Hello everybody, Larry Dixon visiting. Misty and I would like you all to know how impressed we are by what you've done here. It's inspiring (and a little bit overwhelming) to see our last 30-ish years laid out like this!
It is said that "the internet never forgets," and for that we are grateful. What a wonder! We're dedicated to doing our best, giving everybody a good time, and giving those so inclined a world called Velgarth to come home to. Thank you all for your kindness.Read more >
While looking over the wiki analytics, I discovered that one of the top search terms on this wiki in the last 30 days is "Recommended reading order for Valdemar".
This has been a topic of discussion on the message walls here from time to time, and everyone has their own take on it. (But since this is my blog post, I get to tell you mine. :) Personally, I recommend reading them in publication order. Lackey began with a relatively simple story in a relatively simple fantasy setting, then gradually added detail and complexity in each subsequent book. With each publication, the Velgarth universe gains depth and richness. In my opinion, if you begin with books earlier in the chronology but later in publication, then move on to books later i…Read more >
With the creation of 'A Wake of Vultures,' the Valdemar Wiki now boasts 1500 articles!
This new article is for a short story in one of the anthologies. Like most of the short story articles, it is a stub needing work. Please don't hesitate to pick up a short story article (or any other) and get started!
Check out both the article stubs and the wanted list.
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The stories I am writing (and have posted/will post at Archive of Our Own) start in the year 1450 AF.
Kris, Elspeth's younger brother is King. His Companion is Arthos, one of Rolan's sons.
Lyra, his slightly younger twin sister, is King's Own, Chosen by Rolan.
Talia is still alive, after being brought back from a heart attack and Chosen again by Lyra's former Companion Annala (an older daughter of Rolan). Her "dying" severed the Bond with Rolan, enabling him to Chose Lyra.
Elspeth, is likewise alive and is a semi-retired Adept class mage. She works with the Heraldic Mage School by mentoring Master class mages who are close to Adept. Gwena is enjoying the rather restful existence they have had the past 20 or so years.
Kris' eldest son Matthias i…Read more >
Here's some of the background notes I wrote for the fan fiction I am writing.
Possibility of Changecats was inspired by Proouw and his pack in “Errold’s Journey” and the mention of the Ratha in “Storm Breaking.”
Based the grass cats on…
Ocelot: Height at shoulder: 16 - 20 inches --- Head and body: 22 – 39 inches --- Tail: 10 – 16 inches --- Weight: 15 – 35 pounds
Serval: Height at shoulder: 21 – 24 inches --- Head and body: 26 – 39 inches --- Tail: 12 – 14 inches --- Weight: 20 – 40 pounds
Grasscats of the Northern Dhorisha Plains: known as Pretena (pray-teah-nah), a small subspecies related to the Pretera, known better by the Shin’a’in. Their range is in the northwest to mid-north area of the Plains, within 5 or so leagues of the Rim.
Pre-Chang…Read more >
I'm trying to get an idea, however vague, of where Gripping Mire Swamp and Shining Stones Vale may be located.
I'm thinking they are not equivalent to the Hertasi Swamp and KSheyna Vale near the northern rim of the Dhorisha Plains. The Hertasi Swamp looks only a few candlemarks in width, not three days as the tales of Sherra, the guide.
I'm writing a bit of fan fiction, which starts out a few leagues east of K'Sheyna Vale. I am positing a small human village where a Companion comes to Choose a young lad who is in his mid-teens, but looks younger. There are other characters, including Change-cats with human intelligence and communication abilities.Read more >
Has the location of Singing Stones Vale and the Gripping Mire Swamp been determined?
Am wondering as I'm writing a story for my own amusement that starts out day's rides east of the K’Sheyna/Ken Lesheyna Vale -Hertasi Swamp area along the northern rim of the Dhorisha Plains.
Wondered where the other two are in relation to the Plains and Lake Evendim as they are not on any map I have found. I'm thinking they are not the same, as on the official Velgarth map, the Hertasi Swamp does not look near enough big to be one day's trudge across, let alone 3.Read more >
I have a question for the blogger community. Has Ms. Lackey ever stated where Mags's parents were from? I'm rereading the Collegium Chonicles (to be followed with the Herald Spy stories, which I haven't read yet) and I really want to know. It's driving me nuts. I love maps and reading about the places our beloved characters come from or visit. If anyone know if Ms. Lackey has ever expanded on that, I'd love that information! Thanks!Read more >
With the creation of 'Errold,' the Valdemar Wiki is now up to 1,000 articles!Read more >
I've been re-reading The Last Herald-Mage, and I now have a new favorite quote:
"It's hard being a rock; they have such a strange sense of time--and priorities." --Vanyel, Magic's PromiseRead more >
I started hanging out on this wiki and quickly became obessessed -- writing, reorganizing and relinking everything in sight. After realizing that the administrator had abandoned the site several years ago, I applied to adopt it. I received my answer this morning, and have now taken over as the new administrator for this wiki.
I've already fairly thoroughly recategorized everything, and I'm now slowly but steadily (book by book) adding new content. Please let me know if there is something in particular you'd like to see, or some issue that needs fixed.
Thanks!Read more >