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Elmoryn by Chris Philbrook

Death is Not the End 

It has been 291 years since The Great Plague nearly wiped the entire world clean of human life. Life was rescued from the clutches of the vile Plague only through the combined might of the two great faiths of Elmoryn together with the magical might of the Waymancers, masters of all things Magic.

Elmoryn has struggled since its near death, but like the fate of all humans on Elmoryn, death was not final. Almost three hundred years of wars, dictators, kings and queens of all qualities, as well as the evil workings of fell Necromancers, thousands of zombies, and beasts from the wilds has finally passed. Some stability has returned. Nations have formed, borders are respected, and the Church of Souls and the Artificer’s Guild have given hope to a world that had none.

The story of Elmoryn unfolds in novels posted one chapter at a time, roughly every other week, and in short stories, posted when they are written. The first book in the Elmoryn world is entitled The Wrath of the Orphans.

In addition to the Wrath of the Orphans, and other stories set in Elmoryn, there is a substantial amount of Premium Content available to people who subscribe to the site. In the premium areas you’ll find hundreds of pages of background information on the places, people, things, spells, and far more, not to mention dozens of premium illustrations that accompany the story.

Elmoryn is also a pen and paper role playing game in development. If you are a premium member of the website, you will gain access to areas of the site that enhance your knowledge of the world as well as the story, and also give you a sneak peek into the game as well.

Note: Elmoryn contains some graphic sexual content, graphic violence, and harsh language.


An ongoing series, with new episodes fortnightly

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Listed: Aug 16, 2012

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By Fiona Gregory, editor

Dec 21, 2012: Elmoryn is quite different from Philbrook’s other web fiction, the gritty and colloquial Adrian’s Undead Diary. This is high fantasy written in a formal (slightly stiff) third person. At first glance, it’s a fairly standard semi-medieval fantasy setting, with the twist that, if the appropriate ceremony is performed promptly after death, the deceased becomes part of the magical energy that sustains this world. If not, or if a necromancer gets you, the corpse becomes something considerably nastier. The fear of the townsfolk after an unexpected death in the first chapter nicely illustrates this foreboding.

There is an odd typo but nothing major. As explained in the blurb, the Elmoryn website is also an exercise in world building. The story can stand alone, but will be of special interest to role-playing game aficionados.

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By NoraFedora, member

Sep 11, 2012: I’ve always been a fan of well-built, detailed fantasy worlds, and Elmoryn is certainly one of them. The first chapter will get you hooked, and if you’re like me you will want to delve into the plethora of details on the site. Like any good fantasy story, you have to learn a bit about the world before you are fully immersed, but once you get there it is really compelling. For all those RPGers out there, the spell descriptions, character lists, and creature types will have you itching for your [more . . .]

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By OneRed911, member

Aug 17, 2012: What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good fantasy and Chris Philbrook delivers another fantasy world that draws you in and makes you feel like a part of the story. The characters we’ve been introduced to so far become more likeable in each chapter and I look forward to seeing where their story takes them.

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By slw2082, member

Aug 24, 2012: The first chapter of Elmoryn was a bit overwhelming for me. There is a lot of information in the first chapter. I stuck with it and am so very glad I did. This story really hits the ground running. Very smart writing. I am left wanting more after each chapter. When I am reading Elmoryn, I feel more like a fly on the wall in their world. Chris Philbrook does a great job of describing everything and making this fantasy world really pop and come to life right before your [more . . .]

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