“A man can have anything if he is willing to sacrifice.”
Sith Emperor Vitiate, Star Wars
In Norse mythology, Odin became the All-Father of the gods by enduring a series of painful trials. For instance, Odin sacrificed his eye in order to gain wisdom. Then he impaled himself on his own spear while hanging himself from the World Tree Yggdrasil in order to unlock the hidden secrets in runes and acquire a greater understanding of the universe. I am thinking of having the main character of Dawn of the Dark Ice endure a similar torturous transformation as Odin in future volumes.
In my fantasy series, the emperor will have highly trained and fanatically loyal bodyguards that are armed to the teeth. One of the standard issue weapons of the emperor’s personal guard will be the guandao. Just as the Pope’s Swiss Guard’s standard issue polearm is the halberd, the Imperial Guard’s polearm will be the guandao.
As my new fantasy series progresses, I will feature my own unique breed of giants. They will not be as big as the one in Jack and the Beanstalk, but they will still be a respectable size. I also intend to make my giants more inhuman in appearance. In general, these giants will look like a combination between all the images below. Giants will play a similar role in my fantasy books as the Ents in The Lord of the Rings.
As mentioned in a previous post, I will be featuring an illustration in my next fantasy book that depicts my own version of a dragon. The dragon in question will have two wings and two legs like the image above. However, the look of the head, neck, and tail will be different.
The face of the dragon will resemble this image, which will give it a beastly yet eerily intelligent look to it. I also like the goatee-shaped spike sprouted from the tip of its chin. Plus, the scaly lips reminds me of Draco from Dragonheart.
The dragon’s horns will resemble the image above along with the mane running down the back of its neck. I like the curvature of the horns and the mane will give the dragon a similar look to a horse’s mane. This will be fitting since my protagonist’s family is a family of dragon riders.
The dragon’s tail will resemble the image above, but the tip of the tail will be different.
The tip of the tail will resemble the image above, which will be similar in shape to the fluke of a dolphin or whale.
Overall, these images are like pieces to a puzzle that the illustrator will use to create the dragon illustration. They provide a rough and basic idea of what my dragon will look like.
For the second volume of my new fantasy series, I am planning to include an intense and brutal duel between two characters. I will be drawing inspiration from a Scandinavian custom known as “holmgang”. Holmgang was the Viking equivalent of trial by combat and was the most common way to settle disputes.
In addition to exotic plants and animals, prehistory was a time when ancient and giant landmasses existed. The most famous of these landmasses was the supercontinent Pangea before it broke up into the continents we know today. Other prehistoric landmasses were Laurasia and Gondwana. As The Kaligen Experiment progresses, I will depict the gradual rise of a new landmass that will be like Pangea, Laurasia, and Gondwana. The formation of this new landmass will be tied to the Pacific tectonic plate. Geology is a subject I have not touched on in a while so I will be brushing up on it in the future.
In The Kaligen Experiment, I featured a mutated species of snake that was as big as Titanoboa. I decided to make it scary with a seemingly perpetually angry expression on its face. At the same time, I added a dash of comedy to the snake’s appearance. The giant snake actually yawns like modern snakes would today.
In the second volume of my new fantasy book series, I will be depicting a battle that will be similar to the Battle of Thermopylae where a handful of soldiers fight against a numerically superior enemy. My battle will involve several hundred human soldiers taking on thousands of monsters. Also, like Thermopylae, it will involve a bottleneck, which will increase the complexity of the battle.
“The true enemy won’t wait out the storm. He brings the storm.“
Jon Snow, Game of Thrones
In terms of appearance, the main villain of my new fantasy series will look like a combination between Kylo Ren, Femto, Darth Maul, and Ulquiorra. Basically, I have taken features of the biggest villains I could think of and merged them into my idea of the ideal Dark Lord.
“I have done this thing because it is just. Blood demands blood! We have lived and lost at the whims of our masters for too long. I would not have it so. I would not see the passing of a brother for the purpose of sport! I would not see another heart ripped from chest, or breath forfeit for no cause! I know not all of you wished this, yet it is done. It is done. Your lives are your own, forge your own path, or join with us, and together we shall see Rome tremble!“
Spartacus, Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Despite being the first and most powerful vampire to exist, my vampire character will have humble beginnings. Like Ymir Fritz from Attack on Titan, my vampire will start out as a slave before gaining unparalleled powers. However, unlike Ymir, my vampire will have the will to rebel against his masters. Like Spartacus, my vampire will lead a slave revolt against an oppressive empire. He will do this by sharing his dark powers with others. Some will become other vampires, some will be undead minions, and some will be shadowy familiars. Overall, this revolt will see the rise of an army of darkness that seeks to overthrow the world of humanity.