I had a frightening and epic idea for a future fantasy work. It will involve three armies, each one with at least 40,000 men and four dragons, fighting one another in an apocalyptic battle that takes place throughout an entire day. By the time the battle is over, most of the men and dragons involved in the battle will be dead. The dragon fire used in the battle would be so intense that the battlefield will burn nonstop for days. Plants will be turned to dust, rocks will be superheated and melted, and the remains of man and dragon alike will be mummified like the victims of Pompeii. It is going to be unlike any other battle I ever wrote and I can’t wait to write it. Wish me luck!
Like many early Targaryens, Jaehaerys the Conciliator was a dragonrider with his own dragon. His dragon was named Vermithor AKA the Bronze Fury. Vermithor had magnificent bronze scales, tan wings, and he was the third largest dragon after Balerion and Vhagar. We have all seen Targaryens threatening their enemies with their dragons, but Jaehaerys did it in a smart way. Instead of openly threatening unruly vassals and describing what his dragon will do to them, Jaehaerys simply showed them his dragon. He made no mention of threatening them with his dragon, but the veiled threat was in plain sight. He was nonverbally saying, “Obey me or I will unleash HIM on you!” The very sight of the growing dragon was more than enough to frighten his enemies into submission. When showing the dragon was not enough, Jaehaerys rode Vermithor and took flight to put down the conflict personally. On one occasion, Jaehaerys took his sons Aemon and Baelon on their dragons with him to defeat an attempted invasion from Dorne. Jaehaerys and his sons used their dragons to burn the Dornish fleet into the sea and the royal army did not suffer a single casualty and this war with Dorne ended in a single day. Both with his sword and with his dragon, Jaehaerys knew how to fight and win his battles quickly and decisively. Jaehaerys demonstrated how you should rule the Seven Kingdoms with dragons.
I have been thinking a lot about House Targaryen ever since I bought the new book Fire and Blood, which provides a deeper look at the Targaryen Dynasty. The Targaryen I am thinking of now is Viserys the First of His Name. During his first marriage to his cousin Aemma Arryn, Viserys had a daughter that he declared his heir. However, tensions began to grow when Viserys remarried Alicent Hightower, who gave birth to multiple sons. This weakened the claim Viserys’s daughter had to the Iron Throne, but Viserys would not budge in his decision to make his daughter his heir. When he died, Alicent Hightower, her sons, and allies staged a coup, violating Viserys’s deathbed wish gave seized the Iron Throne for his firstborn son, Aegon II. This action resulted in the most destructive civil war Westeros has ever known, The Dance of the Dragons. Before the war, House Targaryen had twenty dragons and at the end of the war they had two and just as few Targaryens. The Dance of the Dragons ultimately stripped the Targaryens of their most powerful weapon, their dragons. Without their dragons, House Targaryen was just like any other noble House and could be overthrown like any other noble House, which came to pass during Robert’s Rebellion. All of this could have been avoided if Alicent Hightower respected her late husband’s wishes and let his daughter take the Iron Throne. On the other hand, the situation could have been avoided altogether if Viserys never remarried. That way, he would not have any extra heirs who would undermine his daughter’s claim. If the Dance of the Dragons was avoided, the Targaryens would still have their dragons and the Iron Throne. This would be a scenario I would like to see.
I started reading a new book, The Rage of Dragons. From the looks of it, it combines traditional fantasy elements with African mythology, which should provide a very interesting and unique story. I look forward to reading it as soon as I am done with Operation Red Dragon.
One of the most infamous beasts in Greek mythology would be the hydra. The hydra was a multi-headed serpentine monster that battled with the mighty Hercules. Whenever one of the hydra’s heads was decapitated, two more would take its place. I am thinking of depicting my own version of the hydra in my new fantasy book. I will be making it the same size as the largest snake that ever lived, Titanoboa, which was over 42 feet in length. Numen the Slayer became famous for slaying the demon bear known as the Graega, now his descendant will try their luck in battling the hydra.
In my spin-off fantasy series, I will be depicting more details about the life cycle of a dragon. Their eggs will be the size of basketballs and newborn hatchlings will be the size of chickens. At one year old, a dragon would be the size a Newfoundland dog. At two years old, a dragon will be larger than a horse. At three years old, a dragon would be the size of an elephant. At four years old, a dragon would be the size of a small whale. At five years old, a dragon would be the size of a Boeing 747 plane. After that, the dragon would stop growing. These factors and more will be elaborated in my future works.
Another classic Arthurian myth revolves around a battle between two dragons, one that is red as old wine and one that is white as new milk. In some interpretations of the story, these two dragons were flesh and blood creatures while in other interpretations they were symbolic in nature. I am thinking of doing this in both a symbolic and literal sense. The symbolic sense will have the red and white dragons symbolize the sigils and banners of two rival factions and the literal sense will be that each side will have a dragon of their own. The final battle will result in these two dragons and their riders clashing with one another one last time. It will be a duel that will decide the fate of five kingdoms.