This will be a “two parter”
In Fathis: Birth of a Falcon, “the Breaking” in Earth’s history spans over a long time frame. From 1940’s to 2112. During this time many catastrophes contributed to “the Breaking” of mankind.
These events are what shaped the new earth which this Fathis team lives in, 250 years into our future.
First I will go over the natural occurrences. (mother nature)
There is a quickening of events that involves mother nature.
Weather occurrences and their strengths, seem to be scaling up a notch every rotation the earth takes around the sun. This we can easily say is happening before our eyes. Many call it global warming...I personally, do not think this can all be accounted to one thing.
So far we’re dealing with it. Many sort-of raise their eyebrows to the events going on around us. But otherwise, unless a person is personally confronted with the event, people are just cataloging it in their mind as a surprising anomaly.
You could even categorize stronger than normal earthquakes in this field. But I believe earthquakes and volcanoes belong in the “Natural Space Events”.
Natural Space Events
Seismology and volcanologists study the earth and its crusts, but I believe they need to look up. If the moon is strong enough to pull zillions of tons of water into waves around the planet, then it is strong enough to manipulate the earth’s crust. And the sun’s gravitational field would also be able to shift the crust on our planet, as well. If things heated up and there was a sudden pull from both, how would our planet handle it? How would the people of earth handle worldwide seismic calamities? Like what happened in Haiti or Japan or Indonesia, with tsunamis and fires, and the breakdown of nuclear power plants? No one would be able to help anyone, because they would be dealing with their own problems.
In space there is a multitude of events and near misses that happen every day around us.
Sun flares are a typical occurrence. If a flare was strong enough, and blew by the earth, it would create an all-consuming electronic wipe-out. This EMP pulse would burn-out everything from defense satellites to your iPod, sending the civilization to a standstill. The only electronics that would be safe, would be the things deep underground.
How would we survive without our electronics? What if there was nothing to clean or pump water to our home? Or a way to travel out of a city because all the vehicles, run by computers chips, have stopped working. It would be chaos and mass hysteria. And worldwide. Ironically, the less civilized societies on our planet would be impacted the least. To them it would still be business as usual.
And suppose a large meteorite hit the earth. It would send us into a mini ice age, at the least. It would likely set off earthquakes worldwide. Volcanoes would blow from the pressure, and new ones would emerge from the crust, sending ash high into the stratosphere.
Scary stuff, but it all happened in the past, in my book.
How about that civil unrest? Already it plagues the population as the ones “who have” get more, and the ones “who have not” get even less. It will only get worse the larger the divide becomes. And when a person has no home, no food, and no hope, the reason to stay civil becomes blurred. Then there are the people “trying” to run the show, also known as the Industrial Military Complex, or Illuminati, or the Elite, who become bolder as 12/21/12 approaches.
(This part, I admit, is a little confusing in Fathis: Birth of a Falcon, because there is the (old) “Elite” and the “Fathis Elite”, which these two groups couldn’t be more opposite of one another.)
The old Elite are the current greedy rich in today’s society that believe they are the king makers and breakers of the world. The Bilderberg group would be good place to research, if you’re so inclined. (official site, conspiracy site) They are a group of men (few women) who believe they are entitled to rule the world. Countries are mere chess pieces and the populace is purely cattle. They aren’t even interested in money because they have more than god-its power they are consumed with acquiring. It is also believed, "they" are in a deceptive practice of working with the Gray aliens to acquire technology in exchange for human DNA. This DNA is then used for the Gray’s breeding program. But these (old) Elite are not as smart as they think they are. They too, are mortals and shall fall, and their children’s children, will pay for their ego via the Grays deception. Once population discovers their sinister dealings, they are hunted with a ruthless intent. Eventually, what is left of their kind, is removed to the Lower Dimension.
The Fathis Elite on the other hand, are a group of men and women who had survived the Breaking, and even negotiated a treaty with the Galactic Assemblage to let Earth exist. They are karmic-ly advanced and are very knowledgeable with the Ethereal.
Yet, there are aristocracies that take place in both religious and government names, in the form of mass genocide and wars. Religions become more fanatical because they believe the end is near. They become more of a mob mentality, trying to force people to convert to their beliefs. If they don’t convert, they kill them in the name of their god. Kealin’s family came from a similar religious group who ended up on the Upper Dimension. But this group didn’t kill in the name of God. The mockery of a religious war, is to me, as low as humanity can go. Religious wars are just embarrassing. Here you are, trying to preach that your god is a more sentient being then their god, and to prove it you kill someone. That is sooo bass-ackwards!
The scarcities in food and water will eventually force nations to go to war with one another. Ultimately, governments lose control of their people, and all the governments on planet earth implode from within. The knowledge that they (and the Elite) mislead the population on the E.T. infiltration, is their downfall.
The surviving populace resort to small townships to keep the order, and it stays that way, until the Fathis teams are developed.
So again, all of this takes place during the Breaking, creating quite an interesting time to live through.
Stay tuned for part 2.
In order to write believable characters it is always good to have pieces of you, in each character. To people who know me, it is easy to see what parts are me and what parts are contrived. It is good to have characters that vastly differ from one another, gives the story texture. But no one I know is safe really, I’ll take pieces of people I know and incorporate them into characters throughout.
*Each position on the team is associated with a color and a gem stone that is applied to a team’s mascot pin.
Na’tan is the typical controlling personality with a bit of an anxiety disorder. Everyone knows someone like this. Either a parent, a spouse, or sibling that takes on the role of a leader trying to protect everyone and stressing out on “what could happen”. This makes Na’tan a perfect Captain for the Peregrine Falcons.
I guess I do have a bit (LOL) of a controlling attribute but not the anxiety. Na’tan also has a superiority complex, an arrogance that I know I appear to have sometimes. And the feeling that I must always be in control and try to imagine every possible scenario-yeah that’s me.
Na'tan not only has a keen understanding of the smaller parts to a bigger picture, but can see how the bigger picture can influence the universe, which again, makes him an excellent Captain. Over time Na’tan had to learn, and still struggles with, letting go of controlling others. He has a tendency to blame himself if anything goes wrong, and internally beats himself up, until it is almost considered an mental disorder. Thankfully everyone on the team can hear his internal thoughts and can stop him before he goes too far.
Kealin is a girly girl, which I am not. But she is also driven to never being nailed down to anything, which is me to the hilt.
Freedom in all things is beyond important to me, freedom of belief, thoughts, even being tied physically to a place or title.
Yet, Kealin’s avoidance of anything new, is a friend of mine. Kealin will change drastically over the series of the books. Right now, she lacks confidence in everything, especially herself. In her teenage passive aggressive way, she does fight against the concept of being a part of this team because of her trust issues. Again, being forced to be on the Peregrine Falcons goes against her personality, so trusting a group of people and their abilities is currently a bit of a reach for her. But in time, she will come to trust them, and even rely on them. She is also naive and believes that everyone has a loftier goal at heart.
Cornac is that guy that knows he’s gorgeous and has no problem flaunting it and using it to influence people. Everyone knows a guy like this, the hot quarterback, the confident guy who has no problem swaggering into a room full of people, because he thinks everyone in the room either wants to be him or know him. His charisma can be construed as conceit, but let’s face it, guys like that usually get what they want. Cornac and his crude thoughts are without a doubt me. But he enjoys pushing the boundaries and finds life to be amusing. He’s very relaxed and doesn’t stress because he believes life is short. When you gotta go, then it’s time to go, so might as well try everything full throttle until then.
I suppose that is my belief as well. If you don’t try things and push your boundaries then what’s the point of living this life. But I have to say, a part of Cornac is my cat. He knows he's gorgeous, and that he can get whatever he wants with one look.
One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do was write for Nicholas. He is considered the most intelligent and manipulative on the team. Being an Intelligence Information Officer makes it his prerogative to be this way, though I do not get into his craftiness in this book. He has to be able to subtly, psychologically, manipulate alien societies/beings to complete his team’s objective. Nicholas is required to know all the players and their culture. He appears to be the quiet contemplative type who tries to discover all sides to a theory, or person, or situation. Generally IIO are the most intelligent and use more of the brain power than the rest of their teammates. Their memory capacity is beyond measure and for good reason.
I suppose my characteristic that I add to Nicholas is I do know how to manipulate people and situations. Like I said, I didn’t get into the manipulative aspect of Nicholas in this book, I only get into his intelligence and drive for knowledge. But it is difficult writing about a person smarter than yourself. Very difficult. I know what he does-thinks-sees, yet to get it down in words that are a fair representation of Nicholas, is difficult to say the least.
Henry and his blinded belief that everyone has good intentions, has a hard time understanding those who are evil. He is compassionate almost to a fault. Henry cares deeply for everyone, not just his teammates. The only time Henry loses his temper is when a teammate willfully jeopardizes their health. But he continually tries to placate opposing personalities with his gentle disposition. He is a nurturer but finds being on a Fathis team invigorating and a testament of testing his limits as a healer. Henry is the Falcon’s moral compass and is the loving father figure everyone can rely on.
Henry is possibly the character that is least like me, but I know several people that emulate him.
Hands down my favorite character is Ray-cause he’s such an ass. In the first book he hates Kealin. In the second, he does a 180 and becomes overprotective of her. You get a feel for his extreme personality. Ray is always misinterpreted and appears to look at things in a black and white manner. He blatantly speaks his mind (his “filter button is broken”). “Tactless” would be a good word for Ray. And he fully embraces his OCD’s. Everything in his life/world must be perfectly in-order, and anything that seems chaotic and unpredictable (Kealin), he shies away from. His ego is ridiculously enormous. You may love him, you may hate him, but he is who he is, and Ray’s changing for no one. He would share similar characteristics with Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory on CBS, except Ray knows how to physically fight. All his pent-up frustrations and anger, is funneled into his fighting skills, making him as lethal as a martial arts expert.
Being misunderstood is something I can relate to. Many times something comes out of my mouth is misinterpreted completely. So many times... And people always seem to believe there is an ulterior motive, but 98% of the time it’s just their suspicious mind over-thinking what I’ve said. Matter of fact, if I say something and you don’t “feel” you’re being misled, is when I am misleading a person :) (That is where my "Nicholas characteristics" comes out) And again people do seem to believe I am tactless at times (I'm just being truthful). And when I was young I used to think Sesame Street was demeaning. I couldn’t stand watching it. Of course, I didn’t know the word “demeaning” at the time, but there ya go. That is a very "Ray observation".
Thatcher is a loner with an eccentric disposition. In the past he struggled with being different, but came to the healthy conclusion that he is who he is, and he shouldn’t care if he fit-in with his fellow Engineers. Soon, he learned to embrace his differences, making him more confident yet more reclusive. Thatcher is very relaxed and has a certain boyish charm, though can appear strange to people outside his team because of his habit of saying incomplete thoughts. Thatcher could spend days absorbed in a piece of equipment and not even realize days have gone by. Usually his emotions are so strong that they affect him physically. And he shows little interest in anything beyond his technical universe, making him appear lazy.
I can be a bit of a loner. I could spend days without talking to anyone, and it doesn’t bother me one bit. And I have gotten tunnel vision where time, doesn’t seem to exist.
Many of these characters is an extension of me but there are also pieces of people that I know. Who do I relate to the most, would be a toss-up between Na’tan and Ray.
Say I place a food order, I want this food to be “just so” (Na’tan). I like to eat one item on my plate at a time (Ray), but every so often I like to mix things up just to screw with myself (Cornac). My construed splitting of my personality makes the characters come alive in Fathis: Birth of a Falcon.
_ I kept hearing the theories that “this’ll happen on 2012”, or “that” will happen.
I thought, well what if everyone is right, and it ALL happens, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Destructive earth changes, global wars, alien wars, dimensional split, political and religious sabotage, and then the other side of the coin is humanity becoming enlightened, Rapture, mother nature cleaning the slate.
Despite the fact that majority of us would not live through it, what would happen to the survivors?
Other than plunging into the dark ages, again; how would we change if suddenly we had access to 90% of our brain power? (this is one of the theories) And of course in the book I have earthling make a gigantic accidental uh-oh, when we kill-off an alien race during the shift of 2012. But this all takes place in the past in regards to Fathis: Birth of a Falcon.
The story itself actually developed over many, many years. Scenes would play out over in my head, over, and over, and over, until one day in Phoenix, I read a book and realized I could write just as well as that author. (that book will remain anonyms) So I started writing it down. Incredibly, the scenes (voices) in my head stopped replaying once I accurately wrote them down.
Ahhh the silence-oh wait! I’m kidding, there’s at least five years’ worth of the story STILL in my head. I guess I get to stay crazy a little bit longer.
But Kealin was always there, and so was Na’tan. The other characters just weaseled their way in.
And huge majority of the flamboyant scenes are to music, all sorts of music. I guess that is how the story truly developed. Some of the scenes play exactly to the music.
And the back story about 2012, developed over time.
Some say my book is too big and complicated for a teen. Fooy! If I was given “Fellowship of the Ring” at age 10, I would have devoured it just as much as when I was 18.
What’s amazing to me is there is an even bigger story than this one (before the Breaking), that I just don’t have the balls to tackle. Maybe someday.
_ Ms. Kealin Divol, tell me, what does a Tor on a Fathis team do, exactly?
I attack with the Ethereal. Oh, I was told to say, “protects with the Ethereal”.
I don’t know. With my head.
And the Ethereal? What is that?
It’s a power on the other side of our dimension...Geesh! I was told to say, “It is a non-physical energy beyond the veil of our reality that we can access with our subconscious mind”.
What do you think of the previous Tor before you, being killed by an Annunaki?
I try not to think about it.
You’re 14. How does it feel to be the youngest Tor in history?
The same as I felt yesterday. Wait! I want to change my answer,
Sure, go ahead.
No, I will not change my answer!
But…I’m sorry? …I’m confused, are you speaking to me?
Na’tan, he’s always trying to control everything.
I’m sorry, I still don’t understand.
The entire team is bonded to each other.
I’m sorry, I still…
I’m not good at it yet, I can’t block anyone, but all Fathis teams are bonded to each other. We can hear each other’s thoughts; feel each other’s emotions-it’s REALLY aggravating!
So this “bonding” is some form of telepathic communication?
Yeah, and it bites.
That’s incredible! So you’re speaking with Na’tan, while I’m speaking with you? I would think it would be amazing.
You try being a teenage girl bonded to six grown men-it’s embarrassing!
I see your point. So you have an ability to use this “Ethereal”, is it hard to use? What can you do with it?
Get out of my head! Sorry… he just doesn’t shut up.
Oh, all sorts of stuff. And it’s harder to walk than it is to use it.
What kind of “stuff”?
You know, pick up stuff, tear things up, or crush them, freeze things, heat things, move electricity, the list goes on... Each of my teammates are good at using it in different ways, but I have more power than the rest. And better control.
So the Ethereal is a form of kinesis?
Yeah. Well, it might be a little broader than that, but yeah.
And you’re the strongest on your team? At such a young age--
Not you too! Geesh--I know! I’m fourteen. You don’t have to rub it in.
Sorry, I didn’t mean to upset you. It sounds like a sore spot.
Every one harps on my age.
Well, at such a young age, does being on a Fathis team scare you?
Sometimes. I mean, to deal with the aliens that tried to take over the planet during the Breaking is scary—Oh! I wasn’t supposed to tell you that…god, now they’re all yelling at me.
Yeah, I gotta go, I’m gonna get a splitting headache any minute now.
Nice to speak with you Kealin, and good luck with your new position on the team.
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