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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.

Congratulations! 

As a reward, I present to you five new ways to immerse yourself within this novel. Some of it is insightful, other aspects of it is meant to make you laugh and smile. Hopefully, by the time you're done, you'll be eager to explore the book if you haven't already, or take a moment to read through it once again knowing what you do now.

“You cannot defeat an enemy by acting as he does, by rationalizing murder as an acceptable method in achieving what you desire.” - Aethel

Say Hello - The Cast of Crystal of Air

“I’ve nearly been killed by a demon. I was haunted by a spirit of a murdered woman.  I met King Author and a vampire. I saw werewolves…”

Quinn

Psychic Novice

“That is the first step towards gaining knowledge, admitting one’s ignorance.”

Giovanni

Spirit Guardian

“We are two spirits trapped in a realm created by energy caught in a fraction of time in the mortal world and you think what I’m doing is weird?”

Scythe

Spirit in a Teenage Body

“I refuse to cower in fear before this charlatan. My only concern is finding Emma. If he has harmed her, then it is Anubis who will pay for what he has done.”

Orthia

Spirit Guardian

“What little I know of someone like you is rooted in mythology which is a nugget of truth surrounded by multiple layers of fictional narrative.”

Henry

Artifact Collector

“Where I was seeking home, you are looking for freedom from the chains that have bound you to the past from the moment you took your first breath.”

Carmilla

Human Vampire

“Any who preaches that the greater good is more important than a single individual takes that first step towards the acceptance of any atrocity.”

Aethel

Immortal Warrior

“Close your eyes and make a wish.”

Emma

Psychic Savant

“You must not think of this reality as a finite space with limited forms of existence. All that has occurred since you arrived is taking place in a fraction of a moment.”

Airmid

Spirit Guardian

“It was real! It was all real! First, he’s King Arthur, his mentor was Merlin, and now Excalibur.”

Esper

Technology Savant

“Often what is considered fantastic events that take place in our world that have no comfortable explanation becomes works of fiction and folklore.”

Prometheus

Myserious Stranger

“Deep down, humans are easily manipulated, controlled, and guided to do the worst atrocities, all the while thinking they’re the good guys.”

Trixie

Computer Specialist

“We’ll be lucky if there is a world left by the time this is over, let alone anyone left to enjoy the victory.” - Scythe

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“Names are a way to bind the infinite that is the human soul into a single word.” - Giovanni

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The Necropolis

Origin Story:
Cliff Hanger

The end of the previous novel caught me by surprise in that I had plans for it to move onto the water/Alchemist story. However, I loved the idea and jumped into the concept of a fully spiritual realm. It gave me an opportunity to develop the individauls in the story, address personal issues they had like with Milo, and give the remaining spirit guardians a chance to become fully developed people which was fun.

About two thirds of the way through, I felt like the story needed to move forward, bring back Esper who was cut out of the story, and explore some of the possibilities of the global adventure. What I love so much about the series is that I can draw upon both historical figures, public domain fictional characters like with Alice in Wonderland, and just have fun with the concepts of my own reality.

Originally I had a plan to have one of the spirit guardians leave at the end of each book. However, after the second one, I didn't want to follow pattern and to break away from expectations leading to the events of the fourth book. Also, at the time of writing this one, I thought it was only going to be four books, one for each element. However, I love the series so much, I don't want it to ever end so we'll see where that goes.

It was also becuase of this abrupt shift to "air" and not "water", that "fire" became the third book in the series. So, sometimes what I plan for isn't what always ends up being the final course that a series will take.

“I feel that too much of someone’s individuality fades in the yearning to be like others, to fit in, to belong to a group that they often sacrifice what makes them so wonderfully one of a kind.” - Giovanni

Easter Eggs and Inspiration

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I see Dead People

The term "psychic" refers to anyone who can see and/or interact with a spirit.

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Missing Colony

Roanoke was an English colony where 112-121 people vanished in 1590. Scythe's origins are connected to this event.

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Family History

Henry is essentially the grandson of Indiana Jones who was Henry Jones Junior.

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Artifact Collector

The concept of artifacts, those who collect them like Henry, was inspired by the Warehouse 13 TV series.

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Savage Druids

The plague unleashed by the druids was the "black plague", a pandemic during 1346–1353.

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Boy to King

On page 57, the story of Aethel's childhood mimics the opening scenes of Disney's Sword in the Stone.

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Druidic Mentor

Aethel's mentor is the inspiration for tales of Merlin in that reality.

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Quirky Namesake

Milo is named after the main protagonist in the movie, Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

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Irish Vampire

Carmilla is named after the first female vampire in literature.

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Vitual Reality

On page 63, Quinn refers to a movie where people are trapped in a virtual reality. That movie is "The Matrix".

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Sopartan Goddess

Orthia was a local goddess only found at Sparta and Messene who was later identified with Artemis.

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Consulting Detective

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Power Corrupts

John Dalberg-Acton was an English Catholic historian, politician, and writer.

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Pure Imagination

In Chapter 6, there are multiple references to the movie: Willie Wanka and the Chocolate Factory.

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Tea Time

On page 115, Henry and Carmilla encounter a scene from the book: Alice in Wonderland.

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Divine Name

Airmid is the name of an Irish goddess with connections to herbal remedies and healing.

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Truth of a God

Anubis was actively involved in the abolishment of slavery since he was once an Egyptian slave, which he takes his true form before assuming that of the god.

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Dream Killer

Quinn refers to a man who kills others in their dreams on page 126, referring to Freddy Krueger.

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The Force

On page 128, Quinn quotes "I am at one with..." This is a reference to mantra spoken by Chirrut Îmwe in the movie: Rogue One.

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Matrix Revisited

"The fork is not there" on page 129 refers to the "spoon is not there" quote from the Matrix.

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Another Reality

On page 131, Quinn mentions the novel, Knowing Gnowing, an anthology about gnomes.

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Who you gonna call?

On page 154, the "gate keeper" and "key master" refers to elements of the original Ghostbusters movie.

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Gateway

The door mentioned on page 181 is a reference to the movie: Monsters Inc.

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Tomato Potato

On page 208, Esper mentions Sebastian and Nathaniel from the Age of Shadows Books.

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Grakk

Page 211, "Warm and fuzzy" refers to a Magic: The Gathering Card - Pacifism.

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Genie in a Box

On page 223 Quinn refers to Jambi the Genie from Peewee's Playhouse television series. 

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Monty Python

Marwood is named after John Marwood Cleese, a British comedian.

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Researcher

Romila is named after Romila Thapar, an Indian historian. She was born in town mentioned in the book.

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Images of Life

Diane is named after Diane Arbus, an American photographer.

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Cusine Expert

Murchison is named after Alan Murchison, a Scottish chef.

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Shadowy Figure

Arawn is named after Celtic god of Death.

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A monster?

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is also titled "The Modern Prometheus", which is why he is named that way.

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Artifact Storage

Sanctum sanctorum of infinite possibilities is greatly inspired by the show "Warehouse 13".

And now... My Favorite.

The final scene with Henry is from the original story concept that started it all. One of the "lost" story elements was this man seeking revenge against the vampire that killed his girlfriend. He meets up with a group of amateur vampire hunters who use him as bait. Everything plays out as it did in the original version, except the man fights back against the boy and kills the child himself. Then is led away by what is hinted at as a witch's familiar, a black cat. I didn't want Henry to be a killer, so this was an ideal way to introduce his mother which is what I've been wanting to do since the beginning. Everything fell into place.

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“You’ll be alone, consumed by your grief, an emptiness, the sorrow, the self-loathing, the hatred… You’ll become a demon.” - Scythe

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