W. H. Mitchell

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Magna Architecture

I hope everybody’s having a good holiday (Christmas,  Hanukkah,  Cthulhu Eve, etc.)! As for me, I’ve been working on a chapter for Dragons of Andromeda set on Diavol, the Magna home world, in their capital city Oras Dracilor. Like the Magna themselves, their architecture features uncompromising shapes and lines:

Along Embassy Row, on the West End of Regalis, the Magna consulate stood like a mausoleum as dark as Magna blood. Built from volcanic basalt from their home world Diavol, the embassy was a series of straight, right angles forming a monolithic structure without windows. – Arks of Andromeda, Chapter 24

I used Brutalist architecture as inspiration, but instead of concrete, I envisioned everything built from the basalt of their volcanic home world. It’s a hellish landscape to be sure.

The Slave Pens of Oras Dracilor

I’ve begun the next big story arc in Dragons of Andromeda, which I call “The Slave Pens of Oras Dracilor”. It revolves around Sylvia Flax, famous news anchor of VOX News. While investigating a story, she gets captured by Celadonian Corsairs, a race of “goblins” and rivals to the Pirate Clans. They attack ships, keeping the cargo and selling the unfortunate passengers to another race called the Ougluks (“hobgoblins”). These brutes are slave traders who supply the Magna with captives to be sold on their home planet.

The story arc will take Flax across the border of the Magna Supremacy and it’s up to the crew of the Wanderer (Ramus, Fugg, and Gen) to find a way to bring her back. I expect this to be one of the larger arcs in my new book so I’m glad to be finally working on it.