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!
Even though I love wolves and my pit bulls are best friends with wolf-dogs, I like the fact that wolves are often featured as villains in fantasy and folklore. In fantasy, villainous wolves included Wargs in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings as well as the Gmork in The Neverending Story. In Viking folklore, there was the demon wolf known as Fenrir, who was a son of Loki that bit off the hand of the god Tyr and slew Odin, the almighty All-Father himself, during Ragnarök. For my spin-off fantasy trilogy, I am thinking of including a whole pack of demon wolves that will act of dark assassins for the dark lord of the story.
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.
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.
I started reading a new book, The Rage of Dragons. From the looks of it, it combines traditional fantasy elements with African mythology, which should provide a very interesting and unique story. I look forward to reading it as soon as I am done with Operation Red Dragon.
One of the most infamous beasts in Greek mythology would be the hydra. The hydra was a multi-headed serpentine monster that battled with the mighty Hercules. Whenever one of the hydra’s heads was decapitated, two more would take its place. I am thinking of depicting my own version of the hydra in my new fantasy book. I will be making it the same size as the largest snake that ever lived, Titanoboa, which was over 42 feet in length. Numen the Slayer became famous for slaying the demon bear known as the Graega, now his descendant will try their luck in battling the hydra.