It has become a common custom in storytelling that a leader of an army would give a speech to boost the morale of their army on the eve of battle. The most famous of these speeches in literature would be the St. Crispin’s Day Speech from Shakespeare’s Henry V. Henry V of England said this speech to arouse his army right before they defeated the French in the Battle of Agincourt. In the second volume of my fantasy series, I will be including a series of speeches before major battles throughout the story. I don’t think I could ever top the St. Crispin’s Day Speech, but I will do my best.
Here is one of the anti-villains of Numen the Slayer, Emperor Autem Sylva III. Autem is the current emperor of Gradaia and is a complex and morally ambiguous character. A politically astute young man, Autem is obsessed with securing his dynasty’s future and status and is willing to eliminate members of his own family or tamper with unholy magic to achieve that goal. He covertly commits a number of atrocities to secure his position as emperor and yet is plagued by a sense of guilt when he sleeps at night. In battle, Autem wears gold armor and wields the Ferruman metal sword, Gryphclaw. When creating Autem, I drew inspiration from the historical Richard III as well as Macbeth. As the series progresses, Autem’s character will evolve as he continues to fight for the future of his dynasty.
This is the main villain of Numen the Slayer, King Robar Baal of Umbran. While creating him, I drew inspiration from Shakespeare’s version of Richard III as well as the Arthurian tyrant Vortigern. Like Shakespeare’s Richard III, Robar is a hunchback, but to make him more unique and reviled I made him a cannibal as well as a tyrant. Also, I included a more human side to him due to being persecuted all his life as a deformed creature even by his own family. To compensate for his insecurities, Robar purposely makes himself a tyrant in order to demand respect from those who mock him. His last name “Baal” is based on the demon who is one of the Seven Princes of Hell. Robar’s weapons of choice are a falchion forged from a meteorite and a meat cleaver that has a handle made from human bone as well as a collection of knives he carries on his belt. Overall, Robar serves as the driving force behind the story of Numen the Slayer.
I got to play the character Caliban from the Shakespeare play, The Tempest.