Mythica (film series)
Mythica is a series of primarily direct-to-video fantasy films. The films are produced by Arrowstorm Entertainment, with first film Mythica: A Quest for Heroes being partly funded by a Kickstarter campaign that collected $94,294. There are five films in the Mythica series, all produced and co-written by Jason Faller and Kynan Griffin. The films star Melanie Stone as Marek, an escaped slave girl and budding magician, and co-star Kevin Sorbo as Gojun Pye the magician who trains her, along with Adam Johnson, Jake Stormoen, and Nicola Posener as those that team up with Marek on various quests together.
- Mythica: A Quest for Heroes (Dec. 2013)
- Mythica: The Darkspore (June 2014)
- Mythica: The Necromancer (Dec. 2015)
- Mythica: The Iron Crown (May 2016)
- Mythica: The Godslayer (Nov. 2016)
- Melanie Stone as Marek
- Adam Johnson as Thane
- Jake Stormoen as Dagen
- Nicola Posener as Teela
- Christopher Robin Miller as Hammerhead
- Natalie Devine Riskas as Caeryn
- Robert Jayne as Peregus Malister
- Kee Chan as Mekru Nom
- Kevin Sorbo as Gojun Pye
- Michael Flynn as Vagamal
- Jay Beacham as Temple Elder
- Antony Starr as Brodir
- Sebastian Michael Barr as Egan
New in The Darkspore
- Rocky Myers as Qole
- Matthew Mercer as Szorlok
New in The Necromancer
- Philip Brodie as Betylla
- Davey Morrison as The Eel
- Geoff Hansen as Captain Purio
- Evie Brodie as Yuliya
The film was partly funded by a Kickstarter campaign that collected $94,294, and which described the proposed film as an "epic fantasy". It was produced by Jason Faller and Kynan Griffin for Arrowstorm Entertainment, directed by Anne K. Black, and written by Black, Faller and Griffin.
Mythica was filmed in Utah, where producers/writers Faller and Griffin are from, and where Arrowstorm Entertainment is based. The films received a tax credit of up to $278,000 in 2015 for filming in Utah from the Governor's Office of Economic Development Board.
A Quest for Heroes
Mythica: A Quest for Heroes is a 2014 Arrowstorm Entertainment fantasy film written and directed by Anne K. Black and starring Melanie Stone and Kevin Sorbo. The movie is the first of a five-part film series, and was partly funded by a Kickstarter campaign that collected $94,294.
A young aspiring magician, and slave girl, Marek dreams of escaping her drab life and taking on exciting adventures, while being taught by sorcerer Gojun Pye. When she meets the priestess Teela in Hammerhead's tavern who is seeking help, Marek offers her assistance, running away from her owner. While beginning to use her magic abilities and using a brace to help her with her injured leg, Marek assembles a motley troupe, consisting of herself; Teela; Thane, who is a former soldier/warrior and who rescued Marek from an harassing Peregus Malister; and Dagen, who is a half-elf, thief, and womanizer. Together, they go in search of Teela's sister, who is in possession of a mysterious stone that was taken from a temple of Teela's people, and who was kidnapped by a wild ogre and a few orcs who want the stone for their necromancer master, Sung Hill.
A young slave girl, and wannabe magician, Marek dreams of escaping her drab life and taking on exciting adventures, despite being lame in one leg. She is being clandestinely taught magic by the sorcerer Gojun Pye. When Marek meets the priestess Teela in Hammerhead's tavern, who is seeking aid in freeing her captured sister, she offers Teela services, which means running away from her slave owner. Marek soon assembles a motley troupe for Teela's quest, consisting of herself and Teela, Thane, a former soldier/warrior whom Marek rescued from an harassing Peregus Malister, and Dagen, a half-elf who is a thief and womanizer. Together, they go in search of Teela's sister, who is in possession of a mysterious stone that was taken from a temple of Teela's people, and which must be delivered to Sung Hill, and who was kidnapped by a wild ogre, orcs, and their necromancer master who wants the stone for himself.
Mythica: The Darkspore is a 2015 Arrowstorm Entertainment fantasy film, the second in the series, the second installment in the Mythica series, and is directed by Anne K. Black and co-written with Jason Faller and Kynan Griffin, starring Kevin Sorbo and Melanie Stone.
Following immediately from the end of the A Quest for Heroes, Teela's sister is killed by Kishkumen, a dark magician with yellow eyes, who also steals the mysterious stone that she was carrying, and wants to give it to his master Szorlok.
Meanwhile, sorcerer Gojun Pye tells Marek about the stone: a fragment/shard of the full Darkspore, a piece that can give the user a great immense power, which once belonged to the Lich King, and that was found by Szorlok and his followers years ago, split into fragments, but after using his followers to reunite the Darkspore he was stopped by Gojun Pye and other sorcerers from getting the power from the piece, and in the aftermath, the sorcerers split the piece into four fragments/shards and hid them apart in the world (one was with Teela's sister and her people, a second was hidden in a dragon's lair in an ancient ruined city).
Gojun Pye also tells Marek about who she is: a necromancer, just like Szorlok, and that is why Szorlok also wants Marek at his side, because the potential power she holds within. That power is also what Teela sensed in the previous film, while trying to heal Marek's leg, and it's also what might drive Marek to the darkness if she is not careful when using it.
Marek and her company must go on a journey to the ruined city, and prevent the evil necromancer Szorlok from obtaining all the shards of the Darkspore, or all will be lost. Therefore, they must get the hidden shard from the ruined city before Kishkumen does. Along the way they meet Qole, a mysterious dark-elf warrior with his face marked with strange drawings that allows him to be unharmed by dark magic, who allies himself with Marek after she saves him from faeries, and they are also pursued by Peregus Malister and his forces, who wants revenge from events of the previous film.
Mythica: The Necromancer is the third installment of Mythica, directed by A. Todd Smith and written by Jason Faller, Liska Ostojic, and Justin Partridge, starring Kevin Sorbo and Melanie Stone.
Marek is beginning to master more advanced magic, by training with Gojun Pye and receiving a staff from him, and even helping him stop some orcs who had set a trap for him, although he reminds her that she needs to be careful about her necromancer powers which can lead her to darkness, because by taking life force from someone it would be hard for her to come back from it. He details a bit more of the past (which he began telling Marek in the previous film) and about his former team of sorcerers and their enemy Szorlok: they were called The Red Thorns, they were powerful and invincible, the envy of the realm, and Szorlok wanted to stop the invading vitalian soldiers, by becoming the Lich King and thus rising and controlling hordes of undead. By defeating Szorlok, one of the sorcerers sacrificed himself, and that led to the disband of the group, and also to the accomplished invasion by the vitalian soldiers as a side-effect. For the ritual to become the Lich King, after gathering the four pieces of the Darkspore, Szorlok will need other necromancers, and that includes Marek, so she must lay low as to not be found by Szorlok. Gojun Pye reminds Marek that Szorlok already has two pieces of the Darkspore.
Meanwhile, Marek and her group have become respected in Hammerhead's tavern, they adopt the name of Red Thorns, and Thane becomes more involved with Teela. When he is taken hostage by Peregus Malister, the cruel master of the Thieves Guild who is seeking revenge for having been forced to sign for the freedom of Marek, she must embark on a corrupt mission to serve the Thieves Guild with her team of would-be heroes, by retrieving some ilystrium from The Eel (his name later revealed to be Kelton) whose whereabouts are known to a Captain named Purio, while in the midst of creatures called gooches, and also several golgotians, as well as cave demons.
The Iron Crown
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'Mythica: The Godslayer (titled Mythica: The Dragon Slayer in the United Kingdom) is the fifth installment of Mythica, directed by John Lyde and written by Jason Faller, Kynan Griffin, starring Kevin Sorbo and Melanie Stone.
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