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OPHIS DRACONEM

“Surprised, Ophis snarled at the nimble warrior, trying to bite him.  He flexed the lozenge scales of his extended neck and revealed beneath his chin an iridescent blue dewlap.  Mere seconds passed before the dewlap was wholly inflated and guttural clicking sounds emerged from inside the dragon’s demonic belly.  Ophis sent forth fire from his mouth and nostrils.”
– Except from THE CRYSTAL CRUX – BETRAYAL

AMAZON – The Crystal Crux paperback and kindle

When I originally began writing THE CRYSTAL CRUX, I had several dragon names I toyed around with.  During my exhaustive research of mythological tales, I came upon several usages of the term ‘Ophis’.  It seems several stories and games have used the term for a variety of “evil” things.

My decision to use the name Ophis for my black dragon came after I learned that Gnostic teachings believed that the serpent in the Garden of Eden was Ophis.  He actually meant to elicit the aid of the WORD’s in convincing humanity to disobey the Creator in order to gain knowledge of good and evil – or gnosis.

There are also ancient Greek accounts of another ancient people living near the River Tagus which is now part of Portugal.  These people, the Oestrinmi, had been chased out of their former realm by a plague of snakes.  There was a convergence of terms for these ‘western most people”, everything from Saefs, Ophis and Dragani.  The Oestrinmi or Ophi were said to worship serpents, which many historians now consider could have been as diverse as Wyvern, Griffins and Dragons.

Although many accounts give Ophis wings and the ability to fly, others saw him as chthonic, earth dwelling, subterranean.  He was then associated, especially with the ancient Greeks, as dealing with the underworld.

The Egyptians and Indian mythology had an ouroboros ophis, tail eater, creating an infinite circle.  While in Norse mythology, the ophis that encircles the earth, or Midgard, one of the nine worlds, separating it from the heavens, is Jormungand, an offspring of Loki.

In the stars themselves, we can see Ophiotaurus or Taurus Ophis, serpent-bull.  It is a combination constellation of Taurus and Cetus.  This black-skinned creature was said to have been destroyed by a sea Titan.

For my series, THE CRYSTAL CRUX, Ophis a black dragon startled awake by a Norse blacksmith named Taf.  Ophis learns of the Bellerophon Crystals and their power and covets them.  He will stop it nothing to collect them and use them and rule the earth.

BETRAYAL

FRIDAY NIGHT FUN

Having some quiet time alone in the basement with my laptop, I worked on The Crystal Crux – Book Two, and my head is exploding.  I managed to write a little but most of what I have is research.  Research can be fun but time consuming.  Sometimes the things you want to find and learn are elusive but the rewarding part is the unexpected knowledge you gain.  Your head starts formulating ways to work this new material in without making the story weighty or sound like a text book.  You look for ways to apply these tidbits to a characters history or personality.

Tonight I was researching everything from the Byzantine Empire and its influences on Medieval Greece to bullfighting in Spain.  Yes, all of these are applicable for Book Two.  And no, I can’t concentrate on one subject very long, that’s why I have to wander and research multiple projects at the same time.

In Book Two, for those who have read Book One and are familiar with my characters, I need to add more depth to Anthea Manikos who hails from Hellas (Greece) which was part of the Byzantine Empire in 1198.

For Pero de Alava, my protagonist, I must recreate a bullfight he had at a young age.  And since I know next to nothing about bullfighting, this has been challenging.  I was even thinking to myself at one point during the night, “Going in, I know more about the Byzantine Empire than I do about bullfighting.”  It just seemed odd to me that this was true.

Anyway – if anyone knows of any links or books that could aid me on this journey of discovery concerning Medieval Greece during the Byzantine Empire or Spanish bullfighting during the Middle Ages, I would be much appreciated if you could direct those my way.

In the meantime, enjoy The Crystal Crux – Betrayal.  I’ll have Book Two of the series hopefully completed by October 2016.  That is my goal.  Peace.

Video Teaser

For those new to THE CRYSTAL CRUX page, I released a teaser trailer for the book “THE CRYSTAL CRUX-BETRAYAL’ before its release date.

The book is, of course, now available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats.

I’m currently working to have an audio-book version produced which should be available by May 2016.

YouTube video trailer THE CRYSTAL CRUX-BETRAYAL

Happy Reading!

HERE YE, HERE YE

 

After researching this stuff, because I am not website savy, I have learned how to do this!  Or at the very least, I’m getting better at it.

This WORDPRESS website will be dedicated solely to “The Crystal Crux” series.

My other WORDPRESS website http://amwerner.com will be dedicated to all writings I author, so that site should change in nature as I go along.  I do have other writings I have already or will in the future, write  (Chessy grin)

Anyway, there its.  Looking forward to making this work, getting the word out on my series.  I hope you enjoy it and are as excited about it as I am!  – AM Werner