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In the World of Dendür (From the Back of My Mind)

In the World of Dendür, I am writing on the manuscript of book three, The Light of Ak’ron. I am almost finished  with the first draft of chapter three. I would have liked to have been working on chapter five at this point.

The surviving heroes of the Battle of Demeter Plains (Amanda’s Quest) are in the Wilds Mountain Range seeking an on-going threat to the Kingdoms of Torrence and Lithlillia, but nothing is ever as easy as expected. The search party includes men, Elves, centaurs, and one very determined dragon.

I am finding that the characters’ unfocused search makes it harder to write. They know what they are looking for, but not where to look. As the author, the dialog is harder to construct… How would Jerrod react to this situation?  See my last post on how I was caught off-guard by Imelrinn’s history. Oh, and his torn love for Amanda and Rhonda is as confusing as ever.

While the search goes on in the Wilds, King Garrett is entertaining the Lady Mòr and her brother, Lord Ròidh, of Beinn Caladh (the Highlands). The king of Greensland might not be too found of the developing friendship between Torrence and the Highlands, and the implications for his young daughter who is betrothed to King Garrett, but the greater danger is the storm brewing to the north in Haithenbeurn. The followers of Asgard are on the march.

Felicia, Queen of Witches, returns as well. Her desire for the Dragon’s Orb (The Legend of Jerrod) is driving her to become more meddlesome in Jerrod’s and Amanda’s lives, and she is becoming confrontational with Hecatē, Olympian goddess of witchcraft.

It was such a peaceful kingdom.

Send me a note about who your favorite character is and why?

  • Amanda – female warrior and (ops.. spoiler)
  • Jerrod – miller’s son seeking fame and fortune
  • Drin – holy knight who (ops… another spoiler)
  • Rhonda – half Elven druid princess
  • Imelrinn – ancient Mountain Elve (Elf)
  • Fraum – sage and (ops… have you read TLOJ?)
  • Nathanial – wizard
  • Felicia – witch
  • Lady Lieisa – Elve (Elf) druid priestess and leader of Lithlillia
  • Sasha – large black panther or house cat, depending on the form she chooses to be in

I look forward to hearing from you.

D.M. Stoddard, author of the Kingdom of Torrence series

The World of Dendür



Full Map

The world of Dendür was created by author and artist D.M. Stoddard for the Kingdom of Torrence series. The map is found in the Histories & Arms section at the back of The Legend of Jerrod. The draft of book two, Amanda’s Quest, plans to double the size of this map, which is drawn from the Torrence and Lithlillia perspective, and to include a new map from the Haithenbeurn perspective.

Torrence is a human kingdom named after its founder, who was an adventurer. Lord Torrence sailed up a river and founded a stronghold on a river-island from which he began to clear the land of wild beast. The primary religion of Torrence is the gods and goddesses from Olympus, but a new religion, the Order of One, is growing in popularity

Lithlillia is the Elven clan of the west that joined with humans to protect the region and especially its forests. They include druids and rangers. The humans, Elves, and half-Elves of Lithlillia practice the druid teachings.

Far to the north are the followers of Odin. The Kingdom of Haithenbeurn believes they are the center of the world. Long ago Odin gave the King of Haithenbeurn a gift for his valor. That gift, the Horn of Valhalla, hangs from a rafter above the king’s throne.