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by Adrian Von Ziegler :
Greetings and welcome.
This article as well as a long series to be continued intend to narrate you the adventures of multiple characters through the worlds of Onikem. I shall describe and explain to you how "these worlds" works but first and foremost there is a question far more relevant :
What's "The Worlds of Onikem" ?
The Worlds of Onikem :
The Worlds of Onikem is a fantasy universe set in a unknown place on an unknown date for our very world. There is no such thing as technology out there, these worlds are not only populationed by mankind, and the thing called magic in our world is a very concrete thing which has repeatedly changed the face of these realms through times.
The Fantastic genre:
Some quikly make connections with already existing fantasy worlds such as :
The Lord of the Rings; A song of Ice and Fire; The Chronicles of Narnia;The Chronicles of Amber; The Hobbit...
There are many fantasy worlds, some of them are amazing, thrilling and completely immerse you in this new unknown world but unfortunately with the recent popularisation of this genre among mainstream audiences, thanks in large part to Peter Jackson's films (not really a reproach) we have witnessed a recrudescence of fantastic worlds surfing on the fashion. Some may ask me:
what is wrong about trying to take the wave along the way?
And I respond to that:
These new fantasy universes are cruelly lacking imagination, most of these fantastic worlds are no longer fantastic. Why ? Because they have erected the model of the main references as base works, and no longer as successful works because they have managed to emerge, to differentiate themselves from this same base.
The result : Universes that struggle to come out of the mould, a copy-paste of the elementary rules of great works of fantasy giving the universe aspiring to be as good as the former a taste of faded déjà vu, tarnishes the image of the original creation and tramples the only rule of the fantastic genre: each universe must be particular, each work fantastic.
This cannot be achieved by basing half your content on pre-existing universe.
I've been developing The Worlds of Onikem for over three years now, I've been thinking by myself, doing my best to have a universe completely different from the others. I am not saying that there is no element that could already have been integrated into another universe, but only that it is entirely personalised, and that it will be complicated to cry out plagiarism.
I thought this universe to be coherent. Things, events, which have no meaning and which have been grafted onto the narrative framework with no other aim than to be cool horrifies me. For me everything should be explainable even if it passes through theories, legends utterly false but plausible.
Onikem ? :
Onikem is just one of many planets in its solar system. Onikem is not a name thrown off by the author, who means nothing both in our language and in all the languages spoken on Earth.
Onikem is a word for planet in Ladima, the language spoken by the Salieri one of the many races living on this planet. People with their own language and alphabet, fully usable in everyday life. I will post a book allowing translation into English and French and some articles will contain texts only in Ladima because never translated in The Worlds of Onikem.
The history, the lands and the way of life of the Salieri is the most developed thing to date in my universe, because the main plot will initially follow mainly Salieri and Naseri, who are, originally Salieri who have migrated towards a new land and have adopted a new identity over time. A race similar to humans is also present and developed through a society similar to ours around the thirteenth to seventeenth century.
Then comes the races that have not yet received as much work on their histories:
Like the Thols, a sentient reptile species that has evolved parallely to man, possessing vast lands in the heart of the Great Continent (Fellor, Yosth, Aalolith, Diath).
The Yamonu, coming from the hot and arid regions of the Small Continent, could easily be confused with the Human exceptions made of their eyes typical of this race, larger than ours, of a very particular shape and their intelligence without peer.
The Ostans, being close to both Salieri and humans, these beings are surely at the origin of stories and legends about the little people and the leprechauns. Their land borders the frozen mountains of the north to the oceans and seas of the south, passing through the jungle and the great dry plains of the interior lands. Having experienced peace, war, disease and famine, this people is now shining through Onikem for its cosmopolitan nature and its great influence on world trade.
Then comes the Ekerio, a species of insect as big as an horse, very little known of the peoples of Onikem, although men and thols have been fighting them for hundreds of years. Unlike other races, they have not experienced any societal development that is understandable to us humans, and live in seclusion on the meagre lands bordering the eastern coast of the great continent that others have failed to colonize.
It is interesting to note that they also live on the small continent, in a region that was formerly a source of many conflicts, Essay, now a neutral zone. Announced as No man's land, this region sees all species coexisting without established rules and yet these malefamous insectoids seem absolutely peaceful in this place.
In brief, the worlds of Onikem are full of peculiarities, strange things in our eyes and tales worth being known.
The Small Continent
The Great Continent
Basic maps of the known lands at the time of my main narrative frame