Keeping Score: Battles #1

Fight Choreography

Combat in Orchids Ablaze was relatively straightforward. Most encounters involved only a few primary characters in restricted spaces. The sequel is not going to be that straightforward. At least three major battles will erupt during the story.

After a half-dozen or so sheets of graph paper, the first of these confrontations is now on the drawing board, literally, awaiting final details. It pits a trio of Lodge of the Wolf Augments against Lord Sable’s Shadow Sigil forces inside a not-quite-completed evil lair. This is my first attempt to create a running battle where traversing the environment is a major component of the action. Distancing and line of sight become significant factors that have to be accounted for.

And that’s the fun part! I look forward to creating complex and believable combat, in comicbook and cinematic terms anyway: far too much combustible material in completely inappropriate containers.

One down and (at least) two more to go!


Written by D. D. Wolf

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I'm on my 5th or 6th career depending on how you count them, but ideally this one will be my last with the kind help of our readers. I've traveled to several states across the U.S., but the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina will always be where I'm most comfortable. I've been an avid reader of comics for more years than I'm going to mention, but I return time after time to the old pulps. Obviously the Doc Savage books have been a tremendous influence. There's just something about seeing and hearing those characters in your mind's eye, just the way YOU, as the reader, think they should be.. I've been writing poems, lyrics and stories of varying quality since I was in my teens, which means most of my archives are on paper in three-ring binders! I've been creating characters in various RPG systems for at least that long. I've always thought characters made the story: good characters can live on through story after story. It wasn't until the last 6 or 7 years that I felt I could write characters well enough to be engaging. You'll have to let me know how I'm doing.

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