I had an interesting idea regarding my superhero series. After I am done with the Herawulf Rising series, I am planning to write a separate story that is told from the point of view of a supervillain. It will be like The Boys where the world’s superheroes are heroes in name only and are really a bunch of privileged and corrupt thugs. Then one of these false heroes causes trouble for the main character, which motivates him to pursue a path of vengeance and destruction. My protagonist will reflect what I would do if I became a supervillain and will possess the darkest aspects of my character. Overall, this is easily going to be one of my darkest stories and I will be treading through the penumbra of the dark side while writing it.
My illustrator has completed the tenth illustration for The Kaligen Experiment. This is a fictional species of Stegosaur, but it has no back plates. Instead, it is bristling with spikes like a porcupine. The next illustration will involve a species of Ankylosaur.
“I am your father.”
Darth Vader, Star Wars
I just had a disturbing idea regarding My Hero Academia. I believe that All For One, the most powerful and sinister supervillain in Japan, is Deku’s biological father. Since the start of the series, Deku’s father has been notably absent from the story. Supposedly, Deku’s father has been “away on business”, according to Deku’s mother. However, I think Deku’s father has not been absent from the story at all. Thanks to Doctor Ujiko, All For One acquired a quirk called Life Force, which greatly extends his longevity, which has allowed him to remain active for over a century. I think throughout his long life, All For One has undergone many names and aliases in order to remain hidden. Doctor Ujiko, who also has the Life Force quirk, has done the same thing in order to conceal his identity. Perhaps, while assuming the name of “Hisashi Midoriya”, All For One thought posing as a wife and husband would make it easier to cover his tracks from All Might. One must remember that Doctor Ujiko was the exact same doctor that Deku and his mother went to see when Deku was a child. The doctor revealed that Deku was quirkless, but I think there was more to it than that. The fact that Ujiko was the physician that claimed Deku was quirkless means that All For One was involved. All For One is infamous for stealing the quirks of others and making them his own. Maybe Deku did have a quirk after all, but All For One discreetly took it from him. That would mean that Deku had a quirk that threatened All For One so greatly that he had to strip him of it. Maybe Deku inherited the All For One quirk and All For One himself saw Deku as a threat to his plans. If All For One is Deku’s father, the fact that he was absent in the story could also be connected to when he was weakened by All Might. There is a delicious sense of irony to All Might taking Deku under his wing because he would unwittingly make the son of his mortal enemy his successor. This would be similar to how Tomura Shigaraki became the apprentice of All For One since Shigaraki was the grandson of a One For All wielder. If All For One is Deku’s father, was Deku’s mother aware of her husband’s true identity? If this theory is true, All For One may have sired Deku, but he was never Deku’s father in bond. All Might has been more of a father figure to Deku than Deku’s own father has been. All Might was the one who bonded with Deku, raised him in the ways of the superhero, and supported him every step of the way. I look forward to seeing if this theory is true in future chapters.
“Such is the nature of evil. Out there in the vast ignorance of the world it festers and spreads. A shadow that grows in the dark. A sleepless malice as black as the oncoming wall of night. So it ever was. So will it always be. In time all foul things come forth.”
Thranduil, The Desolation of Smaug
After Deku’s fight with Lady Nagant, it was revealed that All For One wasted no time in gathering a new army of followers after breaking out of Tartarus Prison. During his one-man crusade, Deku has fought and defeated a number of these new acolytes and was saved from the latest one by his classmates. All For One recruited these supervillains and sicced them on Deku in order to erode Deku’s stamina and willpower. However, I think these escapees are just the beginning.
Tartarus Prison was home to the worst of the worst when it came to supervillains. All For One also liberated inmates from half a dozen other prisons, resulting in ten thousand criminals rampaging across Japan. According to Hawks, even though thousands of supervillains are now free, only Lady Nagant posed a significant threat to Deku. However, as proven by Lady Nagant, All For One can compensate for these supervillains’ relative weakness by giving them additional quirks. Also, like Lady Nagant, All For One can cover his tracks by setting up an explosive failsafe to prevent his minions from leaking information.
However, I think the recent escapees are just the beginning. Like Doctor Ujiko and Gigantomachia, I think All For One has other powerful followers from his glory days that have gone into hiding after he was weakened by All Might. Now that hero society is crumbling and All For One has returned to power, it is the perfect opportunity for these minions to come out of hiding. This would raise the stakes even higher than before.
One thing to consider is who will ultimately become the true leader of these creatures of darkness. For the moment, these supervillains follow All For One, but that could change if the vestige of All For One loses control over Tomura Shigaraki. If Shigaraki overthrows All For One’s vestige and kills All For One himself, will the supervillains follow Shigaraki? Considering Shigaraki could reach 100% and become stronger than All For One by the time he wakes up, I think it would be easy for Shigaraki to exert his authority over these supervillains. One way or another, the formation of this new League of Villains will herald the next stage of the new age of darkness.
I have made some serious progress on my third fantasy book. I have written the prologue to the eighth chapter. The prologue is frightening and introduces the vanguard of the monster army revealing themselves. Chapters one through seven introduces the main character and his interactions with various characters as well as the nine workings of his daily life. The eighth chapter shifts to the point of view of other characters, who are squires for the commander of the imperial military. Overall, after so much trial and error, the third fantasy book is finally taking shape.
As Deku prepares to fight his own classmates, my thoughts drift to Ochaco Uraraka. Throughout last chapter, we got to see her reaction to Deku leaving UA and his burden as a wielder of One For All. She looked neither sad nor angry, but deadly serious. It is no secret that Uraraka is secretly in love with Deku yet has been reluctantly to confess her feelings to him. Now, she is forced to fight the boy she loves in order to save him from himself. On the outside, she may seen serious. However, I bet she is struggling to keep herself from breaking down emotionally after seeing Deku in such a decrepit and wretched state. Uraraka has made it her mission to be the kind of superhero who saves other superheroes. Now, with Deku losing himself, Uraraka may be about to get another chance to save Deku when he needs saving the most. This may be when she finally confesses her love for Deku in an attempt to make him come to his senses. I guess we’ll find out in future chapters.
“We come to it, at last. The great battle of our time.”
Gandalf the White, The Return of the King
For my fantasy series, I am planning the final battle against the monster army to be a major siege battle. I have been doing a lot of research when it comes to siege warfare. As a result, I am planning for this siege to have a lot of moving parts. There will be unmanned barricades, flaming trenches, stake-filled ditches, cavalry charges, manned barricades, trebuchets, archers, booby traps, and stone walls. With each obstacle the monster army goes through, the more the battle’s suspense will increase. This is going to be the most complex and terrifying battle I have ever written so far. It will be like the Battle of Helm’s Deep, the Battle of Winterfell, and the Battle of Pelennor Fields all rolled into one.
In future volumes of my fantasy series, I have decided for the main antagonists to be an army of monsters. Now that a new imperial dynasty has been established, the time for normal politics and civil wars between kingdoms has ended. It is time for a new kind of enemy that is not human. I even thought of a messed up origin story for these creatures. In terms of appearance, I am envisioning these beasts to be a mixture of the Tao Tei from The Great Wall, the Future Predator from Primeval, the monsters from A Quiet Place, the Mimics from Edge of Tomorrow, and the Whitespike aliens from The Tomorrow War. Imagine monsters such as these going up against medieval armies. That is what future battles in my fantasy series will involve.
“There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?”
Supreme Leader Snoke, Star Wars
Once again, I am noticing a sense of parallelism between Deku and Tomura Shigaraki. Earlier in the series, Shigaraki fought Gigantomachia for months without rest. Then he had to fight Re-Destro and his Meta Liberation Army shortly afterwards. After experiencing so much exhaustion and mental strain, Shigaraki’s Decay quirk experienced an awakening where its full power was unleashed. At the same time, Shigaraki regained his lost memories and remembered why he became a supervillain in the first place. This resulted in him being liberated in every conceivable way and took the first step to reach his full potential as a supervillain. I think we are about to see something similar happen to Deku in future chapters. Like Shigaraki, Deku has pushed himself to the brink of physical and mental exhaustion after fighting nonstop for over a month. Now, he is about to fight his own classmates in Class 1A while running on fumes. At the beginning of the fight, I think Deku will get the upper hand, but his friends will overwhelm him when his stamina is spent. That is likely when One For All undergoes its own awakening just as Shigaraki’s Decay underwent an awakening. When that happens, Deku might finally complete One For All in its entirety. It may also be when Deku is reminded of why he wanted to be a superhero in the first place. While Shigaraki’s quirk awakening instilled fear, I think Deku’s will inspire hope. This will likely be when Deku reaches his breaking point and comes to his senses.
The following contains spoilers from chapter 319 of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.
As Deku remains focused on his one-man war against All For One/Tomura Shigaraki’s minions, his mind drifts to the hope that he would smile with his classmates again after defeating the supervillains. However, Deku has overestimated his friends’ enthusiasm with his crusade and underestimated how worried they are about him. After finding out the truth about Deku’s burden as a One For All wielder and getting answers from Endeavor and Principal Nezu, Class 1A have agreed to hunt Deku down and bring him back to UA. They refuse to let him fulfill his destiny alone. Throughout their time together, Deku and his classmates have formed a strong bond as both friends and comrades-in-arms. Deku thought isolating himself from them would keep them out of danger, but he underestimated how strong their bond was. If Deku will not stop his warpath and accept their help willingly, his classmates are hellbent to pound some sense into him. What Deku is about to receive from his classmates is a serious case of tough love. It is obvious that Deku has become so much stronger since the last time he fought Bakugo, but he is running on fumes and is on the brink of exhaustion. To make matters worse, Deku is outnumbered nineteen to one. Initially, I think this fight will be like when Mirio Togata mopped the floor with Class 1A, but the fight will turn against Deku due to his stamina mental fortitude being all but spent. His friends do not want to fight him, but they will fight him for his own damn good. I have a feeling that Deku’s classmates will use the memories they had with Deku as weapons in an attempt to get through to him.