Latest version of demo: https://charlesparkes.com/story-demo/
The website for ‘The Aegis Saga’ is www.charlesparkes.com
And pictures inspiring the writing of the Saga: https://charlesparkes.com/inspiration/
Hello everyone, I’m Charles Parkes and I am close to completing my first story ‘The Aegis Saga - Blood’.
It’s the first time I’ve ever tried something like this: writing / choicescript / I’m even a first time forum’er, so please forgive the rough edges.
‘Blood’ is the first in an intended series of three stories playing out on the bayeux tapestry-like Eris.
Eris, (the greek word for Strife), is a fantasy world named after our own greek goddess of discord. She’s described by the poet Hesiod as taking two ‘wholly different’ forms - the first Strife is ‘evil’, while the second - ‘harsh Strife’ - makes us competitive. Heriod says of this second form of Eris, “a man would praise her when he came to understand her”:
“So, after all, there was not one kind of Strife alone, but all over the earth there are two”. . . “one fosters evil war and battle, being cruel: her no man loves; but perforce, through the will of the deathless gods, men pay harsh Strife her honour due.”
“This Strife is wholesome for men”, “neighbor vies with neighbor”. “She stirs up even the shiftless to toil”
(and Hesiod says the goddess Eris is to blame for choicescript authors getting angry or competitive with other choicescript minstrels too )
But to return to my fantasy world.
The Aegis is the comet above Eris, upon whose passage the turn of time is marked for those on the world below. It has religious significance too for those who wield magic - or ‘glyf’, though be warned that such power is not used freely on Eris. ‘Glyf’ risks your life and the lives of those you love around you by threatening the fabric of the world of Eris itself. So tread lightly.
The tale is composed as a delineated choice-driven life story told in the first person. Death is not around every corner on Eris - ‘The Aegis Saga’ is intended to be enjoyed as a form of interactive novel that you reach the end of. You won’t find stats either (though I’ve liked their use in many other Cog publications), but I hope you will find a deep story fabric to fall into and enjoy, filled with danger, beauty, choice and friendships. I’ve certainly had much joy writing it -
The translation of Hesiod’s Works and Days was by Hugh G. Evelyn-White.