I'm working on an actual novel which can be described as influenced by scenery from Final Fantasy 14, The Matrix, the Diablo video games series, Marvel comics, the Hunger Games, and Batman.
The characters are human, not furries as I threw together here.
My Asperger's leads me to constantly imagine various storylines and fantasies involving myself, characters from TV, or even various celebrities. I conceived of a "superhero" style storyline for a film which involves a main character, a young adult female named Morning Star, who utilizes the said item as well as a revolver. The "villain" is a grey character who one sympathizes with on many ideals, but ultimately is an antagonist nonetheless, due to violating fundamental laws of morality. Many themes would play off my background in philosophy, with distinctions between virtue ethics and deontology ethics (judgment by one's actions, not intentions). The villain would best be played by Aidan Gillen of Game of Thrones (Littlefinger).
I later thought out an entire video game series, but have realized my project could best be materialized in reality with an actual novel. In my youth, I used to actually write super hero stories involving various strange heroes such as an anthropomorphic turkey leg, and Mantle Man, a man with ladders for arms. There was also the Blue Wasp, Mr. E (a being much like Noob Saibot of Mortal Kombat), and many, many others.
Let me jump right to the overall concept of this book: The story begins on Earth in the far future. The main character is a female who is beginning a major trial in her life, which nearly everyone on planet Earth is required to undertake. She travels in a caravan to a city atop a mountain. This far future Earth is significantly uninhabitable, due to overpopulation and extreme temperatures of the planet from the Greenhouse effect. Most civilization lives in the cooler poles, and at higher elevations, and still requires major cooling units near facilities to keep it habitable. Earth is in many ways unrecognizable in biome and biolife.
As it turns out, the trial is a training program designed to teach people from the mistakes of the past. Many millenia prior, a major devastating event led to catastrophe on the planet. It will later be realized it was a nuclear war. The nuclear war was in roughly 2300 AD, and many thousands of years have passed to the present storyline. The trial is designed for peace, but this too will ultimately be revealed to be a way for the governments of the planet to control the populace and prevent crime. This initial section of the story will be highly detailed as to the present day Earth, introducing the main character, and a friend she makes.
The main character, who I am calling Kyra, is highly gifted at supernatural physical reflexes. Her friend is also gifted with the ability to draw in heat from what she comes into contact with. By drawing in heat, she can essentially summon ice, and have the power to freeze what she touches. Kyra chooses a morning star weapon and a revolver as her weapons of choice. I'm skipping a lot of details of the trial itself, but it also involves becoming the "paradigm," a controller of spiritual forces.
Meanwhile, there are chapters from the point of view of the "villain," who calls himself The Doctor, or The Healer. He intends to solve the problem of overpopulation on the planet with a specialized Rhodium bomb, which will essentially irradicate all vertebrates instantly and painlessly in a large area, while any invertebrates, plants, and buildings will survive the blast, rendering the area again habitable. It is a controlled and painless mass slaughter of humans.
The second major section of the story reveals that Kyra and her friend (who I'll refer to their adapted names Morning Star and Frost, from here on out) have awoken in a large industrial complex. They are told that they have been brought to the past to stop the Doctor from his plans, thus revealing that the major catastrophic event from millenia ago was actually the work of the Doctor, and that those scenes were not from Morning Star's time, but from 2300 AD. This government believes the Doctor's plan to be immoral and wants to use the reflex and ice skills of the main characters to help save the planet from their futures.
However, Morning Star is skeptical for many reasons, including that they can speak the same dialect of language, despite thousands of years of evolution of linguistics, and the fact that time travel is not possible. Frost is more naive.
An employee of the agency holding them sneaks in and reveals to them that they were not brought back in time at all. The rebel explains that the two of them were actually a program, and "Earth" of thousands of years in the future was all artifically applied memories. The two of them were actually bred to be perfect soldiers, using the powers of ice and unnaturally keen reflexes to take down the other governments, which are perceived as "evil." The "paradigm" program was to adapt them for controlling large numbers of other forces at their command.
The moral/philoscophical debate leads to extreme disagreement and conflict between Frost and Morning Star, leading to a fight between them. Morning Star realizes, that this was all planned, even the "leaker" of information that the time travel story was a lie. It was all planned, to set up a conflict, to see whether Star or Frost would be the more effective "perfect soldier."
Meanwhile, the Doctor intends to gain mass public support by using his weapons on various large prisons, showing his "compassion" for the populace.
The Doctor ultimately teams briefly with Morning Star, and an interesting moral debate ensues. Morning Star wants to solve the overpopulation problem with restricting childbirths, and the various choices seem to fall under:
1. the Doctor's "random cleansing," with public perception that he is using the weapons on areas of higher crime.
2. the perfect soldier program of Frost/ Morning Star abilities, targeting "evil" mass groups of civilizations.
3. Followers of genecide of specific groups
4. the "spacers," who intend to develop a way to find a more habitable planet, but with current technology, it takes 80 years just to get to the next solar system.
5. Morning Star's idea for limiting reproduction, considered naive by most.
The story does not intend to dictate a certain view, but rather to present reality as the greyscale for what it is. Even the "good" characters are shown to have faults.
Skipping a bunch
The leader of the triumverate ultimately reveals himself to Morning Star, impressed by all that she accomplished up to this point (I am skipping a variety of main character deaths and events). He explains:
"Which was more cruel, to irridicate large chunks of humanity instantly with a weapon, or to fight through the populace with trained war machines?
Equally cruel. Exactly, different "opposing" factions form all the time, and justify their morality by different means. They take on the names of government, or of revolutionaries, or rebels, but the factions are all more alike than different. But are the end results so different? Nothing is black and white in this world, there is only greyscale. All of mankind aims for the same end, a state of happiness. And every action is taken for some perception of good, even if it is horribly destructive.
The world is complex, but it is not complicated." I channel a bit of Taoist concepts.
"Wrong [to Morning Star], I do not believe in total freedom, I believe in a limited choice of freedoms within a set of rules. Mankind's worst features will come out in total freedom (anarchy). But man cannot be restricted in a total system of order either. We need order, with a perception of freedom, by providing choice of which order to pursue."
He believes in control of the masses, with the perception of choices, by providing a set of fixed outcomes which they have pseudo-free will to follow.
Some other events include the Doctor sawing off with a dagger the head of the goverment agency which lied to Star about being brought back in time. Star will have to make many decisions in the story about who to ally with, and who to smash with her morning star, or shoot with her revolver.
And at the very end, Star awakens back into her original time period, set millenia beyond 2300 AD, and the master of the trial states "Congradulations Kyra, you have passed the trial. You are the first in decades to do so." Revealing the first section of the book was actually reality.
Let me know if this seems interesting to you. I am skipping a lot of details and intend it to be an entire novel.
10 months ago
22 Jul 2018 04:08 CEST
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