I have been watching a number of videos about metalworkers forging swords and the show Forged in Fire. One of the most common methods that they used was forging weapons made of Damascus Steel, which is a beautiful metal that is superior to normal steel. In my fantasy series, I am thinking of having Damascus Steel only available to the extremely rich, particularly royalty. Imagine a knight who has armor, swords, shields, and spears made of Damascus Steel. That would be a warrior who has both style and substance with weaponry and equipment that both dazzles and kills.
It has been common practice that medieval nobles would have illegitimate children. Chief examples include Henry I, who had 29 children (5 of which were legitimate) and Henry VIII, who had a large number of illegitimate children. To make my fantasy series as close to medieval standards as possible, I am thinking of my protagonist producing several illegitimate children during his conquest. However, he will not sire these children on a whim like most nobles. Instead, he will sire them as part of a ransom demand from his enemies. There have been cases of monarch granting their illegitimate children titles and lands such as when Henry VIII gave one of his illegitimate sons a dukedom. Cases like these would result in the creation of cadet branches from the main bloodline. A prime example of medieval cadet branches were the House of York and the House of Lancaster, which were offshoot branches from the main Plantagenet royal family during the War of the Roses. This will ensure that if anything happens to the main bloodline that someone will be able to inherit the throne.
I had an interesting idea to include in my fantasy series. What if there were war elephants in the upcoming battles? It is an ingenious tactic that was used in India, Asia, and even Greece. The reason for this is because unlike horse cavalry, elephant’s charge cannot be easily stopped by infantry because of their size, strength, and durability. Also, the fear of facing something so big and powerful would be an effective use of psychological warfare. When the main character begins his conquest, his armies will use war elephants to great effect.
I have started the third chapter of my fantasy series and the plot is quickly beginning to thicken. The main character has made several significant encounters with characters that will play big roles in the future story. Now, he will reveal to us his life with his family and how they interact with one another. Overall, my protagonist has proven to be a humble individual with simple tastes and no big ambitions. He has already proven to be a complex individual and he will continue to develop as the story progresses.
In addition to swords and battles, I have always had a fascination of medieval armor. At Medieval Times, I saw several suits of armor on display. They were on sale for $4,500 dollars plus tax! Still, I admired the craftsmanship of the armor and drew inspiration for my main character in my fantasy series. When I join the Society for Creative Anachronism, I plan to include features from any armor I wear at the event. At first, my protagonist will have armor that is simple yet intimidating, but as the story progresses he acquires a suit of regal black and gold armor. I already envision the main character participating in both tournaments and battles in these suits of armor.
When I participate in the Society for Creative Anachronism, I hope to join a major battle. Because my fantasy project will include a wide variety of battles the only way for me to gain the information and inspiration I need is to experience medieval warfare firsthand. I had a tall, strong individual so this will be a great opportunity for me to cut loose and see how I fare on the battlefield. I will keep you updated on any further developments.
At Medieval Times, I discovered a wide array of swords (most of which were forged in Spain). Because there were so many different styles, I am thinking of drawing inspiration from all of these swords for my fantasy series. In addition to the swords I bought, I will add aspects from several of these swords to the main character’s sword.
While I was at Medieval Times, I purchased two swords to draw inspiration for my fantasy series. One sword is modeled after a Templar sword while the other sword is modeled after the blade of the Black Prince of Wales. I am thinking of including features from both swords for my main character’s weapon because one sword symbolizes holiness while the other symbolizes royalty.