In all my jabbering on about my baby Augusta, I never once took the time to actually explain (without spoilers, of course) the plot to this blasted thing. Sure, you know this is a pseudo-epic featuring Romans, dinosaurs, Attila the Hun, and a bunch of fantastical nonsense, but I never revealed anything concerning the actual story. … Continue reading So What Exactly is Augusta About?
The Germanic peoples of the north once told tales of a magic ring, a band imbued with the power to multiply the wealth of its bearer. This ring, however, was both blessed and cursed, for it would cast upon its bearer the shape and form of a terrible dragon. This ring was Andvaranaut, forged by … Continue reading Lore: Dragons and Magic Rings
From dour deities to pious popes, Augusta is chock-full of weird and wondrous figures. Some might be historic, others mythic, and some either a blend of both or just completely made up by yours truly. Be it a hero from Ethiopia's Kingdom of Aksum, a T. rex called Jiggles, or an ancient being powerful enough to turn aside meteors with … Continue reading The Cast of Augusta
Kenateyo the Elves call him, But to the Huns trembling there His dread kind was Ulug-beliŋ,* The Great Terror, A predator unlike any that prowled The wide wastes of mortal lands. When writing this weird book that's got Huns and dinosaurs appearing on the same page, one of the first decisions I made was to … Continue reading Constructing Hunnic Names
Note: This reading is pulled from the in-text introduction to Augusta: The Lost Epic of Rome's Last Days. It will be accessible in any physical copies of the aforementioned volume. As is typical of epics from Antiquity, Augusta begins in media res, meaning that much of the expositional backstory is only filled in much later. … Continue reading On the Historical Context of Augusta