This week, The Grand Tour had a new episode in which Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond went on one of their epic road trips. In this episode, they went to Nevada in RVs they had customized to fit their needs. I have watched the boys since they were on Top Gear and I was always a fan of two of their antics: road trips and customizing cars. As usual, everything went wrong with their modifications. With Jeremy’s RV, the engine was so overheated that it superheated the ignition key. He even made the director shut the engine off to keep his fingers from burning, burning the director’s fingers instead. Once the engine was off, the exhaust sputtered with flame and almost lit the cameraman on fire. Immediately afterwards, the engine gushed fluids. Later in the episode, the suspension on the left side of the RV collapsed and the brakes failed. I have seen the Top Gear boys make some outrageous vehicles over the years, but this RV was easily one of the biggest pieces of crud I have ever seen and it was super funny.
Remember when superheroes would change into their uniforms in phone booths before doing heroics? What if there was a faster way to change into your superhero uniform? As I write my new superhero series, I realized that since the story will take place five thousand years in the future, the suits the heroes will use would be fundamentally different than anything you can find today. In most superhero stories, super suits are made of materials ranging from kevlar, leather, or silk among countless others. Still, all of those materials are primitive compared to the possibilities of nanotechnology. When a superhero’s suit is made from nanotechnology, it can compensate for many of the weaknesses of other materials. For example, most suits are not able to repair themselves when they sustain damage and some do not provide enough protection or flexibility in combat. Because nanotechnology is highly malleable, it has ways to compensate for these shortcomings. Due to the fact that nanites are a mass of microscopic robots interlocked together, they can provide a form of shock absorption like a suit of armor. Unlike a suit of armor, which is a set of metal plates, a nanite suit has much more flexibility and mobility without sacrificing durability. When the mass is damaged, the nanites can just reform themselves as though they were never damaged. When not in use, you can house the nanites in a container that you could carry with you. When the need arises, you can open the container and the nanites will coat you in your suit in a moment’s notice. This saves a tremendous amount of time when changing into your uniform. I did something similar in my Young Guardians Series, but I intend to take it to a new level in my new superhero series.
In the Magnus Dynasty Saga, I depicted nine kingdoms that form the Gradaia Empire. The kingdom I will be addressing in this post is Aemarr. Aemarr is a tropical kingdom with jungles, glittering beaches, and clear seas. Due to their naval culture, Aemarr is the richest trading port in the Empire second only to the Imperial capital of Chrysos. In terms of military, Aemarr has the largest fleet in the Empire, which consists of one thousand longships and two hundred war galleys. Their trade in wealth and vast navy makes Aemarr the envy of its neighbors. After the Homantian invasion, the first Aemarrans encountered mermaids off Aemarr’s coast. The mermaids would only allow the Aemarrans to settle if they provided food and goods from the surface world. As a people, Aemarrans have dark skin, gold eyes, and white hair. Due to their profession as traders and sailors, Aemarrans often dress in fine clothing and combine it with seashell embroidery. Because they live by the sea, Aemarr is the seafood capital of the Empire.
During the War of Scottish Independence, King Edward I laid siege to Stirling Castle. At some point in the siege, Edward ordered the construction of one of the most feared siege engines in history. The engine came to be known as Warwolf and it was the largest and most powerful trebuchet ever constructed. It was so large that its parts needed to be transported with 30 wagons and took three months to build. While watching the Warwolf being built, the Scottish garrison in Stirling Castle trembled in fear and surrendered. However, Edward did not accept their surrender. After spending so much time, effort, resources, and gold to build the Warwolf, Edward unleashed Warwolf upon Stirling. The Warwolf collapsed Stirling’s curtain wall with one shot! That was what only one Warwolf was capable of. Imagine what would have happened to Stirling or any other castle if they were attacked by not one Warwolf but half a dozen! That would be a castle defender’s worst nightmare! In my spin-off fantasy series, I will be depicting a scenario in which a stronghold is attacked by half a dozen trebuchets that are each as big and powerful as the Warwolf.
There have been countless examples of superhumans that possess multiple powers. A few cases involved these characters combining several powers to create powerful and unpredictable techniques. For example, the supervillain known as All For One from My Hero Academia (pictured above) displayed the following mixture: air pressure manipulation, muscle mass manipulation, four kinetic energy boosters, and three strength enhancers. The end result produced a shockwave that was powerful enough to overwhelm even the mightiest of opponents as well as demolish his surrounding environment for miles. In my new superhero series, both the main hero and the main villain will each have many powers and can combine these powers into complex mixtures. This will make their duel to the death even more epic and destructive than if they each had only one power.