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WRITING UPDATE: VOLUME FOUR (CHAPTER 6)

I have reached the sixth chapter of my fourth volume and this is where the plot begins to thicken. Here, the Young Guardians will begin to better understand their new enemy after their initial encounter. Based on what I have planned, the inner workings of this new foe will be advanced, somewhat frightening, and something beyond what can be achieved by humans or neohumans. With that in mind, one might say that the Young Guardians will be in for a challenge that sits in uncharted waters. The true fight in this volume is still creeping over the horizon and it will have significant consequences that will lead up to my fifth volume.

CHARACTER CREATION: THE WRIST BROTHERS

Among the old foes the Young Guardians battled in my third volume were the Wrist Brothers, Billy Bladewrists and Willy Chainwrists. These two were a notorious serial killer duo whose preferred method of killing their victims was severing their wrists and allowing them to bleed to death, which was how they got their name.

However, when the Young Guardians encountered them, the brothers were maimed and presumed dead. Then Vogan’s Black Pantheon salvaged them, augmented them with cybernetics, and recruited them to serve as weapons against the Young Guardians. Among the cybernetics were two pairs of robotic hands, one pair had swords for hands (Bladewrists) and one pair had crushing metal hands attached to the wrists with chains (Chainwrists).

I came up with the idea for these brothers when I saw a film called The Master of Disguise, which I saw when I was a child. When I watched the film and saw the main character fight, I fantasized on the thought of what it would have been like if he fought with his hands attached to his wrists with chains like nunchuks. From that fantasy, I came up with the name Billy Chainwrists and from there, I came up with the names of the brothers and incorporated them into my series.

WRITING UPDATE: FOURTH VOLUME (CHAPTER FIVE) AND NEW PLANS

I have started the fifth chapter of my fourth volume and things are heating up! For the moment, the Young Guardians are getting to know the additions to their team, but an unexpected party crasher is about to test the integrity of their group. Also, I thought of what to include in my sequel trilogy. One way or another, the old world that existed in the series so far is going to end and a new one will rise to take its place. In the new world, new cities will emerge along with a new civilization. With this in mind, I thought of giving these cities original names to go with the nature of the world they inhabit as well as go with the next generation of superheroes. I got this idea from the fact that cities with unique names such as Metropolis, Gotham City, Star City, and so forth have been used in various forms of superhero fiction. I therefore decided to follow this tradition and produce a city with a name that would bring out the superhero fanboy in everyone.

WRITING UPDATE: POSSIBLE SPEECH OPPORTUNITY

I have great news! At the library today, I encountered a creative writing program for children. When they found out that I was an author, they expressed interest in having me as a speaker in one of their future meetings. It would be an honor to help teacher the next generation of writers and authors. Wish me luck!

CONCEPT: THE APOCALYPSE

The idea of the end of the world has haunted the minds of humanity since the dawn of time. It has become a very common and popular aspect of fiction with countless interpretations. It also raises some important questions. How will the world end? How can humanity and society be saved? Can we start again? The list of questions goes on and on. In the second volume of my series, the apocalypse was averted during the Young Guardians’ battle with the demon Fanoxean. However, in the upcoming fourth and fifth volumes, the risk of a potential apocalypse explosively increases. Will the Young Guardians be able to stop the end of the world again or will they fail? The answer to that question will be revealed in the end of my five main volumes.

CREATION: REVELATION ORB

Revelation Orb

The Revelation Orb is a mysterious object of unknown origin and is the focus of the third volume of my series. Its immense energy can be utilized as an energy source that is many times more powerful than nuclear energy or it could be weaponized to dwarf the world’s combined supply of nuclear warheads. Its most phenomenal application is that it can produce an identical energy signature to the Genesis Spell, which grants superhuman powers to ordinary teenage mortals. Under normal circumstances, the Genesis Spell’s magic can only be used once in a spell-caster’s entire lifetime and on a limited number of people. However, because the Revelation Orb’s power is so vast, it can utilize the Genesis Spell on a much larger scale and as many times as possible. It becomes the ultimate game-changer in the third volume of my series and paves the way for the final conflict between the Young Guardians and Vogan.

WRITING UPDATE: VOLUME FOUR (CHAPTER 2 ADDITIONS) PART 2

As I continue to brainstorm on how the second chapter of volume four should evolve, I thought of keeping the Young Guardians’ backup plan a secret until volume five. However, I have decided that this chapter will hint the back up plan as well as show how the past few months have affected the Young Guardians as a team. This will be a time when the Young Guardians are recovering from the aftermath of volume three and forced into hiding until they can find new allies. It will be the first time since the first volume of my series that the Young Guardians are at their most vulnerable.

CREATION: THE BLACK PANTHEON

The Black Pantheon is the name of Vogan’s supervillain syndicate. It got its name because a pantheon is a group of gods and deities, which is a clear hint of Vogan’s god complex. They are essentially a cult consisting of both human and neohuman followers who worship Vogan and his ideals. Their existence is as old as human civilization itself and they have resources and connections ranging from corporations to politicians. In the first volume, they are the shadowy organization that abducts the Young Guardians and eventually become their primary enemy. They have remained in the shadows for millennia, building their strength and infrastructure until the time is right to initiate Vogan’s age-old master plan. All members regard Vogan with both adoration for his charisma and fear of disappointing him. In the fifth volume, all of the Black Pantheon’s members and resources will be brought to bear as they engage the Young Guardians in one final battle.

MUSIC INSPIRATION: THE ONE-WINGED ANGEL

One of the songs that seriously ignite my imagination is The One-Winged Angel from Final Fantasy VII, preferably the orchestra version from Advent Children. As I listen to this song, I can envision the Young Guardians’ final conflict with the main villain, Vogan. During this conflict, I can see the Young Guardians battling Vogan while constantly being at the mercy of his unstoppable power. With each sudden change in note, I can see every devastating attack, every desperate countermeasure, and every ounce of collateral damage. Every now and then, I could see the cold calculating gaze of Vogan’s soulless white eyes and standing amongst the corpses of his victims. As the song comes to a close, I could see the battle between Vogan and the Young Guardians reaching a cataclysmic conclusion in fire and multi-colored energy.