Welcome! This page is dedicated to the world-building inspirations behind my two ongoing fantasy series, the Changeling Sisters and the Afterlife Chronicles.
In Books I & II of the Changeling Sisters Series, Citlalli travels all over South Korea--and even into the spirit world. Here are some of the main stops based on real-life locations:
Citlalli works and travels around Seoul.
2. Guri City/구리시
Citlalli meets the Seoul Werewolves in Guri City. To the right is a jindo, like Una's dog, Saja.
3. Gyeongbok Gung Palace/경복궁
Citlalli travels to the spirit world, Eve, and finds the spirit version of Gyeongbok Gung Palace plagued by vampyres and ghosts.
4. Donggureung Park/동구릉
Citlalli goes for her first hunt with the Seoul Werewolves in Donggureung Park, which holds royal tombs of the Joseon Dynasty.
Citlalli travels with Rafael and Fred to a spirit version of Busan, the second biggest city in South Korea. Here is the famous Haeundae Beach--a picture taken in November, so everyone is quite bundled up.
6. Peomeosa Temple/범어사
Peomeosa Temple near Busan is where the monks agree to safeguard Duck Young's soul.
7. Seorak San/설악산
The Were Council wonders if the Vampyre Queen's daytime nest is hidden in the wilderness of Seorak San...
8. DMZ/한반도 비무장지대
...or the Demilitarized Zone.
Wonder what life in Hell is like for your average demon? Check out:
Interviewee: Kantazsia, a demon soldier in the Host of Hell
Book: The Tribe of Ishmael (Afterlife Chronicles I)
1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Kantazsia Leviathan is a fictional demoness that protagonist Ishmael befriends on his journey through Hell in Afterlife Chronicles I: The Tribe of Ishmael.
This dark epic fantasy tale is set in Hell. No one really knows the date, but it is estimated to be the millionth year of the Miser. All the demons know is that when the Doom Bell in Acheron tolls its seventh chime, warrior angels will descend and the battle of the Apocalypse will begin.
Kantazsia is one of many demons born into the dark authoritarian world of Hell, which sustains itself through the torment of human souls in each of its ninety-nine punishment circles. By the time they reach demonhood, every demon swears to one of the all-powerful Fallen, who embody one of the Seven Deadly Sins. They train to best be able to serve the mysterious Darkness, King of Hell, for the day when he will free them from their prison. Every aspect of demon life revolves around preparing for the inevitable war.
It is hinted that Kantazsia is estranged from her powerful family. When she was young, the demoness escaped from her cruel mother by day-dreaming that her father was an angel who would one day fly down to rescue her from the unending misery of Hell. This fantasy helped distract her from the reality that she watched her mother kill him. Kantazsia grew up spending a lot of time alone, hunting only with her favorite pets, a pair of gray lyons. When no one ever came to rescue her, Kantazsia’s heart hardened and she committed full-heartily to the cause of the Darkness.
As an adult, the demoness followed her dream to become a follower of Abaddon, the war-like Fallen of Wrath, by joining the Host of Hell. This decision was frowned upon by her family, who championed the Fallen of Envy. In the ranks, Kantazsia’s high-class background alienated her from her military comrades, effectively casting her out as a “lone ranger” type. She is rowdy and crass; loves fire whiskey and human designer jeans; hates tempters, the mind-reading followers of Satan; and keeps her enemies at a distance with a magical golden pistol that never runs out of bullets. Despite her drawl and casual demeanor, Kantazsia is fiercely loyal to those she cares about and is wholly dedicated to the Darkness.
Kantazsia fails her tank squad test and is demoted to be a patroller in the lifeless Furnace circle. She is the laughingstock of her comrades. When she captures Ishmael, an unclaimed soul, Kantazsia finally has the chance to seize the glory she’s always dreamed about in the eyes of the Darkness. However, Ishmael challenges her single-minded dedication to her cause with his vision of a different afterlife beyond anything she’s ever dreamed. Kantazsia must choose between avenging her people’s pain or a glimpse of freedom.
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
Kantazsia wants to be recognized as one of the Darkness’s beloved for everything she has sacrificed as a solider of Hell.