Northborn Swordsman is creating Writing, art, and weapon designs
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I'm Cullen-- a writer, weapon concept artist, and martial artist living in the United States. I took up swordsmanship after I decided I wanted to learn how swords were used historically in order to write better fight scenes, and it became a passion all its own. Now I make videos and write articles offering advice and ideas about all my obsessions.

And then, of course, there are the weapon renders. Oh, gods, the ridiculously detailed weapon-renders. How I love them, how I loathe them. 

So, where do you come into this? Writing doesn't pay that well for the non-famous, and swords (as well as spears, polerarms, and more exotic bits of kit) are expensive. I want to practice with and review a broader range of gear. Ideally, I'd like to focus on these things full-time without worrying about a "real" job. I'm not expecting that, of course, but I need all the help I can get regardless.

Books also cost money, and it's hard to write at the highest level without knowing what's already been written.I'm a frugal person, but that only goes so far. Even a dollar more a month helps cover necessities like oil and polishing materials; twenty gets me that much closer to a new sword, or pays for a book on its own. A whole hell of a lot of twenties could eventually become improved computer hardware, and damned if I don't need that for my designs!

So what do YOU get out of this? Well, aside from finding out what I'm doing day-to-day, you get access to more training footage and writerly musings, deeper insights into my artistic process and methods, and a chance to talk with me on a more personal basis. At the upper levels I'll offer advanced writing advice,  1-on-1 chats, you or one of your characters included in my writing (in a good way, unless you want it to be in a bad way), a weapon design you can use for whatever you want... maybe more besides. Who knows?

Even if you "only" donate a dollar a month, that's $12 at the end of the year I wouldn't have had otherwise. That may not seem like much, but it means a lot to me, and I'll be grateful for it.

If you do decide to stick around, most of my finished work will wind up on my blog, here:
https://northbornswordsman.blog/
Tiers
Connection Fodder
$1 or more per month
  • The usual patron-only content: musings, teasers, material what I done which isn't quite cooked enough for the general public, you get the idea!
  • Occasionally, original writing just for Patreon!
(On)line Infantry
$5 or more per month

  • Discord Access - Hang out with me in person! Ask story questions I'll coyly avoid answering! Meet other fans and spend ages on theories I'll actively try to subvert! 
  • And of course, both first-tier rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Net Knight
$10 or more per month

  • More secretive content: lore that might hint at spoilers, story ideas I haven't found a use for yet, and perhaps some artwork for things as yet unseen.
  • Discarded or previous drafts, outdated or unused stories, deleted scenes, old designs, and various other embarrassing goodies. This may not sound so impressive, but trust me: some of this stuff is hilariously awful and you'll be happier for seeing it.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Web Retainer
$25 or more per month

  • Periodic breakdowns of some of my best work and why it's so good. Steal my techniques and make them your own! Just be sure to give credit where it's due!
  • Moderator status in Discord, on Twitch, and basically wherever else I need moderators. Use your authority to maintain order in my domain! Don't abuse it--my word remains law. 
  • Feedback on any one personal project each month. I can't promise I'll line-edit a whole novel for you, but I can deep-read some chapters, evaluate the effectiveness of weapon designs or character techniques, all that jazz. 
  • Plus all previous rewards
Includes Discord rewards
Digital General
$50 or more per month

  • Even deeper access to my writing: worldbuilding, plot plans and ideas, character details, symbolism, even some otherwise-unstated rules of the universe itself--yours to behold! 
  • I will write a thing for you each month! What thing? I dunno, you decide! A poem, a lore article, a short story with one of your OCs as a protagonist, a list of reasons you're awesome--anything at all! The only caveat is that it needs to be something I can reasonably do in roughly 2,000 words or less.
  • All previous rewards, naturally!
Includes Discord rewards
Cyber Duke
$200 or more per month
-Gods help me: one ultra-detailed weapon render of your choice. I can't make this a repeating reward because we're talking a full McCurdy render, and these days that means up to 50 hours of work depending how complex the design is. After I'm done, copies of all relevant files go to you to do with as you please!

-Access to my inner (writer's) circle. You will know everything long before everyone else. You will know the reasoning behind every word I write. Unless you'd rather NOT be spoiled on everything, that is.

- I'll make you or one of your OCs an important character in my writing. No red-shirting unless you want that, you wonderful masochist. I do reserve the right to decide exactly where they fit in, but they won't be hidden somewhere barely notable.

-Must I say it? All the previous rewards. ALL OF THEM! 

Includes Discord rewards
I'm Cullen-- a writer, weapon concept artist, and martial artist living in the United States. I took up swordsmanship after I decided I wanted to learn how swords were used historically in order to write better fight scenes, and it became a passion all its own. Now I make videos and write articles offering advice and ideas about all my obsessions.

And then, of course, there are the weapon renders. Oh, gods, the ridiculously detailed weapon-renders. How I love them, how I loathe them. 

So, where do you come into this? Writing doesn't pay that well for the non-famous, and swords (as well as spears, polerarms, and more exotic bits of kit) are expensive. I want to practice with and review a broader range of gear. Ideally, I'd like to focus on these things full-time without worrying about a "real" job. I'm not expecting that, of course, but I need all the help I can get regardless.

Books also cost money, and it's hard to write at the highest level without knowing what's already been written.I'm a frugal person, but that only goes so far. Even a dollar more a month helps cover necessities like oil and polishing materials; twenty gets me that much closer to a new sword, or pays for a book on its own. A whole hell of a lot of twenties could eventually become improved computer hardware, and damned if I don't need that for my designs!

So what do YOU get out of this? Well, aside from finding out what I'm doing day-to-day, you get access to more training footage and writerly musings, deeper insights into my artistic process and methods, and a chance to talk with me on a more personal basis. At the upper levels I'll offer advanced writing advice,  1-on-1 chats, you or one of your characters included in my writing (in a good way, unless you want it to be in a bad way), a weapon design you can use for whatever you want... maybe more besides. Who knows?

Even if you "only" donate a dollar a month, that's $12 at the end of the year I wouldn't have had otherwise. That may not seem like much, but it means a lot to me, and I'll be grateful for it.

If you do decide to stick around, most of my finished work will wind up on my blog, here:
https://northbornswordsman.blog/

Recent posts by Northborn Swordsman

Tiers
Connection Fodder
$1 or more per month
  • The usual patron-only content: musings, teasers, material what I done which isn't quite cooked enough for the general public, you get the idea!
  • Occasionally, original writing just for Patreon!
(On)line Infantry
$5 or more per month

  • Discord Access - Hang out with me in person! Ask story questions I'll coyly avoid answering! Meet other fans and spend ages on theories I'll actively try to subvert! 
  • And of course, both first-tier rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Net Knight
$10 or more per month

  • More secretive content: lore that might hint at spoilers, story ideas I haven't found a use for yet, and perhaps some artwork for things as yet unseen.
  • Discarded or previous drafts, outdated or unused stories, deleted scenes, old designs, and various other embarrassing goodies. This may not sound so impressive, but trust me: some of this stuff is hilariously awful and you'll be happier for seeing it.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Web Retainer
$25 or more per month

  • Periodic breakdowns of some of my best work and why it's so good. Steal my techniques and make them your own! Just be sure to give credit where it's due!
  • Moderator status in Discord, on Twitch, and basically wherever else I need moderators. Use your authority to maintain order in my domain! Don't abuse it--my word remains law. 
  • Feedback on any one personal project each month. I can't promise I'll line-edit a whole novel for you, but I can deep-read some chapters, evaluate the effectiveness of weapon designs or character techniques, all that jazz. 
  • Plus all previous rewards
Includes Discord rewards
Digital General
$50 or more per month

  • Even deeper access to my writing: worldbuilding, plot plans and ideas, character details, symbolism, even some otherwise-unstated rules of the universe itself--yours to behold! 
  • I will write a thing for you each month! What thing? I dunno, you decide! A poem, a lore article, a short story with one of your OCs as a protagonist, a list of reasons you're awesome--anything at all! The only caveat is that it needs to be something I can reasonably do in roughly 2,000 words or less.
  • All previous rewards, naturally!
Includes Discord rewards
Cyber Duke
$200 or more per month
-Gods help me: one ultra-detailed weapon render of your choice. I can't make this a repeating reward because we're talking a full McCurdy render, and these days that means up to 50 hours of work depending how complex the design is. After I'm done, copies of all relevant files go to you to do with as you please!

-Access to my inner (writer's) circle. You will know everything long before everyone else. You will know the reasoning behind every word I write. Unless you'd rather NOT be spoiled on everything, that is.

- I'll make you or one of your OCs an important character in my writing. No red-shirting unless you want that, you wonderful masochist. I do reserve the right to decide exactly where they fit in, but they won't be hidden somewhere barely notable.

-Must I say it? All the previous rewards. ALL OF THEM! 

Includes Discord rewards