One of the darkest mythical creatures would be the changelings. Changelings were infamous for two things: as shapeshifters and as child snatchers. Changelings would steal a human baby, assume the baby’s form, and take the baby’s place in the crib to be raised by its parents. The parents would never know what happened to their child and they would not know that the child they are raising are not human. The changelings’ nature reminds of the cuckoo bird, which switches eggs from other birds with their own. Also, their nature reminds me of the T-1000 from the Terminator films. The T-1000 was able to shapeshifter into the form of any human it came in contact with. I am thinking of including changelings in future fantasy books and I will depict a frighteningly political version of their child snatching nature. Changelings can be ideal spies and saboteurs due to their shapeshifting powers.
In the book Fire and Blood, I received a revelation about Old Valyria that was horrifying beyond belief! During the reign of Jaehaerys I, Princess Aerea Targaryen flew off with Balerion the Black Dread and did not return for some time. When they returned, Aerea Targaryen was dying an indescribable death. At first, it was thought she had a common fever, but after the Grand Maester and Septon Barth took a look at her, her condition was infinitely worse than they thought. Aerea was being cooked from the inside out with smoke slithering out of her mouth, nose, and private parts. Eventually, she became so hot that her eyeballs exploded in their sockets and Aerea was begging for death to end her living damnation. In a last ditch effort to cool her down, the Grand Maester and Septon Barth placed her in a tub full of ice . . . THAT was when the worst of the ordeal happened. A swarm of worm/eel creatures with hands and faces burst out of Aerea’s flesh, making unholy noises as they squirmed in the tub. After a while, the worms died along with Princess Aerea. The whole ordeal was so nightmarish that even a holy man like Septon Barth question his faith.
These creatures reminded me of botfly larva, but far worse. The botfly impregnate their larva into the flesh of animals and humans alike. The larva grows under the skin before eating their way out and flying away. I recall one instance in which a man was bitten behind the ear and kept awake at night by the sound of botfly larva eating the flesh inside his head. As for the appearances of the creatures that afflicted Aerea, I pictured them looking like a mixture between eels and salamanders, but more demonic.
Then things got even more frightening when it was revealed that Balerion the Black Dread, the largest and mightiest of the Targaryen dragons, was also injured with a nine foot long cut that was still bleeding. What in the known world could injure a dragon of Balerion’s caliber? These wounds were physical evidence that there was something more powerful and dangerous than the Black Dread!
It was eventually concluded that Balerion took Princess Aerea to the ruins of Old Valyria. Game of Thrones fans have always know that the Valyrians were not just dragonlords but sorcerers as well. However, we never truly got a real glimpse of just how strong their magic was . . . until now! It became clear that the Valyrians used blood magic and dark alchemy to create chimeras and other unnatural monstrosities. This incident with Aerea and Balerion is proof that even though Valyria’s people and dragons are long gone, the Frankenstein monsters that the Valyrians created still linger among its ruins. Up until now, I thought only the Stone Men dwelled in the ruins of Old Valyria, but this shows me that there are far worse things than Stone Men lurking in Valyria’s shadows.
As much as this incident and revelations disgusts and horrifies me, I am VERY curious about what Valyria was like when it was at the zenith of its power. I hope one day we will get to see Valyria in all its glory before the Doom.
I have watched the first 23 episodes on the anime known as Fairy Tail. For some time, I did not know if I was going to like this anime, but I was pleasantly surprised when I started watching. I loved each characters’ eccentricities and the camaraderie they shared. I also noticed that the creature known as Plue was a character in another anime I watched as a kid, Rave Master. Overall, I am thoroughly enjoying this anime and would recommend it to anyone who is seeking good humor, epic action, and heartfelt storytelling.
Allow me to give you all a terrifying scenario on this lovely Halloween night! I am thinking of depicting a semi-apocalyptic event happen in my fantasy series. This age of darkness will be caused due to a massive imbalance in the natural order. This imbalance will be caused by the excessive usage of dark magic and necromancy so that an overly ambitious few can be immortal. As this imbalance increases in intensity, the nights will be longer and darker, the screams of the damned will be heard for miles, and unholy creatures will lurk in every shadow. As necromancy is tinkered with to higher levels, worse undead abominations than zombies will appear in the darkness. One of the major obstacles the heroes will have to overcome is destroy the source of the imbalance and bring light and life back into the world.
What happens when you combine magic and technology? The end result is complex machinery that is powered by sorcery instead of electricity or nuclear power. Imagine building an army of metallic soldiers that are given life by magic. Such soldiers would be immune to conventional medieval weapons such as swords and axes. Now, think of a type of bomb that is fueled by magic that is powerful enough to destroy castles. It would be a fantasy equivalent of a neutron bomb! These innovations will look like something out of a steampunk universe, but they will be powered by magic instead of steam. As factions grow in strength and power thanks to sorcery, new abilities to wage war will be invented that would ravage the land. I will be exploring this in greater detail in my fantasy series.
One of the most common and controversial themes of magic would be necromancy, which is the power to bring the dead back to life. Bringing back the dead is not as simple or straightforward at it sounds. The reason for this is because magic always comes with a price. ALWAYS! It never gives anything away for free. In some fantasy stories, bringing back the dead was a forbidden art. In the Harry Potter books, the Resurrection Stone could only bring back the deceased’s spirit, but not their physical bodies. In Stephen King’s Pet Sematary and Game of Thrones, every time something or someone dead was brought back, they returned less than they were before. Like alchemy, magic is governed by a law of equivalent exchange, which means in order to gain something, you have give something of equal value up. With bringing back the dead, you have to pay a life for a life. What essentially happened in Pet Sematary and Game of Thrones was that when the dead were brought back, a part of their souls had to be sacrificed. It could be a memory, an emotion, a personality trait, or something else. In addition, the trauma of dying, being exposed to the afterlife, and then being brought back is a grotesque experience that would explosively change a person. In Game of Thrones, this was the case for Beric Dondarrion and Jon Snow. I will be exploring necromancy in my latest fantasy book as well as the consequences that comes from being the dead back to life. What I am envisioning is a combination between Pet Sematary/Game of Thrones and the Nazgul from The Lord of the Rings.
Another item I noticed in several fantasy stories is the concept of the enchanted armor. Enchanted armor can provide an absolute defense against mortal weapons while others can augment the wearer’s fighting capabilities. I am thinking of including an enchanted armor in my fantasy series and were will be unexpected features that will make it look organic instead of metallic.