|Many different ideas went into Siege of Ardon.
Starting with my interest in Societies of the past. I chose to use the Sumarian culture for this story. Many of the names, and words have found their way into this book. However many did not retain their original meaning. Names are now words and words may be names. Basically it boiled down to what sounded the best from my stand point.
As far as the science goes, there are serious consequences when it comes to CME's. As has been noted about the solar storm of 1859 and the solar storm of 1989 which brought down the Quebec power grid and had the potential to be far worse. It is interesting to consider CME's used as a weapon to disrupt a planets society long enough to invade and take control.
Wormholes, wormholes are a favorite of mine because they solve many problems when it comes to covering large distances in a short time. Also traveling in faster than light ships was out for this story because of the time passage problem. Time on the planet would pass as decades while the crews of the faster than light ships would barely age.
That's it for now. I will post more as time goes on.