PALPATINE’S LOVE LIFE

Some fans have wondered how it was possible for Palpatine to have a love life despite his evil nature and disgusting appearance. Due to his status as a Sith, Palpatine was incapable of feeling love so it is likely his relationships were out of lust instead of love. I searched for possible answers in Legends and I think I have an idea of how Palpatine fathered a son who would be the father of Rey. In Legends, Palpatine had a number of women in his inner circle that included Dark Jedi and Imperial officers. While these women were not drawn to Palpatine’s looks or nature, they were drawn to the power he wielded and could provide. Each of Palpatine’s supposed lovers were ambitious women and they saw Palpatine as the key to satisfying their ambitions. Ultimately, these relationships resulted in a few children, including one man named Triclops whose son would become one of Luke Skywalker’s apprentices. This is similar to how Palpatine’s son would sire Rey and Rey would go on to be Luke Skywalker’s final apprentice. Even though the identity of Rey’s grandmother is currently unknown, it is possible that she was either a Dark Jedi or Imperial officer who was tempted by Palpatine with promises of power and status. I hope we find out her identity soon. Overall, I am glad Disney is using some of the lesser known aspects of Legends and reimagining them in a new light.

AN UNNATURAL LIFE

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I discovered something interesting about the cybernetic apparatus Palpatine was hooked up to in Rise of Skywalker. It is called the “Ommin Harness” and it used to be worn by an ancient Sith king. The name “Ommin” is a clear reference from Legends regarding a Sith sorcerer known as Ommin. Like Palpatine, Ommin’s power in the dark side of the Force was so great that it caused his body to decompose and fail. The only way Ommin could move and survive was to hook himself up to a cybernetic exoskeleton. I thought this reference was a nice touch that connects the new Canon with Legends.

NEW FANTASY REVIEW

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My first fantasy book, Numen the Slayer, got a four star review on Amazon:
 
“This was a complex yet enjoyable medieval fantasy series. Numen the Slayer had the tropes I expect in a fantasy story, so that was covered. This is the story of a boy who has a magic weapon, a classic, but there is also some politics here and there. Numen was a coherent character.
 
A classic fantasy story, a hero’s journey that, despite some minor issues, works, and makes you wonder how will Numen’s journey continue?”

A FANTASY LOVE STORY

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When we think of a romantic relationship between a human and an elf, we think of Aragorn and Arwen from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. However, hardcore Tolkein fans know that his original love story between a human and an elf revolved around Beren and Luthien. This love story was so personally significant to Tolkein that he had Beren and Luthien’s names engraved on his and his wife’s graves. As a writer, I am an amateur when it comes to romance even though I have portrayed romantic relationships in the past. The reason for this is because I never could put enough emotional and spiritual depth. With my third fantasy book, I will be attempting to portray a deeper romantic relationship between my main character and female lead. It will be the deepest and most complex romance I have ever written and it will be my equivalent of Beren and Luthien.

FANTASY COMPANIONS

Fantasy characters tend to have a strong sense of friendship and togetherness when they go on quests. Easily my favorite example of this would be the chemistry between the hobbits in The Lord of the Rings, which consist of Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee, Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck, and Peregrin “Pippin” Took. The fellowship the hobbits share have inspired relationships between fantasy characters for decades. For example, George R. R. Martin loosely based Jon Snow and his companions in the Night’s Watch on Frodo and company. In particular, Samwell Tarly is clearly based on Samwise Gamgee. I am thinking of loosely basing the relationships of my main character in my third fantasy book on the chemistry between these four hobbits.

AN EMPEROR’S FAVOURITES

Like every monarch throughout human history, the main character of my third fantasy book will have his own collection of favourites. Favourites are courtiers who possess the monarch’s favor, which usually guarantees an elevation in status. As long as a courtier maintains the monarch’s favor, the rewards for their fealty could be limitless. If any of you have seen the film known as The Favourite, you get a good idea of what life is like for a monarch’s favourite. My protagonist’s favourites consist of bastards, peasants, and a group some consider to be heretics. If the bastards serve and please him, the rewards may include being legitimized and having their bastard status removed. If the peasants serve and please the protagonist, they could be appointed to high-ranking positions in the Imperial Government. If the heretics provide lost magical knowledge, they will be given the “Golden Age” they were promised. In addition, all three of these groups would also gain wealth, titles, and lands as long as they maintain the emperor’s favor. However, because the protagonist’s court is filled with bastards, peasants, and heretics, a lot of barons and kings across the empire find their elevation to the top of society hard to swallow. In addition to trying to prevent the return of magic, the protagonist’s enemies will also be motivated by their disdain for his choice of low-born courtiers.

THE ELVES’ DARK SECRET

I had an interesting idea about elves regarding the source of their magic and immortality. What if they acquired their magic and immortality from unnatural means? As I keep saying, magic always comes with a price, which means to become as powerful and immortal as elves would require a price that is high beyond measure. As I mentioned in my previous posts, my third fantasy book will revolve around the main character and his followers uncovering long forgotten secrets in magic. What if one of those uncovered secrets involved the source of the elves’ power and immortality? Since the antagonists of the third fantasy book will be anti-magic religious zealots, the usage of this magical secret will definitely drive them crazy.

FANTASY REVIEW

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My second fantasy book, The War of the Gilded Beasts, finally got its first review! It is a five star review on Amazon:

“A very well written a tightly crafted story line. The interaction between the married was well done. I like how each couple knew of and were able to get to know one and another. Plot twists and turns were well executed and there were a few doozies. Great read. Had a enjoyable time reading both the books.”

COSMIC GENTEN OVERVIEW

Allow me to give you a little overview of the setting of my new space opera book, Cosmic Genten, now that it is out. The story takes place in the year 3789 A.D. where humanity has colonized most of known space. Since space travel was invented, there were several technological innovations over the years. For instance, there are robots working in every household and business. Another example involves terraforming, which is how humanity was able to colonize so many planets. A third example involves vaccinations that allow colonists to survive deep space travel. The vaccinations came with a couple of side effects. Even though they survived deep space travel, some of the colonists underwent several mutations that turn them into humanoid beings that range from being reptilian, bird-like, and so on. Another side effect of the vaccinations results in ten percent of the population developing psychic powers. Over time, these psychics get conscripted into a military law enforcement program known as the Bushi. The word “Bushi” is Japanese for “warrior” and refers to samurai who follow the code of bushido. Eventually, some Bushi refuse to become tools of the government and desert in order to become warlords in the criminal underworld. These rogue Bushi are referred to as Ronin, which refers to samurai who have no master. Eventually, the Ronin unite with ambitions to conquer known space and so they go to war with the interstellar government known as the Consulate. Now, the story of Cosmic Genten revolves around a battle over a strategically important star system. As this battle commences, all kinds of characters will be fighting over this star system from pirates, smugglers, militia, psychic warriors, robots, and even civilians.

GEORGE R. R. MARTIN’S SELF QUARATINE

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I discovered this article that talked about how Game of Thrones creator, George R. R. Martin, is spending his Coronavirus self-quarantine. Apparently, he has been writing daily during his social distancing, which includes finishing The Winds of Winter. George has the right idea about spending time during self-quarantine. I think I will do the same with my writing. With no job to go to and school shut down, I have a lot of time to kill. I just published Cosmic Genten so I think I will concentrate on writing my new superhero book. Based on how much time I have on my hands, I think I might get my new superhero book done by the end of the year. Wish me luck!