I am fond with intense martial arts movies such as The Raid and The Raid 2 because of the exhilarating action that takes place. In several anime/manga, there were examples of characters who performed martial arts. For my superhuman series, there will be situations in which the characters’ powers will fail them. When that happens, they will have to fight their way out with their fists. I will be making the martial art fight scenes in my superhuman series just as intense and brutal as the fight scenes in The Raid franchise. Bones will be broken, blood will spray through the air, and bodies will be flipped like so many pancakes.
I had an interesting thought about one of my future fantasy books. I discovered a concept known as polyamory, which is when multiple people have love affairs with the knowledge and consent of all parties involved. I am thinking of exploring this in one of my fantasy books. Several of the members of this love circle will even be bisexual and nymphomaniacs, which will add further depth in their personalities and characters.
In several anime/manga, there were characters who possessed mocking smiles and eyes narrowed into slits. These characters have been described as “fox-faced” and these facial expressions are common among anime/manga tricksters and villains. In some cases, when these characters are pushed too far, they drop this falsely friendly demeanor and reveal their true menacing nature. Since I will be giving my new superhuman series an anime/manga feel, I am thinking of including a characters who possesses a facial expression like this.
When Henry VIII came to the throne, he was just a seventeen year old kid. Before he became the obese tyrant we know, Henry VIII was handsome, sexy, athletic, intelligent, charming, generous, and charismatic. In the early years of his reign, Henry’s court was filled with young noblemen who were around his age, giving his court the energy and vigor of a frat house. He often engaged in sports such as jousting, hunting, and tennis. Also, while most kings appointed nobles to high ranking positions, Henry VIII appointed commoners to high ranking positions. He did not care if his ministers were nobles or commoners. As long as they ran his kingdom and made him rich, he was happy as a clam. Before divorcing Katherine of Aragon, the first half of Henry’s marriage to her was very happy. Before he became a tyrant, many thought of Henry VIII as the brightest and most charismatic prince and king England ever knew. Thomas More once wrote that “this king is loved” and he compared the passing of Henry VII and the ascension of Henry VIII to the transition of winter to spring. If Henry VII was the winter, then Henry VIII was the spring. However, Henry VIII had one fatal flaw in his character: he could not rule himself. A king who cannot rule himself must not rule a kingdom. Still, I am curious and interested in Henry VIII’s early reign as a young king. I will be basing aspects of one my main fantasy characters’ reigns on the early reign of Henry VIII. This way, we could see what kind of king Henry VIII could have been if he could rule himself.
One of the most iconic aspects of werewolves is when they transform from human to beast. When I was a little kid, I was obsessed with this part of being a werewolf and even tried it myself, which did not sit well with my mother. I like it when a werewolf’s muscle fibers, bones, sinews, and joints crack and contort as they rearranged themselves into something new. Their innards would burn and expand as they twist and churn into new shapes. When the sun comes back up and the werewolf turns back into a human, they undergo the same painful and grotesque mutation. All of this would leave the werewolf drained, exhausted, and sore from head to toe from transforming twice in one night. I also see a sense of symbolism when a werewolf’s clothes are torn off during their transformation. The reason why it is symbolic is because their clothing represents a part of their human self being ripped away as they turn into beasts. I have my own idea of the werewolf transformation for my new idea and it is pretty messed up.
Last night, I thought of an idea for a werewolf story. I even came up with a few twists to original werewolf legend. For example, the curse of the werewolf was traditionally transmitted through bites like rabies. With my idea, the werewolf curse will act more like an STD instead of rabies. Also, we often see films and stories in which there are usually one or two werewolves. A wolf’s greatest strength is not their teeth or claws or speed, it is the pack. With this in mind, my story will portray the formation of a pack of werewolves and how they adapt to the modern world. In terms of mentality, they would have something similar to dual personalities always at odds with each other, one personality being their usual human side and the other personality being the beast in them. The humans in these werewolves will be trying to fit in to society as best they can, but the beasts in them will only view humans as either livestock or mates. In addition, the human side of these werewolves will constantly be haunted by the faces of those they either kill or turn, which creates a sense of inner conflict. Overall, this story will have themes I do not normally explore, which will give me new territory to investigate. I will keep you updated when I get started.
I found another collection of medieval documentaries that talk about the earliest knights in the tenth century Holy Roman Empire. Back in those days, some knights would start out as peasants who were called to war by the king. If the peasants achieved great deeds in battle, they were elevated into the nobility with lands, titles, and wealth. While later knights were mostly raised from the nobility, the first knights became nobles due to their own merits. In addition to knights raised from the peasants, there were knights who were born nobles and inherited everything from their fathers. The first tournaments were more brutal and less fancy than later ones because deaths were common even though they were mock battles. When a knight was beaten into submission, the victor claimed their foes and their armor for ransom. When the ransom was paid, these knights would share it amongst others. They were generous mainly for two reasons. First, sharing one’s winnings with other knights, strengthened bonds between them and formed alliances. Second, it made the peasants more willing to work for this knight. Apart from real wars and tournaments, the first knights also engaged in private skirmishes to settle disputes between them. Knights who lost their lands and wealth became robber knights who plundered and pillaged. I am thinking of basing the knights in my new fantasy works on these early knights because the fall of the various monarchies make many knights fall from grace and become less civil.