U is for underground.
What happens beneath the earth, the underground, has fascinated people for millennia. In most religions and mythologies, the underground is home to evil spirits and the dead (or damned). Just think about Hades in Greek mythology…
Something else we get from Greek mythology, is the labyrinth that runs underground.
In Greek mythology, the Labyrinth (Greek λαβύρινθος labyrinthos) was an elaborate structure designed and built by the legendary artificer Daedalus for King Minos of Crete at Knossos. Its function was to hold the Minotaur eventually killed by the hero Theseus. Daedalus had so cunningly made the Labyrinth that he could barely escape it after he built it.
More on labyrinths can be read on Wikipedia.
The word ‘labyrinth’ comes from the Greek ‘labyrinthos’ and describes any maze-like structure. Etymologically the word is linked to the Minoan ‘labrys’ for ‘double axe’, the symbol of the Minoan mother goddess of Crete.
All the histories on labyrinths I’ve read have one conclusion (if you think like I do): all these labyrinths are indeed one labyrinth beneath the surface of the earth.
And that’s how my new series, Tales of the Onyx Labyrinth, was born.
Fae live underground, in this giant labyrinth, cut off from the true Fae way. Various Courts live there, each in their own part of the labyrinth. The Court of the Onyx Labyrinth is the focus of the series, with the Guardian Daphne as the MC. They have a lot of enemies who live in the labyrinth (including Caìt Sìth, Leannan Sìth and various other Fae). And then they have so many rules and traditions that even loving the wrong person can lead to death…
A new tale in the series is published monthly on Wattpad along with a blogpost about the antagonist’s role in folklore (each tale has its own antagonist).
“Achieve your goals and enjoy success by staying on course despite interference or any potential barriers that could throw you off course.” – Unknown
Do you have anything to add about labyrinths? Do you think a giant labyrinth stretches beneath the surface of the earth? Would you live underground?