khatar

In Sefiros Eishi, protagonist Mykel’s weapon of choice is twin khatars. Its inspiration came from the katar, a weapon of ancient Indian origin. On this side of the world, people know it as the weapons wielded by Voldo, a character in the Soul Edge series of fighting video games.

At first glance, these weapons look nothing more than a big knife mounted on some primitive arm brace. But the most famous variation of the katar is the weapon where the main blade splits into three blades a la the claws of Marvel’s Wolverine. Very cool.

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This is a picture of actual katars.

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This is a picture of the aforementioned Voldo of the Soul Edge series, wielding a set of the triple-bladed katar.

The katar is a punching and stabbing weapon, but its uses go far beyond that. The triple-bladed katars excelled in catching and deflecting other weapons. Ancient Indian warriors were armed with katars with both hands, making Indians proficient dual-wielding opponents. That meant they could use one katar to defend and one to attack. They were never out of combat options on the battlefield. The katar is one of the reasons that made Indians the deadliest warriors of their era.

Now I have a little confession to make. Mykel’s primary khatar Ifirit is not actually a katar at all. It is more of a bladed gauntlet. When I wrote Mykel’s combat scenes, I always pictured the gauntlet-fingers compressed together, forming a knife-blade of sorts. That way Ifirit is both a glove and blade at any one time. It may be skirting the definition of the katar weapon, but in my book, the khatar and the katar are distant cousins.

I don’t know why the katar appeals to me. I just fell in love with the design on Soul Edge. The early pics of the Sefiros character had Wolverine’s claws mounted on both hands. But all that changed when I was given a sketch of Sefiros’ ultimate armor (think of the Super Saiyan transformations in Dragon Ball Z) by my good friend Matt Perlot (who also designed Sefiros Eishi: Chased By Flame’s cover) that everything changed. I fell in love all over again. This Ifirit was sinister and powerful and deadly. It molded onto the character’s arm in an intimate and organic way. It was open, naked aggression, and when it came out you knew there was going to be hell to pay. No one had a chance against this weapon.

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The Solvicar

The religious warrior-priests known as the Solvicar are inspired by Robert Jordan’s Whitecloaks. The Solvicar’s real name translates as “Children of the Sun,” hence the Sol in their unofficial name : Sun — Solar power — Sol. A vicar is another name for priest, so Solvicar is a bastardized version of “priest of the sun.”

The early story was again inspired by the same formula that Robert Jordan’s Eye of the World novel: the running for your life, the semi-heavy religious order, the uncertainty of survival against overwhelming odds, and a lot of people wanting to kill you regardless of reason. I originally just needed an organization to shepherd the early story, but they grew beyond that purpose in future novels.

John Jekai was the foremost representative of the Solvicar order: religious to the point of obsession. Now this is archetypical of the corrupt clergy found so often in the role playing games I play, but I wanted to give readers more than just faceless zealotic cliches. But on the other hand, I wanted to keep a little mystery to tease Jekai’s nature. We know that Jekai is haunted by the death of his wife and child, and we know that he believes Mykel is the murderer. Yet there is no evidence that Mykel has killed anyone. He’s never gone outside his libraries. He’s never seen or met Jekai before, let alone his family.

There’s something else: Jekai uses magic. It’s odd, concerning his job is hunting wizards and witches. Not to mention he has an extreme disgust for magic. This hatred is yet to be explained, but it describes an interesting level of denial. This anatagonistic relationship is curbed by the bigger picture. Like so many enemies before them, Jekai and Mykel are forced to fight together against a superior foe: Sutyr. Not only is this a complete reversal of their relationship, it’s a way to make sure that both characters end up at the site for their ultimate showdown.

Jekai and the Solvicar were meant to be throwaway villains. But they grew as the story grew, as shown in future stories. You want to know how Jekai and the Vicars became what they did? You’ll have to wait for the second book for that.

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