Maruzarian Windrunners

Windrunner, frigate class. [Rough] design Dariel RA Quiogue I had a brainstorm the other night about the world of Maruzar's airships. I'm keeping the levitators, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to use sails. Thing is, sails on airships have always bothered me. Sure, you can use them against the…

More Maruzarian Airships

These are concepts for the dreadnaught and the corvette. Continuing the Southeast and East Asian inspiration, the corvette is based on the Philippine/Malay karakoa, while the dreadnaught is based on a cross between the karakoa and the Japanese atakebune.

Airship Design for Maruzar

A study of Maruzarian airship design. This is an airskiff, a vehicle that should hold up to six persons. I'm still tooling around with the look of larger craft. The general form is a homage to the slim outriggered boats of my homeland, which I've always found really graceful to look at, and also makes…

Happy Holidays!

May you be around for Christmas 2021, friends! It's been one crazy year for the world in general ... but as my wife Cathy and I keep reminding each other, our parents survived a much harder crisis, they lived through WWII and the occupation of our country for almost three years. So I'll take a…

A Seasonal Calendar for Maruzar

To help in the plotting of adventures and my own stories/novels set on Maruzar, I'm putting together a rough seasonal calendar with the activities and events or natural phenomena expected at each season in the southern hemisphere, which is where the heart of the setting lies. I'm going with a four-season template, even if the…

Saturday Night Space Opera!

Thanks to old friend and FATESF/Fate of Tekumel mastermind John Till, I was able to join a session of Vivid/Swords of Maruzar held as part of the Saturday Night Space Opera event held (online) at Saint Paul, Minnesota. John ran the game, the players were Travis Shepard, Erik Mornes, and Jon Cole, while I joined…

My Essential Writing Tools

Image by Benjamin Earwicker via freedigitalphotos.net I'm 48,000-odd words into my novel, Lost Crusader of Maruzar, which has grown from a planned short story or novella into a full-blown novel thanks to a bunch of ideas that hit me while dreaming -- plus a few caught in the shower. Show me a writer who's never…

Excerpt: Lost Crusader of Maruzar 3

At Yorgash Yuul’s command, the Horde split into five raiding columns and poured into the Drylands to ravage the Keshai. Led by a chief chosen from a wanderer tribe, each column sought out the scattered winter camps of the Keshai and fell upon them with fearful slaughter. In the middle of the night or just…

Excerpt: Lost Crusader of Maruzar 2

A second excerpt from my latest Maruzar story! Enjoy! An iron boomerang slammed into the stone inches from Zadria’s ear. “If I’d known how much trouble you’d get me into, I’d have taken more from your blasted vault!” the nomad girl screamed into Torem Kan’s ear. She was clinging to his back as he clambered…