So, you've made it this far, have you? It takes dedication to find this page hidden deep within the Tagonist Knights Website.
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.
“If you measure yourself by the goals and accomplishments of someone else, your life will be defined by them, not by the unique individual that history should remember you as.” – Gold
Say Hello - The Cast of Lexia's Legacy
“One way or the other, I’m going to get my ship back. If that means kicking in the teeth of my great, great, great whatever grandpa, then so be it.”
“If I was capable of an emotional reaction, I would say your definition of fun terrifies me.”
A.I. and Pilot
“I don’t care if a newborn baby is put in charge, you better salute that infant and ask whether they want a new bottle or a change of diapers.”
Large Talking Gerbil
“I will not leave you. If something happens, I will be here to protect you.”
“Are you ever worried that someone on this ship is going to get us both killed in some horrible way?”
“Let death be merciful. For I will not.”
“Never make assumptions based purely on what is before you. There is always the potential for so much more yet to be discovered.”
“Ferno said you were a mean beast woman, I don’t know where he gets such silly ideas from. I think you’re as sweet as a nylian fruit and twice as tender.”
“Most of those in power are just as bad as the thugs that roam the streets. Half the time they are the thugs that roam the streets.” – Lexia
“We aren’t the culmination of what our ancestors did or didn’t do. We are able to make our own decisions, create our own path, defy destiny if need be, and prove ourselves heroes when the time comes.” – Lexia
Lexia's Legacy began as a dream I had involving a pair, male and female, one fire, one ice. In the dream they were brother and sister. More so mutants, people with powers. There was a lizard creature named Mythos who was a dragon and I believe a robot was there, also.
Dryad was originally created for a fantasy story where someone from our reality who hated fairy tales, was transported to a fairy tale reality. This plant woman peaks out from behind a talking tree who the man first encounters, trees with human faces that is. Obviously the story didn't go anywhere, but I loved the concept of a plant based humanoid person. So, I kept her as a concept and brought her into this Sci-Fi I was working on.
The dragon character became a more generic lizard warrior character, rather than a dragon. It wasn't until I was writing the final draft and working on creating Tagonist Knights Publishing that I wanted to use Mythos as one of the knights. So, that forced me to come up with a new name for this lizard warrior. So, the name, Rua'So'Nid came into existence.
Lastly, I took the concept of mutant siblings and made them two species from the same planet, one fire, one ice, and the not related at all pair became a "forbidden love" idea where they couldn't interact with each other without causing harm. Thus, Frea and Ferno.
Original Cover Art
With Series Title Added
In a galaxy...
Tedorn was inspired by my love for gerbils, I grew up with them and wanted a character that was a large, talking version of them. The idea of this creature being an engineer with savant level capabilities amused me so I kept it. Early on, he spoke a form of butchered English, poorly spoken and mispronounced words. On a whim I decided he would have his own language and began working on a translation list so that I could learn his language. I have always been fascinated with alien languages in other series such as Star Trek and wanted something like that in my Sci-Fi series.
I had a crew, but I didn't have a captain. I knew I wanted a female captain that was a little like Han Solo who was a bit of a rogue. Her origin story developed and essentially I jumped into the story with a concept of, what happened long after the Empire in Star Wars was defeated? What if this is set in a future long after a great evil was defeated and she's getting special treatment as the descendant of this great hero?
I didn't have any clue who was inside the container. I had no clue where the story was going. I wrote the first third of the story leading up to Lexia taking a vacation on the Vostok years before completing the novel. I picked it up again since I needed a Sci-Fi story for my Tagonist Knights Publishing release. It wasn't until long after starting the book did I finally complete it.
The story originally began with the scene between Brent explaining to Lexia the origins of her ancestor's fame. It wasn't until I was listening to this song by Fallout Boy, that I had this vision of this awesome opening scene to a movie based off the book. Then I thought to myself, why didn't included that into the story? Start off on a high energy, face paced, action scene? So, that's how it was added to the opening of the novel.
For most of the book, I had no clue what the Blight was or how it was able to do what it accomplished. I was making things up as I go until I received the answers I needed. Some refer to this as "pantser" style writing which I find offensive. "Seat of your pants" is so derogatory compared to terminology used for those who create outlines and follow rigid structures. I think of it more so as a Gardner versus an Architect. Both are mutually positive ways to reach your goal, neither sounds insulting in my mind. So, that's how I write, I'm a Gardner.
Without giving away the ending, the resolution to what the Blight was struck me like lightning without warning. I had always been fascinated with the topic and found it so much fun to explore it using the various viewpoints and levels of understanding of those gathered around to discuss the subject.
The series have given me an opportunity to let loose my inner fanboy and make as many references to Sci-Fi, science fiction, and space exploration. Any opportunity I can, I take it and have fun with it.
Gardener and Architect
“First cycle as captain and I’ve destroyed the ship and killed the crew, superb job I’m doing.” - Tinker
Easter Eggs and Inspiration
A "rotation" is one year, inspired by the phrase "rotation of the galactic axis" from the movie: Galaxy Quest.
The Cosmic Union was greatly inspired by the Star Trek Universe, The Next Generation being my favorite.
Boldly Go Where...
Admiral Patton is named after General S. Patton
Brent is named after Brent Spiner, who played Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation
Use the Force...
Lexia's father, Liam, is named after Liam Neeson, who played a role in Star Wars: Episode 1.
Origins in a Car
The Starship Sunfire is named after my second car, a Pontiac Sunfire.
Rua'So'Nid is the word Dinosaur spelled backwards and broken up into syllables to look more alien.
Frea is inspired by the word "freeze" and her people, the Iozen: Ice + Frozen.
Getting Hot in Here?
Ferno is inspired by the word "Inferno" and his people, the Hegma: Heat + Magma.
A Good Day to Die
The Narktar, warrior race of lizards, is greatly inspired by Star Trek's Klingons.
Did you catch this?
Tedorn gets his name from rearranging the letters in the word "Rodent".
How about this?
Tedorn's species, the Nimrev, is the word "Vermin" spelled backwards.
The small machines that invade the Sunfire in Chapter 2 are inspired by the "spiders" from the movie: The Minority Report.
Are you Cereal?
The species "Trichex" is named after two cereals: Chex and Trix.
Here Kitty Kitty
The feline species, Grimalkin, is an old English word meaning "old female cat".
A Place to Call Home
The home world of the Grimalkin (and Nimrev) is named Pintac. That is Catnip spelled backwards.
Lords and Ladies
Lord Meevarock is named and modeled after my cat Maverick.
Nolyc is the word "Cylon" from Battlestar Galactica series spelled backwards and is visually inspired by these robots.
What is in a Name?
Glen is named after the creator of Battlestar Galactica, Glen Larson, since he was once Nolyc.
Aye, aye, Captain!
Captain Stewart is named after Patrick Stewart who played Captain Jean Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
What a trio!
Gene Douglas Lucas is named after: Gene Rodenberry, creator of Star Trek. Ray Douglas Bradbury, a sci-fi author. George Lucas, creator of Star Wars.
Gold is inspired by Guinan from Star Trek: Next Generation who was played by Whoopie Goldberg, thus the name "Gold".
That had to hurt...
Glen losing his arms and legs, being burnt, then trapped in a suit of armor is a homage to the fate of Darth Vader.
Homage to Star Wars: Glen gets revenge on his tormenter: Diarmid. Ian McDiarmid played Emperor Palpatine who is killed by Darth Vader.
The Sikkara are giant worm riders. That is Arakkis, the desert planet featured in the DUNE series, spelled backwards.
Just a Pinch.
Brent's use of the Falcon Nerve Grip refers to the Vulcan Nerve Pinch, used by Spock the original Star Trek series.
Brent being shot was inspired by the scene from Galaxy Quest where Quellek says, "I've been shot" and suddenly collapses.
On page 271, the computer responds with "Compliance". A reference to the movie: Flight of the Navigator.
Back to the Future!
In the final chapter, Dryad is reading a story that is the final scene from Back to the Future.
Blue Coat is a Clue!
The doctor of the Vostok is modeled after Doctor Beverly Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The Honored Dead
Rua'So'Nid refers to the place of the honored dead: All’Ah’Lav. This refers to Valhalla, from Norse Mythology.
Tedorn howls in mourning, a reference to a Klingon ritual of howling shortly after death.
Lexia considers a race of beings like Tinker, a group of cyborgs and a "cube". This refers to the Borg from Star Trek.
A reference to alien species using pyramid shaped ships is a wink to the theory that Egyptians were helped by aliens.
Daniel refers to his wife as his "evoltseraed", a term introduced in the novel: In a Heartbeat.
All in a Name.
A potential daughter name is mentioned: Mataya. This is a feminized version of "Matt", the author of the book.
Let the Android Win
The chess game between Rua'So'Nid and Parallax refers to a game between R2D2 and Chewbacca in Star Wars.
Who could that be?
On page 294, Lexia mentions a time traveling doctor. This refers to the TV series: Dr. Who.
Tedorn refers to a "space elf" which is reference to Vulcans who may be thought of as having elf ears.
And now... My Favorite.
The Vostok is named after the first human spaceflight. It was done by Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, making him the first human to cross into outer space. I love referring to historical moments concerning space travel and having the primary vessel of the Cosmic Union referring to this moment was an honor for me to do so.
“Iv’ng pr’sp’er.” - Tedorn