Night slowly crept in, banishing daylight from the sky. And as darkness enshrouded the land, an enormous juggernaut thundered across the earth.
The soldiers that made up the Baalarian Empire shook the ground with each syncopated metal footstep. Their armour was as black as the night, making them almost impossible to see, their helmets adorned with horns. On their shields and banners, they carried the symbol of their deity – the Four Horned Warlord Baala, a dragon who, according to legends, taught Draconica about war. At the core of the army’s infantry were spearmen, shield in one hand and in the other a huge spear that was almost as big as the man who carried it. Supporting them were swordsmen attired the same as their spearmen brethren. Their ranged units comprised entirely of crossbowmen. Baalarians favoured the crossbow over the bow due to the ease of training, and their crossbows were fitted with a specialised latch system that could be pulled back for instant reloading. Their bolts could also travel further due to the wraith birds feathers they used in the construction of them. At the back of the army were their cavalry, which would be their reserves should the battle not go their way. As if the troops weren’t terrifying enough, Baalaria had also brought catapults and trebuchets that fired burning rock, enough to reduce even the largest city-state into rubble in a short time.
St Geordia readied their defences as quickly as they could. The sudden appearance of the enemy had caught them completely off guard so they had little time to prepare, but did what they could. The foot soldiers and knights armed themselves with sword and spear, archers placed atop the battlement towers along with the riflemen. In the darkness, they could not make out the total numbers of the Baalarians. In fact they could barely see them, as they did not carry torches to light their way. But the bulk of the empire was set in the Dark Lands, a place of perpetual darkness, so over the centuries the people there had adapted to the darkness and could see at night time just as easy as they could see during the day. This helped them hide their numbers from their enemy.
Luckily, the Brittanans had an advantage themselves – they had gunpowder weapons, something Baalaria was yet to add to their weaponry. With the rifles and cannons at their disposal, the Brittanans could decimate their forces before they came within range of the battlements. They hoped!
There was one other advantage they had – and the reason why the city had never fallen. The outer walls and battlements were made of pure eternium, one of the few indestructible materials in Draconica. As long as they kept them the other side of the wall, they would win this day.
Title: Trapped on Draconica
Author: Dan Wright
Barely into his teens, Ben Anthony has not had it easy. With his father in prison, his mother struggling to keep him under control and his friends little more than criminals in the making, Ben is already on a self-destructive path. But his life is about to get much worse.
Teleported to the world where dragons once ruled, Ben finds himself the target of the malign Baalarian Empire – of which Emperor Gothon seeks to capture him for reasons yet unknown. Teaming with warrior Princess Daniar Dragonkin, her altruistic sister Erowin and the revenge seeking Leonidan Prince Kalak, Ben sets out on a reluctant quest to find his way home. And thus begins his incredible adventure…
Dan lives in the United Kingdom – born in the historic town of Canterbury, Kent. He picked up a love of Fantasy stories after reading such classics as The Lord of the Rings, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and numerous Roald Dahl novels.
His biggest influences are Douglas Adams, Alan Moore, Stan Lee, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joss Whedon, H.P Lovecraft, Hiromu Arakawa and George R R Martin. He is highly influenced by Anime, Video Games and Comic books. He has also written a fan parody series on YouTube called Totalitarian Warlords and Termination Squadron.
As well as writing, Dan plays guitar in a metal band. He likes all kinds of music—but he mainly listens to rock and metal, rap, some pop music and also film and video game scores. He also loves Disney and Pixar movies—often finding himself singing along to the tunes, or crying manly tears!
He is also a slave to his cat, who takes up a lot of his time when he isn’t at work or writing!
To learn more about Dan and the world of Draconica, visit the following places:
Draconica Website: http://draconicaseries.weebly.com