It is my ambition to publish the book in full upon its completion but, until then, I’ll be releasing it as a ongoing web serial, broken down by chapter segments. Patrons will have exclusive access to the serial entries for two weeks, but each will later be posted on free sites such as Wattpad.
At this time, there is a 90-page preview edition of the novel available to everyone as a free eBook. Patrons pledging $10 or more per month will also have access to the entire first half of the novel in eBook format. If you’re interested to learn a bit more about the project, why not visit the Axtelera Ray™ website, or check out our featurette?
The Cetran Legacy is the third volume in my unofficial retelling of bestselling videogame, Final Fantasy VII. Like its predecessors, A New Threat and The Man in the Black Cloak, the novel will be available to read online or download absolutely free. The Cetran Legacy will cover the story between Cosmo Canyon and the iconic events at the Forgotten Capital, following Cloud and the others' journey to places such as Rocket Town, Wutai and the Temple of the Ancients. What makes my project a bit different is my inclusion of details from every corner of the FFVII Compilation, offering additional insight into the characters and plot that wasn't available in the original game.
It is my intention to publish each chapter on my FanFiction.net account, but will share preview works-in-progress with everyone on here to gauge feedback before the final draft is released. Once the novel has been completed in its entirety, it will be made available to download as a free eBook.
At this time, there is a 50-page teaser edition of The Cetran Legacy available here. In addition, both A New Threat and The Man in the Black Cloak can be downloaded in a variety of digital formats, or you can arrange your own paperback copies. Don't forget to like and follow the project's Facebook page for loads of cool FFVII stuff, or my personal Twitter account where I regularly tweet novel extracts.
No matter the amount, making a monthly pledge to support an artist is a huge deal. It means a lot to me that fans enjoy my work, and I love to share as much of it as I can, as often as I can. But, it's only fair that I offer additional rewards and bonuses to contributors, so I've set up a tiered rewards scheme to show my gratitude. There are dozens available, but here are a few of my exclusive favourites:
- Early access to all my Axtelera Ray chapter releases
- Access to my Axtelera Ray author notes
- Access to my author video diary entries
- Early access to unreleased or side-project material
- Be listed as a contributor in the books
- Receive a monthly handwritten postcard
- Signed printed editions upon completion
- Monthly one-to-one Skype sessions
- I will personally hand-deliver your books
Check out the rewards list to view them all.
(Please note that as per Patreon's terms, all pledges will be withdrawn on the 1st of each month. Limited edition or shipped items will become available shortly after that.)
Unable to pledge? That's no problem; I really appreciate you reading my work, and still have a load of stuff available to non-patrons. Here are the links again to some of the more popular things:
The Chronicles of Astrone (preview edition) eBook downloads
The Chronicles of Astrone web serial (released chapters)
Axtelera Ray: Rise of Astrone featurette (2015)
Axtelera Ray encyclopedia
Patreon video soundtrack
A New Threat eBook downloads
The Man in the Black Cloak eBook downloads
Files and instructions to obtain paperback editions of these two volumes
The Cetran Legacy teaser eBook downloads
The Cetran Legacy chapter previews
The Cetran Legacy author notes
The Cetran Legacy chapter podcasts
Unofficial FFVII Novelisation online edition
Unofficial FFVII Novelisation: Compilation Excerpts online edition
Unofficial FFVII Novelisation logo art
Like most people, I’m not particularly keen on asking for donations, but writing and producing your own material can involve a lot more than some may realise. My day job covers my household bills and living expenses, but I have to take on freelance tasks to help pay for all the unexpected costs that regularly occur with families. On top of that, as well as the hundreds of hours I’ve invested in my work, any time there are project-specific things such as marketing, commissioned art, or copyediting required, it all comes out of my own pocket. And this begins to build up.
Regardless of what happens, I will continue to write, but it can be a slow process. My intention is to use your donations to offset some of the money earned through freelancing. Basically, the more costs covered by your patronage, the less freelance income I need to break even, thus allowing me more time to work on my personal projects and release them faster.
To give you an idea of some of the costs and outgoings involved in such endeavours, here are a few examples:
- Boosting post visibility through social media marketing
- Commissioning original artwork for Axtelera Ray
- Contributing to web hosting
- Paying or rewarding copyeditors, filmographers, sound technicians, etc
- Gifting competition prizes
- Purchasing ISBNs or sample copies for self-published books
- Potential lost earnings by devoting time to personal projects
As much as I love being an indie author, it does have its drawbacks. I hope that with the aid of your kind contributions, we can keep these to a minimum.
Want to help but unable to monthly pledges? That's no problem: one-off donations can be made via PayPal to [email protected]
Many friends and associates have lent me their talents in setting this page up, and I wish to use this space to thank them and acknowledge their help, as well as add all the usual legal stuff.
Videography – Rosanne Davidson
Video editing – Michael McCrossan
Sound editing, podcast – William Conway
Music – grüm~pé
Original art – AJ Hateley
Additional footage used with permission of Axtelera Productions, Rind-Raja Picture Company, and Citywalksz, Ltd
The Chronicles of Astrone:
Creator, 3D artwork and CG animation – Alroy Jovi
Illustrations – Mengistu Etim, Marjolaine Lebrasseur
Landscape concepts – Jordan Grimmer
Copyediting – Tim Smith
Axtelera Ray™ trademark copyright © 2005 Alroy Jovi
Axtelera Ray™: The Chronicles of Astrone text copyright
© 2015 Maurice J. Gallagher
Axtelera Ray™: The Chronicles of Astrone chapter opening illustrations copyright © 2013 Mengistu Etim
Illegal Curves font copyright © 2010 Wesley Pastrana
Alroy Jovi asserts the moral right to be identified as the creator of the trademark Axtelera Ray™
Maurice J. Gallagher asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of Axtelera Ray™: The Chronicles of Astrone
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) without the prior permission of the creators.
This preview novel is a work of fiction. All the names, characters, businesses, locales and events portrayed, other than those clearly in the public domain, are either the products of the creators’ imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is entirely coincidental.
The Cetran Legacy:
Original cover art – John Rose
Copyediting – Tim Smith, Tabitha Potter, Adam Sawka, Chantelle Gousseau, Jonathon Myhre
This is a work of fan fiction, and is strictly non-profit. All material from the main unofficial novelisation project and its derivatives are free and in the public domain. Neither the author nor the project is in any way endorsed by or affiliated with Square-Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.
All material without exception derived from Final Fantasy® VII (1997), Before Crisis: Final Fantasy® VII (2004), Final Fantasy® VII: Advent Children (2005), Last Order: Final Fantasy® VII (2005), Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy® VII (2006), Dirge of Cerberus Lost Episode: Final Fantasy® VII (2006), Crisis Core: Final Fantasy® VII (2008), On the Way to a Smile: Final Fantasy® VII (2009), and all official publications is property of Square-Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.
No copyright infringement intended.