Because I am such an awesome writer/have A.D.D. when it comes to sticking with one plan, I had an idea pop into my head. (Eventually I’ll get my story nailed down… one day… *sigh*)
In the cannon of my big epic, Anya stays on Falcon’s Landing (the farm) until she’s about 16/17, which is when she takes up the apprenticeship to be a messenger for the serlael Army. Meanwhile, her mom (conveniently named Anya as well, because I’m a dick) goes off to get unhappily married to a guy she only moderately tolerates (Ajam) and eventually has another child, but that doesn’t help things.
The story goes that the new husband finds out about Anya the younger and is all like, “OMFG, LET’S SAVE OUR MARRIAGE AND ADOPT HER. BEST IDEA EVER.” Awkwardly, Anya’s dad, Clay, is stationed in the same region as the elder Anya. The original idea was to have Clay tell his estranged/ex-wife no, but in the alternate universe he says yes.
So its kind of like a “What if he said yes?” scenario, and the alternate universe that spawns out of it.
A wee bit more back story on this sprint, Anya is older (19-21 years old) and now alternating her time between her stepfather’s house and Colonel Albert’s mountain fortress (of doom). She’s not running around stirring up a rebellion, Sarnath has a pretty good grip on power, and Shahain comes to visit. Continue reading