I had an interesting idea regarding my superhero series. After I am done with the Herawulf Rising series, I am planning to write a separate story that is told from the point of view of a supervillain. It will be like The Boys where the world’s superheroes are heroes in name only and are really a bunch of privileged and corrupt thugs. Then one of these false heroes causes trouble for the main character, which motivates him to pursue a path of vengeance and destruction. My protagonist will reflect what I would do if I became a supervillain and will possess the darkest aspects of my character. Overall, this is easily going to be one of my darkest stories and I will be treading through the penumbra of the dark side while writing it.
My illustrator has completed the tenth illustration for The Kaligen Experiment. This is a fictional species of Stegosaur, but it has no back plates. Instead, it is bristling with spikes like a porcupine. The next illustration will involve a species of Ankylosaur.
I have made some serious progress on my third fantasy book. I have written the prologue to the eighth chapter. The prologue is frightening and introduces the vanguard of the monster army revealing themselves. Chapters one through seven introduces the main character and his interactions with various characters as well as the nine workings of his daily life. The eighth chapter shifts to the point of view of other characters, who are squires for the commander of the imperial military. Overall, after so much trial and error, the third fantasy book is finally taking shape.
“We come to it, at last. The great battle of our time.”
Gandalf the White, The Return of the King
For my fantasy series, I am planning the final battle against the monster army to be a major siege battle. I have been doing a lot of research when it comes to siege warfare. As a result, I am planning for this siege to have a lot of moving parts. There will be unmanned barricades, flaming trenches, stake-filled ditches, cavalry charges, manned barricades, trebuchets, archers, booby traps, and stone walls. With each obstacle the monster army goes through, the more the battle’s suspense will increase. This is going to be the most complex and terrifying battle I have ever written so far. It will be like the Battle of Helm’s Deep, the Battle of Winterfell, and the Battle of Pelennor Fields all rolled into one.
In future volumes of my fantasy series, I have decided for the main antagonists to be an army of monsters. Now that a new imperial dynasty has been established, the time for normal politics and civil wars between kingdoms has ended. It is time for a new kind of enemy that is not human. I even thought of a messed up origin story for these creatures. In terms of appearance, I am envisioning these beasts to be a mixture of the Tao Tei from The Great Wall, the Future Predator from Primeval, the monsters from A Quiet Place, the Mimics from Edge of Tomorrow, and the Whitespike aliens from The Tomorrow War. Imagine monsters such as these going up against medieval armies. That is what future battles in my fantasy series will involve.
“And then, there was Achilles. Now there was a guy who had it all: the build, the foot-speed. He could jab! He could take a hit! He could keep on comin’! BUT THAT FORSLUGGINER HEEL OF HIS! He barely gets nicked there once, and kaboom! He’s history.”
One of the most famous heroes of ancient Greece would be Achilles, who is best known for his participation in the Trojan War. Achilles had a complex heritage. His father Peleus was the king of the Myrmidons while his mother was a nymph and sea goddess named Thetis. His grandfather on his mother’s side was a minor sea god named Nereus. So, Achilles was a demigod in the sense that his mother and grandfather were gods while everyone on his father’s side were mortals. When he was an infant, his mother tried to make him immortal by dipping him in the River Styx. However, Peleus thought Thetis was harming their son and interrupted the ritual before it could be completed. Even so, being immersed in the River Styx made Achilles virtually invulnerable and invincible in combat. His power became legendary during the Trojan War, where he slew countless foes including Prince Hector of Troy. Despite his invulnerability, Achilles’s heel was his only vulnerable spot because it was the only part of him his mother did not dip in the River Styx. As a result, Achilles was slain by Prince Paris near the end of the Trojan War. It was his death that gave us the phrase “Achilles heel”, which alludes to something’s weakness. Achilles has always been one of my favorite characters in Greek mythology. In my story on Greek mythology, my main character’s name will rhyme with Achilles. I will also draw inspiration from Achilles’s complex blood ties with the gods when creating my demigod characters. The River Styx will also be mentioned in the story along with its invulnerability properties.
“I am the King of Olympus and it is my way that is the way of the Gods.”
Zeus, God of War II
The main antagonist of my story on Greek mythology will be Zeus, god of the heavens and King of Olympus. However, I will not depict him as a pure villain. Instead, my version of Zeus will be a complex, deeply conflicted, and morally ambiguous character. As the King of Olympus, Zeus carries the heavy burden of all of creation on his shoulders. Because of this, he is often forced to make difficult and sometimes dubious choices for the greater good. Due to this, some of his choices draws the ire of the demigods.
Despite being the strongest of the Gods of Olympus, Zeus was the youngest of the first generation Olympians, which made him the runt of the litter. He was the younger brother of Hades, Poseidon, Hera, and Demeter. His wife was his sister Hera, goddess of marriage. Zeus was the father of many gods of demigods. Sadly, due to his constant womanizing, Hera would often seek vengeance on Zeus by taking it out on his illegitimate children. Zeus’s relationship with his brothers was one based on balance. While Zeus ruled the heavens, Poseidon ruled the sea and Hades ruled the Underworld. Shared between the three of them was the earth. Zeus was most famous for being able to cast bolts of lightning and create thunderstorms whenever he was in a bad mood.
I have started my book on Greek mythology, having completed the first chapter and started the second chapter. The first chapter will involve introducing the Gods of Olympus and the plans they have for the demigod population. The second chapter will introduce the main character and the demigod community. Something big is about to happen that will shake ancient Greece to the core. The wrath of the gods is about to be unleashed!
Based on the number of moving parts and references to Greek mythology, I am estimating my book on gods and demigods will be roughly the same size as the Harry Potter books by the time it is done. I have never written something that big before, but I am up for the challenge. I will keep you updated on all developments.
“Brothers, put aside the petty grievances that have splintered us for so long. We will unite. We will stand together, and I will wipe out this plague!”
Zeus, God of War II and God of War III
As I continue to write and brainstorm about my story on Greek mythology, I am starting to rethink a few things. While my original plans for my main demigod character will remain unchanged, I will be making some overarching changes to the overall story. Amongst those changes will be the inclusion of two more demigod characters. Initially, I have been struggling on finding ways to make the inclusion of other demigods work, but I think I may have found a way to make it work. Like my main demigod, the other two demigods will have complex blood ties to multiple Gods of Olympus instead of just one. I did this not just so my protagonist would have people to interact with on his quest, but also for a practical reason. One demigod going to war with all of Olympus would be the height of folly. Even almighty Zeus was not strong enough to defeat the Titans all by himself. Therefore, my main demigod will need additional allies for his war with the gods.