This is the pose my writing assistant, Fitch, took when I started the second chapter of my new short story. Surprisingly, while I was writing and saw Fitch sitting in the little dog bed with the innocence in his eyes, I came up with another idea for a future work. Because Fitch is so precious to me, I was thinking that sometime after the fifth volume, the Young Guardians would have children of their own and those children would eventually take up their parents’ mantle and follow in their footsteps. I am still working on the circumstances that will revolve around this sequel story, but based on what I have so far, I believe it will be a good theme that would depict the long-term aftermath of volume five. The fact that I gathered this much inspiration from Fitch’s constant habit of being adorable is further evidence that he is a worthy writing assistant and I look forward to the next idea he will provide.
In the sample from The Young Guardians and the Genesis Spell I posted earlier today, you could see them being struck by an otherworldly being outside of a movie theatre. The following image is the location in which this event occurs in the book. The reason why I chose this place to be the sight in which the Young Guardians acquired their powers was because it is a place of great sentimental significance to me and my best friends. Every year on my birthday, we would gather at this movie theatre and see the latest superhero film. Between middle school and high school, we would discuss all of the possibilities of what our lives would be like if we became superheroes. By my junior year in high school after we viewed yet another superhero film on my birthday, I imagined us experiencing something that would transform us into the heroes we dreamed to be as we walked out of the theatre. That was when the idea for my series first began.
After looking through the photographs I took in Kauai, I noticed this picture of a waterfall I took after hiking into the jungle. Upon examining the luster of sunlight reflecting off the cascading water, I thought about the futuristic world that will appear both at the epilogue and my sequel series. If the future will possess this level of beauty and perfection, what kind of utopia would the Young Guardians live in several centuries from now? The beauty of this force of nature and the possibilities that could happen in the years to come has given me much to think about.
Neohumans are human beings who have had their inner abilities awakened by the Genesis Spell. Each neohuman has their own unique set of superhuman abilities based on their own personalities. As a race, neohumans have a number of traits in common. For example, like high elves, they are immortal in the sense that they do not physically age, are immune to disease, and never die by natural causes, but they can be killed if the physical trauma they sustain is great enough. To human eyes, neohumans are considered extremely attractive and are always at the peak of human conditioning. When I was designing neohumans, I thought of what to call them, but I did not want to use names such as mutants or super humans because I found them a little cliche. Unlike mutants or super humans, whose powers originate from either mutation or evolution, neohumans’ powers originate from magic. So, I decided to call them neohumans because “neo” means “new”. With this in mind, I thought of neohumans as the “new form of humanity”. As I write, I imagine how such a species would live in a world populated by ordinary humans.
Joshua Rauje is the short-tempered loose cannon of the Young Guardians. I based him on one of my best friends, who wanted to be a kind of superhero who is fearless and possesses a powerful hatred towards criminals. When engaging convicts, Joshua is not afraid to use violent methods to stop them, which makes his teammates nervous while around him. The answer to his prejudice towards crooks is revealed in the second volume of the series. Joshua’s powers consist of potent wind manipulation, which he can use to either create solid air balls that he could use to shoot from his fingers like bullets or overwhelming vortexes to blow his opponents away. In addition, Joshua has a pair of eagle-like wings that he can use to fly. Despite his short temper and unpredictability, Joshua is fiercely loyal to his teammates and a devout believer in their crusade against evil.
As a devout science fiction fanatic, I have always been fascinated by the idea of combining man with machine. In many ways, cyborgs make me think of Kurzweil’s theory of transhumanism in which humans would eventually evolve into machines or transfer their consciousness into a computer system. When I developed Cyber Shadow’s character, I wanted to create my own cybernetic character. However, as advanced as this technology may sound, there are bound to be a few defects. One example would be that the organic components of the cyborg would reject the robotic parts just as a metal plate can be rejected by a person’s body. Another example is that there would be a chance that the cyborg’s only senses would be seeing and hearing while their remaining senses would be either gone or diluted. A third example would be that the cyborg may not require food because they may not have either a mouth or digestive system, but would have the subconscious need to feed, which would result in constant hunger that they could never satisfy. While depicting Cyber Shadow, I tried to illustrate on the psychological impact these defects can have on him. In Cyber Shadow’s case, the only organic component in him is his brain, so when his brain is implanted into his robotic body, his brain suffers considerable mental strain as it struggles to adapt to its new physical conditioning. Before he became a cyborg, Cyber Shadow was a sadistic school bully who was already mentally unstable and the defects of his cybernetics only exacerbates these traits. With these flaws in his psyche, I drew inspiration for Cyber Shadow’s personality from the bullies who harassed me throughout middle and high school and the disturbed android Roy Batty from Blade Runner, who was also a product of the inevitable mistakes that human technology would generate. Overall, whenever one is developing new technology, they should be cautious about the effects it would have on the people they are trying to sell it to otherwise the consequences would be disastrous.
I have been a connoisseur of fantasy and fiction all my life and, as a result, I have grown fond of a number of mythological creatures. Among them are high elves, which have been described as the fairest of all beings, which could be an indication of angels without wings. In almost every sword and sorcery story, elves have been depicted as being wiser and more knowledgeable than other beings. For the longest time, I have admired the inhuman beauty and wondrous power that elves possessed. With such tremendous abilities and dashing good looks, I thought that elves would make the perfect superhero and so I applied that idea into my work when I created Tinisha Dolaira, making her a member of the superhero team known as the Young Guardians. While developing the characters for my series, I wondered what would happen if a high elf, who has been born and raised in a world where magic reigns supreme, is taken out of their comfort zone and placed in twenty-first century Earth. They would be morally wise with strong ideals, but would be inexperienced about how the modern world operates. I wanted to depict how such a scenario would occur and how the elf in question would survive in such an unfamiliar environment.