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So, you've made it this far, have you? It takes dedication to find this page hidden deep within the Tagonist Knights Website.

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Separate worlds, parallel realities, two stories in one. Meet Beltini and his friend Tammy. Explore their thoughts through provided quotes. Learn of this fascinating narrative through related artwork. Delve into the story behind the story with insight into the making of this novel. Discover the hidden truths and Easter Eggs that add a new level of understanding.

“Where the breeze brushes across the body, a beautiful melody touches our soul, affecting the energy deep within that animates our physical forms.” – Belinti

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Fan Favorite

A scene selected from the book.

Belinti mentions his large family early on in the story, but it isn't until later that the audience is introduced to several of his sisters. Two of them being a set of twins, continuing that theme of duality. Even though they look alike, they have distinctly different personalities. It is fun for the audience to see this collection of individuals interact with one another. The dialogue between the group is interesting in that it addresses their home life, how many of the older siblings are in relationships or have started families. Those present are the remaining that are still single with Belinti being the youngest. Tammy's interaction with the group of sisters is fun and this scene sets up a later one where the whole family is there.

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“Bravery is not the absence of fear. It is learning how to overcome what we fear.” – Belinti

Relevant Images

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“I am blessed to have each of you as a part of my life. Although we each travel different paths, we have never lost sight of what binds us together as one family.” - Belinti

Origin Story:
A Different Idea

The original concept was that the story starts out with a man having recently lost his wife to a long term illness. This would later be reflected in the death of the mother of Artemis in how she knew she was dying months before she passed. The man joins the talent competition to honor the memory of his wife who was a singer that never fulfilled her dream of doing so on stage.

He has no singing talent at all but goes anyway because he wants to feel a connection with her. When he attempts to sing, much to his surprise, he does so beautifully. The spirit of his wife gives him the ability to accomplish this miracle. Eventually people see her spirit with him on stage. This is reflected in the final chapter where the pair are seen together, one being a type of spiritual light.

The story was too depressing to write. Starting off a story that way was too painful for the author to proceed with the idea. So, he shelved the idea for years until he discovered the concept of a Twin Flame. That led to the idea of two people from separate parallel worlds existing next to one another, aware of the other's existence. Connecting with each other on a spiritual level felt perfect.

 The author wanted them to be unique and that's when he thought of the sun and the moon. That concept molded their appearance. Also, it was then he had the idea of bringing Gemini, the Tagonist Knight, into the story playing a role in both narratives. Her name meaning "twin" in both stories hinting at the truth.

By pure coincidence it was his 20th book published at the end of 2020. Twins, Twin Flame, Two, all being themes. He couldn't have planned it better. Perfect.

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“Sometimes how we connect with someone else can't be put into words, it is an experience that only the soul can feel.” - Tammy

Easter Eggs and Inspiration

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Belinti gets his name from Bel, a Irish god of the sun that reflects his Irish heritage.

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The second half of Belinti's name is Inti, the sun god of the Incan Indians which reflects his mother's heritage.

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Belinti is meant to represent the sun. Red hair, golden eyes, bronze skin, energetic, and a powerful presence.

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Tammy means "Twin" which hints at the truth of why she is there at the competition.

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Belinti along with his siblings represent the nine muses from Greek Mythology.

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Beltini mentions his father is the 7th son. The 7th son of the 7th son is the "Luck Child" in Irish folklore.

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On page 12, 990 refers to 1990, the year Star Trek: TNG: Transfigurations first aired.

On page 12, 992 refers to 1992, the year Star Trek: TNG: The Inner Light first aired.

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Tammy plays a tin whistle due to inspiration of "The Inner Light" episode. 

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Antoinette is inspired by Toni Watson, known as Tones and I.

Sunset

Antoinette refers to Belinti as "bright and shiny" on page 18, another comparison to the Sun.

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The narrative told by Tammy of the man seeing his culture vanish is the plot to the Star Trek: TNG episode: The Inner Light.

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Nicolaus Copernicus was an astronomer who was the first to place the sun, not the Earth, as the center of the Universe.

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Carl Sagan was an astronomer who I admire for his teaching about science, both past and present.

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On page 33, Belinti's grandfather doing a jig refers to Grandpa Joe dancing in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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The camera man is named after Benjamin Bratt, the voice of Manny in the movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

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Anna is named after Anna Faris who did the voice of Sam Sparks in the movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

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Belinti's maternal grandparents were born on May 21 and became engaged on June 21. The astrological sign, Gemini (the twins), is May 21-June21.

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Elbert is named after Elbert Frank Cox, the first black person in the world to receive a PHD in mathematics.

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Elbert’s last name is honor of Katherine Johnson, who did mathematics for NASA.

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Elbert Johnson represents the left side of the brain, reading, writing, and mathematics.

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The story of Felicty and Christopher told by Tammy is found in the novel: In a Heartbeat.

Star Cluster

Danica, Hokulani, and Zornitsa are all names that mean "star". Belinti is the sun, another star.

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On page 65, the pairing of animals and a large boat is a reference to Noah's Ark.

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Manal is named after Manal AlDowayan, a contemporary artist from Saudi Arabia.

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Manal's last name is in honor of Dia Azzawi, a painter and sculptor from Iraq.

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Manal Azzawi represents the right side of the brain, creativity and problem solving.

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Janis Nicks is named after Janis Joplin who was a singer and songwriter from the 60s and 70s.

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Janis Nicks is named after Stevie Nicks who was a singer and songwriter from the 60s and 70s.

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Where the first two judges is the mind, Janis represents the soul/spirit of a prson.

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Nico is named after Nico Tortorella, an actor who came out as gender fluid.

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Nico's last name comes from Asia Kate Dillon, a non-binary actor.

Workout

Where the others represent the mind and soul, Nico represents the body and the physical self.

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The non-English words that Belinti uses are of the Quecha language.

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Belinti makes a reference to a leprechaun rather than a genie to hint at heritage with Irish folklore.

Fishing Town

The location of Belinti's home town is based off geography in Ireland

Full Moon

Belinti only feels comfortable at night during a full moon, a representation of Artemis who makes him feel safe with her.

Sunset

Belinti feeling more comfortable surrounded by light continues the theme of him being the Sun.

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Belinti prefers the warmth and high temperatures, more of him being the Sun.

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The movie involving time travel and a mailbox is a reference to: The Lakehouse.

Starry Sky

All eight of Beliniti's sisters are names that mean "star" in some form or another, just like he, the sun is a star.

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On page 132, the "night and day" comment is another reference to the pair being the sun and the moon.

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The joke about the duck selling insurance refers to Aflac Inc., which uses a duck mascot.

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Michelle is named after Torine Michelle from Norway.

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Alan is named after Alan Walker, a British-born Norwegian DJ.

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Kenneth is Keneth Nilsen, a Norwegian music producer known as K-391.

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Mattias is named after Mattias Braan, a Swedish DJ known as Mangoo.

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Martin is named after Martin Tungevaag, a Norwegian artist who goes by his last name.

The author knew that Tammy and Nashota would be the same person, somehow existing in two separate worlds at the same time. What better way to introduce the world to Gemini, Knight of the Rose. She became the second introduction of a Tagonist Knight, the other being Paradox who played an increasingly larger role within the Sunfire Chronicles. Having the opportunity to use the text created for her for this website into one of his novels was an incredible moment for him. It allowed him to explain how this wonderful union between Artemis and Belinti took place and introduced one of the Tagonist Knights.

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“I thank you for the blessing you have bestowed upon me with providing me such generosity.” - Belinti

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