As mentioned in my previous post, I intend to make the reverse-engineered dinosaurs in my dinosaur series highly contagious. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, I have been acquiring ample inspiration of how society would react to a strong enough outbreak. Like I said, my fictional dinosaurs will not be carrying a virus. Instead, they will be carrying another biological component that can change the world in ways we can’t even imagine. Even if you survive a dinosaur attack, one drop of their blood or saliva is all it takes. This mysterious biological component has the potential to cause the biggest mass extinction since the Permian mass extinction. In the first book, this biological component is introduced, but is contained. In the second book, the possibility exists that it could find a way out into the wider world. Each consecutive volume in the series will highlight how this biological component will affect the world around it.
For my dinosaur series, I will be adding an extra feature to my reverse-engineered dinosaurs. They will be highly contagious with something that would have world-changing consequences. It is not a virus, but it is something that will affect every living thing that comes in contact with it. Overall, my fictional dinosaurs will be the harbingers of a new kind of biological warfare.
One of the more intriguing aspects of fantasy is the relationship between a sorcerer and his apprentice. Just as a king need an heir to inherit their throne, a sorcerer needs an apprentice to inherit their knowledge and power. In future volumes of my fantasy series, I am thinking of depicting a master/apprentice relationship between two characters. To add complexity to their relationship, these two characters will be related and the sorcerer will be mute. So, how can a master-apprentice relationship function when the teacher and student are related while the teacher is a mute? This story idea will take place a century into the Magnus Dynasty’s reign over the Gradaian Empire, which will be when the Druid population recovers and magic becomes more commonplace. The apprentice will be a High Prince from House Magnus while the master will be a descendant of a bastard from House Magnus. Throughout their time together, these two go on a pilgrimage across the empire, having countless adventures and meeting interesting people along the way. It will be like the Dunk and Egg stories from Game of Thrones except it revolves around sorcerers instead of knights. It will be an intriguing project to work with and I will keep you updated on any developments.
For some time, I have been searching for authentic inspiration for an elite personal guard for the Imperial Dynasty in my third fantasy book. At first, I thought of basing it on the Roman Praetorian Guard, but I think I will turn my attention to the Swiss Guard, the Pope’s personal guards. Last night, I watched a documentary that talked about how 189 members of the Swiss Guard defended the Pope from an invasion force of 20,000 mercenaries. Also, their armor and weapons would be more on the same level of my fantasy world than those of the Praetorian Guard. I think I will base my guards’ armor and weapons on the Swiss Guard, but with a number of modifications to make them stand out more. Just as the Swiss Guard are fanatically loyal to the Pope, my imperial guards will be fanatically loyal to the Imperial Dynasty in my fantasy series.
I watched an intriguing documentary that talked about the Anglo-Saxon king of England, Alfred the Great, and his battles against Viking invaders. At some point during his war with the Vikings, the Alfred and his army were celebrating Christmas in his royal palace. Meanwhile, the Vikings surrounded the palace and ambushed Alfred and his men. Most of Alfred’s army was slaughtered and his palace was taken over, but Alfred himself barely managed to escape with a hundred members of his personal guard. Stripped of his seat of power, control over his kingdom, and most of his army, Alfred turned from a king to a fugitive. For four months, Alfred and his followers were hunted across Wessex by the occupying Vikings. Throughout that time, Alfred waged a guerrilla warfare campaign against the Vikings, sending a message to his subjects that he was still a viable king. Thanks to his efforts in his guerrilla campaign, Alfred was able to raise a new army of 3,000 men. With his fresh troops, Alfred was able to turn the tide in his favor and eventually regain control over his kingdom. During the war against invaders in my third fantasy book, my main character will be in a similar situation as Alfred the Great where he is an emperor who becomes a fugitive.
During the 5th century BC, Greece and Persia were at war with one another with Persia attempting to conquer Greece. One of the main turning points of the war was the Battle of Marathon, which was when the Persian armies were defeated by the Greek army and driven out of Greece for a decade. The battle unfolded as the Persian army tried gaining a foothold on the Greek mainland. Then they were ambushed by the Greek army and forced back into the sea. Since the Gradaian Empire will be invaded by an army from the sea, I am thinking of drawing inspiration for one of the third fantasy book’s battles from the Battle of Marathon.
I have made an executive decision with my fantasy series. I decided to introduce three new kingdoms to my fantasy world. In terms of armor and weapons, these kingdoms will be similar to 13th century Ireland, England, and Scotland. In terms of culture, they will be similar to Dark Ages Scandinavia. When these kingdoms come in contact with the main empire, it will be like when 9th century England was raided and invaded by Vikings. While the empire has an advantage with its dragons, these new kingdoms will have more sorcerers. Based on these factors, this conflict will be even with one side having an equal chance to win over the other.
As I write the second dinosaur book and lay the groundwork for the forthcoming dinosaur apocalypse, I brainstorm on potential warning signs humans would see. The first thing that comes to mind would be how the local ecosystems would react to the prehistoric invasive species that have been introduced to the wild. I remember this scene from the Stephen King film Dreamcatcher where all the wildlife in the forest were seen fleeing in the same direction. This collection of wildlife was diverse and consisted of bears, deer, raccoons, rabbits, and birds. It was a parade of predator and prey, unrelated species that would normally not interact like this, united by a single instinct: escape! If the largest modern terrestrial carnivore, the grizzly bear, can be sent running for its life like this, then there is something large, unnatural, and monstrous lurking in those woods. I am thinking of having a similar disturbance among the wildlife in my second dinosaur book as dinosaurs start appearing in the wilderness. Seeing such extreme behavioral changes in animals would be serious warning signs for humans to keep an eye on.
I am working on two books at the same time. One book will be my second dinosaur book and the other will be my second superhero book. I have done the prologues of both books. I have started the first chapter of the superhero one and finished the first chapter of the dinosaur one. I am also working on the second chapter of my dinosaur book. I will shift from one project to the other depending on what mood I am in. With any luck, I may finish both at the same time when I’m done, which will be another notable feat in my writing career.
I have been brainstorming about the future of my superhero series and I have reached a few decisions about the supervillains in the story. As the series progresses, there will be about eight different factions of supervillains. Each faction will have their own ideology, resources, and numbers. The main faction that will be led by the main supervillain will currently consist of thirteen members, but those numbers are subject to change. The interactions between these factions will be part of what could be called “the villain’s journey,” which will be the antithesis of the hero’s journey.