“A man can have anything if he is willing to sacrifice.”
Sith Emperor Vitiate, Star Wars
In Norse mythology, Odin became the All-Father of the gods by enduring a series of painful trials. For instance, Odin sacrificed his eye in order to gain wisdom. Then he impaled himself on his own spear while hanging himself from the World Tree Yggdrasil in order to unlock the hidden secrets in runes and acquire a greater understanding of the universe. I am thinking of having the main character of Dawn of the Dark Ice endure a similar torturous transformation as Odin in future volumes.
Good news! The dragon illustration is complete and the second illustration has begun. The second illustration will depict a sword of power similar to Excalibur. I will keep you updated on any developments.
In my fantasy series, the emperor will have highly trained and fanatically loyal bodyguards that are armed to the teeth. One of the standard issue weapons of the emperor’s personal guard will be the guandao. Just as the Pope’s Swiss Guard’s standard issue polearm is the halberd, the Imperial Guard’s polearm will be the guandao.
As my new fantasy series progresses, I will feature my own unique breed of giants. They will not be as big as the one in Jack and the Beanstalk, but they will still be a respectable size. I also intend to make my giants more inhuman in appearance. In general, these giants will look like a combination between all the images below. Giants will play a similar role in my fantasy books as the Ents in The Lord of the Rings.
The illustration process for my new fantasy book has begun. My new illustrator is working surprisingly fast. This morning, she provided the rough sketch of the general shape of the dragon in the story. It was just as I envisioned it. If the rough sketch is this good, I cannot wait until the final version comes out. I will keep you updated on any new developments. Wish me luck!
As mentioned in a previous post, I will be featuring an illustration in my next fantasy book that depicts my own version of a dragon. The dragon in question will have two wings and two legs like the image above. However, the look of the head, neck, and tail will be different.
The face of the dragon will resemble this image, which will give it a beastly yet eerily intelligent look to it. I also like the goatee-shaped spike sprouted from the tip of its chin. Plus, the scaly lips reminds me of Draco from Dragonheart.
The dragon’s horns will resemble the image above along with the mane running down the back of its neck. I like the curvature of the horns and the mane will give the dragon a similar look to a horse’s mane. This will be fitting since my protagonist’s family is a family of dragon riders.
The dragon’s tail will resemble the image above, but the tip of the tail will be different.
The tip of the tail will resemble the image above, which will be similar in shape to the fluke of a dolphin or whale.
Overall, these images are like pieces to a puzzle that the illustrator will use to create the dragon illustration. They provide a rough and basic idea of what my dragon will look like.
I am pleased to report that I have finally finished the first volume of my new fantasy series. Before tonight, I thought I had a quarter of the story left to do, but once I had the sections organized in their proper places, I realized I progressed further in the story than I thought. Now, I am getting in contact with an illustrator and my editor will follow. After going through so many different drafts and ideas, I am amazed I was able to finish this book at all. I look forward to sharing this epic story with you when it comes out later this year. I will keep you updated on any further developments.
In addition to having a feudal system where kings, barons, and knights would supply their armies to the emperor, my fantasy world’s empire will also have its own standing army. Like the French gendarmes, this standing army will not only be extensions of the emperor’s military strength but also a law enforcement organization that maintains order throughout the empire. As a whole, the imperial army in my fantasy series will be partially inspired by the Roman legions, but will be equipped with armor and weapons that are on the same level as the 13th to 14th century. The infantry will be partially based on the Greek hoplites like the Spartans, specifically their phalanx formation. The phalanx formation was a mobile and impregnable wall of shields and spears. It is what allowed 300 Spartans to hold their own against thousands of Persians in the Battle of Thermopalyae.
Two of dragons’ most famous abilities is their capabilities to fly and breathe fire. When it comes to explaining how these magnificent creatures can do these things, I will be combining realism and magic instead doing one or the other. I will also explain dragons’ unique connection to both my protagonist’s family and the magic of the world.