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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.

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FEUDING KINGS

Throughout the medieval era, kings always feuded with one another. Easily one of the most prominent rivalries was between Henry II of England and Louis VII of France. These two kings had PLENTY of reasons to hate one another’s guts. First, they embodied opposite ideas of what makes a king. Henry II was a warrior king while Louis VII was more like an educated monk than a king. Second, Henry was much wealthier than Louis and did not waste an opportunity to show it off. Third, Henry ruled more of France than Louis did. Fourth, Louis was originally married to Eleanor of Aquitaine, who divorced him and married Henry two months later. Fifth, not only did Eleanor marry Henry, but she also produced one male heir after another. When Eleanor was married to Louis, they repeatedly failed to produce a son, which was extremely painful for Louis’s sense of masculinity (a sentiment shared with Henry VIII four hundred years later). I am thinking of modeling the relationship of two of my fantasy characters after the rivalry between these two kings.

THE ROAST WITHOUT EQUAL

I just discovered an extreme medieval entree called the turducken or the roast without equal. The idea behind this monster of a roast is taking a bunch of birds and stuffing smaller birds into larger birds. The most extreme order involved taking a bustard and having it stuffed with a turkey, a goose, a pheasant, a chicken, a duck, a guinea fowl, a teal, a woodcock, a partridge, a plover, a lapwing, a quail, a thrush, a lark, an ortolan bunting, and a garden warbler. This dish puts your average Thanksgiving turkey to shame! The idea behind this dish originated in Rome and later perfected in medieval times. I am definitely adding this dish to my fantasy series because it is truly a main course fit for an emperor.

SIBLING RIVALRY

For my third fantasy book, I decided to add a biblical theme that involves two feuding brothers. One brother is the ruling emperor and the other is the spare heir. One brother has three wives and the other has one nearly catatonic wife. One brother has 18 children and the other has three deformed stillborn children. One brother is handsome while the other has a scarred face, a dead eye, broken nose, and a spinal injury that causes him to walk in a crooked fashion. One brother will be charismatic and generous while the other will be power-hungry and bad tempered. Overall, all of these differences will eventually culminate in a feud between these two brothers for the imperial throne.

LIFE FORCE DRAIN

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Throughout human history, emperors and kings were obsessed with finding ways to prolong their lives and by extension their reigns. For example, Henry VIII often drank wine that was flavored with gold and gems that were thought to extend his lifespan. In fantasy such as The Dark Crystal, Harry Potter, and Star Wars, characters have found forms of magic that could prolong life. One of these methods involved draining the life force of other organisms and transferring it to oneself. Such a method could add years or even decades to your original lifespan. I am thinking of depicting the main character of my third fantasy book using this method by draining the life force out of livestock. With the livestock drained of life, the character’s cooks and servants would promptly prepare them for that night’s supper. So with this method, the main character would prolong his life and increase his pantries with salted meat. Win win!

IMMORTAL ARMY

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I noticed something significant about medieval armies. Most armies of the era were either conscripted from the populace or mercenaries who fought for coin. However, there were hardly any permanent standing armies to keep the peace when the need arose. What if a permanent standing army existed that was both suitably loyal and undefeatable? An army that will never eat, sleep, tire, or even use the restroom? In addition, this army cannot be killed by any mortal weapon and can overpower numerically superior armies. I am thinking of featuring such an army in my third fantasy book and there will be a battle in which this army fights a force that outnumbers it five to one.

FLAWED RULER

When I first started my third fantasy volume, I originally considered the main character’s reign to be relatively peaceful with the exception of one major war and a few cutthroat politics. However, thinking back to everything I have learned about medieval monarchs, life was NEVER that easy. We often think of the medieval kings and queens of Europe to be either great leaders or tyrants. My father, for instance, has a strong animosity towards the English kings of old for how they treated our Scottish and Irish ancestors. The reality is that they were both the heroes and the villains, great leaders and tyrants, all at the same time. They were flawed individuals who made human mistakes every day of their respective reigns. Every one of their decisions had consequences that either launched a long-lasting dynasty or cut their reign short. I am thinking of applying this deeply flawed nature to the main character. They will be the most human character in my fantasy series so far.