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I have enjoyed writing this blog, especially when I reference items from my novel, "Legend of the Mystic Knights" For the next couple of blogs, I will be reiterating why I choose Switzerland as the location for my novel. I had contemplated that my novel would be read by a t least some people in Switzerland. I do list many landmarks and cities in my novel from that country. However, my calculations were wrong; my novel has not been bought in any recognizable numbers of readers from Switzerland.
With that said, I am still going to revisit the reason I chose Switzerland as the setting of my novel. If you remember from my previous two blogs, I took famous people, and infamous ones, and rewrote their past to coincide with the alternate reality in my novel; the physical location of Switzerland is no different.
The concept of my novel is that an evil was released upon the earth in the year 1100 AD. As a result of this evil, civilization and technology have been stuck in the middle ages for the past 1,000 years. To combat this evil force an order of knights was established. This order runs a school to train pages and squires into becoming knights into their order.
Switzerland is a centralized country in Europe. Having this central location in Europe has allowed me to introduce students who come from different countries. This is a major advantage in writing my novel. One, I am able to bring in different cultures and have the knight school as a melting pot of societies. Secondly, I was not bound to use only Swiss names, although many people in the novel are from Switzerland, I was now able to expand the boundaries of my novel.
In the back story of “Legend of the Mystic Knights” the city of Rome had previously fallen to the march of the evil forces. Switzerland is north of Italy, and is now the main barrier against the evil forces. Although this is not a factor in my novel, its location near Italy will become a major factor later in the sequels.
First, I do not refer to the country as Switzerland; I refer to it as Helvetia. I have stated this in my blog before, that Helvetia is synonymous with and is the female personification of Switzerland. The name originates from the Gaul tribe who once inhabited the region.
There are many specific locations from Switzerland in my novel. The hero is from the village of Andermatt. This small village and is a crossroads, connecting both the east and west and north and southern parts of the country.
I choose this location because it is a rural area; this is vital having my hero from such a location. My series of novels is a heroic tale and thus follows the monomyth pattern described in Joseph Campbell’s’ “Hero with a Thousand Faces.” Basically the beginning of the monmyth pattern is the hero lives in the ordinary world; the majority is usually set in a rural or agricultural location. The hero receives a call or quest to enter an unknown world to perform heroic deeds.
If you want to know more about the monomyth hero, examine the path that Luke Skywalker tales in the “Star Wars” movies. His travels to accomplish his quest are a perfect example of the stages laid out by Campbell. The Harry Potter novels are also an excellent illustration of this concept.
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