Here is a medieval scenario I would like you to consider. Imagine a siege battle in which you hold up in a castle with thirty foot stone walls with a garrison of about one thousand men and enough food and provisions to last you two years. Now imagine the battle being invaded by an army that is about twenty thousand strong. There is a fifty-fifty chance help will come. What do you think your odds of winning or surviving would be? Please share your thoughts.
I have seen videos of swords being forged from meteorites. This gave me an idea for my fantasy book. Because the universe to completely unexplored beyond our solar system, there are bound to be asteroids and meteorites made from metallic ore we have never seen before. With this in mind, I featured weapons forged from such cosmic metal and they will be of greater quality than castle-forged steel. I even went as far as naming this steel after the blood of the gods themselves.
It has been frequently mentioned throughout the fantasy genre that a dragon’s scales are stronger and harder than any castle-forged armor. I once saw in the 1981 film Dragonslayer a shield made from dragon scales, which protected a man from dragon fire. This got me wondering if a shield can be made from dragon scales why not a sword. With this in mind, what if the reason why dragon scales are so durable is because they have an organic metallic ore inside them that is tougher than steel? I have been toying with this idea for the main character’s weapon in my fantasy book.
I just had a fun thought I may toy with in future volumes of my fantasy series. Imagine being charged by over ten thousand men on horseback. All of these men will be fully armored knights and hardened survivors of a hundred battles. Now imagine being in an army that is larger than the cavalry force, but fresh and inexperienced. What do you think your odds of winning or surviving are?
Imagine a medieval tournament in which over a thousand knights compete and the tournament lasts for two weeks.
Another frightening and exotic weapon I hope to include in my fantasy book is an African blade called the hunga munga. This weapon was a combination between a battle axe and throwing knife. Due to its elaborate craftsmanship, the hunga munga had edges and blades every which way. Since it was traditionally wielded by tribesmen, I thought it would be fitting to give this weapon to the culture I will base on my Celtic ancestors in my fantasy world.
As I mentioned before in some of my earlier posts, I am thinking of including very exotic weapons in my fantasy book. For instance, I am thinking of giving the Celt-like culture in my fantasy world tribal weapons from Africa and the Philippines. One such example is the panabas, which is a weapon from the Philippines that was used for war, agriculture, and executions. In my fantasy book, I am thinking of having the panabas the design in this picture above, but I will be making a few changes to the weapon. The blade will be made from bronze instead of iron or steel. The wrapping will be made from either rawhide, sinew, or leather. The handle will be made from either ivory, bone, or wood. What do you think?
Here is a sketch I made of one of the swords that will appear in my fantasy book. I am on a roll with this drawing. I haven’t drawn this much since I was a child drawing stories on the yellow tablets my parents gave me. Brings back refreshing memories.
I discovered an exotic type of sword called a kris, which features a wavy blade. The wavy blade allows the sword to cut more deeply than a regular straight sword. Not only do I like the killing power of the kris, but I like its unique style. Due to this I am thinking of making a kris sword the weapon of choice of a villain in my fantasy book because it looks like something a villain would wield.
I am thinking of including this handy dandy weapon in my fantasy book. It is called the Panabas and it is from the Philippines. It was a combination between a sword and axe. In addition to combat, this blade was also used in executions. I watched it demonstrated in Forged In Fire and let me tell you it can make heads roll! What do you think?