Gideon and the Crimson Samurai actually started life as a single daydream, back when I was about 14 years of age. I had just finished playing a video called: Brave fencer Musashi – a tale about a samurai child who has to slay monsters and rivals. Just like the name suggests, the boy was brave, courageous and strong. Although I had always been attracted to Japanese super heroes, this was the first time I saw a child samurai who showed no fear. So from then, I used to imagine my own fictional worlds, and what they would be like, with a child swordsman like that from the game I played. Over time I would name this character: Kibishi.
At the time I had no means as to how I could create such a character, in an effective platform or medium. I was not the best artist, so creating a comic was out the window. I also had no clue how animation worked, so I simply settled for keeping this made up story within my mind. That was until I discovered the power and pleasure of original writing. Finally I could see a glimmer of hope, as to how I could create a world where a heroic samurai could slay monsters, just like Mushashi from the game I played did.
Once I learned the basics of putting together a story, I wrote many different fantasy tales, until I felt confident to write one about a child samurai. I named this story: Gideon and the Crimson Samurai.
So there you have it. Gideon and the Crimson Samurai was merely an inspiration from a video game, by our friends from the east.
About Gideon and the Crimson Samurai
Gideon and the Crimson Samurai
by R.L. Baxter
Publication Date: December 1, 2014
Genre: Fantasy / Adventure
Gideon Joust is your average twelve-year-old boy, with all the growing insecurities one would expect, following the mysterious disappearance of his father. On one fateful day, the boy’s world is turned upside down – leading to a chance encounter with a brash child warrior: Kibishi the Crimson Samurai.
After short moments, the archer and samurai sit by the stream, looking out over the dull sunset. They remain quiet – Kibishi looking troubled, while Albion smiles evermore.
Kibishi: I still stand by what I said. We will part ways once we reach Valero. I cannot allow Gideon to follow me any further. He’ll only end up dead.
Albion: I understand. However do you still stand by the other thing you said? The thing about: “Whoever said you and I were friends?” You didn’t honestly mean that – did you?
Kibishi: No… I didn’t mean that. I just don’t want Gideon to trust in me – that’s all.
Albion: And why would you not want somebody to trust you? Friendship is based on trust after all?
Taking a moment to think about his reply, Kibishi bites his lips together while Albion awaits his answer.
Kibishi: When you trust someone… you expect much from that person. You rely on them and look to them for help. I am not capable of doing any of those things, hence why I am not suitable to be Gideon’s friend. If something ever happened to him, I would never forgive myself.
Albion: Hahaha, you and Gideon are so similar. You both are burdened with this cloud of doubt and self-pity. However, if there is one thing that I would criticize about your friendship, it’s that you both assume Gideon to be weak when he is in fact more capable than anyone here.
With a suspicious expression, Kibishi glares upon Albion for many moments.
Kibishi: What are you trying to say?
Albion: Come now, Crimson samurai. You mean to tell me that the thought did not cross your mind, at least once? Gideon is the son of the famous “Miracle Gunman”. Why are you treating him as a weak comrade? That is not a good sign of a friend. Real friends
About the Author
Ricky Baxter is the author of Gideon and the Crimson Samurai and a collection of short Novellas such as: Mother Gaia, A Sinless Horizon and The Worst Death. He is an avid blogger and speaker, giving advice and thoughts to fellow creators from all walks of life. Currently he lives in London England where he writes and blogs.