Today, I went to WonderCon with my dad and it was a glorious time!
Today, I went to WonderCon with my dad and it was a glorious time!
I discovered some very interesting facts about bathing. In the latest episode of The Grand Tour, I learned some spas in Georgia (the country not the state) allow you to bathe in wine. Since they have been brewing wine in Georgia for four thousand years, it would make sense that it would become an integral part of their culture in unique ways. I do not drink wine (I taste and spit it out instead) so this would be a preferable alternative. Also, there were some baths that involved sprinkling rose petals in the water. The Egyptian queen known as Cleopatra would bathe in water that was marinated in the petals of damask roses. I am thinking of introducing a combination between these two bathing methods in my third volume in the Magnus Dynasty Saga. The combination would leave you smelling citrusy with a rosy fragrance.
The bond between lovers is a concept that is as old as time itself. We share words and emotions with one another over a period of time and grow closer as time passes. However, I am curious about what it would be like if two lovers formed a psychic connection that binds them in both mind and spirit. Through such a connection, the two lovers would see the truest versions of one another. They will see and feel the good, the bad, and the ugly about one another. There would literally be no secrets between them and they would experience one another’s thoughts and emotions as though they were their own. It would be a bond that cannot be achieved by words or everyday interactions. I am thinking of depicting such a bond in the third volume of the Magnus Dynasty Saga.
In the third volume of the Magnus Dynasty Saga, I have decided on who the villains would be. One of the villains would be the main character’s own sainted mother, who will be a combination between Isabella the She-Wolf of France and Margaret of Anjou. Isabella was the wife and queen of Edward II and she started a rebellion to overthrow her husband in favor of her son Edward III. Margaret of Anjou was the wife and queen of Henry VI and supported the Lancastrians in the War of the Roses until the deaths of her son and husband. The other villain will be a mix between Roger Mortimer and Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick and the Kingmaker. Roger Mortimer was the lover of Isabella the She-Wolf of France and helped her overthrow Edward II. Richard the Kingmaker made Edward IV king and served as his chief advisor until the Kingmaker betrayed Edward three times before being slain in his final rebellion. Overall, the villains of my new fantasy book will be the main character’s mother and one of his chief advisors. One of the chief themes in medieval times was family dysfunction and that dysfunction often gets bloody.
Easily one of the most famous last stands in history would be the Battle of Thermopylae, which pitted 300 Spartans against 250,000 Persians. In the modern world, most people believe that the Spartans’ numbers were 300, but historians believe their numbers were closer to 7,000 while the Persians were between 100,000 to 300,000. Either way, this battle showed how a few men can wipe out half their enemies before being overrun. In the end of the first volume of my spin-off fantasy series, I will be depicting a similar battle where over 600 men battle an enemy force that outnumbers them ten to one. Also, like Thermopylae, my battle will make use of a bottleneck to make it a more even and intense fight.
I am looking forward to the upcoming final battle of Winterfell in Game of Thrones Season 8. If the rumors can be believed, then this one battle is going to be the longest battle ever filmed in either movie or television. Like many battles we saw in the series, we will be seeing that battle unfold from the point of view of several characters. The filmmakers said they drew inspiration from the Battle of Helms Deep in The Lord of the Rings.
Now let us take a look at the numbers and advantages of both sides are. For the White Walkers, Daenerys claimed that their army consisted of at least 100,000 wights, at least three giants, at least 99 White Walkers, and one undead dragon that is powerful enough to breach the Wall. Now that the Wall is breached, the Army of the Dead will continue to grow in number with each castle, town, and village that crosses their path. By the time they reach Winterfell, the Army of the Dead may number to about 120,000 or 130,000 strong.
For the living, the White Walkers will be up against the combined armies of the North, Vale, Unsullied, and Dothraki. Due to the casualties they sustained throughout the War of the Five Kings, the North’s current military strength has been stated to be less than 10,000. Due to remaining neutral throughout the War of the Five Kings and participating in only a single battle, the Knights of the Vale are still at full strength at 20,000 strong. Due to the casualties they sustained while occupying Meereen and taking Casterly Rock, the Unsullied’s numbers have shrunk from 8,000 to between 7,500 and 7,000. The Dothraki participated in a single battle when they numbered 100,000, but they still have a respectably big army between 90,000 to 80,000 strong. There are rumors that Jaime Lannister will try to rally of the remaining Riverland armies on his way to the North. Since the Riverlands was where the bulk of the fighting took place in the War of the Five Kings, it is likely they can only muster between a few hundred or a few thousand at best. In total, Winterfell will be garrisoned by an army that was between 120,000 to 130,000 strong. Also, this alliance will be armed with dragonglass, two dragons, and a few Valyrian steel blades. In addition, there have been reports that Wintefell’s defenses will be greatly increased as well.
Due to these numbers and advantages, it looks like the armies of the living and the dead are evenly matched and it could be anyone’s fight. One way for another, the fate of the Seven Kingdoms and probably the Known World will be decided at Winterfell. And the heroes still have Cersei Lannister to deal with afterwards. It is going to be an epic final season!
I like to think of the Stark’s ancestral sword, Ice, to be the Game of Thrones version of Narsil from The Lord of the Rings. Narsil was broken when cutting the One Ring from Sauron’s hand before being reforged into Anduril the Flame of the West. With Ice, it was destroyed and reforged into the twin swords Oathkeeper and Widow’s Wail in an attempt to make the Lannister’s short lived victory over the Starks complete and absolute. Now, both halves of Ice are going to be in Winterfell next season and it was rumored that they will be remade back into one sword at the end of the series. Due to the fact that only a handful of people know how to reforge Valyrian steel, some people may be skeptical about this rumor. However, Gendry’s blacksmithing mentor was the one who remade Ice and knew how to reforge Valyrian steel. It is possible that he may have taught Gendry some of his tricks in working Valyrian steel. If this is the case, then Gendry might reforge Oathkeeper and Widow’s Wail back into Ice just as the shards of Narsil were reforged into Anduril. George R. R. Martin did say that he was a fan of The Lord of the Rings so he may go this route by having Ice become the Game of Thrones version of Anduril.