Mabon – The Story Behind The AEON Files

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Today I celebrate Mabon (may-bon), the second of three harvest festivals on the Pagan/Wiccan calendar (yep, I’m Pagan). It is the time to express gratitude, share the harvest, complete projects, and honor a moment of balance. I guess you could say it is rather like Thanksgiving on the autumnal equinox.

But what does this have to do with The AEON Files?

Well, not only is the main character’s hometown called Mabon City, but the actual inspiration for the series came to me on this day three years ago. See, Mabon is also the day when the veil between this realm and the spirit realm begins to thin. Energies from the other side of the veil (also called the: Spirit Realm, Nevernever, afterlife, etc) begin to trickle into this realm in preparation for the veil’s thinnest night: Hallowmas. That means a lot of paranormal things are beginning to stir.

And when things go bump in the night, someone has to be there to bump back.

That’s where the AEON Agency comes in. The Agency has beings from all walks of paranormal life and history. Obviously, there are the usual vampires, shape-shifters, witches, and werewolves. But there are some lesser known creatures as well; creatures like the cat sith, fae, kumiho (nine-tailed fox), jorōgumo (werespider), and dawon (sacred white tiger) – just to name a few. I do a lot of research on these creatures to make sure I have all the correct details as accurate as possible before even putting them into the story.

Which paranormal creature goes into which story?

Aside from the main characters, I actually don’t have a process for choosing which para goes into which story. The setting and story determine the types of paras who play the minor roles in the plot. Many of them are chosen from my list at random.

Of course, the question most frequently asked about the series is “Did you get AEON from Aeonflux?”

The answer is nope. I actually first heard the word aeon from Final Fantasy X, and later learned the definition. An aeon is “one of a class of powers or beings conceived as emanating from the Supreme Being and performing various functions in the operations of the universe (source).” It also means an era, a span of time, eon. Combining the two, my AEONs are guardian beings from all eras of history.

So now you know my inspiration for The AEON Files.

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