THIS IS NOT HARRY POTTER FAN FICTION In the year of Our Lord 1986, HG Potter wrote some 50 pages about the cliff-city Nystol, an ancient wizard-collegium. In subsequent years the manuscript was left buried away in the closet of his old room. Upon rediscovery, the original manuscript was preserved and Potter often refers back to it, if only to keep the original enthusiasm. Potter treats the original manuscript as "eldark lore...a dream-manuscript from the library of the soul." He interprets the "intermundane" milieu to be a continent lost in historical sub-reality.
Potter has never read a page of Rowling, but fantasy elements in his writing are nevertheless strong, because he kept true to the characters and plots of the original boyhood manuscript. The inspiration for his tales are found instead in Arthurian legends, Greek Myth, Dante, Tolkein, and others. The story itself has certainly developed into epic and he has crafted some interesting religious elaborations over the years.
He struggled with the question of how one might maintain a Christian perspective in the magical and pagan dream-world. Of course doing so successfully, like Potter has, comes off very well, and blurs the line between fantasy and reality. "Fantasy does not have to be escapism. One should not have to chuck Christiandom in order to fight a dragon, as so many fantasy writers will do. In fact doing so spells certain defeat, for only a Christian can conquer a dragon."
Potter developed his mythos by illustrating his waking dreams as well as learning the ancient tomes of medieval theology and legend. "Christ is the ultimate mage, but his "magic" is transcendent. There was a great analogy of how the soul awakens from its bondage to sin, what St, Paul calls "renewal of the mind." Christ shows us special ways to combat "principalities and powers, spiritual wickendness in high places." He does this by giving our minds a new perspective: mind over matter, spirit over flesh. The Lord taught Peter to have enough faith to do the physically impossible, to walk on water! We as christians must do the same with our minds, we must break through the illusion of modernity, we must walk, we must think by faith."
Although he is a priest now Potter has made the time to finish the first tome of the trilogy: Never Leave Your Monastery, the Apocalyptic quest of Brother Jacob Magister. It's enough of an entertaining tale in itself, but he says he will continue the epos and work a second and third book, which even now take shape...
description of the first book:
WARNING: THIS IS NOT HARRY POTTER FAN-writing
MASTER OF PLANETS trilogy BOOK I: The young monk Jacob Magister feels an irresistable urge to adventure, to run away and become a noble knight. Lost in the forest, a band of elves introduces him to the underworld and reveals how his monk's abilities are very needed. He returns to the monks and is found with what appears to be a grimore. Accused of witchcraft and unable to defend himself, he is stripped of his monastic rights. He escapes the inquistion and dons chainmail to travel the Furth continent with a Sorcerer to find the staff of truth. Only Jacob knows how to translate Eldark tomes, the key to the mysterious conspiracy which betrayed the ancient wizard-city Nystol and which now threatens the world. Can he live with thought that God has failed the race of men? Or is it that men have failed God? And when it all ends will he turn in his friend to the Inquisition?
Apocalyptic, a fantastic horde of story with its anchorage in heaven, in metaphysics, and in faith...the phantasmogoric to the theologic-somehow!
and filled with myth-making, legend-crafting
here read MASSy TALEs OF HIGH ExPLOIT, BETRAyALS, MAGIC, LAyERED MysteRy
Being a compilatioN
of eyewitness TaleS
with various and sundry accounts
of Spirits, Miracles, Strange beastS, CavernouS exploratioN, Epic battleS and Arcane historieS, including the intRigue of The Master of PlanetS,
a SorcereR, Whose Lore
is herein preserved,
the powerS and OccurrenceS,
both sacred and profane, which determined the Fall of Nystol, citY whose TowerS once held sway over the IllystriaN continent ent