For my third fantasy book, I decided to add a biblical theme that involves two feuding brothers. One brother is the ruling emperor and the other is the spare heir. One brother has three wives and the other has one nearly catatonic wife. One brother has 18 children and the other has three deformed stillborn children. One brother is handsome while the other has a scarred face, a dead eye, broken nose, and a spinal injury that causes him to walk in a crooked fashion. One brother will be charismatic and generous while the other will be power-hungry and bad tempered. Overall, all of these differences will eventually culminate in a feud between these two brothers for the imperial throne.
Throughout human history, emperors and kings were obsessed with finding ways to prolong their lives and by extension their reigns. For example, Henry VIII often drank wine that was flavored with gold and gems that were thought to extend his lifespan. In fantasy such as The Dark Crystal, Harry Potter, and Star Wars, characters have found forms of magic that could prolong life. One of these methods involved draining the life force of other organisms and transferring it to oneself. Such a method could add years or even decades to your original lifespan. I am thinking of depicting the main character of my third fantasy book using this method by draining the life force out of livestock. With the livestock drained of life, the character’s cooks and servants would promptly prepare them for that night’s supper. So with this method, the main character would prolong his life and increase his pantries with salted meat. Win win!
I noticed something significant about medieval armies. Most armies of the era were either conscripted from the populace or mercenaries who fought for coin. However, there were hardly any permanent standing armies to keep the peace when the need arose. What if a permanent standing army existed that was both suitably loyal and undefeatable? An army that will never eat, sleep, tire, or even use the restroom? In addition, this army cannot be killed by any mortal weapon and can overpower numerically superior armies. I am thinking of featuring such an army in my third fantasy book and there will be a battle in which this army fights a force that outnumbers it five to one.