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RAPIER SWORD

I remember a type of sword known as the rapier, which was the weapon of choice for the Three Musketeers. Unlike the longsword or greatsword, the rapier relied on skill, speed, and precision rather than strength and power. I used to take fencing classes so I have a good idea on how the rapier is used. I am thinking of including the rapier in my fantasy book and make it the weapon of choice for a major character.

WRITING UPDATE: FANTASY BOOK (CHAPTER 11)

I have started the eleventh chapter of my fantasy book and the story is beginning to develop more moving parts. Among these moving parts are the introduction of more point of view characters. This will help the reader to see the fantasy world unfolding from different angles. The point of view character I am presenting in this chapter is one who is preparing for war. Through this character’s eyes, you will be able to see the levy system for creating an army. There will be many more chapters like this in which armies are created. I am one step closer to the first major battle of the story and the beginning of a conquest.

WRITING UPDATE: POSSIBLE FANTASY SEQUEL

I am thinking of giving my fantasy book a sequel that takes place after the main character’s reign. It would focus on their descendants and the aftermath of their heir’s coronation. At this point, I realized that medieval wars were fought for two common reasons. They are either fought for one ruler usurping another or a blood feud when the line of succession is disputed. There have been prominent examples of royal blood feuds in medieval England from The Anarchy where Matilda challenged her cousin Stephen for the English throne to the War of the Roses when the Yorks and Lancasters were at each other’s throats. I am thinking of having the sequel revolve around a civil war that is also a royal blood feud.

WAR OF THE FIVE KINGS: THE FINAL PHASE PREDICTIONS

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As Season 7 of Game of Thrones draws closer, I realize that this season could depict the third and final phase of the War of the Five Kings. The map above shows the current factions in the War of the Five Kings. We have Daenerys Targaryen (RED) controlling the Reach and Dorne, Cersei Lannister (PURPLE) controlling the Westerlands, Riverlands, Crownlands, and Stormlands, Euron Greyjoy (YELLOW) controlling the Iron Islands, Petyr Baelish (GREEN) controlling the Vale while giving support to House Stark in the meantime, Jon Snow (GRAY) controlling the North, and the White Walkers (BLACK) controlling the lands Beyond the Wall. I have studied numerous leaked photos and plot lines and I have a pretty good prediction of the final outcome of the War of the Five Kings.

Everyone thought the War of the Five Kings ended with the Red Wedding, but the hard truth is that the Red Wedding only ended the first phase of the war. Also, in a war of five kings there is only one inevitable outcome: the last king standing gets it all. The Lannisters and their allies may have weakened House Stark and Renly Baratheon may have died, but as long as Stannis Baratheon and Balon Greyjoy were still active, the Lannisters did not win anything yet.

The second phase of the War of the Five Kings started during the death of King Joffrey and ascension of King Tommen. This phase saw the annihilation of Stannis Baratheon and his faction as well as the death of Balon Greyjoy. These deaths saw the end of the original five kings at the start of the war, but also saw the rise of new ones to take their place. After Balon Greyjoy’s death, his younger brother became the new King of the Iron Islands and kept his faction alive in defiance of the Iron Throne.

The third and final phase of the War of the Five Kings has started with the death of King Tommen and ascension of Queen Regnant Cersei Lannister. Like the phoenix rising from the ashes, House Stark returned with Jon Snow as King in the North. In addition, easily the most powerful faction in the whole war, Daenerys Targaryen has entered the conflict.

Based on the leaked photos and plot lines, I have a strong suspicion that the remaining four factions will combine into two factions and battle one another in the final round for the Iron Throne. It has been heavily implied that Cersei Lannister will join forces with Euron Greyjoy while Daenerys Targaryen joins forces with Jon Snow. This would be a battle of beasts that pits the wolf of Winterfell and the dragon of Dragonstone against the lion of Casterly Rock and the kraken of Pyke. Since the War of the Five Kings is based on the War of the Roses, it would be fitting for this last clash to be the Game of Thrones version of the Battle of Bosworth Field, which ended the War of the Roses and installed a stable monarchy. Whoever wins this final battle will be the official winners of the War of the Five Kings and unite the Seven Kingdoms against the White Walkers when the Wall is breached. I look forward to finding out if my prediction is correct and I cannot wait for next season. Winter is here!

REBELLIONS

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Throughout history there have been rebellions against regimes. Some of them were successful while others were crushed by the ruling government. In medieval times, rebellions were put down ruthlessly and violently. Thousands of men, women, and children were put to the sword whether if they were peasants or noble houses. Homes and towns were put to the torch whether if they were humble villages or grand castles. In my fantasy book, the main character will have to put down a rebellion early in their campaign and the manner in which they do it will make you question if they are a benevolent ruler or a ruthless tyrant. How much blood will they shed to maintain order? This will add some moral ambiguity to the main character’s story and character development.

POSSIBLE BATTLE SCENE

I had an idea for a minor siege battle in my fantasy book that will involve 300 men defending a fortress against 4,000 men. It will be a battle in which the defenders are outnumbered 13 to 1. These defenders will be more like Anglo-Saxon warriors like those in Northumbria and Wessex. Who will triumph against those odds? Place your bets!

VIKING BATTLE AXE

The battle axe has always been an iconic medieval weapon of war. Because I am of Scandinavian descent, I am particularly interested in the Viking variant of the weapon, whose lethality is demonstrated in the video above. Still, this video demonstrates the version of the battle axe that MUST be wielded with two hands. I am more intrigued by the version that can be wielded either with one or two hands because it provides more versatility than the larger variant. For my fantasy book, I am thinking of making the Viking battle axe the weapon of choice of a major character.