About All Our Sins

Genre: Galactic Fantasy
Warnings: Mature Language, Violence, and Sexual Content
Status: Work-in-progress (in redevelopment)

All Our Sins is a project that first manifested when I was a teenager (around age fourteen, if I recall correctly). It’s undergone a number of iterations over the years as I grew as a person and became more well-read. Originally it featured human beings, ninjas, and genetic experimentation. The drafts back then read like anime! It quickly started to evolve to exclude humans completely and has since taken on a life of its own.

It’s had several names: Spear of Destiny, Madora Myst, Heart of the Empire, and a couple of others I can’t recall now. The current title, All Our Sins (AOS), comes from the VNV Nation song of the same name which (with a few minor lyrical changes) struck me as being a great embodiment of where the project was going.

The premise is this: the årdrakin, a humanoid species descended from dragons, have a prophecy that recounts nine signs of the apocalypse. The prophecy says that once all the signs have occurred, the årdrakin race will end. Descriptions of the signs are cryptic and the prophecy is thousands of years old but, because the Avatar, the literal embodiment of the Mother Goddess, is able to wield power that no science can explain, belief in the prophecy is strong. When the people finally realize the signs have started to occur, the fight is on to try to avoid their doom.

It’s not as simple as all that, of course. Individual årdrakin have agendas like most people would. There’s Zai’al, the Avatar with a secret past who aims to destroy the goddess the people know. There’s Vÿškåríel, the kinslayer who aims to rule the Empire. There’s Rakaal, the soldier who wants to restore honor to his people. And there’s Dezÿrí, the heir who wants to run from her heritage and destiny. Whether they realize it or not, any one of them could be responsible, directly or indirectly, for the prophecy coming to pass.

The prophecy isn’t the only thing the årdrakin have to worry about. Gannik, the leader of the skarastaja, has a bone to pick with them. Generations ago, the primitive skarastaja were uplifted by the årdrakin. The results were devastating and Gannik’s people have never recovered. Backed by an incredible power, he has vowed to avenge his people upon the sky demons. His quest may unwittingly bring about the very destruction the årdrakin prophecy has warned about for so many millennia.

Originally, AOS was going to be just one book that concerned itself with Zai’al, Vÿškåríel, Rakaal, Dezÿrí, and Gannik, and then potentially a sequel that would have concerned itself with the aftermath on the skarastaja homeworld. But because I suffer from a writing affliction called plot expansion, it’s now grown: a short (ish) prequel called The First Sin which explores what happens when the skarastaja are uplifted, then a second book, Sin Beyond Redemption, also technically a prequel, that explores what happens when Shazarel, the empress with delusions of grandeur, decides to revisit the skarastaja and ends up inciting civil war in the Empire. The third one, called The Final Sins, will be what the original book was supposed to be. And then there’s that potential sequel…

It’s a lot of work to redevelop one book into three (or four)! For so many years I struggled to keep notes about this universe organized, which undoubtedly contributed to why it’s taken me so long to get anywhere, among other reasons. I now use a program called Campfire to keep my story bible in order and keep things moving forward. A by-product of the plot expansion means I’m starting to accrue a lot of information akin to the extensive Appendices that Tolkien had for his works. That’s mind-blowing and exciting.

Because I like to share, I publish AOS material to my website, but it’s only accessible to members with approved access because so much of it is still in a beta state and I don’t feel ready to simply release the information “into the wild”. If you’re interested in learning more about AOS and participating in feedback and development, please join the Iron Dragon’s Den on Discord and become an active participant. Once you’ve established yourself (eg, by taking initiative to chat regularly with others, sharing your own creative content, showing interest in Iron Dragon content, etc), you can request access. If approved, registration will be opened up for you.