Peter Orullian (Rock Lord)

MisCon 29 Attending Professional

Peter Orullian has worked at Xbox for over a decade, which is good, because he’s a gamer. He’s toured internationally with various bands and been a featured vocalist at major rock and metal festivals, which is good, because he’s a musician. He’s also learned when to hold his tongue, which is good, because he’s a contrarian. Peter has published several short stories, which he thinks are good. The Unremembered and Trial of Intentions are his first novels, which he hopes you will think are good. He lives in Seattle, where it rains all the damn time. He has nothing to say about that. Visit Peter at:

By day, Peter Orullian works for Xbox, trying hard to convince people to play video games. As a writer, Peter writes across a number of genres, with a current epic fantasy series from Tor Books, entitled The Vault of Heaven. The first two volumes in that series are out�THE UNREMEMBERED, and TRIAL OF INTENTIONS�and he�s currently working on the third book. His short fiction�fantasy, science fiction, horror, and more�has appeared in anthologies, online, and collections of his own work. Peter is also an award-winning vocalist, and has toured internationally with rock and metal bands. He spent several years in classical voice training with the famed Maestro David Kyle�trainer of such talents as Geoff Tate, Layne Staley, and Ann Wilson. Peter�s fiction often blends his passion for stories and music, as his fantasy series does with a music magic system dubbed by his peers as, �Unlike anything we�ve ever seen before.� You can visit peter at: or follow him on Twitter at @peterorullian

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Build an Empire on the Fly, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Carol Berg, Rob Carlos, Steven Erikson, Chris Organ, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), Eldon Thompson

    Starting with the Wasteland as a clean slate, our panelists will create an empire from the ground up and see how far they get in 50 minutes. They’ll design everything they can think of: geography, races, culture, laws, history, etc, while our moderator will toss problems (like insurgent dissidents and earthquakes) their way. Artist Rob Carlos will sketch out things on the whiteboard as they go.

  • moderator Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Kickass Women, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Moderator: Peter Orullian (Rock Lord); Panelists: Carol Berg, Terry Brooks, Ann Gimpel, J.A. Pitts

    Bryn Ohmsford, Cersei Lannister, the Ilse Witch. What constitutes a kickass female character? Not taking any crap from anyone? Being able to literally kick some ass? Speaking and acting like a man? Is femininity retained in that case? Can a woman have the ability to kick ass and still be a "lady?"

  • Break Fri 6:50 - Sat 1:00
  • panel Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Beta-Reader/Writer Relationship, Upstairs Programming 2 (260)
    Panelists: Steve Diamond, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord)

    In this panel, Peter Orullian and Steve Diamond talk about the relationship between author and beta-reader. Come hear their unique story, and how a good beta-reader can make all the difference.

  • panel Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, The Price of Power, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Terry Brooks, Brenda Carre, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord)

    As Terry Brooks once said, "A civilization once destroyed by misuse of power is a bit wary the second time out about what new power can do." Magic, money, modern technology, political power: all these things have consequences, both good and bad. This panel will take a look at the double-sided nature of power. How can writers realistically work this into their work? What are some pop culture examples of this in action?

  • Break Sat 2:50 - Sat 4:00
  • panel Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Politics for Storytellers, Great Hall (Upstairs)
    Panelists: S. A. Bolich, C.J. Cherryh, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), L.F. Patten (Laurey)

    There's often talk of incorporating religions,magic, and history into your world, but what about politics? How do you design the politics of an entirely new world? How do you keep track of who's backstabbing whom? And, most importantly, how do you write about politics without becoming too political, at the risk of isolating readers?

  • Break Sat 4:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Author Book Signing, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Dave Bara, Carol Berg, S. A. Bolich, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Terry Brooks, Brenda Carre, C.J. Cherryh, Steven Erikson, Jane Fancher, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, David Keck, Todd Lockwood, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), L.F. Patten (Laurey), John Picacio, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Shawn Speakman, Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo, Eldon Thompson

    All authors are invited. Terry Brooks's signing is moderated, and we will maintain a STRICT 3 item maximum per person--zero exceptions. In order to keep the line moving, Terry can only personalize one item per person per trip through the line.

  • Break Sun 10:50 - Sun Noon
  • panel Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Fruitless First Draft Struggles, Upstairs Programming 3 (261)
    Panelists: Dave Bara, Steve Diamond, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord)

    First drafts are hard, no matter your skill level. It can be like trudging uphill, barefoot, in half foot of maple syrup. Let's discuss ways to make it through, to quiet that little voice in your head telling you this is crap. What are some of the things you shouldn't worry about when writing first drafts? What are some of the things you should? But despite all the challenges, are there any fruitless first draft struggles?

  • Break Sun 12:50 - Sun 3:00
  • panel Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, What Makes Things Scary?, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Panelists: John Goff, Rob McDonell (Illuminati Rob), Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), Eldon Thompson

    Dolls. Darkness. Goblins. Death. Clowns. The unknown. Why do scary things scare us? How can storytellers bring fear into stories and games? Is it better to see or imply monsters? Is gore scary or just gross? What is a good balance of suspense, surprise, escaping (or failing to) and gory death?

  • Break Sun 3:50 - Sun 5:00
  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Writing Combat: Live Action, Programming Tent 1 (The Tent)
    Moderator: Ruth Frey; Panelists: Realms of Avalon , Terry Brooks, Steven Erikson, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), Eldon Thompson

    Our fighters, including MisCon 28 Author GoH Steven Erikson, Realms of Avalon fighter Matt Mcadoo, and author Eldon Thompson, will act out fight scenes read aloud by author Peter Orullian and MisCon 29 Author GoH Terry Brooks. They will bring to life a fight scene featuring famous weapon master Garet Jax as well as a fight scene from Peter's new novel, Trial of Intentions. They will use actual weapons, but no famous authors will be harmed during this panel.

  • Break Sun 5:50 - Mon Noon
  • panel Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, Building Anticpation, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Steven Erikson, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), J.A. Pitts

    The best stories make us wonder what happens next (and stay up half the night reading). Learn how to build anticipation, expectation, and pull your reader along from scene to scene, and from book to book.

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