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THE DRAGON PRINCE: AARAVOS

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I have binge watched the first two seasons of the Netflix show known as The Dragon Prince. As a medieval history buff and fantasy enthusiast, I could not resist watching this show. It exceeded my expectations and is one of the most intriguing fantasy stories I have ever encountered. It featured a fantasy world that was inhabited by a very diverse collection of characters.

Among those characters was this mysterious elf known as Aaravos. I cross examined various aspects of the show’s lore and I believe I have a good idea of what kind of character Aaravos is. Aaravos was an archmage who mastered all six forms of magic as well as dark magic.

Strangely, whenever someone tries to read about him in books and scrolls, the pages that mention him fade away. I have seen this happen at least twice in the fantasy genre. It happens when someone is so intolerably evil that their very name and existence is banished from history. The first case was in the Inheritance Cycle where the Forsworn and their dragons had their names wiped from the history books of Alagaesia. The second case was in Game of Thrones when the 13th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch allied himself with the White Walkers and did things that were so horrid that his name was purposely forgotten.

With Aaravos, I definitely get this powerful feeling that he is an incarnation of evil. He looks more like an unholy demon than an elf. It is clear that he was sealed in his mirror for a reason. Before the texts mentioning his name faded, I was able to translate them from Danish and Arabic languages. They mentioned that at some point in history, Aaravos gave a gift to mankind and may have fallen in love with a human woman. It is obvious that humanity did not discover the secrets of dark magic on their own, which means someone must have given them the secret. That someone must have been Aaravos.

If Aaravos had an affair with a human woman and they had children, it is possible that their descendants might be the main character Callum and Ezran. That would explain why the magic cube was passed down through their mother’s side of the family for generations. Also, it could explain why they could naturally wield magic without the assistance of dark magic or archaic stones. Aaravos could be the ancestor of both Callum and Ezran.

Once the dragons and elves of Xadia witnessed the unnatural magic humans were wielding, they banished all humans out of Xadia. As for Aaravos, I assume he was sealed in his mirror as punishment for showing humans how to wield dark magic and possibly falling in love with one of Xadia’s hated human enemies.

If this is the case, then Aaravos’s story greatly resembles the story of the titan Prometheus, who gave fire to humanity to give them even footing with the gods. For this, he was punished by Zeus by being chained to a rock and having an eagle rip out his liver day after day. The previous Dragon King was a storm dragon with power over lightning, which is a clear symbolism to Zeus. Also, according to legend, Prometheus was eventually freed by Hercules, the son of Zeus. The Dragon Prince is the son and heir of the Dragon King, which could make him the Hercules of the story and Aaravos’s ticket out of his mirror.

Overall, I get the feeling that Aaravos is an incarnation of chaotic evil. Chaotic evil is a type of evil that just wants to watch the world burn. This could be his motivation for helping Viren start a war between humanity and Xadia. I look forward to seeing how the story will unfold when the next season comes later this year.

ANCIENT VENGEANCE

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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.

ELF CRAFTSMANSHIP

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.

MEN, ELVES, AND DWARVES

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.

CHARACTER CREATION: TINISHA DOLAIRA

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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.