For my future fantasy books, I am thinking of introducing a particularly dark breed of monster: the kind that is born out of incest. Unlike real life, children born of incest in my books will not be human even though their parents would be human. Instead, they will look like beasts you will only find in your most unholy nightmares. These creatures will be what they are due to their parents being exposed to byproducts of a failed magical experiment. As a result, these monstrosities will roam the corners of the Empire, attacking towns and villages where they find them. I will be drawing inspiration from a creature known as the Shtriga, which was the Albanian version of a vampire.
I sometimes wonder what it would be like to be a vampire. To be a vampire would mean to be immortal, but it would be immortality that would come with certain conditions.
Chief among these conditions are that I can only eat blood whether if it is human blood or animal blood. I would keep my pantries, refrigerator, and cellar fully stocked with bottles of blood. That way, I won’t have to hunt and kill prey. Some vampires need to feed once every four or five days. With this in mind, I will drink one whole bottle of blood once every four or five days. That way, I can make my blood supply last for a long time. The question is how would I acquire the blood if I do not hunt and kill prey. I would buy blood from blood banks and slaughter houses. That way, I can keep my belly full and not worry about becoming a predator. I would preferably buy blood that has high blood sugar. To a vampire, that would be like drinking maple syrup or chocolate milk.
I like the 30 Days of Night vampires because they could only be killed through either exposure to the sun or decapitation. That way, as long as I stay out of the sun and keep my head fastened to my shoulders, I will live forever.
Being immortal, I would literally have all the time in the world on my hands. I would spend my days sleeping and my nights doing whatever I pleased. I would have more than enough time to write books until my imagination was spent. I would see every new Star Wars film that will ever be made. I would read every manga and watch every anime. The sky is the limit as long as I do it at night.
When you are immortal, you always risk your loved ones growing old and dying in front of you. With vampires, you have the option to grant immortality to another person, making that person your eternal companion. However, I will allow a human to get to know me to the fullest before giving them the option to join me until the end of time. I am a social individual and I am always looking for someone to socialize with. I don’t want to risk driving a potential companion away by taking away the choice of whether or not they want to be human. If I turn the against their will, they will hate me and either kill me or run away into the night to become man-eating predators.
In addition, vampires sometimes turn animals into their familiars. Familiars are servants who are as long lived as a vampire, but not a vampire themselves. I could turn my pit bulls into my familiars. They would guard the house while I am sleeping by day and sleep on my lap at night while we lounge.
Overall, if I was a vampire, I would have civilized and a semi-human lifestyle.
I like ligers because they are such fascinating big cats. They are the offspring of male lions and female tigers. Ligers tend to be larger and more powerful than either of their parents and surprisingly quick for their size, bursting with hybrid energy and stamina. They are about the same size as Smilodon AKA the famous saber-toothed cat (minus the sabers). After watching this video of ligers, they are not the big killer cats you would expect. Instead, they are essentially large, lazy, and spoiled babies.
I am thinking of including ligers in my fantasy world and their origins would be based on a local fairy tale and children’s story. I will base this legend on a Greek myth about the Myrmidons. In the original legend, the first king of the Myrmidons prayed for Zeus to give him a strong and powerful people to rule over. Zeus granted his wish by turning every ant on the island into a human and the Myrmidons were born. Because they used to be ants, the Myrmidons were the original Ant-Men.
Norse and Germanic mythology is overflowing with great legends and stories that have lasted right up to the present day. Among those legends was the tale of the hero Sigurd, who slew the dragon Fafnir and claimed the beast’s treasure. After slaying the dragon, Sigurd bathed in its blood, which made his skin impenetrable with the exception of a weak spot on his back. Another story is of the All Father of the Norse Gods, Odin, who sacrificed one of his eyes in order to gain wisdom. A third legend regards Tyr, the Norse God of War, who lost a hand while fighting the demon wolf Fenrir. Even though these features have been included in heroes and gods, I am thinking of making them the features and characteristics of the main villain of my spin-off fantasy trilogy.
One of the most iconic creatures of Norse mythology would be the World Serpent. According to legend, the World Serpent was so enormous that it could enveloped all the seas of the world. It was rumored to be the only creature that was big and powerful enough to fight Thor on even footing. As it slept in the ocean, the World Serpent would constantly bite on its own tail to hold the world together. This became one of the symbols for Ouroboros, which was seen as another way of representing infinity. Once the World Serpent let go of its own tail, Ragnarok, the dreaded Twilight of the Gods, would begin. For my spin-off fantasy trilogy, I will be featuring a colossal serpentine creature that will be based on the legend of the World Serpent. This behemoth will be the size of Titanoboa, which was the largest snake ever recorded and was big enough to feed on dinosaurs. In addition, this beast will have combined features from a black mamba, king cobra, anaconda, and rattlesnake. It is going to be the king and god of all snakes and I cannot wait to write about it!
One of the most iconic aspects of werewolves is when they transform from human to beast. When I was a little kid, I was obsessed with this part of being a werewolf and even tried it myself, which did not sit well with my mother. I like it when a werewolf’s muscle fibers, bones, sinews, and joints crack and contort as they rearranged themselves into something new. Their innards would burn and expand as they twist and churn into new shapes. When the sun comes back up and the werewolf turns back into a human, they undergo the same painful and grotesque mutation. All of this would leave the werewolf drained, exhausted, and sore from head to toe from transforming twice in one night. I also see a sense of symbolism when a werewolf’s clothes are torn off during their transformation. The reason why it is symbolic is because their clothing represents a part of their human self being ripped away as they turn into beasts. I have my own idea of the werewolf transformation for my new idea and it is pretty messed up.
Last night, I thought of an idea for a werewolf story. I even came up with a few twists to original werewolf legend. For example, the curse of the werewolf was traditionally transmitted through bites like rabies. With my idea, the werewolf curse will act more like an STD instead of rabies. Also, we often see films and stories in which there are usually one or two werewolves. A wolf’s greatest strength is not their teeth or claws or speed, it is the pack. With this in mind, my story will portray the formation of a pack of werewolves and how they adapt to the modern world. In terms of mentality, they would have something similar to dual personalities always at odds with each other, one personality being their usual human side and the other personality being the beast in them. The humans in these werewolves will be trying to fit in to society as best they can, but the beasts in them will only view humans as either livestock or mates. In addition, the human side of these werewolves will constantly be haunted by the faces of those they either kill or turn, which creates a sense of inner conflict. Overall, this story will have themes I do not normally explore, which will give me new territory to investigate. I will keep you updated when I get started.
Another classic Arthurian myth revolves around a battle between two dragons, one that is red as old wine and one that is white as new milk. In some interpretations of the story, these two dragons were flesh and blood creatures while in other interpretations they were symbolic in nature. I am thinking of doing this in both a symbolic and literal sense. The symbolic sense will have the red and white dragons symbolize the sigils and banners of two rival factions and the literal sense will be that each side will have a dragon of their own. The final battle will result in these two dragons and their riders clashing with one another one last time. It will be a duel that will decide the fate of five kingdoms.
For the main villain of my spin-off fantasy series, I am thinking of drawing inspiration from the Arthurian tyrant known as Vortigern. In medieval times, there were plenty of tyrant kings and I think such a concept should be incorporated in my work. I am even thinking basing the villain’s full name on a play on words of Vortigern’s own name.
When people think of unicorns, they think of horses with a straight horn growing from their heads. However, I am thinking of including a different kind of unicorn in future fantasy books. Like every other mythical creature, I will be very scientific when it comes to unicorns. Instead of a horse with a fancy horn, I am envisioning unicorns as resembling large reindeer or caribou with silver fur and a single, recurved horn made of polished ivory instead of antlers. There will not be anything magical about them. They will just be overly exotic animals that look magical. What do you think?