her from gaining the Rakatan technology for herself.

Darth Umbral’s ambitions have grown since her defeat at the hands of the Twi’lek Jedi Master, Isad’ia, and the discovery that she was bearing a child within her. Now that Xavian has been born, the Emperor’s Wrath is ready to put her plans into motion – a dark plot that centers around her son’s extreme Force sensitivity, and has the potential to shake the very foundations of the Empire itself.
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03.25.2013 , 05:44 PM | #3
And a short excerpt, a teaser really.


One foot in front of the other. Step by step, she made her way forward through the darkness that surrounded her, enveloping her body in its nebulous shroud. Her hand brushed over her eyes, as if trying to banish the night that clouded her vision. Ahead of her, two glowing pinpoints of light smoldered like the embers of a fire that would not be quenched.

The sense of dread that filled her was unusual; a strange feeling for one who always strove to keep herself in balance. Her feet grew heavier, as if they, too, were afraid of what might be beyond the darkness. “Turn back,” the air seemed to whisper. “You do not want to see what lies ahead.” A shake of her head, and she was in control once more.

Before her, the figure of a man appeared, cloaked and hooded in thick black robes. Beneath the cowl that hid his face shimmered the lights she had seen, resolving themselves into the eyes of the dark one. He did not stand upon the ground, but rather floated, ghostlike, suspended in the air.

A bone white hand extended from his voluminous sleeve, the index finger stretching forth to point at the earth in front of her. Her eyes followed the movement, and she felt a knot form in her stomach as she stopped walking, halting her steps centimeters before falling into the massive pit that suddenly yawned at her feet.

The stench of rot and decay filled her nostrils as she peeked over the chasm’s edge. An icy hand squeezed her heart as she saw what lay within. There, amidst bubbling, foul-smelling mud, limbs tangled together like discarded dolls, were the bodies of those she knew and loved. Her friends, her apprentice. Her lover, and even her master – who had been killed long ago.

Mold grew in patches over their skin, insects and rodents swarmed over their bodies. Her heart lurched in her chest as she felt the heavy touch of the dark man’s hand fall upon her shoulder, and she whirled away from him, only to find herself face to face with his hooded countenance.

The dark-cloaked one held a shovel, its long handle gripped in his pale hand, which he extended out toward her as if proffering a gift. Unbidden, her own hands reached out to take it, fingers curling around the smooth wood.

Unable to stop herself, she dug the tool into the loose dirt beneath her, lifting a shovelful of soil. Turning, she spilled the black earth into the hole, watching it tumble through the air to spatter over the faces of her friends as they lay in death at the bottom of the pit. Next to her, the hooded man began to laugh.


Isad’ia’s eyes flew open, and she sat upright in her bed, pulling her knees to her chest and wrapping her arms around them. As she rested her chin on her knees, she noticed her body was shaking, the tips of her lekku twitching as they draped themselves over her shoulders.

A sudden flare of light caused her to blink her amethyst eyes and lift a hand to ward off the intrusive glare. Peering through her fingers, she saw the source of the light – a man seated in the chair next to her bed, who stared at her with concern darkening his deep brown gaze.

“Another one?” His question was a soft whisper, and she lowered her hand, resting it on the blanket that covered the bed, her sky-blue fingers picking at a loose thread.

“No,” she replied, shaking her head. “More of the same.”



READ THE FULL STORY, CHILD OF WRATH, HERE.
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03.28.2013 , 09:46 AM | #4
I read all in few hours and I loved it !!! Please I need more!!! hehe
Thanks for writing!

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03.28.2013 , 11:02 AM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by ddarkangel View Post
I read all in few hours and I loved it !!! Please I need more!!! hehe
Thanks for writing!
Thank you

Don't worry, there will be more coming, though it's up in the air right now whether or not I will continue Umbral and Isad'ia's saga or return to my Mandalorian series for the next novella

Taking suggestions!
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03.29.2013 , 01:49 AM | #6
Hey Silvershadows

I just downloaded the PDF to read it. 89 pages is a whole lot, so it will take some time before I've read them all. Next Monday I have a 5 hours train ride ahead of me, so by Monday evening I should have finished everything.

I've also taken the opportunity to download the other stories again. I love to re-read them (even though you cringe at the first In the Shadows) and with the train ride, I'll (hopefully) have plenty of time for that :-)
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03.29.2013 , 08:22 AM | #7
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Hey Silvershadows

I just downloaded the PDF to read it. 89 pages is a whole lot, so it will take some time before I've read them all. Next Monday I have a 5 hours train ride ahead of me, so by Monday evening I should have finished everything.

I've also taken the opportunity to download the other stories again. I love to re-read them (even though you cringe at the first In the Shadows) and with the train ride, I'll (hopefully) have plenty of time for that :-)
Looking forward to seeing what you think! You always give me really good feedback
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04.01.2013 , 12:16 PM | #8
I finally got to read all of it :-) Although it were 89 pages, it was actually pretty easy to read due to the white lines in between. But I'll get to the point. I will put my thoughts in spoiler brackets this time because I don't want people to involuntarily read plot lines!

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So in general, I really loved the story and I'm very anxious to read what you're planning for the continuation of these series. Before, I was all about the "of blood and honor" series and this was a nice side event sort of, but I now want to see more of this too!

Keep it up!
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silvershadows
04.01.2013 , 07:57 PM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by SpoeMeister View Post
I finally got to read all of it :-) Although it were 89 pages, it was actually pretty easy to read due to the white lines in between. But I'll get to the point. I will put my thoughts in spoiler brackets this time because I don't want people to involuntarily read plot lines!

Spoiler


So in general, I really loved the story and I'm very anxious to read what you're planning for the continuation of these series. Before, I was all about the "of blood and honor" series and this was a nice side event sort of, but I now want to see more of this too!

Keep it up!
Thanks for reading it and I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

Now, to address your points!

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Whew! Alright, all that said... I'm floating a plot for the next Of Blood and Honor, and I think what I'll do from now on is write them alternately, so after this next Of Blood and Honor, there will be another installment of In the Shadows. This way I don't get burned out on either storyline. I'm also working with some ideas for a story or two involving the Sith Sorcerer Araidia and her crazy pirate lover, Andronikos Revel. Along with that, I've also written down some ideas for a short series of two or three stories that center around Raia Jesses, and what she is doing now, after the events in Jailbreak. Now that she's better, Lillian and Corso may even get a story or two of their own.

Another thing I've decided is that I'm not going to hold myself back anymore. If my story ends up being 100 + pages, it ends up being 100+ pages. And since I will, from now on, be posting my stories in pdf format on DeviantArt, that means I also don't have to worry so much about my descriptions of violence or death/serious injury, since I'm not bound by the forum rules any more.

Not being bound by the forum rules or censorship also opens up the possibilities of me writing more detailed romantic encounters. While I have zero interest in writing erotica and wouldn't write it that way anyway, I will finally be able to describe characters who are nude using full descriptions, and can actually write out romantic encounters from beginning to end. Of course, again, I wouldn't be writing it as erotica, but I would be able to describe thoughts, emotions, and sensations without fear of being censored or banned. So yay for that, i guess.

Again, I'm really glad you enjoyed Child of Wrath, I really think its my most ambitious fan fiction to date, and writing-wise, probably my best fan fiction, period. Though the storyline that comes with the Of Blood and Honor series is my favorite storyline, Child of Wrath really helped me feel like writing a full novel is much more feasible than I've ever believed it to be, and it might even be good!
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04.17.2013 , 11:06 AM | #10
Just as an update, I've started work on my next Mandalorian novel, currently titled Of Blood and Honor IV since I can't figure out what to call it yet.

I'll be posting excerpts and teasers on my DeviantArt page as I work on the new one, and I am really excited about writing this story, even more so than I was Child of Wrath, since my mind seems to have forgotten its worries about length and instead has come up with a really epic, sweeping story.

Click here to go to my DA page where you can get updates for the stories I'm working on.

You can also subscribe to me there if you want, which will give you a notice every time I publish an excerpt or a story.


(Just an fyi, I'm not bumping this 'without content', I just don't see the need to make a whole new thread to link people to my DA journal.)
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