In some of my previous posts, I discussed the possibility of a new superhuman series and included concepts of what their world would consist of. I am thinking of visiting these concepts while doing my research, but I will be discarding some of the concepts I mentioned before. I will be conducting some trial-and-error experiments to decide which concepts I should keep and which ones I should discard. I will keep you updated on any further developments.
In order to better visualize some of the characters and concepts of my fantasy series, I have started to make sketches. Here is a possible idea for a crown in my fantasy series. I have not decided which character should wear it, but I think it is a good model to start from. What do you think?
When I started writing volume three, I wanted to provide the Young Guardians with their most difficult challenge yet that would literally push them to the limit. To organize this challenge, I decided the Young Guardians would have to face the largest group of supervillains they had ever fought. The reason why this would be a significant challenge for them is because in the first book, they were mere rookies up against a single supervillain while in the second volume, they were semi-veteran crime fighters up against a supervillain with three minions. Now, with three years of superhero experience under their belt, I decided that the Young Guardians would be up against literally an army of supervillains, including Vogan, the main villain of the whole series, himself! Some of these supervillains are from previous volumes while others have a history with the Young Guardians during the time skips, all wanting revenge! Most important of all will be the Young Guardians’ showdown with the main villain, Vogan. When they confront Vogan, the extent of the Young Guardians’ limitations will be fully demonstrated. Overall, the Young Guardians are going to have the fight of their lives in the upcoming third volume so get ready for an epic battle!
In the superhero genre, a vast majority of superheroes use a secret identity in order to protect their loved ones or as a way to name their alter ego. Some superhero names are impressive while others are uninteresting, but they nevertheless play a role in the life of a superhero. When I created the main characters of my series, I decided to avoid giving them superhero names because original names are becoming increasingly difficult to find. Despite this, some superheroes allow their real names to become public knowledge, which is what the Young Guardians do because after an unexpectedly traumatic event, the Young Guardians found no point in having secret identities. Instead, they go by their real names as though they are normal people, which can serve as a reminder of who and what they were before they became neohumans.
While planning out the first volume of my series, I tried to brainstorm on ways the Young Guardians would acquire their superhuman abilities. I did not want to use cliches such as radioactive waste or genetic mutations. So, I turned my attention to something that transcends the laws of physics as we know it: magic. After choosing the concept of magic, I decided on what the spell should be called and I so I decided on naming it the Genesis Spell. I gave it this name because the word genesis means the beginning of something. In my characters case, the spell would signify the end of their old lives as mere mortals and the beginning of their new lives as super humans. According to Tinisha Dolaira, the Genesis Spell is a very rare form of magic that can only be used once in a sorcerer’s lifetime. What it does is awaken a being’s hidden spiritual powers and alter their appearance to the peak of human conditioning. However, the Genesis Spell only targets beings who are teenagers. As an additional side effect, the Genesis Spell also renders its targets immortal in the sense that they will never grow old, get sick, or die of natural causes, but they can be killed if their physical trauma is great enough.
As a devout science fiction fanatic, I have always been fascinated by the idea of combining man with machine. In many ways, cyborgs make me think of Kurzweil’s theory of transhumanism in which humans would eventually evolve into machines or transfer their consciousness into a computer system. When I developed Cyber Shadow’s character, I wanted to create my own cybernetic character. However, as advanced as this technology may sound, there are bound to be a few defects. One example would be that the organic components of the cyborg would reject the robotic parts just as a metal plate can be rejected by a person’s body. Another example is that there would be a chance that the cyborg’s only senses would be seeing and hearing while their remaining senses would be either gone or diluted. A third example would be that the cyborg may not require food because they may not have either a mouth or digestive system, but would have the subconscious need to feed, which would result in constant hunger that they could never satisfy. While depicting Cyber Shadow, I tried to illustrate on the psychological impact these defects can have on him. In Cyber Shadow’s case, the only organic component in him is his brain, so when his brain is implanted into his robotic body, his brain suffers considerable mental strain as it struggles to adapt to its new physical conditioning. Before he became a cyborg, Cyber Shadow was a sadistic school bully who was already mentally unstable and the defects of his cybernetics only exacerbates these traits. With these flaws in his psyche, I drew inspiration for Cyber Shadow’s personality from the bullies who harassed me throughout middle and high school and the disturbed android Roy Batty from Blade Runner, who was also a product of the inevitable mistakes that human technology would generate. Overall, whenever one is developing new technology, they should be cautious about the effects it would have on the people they are trying to sell it to otherwise the consequences would be disastrous.
One of my favorite superpowers has always been pyrokinesis or fire manipulation because of the powerful ferocity it can give the user. When I was designing one of the main characters of The Young Guardians Saga, Patrick Donovan, I wanted to give him a power that stood apart from ordinary fire manipulation. To that end, I turned my attention to my favorite of all mythological beasts: dragons. I wish to give Patrick features of a dragon while maintaining his human form, so I decided to give him the ability to generate and control the very flames that dragons breathe. Apart from wielding dragon fire, I wanted this power to have a psychological effect on Patrick whenever he uses it to the extreme, which would result in giving Patrick the ferocious mindset of a dragon.