Saturday 14 January 2023

Welgar, Nadrain and Ossani - three intertwined swords and sorcery characters

In my own swords and sorcery stories I have chanced to create three characters so far who have appeared in more than one tale, and only one of them is what could possibly be described as a Northern barbarian, though Welgar's fate is a far cry from Conan or any of his clones, having been disfigured into the semblance of a walking corpse by the Agryptian "god" that possessed his body in one of these stories.
The others are:
Ossani - a sorcerer who hides behind the cover of being nothing more than a healer. He appears briefly at the end of The Storyteller of Koss, which was published last year in Summer of Sci-fi & Fantasy edited by Dustin Bilyk (Author's Hand Publishing).
Ossani returns as the titular character in Ossani the Healer and the Beautiful Homunculus, which also introduces us to Welgar the Northerner. I am currently working on a third Ossani story.
Nadrain the Storyteller - he is the main character and narrator of The Storyteller of Koss. Nadrain next appears in The Dark Priestdom, alongside my Northern mercenary Welgar - this story has been accepted for publication and should appear sometime this year.
Welgar - His first appearance is in Ossani the Healer and the Beautiful Homunculus, followed by The Dark Priestdom. His third story, which briefly features Nadrain once more in the opening pages, is in Welgar the Cursed, due to be published in March this year in Swords & Heroes, edited by Lyndon Perry.
All three characters have intertwining fates, despite being completely different from each other. I would add that nothing was planned about this beforehand; it grew organically with each tale I wrote. Now I am looking forward to continuing their sagas and seeing how they intertwine even more.



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