Those of you who follow me on Facebook will know that I am one of a handful of writers working on Everquest Next lore for Sony Online Entertainment. It’s a huge honour, and in an industry where rejection letters (polite or otherwise) can sometimes seem the norm, it’s always wonderful to get that sort of validation of your writing! About three months ago, SOE published the first story, The Fall of Bastion, and it got some pretty nice reviews. Yesterday they released my prequel, Mage of the Teir`Dal, and hopefully the EQ Next fanbase will appreciate it too! As with all the lore novellas, it’s available for free download as an e-book from their website. Both my stories are roughly 20,000 words, but there’s a few shorter pieces in there too from the near-legendary Maxwell Alexander Drake. Enjoy!
November 20, 2013
November 27th, 2013 at 5:57 pm
Oh wow! Read your story last night! I hope you are going to help SoE write the in-game lore and quests. If you do, this game will be so exciting! I am buzzed but know its years away but I hope you will be involved with the in-game history writing as well!
Keep up the good work, sir!
November 27th, 2013 at 7:27 pm
Many, many thanks for the kind words! I’m hoping SOE keep throwing work my way – I love writing in the EQ world, and they’re a great company to be involved with. It would be awesome to be involved in writing in-game quests. I’m currently working on the third and final part of the Coralen Larkos trilogy, for release early next year. It will be sad to say goodbye to him, but I guess writing “The Fall of Bastion” first got everybody used to that idea. Of course, there’s always the chance that a certain former Arch Mage will turn up in the game…I have no idea if that’s what SOE plan, but it would be great to see it!
December 8th, 2013 at 10:35 am
Excellent work! Burned through both stories much too quickly!
I’m looking forward to your future work on eq lore…. immediately!
Indeed, keep up the good work.
December 10th, 2013 at 7:17 pm
You’re too kind! Many thanks – hopefully the next one will be out in the New Year (the final part of the Coralen trilogy), and then SOE have promised to get me working on something not elf-related…I’m looking forward to it!
December 10th, 2013 at 7:19 pm
Darn, not elf-related? Bah, I was hoping (just hoping) to learn more about the fate of Lanys T’Vyl. Yes, she isn’t the one from EQ, but she is still my… idol? So to speak.
December 10th, 2013 at 11:22 pm
Well, you never know…
January 3rd, 2014 at 3:57 pm
Just finished Mage of The TD. I really enjoyed getting to know Mr. Larkos. I look forward to more stories about him. Thanks again for your efforts.
January 3rd, 2014 at 8:52 pm
Many thanks, Drew, much appreciated. You’ll be pleased to hear there is another Coralen tale coming soon, although on paper at least that will be the last – I hope you’ll find it worth the wait and enjoy the completion of the trilogy!
April 8th, 2014 at 8:17 pm
Drew – I promised you another Coralen story – and because it grew and expanded as I tried to tell it, SOE ended up splitting it into two. So you get two stories for the price of one (or none – they’re still free!). THE ARCH MAGE: PART ONE out now at https://www.everquestnext.com/news/arch-mage-part-one-fiction-lore-ebook-eqn, PART TWO to follow next month!