What is it about the Samurai that translates so easily into fantasy fiction? It's their sense of loyalty, honor, and warrior spirit that makes them the perfect thematic character for fantasy literature. Many fantasies, especially epic fantasies, take place in a medieval setting with swords, armor, castles, warriors, and armies. While many typically think of medieval Europe when fantasy is mentioned, the Samurai also are perfectly characterized to fill the archetype for this type of fantasy. They are sword wielding warriors who would stop at nothing to avenge the death of a master or defend the honor of their family if their lord was not in danger. Also, their honor would require them to kill themselves if they were defeated or brought dishonor to their lord. This fierce attitude and warrior spirit is what makes them perfectly suited to the genre. Loyalty, whether to a cause or an individual is something that is extremely valued in the fantasy genre. So, the next time you are scribbling down in your writing journal or brainstorming for a new story, perhaps you should take some qualities of the samurai and transplant that into your epic fantasy. It would make for some interesting character roles.
My new short story The Call of Fate is available for preorder. Here is a short excerpt: Wogan Nance, more commonly referred to as Boot Chuck by his squad, looked out over the sprawling camp of the army. Tents were lined up orderly in rows for as far as the eye could see. Soldiers milled around cook fires, sharpened swords, and fletched arrows, mostly staying close to their own squad's compound of tents and supplies. He wondered how many soldiers were like himself, hiding their true nature to keep from being used up in short order. He wondered how many secret mages, or at least those with the ability to become mages lurked in midst of the throng of these men and women. Mages were a hot commodity in the Imperial Army as it swept across the continent claiming new lands for its own. Magic turned the tide in battle for whichever side had the most numerous mages. While ability helped greatly, a large number of fledgling mages could overcome a seasoned magical user in due time, at th