We are drawing closer and closer to the publication date of Asunder, the fourth book in the Thread of Souls octology! Not long ago we shared an excerpt from the upcoming book. Since this week we sent the early book off to our ARC readers, we thought a wonderful way to celebrate would be to share another portion of Asunder! Enjoy !
“What is this?” the paladin asked.
“One of the Artifact Vaults,” she answered. “Your friends’ belongings have been stored here for the time being. I’ve been able to advocate on your behalf and ensure you can keep your armor. But that blade you carry is interplanar. It must be put here.”
Zok gasped, taking a few steps back. “My Sunsword? But . . . I need it.”
Vera regarded him for a long moment, her expression inscrutable. Then she slowly paced, her arms wrapped over one another. “Do you know the history of the sword you carry?”
“History? I found it in a demi-plane. It was created to slay vampires.”
“Did you know there have been a small handful of such weapons throughout known history?”
Zok hesitated. “ . . . No, I did not.”
“They’ve been known to be weapons of holy warriors,” Vera continued as she paced. Her steps echoed in the room around them. “Extremely powerful and used to take down only the most dangerous of foes. Wyrmrider Renna might be a name familiar to you.”
“A hero during the Age of Dragons.” He inclined his head. “She served the Holy Dragon and battled the Blight Dragon’s cultists. I heard of her in my studies at the temple.”
“Our records at the Citadel suggests she used one such weapon. A spear of sunlight to battle the darkness of the Blight Dragon.”
Zok glanced down at the ornate hilt of his sword that hung from his belt. “I am uncertain if what you are telling me is meant to make me want to part with my sword.”
Vera stopped her movement and stared up at him. “I am trying to impress on you the importance of what you carry. Just because you found one that had been transported to a demi-plane does not make it any less significant. We handle all such artifacts with respect and care at the Citadel. I expect you to show the same respect to your sword and not simply carry it for show around a town of civilians.”
“It is not for show. It is for self-defense.”
“You are in no danger here, you do not need your weapon.”
He shook his head adamantly. “I cannot give it up. It means a great deal to me.”
Vera’s tone was even and unyielding. “You are not giving it up. But until questions can be answered about where you obtained it, it must remain here. Your cooperation will go far in getting it returned to you.”
“On whose authority? Dorian Aster’s?”
“No. The Council of Nine.”
Zok paused, then asked, “Who is that?”
“The Council of Nine consists of each leader of the eight disciplines of the arcane. It also includes the Magistrate, leader of the entire Citadel. Currently, that is Leliana Dante. After the mages of the Inquisicore Spire get the answers needed about you and your friends, you all will be brought before the Council of Nine. There you will have a chance to tell your side of the story to the most powerful people of the Citadel, some of the most influential leaders in all of Corventos. A judgment will then be rendered.”
Zok felt like the room spun around him. The enormity of the situation weighed heavily. He felt so small compared to the mechanisms at work here. He couldn’t even win over the respect of his mother, queen of Eleste’si. How could he do so with these powerful mages?
And so, he surrendered his Sunsword.
Asunder will be published on December 15th via Amazon and other places books are sold at those store’s leisures. We can’t wait to share this exciting installment with all of you!
My word, it’s been a busy time here at Thread of Souls land. With injuries healing and colder weather upon us, we are here with our monthly update. It’s a doozy.
Book IV Asunder ARC Readers
The fourth book in our fantasy series, Asunder, is off to our ARC readers! It’s been a wonderful time editing the book and we are excited to get it into the hands of our adventuring party. While they are reading over Asunder, we are moving on to other matters such as marketing, trailers, and social media outreach.
Just because book IV Asunder is handed off to our ARC team doesn’t mean you can’t join! If you want to become a member of the Thread of Souls adventuring party (our ARC team and other fun collaborative projects) hit us up. Comment on this post or send us an email.
Check out that new updated map as well. Coming to an updated book in the not-too-distant future.
New Covers for Books I – III
We are in the process of updating the covers for Thread of Souls. We have seen the updated covers for books I and II, Phantom Five and Ash & Thunder. Holy smokes, our editor rolled a natural 20 for both of them. The cover for Path of the Spiders is coming along as well. We can’t wait to show you the finished covers for all four books.
Thread of Souls Music
We’ve mentioned before about working with a composer on music for TOS. So far we have heard 10 tracks for the first three books. Our composer sends them to us as soon as he’s finished and each one is a fantastic surprise. So, we are going to show off one of those for you.
Hello! We’ve got our monthly news for the world of Thread of Souls. It is a very busy time of the year for us, so there is plenty to share!
Jade’s Alphabet of Animals
We still don’t have an exact date for when this lore-based humorous book will be released. It got pushed back due to injury, and now we find ourselves busy with Asunder’s release. We are still working hard on the lore within, as well as the art of the creatures featured, and will have a better idea of its release date after we finish editing Asunder. To hold you over, here is art of one of the creatures within, the mirecat!
Book IV: Asunder Release Date
Big news is that book IV is coming! It will be published on December 15th. We are in the final stages of editing, and it will be wrapped up by October 31st. We are sending early reading copies out on November 1st. There is still time if you want one of these advanced PDF’s, so feel free to reach out if you are interested. We are also working on a lot of fun promotional materials for Asunder that we are eager to share with you across November to give you a peek at what is to come!
Books I – III Updates
More book news! We are doing slight updates to books I, II, and III. We have hired an indie graphic designer to do new covers. We are also going to do slight changes to the interior. This includes a new map look, as well as some fun “lore expansions” for the first few books. As we hit the series’ mid-point, we felt it was necessary to give the earlier books a face lift, and we are really excited for what the futures hold for the rest of the octology.
Hello there, Talia and Dorian with our monthly update! Talia is recovering from her achilles tendon injury. It is a slow process but healing takes time. She is able to get up and around without issue, so good news! We are super thrilled about the future for Thread of Souls and our ttrpg projects, so let’s get to it!
Jade’s Alphabet of Animals
“Jade’s Alphabet of Animals” is coming along nicely. It is, however, being pushed back due to the injury and recovery process. We haven’t narrowed down an official date, but it will release before the end of the year. It’s a comical take on children’s books featuring animals and creatures within the world of Thread of Souls. Here’s one such animal, the behleep, you’ll find hanging around the slopes of De Behl Marr.
The mountains are home to the cuddly behleep. A cousin to the standard sheep. They wear a coat of stone and rocks and roam around in herds and flocks. They hop along from here to there, leaping over boulders up into the air. If you see one, don’t be scared. They’ll roll right to you, so be prepared.
Asunder update! Our fourth book in the Thread of Souls Spider Octology series is on schedule for release this December! We are about 80% through writing so far and even added in a brand new POV character. One we’re rather excited about. Here’s a sneak peek at Asunder!
While we may be nearing the end of writing book four, we are in the endgame of our story around the table. We’re playing out the events of book eight and it’s been an incredible time. Can’t believe we started in 2015.
We have a TikTok! It’s a fun platform we really enjoy using to meet and chat with others in the community. Give us a follow!
We are working on our biggest D&D guide ever! A book dedicated to the Underdark. We enjoy the creepy, dark, and mysteriousness of the Underdark. Underground adventures are one of our favorites to write. It includes cult cities, non-cult cities, drow, duergar, deep gnomes, cuisine, priestesses, consorts, taverns, roll tables, and plenty more to build your own Underdark world.
Our Thread of Souls character feature for August was Artemis the ranger. We love getting to talk about our characters, world, and lore. Gives us a like and follow along for more lore, writing tips, and cats.
Captain Sen – The Barbarian
Our next lore drop is all about the boisterous and lovable Captain Sen! He’s loyal, kind, and always up for a good fight. Who plays a barbarian?
Hello all! We didn’t get to provide one of our monthly news updates for July, sadly. Talia tore her achilles tendon and healing and self-care took priority. But now with the pain lessened and a bubbly drink nearby, we can sit down and talk about what we have going on!
August Book Release
In June we talked about an upcoming lore book release. We have a tentative title for it! “Jade’s Alphabet of Animals” will be a whimsical, light-hearted take on animal books featuring lore of creatures from Thread of Souls! And it will not be meant for children. Definitely not.
Dungeon Master’s Guild
Many of you know we have been publishing on DMG for four years now. We have a bunch of recent releases we are excited about. These include the School of Investigation wizard subclass, the Oath of Reparation paladin subclass, the School of Fire wizard subclass, a compendium of battle maps, a compendium of Underdark-specific battle maps, and the sports carriage racing downtime activity known as Top Steer! You can check all of these out on our DMG page.
We are deep into the final part of book four in the Thread of Souls series, Asunder. Our plans for a December release are still solid, and we are very excited to bring you what is a huge turning point in this planned eight-book series.
Thank you for stopping by! Follow along for more book news, and please let us know if you want to be part of our ARC team and a get a free copy of “Jade’s Alphabet of Animals”, as well as the upcoming “Asunder”!
The release of Asunder, the fourth book in the Thread of Soulsoctology, is only half a year away! We want to give you a sneak peek of the upcoming book. While this is still in-progress, we are excited to share this bit from the world ofThread of Souls!
If any of the other mages of the Inquisicore Spire’s fourth floor had peeked into the office of Jasita Yolarin, they would have thought a blizzard hit it. Papers whisked across a large curved desk, files flew from drawers, inkpots and quills hovered in the air, and inanimate objects moved about as if alive. In the center of it all stood a frazzled high elf woman with her ponytail askew. One hand flipped through pages brought before her while the other continued to make gestures of spells. Lounging on a sunlit windowsill, an orange and white cat regarded her passively.
“Get me the records from the Vesper guard tower!” Jasita commanded, barely looking up from her review of a folder.
In response, a ribbon rolled across the desk of its own accord, wrapped around the corner of a rolled-up parchment, and handed it up to the mage.
“Write down today’s date and the hour,” she commanded a hovering journal. “Two hours ago a message was sent from the Crystal Rail to the Council of Nine by Magister Dorian Aster. He is bringing in prisoners from the Korventine Empire. And twenty minutes ago, the Magistrate herself, Leliana Dante, asked me to report to her. And I-”
She broke off as a brass hourglass shuffled across the desk toward her, its pink sand within nearly spent.
Her panic renewed, Jasita quickly straightened her robes and ponytail. She scooped up a stack of documents that had the names Taliesin Ostoroth and Ruuda Drybarrel written all over them. She then glanced across at the hovering journal.
“Lulu, ensure this office is clean by the time I return,” she stated. After the journal inclined itself in understanding, she turned towards the cat. “Catlu, lock the door behind me.”
The cat flicked her tail.
With one smooth step Jasita exited her office in a composed and quiet state. Even though she shut the door softly behind her, the noise still echoed in the otherwise silent and still hall lined with five other doors and a stairwell entrance.
She strode into the stairwell and to an alcove with a teleportation circle etched on the ground. It glowed a slight purple. She made the gestures of the spell and whispered the arcane words before she was smoothly transported. The room around her did not change, but when she stepped out of the stairwell she was no longer on the fourth floor.
A busy clerical area greeted her. Shelves lined the walls and ran down the length of the room like stripes. It was a bustling space filled with the noise of shuffling papers and the smell of sterilization. The staff here didn’t spare her a glance as she crossed the large space and over to the singular door that connected the Inquisicore Spire to the taller and wider Dominicore Spire.
Leaving behind the strict and tidy clerical room, she transitioned into a lounge area just inside of the Dominicore Spire’s lobby. This was for employees of the Citadel only, not visitors or students. Currently, two mages rested on fine purple sofas and read books. They all ignored one another as Jasita crossed the room. The Citadel employed tens of thousands of people. Not everyone worked on-site at the three towers or within the city of Cita, but the building was still constantly busy with professionals extremely serious about their work. Many studied and worked for years to get a chance to join the Citadel. And some, like her, were identified at a young age, graduated from the university within the Intellicore Spire, and then hired into a position based on talent and interest.
Jasita exited the lounge and into an inner chamber. It was a corridor that wrapped around the stairwell in a circle, with a handful of doors branching off of it. She could barely hear murmured conversations from the lobby.
Stepping into this next stairwell, this time the high elf paused before casting the incantation. She’d only ever spoken to Leliana Dante a few times in her entire 325 years of life. She was there when Leliana stepped into the Magistrate role, replacing the retiring dwarven Magistrate Karduun Whitetree. Coming from a long line of leaders, Leliana was a woman to be feared and respected. It made Jasita’s failure sting all the worse.
Taking a deep breath to calm herself, Jasita gestured out the spell and felt her body whisked up. From the bottom of the spire to the very top, the thirtieth floor. Reformed, Jasita stepped out of the purple stairwell and into the brightly sunlit top floor. She was faced with a long corridor that ran the length of the floor, ending in walls of tall windows. There was a restrained beauty to the designs here. Purple marble with brass decor and accents. It was all very expensive and well-crafted, but with control that reflected the seriousness of the area. There were only two doors. On one side was the meeting chamber of the Council of Nine. On the other was the Magistrate’s office. A singular statue decorated the otherwise empty corridor. A seven-foot-tall depiction of the Magister, Naboris, the god of magic. He wore hooded robes and held a purple spark in his hand. A symbol of his gift of magic to the world.
Jasita paused at a tall mirror to ensure she looked proper enough to speak to Leliana. Her traditional pink robes with blue arcane sigils were pressed and neatly tucked. Shorter strands of hair that couldn’t tie back into her ponytail framed her fair and angular elvish face. Her aqua eyes were calculating, taking in each detail with precision and a keen memory.
Taking another deep, steadying breath, Jasita stepped up to Leliana’s white wood door and knocked.
“Enter, Yolarin,” came a measured voice from the other side.
Jasita entered a large semi-circular office. The back wall was entirely windows, allowing in a sweeping view over the Pale Timberlands, the Magister’s Cliffs, and the deep blue of Viscera’s Bay beyond. A gentle snowfall coated everything in white. To one side of the room was a pristine seating area and a crackling fireplace. To the other were multiple bookshelves and a small desk stacked with tomes and scrolls. Directly across from her was a large desk made of birch wood. Behind parchments and books and marble statuettes sat Leliana Dante herself.
She was a few hundred years older than Jasita, with a strong jawline and sharp cheekbones. She had the same purple hair that her ancestor, Viscera Dante, was known for. It was shaved short on one side, bangs on the other side framing her face in layers. The rest was quite long and braided behind her. Her pink and blue robes were crafted of the finest materials and neatly pressed. Sharp and narrow purple eyes regarded Jasita with full attention.
“Yolarin, thank you for coming so promptly,” Leliana said.
Jasita stepped up to the desk, clutching onto her folders. “Of course.”
“It seems Dorian Aster has inadvertently tracked down your two fugitives. With the help of Vera Udanta, I’m told.”
“I am surprised they were in the Korventine Empire. That is a great distance from where I . . . lost them.”
Leliana held out her hand and Jasita quickly passed over the folders to her. All her notes and records regarding the two prisoners she’d apprehended north of Vesper. The dark elf and dark dwarf. Taliesin Ostoroth and Ruuda Drybarrel. In her custody for two weeks before they escaped during a rest stop.
As she looked over the papers, Leliana said, “They were found in An’Ock. A bold place for two of their race to be hiding. They were traveling with a criminal Dorian has been hunting for some time, a Sunspirian man that summons a fey creature. A lucky bit of coincidence, it seems.”
“ . . . Yes.”
The rhythmic noises of flipping parchment were nearly drowned out by Jasita’s own pounding heart.
Without looking up, Leliana asked, “Do you know why they would go to An’Ock? Did they give any reason during the time you had them in your custody?”
“ . . . No. They would not divulge their destination or purpose.”
This time Leliana’s eyes did look up at her. “And you weren’t able to get anything from their minds?”
Jasita hesitated. “I . . . thought it best to wait until we arrived at the Citadel for that type of interrogation.”
“Hm.” She closed the reports and slid the papers back towards the blonde woman. “I don’t have to impress on you how valuable these prisoners are. Ever since the Elven Exodus, we have lost contact with the dark elves. And it has been over a millennium since the Dark Dwarven Clan has interacted with anyone on this surface world, much less the rest of the dwarves. And with the rumors that come from the Deep Hollows, as well as the slave trade and violent interactions, information now is more valuable than ever. I was proud when I heard you’d apprehended two of them in the Eleste Highlands. And sorely disappointed when I learned they escaped you and a group of highly trained soldiers.”
The lump in her throat made it impossible for Jasita to respond.
Leliana sighed and stood. “But, ever since you arrived here as a young high elf I’ve seen promise in you. You learned to control your intrusive telepathy well under my tutelage. You excelled in all your classes. You were a star employee in all your support positions after graduation. Not to mention your parents are well-respected researchers. It is little wonder you have such discipline.”
Jasta’s eyes darted away at the mention of her parents, staring hard at the far wall.
“So, I want the dark elf and dark dwarf assigned directly to you,” Leliana continued. “They will be your responsibility and yours alone. I trust you to do better this time.” She turned away and stared out the window at the snowfall.
A wave of relief washed over Jasita. “Thank you very much, Magistrate Dante. I will not fail. What is it you wish to learn from them?”
The Magistrate’s powerful stance was silhouetted against the window. “Learn about their culture. Their religion. Why do they distance themselves from the rest of us? Why do they capture slaves and what they are used for? Where are their cities are located? What are their people’s intentions? What were both of them were doing so far from home? Why were they in An’Ock? I want to know it all.”
Jasita inclined her head. “I can do this.”
“They will be here within a week, Yolarin. Make sure you are ready.”
Happy April! We have two big news announcements for the world of Thread of Souls that we are excited to share with you!
Thread of Souls Soundtrack
That’s right! A musician we have partnered with has already composed a main TOS theme as well as a Sen and Jade character theme. Right now, we are in the earliest stages, but we are excited to begin building original sounds for this world. In the future, our hope is to have all of these available to listen to and enjoy on Spotify.
We have launched a new merch page! One of our primary features is our new Redbubble store. Right now we have merchandise with the TOS logo on it. Expect more merch across this year including shirts, character designs, and more. That page is also a good one-stop shop for art prints, books, and our DMG/Fantasy Grounds products.
We also are in the earliest stages of conceptualizing two more major merch launches, and we are excited to spread the news in the future! Don’t want to spoil anything just now haha.
ARC Book Launch Team
We are still adding to our growing ARC team! If you love fantasy and/or TTRPG’s, reach out to become a member of our team. You’ll get free copies of the books to enjoy as well as merch as a thank you for supporting our book launches.
Book IV of Thread of Soulsis more than halfway through its first draft. We are moving along smoothly and really excited for this release in December. Also stay tuned for a fun supplemental book release this summer!
That is all the news for this month! As usual, you can find us all over social media including a young YouTube channel. We also post twice weekly on this website. See you soon!
Welcome March! We have some fun news and announcements to share with you for this month’s entry of the Spool of Souls.
Calling All Readers!
We are building our first ever book launch team! With the Thread of Souls book four release planned for this December, we are seeking to build a team for its launch that will get ARC (Advanced Reader Copies) of the book. We are definitely looking for energetic, social media-savvy people who love fantasy and all things TTRPG’s.
If you haven’t read the previous series installments and are okay with hopping straight into book four, that is no problem! If you believe you can read the first three books this year to catch up, we are happy to give free ebook copies to those interested in joining the team. Please reach out, we are excited to hear from you!
Roll to Know
This past week we appeared on Hope for TTRPG’s “Roll to Know” Twitch stream. It was a super fun time to connect with others in this niche and get to know one another! If you didn’t get to see it live, the VOD is currently available. Enjoy!
As you can see, our website has gone through a face lift! We are really happy with the new layout and feel it is much more user-friendly and reads better for all of you to enjoy. We brought back the blog page that is much more organized this time, and our Art Gallery is cleaner!
Sneak peek! We have partnered with an awesome musician who will be composing music for Thread of Souls! We are very excited to share the main theme, as well as character themes, in the future. More details to come!
That is all for this month! As usual, you can find us all over social media including a young YouTube channel. We also post twice weekly on this website. See you soon!
We are a month into 2022 and have plenty of Thread of Souls news to share! It is exciting to begin rolling out our projects for the year ahead, and get a big picture on the way TOS will grow and enhance.
Book IV of the Thread of Souls “spider octology” is 1/3 of the way written. Part 1 is complete and is currently going through a round of edits before we move onto Part 2. You can see a behind the scenes feature on our YouTube!
We also have another supplemental book in the works that will be launching this summer! We are excited to share more details closer to time. It will be our first of many planned sister works for Thread of Souls.
We had an interview with Awesome Gang that you can read here!
We also launched our first DMG content of the new year with a super fun Ranger Scouts background. Continuing our relationship with Fantasy Grounds, it will be available soon on their website, as well!
Stay tuned for more behind the scenes fun, book announcements, and our official merch launch happening soon!
January is National Hobby Month! When we created the world of Thread of Souls, we found our hobbies expanded and enhanced, bringing more joy to our lives. And while a lot of what we do can be turned around to promote our books, we always keep the philosophy that we are doing this for our own enjoyment and fun. It doesn’t matter if it ends up online or not. At its core, that is what a hobby is.
Thread of Soulsdid start, after all, from a hobby. We sat around a table and played a fully homebrewed TTRPG for fun. As the years passed, we realized we loved the story and these characters so much that we wanted to keep these stories forever. That was the start of the inspiration for this book series. Both of us are born writers that love to write and find a good deal of fulfillment in it.
But before the books began, there was the art. I don’t believe any of the early art has ever been posted online, but it was drawn after each game and depicted something that happened in-game. Art is also something we both always loved, and this gave another way to express it. We both actually hadn’t drawn in years before being inspired by this game.
And that has spun onto other hobbies. Building terrain, making videos, cosplay, designing tarot cards, and much more.
Hobbies bring such a great deal of fun and joy to life. It doesn’t matter whether you make it public, make money off of it, or even if you keep it entirely secret. The purpose is to bring you fulfillment and something to get excited about every day.
Share your hobbies with us! We’d love to hear about them!