A: Apocalypse Crown, Best Ways for Fantasy Worlds to End

So I’m doing the Blogging from A to Z Challenge during the month of April. Super excited to try something different and recharge the ole blog. I’ve been feeling kind of blah about it recently, so it’s awesome to have a chance to connect with some new people and discover some interesting blogs myself. Looking forward to it. More info here: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

PSA: Don’t give the world as a gift to a dark lord. It never ends well.

 A is for Apocalypse, so I figured I start off the blogging with an ending. Or multiple endings actually. Throughout fantasy fiction, and mythology we’ve had vengeful gods, hordes of slobbering undead, or stars going supernova obliterating fantasy worlds. So which ones are the best? I’d like to name some I think could be winners if you’re one of those authors that likes to build a world just to shake it up like a snow globe and kill everything. Good times!

1. Dark Lord Uses Magic/Swords/Goblin Horde/Mushroom People and Kills Everyone

Ah, this old trick. It’s an oldie but a goodie. There have been plenty of fantasy novels where dark lords get angry, flick their nose at the world and then commence killing. It may be via magic, swords, armies of mud-born monsters, awakening some fell beast from a hell pit, whatever. If you’d like to take a conventional approach, allow your dark lord to kill everything and let your heroes sort out the remains. It worked pretty well for Brandon Sanderson!

2. Dragons (and Dragons Like Them)

Who doesn’t like dragons obliterating the world with fire that can melt the inside of a yeti’s eyelids (huh?) There have been lots of dragon apocalypse scenarios in fiction. Name one? Uh, can’t think of one right off hand. There must be though, right? Right? If not, get on that. Dragons melting/dissolving/freezing/blasting the world into bits is good family fun!

3. Ice and Fire

Speaking of ice and fire (no, not the series, although that world will probably end in politics rather than white walkers or dragons), this is also an excellent way to end all life as it exists. Who doesn’t like a pyromancer and a…whatever wizards that use ice magic are called fighting each other over who gets to send the world spinning out of orbit. 

4. Comets!

Speaking of worlds spinning out of orbit (OK, I’m running dry on these segways)  a giant comet is always a interesting way to end the world. You can go Final Fantasy character Sephiroth mode and destroy the entire Solar System (yes, and your characters only take 5,000 something damage…) or you take a more scientific approach and just have it appear. “Oh, hey look a comet is going to hit the world in a couple of days. That sucks.” It’s also a good way to get characters moving. They can either hide underground hope they don’t choke to death from the lack of oxygen or they can…die I guess?

 5. Undead Unicorns and/or Telepathic Sloths

If you read my blog, follow me on any social network, or know me whatsoever, you should know that my totem spirit is an undead unicorn. Why? I don’t know, unicorns are cool. Undead ones are even better. I mean, even their sparkles are dirty!

And telepathic sloths because telepathic sloths.

Hope you enjoyed this post. If you like my special brand of weirdness, you may like the next “B” post. Especially if you like basilisks in sweaters. Yeah, I’ll just let that sink in.

Thanks for reading and if you have any ideas for a fantastical way for the world to stop spinning on its axis, please share!

This is part of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.