For book 3, I’m trying to use what I’ve learned with the first two and keep the story from being too large to fit comfortably within the 20K word limit. Unfortunately, it seems that the stories that I want to tell are just larger than this chosen format. I’m going to do the best that I can, but I think my next project will not have such a restrictive word count.
There are a couple of threads that are carrying over from earlier in the series, namely the relationship between orcs and humans, as well as the relationship between the Warped and normal people. There was a character referenced in Book 2 named Helsin that got no “screen time” but will play a more prominent role in this story. He is a non-warped human that resents the Warped and has dedicated his career to forming his own elite team of problem solvers but, for them, the problem is anyone that is Warped.
And we haven’t seen the last of Banning and Kardu, of course, but what does that have to do with Helsin? And what about the political turbulence that was uncovered beyond the city of Dramis? Right, we have to get the dwarves mixed up in this too. Don’t know much about them, do you? I’ll tell you now that they don’t conform to cookie-cutter dwarves in other stories. Oh, and King Osric may make an appearance which terrifies most of the human kingdom. Why is that?
Naturally, it all gets even more complicated when Dragon throws a tantrum, Aratus outdoes Gandalf and yeah, war is declared. Such fun!