ANCIENT VENGEANCE

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I had an interesting thought about the elves in my fantasy world. At first, I thought of making elves extinct, but now I am toying with the possibility of some surviving the invasion of the Homantians thousands of years ago. However, will these last elves be the same benevolent creatures they were centuries ago? I can imagine the atrocities they witnessed and the hatred they accumulated corrupted them into dark elves. Compared to high elves, dark elves are pure evil and are frightening practitioners of dark magic. What if at some point these dark elves are awakened and start plotting their long-awaited revenge against humanity? I think I will be adding hints, clues, and foreshadows in the third book and maybe start a sub-series that focuses on the dark elves’ blood-stained return.

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INSPIRATION: EDWARD II

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For the beginning of my third fantasy book, I will be depicting the protagonist of The War of the Gilded Beasts (Kemrin Magnus) as an older man. In the second book, Kemrin received a series of wounds that will never fully heal and leave him in a state of constant debilitating pain. Also, he will be haunted by the knowledge that what happened to the previous Emperor could also happen to him. The constant pain will make him murderously bad tempered and his fear of being overthrown will make him paranoid and irrational. Due to these factors, I will be basing his later reign on the reign of Edward II. Edward II was neither in pain or paranoid, but his incompetent and spineless leadership led to him being overthrown by his wife, Isabella the She-Wolf of France and her lover Roger Mortimer. After he was overthrown, Edward II was replaced by his son Edward III. In the end, Edward II was sodomized to death by a white-hot poker by his wife’s men and his dying shrieks could be heard throughout the castle. Overall, Kemrin’s reign will end in blood as his son becomes the new Emperor of Gradaia.

THIRD FANTASY BOOK BLUEPRINT

For the past month, I have been formulating a blueprint on how the story of my third fantasy book will be told. I have been brainstorming various events both big and small that will take place throughout the main character’s reign. There will be wars, political intrigue, tragedies, and triumphs throughout the story. I am eager to get started on the actual book and I will keep you updated on any developments.

FANTASY RANGERS

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One of the most iconic fantasy organizations would be the rangers. Rangers are a militant group who specialize in swordsmanship, archery, hunting, and interacting with nature. In Game of Thrones, we have seen rangers in the Night’s Watch. In Middle-Earth, we have seen nomadic Dunedain rangers such as Aragorn who quietly defend the lands they roam through. There was a book series called The Ranger’s Apprentice, which depicts its own version of rangers. The ranger archetype has also made appearances in many games such as Dungeons and Dragons and World of Warcraft. I am thinking of introducing rangers in my third fantasy book and how their order is founded. I will be basing my rangers on the Knight’s Templar and the Musketeers.

ALIEN DNA

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Even though I HATE the idea of alien abduction with a passion, I am VERY interested in the idea of life on other planets. In recent years, we have discovered alien fossils in meteorites and in soil samples from Mars. These fossils are just microscopic organisms like bacteria, but the fact that they exist at all is significant. I wonder what other specimens exist outside of our solar system and galaxy. If we expand our conquest of the stars, we might find even more significant evidence of alien life.

What would we do if we found perfectly preserved alien DNA? Would we use it for medicinal science or some other means? In my dystopian series, there will be alien DNA and it will play a significant role in the series as a whole.

STAR WARS EPISODE IX: KYLO REN

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I heard a rumor of how Kylo Ren will evolve in Episode IX. J. J. Abrams will be taking over in the film’s creation and he has HUGE ambitions in Kylo Ren’s character development. A year after becoming the new Supreme Leader of the First Order, Kylo Ren is said to become more powerful and more evil than his grandfather, Darth Vader. J. J. Abrams wasn’t kidding when he said he had big ambitions about Kylo Ren’s character development. Making him more evil than Darth Vader, the most infamous Star Wars villain of all time, is definitely as ambitious as you can get. Some may find this to be impossible, but I can see the method to their madness.

Ever since Revenge of the Sith, we wondered just how powerful Darth Vader would have been if he never became more machine than man. The Force is generated by living things and it took living flesh to manipulate it. Because of this, Vader lost most of his Force potential after he was maimed and burned alive on Mustafar. With most of his power gone, Vader never had the strength he needed to overthrow Palpatine and rule the galaxy under his own power.

Kylo Ren’s limitations in the Force are mental instead of physical, but he apparently overcomes these limitations by Episode IX. Also, unlike his grandfather, Kylo Ren has all his flesh and blood, which means his Force potential is at full power. If Kylo Ren overcomes his psychological restrictions, he would finally have access to all the power at his disposal and become the dark side practitioner he was meant to be.

In The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren said, “Let the past die. Kill it if you have to. That’s the only way you can become what you were meant to be.” Maybe the reason Kylo Ren became more powerful over the last year was because he was destroying anything that could be linked to his past as Ben Solo. It is as the Sith say, “Through victory, my chains are broken. The Force shall free me.” By destroying anything linking him to his past, Kylo Ren is effectively breaking his chains, becoming stronger and more sinister with each chain broken.

In addition, with the Knights of Ren at his side, Kylo Ren’s new dark side order will be a force to be reckoned with. Like Kylo Ren, the Knights of Ren are said to become even more powerful and dangerous than they were before. They could be the makings of an order that could rival the Sith. If Kylo Ren is defeated and a single Knight of Ren survives, then their order can start anew. If that happens, then the Jedi will rise again through Rey and the Sith will rise again through Kylo Ren’s legacy.

Overall, Kylo Ren will represent what Darth Vader could have been if he overthrew Palpatine and ruled the Galactic Empire in his stead.