I have seen a number of floating towns in both Vietnam and Cambodia. Interestingly, the people who live in those floating towns are born there, live there, and they die there. They very rarely go on dry land and spend most of their lives floating. This reminds me of Lake Town from The Hobbit because it was a floating city as well. I am thinking of including some floating towns and cities in my fantasy book, but they will be strongholds of pirates instead of civilians.
I discovered that one of my favorite television hosts, James May, has a new television show where he travels across Japan. While he was in Kyoto, James tested a prototype robot called Robohon, which is equipped with information about all the locations in Japan. To use Robohon, James had to type in a nickname on the robot’s back and that was the name the robot addressed him. He tried to type in “Jim”, but accidentally typed in “Bim.” So for the remainder of the trip, Robohon called James “Bim” and proceeded to malfunction in hilarious fashion, much to James’s amusement. This scene was super funny and it showed just how funny James can be when he is by himself without Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond. James’s interaction with Robohon was just one of countless funny encounters he had when he traversed Japan.
When we think of superhero costumes, we think of technologically advanced suits like Iron-Man’s armor or sleek suits like Superman’s spandex. However, I don’t think such suits would be plausible in a realistic world. I think if a superhero is an average citizen, they would only have access to everyday clothes to make their costumes. For example, when Peter Parker started out as Spider-Man, his suit consisted of a simple mask, a hoody, sweatpants, and other everyday clothes. This would also serve a superhero pragmatically because if either the police or supervillains are hunting them, they won’t be able to narrow down their suspect list because the superhero in question would be wearing normal clothes that anyone would use. For my new superhero book, I will be giving my superhero a simple costume made of everyday clothes rather than an elaborately made costume. This would further symbolize that ANYONE can be a superhero.
I traced my ancestry on my father’s side more extensively and I realized that I am descended from strong and fierce people. As I mentioned in previous posts, my father and I are descended from Vikings and possibly the Anglo-Saxons and the Rus. Wonder what these Dark Age cultures have in common? They are all descended from the Germanic tribes that constantly resisted the conquests of the Roman Empire. I am thinking of introducing several barbarian tribes in my fantasy series that will be based on the various Germanic tribes of the Dark Ages. I already paid homage to my Celtic ancestors when I created the Welts so it is only fair that I give my Germanic ancestors a chance. For centuries, these tribes were divided and were only capable of small scale raids in villages and fiefdoms. However, as a result of the War of the Gilded Beasts and the subsequent regime change, these tribes will be gaining a new sense of cultural identity and will become more bold in their attacks on their more civilized neighbors. Dealing with these tribes will be one of the main challenges the young emperor will face.
Easily one of the grittiest superpowers would be blood manipulation, which allows the user to turn the blood in their veins into a weapon. The user can create armor, weapons, or greater extensions of their bodies such as wings or tentacles. When I think about it, this would be the perfect superpower for a serial killer. I will be including a character in my new superhero series with this power.
Almost every superhero has a love interest. Superman had Lois Lane, Batman had Catwoman, the Flash had Iris West, Aquaman had Queen Mera, Wonder Woman had Steve Trevor, Spider-Man had Mary Jane Watson, etc. The list goes on and on into infinity. I will be including a love interest for my new superhero and I will be modeling this character after the Yandere archetype from anime and manga. In one of my previous posts, I described what a Yandere was. A Yandere is a mentally unstable character who possesses strong romantic feelings for another character and engages in acts of extreme violence. This Yandere will be good friends with the superhero’s secret identity, but their psychotic love would be focused on the main character’s superhero persona. When the Yandere discovers that their best friend and their romantic obsession are one and the same, all hell will break loose. Overall, my new superhero and this Yandere are going to have a love-hate relationship that will put Batman and Catwoman to shame.
Police officers have always had a complex relationship with superheroes. Some cops view superheroes as vigilantes that need to be stopped while others support superheroes because they are too big to judge. I am thinking of including a cop character in my new superhero book and they will have a very complex relationship with the main superhero. To add to complexity, the cop will be related to the superhero in question and they won’t know until later. With the superhero persona, this cop would hunt them down and view them as a public menace. With the secret identity, the cop would view the superhero as a loving family member. When the cop discovers that their kin and the superhero are one and the same, things will become even more complicated between them. This police character will be a combination between Commissioner James Gordon from the Batman comics and Captain Quentin Lance from the show Arrow.