The Author

Hi! I'm Nick, a 20 y/o from STL Missouri. You can find my illustration + character design portfolio here, but this site is for my big writing WIP.

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"He knew the war had found him..."

From Ashes to Empires (FATE) is a novel I'm writing! It's set a while after an empire's industrial era and has an aesthetic and technology sort of equivalent to the real world 40s-60s. A new war for resources has broken out between the Haelian Empire, where the narrative actually takes place, its northern neighbor Northland, and other nearby world powers. Pockets of precious jewels, which are religiously important to the Empire, as well as oil have been discovered in Northland, which they're unwilling to hand over without a significant sum of money. Other nations join forces with Northland against the Empire, promised some of its precious resources in return, to form the Federation of World Powers, or FWP.

The war begins, displacing hundreds of families from the Empire's northern border, and one of those families is Danny's. After his family is captured by the FWP, Danny is forced to flee south into the Central Provinces along with Valtteri, until they come across a commune at the base of the Western Range. Here, Danny meets Rui, and a darker side of Valtteri begins to creep through his prickly, though overall unassuming exterior. As the FWP crawls further south and more and more civilian resistances begin to pop up, Danny has to decide how to protect his new family and rescue his old.

The Commune


FATE is currently in a stage of writing chapters while simultaneously outlining + changing things up. I want to get it right, so the amount of times I change things to improve them is pretty much constant. That being said, I'm at a point I'm fairly satisfied with now in terms of the actual plot, so hopefully I'll be able to get stuff done quicker!

Project History

I first started making characters for FATE around 7th grade. Their original designs, personalities, and overall roles in the story were AWFUL. Speaking of the actual story, it was 100% different back then. It spanned over 3000 years, involved the american revolution, immortality, and an eldritch deity named Tenebris, who was from an entire species of deities with unlimited power (I still have him as character, he's just in an entirely different universe now).