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THE KING WHO NEVER WAS

I often think about Rhaegar Targaryen, Prince of Dragonstone from Game of Thrones. He has been widely loved by nobles and commoners alike. Many believed that he would have been a far better king than his father or grandfather. Sadly, Rhaegar never got the chance to be king since he was killed by Robert Baratheon in the Battle of the Trident.

I often wonder how Rhaegar would have been if he became king. How would he rule? How would his personality change throughout his reign? How would the Targaryen Dynasty be affected by his reign? So many questions and answers that will never come.

For my six-part fantasy series, I will be drawing inspiration from Rhaegar for my main character. My main character will represent the ruler Rhaegar could have been. My main character will even have a similar personality to Rhaegar but will have my own twists as well.

TROPICAL INSPIRATION

Over the years, I have gone on vacation to Hawaii with my family. While I was there, I was fascinated by how the local plants all intertwined with one another, creating a thick jungle that is difficult to navigate. I later learned that a number of the plants were not even native to the islands and that the local and foreign plants were trying to envelope one another. This is what resulted in the tangled wilderness in Hawaii’s jungles. One time, I learned that one of our guides was the son of the original Shazam/Captain Marvel actor from the 1970s television show. That revelation made me geek out! While writing¬†The Kaligen Experiment, I drew heavy inspiration from the tangled rainforests of Hawaii when depicting the primeval wilderness.

COMPARING PIRATES

As I ponder on my potential fantasy pirate story, I think about the evolution of real life pirates. Sadly, pirates are broken shadows of their former selves in the modern world. Today, a pirate is either a petty thief who steals DVDs or undisciplined rabble with machine guns. Between the 1700s and 1800s, pirates possessed a sense of style and class that made them strangely charismatic despite the crimes they committed. There was always something to admire about their morally ambiguous nature, which made them heroes and villains at the same time. They were men who were bound by no laws, limits, or boundaries. This made pirates the ultimate personification of maritime freedom. This absolute sense of freedom, their insatiable lust for gold, and their brutal ferocity were so extreme that pirates wielded the power to challenge entire nations such as the British Empire and the Spanish Empire. All of this is what made pirates a force to be feared and respected. It is thanks to the pirates of the past that we have the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise and ride, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, and One Piece (the longest running anime and manga in recent history). Now, modern pirates are more of a nuisance and hardly the stuff of legend.

ALTERNATE CHARACTER: GALBATORIX

Out of all the characters in the Inheritance Cycle, the one I found most intriguing would be the main villain, Galbatorix. In terms of swordsmanship, magic, and the size of his dragon, Galbatorix was the most powerful Dragon Rider in the series. He was also a tyrant and a butcher who ruled Alagaesia with an iron fist. In addition to his power and tyranny, Galbatorix was driven mad by the loss of his original dragon. I often wonder what kind of character Galbatorix would have been if he didn’t become a villain. Would he have used his immense power for good? I am thinking of having the main character in my future fantasy series evolve into a representation of what Galbatorix could have been if he was a good man instead of an evil one.

A BEDDING CEREMONY

Throughout medieval history, noble marriages were normally consummated by what was called a bedding ceremony. This ritual involves priests blessing the union while friends and family witnessed the consummation. Back in medieval times, a marriage was not legitimate unless it was consummated. I am planning to depict a similar ceremony in my third fantasy book. While there will be priests to bless the union, the only witnesses to the consummation would be the newlyweds themselves. However, something awkward happens when the newlyweds are left alone, which will add a sense of romantic comedy to the mix.

THE NEXT EMPEROR

I have taken a lot of inspiration from multiple characters in order to create the main protagonist for my future fantasy books. In terms of appearance, he will be as tall and muscular as Robert Baratheon was in his prime. Like Eragon after his transformation, my character’s face will be fairer than any human and more rugged than any elf. Like Rhaegar Targaryen, my character will possess a natural charisma and is not fond of fighting despite being trained to fight. Like King Anduin from World of Warcraft, my character will genuinely desire peace and reluctantly goes to war. Like all members of House Magnus, my protagonist will have ruby eyes and black hair with a white streak in it.

THE SCULLERY MAID

In my future fantasy books, the female character who would have the most complex relationship with the main character would be his personal scullery maid. Out of all the main female characters, she has known the main character the longest. Despite being master and servant, they have no sense of formality between them. She is the protagonist’s oldest friend and most trusted confidant, which makes her the protector of all his secrets. Based on this, their relationship is built on mutual honesty. I have loosely taken inspiration from Cinderella while creating this character. In terms of personality, she is like a Dandere anime character, which is quiet, shy, timid, and only opens up to a select few people. In terms of appearance, I have taken inspiration from Masane Amaha from Witchblade. However, my character’s brunette hair will be medium length and her eyes will be silver-colored.

THE BARONESS

The fifth main female character in my future fantasy books will be a young baroness. She will be a member of the most powerful and influential noble family in the kingdom of Gaena second only to the imperial family itself. However, her life before her betrothal to the main character is a sad story. Despite her privileged upbringing, she has had traumatic experiences with her family. When she first meets the main character, she experiences kindness for the first time in her life. As a result, she becomes madly in love with him to the point of obsession. She becomes overly protective of him, determined to have him for herself. This brings her into conflict with the protagonist’s other brides throughout the story. This gives her the personality of a yandere anime character. Fortunately, as the story and her personality progresses, she slowly learns to share the main character with the other brides. In terms of appearance, I drew inspiration from Yoruichi Shihouin from Bleach, but I changed my character’s hair style. In addition to a different hairstyle, my character will have black hair that glitters purple like a raven’s feathers.

THE PRINCESSES

Although my main character’s relationship with the high princess will be tense, his relationships with his other brides will be more complicated. Three of the main female characters will be members of royal families in the southern kingdoms of the empire. Although they are betrothed to the main character, they and the protagonist regard one another as childhood friends. Therefore, they marry one another out of duty to their respective families and the empire as a whole. However, as they travel together on their arduous adventure, they start to genuinely fall in love. In terms of appearance, I have taken inspiration from Akeno Himejima and Rias Gremory from Highschool DXD and Rushuna Tendo from Grenadier. This will involve one character having black hair and violet eyes, one character having red hair and blue eyes, and one character with blonde hair and bronze eyes. In terms of personality, I will basing them on the Bakadere, Undere, and Kuudere archetypes for anime characters. The Bakadere will be a charismatic idiot like Sasha Blouse from Attack on Titan. The Undere will act as the main character’s “yes” person and has difficulty thinking for herself. The Kuudere will express little emotion, but will exhibit explosive emotional outbursts when the main character is involved. Overall, these princesses will be an intriguing cast of characters that will add a few more layers of complexity to my protagonist’s love life.

THE HIGH PRINCESS

As mentioned in my previous post, I am thinking modeling my six lead female characters in my future fantasy books on the physical appearance of anime characters I have a crush on. The main female character will be a high princess who is the sole surviving heir of the previous imperial dynasty. Politically, she is my main character’s most powerful and significant bride. Like Eleonora Viltaria from Lord Marksman and the Vanadis, my character will have long silver hair, but her eyes will be aqua-colored instead of red. The reason for this is because silver hair and aqua-colored eyes are the traditional features of House Sylva, the previous imperial dynasty. My character will also be a year older than the main character. In terms of personality, my character will be a tsundere, which is a type of character who is initially hostile to the main character before gradually becoming friendlier to them. She HATES her fianc√© and his family for stealing her birthright, but gradually falls in love with him.