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Hello, you can call me Azhure Raven, writer of the Wizards of the Otherworldly Court web novel.
Wizards of the Otherworldly Court is a fantasy story about the Otherworldly Court, an inter-dimensional (or world-hopping, you get the idea) organization made up of people of all ages, gender, and race from many parallel or different worlds. They are granted elemental-like magic powers and called themselves ‘Court Wizards’.
They are tasked to watch over the many worlds they come across and step into these worlds on ‘missions’ to preserve the balance, life, order, anything to make said worlds better places in the shadows but may reveal themselves if necessary.
However, these missions may partially or even fully oppose their nature, personal interests, and ideals. Yet, most of the Court Wizards are aware and willing to complete even the worst missions that would shatter their true selves that they will never cast aside regardless, either growing or regressing because of it.
Wizards of the Otherworldly Court is split into multiple books listed in the ‘main’ and ‘side’ stories. Each main story focuses on a different Court Wizard, highlighting their experience in the Otherworldly Court. As for how long each chapter is, I will generally write more than 2000+ for a normal chapter. Otherwise, I will also write short stories at random.
This story is influenced by Japanese light novels and media so some characters may be built upon those tropes, but I assure you that they are more complex than that. Also, I will not adopt their writing style where you have to make extra effort to figure out the speaker of a dialogue (otherwise I will tell you in a note in bold text or try my best to make it very obvious).
Fair warning that the story can get a bit violent at some times, just so you know.
Anyway, you can start with the first book written, ‘Alicia’ in the link here.
Tags in each chapter indicate the Court Wizard characters, worlds, etc. that are in that chapter. Court Wizards that are mentioned in the background or flashbacks are not included, however.
Otherwise, you can explore the ‘Lore Database’ to view my world-building. But you should read book Alicia beforehand.
Refer to the ‘Upload Schedule’ for when chapters are being updated in the sidebar.
Once upon a time, a merchant in the state of Chu tried to sell a spear and a shield.
When asked, “How good is this shield?”
The merchant boasted, “No weapon can penetrate this shield, no matter how sharp the weapon is!”
When asked, “How good is this spear?”
The merchant boasted again, “This spear can penetrate any shield, no matter how hard it is!”
When asked, “If you strike your shield with your spear, what would happen?”
The merchant could not answer.
The word ‘spear’ in Chinese is máo (矛) and the word ‘shield’ in Chinese is dùn (盾). Together, it makes the Chinese word for ‘contradiction’ máodùn (矛盾).
An idiom for this is zì xiāng máo dùn (自相矛盾) meaning ‘use one’s spear against one’s own shield’.
When I was creating this story, I had the concept of ‘mind vs heart.’ I know it sounded generic and that’s why I scrapped that idea, mostly.
Then I watched a certain video on the internet that begins with the epigraph above and I knew what to do.
‘Contradiction’ is a central theme in Wizards of the Otherworldly Court as the crest of the Otherworldly Court is literally a spear-shield and a scale over it. However, this is a broad subject and does not include intentional plot holes in the story and conflicting lores in worldbuilding.
As you read this serial, you can find subtle to obvious signs of two discrepant facts, polar opposite ideas, and contradictory actions. Yet the Otherworldly Court continues to stand, a contradiction of its own.
If you have gone this far, click here for the first book.