The Conclave

About this Story

More than ten years ago, I started a trilogy in the world of Arvelas about the return of the orcs. By 2008, I had written the first two stories, in French, but I never got to complete the series.

The Conclave was started in 2012 in between other projects and was an experiment of sort. Like Hyperion, by Dan Simmons, the first part of the story introduces a wide cast of characters one by one. The second portion of the story takes the shape of a meeting, with exchanges on different subjects, as the characters try to unravel the missing pieces of the recent events to have plagued their city.

Because of the many characters and the wide range of elements covered by the story, I understand it may present a challenge for readers not familiar with the world of Arvelas. On the other hand, this same complexity provides an in-depth look into Arvelas and should provide an entertaining read for fans of fantasy.

Started: June 28, 2012
First Published: October 24, 2018
Setting: Arvelas
Words: ~37000
Type: Novella
Alpha Reading: Gaetan Clement
Beta Reading: Sylvie Danielle Paulin
Editing: Kira Rubenthaler, Bookfly Design LLC (, Vanessa Ricci-Thode (
Cover: Illustration: Max Bedulenko (on ArtStation), Title and text: Kirk Shannon (
Inside Art: Illustrations: Kirk Shannon (
Manuscript Formatting: E-book: Jeremy McLean (, Print: S.C.Eston
Version: v1.13.1

In Progress

  • As of: October 25, 2018
  • Fog - Publishing v0.12