As I have mentioned before, magic always comes with a price. Sometimes, the price of using magic becomes so steep that it takes a serious toll on your body. In my third fantasy book, one of the characters will perform magic that is so costly that it causes their body to deteriorate beyond recognition. Despite being in their mid-30s, this character will look significantly older than they really were and become hideously deformed. I will be drawing inspiration from the deformities that Supreme Leader Snoke and Darth Sidious sustained throughout the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
“We’ve been using animals in combat for centuries. Horses, elephants, the Soviets used disease-bearing rats against the Germans at Stalingrad.”
Eli Mills, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
In my previous posts, I talked about the possibility of a mystically created armada and mystically created soldiers. I am also thinking of the possibility of mystically created war beasts. Such creatures have been introduced in my second fantasy book, The War of the Gilded Beasts. These abominations were specifically bred to counter the dragons of House Magnus. Now, I am thinking of including this form of blood alchemy in my third fantasy book. However, these abominations will be smaller and more numerous than the chimeras that appeared in the second book. For the sake of diversity, these creatures will have multiple kinds that serve a specific purpose on the battlefield. Imagine fighting war beasts that are stronger, faster, and more resilient than horses or elephants.
“Think loyalty can be bought or demanded. But not true. Can only be built. And so I bring friend General a plan.”
“Sire, imagine an army of unstoppable soldiers, engineered to be loyal.”
Chamberlain and General, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
In several of my previous posts, I mentioned the creation of a mystical army in my third fantasy book. I won’t say how this army will be made, but they will be immensely superior to the best medieval soldier. The problem with normal soldiers is that they are human, which means their loyalty can be bought and corrupted. However, what if you could get rid of that problem with the right kind of magic? You would end up with an army that was not only mindlessly loyal and unstoppable, but they would also be incorruptible. In addition, this army will never eat, sleep, tire, or even go to the bathroom. Even the cavalry’s horses will be conditioned this way. This would save a lot of money that would normally feed and accommodate a regular army. They would also feel absolutely no emotion at all and have no survival instinct. This army will be divided into five divisions: infantry, archers, cavalry, bodyguards, and city guards. The unique nature of this army’s creation is very sinister. Due to this, when this army is discovered by the public, they will experience their very first war and their very first test as a viable military. That will be one of the main conflicts in my third fantasy book.
One of the factors that judges the strength of a nation is the strength of its navy. This fact has been featured both in fiction and in real life. In Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, the Final Order had a fleet of thousands of Star Destroyers that were equipped with cannons that could destroy entire planets. In the final season of Game of Thrones, the Iron Fleet was equipped with scorpions that were so large and powerful that they could shoot dragons out of the sky. During the Napoleonic Wars, the United States created ships such as the USS Constitution that were larger, faster, more powerful, and more durable than any ship that existed at the time. The hull of the USS Constitution alone was nearly two feet thick with solid oak, which was a hard nut to crack. Those early American ships were so formidable that English ships were advised to not engage one alone. For my fantasy series, I am thinking of featuring a powerful armada that will have a similar construction to the USS Constitution and be armed with a highly destructive weapon like the Final Order Star Destroyers and the Iron Fleet.
Throughout history, empires have been built on the backs of slaves. The most prominent example would be the Roman Empire, who were notorious for enslaving the people they conquered. Since my fantasy series takes place in an empire and I will be including aspects of the Roman Empire in it, I am thinking of including a form of slavery. However, it will be a unique form of slavery that involves enslaving the undead. The thing about undead is that they do not tire, they have no emotions, no free will, they do not eat, sleep, drink, or even go to the bathroom, and have no need for money. With these factors in mind, undead slaves can make a super efficient work force that would explosively boost economic productivity. However, the problem with introducing such a work force is getting the rest of the empire to accept it. There will be some backlash, which will be one of the challenges in the third fantasy book the main character and his loyalists will face.
I have reached the sixth chapter of my third fantasy book. This chapter will be written from the point of view of the female protagonists. This chapter will give more depth to these characters and lets you know where they stand at this point in the story.
I have reached the fifth chapter of my third fantasy book. We will be getting an overview of the mystical secrets the imperial dynasty had been stockpiling since their reign started. A number of these secrets will be morally ambiguous, which will highlight a gray area to the characters. The origin stories of the imperial dynasty’s most devout servants will also be revealed. It is going to be an interesting section of the story to explore.
I have reached the fourth chapter of my third fantasy book. This chapter will revolve around my main character interacting with his closest servants. Also, he will discover some secrets that his father was up to in the shadows. It is going to be an engaging chapter as we get a better understanding of the protagonist’s relationships with the other characters.
“Now, they are slaves to his will.”
Aragorn, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
I am thinking of including a character in my third fantasy book that is a wraith. Like the Nazgul were to Sauron, my wraith character will be a mindlessly loyal servant to a certain character. Despite this loyalty, the wraith will still have a degree of autonomy. Wraiths are undead creatures such as zombies and ghosts. I have never written an undead character with a mind of its own before, which will be an interesting experience. What does an undead creature with a mind of its own think about? I am curious to find out in my third fantasy book.
“Are you not entertained?!”
Maximus Decimus Meridius, Gladiator (2000)
Easily one of the most successful and iconic empires in human history would be the Roman Empire. Since my Magnus Dynasty Saga takes place in an empire, I decided to include elements of the Roman Empire into the Gradaian Empire. Among those elements is the usage of gladiators and fighting arenas. However, while Roman gladiators were slaves who were forced to fight, the gladiators in my fantasy series will be convicted criminals who are condemned to fight to the death. If these criminals can survive several years of death matches, then they earn their freedom. With this in mind, the usage of these gladiators is a prolonged death sentence that gets turned into a spectacle for the empire to witness. However, if they survive a certain number of years, then they get a pardon. These gladiators and the arena they will fight in will make an appearance in my third fantasy book.