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    Japanese Maple
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    Skywing
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    Fairy Stream
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    Canadian Fall
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    Stormy Mountain Sunset

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Chapter Three

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Chapter Two

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Chapter One

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Appendix: Biology

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Årdrakin

Årdrakin Anatomy: A general overview of årdrakin anatomy.

Årdrakin Lifespan: Årdrakin live a long time and go through a number of different phases as they age.

Årdrakin Species: Some miscellaneous notes about the species that may be expanded into full articles later on.

Ixokazi

Ixokazi Species: Some miscellaneous notes about the species that may be expanded into full articles later on.

Skarastaja

Skarastaja Species: Some miscellaneous notes about the species that may be expanded into full articles later on.


About All Our Sins

Genre: Galactic Fantasy
Warnings: Mature Language, Violence, and Sexual Content
Status: Work-in-progress (in redevelopment)

All Our Sins is a project that first manifested when I was a teenager (around age fourteen, if I recall correctly). It’s undergone a number of iterations over the years as I grew as a person and became more well-read. Originally it featured human beings, ninjas, and genetic experimentation. The drafts back then read like anime! It quickly started to evolve to exclude humans completely and has since taken on a life of its own.

It’s had several names: Spear of Destiny, Madora Myst, Heart of the Empire, and a couple of others I can’t recall now. The current title, All Our Sins (AOS), comes from the VNV Nation song of the same name which (with a few minor lyrical changes) struck me as being a great embodiment of where the project was going.

The premise is this: the årdrakin, a humanoid species descended from dragons, have a prophecy that recounts nine signs of the apocalypse. The prophecy says that once all the signs have occurred, the årdrakin race will end. Descriptions of the signs are cryptic and the prophecy is thousands of years old but, because the Avatar, the literal embodiment of the Mother Goddess, is able to wield power that no science can explain, belief in the prophecy is strong. When the people finally realize the signs have started to occur, the fight is on to try to avoid their doom.

It’s not as simple as all that, of course. Individual årdrakin have agendas like most people would. There’s Zai’al, the Avatar with a secret past who aims to destroy the goddess the people know. There’s Vÿškaríel, the kinslayer who aims to rule the Empire. There’s Rakaal, the soldier who wants to restore honor to his people. And there’s Dezÿrí, the heir who wants to run from her heritage and destiny. Whether they realize it or not, any one of them could be responsible, directly or indirectly, for the prophecy coming to pass.

The prophecy isn’t the only thing the årdrakin have to worry about. Gannik, the leader of the skarastaja, has a bone to pick with them. Generations ago, the primitive skarastaja were uplifted by the årdrakin. The results were devastating and Gannik’s people have never recovered. Backed by an incredible power, he has vowed to avenge his people upon the sky demons. His quest may unwittingly bring about the very destruction the årdrakin prophecy has warned about for so many millennia.

Originally, AOS was going to be just one book that concerned itself with Zai’al, Vÿškaríel, Rakaal, Dezÿrí, and Gannik, and then potentially a sequel that would have concerned itself with the aftermath on the skarastaja homeworld. But because I suffer from a writing affliction called plot expansion, it’s now grown: a short (ish) prequel called The First Sin which explores what happens when the skarastaja are uplifted, then a second book (currently untitled), also technically a prequel, that explores what happens when Shazarel, the empress with delusions of grandeur, decides to revisit the skarastaja and ends up inciting civil war in the Empire. The third one, called The Final Sins, will be what the original book was supposed to be. And then there’s that potential sequel…

It’s a lot of work to redevelop one book into three (or four)! For so many years I struggled to keep notes about this universe organized, which undoubtedly contributed to why it’s taken me so long to get anywhere, among other reasons. I now use a program called Campfire to keep my story bible in order and keep things moving forward. A by-product of the plot expansion means I’m starting to accrue a lot of information akin to the extensive Appendices that Tolkien had for his works. That’s mind-blowing and exciting.

Because I like to share, I publish AOS material to my website, but it’s only accessible to members with approved access because so much of it is still in a beta state and I don’t feel ready to simply release the information “into the wild”. If you’re interested in learning more about AOS and participating in feedback and development, please join the Iron Dragon’s Den on Discord and become an active participant. Once you’ve established yourself (eg, by taking initiative to chat regularly with others, sharing your own creative content, showing interest in Iron Dragon content, etc), you can request access. If approved, registration will be opened up for you.


Progression

Thanks to Bataav, Daniel Alpena, Devan Corvel, and Maruvindi for their written contributions.
The original posts are here.

Intaki Prime – South Hemisphere

Gray light seeped into clouds of mist rising off the surface of the pond. Wisps of vapor twisted and undulated in a slow, mesmerizing dance until they were lost from sight against the gradually brightening sky. The hush of night lingered, swallowing the echo of a shore bird’s call. The bird did not cry out again.

Dawn broke. The first rays of Intaki’s red sun speared the mist; morning exploded in the fog like a spray of blood and the vapors began to recede. The pond beneath the swirling veil was flat as glass and black as space.

Sakaane watched the spectacle from beneath the boughs of a tree growing at the water’s edge. She stood still, not wanting to disturb the quiet, almost cool morning. It was the height of summer in the southern Intaki hemisphere and the heavy, humid air hinted at the stifling heat that would soon come.

A low sound, not quite a slurp, caught her attention. She looked: some thirty feet away, the water rippled where a fish had risen to the surface. It had been a big one, she knew, mature enough to know to take its prey quietly and then slip away. Younger, inexperienced fish tended to get overly excited when food presented, jumping and splashing at the surface and thus making themselves easy targets.

The ripples reached the pond’s embankment, a sharp edge just inches from the toe of her shoe, and made the water lap gently against it. She looked down upon hearing the sound. The ground was covered in grass and ferns growing at the base of the tree; dew had soaked into the hem of her robes. The tree’s roots jutted out in a tangled mess below the waterline and disappeared into the pond’s dark depths.

A smile curved her lips. It was the young and inexperienced fish who, if lucky enough to survive a few close encounters, learned discipline and patience, and went on to catch bigger, better prey of its own.