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Power: The Mythology, History and Predictions

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Its all coming full circle now, I see where its all leading to. These characters are becoming new people, who their going to be when the show ends. The break up and fall of the Patrick dynasty. I envision Tariq will inherit Ghost’s drug business, and possibly become the man who his father wanted to be…legit, or Tariq will be the biggest goddamn drug dealer in NYC.

Similar to how the series Vikings introduced the next generation, Power may do the same. Look to the past; Ghost’s dad was a drunk who briefly owned a club, and lost it. Ghost reached heights his father didn’t, but struggles to escape the drug life. It might be this tragedy will end at the third generation with Tariq achieving what grandfather and father desired: legit businessman with an empire of legit businesses.

If Tasha goes to jail next season its like the season 4 plot all over again, repetitive. But history repeats itself, and the writers of the show embrace that philosophy. The actions, executions, and consequences of Tasha’s storyline in season five will be a different than what Ghost experienced in prison. The writers are brilliant. Either Tasha gets off or pulls a Cookie doing twenty years. Ghost becomes a single father with a redemption story between him and Tariq next season. With Tasha in jail Ghost is going to have to really step it up. Honestly, this fool might ended up hiring some Latina nanny and banging her, after all that is his type. He was with Angela and eyed Queen Jimenez with lust.

As a father, this fool can’t be running the streets, especially after everything your only son has been through. I mean is Angie gonna adopt Yasmin, anything is possible. Everything is up in the air.

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We saw how great Kanan and Ghost work together, and that sequence will definitely be explored further next year with the inclusion of Tommy. Meaning we’re being treated to a family reunion. I do wonder will there be conflicts in the family because Kanan did almost destroy Ghost’s distribution network in the first season. Kanan did set up Ghost to kill Rolla, but hey even Rolla said “It was Kanan right, you and that nigga still cool after all these years.”

Ghost replied “he’s my friend.”

Rolla shot back with “I’m your friend.”

We know Kanan killed his own son, and we know that Ghost’s knows Kanan’s son was sleeping with Tasha. And Ghost don’t give a fuck about no one but himself, so it we ain’t got no reason worry. All the arguments between Ghost and Tommy, and they still tighter than a pair of balls. Now we got Kanan in the mix. These guys are more than friends, they are brothers.

The influence Kanan has over Tariq can definitely come in handy next season with Tasha gone. Kanan is in the position be a kingpin too. They destroy Dre, K and Tommy Toms will be the new connect. This where the dynasty theory comes in. Ghost finally gets out the game, hell he could move back to Queens and run against Tate in a political election in season six. Ghost running politics, K and Tom selling dope all over the city, and Tariq ruling as the prince. Its a dynasty and Tariq inherits both worlds. Now I see that though show is not about two brothers, but three. It is about brotherhood. Tariq is a brother and failed to protect Raina.

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I love how Dre is gonna be the villain next season. I am a little confused though if Three Brothers are planning to wipe out the Jimenez too? They might go after Crystobal first. Killing him further complicates Dre’s conquest. Crystobal and his Tainos have been Dre’s key ally this season. Through them Dre contracted the Torros Locos to kill Julio, and in the finale Ghost killed the leader of the Torros who confessed to killing Julio and Dre’s involvement putting Tommy on alert. Now he’s out for blood. Dre has really thrown himself into the fire: betraying Tommy, trying to kill Kanan, and now Tariq sold him out to Ghost. Tariq told Ghost it was Dre who told him where Ray-Ray was hiding, before that Ghost didn’t have a problem with Dre at all. I’m assuming Dre’s association with the man who killed his daughter makes him guilty and that’s why Ghost is teaming up with his brothers.

Truth is though the backstory to Raina’s death goes back 10 years when Ghost sent Kanan to jail. Kanan gets out goes after Ghost, recruits the man’s own son, and in the process Tariq is introduced to Jukebox and Ray-Ray. Had Ghost never betrayed Kanan Raina would still be alive. True story.

Back to Dre, I wonder where this plot will take us. Does Dre die, go to jail, or make it out alive and at the top. But how do they keep the Brothers on the show with Dre running shit at the top? Is a truce made which divides the kingdom into two? I can see it happening. My reasons for this theory has to do with Dre’s development as a character. He has come a long way; from Kanan’s bitch to Ghost’s general manager, to distro, and finally to position of connect. And I feel like there is still more pages to fill in the Book of Dre. Power has three seasons left, I said in an earlier essay that the ending of season four sets up the third and final act for the series, so that means with Dre becoming a big villain next year he has a huge part to play in the wars to come. Furthermore, the actor is signed to G-unit Records and is close to 50 Cent. This is 50’s show as much as its principal showrunner, Courtney Kemp.

Dre reminds me of Vincent Mancini/Corleone from the Godfather Part III. He’s cold, ruthless, deceitful, and ambitious. But Vincent’s character was never explored beyond Part III as Mario Puzo intended with a fourth and final film. Not saying the same will happen with Dre, but this guy has been in the mix since season two. I feel like there is an importance to him.

Funny thing about Dre is his persuasion in getting others to do his dirty work for him. However, the boy is deadly with a blade. He killed pink sneakers and Father Callahan with a knife.

This essay was the discussion of the mythology and history gathered in my own observation of the series throughout its run complete with predictions and other theories. Unfortunately, I have concluded more questions than answers. In the near future it is possible I will follow up this essay because I do wanna explore it further. Call it a foundation. Power airs Sundays at 9pm on Starz, catch up with the series via the Starz app or on Hulu.

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OnthisDayNHistory: Charlemagne & Carloman

#onthisday December 4th 771 Charlemagne inherited the Kingdom of Middle Francia from his little brother, thus expanding his own kingdom of West Francia. Basically granting Charlemagne possession of almost half of western Europe, this inheritence gave way to what we know today as the Carolingian Empire, predecessor to the Holy Roman Empire

The brothers rivaled each in power, and came close to outright war, but Carloman’s unfortunate death prevented what might have been a bloody conflict between brothers. Carloman was buried in Reims. His wife fled with their sons to Italy for protection.

In 774 AD, four years after Carloman’s death, Charlemagne was designated by the pope as the worthy successor to the Roman Empire. The pope crowned him Emperor, thus restoring the Western Roman Empire 300 years after its collapse. 

Pictured in this essay are the brothers together, Carloman’s mint, Charlemagne, and his empire at its greatest extent.

#History #TodayinHistory #Medieval #Historian #French #France #Carl #Charles #Charlemagne #RomanEmpire #King #Wriking #Writing #TenKingdoms #Ravengaddafi #Goals #Ambition #Blessed #Motivation #MakeHistory #Empire #Conquest #Inspiration #Admiration #Aspiration #Diligence #Strength #Legacy #Legend #Gods 

OnthisDayNHistory: Charlemagne & Carloman

#onthisday December 4th 771 Charlemagne inherited the Kingdom of Middle Francia from his little brother, thus expanding his own kingdom of West Francia. Basically granting Charlemagne possession of almost half of western Europe, this inheritence gave way to what we know today as the Carolingian Empire, predecessor to the Holy Roman Empire

The brothers rivaled each in power, and came close to outright war, but Carloman’s unfortunate death prevented what might have been a bloody conflict between brothers. Carloman was buried in Reims. His wife fled with their sons to Italy for protection.

In 774 AD, four years after Carloman’s death, Charlemagne was designated by the pope as the worthy successor to the Roman Empire. The pope crowned him Emperor, thus restoring the Western Roman Empire 300 years after its collapse. 

Pictured in this essay are the brothers together, Carloman’s mint, Charlemagne, and his empire at its greatest extent.

#History #TodayinHistory #Medieval #Historian #French #France #Carl #Charles #Charlemagne #RomanEmpire #King #Wriking #Writing #TenKingdoms #Ravengaddafi #Goals #Ambition #Blessed #Motivation #MakeHistory #Empire #Conquest #Inspiration #Admiration #Aspiration #Diligence #Strength #Legacy #Legend #Gods 

Voyages Ahead: A Summary of Vikings Season Five Predictions

​There is a visual shot between Ivar, Ubbe, and Hvitserk on a hill by a river. A fleet of ships are ready to depart, and Ubbe is aboard one vessel. Both Ivar and Ubbe have a bloody eye, and look at one another with distain. Could be the brothers were involved in a fist fight between them? I think not. I do gather it is a tragic farwell of sorts. The brothers have chosen a side; Ivar and Hvitserk against Ubbe. Now I’m unclear how the season will be divided, but here are some ideas taken from the trailers: the brothers put aside their internal differences thus retaining the unity of the Great Heathen Army pending battle against the Saxon forces led by Heathmund the Bishop. 

We see the Ragnarssons in battle in against Heathmund, every one of the characters soaked in blood. So, I think the farwell shot with Ivar and Ubbe comes after the battle with Heathmund, or quite possibly after the Bishop’s defeat. Keep in mind I am only discussion the first trailer for season five, none of the more recent ones. 

The question is does this uneasy alliance last the first ten episodes, and the civil war begin in the second half of season five? I could see that happening given how much history and plot was put into the Sons of Ragnar, the Great Heathen Army, Bishop Heathmund, Alfred, and the Viking invasions of England.

Hvitserk’s decision to remain with Ivar as opposed to Ubbe, who is he closer with is very intriguing. His decision was probably driven by the love he has for his little brother, a need to protect him from himself. It could also be a plot driven by Ubbe who instructs Hvitserk to choose Ivar. After all, Ubbe and Hvitserk have a closer bond with each other than Ivar. 

Bjorn is never shown with his brothers in England again, after the initial invasion. Historically, the real Bjorn Ironside did not participate in the Great Heathen Army. It seems the show is honoring that bit of historical fact, but in the show, does Bjorn go back to Kattegat or head off to the Mediterranean? I would think Bjorn would return home to see Lagertha, Torvi, and Astrid. In the second trailer, it seems Ironside does the latter, returning to the Mediterranean. Although, not Spain this time, but the Sahara! The Seer prophesied Bjorn would marry a princess, now years ago I had this strange feeling Torvi was the princess. I thought maybe she was a princess in hiding or something, but she is not. We know now the princess spoken of is going to be a Saracen woman Bjorn encounters in the Sahara. The question is how does Torvi react to the arrival of Bjorn’s bride. It is the classic case of history repeating itself; remember how Aslaug arrived in Kattegat surprising Ragnar, and destroying his relationship with Lagertha. This had a profound effect on the young Bjorn, who eventually grew up to be a kind gentleman to his companions. First, Thorunn then Torvi. 

 Another question is does Halfdan inform Bjorn about Harald sponsored attack on Kattegat? And when that truth is revealed how does Bjorn continue to accept Halfdan support?

As for the other brothers, Ubbe will most likely return home before Bjorn, where he accepts Lagertha queenship in exchange for her support of him against Ivar. I do think a love affair will flourish between Ubbe and Lagertha.

Muslim Vikings

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There has been a discovery…have you heard? No. Maybe. Well allow me to share it with you. A few weeks ago, archaeologists unearthed Viking burial site in Sweden. Scandinavia is rich with Viking graveyards, so the discovery of another one was nothing new, but its contains were. Norse customs dictated kings and warriors be buried with treasures, weapons, slaves, and other exotic items to be used or enjoyed in the afterlife. The boat grave in this case storied a very particular item; a trove of clothing embroidered with the terms “Ali” or “Allah.” Initially, researchers believed the ancient fabrics were pure Viking material, but a closer inspection administered by Annika Larrson of Uppsala University discovered the Kufic script.

The clothes belonged to a woman in Gamla, where the burial site was excavated. Gamla is located within Uppsala, which is north of Stockholm. Two coins from Baghdad and a necklace were also found in her possession.

This shocking discovered has created some minor conflict in the field of history, nothing too serious though. Why was this material with the Vikings? The answer is simple. We have three options; the fabric was either gifted to the Viking, stolen by the Viking, or bartered to Viking in manner of trade. The question arises “hey, were Vikings Muslims?” personally I don’t think so, but professionally I am open to the possibility. Vikings often converted to Christianity, who can rightfully say a few didn’t convert to Islam.

The world has this strange perception, or rather reaction we believe the first thing we see or hear that is shocking. Debate of the fabric’s legitimacy came immediately after its discovery. Scholars like Stephennie Mulder, associate professor of Islamic art and architecture at the University of Texas at Austin thinks there’s a dating error. That is due to the creation of Kufic script 500 years after the Viking Age. Mulder contests Larsson’s work saying the latter’s work is “conjecture and supposition.” Mulder thinks Larsson has no concrete proof.

Given what we know about the prosperity of the Viking trade centers at Birka and Kiev, the Vikings developed healthy relationships with Arab traders. Furthermore, there is evidence supporting Arab caravans conducting trade within Scandinavia at the centers mentioned, and others as well. Several years ago, there was the discovery of 100,000 Islamic dirhams (coins) in Birka. This isn’t the first religious artifact with Arabic origin found in Scandinavia from the Viking Age; we have glass ring worn by a Viking woman engraved with the words “Allah.”

The debate by both women is a clash of both worlds: Viking and Muslim. Norse and Arab. Thor and Allah. Mulder is an academic of Islamic art, whereas Larsson specializes in the archaeology of textiles at Uppsala University. I’m not saying there’s going to be a battle with Larsson in the shieldwall, and Mulder on the opposing side astride a horse lance in hand. We historians fight in the classroom with speeches and academic journals supporting our ranks.

My thing is all languages come from somewhere, have some definite origin such as a common ancestor. So, even though the Kufic script may have entered the fray 500 years after the Viking age the print on the clothing found in Sweden might be one of those origins.

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7 Elements of Historical Fiction

7 Elements of Historical Fiction

A Writer of History

Apparently, more than 10,000 people have read this post since I wrote it in March 2015. Who would have imagined? As it seems to be so popular, I thought I’d repeat it today. Enjoy!

All writers of fiction have to consider seven critical elements: character, dialogue, setting, theme, plot, conflict, and world building. While every story succeeds or disappoints on the basis of these elements, historical fiction has the added challenge of bringing the past to life.

Since I work best by example, I’m developing an explanation of the seven elements in the context of historical fiction.

Character – whether real or imagined, characters behave in keeping with the era they inhabit, even if they push the boundaries. And that means discovering the norms, attitudes, beliefs and expectations of their time and station in life. A Roman slave differs from a Roman centurion, as does an innkeeper from an aristocrat…

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X-Posted from Tumblr: A Theory on the Horn of Joramun

Race for the Iron Throne

Based off a long conversation from Twitter, but I’ve started to have some ideas about the Horn of Joramun, one of the more significant objects in the series if assumptions are right that it will bring down the Wall.

The Horn is a curious object, because it seems to have a strong duality about it: it’s known as both the Horn of Winter and the Horn of Joramun, and it is supposed to have  “woke giants from the earth” and it’s also supposed to have the power “bring this cold thing down.” And yet, even through Joramun was a King Beyond-the-Wall “in ancient days,” whom Jeor Mormont places as coming before the Horned Lord and the brothers Gendel and Gorne, and describes all of them as having “broke his strength on the Wall, or was broken by the power of Winterfell on…

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