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It takes dedication to find this page hidden deep within the Tagonist Knights Website.


Are you prepared to go on a mythical journey? This hidden secondary page for Mystical Alliance will provide you the opportunity to do so! Start off with a fan favorite scene which this narrative features. Learn of wonderous and inspirational quotes from the book. Be entertained by fun memes and related artwork. Learn of the history of the novel, and the origins behind its creation. No quest would be complete without discovering hidden treasures and wonderful Easter Eggs found within the pages of this sword and sorcery fantasy.

“No, no, no! No, not know. No, no way I would use know as in to know. No gnome would know knowing from Gnowing. Gnomes knowing Gnowing, now that makes sense. Knowing Gnowing will become a tradition. But no, knowing knowing, that’s just ridiculous. Gnomes knowing knowing, no. Gnomes knowing Gnowing, yes.” - Gonomaly


Fan Favorite

A scene selected from the book.

One of the final scenes is a funeral for someone who died during the course of the events. There is this heartbreaking moment when the audience thinks that this is it, this is the end for him. No happily ever after which is devastating.

Then the ancient leaders provide hope, not only in reviving the person who died, but giving each of those that the readers have traveled all over the known world with inspirational quotes that can apply to people from all walks of life. Even in the pages of a fictional story, it can give an uplifting feeling of a brighter future. There is a sense of completion and closure to this incredible story.  

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“A few travelers staying at my inn said that they had heard of a man whose cousin of a wise woman said she knew of someone who did something like that. That much I’m certain of.” - Vernon

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“How wonderful! I was so hoping that you would show up. Now then, where to begin… How exactly does it feel to be the wondering souls of the dead? Don’t be shy…” – Gregory

Origin Story:
It began with a map.

The author began with a crude map with little more than six points representing the various realms. Why six? There are three primary colors and three secondary colors, which is why each of the gems are one of these colorations. He wanted all the elements of what he loved about sword and sorcery fantasy. Wizards, warriors, elves, dwarves, minotaurs, and gnomes. He was greatly inspired by his years as a teenager reading the Dragonlance series concerning minotaurs and gnomes.

Once he had figured out who were the six major civilizations of the ancient past that formed the Mystical Alliance, he was forced to leap ahead in time to present day when the story would begin. The safest and least threatening of the six was Gnowing, a city of gnomes. So, that is where the story began.

Originally Benjamin was written in first person, similar to Joshua in Tapestry of the Second Born. This was because when the author first began writing, it was an opportunity for him to cope with depression in high school. Many of his older works were little more than wish fulfillment and escapism. As his writing evolved, he wanted to grow out of that, move away from those kind of stories. So, he stopped using first person narrative.

In the first draft, the author would write a flashback scene, whichever one came to mind in the past or ancient past. Then. he woudl focus on a chapter set in the present day. The battle of the human castle was the first "past" scene written. After finishing the book, he reorganized the scenes for the final version which included putting together the Minotaur narrative.


Concept Art for Cover


Concept Art For Cover

Origin Story:

The author wrote Mystical Alliance before the Lord of the Rings movies first came out. He hadn't read the books and was only aware of elements of it such as watching the cartoon based upon the novel: the Hobbit. Was he aware that there was going to be an army of ghosts in that story? No... Sometimes great minds think alike and it was a coincidence.

Another element the author didn't plan for was the symbolism of Christian faith. Benjamin allows himself to be sacrificed to stop a great evil. He absorbs all this evil in the world and then dies to protect those he loves from this threat. Then he's brought back to life? Does that sound like the Jesus narrative? Yeah... Again, coincidence in that the author didn't realize that there was a parallel there until after he had finished writing the book.

There was a sequel that the author attempted to write shortly after finishing this one. It was set on an island with humanoid animals. It involved the core group of heroes from the first book. The first community that they meet are a type of smaller rabbit people that kept their earls folded back in honor of the humans that used to live on the island, providing their ancestor's aid. Beastial Alliance never took off and he eventually gave up on it.

Originally it was going to be Benjamin and Gertrude represented on the front cover but it was changed to Fera since they started the story together. The concept art given to the cover designer is presented for your viewing pleasure to have a better understanding of what could have been. Yes, the cover artist took that clear crystal, making it a ball of magical flame.

“I shall answer the one question that despite every effort you have made to find the answer to, the answer has always been just beyond your grasp. This is the question filling every gnome’s mind throughout history. The one question that will be the key to unlocking every other curiosity and in time unraveling every mystery ever to be discovered. The answer to this question is… Yes.” – Gonomaly

Easter Eggs and Inspiration


Brian, the farmer's son, is named after the word "brain", since Gnomes love using their minds to create new ideas.

Originally Gertrude was going to go by "Gears" throughout most of the novel until her true name is finally revealed. A wink at this concept is in her introduction.


Gertrude's appearance and magnification goggles were greatly inspired by Belle's father from Disney's Beauty and the Beast.


Xenex is modeled after Merlin from Disney's Sword in the Stone, which is why he wears a blue robe.

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The Minotaur culture was greatly inspired by the Dragonlance series, Feudal Japan, Native American Cultures, and Klingons from Star Trek.


Gregory's statement of "Stuff, Junk, and Things" is something the author said as a child. When he left a room, this stuff stays here, throw away that junk, and take these things with him.


Many of the dwarven names are based off objects like an axe or chisel, while others have to do with rocks, stones, boulders.


Inspiration for the goblin culture, their appearance, and general behavior from Magic: The Gathering concepts.


King William, founder of the Mystical Alliance, is named after William Thatcher from the movie: A Knight's Tale.

Deers on the mountain

Page 81, Fauna is named after the term for a group of animals in a natural environment.

Lit Candles

Page 115, the candle re-lighter and curse the darkness is a reference to a famous quote with unknown origins.


Page 196, Blootain is named after the combination of the two words: Blood and Stain.


Page 196, Mirda's Pass refers to "murders pass". One of many violent references in modern dwarf culture.

Magical Landscapes

Page 246, Rovern is the combination of the words: Rock and Cavern.

Social Distancing

Page 311, the author began saying "have fun" since he thought goodbye was too sad sounding.

On page 66, Gertrude mentions ways of telling time. One theory was using "clicks, cycles, phases, and rotations" which "would relate to traveling beyond the stars." This is how time is referred to in the Sunfire Chronicles. This is a subtle reference to how these books all interconnect in small ways creating the Mattiverse.

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“For every light that is kindled within one’s heart, that illumination further pushes back the crushing darkness that lurks on the horizon. With each new hope given life, the darkness that once ruled fades away to nothing.” – William

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