I saw an interesting film on Netflix called The Ritual. It is about four friends who venture into a forest in Sweden only to run into a group of pagans who worship a horrendous monster. This creature is said to be a bastard child of Loki, Norse God of Mischief. It is one of the most grotesque monsters I have ever seen, resembling a giant demonic elk and it had the most unusual head I have ever gazed upon (which is in the picture above). I must say that this is one of the most unholy interpretations of my ancestors’ gods I have ever seen. I loved the camaraderie the characters displayed in the film and the suspense was killing me. Because of its size and appearance, Loki’s bastard blended in with the trees, which leaves you constantly on the lookout and wondering where and when it will strike next. Overall, this was a scary and suspenseful film that leaves you at the edge of your seat.
After researching the War of the Roses, I thought of including a few elements into the ending of the second volume of my fantasy series. For example, after Henry VII won the crown of England, he married Elizabeth of York, the firstborn daughter of Edward IV. By marrying Elizabeth, Henry united the bloodlines of Lancaster and York and reconciled a divided England after thirty years of bloody civil war. Two years after being crowned, Henry VII’s claim to the throne was challenged by a Yorkist noble called John de la Pole, Earl of Lincoln. As a cousin to the late Richard III, John claimed that the late king made him his heir in case Richard died before producing a son. John de la Pole took a very dim view of Henry VII’s claim to the crown and started the first major rebellion of Henry VII’s reign. However, John de la Pole did not have the numbers, support, or resources to challenge Henry on his own. Therefore, he groomed a young man named Lambert Simnel to impersonate one of the Princes in the Tower, which would result in an increase to de la Pole’s army. In the Battle of Stoke Field, Henry VII faced off with John de la Pole, who was massacred along with his men by Henry’s battle-hardened army. Lambert Simnel was pardoned and given the position of scullion and later became a royal falconer. Later, another pretender to the throne named Perkin Warbeck challenged Henry VII before eventually being defeated and executed.
For the second volume of my fantasy series, I am thinking of there being a rebellion early in the reign of the new emperor. I will do this by combining elements of John de la Pole, Perkin Warbeck, and Lambert Simnel into a single character. The only difference will be that this character will not be a pretender. In addition, I am thinking of including a marriage that will reconcile a divided Empire after a violent civil war.