Whom Gods Shall Fear is well on the way, with over half the planned word count finished despite the fact that only a third of the chapter spine is filled out. This might actually be the one book where a lot goes in the editing stage! Or it could just end up being double the length, guess we'll find out.
The book is planned to arrive later this year. When it does land it will end the main story of this series, and conclude the Great War of the Shaeld.
In preparation for this release, the People section of the site has been updated. Almost all characters who will be in WGSF are now marked as such on their bio pages. Those where it is uncertain at this stage if they will be written in have been left without the link, as has one character in particular whose appearance is intended to be a sickening surprise.
Those of you who enjoyed the introduction to the crew of the Leo Fortune will be pleased to hear that they will be making an appearance. We will also encounter Hywen, last seen in A Storm to the Savage, and Doctor Berris, who played a small role in I Dream of Damastion.
In fact... many characters who have only had small moments so far will be turning up to watch the galactic bonfire, and some of them will be bringing marshmallows. The theme of 'consequences' may well play a significant role in this finalé...
Character Profiles, Next Releases
The People pages under the Universe category have now been completed for all characters seen or mentioned so far in the Great War of the Shaeld series. This literally includes every named character, from civilians seen in passing to each and every member of Tanker Regiment seen in the last book.
[Edit: since this article was first posted, new index pages have also been added for all characters by surname, all the women, and all the men.]
This feels like a great achievement, since there are over 100 named characters, many of them linked to various events throughout the four existing novels and beyond.
The "upcoming characters" page has now been removed, so the new characters who will be arriving in Perseus Aflame will be added to this site when the first book from that series — On Vicious Wing — is actually approaching its release date.
Some characters from the first of the upcoming GWOTS-era novellas, however, do have partial profiles on the site already. These are:
That novella is of course I Dream of Damastion, which should be released before the end of the year and may help to tide people over until the much-delayed release of Whom Gods Shall Fear. The protagonist of another novella — A Storm to the Savage — also now has her own holding page. Watch this space.
For serious fans of the Armadaverse, it's highly recommended that you take a deep dive into lore by reading the background and insights into your favourite characters!
What's New This Week...
The web site just keeps getting bigger, better, and badder! Here's whats been added or changed in the past week or so:
There have been yet more additions and improvements this weekend. Strap yourself in!
Quite a lot of work goes on behind the scenes, as well as constant edits to keep the site current with the latest books and correct small, unnoticed errors.
It's always good to know that people are visiting the site and poring over the information here, so feel free to comment.
Some improvements have hit the site over the past week... some major, some just tweaks:
Character Pics Update
Regular visitors might have noticed that the previously mentioned character pictures have been undergoing rapid and iterative improvements. They're now available for all human main and secondary characters, and higher resolution images are replacing the pictures which were first uploaded.
Thanks to Adobe's "free-use preview" of Fuse, their developing character design tool, the site is now getting some images of your favourite characters.
So far as it is possible, these images follow the descriptions given in the books to illustrate what various characters would look like. They are now populating to the Main Characters and Secondary Characters sections.
There are some shortcomings. For example although it's possible, it's still really difficult to apply Ren's tattoos and scars. And the controls for eye shape are fairly primordial, so Santani's heritage doesn't exactly leap out at you.
Yes, the Eyes and Ears personnel all doing a "dunno?" pose is deliberate.
As you probably guessed, this software is nowhere near sufficient to model Bruiser, Burner, or Caecald. If any 3D or digital art whizzes out there fancy a crack, fan art is ALWAYS welcome on the Facebook page.
New Category: Technology
A new category was sneaked into the Universe section this week, and it adds eighteen Technology articles! This section will be under continuous development, with more entries being made as more technology is revealed in upcoming releases.
Also this week... the book pages were all given a makeover to remove clutter, improve appearance for mobile devices, add images for external destinations like Amazon and Audible, and introduce a touch of per-book colour theming.
Lastly, a pronunciation audio file has been added for xtryllium.
Lots of New Content!
In the past two days, massive improvements have been made to this site. And we're not just talking usability here, oh no. Piles of content have been added!
Web Site Updates
Some more improvements to the site this week: