Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Villainous Villain Tag

I’ve never done tags before, but after Elethia tagged me, I actually ended up enjoying the whole thing and decided to come up with one of my own. It’s a tag for the villain of whatever story you’re writing, so if you got a story you are working on that has villain, feel free to use this tag. And now without any further ado…

(1.) Who is your favorite (or main) villain of the book/series you are writing, and how would you describe his/her character?

For this, I decided to use a villain I created called Ruval from my book, The Dark Wolf. He is a very important and noticeable character, and the protagonist’s chief nemesis.

To describe his character, I would say he is proud and power-hungry, desiring nothing else except magic with which he can control people and destroy whoever gets in his way. People mean nothing to him. He considers others beneath him and will do whatever he must to achieve his goals. One thing he despises is weakness, and wanting to be loved or needing others is considered weak. He believes in trusting one’s self and nothing else. Because of this, he is a very bitter and angry person.

(2.) What special powers (if any) does this villain have?

Ruval actually has a variety of abilities. His natural ones include enhanced strength, speed, reflexes, and a longer lifespan than most. His other ones are due to the years spent delving into the Dark Powers. Part of things he can do is change his form into a wolf, create energy blasts, turn himself into smoke, and create creatures from the Shadow itself.

(3.) What was your inspiration for the character?

Ra’s al Ghul and Bane, from the Dark Knight movies. Those two were like the perfect villains, and they really helped with the development of Ruval, who originally started out as just your everyday sorcerer and then grew into someone more complex and unique.

(4.) Of all the villains in your book/series, what distinguishes this villain from the others?

I suppose what makes this villain different from the others, is that he didn’t start out bad. In the beginning, he was one of the greatest warriors against darkness, but when tragedy befell him, he couldn’t handle it and so turned to the very evil he had once fought, seeking power so that he would never be hurt or helpless again.

(5.) Even though this character is on the side of evil, what trait does this villain posses that you admire?

I would have to say his intelligence. He’s a master of strategy, and quite cunning. He’s got backup plans for his backup plans, and everything is planned and mapped out way ahead of time.

(6.) What lessons can be learnt from the character’s story?

With Ruval, everything is about the choices he made. When tragedy struck, he blamed the One who had created him, instead of seeking His face. As a result of that, he sought for power so that he could be in control. When bad things happen in life, they are the most important times to lean on God the most, for only through Him will we come out victorious and with peace. Ruval didn’t, and because of that, he has no peace and nothing satisfies him. All he has is his hatred and anger.

(7.) If you had the opportunity to meet your villain, would you do so?

Ah…no. Definitely not. Call me a coward, but I’d rather pass if such an opportunity ever did arise. Some villains you just don’t want to meet even if they are in a titanium cell.

Well, hopefully that didn't come out to bad. And now *gives wicked chuckle* I am going to tag a couple people:


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Tag Response

Okay, here are my answers to a tag Elethia gave me. While it won’t be as epic as hers, hopefully they aren’t too bad. :)

1. If the main villain of your favorite book/movie/TV series showed up on your front doorstep, what would you do? (Explain who it is first...)

Well, after much deliberation, I decided I would go with Cheimontyr from the Binding of the Blade series. He is a giant called the Bringer of Storms as he can control the weather. He’s like Thor and carries a hammer as well, but attitude wise, he’s not as nice. He is a part of a race of giants called the Vulsutyrim who threw their lot in with the evil Titan Malek to take control of all of Kirthanin.

If he were to show up on my doorstep, I suppose would be frozen for a couple seconds from sheer panic and shock before going to make sure my family was out of the house in case the guy decided to send a lightning bolt. Then I’d grab a sledgehammer and meat cleaver, and tell him to take a hike.

2. Now supposing the heroes opposite this villain showed up just after your exchange. What would you do then?

Alright! Valzaan, Aljeron, Etrigan the Great Bear, and my favorite, Sulmandir, the Father of Dragons! Go sock it to the bugger!
Naturally I would go check on my family and stay out of the way, but I’d keep the gun handy just to be on the safe side.

3. So... moving on, the heroes defeat the villain (with some help from you, of course- whatever it may be. ;) But the next day, you're just walking along, minding your own business, when you suddenly come across the same villain... who is now lying in the dust severely wounded and unconscious. What do you do?

What to do, what to do…. Well, aside from the fact I wouldn’t know how to tend to wounded giant anyway, I certainly wouldn’t bother helping the guy. His main goal is to destroy anyone who doesn’t submit to Malek, so I’m certainly not going to stick around. Who needs the villains creating anymore havoc than there already is in the world?

4. Now his minions show up and kidnap both you and him and take you to their universe (or version of your universe, whatever it happens to be.) Your reaction?

Captured by giants?!!!!! HELP!!!!!!!! Okay, aside from the initial panic, I would try to keep calm, and definitely don’t do anything to tick them off, while keeping alert for the best moment to escape.

5. Your fantastic heroes have arrived to rescue you- but now you're faced with a choice. The villain, out of gratitude for your earlier help, (assuming you actually did help him when he was wounded) has offered you a chance to travel back to your own universe. However, the heroes warn you not to trust him. The only other way for you to get back home is to travel with the heroes on a long and dangerous journey... and there's no guarantee that you'll survive.
What. Do. You. Do.

Well, seeing as how I didn’t, I can’t see Cheimontyr offering to take me back home, nor would I accept if he did. I’d rather take my chances with the heroes. If you got a prophet, a dragon, an enormous bear, and a mighty warrior, the odds on you making it can’t really be that bad.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Hunter Brown and the Secret of the Shadow: My Review

I finally got the time to read the first book in the Codebearer series, and am pleased to say that it exceeded beyond my expectations. The story has a feel slightly similar to the Door Within Trilogy, only amped to the tenth level with a lot more humor and excitement.
We are introduced to Hunter Brown, a high school kid who has developed a reputation as a prankster. After one prank goes wrong, he ends up in the realm of Solandria on the run from the Shadow. There, he meets the Codebearers, warriors devoted to the Resistance of the Shadow, and joins the group but before he can finish his training, he is sent on a mission that could cost him his very soul.
I thoroughly enjoyed the unique world the Miller Brothers created, as well as the character of Hunter Brown, who is sure to make you laugh more than once at some of things he gets into. I have to be honest and say I have never laughed so much with any fantasy book until this one. What I loved most of all is God is not put on the back shelf. His presence is clearly defined as the Author, the creator of all, who is always in control, and the story is very focused on that. Too many times, authors regulate God to little more than a thought, and that is the last we hear about Him. Not so with the Miller Brothers, and I give them two thumbs up for that. There are plenty of lessons to be learnt in this story, a couple of which are trusting that God is in control of things even if it looks otherwise, and that we all have a purpose in life.
Overall, I give the story five out of five stars. If you are looking for humor, thrills, and something that teaches good spiritual values, then this is the book for you.
I have only one complaint, which is a minor one, and that is the lack of commas in places. There are actually a lot of essential commas missing, which I was very surprised about, but again it’s a minor thing unless you’re a very picky reader. Other than that, everything else is good.