Two houses

I’m having a lot of fun trying to work Romeo & Juliet into a short story for the competition. 1st, it’s just bloody great, and I’m trying to use some of the language and poeticism where I can. 2nd it’s a joy to draw inspiration from a pre-existing text, because writing flows more freely and elements of the story seem so universally understood and identifiable with, that I think they actually could work – set amongst the characters living on the world in The Aegis Saga, Eris!

I’m setting up the Montagues and Capulets as the humans and the Arantians (a race of beings with the ability to  direct and control the pervasive magic on Eris). I’m hoping to write Chapter 2 of the short story today – because that deadline of the end of the month is getting closer by the day ; )

I’m biting my nails a bit over whether I’m going to get ‘Venom beneath the skin’ finished in time!

Inspiration for the world of Eris

The fantasy world of Eris (the greek word for Strife) is named after our own greek goddess of discord. She’s described by the poet Hesiod as taking two ‘wholly different’ forms – the first Strife is ‘evil’, while the second – ‘harsh Strife’ – makes us competitive. Heriod says of this second form of Eris, “a man would praise her when he came to understand her”:

“So, after all, there was not one kind of Strife alone, but all over the earth there are two”. . . “one fosters evil war and battle, being cruel: her no man loves; but perforce, through the will of the deathless gods, men pay harsh Strife her honour due.”

“This Strife is wholesome for men”, “neighbor vies with neighbor”. “She stirs up even the shiftless to toil”
(and Hesiod says the goddess Eris is to blame for choicescript authors getting angry or competitive with other choicescript minstrels too :blush:)

But to return to my fantasy world.

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