The more layers of tension a writer can create on the basis of a thematic exploration; the more they can articulate their perspective on a moral argument through the drama of increasingly forced to interact elements of the characters' worlds, the more compelling any perspective the writer has can become.
The rise and fall of nations and the creation of imperial legacies is a study of the human wish for unity, as paradoxical as all the war and ethnic hate might seem to be in relation to that pursuit.
The elemental forces that the gods represent, their archetypal communicative powers in a narrative, are often emphasized and made as resonant as they are by the way that their servants enact their will on the world.
There are many ways to leave one's mark on the battlefield....
Consuming the collections of fictional dogmas from the melting pot fantasy of Dungeons and Dragons has gifted me at least one boon.
Horses charge and churn clods of earth in preamble to the blood and bone their hooves will soon trample .
They consume. They make waste. They grow.
Speculative science fiction often earns a place in our hearts for the way that alien worlds can be shown to function with the chaotic elegance of darwinian war.
Building a world where such beings exist, whether by faith or a force of practical reality, requires an understanding of the effect of the divine on the mind.
Story is about perspective, both in terms of how it is consumed, and in how it and its context might be made relevant....