The Elister Chronicles: The United National Council of Elister
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Matthew Hartsbain is jolted awake on the morning of the 11th of September by the sound of his mother screaming in the living room as she watches the World Trade Center Towers come crashing down. He and his friend Tom are yanked backward in time to the land of Elister where only they can correct the mistakes of our prehistoric ancestors and prevent further tragedies such as September 11, 2001. More
Matt Hartsbain is asleep one morning when he wakens to the sound of his mother screaming in the living room as she watches the World Trade Center towers come crashing down. His mind in shock, he wanders out later that day to meet his best friend Tom in the busy streets of Baltimore when suddenly, he and his friend find themselves snatched from this world, traveling back through time, millions of years before recorded history. Tom, as it turns out, has been to this world before, and knew that Matt had to follow him back, as he was the sole savior of their disintegrating world. Tom and Matt’s chief mentor, Omdule, a frail wizard with a multitude of knowledge and ulterior motives, explains to them that they have been brought back hundreds of millions of years in time, to an Earth that was once inhabited by wizards, elves, dwarves, and other mythical creatures. He explains that the prophecies describe Matt as the one person who can unite the people of that world to defeat the evil essence known as the Shadowspawn, which was allowed to prevail many years ago, and which has been the cause of so much strife in the world of recorded history we know today. There, in the land of Elister, as ancient Earth was once known, was the one place they could be defeated.
After they arrive in Elister, they travel to the human-occupied city, Elister City, and forewarn the king of an army of Shadowspawn marching toward them to attack. Caught in the middle of the war, they become separated in the commotion and are forced to flee the city. The two groups make their ways to a mountain city known as Roanoke and are reunited there. While there, Matt is ambushed one night by a group of religious zealots determined to squash all belief in the prophecies. In his attempt to escape, he befriends the daughter of one of the Generals of the United National Council of Elister, a force of unity in Elister that struggles to keep the Shadowspawn at bay through international collaboration and cooperation. This begins a relationship which will help to sustain him throughout the trials and tribulations of the task ahead of him.
Matt and his companions make their way to Elianer, the capital city of the Elves. In the city this year, the United National Council of Elister is holding its 372nd annual meeting to determine how to respond to the attack against Elister City. There, Matt fulfills one of the greatest prophecies that signify the coming of the Omega, or the One, by claiming for his own the ancient weapon of incredible magical capability known as the Sword of Orthanke. As he accomplishes this feat, another Shadowspawn attack besieges Elianer with the intention of quelling the UNCE, which has grown more powerful in recent years and threatens to unite the nations under one banner. With no way to escape, Matt uses his new-found power to conjure a Twimaraan, or a lucid dream, to Valnar, the capital city of the Wizarding nation, Zauber. Begging for assistance and with the proof of his identity present in the Sword of Orthanke, he convinces them to join the fight and relieve Elianer. Meanwhile, Matt returns from this dream and infiltrates the UNCE building to ensure the safety of all the delegates, and in so doing, wins the favor of the UNCE representatives.
The novel ends as the Battlemages sent by the High Council of Valnar finally break through the lines of the confused and defeated Shadowspawn and liberate the city. Matt and his companions look upon a battlefield of victory with high hopes that their actions in rescuing the city will propel Matt to his rightful stage in the world from whence he can unite the rest of the nations in a fight against the Shadowspawn that will redefine the future and save both Elister, and 21st century Earth from further disasters such as September 11th. Meanwhile, the consequences of his heroic and unprecedented actions will be leveled against him as the obstacles between him and his goals intensify in the next book.
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