TROLLS

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Once again I combine legend and science as I look to human evolution for inspiration in regards to the other races in my fantasy world. On this post, I will address how I will invent the trolls. Because trolls are more heavy-set than humans, I looked at the bones of the Neanderthals, which are thicker, broader, and denser than those of modern humans. Normally, trolls are often depicted as large creatures while Neanderthals were just four feet tall. Therefore, I will supersize a Neanderthal’s skeleton to a being that is around ten feet in height. As an added bonus, these trolls will have a primate-like appearance that consists of shaggy coats like orangutans, prehensile tails like monkeys, and long canines like baboons. Like other myths regarding trolls, these trolls will have large noses and have the intelligence of wild animals. Overall, I am envisioning a race of creatures that are a force to be reckoned with.

A CHICKEN PERCHED ON MY HAND

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Percy the chicken perched on my hand like a falcon getting ready to launch. Since there will be falconry in my fantasy series, I have taken inspiration from the experience. She gripped my fingers tightly, pressed her belly on my knuckles, and gently pecked my pinky. I was afraid she was going to peck me on the head because I saw an Animal Planet show in which a giant harpy eagle pecked on a guy’s head while perched on his hand.

MERMAIDS

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One of the most iconic mythical beings are mermaids. Mermaids have been regarded as beautiful creatures who tempted sailors and more recently became one of the most beloved characters in Disney. I am thinking of including mermaids in the second volume of my fantasy series, but they will be like nothing like the traditional version. I will be turning my attention to the evolution of both dolphins and humans and see how such a connection would be possible. There is a theory called the aquatic ape theory, which describes the possibility of an offshoot of humanity evolving to life in the ocean millions of years ago.

In terms of appearance, I can picture mermaids to resemble humanoid dolphins. They would be hairless because hair only creates drag underwater. Their skin would be leathery like a dolphin’s and be dark on their backs and light on their bellies in order to blend in with the deep sea like a great white shark. Their faces would seem human except their eyes would be larger for low light conditions and their brows would be thicker to accommodate the same organ dolphins and whales use for sonar. Their hands would be webbed to give additional thrust while swimming yet have enough dexterity to grip objects. In terms of diet, mermaids would feed on small fish, mollusks, cephalopods, and crustaceans. With locomotion, their legs and lower spine would fuse into their tails, but I imagine them resembling the shape of a wide paddle. Like other hominids in the past, mermaids would make tools and weapons from whatever they can find on the seafloor.

Overall, I am going to be scientific with mermaids in my fantasy series just as I was with dragons.

REVIEWS NEEDED PART 2

I have a proposition for you all. I am in need of reviews on Amazon for Numen the Slayer. Therefore, I have an interesting opportunity for you. If you are interested in reading it and doing a review on Amazon, please give me your email and I will send you a complimentary PDF version of Numen the Slayer for you to read. Please let me know as soon as you can and I look forward to hearing what you think of it. Thank you.

EMPEROR AUTEM III SYLVA

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Here is one of the anti-villains of Numen the Slayer, Emperor Autem Sylva III. Autem is the current emperor of Gradaia and is a complex and morally ambiguous character. A politically astute young man, Autem is obsessed with securing his dynasty’s future and status and is willing to eliminate members of his own family or tamper with unholy magic to achieve that goal. He covertly commits a number of atrocities to secure his position as emperor and yet is plagued by a sense of guilt when he sleeps at night. In battle, Autem wears gold armor and wields the Ferruman metal sword, Gryphclaw. When creating Autem, I drew inspiration from the historical Richard III as well as Macbeth. As the series progresses, Autem’s character will evolve as he continues to fight for the future of his dynasty.

THE KRAKEN

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I had an interesting idea for my second volume of my fantasy series. One of the most famous sea monsters of all time is the Kraken. According to legend, the Kraken was large enough to drag ships into the sea and had tentacles so long that they reached to the top of a galley’s mast. Some say the Kraken resembled an octopus while others say it resembled a squid. I will be doing my own interpretation of this legendary beast in my second volume. According to my calculations, the distance between the sea and the top of the mast is around one hundred feet, which would mean that most of the Kraken’s tentacles would be one hundred feet in length. Therefore, the Kraken’s body would need to be just as long. So far, that would make the Kraken around two hundred feet in length. To make it even longer and larger, the Kraken would also have the two feeding tentacles that are longer than the rest. Because legends cannot decide between squid or octopus for the Kraken’s appearance, I will be combining features from both squid and octopus when depicting the Kraken and give it the super-aggressive behavior of the Humboldt squid, which some people call the Red Devil. Imagine something this large and aggressive battling another type of sea monster while two large fleets battle around them during a violent storm.

THE LAST JEDI: KYLO REN AND REY

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After looking over the trailer for The Last Jedi, I discovered some details that I would like to talk about Kylo Ren and Rey. Apparently, their connection to the Force is more complicated than we originally thought. Supreme Leader Snoke described Kylo Ren’s connection to the Force as “raw, untamed power” and “something special”. Luke Skywalker said the same thing about Rey having “raw strength” and that it frightened him. This indicates that both Kylo Ren and Rey have a connection to the Force that is so deep and profound that their Force potential rivals or even surpasses Luke Skywalker himself. Because both of these characters have raw Force power, it could be argued that Kylo Ren and Rey could be physical representations of both the light and the dark sides of the Force. Also, it looks like these characters are going to do unexpected things in this next film. With Kylo Ren, patricide was not enough so it looks like he will commit matricide as well. If this happens, we might see Kylo Ren be pushed even deeper into the dark side. With Rey, it looks like she is going to turn to the dark side. If this happens, it could be seen as a representation of what might have happened if Luke Skywalker joined Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. Overall, I am looking forward to seeing how these characters will develop in The Last Jedi.

NUMEN THE SLAYER SAMPLE

Here is a sample from Numen the Slayer:

 

 

On the outskirts of the battle, Baron Ubba and four of his knights were surrounded by corpses and broken weapons. The baron limped through the carnage as he clutched a wound on his right side while using his battle ax as a cane. Meanwhile, two of his knights were guarding his flanks while the other two were leaning on each other for support. As they continued to wander through their insane surroundings, Ubba ground his teeth with frustrated anger while contemplating how the battle had turned against them so suddenly.

“How could this have happened? We had the Letums right where we wanted them, and that rabble took us by surprise with that dragon. Now the siege is broken, and we are doomed!” Ubba growled.

Patting his liege on the shoulder, one of the knights assured, “Just keep moving, My Lord. We will return to Chainhorn Castle and regroup.”

The five men stopped in their tracks when they heard growling behind them. Stiffly turning, they saw two war wolves glaring at them with hungry eyes. The beasts’ muzzles and paws were stained with blood. For a long moment, Ubba and his knights stared at the wolves as they waited for someone to make the first move.

Then the wolves lunged at Ubba and his men. The wounded knights were quickly taken down and ripped apart while the able-bodied knights cut the wolves down with their swords. However, as Ubba watched the skirmish, his wounds acted up, and he grunted with discomfort. Ubba was barely able to maintain his footing even when he used his ax as a cane. Once he regained his breath, Ubba and his surviving knights resumed their efforts to flee the battle.

“Leaving so soon, My Lord?” asked a voice behind Ubba and his knights.

The three men turned around to find Clovis, Joe, and Tristan standing before them. Clovis wore his horned great helm while his war hammer was drenched in the blood of his enemies. Tristan gripped his katzbalger with a tight grip, ready to engage his new enemies. Joe held both of his kukris with anticipation, glaring at his prey with hungry anticipation.

“Leave me alone!” Ubba demanded fiercely.

“I’m afraid I can’t do that, My Lord. Our orders are to keep anyone from escaping the true Emperor’s judgment,” Clovis explained.

Sneering, Joe added, “Plus, if we take out one of the leaders of the king’s army, our new friend Numen might reward us handsomely for your head.”

“Get out of my way, boys!” Ubba ordered, gripping his ax handle tightly.

“We will not, My Lord! You sided with King Robar! That makes you the true Emperor’s enemy and will be treated accordingly!” Tristan affirmed.

Ubba’s two knights charged at their new opponents with desperate ferocity. Tristan deflected his enemy’s sword before cleaving his chest open with his katzbalger. Meanwhile, Joe effortlessly sliced through the right hip of his adversary with one kukri before slitting his throat with the other. Joe and Tristan displayed lethal precision as they dispatched their opponents.

Lifting his battle ax, Ubba bellowed with rage and charged at Clovis. However, Clovis countered by swinging his war hammer into Ubba’s sternum, causing a geyser of blood to burst out of Ubba’s mouth. After that blow, Baron Ubba was dead before he limply hit the ground.

Shrugging his shoulders, Joe said, “Well that’s the end of that. Let’s hope Numen rewards us after this chore.”

“You and me both, Joe,” Tristan agreed.

Scoffing, Clovis countered, “Bah! It’s not about the rewards. The only reward I want is the thrill of this epic battle! Now let’s get back and kill some more of these suckers!”

With their foes beaten, Clovis, Tristan, and Joe turned on their heels and returned to the fray.

A NEW SUPERHERO STORY IDEA

I had a brainwave today when thinking of a new superhero story. I am thinking of making something that is a combination between X-Men, Hunger Games, and Battle Royale. Imagine a gladiatorial battle for survival between more than three dozen superhumans whose powers just manifested and only a select few are allowed to make it out alive. These gladiators will not have swords, spears, or shields. Instead, the only weapon they will have will be whatever powers manifested for them. I will be doing a lot of brainstorming on what powers these three dozen superhumans will possess. I believe this story is going to show a lot of action and psychological conflict. What do you think?