Hades was the oldest of the first generation Olympians. Even though he was not included in the main twelve Olympian Gods, he still played a significant role. He was the God of the Underworld, which made him the overseer of all souls who go to either Elysium or Tartarus. Also, Hades was the God of Wealth, which made him the richest of the Greek Gods. Out of all the Greek Gods, Hades had the least number of demigod children because he was faithful to his wife Persephone. One could argue that this made him more mature and responsible than his philandering younger brothers Zeus and Poseidon. In my story on Greek mythology, I will be showing how the existence of Hades’s first and only demigod child causes serious strain in his marriage. This strain will serve as a motivating force that compels Hades to go through with the plans of Olympus. In terms of appearance, I am envisioning Hades to look like something similar to Ainz Ooal Gown from Overlord.
“Just as Zeus was compelled to destroy his father Cronos, you are compelled to do the same.”
Athena, God of War II
Many wars are caused by bad blood. When the Titans ruled the world, their ruler, Kronos, feared the possibility of his children rising up against him. As a result, Kronos devoured all of his children with the exception of Zeus. Rather than watch another of her children get eaten, Kronos’s wife Rhea swapped Zeus with a stone and Kronos swallowed the stone instead. Meanwhile, Zeus grew in strength and power until he was mighty enough to free his siblings from his father’s stomach. With his siblings liberated, Zeus and his fellow Olympians declared war on Kronos and the rest of the Titans. Eventually, the Titans were defeated and banished to the deepest pits of Tartarus. With the Titans out of the way, the Gods of Olympus were free to consolidate their rule over all creation. It is ironic because Kronos ate his children to prevent them from rising against him and yet the very thing he was trying to prevent happened because of his preemptive strike against his own children. For my story on Greek mythology, the last demigods will be motivated by a similar sin the Gods of Olympus committed against them. This is what will trigger the demigod uprising against Olympus.
“Damn the gods!”
Clash of the Titans (2010)
I have always been a fan of Greek mythology, particularly the legends about the Gods of Olympus and their demigod children. The Gods of Olympus rose to power by overthrowing their parents, the Titans. With this in mind, I wonder what could have happened if the gods’ demigod children attempted to do the same to them. What would happen if demigods rose up against Olympus and tried to claim the throne of creation for themselves? I am thinking of writing a story about how the last of the demigods go on a quest to overthrow the Gods of Olympus. The story will revolve around the demigod children of Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Ares, and Aphrodite.
“Nothing in Jurassic World is natural! We have always been filling the gaps in the genome with the DNA of other animals. And if their genetic code was pure, many of them would look a lot different.”
Dr. Henry Wu, Jurassic World
It is common knowledge that the dinosaurs in the Jurassic Park franchise are not fully scientifically accurate. None of them had feathers and several of them looked different from their prehistoric counterparts. In Jurassic World, it was revealed that the reason why the cloned dinosaurs looked nothing like their templates was because they were not pure-blooded carbon copies of the originals. When InGen cloned their dinosaurs, they would use frog DNA to fill in the gene sequence gaps in the prehistoric DNA. By the time of Jurassic World, scientists were able to include genes from snakes, cuttlefish, and scorpionfish in the dinosaurs’ genetic makeup. Due to all this foreign genes in their DNA, the Jurassic Park dinosaurs were unable to authentically resemble their prehistoric counterparts. Fortunately, that plot hole is going to be rectified in Jurassic World: Dominion, which will feature a prologue that portrays scientifically accurate dinosaurs with feathers. Such specimens include Dreadnoughtus, Quetzalcoatlus, Pteranodon, Ankylosaurus, Natsutoceratops, Iguanodon, Oviraptor, Moros Intrepidus, Giganotosaurus, and Tyrannosaurus Rex. It is a big deal for several of these dinosaurs to appear on the big screen and not just because they are more scientifically accurate. Moros Intrepidus was only discovered and named two years ago and it made its big screen debut in record time. Despite being a larger and more powerful predator than Tyrannosaurus Rex, Giganotosaurus never appeared on the big screen before until now. Even though Tyrannosaurus Rex appeared in countless dinosaur films, its feathered version never appeared on the big screen before. In addition, this preview will reveal the origin story of the original Tyrannosaurus Rex from Jurassic Park. Overall, this preview is going to look like a more high quality version of Walking With Dinosaurs and I cannot wait to see it next week.
Every adventure starts with a good sized skirmish. When the cast of my upcoming fantasy books start their journey into the unknown, they will come in contact with an unexpected enemy. Their entourage will face a skirmish that will force them to be left to their own devices. It will be like the a combination between the Battle of the Fist of the First Men in Game of Thrones and the Skirmish at Amon Hen from The Lord of the Rings. I will also be drawing inspiration from when King Alfred the Great was on the run after being ambushed by Vikings.
The third major battle in my future fantasy books will be like a combination between the Battle of Pelennor Fields from The Lord of the Rings and the last Battle of Winterfell from Season 8 of Game of Thrones. Both battles were crucial in their respective storylines and decided the fate of their respective worlds. My battle will decide the fate of my fantasy world as well and it will have much better battle tactics than the Battle of Winterfell ever did.
The second major battle that will take place in my future fantasy books will be like a combination between the Battle of Helm’s Deep from The Lord of the Rings and the Battle of Castle Black from Game of Thrones. Both battles involved heavily fortified strongholds that are laid siege by large armies. The main characters will be defending their stronghold by a horde of inhuman enemies.
In my next three fantasy books, I will be featuring three major battles that will take place throughout the trilogy. Each volume will feature one of these battles. For the first volume, I will be featuring a battle that will be like a combination between the Battle of Azanulbizar from The Hobbit and the Battle of Hardhome from Game of Thrones. The Battle of Azanulbizar took place outside the mines of Moria while the Battle of Hardhome took place in a sizable settlement. My first fantasy battle will take place in a settlement that is inside a mine.
“This is no fantasy, no careless product of wild imagination. No, my
good friends. These indictments I have brought you today, specific
charges listed herein against the individuals – their acts of treason,
their ultimate aim of sedition… These are matters of undeniable
Jor-El, Superman (1978)
I have been keeping tabs on the Capitol rioters who were arrested in the aftermath of the January 6th insurrection. These individuals came from all walks of life from business owners, lawyers, police officers, substitute teachers, and military officers. As a result of their treasonous actions, many lost their jobs and over five hundred and counting have been charged. A lot of them will be spending the rest of their lives in prison. One example would be this 25 year old man who is facing up to 91 years in prison for his role in the insurrection. In this sense, a lot of these rioters have essentially thrown their lives away due to participating in the Capitol riot. And for what? For some orange man-child who thinks he’s a god? Pathetic! A lot are unrepentant for their actions because they have been incurably and hopelessly brainwashed by Trump and his constant lies. What they fail to understand is that if Trump truly cared about any of them, he would have pardoned them before leaving office. He used them as a means to an end to try and keep his power no matter the cost even if it meant burning democracy to the ground. Some even threw childish temper tantrums during their hearings, which signifies that they were overly privileged individuals who did not like it when they had to face the consequences of their crimes. Judges across the country expressed concern after interacting with these individuals in court. Because these traitors were utterly radicalized, the violence they created is going to get worse as long as Trump and his allies continue to lie about the 2020 election. As scary and unsettling as the insurrection was, I fear it was just the beginning. Trump may be out of office and facing multiple criminal investigations, but his influence is going to continue radicalizing these traitors for a long time.
“God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.”
Dr. Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park
It has come to my attention that Jurassic Park has a number of references to the Bible, which were more prominent in Fallen Kingdom. The Book of Genesis was heavily referenced in Fallen Kingdom to highlight a new beginning where humanity’s attempts to play God result in the rise of life forms that will challenge their role as the dominant species on the planet. These references are often inverted and reversed from the original version. The first Jurassic World referenced the story of Cain and Abel when the Indominus Rex killed its sibling. While Cain and Abel were brothers, the Indominus Rex and its sibling were sisters. In an early draft of Fallen Kingdom, the Indoraptor was supposed to have a Cain and Abel moment when it murders its sibling. In the Bible, the male Adam’s rib bone was removed in order to create the female Eve. In Fallen Kingdom, the rib of the female Indominus Rex was used to create the male Indoraptor. The ship known as the Arcadia was the ship that carried the remaining dinosaurs off Isla Nublar as it was being destroyed by fire and lava. This is an inverted version of Noah’s Ark, which carried all the animals in the world from an apocalyptic flood. Benjamin Lockwood was one of the ones who contributed to the creation of the dinosaurs and was an inherently good man, which could be as a symbolic representation of God. Eli Mills was a greedy and deceitful man driven by his own ambition, which can be seen as a symbolic representation of Lucifer. When Lockwood found out what Mills was doing behind his back, he cast Mills out. However, Mills murdered Lockwood and usurped his symbolic throne, which is a reverse of how God cast Lucifer out. In this case, Lucifer won and claimed God’s throne for himself. While the Book of Genesis is heavily referenced in Fallen Kingdom, there are also aspects of the Book of Exodus as well. Finally, there is Maise Lockwood’s symbolic representation of Moses. As a clone herself, Maise has a connection and kinship with the dinosaurs that normal humans would never understand. When she pushed the button to release the dinosaurs into the world, she said, “I had to. They’re alive like me.” This can be seen as her way of saying, “Let my people go.” When the basement door opened and the dinosaurs ran through the tunnel into a new world, it is similar to how Moses’s followers traversed the parted Red Sea to a promised land. If Jurassic World and Fallen Kingdom were based on Genesis and Exodus, it is possible that Dominion will revolve around the Book of Revelation and portray a dinosaur apocalypse that will end human civilization. I look forward to finding out next year.