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~The World of Rowan Blaize: Character Profiles~
The realm of ancient sorcerer Rowan Blaize is one in which otherwise hidden worlds collide with (or dwell alongside) our own mortal sphere. Rowan’s existence is played-out across landscapes and dreamscapes that encompass “worlds within worlds,” providing the observant traveler ample opportunity to encounter creatures of dazzling magical qualities. Some of these beings are friendly, others are belligerent, and still others have a hard time deciding among the various options. From one universe to the next, certain things never change. Enjoy meeting the main characters of Rowan’s adventurous story in the profiles below and remember: wherever the world and whomever the wayfarer … only enchantment is immortal.
Character Name: Gragan
*IMDb Dream-Portrayal By: Christopher Lee
Nature/Occupation: Semi-immortal wizard.
Age: 323 yrs.
Background: The origins of the Gragan wizard are unknown but he was the Lord and Master of Drothgad Mountain in Kelnia, living a life of luxury and magical bounty, unchallenged and unconcerned with the goings-on of the rest of the world around his own. Meeting a young sorceress named Oblixta changed all of that. Quickly.
Significant Traits: Though he had once surrounded himself with riches and other manifestations of opulence, the Gragan Wizard is rather down-at-heel when we first encounter him. Scabby. Withered. Robbed of his power. Tortured. Imprisoned. Feasting on roaches in the dark. All he has left is a signet ring he managed to keep hidden from those who reduced him to naked powerlessness. Yep.
Unique Powers/Abilities: Gragan was one of the great wonderworkers of the Kelnian world and master of a multitude of magnificent spells and incantations, many of them he (unfortunately for him) wrote down in his ill-fated and flesh-bound tomes. One trick he could not perform, however, was the ability to travel between dimensions and investigate other worlds. This failure frustrated him to no end and was likewise the reason he was able to first meet Rowan Blaize … and later call upon Rowan for a bit of vengeance-by-proxy when his world came crashing down.
Classic Quote: “You see, I struck a little bargain with Rowan Blaize during a rather harrowing predicament that took place when he first stumbled upon these lands, long ago. He is bound by an old spell, and by his own interests, to aid you on my behalf if you demand it, and if you show him the sign. And believe me, boy … you shall need aid.”
Featured In: Book Three (Rowan Blaize and the Starbane Exile)
*If I am ever fortunate enough to see Rowan’s adventures adapted for film or for the stage, this is the actor (or creature) I can most readily visualize playing the character in a given profile.
Escape the Imminent Collapse of Civilization, Friends, if only for a few hours. A sweeping modern fairy-tale is born with the Rowan Blaize series of books. Click on the book covers to the right or have a look below …
Book One = The magical cornerstone – a lavishly illustrated epic narrative poem … a genuine “spell” for the young and young-at-heart to treasure for a lifetime, telling the story of sorcerer Rowan Blaize’s battle to regain his magic powers. (Think Beowulf-meets-Dr.Seuss or an epic story-in-verse of a scope similar to Tolkien’s soon-to-be-released The Fall of Arthur, only contemporary.)
Book Two = The rip-roaring novel that continues the adventures of Rowan Blaize and introduces the three hilarious witches of the Ancient City, along with its dysfunctional werewolves, wraiths, ghosts, vampires, dryads, banshees and a beauty pageant brat that might just destroy the world.
Book Three = The next novel that finds Rowan trapped by a spell in another world, caught between a faery-squashing sorceress who’ll stop at nothing to conquer the kingdom … and a feisty teenage prince who’s determined to get it back.
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