Sunday, 30 September 2012

Pixel Reign! Dark Ages Initial Research

Whilst doing initial research into the Dark Ages, we came across a few things of interest on which we could possibly base our animation on. During the period of 800-900 AD there were several historical events which had a dramatic impact upon the world, involving wars, inventions and architectural advances. After further research, we managed to reduce the factors down to two main choices, Alfred the Great and the invention of the first gunpowder.

Alfred the Great is a historical figure who during his reign in the 800’s brought economical and military structure to England, along with his strong religious beliefs. He defended England from a Viking invasion, and after doing so, was the first English monarch to be accorded the epithet "the Great".

The first gunpowder was accidentally invented in china when alchemists were trying to create the elixir of life. This invention changed the course of history and warfare, providing the basis for modern military weapons today.

We are currently continuing research into these two subjects to decide which would prove a better subject for our animation, as well as further research into the Dark Ages as an era. 

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