In every superhero story, there comes a time in which a superhero makes their debut to the world. Before this debut, they undergo a series of changes. I am not just talking about getting their powers. I am also talking about the hardships they endure as they come to terms with their new lifestyle. After conquering these hardships and putting on their masks for the first time, their lives as mere mortals end and their lives as gods among mortals begins. When they reveal themselves to the world by fighting their first villains, doing minor good deeds like saving a cat out of a tree, or simply flying and leaping between buildings, they are displaying a powerful message to the public. That message states, “I am here! I am your savior!” At that moment, the human in a superhero dies and the hero in them lives! I am planning to depict something similar in my new superhero series when my main characters make their debut as superheroes.
Throughout human history, empires rose and fell. No empire fell more famously than Rome. The Roman Empire eventually fell at the hands of Germanic tribes known as the Visigoths. For my spin-off fantasy series, I will be depicting the fall of the Gradaian Empire at the hands of invading tribes. This will mirror how Rome fell to the Visigoths. Then the survivors have to battle the brutal aftermath as the invaders continue to ravage the land in the name of their god of war.
I have always been a fan of powerful heroes battling powerful villains with epic music playing in the background. The powers that these two combatants wield would be so great that they could demolish entire cities as they clashed with one another. It is like watching two gods fighting amongst the heavens . . . a thing of utter combative beauty! I have seen these kinds of battles countless times in anime, films, and superhero comics. In the final battle of my new superhero series, I will be depicting one such duel to the death where the main character fights the main villain in a titanic struggle that would level multiple cities. I am getting goosebumps just imagining it!
In my spin-off fantasy series, one of the main characters will be armed with these two weapons. One is the Viking bearded battle axe and the other is the Scottish dirk dagger. The bearded axe originated as a common woodcutting axe before being modified for war. Not only can the axe chop into an enemy, but the beard on the blade is designed to hook into the opponent’s flesh or tripping an opponent’s leg in battle. The Scottish dirk was a common dagger in the Scottish Highlands around the 1800s and was later adopted by the Japanese navy. I have chosen to include these two weapons in a main character’s arsenal because they symbolize two sides of my heritage: Vikings and Highlanders.
Even though most of the kingdoms in my fantasy world are based on medieval Europe, there is one kingdom that is based on feudal Japan. As a result, they have similar armor and weapons as samurai. Among these weapons are the katana long sword and the wakizashi short sword. When these two blades are used at the same time, they become what is known as the Daisho Sword Pair. The long katana is used for offense while the short wakizashi is used for defense. When these two swords are used simultaneously, they become a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield. In my spin-off fantasy trilogy, one of the main characters will come from this Japan-like kingdom and will carry a Daisho Sword Pair wherever they go. In the heat of battle, this character will become a demon with a blade.
I discovered a rather frightening weapon from the medieval period. It is a two-handed variation of the falchion sword with teeth at the tip that is designed to bite into an enemy’s armor while chopping. I first discovered this weapon while watching the film Ironclad and I initially thought it was a made up weapon for the sake of creativity. Now, I find out that this was a real weapon and a terrifying one. This blade is shaped like a sword yet has the weight of an axe with each blow. If this blade’s wielder is big and strong enough that it can be a completely scary weapon on the battlefield. I am thinking of including this variant of the falchion in my spin-off fantasy trilogy and it will even have a funny ironic nickname.
Out of all the Greek Gods, one of my all-time favorites would be Zeus, god of the heavens and King of Mount Olympus. Zeus was the youngest of the first generation Olympians, which made him the runt of the litter. Despite his youth, Zeus was nevertheless the mightiest of the Olympians, which made him most suitable to be their ruler. When his siblings were swallowed by his Titan father Kronos, Zeus was spared by his mother Rhea and when he came of age sought to liberate his siblings and start an all-out revolt against the Titans. Under his leadership, the Gods were able to overthrow the Titans and seized control of existence for themselves. As the King of Olympus, Zeus was the father of several Gods such as Ares, Athena, Hephaestus, Apollo, Artemis and so on. Apart from his divine children, Zeus was notorious for seducing mortal women and siring demigod children with them such as Hercules and Perseus. His sister/wife Hera, being the goddess of marriage, was equally infamous for being jealous of Zeus’s affairs with mortal women and would routinely lash out at them and their demigod children. Because my new superheroes will be naming themselves after the Gods of Olympus, I am thinking naming the strongest character after Zeus.