For my new dinosaur story, the main character will be a young geneticist who engages in an experiment on evolution. I did some research and found out that the youngest person to graduate from college was ten years old. I am thinking of making my protagonist one of those rare genius prodigies. He creates his first retro-engineered animal when he’s a teenager and most of the story takes place when he’s in his early 20s. Essentially, my protagonist will be an undeniably smart character, but he won’t be a wise character. Due to having an unmatched intellect and gaining so much knowledge from an early age, the main character does not have enough experience when it comes to connecting with other people. In fact, he will have a deeper connection with his genetic creations than his fellow human beings. His lack of wisdom and experience will become contributing factors to when everything goes wrong. One of the main themes of the story is how the character learns to connect with fellow humans and learning empathy.
When it comes to retro-engineering birds back into dinosaurs, I think there will be certain consequences. Altering an animals genes won’t just change them physically, but mentally as well. Birds have 65 million years of dormant instincts waiting to wake up. I have interacted with chickens in my university’s annual petting zoo and they definitely felt like miniature dinosaurs. Modern birds may be in touch with their inner dinosaur to a certain degree, but what if that connection deepens as their prehistoric genes are awakened? For instance, as a chicken becomes more dinosaur-like they may start acting more like predatory raptors than tame livestock. This will be a theme I will explore when I write my book about retro-engineered dinosaurs.
In previous posts, I mentioned an experiment that was underway to retro-engineer bird embryos back into dinosaurs. At first, I toyed with the idea of using that concept to write my own dinosaur theme park story, but I have decided to discard that idea. Instead, I will use the experiment as inspiration for another story idea. This new story idea will revolve around a young geneticist who runs an experiment on evolution, which involves awakening dormant genes in bird embryos. Eventually, his experiment leads him to retro-engineer a number of clutches of bird eggs. At first, the experiment goes his way until certain side effects start to appear in his specimens. Slowly yet surely, all hell will break loose.
I have started the twentieth chapter of my new superhero book and things are starting to heat up. We get to see the aftermath of a big battle and the beginning of another one. Something unnatural awakens and threatens the city. The stakes will be higher and the superhero won’t walk away unscathed.
One of the factors that helped shape Gradaia as a world was the Dark Death. The Dark Death was an event that wiped out half the population of Gradaia, caused widespread civil war, the loss of most magic in the world, and resulted in the decline and overthrow of the Marvak Dynasty and the rise of the Sylva Dynasty. However, I purposely left it ambiguous as to what the Dark Death actually was. Some say it was a pestilence while others thought it was some magic ritual that went wrong. At some point in my fantasy series, I will reveal what the Dark Death was and what caused it.
In my fantasy series, magic has been a fluctuating force in Gradaia. Before humans came to the continent, magic was everywhere even in the very soil. However, after humans interbred with elves and produced the first Druids, magic gradually became increasingly diluted over the millennia. After the Dark Death, magic became so rare that only two Druid bloodlines remained in the entire continent. In addition, most magical secrets that had been accumulated were lost and forgotten. As a result, whatever magic that remained were just the basics instead of mastery. However, something happens during my main character’s reign that causes magic to slowly return to the world. Sadly, this resurgence in magic will cause some drastic consequences to the natural balance. Creatures and forces that became silent and reclusive for centuries due to the lack of magic start to emerge.
Goblins have often been featured in fantasy stories such as The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Labyrinth. I am planning to feature goblins in my third fantasy book, but they will far more primitive than the goblins that have been seen in the past. Also, I will be heavily reimagining my version of goblins by making them semi-sentient, capable of some degree of intelligence yet far more animal-like and won’t be able to speak. Their culture will resemble the lifestyle of Neanderthals with no armor and crude weapons. In fact, these goblins won’t even be humanoid in appearance like previous versions. For years, goblins have been keeping to themselves and staying hidden, but something happens that causes them to venture out of their dark lairs.