Throughout the fantasy genre there have been feats of magic that were so powerful and so extreme that they could have tremendous influence on the world around them. In regards to the origin story of the main villain in my Dark Ice Winter fantasy book series, I am thinking of presenting a dark magic ritual that would have dire consequences. The ritual in question will affect its surrounding environment and the price of using this ritual will be high beyond measure. I have taken inspiration from dark side rituals that were performed by the Sith in Star Wars.
When fighting the Jedi’s Army of Light, Darth Bane led the Sith Brotherhood of Darkness in a ritual that devastated the landscape of of the planet Ruusan for several miles. Every plant and animal was reduced to ash in a certain area and the Jedi were flushed out into the open, which allowed the Sith to wipe the Jedi out in their speeders until the Jedi received reinforcements.
Another ritual the Brotherhood of Darkness used in their war against the Jedi was the Thought Bomb. The Thought Bomb was the Sith equivalent to a kamikaze strike due to its suicidal nature. The Thought Bomb not only kills its intended targets. It also annihilates its casters as well. Darth Bane was able to manipulate the crazed Lord Kaan, leader of the Brotherhood of Darkness, into using the Thought Bomb against the Jedi. This resulted in Darth Bane and his apprentice Darth Zannah to be the sole surviving Sith. In addition, the Thought Bomb devastated the landscape of an entire planet and drove Force-sensitives mad when they got too close to its blast radius.
Easily the darkest Sith ritual known so far would be the immortality ritual performed by Sith Emperor Vitiate. In order to cheat death, Vitiate mentally coerced eight thousand Sith Lords to aid him in the most complex ritual in Sith sorcery ever attempted on the planet Nathema. When the ritual was complete, all life Nathema was completely drained, including bacteria. Even the Force itself was gone from the planet, creating a void that warped the fabric of reality in a way that drove Force-sensitives mad when exposed enough to Nathema. Overall, Vitiate’s ritual transformed an average planet into a completely lifeless nihilistic abomination. As for Vitiate himself, he succeeded in becoming immortal and explosively augmented his power in the dark side to nearly god-like levels.
These three rituals all promised tremendous power to their casters, but came with a steep price, were indescribably dark in nature, and could influence the world around them in a negative way. That is the kind of ritual I intend to depict when I write the original story of the main villain in my Dark Ice Winter series.