The Kold Kronicles – weaponry

Readers of The Kold Kronicles, Book 1: Discovery, will have noted that Sylvern and Shadow tend to prefer bladed weapons when they fight.  Varben can morph into projectile weapons of any kind as well as the variety of bladed weapons preferred by many of the main characters.  It’s also obvious that I have a fair amount of time for the katana. I have an interest in all things Japanese and this sword is not only deadly, but it has a beauty that is difficult to define.  How can something so deadly look so exquisite?  The classic fusion of art, design, functionality – and death.  

There are also a variety of Roman weapons, for example, Bracken’s gladius. A weapon designed to do but one thing, kill.  As to the choice of the weapon for the characters, each ‘suited’ what I thought the character, and their Varben, would prefer.  It’s what they ‘told’ me they would choose and who am I to argue with a battle-hardened Sylvern and their Varben?  

I’ll be writing about the Varben and their genesis next week.  They’re interesting characters to put together. I’m smiling as I write this as I have Alegria’s Varben, Zastra, in mind.  Superficially cynical but very proud of his Sylvern although he hides this well.  His delight is when he reels Alegria in.  

JJ Mitchell

‘Never leave anyone behind…’

2 thoughts on “The Kold Kronicles – weaponry

  • 30th November 2015 at 6:28 pm

    The use of the Varben and their power to change shape and function at will is a really effective part of the book. The word sounds Germanic – what is its origin?

    Really enjoyed the book – when will book two be available?

  • 30th November 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks, Polly, the word ‘Varben’ comes from the Danish meaning weapon. An interesting element of writing ‘The Kold Kronicles Book 1: Discovery’ came from deciding the characters of each Sylvern’s Varben. Alegria has Zastra, a word meaning warrior. Nux’s Varben, Yasuo, is very wise and quietly spoken. The genesis of her name comes from the Japanese word meaning, ‘gentle and knowledgeable.’ She is also somewhat wry in her humour. All Varben will die to protect the Sylvern with whom they have melded and can be fearsome enemies.

    As for the second book, that’s in development as we ‘speak.’ I have a feeling the spiders might play a larger part in this as well as the issue of genetic manipulation.


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