Enhanced: The Complete Field Guide, Part One (Places)

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I’m beginning a field guide to help you identify characters, places, and plots in my current novel, Enhanced (and in the entire series), including fun facts and more info than you ever wanted to know! It’ll be great, just trust me.

Plus, once I’m done posting all three parts (Places, Characters, and Plots (and maybe Other?)), I’m going to compile them into one huge field guide that can be found under the “Epic Sci-Fi” menu. That way, if you ever have no idea what I’m referencing in one of my posts, you can check out the field guide! Am I too excited about this? …Probably.



Here’s some of the designs I was considering for the layout of the city…I chose the big one in the middle, but I can’t show you the finished, larger one because I’ve lost my big sketchbook at the moment… *sighs*

The city that as of yet is still nameless is the central location of the novel. In the city, it’s like our life–but cooler, with interesting technology like 3-D computers and airtrains and awesomeness like that. It’s full of rich people who are busy and wrapped up in their own lives. It also rains all the time, but that happens in the Outer Regions (see Places–The Outer Regions) as well.

Fun fact: the city was inspired by my trip to NYC, so if you’ve ever been there, that’s kind of what it’s like. But cooler.


This is a government-owned facility where genetic modifications (“Enhancements”) are done on people in the name of science and healing. If you were clever, you probably noticed the correlation between “Enhancement Facility” and the title of “Enhanced.” If you didn’t notice, that’s okay too. That’s because the main characters believe it’s a horrible place and want to break in and rescue some people (see Plots–Rescue Seth). Namely, a guy named Seth (see Characters–Seth).

Fun Fact: Throughout the book, six of the major characters spend some time in the Facility. By the end of Cryonic, all of the major characters except for two will have gone there. (And, trust me, there’s a lot of major characters.)


The Delorem Program is another government-owned…thing. *headdesk* There, people are paid to experience pain. It’s basically a last resort for those who are poor in the Outer Regions (see Places–The Outer Regions) to support their families. Because of the desensitization to pain, it’s rumored that the people in the program (the “Delorems”) can’t feel any emotions.

Fun Fact: “Delorem,” in Latin, means pain. So, “The Delorem Program” literally means “The Pain Program.” Sounds happy, right?


The safehouse is where the Reapers (see Characters–The Reapers) hang out and basically do their criminal stuff without being caught by the authorities. Because there’s so little ground space in the city, the house itself is small, but the basement is large and stocked full of all sorts of stuff.

THE OUTER REGIONS (also referred to as THE REGIONS)

The Outer Regions is the area that surrounds the city (see Places–The City) and is full of lots of poor people (extremely third world conditions) under governmental control. However, because they don’t know any better, most of them love the government (see Characters–The Pinnacles). And, of course, the people in the city think that the people in the Outer Regions are savages. There are eight regions and each has a specific purpose in supplying and supporting the city.

Fun Fact: The Outer Regions actually have their own religion, called Cajinism. It comes to play in Cryonic, the second book in the series, with Kai and Brie. (see Characters–Kai and Characters–Brie).


Region One and Region Six are both variable regions, which basically means they are well-rounded and end up doing whatever the pinnacles tell them to (see Characters–The Pinnacles). *nods*


Regions Two through Five are all related to farming stuff. Because, hey, somebody’s got to feed everyone, right? Region Two specializes in herbs and plants grown in greenhouses, Region Three does livestock, Region Four grows orchards, and Region Five is centered around farming (as in growing plants and harvesting them).

Brie and Seth are from Region Four, and Kai is from Region Five (see Characters–Brie, Characters–Seth, and Characters–Kai).


Region Seven and Region Eight both use metal-work. Because of this, they have to use more complicated machines are are less of a third-world place and a little more suspicious of the city and the pinnacles. Region Seven does the large metal work and Region Eight does the fine metal work.

Taira and Will are from Region Eight (see Characters–Taira and Characters–Will).

And…yeah, I think that’s it for this section. Yup, Places is definitely the shortest (and possibly the most boring) of all of them. However, the places in the city are rather essential in order understand the other ones.

How did you like the post? Are you excited or not for the other sections? Are all of the “see this” parentheses annoying? They were meant as a joke, and then I think they just got tedious by the end, so should I take them out of the other two sections? Any tips for how to make the next section better or improve this one? Are you excited about this novel?

And ju105_0189-editedst because you are awesome for reading this all, have a sneak peek at one of the characters’ hairstyles. For bonus points, be the first to guess which character it is!

25 thoughts on “Enhanced: The Complete Field Guide, Part One (Places)

  1. katie February 22, 2017 / 10:07 PM

    I dont know…. Kai? Maybe? It was interesting to learn about Enhanced. I really like the concept of the Delorem Program. Really interesting.


    • Lana February 23, 2017 / 11:17 PM

      Haha, nope, the character is actually a girl. Oooh, yes, the Delorems…they’re fun. There’s actual reasons behind what they do, but I can’t say because, you know, spoilers. 😉

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  2. May Everly February 23, 2017 / 6:10 AM

    Omg, this is so cool and awesome to read!!! Now I’m SUPER interested in your story–if you ever need betas, tell me!


    • Lana February 23, 2017 / 11:16 PM

      Yayyy I’m glad you like it! I’ll definitely be looking for betas at some point…possibly at the end of this draft. But when I do need them, I’ll post it on my blog and make sure you know. 🙂 I’m glad you’re excited for it! 😀

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  3. Kellyn Roth February 23, 2017 / 10:07 PM

    Seth! Is it Seth? (I was totally gonna say Kai, but someone else did. I don’t think it’s Will … but who knows. Maybe it is. Or maybe it’s someone I didn’t even think of …)

    This was awesome! I always feel like I don’t have the best grasp of Enhanced, so I’m so glad you’re doing this because now I shall know everything and … you know, start a fan club. *nods* 😛


    • Lana February 23, 2017 / 11:14 PM

      Haha, nope, it’s actually a girl…I guess the short hair is misleading. 😛

      Yay! I’m glad you want to start a fan club, haha. Although I doubt it will have large numbers until I actually publish Enhanced…and who knows when that will be, because this is the hardest novel I’ve ever written and it will probably take multiple rewrites and lots of drafts. But after that, the fan club shall be glorious. 🙂

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      • Kellyn Roth February 23, 2017 / 11:21 PM

        Ah, yes, the glorious fan club. We’ll have zillions of members. And I’ll be supreme leader. AND TOGETHER WE SHALL RULE THE TRI STATE AREA!!! (what? It made sense …)


      • Lana February 23, 2017 / 11:52 PM

        Hehe. Just start guessing the girls now…you’ll get there eventually, right? *looks at the picture again* Wow, that actually does look like a guy’s hair. Oops. Well, that’s all right.

        *knows that this is a reference from something and that I’ve heard it before but can’t remember where*

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      • Kellyn Roth February 24, 2017 / 3:12 PM

        Brie? Taira? Lil? Meryn? 😛
        Yeah … sorry about that. It’s Phineas and Ferb … which I shouldn’t know … XD


      • Lana February 24, 2017 / 8:59 PM

        Yup, it’s Meryn! *claps for you knowing her name*

        That’s what I thought! But then I didn’t want to be wrong, so I didn’t say anything… 😛

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      • Kellyn Roth February 24, 2017 / 9:01 PM

        Hey, Meryn is a cool name. Who’s gonna forget Meryn?! 🙂


      • Lana March 2, 2017 / 6:39 PM

        *shrugs* I dunno…sometimes I forget her when I’m listing off characters (mainly because she’s in a separate location than the rest of them, but still…).

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      • Kellyn Roth March 2, 2017 / 8:24 PM

        Well, I’m mostly just knowing her based on her name and some random bits I remember from blog posts … so maybe it’s easier to remember her when she’s not living somewhere different in my mind. 😛


      • Lana March 4, 2017 / 1:36 PM

        Haha, that’s true. I always miss at least one of the five POV characters when I’m listing them off on my head…maybe I have too many characters. 😛

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      • Kellyn Roth March 4, 2017 / 3:12 PM

        Nah, there’s no such thing as too many characters! #authorsthinktheyknowstuffbutheydon’t XD


      • Lana March 7, 2017 / 3:25 PM

        Well…in that case… *goes to make a few more*


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      • Kellyn Roth March 7, 2017 / 3:50 PM

        Ha, yep, that’s me …


  4. April McLauren February 24, 2017 / 5:50 PM

    No, you are not too excited about it becase ahh this is pure gold!!


    • Lana February 24, 2017 / 8:54 PM

      Oh wow, thank you! 😀 I’m curious, though, what exactly is pure gold about it?

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      • April McLauren February 25, 2017 / 9:34 PM

        well, im a tad bit obsessed about learning about other’s novels, so this was just amazing!


  5. Kit February 27, 2017 / 5:00 PM

    I’m guessing that drawing is… Brie’s hairstyle? Maybe?

    I’m most looking forward to Characters, and I definitely think you should have Other! (For things like random tidbits that are important but don’t quite fit in elsewhere, or something like that.)

    What sort of religion is Cajinism? (I started to plan a religion that would be relatively common in Arevik, but I didn’t take notes and now I’ve forgotten it. *sigh*) Is it at all based in a non-fictional religion?

    Enhanced sounds super interesting, and it’ll be fun to learn more about it!


    • Lana March 2, 2017 / 6:01 PM

      Nope, you’re close, though! (As in, you were the only one to actually guess that it was a girl’s hairstyle without me telling you! 😉 )

      Yeah, I have a couple of random tidbits, so if they don’t fit anywhere else, I’ll make an Other section. And I’ve been working on my Characters page! It’s taking a while because there’s so many of them.

      It’s not totally based on a non-fiction religion, but there are elements from different religions. It’s a semi-monotheistic religion (that really makes no sense out of context…) believing in a god named Cajinen. There’s a really big emphasis on colors and rituals and it’s not super developed…but yeah. That’s kind of the basics.

      Thanks, I’m glad you’re excited!


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