Foreword: All you need to know before you read.
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The Forward, the part of the book where the author tells you some things they think are important for you to know about the book you are about to read.

 

That’s what it’s supposed to be, but in reality, most authors just use it to waste time with all sorts of special thanks, bragging about themselves, telling part of their life story, and maybe some of them will talk about what their inspirations were in writing the book.

 

I’m not planning on wasting your time too much, otherwise what would be the point in adding a foreword almost a month after the series had been launched? I will mention though that this forward has been changed since it was launched, a major overhaul in fact, so even if you have seen it before, you will likely see something different now.

-Table of Contents

This is the contents of this one page, not the entire series, so it only tells you the order of the tags in bold you should be looking for if you want to skip down, not the page numbers or something of the sort.

-Revisions history
-Inspirations
-Content Warnings
-Release scheduling
-Funding

 

-Revisions History

-4/10/2019

Posted Foreword to Scribble Hub

-5/18/2019

Added Table of Contents section, Revisions History section, Content Warnings section, Funding section, and edited the release schedule to reflect that I would no longer be making releases on the weekends.

-9/3/2019

Updated my release schedule officially to 1 chapter every 3 days.

 

-Inspirations

The series that is absolute top first and foremost is a web novel with one of those typical web novel names that is a lot longer than it needs to be. The shorter and cooler sounding title all the fans call it by is “Death Mage.” The far less snappy title that it actually goes by is “The Death Mage Who Doesn’t Want a Fourth Time.”

 

It is a Japanese Isekai web novel with a serial reincarnator on his third life, and all three of his lives are horrible. He also has a huge beef with the god of reincarnation. They hate each other and want to kill each other. Therefore, there is no way he can allow himself to die again and wind up with a “fourth life.” (His fourth time, as the title goes.)

 

There are several things that I absolutely loved in Death Mage that will be making a major presence in this series. The one that you might want to be the most aware of is that I do not make any very large time skips. The protagonist of the story is going to be a baby for quite a while, and will even have to go through life or death struggles against people wanting to kill her while she is still a baby, and her small body is definitely going to be a huge hindrance and even one of the very biggest obstacles she has to overcome in order to survive.

 

Another thing I really liked about Death Mage is that nobody sees themselves as evil, and yet in some cases by giving them the depth of character to explain why they are able to do the twisted things they do while being able to rationally justify it all to themselves in a perfectly believable way, a way that you could easily imagine someone you meet on the street thinking the same exact way, somehow makes the villains in that story even more contemptible. In much the same way, you will see a relatively small number of just pure villains, and every antagonist in the story will have their own motivations and be very full characters in and of themselves.

 

A second inspiration that I had was Warlock of the Magus World. WMW is a very interesting take on the cultivation world genre. I am going to tell you now, I absolutely HATE cultivation world web novels. Every time I read them, they are always the same, and they quickly fall into the same exact problems that make them all just dull and boring. However, WMW skillfully avoids every one of the problems that other cultivation world webnovels have and makes a truly fascinating story.

 

The bad things that exist in cultivation world stories stem almost entirely from the sects which are always a part of cultivation worlds. These are the organizations of other cultivators, and the very nature of the sects just puts the story on rails and SEVERELY limits what can be done with cultivation world stories to the point where maybe, just maybe, if you find a very very good cultivation world novel you might enjoy it, but that’s only if you are lucky enough for it to have been the very first webnovel of the entire genre you ever read.

 

WMW manages to come up with a method to avoid its world’s equivalent of the sects, those being the magic schools, by having the instructors be incredibly hostile and having the protagonist avoid the schools for the most part. This allows the things about cultivation worlds that are actually interesting to not only shine through, but it also amplifies them far beyond what they are in most series.

 

One nice thing about cultivation worlds that needs to be mentioned is that cultivation is another means by which to power up your character without gaming level mechanics. For the most part, if you are going to scale your character, you are limited to two major options. Either game-like mechanics or cultivation. Those are the two primary models. If you are not using either of those two, then the only third option is “arbitrary declaration.” (AKA, because the author says so.) Having some form of rigid structure to measure your character’s power is important, so it’s pretty good to pick one of these two to go with.

 

I don’t really like the idea of game like mechanics. So, as much as I otherwise dislike cultivation worlds for the bad taste the sects leave in my mouth, I’m probably going to go a WMW route cultivation series with this one, although it’s going to be a lot more loose than even WMW was for that purpose. Where as WMW was subversive, I’m pretty sure my approach along with my already admitted disdain for cultivation world webnovels might come off as something more like me giving a middle finger to cultivation world webnovels.

 

This is the reason why “cultivation world” was not in the tags. Either you like cultivation world web novels, in which case this will be so unlike what you were expecting that this will upset you. Or, you share my opinion about cultivation world webnovels in which case you will probably enjoy this series a lot, but you would be scared away and never read it in the first place upon seeing the “cultivation world” tag. Either way, it would be a poor decision for me to have included cultivation world in the tags even though this series would fit it.

 

Having just said I was avoiding game like mechanics, the third inspiration for me in this series is Dungeons and Dragons, as in the table top game. And, with the development of the magic system in particular, any D&D player will likely notice a lot of similarity. The races, likewise, will have a lot of similarities to those in D&D. However, you would do well not to rely on your D&D knowledge too much in terms of what to expect from the different creatures of this world.

 

For the most part, I use my knowledge as a DM of the races and the monsters in the D&D monster manual to give me options and to see what might be available as a creature to be included in this world. However, for the actual lore and ecology of each creature that appears, I actually went back and researched the real world legends and lore about those creatures that the TSR staff based the D&D creature off of.

 

Yes, I played 1st and 2nd edition, before Wizards took it over and turned it into a completely different game. I have enough tact though to realize it’s all a matter of opinion as to whether them taking it over made the game better or worse. (I am definitely of the opinion though that it made the DMs a lot less creative than the old 1st and 2nd edition DMs.)

 

At any rate, to get back on track, this means that real world fantasy and lore is a major part of the fourth inspiration, and definitely the one that’s going to be the most in your face and visible of all the inspirations that have contributed to this series.

 

-Content Warnings

I should probably also spare some time to talk a little about some content that may be uncomfortable for some readers. This series talks about heavy material and traumatic experiences. My policy in writing this is that, with the exception of swearing, I will neither avoid nor shoe-horn in any subject that should/shouldn't logically and realistically be a part of the world as it is imagined.

 

As for why I avoid swearing, this is because I think frequent swearing ruins the writing. As for why I don't just include swearing on occasion here or there, this is because if I even have a character swear once in a single chapter deep into the series, that one single occurrence will require me to put a "profanity" tag on this series and that will have it associated with the multiple series out there where every character swears like a sailor. That just doesn't work for me.

 

In terms of "Sexual Content," this is not erotica. No sex act is described graphically at any point in this series. Sex and sexual violence are things that happen in this world and are mentioned, but such events will never be gone into in graphic detail. In case they ever come up, it will be inferred that it happened off screen or glanced over with some form of euphemism. Again, I do not shy away from anything that should be happening, but I am not writing a porno here.

 

You WILL notice though that this series DOES have the "Gore" content warning tag. That is to say, injuries or dismemberments will be described in graphic detail. You may also notice that "Medical Knowledge" is in the tags for this series. So, the "Gore" tag does not actually mean there will be Elfen Leid levels of blood and gore everywhere. What it means is that every injury, even the most minor of cuts, can and in certain cases will be described in a level of detail well beyond what most authors are even capable of. And, some of these injuries will be at a level that it may be disturbing to some readers.

 

-Release Schedule

I am a college student currently trying to get into the nursing program. I am currently on break, but have found that this actually makes me more susceptible to burn-out due to the lack of variety in my schedule, and unable to focus as hard on my writing as I was while I was in classes. As such, I release 1 chapter every 3 days.

 

This release schedule is entirely dependent on my current school schedule and assumes nothing else comes up. I will attempt to alert readers ahead of time if anything changes.

 

-Funding

This series is supported on SubscribeStar, a subscription service on which one can sign up to donate to a creator on a monthly basis in order to support their work. If you enjoy this content and would like to help make it easier for me to write more in the future, it would be very nice if you could support me over there.

 

In appreciation of those who support me, I have set up some rewards in the form of advanced chapter releases for my subscribers. At present, there are 3 subscription levels. At the basic $2 level, subscribers have access to 2 advanced chapters. And, there are 3 advanced chapters for those at the $2.99 level. Why $2.99 instead of a solid $3? Well, that was because of a little confusion on my part when I was first setting up the account. The default suggested amount for all new creators is $4.99. I just dropped that 4 in half, but never really thought about the trailing .99. And, now, since I have a fair number of subscribers at the $2.99 level, it just strikes me as wrong to suddenly raise the price on them, even by a penny. The $4 level is listed as being for those who just want to be generous, but I also make my buffer chapters available at that level. I consider myself under no obligation to maintain a buffer chapter and the buffer chapter count may drop to zero. It may, however, also go above one. (Not likely at the rate I'm going these days, but it could happen.) If I ever manage to increase the buffer chapter count to 3 though, I am just going to introduce a higher level and the $4 level will be a maintained level with guaranteed 4 advanced chapters.

 

Also, this forward is likely to be changed at some point in the future in the case that something changes or if I think of anything else important that should be included.

 

Well then. All of that out of the way, do enjoy the story.

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