As we already explained it in the AntecedentsAntecedents submenu item, the artwork titled The Crown of Dominion went through a long reedition. After finishing the job the book received The complete taleThe complete tale subtitle, by which the author wished to refer to the fact that this time the readers could recognize not merely parts, but the entire story. About this renewed version we write here, in the Book chapter.
Not leaving the former partition out of consideration, the author represented the three books incorporated within the new version of his work, and they do have a subtitle henceforward too.
In the Foreshadowment of the Empire
In the Gate of Mystery
The Great Secret
Changes affecting the structure of the novel did happen, so for example the Appendix formerly functioning as a glossary, from now on contains the unknown or strange words and expressions grouped into or sorted by topics, and it can be even considered as an independent volume. Due to this ingenious change the book became somewhat longer and it required from the author to insert also an Index into the book, indicating the words' location according to page number. It is possible to get accurate comprehension of the book's structural composition hereunder, in the StructureStructure subtitle or submenu item, while you can learn more details about the content of the Appendix in the AppendixAppendix submenu item.
Contentwise no substantive changes did happen, however tiny or even serious, substantive alterations did. All this is true not merely for the published part, but also for the whole manuscript. Therefore, in order to intensify genuine authenticity, certain paragraphs changed their place, some dialogues were moified, and descriptions became more accurate here and there. The author especially focused on the constinuous existence of logical consequence or consistency, particularly after he expanded the artwork by innumerable new elements. Such a high attention was necessary, because in the text there are innumerable cross references alluding to formerly happened events or details, and ‐ even if they appear from time to time only ‐ they accompany the artwork all the way along. The carefully elaborated elements and the whole background world are presented and discussed in the Background menu item.
The complete tale
The subchapter title above this paragraph may be slightly misinformative or misleading; for this end we pronounce right at the beginning that we allude to the subtitle of the book here. We would not like to destroy anyone's illusions, and ruin the surprising or cathartic situations that reading could otherwise cause, therefore we do not reveal unexpected turns, nor punchlines closing complex events, but attempt to provide many general and interesting details about the new book, not discussing extremely the plot itself.
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The epic novel titled Robert Locksmith • The Crown of Dominion – The complete tale is a contentwise uniform, richly elaborated artwork. Since the number of pages of a formed and printed book depends on more factors (e.g.: paper size, font type and size, margins etc.), knowing the number of words may be quite helpful when comes to defining the extent. In our case this value comes close to half a million, so we may relate that this is an extraordinary extent by all means. Tuning elements to harmonize with each other in such a large artwork was not a plain task.
The mottos of the book are faith, knowledge and love. The Prologue is preceded by an introductory sentence:
"Somewhere far, in a distant world,
where the initiated ones know
that our thoughts
The statement suggests that our goals are achievable by consistent faith.
The epilogue is also followed by an emphasized closing sentence:
"In this world some people know
that walking on the right path should be done
not due to fear of punishment,
but because of love and
besides, for the victory of the just ones
it is not absolutely necessary
the damnation of the guilty..."
The summary emphasizes the importance of acceptance, love and forgiveness. This alone already contrasts in certain degree the commonplace point of view, where "the good reaps its reward, while the evil receives its punishment".
The story is saturated openly or enigmatically with declarations similar to those ones quoted above; of course due to keeping contrast between good and evil, and in order to create conflict situations the book implies scenes with "harsher tone", too.
Detailing and site descriptions
The author depicts with meticulous elaboration the sites, the principal things and the background world's various elements. Although before writing the book he knew about the fact that there are readers who are not enthusiastic about extended descriptions, he set out from the viewpoint that the sites of the world of Erabon and its other details may be acquainted in one single manner only: if their creator depicts them in some way or another; in this case if he writes them down. Numerous later feedbacks indicated that the writer made a good decision, because the kind readers informed him from time to time about their experience: that it was almost possible to feel the atmosphere, the fragrance or the flavour of a depicted countryside or scene. Even such a case occurred that a reader otherwise not liking site descriptions reported that he loved the descriptive parts.
The author figures so also today that the details of an imaginary world must be shared with the interested ones; since they cannot find out from any other source that, for example, how does a given town look like, or how does the peak of a certain mountain show up. If we do not depict the architectural motives, the cultural curiosities or traditions, then our idea related to one or another topic may be rather incomplete.
In The complete tale the author interspersed the tale not merely with rich descriptions, but in order to improve the authencity of the story he provided also an actual name for most locations. So, in the new variant of the novel, for example the settlement of Bebetia formerly known merely as a seven-bastion-guarded Imperial city, so-called polis, now received named streets (Preton Street, Ariones Street), roads (Daidüros Road), ring-roads or boulevards (Sixtus Boulevard), squares (Forum Regni Stellarum, Square of Boneskulls), taverns (Pupák Kupák not translated), restaurants (Golden Sword) etc. This is observable also on the newly drawn map related to the polis of Bebetia presented in the MapsMaps subsection. The overall appearance of names is not limited only for the important sites, but is typical also for the locations with less significance in the story.
The characters' personal description
Although we present in detail the characters on the next page, in the Background menu point, we mention here that the author developed them in proper depth and on multiple levels.
First of all we set out from the starting point that the protagonists and all important characters have a detailed past, so their life prior to the beginning of the novel's plot would (also) deserve a story. With the progress of the events light is thrown upon certain autobiographical elements. From time to time we learn about some past event, which emerge first as a novelty; occasionally however only the characters' intimate confidence between each other dispels the dimness from some actual details.
According to our opinion the physical representation of the characters is satisfactory in most cases. While reading the rows of a personal description the character's appearance, clothing, armament, special earmarks and other visual features take form in the mind of the reader. In many cases, however, the author does not reveal promptly every visible property.
Portraying the characters' personal traits is not ordinary. By this we do not merely mean that the author depicted (and possibly personified) diverse archetypes, but sometimes he even gave an insight on psychological level, making understandable a person's actual motivation, which is urging to act accordingly. Many from among the dialogues went through a considerable change, thus they not merely became more logical, but emphasize realistically the speaking individual's personality; beside that the author occasionally rendered the unspoken words by inner monologues, and with this method, gradually though, but opened a direct way for immaculate exploration of the individual's spiritual world or mentality.
References about events
In the book there are innumerable references to previous events, which may be earlier events of the plot, happenings that took place in parallel with a given time interval of the story's period, or historical references that occurred in the past. All these references may cross each other though, yet they remain accurate and form a harmonic concordance with each other all the time.
It is important to notice that the story has its guideline and extension threads (sub-plot). In essence the guideline is the tale of the protagonists and their mission. Several side stories are attached to this main plot, in which ones various persons take a part with various intention or motivation. The work holds a good many turns and surprises, which make the whole adventure quite exciting. The author directed the threads with extraordinary attention, and finally he bound them together in such a manner that even if riddles and myths might left over, but enigmas concerning the story did remain hardly.
The plot of The complete tale accordingly to the subtitle treats a complete tale, in the distant Khatar stellar system, in the world of Erabon, woven around five protagonists and numerous important characters. After the book's perusal theoretically does not remain any significant loose end or questionable thread.
The plot's starting point is fundamentally plain: a dangerous situation, in a sunlit autumn afternoon, in one of the Amuran Kingdom's ports named Feloma. Its complex intricacy is given by the gradually appearing part elements, thus the various reasons, motivations and urges, which incite certain persons to act; furthermore by the manifold background world's elements, which affect the outcome of the events with their continuous influence, and which cannot be always excluded. Questions arise that how the characters face the series of challenges, how they do solve various tight squeezes and why they do not simply give it up sometimes. Well, here resides one of the book's important messages: those who have an aim, believe in it and persist in their idea, finally get a chance for success. Of course, nothing is that simple, since the entrepreneurs sometimes do not have the faintest idea of how they will face an unexpected event, and even if they manage to forge a serious plan, things often develop totally otherwise than they were previously anticipated. Besides, the characters' journey is not made easier by the unexpected turns, but it is a fact that several times just because of them the balance shifts in the party's favour.
The richly elaborated locations and part elements undeniably influence the tale, because the reader, through encounters, receives different kind of experience in various countries, settlements or in different parts of the wilderness. The everyday life of each settlement is mentioned; it is almost possible to see how the citizens live, how they go to work or to have fun, or when the market, the shop or the bank gets opened; moreover occasionally some goods and merchandises can be nearly touched. It is possible to meet with the representatives of the law, thus the orderkeeping soldiers', the magistrate clerks' and state officials' participation in the plot increases the experience in a large scale, just like the frequently emerging representative members of secular or religious orders. It is possible to know as a ship leaves the harbor setting its sails, but the concept of the organized passenger transport is cognizable as well. Last but not least the knowledge of the martial elements contributes to the increment of quality.
In the reedited book much more things are mentioned than the components included in the previous variants of the manuscript. For example the vegetation (flora) and the gastronomy have much wider scale, thus in a Mediterranean city it is possible to smell the fragrance of citruses, in a restaurant to taste the flavour of the (so-called) siuerra, while on a snow-covered countryside to feel the chill breath of the cold wind. Although the listed examples count in principle merely as setting accessories, they still passively affect the plot, since the characters obtain new and new experiences unwittingly by them.
The emotional threads constitute possibly one of the key elements of the intricacy, since there are such acts or deeds, which the characters would not execute, unless their heart would not dictate so. In the story, in many cases almost invisibly or subtly though, romance and affection get vigorous emphasis, but anger and vengefulness have likewise their role; all these influence a person's decision and the outcome of happenings or events. Originally even most of the protagonists do not know each other. Despite this, even as strangers, they gradually get united forging such a team, which becomes convergent, and its members do not fight merely for the common goal, but for each other, too. Friendship, camaraderie, but in the same manner power lust or tyranny are all the constant movers (driving force) of the change of events.
Following the archaic map and the prologue the plot unfolds gradually through 87 chapters, while the process of reading is supported here and there by explanatory footnotes.
The uniform work written originally as a single novel divides up into three books, of which each one received its subtitle from an included chapter title. Due to semantical changes, however, the former chapter titled In the Shadow of the Empire was modified to In the Foreshadowment of the Empire, therefore the first book also got this subtitle. Changes happened also structurally, so the first, once already published volume implied 37 chapters, but the author split the chapter titled The wind blew if away into two parts, creating the chapter titled The holy pilgrimage, thus in the end the number of the first book's chapters got increased by one, that is In the Foreshadowment of the Empire contains 38 chapters henceforward.
After the manuscript's reedition the subtitle of each book included in The complete tale sounds as follows:
In the Foreshadowment
of the Empire
38 chapters (1-38)
– 346 pages
After reedition, due to splitting a chapter, this part includes one more chapters than the original, namely 38.
In the Gate
19 chapters (39-57)
– 199 pages
The shortest part, with 19 chapters only. The number of the chapters remained unchanged even after reedition.
30 chapters (58-87)
– 311 pages
The last part consists of 30 chapters, just like formerly. Even so it has a similar extent like the first book.
The story is followed by an additional bonus chapter, then it ends with the epilogue. Due to the rich elaborateness of the background world the book is closed by an appendixappendix, which just like a small lexicon contains various glossaries split into chapters according to topics. Searching for the words and expressions of these glossaries is possible with the help of the index preceding the table of contentstable of contents.
The full extent of the novel is 950 pages of B5(JIS) size.
(B5(JIS) is a Japanese standard B5 size: 182 mm x 257 mm).
According to our plans we will post one or another quoted citation (now only in Hungarian language) from the book.
In his blog the author already presented a quoted citation (in Hungarian), which was meant to introduce the so-called guardians in a mysterious manner. You can read it by clicking on the button below or here locally.
Momentarily there is no other quoted citation on the server.
Table of contents
The novel's Table of Contents lists the title of the chapters, as well as the sections and subsections of the Appendix.
The subcaptions (chapter titles) within the three books found in the novel are the following:
The Appendix that received a place in the back part of the book got changed in its composition. Following the reedition it already groups the expressions of the glossary into subsections, accordingly to various topics. It can be deemed even as a detached or independent book, just like an encyclopedia related to the world of Erabon; at the same time the Index makes possible to search by name for the whereabouts of any questionable expression, getting a result that is pointing to a page number. The descriptions are enriched by the drawingsdrawings of Eszter Nagy.
The Appendix reveals the following topics in detail:
- Continents and lands
- Sites and locations
- Living world
- Ethnic groups and nations
- Public life
- Characters and contemporary persons
- Ranks, titles and privileges
- Financial institutions
- Enterprises, companies and traffic
- Shadow economy activity and organization
- Land detachments
- Warrior and knight orders
- Underground clans and interest groups
- Weapons, armors and accessories
- Seamanship and navy
- Ship types
- Architectural sights and grandiose wonders of the world
- Card and board games
- Songs and poems
- Education (and cultivation)
- Repositories of classic knowledge
- Scientific knowledge, lore, theories and doctrines
- Living languages
- Ancient languages
- Entities of ancient origin
- Contemporary deities
- Churches, cults and religious factions
- Magic school branches and their representatives
- Magical artifacts and relics
- Mysterious objects
- Geology and mining
- Minerals and rocky materials
- Ore, metals and alloys
- Semiprecious stones and gems
- Contemporary currencies
- Old age coins in use
- Calendaric holidays
- Ages and events of the past
- Pristine locations
- Representatives of faded eras
- Historical personalities and dynasties
- Gastronomy and luxury articles
- Cigar types
- Warlord anthem
- The dark warlord's song
The warlord anthem present in the end of the Appendix is actually Robert Locksmith's poem (The dark warlord's song), which he wrote already much earlier (many years ago), it got mentioned in more references within the story, but the song or verse itself got involved in the artwork only in the last moments preceding the printing of the "prototype copy". The poem does have a secret last stanza too, which however – due to its content overly revealing a certain motive – did not get into this book; but the author intends to publish that too in one of his future novels.
In the Index following tightly the Appendix, it is possible to search for a given questionable expression's whereabouts, according to its page number.
The Crown of the Dominion is a lost relic of ancient origin possessing a unique magic power. It lies far from civilization, by its secret hiding place in the mystical Land of Pyramids surrounded by the Desert of Oblivion. According to the legends the one who acquires it may become the supreme lord of the world of Erabon.
Antor the thief, Morghan his disciple, Kyranda the wizardess, Monteris the hunter-of-fortune and Elvana the archeress receive that life-threatening compulsory task to acquire this majestic magical artifact for the emperor of the dreaded Empire. The common goal forges them into a resolute and enthusiastic team in the course of the travel full of vicissitudes. However, because of the presence of an insidious and bitterly vicious ill-wisher, as well as of the malicious underworld, beside the perpetual challenges there are always enemies as well.
During conflicts traditional fighting, various martial arts, almost every school and form of magic, and furthermore the mysterious cosmic force known merely by initiated ones gets a role. In the course of hardships realms, nations, cultures, religions, secular and secret orders, traditions and exceptional wonders of the world come into prominence; meanwhile, on diverse sites, true friendships and passionate loves are born. Still the real surprises are held back by the region beyond the known world's confine, believed to be uninhabited. Whether the party will be able to tackle all difficulties?
The background world elaborated with unmatched carefulness, as well as the exceptionally precisely interwoven events referring to each other got compounded in the book, and all this is interspersed by realistically picturesque descriptions, cinematic scenes and cozy or insightful dialogues. Considering its extraordinary extent, high-standard content and eminent depth this artwork is one of the greatest original works that have ever been written.
On the next page, namely in the menu point titled Background we give an overview of the book regarding the detailed elaboreteness of its elements and the depth of its content.