"You can never destroy the seed of evil for it grows within all creatures. Take pleasure in the harvest." Drogur Vorn, Orc Master, Book Two: Shadow in the Flame
The Harrow Saga is an epic fantasy novel, written by Philip Mazza, and published by Omni Publishers. Set in a different time and place, the story features several races, to include man, animals, and those of magic.
Mazza has a mythological approach to races, dividing them into various groups, which like ethnic groups tend to live in different areas and develop different cultures and physical characteristics.
Although the various races live in their natural environment, they possess their own culture, language, proverbs, poetry, and mythology. In Mazza's fantasy world of the Harrow, many races endure the hardships and trials of peace and war, an eternal struggle of good versus evil.
For Mazza, due to the massive amount of history in his books, culture changes over time.
The major cause of certain cultures is due to where groups of peoples come from, where their ancestors come, what languages they speak, where a language has roots in, and what race they are. Based on this perspective, Mazza segments those of the Harrow as either of the race of man or similar origins, creatures, those who possess magic, and brood.
In the world of the Harrow, the Book of Histories or the I’ Qarma En’ Ilya as it is called in the old tongue, provides a historical reference to the creation of the Harrow’s many races. The book is actually a compilation of writings from the many scholars and historians over the ages. They are known as the Coiasira. In the the I’ Qarma En’ Ilya, the Orn En’ Coa provides a graphical depiction of the Harrow’s races. Its textual witness is the Sinome A’ Eller, the first section of the I’ Qarma En’ Ilya that describes the creation of the Harrow.
“ . . . From the disorder wrought by the Maker there came life. And the Maker called the new life En’ Coia. There were those that lived in the time just before the great upheaval, those that had survived the disorder. These were the ones hidden away in crevices, for they were small enough and required little. These were of the En’ Coia and called the I’ Atya. There were those that were transformed. Bone and flesh cracked and tore, as new life contorted and twisted from the old. These were of the En’ Coia and called the I’ Naru. There were others, those that sprang anew from the darkness and fire. This was life born of slime and rock and fire, and of the deathly air. These were of the En’ Coia and called the I’ Mortu . . . And in time places where secrets and evil held dominion became known to the En’ Coia, and these places were called the I’ Drar, and from this darkness there came the I’ Ksh. The I’ Ksh were horrible things, ancient creatures, born of evil, and hatred, and greed.”
- From the Sinome A’ Eller or The Great Upheaval, the first section of the I’ Qarma En’ Ilya