One of the most unpredictable and dangerous aspects of warfare is the use of guerrilla warfare. Guerrilla warfare is when a smaller and more mobile force can defeat a larger army through sabotage, ambushes, and hit-and-run tactics. In my medieval research, I learned that the Welsh were prolific users of guerrilla warfare and were able to keep the English at bay until they were conquered by Edward I AKA Longshanks. Then in the Welsh Revolt that lasted from 1400 to 1415, the Welsh made good usage of guerrilla warfare before engaging the English in open warfare. In my second fantasy book, I will be featuring a rather frightening form of guerrilla warfare. With all of their fighting men gone off to war, a kingdom will be invaded by an Imperial army, who will receive fierce resistance from the locals. The guerrilla forces will only consist of old people, women, and children. The elders will serve as strategists and tacticians, the women will serve as shield maidens who are just as skilled in combat as their men, and the children will serve as assassins and saboteurs who slit enemy throats in their sleep and set fires to enemy camps. The locals will even burn their own farms and villages in order to reduce the number of resources the invaders could pillage, which will starve them out. Overall, even though their fighting men are gone, these locals are NOT to be underestimated!
In a dystopian future, crime is bound to reign supreme and unchecked. No matter how advanced or sophisticated a society becomes, crime always becomes an integral part of it like a parasite feeding off its host. I am going to depict crime on an extreme level with drugs, arms dealers, mobsters, gangs, you name it. Crime is going to serve an integral role in the origin stories of my main characters. There will be five gangs, one gang per character’s origin story, and they will all answer to one supreme crime lord. I am thinking of basing these gangs on fads that have happened in recent years and give them a dark twist. The main characters individual battles with these gangs will ultimately lead to them meeting one another to face the supreme crime lord. It is going to be a story with even more moving parts than my Magnus Dynasty Saga.
In a world full of sterility and infertility, this would be how humans would reproduce in the future: the artificial womb. The first work of fiction to introduce the concept of the artificial womb was Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. In Brave New World, human beings were being grown in vats and genetically engineered to serve a specific role in society’s caste system. What I am thinking of for my superhuman series will not involve a caste system, but it will include genetic engineering and eugenics to keep the populace at peak human conditioning. Unlike Gattaca and Brave New World, my futuristic society will not have genetic discrimination but political and financial discrimination. The picture above shows the blueprints of a crude artificial womb from 1955. I am thinking of an artificial womb that is sleeker and biomechanical in nature and there would be vast halls full of them in rows like books on a library’s shelves.
Martial arts have served as both self-defense and a form of philosophy for thousands of years. Like various manga authors, I often wonder how martial arts would evolve in the distant future. What new offshoots of modern martial arts would develop in the centuries to come? In particular, I am interested in martial arts that combine swordsmanship and hand-to-hand techniques. In my futuristic superhuman series, I am thinking of including a character who has been training in this martial art since they were five. I even thought of a name for this martial art in Japanese.
Superhuman durability has always been one of the most common superpowers in fiction. Superman can shrug off bullets and Aquaman can withstand the crushing depths of the deep ocean. In Stan Lee’s Superhumans, I saw two insane and extreme examples of real-life superhuman durability. In one case, a professional wrestler has a skull that is thick enough to withstand a blow of a sledgehammer and hammering a large nail through a sheet of steel. The other case is about a Shaolin monk who could withstand over 200 hundred pounds of force from a power drill in his stomach, throat, and head. In both of these cases, both men took an insane amount of punishment and walked away with only minor scratches, bruises, and scrapes. I am going to analyze the science behind real-life superhuman durability and contemplate on how such a power can be pushed to the fullest on a believable level as I brainstorm for my superhuman series.
When we think of bioterrorism, we think of terrorists using biological weapons to cause death and destruction. Three thousand years from now, I can imagine bioterrorism taking on a new form. In one of my earlier quotes, I mentioned the possibility of humans becoming infertile as a species and that they would solve the problem by collecting samples from at least ten thousand donors and reproduce artificially through a combination of cloning and eugenics. However, what if the samples were contaminated by bioterrorists and cause an entire generation to die out before they are even born? On the other hand, what if this terrorist attack had an unexpected side effect that turns a percentage of the supposedly doomed generation into superhumans and their powers won’t manifest until they reach fifteen years of age? That pretty much sums up the origin story of the superhuman race in my future series. What do you think?
I saw this documentary from Stan Lee’s Superhumans where a guy has telekinesis for real! He could move spoons, bend keys, and drop a marker into a wine glass. It has been scientifically proven that this guy did not use trickery or illusions. They did brain scans on him and his brain produced a massive spike in gamma wave activity when an object moved on its own. The gamma wave spike was twice as big as one when someone has a seizure. This gives me a unique view of the science behind telekinesis and I will look for more documentaries like this that discuss the science behind superhuman powers.