Yolanda has been bouncing around in my head for about a year now. My initial manuscript was scrapped and replaced for a new story, proper outline, and character arc with a more obvious goal.
Manuscript completion date: Hopefully before the end of 2017.
Exiled from the world of Fae for the accidental death of a faerie lord, Yolanda has made the wastelands of post-apocalyptic Earth her home for eighty years.
There had long been tension between faerie kings of Obscura and its pious faerie druids. When Kroloth, head of the druid order, opened a portal within the bowels of the druid temple, Earth was discovered for the first time, along with the fate of humanity—ten years deep into nuclear winter and holding on by a thread.
Early attempts to save the humans from extinction revealed that the magic present in Fae’s atmosphere was toxic to humans. Against the will of the newly crowned Queen Liliana, Kroloth chose to keep the portal open even though the radiation of Earth darkened the skies of Fae. The druids built a twin temple over the portal opening on Earth and made plans to assist the humans in whatever way they could. But the druids had other responsibilities. They had been tasked to reform the corrupt judicial system of the Kingdom of Obscura.
Knowing that Yolanda was a spy of Queen Liliana, Kroloth sentenced Yolanda to exile on Earth, a punishment viewed as mercy by many when compared to the long history of beheadings. But the druids’ sudden rise in power was not welcomed by all, and the skies continued to darken, spreading fear and uncertainty.
On the day of Yolanda’s banishment a great many druids were present to witness what was considered an historic step toward a more civilized faerie culture. A grave misjudgment on the part of Kroloth. At that moment a small group of unknown traitors destroyed the portal, and the newly built temple was cut off from the magic that held its form in place.
Yolanda, believing herself the only survivor, was cut off from all Faelings, all magic, and all hope.
The story now follows Yolanda eighty years later. She proved herself a survivor, but cut off from the magic present in Fae’s atmosphere, Yolanda’s life force grows weak. Thinking to end her days in a little shack near the ocean, she is more than surprised at what she now finds; adventure, mishaps, and unforeseen possibilities.
See here a concept piece of Yolanda I commissioned last year with Hunt illustration.