Primary theme: World of Aramatir (Setting for The Champion Trilogy) Glossary
Secondary Theme: World-Building Questions and Thoughts
Lazi – lizard creatures of the Dark Sisterhood
Liness – member of the Dark Sisterhood Coven, and caretaker of the Lazi
Liam – 13th Prince of Wylandria, and last bearer of the Swan Prince curse
Louras – the osprey bonded to Odran of the Watch Guard
World Building Thoughts: Building layers into the fictional world gives it authenticity for the reader. Using legends or fairy tales from the real world and blending them into the landscape of the book world is one way to create layers.
For example, in Champion in Flight (and mentioned in Champion in the Darkness), there are thirteen princes who were under curse - forced to live as swans by day and men at night until their sister freed them from the curse by sewing shirts from aster flowers. The youngest prince, Liam, still bears the curse, partially. It's all based on a fairy tale I love, but then taken and re-set in the world of Aramatir, with the Dark Sisterhood lurking in the background.
How do you build layers into your stories? Do you use legends or fairy tales to do it?