Hello, my dear readers! Today, I am ready to share with you my new, and first formally presented, project; a serial novel, titled The Mask of Xiavaal.
The Mask of Xiavaal is an experimental project I started a little while ago, so bare with me a moment as I explain what it’s all about:
As I said before, it’s a serial novel, which means it will be made available chapter by chapter rather than all at once. As for the experimental aspect, there were actually two ideas I had knocking around my mind for a while; the first idea was to write a serial. That’s already been covered.
The second idea, however, was a bit more out there. For some time, I have had the idea of writing a story like a Dungeons and Dragons (or other tabletop) campaign, with characters having stats, and situations unfolding based on the luck of the dice, and so on.
After the ideas spun around in my mind for a long while, I eventually decided the two ideas could be done in one story, and the Mask of Xiavaal was born. This format means that, while I am writing a story that I have planned and plotted, things can happen that change the course of events that will throw a wrench into things and change the trajectory of the story. In this way, things like success and failure, life and death, ingenuity and foolishness, all of which are necessary story beats, can occur in a way that feels both natural and dramatic, and hopefully immerse readers into the world.
The story will be posted over time, a chapter at a time, free to be read here on my website. However, each chapter after the prologue will be made available first to subscribers of my Patreon page! Oh, and I have one of those! I hope you enjoy this story!