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Nicole-Angeline Felcraft – 42yrs old, born in the USA.  Nicole-Angeline is Skot’s younger sister.  She is married with children of her own, all of them being reared in the traditional Felcraft fashion.  She is one of the most adept in the occult and magick arts the family has seen in recorded history, her understanding seeming to be more one of nature and communion than anything learned.  She wears her dark brown hair long, straight, her dress generally in a manner of something elegant and ethereal, belying her own unique aspect.  She is tall and slender, and it is often remarked that she seems to almost float rather than walk.

Nicole is a doer, and though she usually comports herself in a calm, controlled manner, this is not to say she is passive.  She is often on the go, tending to any number of duties in her unending list of business.  She yet maintains some time for hobbies, enjoying music and painting, and she also manages to find a good deal of time to spend with her family, often including her mother.  She maintains residence near the Felcraft manor, not travelling as much as Skot.

The idea for this story began, as many of my tales do, from my dreams, two in particular, though a third joined at a later date.  I wrote them down, then left them alone for some time.  I was later having a conversation with my son about comic and anime conventions.  We expressed an interest in going, but neither of us are close to expert in either category.  We enjoy things in those vast genres, of course, but our knowledge was far from complete.  We also wanted to see what offerings may be had at a convention as well as viewing all the wonderfully crafted outfits made by cosplayers.  I have a particular appreciation for the amazingly well done costumes.  I can only imagine the amount of effort that goes into them.

This got us talking of garb for ourselves.  We both mentioned we’d prefer to go dressed up, but we really had no idea what characters to choose or how to go about it.  I even mentioned buying costumes or even having them commissioned.  I then made mention of how funny it would be if there were a comic or graphic novel that had characters based on us, then dressing up for a convention would be all the easier.  We had a nice laugh at this, but it got the wheels to turning.

I re-visited the idea from my dreams, seeing how easily I could craft it into something that drew similarities from my son and myself.  I did some research on comic script writing, as I had never tried this before, and I got to work.  It did not go well.  I found the conceptualization and formatting got in the way of my flow, and I was only able to write one chapter before the effort was put aside.  On another visit, I realized that writing novels was obviously more my thing, so I decided to attempt to first write it as such, then see about a comic script at a later date.  I got a bit further, but the effort still faltered.

Then I met someone to whom I owe much of the success of writing the novel.  She helped me in an unwitting fashion, re-igniting the flame of interest and inspiration for the idea.  I modified the concept and story a bit, moved the already written scene to open the second book (which has now been completed), and began in earnest.  She offered me consultation from her own experience as well as encouragement, ideas, beta-reading, editing, you name it.  She helped me to lend a great deal of realism to certain parts as well as offering a female perspective to the crafting of the central character.  Invaluable.  I don’t think it would have happened without her, and if it had, it would not have been as well done.

So, there it is.  That is how the story came about and then how it was further developed and written.  It was an incredibly fun journey, and though the start took a long time, once into it, I wrote the novel in record time.  Book Two was the same.  Though polishing is still in the works, both were written in a year.  I have never been so productive.

I offer endless thanks to my friend, though being humble, she often discounts the real impact of her contribution.  I hope you all enjoy the story.

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Skothiam Felcraft – 44yrs old, born in the USA. Entrepreneur, Head of the wealthy, powerful Felcraft Family. He holds an MBA in Finance but has also studied extensively in other fields, particularly folklore, mythology, and history. He is also knowledgeable in the occult and the paranormal.

Skot may sometimes be perceived as arrogant due to his intelligence, wealth, and confidence, but this may also hint at a deeper self-consciousness. He spends much of his time overseeing the vast affairs of the Family, much of which may have nothing at all to do with their secret, sacred duty.

He enjoys reading various books on religion and philosophy as much as delving occasionally into similarly themed fiction works. The Family is possessed of a large collection of valuable books, and he secrets himself away within it as often as possible.

Skot is the middle of three children, coming from a family that highly values proliferation but often has difficulty with not only childbirth but also keeping themselves alive into late age. His older brother had been killed when he was twenty-eight. His father succumbed several years back to an inexplicable disease which slowly deteriorated his body, leaving Skot as the duly appointed new Head of the Family.

He has been married before, now divorced, and father to one son who lives with the Felcraft Family and is of an age to enter college. Skot hopes his son will take this route and perhaps follow a less dangerous path than the many set before him, having set upon his own such turbulent life many years ago.

Artwork by Finnish artist, Tomi Rautanen – Luolamestari.

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Lilja Perhonen – 26yrs old, born in Finland. Ex-military, reservist in the Finnish Defense Forces, trained in CQC, marksmanship/sharpshooter. Highly skilled in martial arts – karate, jujutsu, kenjutsu, and a few other styles. Dyes her hair a vibrant red. Masters Degree in Information Studies and Interactive Media. Works as Head Curator of the Rare Books Collection at a prestigious, private university.

Lilja may come off as bashful in many ways, definitely taciturn, but she is open, curious, and quite forthright when it comes to her job or potentially risky situations. She also teaches a free, open self-defense class at the university for women 18 and up.

She likes to read science fiction and fantasy novels, science magazines, and playing video games.

Lilja is an only child, her parents divorced, and she lived her childhood with her mother who has lots of interest on folklore and witchcraft. She feels a strong connection to nature, and she used to spend lots of time in the outdoors with her grandparents.

She has a knowledge of Finnish folklore that she mostly got from her grandparents. They used to tell her all kinds of useful things about nature and herbs, animals and plants as well as some old traditions and stories and folklore. Her father often told her ghost stories, while her mother told many creepy fairytales and folktales, warning Lilja to stay away from certain types of spiritualism.

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Artwork by Finnish artist, Tomi Rautanen – Luolamestari.