The real events that inspired Lore of Energy and Light (LOEAL)
Often the story and characters are all in the author’s head, an imaginary void where fiction blossoms. But on occasion real-life events inspire plotlines in an indirect way. For those of you wondering about LOEAL, here are some of the things that have influenced me. Suffice to say, the way these real-world events started or ended has no bearing on the book series.
The story of the Mongol Empire has always fascinated me. During his reign, the Great Khan conquered twelve million square miles of territory. My interest in Genghis does not take into account the morality of his actions – I will let history decide the type of person he was. I was drawn to his politics. How did a boy, who became a man, end up leading a confederation of rival tribes into conquest?
It could be argued that the success of the Great Khan was as much to do with his warrior status as his ability to navigate domestic policy. Unlike many empire builders, Genghis Khan welcomed diversity. Inside his territories numerous religions co-existed. When the people are given certain freedoms he learned, they are less likely to oppose occupation. A theme I think is relevant in today’s world and something readers will see in LOEAL.
The Roman Empire
It is hard to ignore the momentous rise and fall of the Romans, and the influences that flowed from their way of life. I am no historian. My knowledge of the Romans is limited, though I see the parallels to the Mongol Empire.
Like Genghis Khan, the Emperors of Rome had a certain level of tolerance for diversity. This helped ease the pressure on the Roman army. They could spend more time at conquest, and less time policing the citizens of newly occupied lands. The Romans also used the benefits of Roman citizenship as a tool of control. With citizenship came rights. A citizen’s rights varied from the ability to own land to lawful marriage, and the ability to trade (enforced contracts). Becoming Romanised may have been a very alluring prospect for some. LOEAL draws upon this idea.
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Those who know their World War II history will know the many driving forces behind the Nazi rise. One factor was the Great Depression of 1929. It allowed the frustrations of the German people to manifest into a strong political party.
When you watch interviews with average Germans who lived in the time of Hitler, many were either unware of his agenda for war, or once they realised the agenda they did not want to be a part of it. Other Germans genuinely felt that conquest was the best thing to build a strong Fatherland that would never fall into depression again.
With the rise to Nazi power came an event called the “Night of the Long Knives”. Political opponents where assassinated which paved the way for unopposed political agendas. I find it staggering that even to this day, people’s political views can still get them killed in many countries around the world.
New world Physics
For me, the last two years have been a real journey of self-education. I have been captivated by documentaries and YouTube videos about space, human evolution, and new scientific theories. You have to laugh at some of the crack-pot ideas. Yet some ideas leave you wondering what is actually the truth?
Most interesting are those people who are combining science and non-mainstream fields like consciousness or unified physics theories. I find this interesting because mankind so often divides the world into black and white; like science vs faith or things we can observe vs our intuition. Why cannot some things be grey? The universe of LOEAL is certainly not black and white.
On top of all this is the question – are we alone in the universe? What happens if, and when, we ever answer this question? I think the answer will take the wind out of the SciFi sails. Especially if the answer turns out to be more enthralling and wondrous than science fiction itself. That is one writer’s humble opinion.
“Truth is stranger than fiction, because fiction is obliged to stick to what is possible. Truth isn’t.” – Mark Twain