Crystals of Empire Trilogy
ACTION ADVENTURE DRAMA EPIC FANTASY RELIGIOUS POLITICAL
17th Century or Earlier
Kazi Boku is born to live a life of epic responsibility. Destiny initiates his training by a loving family and community, while adversity and loss direct his path to restoring the harmony of nature.
Tyrus has created crystals of power capable of healing any wound or curing any disease. He employs his crystals to create new forms of creatures. He wants to give occupied land, where the Boku family lives, to his minions and when his created bears fail, he sends mercenaries.
Angus Town is growing and Kazi Boku's inn is successful but Tyrus Hammersvold, The High Priest of Kaal, wants to test his created Bragetti and orders them to destroy the new village. They succeed in their ordered destruction but are defeated by the Duke's forces. Kazi is sent to find the Bragetti.
Fantasy world of Starn
Based on a True Story
Plot - Premise
Overcoming Monster/Villain,Tragedy,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Other
Plot - Other Elements
Coming of Age,Philosophical Questions,Twist,Other
Mature Audience Themes
Main Character Details
Name: Kazi Boku
Key Traits: Aspiring,Adventurous,Charming,Complex,Decisive,Religious,Engaging,Faithful,Heroic,Honorable,Naive,Romantic,Skillful
Additional Character Details
Name: Tyrus Hammesvold
Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Villainous,Narcisstic,Masculine,Complex,Secretive,Power Hungry,Educated,Leader,Manipulative,Unapologetic,Visionary,Gracious,Confident
Additional Character Details
Name: Tsian Po
Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Complex,Confident,Selfless,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Honorable,Unapologetic,Skillful,Masculine,Empathetic
Additional Character Details
Key Traits: Badass,Charming,Aggressive,Narcisstic,Sexy,Criminal,Engaging,Power Hungry,Skillful,Faithful,Greedy,Romantic,Seductive,Manipulative,Unapologetic,Villainous,Complex
Tyrus has created Crystals that can heal any illness or injury. The crystals must be charged with the entire lifeforce of any creature and when used, the charge distributes some of the qualities of that lifeforce to the one being healed. Humans to bears, bears to humans, or any animals can be mixed and, over time a new species can be created. People can be also 'recharged' to live forever. Tyrus also creates a religion, The Temple of Kaal, based on healing and plans to control the world by ruling Kings and Dukes from behind the façade of his religious enterprise. Miraculous healing requires a life and using such power for self gain has unforeseen consequences. Tyrus' creature creations do not go unnoticed by the Cosmic and Kazi Boku is born to put a stop to Tyrus' constructs. Kazi has no knowledge of his prescribed destiny and only wants to live a happy life, farming, getting married, and perhaps, becoming an innkeeper. Unfortunately, his path constantly intersects with Tyrus's plans for world domination. The village where he grew up is desired by Tyrus and mercenaries are sent to remove the occupants. The school he attends is attacked by Tryus assassins. His wife is murdered by Temple of Kaal mercenaries and the new village, Angus Town, is beset by Tyrus's Bragetti. Kazi's losses grow each time he survives the inroads of Tyrus's plans. This story would make an excellent series lasting several seasons. Unique characters with interesting subplots.
ACTION, WAR, FANTASY, DRAMA
Kazi Boku and his best friend Tsian lose everything but each other when raiders pillage their family's village. Kazi tries to start a new life, but the Temple of Kaal and the troubles they bring prevent him from happiness. The leaders of the Temple, the masterminds behind the attacks, ensure that Kazi does not learn of their plot by sending the very soldiers Kazi would need as witnesses as his next target practice.
Authors Writing Style: GOOD
Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT
Accuracy of Book Profile
Yes the book fairly reflects the profile; aside from that, Deborah seems to have a bigger antagonist role than Tyrus. Although he is the leader, she seems to be more present and influential as the narrative progresses.
Draw of Story
The dynamic between the village families is very charming and relatable, and then suddenly almost all the beloved characters are taken away.
The women for the most part seem to be stuck in caretaker roles. While Deborah as the priestess seems to have a bit more to do, she too is still subservient to Tyrus. By giving women more central roles with greater variation in agency, the diversity of the cast will shine.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY RELIES HEAVILY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The hook is that Kazi Boku is just trying to lead a normal life and his dream is to be an innkeeper, but supernatural forces looking to take over the world keep trying to kill him and he keeps thwarting their plans.
This could have a medium fanbase for those who like the fantasy action genre as there is mostly action and the magic is simple to understand.
Fantasy genre films do not tend to win many awards. While similar to a historical piece the focus on action over emotional range is unlikely to garner acting notice, though the film might win for sound mixing or special effects of the battles.
Similar Films/TV Series
THE GREAT WALL, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE WITCHER, ROBIN HOOD (BBC SERIES), AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER, XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS
What’s New About the Story
What is original and unique is Kazi Boku's lack of supernatural powers, but his ability to fight the Temple through sheer skill. He is a reluctant fighter and fierce friend who uses creativity and heart to fight and only fights when he has to.
The friendship between Kazi and Tsian is very heartwarming and that they start a new life even through Tsian doesn't have hands and their town was massacred is credit to their strength and determination.
Uniqueness of Story
This could be a rare gem with a few tweaks. The world-building takes a while to be established which slows down the pacing of Kazi embarking on the hero's journey. Kazi does not face much loss until far into the first couple chapters which does not catalyst him to move about in the world as he is content beforehand. By speeding up when Kazi is forced to fight the Temple as revenge, the momentum of the dramatic narrative will be more suspenseful and intense.
Film - Indie, Film - Studio, Film - Streaming
It has excellent action sequences especially involving bears a la The Revenant and the charming characters although pursued by evil are not hellbent on a revenge plot rather they are trying to escape the destruction of death and lead a normal life.