—– Ailsa Abraham’s Dagda Stops By To Visit With The Pukah

England in the near future. Mainstream religions have been outlawed, and the old gods rule again. Iamo has been a priest of the Great Mother and is sworn to celibacy, but his love for Riga, a Black Shaman, a magical assassin, caused him to break his vows. After being imprisoned apart from each other for three years, Iamo accepts an offer to earn them both a pardon and the possibility of marriage. If they survive. Iamo and Riga must discover why demons are breaking through from the other side. Which of the cults are renegades who allow the demons through? Who can they trust? Combining their powers, they face the ordeal with the help of a band of eclectic pagans, spirit creatures, Riga’s Black Shaman brothers, an undercover Christian granny, and three unusually energetic Goths. It’s a tough assignment, but the hope of a life together keeps them fighting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ailsa, we’ve got to quit meeting like this.  It hasn’t been long enough, my friend.  Who do you have with you today?

Dagda, is there a particular name you’d like to be called?

  • Drum Captain Dagda of the Black Shaman’s Guild. I had another name a long time ago but I haven’t used it in decades.

Drum Captain Dagda, it is.  (Mind if I shorten it to Dagda, though?)

  • [If you must]

Thank you.  And, one other nosy personal question before we get started.  Since we have a variety of individuals being escorted through: Are you a species with any unique gifts?

  • I am human, born Native American of the Plains Indian tribes and I am a Shaman. I can shape shift (I am a skinwalker) and move between worlds to commune with spirits. I can also curse and use my spirit-contacts to visit retribution.

 

I do hope I remain off of your list of people needing retribution!  Do you have many on that list, or your list of enemies?

  • Principally I have been fighting demons who want to take over human souls. Non-magical humans are like children, totally vulnerable and so it is despicable to victimise them.

Agreed.  Victimizing the weak is always in bad taste.  Do you have any allies helping you?

  • My only real allies are the brotherhood of the Black Shamans. They and their power animals have come to my aid many times.

Sounds like you have a strong support base then.  What happens if one of your enemies insults you, or one of your allies?

  • That is a normal part of the demons’ weaponry. They attack the mind. If they cannot make you fear them , they flatter and praise you. I am immune to both from friends or enemies alike.

Sounds like it makes for a lonely life.  Do you have any siblings to comfort you?

  • I don’t know. I did have but I left all my family  behind in a series of events that led me to the Guild. Scribe Ailsa is taking notes from me to write about it one day.

What about a lover or constant companion?  Maybe a spouse?

  • In my life I have loved only three people. One is part of my deeply buried past, the other two appear in the Alchemy series. My pupil, Riga had a teenaged crush on me and nearly had to break her heart because at that time I was in love with someone else. It was good for her education. It made her tough and resilient.

Do you have any deep secrets or fears you feel comfortable enough to share with us?

  • ::Deep laugh.:: [If I shared,] then it would be a secret no more.

What about accomplishments you can brag about, then?

  • I am very proud of Riga, she learned well and has achieved things that most of our Guild would never have considered. I am happy for her that she has found a new path in life but touched by a little sadness that I know I will never see her again. I was not made to be a Grandfather substitute.

Isn’t that the way it is will all of life?  You meet and touch many, but in the end they have to walk their own way.

Drum Captain Dagda of the Black Shaman’s Guild, thank you for letting Ailsa bring you here today to visit.

Ailsa, thank you for coming back again.  As always, it has been fun having you over to visit.

  • Thank you, Sister, for your kind questions.

 

 

If you enjoyed the interview, and wish to read more about Dagda and his guild, you can find the books on Amazon here:

Alchemy

 A world without war?

Professor Sawhele Fielding stumbles across an invention that would change the world; something so monumental, it could spell the end of environmental disaster and conflict. With the help of her father, a shadowy figure in the world of international banking, she begins to set into motion the biggest upheaval the planet has seen.

But in a changed world, dark forces are threatening the fragile peace. Where modern technology is proving useless, old magic from a bygone era might just save the day. Adrian Oliver, expert in ancient religions is skeptical until faced with incontrovertible proof that ancient evil is abroad once again.

How could a Utopian dream of free fuel and peaceful co-existence turn into a nightmare?

Iamo, a priest of the Mother Goddess and Riga, a Black Shaman assassin captain, are thrown together – reluctantly at first – to face a threat that nobody could have imagined before “The Changes”.

ALCHEMY is the prequel to Shaman’s Drum which features the adventures of Iamo and Riga through their world in the near future, where the established religions of our own days had been banned.

Shaman’s Drum

England in the near future.

Mainstream religions have been outlawed, and the old gods rule again.

Iamo has been a priest of the Great Mother and is sworn to celibacy, but his love for Riga, a Black Shaman, a magical assassin, caused him to break his vows. After being imprisoned apart from each other for three years, Iamo accepts an offer to earn them both a pardon and the possibility of marriage. If they survive.

Iamo and Riga must discover why demons are breaking through from the other side. Which of the cults are renegades who allow the demons through? Who can they trust?

Combining their powers, they face the ordeal with the help of a band of eclectic pagans, spirit creatures, Riga’s Black Shaman brothers, an undercover Christian granny, and three unusually energetic Goths.

It’s a tough assignment, but the hope of a life together keeps them fighting.

 

 

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