An Epic Journey Has Now Begun
Book One in The Drohlo Trilogy Available Now!


Aurlinia Verana can no longer remember the sensation of sunlight, the sway of the golden aspens, or the crash of ocean waves on the shoreline of her ancient, fallen homeland of Lineastear. From early childhood, she spends her life underground, deep within the labyrinth of caves that become both her curse and her cage. Though when a violent invasion threatens the lives of everyone on the continent of Runahn, her world changes forever. She abandons the safety of the underworld city of Vaulok to find her courage, her purpose, and herself. In a miraculous stroke of fate, she becomes aware of her unprecedented power as the only living healer of the mysterious, sentient creatures known as the tiloque. This power earns her the respect and adulation of the only tiloque strong enough to rekindle the dying hope... and unite an entire world.
 

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Who is Drohlo?

 
We see him on the cover of the book here. Is he a wolf? Maybe a bear? Why is his nose shaped like a lion's and his back sloped like that of a horse? He resembles many common animals, yet he is clearly his own entity. So, what is he?

Drohlo is a tiloque (tih-LOKE), and there are three distinct species. Drohlo is the result of a cross between two different tiloque species known as the shilatil and the kleotil. What are they? An excerpt from The Rise of Drohlo will help explain it: 

"The kleotil was the only winged species of the creatures known as tiloque. Tiloque of all species were remarkably intelligent, large, and complex creatures, most often surpassing humans in endeavors of the mind. While there were only three distinct species, there was much variety in each individual tiloque. Aside from the kleotil, there was the shilatil and the macheotil, both ground-dwelling creatures absent of wings. 

All three species had notably similar features, most often resembling a strange mixture of bear, wolf, and horse, and yet somehow not resembling any other animal at all. The kleotil was the largest at seven to twelve feet at the shoulder. They had a sleek appearance with a short, shiny coat, long legs, streamlined body, small, pointed ears, and a long, slender tail. The wings were the most arresting feature, as their spread could reach upwards of one hundred feet. 

The shilatil was the most hulking of the three, with stout, heavy features, a shorter, thickly furred tail, and an excessively muscular frame. They were often said to be the most primitive of the three, and didn't rely as heavily on speech or abstract philosophy in their clans. They valued strength and tradition above all else, looking most often to the stars for answers. They typically grew to eight feet at the shoulder, making them the second largest of the three. 
   
The macheotil was the most elusive and perhaps most misunderstood species of tiloque. They were elegant, sporting the lithe body and long tail of the kleotil, but they were the smallest of the three species. Some adults only grew to five feet at the shoulder, and none ever exceeded seven feet. They were often viewed as vicious and uncivilized, as they defended their territories with ruthless brutality. They were often exclusive, despising all tiloque not belonging to their own individual clans. They were also the most prolific breeders and also the most likely to instigate crossbreeding with the shilatil.
   
Hybrids were far more common than tiloque of pure blood, and yet the kleotil had managed to keep nearly all of their bloodlines pure..."

 
That being said, Drohlo is a rare cross of the winged kleotil and the formidable shilatil. He has no wings, and bears the strongest resemblance to the shilatil, but his kleotil blood gives him a significant edge in size and strength. Just how big is he? When standing, he reaches ten feet at the shoulder, making him around the size of a bull African elephant. 

This illustration shows his size compared to both the elephant and a human. It also shows his coat type, which is referred to as a "chromatic black". In sunlight, Drohlo's coat is not a true black, but shines with shades of red and blue, shimmering in a similar fashion to oil. In dull, dim, or overcast lighting, he appears black in color, though this coat mutation is rare in tiloque.

As the excerpt says, tiloque are incredibly intelligent creatures, and speak the common language of their respective continents. They live in highly structured clans led by an alpha male or female, who generally demand exemplary behavior from their members. Though the tiloque are as unique as humans and may possess their own wicked leanings, evil ambitions, and deceitful intentions. You will find among them a vast variety of personalities, intelligence levels, and philosophies, and they have many years to develop themselves, as they are long lived creatures. They can even live up to a thousand years or more, but surviving to such an age is rare. Drohlo is considered quite old at just around three hundred years. 

What sets Drohlo apart from his kind? It isn't so much his size, strength, or lineage. It is his mind. Drohlo is able to look to the future and imagine a world destroyed by a common enemy, and he is willing to do whatever he can to preserve life. Not only the lives of his own clan, but even of the humans most of his kind despise. His compassion and foresight are what make him the immensely special creature he is, and the leader his world desperately needs. 

When he is found close to death by Aurlinia Verana, the only tiloque healer to exist for a millennium, he is able to not only accept her as one of his own, but also see that together, they will alter the course of history. 

If you want to join Aurlinia on her path to finding Drohlo, 
The Rise of Drohlo is available now in paperback HERE!