I have changed course on my writing schedule. I have been so consumed in the scientific aspects of my main dinosaur book that I am a bit distracted from writing the actual story. Due to this, I have decided to focus on the zoological book side project for the time being. This way, I can get the scientific aspects out of my system. This zoology book will be like the speculative evolution books such as those written by authors such as Dougal Dixon. Dougal Dixon wrote books that talked about how the dinosaurs could have evolved if they never became extinct or how animals would have evolved if humans never existed. I will be taking a similar route by describing each of the reverse engineered life forms in my dinosaur series and how they have evolved in their manmade environment. Who knows? If I finish this zoology book first, it would give my audience a preview on what to expect when they read the main dinosaur series. I am eight pages in so far and I am on fire!
My dinosaur book will take place on an island, but it will be an island like no other. The island will be completely manmade, but it will not be made with cement or rebar. Instead, this island will be made through the use of terraforming technology. Terraforming is a form of science that revolves around altering the terrain and atmosphere of an area. The designated area can range from a small patch of land to an entire planet. Before the main experiment started, this island did not exist on any map and was grown from scratch. Not only is this island the site of an experiment on genetic engineering, but it is also the site of an experiment on terraforming. Together, these two experiments become part of the main experiment, which focuses on making a manmade ecosystem function. Making a manmade ecosystem function is also part of the ultimate endgame of the overall experiment. However, because of its completely manmade nature, this island is very flawed in a number of areas, which forces the creatures to evolve in unpredictable ways. Overall, this island will be light years away from the usual lost world stereotype and will show what could happen to an artificial world.
After much thought, I am thinking of creating a zoological book based on the reverse engineered animals in my dinosaur book. While I can’t go through all of the scientific details during the main story, I am thinking of including them in a separate project that talks about these manmade dinosaurs and the creatures who live alongside them. I am also thinking of making the narrator of this zoology book be the scientist who creates these animals. This would be similar to how some tie-in Game of Thrones book s were written from the point of view of a maester from the Citadel. There will be illustrations that will show what each creature looks like and how they live in their natural habitat.
The following post contains spoilers from My Hero Academia. You have been warned.
I have always been fascinated by the evolution of Tomura Shigaraki as a character. When we were first introduced to him, he was a small time thug and man child who did not seem to present a significant threat. Two hundred chapters later, he became a Thanos-level supervillain. However, every villain has a beginning and Shigaraki’s origin story is quite heartbreaking.
Shigaraki’s real name is Tenko Shimura, grandson of All Might’s mentor and the seventh wielder of One For All, Nana Shimura. During her war with All For One, Nana Shimura’s husband was killed in a villain attack. The profession of a superhero gives a person a long list of enemies and those enemies will always target the superhero’s family as a weakness. To prevent her son, Kotaro Shimura, from sharing his father’s fate, Nana was forced to have her son live with a foster family, far away from the crossfire.
Unfortunately, even though Nana’s intention was to protect her son from her enemies, her actions would have dire consequences. Resentful about being abandoned by his mother, Kotaro was traumatized and he violently banned the mention of superheroes in his household. Whenever his son, Tenko Shimura, mentioned superheroes, Kotaro would abuse him. Throughout his upbringing, Tenko’s mother and maternal grandparents were kind and loving towards him, but they too spiritually weak to protect him from his father’s abuse. Tenko also had a sister named Hana, who supported his dream of becoming a superhero one day.
One day, Hana revealed the truth about their paternal grandmother to Tenko: that she was a great superhero. Hana even said she would start a superhero team with him. However, Kotaro found out his kids sneaked into his office and found out about his mother. To avoid getting abused herself, Hana betrayed Tenko and threw him under the bus. Kotaro was so enraged that he became even more brutal with Tenko than usual and savagely beat his five-year-old son. This beating resulted in the facial scars Shigaraki would have on his mouth and right eye. Tenko was forced to sleep outside with no dinner with only the family dog for company.
While he was consumed by hatred and despair, Tenko’s Decay quirk activated. His first victim was the family dog, who he was petting when his quirk activated. The dog was reduced to a pile of rotten chunks of flesh. Meanwhile, Hana came outside to apologize to Tenko for betraying him. When she saw Tenko with the disintegrated dog, she ran to the house in fear. Desperate for someone to save him, Tenko grabbed his sister, who was promptly disintegrated. Then Tenko’s mother and maternal grandparents came outside when they heard the racket. When Tenko’s hand touched the ground, his Decay rushed towards his mother and maternal grandparents like a tidal wave. Like the dog, Tenko’s mother and maternal grandparents were reduced to piles of rotten chunks of meat.
Finally, Kotaro arrived on the scene and was horrified by what he saw. Tenko begged his father to save him, but Kotaro was so afraid that he armed himself with gardening equipment. Kotaro fell back on his abusive behavior and struck Tenko in the head with the gardening tool, shouting at Tenko to stop. This was the final straw for Tenko. To bring a permanent end to his father’s abuse, Tenko attacked him with pure homicidal glee. He gripped his father’s face and shouted for him to die over and over. As Kotaro was disintegrated, the Shimura household crumbled all around Tenko until nothing was left. The itchy intent to destroy that plagued Tenko his entire life was finally appeased. It is as the Joker said: “All it takes is one bad day for someone to go insane.”
Despite the apparent glee he got from killing his family, Tenko was riddled with so much guilt that he repressed his memories of the event along with most of his power. After slaughtering his family and destroying his home, Tenko wandered aimlessly through the city streets. Bloody and traumatized, Tenko hoped someone would save him. However, no one ever helped him because they thought some superhero would save the day. Sadly, no superhero or civilian saved Tenko, resulting in his hatred towards the superhero society as a whole. Instead of a superhero, the most powerful and most sinister supervillain, All For One, saved Tenko and took him under his wing. Shortly afterwards, Tenko was given the preserved hands of his family, which would put all over his body. To label Tenko as his eventual successor, All For One gave him his surname: Shigaraki. All For One also gave Tenko the new name Tomura, which is based on the Japanese word for “to mourn”. This would symbolize the grief Shigaraki would ultimately bring upon the world.
For most of his life, Shigaraki was still the traumatized five-year-old boy he was when he killed his family. However, during his battle with Re-Destro and the Meta Liberation Army, Shigaraki regained his memories and the rest of his power. With this awakening, Shigaraki no longer felt any guilt or regret for killing his family. He would use the memories of his family’s destruction to further fuel his dark hatred rather than let them hinder him anymore.
Overall, Tomura Shigaraki’s origin story was both dark and sad. His family consisted of a sister who betrayed him, a mother and grandparents that were too weak to protect him, and a father who abused him every time he said the word “hero”. It is as Supreme Leader Snoke from Star Wars said: “Pups who are abused often grow into vicious creatures.” This further adds to Shigaraki’s status as a foil for Izuku Midoriya. While Izuku’s mother supported his dreams of being a superhero, Shigaraki’s family destroyed his dreams of being a superhero. It is ironic because Shigaraki’s father went to extreme lengths to prevent his son from becoming a superhero and now his son never will be a superhero. The Shimura family may have produced a great superhero like Nana Shimura. However, the ultimate legacy of the Shimura family was the creation of the greatest supervillain since All For One.
300 million years ago, there were several giant insects due to the high oxygen levels. Among those super-sized creepy crawlies was a giant ancestor of millipedes known as Arthropleura. This thing could grow to be about eight feet long, had armor plating to protect it against predators, and its large mandibles could deliver a nasty bite. Despite its threatening appearance and weaponry, Arthropleura was a herbivore that often foraged along the forest floor. I am thinking of introducing a creature that is similar to Arthropleura in my dinosaur book. I am envisioning it to be more like an armor-plated version of a centipede instead of a millipede.
For those of you who are afraid of rodents, I apologize in advance. Rodents are easily the most diverse genus of mammal to the point in which 45% of the mammal population consists of rodents. In the modern era, the largest rodent is the capybara, which is roughly the size of a pig. However, the capybara is not the largest rodent that ever existed. Even though rodents mostly lived in the dinosaurs’ shadow, the largest rodent in history lived during their reign. This rodent was about the same size as a bull and resembled a super-sized version of a capybara. Good luck calling pest control if you have a rat this big. I am thinking of introducing a reverse engineered rodent in my dinosaur book that shares some traits with this prehistoric super-rodent.
After the dinosaurs became extinct, their bird descendants still managed to produce terrifying giants. Among these giant birds were a flightless group of carnivorous birds known as terror birds. One of the earliest version of these predators was Gastornis, which was seven feet tall and was the apex land predator fifty million years ago. One million years ago, the true terror birds ruled the savannah of prehistoric South America. These ten-foot-tall South America birds were known as Phorusrhacos and frequently competed the saber-toothed cat, Smilodon. However, the terror birds became extinct right before modern humans appeared. Their fate was sealed when they were outcompeted by specialized mammal predators. For my dinosaur book, I am thinking of giving the terror birds a comeback by introducing a reverse engineered version of them.
When people think of prehistoric elephants, they often think of the wooly mammoth. However, the elephant has proven to be one of the most diverse evolutionary experiments for mammals. As a result, prehistoric elephants came in all shapes and sizes. Some lived like hippos, some resembled rhinos, and some grew their tusks in unusual ways. Sadly, despite being the result of over 35 million years of evolution, the modern elephant seems doomed to be the last of their kind to exist. I am thinking of introducing a creature that resembles the early elephants in my dinosaur series.
Prehistory has seen its fair share of scary sea monsters, but there was one creature that stood out from the crowd. 350 million years ago, there was a giant armor-plated fish known as Dunkleosteus. This fish was over thirty feet long and weighed between four or five tons. Instead of teeth, Dunkleosteus was armed with extensions of its jaw bones, which operated like scissors to slice through prey. Biting its jaws together allows its weaponry to remain razor sharp. This trait was developed out of necessity because most of its prey were other armor-plated fish, which could not be eaten with conventional teeth. Dunkleosteus also had a very disgusting habit after it was done eating. It would puke up the indigestible bits of its food, which includes bones and armor plating. It may look like the fish is sick, but it is perfectly normal behavior due to what it eats. Overall, if you thought Jaws was scary, you would die of fright when you swim with this behemoth. As my dinosaur series progresses, I am thinking of including a creature that is similar to Dunkleosteus, but it would be completely different.
Mankind has achieved so many accomplishments ranging from the creation of fire to landing on the moon. However, even though humanity is more than capable of technological and scientific progression, they have little to no regard to the consequences of such advancements. Despite all they have created, humanity’s innovations tend to have a negative impact on the world around them. As a result, it seems inevitable that mankind will be undone by their own intelligence and creativity. In my dinosaur book, humans will try to prevent extinction with their latest scientific advancement, but they will trigger a chain of events that will result in the most destructive mass extinction in the process. The event that is about to unfold will become the bane of humanity’s existence.