Bones and Treasures

When creating fantasy anthologies, we often forget about what history gave us — Times of crusades, black plague, Renaissance and the best, The Age of Piracy.

Age of Piracy

Many legends come from the era of pirates. Misconceptions and embellished myths surrounding pirates that existed or never did. Welcome, to Bones & Treasures.

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Fantasy covers a variety of legends. Pirates are part of its vast territory. A. Wayne is a pirate nerd ever since she watched the movie Cutthroat Island in theaters when only a child.

She wanted to be a strong woman that no one could mess with, and when old enough, she made research on the subject of piracy and discovered Anne Bonny and Mary Read. Piracy was not unique to men.

How interesting.

Bones & Treasures

The anthology of Bones & Treasures revolves around a crew of pirates eager to find an artifact of history and defend it. The world can be reality or fiction and so the pirates. The artifact must be real but can have additional and fictional properties.

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Bones & Treasures are about pirates, heroes or villains or anti-heroes seeking vengeance or desire to avenge the death of their mates. It takes place in the 17th century with all of its horrifying glory in richness and trades of all kinds.

Bones & Treasures is where fiction meets reality.

SPECS

Due Date: July 1st 2020.
Publishes: August 4th 2020.
Space: 15 authors only.

Theme: Adventure Fantasy.
Sub-Genre: Every sub-genre is accepted.
Audience: Mature aka 18 and +.
Word Count: 5k to 30k.
Link: Artifact.

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MUST

1. Include one real historical artifact: some fictional artifact can be accepted.
2. Pirates seek: Vengeance or to Avenge.

Pirate Life

If you enjoy pirate stories, legends and folklore, if you have a story you believe everyone can enjoy, please join Bones & Treasures!

Also, do not forget to take a look at out other anthologies focusing on many types of fantasy stories. We have many to choose from and ideas keep coming! 

The OCD Elf
Alexa Wayne

Robin of Locksley

A hero that has passed the test of time saw the light of day in England around the third Crusade. Many believe him to have existed, maybe with a different name or not.

One thing remains the same; Robin Hood is to this day one of the most recognizable folktales ever to have been told.

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Robin Hood Prince of Thieves

In the year 1991, the movie Robin Hood Prince of Thieves saw the big screen and created quite a wave with young ladies of the time, such as me.

I became captivated by the folktale of Robin Hood and wanted to know more about the medieval time and its beauty and terror.

So here is my review of the first movie that had me fall for medieval times and fantasy.

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Dragons of History

We have seen dragons in many cultures and taking many forms. There are many looks to them and many origins as well. Within the fantasy lore, one dragon appearance is seen quite often and is recognizable.

Its appearance has become timeless and crossed from folklore to literature to movies and inspire centuries of artists from many fields.

Dragon’s Fly

In Celtic mythology, dragons come in two different shapes. We have the more commonly known with wings and four legs. Then, we have the sea dragon which looks more like a sea serpent. However, it does remain in the dragon family of the Celtic mythology.

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Dragons are associated with the gods of Celtic mythology and among the most powerful ones as well. They are the protectors and guardians of all that is living and command respect. Dragons are wholly loved by the Celtic people from texts written and also, by those who adorned the crest of a dragon.

Something I didn’t know was that there is always a Catholic dragon who has taken over guarding either a castle or cavern filled with gold. This dragon is a typically a dragon with scaly skin, almost lizard-like, wings reminiscent of a bat, therefore, having a membrane that permits the ability of flight instead of feathers although there are rare representations of dragons with feathered wings.

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Some variations also show dorsal bony spikes and of course, like a bat, the dragon has back legs, and its hands are attached to the wings giving it its web shape, leaving only two fingers at the end of each wing. Moreover, the dragon is known to have a long scaly tail reminiscent again of a reptile, measuring about the length of its entire body.

In folktales, mean dragons are often depicted as greedy, making it more apparent that this is to have a hero slay the dragon in the adventure. Meanwhile, the kind ones are often depicted as resourceful, a source of wisdom and loyalty. Dragons can be both good and bad, and that is the reason why I was surprised to see dragons in Catholicism as they had reduced Elves and Fairies to evil entities.

The Magic of Dragons

Dragons are known to spit a significant amount of fire to protect either their lair or treasures or even people they are sworn to protect. Their fire coming from their belly up to their elongated throat — again, lizard-like, out of their mouth and have a vast range of targeting what or who they wish to set on fire.

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Other than their apparent torch ability, dragons have other skills that are unique to them. While researching European dragons, I have found that dragon blood is quite precious and treasured. It can keep the animal alive for centuries if not a millennia while even in particular literature, immortal. Their blood is also believed to be poisonous or acid like to anyone who would touch it.

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What seems to be common among European folktales when it comes to dragons is their love for an underground lair. They might be creatures capable of flying only by flapping their hands up and down, however, like their close “flight relatives,” the bats, they prefer to be antisocial and keep to themselves away from humans in caverns and sleep for long periods of time. This particularity can also let us know that by such behavior, they are an ancient species evolved of Earth.

Middle Ages

Dragons in the Dark Ages were well present in texts. Amongst Catholics of the time, most of them were evil, except for those guarding castles because of the dragon’s enormous stature. However, when we go up north, the Welsh saw them quite differently.

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Dragons in Germanic folktales are depicted as again, guarding treasures of great value. They are hiding from humans, and over an extended period, if the dragon is believed to have left. Humans would then be known to enter the dragon’s lair where the treasure resided. They would then fall ill in some way. That specification has me believe that it must be due to their acidic or poisonous blood and most probably body fluids.

Wyvern Not Dragon

In both England and Portugal, these countries once used dragons to represent their crest, but later on, these dragons became what is called a Wyvern. Those creatures, though closely resembling dragons, have quite a few differences.

One difference being that they have two back legs, but no arms as their wings are their only other limbs depriving them of fingers.

However, I am keeping this fascinating creature for another article. Therefore I am now going to get back to the fascinating dragon’s!

Now

Through research, I have discovered that discussing and informing others about dragons couldn’t be achieved in just one article as it would turn into an entire encyclopedia with all of the information that you get! So, all that I can say is that up until now, dragons seem to share two extremes and it keeps me wondering what is at the core of these extreme personalities.

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I want to go deeper with dragons and study their variances throughout the Arthurian literature, England, Celtic, Iberian, Italian and Scandinavian. Each of these has their particular view of dragons, and it has me wondering: did they somehow at one time exist and if so, are any remains unfindable because they would spontaneously combust therefore leaving no traces of their entire existence behind?

One thing is for sure; I am more passionate about them now than I ever was before!

The OCD Elf
Alexa Wayne

The Origin of Fays

When thinking about fairies with are often leaning toward the little tiny female entities with charming laughs and little dragonfly type of wings.

We think about Tinkerbell and her friends; others imagine them appearing like children. However, where do they come from, what are the origins of Fays?

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The Celtic Druids

Upon researching my novel, looking for different types of characters I could use aside from the usual, the word Druid popped in my head, and I thought maybe it could be interesting to mix the truth and their folklore.

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