I finished watching the first season of The Witcher on Netflix and I strongly believe I have found a suitable fantasy replacement for Game of Thrones. I have neither read the books or played the video games, but I thoroughly enjoyed this show and am hungry for more. It was like Game of Thrones in the sense that it included warring kingdoms and feuding noble families. However, unlike Game of Thrones, magic and monsters were far more commonplace. I liked Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia and I have a new favorite song “Toss A Coin To Your Witcher”. I look forward to the next season and see where the war with Nilfgaard will lead.
There are two examples I can think of when a monarchy was nearly turned into a democratic republic. The first example was when Simon de Montfort led England’s barons to overthrow King Henry III. This rebellion ultimately failed, but it gave rise to Parliament. The second example was during the English Civil War where King Charles I was overthrow and executed by his subjects. For a time, England was a democratic republic until King Charles II took back the crown, reestablished the monarchy, and executed all the rebels who were responsible for his father’s regicide even those who were already dead. In my third fantasy book, my main character will be spending three years undermining the authority and credibility of his regents. At the time, my character is in his minority and cannot legally rule under his own power. Despite that, he is able to weaken the power and influence of his regents. As a result, his regents decide to go to war with him by replacing the imperial monarchy with a democratic republic.
For my third fantasy book, I am thinking of presenting the creation of an urban legend. This urban legend will revolve around a mysterious individual who is seen wandering through the streets of the capital. Wherever this shadowy figure goes, children with magical powers appear. The peasants believe this figure to be a messenger of the gods while the nobles believe the figure to be a random nobleman visiting every brothel in the city. Whatever the case, this figure’s appearances and the emergence of children with magic creates an urban legend. In the aftermath of this urban legend and the events that inspire it, magic will once again rise to prominence from the shadows of obscurity.
It has come to my attention that empires are forged in the fires of conquest and built on the backs of subjugated nations. If an empire gets complacent with what it has under its thumb, its armies will get soft and its resources won’t grow. Sooner or later, an empire will seek out new territories to conquer. It is inevitable that an empire will desire more land and people subservient to them. Gradaia has been an empire for over 1,300 years so it is long overdue to expand itself. With this in mind, I will introduce another continent in my fantasy world across the sea from the Gradaian Empire. This continent will not be another empire. Instead, it will be a collection of eleven independent kingdoms that constantly engaged in both war and politics with one another. I am thinking of basing the Gradaian Empire’s first interaction with these kingdoms to when Christopher Columbus discovered America. I will also be basing the conflict to come after the Hundred Years War where England battled France for the French throne.
For my future fantasy books, I am thinking of introducing a particularly dark breed of monster: the kind that is born out of incest. Unlike real life, children born of incest in my books will not be human even though their parents would be human. Instead, they will look like beasts you will only find in your most unholy nightmares. These creatures will be what they are due to their parents being exposed to byproducts of a failed magical experiment. As a result, these monstrosities will roam the corners of the Empire, attacking towns and villages where they find them. I will be drawing inspiration from a creature known as the Shtriga, which was the Albanian version of a vampire.
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Throughout medieval history, a considerable amount of the culture was influenced by religion. Some of the more extreme zealots wore hair shirts under their clothes as a form of penance. It scrapes their skin as a constant reminder to stay focused on God. Essentially, this is the tool of a fanatic. Simon de Montfort wore a hair shirt under his clothes and his zealotry was so extreme that when he made an oath before God, he was going to see it through no matter what. This was the case when he, Henry III, and the other English barons swore an oath before God in order to abide by a set of laws and if Henry III broke those laws the penalty would be civil war. Inevitably, Henry III broke the oath and Simon responded in kind. Simon may have had God on his side, but no matter how you dress it up he was still waging war against an anointed king, which made him a traitor to the crown. Eventually, Simon’s rebellion was quelled and Simon himself was chopped into pieces. I am thinking of having one of my future fantasy characters this piece of unusual clothing. I am thinking of making this character a pious zealot and an ambitious rebel at the same time like Simon de Montfort.