Varben – an introduction

Varben – an introduction

For those who have not yet read ‘The Kold Kronicles, Book 1: Discovery’, Varben are the life-partnered morphing soul weapon that Sylvern and Shadow use when in combat.

The Varben came about as I began to write some of the fighting scenes. There was a need for a weapon that was somehow different.  They are the Sylvern after all. 

I did some research on pre-modern combat weapons and, as usual, Wikipedia came to my aid. A quick search will provide you with a whole range of weapon types that can be considered when writing one-on-one combat. As I mentioned in a previous post, I find Japanese culture fascinating. Therefore, Alegria’s preference for Zastra morphing into a katana was a given.

As a matter of interest, Nux and his Varben, Yasuo, prefer a two-handed long sword with a large pommel, whilst Bracken and her Varben, Beth, prefer the Roman gladius. In Bracken’s case, it’s a weight thing. And an efficient way of killing thing. And it’s a pointy thing too…

As to how this partnership is created, well, Sylvern meld with Varben at The Choosing Place during their training to become Kombat Troopers. There again, sometimes they don’t. If this doesn’t happen, then that’s it. They are unable to continue their training as a potential Kombat Trooper. Varben cannot be directed as to with whom they will meld, they just know it. As do the Sylvern. The relationship between Sylvern and Varben is totally transparent with no hiding who you are.  Acceptance of all the strengths and challenges in each other’s character is a given. Each will die to protect the other. That is another given. 

In Alegria’s case, she melded with Zastra, (a Sanskrit word – look it up). Both mask their love by teasing the other. Honours tend to be even on that score. 

Then there’s Nux and Yasuo. She is gentle and wise and the relationship they have is less challenging. There again, with Nux not really being the Sylvern who many think he is, they have had the time to develop their relationship.  

Varben are a delight to write about and I feel they add some ‘colour’ to the world of The Korum.

JJ Mitchell

‘Never leave anyone behind…’

The Kold Kronicles – weaponry

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…’