As you may know by now, “Legend of the Mystic Knights” is set in an alternate reality where the Middle Ages have never ended. You may also have guessed that I chose Switzerland as the setting of my novel.
There are numerous Swiss locations which I have described in my novel. If you did not see the previous blog, there is more about Switzerland here. The city of Lucerne- There are several locations in the city of Lucerne that I describe in my novel.
Kapellbrücke- Which is a wooden covered bridge (the oldest in Europe) leading into Lucerne. Inside on the roof are triangle shaped paintings. In my novel, these paintings show knights defeating evil monsters. I also describe the water tower which sits at the end (in the novel it is used as a lookout post).
Church of St. Leodegar- One of the most important landmarks in Lucerne. I tried to describe this church accurately in my novel, particularly its bright white interior.
Traveling through the Alps, a group of knights must travel over the Teufelsbrücke, or Devil’s Bridge. This is a bridge which spans over the Schöllenen Gorge crossing the Reuss River.
In the novel I actually describe the legend about this bridge. The bridge was so difficult to build over the gorge that the devil offered to build it. The devil’s price for his work was he was to get the soul of the first to pass over it. The devil was tricked by a herdsman who sent a goat over first. Angered, the devil picked up a huge boulder to smash the bridge. A quick thinking older woman, carved a cross into the boulder, and the devil dropped the huge stone and fled. The travelers in my novel also pass the boulder which is supposed to be the same one the devil had picked up.
Having my novel full of monsters, I decided to add a monster unique to Switzerland. The tazlewurm is a cryptic beast which inhabits the Alp Mountains. This creature has the body of a snake, with front legs only and the reptilian version of a cat’s head. It has a poisoners breath which can kill a man in seconds.
One of the major reasons I choose Switzerland, is because of its sheer beauty. As a writer it is a joy to describe vividly about valleys with running rivers and streams, located between mountains.
Here is an excerpt of my novel:
White caps appeared at the tops of the rocky mountain peaks, but below were fields, painted green. The contrast between the emerald fields and white mountain caps against a crystal blue sky overwhelmed William, and he felt like he was looking upon the face of God.
When I was a child I saw a Disney movie “Third Man on the Mountain” (1959), this was a movie about a boy who wants to conquer the mountain that killed his father. Ever since I saw this movie, I had a fascination with the Alps, and someday I hope to be able to see it in person. Side Note: This was this movie that was the inspiration for the Matterhorn bobsled rides at Disney Parks.
I hope that this blog has allowed you to get a better understanding of why I choose Switzerland, and also to give you a better appreciation for this country. I too hope, never having been there, that my research and descriptions do some justice to the beauty and history of this country.
As always, thank you for visiting and if you want you can leave a comment, also if you have time visit my author’s website: www.warusho.com
To my American readers, I want to wish every one of you a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
Next time: Revisiting my wrestling days. How being a wrestler, helped me write a novel.