GODS OF KIRANIS
A Universe Awakens
A mysterious structure encompasses Earth, and while the Church of the New Elect prepares for communion with the Sentience, a dark and distant world is reborn.
Making an alliance with a powerful and enigmatic species, humankind is brought to a terrible realisation: they do not belong in this universe.
Cassandra Messina was warned these days would come, and she believes God is on her side.
But the one who speaks from the shadows is not a god at all.
Not even close.
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To make our future real, we must first dream of it. Only then can our future find us.
From Dreams of the Sentience, one of the Seven Books of Balaam
Gods of Kiranis is the first of a 7-Part Series called Kiranis, charting the machinations and manipulations of the Prophet Naveen. Gods of Kiranis lays the foundation for a massive story to come.
Here are some extracts to give you a sense of what's in store.
Original Artwork by The Dimensional.
Cassandra sighed, and her vulnerability showed again. This time, however, Nell was not sure she should believe it. ‘I’ve been in politics a long time, Nell, as you well know. Rising to my position inevitably meant that others fell beneath me. But that’s the beauty and the curse of success. You don’t know what it’s like to be so influential and powerful in your circle that others fear to contest you, and there is no one above you to put you in your place when you cross the line.’
Nell sneered and shook her head. ‘How terrible for you,’ she mocked.
Cassandra took her hand and kissed it, forgiving her attack. ‘I finally found someone above me, Nell,’ she explained with reverence in her voice. ‘Someone whose power is beyond mine and whose understanding of the world is so far beyond my grasp that I shiver to think of the insignificance of my life.’
‘My name is Naveen,’ the man replied. ‘Some people call me the Prophet. Others call me names which are not so…respectful. In the end, it doesn’t matter. Our names are irrelevant, wouldn’t you say?’
‘I…I’m not sure what you mean.’
‘Well, the Sentience cares little for our petty labels and titles…correct?’
Cana nodded, enthralled. ‘You know about the Sentience?’
Naveen smiled softly. ‘Oh, the Sentience knows about me, Cana. We have...an understanding, you might say.’
‘What am I doing here? What’s that planet down there?’
‘It’s called Kiranis. It’s one of the most important worlds in the universe.’
The Prophet Naveen
Encased in an anatomical suit of shining metal, black leather, and blue light, a Kwaios nearly four metres in height looked down on them. Its elongated face was like that of a genetically altered alligator, but its skin – as much as could be seen – was made more blue than it really was by the technology around it, and there was an almost shimmering effect as its limbs moved and its torso expanded and retracted with each deep, powerful breath. It extended an arm and Adam was rooted to the spot as a second Kwaios stepped into view. Slightly shorter than the first, this one approached Valentina, who lay wide-eyed and terrified as it reached down towards her.
With its massive palm spread out, a blue glow emanated from it and bathed her abdomen as her heart pounded and her breath came in short gulps of panic. A third Kwaios joined its kin, and now only pinpoints of light escaped from the exit beyond them. Her terror absolute, Valentina heard a calming voice in her head: ‘Be at ease, human. Your child is safe. You will return home soon.’
The dark, rippling tides of creation lapped against the shores of a formative nightmare. Landscapes had for the most part been defined, with aspiring rock formations asserting their goals of domination as they reached upwards and outwards with geological purpose. The seas were hostile areas of membranous discontent, promising sweet oblivion. The sky, roiling with combatant clouds of unrest, was still some kind of gaseous confusion, unsure of its place and purpose in this placental world. What was needed was the definition of a firmament, a significant proclamation of the divisions of this place. What was required in this place of chaos...was order. It just so happened that a creature in possession of the necessary skills was present.
The Rebirth of Kiranis
When Adam eventually found the courage to open the airlock, he found himself looking out at the hull of an enormous vessel, one he had never seen before. But he recognised some of the markings on its hull. ‘This is a Garran ship!’ he gasped.
Valentina climbed out of the airlock and Adam helped her to her feet. Moving away from the crash site, they turned to look back and Adam shook his head in wonder. They were amazed to see figures moving around behind the high and distant windows of the ship.
‘You think the same thing happened to them?’ Valentina asked.
‘I don’t know,’ Adam replied, ‘but we’re gonna find out.’
The Kiranis series is big and bold, with underlying philosophies and dark insights intricately woven into an epic Space Opera-esque saga. Merging Science Fiction tropes with Fantasy staples, Ronald weaves an epic story that redefines and reinvigorates both genres.
Ronald has degrees in Ancient History, and Theology; as well as a Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Studies. He is a fan of Star Wars, Star Trek, Dune, and Battlestar Galactica; as well as a reader of Heroic Fantasy from the likes of David Gemmell, David Eddings, and Raymond E. Feist.
He lives with his wife, two daughters, and his Shichon, Monty, in Ireland, and has been writing since 1991. You can find him on Twitter @Ronald_A_Geobey
This intricate design was produced by our Creator Creature, The Structuralist.
Ronald provided sketches of sections and described the major junctions in the 'the cage' in terms of the famous 'Stepped Pyramid' of Saqqara, Egypt. With his grand vision, The Structuralist topped off this wonderfully detailed construction with the 'array' section at the north pole, as described in the book.
The development process and a surprise image can be seen on The Structuralist's dedicated TDStudios page. Click below.