Proteus - Destiny is Coming

They were created to save their people from the end of the world... they failed.

Destiny is Coming...

The clues were always there though, an unfinished story, their true destiny

The Proteus Destiny Saga will kick off with Proteus Serendipity... coming soon.
This is the first ever shot I have done of all the Proteus family together including little Ayra, the newborn of the fleet that will change everything.
Destiny is something I have been working on for over 2 years now and to say I have been a stinker is an understatement. Those of you who love my books will have seen the clues all along but probably never given them a second thought.

Release Estimates and Work in Progress

(Updated 26th August... Added Symbiotica Shadow Wars Saga and updated the completed %)
(Updated 23rd July - Getting behind again... Adding the next Children of the Empire Saga)
(Update 11th June - Added Aioria series and the Proteus Unbound Legacy Saga to the ever growing list)
(Updated 6th June - currently in progress - Children of the Empire Book 1 & Alphius Prime Book 1)
(Update 20th June - Added final Saga to the Proteus Unbound series)

Okay... I know I have not been very good with the releases of late and this should give you an idea why. This is my current books Work In Progress list. You are seeing that right - there are 41 books there. The problem is with this many WIP's, I keep getting distracted by later books so, I think this should give you an idea of where I am up to. I will be clear on this too. All of these books have full outlines fleshed out. It is purely down to me getting enough time to take those outlines and flesh them out in to full stories. I will periodically update this so you know when imminent releases are coming.

Symbiotica Arbiter's Journey Saga
Symbiotica Book 7 - Spectres of our Past | Est. 80,000 words. Currently 1/3 written
Symbiotica Book 8 - Fallen Gods | Est. 80,000 words. Currently 1/3 written

Symbiotica Shadow Wars Saga
Symbiotica Book 9 - Mirages | Est. 80,000 words. Currently Pending
Symbiotica Book 10 - Future Tense | Est. 80,000 words. Currently Pending
Symbiotica Book 11 - Of Good and Evil | Est. 80,000 words. Currently Pending

Pentalore Book 3 - Legends | Est. 90,000 words. Currently Pending
Pentalore Book 4 - The Thirteen Sisters | Est. 90,000 words. Currently Pending
Pentalore Book 5 - Destroyer of Worlds | Est. 90,000 words. Currently Pending

Dystopian Detective Book 3 - The Kakoi Riddle | Est. 90,000 words. 2/5 Written (inc the Silly Season Special)
Dystopian Detective Book 4 - Empire of Lies | Est. 90,000 words. Currently Pending
Dystopian Detective Book 5 - The Shadow of Helios | Est. 90,000 words. Currently Pending

Olympus Initiative Book 1 - One Small Step  | Est. 80,000 words. Currently 1/6 written
Olympus Initiative Book 2 - Ghosts of Delasia | Est. 80,000 words. Currently Pending
Olympus Initiative Book 3 - Children of the Hive | Est. 80,000 words. Currently Pending

Children of the Empire Fall From Heaven Saga
Children of the Empire Book 1 - The Five Circles  | Est. 80,000 words. Currentl 1/3 Written
Children of the Empire Book 2 - The Wrath of the Gods | Est. 80,000 words. Currently Pending
Children of the Empire Book 3 - Hell on Earth | Est. 80,000 words. Currently Pending

Children of the Empire Blood and Water Saga
Children of the Empire Book 4 - Crimson Tides | Est. 80,000 words. Currently Pending
Children of the Empire Book 5 - Beyond Control | Est. 80,000 words. Currently Pending
Children of the Empire Book 6 - The Broken World | Est. 80,000 words. Currently Pending

Proteus Destiny Saga
Proteus Book 10 - Serendipity  | Est. 100,000 words. Currently 4/5 written
Proteus Book 11 - Soul Purpose  | Est. 100,000 words. Currently 1/2 written
Proteus Book 12 - One Day on Beletrix  | Est. 100,000 words. Currently 1/3 written

Proteus Unbound Future Imperfect Saga
Proteus Unbound Book 1 - Rivers of Time  | Est. 80,000 words. Currently 2/5 written
Proteus Unbound Book 2 - Broken Arrow  | Est. 80,000 words. Currently 1/3 written
Proteus Unbound Book 3 - Hellions  | Est. 80,000 words. Currently Pending

Proteus Unbound Unity Saga
Proteus Unbound Book 4 - Three Hundred Years | Est. 80,000 words. Currently Pending
Proteus Unbound Book 5 - The Siege of Ravaxa | Est. 80,000 words. Currently Pending
Proteus Unbound Book 6 - The Enemy Rises | Est. 80,000 words. Currently Pending

Proteus Unbound Legacy Saga
Proteus Unbound Book 7 - Outcasts | Est. 80,000 words. Currently Pending
Proteus Unbound Book 8 - Redemption | Est. 80,000 words. Currently Pending
Proteus Unbound Book 9 - Nemesis | Est. 80,000 words. Currently Pending

Proteus Unbound Hyperion Saga
Proteus Unbound Book 10 - Shattered Mirror | Est. 80,000 words. Currently Pending
Proteus Unbound Book 11 - Survival Insticts | Est. 80,000 words. Currently Pending
Proteus Unbound Book 12 - Children of the Stars  | Est. 80,000 words. Currently Pending

Alphius Prime Book 1 - Of Beasts and Monsters  | Est. 120,000 words. Currently 9/10 written
Alphius Prime Book 2 - The Edge of the World  | Est. 120,000 words. Currently 1/5 written
Alphius Prime Book 3 - In to the Void | Est. 120,000 words. 1/10 written

Aioria Book 1 - Innocence | Est. 80,000 words. Currently Pending
Aioria Book 2 - Evolution | Est. 80,000 words. Currently Pending
Aioria Book 3 - Truth | Est. 80,000 words. Currently Pending

Release Schedule:

Alphius Prime - Of Beasts and Monsters - September 2019
Symbiotica - Spectres of our Past - November 2019
Symbiotica - Fallen Gods - December 2019
Dystopian Detective- The Kakoi Riddle - December 2019

Olympus Initiative - One Small Step - December 2019
Pentalore - Legends - February 2020
Proteus - Serendipity - February 2020

What Music would fit with my books?

I have been doing this on Twitter and it started with a question I saw.
If your books were turned in to films, what music would you want?

Now... to say I am a big electronica and rave fan is an understatement, but few groups really have the power and presence of Orbital and while I listen to a lot of different music, theirs really lends itself to my works. In fact I listen to the In Sides album as I write. I find it spurs on my creative thought process.

So... without further ado... here is my list.

As an overall theme one track really sticks with Proteus overall. It is Really Slow Motion's Worlds Afar. This is in a way the sister track to Shifting Skys which I felt was best suited to Symbiotica.

That said, each of the four Proteus Sagas also have their own themes too so...

Neo Alphius Saga (Books 1 to 3) - For this, I have Orbital - There will come a time Instrumental 
Endless Saga (Book 4 to 6) - For this, I have Orbital - Lost
Natural Selection Saga (Books 7 to 9) For this I have Orbital - Distractions

Okay... now I am teasing you...
The Destiny Saga (Books 10 to 12) - I have Orbital - Pants (Odd name, great track)

From here we move to the Proteus Unbound Series

As the Overall "Unbound" Theme for the whole series I have no choice really.
Two Steps From Hell - All Is Hell that End Well
It is worth noting that Proteus beyond the master theme uses Oribital tracks for each saga, but for Unbound I have slowly moved to Neoclassic Electronica from some of the greats of this field.

The Future Imperfect Saga- Dealing with the Thousand Year War and refugees from that time, particularly Mobeius and the Hellions, I wanted something really dark and foreboding for this saga. Aptly enough Really Slow Motion's The Dark One provides that frightening air of menace.
The Unity Saga - Considering the whole story of Unity as it looks at Koli's lost years in space and the fallout from those lost years. Considering the fact I am introducing the utterly terrifying "Unity" in these books, I wanted a track that had a soft melody mixed with a frightening element. The only one I really fell for with this is Really Slow Motions Th3 Awak3n1ng with its techno military theme
The Legacy Saga - For this one, I move to a collab between two power houses. The Legacy Saga really works with Varien and Two Steps from Hell - Corus Grom (Sneaky bit - There is a really spooky vocal sound in this track that almost makes you wince. For those who are interested, that sound is what I imagine Nemesis to sound like when she tries to speak)
The Hyperion Saga - After much consideration, the track I think fits the best is Really Slow Motion's Bionic Souls. It fits with the whole three books as it tells the story of Hyperion

Symbiotica - For this, I wanted something that told the story of that brave group that left their home behind as it died. I needed something beautiful and evocative while mixing in some scifi elements, telling the story that would lead up to Proteus. To that end, going back to Really Slow Motion with a beautiful and haunting track called Shifting Skies
(Sneaky bit - not only do I do the artwork, but I also like to think what things sound like too. If you listen to shifting skies, there is this pulse like sound throughout the track. If you ever wondered what the sound of a Proteus ship jumping sounds like, this is it. Key to this time index and you will hear it at 1.36 onwards.)
For the Shadow War Saga (part of the Proteus Unbound Series although this falls under Symbiotica), I wanted to change things up a little bit. I picked Instrumental Core's Hybridisation of Humanity. This is one seriously dark and moving track and fits so well with the themes.

Pentalore - Radically changed my mind here. I really wanted something different for this and I came across Instrumental Core. They do Neoclassical Dubstep and it is just stunning. For Pentalore I fell in love with their mood and powerful Dark Angel track. Take a listen.

Dystopian Detective - For this series I break with the norm and I have a different group - LFO and their excellent and spooky "Think a Moment"

Alphius Prime - I originally chose a track by Orbital however another track actually sat right with me, even down to its name. I have changed my mind a few times until I came across a track on the Two Steps From Hell Dragon Album called Emerald Princess. This is a stunning piece of music that really encapsulates the whole Alphius Prime Two Cities Saga. It starts quite ancient, with an almost fantasy score, but it evolves introducing more modern instruments until in the end it effectively becomes almost modern electronica. In a way this evolution fits with the story of Alphius Prime although I really can't say more than that as it would give too much of this epic story away.

Olympus Initiative - Again, its not out yet, but for this I wanted something hard, classy and slapping you round the head - Magnetic Man's Karma Crazy is perfect.

Children of the Empire - Again this is still in the works, but it finally brings the Archal's out of the shadows and they have been haunting my books for a while now. This is a full on three part cross over series featuring Symbiotica, Dystopian Detective, Pentalore, Proteus and the Olympus Initiative as they fight for the very survival of Earth as we know it.
Music wise, I am returning to Intrumental Core with their epic track Angels Amongst Demons, almost as if the track was written for this series - by far one of the most powerful pieces of music I have heard.
This is a very haunting, jarring and somewhat sad track which really fits with the series and when you do finally meet the Archals you will see why the Aemon were so fearful of them.

Aioria - This new series in development is the journey of an Artificial Intelligence as it learn about our world in the backdrop of being hunted just because he exists. I wanted something beautiful and haunting for the theme and Really Slow Motion has their epic track Aeorian.

Finally... not a series, but a character theme tune, in the shape of Koli, my favourite bonkers little starship. For this, can't help but have the extremely fun and playful Orbital - Fun with the System

Proteus Art - Hellions Technical

Well, you have seen the first piece of art and now its time to introduce the Hellions.

Proteus Art - Hellions

In the darkest period of the Thousand Year War, the Alliance and the Apeyron were in stalemate, neither side capable of putting end to this circle of insanity.
As the two great enemies, the Aemon and Archals finally put aside their differences they embarked on a secret project. Both races knew the truth, that while heroes are forged in the fires of war, heroes would not be the one who would win the war.
To do that, you needed villains. Monsters without morality, without conscious and without mercy.
As Proteus worked on the Starlance Weapons platform, a planet killer designed to be the ultimate deterrent, the Aemon and the Archals took the Proteus genetic archive and in secret created their own weapons. Twisting the Proteus Genome, bastardising it they created the Hellions, the first true male Proteus Warships.
Bloodthirsty and ruthless, the Hellions were everything these two ancient races had hoped for. Freed of the morality of their creators, this offshoot of the Proteus family tipped the scales giving them the upper hand. However their arrival strained the Alliance to its core, Proteus unable to control their new brothers and in the end they were banished, forbidden from entering the war, not that it stopped them.
Then things changed. The Hellions had made an impact on the war, forcing the Apeyron in to deeper darkness as the Archals homeworld of Arisal was destroyed in retaliation ending another of the great races of the Empire.
It is not surprising that at this point of the war everyone was focused on this atrocity rather than something that would come to light much later. Emperor Razon had been rumoured to have left Apeyra on a mission to save the Empire, and at almost the same time the Hellions disappeared. Neither Razon or the Hellions were ever seen again.
In dark whispers around the alliance it was rumoured that Grand Council Servay had made a deal with the devil, sending Novak and his team of brigands after the Emperor to cut the snakes head off and end the war. Even if this was true, the war did not end, the fight growing desperate and vicious.
It is still the one mystery that nobody ever revealed though. What was the fate of Emperor Razon and the Hellions that were sent to hunt him down and kill him?