Having finished draft four of Wolf: Sins of the Father, I thought it might be fun to brainstorm in public a bit.
What follows is roughly the shape of the world my next novel will occupy. It may be the world of the Five Nations. It may be something else, but these are roughly the things I am thinking. Of course, anything I write here has a long way to travel before it makes it into a novel I write. And I’m not talking about the story so much as the general feel of it all.
- The Golden Age is in the distant past or never came.
- People are flawed. Some do the right thing for horrible reasons and some do horrible things for what seem to be the right reasons.
- True evil only exists in the supernatural. In the mortal, we get shades of grey.
- True good exists only in the supernatural as well.
- There are supernatural forces of good and evil. And there is magic.
- Magic is difficult and mysterious. It is not science by another name. It is an ineffable ‘black box’ of logic and rules.
- Heroes and villains both come from humble origins.
- Humble origin <> blacksmith’s apprentice. From a certain perspective, just about anything can be of humble origin.
- Evil seeks the destruction or subjugation of all life.
- Good fights this.
- But. For whatever reason, Good chooses to fight through flawed mortals in far more subtle ways than evil.
- People, generally, lack faith in anything but themselves.
- Friendship and camaraderie are important
- and horribly fragile.
- and nigh impossible to reconstruct after breaking.
- Resources are limited. In the Golden Age, they were far less limited than the current age. Remnants of this Golden Age still scatter the landscape in ruins.
- The Golden Age was marked by hope. The death of the age meant the death of hope for the common man.
- The Golden Age cannot be recovered. The best one can hope for is an age less horrible than the current one.
- Cowboys are cool, but I’m still too close to the Dark Tower. So, no cowboys.
- Hobbes was right. Locke was wrong. The state of nature is: “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short”. Locke would weep.
There is more, but that’s a good broad stroke. The more gets into specific things this list has got me thinking about. No specifics will find their way here, yet.