For my third fantasy book, I have made an unusual choice. I have decided to include a character who literally does not have a soul. I never worked with a character like this before because of its inherent complexity. Does a soulless person have the same emotions as a person with a soul or do they not have emotions at all? Would they have a sense of identity or would they be a blank slate? How would they interact with other characters? So many questions and just as many concepts to work with.
One of the most famous achievements in alchemy would be the Philosopher’s Stone. According to legend, the Philosopher’s Stone could prolong life to the point of acquiring immortality and transmutating base metals into silver or gold. With the Philosopher’s Stone, one could attain an endless lifespan and potentially limitless wealth. The process of creating the stone is a mystery and has many interpretations. I am thinking of including something similar to the Philosopher’s Stone in my fantasy series. I will be drawing inspiration from Fullmetal Alchemist and The Dark Crystal.
For the future volumes of my fantasy series, I am thinking of giving my main character a harem of six wives and two mistresses. The six wives would be a reference to Henry VIII’s six wives, but the protagonist would be married to all six at once and they will have a far better relationship than Henry had with his wives. Each of these six wives will come from the wealthiest, most powerful, and most influential noble families in the southern kingdoms. Each of these noble families have their own unique culture, which brings something new to the Imperial Court. As a result, the protagonist will have to marry them in order to unify a divided empire after years of civil war. The two mistresses will be of low birth and as a result, the main character cannot marry anyone who is below his station, but that does not stop him from having a relationship with them. I have never done a character relationship this complex before so it will be quite the experiment to tinker with.
I have reached a decision on what direction my fantasy series will go. Numen the Slayer was about how the Magnus Dynasty rose from obscurity while The War of the Gilded Beasts was about how the Magnus Dynasty became the new Imperial Family. At first, I thought of making the third fantasy book a standalone book that would depict the reign of Numen’s grandson. However, I decided to write no more standalone books. Instead, all future fantasy books will revolve around the life and reign of Numen’s grandson, who is the first legitimate emperor of the Magnus Dynasty. The first volume will revolve around the grandson’s life as the crown prince, his coronation as emperor, and his marriage when he comes of age. By expanding the series in this fashion, I will be able to include more story and character development than I did in previous volumes.
When House Magnus comes to power, several magical secrets are uncovered. Among those secrets would be the ability to enhance one’s beauty and attractiveness. Some would question how the elves became the fairest and most beautiful of all beings. In my third fantasy book, the secret to the elves’ supernatural beauty will be revealed and used.
I heard that revenge is like a poison that can take you over and turn you into something ugly. I have decided to illustrate that fact in a literal sense in my third fantasy book. As I mentioned in my earlier posts, House Magnus destroyed several towns during their war with House Sylva. This results in several of the surviving citizens plotting revenge against the new Imperial Dynasty. However, these vengeful civilians stand no chance against House Magnus’s dragons and Sword of Power. In order to solve this problem, these rebels will seek out lost magical secrets to combat House Magnus’s immense power. Unfortunately, as i mentioned many times over, magic ALWAYS comes with a price. The mystical price that will be paid will turn these vengeful citizens to become something ugly. One could argue that I will be featuring the origin story of the Dark Lord of my fantasy series.
While there have been civil wars that involved the nobility rebelling against the monarchy, there have been other wars where the commoners rebel against the monarchy. One example involved the Peasant’s Revolt where the commoners almost succeeded in overthrowing the royal government. Another example involves the English Civil War where the commoners succeeded in not only overthrowing the monarchy but also killing the king. I am thinking of depicting a similar civil war in my third fantasy book where the commoners rise against House Magnus. In the second book, House Magnus burned several towns and cities during their war effort against House Sylva. Now, the survivors of those cities are out for bloody revenge against the Imperial Dynasty.
I have decided to put my main character in my third fantasy book in a very compromising position. For a few years, the emperor and his court spent time away from the capital, but a rebellion is starting to brew on the doorstep of his secondary palace. Eventually, the rebellion grows to a degree that the emperor is cut off from his strongest supporters and surrounded by vengeful rebels. Now, he and his allies have to fight their way out of a war-torn landscape. In order to do that, the emperor has to recruit his own army from scratch, which involves meeting some shady nobles and brokering complex deals with them. Along the way, the emperor meets new allies and makes just as many new enemies. Essentially, like his grandfather before him the emperor needs to rebuild his own power base in order to defeat his enemies and end the war.
One of the factors that helped shape Gradaia as a world was the Dark Death. The Dark Death was an event that wiped out half the population of Gradaia, caused widespread civil war, the loss of most magic in the world, and resulted in the decline and overthrow of the Marvak Dynasty and the rise of the Sylva Dynasty. However, I purposely left it ambiguous as to what the Dark Death actually was. Some say it was a pestilence while others thought it was some magic ritual that went wrong. At some point in my fantasy series, I will reveal what the Dark Death was and what caused it.
In my fantasy series, magic has been a fluctuating force in Gradaia. Before humans came to the continent, magic was everywhere even in the very soil. However, after humans interbred with elves and produced the first Druids, magic gradually became increasingly diluted over the millennia. After the Dark Death, magic became so rare that only two Druid bloodlines remained in the entire continent. In addition, most magical secrets that had been accumulated were lost and forgotten. As a result, whatever magic that remained were just the basics instead of mastery. However, something happens during my main character’s reign that causes magic to slowly return to the world. Sadly, this resurgence in magic will cause some drastic consequences to the natural balance. Creatures and forces that became silent and reclusive for centuries due to the lack of magic start to emerge.