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DARK RITUALS

Throughout the fantasy genre there have been feats of magic that were so powerful and so extreme that they could have tremendous influence on the world around them. In regards to the origin story of the main villain in my Dark Ice Winter fantasy book series, I am thinking of presenting a dark magic ritual that would have dire consequences. The ritual in question will affect its surrounding environment and the price of using this ritual will be high beyond measure. I have taken inspiration from dark side rituals that were performed by the Sith in Star Wars.

When fighting the Jedi’s Army of Light, Darth Bane led the Sith Brotherhood of Darkness in a ritual that devastated the landscape of of the planet Ruusan for several miles. Every plant and animal was reduced to ash in a certain area and the Jedi were flushed out into the open, which allowed the Sith to wipe the Jedi out in their speeders until the Jedi received reinforcements.

Another ritual the Brotherhood of Darkness used in their war against the Jedi was the Thought Bomb. The Thought Bomb was the Sith equivalent to a kamikaze strike due to its suicidal nature. The Thought Bomb not only kills its intended targets. It also annihilates its casters as well. Darth Bane was able to manipulate the crazed Lord Kaan, leader of the Brotherhood of Darkness, into using the Thought Bomb against the Jedi. This resulted in Darth Bane and his apprentice Darth Zannah to be the sole surviving Sith. In addition, the Thought Bomb devastated the landscape of an entire planet and drove Force-sensitives mad when they got too close to its blast radius.

Easily the darkest Sith ritual known so far would be the immortality ritual performed by Sith Emperor Vitiate. In order to cheat death, Vitiate mentally coerced eight thousand Sith Lords to aid him in the most complex ritual in Sith sorcery ever attempted on the planet Nathema. When the ritual was complete, all life Nathema was completely drained, including bacteria. Even the Force itself was gone from the planet, creating a void that warped the fabric of reality in a way that drove Force-sensitives mad when exposed enough to Nathema. Overall, Vitiate’s ritual transformed an average planet into a completely lifeless nihilistic abomination. As for Vitiate himself, he succeeded in becoming immortal and explosively augmented his power in the dark side to nearly god-like levels.

These three rituals all promised tremendous power to their casters, but came with a steep price, were indescribably dark in nature, and could influence the world around them in a negative way. That is the kind of ritual I intend to depict when I write the original story of the main villain in my Dark Ice Winter series.

A VILLAIN’S MINDSET

I have thought of the perfect mindset of the main villain of my Dark Ice Winter fantasy book series. I have drawn inspiration from this scene from the Gary Oldman version of Dracula. I like the terrifying atmosphere and emotional intensity of his fall into darkness. Therefore, I decided to incorporate this mindset into my antagonist’s initial descent into villainy. The way he completes his dark transformation will be quite chilling and complex at the same time.

A WINTER PLAGUE

I thought of raising the stakes in the Dark Ice Winter series even higher as the story progresses. In addition to having to endure a winter that lasts three grueling years as well as a horde of invading monsters, the Gradaian Empire will be hit by a pestilence that will cause mass casualties. I will draw inspiration from the Justinian Plague that devastated the Byzantine Empire’s capital of Constantinople in the 6th century. 40% of the city’s population was wiped out in eight years.

FANTASY CYBORGS

As my current fantasy book series progresses, I intend to depict the rise of fantasy equivalents to cyborgs. As such, I will be depicting fantasy versions of real life equivalent prosthetic limbs. However, while real life medieval prosthetic limbs were crude replacements for lost limbs, the prosthetics in my fantasy series will be able to function like actual limbs like cybernetic enhancements you see in science fiction.

FANTASY STORY REFINEMENT

After much thinking, I realized that more work needs to be done for my current fantasy book before it can begin the editing, illustrating, and publishing processes. There are several sections of the story that require expansion and refinement. This way, my various characters can get more exposure and development. The first draft may be done, but it is only the bare bones. This is a chance for me to put some extra meat on those bones. I will keep you updated on any and all new developments on this project. Wish me luck!

SCARRED FANTASY HEROES

In several fantasy books, the main hero often sustains injuries in their quest to save their respective worlds.

In The Lord of the Rings, the protagonist Frodo Baggins sustained a number of physical and spiritual injuries throughout his quest to destroy the One Ring. On Weathertop, he was stabbed by the Nazgul with a Morghul blade. Even though the blade’s poison was healed, the injury itself will never fully heal and Frodo would carry it for the rest of his life. At Mount Doom, Frodo had one of his fingers bitten off by Gollum, earning him the nickname Frodo of the Nine Fingers. Finally, Frodo’s mind and spirit was deeply scarred after carrying the One Ring for so long during his quest.

During his final fight with the Shade Durza, Eragon sustained a cursed wound on his back that hindered his progress as a Dragon Rider. Even though the wound was healed and the curse lifted, it still played a significant role in Eragon’s development.

In addition to having his face scarred by a Wildling’s eagle, Jon Snow endured a traumatic experience after being betrayed and murdered by his own men. Not only did he sustain mental and spiritual scars due to experiencing the pain of death and the rapture of rebirth, but the stab wounds he sustained would never fully heal.

Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, from the Wheel of Time lost his left hand after having a mystical fireball thrown at it.

Overall, the injuries and pain that fantasy heroes play a significant role in their character development and serve as permanent memento of their adventures. I am planning to be in keeping with this tradition and have the main character in my Dark Ice Winter series injuries during his war with the Bauk horde.

POSSIBLE DARK SERVANTS

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

The Lord of the Rings

There is one scenario I always thought about regarding the Nazgul from The Lord of the Rings. When the Rings of Power were forged, there were a total of twenty rings made. Three were given to the Elves, seven to the Dwarves, nine to Men, and one to the Dark Lord Sauron himself. The purpose of the Rings of Power was to allow Sauron to exert his will to dominate all life on all races in Middle-Earth. He succeeded in exerting his will upon the nine rings that were given to Men, which resulted in the creation of the nine Nazgul. However, the other ten rings failed to effect the Elves and Dwarves the way Sauron wanted. On the other hand, I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if the rest of the Rings of Power effected the Elves and Dwarves. My guess would be that the other ten rings may have turned their wearers into Nazgul just like the nine rings to Men. We all know what kind of damage nine Nazgul could cause. Can you imagine how much more damage nineteen Nazgul would cause? That is a terrifying thought to consider.

MEDIEVAL TANK

During the Hussite Wars in the early 15th century, there was a vehicle that was essentially a medieval precursor of the tank. This vehicle was referred to as the “war wagon”. These wagons would be reinforced with metal plating and thick wood to shield against archers as well as melee strikes from infantry. A war wagon would be occupied by archers and crossbowmen who would fire arrows and bolts from the safety of their wagon’s defenses. If cavalry or infantry got too close to the wagon, the archers and crossbowmen would be defended by spearmen, who would use their polearms to beat back any attacker that got too close to the wagon. When placed in strategically defensible positions, these wagons prove to be quite effective against heavy cavalry. The concept of the war wagon was pioneered by the Bohemian knight Jan Zizka, who used these wagons to crippling effect against Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund’s forces. In fact, Jan Zizka’s usage of such tactics was so effective that he never lost a battle. I am thinking of including war wagons in future battles in my fantasy books.