I am working on another Ytria story today. I’ve moved eastward from the
where the previous stories were set and into the Kingdom of Daicis,
which is debating internally whether or not go to war with their eastern
neighbor, the Kingdom of Velyg.
The protagonist for this journey is General Jenik Stremm, a disciplined,
principled man, who believes that war should be just, not pragmatic. He
is opposed to going to war with Velyg on the grounds that they have no
proof that Velyg is mishandling their occupation of a kingdom to their
This story grew out of a couple of ideas. The first and foremost was the
description for the upcoming tdotSpec anthology, Strange Wars.
The second was a concept I
introduced in the last Ytria story, Ergo Sum, which was the presence
of Galactic Consortium operatives on Ytria. When it became clear that it
would be many years before Ytria’s status could be officially changed,
these operatives insinuated themselves into Ytrian societies for the
purpose of protecting the Ytrians from malevolent Consortium visitors.
The title of this story is A Just War. I currently have 2,700 words,
and I think this one will be in the 7-8,000 word range, like its two
In addition, I have another Ytria story idea rumbling around my head.
It doesn’t have a title yet, and I likely will not wait until next
Saturday to write it. I’ll write up a blog post once it’s done. I plan
to finish up the first draft of A Just War tomorrow, and then I’ll
start the next story straight away, finishing sometime on Monday.
My working title for the collection these will fall under is The
Chronicles of Ytria. I would need at least three more stories beyond
those already written or planned in order to make that viable.
We Were Here First (first published 2016 in Transmutations of
Fire and Void)