It is said that all stories follow one of only a handful of basic formulas, and any well-crafted work of fiction will mold itself to a time-tested standard.
When I started writing Draxis, I had no idea that I was embarking on a literary journey that was, in essence, a retelling of the Legend of King Arthur. That's what it evolved into, without it being my intent.
Of course, there are a few notable twists to my story, but the characters fall into place in near perfect parallels.
The noble King Alii'us (A LEE’ us), who laid claim to the throne of Draxis only after a test that proved him as the rightful heir.
The wise and mysterious physician, Arcidem Tekk, a Merlin of sorts with the power of medicine as his magic and the knowledge to influence and manipulate the future.
Katrina Wells, the reluctant and bewildered Queen Guinevere, who struggles to understand her importance in an alien society as she rises to become the legend that has preceded her.
Timmar Lokk, the last of the Dumarrakhan, an ancient, dark order of warriors and assassins, and the Black Knight of Draxis.
Captain Tram Tell, a man driven by duty, but torn by the circumstance of his birth and the hushed rumors of his secret heritage. But is he Lancelot....or Mordred?
Altus -- the Draxian Morgana Le Fey – a seductive embodiment of greed and corruption who hides behind a shield of righteousness, and awaits his chance to destroy King Alii’us and once again bend the world of Draxis to his will.
And Draxis itself, the magnificent realm that arose from the ashes of a much earlier, much more glorious empire that perhaps predated–and shaped--all civilizations on Earth. Draxis represents Camelot, the utopian society bound by law, religion and a code of honor.
The Stone of Tixor equates to The Sword in the Stone, that which holds the power to determine the ruler.
And just like Camelot, what is ultimately at stake is the destruction of the empire.