Garen is the latest continent to be mapped by the talented James Hunter-Shortland.

It is the westernmost continent in Ashkar, and goes by two names. The technologically advanced Veri call it Garen, while the more primal Dommogin know it as Dommoginar.

And it is these two races that clash constantly on their homeland. The Veri live south of the wall at Garen’s southern peninsula, while the Dommogin roam the vast central and southwestern parts, sharing the continent with the brutish Gorrin in Gorgor, savage Towrth in Reshatep, and other lesser creatures in the wildlands.

Up to this point, Garen has mot been relevant, though its history–and future–are very connected to Ashkar’s story.

The Veri guard what has been named Hell’s Keyhole, although what that means to Ashkar–and to you–will only be revealed in the later Ashkar books.Garen DRAFT v2.0


Makka–the small region where most of Broken Blades Don’t Sing takes place. This region connects with Terra Nort through Aerdor Pass to the southwest.

Three main nations find home here: the Illistainian veri to the west, the lawful Enept-Ihsian humans at its center, and Merchant’s Keep further east, which is controlled by the Trade Barons.

But it is also home to others, like the savage Towrth, lizard-like humanoids who live in the wild in the Qwenain desert.
And there are parts where no living soul enters lest they seek risk or death, like Xerxes, The Fallen Kingdom.Makka


With Tales of Ashkar being the epic series it is, a host of many characters comes along with it. Each and every character that I write about either contains aspects of myself or symbolizes one or many things. With this post I wanted to share some insight into one of them, Incindir.

It’s funny that Catherine and I found this mug shopping yesterday, because the wolf is deeply embedded into Incindir. For one, his elemental is actually a two-tailed wolf of Ice and Fire, which also represents the duality of the character, tugged by the emotions of the heart and the philosophy of the mind.

An elementalist of both fire and ice, with eye color to match, Incindir is an enigma that is only touched upon in the second installment. Look forward to more insight into his mysterious past in the third and following installments.

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