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Finds-Water’s Strategy

One of the problems of a project the size of the Nuegua Trilogy is that one can lose sight of the motivations of a character, because building the world is so much fun.

With that in mind, let us see why Dianire Redourine is in the Ruins of Phoenix, fighting for her life at the Kierland, the last known gathering place of the Sky Wanderers.

Going back to ‘Ghost Sickness’, the reader will know that the Sky Wanderers have left caches of treasure and weapons for their eventual return. Finds-Water, the oldest and cleverest of the Apache Traders, has not been able to convince Alathea of Clan Tiala that her clan must intermarry with the Apache, to create a new, superior breed of human, to combat the Sky Wanderers.

Instead, Alathea commissions Dianire to locate any and all Sky Wanderer weapon caches that she can. The Kierland is a logical place to start. Rintiala is deep in the building of Dragon Head, and Alathea will never put her oldest daughter in jeopardy again. Dianire agrees, because simply reconnoitering the Kierland will likely be a high enough acheivement to promote her to First Sister.

Dianire succeeds, although the Kierland has only a small cache of weapons, most of which have been converted into tools for the aid of the synthetics, the old ‘beating swords in plowshares’ metaphor.

What Dianire does discover is the map of all the Sky Wanderer’s weapons located in the American South West, or the ‘Empty Earth’ in Tialan parlance. Finds-Water insists that she share this information with the Apache, but she flatly refuses. This fuels his suspicion that Clan Tialan and Clan Redourine will ultimately rule the Empty Earth, leaving the Apache and the rest of the Native Peoples as second-class citizens. This has ramifications for Rintiala, because when she delivers her grand scheme to have all Apache women bear their children in Clan Tiala, Finds-Water is convinced that his suspicions are correct.

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The Second Tome, or the Final Synopsis of ‘Second Sister’

I’m going to use the month of September 2019 to finish ‘Second Sister’ as all the individual chapters have been written, some as long as twenty-five years ago (!) So here goes:

The entire story is read during the second session in Carlsbad Abbey by Queen Ariana, so we have the same guests in attendance (in order to improve continuity). So, the entire second story is wrapped inside the Second Tome of Queen Ariana, A.D. 2578.

The first section is ‘The Locust’ or the coming of the Dark Queen in the form of Dianire Redourine. This is the wrapper around ‘The Ruins of Phoenix’. This section also contains ‘Strong Baby’s Dream’ and the entire section ends with Tianara’s successful surgery and the defeat/expulsion of the Western Bandits from the known Empty Earth.

The second section is ‘Second Sister’ proper, and is the story of Ariana’s entrance into New Spain, her triumph of opening the Sky Wanderers’ treasure-trove in Los Alamos, and ends with her murder at the hands of Dianire. (I”m going to write this as manslaughter, but King Carlos of Spain won’t see it that way).

The third section is ‘Queen, Saint or Goddess?’ and is the story of Rintiala’s failed attempt to extricate Ariana from New Spain, Dianire’s attack on Santa Fe, and the final decisive battle at the Healing Temple in Tiala.

All three sections culminate in Queen Ariana finishing the Second Tome, and then meeting her mother, Rintiala in the flesh. They go out of the Great Meeting Room to walk on the southern balcony of the Abbot’s Residence, and there witness the Sky Wanderers’ landing their ships a few hundred meters away.

That ends ‘Second Sister’, setting up the conditions for the third and final volume of the Nuegua Trilogy, ‘War in Heaven’.

There are also going to be extended appendices, mostly notably ‘Desert Frigate’ where Prince Carlos, Benedetto Sepulveda and Alejandro Baca drive back an attack on Soccorro by the Western Bandits.

A second addition is ‘The Cities of Quivera’ where we meet Don Benedetto’s older brother, the adventurous and doomed Don Genaro.

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The Masters of Luridity: A Study of “The Mesa Of Lost Women”

Or, how one of the worst movies ever made became the inspiration for my life’s work.

First, check out this unintentionally hilarious (and lurid) trailer:

The Mesa of Lost Women (1953 Trailer)

Now, let’s do a quick precis:

“Hidden the mesas of New Mexico, a disgraced but brilliant scientist creates a new type of human female, altering their genetics to include the powers of a spider”.

Uh…wait a minute..is that “The Mesa of Lost Women”, or “Nuegua”?

The truth is that the Nuegua storyline is an update to and rewrite of “The Mesa Of Lost Women”.

To show how close the world-building is. let’s take a look at my villainess, Beryla.

Hmmm…that’s Tandra Quinn from “The Mesa Of Lost Women”! I dimly remember watching this movie on a Saturday afternoon when I was no older than twelve, maybe only eleven.

The image stuck. Here’s a better one:

As all modern rewrites do, Berylia is a ‘dark grey’ character; her motivations are logical, but cruel. She is a master manipulator, determined to overthrow the elite of Nueguan society.

As for the soundtrack of “The Mesa Of Lost Women”, it was disastrous attempt to fuse (I won’t go so far as to say ‘integrate’) Flamenco guitar with Schoenbergian piano.

And again, much of my Nueguan music does the same thing, hopefully a little better.

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Dianire Redourine, The Second Theme

Just a quick blog before the musical idea melts away!

Dianire Redourine is a suite I’m writing for the Second Sister novel. Here is the second part.

Dianire Redourine, The Second Theme

Here is the theme, variation two, that resolves this way (I’m going to simply name the notes from low to high): EBF#GBE –> BflatDGCG –>EBF#GBE –>FCDADE.
The instrument is a stock Squire Affinity Telecaster using the Audacity plugin ‘paulstretch’
The drawings are quite old–some go back to 1990–but the basic design has not changed.

Dragon Head, Dianire Theme Variation Two

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Second Sister: The Ruins Of Phoenix

The purpose of this chapter is to demonstrate what the Apache Traders and Nueguan Sisters can do in concert. Characters are: Dianire Redourine; Hunts-The-Ruins(HTR); Alyria of Tiala; Seamus Espinoza.

At its heart, the action and character arcs are the mirror image of Ghost Sickness. Where Rintiala become more godlike; Dianire becomes more demonic. The foreshadowing of Ariana’s murder occurs in the death of Sister Alyria at the hands of Seamus Espinoza (from Dianire’s point-of-view). From HTR’s pov, Dianire has acted rashly and Alyria dies because of Dee’s impulsiveness.

HTR and Dee are driven by the Western Bandits into an arms cache, and emerge with Sonic Suckers (soundwave weapons that can chew through rock). The Western Bandits are driven off after suffering heavy casualties. HTR is aghast when Dee decides on her own to leave no prisoners.

Here HTR proves himself as the problem solver and hero that he basically is. He deciphers the Sonic Suckers, and debates with Dee how to use them. She simply wants to obliterate the Western Bandits, but HTR knows the WB will be back in even greater numbers, once they realize they will lose yet another city.

His intention is to corral the WB with precision use of the Sonic Suckers, as that will cause the fewest casualties and not drain the last charges from the Sonic Suckers. (At the end of this chapter, there are only two Sonic Suckers, each with only one charge. Neither HTR or Dee knows that the ‘armor’ is part of the recharging system, as they do not have the time to decipher how to extract the power cables form the shoulder stocks.)

This chapter needs to make it clear just how much Dee hates Old Humans, and has no qualms about exterminating them. That being said, the motivation must be unambiguous.

Dianire is late returning to Clan Redourine, and misses her meeting in Village Tiala. Because of this, Berylia, Ariana and Tianara have a day’s journey (approximately 40 miles) lead ahead of her.