The Catalyst design brief.
The Catalyst is the first novel in a fantasy series called The Corestone Trilogy, that I am writing. The genre could be described as somewhere between high and dark fantasy, and is most definitely not suitable for children.
It follows various characters in the city of Autumnreach. The society is quite advanced (approx industrial era) due to their use of Corestone, which are types of stone imbued with a magical energy which can be used as a power source.
**The Catalyst is the device which is used to recharge these corestones, and is the centre of the entire books plot.
Because of this, I would like the Catalyst on the front cover.**
(An example of their technology would be a ‘Corestone lamp’; a lump of Corestone is used instead of a fire or such, providing heat and light. Corestones are also used to purify water, power weapons, allow long distance communication, etc.)
The Catalyst is an ancient device. In this book it is described as such:
-It was a tripod structure made of stone, which glistened with thousands of tiny gems and bits of metal. Three legs appeared to continue beneath the floor, they converged at the top, sloping inwards to make a curved pyramid. On each leg, about halfway up was inlaid a red Corestone.
“Atop is a single piece of black Corestone that is used to charge used Corestones, which are simply placed in the centre of the pillars. Three mages will activate the red Corestones, and that is how we recharge our most valuable asset. Large numbers of spent Corestones can be placed in the centre to be charged simultaneously, though the more that are there, the longer it takes them to charge it.” Professor Faintree informed them. The grumpy Mathematics teacher had taken them out of their usual class for this surprise visit to the centre of the College. “Take a good look, as most of you will never see it again. Only a very small amount of mages ever get to interact with the Catalyst. I doubt any of you will be counted among them.”
“What do the markings mean, sir?” One of the students asked, breaking the heavy silence.
Faintree scowled. “I didn’t give you permission to ask questions yet, Miss Mobec. But, since you ask; the markings are various charms and spells used by the Dilarans in their work with Corestone. Scholars have been trying to decipher the language ever since we discovered their work, but with little success. We believe these symbols,” he motioned to a few of the symbols, “refer to the Eternals, the supposed ‘elder gods’, the ones who shaped our world. As you all know, because you all pay attention in class, the energy we refer to as ‘magic’ is believed to have been brought into the world by these beings. The world was here before the Eternals. Then the four of these beings came along to shape it, help life to begin, and all the other things that you ought to have learned as a child. When they joined our world, however, they brought with them strange energy, which we believe to be magic. We have this theory for many reasons, though principal among them is how ‘unnatural’ it appears to be.” His voice became a little calmer now, as he recited a lesson he had probably told hundreds of times. “Wherever you find a Corestone garden you will find deformities in the plant life surrounding it. Trees will sport bulbous growths, blowers will grow stunted and deformed, and wildlife will almost always avoid it. If we add this to the fact that the Boldani, a people who live very closely with nature, consider Corestone to be evil and are forbidden from even touching it by their gods. Indeed, even our very own Brothers of the Harvest state that our Goddess herself will allow none of it in her temple.” -
However, since I have no imagination for visuals, I am completely happy if someone has a better vision of what it could look like.
I would like a reflection of the strange magic, the ancientness of the device itself.
The only requests are:
* There must be a space in the centre of the device as that is where the Corestones are placed to be recharge.
* The space must also be big enough for a person to stand inside, but please don’t add one in! It’s kinda a secret plot point for later in the book.
* The Catalyst is also very valuable, so it must definitely NOT be outdoors. I don’t mind what you do with it’s setting, though the room it is kept in is underground.
* It is an ancient artifact, covered in strange designs/carvings.
* Corestones must appear on it somewhere. They must be red, and are described in the book as being no bigger than a clenched fist. They are smooth, not faceted, and they have a dim glow.
Title: The Catalyst
Author: Alex Lorien
Subtitle: The Corestone Trilogy: Book One
Designers should feel free to arrange these elements in any way they feel works best/has the best impact.
Since I am using Kindle Direct Publishing, I’d need their guidelines used, please:
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