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STAR WARS: KYLO REN’S LIGHTSABER

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With The Last Jedi fast approaching, I think it is important for me to inform you of some specific details of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber. Wonder why its crimson blade crackles and sparks the way it does? This is for two reasons. One, the Kyber Crystal that powers it is cracked and therefore produces unstable energy. The crossguard was in place out of necessity because they filter out the cracked crystal’s excess energy in order to somewhat stabilize it. Two, the overall lightsaber is not properly built. As we learned in the Clone Wars show¬†when a lightsaber is poorly built it eventually explodes. Due to this, Kylo Ren’s lightsaber is not a lightsaber at all but a time bomb. We know it is going to explode, but we don’t know when. Maybe The Last Jedi will be when the lightsaber explodes and takes Kylo Ren’s hand with it. This would be fitting because it has become a tradition for members of the Skywalker bloodline to have a hand chopped off in the middle film of their trilogy. Luke Skywalker had his hand chopped off by Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back while Anakin Skywalker had his hand chopped off by Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones. In Kylo Ren’s case, his hand might not be chopped off but blown to pieces by his exploding lightsaber. I guess we will wait and see this weekend. May the Force be with you. Always.

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INSPIRATION: MEGALODON

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Easily the most terrifying prehistoric creature would be Megalodon, the ancestor of the great white shark. While the largest great white shark was over twenty feet in length, Megalodon was three times that size at 60 feet! Its jaws had a bite radius was roughly three yards across and its teeth were seven inches long. As Quint from Jaws would say, “This shark swallow you whole!” Still, Jaws is a mere sardine compared to Megalodon. Megalodon was so big and powerful that it most fed on whales. When the climate changed and the whales migrated further north, Megalodon’s food supply eventually ran out, which resulted in its extinction.

In various forms of mythology, there was mention of a mighty sea serpent known as the Leviathan. Since I am drawing inspiration from prehistoric wildlife for my fantasy series, I am thinking of making Megalodon the Leviathan. Imagine how medieval galleys and longships would react when they see this monster swimming past them. Gives me the goosebumps!

A NAPA VALLEY CHRISTMAS

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My family and I are going to Napa Valley for Christmas this year. It will be a week of beautiful scenery, good food, rich culture, and flavorful wine. Because I don’t drink at all, I am all for tasting wine, but I will never swallow it. I wonder if it will snow up there and I hope it is mostly intact after the wildfire. Either way, it should be a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

INSPIRATION: FALL OF TROY

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The final battle of the Trojan War was the Sack of Troy. It was when the Greeks infiltrated Troy with a small force concealed inside a large wooden horse. By doing this, the Greeks were able to open Troy’s gates and allow the rest of the Greek army to sack the city. For the second volume of my fantasy series, I am thinking of drawing inspiration from the Sack of Troy in order to come up with a battle that will unfold in a similar fashion, but there will be no wooden horse.

WELTS

 

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Here is a Welt warrior from Numen the Slayer. When I created the Welts, I drew inspiration from my Celtic and Scandinavian heritage. They traditionally use bronze armor and weapons that they harden and sharpen with magic. Compared to the knights, lords, and kings in Gradaia, the Welts have a much more diverse collection of weapons. These weapons I discovered from Forged in Fire and could be found in Southeast Asia and Africa. They are a spiritual people who take pride in their way of life. While the Civil Folk have their castles, gold, and politics, the Welts had their forests, bronze, and gods.