“I write in these pages because the pages do not forget.
I grow old and I grow fast. The twilight of death wraps around me like a wintry blanket. Oh, how the chill of Al-Kaig shivers my bones. Oh, how I wish to return to the land of my beloved Fireleaves!
I care not who reads these words. I care not if these words ever be read in the first place. I care for the opaqueness of creation, of something being brought to this natural world. I do this act, with a solemn plea to Yavum, the Almighty Lightbringer, that my words be immaculate and blessed.”
Begin the litany of grief.
Sing the Song of Sorrows.
This is the Epic as chanted by Gatmakata Hu Ni, greatest storyteller of the Lakungdulan Isles, whose name lives on in the words that thrive in the hearts of his listeners.
You’ve all heard it before. Perhaps in the twilight of night, when your mother or father would regale the tales of mythic heroes or fairy tales. Or perhaps around a campfire, talking about the exploits of a great culture hero. Or even perhaps as told by the teachers during class time, talking about the great heroes that exhibit greatness of humanity.
In the dark glimmer of the night, they are born. From the songs of the singers and the chants of the poets, they are remembered. These are the Heroes of time now long gone.
But now, they are reborn. These larger-than-life heroes, reborn with the Light Rebellious that grants them the ability to leap over mountains, charm demons, change the world.
Join these heroes, the Karanduun, Worthy of Song, as they venture forth into the Land of the Fireleaves and their destiny intertwines.
It begins with fire, and it shall end in fire.
This is what the fireleaves danced.
The dance begins here.
This is a web serial — that is, a novel serialized into the internet — that is free for all to read. It follows a cast of characters as they go through a land inspired by Filipino Myth, Spanish Philippines, and the Philippine Revolution. I wrote it when I was inspired by the vast swathes of usual Western European Myth, and then saw The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski, who wrote Fantasy but with his own Polish bent. I loved the feel and unfamiliarity of it despite using conventional monsters and tropes, and decided to set out and write something like it.
In summation, this is an Epic Fantasy with a world inspired by Filipino Mythology, the Ancient Filipino world, as well as the Colonial Filipino period, and the Philippine Revolution Period. Will it expand to other areas of the world of Sanlibutan? We don’t know. But for now, we venture into the Lakungdulan Isles.
The serial is also now up on webfictionguide.com! Write a review if you’d like. It would be supernally appreciated! In addition, please consider taking a few seconds out of your day to support the serial by voting for it on topwebfiction!
Also, I will be posting this up on RoyalRoad Legends (royalroadl.com)!