Last night, I had a very vivid dream that entertained me until I woke up. As I pondered on the dream, I realized that it had the makings of a new fantasy series. It will not be related to the Magnus Dynasty Saga. Instead, it will be set in its own unique universe. The story will take place in a Victorian-style world where every human is partnered with a magical creature as part of a peace pact. However, there are some of these creatures who do not approve of this pact. As a result, they declared war on the human-creature alliance. With no end in sight to the war, three children and their creature partners leave the safety of their walled community and go on a quest to destroy the source of the conflict. Essentially, this series will be a combination between Digimon, Attack on Titan, and Eragon all rolled into one.
There have been cases of dragons with multiple heads in fantasy. I am thinking of depicting a dragon with three heads. A dragon with three heads would mean three times the size, strength, and firepower compared to a normal dragon. There have been cases in real life when snakes with two heads. Even more strange are experiments done with salamanders. In those experiments, a salamander would have its head cut off and a new one would take its place. Then the severed head would be placed to the salamander’s side and naturally graft itself over time, resulting in the salamander having two heads. The three-headed dragon in my fantasy book will be the result of a genetic deformity that only happens once every one thousand years. Such a dragon would be larger and more powerful than a normal dragon and would live three times longer, but a side effect of the mutation renders the dragon sterile. However, each of these heads will have their own personality and individuality, which makes this dragon harder to control than a one headed one. My main character has the chance to claim the ultimate dragon, but the process will be extremely difficult and potentially life-threatening. This will add more depth to the main character’s quest for absolute power over the empire.
I remember the show known as The Tudors, which depicted the life and reign of Henry VIII in four seasons. After watching this show in its entirety, I had a revelation about my third fantasy book. The main character’s story is far too big to fit in just one book. Instead, I will divide up his story into multiple volumes just as Henry VIII’s story was divided up into the four seasons of The Tudors. The volume I am currently working on will revolve around the main character’s coronation, his minority, his war against dissent, and when he reaches his majority. Numen the Slayer told the story of the Magnus Dynasty’s founder while The War of the Gilded Beasts told the story of House Magnus’s rise to power. The future volumes will tell the story of the consolidation of the Magnus Dynasty through the life and reign of the greatest Magnus of them all.
In some of my earlier posts, I mentioned the story of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, the Kingmaker. He was initially King Edward IV’s strongest supporter until he betrayed his king THREE times. The first time, Warwick was forgiven and the third time led to his death. This post will talk about his second act of treason against Edward IV.
Even though Edward pardoned Warwick for betraying him the first time, Warwick was banned from court. As a result, Warwick had no power or influence over the crown, which was the one thing Warwick wanted more than anything else. Warwick betrayed Edward and he didn’t think Edward would take it personally? With his control over Edward long gone, Warwick sought to kill or replace him with his younger brother, George, Duke of Clarence.
To achieve their goal, Warwick and Clarence orchestrated a rebellion in Lincolnshire with Sir Robert Welles serving as their proxy. However, this rebellion was swiftly quelled by Edward’s army. After the battle, Edward’s troops removed all the clothing from the rebel corpses that could identify them, which resulted in the battlefield being named “Losecoat Field.” Welles confessed working with Warwick and Clarence and even provided letters that implicated them in the rebellion. Welles was executed for his own treason shortly afterwards.
Utterly disgraced, Warwick and Clarence knew Edward would not pardon them a second time. Therefore, they fled England to France, where they formed an alliance with Queen Margaret of Anjou, wife of King Henry VI. This became Warwick’s third act of treason against Edward IV.
I am thinking of portraying a similar chain of events in my third fantasy book where one of the main character’s former supporters staged a proxy rebellion against them.
Numen the Slayer received a four star review from a professional reviewer:
“The plot was set during the dark early times when the world was still mired in magic, sorcery and endless battles in a struggle for survival.
Galen was still a child when his father, Vaegar handed the deadly Gramfyre to him just before giving up the ghost. The Gramfyre was not just an ordinary sword but one with potent mystical powers and Vaegar had created it using the last drop of his blood.
1300 years later, Numen was having a discussion with his friend Tristan in the courtyard when a strange female voice called out to him. The ominous voice was coming from a dark hallway within the castle and out of curiosity; Numen went after it and was followed by Tristan. On getting to the source, Numen saw a strange sword; he has never seen anything like it before. Unknown to him, it was the magical and deadly Gramfyre that was created by the sorcerer, Vaegar, a long time ago.
Unknown to Numen, Gramfyre was going to change his life forever. The discovery of Gramfyre showed he was the true heir to the golden throne but word soon got to King Robar about it and he arrived with his army to wipeout their entire household. With the help of the Gramfyre, Numen was able to escape alongside Tristan, Joe the savage and few other friends as his father; Lord Viktor’s castle was razed to the ground.
The deformed, depraved and cannibalistic King Robar was as wicked as he was sadistic, and also had his eyes on the golden throne.
Sitting on the golden throne at the Imperial Palace, built within the vast walled city of Chrysos, was Emperor Gregor Sylva in company of his two sons, Crown Prince Edgar Sylva and High Prince Autem Sylva. The shrewd Autem conspired with some barons and assassinated his father and brother in his ambition to become the emperor.
The inordinate ambitions of these men will eventually pit them against each other as well as Numen. Who will defeat all to claim the golden throne in these endless battles?
The violence, bloodletting and gore that took place in the book were well detailed and quite gripping, which gave it the feel of a motion picture. Reading through the pages gives similar thrills like watching Game of Thrones, incidentally appears to have similarities in plot.”
Numen the Slayer got a five star review a couple days ago:
“I had recently taken a nasty fall in the basement, and I needed something to entertain me while I was resting in bed. This story fit the bill. It read like a Game of Thrones lite, with interesting characters, twists, and a tale that sucks you in. The author has a pretty good grasp on world-building and it was easy to imagine the fantasy setting.
Readers take note: The ending definitely leaves it open for a series. Also, be prepared for blood and headless corpses and the like.”
The electric chair has often served as a symbol for executions. I remember a disturbing scene from The Green Mile where an electric chair execution went horribly wrong. The reason it went wrong was because a dry sponge was on his head during the execution instead of a wet one. When the sponge is wet, it conducts the electricity directly into the subject’s brain. When the sponge is dry, electricity is conducted throughout the subject’s body, causing them to die a slow and painful death.
After watching this execution scene, I wondered how such an execution would have been done if it was magical in nature. In medieval times, executions came in many diverse forms such as hanging, beheading, or drawing and quartering. However, none of them involved the use of electricity. If magic was involved, it would have been easy to use electricity as a form of execution.
First, you would cover the criminal in a suit of chainmail and plate armor and nothing else. Like a lightning rod, metal armor would conduct electricity. If you add anything else, it would soften the effect of the electricity. When electricity is applied, the superheated armor would cook them from the inside out. By the time the execution is over, the armor will be melted and charred and the body would be so badly burned that the armor will have fused onto their flesh. Such a spectacle would instill a tremendous amount of fear into the populace and think twice about rebelling against the monarch. I will be featuring something like this in my third fantasy book.