I must admit that I love a good fantasy as much as the next person. I enjoy escaping into a mystical world with endless possibilities and heroes of all types. However, as a writer, I’ve only written one fantasy, The Dragon’s Blood Key, which grabbed me and wouldn’t let go until I had written the entire story… and in two short weeks. That’s right. From the moment I sat up in my bed with the characters screaming in my mind, until I sent it off to the editor it was only two weeks. I have never written a full-length novel that quickly and I haven’t since.
So, you ask, “Why this post?” No, I’m not going to promote The Dragon’s Blood Key; I want to talk about all those mythical creatures we’ve all come to love.
I’m currently working on another fantasy. Unfortunately, this one hasn’t possessed me like The Dragon’s Blood Key did but I will say I am enjoying the journey as the story comes to life. When I was doing the research for this book I came to realize how many cultures have told stories of strange creatures living among us. Some are evil, while others are good and only want to help us.
When the idea for this new book popped into my mind, I had thought it would just be a stand-alone book;, however, with all the exciting legends I’ve found about mystical creatures, I believe this will end up being a series of several exciting adventures for our hero, Malora Danning. You see, Malora is an Aos Sí, of an ancient and powerful people who once controlled Ireland known as the Tuatha Dé Danann. (“People of the Goddess Danu”) They were known to be tall, fair-skinned, with red hair, light eyes, and of great beauty. But like any great people after their banishment, over time they became mere objects of children’s stories; the fairy people of Irish folklore said to live beneath the hills.
During my research, I found several interesting stories of amazing beings and creatures that I plan to use in this series. Here is a blog post that has an AWESOME list. She is a wealth of information and worth a follow.
When I read her list of mystical creatures and beings, I knew I could have some fun bringing them to life in my series. Here are a few of the ones that seem to stand out to me.
Brownies are from England and Scotland, these are little people who are loyal to human households and will sometimes help out with the chores. You don’t want to make them mad, though. Harry Potter fans, take note: a dobbie or dobie is a kind of brownie, and an angry brownie can turn into a boggart. This character will always be a fun character to put in a fantasy.
Firebird is described as a large bird with majestic plumage that glows brightly emitting red, orange, and yellow light, like a bonfire that is just past the turbulent flame. The feathers do not cease glowing if removed, and one feather can light a large room if not concealed. I can have a lot of fun with this fascinating creature. It is beautiful but dangerous showing no sign of friendliness.
Kitsune is Japanese for fox. In some Japanese tales, foxes have magical powers and can shapeshift into women. The more tails a kitsune has, the older and more powerful she is. I already have an idea of how to introduce this character to Malora.
Selkies (also spelled silkies, sylkies, selchies, Scots:selkie fowk) are mythological creatures found in Irish, Scottish, Faroese, and Icelandic folklore. Selkies are said to live as seals in the sea but shed their skin to become human on land. I had never heard of these, but I think they’d make a great addition to the story.
Valkyries Their name means Choosers of the Slain. Valkyries show up at battles to decide who will die. Then they escort the souls of the chosen back to Valhalla, where everyone has a good time. I must admit they are one of my favorites, as I’m sure they are one of yours, too. I mean, heck, how cool is it to have such powers? I can see these exciting beings meeting Malora. LOL
There are far too many interesting creatures and beings to list here, but I’m sure you can see that I’ll have fun bringing them alive in my series, Malora Danning. I wish to give a shout out to blogger, Bryn Donovan for all her wonderful information.
So, I asked at the beginning of the post, Are Fairies Real? I think so, and I choose to believe our world is full of creatures and beings who live beyond our perception. Doesn’t that make things more interesting?