I often think about Rhaegar Targaryen, Prince of Dragonstone from Game of Thrones. He has been widely loved by nobles and commoners alike. Many believed that he would have been a far better king than his father or grandfather. Sadly, Rhaegar never got the chance to be king since he was killed by Robert Baratheon in the Battle of the Trident.
I often wonder how Rhaegar would have been if he became king. How would he rule? How would his personality change throughout his reign? How would the Targaryen Dynasty be affected by his reign? So many questions and answers that will never come.
For my six-part fantasy series, I will be drawing inspiration from Rhaegar for my main character. My main character will represent the ruler Rhaegar could have been. My main character will even have a similar personality to Rhaegar but will have my own twists as well.
Over the years, I have gone on vacation to Hawaii with my family. While I was there, I was fascinated by how the local plants all intertwined with one another, creating a thick jungle that is difficult to navigate. I later learned that a number of the plants were not even native to the islands and that the local and foreign plants were trying to envelope one another. This is what resulted in the tangled wilderness in Hawaii’s jungles. One time, I learned that one of our guides was the son of the original Shazam/Captain Marvel actor from the 1970s television show. That revelation made me geek out! While writing The Kaligen Experiment, I drew heavy inspiration from the tangled rainforests of Hawaii when depicting the primeval wilderness.
I just had a crazy idea for a future idea for The Kaligen Experiment. This idea will allow me to break the 4th wall like Deadpool. This story idea will be seen through my point of view as an author and will revolve around what could happen if my writing becomes real. For the longest time, my greatest fantasy was making my imagination real and this would be a good way to put that fantasy on paper.
After much brainstorming, I have decided that The Kaligen Experiment will consist of seven books, including the zoological book. That means five more volumes will come after the first two that will be released in the near future. I already am coming up with frightening ideas and refining some of my original ideas. It has been a very mentally stimulating process. I will keep you updated on any and all developments as the series progresses.
While writing The Kaligen Experiment, I decided to do something that has not been done very often in the dinosaur genre. I decided to make one of my fictional dinosaurs a species of Therizinosaurus. It will have the same basic body design of Therizinosaurus, but it will have a number of features and traits that make it stand out of the crowd. I have done this because I do not think that Therizinosaurs get enough spotlight compared to other dinosaurs.
Throughout my science classes in elementary school, I was taught the six stages of every experiment: the question, the research, the hypothesis, the experiment, the analysis, and the conclusion. As such, the plot of The Kaligen Experiment will be divided into six acts, each one named after a certain stage in an experiment. The story will start with the question and end with the conclusion.
“Anduin, I now believe as you do, that peace is the noblest aspiration. But to preserve it, you must be willing to fight!”
Varian Wrynn, World of Warcraft
One of the main personality traits for the main character in my six-part fantasy series is his desire to establish peace across the empire. He is one of those royals who has only known peace and prosperity and he wants to make it last as long as possible. However, something unexpected happens that forces him to reluctantly go to war. Throughout the story, he starts as a reluctant commander who does not want to fight to being hellbent to ending the war as quickly as possible. This blind pursuit of peace will have unintended consequences throughout the war effort.
One of the main driving forces of my new six-part fantasy series will be how the main character and his companions save as many villages, towns, and cities as they can from an army of monsters. With each settlement they liberate from the mysterious monster army, the protagonists will be slowly building their own army. When their forces become legion, a titanic battle will commence. I will be drawing inspiration from The Return of the King where Aragorn liberates southern Gondor from the forces of Mordor, eventually gaining enough support to break the siege of Minas Tirith.
The majority of my new six-part fantasy series will revolve around the adventures and exploits of nine characters who travel together on a quest. They will be gradually trying to liberate an empire that is being ravaged by a mysterious army of monsters. I will be drawing inspiration from fantasy RPGs where a party of characters go on quests together, slowly getting stronger in the process with each battle.
In my new six-part fantasy series, I will be featuring a mystical wise man who serves as a guide and mentor for the main character. This character will be a mix between Merlin from Arthurian legend, Gandalf from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Ynyr the Old One from Krull, and Brom from the Inheritance Cycle. In addition to his magic and wisdom, this mentor figure will be a highly skilled fighter like Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid.