A few years ago, I discovered the significance of swords with curved hilts like this katana. When a sword’s hilt is curved, you not only have better blade control and precision, but you also have a little extra power with each strike. The curvature of the hilt also makes your techniques and movements unpredictable compared to swords with a straight hilt. I will be featuring a sword with a curved hilt in my space opera story.
I had an interesting skill to give one of my characters in my space opera story. I am thinking of giving them the ability to dual wield two weapons at the same time. I am thinking of modeling their fighting style after the Japanese Daisho sword pair. Normally, when these blades are used, the larger blade is used for offense and the smaller blade is used for defense. However, this character will not be using a katana and wakizashi, which are the usual blades for a Daisho sword pair. Instead, they will be wielding one large blade and a small blade at the same time. I won’t say which blades they will be using, but it will be impressive.
I am fond with intense martial arts movies such as The Raid and The Raid 2 because of the exhilarating action that takes place. In several anime/manga, there were examples of characters who performed martial arts. For my superhuman series, there will be situations in which the characters’ powers will fail them. When that happens, they will have to fight their way out with their fists. I will be making the martial art fight scenes in my superhuman series just as intense and brutal as the fight scenes in The Raid franchise. Bones will be broken, blood will spray through the air, and bodies will be flipped like so many pancakes.
Martial arts have served as both self-defense and a form of philosophy for thousands of years. Like various manga authors, I often wonder how martial arts would evolve in the distant future. What new offshoots of modern martial arts would develop in the centuries to come? In particular, I am interested in martial arts that combine swordsmanship and hand-to-hand techniques. In my futuristic superhuman series, I am thinking of including a character who has been training in this martial art since they were five. I even thought of a name for this martial art in Japanese.
In the second volume of my fantasy series, I decided to include a battle that will have one unique factor that will set it apart from the others. Instead of being sunny and dry or dark and cold, this battle will take place in the middle of a rainstorm. Rain can have several unexpected hinderances during a medieval battle. The ground will be so muddy and slippery that cavalry charges will be useless. Bowstrings need to be dry in order to work so firing arrows is also not an option. Therefore, fighting on foot is the only option and even that is difficult because the ground would be muddy and slippery so the soldiers cannot get an even footing and the rain and wind would constantly blow in their faces. From the way I see it, this is going to be a grueling and filthy battle where victory or defeat can be decided with one misstep or one missed attack.
One of my favorite battles in medieval history would be the Battle of Pilleth during the Welsh Revolt of 1402. It pitted the Welsh rebel Owain Glyndwr and his 1,500 men against Sir Edmund Mortimer and his 2,000 men. Mortimer had Glyndwr outnumbered by 500 men and the Welsh only specialized in guerilla warfare instead of open warfare. Although a risky tactic, Glyndwr divided his army in half with 750 men on top of the hill and the other 750 men hidden in a valley on the other side of the hill. Meanwhile, Mortimer’s much larger army was marching towards the 750 men on the hill. The hill was very steep and Mortimer’s men were exhausted from carrying heavy armor and weapons up as they marched. Once the two hosts were in position, they fired on one another with arrow fire. Due to the steepness of the hill, the Welsh archers fired their arrows further downhill than the English could fire their arrows uphill. As a result, the English were taking all the casualties and the Welsh were untouched. With none of his arrows reaching the enemy and his men dying left and right, Mortimer changed tactics and attempted to take the fight to Glyndwr. However, because the battle was turning out so badly for the English, the archers on the left flank of Mortimer’s army mutinied and started firing arrows at their former allies at point blank range. Some say these archers were double agents Glyndwr infiltrated into Mortimer’s army while others believe that they switched sides when they thought Glyndwr would win. Either way, this unexpected treachery disrupted the integrity of Mortimer’s host. Glyndwr saw his chance and charged at the English from on top of the hill. As the battle progressed, the archers switched their longbows for daggers so they could finish wounded enemies off. When Mortimer was on the verge of defeat, the other half of Glyndwr’s army emerged from the valley on the other side of the hill and ambushed them from the right flank and rear. This resulted in the Welsh’s first victory in open warfare against the English. For the second volume of my fantasy series, I am thinking of combining elements from this battle with the Battle of Towton in a major battle.
In Numen the Slayer, I depicted a major battle that unfolds throughout the story. It takes place at the castle of Foxden and pits 500 archers and crossbowmen and 700 men-at-arms against 14,000 infantry, 2,000 archers, and 2,000 cavalry. I drew inspiration for this battle by researching the various weapons and tactics used in medieval sieges. I did not base this battle on any one historical battle. I will not say if the defenders will receive a relief force or the invaders will conquer the castle. All I can say is that it is the best collection of battle scenes I have ever written. I am expecting to write more battle scenes like this as the Magnus Dynasty Saga progresses.