Genre: High fantasy
Word count: ~70k
Current draft: 5th (focusing on Tora)
Calligraphy Guild is my current passion project. From the characters, to their relationships, to the world, to just… all the little details, I love this story. The concept originated from my own idealized “what if?” scenario: What if writing was consistently a group activity? What if there was a physical place for a group of writers to come together to support each other and build relationships with one another and write together and learn the craft as a group? Combine that with a dream about magic ink and… boom! Calligraphy Guild was born.
Dragon ink allows writers to set history in stone—or to change it.
Duyên Lai’s dreams are realized when she’s admitted into the ranks of the calligraphers, authors considered trustworthy enough to defend time from those who would change it. She’s thrilled at the opportunity to record her country’s history, and to work with the other calligraphers in her village.
But when Duyên’s guild is set upon by ancient dragons demanding a time-changer be destroyed, her world is flipped upside down. Her guildmates turn on each other, suspicion coloring their every move. To make matters worse, she’s begun hearing the dragons in her head and finds them impossible to block out: a condition that rendered her grandmother insane.
With the calligraphy guild in turmoil and Duyên’s ever-present fear of madness clouding her vision, will the group be able to discover which of their guildmates has altered time before the dragons pass judgement on them all?
I love the characters of Calligraphy Guild, and I’m so excited to share them with readers! While I can’t do that just yet, here are some brief snapshots of the eight calligraphy guild members. (All images found on Pinterest.)
Duyên Lai – Primary protagonist
Enneagram type: 9
Youngest member of the guild, at 17. Adores her job and the people she gets to work with.
Tora Lôi – Additional protagonist
Enneagram type: Unsure
One of the guild’s favorite members. Struggles with chronic illness.
Sairsha Kincaid – Additional protagonist
Enneagram type: 2
A painter as well as a calligrapher. Native Sacharan.
Zen Manh – Mentor
Enneagram type: 3
Guildmaster. Treats his guild members like family.
Ryuu Tăng – Love interest
Enneagram type: 7
Great sense of humor. Second-youngest guild member (19).
Chaska Masaki – Supporting character
Enneagram type: 1
Mother of two young boys. Puts her family first over anything.
Mika Li – Minor antagonist/Supporting character
Enneagram type: 4
Single mother. New to the guild and slow to open up.
Raiden Hou – Supporting character
Enneagram type: 3
Wants to be guildmaster someday. Attentive to detail.
Duyên stepped onto the porch as a peal of thunder rolled in the distance. She looked up at the dark clouds gathering over the jungle and frowned. The sunset was coming faster than usual.
With a quick glance, Duyên spotted Ryuu looking up at the sky before stepping down from the porch. She hurried over to him and set a hand on his arm. “Do you want some company? I could walk you home.”
Ryuu smiled a little and offered her his elbow, but his eyes didn’t hold the sparkle they usually did. “Shouldn’t I be the one walking you home?”
Duyên hooked her arm through his and tried to give a reassuring smile, but she doubted it was effective.
The two of them walked in silence, the thunder growing louder as the storm approached. Duyên set her head against Ryuu’s arm, wishing she could do something more to make him feel better.
Just as the Lai house came into view, raindrops started to hit Duyên’s skin. She raised her head and looked up at Ryuu. “Race you to the door?”
Ryuu chuckled and unhooked his arm from hers. The two of them took off, racing the rain, but the rain turned to a downpour a few feet from the house and they were soaked by the time they stepped onto the porch.
Duyên turned back to Ryuu. “Do you want to borrow an umbrella?”
Ryuu shrugged. “I’ll be all right. Thanks, though.”
Duyên frowned. “Are you sure?”
Ryuu nodded and leaned down to kiss her forehead. “Have a good evening, Duyên.”
For all of the written lore and information I currently have on Virilia, check out my World Anvil!
Also, check out this beautiful ambient track of Hairen village that my best friend made. ^-^
All of the blog posts I can find that refer to Calligraphy Guild or Virilia: