For those searching for the truth, look no further; you have found what you seek. For those looking for a fantastic story, set in a rich, continually-growing world, the Vaal’bara Historical Society series is an amalgamation of fantasy genres, with dark themes regarding death and demonic magic, but also a unique sense of humor that pervades the series. Time travel, technology, and alternate timelines intermingle with traditional fantasy elements, such as a unique magic system and mythical creatures. There are complex heroes and villains who often question their own values and morals when facing world-changing events, but also several offbeat and unusual characters who bring some humor and light to otherwise grim circumstances. What starts with a fleeting glimpse into a child’s tragic accident, rapidly grows into a universe-encompassing, mind-bending journey toward what lies beyond the stars.
As you take time to read these volumes, sit back, relax, and feel your mind separate from the burdens of modern society. Part ways with what you have been told to believe, & prepare to delve into a world of forgotten history & factual Magic.
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TEN YEARS OF DARKNESS
A Vaal'bara Historical Society Chronicle
From the group who founded the Vaal’bara Historical Society, Ten Years of Darkness takes place in an unsettling time before many events transpired, yet is simultaneously affected by their outcome. It follows characters both new and familiar, bringing as yet untold details to light while also exploring others from a unique perspective. Those seeking to learn the true mission of the Society may very well choose to start here, while other heroes who have already traveled the timeways at their side will find many clues to further their journey as they look toward the future.
Kristen Chambers was just an average girl.
Kristen tossed her pencil down. “Great, now they’ll think this is another angsty teenage vampire novel.”
She rose and left the room, returning shortly thereafter with a blackened, crooked quill pen. Silently she cradled it in her hands for a moment before sitting down. In truth, she hated to use it. Its nib was distorted, and it left splotches of oily black on whatever it touched. But her hesitation went beyond the physical, bringing forth a sense of regret and guilt. Yet she knew the quill remained a part of her, even after its power had long been expended.
Pressing the instrument to the page, she started again.
Laurence, by his own admission, was a failure. An aspiring magician by trade, he had spent his days attempting to recreate something he knew in his heart must exist, but for some reason did not. His life was miserable, and he knew he would never amount to anything. In that regard, Kristen and Laurence had something in common, even though they had never met - or so they thought. Together, they both stood on the face of a coin, forever tumbling through time, unable to gain their bearings, always ignorant of what existed on the other side.
However, after the appearance of a dangerous stranger, their lives began to change, and many things that once seemed impossible, quite suddenly became all too real. Before long, powerful artifacts were being hunted down, demons had clashed with plague-bearing bats, and the remnants of races long since buried had crawled up to the surface. Their lives had taken a turn in a direction neither could have predicted, and one they were certainly not prepared for.
With potential horrors looming on the horizon, and access to Magical resources having been intentionally obstructed, many questions still remain: Have they chosen to support the right factions? Are their goals worth more than those they are fighting against? And worst of all, have they gone through this entire process before?
MOR'DRESH, CALL OF DARKNESS
Laurence P. Cromwell was once like many of us, navigating his life without direction or purpose. Through desperation, or perhaps a series of strange childhood occurrences, he became obsessed with the notion of true Magic. Scouring countless shelves, he searched for that one old tome or relic which might reveal itself to be something more, something Magical. He knew in his heart he was destined for great things, if only he could make that first, crucial discovery. But as Laurence - and two others who would share a similar fate - would soon find out, not all Magical objects exist to be used, to be possessed - and some are better off left where they were buried long, long ago…
Beginning on our planet, in the prosaic time period known as present day, the Vaal’bara Historical Society series methodically tells the story of a group of unsuspecting heroes as they gain the courage and experience necessary to traverse billions of years, multiple worlds, and countless twisting timelines to discover the truth of humanity’s Magical past, as well as the monstrous destiny awaiting not only our race but that of the universe. Will they succeed in restoring Magic to its prior state before time runs out, or will the forces of darkness prove too powerful, too tempting, even for them?
Prepare to pull back the vale, revealing a world of dark Magic and demons, of a battle that goes beyond good and evil, where heroes and villains clash not only with each other, but with their own precarious trajectories and inner turmoil. But beware, dear reader, as you take these first steps of your own journey, remember this: nothing is ever quite as it seems…
THE FIRST FALL OF LORD MARRIS
What does it mean to be human? Is it the exhale of a breath, the beat of a pulse? Is it the intent behind your choices, the perception of one's self? At what point does a human cease to be? When they part ways with their body? When they consume the life of another? When they forsake those they once loved?
HELD IN TIME'S DREAD SWAY
Why do humans fear the dark? Is it the loss of vision that creates terror, transforming us into helpless beings, incapable of defending ourselves? Or is there something familiar in that featureless void, something from our past that we'd rather leave forgotten? What does a person do when they discover that their worst fear is real? What happens when they are forced to face such an inexhaustible, overwhelming opposition that they find themself left with no options other than to submit to its omnipotent control, to plead for mercy as it swallows them whole?
THE BREATH OF THOSE FORGOTTEN
Why is time such a relentless force in the lives of humans? Is it simply because of our mortality - the knowledge that we are marching, day by day, to our inevitable deaths? Or is it the notion that time is unyielding, unchangeable, impervious to our greatest wishes, to our most debilitating regrets? Some might say time is a tool, capable of correcting, useful for guiding. But how can that be true when tragedy seems just as likely as triumph?
THE HUNGER ETERNAL
What would it take for a hero to accept defeat and walk away from their mission? When their enemy reveals that they consider their own race altogether expendable? When everything their allies have done, everything they have sacrificed, has resulted in nothing but an identical outcome? When they learn that their accomplishments mean nothing when compared to the destiny of the universe?