I am thinking of drawing inspiration from World War 2 warships for my space opera series. The space ships in my series will share the same name as many of these real-life vessels. This will be similar to how the USS Enterprise from Star Trek shared the same name with a real-life World War 2 warship. They will even share the same model names such as dreadnoughts, frigates, and corvettes. In addition, I will be drawing inspiration from fighter planes and firearms from the World War 2 era. Like the warships, they will share the same model name as the real-life weapons. However, the ones in my space opera series will be far more technologically advanced. Normally, World War 2 is not my preferred time period, but I found a gold mine of inspiration in terms of weapons, military ranks, ships, and battle tactics.
I am thinking of various characters wearing kilts in my space opera story. It will be part of a standard issue uniform used by certain groups in the story. I always like characters who wear these kinds of skirts in combat, especially in fantasy.
I had an interesting skill to give one of my characters in my space opera story. I am thinking of giving them the ability to dual wield two weapons at the same time. I am thinking of modeling their fighting style after the Japanese Daisho sword pair. Normally, when these blades are used, the larger blade is used for offense and the smaller blade is used for defense. However, this character will not be using a katana and wakizashi, which are the usual blades for a Daisho sword pair. Instead, they will be wielding one large blade and a small blade at the same time. I won’t say which blades they will be using, but it will be impressive.
If I am going to write a space opera story, I better include some specially made blades. For my story, I will be drawing inspiration from Damascus steel and meteorite steel. These blades will be made from a very special meteorite ore and they will be forged by welding multiple layers together to increase strength and sharpness.
In many space opera stories, there have been examples of psychics with extraordinary powers. Spock from Star Trek had psychic abilities when he performed the Vulcan Mind Meld. The Jedi and Sith have prominently displayed psychic powers through the Force in Star Wars. River Tam was implied to have psychic powers in Firefly and Serenity. Sarah Kerrigan was one of the strongest psychics in the Starcraft franchise. The list goes on and on. I am thinking of carrying on this tradition by including an organization of psychics in my space opera story. These psychics will be the most prominent military and law enforcement organization in known space. Real life militaries often perform experiments to try and create an army of psychic super-soldiers. A prime example is the Stargate Project from 1991, which was conducted by the United States Army. One could argue that my organization is a manifestation of what that psychic army would look like if it ever bore fruit.
As an avid reader of superhero graphic novels, I thought of taking inspiration from various storylines and combine them into my own storyline for my upcoming superhero book. First, like The Dark Knight Returns, my superheroes will be dealing with a government who sees them as a threat to their credibility and authority. Second, like Watchmen, my story will take place in an alternate timeline. Third, like Captain America and the Falcon: Secret Empire, the primary villain of the story is the President of the United States himself. By piecing these ideas together, I have a very sturdy idea of how the story will unfold as I write.
After much brainstorming for the first major supervillain in my upcoming superhero book, I have decided on what he will be like. He will essentially be Karl Ruprect Kroenen, the Joker, and Dr. Frankenstein all rolled into one. Like the Joker, my character will be a nihilistic and psychopathic anarchist. Like Karl Ruprect Kroenen, my character will be a deadly fighter when the situation requires and will have done extensive and horrific modifications to his own body. Like Dr. Frankenstein, my character will be a chaotic scientist who does not care about morals or ethics as long as his thirst for knowledge is appeased in the end. Overall, my character is going to be a serious and nasty piece of work!