FAQ

How can I keep up to date?

I’ve made a Twitter account where I post notable updates! I’ll be updating about each chapter release and website updates there! I’ll also be posting writing excerpts, artwork, and other thoughts there!

How many people are working on Demrefor?

It’s just me! I’m the primary writer and creator of Demrefor, and though I have a few friends who make suggestions and proofread for me I’ve done most of the project on my own. I especially owe my thanks to ausgoth, though, as they have helped me with so many ideas for the story and world and deserve a lot of credit!

How long have you been working on Demrefor?

Demrefor is as old as I am! As a kid it was a world I could sneak into when things got hard, and was the subject of my terrible short stories and scribbled pencil art, and I always promised myself I’d write a book about it when I got older so other people could feel the same escape from the world that it gave me!

Now that I am older I’m keeping my promise and started on a complete rewrite of everything. The big rewrite started in 2014 but has only picked up speed since 2016, when I started building the website.

Demrefor’s huge! Don’t you feel you’ve bitten off more than you can chew? How do you manage it?

It’s definitely a big project, but that’s not going to stop me! The size of the project just means there’s more fun to be had with it! And though it may sometimes feel like it’s a never-ending project, looking back at all the progress I’ve made proves otherwise!

As for how I manage it? It’s all about prioritising and knowing what to work on and when! One thing at a time and not giving up. That’s how it’s done! The hardest part is figuring out what needs to be worked on next. But once I have that it’s not too hard to get going!

How can I help?

Exposure: The most important thing people can do to help with Demrefor is to make sure it’s seen! Posting links, telling your friends, and getting people interested in the world will help me continue working!

Donations: While everything to do with Demrefor is posted for free, the project does cost me a little out of pocket. If you want to support me with donations to help with things such as website hosting fees you can throw a few dollars to my Ko-Fi!

What do the characters look like?

Obviously, I have my own way of imaging all the characters in the books!, I’m making profiles for them all on toyhou.se. Mostly, I use the art of my characters as references for writing descriptions, so they should be pretty close to the book versions. …

BUT, of course, everyone sees things differently! If you have a different image of the character in your mind, please don’t hold back drawing them the way you see them! Just be respectful, and I’ll be happy ❤︎

Am I allowed to use Demrefor’s world/characters to make my own work?

Yes! I would be honoured if you made work based on my own. However, I do request that you read my copyright page to understand the limitations I place on my work. Especially if you are considering selling anything!

If you’re not sure about things, please don’t be scared to contact me.

What’s up with the forgotten past of humans and nurlaks? (Spoilers)

Boats that look like spaceships, the sky attacking the planet, ancient nurlak history being completely forgotten and shrouded in mystery, and strange human children appearing during storms with green spots on their necks that give them mysterious powers: these are just a few of the elements I’ve added in to try and hint at the true history of the planet.

I’ve tried to add a small air of mystery around Demrefor’s past, but I’m also not trying to keep it a complete secret.
So if you’ve had trouble guessing what these things are leading up to (especially right now when the world building is still incomplete) here’s the answer: Demrefor was invaded by aliens. Those aliens were humans.

They tried to wipe out the native nurlak race, but the magical world proved too powerful and the humans lost the war; they sent out a signal that deactivated their technology and abandoned the soldiers that had become trapped on the planet. The soldiers managed to colonise the planet and now live alongside the native races.

Now desperate parents of “imperfect” children (i.e. disabled children the alien humans deem a burden) will send their children to Demrefor in hopes they’ll be saved and raised by the humans that remain on the planet.

Why is the year for the world building so specific? (Spoilers)

This answer relates to the answer above! Ancient human technology is reactivated, and there is a technological boom which leads to Demrefor’s space age! The basic notes detailing the events after 14,925 AE are below:

Valenor were the ones who discovered how to fix old human technology with soulstone and lead a public space travel attempt. It is successful, though they are only able to launch one ship, which has to return to the planet within three days.

Valenor egos are boosted by this and they don’t share their knowledge of ancient devices, and other races are nervous about war/invasions.

Maren, mer, kurloke, seces, and naga form the Guraqua Alliance and take major control of the ocean; they trade the valenor peace for technological knowledge, and the rest of Demrefor is given access and education on ancient machines. This evens out the major tensions on the planet.

Demreforian humans and nurlaks found an alliance and have begun magic/science studies, to combine the two elements. They gain access to old nurlak magic through the old human science, which prompts them to hire avio scientists, and in a matter of months the planet has access to full space travel technology.

The kayka launch themselves into space and disappear. Nobody knows why or how.

The valenor king Cran dies, and a new king takes over.

A new alien species is discovered on a neighbouring planet. The nurlak god in Distro’s memoryshare stones knows them; they are descended from nurlak who used to worship the god and fled the planet in AI’s old ship. They call themselves “mullars” now and have evolved into more swamp-suited creatures. They join the nurlak/human alliance after being reunited with their god. They are defensive geniuses, but useless on the offence. This suits the nurlak/human alliance perfectly, as they are interested in the study of technology and the mullars have provided them peace of mind concerning valenor’s growing aggression.

Heck’ne was considered the perfect spot to create major launch stations without damaging the planet. Valenor joined with the human/nurlak/mullar alliance (creating the Balsalsar Alliance) and attempted to invade, but were forced out when the Rendi formed an alliance with Immortal Distro. The  Balsalsar then took over Keos Leesa, and drove out the native dragon races. These races took refuge on Carra’Jor, Rendi, and Das.

The Balsalsar lost the support of the avio because of their actions and, without the math-minded race, their technological improvements slowed to a halt.

During the invasion, Heck’nerians hid inside the mountain range surrounding their Prophet’s throne. This led them underneath Heck’ne, where they discovered the largest ancient warship known to Demrefor. Heck’nerians forbid the use of the warship and dismantled it piece by piece so if it was reactivated it wouldn’t tear apart Heck’ne; the pieces were stolen before the ship could be rebuilt.

It was discovered Heck’ne was a major crash-site for ancient ships; with the chemicals and fuel poisoning the ground from beneath. This is the reason for Heck’ne’s infertility; and why the wasteland has healed and shrunk over time as the chemicals slowly decomposed.

The alliance with the Rendi lead to Distro taking complete control of Carra’Jor as the Empress Dragon. She still allows the kingdoms to be run by their royal families; these kingdoms are known as the Peace Kingdoms. They end up almost completely populated by the Rendi races as Eala races leave Carra’Jor for the other continents.

The Eala races accept foxens into their official ranks and form an explorative society. They are both the most welcoming and the strictest society in space; you may come and live with them, but you MUST follow their rules. The Balsalsar Alliance and Eala are on good terms, but the Eala Alliance threatens war if the Balsalsar step out of line. They remind the Balsalsar of the old International Alliance; which is then rewritten to suit the modern times and renamed the Peace Code.

Everyone takes the Peace Code seriously and for about 1000 years they live peacefully.

A war with alien humans starts. They attempted to shoot down Eala ships, who received help from the Balsalsar and returned to Demrefor mostly unharmed. The alien humans followed and attacked the planet.

It was during the alien human invasion that it was discovered dassens had stolen Heck’ne’s warship and secretly reassembled it. They reactivated it to attack the alien humans and drove them away from the planet, into deeper space where the worst of the fighting began.

Many alien humans seek refuge in the Demreforian space communities, as alien humans are ruled by a violent dictatorship. It’s discovered alien humans go from galaxy to galaxy; wiping out competing races and taking over the world.

Information starts to show up stating alien humans are also at war with another alien race; though nobody knows what it is. They are powerful, and because they’re attacking the alien humans are having trouble spreading their resources enough to attack Demrefor AND defend from the unknown aliens.

It is discovered the unknown alien race is the kayka. They forcefully take over the human’s home planet, Earth, and threaten to blow it up if humans don’t comply with their orders. Many humans surrender; their leader is on Earth, and they feel a sense of loyalty to the planet they came from. Other humans do not submit and instead flee into space.

The war is technically over, but everyone is on alert because it’s VERY likely that the runaway humans with ally and start more trouble.