I have started the epic conclusion of the siege battle and have reached the 290 page marker. This is where the suspense will be at its greatest. Will the defenders survive? Will the invaders be defeated? Will the relief force arrive in time? So many factors are falling into place and it is keeping me on edge. I will keep you updated on any further developments.
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?
Imagine an army that is capable of becoming berserkers and are armed with poisoned weapons. Being berserkers, they would be immune to pain and fear and be consumed by all-consuming rage and bloodlust, giving each of them the strength and ferocity of ten men. With their poisoned weapons, all it would take is one scratch to kill an enemy in minutes. These factors would make them capable of taking on a much larger army. What do you think?
I have written the 23rd chapter of my fantasy book and started the 24th chapter. In these chapters, I will be writing the next stage of the siege battle and give my readers a look at some of the Imperial politics. So far, the siege battle has become increasingly chaotic with heavy losses on both sides. As for the Imperial politics, even though this story will be set in an empire I will somewhat model its politics on those of medieval politics. It has become a very interesting process and I look forward to finding out what direction this will take in the future.
I thought of an interesting feature to add to the siege battle in my fantasy book. In my medieval research, I learned that some siege battles included a tactic that involved what is called a sally port. A sally port is a small, easily concealed and defensive hole in the side of a castle in which a small force of defenders can sneak out and sabotage or fend off invaders before retreating back into the hole to regroup. I am on the verge of writing a scene that involves to usage of a sally port and it will be chaotic and full of loss.
Another weapon I intend to include in my fantasy book is a type of sword I discovered recently called the Katzbalger. The Katzbalger was introduced during the Renaissance and used by German mercenaries to keep the peace of the Holy Roman Empire. They were also used by pikemen, archers, and crossbowmen as a last resort when enemy soldiers got too close. The Katzbalger can be identified by the rounded tip and S-shaped crossguard.
At first, I wanted the first major battle of my fantasy book to be an open battle that is based on the Battle of Pilleth. Now, however, I am thinking of changing it to a siege battle. The reason for this is because a siege is much more suspenseful because the castle defenders do not know if they will survive or not. I will therefore research significant siege battles in medieval history to gain inspiration for the battle.
While watching Forged in Fire, I discovered a wide variety of different weapons that I could potentially use in my fantasy book. Among these weapons is the falcata, which was introduced by my Celtic ancestors before spreading to the rest of Western Europe. In some ways, the falcata operates like a machete as it hacks through enemy lines with powerful one-handed strikes. Also, this sword reminds me of the weapon of choice of Alexander the Great, which fits perfectly well with the theme of my fantasy book. Because I am drawing inspiration from my Celtic ancestors, I am thinking of including this sword in some of the factions in the fantasy world of my book.
While looking into history, I discovered a sword known as the xiphos, which was a weapon of choice in ancient Greece. I like the xiphos because its leaf-shaped blade looks elegant. It looks like Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ sword Sting. For my fantasy book, I am thinking of including a weapon that is similar in design to the xiphos.
I remember a type of sword known as the rapier, which was the weapon of choice for the Three Musketeers. Unlike the longsword or greatsword, the rapier relied on skill, speed, and precision rather than strength and power. I used to take fencing classes so I have a good idea on how the rapier is used. I am thinking of including the rapier in my fantasy book and make it the weapon of choice for a major character.