Akiniwazi Encyclopedia

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Now that things are moving forward, some housekeeping had to be done.  I realized very quickly I had my database of all my glossary, places, and more are scattered about in too many files and need to be consolidated.  So last night I spent a lot of time putting together all the definitions, locations and names I could find for part one of my Encyclopedia.  There are two more parts to this, as well refining the main atlas. In the future, if I see interest, I may release this as a freebie for everyone who signs up for a mailing list or maybe just joins this website.  I dunno.  I haven’t thought about a platform yet because the idea of marketing and even more social media just rubs me raw.  I’m quite a private person, and social media distracts me too easily.  I have to be very careful about that stuff.  How the encyclopedia is breaking down is so:

Part 1: The Encyclopedia Proper

The glossary or the definitions or explanations of everything in Akiniwazi with a proper noun attached to it so far.  Therefore, it is going to constantly grow over the progression of the series.

Part 2: The Timeline

The history of Akiniwazi is the most finite thing so far, but I’m not finished compiling it right now.  I’ve been too distracted with other stuff, plus moving the story forward in Book 2.  Currently, it is laid out from the year 800 AD to about 1350ish AD?  Somewhere in that range.  About 175 years before the time of the story.  There are some significant events that happen in that time and shape things.

Part 3: The Atlas

Yes, there will be maps coming.  Not only is there the main geographical map as included in the first book, I plan to add other maps to the collection like political maps, possibly zooming in on individual lakes once I have more places named.  And of course, maps for each novel as appropriate.  Of course, if I can get legal clearance to release the novella (Currently titled “The Price of Mendacity”) I will not need a map for that.  Other ideas for maps include Timeline maps tying part 2 into the Atlas.

My last part which may be more important than I want to admit is going to be a cast list, so I can keep track of all my characters out there.  I tell you, I have 3 books worth of characters (yes, remember book 3 has its first draft done, but needs heavy HEAVY editing).  And I’m starting to introduce some of the characters into book 2 as I write.  What can I say?  I like some of these people and feel they deserve a little cameo up front or set them up better for book 3.  I’m chaotic, go fig.  It is also the part I probably will not release to the public for too many of them will be riddled with spoilers.  Maybe I’ll do character bios someday.  Call it a to-do list or something for Patreon if I start doing that.  I dunno.

Anyway, that’s the stuff that’s going on right now.  I’m happy to be doing it, but so frustrated that my inner Veruca Salt is back out running amok screaming “make time go faster!”  (of course as long as someone else can do it.  BOY work and focus suck.)

 

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Atlas of Akiniwazi: Lake Ogimaque

 

There are many places that this adventure through Akiniwazi will take us.  Not all at once, mind you.  To help you out with learning the names and places, here is a selection of important points, and maybe… a map to come?  The setting is dominated by the large lakes and water features, so it makes sense to talk about them first.

Lake Ogimaque: Largest, coldest, deepest lake

Lake Ogimaque is the largest, deepest lake in Akiniwazi. Even the fastest steamknarr takes over 3 days to cross her from end to end. Her shores are rocky and foreboding or a mixture of ice, snow, rock, and sand in all seasons. She is not the farthest north of all the lakes, but she is the coldest. Her size and power keep her from completely freezing over, making her treacherous in all seasons.

It is said that the demon Ogimaa Nichiiwad, the Storm King’s wife, Ogimaak Mikwam, the Ice Queen, rules the lake and therefore it takes her title and her personality. It is cold, violently tempered and never gives up what she takes. She is vastly wealthy in food and mineral riches as well as fishing and hunting grounds. It is rumored that she has an Iron throne for her feet and a Copper and Gold crown for her head with a staff of Amethyst, to match her Southern and Northern shores and Western reaches. Rare ores and minerals also surround her in pockets making her a constant attraction to those who would take her bounty. It is said the water demons are very powerful here, and have been known to even radiate up and down the rivers that feed her, so that no one who can see her shores is safe.

Prominent Features:

Brestoeyane [BRES-toy-yah-NEH] (Shattered Archipelago)

Bjorntakoeyane ([bee-ORN-tahk-OY-yehn] [Bear Scruff Archipelago)

Dagenhalvoya [dah-GAN-hahl-VOY-ah] (Daybreak Peninsua)

Hilfbjarghalvoya [HILF-bee-arg hahl-VOH-ya] (Shelter Cliff Peninsula)

Ogimaak Mikwam Island [oh-GEE-mak MIK-wahm] (Island of the Ice Queen)

Skjultvagr [SHOOLT-vah-gur] (Hidden Bay)

Important Towns and Cities:

Tungloddr [TUNG-loh-dur] (Moon Point)

Dagenstad [DAH-gehn-stahd] (Daybreak City)