I have long imagined this scenario for my superhuman series. I imagined a powerful superhuman battling while he listens to music they like. How they would listen to this music would be unusual and unorthodox. This music would help them concentrate while fighting and they would fight while moving as though they were conducting an orchestra. Without the use of this music, this superhuman would not have the concentration to properly control their immense power. This will be similar to how I use music to help me concentrate while writing.
I thought of the ultimate culmination of my superhuman series, a war between humans and superhumans. For over five thousand years, humans would be the rulers of the known solar system. However, the introduction of superhumans would challenge the normal humans’ status as the supreme rulers. Throughout the series, a chain of events will result in an all-out war that would decide the fate of the entire solar system. Who will triumph in the end? Mere mortals living on borrowed time or empowered beings rising to prominence? Like Game of Thrones, the characters will be morally ambiguous because they are both heroes and villains at the same time.
I like the idea of being reincarnated and live an infinite number of lives in various vessels. I am thinking of applying this concept in my fantasy series. In most fantasy stories I have experienced, whenever a sorcerer dies that is the end of their story. However, what if when they die their spirit leaves their human body and becomes reincarnated into a great beast of magic? For example, if the sorcerer in question was good then they would be reincarnated into something magnificent like a wolf that is larger than any bear or an eagle with feathers as colorful as a peacock’s. But if they are evil, they would be reincarnated into monstrous abominations such as flying gargoyles that could snatch away women and children to feed or large demonic snakes with acidic venom that could melt through armor. The possible new forms a deceased sorcerer could take would be limitless.
I do not like the concept of betrayal, but treachery is an integral part of medieval life because loyalties always shift from one side to another. Due to this, I am thinking of depicting a major betrayal in my second fantasy book that will threaten House Magnus’s hold on the kingdom of Umbran. This betrayal will cause a war within a war, which will be a complex situation I never explored before. This will also add to more complexity to the story.
In Numen the Slayer, I introduced the kingdom of Gaena, which is the capital region of the Gradaian Empire. The Empire’s capital city, Chrysos, is also in Gaena. Before the surviving Homantians invaded Gradaia, Gaena was originally a collection of dwarf kingdoms that were overflowing with gold mines. Because of its gold mines, Gaena is the wealthiest kingdom in the Empire. In addition to being the home of the Empire’s capital, Gaena is also the home of the Imperial Palace, the largest and most impregnable castle in the realm as well as the residence of the Imperial Family. Along with gold mines, Gaena also has numerous port towns along its coast. Gold may have made Gaena rich, but trade made it even richer. If you are seeking a life of luxury in the Gradaian Empire, Gaena is the kingdom to live in. Gaena will appear again in the second volume of my fantasy series and you will get a better idea of its military strength and the quality of their armor and weapons.
It has become a common custom in storytelling that a leader of an army would give a speech to boost the morale of their army on the eve of battle. The most famous of these speeches in literature would be the St. Crispin’s Day Speech from Shakespeare’s Henry V. Henry V of England said this speech to arouse his army right before they defeated the French in the Battle of Agincourt. In the second volume of my fantasy series, I will be including a series of speeches before major battles throughout the story. I don’t think I could ever top the St. Crispin’s Day Speech, but I will do my best.
For decades, the Nazi Third Reich has served as the symbol of evil, tyranny, and madness. Untold millions died by their hands and their ideologies enslaved a significant portion of Europe before being defeated and disbanded at the end of World War II in 1945. Because of the Third Reich’s infamously dark legacy, it has served as inspiration for villains and evil organizations for decades in film and literature. In the superhero genre, Marvel drew inspiration from the Nazis when they created Red Skull, DC Comics drew inspiration from the Nazis when creating Captain Nazi, and Watchmen included a Nazi-based character called Captain Axis. In film, Nazis appeared in films such as The Rocketeer, Schindler’s List, countless war films, and the Norsefire government in V for Vendetta has Nazi-like elements to them. Even in anime Nazis were a source of inspiration such as in Hellsing and Bleach. Bleach, in particular, provided an interesting example called the Vandenreich, which is German for “Invisible Empire”. The fact that the Vandenreich’s name was German and had “reich” in its name was a clear Nazi reference. Overall, I will be following the footsteps of all these storytellers and base the government in my superhuman series on the Third Reich’s evil. In fact, just as Bleach included “reich” in Vandenreich, I will be doing the same by giving this government a name that ends with “reich”. Under normal circumstances, I try to avoid this subject because exploring the extent of their crimes against humanity causes me to have an emotional breakdown.