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Literature / Engines of Creation

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Engines of Creation is Fantasy Literature revolving on the lives of eight thousand small-town Canadians as they find themselves suddenly and irrevocably stuck in the Pactlands, a land that still abides by the rules of steel, magick and blood.

A Web Serial Novel series by EJ Spurrell which can be read for free online starting with the first novel, Children of the Halo.


  • A Little Something We Call "Rock and Roll":
    • Ryan performs songs by the Smashing Pumpkins, Finger Eleven and more to several groups within the Disputed Lands and Halen, including in front of an audience in Arronay.
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    • Lily introduces Arie to Metallica
    • Bayne develops a fondness for dubstep.
  • Background Magic Field: The Veil is an example of this trope.
  • Caught on Tape:
    • Quick uses Terra's digital camera to capture evidence of conspiracy by Izon Dueck.
    • A surveillance camera with a live feed is set up directly in the center of a Vectoran war camp.
  • Civilized Animal: The Tyl, the Featherclaw and the El'Dar
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Lily swears at Phearon Tome. A lot.
  • Elemental Powers: Pyromagi, Aquamagi, Aeromagi, Geomagi, Voltimagi and others have control over the elements.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The Featherclaw and the Spiketeeth are examples of this trope.
  • Fainting Seer: Terra crashes her quad into a tree after having a seizure induced by a vision.
  • Functional Magic: The various forms of magi have practical applications for their gifts.
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  • Kick the Dog: Ryde kills Mis in a shockingly cruel display.
  • Le Parkour: Boomer is quite adept at Parkour.
  • Medieval Stasis: Despite making several advances one thousand years in the past, the Pactlands is still largely medieval, mostly due to the Council's control over the flow of information.
  • Reluctant Mad Scientist: Mike Sephalon, the Blue Seer.
  • Sir Swearsalot: Gerald Boone and Lily Rasmussen.
  • The Chosen One: Terra is given powers that have not been seen for a thousand years. Also, it can be argued that the entire town of Dunsmith are in essence Chosen Ones.
  • Trapped in Another World: The town of Dunsmith is trapped in the Disputed Lands.
  • This Is My Boomstick:
    • Terra is consistently snapping pictures during her trip, surprising many of the locals.
    • Terra shows Silvereye a Bic lighter, and teaches Quick how to use her camera.
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    • The group that enters Halen does so riding modern All-Terrain Vehicles.
    • Anastae is bombed by modern aircraft.


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