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 the past few days, I have been building a potential idea to include in my third fantasy book. With magic returning to the world with a vengeance, a new army would be required in the new age. This army will consist of not knights, but warrior sorcerers. I am thinking of drawing inspiration from both the Knights Templar and Shaolin Monks when creating this mystical army.
I am planning to include a very big plot line to my third fantasy book. After the Dark Death plague ravaged the Empire and the Sword of Power was lost, magic mostly disappeared and most of the bloodlines of Druid sorcerers lost their power. Only two Druid bloodlines kept their power, but they were shadows of their former selves. This absence of magic had been going on for over three hundred years until the Sword of Power was rediscovered in Numen the Slayer. This along with other factors will lead to a resurgence in magic and the Empire will never be the same again. I will be seeing a magic show in Las Vegas in two weeks so that should give me some ample inspiration.
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.
In the film Annihilation, I was introduced to a new concept of mass mutation. There was an alien energy field called the Shimmer, which mutated every life form in its area of influence. Some of these changes were small and subtle while others were extreme and grotesque. After developing the setting for my new fantasy book, I had a brain wave. Early in the project I included a strong source of magic lingering in the largest forest south of Storuuk. Now, I am thinking of giving this source of magic even greater influence in its surrounding environment than I originally planned. After nearly two decades, the source would mystically transform every plant and animal in the forest. Creatures such as fairies, goblins, and trolls as well as many others would emerge as a result of the source’s mystical influence. Even the humans who are either desperate or foolish enough to enter the forest are changed by the source’s magic. Over time, people in the surrounding towns and villages would think the forest is cursed and avoid it unless they have no other choice.
I like the idea of being reincarnated and live an infinite number of lives in various vessels. I am thinking of applying this concept in my fantasy series. In most fantasy stories I have experienced, whenever a sorcerer dies that is the end of their story. However, what if when they die their spirit leaves their human body and becomes reincarnated into a great beast of magic? For example, if the sorcerer in question was good then they would be reincarnated into something magnificent like a wolf that is larger than any bear or an eagle with feathers as colorful as a peacock’s. But if they are evil, they would be reincarnated into monstrous abominations such as flying gargoyles that could snatch away women and children to feed or large demonic snakes with acidic venom that could melt through armor. The possible new forms a deceased sorcerer could take would be limitless.
Easily one of the darkest forms of magic is blood magic. As its name suggests this sorcery is fueled by blood. The more blood you sacrifice the more powerful the magic becomes. In order to truly master blood magic, you need blood from someone you love, blood from someone you hate, and blood from yourself. I will be featuring blood magic in my fantasy series and it will be used to perform unnatural and unholy feats.
As a Tolkien fan, I engage with anything to do with either The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings. Due to this, I have learned to speak the Black Speech inscription on the One Ring. I felt empowered speaking the language as though I was wielding the One Ring itself!
I had a interesting yet frightening idea today while researching the occult. What if there was a ritual that could transform thousands or millions of people into an army of darkness? When I think of an army of darkness, I am thinking of something more radical and intense than an army of orcs from Mordor or undead warriors in the White Walker host. Imagine an army of warriors who feel no emotion such as fear, feel no pain, they would not require food or sleep, and they would not tire. These beings would not be undead, but they exist in a different state of being that is unnatural beyond imagining. What would you do if you were confronted by such an enemy? I am thinking of including such an army in my fantasy book and they will be the terror of the Earth!
A had a sinister idea for my fantasy book. I am thinking that things will go so south for the main villain that they will become completely desperate to hold onto their power at ALL costs. Therefore, I am going to manifest this desperation in the form of a deal with the Devil. However, this deal will come with a steep price that turns this character into a soulless Dark Lord. I will be drawing inspiration from the occult in order to accurately portray the formation of this deal. Just thinking about it makes my skin crawl since I can be very superstitious, but I must soldier on if I am to complete this book.