Original Story: Uurha
In the spring of 2012, I began working on a fantasy story in which people develop supernatural-like powers relating in some way to the natural world. These abilities are called uurha (pronounced “oor-rah,” with a slight roll on the R), and while most people are predisposed to at least one kind of uurha naturally, others can be learned if hard work and study is applied. However, few people take the time to pursue anything other than the uurha that comes most naturally.
The story’s protagonist, Madame Dibi, has concluded that the society of Virdith has been poisoned with laziness, and most of its citizens are beyond redemption. She’s made it her mission to eradicate anyone that she deems unworthy of their life.
Uurha is one of the darker and more somber stories I’ve ever written, and to some extent it’s more of a character study. It’s less about Dibi’s specific endeavor and more focused on Dibi herself, who sets the tone early on with an act of cold-blooded murder right from the get go. Even though she’s hyper-focused on her goal, we still catch glimpses of varying sides to her personality, and despite all evidence to the contrary, she experiences a massive amount of unexpected character growth before her tale is finished.
I received regular feedback on this story over the course of the two months in which I created it. Aside from one person balking at my use of the word “suffice,” my feedback was consistently positive, and readers indicated that they were eager to see more each time. After the unveiling of the third and final act, the emotional tension was thick, and one member of the audience commented that he’d gotten chills. That was the moment when I knew I’d done my job as a writer.
Uurha, Madame Dibi, Lord Tyvs, Virdith, and all related characters, locations, and items are my own personal original work, © 2012. None of it maybe the reproduced in any way without my written permission ahead of time.