Book 2 of The Other Universes is underway. The title has not been decided yet, but there are some possibilities floating around. The first chapter has been completed.
Storylines from Book 1 continue, weaving in and out of each other. New perils, obstacles and enemies are emerging from the shadows. New characters join in the madness. There are many strange universes out there and it’s easy to lose your way.
At first glance, he may appear cowardly. That might have something to do with his tendency to hide behind others and scream, “Protect me!” whenever encountering the unknown. Young wizards don’t grow up to be old wizards without taking a few precautions, you understand. Thelonius is motivated to continue his own aging process, preferably with all of his original limbs. The problem is that at some point, he acquired a Gem of Trans-Universal Traveler Location Finding. (These magical items can be ridiculously specific.) This artifact is leading him on a blind trek through the multiverse, leaping from one dangerous universe to the next.
He assembled a party of adventurers to protect him on his quest. There’s Slug, a fierce dwarf warrior with an overdeveloped sense of sarcasm. Weasel is a Ninja who has an unfortunate habit of announcing his next moves. There’s Skippy the Ranger, who insists that his oufit (including the shorts) is authentic because his vest says, “Ranger”. (It actually says, “Park Ranger”, but that’s another story.) Boil is an Ogre Barbarian (for those times where a regular barbarian just won’t do). Finally, Percival the Paladin forced his way into the group. They’re a dysfunctional bunch to be sure. It’s quite difficult to find well adjusted, mature, emotionally stable individuals to join a dungeon raiding, multiverse travelling, and monster hacking party. Go figure.
When you think about it, setting out to leap into another universe with this crew is either brave or stupendously idiotic. At times, it’s hard to tell the two apart. Thelonius will need every bit of whatever bravery he can dredge up when he encounters AAAAGGHHHH. (Yes, that’s her name.)
She’s your ordinary teenage psionic who just may be the key to saving the Multiverse. She’s being hunted by a number of creatures from different universes. She’s gathering a bizarre assortment of friends/allies/acquaintances. She’s also gifted with a unique ability to see into other universes and then Trade objects of equal mass between them.
So, she’s not that ordinary. In fact, she’s unique in ways she doesn’t yet realize. The Watchers know this and they’re very interested in seeing her in action. The Director knows it as well and he can’t wait to use her as a tool to find and hack into the Prime Universe. He’ll have to take a number, because there’s an ever increasing number of very dangerous characters who are developing an unhealthy interest in her. She also doesn’t do well with robots.
It’s not her fault, really. She’s an excellent communicator with characters including hostile 2 meter tall long haired bats, gaseous clouds who speak via scent, a Krazhdj, talking horses with serious attitude problems, humanoid chameleons who communicate in pictures, and the occasional paranoid revolutionary. Robots don’t have a mind to read, though. That makes them particularly irritating.
It’s a very good thing she’s got such a great group of friends to help her in her quest. If only she could keep them all in the same universe…