Out of all the Greek Gods, one of my all-time favorites would be Zeus, god of the heavens and King of Mount Olympus. Zeus was the youngest of the first generation Olympians, which made him the runt of the litter. Despite his youth, Zeus was nevertheless the mightiest of the Olympians, which made him most suitable to be their ruler. When his siblings were swallowed by his Titan father Kronos, Zeus was spared by his mother Rhea and when he came of age sought to liberate his siblings and start an all-out revolt against the Titans. Under his leadership, the Gods were able to overthrow the Titans and seized control of existence for themselves. As the King of Olympus, Zeus was the father of several Gods such as Ares, Athena, Hephaestus, Apollo, Artemis and so on. Apart from his divine children, Zeus was notorious for seducing mortal women and siring demigod children with them such as Hercules and Perseus. His sister/wife Hera, being the goddess of marriage, was equally infamous for being jealous of Zeus’s affairs with mortal women and would routinely lash out at them and their demigod children. Because my new superheroes will be naming themselves after the Gods of Olympus, I am thinking naming the strongest character after Zeus.
Easily the most famous of the old gods would be the Gods of Olympus. In documentaries I have watched regarding the history and evolution of the superhero genre, I discovered that the origin of the superhero tied in to Greek Mythology. Some scholars argued that Superman is the modern version of Zeus while Batman is the modern version of Hades. Wonder Woman was a product of the Greek Gods because she was made to be as beautiful and loving as Aphrodite, wise and intelligent as Athena, strong and durable as Hercules, and fast and agile as Mercury. I am thinking of keeping with this tradition in my new superhero series with the characters naming themselves after the Gods of Olympus and the Primordial Titans.
Apart from weddings and coronations, I am thinking of including other religious moments in my second fantasy book. In both film and television shows, I have seen characters kneeling before either an altar or an ornate crucifix and revealing their deepest doubts and secrets before them. In this sense, you get a better understanding of the characters than you had before. I got this sense when I watched The Tudors and the Disney version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In all of these cases, I would hear haunting choir music in the background as the characters revealed their deepest, darkest secrets and doubts to a higher power. To get myself in the right mood, I will be using my BlueTooth to krank up haunting choir music throughout my writing studio. In this scene, I will depict a scene in which the main character kneels before an altar that displays towering statues of the five Elemental Gods and reveals his doubts and secrets to them. It will be like when Henry VII first landed in Wales before he faced Richard III. Upon reaching the Welsh beach, Henry fell to his knees, clasped his hands in prayer, and said, “Judge me, Oh Lord, and favor my cause.” This will also fit in well to the many elements of the War of the Roses I will be incorporating in my book.
Among the subjects I have researched for my fantasy book, I found a number of sources of inspiration in Norse mythology; particularly the Norse gods. I am thinking of including features from the Norse gods into some of my characters. For example, Odin sacrificed his eye in order to gain wisdom and Tyr lost a hand while fighting a demon wolf. This will also give me a chance to reconnect with my Viking roots. I look forward to finding out more to use for my project.