AN ALTERNATE NEW YORK CITY

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New York City has been the city of choice for superheroes for decades. It has been featured throughout Marvel Comics, TMNT, and even cities like Gotham City and Metropolis have served as inspiration from the Big Apple. I am thinking of doing the same in my new superhero book. However, it will be a completely different version of New York City. Earlier in the story, a series of wars had been burning fossil fuels a lot faster than normal. As a result, the ice caps melted and the old New York is underwater. Therefore, the city was rebuilt as a collection of five artificial islands interconnected by a network of bridges.

ANIME REVIEW: DIGIMON

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I am one of those guys who grew up watching the anime from the 1990s. Among those anime was Digimon. This show consumed my childhood. I enjoyed the battles between the various Digimon and how the Digimon Digivolved into new and more powerful forms. Throughout middle school, I even created my own imaginary Digimon and envisioned their battles. I even memorized the lyrics of one of the theme songs word for word. Now that I am older, I have a greater appreciation for the impact this anime had on my life. Due to my analytical nature, I came to notice a deeper feel for the story of the franchise. Each child in the show had social, spiritual, and psychological issues. Over time, the children overcame these limitations and grew as individuals. As they grow, the children’s Digimon partners acquire the power to Digivolve into more powerful forms. This concept of Digivolution is symbolic in the sense that the Digimon’s transformations reflect on their human partner’s growth and maturity. By the end of each season, the main characters learn important life lessons from their adventures in the Digital World. I would recommend this anime to anyone who likes monsters and coming of age stories.

NEW FANTASY SERIES IDEA

Last night, I had a very vivid dream that entertained me until I woke up. As I pondered on the dream, I realized that it had the makings of a new fantasy series. It will not be related to the Magnus Dynasty Saga. Instead, it will be set in its own unique universe. The story will take place in a Victorian-style world where every human is partnered with a magical creature as part of a peace pact. However, there are some of these creatures who do not approve of this pact. As a result, they declared war on the human-creature alliance. With no end in sight to the war, three children and their creature partners leave the safety of their walled community and go on a quest to destroy the source of the conflict. Essentially, this series will be a combination between Digimon, Attack on Titan, and Eragon all rolled into one.

DRAGONS WITH MULTIPLE HEADS

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There have been cases of dragons with multiple heads in fantasy. I am thinking of depicting a dragon with three heads. A dragon with three heads would mean three times the size, strength, and firepower compared to a normal dragon. There have been cases in real life when snakes with two heads. Even more strange are experiments done with salamanders. In those experiments, a salamander would have its head cut off and a new one would take its place. Then the severed head would be placed to the salamander’s side and naturally graft itself over time, resulting in the salamander having two heads. The three-headed dragon in my fantasy book will be the result of a genetic deformity that only happens once every one thousand years. Such a dragon would be larger and more powerful than a normal dragon and would live three times longer, but a side effect of the mutation renders the dragon sterile. However, each of these heads will have their own personality and individuality, which makes this dragon harder to control than a one headed one. My main character has the chance to claim the ultimate dragon, but the process will be extremely difficult and potentially life-threatening. This will add more depth to the main character’s quest for absolute power over the empire.

INSPIRATION: GUN KATA

I remember the fictional martial art known as “Guns Kata”, which was prominently portrayed in the film Equilibrium. It also made appearances in various anime and manga. Gun Kata is usually achieved through intense mental and physical training. However, I will be creating a character in my new superhero book who can fight with guns in this fashion. He achieves this fighting style not through training, but through natural superhuman accuracy, reflexes, and mental processing. This character will also be cowboy themed so finding creative ways to fight with guns would be ideal for him.

INSPIRATION: THE TUDORS

I remember the show known as The Tudors, which depicted the life and reign of Henry VIII in four seasons. After watching this show in its entirety, I had a revelation about my third fantasy book. The main character’s story is far too big to fit in just one book. Instead, I will divide up his story into multiple volumes just as Henry VIII’s story was divided up into the four seasons of The Tudors. The volume I am currently working on will revolve around the main character’s coronation, his minority, his war against dissent, and when he reaches his majority. Numen the Slayer told the story of the Magnus Dynasty’s founder while The War of the Gilded Beasts told the story of House Magnus’s rise to power. The future volumes will tell the story of the consolidation of the Magnus Dynasty through the life and reign of the greatest Magnus of them all.

SNOKE AND PALPATINE PART 2

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I believe the ring Supreme Leader Snoke wore before he was killed has something to do with Palpatine’s apparent resurrection. This would be similar to the mask of the ancient Sith Lord known as Momin, whose spirit possessed whoever wore his mask. Like some fans, I believe Palpatine and Snoke are one and the same. Maybe Palpatine transferred his essence into this ring and when Snoke put it on, Palpatine’s spirit possessed him. This would make sense because Palpatine and Snoke have similar personalities and mannerisms. While he was Emperor of the Galactic Empire, Palpatine sensed a strong dark side presence in the Unknown Regions, which was where the remnants of the Empire reorganized into the First Order. What if that presence was Snoke? What if the reason Palpatine was so interested in this mysterious presence was because he saw a potential host for his spirit to live in when he eventually dies? This ability to transfer one’s essence was seen in the Dark Empire comics, which allowed Palpatine to transfer his essence into clone bodies. Maybe the reason Palpatine’s voice sounds the same as it was in Revenge of Sith is because he returns in a clone body in Rise of Skywalker. Because Snoke would eventually die, it would make sense that Palpatine would take additional measures to make sure he cheated death again. I didn’t get a clear look, but I think Snoke’s ring survived Snoke’s assassination. If it did and it has the essence transfer power, it is possible that Snoke’s closest followers salvaged the ring and put it on a clone of Palpatine, resulting in his true return. Therefore, the only way to defeat Palpatine for good would be to destroy the ring.

SNOKE AND PALPATINE

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I remember that Supreme Leader Snoke wore a peculiar ring that had certain markings engraved on it. I have seen those markings before in the statues in Palpatine’s office in Revenge of the Sith. Palpatine received those statues from his old master Darth Plagueis, a Sith Lord who allegedly cheated death. I think I may have found how Plagueis did it. It has to do with this ring. Apparently, this ring was created through the use of either Sith Sorcery or Sith Alchemy. I am betting that when the ring’s creator dies, their essence is transferred to the ring and they possess whoever wears the ring. Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, almost leaked that Snoke really was Darth Plagueis all along. Apparently, Plagueis did save himself from death using that ring. In the canon books, Palpatine sensed a powerful presence in the dark side in the Unknown Regions. What if it was his old master regaining his strength as Supreme Leader Snoke? Also, what if this this wasn’t the only ring? What if Palpatine made one of his own to guarantee his own survival? That could explain why he is coming back. Palpatine made it clear that he no intention of anyone succeeding him as Emperor when he died, not even Darth Vader, so it is safe to assume he had taken measures to guarantee his resurrection. With his old master permanently dead by Kylo Ren’s hand, now would be the perfect time for Palpatine to reveal himself to the galaxy. I look forward to seeing if my theory is correct when The Rise of Skywalker comes.

NEW SUPERHERO BOOK (OPENING, PROLOGUE, CHAPTER 1, AND CHAPTER 2)

I have made great progress with my new superhero book. I have written the opening crawl that explains the alternate timeline of my world, the prologue, and the first two chapters. I have decided to make this a standalone book instead of part of a series. I will, however, write a group of spin-offs that talk about the origin stories of the main characters and how they came to work together as a team. The prologue is a scene in a talk show host, where the superhero team is discussed with differing opinions. The first chapter introduces the strongest of the main characters while the second chapter introduces the female lead. One character will be a lazy writer while the other works in a strip club when they are not fighting crime. I am taking this route with their secret identities because I want them to be flawed and relatable. In addition, this is a dystopian story so places such as strip clubs would be common place like something out of a Mad Max film.

BATTLE OF LOSECOAT FIELD

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In some of my earlier posts, I mentioned the story of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, the Kingmaker. He was initially King Edward IV’s strongest supporter until he betrayed his king THREE times. The first time, Warwick was forgiven and the third time led to his death. This post will talk about his second act of treason against Edward IV.

Even though Edward pardoned Warwick for betraying him the first time, Warwick was banned from court. As a result, Warwick had no power or influence over the crown, which was the one thing Warwick wanted more than anything else. Warwick betrayed Edward and he didn’t think Edward would take it personally? With his control over Edward long gone, Warwick sought to kill or replace him with his younger brother, George, Duke of Clarence.

To achieve their goal, Warwick and Clarence orchestrated a rebellion in Lincolnshire with Sir Robert Welles serving as their proxy. However, this rebellion was swiftly quelled by Edward’s army. After the battle, Edward’s troops removed all the clothing from the rebel corpses that could identify them, which resulted in the battlefield being named “Losecoat Field.” Welles confessed working with Warwick and Clarence and even provided letters that implicated them in the rebellion. Welles was executed for his own treason shortly afterwards.

Utterly disgraced, Warwick and Clarence knew Edward would not pardon them a second time. Therefore, they fled England to France, where they formed an alliance with Queen Margaret of Anjou, wife of King Henry VI. This became Warwick’s third act of treason against Edward IV.

I am thinking of portraying a similar chain of events in my third fantasy book where one of the main character’s former supporters staged a proxy rebellion against them.