Greetings, Not sure what I expect to get out of this forum, but I thought I might as well sign up after I saw some of the interesting debates in the lounge, if for nothing else. I'm definitely more into fantasy, though I've mixed fantasy with sci-fi, and am considering trying fantasy-western. I'm currently working on a brutal fantasy novella. The background to the universe comes from a Talmudic story and magic came about due to an act of G-d (before anyone asks, I'm a moderately religious Jew and it is tradition not to write His name on computers). The brutality aspect comes from two points. I train in Israeli Krav Maga and use this military martial art as a fighting style for one of the main characters. The second aspect of the brutality is that this universe is a very dark one. The gods could be compared to the most brutal conquerers in the history of man. While not all kill for the sake of killing, all are quite willing to kill. Humans are nothing but playthings to be used in power struggles between the deities. I decided to twist the typical protagonist/antagonist plot. There are two protagonists that oppose each other, but don't know it until the end of the novella. I've got two potential endings, where either the good or the evil character could win. I haven't decided, yet. There will be a sequel, one way or the other. How that goes depends on who wins the final showdown. I like going against the mold, though. Typical fantasy novel has good triumphing over evil. You can already see that things aren't exactly normal, since this is a world dominated by evil, rather than a typically good world that evil is trying to corrupt. The hero isn't even the stereotypical puritanical one. This guy will have murdered dozens of innocent people by the end. Not sure what else to say. Think I'll just take a poke around.