What I love about my fantasy series is the ability to explore various mythologies, such as the Ancient Egyptians, and the theory that they had some connection with aliens. The theory goes that aliens visited thousands of years ago and organised the building of the pyramids, which were lined up with points in space that perhaps showed the way to the alien civilisation. Now, I am not suggesting that any of this is true, but it makes great material for a fantasy narrative. Therefore, in the third book of my series The Nine Worlds of Mirrortac, the book I have titled The Gold Sarcophagus, the ancient god associated with the sun, Ra, is resurrected from his sarcophagus deep in the Mediterranean Sea, and redevelops his plan, as part of a master race of aliens, to take control of a now modern world. His race is comprised of two types of human-like beings — the regular two-eyed people, and those with three eyes.
Ra’s rise coincides with an event on one of two other linked planets and awakens his tresoculi (three-eyed) brethren on his home planet where there is a revolutionary uprising that had been in planned for some time, and kept secret from their duoculi (two-eyed) opposites who had been blissfully unaware of any threat.
This begins a chain of events which involves the alien Uranian (Universal Guardians) races, my erfin characters and their friends, and the people of Nerthule (Earth). Ra uses the power of gem crystals to mesmerise the population of Nerthule as well as uplift a hidden metal pyramid that has the power to transmit his thoughts and electric energy throughout the world. I base the pyramid on a Tesla theory that such a structure can create huge amounts of energy.
A war against Ra and his league of tresoculi hinges on the placement of the last Stone of Destiny, which when brought together with the other two stones, will destroy them and undo the power that Ra has through the triad arrangement of the stones on their respective planets.
Another aspect of mythology also ties in with Ra, and that is of Atlantis, which sunk to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea thousands of years ago.
This last book of the series is to date (July 2017) in Beta mode for readers to give their feedback. A cover design has already been created by Irish graphic artist Michael Lenehan. Look out for this exciting finale to the series in the months to come.
Would you believe that I have been living with my favourite created character, the erfin Mirrortac, for 28 years!? My original impression of the protagonist of this three volume series (Vol 3 still cooking!) has been of a heavily furred being with cat-like ears and a extensively ‘bearded’ face. Here is one of my rather amateur drawings of that look. Notice he has no neck to speak of and he does not have a tail. While he may have some cat-like features, I have strayed away from making him and his erfin kin into cat-people. This view of the erfins and Mirrortac remained the same for a number of years as I redrafted The Wizard’s Sword and finally started work on Three Stones of Destiny.
I wanted a design for the cover of TWS that was more professional than my efforts, so I engaged a local graphic artist, Heidi Counsell, to do up some designs featuring Mirrortac fighting a serpent (Snerk). Her interpretation was a little different, and she had added a tail initially. I had her remove the tail and went with this version that appears on the cover of my print version.
Later my daughter produced an anime version that departed further from the no-neck Mirrortac, but I found I could live with it and accepted that there could be various interpretations of the character.
When I wanted to publish Three Stones of Destiny, I engaged Irish graphic artist Michael Lenehan to create yet another version for the ebook. The print book cover focused on the antagonist Yidu but Michael had created auxiliary versions of Mirrortac that I used elsewhere.
Lately, I have been dabbling with Daz Studio to create morphs that approximate the character, and the nearest I could get with what I have in the software, was this latest offering. I would prefer to see more fur and less human, but am restricted by what I can afford and what the software offers. It is a good software system that enables people to create animations. I have made a small animation but am still learning to simply create still figures and settings. This figure was created from a human form that allowed morphing and reforming.