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    Drakenblud: The Malformed King (AUDIOBOOK CHAPTERS 1 - 7)

    enSeptember 16, 2023

    Podcast Summary

    • A medieval kingdom is plagued by a red rain transforming people into monsters, with nobles becoming worse.In 'Draken Blood,' a prince seeks to slay his transformed father, suspecting a traitor in the royal household due to the stolen Drakon blood.

      In the novel "Draken Blood," a medieval fantasy kingdom is plagued by a strange red rain that transforms people into monsters, with those of noble bloodlines becoming even more disturbing monstrosities. Five years after this event called the "bleeding," the surviving prince, Olryn Amberlend, seeks to slay his transformed father, the malformed king. However, a person from his past may pose a threat. The novel explores themes of tradition, reputation, and the potential for even those in power to become monsters. The king's behavior becomes increasingly aggressive and rash, leading his family and staff to suspect that the Drakon blood, meant for a royal ceremony, has been taken and used by someone else, potentially a blooded enemy within their walls. The story is set in the kingdom of Lorne and is an original novel by Tyler Wexland.

    • King Van Gris takes extra security measures in his throne roomThe king is on high alert due to potential threats, only critical matters are addressed, and those entering must be unarmed and maintain a distance.

      King Van Gris of Lorne is taking extra security measures in his throne room due to potential threats. Only critical matters will be addressed, and those with such matters must enter unarmed and maintain a greater distance. The king is uneasy and agitated, with potential enemies and his family's safety at risk. He expects his sons, especially Alwin, to arrive as soon as possible. Trust is in short supply, but Saldan, the royal sword master, can be relied upon. The king has given orders to retrieve Oran and keep their swords ready. Despite the tension, Saldan remains oblivious to the seriousness of the situation. The skull of the last dragon slain by the Embolyne family serves as a reminder of the challenges the royal family must overcome for their people. The king steps outside for some fresh air, but the crimson skies and warm, muggy air make it an unpleasant experience.

    • King Vangris' Descent into ViolenceKing Vangris' unchecked anger and betrayal led to violent actions, causing chaos and uncertainty within the kingdom, potentially worsening the existing power struggles and instability.

      King Vangris, feeling unappreciated and betrayed by his people and ministers, lost control and resorted to violence, killing Minister Landis and covering himself in the minister's blood. Despite his power and status as a king, Vangris' actions led to chaos and confusion within the castle, raising concerns about his mental and emotional stability. The incident also highlighted the tension and power struggles between the king and his advisors, as well as the fear and uncertainty among the citizens. Ultimately, Vangris' actions may have further destabilized the kingdom rather than bringing peace and order.

    • Power and corruption lead to devastating consequencesPower can corrupt even the noblest beings, leading to devastating consequences for themselves and those around them.

      Power and bloodlust can corrupt even the most noble of beings. In the story, the king, Vangris, once a guard captain and a man of duty, succumbs to the power of draken blood, transforming into a monstrous creature that kills his wife and children. Despite being stopped by a royal defender, Vangris refuses to die and, fueled by his power, kills the defender and hunts down his children. The once-great city of O Niodon, a center of culture and history, is now in ruins, reflecting the chaos and destruction caused by Vangris's transformation. This takeaway highlights how power and corruption can lead to devastating consequences.

    • Traveling through a corrupt city to reach the Grand MuseumDespite facing danger and regretting past actions, Oren's determination to learn about his kingdom's history drives him to navigate through a corrupt city and reach the Grand Museum.

      Oren, a traveler in a corrupt and filthy city, had to navigate through the streets with caution and stealth to reach his destination, the Grand Museum of Central Lawn. He faced the danger of being ambushed by the corrupted and had to protect himself with his gambeson, cloak, gloves, and boots. The museum, a beacon of history and art, appeared untouched by the corrupted, but Oren proceeded with caution. He reminisced about his past and felt regret for not appreciating his mother's efforts to instill an interest in history during his childhood. Despite the challenges, Oren's determination to explore the museum and learn more about his kingdom's history fueled his journey.

    • Exploring Lorne's history through museum relicsDiscovering historical relics in a museum reminds us of our past, symbolizes tradition and learning from mistakes, and inspires hope and resilience.

      The museum, filled with historical artifacts and exhibits, served as a reminder of Lorne's past, both its triumphs and failures. Ulren, on his quest, discovered important messages etched on stone and metal, a retired crown, and a broken wheel from a failed war project. These relics symbolized the kingdom's tradition, history, and learning from mistakes. The presence of survivors and the display of a real sword in a heroic scene added a sense of hope and resilience. Overall, the museum represented Lorne's proud history and the importance of learning from past experiences.

    • Ulren's Encounter with SurvivorsUlren's legendary sword, glimmersteel, is crucial in the fight against dragons and comes with unique properties. Survivors in a post-apocalyptic world face challenges and must be cautious of strangers.

      Ulren, a traveler, discovered a legendary sword called glimmersteel, made from a fallen star's silver liquid. This sword was known for its fire-resistant properties, unsharpenable blade, and ability to pierce dragon scales. Ulren came across a group of survivors, who were wary of him due to their precarious situation. Despite their initial suspicion, Ulren explained his mission to retrieve the sword. The group, led by Shanel, allowed him to stay with them but warned him to leave as soon as possible due to their limited resources. Ulren's encounter with the group highlights the importance of the legendary sword in the fight against dragons and the challenges faced by survivors in a post-apocalyptic world. Ulren's determination to retrieve the sword, despite the risks, underscores the significance of the sword in the context of the story.

    • Negotiation is key in survival situationsIn a survival situation, attempting to take something without negotiation can lead to conflict and potentially dangerous consequences.

      In a survival situation, resources are valuable and not easily given away. The elder, Olrhyun, was unwilling to part with a potentially valuable weapon without receiving something in return. The situation escalated when the younger man, Jhos, attempted to take the sword by force, leading to his death and further tension between the traveler, Ulren, and the camp. Ultimately, Ulren was forced to leave empty-handed after being cursed by the camp's protector, Chanel. This encounter highlights the importance of negotiation and the potential consequences of taking what isn't rightfully yours.

    • Oran's routine for camping in a dangerous worldOran's routines help him feel safe and in control amidst danger, while using gold royals as distractions and being cautious with tracks can aid survival.

      Our protagonist, Oran, is on a mission to return to his royal castle and kill the creature that was once his father, despite the uncertainty and danger involved. He has developed a routine for camping outdoors in this new world, which includes finding a secure spot, setting up defenses, checking supplies, and ensuring his weapons are in good condition. Oran's world is filled with danger and uncertainty, but these routines give him a sense of control and safety. Another key takeaway is the use of gold royals as a tool to distract and deter creatures, and the importance of being cautious and covering one's tracks to avoid being trailed. The description of Silverlight, Oran's new sword, adds an element of intrigue and mystery to the story. Overall, the passage highlights Oran's resilience and determination in the face of adversity.

    • Ulren's Fruitless Quest for Powerful ArtifactsDespite numerous attempts, Ulren has struggled to find and secure powerful artifacts to aid in his fight against his corrupted father, with most leads proving false or already claimed by others.

      The quest for powerful artifacts to aid in the fight against the corrupted and save Lawn has been a challenging and fruitless journey for Ulren. Despite his efforts to locate and secure mythical or magical items, such as the legendary sword Silverlight, most of the leads he followed have either turned out to be false or have already been claimed by other survivors. Ulren's journal documents his disappointing discoveries, including the lack of a sacred water vial in Acuri, the broken armor in Oryosus, and the missing looking glass from Earence. With few options remaining, Ulren is determined to continue his search and hopes that his next discovery will bring him closer to defeating his father and bringing salvation to Lawn.

    • Ulren's determination to reach the temple despite dangersUlren's resolve to face challenges and never give up on his quest for knowledge and powerful tools against the corrupted.

      Ulren, despite facing numerous disappointments and dangers, refused to give up on his quest for answers and powerful tools against the corrupted. He was determined to reach the temple of the blood maidens, even though it was located in a dangerous area and the only way to get there was a narrow footbridge exposed to the corrupted. Ulren's resolve was put to the test when he encountered a blind corrupted creature in his camp. Despite the danger, Ulren saw it as an opportunity to test his new blade. The encounter reminded him that even alone, a corrupted was still a formidable opponent. But Ulren's determination and quick thinking allowed him to emerge victorious. This experience reinforced his resolve to continue on his journey and reach the temple, where he hoped to find the answers he sought.

    • Determination and quick thinking lead to successCourage, preparation, adaptability, learning from past experiences, and the wisdom of masters are essential in overcoming obstacles

      Even in the face of great danger and adversity, determination and quick thinking can lead to success. Ulren's encounter with the corrupted creature showcased the power of the silverlight sword and gave him renewed hope for his mission. Meanwhile, Oran's decision to brave the heart of the valley despite the risks paid off, but also brought new challenges as he faced the terrifying bridge in the darkness. Both Ulren and Oran's experiences highlight the importance of courage, preparation, and adaptability in overcoming obstacles. Additionally, the text emphasizes the value of learning from past experiences and the wisdom of masters, as Ulren's use of the silverlight sword demonstrates and Oran's regret over neglecting Master Saldan's footwork exercises.

    • Unexpected roles and their importanceAdaptability and resourcefulness are crucial for survival, even when faced with unexpected roles or situations.

      Even the most unexpected roles can hold great value. Olrun, a swordsman, found himself in a battle against creatures beneath a bridge. Though he was skilled with a sword, he realized that his ability to keep the bridge clear of debris was just as important. Despite his best efforts, he was overpowered and forced to use unconventional methods to defend himself. In the end, he learned that adaptability and resourcefulness are essential for survival. However, the creatures were relentless, and Olrun was barely able to fend them off, demonstrating the importance of being prepared for any situation.

    • Two Survivors' Stories of Courage and ResilienceOlrun fought bravely to protect himself and potentially save others, while Krios used her resourcefulness to gather essential supplies for her community. Both showed resilience and courage, but their efforts may be futile against the Crawlers or the collapse of their community.

      Despite the harsh circumstances and injuries, Olrun fought bravely and resourcefully to protect himself and potentially save others, while Krios used her cunning and resourcefulness to gather essential supplies for her community. Olrun's determination to die on his own terms contrasts with Krios's will to survive and help her community. Both characters demonstrate resilience and courage in their own ways. However, the text also hints at the futility of their efforts against the Crawlers and the inevitability of their demise or the collapse of their community.

    • The weight of supplies and unexpected attack left her helplessDespite her best efforts, the woman was unable to save everyone and was forced to accept her limitations in a harsh world

      Despite her best efforts, the woman was unable to save the survivors she had been tasked with helping. The weight of her supplies and the unexpected attack left her feeling helpless and useless. She could only gather and bury the dead, leaving behind supplies for potential future survivors. This experience was a reminder of the harsh realities of her world and her own limitations. Despite her intentions and struggles, she was unable to change the outcome for the better. However, she found solace in remembering the lives of those she had encountered and honoring their memories. The woman continued on her journey, carrying the weight of her past failures and the hope for future redemption.

    • Coriolus's Challenging Past and Unexpected DiscoveryCoriolus, a resilient blood maiden, faces adversity and finds purpose in her duties, but an unexpected encounter with a dying man and a silver sword challenges her perspective.

      Coriolus, a blood maiden, has faced numerous hardships throughout her life, including being sold to a temple as a child and undergoing a humiliating cleansing ceremony. Despite these challenges, she found strength and purpose in her duties and memories. However, during her travels, she encounters a dying man and uses her unique abilities to save him, discovering a mysterious silver sword in the process. This encounter leaves her contemplating her future actions and the value of her own life. Despite the difficulties, Coriolus remains determined to fulfill her duties and continue her mission.

    • The Power of PerseveranceDedication and hard work can help overcome challenges and lead to success, even in the face of adversity. Respect and mentorship also play crucial roles in personal growth.

      Dedication and hard work pay off, even when faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges. In the first scenario, a woman saves a man's life by providing him with blood and care, despite her own exhaustion. In the second, a prince improves his sword fighting skills through rigorous training and the guidance of his mentor, eventually surpassing his teacher's abilities. Both characters demonstrate the importance of perseverance and the refusal to give up, even when the odds seem stacked against them. Additionally, the value of respect and mentorship is highlighted in the relationship between the prince and his teacher, Soledon.

    • Prince Oran's Journey to Sword MasteryDetermined to become a swordsman, Prince Oran balances family responsibilities and personal goals, ultimately earning the title of sword master through dedication and perseverance.

      Prince Oran's training and potential as a swordsman are being recognized by his mentor, but his responsibilities to the kingdom and his family often disrupt his focus on his personal goals. Despite the challenges, Oran is determined to become the best swordsman and earn the title of sword master. However, his indecisiveness about his focused study subject at the university is causing concern among his family and advisors. The pressure to choose a specialty before being sent to the university is mounting, and Oran must make a decision soon. Ultimately, Oran's journey to becoming a swords master and balancing his responsibilities to his family and the kingdom is a testament to his dedication and perseverance.

    • Discussions of royal responsibilities and expectationsPrince Ulren grapples with overwhelming duties, aging family members, and personal concerns, highlighting the heavy burden of royal life

      The royal family members, particularly Prince Ulren, have significant responsibilities and expectations placed upon them. During a dinner with important figures, discussions about taxes, trade agreements, and conscription quotas were discussed, leaving Ulren feeling overwhelmed. He was also concerned about his brother, Gerasen, who had been distant since returning from university. Amidst all these obligations, Ulren was expected to prepare for his upcoming dragon blood ceremony and the power and responsibility that came with it. His grandmother, Omer, took him under her wing for tutoring, but even she showed signs of aging during their lessons. Ulren felt guilty for his relief when he was allowed to leave, as he couldn't help but feel helpless in the face of his family's needs. Overall, the weight of responsibility and the passage of time were prevalent themes in this discussion.

    • A Brother's Concerns and a Sister-like SaviorGerevan's obsession with research puts his life and relationships at risk, but a mysterious savior offers him a warning of impending danger.

      Ullrichan's brother, Gerevan, is deeply engrossed in his research and neglecting his health and personal relationships. Despite concerns from his brother, Gerevan promises to spend more time with him once his work is complete. However, during one of Ullrichan's visits, he is interrupted by a falling object in Gerevan's lab and is left alone once again. In a strange turn of events, Ullrichan is saved from certain death by a blood maiden named Krileus, who warms him with her body until he regains consciousness. Ullrichan expresses his gratitude and they discuss his desire to seek answers at the temple, but Krileus warns him of the impending doom that awaits him there. Ullrichan is left with more questions than answers and a renewed sense of determination.

    • Blood Maiden's Unique AbilityThe Blood Maiden, Croesus, can handle and purify Draken blood without being corrupted, granting her the ability to heal wounds but shortening her life and making her weaker as she ages.

      The Blood Maiden, Croesus, revealed her unique ability to handle and purify Draken blood without being corrupted or harmed. This conditioning not only makes her immune to the corruption but also grants her the ability to use her control over blood to heal wounds. However, this comes at a cost as the process shortens her life and makes her physically weaker as she ages. Croesus is the last surviving Blood Maiden, and the temple where they were trained is now under the control of the corrupted. She is hiding something and recommended avoiding the temple and the bridge, where many corrupted are present. Orin was disappointed not to find answers in the temple but remains grateful for Croesus's help in saving his life.

    • Trust and Perseverance in Times of UncertaintyDuring uncertain times, trust and perseverance can lead to the discovery of valuable resources and renewed hope.

      Trust and perseverance are crucial in the face of uncertainty. The matrons, leaders of a secretive order, worked in seclusion during a crisis, leaving their followers in the dark about their progress. Oran, a weary traveler, found himself in a similar situation when he encountered Cryolas, who had healed him but kept her identity hidden. They formed a tentative alliance, with Cryolas revealing the location of Oran's lost sword, a powerful artifact. The discovery of the sword offered renewed hope, but Oran knew the challenges ahead would be great. The legend of legendary weapons bound to their bearers offered a glimmer of inspiration, and Oran clung to the belief that, with determination and trust, he might uncover the answers he sought.

    • Oran and Crius form an unlikely allianceDespite initial mistrust, Oran and Crius join forces to reach their destination, with Crius sharing her knowledge and Oran waiting for his injuries to heal.

      Oran and Crius, despite their initial reservations and mistrust, formed an unlikely alliance to reach the temple, with Crius offering her expertise and guidance, and Oran agreeing to wait until his injuries healed before embarking on their dangerous journey. Additionally, Oran struggled with controlling his new sword's silver light, which sliced through enemies effortlessly but caused him to overextend during follow-throughs, leading him to imagine the wisdom of his former master, Saldan, urging him to focus on mastering his own abilities rather than relying solely on his weapon.

    • Encountering the Aftermath of a Massive BattleDespite expressing sympathy, Cryolas and Olrin had differing views on dealing with the corrupted. Cryolas saw them as misunderstood beings, while Olrin saw them as monsters to be destroyed.

      Olrin and Cryolas embarked on a dangerous journey to the temple, facing numerous corrupted along the way. Olrin had been practicing new sword forms to effectively use silver light, but struggled to connect with Cryolas, who kept her past a mystery. They discovered a large hoard of corrupted bodies on the bridge leading to the temple, indicating a massive battle had taken place. Olrin had only managed to kill a few before being defeated, leaving the bridge cleared for them. Despite the gruesome sight, Cryolas expressed sympathy for the corrupted, but Olrin saw them as monsters that needed to be destroyed. They continued on their journey, with Olrin questioning if a blooded maiden could have caused such destruction.

    • Olrun meets his long-lost brother Keravan in the temple of the blood maidensOlrun's emotional connection to his brother led him to confront him, despite warnings about his role in the slaughter of creatures outside the temple.

      Olrun encountered his long-lost brother Keravan in the temple of the blood maidens, who had seemingly harnessed the power of the corruption. Despite the joy of finding his brother alive, Olrun was met with cold indifference and dismissal. Keravan, who had become thinner and paler, was solely focused on his research and saw Olrun as a distraction. Gryllus warned Olrun that Keravan was the one responsible for the slaughter of creatures outside the temple, and Olrun prepared for a confrontation. Despite the logical possibility that Crius was right, Olrun's personal experiences and emotions drove him towards a confrontation with his brother.

    • Prince Gerevan Burns the Crimson JournalDespite their shared duty to protect their kingdom, the corrupted brothers prioritize their desires over logic and mercy, hindering each other's efforts.

      The Corrupted, despite their appearance and actions, retain their understanding and memories, but prioritize their primal desires over logic and mercy. Gerevan, the corrupted prince, was no exception. He was incredibly powerful and had no desire for a reunion with his brother Olrin. The Crimson Journal, a sacred text containing the secrets of the draken blood, was in their possession, and it was revealed that Olrin had come seeking knowledge to fight against the Corrupted. However, Gerevan, who had been using the journal freely, burned it in front of them, dismissing Olrin's intentions as trivial. The royal family's duty to protect their kingdom and fight against the Corrupted was a common thread between the brothers, but their methods and goals differed. Olrin aimed to slay the corrupted creature that was once their father, while Gerevan, who might have considered helping, saw Olrin's goal as an impossible and futile endeavor.

    • Impulsiveness and underestimation lead to conflicts and lossesConsidering the potential consequences before acting can prevent unnecessary conflicts and losses

      Impulsiveness and underestimating an opponent can lead to disastrous consequences. In the story, Ullren's impulsive actions resulted in the loss of valuable information and a physical battle with his brother, Garavan. Garavan, on the other hand, showed calculated strength and cunning, using Olrin's impulsiveness against him. The destruction of the journal and the theft of Silverlight left Olrin feeling defeated and questioning his brother's motivations. This tale serves as a reminder that thinking before acting and considering the potential consequences can help prevent unnecessary conflicts and losses.

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