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    Mythical warriors

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by Im just here, Jan 27, 2018.

    Hello all,

    I'm in the middle of writing a comic.

    In a tournament arc, I had the idea of bringing in remixed versions of mythical heroes and teams (i.e. Robin hood, three musketeers, Captain kidd etc.) to fill in the spots for secondary characters and to make interesting opponents that need little introduction for my MCs

    The problem is, my search isn't going well.

    I'm trying to stay out of the god/king realm of power because I'd hate to heavily nerf them just to make them fair opponents (MC is still fairly weak and dependant on his team at this point in the story) unfortunately that's what I mainly find.

    Basically what I'm trying to ask for is what are your favorite mythical warriors? People who aren't godly, but superhuman. Or perhaps someone can tell me a good sight to brush up on folklore?

    Any help is greatly appreciated
     
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    Night Herald Malfunctioning clockwork person Supporter Contributor

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    Have you checked out the Greek Demigods? Achilles, Theseus and them? That's about as mythical as it gets. I don't know if that's the power level you're after, but since you're "remixing" you can always tone it down or crank it up.

    There are many superb warriors found in history, some of which border on the mythical. I'm not an expert on the subject, but here's the top of my head:

    Miyamoto Mushashi (author of the Book of the Five Rings)
    Lu Bu (and other figures from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms)
    The nameless Viking of Stamford Bridge
    Sempronius Densus (Praetorian Guard, died in a heroic last stand)

    And so on. These might not be as famous as what you're going for, but could potentially serve as inspiration. Good luck with your comic.
     
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    Thanks Night Herald! I'll look into these. Especially the part about musashi, lu bu and them.

    Demigods are a bit too strong, but I get you're point, I could redo them. I'll be able to look at things a bit differently now.

    If you think of any others please let me know.
     
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    Hereward the Wake, Horatius Cocles, the Black Douglas...

    Not 'mythical' per se, but famous fighters and long enough in the past to have an air of myth and uncertainty about them.
     
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    Appreciate it man. Really good research material. I had forgotten a few of those.
     
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    As Privateer has said, you can always include some more famous 'real' heroes. I do very much despise the historical inaccuracy often seen in wikipedia article, but it has a usefull list of folk heroes, some of them are real, others are more fiction (like spartacus (real) and beowolf (nore saga)). You might want to browse around on there for a little bit.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folk_hero

    Here is also a list of "culture heroes" mostly fictional in origins: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_culture_heroes

    In my own personnal opinion, I find the following interesting, thought I do not know how it fits into your story.

    Arnold von Winkelried - Swiss legendary hero (mostly the themes in his legend)
    Vercingetorix - Gallic King. The Gallic culture has always fascinated me. His character is interesting as describe by julius ceasar. Known at the time as "Gauls greatest warrior".
    The Volsunga Saga has lots of interesting characters such as Sigurd, Svanhildr, Hamdir, Sorli and Gudrun.
     
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    @Necronox I somehow neglected to mention the Volsunga Saga. That one is rife with legendary heroes, especially what's- his-name ,( it escapes me, but he's seriously badass)
     
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    I do very much like that saga, Perhaps one of my favourite sagas personally.

    You mean Sigurd? one of the main characters of the saga? The one that kill Fenrir, or Fenir or Fern or something like that - the snake-monster thing?
     
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    @Necronox No, not Sigurd. I know about Sigurd, he's like the main guy. No, I'm talking about that other guy who came before him. Shame I don't have my Volsunga Saga to hand. This was an S-name also, I think.
     
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    There is a lot of S names in that saga. I think I know whom (or is it who? I'm never sure which) you are referring to in this instant.
     
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    After some light research, I've come to believe that I'm referring to Sinfjötli.
     
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    Let's see:

    -Beowulf
    -Gilgamesh
    -King Arthur (and don't forget his knights.)
    -Heracles (in fact there's a whole boat load of Greek heroes including, but not limited to, Jason, Atalanta, Hector, Perseus, and Achilles.)
    -Finn MacCool
    -Remus and Romulus (Founders of Rome.)
    -Ulster
    -If you want to get into Shakespeare, there's MacBeth and Othello.

    I'm sure I can dig up more.
     
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    A lot of good suggestions here. For a couple more historical badasses who border on the legendary:

    Madam Ching, the most successful pirate in history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ching_Shih

    Sultan Baibars, whose history reads like a swords and sorcery hero--he started off as a refugee and slave, defeated Crusaders and Mongols, and became ruler of Egypt, establishing the Mamluk dynasty: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baibars
     
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    So I think instead of just listing off a bunch of names I just figure I include a list from Wikipedia and let you cherry pick from what looks appropriate. (but if I had to make a suggestion I would push Ragnar and the sons of Ragnar like Ivar the Boneless)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_culture_heroes
     

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