Since Amethyst Shards is (finally) out, I wanted to talk about Balon Zfnoctewoohi. Balon, Balon, Balon. Balon who is the only member of the Trinity and the One to debut mid-series (excluding Dien who is like an evolution of Hequera). Balon who has only been in five books (half of the series) thus far but has has dominated so throughly thematically and plot-wise since her debut.
I commissioned a new artist to do Balon Zfnoctewoohi. Balon is thus the first of the Trinity and the One to be commissioned! The artist’s name is Erika Hollice and I found her through ArtStation. I liked the colors and expressiveness of her artwork and felt like she could do a very compelling Balon. Balon in full! This is the first full body commission I’ve done, which introduced new questions: what do her legs look like? Her tail? And…the pose!...
After four and a half years of rotting in a corner, I have resurrected the Adventures of the Trinity and the One Character Quiz! Hequera and Balon have been added and the backend has been refactored considerably. The questions have been streamlined too. It’s not perfect, but it’s kinda fun. Check it out here!
The Madness of Light is about religion—the fall of a religion.
This afterword delves more into the plot and character process of the story than anything else. It's how process and prose intermingle.