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Frankenstein's monster, King Arthur, Dorothy's silver slippers, Marry Poppins magic bag, and the original Winnie-the-Pooh dolls come to life are some of the wonderous things that cross the line between fantasy and reality. A fan favorite scene has been chosen from this wonderous realm. Learn insights into who they are in with quotes and enjoy related artwork/images. A behind the scenes insight and an exploration of hidden Easter Eggs found within the book awaits your discovery. Welcome to the Primordial Quaternity.

“Fire consumes flesh. Earth shatters bones. Water washes away what remains. Air forces the spirit from this world. Nothing remains of the person.” - Trixie

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Fan Favorite

A scene selected from the book.

There is a chain of events that occur that leads to one of the most thrilling moments in the book. Henry has entered a questionable establishment filled with dangerous individuals that clearly know he is out of place. He mistakes the mistake of voicing his interest in finding his mother using a nick name that is well known by those inside the room. This leads to over a dozen people pointing a gun at him. In an instant, Aethel, Trixie, and Emma suddenly appear in front of Henry. The instinctual reaction is pulling the trigger at this unexpected potential threat. Weapons are fired, Esper thinks Henry has been killed. However, Aethel's unique capabilities saves them leading to the group meeting Henry's mother. 

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“Did Frankenstein's monster just ask me to knock out surveillance?” – Esper

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“For those who do not see the limitations of this world, anything is possible.” - Aethel

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Origin Story:
Set Up For Success

The previous novel set up those who would be introduced once again in this novel in the last third of its narrative. The author knew the title and that cover design would revolve around the element of fire. Beyond this, the author was unaware of where the story was going when he began writing it. The group was separated into four stories, the goal was to bring them together again. It has developed into a pattern. To have pairs or groups that gradually gather together into a larger collection only to separated again due to unforeseen circumstances.

The fate of Henry's mother and Aethel near the end was originally revealed but by not doing so, it allowed for greater freedom to explore that in the next book. 

The author knew of the big reveal at the end. The previous scene where Velkin is getting medical attention was altered to properly set up that final moment.

Originally what happens to Esper is unexpected. She has to leave in a rush and is caught off guard by the sudden attack. Yet, there was a desire to empower her and make her a more formidable figure in her being prepared for such an event.

The biggest surprise during the writing process was realizing what was a planned to be a four-book set, one for each element, would not end there. There is still a lot that will need to occur. Several major losses and shocking moments that was meant to take place in this book but would be reserved for the next one. With all that in mind, the author knew that he would need to write a 5th book for the arbiters to represent the balance between the various factions that were split apart in the opening of the first novel. The Quaternity reunited as one.

“We must open our eyes to the truth, both the parts we gladly embrace and the dark stains upon human history that most would try to avoid.” - Prometheus

Easter Eggs and Inspiration

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

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Aethel's life inspired many King Arthur myths, many are fictional stories rooted in fact.

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

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was an English novelist who wrote the Gothic novel Frankenstein in 1818.

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Henry is named after Indiana Jones, Henry Jones Junior. His father's family is inspired by that lineage.

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Linda is named after Linda Hamilton and inspired by her character, Sarah Connor.

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The concept of what Linda does, being a hunter, was inspired by the show: Supernatural.

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The idea of artifacts and artifact collectors was inspired by the show: Warehouse 13.

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Carmilla is named after the first female vampire in literature.

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

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

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Seraphim are angelic beings, regarded as belonging to the highest order, associated with light and purity.

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Page 28, "...misfits, refugees, and lost souls?" refers to the back of book text for Lexia's Legacy.

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Fenrir is a giant wolf from Norse mythology.

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Page 34, Gilgamesh was a hero in ancient Mesopotamian mythology and his story is considered the oldest surviving notable literature.

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Francis is named after Ron Francis Pearlman, who played Vincent in a Beauty and the Beast TV series that the character is modeled after.

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Page 44, a "question" man beaten up by a man dressed as a bat refers to the Riddler and Batman.

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

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Page 54, "issues, lots of issues" scene is from Justice League with Batman and Wonder Woman.

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Genghis Khan was the founder and first leader of the Mongol Empire.

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In Greek mythology, the Keres were the goddesses who personified violent death.

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Page 74, The kukri or khukuri is a type of machete with a distinct recurve in its blade.

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Page 98, the bag and the nanny mentioned refers to the movie: Mary Poppins. 

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On page 103, the kid living under the stairs refers to the Harry Potter book series.

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Page 104, the Grim Reaper sign underwater was inspired by real life underwater locations.

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On page 135, the guide to the mountain is Gollum who led Sam and Frodo to Mount Doom.

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Page 156, Henry nearly mentions the Fortress of Solitude, home of Superman.

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 Harley-Davidson originated in 1903 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Seemed like a good place for the hunters.

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Page 167, the plague unleashed by the druids was the "black plague", a pandemic during 1346–1353.

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Page 178, Esper thinks of the dark side of the... A reference to the Force from the Star Wars.

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The silver slippers used by Quinn are featured in the novel: The Wonderful Wizard of OZ.

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Page 204, the mention of a 13th location refers to Warehouse 13, the inspiration for the Vault. 

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Page 209, the father of the author was a fan of cowboy movies and this is homage to him.

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Page 213 refers to the show, Beauty and the Beast, featuring Ron Pearlman and Linda Hamilton.

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Page 215, Henry is referring to the original Star Wars movie.

Page 220, Milo's memories of a station wagon reflect the author's experiences as a kid.

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Orthia's style of clothing is based off local attire of natives of Sparta 2,000 years ago.

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

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Page 220, the song Quinn is singing is "Life is a Highway" by Tom Cochrane.

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Page 251, the wolf head battering ram refers to Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

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Page 255, the "time machine" movie is Paycheck.

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Page 259, John Henry was an American folklore tale about a man who outpaced a machine.

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Page 260, the music box is from the story: The Phantom of the Opera.

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Page 271, the group is staying at the Wigwam Hotel in Arizona.

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Page 288, Esper's outfit is inspired by and refers to the character: Batman.

On page 288, Esper's failsafe program is named after the final two-part episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, "All good things..." The code she uses refers to the final air date of the series: May 23, 1994. This reveals that the series existed in her reality, and she was a fan. The series provided an optimistic view of the world. It represented hope, when often reality provided despair and pessimism. That is why even at the end of the book, when it feels like there is no chance of a happy ending, there is hope. It was the intent of the author to tell the audience that even though this is the end, there is hope that it will get better.

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“You will have to make a deal with the devil, signed in blood, pledging your immortal soul as payment.” - Gretchen

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