WRITING UPDATE: FANTASY SERIES (CHAPTER 4)

I have started the fourth chapter of my fantasy series and this will be a significant section of my main character’s backstory. In the last chapter, he received an unexpected revelation and now he is about to learn more about his origins. Right now, the protagonist is in a very psychologically vulnerable state as he struggles to accept the revelation he was given. The chain of events is now in motion and the protagonist’s fate is ultimately sealed. It is going to develop into a complex story and I cannot wait to see where this will lead. I will keep you updated on any further developments.

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A KING’S TRIALS

Every hero’s journey has a series of obstacles to test him. The main character in my fantasy series will have such trials in his quest to claim the throne. These trials will symbolize the character’s evolution as an individual. When the story starts, he will start out as a humble, generous, semi-naive idealist, but by the end of his trials and subsequent conquest, he will be transformed into a ruthless conquerer and hardened yet competent ruler (but parts of his original personality will remain). I will be drawing inspiration for these trials from the trials of Hercules. These trials will be tests of his worth as king in order to win the loyalty of potential allies in his conquest.

WRITING UPDATE: NATURE POEM COMPLETE

I have finished my nature poem and I must say that I am quite satisfied with the results. Those who read the poem say that it possessed an ancient and archaic voice like someone who has lived for a very long time. Because some trees can live for centuries or millennia, I chose to give the poem the voice of someone who has witnessed the world change many times over. I will be adding this poem with my sword one when I release my literary collection in December.

DNA TEST SOON

Even though I have heard details about my family’s heritage, I will soon take a DNA test in order to receive a completely thorough look at my genetic history. I already know I am Irish, Scottish, Viking, French, Norman, Anglo-Saxon, and Comanche so it will be interesting to find out what other culture I come from. Once I receive the results, I will use the cultures I come from as inspiration for the various factions in my fantasy series. This will be an interesting way for me to make creative use of my heritage, which could prove to be a spiritual experience for me.

KING HAROLD GODWINSON

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During his conquest of England, William the Conquerer’s greatest rival was Harold Godwinson. Just as I will model my main character after William the Conquerer I will be modeling the main villain and his enforcers after Harold and his brothers. This character’s reign will resemble the tyrannical reign of King John of England.

THE NORMANS

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As I contemplate on the various background characters for my fantasy series, I look at historically significant medieval cultures for inspiration. Because I will be basing my main character on William the Conquerer, Duke of Normandy and King of England, I decided to model his first allies on the culture of the Normans. Due to their affiliation with William the Conquerer, the Normans played a significant role in the creation of medieval Europe. With this in mind, I am planning on having my main character’s allies deliver a similar impact on the rest of the kingdom when he begins his conquest.

THE BLACK DEATH

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In addition to drawing inspiration from the Dark Ages, I will be drawing inspiration from the Black Death, which wiped out a large percentage of the population. I am thinking of a fictional virus for my fantasy series that will be a combination between leperosy, the Bubonic Plague, malaria, and something of my own design. This disease will be like something out of a horror film and will wipe out a large percentage of the kingdom’s population. It will also serve as the catalyst that will plunge the realm into anarchy and chaos.