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Magic in AG-BB

After telling you a bit about the Vampires, it’s now time to mention the Magic which fills the many pages of “Angel Gabriel – Blood Bound”. For without magic, this story’s world would not be complete.

magicBefore the Sekhmets were created, magic didn’t exist, or should we say it had been long forgotten. It was only after the vampires started to spread, that the first Sorcerers appeared, who were no more than Humans with an aptitude for the use of Magic.

Magic, in order to be efficient, requires the Human/Sorcerer to know how to manipulate his/hers Astral Essence, and know the words of the Scriptura ab Magia.
The Astral Essence is a sort of coloured and shiny aura which surrounds the body of sorcerers when they invoke spells.
There are five known types of Astral Essence:
– Defensive (green);magia - ScripturaAbMagia
– Offensive (blue);
– Combatant (greenish blue);
– Healing (white);
– Communicational (yellow);
Red coloured magic was recently discovered,  and although its true purpose is yet unknown, it seems to have the same characteristics as the Combatant type.

magia - maldicoesThe Scriptura ab Magia, which can be translated to The Book of Magic, is a sort of sorcery manual and it dates from A.D. 3, which was, only much later spread across the world by the survivors of the first wave of vampires (January 1st, 2010).

Spells are enchantments pronounced in Latin, conjured through the use of key-words from the Sciptura ab Magia, and the invokers’s Astral Essence. Its primary use is on Vampires, although occasionally it falls on humans as well. It can only be conjured by humans.magia - class C
Within the Spells we have the Curses, which are a sort of long-term spells, with reactive capabilities. The cursed ones are easily identified because somewhere in their bodies will be an inscription (in burned skin) which will indicate the level of magic used, according to the number of half-moons it draws.
Example: The image on the left represents a Level 4 source, for it has 4 solitary half-moons.

Spells are divided in Levels that go from 1(most basic) to 6 (most powerful). However, any sorcerer which uses Level 6 spells, has a limit of magia - class B10 to use. Should he/she try to conjure up the eleventh, he/she’ll die before completing it.

There is a pyramid of power amongst sorcerers, who start as Class C wizards, and climb up to Class A.
– Class C (spells of Level 1 and 2);
– Class B (spells of Level 3 and 4);
– Class A (spells of Level 5 and 6);

For each Class there corresponds a symbol, which you can see in the images of this post.magia - class A
Theses symbols were created by the Pioneers, the first Sorcerers, amongst whom was Tiago, brother of Sekhmet Júlio.

There one thing about Magic usage that is very true: it is stronger at night, and its intensity and accuracy vary according to the moon’s cycle. It may come as no surprise that the strongest is the Crescent Moon Cycle.

And this is about all I can tell you about the Magic inside “Angel Gabriel – Blood Bound”, without stepping into some spoilers. Hope you enjoyed this and please come back soon for more curious tidbits and news about the launch of the ebook.

Until tomorrow (April 30th), I’ll be hosting a contest in which anyone can win a free copy of my ebook in portuguese. If you want, you can join in. Go here!)

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Vampires in AG-BB

For a while now, I’ve thought about writing a post about the Vampires in my novel, considering they’re such a big part of it. From the synopsis, you can guess there are vampires and wizards, but that’s not all and, most important, not all vampires are alike.

So I’ll start with a little introduction: In “Angel Gabriel – Blood Bound” the story kicks off in the year 2175, but throughout the novel there’s one date I mention often: January 1st of 2010, the day the vampires revealed themselves to the world. But even before that, there were other beings that, later on, would turn humans into vampires.

ImmortalThe first one is Cornivar, the Immortal. His age is unknown, he physically resembles a normal human-being and he has the same strength as one. The only difference is he can’t be killed. Cornivar is the only one of his kind and he was the one who created the Primordials, although he is usually referred to as one of the Primordials, considering how little humans know about him. Humans are only sure of one thing: he’s the leader of the vampires.

Primordial

Primordials, are twelve humans who were transformed by the Immortal. They possess super-strength, are very resilient and have unparalleled healing abilities. They do not need blood to survive, although they like to drink it and have sharp fangs to facilitate that. Primordials eject a paralyzing venom when they bite a victim.
They can withstand the sunlight, though they are essentially nocturnal creatures. They can only be killed if their heart is destroyed.

Sekhmets, are humans that were transformed into vampires by the Primordials. All, without exception, were turned on the night of January 1st of 2010. Sekhmets need human blood to survive, and they can be killed in one of three ways: Destroying their hearts, which belong to their respective Primordials (this is further explained in the novel); prolonged exposure to sunlight; blood deprivation.
sekhmetThey possess super-strength, are super-fast and are capable of accelerated regeneration. They also eject venom, like the Primordials. Usually they prefer to kill with their hands, so they let their nails grow until they turn into almost claws. Their power varies according to which Primordial turned them.

Side-note: The name comes from Egyptian mythology, where Sekhmet is the Goddess of war and disease. Legend says that Ra (Sun God) created Sekhmet to punish humans for their sins. Sekhmet killed so many of them that she became addicted to their blood, and when Ra tried to stop the massacre, it was too late. So he made a beverage that was the colour of blood and inebriated the goddess, which was then sated and stopped the carnage.

Vampires are humans whose blood was drained and who were then Vampirerevived by either another Vampire or a Sekhmet. Their strength is much more inferior then that of Sekhmets, and the lower in the creation-chain they are to Sekhmets, the weaker they become. Some have just about the same strength as a human-being, with the added bonus of having fangs.
They need blood constantly and can’t stand the light of day, so they can be killed with relative ease, either by sun, decapitation, the destruction of their hearts or blood loss.
If a Wizard turns into a Vampire, it is possible for him to bring along some of the remaining magic and therefore be granted a special ability.

These are the three species of blood-suckers that roam the many pages of my novel “Angel Gabriel – Blood Bound”. In many things they are different from the usual vampires, especially if you’re used to Dracula & Co.

So, does this sound interesting?
Do you have any questions?
Do you like the idea?

Don’t be afraid to ask. I don’t bite, promise!

So leave your comments because next week I’ll be talking about the Magic in “Angel Gabriel – Blood Bound”. Another interesting topic, don’t you agree?


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Cake and Champagne

On the day I launched “Angel Gabriel – Blood Bound” in Portuguese, my mother surprised me with this:

Bolo AGPSA cake in the form of a book imitating the cover for my book. So awesome!

Here are a few more pictures, including ones of me drinking something that looks suspiciusly like blood (and it’s not wine).

bloody lips cake and blood oily me with bloody lips


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Portuguese launch

Today I published the portuguese version of “Angel Gabriel – Blood Bound“. It’s now available on Smashwords, and will soon be in other online retailers.

Angel Gabriel - Pacto de Sangue

My intention had been to publish both the portugueses and english version at the same time, but that turned out to be impossible, and I apologize.
Hopefully the english version won’t be long off.

In the meantime I’ll keep posting the same things I’ll post for the portuguese readers and I’ll keep you posted about the english version.

If you can read portuguese, feel free to go here to purchase it.


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Cover and News

Hello!

After putting the cover design to a vote, I chose the two most voted and decided to use one for the Portuguese edition, and another for the English Edition.

The English one will be like this (only this is not final, it needs a few touches):

Angel Gabriel - Blood Bound

The Portuguese one is this (final):

Angel Gabriel - Pacto de Sangue

I’ve set a date for the Portuguese release, and that’s April 10th, but unfortunately I can’t give you a date for the English version just yet. Fear not! It won’t take long, but it will take a bit longer, because working a novel in two languages is a time-consuming endeavour and then I still have to wait for the editor to revise it, so it will take a bit. Hopefully it won’t be that long, and as soon as I know a date, I’ll let you know.