I had an interesting thought about the elves in my fantasy world. At first, I thought of making elves extinct, but now I am toying with the possibility of some surviving the invasion of the Homantians thousands of years ago. However, will these last elves be the same benevolent creatures they were centuries ago? I can imagine the atrocities they witnessed and the hatred they accumulated corrupted them into dark elves. Compared to high elves, dark elves are pure evil and are frightening practitioners of dark magic. What if at some point these dark elves are awakened and start plotting their long-awaited revenge against humanity? I think I will be adding hints, clues, and foreshadows in the third book and maybe start a sub-series that focuses on the dark elves’ blood-stained return.
Here is something I have always believed about the things elves made. Their armor, weapons, and structures would not be made by mortal methods. As a magical race, elves would use some kind of magic to forge their armor and weapons as well as build their castles and settlements. Because of this, I believe elven swords and armor would be immune to rust and the elements. Elf blades would never need to be resharpened. Their cities and artifacts may be covered in dust, spiderwebs, and expanding plants, but they themselves would be untouched. Even after thousands of years, their cities and artifacts would look like they were created yesterday. I am thinking of elaborating this in future fantasy books because the elves may be long gone, but their cities and artifacts remain.
When we think of the relationships between humans, elves, and dwarves in fantasy, we think of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. In that scenario, men, elves, and dwarves shared the land equally and lived peacefully. However, I honestly think this is a far too optimistic view of how humanity would interact with other sentient races. Because of human nature in terms of greed and thirst for conquest, I really think humanity would constantly covet the fertile forests of the elves and wealthy mountains of the dwarves. While updating Numen the Slayer, I further elaborated on this scenario by further building the history and lore of Gradaia. Over ten thousand years ago, elves, dwarves, dragons, giants, unicorns, and mermaids all lived peacefully together in Gradaia. However, on the other side of the world, Homantis, the original homeland of humanity was dying. Its resources were spent and the land was slowly becoming uninhabitable. Desperate to escape the inevitable destruction of their home, the Homantians built a colossal fleet of hundreds of thousands or even millions of longships. As they sailed away, Homantis was swallowed up by the sea and the surviving refugees spent a generation at sea, searching for a new home. Once they landed in Gradaia, the Homantians swiftly conquered multiple forests and mountains that belonged to the elves and dwarves before they could raise their defenses. Elves had magic, dwarves had their mountain strongholds, giants had their size and strength, mermaids had their seas, unicorns had their forests, and dragons had their fire. However, all of these advantages failed to keep the Homantian hordes at bay. After a century of war and conquest, the Homantians managed to exterminate the elves and dwarves to extinction. Only the dragons, giants, unicorns, and mermaids managed to endure the Homantian invasion. The Homantians left the elves’ crystal castles to rot while the dwarves’ mineral-rich kingdoms were converted into the most impregnable strongholds in Gradaia. Over several millennia, the Homantians turned Gradaia into the Empire it is today. I named Homantis after a combination between the words “human”, “hominid”, and “Atlantis” while the Homantians are a combination between Vikings and Anglo-Saxons.
Tinisha Dolaira is the female lead of my series and love interest of Patrick Donovan. When I created her, I based aspects of her personality on my late grandmother, which include a compassionate heart, a sharp mind, and strong moral code. In addition, I made Tinisha the same age as my grandmother when she passed away. In terms of species, I made Tinisha one of my favorite of all mythological beings, a high elf. However, to avoid cliches from other sword and sorcery stories, I placed Tinisha outside of her comfort zone when she is transported from her home world into twenty-first century Earth. She is very afraid and curious about how the modern world works and often turns to Patrick Donovan for comfort and explanations. While she is inexperienced about the modern world, she is morally wise and has strong ideals. Due to her advanced age, Tinisha serves as the big sister or motherly figure of the team. Because of the nature of their first encounter, Tinisha feels like watching over Patrick and his friends to be her responsibility.