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Fantasy: May 24, 2023 Issue [#11927]

 This week: The Mythic Warrior
  Edited by: Annette
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1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
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“He was the mythic Warrior, the protector of magic, defender of causes, even those not his own. His body was a weapon, and a beautiful one.” ― Zoe Archer

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The Mythic Warrior

Men and women, gods, monsters, heroes from fable and mythology, soldiers and firefighters: the mythical warrior has many faces and professions depending on the period of the story. Traditionally, the mythical warrior comes from fairy tales and folk lore. The type is heavily represented all across mythology. Ancient warriors are almost automatically mythical warriors. Think Hansel & Gretel, Achilles, or Jeanne D'Arc.

The most obvious traits of the mythical warrior are toughness, being courageous, and working tirelessly toward the accomplishment of tasks. Obstacles and difficulties don't stand in the way of the mythological warrior for very long as he will achieve the goal no matter what. The idealized mythical warrior shows compassion and is in the fight for something bigger. Instead of wanting things for himself, he focuses on what he can do for others.

A common problem for the mythological warrior is a simplified worldview of good versus bad. Even with good intentions, the mythological warrior might overlook peaceful conflict resolutions when they present themselves. The modern mythical warrior who is represented as a police officer or in the military will have family issues due to long hours at work and an obsession with training.

Warrior also breaks down neatly into seven principles

Wealth: Generous and resourceful, the warrior amasses wealth in the form of human connections, health, and assets.

Awake: The warrior is both physically and mentally present in every moment.

Raison d'Etre: The warrior stands for something and understands the assignment. He fulfills it with purpose and drive.

Replenish: Rest and recovery are taken serious to prevent being tired or weary in the face of adversity.

Invictus: The warrior cannot be conquered.

Original: Each warrior wants to be unique and embraces authenticity and even vulnerability.

Reverent: The warrior follows a code and will not be bribed or blackmailed to go back on it.

As you craft your mythical warrior for your fantasy story, be sure to give him some or all of these principles. These traits are easily recognizable and help you to tell the story. While leaning on an archetype can feel "too easy," you can make him or her the unicorn that the story needs.

Do you prefer the classic white, male mythic warrior or do you like to see the archetype modernized?

Editor's Picks

 Heads or Tails  (13+)
Fantasy about a dancer and a warrior
#2150729 by Uncommonspirit

Weary Warrior  (E)
In answer to a personification challenge, a soldier ponders his retirement.
#2164923 by SandraLynn

The Warrior's Weapon  (18+)
A skilled warrior fights to survive a vicious assault. Can she even the odds?
#1875942 by Sir Various

The Last Enchantment  (18+)
Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.
#2292908 by A E Willcox

 The young fairy and the sprite  (E)
A young warrior fairy is tested
#2233659 by Goblin Slayer

 The Arena - Complex Fantasy/Fiction  (13+)
My attempt to write in GRRM's complex sentence structure. Seeking in-depth content review.
#2130690 by Xander Scott

 Forest Fantasy  (13+)
Kjel the warrior is lost in the Eternal Forest
#2232942 by Cody Michael

The People of Glass   (18+)
Grieving 11-year-old Sigrun must find someone to answer the needs of the innocent.
#1877630 by Joto-Kai

Zelensky: An unlikely warrior  (13+)
In the Russo-Ukrainian war, not all Russians are enemies.
#2289839 by LightinMind

 Wendelgard the Warrior Maiden  (18+)
A 13-year-old giantess from Thunder Haven in A.D. 995 defends the citizens of Lilliput!
#2277150 by Gastric Aztec

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Ask & Answer

Replies to my last Fantasy newsletter "Epic Short Story in Ten Tomes that asked Do you prefer fantasy short stories or rather novels or even series?

Steven (PLEASE BUY MY BOOKS!) wrote: Do you prefer fantasy short stories or rather novels or even series?

Personally, I like a good, tight fantasy short story. A Robert E. Howard tale of a couple of thousand words is plenty. Otherwise, I don't mind a good standalone novel.

I have come to dislike series. It's like many fantasy writers feel they have to write a trilogy or (more often nowadays) tetralogy, or even longer. My issue is that with series I forget who did what and who is who, and so it becomes an exercise in memory or flicking back and so I lose the pacing of the story. I do like good standalone novels; I don't even mind if they have recurring cgaracters (Fritz Leiber's tales of Fafhrd & The Gray Mouser come to mind). But standalones are becoming rarer as authors feel their stories deserve 267 volumes.

For example, I gave up on 'Wheel Of Time' and 'Game Of Thrones' because I just couldn't get all the characters, especially when they disappear for a few hundred pages.

Beholden wrote: Thank you for including my short story, The Messenger, among your Editor's Picks.

In answer to the question at the end of your article, although I have a fantasy world that has taken most of my life to build up and detail, I also enjoy writing short stories set within less detailed worlds. This enables me to make brief statements without having to develop things beyond a few important highlights that the reader can then play with if they're interested. My troll series is an example of limited world building within short stories.

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