The Blood of Seven Queens | E. Christopher Clark

The Blood of Seven Queens

a fairy tale mash-up told with words and pictures


The Blood of Seven Queens is a forthcoming graphic novel by E. Christopher Clark. It will be the first in a trilogy documenting the transformation of Frieda Jacobs from the precocious “little red riding hood” to the fearsome Queen of Hearts.


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The World

The story is set in Eden, a strange supercontinent surrounded by The River Without End. During the time chronicled in The Blood of Seven Queens, Eden is the only place left in the whole of reality that hasn’t been destroyed by a universe-ending Calamity. And so, control of this purgatorial paradise and its resources is fiercely contested.


A map of the land of Eden, based on the work of Lüe the Mapmaker from The First Age.


Twenty years ago, in the Edenian West, a ne’er-do-well by the name of Oscar Diggs led an invasion of the land called Oz. When whispers reach his ears that there is a movement in the Edenian South to create a country of threateningly similar size, Diggs hatches the scheme that sets our story in motion.


The Heroine

Frieda Jacobs is the prophesied descendant of seven queens—the one woman in Eden who can unite the seven disparate kingdoms of the South. A commoner who’s made a name for herself with her regular adventures through the fearsome Forest of Fangs, Frieda’s monthly treks over the river and through the woods are the stuff of local legend. But when whispers spread that she might be something more than she appears to be, that’s when things get really interesting.


Frieda’s family tree, created by her grandmother Charlotte Goose, promises to turn the idea of a United Kingdom of Wonderland into a reality—and that’s why Oscar Diggs is so desperate. He knows that if a nation rises up to challenge his Empire of Oz, then everything he’s lied and cheated to build may come crumbling down.


The Magic & Technology

The magic of Eden takes many forms. Here are just a few that factor into the story of Seven Queens:

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Sword of the River
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The Sword of the River is a powerful magical weapon which can only be pulled from its stone prison by the worthiest of monarchs.

The Four Imperial Hats
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The story of four hats stolen from dwarves and forced upon the heads of four witches by the evil Wizard of Oz.


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29 May, 2023 15:03

Looking forward to it! Can't wait to see the final product.

Check out my entry for the Treasured Companions Challenge: the Ghost Boy of Kirinal! His article also spilled over into Adventuring With Ghost Boy full of plot hooks and his 5E stat block!

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E. Christopher Clark
29 May, 2023 23:39

Thanks, man! It's going to be a fun ride and I hope the final product will live up to the lofty expectations I feel like I'm going to set throughout the process.

30 May, 2023 20:15

Good luck with the project! :) I sounds like it's going to be fun!

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E. Christopher Clark
31 May, 2023 00:37

I hope so! And thank you. I've been looking forward to getting started on this for a good, long while.

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