BARBUTE HELMET

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One of the most commonly featured helmets in my fantasy series is the barbute helmet, which is a 15th century Italian design. Numen the Slayer and his traveling companions wore barbute helmet throughout their journey. I like featuring this helmet in my fantasy series because it looks similar to the Corinthian Greek helmets, which are like the helmets worn by the Spartans.

SPACE OPERA BOOK: CHAPTER 23

I have reached the twenty-third chapter of my space opera book and I am roughly three quarters of the way done with the whole book. I estimate that I could finish writing by next month. When that happens, I will go over the manuscript to see if there is anything that can be added. I have reached the section of the story where the aftermath of the battle starts to fall into place. The main characters are in a race against time and one of the fleets is in disarray. Overall, this chapter will be an adrenaline-filled thrill ride.

GROWTH OF A SUPERVILLAIN

I have some ideas for the origin story of my new supervillain. Basically, I will be drawing inspiration from the 1941 film known as Citizen Kane. In Citizen Kane, a man who had everything started out as a rebellious idealist before his wealth and power gradually and inevitably corrupted and isolated him. Basically, my supervillain will be an aspiring young politician who comes from a privileged background. When his powers manifest, he realizes that he could use his powers to further his political ambitions. At first, he pursues his political agenda out of naive idealism, but over time it corrupts him and makes him keep wanting more. Eventually, this individual becomes a full fledged supervillain and starts a campaign of chaos across the country.

SUPERPOWER: DESTRUCTION

I thought of a frightening power for my next supervillain to have in my next superhero book. The most common motivation for supervillains is to destroy things. With this in mind, what if their power doesn’t just destroy things, but is destruction itself. Imagine being able to destroy everything you touch until not even dust remains. The most extreme example of destruction was in the anime Bleach, where a character possessed a power of destruction that was so complete that not even his target’s soul would be able to reincarnate itself. To make my new supervillain’s power even more devastating, I think I will give them a form of destruction that destroys their target’s body and mind. As the target’s body disintegrates, parts of their mind including memories and emotions also fade away until nothing is left. You could also control how fast your target is destroyed. You could destroy them instantaneously or destroy them slowly and painfully. The very thought of this power frightens me to the extreme, which assures me that it will make my new supervillain all the more terrifying.

INSPIRATION: STEVE URKEL

I remember a show I used to watch with my parents when I was a kid called Family Matters, which features the biggest nerd in the universe, Steve Urkel. I always found Urkel’s high voice, sense of humor, and awkward mannerisms to be beyond funny. For my next superhero story, I am thinking of making a sidekick who has a nerdy personality ┬álike Urkel’s. This sidekick would add comic relief to the otherwise serious story.

SHOW REVIEW: THE WITCHER

I finished watching the first season of The Witcher on Netflix and I strongly believe I have found a suitable fantasy replacement for Game of Thrones. I have neither read the books or played the video games, but I thoroughly enjoyed this show and am hungry for more. It was like Game of Thrones in the sense that it included warring kingdoms and feuding noble families. However, unlike Game of Thrones, magic and monsters were far more commonplace. I liked Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia and I have a new favorite song “Toss A Coin To Your Witcher”. I look forward to the next season and see where the war with Nilfgaard will lead.