I had an insane idea for a kingdom in my future fantasy books. I am envisioning a kingdom that is volcanic in nature. With a volcanic kingdom, the inhabitants would have access to both igneous rock and volcanic ash. Igneous rock and lava have a high iron content, which will come in handy when it comes to forging armor, weapons, and other metallic items. Volcanic ash is one of the best fertilizers in the world, which would help the kingdom’s farmers fertilize their fields. As I contemplate this idea, I will be drawing inspiration from Iceland, which not only has a history with my viking ancestors, but also has several active volcanos. It is often said that hard places breed hard people and if these people live in a volcanic environment they would be the hardest people of them all.
For the future volumes of my fantasy series, I envision a tropical kingdom that consists of a stretch of coastline and a collection of nearby islands. Geographically, it would be a combination between Hawaii and Chile. Economically and militarily, it would be a mercantile state with a strong navy. Culturally, I can envision it to be like a combination between viking and Pacific Islander. My DNA test showed that a small percentage of me is Pacific Islander so this would be a good chance to combine certain aspects of my heritage to create some of the kingdoms in my fantasy world.
If you were a ruler of a fantasy world, would you prefer to be a king of a single kingdom or an emperor of multiple kingdoms? The reason I ask is I am initially making the ruler of my fantasy world an emperor of nine kingdoms. What do you think?
Tomorrow, I will be attending another medieval reenactment that will show what it is like to be part of a lord’s feast. This will give me more authentic inspiration for my fantasy book because it will display food from the period that I will sample. This is also where I will take the five bottles of hypocras I brewed. I told them that I was bringing it and they went berserk. Apparently the hypocras is going to make me super-popular at the event. There will also be medieval games such as archery and bocce among others. It is going to be an epic event and I look forward to being a part of it. I will share videos and pictures when the event is over.
I discovered an interesting article that may potentially prove that King Arthur may have been based on an actual historical figure. Since my fantasy book will have elements of Arthurian Legend, I may examine this further for more inspiration. Check it out!
I realized that Jon Snow is not like any other king in Game of Thrones. Unlike his Targaryen and Stark ancestors, Jon Snow was not born and raised into kingship. He had to work hard from the ground up to get to where he is. Also, while all the other monarchs (like the Lannisters) rose to power through treachery, Jon Snow rose to power the honest way by winning the love and loyalty of those around him. While every other monarch was focused on their own interests and craved power, Jon Snow has no desire for power, puts everyone else before himself, sees the big picture everyone else is blind to, and has what it takes to make the tough calls no one else is willing to make. Jon Snow’s rise to power reminds me of William the Conqueror because like Jon William was a bastard and had to work hard to become the Duke of Normandy and later King of England.
I uncovered something extraordinary in my medieval research that happened recently. After five hundred years, the remains of Richard III, the last Plantagenet king to rule England, was discovered under a parking lot. The skeleton’s identity was confirmed through carbon dating and DNA tests with a descendant of Anne of York, Richard’s sister. While Richard III may not have been a hunchback, he still had scoliosis. Apparently, the Tudors and William Shakespeare exaggerated Richard’s spinal issue to portray him as a hunchback. As for the cause of death, it became clear that Richard’s crowned helmet fell off his head during the Battle of Bosworth Field. Due to this, Richard received a number of head injuries such as an axe grazing his scalp, a dagger puncturing his skull, and a sword slicing the back of his head to the point in which his brains spilled out. Also, evidence pointed to Richard receiving a stab wound in his pelvis, but it may have been postmortem to add insult to injury. Still, the fact that it took all of those head injuries to bring Richard down means that Richard died a badass! He died the way he wanted: as a warrior king with his sword in hand. This made Richard III the last English king to die in battle. Fortunately, Richard III got a funeral fit for a king five centuries after his death and it was beautiful. During his funeral, I learned that one of my favorite actors, Benedict Cumberbatch, is Richard III’s second cousin 16 times removed. That makes my favorite actor Plantagenet royalty! Despite Richard III’s death and the fact that the Plantagenets lost their royal status, they still endure to this day. They are Richard III’s legacy because he lives in them.