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.
For my third fantasy book, I thought of some big changes to my female lead. She will be an ambitious schemer and a grotesque pragmatist. In addition to her politics, she will also talk her husband into doing morally questionable things. For example, she will be one of the few women who would not only talk her husband into committing adultery, but also encourage it. Even though she has questionable morals, she is ruthlessly loyal to her family and is obsessed with the future and consolidation of her dynasty. This will add further complexity to her character as she reaches adulthood.
The Renaissance was a time when all of Europe underwent a series of cultural, artistic, and intellectual changes. It was when Europe transitioned from the Middle Ages to a more modern time. However, despite all of these changes, war was still a part of everyday life, especially the wars of religion between the Protestants and the Catholics. I am thinking of drawing inspiration from the Renaissance in my fantasy series. However, my world’s Renaissance will not be based on intellectual growth. Instead, it will revolve around magic coming back to the world after three hundred years. Some citizens of the Gradaian Empire will see this resurgence of magic to be a sign of the gods, others will see it as a bad omen, and the rest will be opposed to the return of magic altogether. The future conflicts will be between the last Druids and the anti-magic fanatics, which will mirror the conflict between the Protestants and the Catholics.
I had an interesting thought for my third fantasy book. At some point in the story, the main character will do something that will cause his more pious subjects to rebel against him. I will be drawing inspiration from how Henry VIII changed the Church of England during the Reformation. Both my character and Henry VIII did things that would secure the future of their dynasty and the zealots in their kingdoms turned on them for it. Henry VIII tried to secure his dynasty by having a male heir no matter the cost. My character tries to secure his dynasty by rediscovering and utilizing long forgotten magical secrets that his more pious subjects consider dark and unnatural. Overall, I think this is going to be an intriguing concept to tinker with as I continue to write.