The real world is full of amazing and epic places with rich histories. However, these histories can politicize the place, souring it for some and preventing them from appreciating the stories that took place there. A checkered past can even stand in the way of natural or man-made beauty. Having trouble bringing such a place to mind? Think Jerusalem, or pretty much any religiously significant landmark. Objectively they are often awesome and fascinating in their own right, but attempts to appreciate them are drowned out by the clamor of hatemongers. Especially now after the election of President Trump even facts themselves are called into question, dragging both time and place into a mire of uncertainty.
I love fantasy because I can take all the amazing places I have seen around the world and mash them all together in a story, (hopefully) allowing the reader to experience some of the uniqueness and depth of the place without all the political baggage that goes with it. I thought it would be fun to write a series of posts about some of the real world places that have inspired locations in Disorder of War. This first entry starts close to home: Wing’s Castle in New York, USA.
Of course, no place is represented exactly in Disorder of War. All real names and features have been changed, mashed together, and otherwise altered to be original and objective.
Wing’s Castle is a hand built masterpiece crafted by a veteran of the Vietnam war named Peter Wing. He was wounded before he was sent home, but I’ll let him tell you the story:
My wife and I stayed there for our anniversary and the love and artistry that went into building the castle was incredibly inspiring. While no epic battles were fought here and no Kings reigned from its great hall, Wing’s Castle is the best home I can imagine for someone returning from war.
In life’s most extreme moments, especially when there is a high likelihood of death, a warm and safe place full of family is truly the ultimate fantasy. Mr. Wing made this fantasy a reality through his artisanry. With the help of his wife he was able to use his talents to create both an expression of his passions and a safe place to raise their children. He was an avid collector of militaria and the whole castle is chock full of weapons and armor as well as all manner of Gothic and fantasy artwork.
Wing’s Castle stands out to me as the best example of how to truly make a home for your family. A place that embraces the past and yet serves the present. A whimsical escape, and a practical form of shelter.
Mr. Wing has passed now on to the next great adventure, but my wife and I are incredibly grateful that he left such an amazing place for others to experience. Fantasy is, sometimes, reality.