What happens when you combine magic and technology? The end result is complex machinery that is powered by sorcery instead of electricity or nuclear power. Imagine building an army of metallic soldiers that are given life by magic. Such soldiers would be immune to conventional medieval weapons such as swords and axes. Now, think of a type of bomb that is fueled by magic that is powerful enough to destroy castles. It would be a fantasy equivalent of a neutron bomb! These innovations will look like something out of a steampunk universe, but they will be powered by magic instead of steam. As factions grow in strength and power thanks to sorcery, new abilities to wage war will be invented that would ravage the land. I will be exploring this in greater detail in my fantasy series.
For the longest time, I have always been more of a writer than a reader. However, I am taking advice from several of my teachers. The best writers gain their inspiration from reading other books. For some time, I felt like something was missing in my writing. I will do more reading to see if I can find some way to refine my craft more than ever before. Wish me luck!
Yesterday, the Santa Ana winds shut down all power in our neighborhood. We lived like Dark Age peasants last night because our only source of light we’re candles. I will be drawing inspiration from that day for future fantasy writing while depicting the lives of commoners.
Here is something I have always believed about the things elves made. Their armor, weapons, and structures would not be made by mortal methods. As a magical race, elves would use some kind of magic to forge their armor and weapons as well as build their castles and settlements. Because of this, I believe elven swords and armor would be immune to rust and the elements. Elf blades would never need to be resharpened. Their cities and artifacts may be covered in dust, spiderwebs, and expanding plants, but they themselves would be untouched. Even after thousands of years, their cities and artifacts would look like they were created yesterday. I am thinking of elaborating this in future fantasy books because the elves may be long gone, but their cities and artifacts remain.
I like the design of this war hammer from Forged In Fire because not only did it have beautiful aesthetic, but it could be wielded with either one or both hands. I am thinking of making my new main characters’ initial main weapon to be a war hammer much like this one in my fantasy book. The only difference would be the hammer and spike would not be made from Damascus Steel. My main character would often use his war hammer in one hand and a dagger in the other.
One of the most infamous beasts in Greek mythology would be the hydra. The hydra was a multi-headed serpentine monster that battled with the mighty Hercules. Whenever one of the hydra’s heads was decapitated, two more would take its place. I am thinking of depicting my own version of the hydra in my new fantasy book. I will be making it the same size as the largest snake that ever lived, Titanoboa, which was over 42 feet in length. Numen the Slayer became famous for slaying the demon bear known as the Graega, now his descendant will try their luck in battling the hydra.
One of the most common and controversial themes of magic would be necromancy, which is the power to bring the dead back to life. Bringing back the dead is not as simple or straightforward at it sounds. The reason for this is because magic always comes with a price. ALWAYS! It never gives anything away for free. In some fantasy stories, bringing back the dead was a forbidden art. In the Harry Potter books, the Resurrection Stone could only bring back the deceased’s spirit, but not their physical bodies. In Stephen King’s Pet Sematary and Game of Thrones, every time something or someone dead was brought back, they returned less than they were before. Like alchemy, magic is governed by a law of equivalent exchange, which means in order to gain something, you have give something of equal value up. With bringing back the dead, you have to pay a life for a life. What essentially happened in Pet Sematary and Game of Thrones was that when the dead were brought back, a part of their souls had to be sacrificed. It could be a memory, an emotion, a personality trait, or something else. In addition, the trauma of dying, being exposed to the afterlife, and then being brought back is a grotesque experience that would explosively change a person. In Game of Thrones, this was the case for Beric Dondarrion and Jon Snow. I will be exploring necromancy in my latest fantasy book as well as the consequences that comes from being the dead back to life. What I am envisioning is a combination between Pet Sematary/Game of Thrones and the Nazgul from The Lord of the Rings.