This page is for the influences on setting and tone that characterise ‘Lux Aeternum: Empire of Light’. I’m hoping that by listing and explaining these here, people will be able to get a good feel for what tone I’m going for.

‘The Three Musketeers’ series by Alexandre Dumas
‘The Three Musketeers’, ‘The Four Musketeers’ and ‘The Return of the Musketeers’ directed by Richard Lester
‘The Man in the Iron Mask’ directed by Randall Wallace
These books and their film adaptations typify the tone of a small band of dedicated and dashing swordsmen, their constant battle against dastardly enemies and the political intrigues they are drawn into to preserve the virtue and honour of some of the most powerful men and women of the time. Fun, but with a dark edge and a genuine good-hearted sense of purpose.

‘Star Wars I-III’ and the Old Republic computer games and comics
Many people don’t like Episodes I-III of the ‘Star Wars’ film series, but I think they have a valuable tone as political sci-fi films. The Old Republic setting for ‘Star Wars’ is focused on the role of musketeer-like Jedi as faciliators, negotiators and diplomats for the Old Republic, but Episodes I-III show what happens when that role is manipulated and eventually undermined by an evil dictator.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean I-?’
Pirates do have a presence in the skies of the Crucible, so to preserve the swashbuckling feel of the ‘space pirates’, I tried to use sea-based piratical influences, because it’s all too easy for the tone to get swallowed up into sci-fi at this point.

‘Captain Alatriste’ series by Arturo Perez Reverte

‘The Fencing Master’ by Arturo Perez Reverte


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