You know, I never thought I would be writing a fantasy story, considering I used to hate the genre. But now... for some reason I want to, and at that, write a tale that is disturbingly similar to Lord of the Rings in some ways. The basic setup is that there is a sword that can kill gods, aptly named the God Killer. The sword does this by literally cutting into reality itself, and wiping the being it cuts out of reality entirely. The sword itself is supernatural in nature, kind of obvious with that, and influences its user significantly. Basically... it turns them into a machine that has one purpose. Kill all gods, and anyone claiming to be a god. Since this world has its share fair or religions, some with gods and others with just really powerful mages, the existence of such a weapon is rather threatening. So, they put it on top of a mountain, that happens to be the tallest in the world, being about as tall as Mount Everest. Okay, I have two questions. A. This is probably similar to a truck load of stories, like Lord of the Rings actually with the artifact, so I'm wondering this. Does this story directly feel like a clone of anything? I know it isn't unique, I'm asking whether it feels like a clone of anything. B. Advice on writing fantasy stories? This genre is... rather new to me to say the least. So, this is rather unfamiliar territory, and it's kind of scary in its own way. So, any help would be greatly appreciated.