I have reached a conclusion regarding my fantasy series. Instead of being part of an ongoing series, my first two fantasy books will be a duology. These two books will depict House Magnus’s rise to power. Now, I am beginning the first of a six part series that will serve as a spin-off to this completed duology. This new series will also revolve around a single cast of characters instead of a new cast per book like in The Magnus Dynasty Saga. This is a huge milestone in my writing career because for the very first time in my life, I have actually finished a series! I will keep you updated on any and all developments with the new series now that the Magnus Dynasty Saga is complete.
For the final fight in my ongoing fantasy series, I will be drawing inspiration from this sword fight from the anime film, Sword of the Stranger. I will also be drawing inspiration from the possible scenario in which Jon Snow fights the Night King in Game of Thrones.
“He’s one of them rangers. Dangerous folk they are, living in the wilds.”
The innkeeper, The Fellowship of the Ring
For my future fantasy books, I will be featuring an order of rangers who act as a peace keeping force for the empire. They will be amongst the first characters who come in contact with the monster army. The beginning of the war with these monsters will be seen from the point of view of these rangers.
As I ponder on my potential fantasy pirate story, I think about the evolution of real life pirates. Sadly, pirates are broken shadows of their former selves in the modern world. Today, a pirate is either a petty thief who steals DVDs or undisciplined rabble with machine guns. Between the 1700s and 1800s, pirates possessed a sense of style and class that made them strangely charismatic despite the crimes they committed. There was always something to admire about their morally ambiguous nature, which made them heroes and villains at the same time. They were men who were bound by no laws, limits, or boundaries. This made pirates the ultimate personification of maritime freedom. This absolute sense of freedom, their insatiable lust for gold, and their brutal ferocity were so extreme that pirates wielded the power to challenge entire nations such as the British Empire and the Spanish Empire. All of this is what made pirates a force to be feared and respected. It is thanks to the pirates of the past that we have the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise and ride, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, and One Piece (the longest running anime and manga in recent history). Now, modern pirates are more of a nuisance and hardly the stuff of legend.
“My treasure? If you want it, I’ll grant it! Search on! All the world had to offer, I left in that place!“
Gol D. Roger, One Piece
A pirate’s lust for gold has always been legendary. They would raid merchant ships and towns of all their wealth and goods. I once went to a museum exhibit that talked about what the pirate Blackbeard pillaged, which mostly consisted of trade goods like crops and silks. Blackbeard and his crew would sell these stolen items to the black market, which was when they would get to roll in gold. Sometimes, pirates would hide and hoard their treasure in a location only they knew. A rare few pirates possessed a sense of avarice that was so extreme that they would never want to part with their treasure even in death or let anyone else have it. An intriguing example of a pirate’s booty would be that of Olivier Levasseur AKA La Buse or “The Buzzard”. La Buse was known to have collected and hidden one of the largest treasure hoards in pirate history. The crown jewel of his booty was a seven-foot-tall crucifix made of solid gold and decorated with rubies. By today’s standards, La Buse’s treasure hoard would be worth well over 160,000,000 English pounds or $221,533,600. The main ambition of the pirate king in my spin-off fantasy story will be to collect a treasure hoard that shamed all others. This hoard will not just be created to enjoy every vice and necessity the world has to offer. It will also serve as the ultimate symbol and monument to his status as the greatest pirate the empire has ever known.
“Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me.”
Pirates of the Caribbean
I just had an intriguing idea for the future of my fantasy series. I am thinking of doing a spin-off series that talks about the origin story of my fantasy world’s most legendary and feared pirate king. I will be drawing inspiration from real life pirates such as Blackbeard, Charles Vane, and Olivier Levasseur. I will also be drawing inspiration from fictional pirates such as Captain Flint and Long John Silver from Treasure Island. My character will become so infamous that even the mystically and politically powerful Imperial Dynasty will fear him.
The latest illustration for The Kaligen Experiment has been completed. It is a fictional species of small ornithopod similar to Dryosaurus or Othnielia. While it has the same body plan as Dryosaurus, it has a pair of fang-like tusks in its upper jaw, which gives it a vampire-like appearance. I got the idea from Heterodontosaurus, which has teeth that resembled canine fangs. I also drew inspiration for the tusks from the real life vampire deer. To highlight this creature’s bird heritage, I wanted it to be more heavily feathered than normal. The name of this animal translates as “Hickory Lizard”.
When brainstorming about the island in The Kaligen Experiment, I drew inspiration from the Kryptonite continent from Superman Returns. This continent was a landmass that was grown from the bottom of the ocean. I took that basic idea and applied it in my own unique style of terraforming.
Out of all the characters in the Inheritance Cycle, the one I found most intriguing would be the main villain, Galbatorix. In terms of swordsmanship, magic, and the size of his dragon, Galbatorix was the most powerful Dragon Rider in the series. He was also a tyrant and a butcher who ruled Alagaesia with an iron fist. In addition to his power and tyranny, Galbatorix was driven mad by the loss of his original dragon. I often wonder what kind of character Galbatorix would have been if he didn’t become a villain. Would he have used his immense power for good? I am thinking of having the main character in my future fantasy series evolve into a representation of what Galbatorix could have been if he was a good man instead of an evil one.
Another breed of armored dinosaur I included in The Kaligen Experiment was a fictional species of Ankylosaur. When brainstorming its appearance, I based its physical structure on that of the prehistoric armadillo, Doedicurus, which had similar adaptations to Ankylosaurus. Its head is based on Psittacosaurus, but more heavily armored. The name of this beast translates as “Kernel Lizard”.