Associated Tales

There is a lot more written about Kolchin than is included in the published novels. There is stuff expunged from earlier drafts, the volume of pages from the unpublished first novel, and various bits and pieces of background – some of which are included on this website in the sections General Geography, Peoples and Places, Characters, and Timelines.

Although most pieces are unfinished, there are various shorter narratives which are being, or have been, completed – and which are and will be published here. The thought is to add ones as and when. But for starters:


The Histories & Prophecies of Dinogad

This piece concerns the valley of Orestol and adds to the story of Fial and Taru in Time & Sorrow. It is best read as part of that novella – I’m not sure it will mean much if read as a stand-alone text.

Richard Bray (summer 2013)

Of Einion: the Allure of the Rose

This is the first Appendix to Time & Sorrow and tells of the last native Sacred King of Orestol before the first Overlord Nantö came over the mountains.”

Richard Bray (spring 2016)

There is also an augmentedpdf version of Of Einion – the Allure of the Rose with a few images not otherwise on this website.

Of Past and Future Ways

“This is the second Appendix to Time & Sorrow and tells of Melior‘s entry into Orestol.”

Richard Bray (spring 2016)

There is also an augmentedpdf version of Of Past and Future Ways.

Of Ikah Ascending

“This third Appendix to Time & Sorrow is very much an aside, but is a story that I’ve long had in my thoughts and references certain concepts of colour I had as a child.”

Richard Bray (summer 2017)

Taru in Transit

“This final Appendix to Time & Sorrow is far and away the most substantial, both in terms of length and importance.

“The original story of the change of fortunes in the valley of Orestol had as its protagonist a character who ended up in The Migrator being referred to as Michael Raven, now Taru. This caused me all sorts of problems, as I mentioned in Away Too Long. The primary one was that I already had a character – Owel in Voice in the Forest – who had come from Earth to Kolchin and I did not want to simply repeat this. A way has been found around this, but while working this out I worked on Taru’s backstory. The latter parts had been written at some length – principally his time in Parasalaya – and now I added the earliest parts of his history – which were originally to be incorporated in a separate work called The Dream-Cycle – on which see the post of the same name.

“But as I worked it became clear that there was much to tell of Taru’s story after the end of Time & Sorrow, and I have been working hard at this for a year or so. This is intended to be a standalone novel, but still requires much more work.

“Of the longer versions of parts of Taru’s story – these may well be uploaded at some future date. To be decided.”

Richard Bray (summer 2017)

There is also an augmented pdf version of Taru in Transit (Parts One, Two, Three and Four) with various images, including a couple not otherwise on this website. It has only been divided into four parts due to its length.


The Marquis’s Destruction

And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower,
 whose top
may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name,
lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the earth.

Genesis: Chapter 11: Verse 4
Holy Bible: King James Version

And in its [the Eiffel Tower’s] height, its structural daring,
 its then-radical use of industrial materials
 for the commemorative purposes of the State,
 it summed up what the ruling classes of Europe
 conceived the promise of technology to be: Faust’s contract,
 the promise of unlimited power over the world and its wealth.

 Robert Hughes, The Shock of the New: Art and the Century of Change, page 11.

The Marquis’s Destruction is based on the tale of Gilgamesh and Enkidu (published by Penguin 60s Classics) and Robert Pogue Harrison’s interpretation in his Forests: The Shadow of Civilisation – but with the threat of civilisation and wilderness flipped. It has gone through a huge number of drafts to try and achieve an archaic but assessable tone.”

  Richard Bray (summer 2012)

There is also an augmentedpdf version of The Marquis’s Destruction, with images and additional pieces of text, but conceived as a whole. It is quite a large file and may take some time to download. Some of the images are also included here.


In Search of the Best of All Worlds

“This short story follows on from the events in Voice in the Forest, and will (perhaps) serve as a bridge to a further novel. I have, however, sought to make In Search of the Best of All Worlds as understandable in isolation as I can, but it will be best comprehended if read after Voice in the Forest: and premature perusal could give away aspects of that novel’s plot.

“This latter part of Owel’s story was originally intended to be part of Voice in the Forest, but did not fit into the final structure of the novel. I also felt it made Voice in the Forest‘s ending too similar to that of The Migrator. I have rewritten and expanded it since the completion of Voice in the Forest and sought to lessen the similarities.”

 Richard Bray (early summer 2012)

There is  apdf of  In Search of the Best of All Worlds available.