*` Stories Not Involving Them/Other: Classifications: Character Event Society Species Titles Technology Philosophy Story Scenario Setup Premise Ideas (A setup can be the major focus of a story) Starred Ideas: War Universe AI/computer Government Species/Alternate Life Time Religion/Atheism Justice/Fairness Society/Civilization Advanced Civilization Superadvanced People/Post-Society Little Scenarios Their Universe/Galaxy Technology Setting Rock [Story] “Hey. Do you want to buy my rock?” “I don‟t know. Why are you selling it?” “It‟s a very nice rock. It‟s limestone, I think. Plus, it‟s very flat. Do you want to buy it?” “Fine, I‟ll play. How much?” “Ten Million Si.” “Ten Million? I don‟t even have a tenth of that.” “Sorry for wasting your time. Perhaps you can refer me to somebody who may be interested.” “For those of you just tuning in, we are taking about the new super bridge in Surra. An analyst from the National News Agency is here. Call in if you have anything to say. Hi, your on the air.” “Hello. I‟m on MZLM?” “Yep. You had a question?” “I have an offer. Would you be interested in buying a rock? It‟s a very nice rock. Nice sharp angles to it.” “I‟m sorry, are you actually trying to sell me something?” “I think he might be from Surra. Those people do this thing all the time. In their culture, they still don‟t know how to use radio.” “No, I‟m not from Surra. But let‟s get back to the rock. There are many uses for a rock like this…” “I‟m sorry, but you‟re going to come on to my show to just talk about your rock, I‟ll have to kick you off. We don‟t have that kind of time allotment. Do you have anything relevant to what we are talking about?” “I‟ve said all I needed to say.” “Fine. Thanks caller. Goodbye. Hello, you‟re on the air. Please say something relevant.” “Hi. I think I know what that guy was talking about. He was using symbolism to explain the way the world is going to change.” “Come on now, please! That was just a practical joke.” “I‟m serious! The rock represented our souls, something that used to be invaluable because humans couldn‟t move it. And now, he‟s telling everybody that it‟s for sale.” “And what does this have to do with the bridge in Surra?” “I haven‟t figured that out yet.” Gets on TV eventually. Offered ten million in stock for company that owns 26% of world business by casual billionaire. “I just wanted some money. If you can drop ten million on a rock, your just the sort of person who can get rid of your money anyway.” Someone clever can do a lot. Many explanations for him are formed. People will form explanations to things they don‟t understand, and they tend to be explanations they like. Talk show. At first he was popular among the young people, and eventually he became popular enough to catch the interest of multi-millionairs. (Maybe the one that bought it tries to resell it, but now the hype is over.) Somebody interviews his mother He was a professional beggar. Another media things that talks about him is a TV show with a conservative host. He has him on and he tries to make a mockery of him. Something he does is bring a bunch of rocks and tries to mess him up, such as by giving them to him and saying that he owes him a lot of money. Tentative Infrastructure: It starts with the character talking to some guy, trying to sell his useless item for a very significant amount of money. It goes on to show him gainig increasing popularity. He increases the price of it as he becomes more famous. He contributes to the changing atmosphere of the time by doing something that seems nonsensical. Eventually, he receives an extreme amount of money for it. He stops pressing and acts like himself for once, and he reveals his purpose was to get himself set. It ends with this first speech after selling it (something the whole media wanted) Schooling Basic Statistics Name:Jagka Doril Age: 24 Nationality: From a nation resembling European and Middle-Eastern culture. It’s sort of a blend. It’s also sort of 50’s-like in technology. Socioeconomic Level as a child: Fairly poor but hardworking Socioeconomic Level as an adult: well-off enough to not work Hometown: A dense city Current Residence: Apartment in same city Occupation: Dropout, struggling entrepreneur Income: Small, becomes enough to sustain Talents/Skills: Ideas person, smart, Salary: None Birth order: Third Siblings (describe relationship): Oldest brother is successful, second brother is in business school Spouse (describe relationship): none Children (describe relationship): none Grandparents (describe relationship): Matriarchal live in town, but they are unhappy with him so he doesn’t see much of them; patriarchal grandfather lives faraway; patriarchal grandmother is sort of odd and he’s somewhat better with her than his parents Grandchildren (describe relationship): none Significant Others (describe relationship): Almost married before, but wasn’t sufficient for her Relationship skills: Sociable; but sees relationships as fluid, not bothered when long friendships end Physical Characteristics: Height: slightly short Weight: A little overweight Race: Mostly white, but a little brown Eye Color: green Hair Color and general style: dark brown and thin and curly Glasses or contact lenses? Glasses Skin color: A little dark Shape of Face: thin Distinguishing features: Few noticeable ones; had a beard, but keeps shaved How does he/she dress? He dresses very casually, even when he goes to hang out with his friends Mannerisms: Untidy, takes things lightly, Habits: (smoking, drinking etc.): Drinks socially, Health: Doesn’t keep in peak condition, Hobbies: Toys with plans, likes to peruse the news and form halfhearted opinions with friends, acted for a while Favorite Sayings: Likes wise-alec sayings Speech patterns: Disabilities: none Style (Elegant, shabby etc.): Casual Flaws: Lazy, overambitious, not very confident, Greatest flaw: Qualities: Usually relaxed, witty, Best quality: Intellectual/Mental/Personality Attributes and Attitudes Educational Background: Dropped out of higher education, Intelligence Level: Smart Any Mental Illnesses? Something like ADD, a little sense of paranoia that increases Learning Experiences: Character's short-term goals in life: Get rich Character's long-term goals in life: Get independent How does Character see himself/herself? Sees himself a little vainly How does Character believe he/she is perceived by others? Believes others will criticize him and scrutinize him, as most of his family does, How self-confident is the character? Usually acts with confidence, but has recurring self-doubt Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof? Many things he does are really just what he wants to do; his logic tends to fail him in the long term; What would most embarrass this character? Being faced with his failures Emotional Characteristics Strengths/Weaknesses: Thoughtful; hard to satisfy emotionally, independent; fails to sympathize very well, Introvert or Extrovert? Extrovert for fun, introverted when it comes to serious things How does the character deal with anger? Argues; sulks; holds it personally; With fear? Doesn’t like fear, acts kind of cowardly, could say it controls him, With sadness? Drinks, sulks, ignores, With conflict? Is used to conflict, With change? Doesn’t like having to change, but he doesn’t mind other sorts of changes With loss? Moves on readily, What does the character want out of life? Isn’t sure. What would the character like to change in his/her life? Wants respect and admiration, and to be his own man What motivates this character? Success, pleasure, ideals, What frightens this character? Pressure, losing his life to others What makes this character happy? Being able to be lazy, proving others wrong, Is the character judgmental of others? A little Is the character generous or stingy? A little stingy by habit Is the character generally polite or rude? Generally likes to object, but is nice in an easygoing way Spiritual Characteristics Does the character believe in God? Not other’s god What are the character's spiritual beliefs? Believes in human souls, but not superstitious Is religion or spirituality a part of this character's life? No If so, what role does it play? How the Character is Involved in the Story Character's role in the novel (main character? hero? heroine? Romantic interest? etc.): Protagonist Scene where character first appears: First Relationships with other characters: 1. Oldest brother-Kind of an enemy 2. Grandmother-Relies on her, takes advice from her, 3. Character's Name: -- (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the story). 4. Character's Name: -- (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the story). How character is different at the end of the novel from when the novel began: Very different. Goes through a lot of trials. Additional Notes on This Character: A character is put through many confusing trials. The trials resemble those they put spies though. They have him do some very dangerous things eventually, such as active investigation of others. He does not know why they have him doing it, but eventually it turns out it was to empower, and to have him reach the right results on his own. This character can be the spy that joins the protagonists eventually, although it will be when he is equivalent to 30 years of age. They meet him during the early stage, and they learn about being subtle. I would like to make a spy sympathizing with the people he is spying on. They push him farther and farther until he thinks for himself. They have him spy on several groups of people of widely different sorts. Their methods are confusing, and their intentions seemingly contradictory. He doesn‟t know who he is working for until practically the end. They are simply a faceless and nameless authority for most of the story. Perhaps the ringleader is an anarchist who was a spy and did some remarkable things, and now he‟s wealthy from generous gifts as a result of working for different nations and blackmail, all due to his fantastic finesse as a spy. The people who work for him, who gave him orders and such, don‟t even know who he is. He has some people who he intentionally has working to counter his organization (His network and his counter-network are being lead by individuals who are unaware of who he is or that he is running another spy group.) They think they are fighting them, but they are all under his careful control. The world is a blunt place, where things are direct. The style there is straightforward and brutal. After developing spy skills, a person becomes enigmatic. Their personality seems multilayered. Jagka Doril “You didn‟t want to join the army or pursue a career. You just started working, as was expected of you. Why is that? Don‟t you consider your life empty? “You have no common character weaknesses…You never were a trusting person…You think fast…You expressed interest.” “We‟ve made you a stronger person. We are your Boy Scouts, your Boot Camp, your College.” At one point, he has to get into a stranger‟s apartment and get someone in another building to see him. His life gets complicated by the ways he gets tied with people. “So many are vying for control. It‟s hard to live your own life. But you can.” “I don‟t always act in way that are considered noble or heroic. I‟m not trying to be either. In fact, despite the way I do things, I feel those ways are more vulnerable than my own.” Maybe the person sells military information on multiple sides to each other. Ultimately, maybe he calls himself an anarchist but is effectively making himself a new leader, a “King of Spies”. He might seem like a bad guy to some readers, because he abandons so much. Becomes unsure what he even wants. His life becomes about the work. Another way he changes is that he used to not have it together very well, taking things casually. Acted passively, having any method or plan or his life. Great at things like chess, though. Would have reacted with anger if he had gotten into the position he gets into later at an earlier point. He thought of these people controlling him as worse than the government, taking complete control over his life. Afterward, he is happy to have gained what he sis. Has to dodge his friends. Almost outright gets rid of them. Made to do that eventually. Tends to make ambitious plans and not follow through Starts to find the games enjoyable, sometime around when they have changed him enough to bring up his confidence. He makes up some lies to solve them, and these lies eventually all have to be fixed and changed to work together. His friends have him go to a psychiatrist. It‟s a different sort of things from the rest they have him do. Among the deceptive thigns to figure out are shaking hands, which he has trouble with. “What would he be doing with a picture of me?” He becomes terribly paranoid, but then develops it into a healthy sense. Earlier on, they are essentially holding his hand the whole time. Then he increasingly goes/is forced out on his own. There are few devices. In fact, he has to improvise often. By the very end, he‟s sort of capable of singlehandedly manipulating a lot. The world is a sparse and harsh one, with much of the environments similar to Greece at best. Becomes an absolutely brilliant liar. He can keep together many complex lies at once. The first time he kills is almost unintentional. His real identity is never brought to official attention. In the times when he is taken by police, he is able to skirt things so he is not revealed. At some point he is at once both ignorant, but also perceptive of everything. Sees the world in the way it works and also knows that he isn‟t and won‟t be aware of every detail. Drops so many of his ways. Relearns everything. “You are very self-centered. You help yourself. To begin with, you were already a little manipulative.” In the sidewalks, ordinary looking persons walked much as a herd. One would ordinarily be as ordinary as the rest, but he wore one subtle piece of jewelry. For this reason, an onlooker in a café watched him very closely. As the man with the jewelry passed, he felt an unexpected and small pain in his neck. He barely felt it, and didn‟t even bother to rub it. Because of one odd word to one odd person somewhere far away, somebody found him dead a few hours later. Guy was a bit nihilisstic. The protagonists meet spy later, having complicated things going on with the new people “I am very intelligent. It‟s out of the things I‟ve learned that I‟ve become a good guy.” Tentative: Jagka wandered around the city doing strange things. Some of it was slightly criminal, such as petty theft or tiny marks of graffiti. Other things were less menacing, such as waiting for seemingly innocuous events to happen. His whole day consisted of this. He would much prefer to be doing other things, but somebody had power over him. If they didn‟t like how well he did these seemingly pointless tasks, they could do a number of things to him. They wouldn‟t kill him, or at least they hadn‟t made that threat yet. Instead, they could destroy his life by putting the law on him for a number of fabricated crimes. Annoyingly, he had come to depend on them in the last few months since they contacted him. He had lost his job as an electrician on bad terms with his employer after failing to actually do his job as a result of spending all his waking hours on these tasks. By some double-sided fortune, the people who now had power over him now were his source of income. They also recently took control of his affairs, paying the landlord and his taxes and such. Consequently, they had his life firmly in their control. At the end of this unhappy day, Jagka could only sleep. He had more of the same scheduled tomorrow. Waking up before daylight, the first thing he did was check for the note that was always under his door. Today it wasn‟t there. He felt a little disoriented and worried. Was this some part of a new game for him? He checked outside the door, and then he fretted in his apartment for a while. Then he realized he woke up early. Relieved, he sat in a chair near the door to wait. It took him several [minutes] to realize that this was an opportunity. He quickly turned out the lights and crouched nest to the door, ready to open it as the letter slipped under the door. He uneasily questioned himself in his mind as to why he never did this before. He admitted to himself that he might be afraid. He also realized that he should be afraid, because they might decide to do things to him if he tries fighting back this way. Just as this realization came to him, he heard footsteps approaching. He started to panic, realizing they might be able to tell he was waiting to see them. They were able to do things without people realizing it, after all. As the footsteps stopped outside his door, he settled on looking through the crack in the side. He saw an ordinary looking man, about middle age. The man was reaching in his pocket, looking like he was just rummaging for something. Jagka started to decide that this was just an ordinary man, perhaps he lived in the building and just happened to stop outside his door. Then the man surreptitiously and quickly pulled out a letter and slipped it under the door. Jagka could hardly tell that the man was doing it; he was like a magician. The man continued down the hall in the same direction he arrived. Jagka couldn‟t help but peer out of the door as he left. It creaked a little, and the man stopped for a moment, and then resumed walking. Much consists of going on tasks he doesn‟t know the point of. His relationships falter increasingly, until personal friends are basically all gone. “You haven‟t even tried any small tricks to see one of us.” “You deserve a day off.” He had less than [ten minutes], and he still had yesterday‟s clothes on. They did this occasionally. Refuses to kill for them. “I‟m glad that you never decided to believe in what you were doing.” “You never even did more than the minimum. Your lack of allegiance is a source of my faith in you.” “If I were an uncaring person, I could take the world for myself.” Usually, people choose rules that prevent them from caring. To do better, they work around. Lethal Kindness [Characters, Story] Basic Statistics Name: Shile Age: 206 Nationality: Imorkan Socioeconomic Level as a child: Even Socioeconomic Level as an adult: Even Hometown: Anywhere Current Residence: A city on Imorka Occupation: Important warrior Income: X Talents/Skills: Full knowledge, war tactics Salary: X Birth order: First Siblings (describe relationship): Sibling relationships are not really unique from friendly ones Spouse (describe relationship): Children (describe relationship): Grandparents (describe relationship): Grandchildren (describe relationship): Significant Others (describe relationship): Relationship skills: Physical Characteristics: Height: Weight: Race: Eye Color: Hair Color and general style: Glasses or contact lenses? Skin color: Shape of Face: Distinguishing features: How does he/she dress? Mannerisms: Habits: (smoking, drinking etc.) Health: Hobbies: Favorite Sayings: Speech patterns: Disabilities: Style (Elegant, shabby etc.): Flaws: Greatest flaw: Qualities: Best quality: Intellectual/Mental/Personality Attributes and Attitudes Educational Background: Intelligence Level: Any Mental Illnesses? Learning Experiences: Character's short-term goals in life: Character's long-term goals in life: How does Character see himself/herself? How does Character believe he/she is perceived by others? How self-confident is the character? Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof? What would most embarass this character? Emotional Characteristics Strengths/Weaknesses: Introvert or Extrovert? How does the character deal with anger? With fear? With sadness? With conflict? With change? With loss? What does the character want out of life? What would the character like to change in his/her life? What motivates this character? What frightens this character? What makes this character happy? Is the character judgmental of others? Is the character generous or stingy? Is the character generally polite or rude? Spiritual Characteristics Does the character believe in God? What are the character's spiritual beliefs? Is religion or spirituality a part of this character's life? If so, what role does it play? How the Character is Involved in the Story Character's role in the novel (main character? hero? heroine? Romantic interest? etc.): Scene where character first appears: Relationships with other characters: 1. Character's Name: -- (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the story). 2. Character's Name: -- (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the story). 3. Character's Name: -- (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the story). 4. Character's Name: -- (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the story). How character is different at the end of the novel from when the novel began: Additional Notes on This Character: In a society and in the main character, they have a trait of always being genuinely kind. This is in an advanced civilization. No matter how cruel or hateful their enemies are, they do not hate them back. They have developed an accepting philosophy. The main character is some sort of hero or at least celebrity. Other main characters are his girl and an individual adversary who he comes up against a lot. The always polite people at some point face people who talks of war honor and humility in a way similar to the atmosphere during WWI. His girlfriend is taken by mind control. She switches to be turned against him. She says everything in a depressed, nearly monotonal voice. The funny thing is that no matter what kind of mean things she says, he reacts to her the same way as with everyone else (kindly and calmly). She was always supposed to be this, as she was placed in the position she was created for. “Sorry, but I just don‟t hate you. I could hate you for hating me, but since I wouldn‟t love someone for loving me I won‟t.” His people are generally appreciated by the other civilizations aware of them. “Its all a battle. Losing isn‟t that frightening, since nothing makes us more deserving than them. They will win or we will win. Neither of us is better.” Sometime, someone is handling the guy very roughly. He‟s holding him by the collar, but he continues to react nicely. They have more advanced technology in the cooperative society as a result of their cultural way. They have the means to defeat their new enemy quickly, but they are very careful with it. Their opponent civilization is very aggressive and ambitious, and they want to take everything they can. The warring civilization is compared to the other by the rival guy. Although they want to take everything over, the other is accused of being counter-progressive by the way they treat others and also allow everybody to join them. The society is forced to change things, but it doesn‟t change its attitude. There is at least one person who is the main oppose of the idea of having warriors. The republic can be the one that has the dedicated guy in it and it can also tie in with the time in which the young man runs away from home. “She only loves you because she was made to.” “Still, though.” The republic‟s main reason is to stop the meaningless cycle that civilizations go through. “We are going to stop this endless cycle once and for all.” “Why are you so kind to him? He hates you and insults you.” “I respect him, as anyone.” “We can always take you in, friend. It doesn‟t matter what you‟ve done.” Some society has a very nice sort of attitude, without reservations or ill wishes against their enemies. They don‟t act like rivals at all to their enemies, and in all of their enemies are bad guys anyway. Mistreated over and over, but kept totally kind and magnanimous. The republic has been around thousands of years, and consider most others to be passing races. Their undertaking is to consolidate the intelligent races and furthermore the universe. They feel nobody has really advanced any; that advancement will transcend all the known possibilities in and outside the universe; that there will be something discovered even beyond everything known (to what is in the story) now. It exists in forms beyond the known physical, being extradimensional and such, but it‟s not as prolific. Enemy has to spend time with protagonists, so becomes better with them because of the social thing that makes people lose prejudice by having time with people of equal status. Possible scenario: “I don‟t like how my people have changed to be so dishonorable.” The republic in that one story has a lot of willing members. Instead of a moon exploding, they say “The Imperial Republic announces its hostile intent. Surrender now or we will attack imminently.” The first battle is meant as a chance to surrender for what could be explained as reasons of morality (since they can predict they wouldn‟t just surrender) and to display their variety of strengths and capabilities and to gauge their enemies. The next time, they didn‟t give a chance to surrender, but attacked very secretly, using the incredible advantages of their high technology. Tentative Infrastructure: The kindest civilization in known space was deceptively lethal. Imorka‟s enemies were few, mostly because the other civilizations were either equally advanced or unable and unwilling to fight that kind and dangerous world. This enlightened civilization had few heroes; they were a rarely used concept. There was one person who was generally appreciated more than others, named Shile. He was one of the few who wasn‟t worried about dyeing, so he naturally took up the most dangerous role still left in society: warrior. Despite having been trusted to and having killed people, he was as kindly and forgiving as the rest of his people. They probably wouldn‟t let him fight were he not. His spouse was a woman he found once in his travels. It wasn‟t normal to treat marriage in a traditional way, but she appealed to him more perfectly than anyone and so he loved her enough to do whatever she wanted. Everything was as well as could be until somebody attacked them. The enemy called themselves a republic, but they were more of an empire. It was extremely powerful and large, more than rivaling Imorka. They hardly explained their reasons. It had something to do with being unsafe and needing to have humanity unified for their own safety. Apparently they spanned over a ninth of the inhabited galaxy, but they only just reached Imorka‟s area of influence. Somebody knew about their existence, but they weren‟t prepared for their surprise attack. A massive vessel appeared near an outer planet in their system and simply told them that they were going to accept them into their union, by force if necessary. To cement their demands, they fired one weapon and cut a moon in half. They waited silently for a while, as if somebody was going to say that the world submits to them. What ensued immediately afterward was a modern space battle, which consisted of [under an hour] of seemingly wild chaos. It was actually an elegantly controlled dance of immensely volatile and powerful machines, which ended in a handful of deaths and the destruction of years worth of effort. The end results were confusing, and the consequences were significant. The Republican ship and the many other vessels that it brought within it were gone. Many satellite installations and structures on the moon were gone. Shile‟s spouse was gone despite not having been sent to the fray. The republic was gone from Imorka‟s vicinity, but they left a promise to return and that there would not be a penalty if they surrendered soon. As Imorka reeled, Shile looked into her disappearance. They had been visiting friends, and after Shile was teleported to the battle she simply walked off and wasn‟t seen again. At the same time, some unexpected chaos was happening in the world. Some hidden plans were coming to fruition. Apparently the republic planned this takeover long ahead of time. The many complex things which maintained the world were falling apart. The government was weakening, networks were collapsing, machines were failing everywhere. It wasn‟t something a less advanced civilization wouldn‟t survive, but the people here were so comfortable and nestled that they started to panic. Years of stability would have fallen apart, but the mentality of that culture saved them. The panic subsided quickly. Nobody used this as an opportunity to blame others. He gets separated from his society, without any of his own people besides his controlled spouse. Perhaps their plans for him were to being him down by means other than his specialty, and then destroy him. Maybe they bring down the government and take over, then they systematically try to get rid of everyone. This would seem easy for such an advanced civilization, but they actually are constantly in a dynamic conflict similar to that of the space battles; with many wild factors. He is caught, but manages to escape death. For a while, his lover, who was soley put in place to help them control him, stays with him to keep tabs and delay him despite being unable to communicate or receive orders from the Republic. (added to this is that few know who she is, including the republicans.) Shile was in a prison. Another man was in there too. He was an enemy combatant. Pawns to Nature [Story] Basic Statistics Name:Fegerram Age: 15 Nationality: From second-world pseudo-european/American nation Socioeconomic Level as a child: Poor Socioeconomic Level as an adult: Moot Hometown: Swamp near a developing San Francisco/New Orleans place Current Residence: Swamp Cabin Occupation: Fisher Income: Tiny Talents/Skills: Fishing, Swimming, Bartering, Hunting, Small Chores Salary: Nil Birth order: First of two Siblings (describe relationship): Younger sister is demanding annoyance Grandparents (describe relationship): Maternal grandparents are not in contact, paternal grandfather lives with them Relationship skills: Negotiating, not put off by differences, basically few Physical Characteristics: Height: 4’9’’ Weight: 100 lbs Race: Caucasian and a little black Eye Color: Yellow Hair Color and details: Black, short, and unkempt Glasses or contact lenses? No Skin color: Mostly Caucasian, but somewhat darker from outdoor life Shape of Face: Round Distinguishing features: Noticeable nose, big ears How does he/she dress? Usually in labor clothes, likes a black leather jacket/poncho Mannerisms: Started being sarcastic Habits: (smoking, drinking etc.) No Health: Busy young man Hobbies: Daydreaming, toying Favorite Sayings: Speech patterns: Disabilities: Style (Elegant, shabby etc.): Flaws: Greatest flaw: Qualities: Best quality: Intellectual/Mental/Personality Attributes and Attitudes Educational Background: Intelligence Level: Any Mental Illnesses? Learning Experiences: Character's short-term goals in life: Character's long-term goals in life: How does Character see himself/herself? How does Character believe he/she is perceived by others? How self-confident is the character? Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof? What would most embarass this character? Emotional Characteristics Strengths/Weaknesses: Introvert or Extrovert? How does the character deal with anger? With fear? With sadness? With conflict? With change? With loss? What does the character want out of life? What would the character like to change in his/her life? What motivates this character? What frightens this character? What makes this character happy? Is the character judgmental of others? Is the character generous or stingy? Is the character generally polite or rude? Spiritual Characteristics Does the character believe in God? What are the character's spiritual beliefs? Is religion or spirituality a part of this character's life? If so, what role does it play? How the Character is Involved in the Story Character's role in the novel (main character? hero? heroine? Romantic interest? etc.): Scene where character first appears: Relationships with other characters: 1. Character's Name: -- (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the story). 2. Character's Name: -- (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the story). 3. Character's Name: -- (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the story). 4. Character's Name: -- (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the story). How character is different at the end of the novel from when the novel began: Everybody follows their ways of thinking guided by their emotions, and they just happen to be wrong or right. The intelligent ability to reconsider wisely, as scientists do, is essential. Some story could bring up this point. Just show people doing things, as they have come to be that way, and their ends come up as they would. One character has the right mind, though, and this one survives them all. The atmosphere is not unlike more lawless times. There is not a coherent infrastructure and fast response to any problem. There is a family of folk with no uncertain ideas about their moral standing. There is also a disreputable group, maybe thieves or simply dishonest people. I wonder what it‟s like to be a person from a family that has been poor and known to make bad decisions for generations. The thing that comes immediately is that I‟d feel stuck. Perhaps the paternal family always has been failures, or at least never has been successful. When his mother married his father, she brought a decent amount of money with. His father just used it to be lazy, and nothing happened. Later says: “I‟d rather feel sad than happy, because I don‟t want to feel that all is well because I know it never can be.” His parents are simple people. His father is a big, outgoing, averagely intelligent man. His mother is smart but a follower. One character is a youthful woman not approved of. She didn‟t have much of an upbringing. The main character is attracted to her. Her parents were unhappily forced to move there by circumstances from a more advanced nation. Her father was very liberal for years, but now he‟s dead. She is living off the money left over, being the only child. Her two older brothers and her mother died before they moved there. Now the money is running out, but she doesn‟t seem to mind. His father should be wealthier, since there are fewer and fewer people farming the swamps. Instead, his poor choices make them poor. It‟s not as if he would let anyone else run the family, even though his mother is smart. “Beware the godless girl.” “Where are you going? And why can‟t you ride sidesaddle?” “I‟m going east. There are free rides away from here. I know I won‟t survive if I stay, so I‟ll gamble and go elsewhere. Until the future.” “Going full saddle alone, gambling. Some final things to add to my list on her.” “What did her father do? I don‟t think anyone could just become like that.” She is about three or four years older than him. Perceived as doing quite random things. Various conservatives, all the same. Emphasize that humans are animals. It‟s like New Orleans, being a busy outlet for trade and swampy. The region is like pre civil-war era America, but it‟s history is a lot older. There is a castle there. He meets her once while she is talking to some intellectual from a foreign country. “Animals change to suit their environment. It‟s not immediate, though. It takes several generations for even a small change. The point is that the environment changes them, they don‟t exist because they want to.” “I‟m not wanted. I‟ll find someplace that I am.” “The most adept survives.” “I thought about how so many animals were dominating the weaker ones. Humans and the weaker animals. The mule-owner, the shopkeeper, the law, the gang, my dad. Seemed like everyone had to do it. I tried to see if she was. I didn‟t manage to see anything of it so far.” Younger sister-she demands a lot, but he cares about her. His sister had few friends. The family protected them from the “fiends”. She only had her brother and her mom and another girl from another family who her parents liked but she didn‟t. She wanted his attention, always. As he hung out with the woman, his sister at first thought she was fun, but then her parents told her bad things about her and she became afraid. Lawman-he has strong ideals. Dies by the end. The lawman did as he pleased, thinking what he pleased was always the right decision. “It‟s fate,” he‟d say. “I am fated to do right, and what I want will be right.” He‟d practiced his trade for years. He came to town to claim the bounty on a criminal that slipped away. “I‟ll clean it up,” he said. “I‟ll show everyone how to live. No more sinners or hedonists, I‟ll straighten them out. This gang is first.” The lawman made plans for days. He didn‟t bother being smart, he planned by his faith and according to the law. His plan may have worked, but he was so unpleasant nobody cooperated. The government used fear often, and he used it too. When executing his plan, a shootout ensued, and three bullets hit him. A boy he tried to “fix” came to his side, and he gave him his gun and meant to pass his legacy. The boy took his things and pawned them. She makes the decisions that save things. Bandit Leader She manages to turn things for them, actually getting some of their stuff. He was used in it. She expected him to play along as predicted, and he did. Criminals trying to take things from. “I didn‟t stop them for you. I did it for her.” “But that‟s wrong. Here you go, driven by passion.” Some ignore her like she‟s crazy, many feeling that she is. She Disappears sometime Goes with/after, taking things with “My father awoke to…I wasn‟t there, but I know this because it‟s what would happen.” Talks with his mother about what influenced her to marry. “The times were changing, but I couldn‟t figure how. I thought on how everyone would change and where we would be.” “We all try to conform to God. Everything goes as divinely mandated. Except her.” “No. Everything here was nature. Except her. If there was a god, then sure you should do what he wasn‟t. But what if there isn‟t? We‟re just doing as nature made us, allows us. Except her. We can break nature‟s control over us. Nature manipulates, but she manipulated herself.” Doesn‟t eat meat. Lets the animals go on their own; doesn‟t impose on them. Maybe meets a character from that story in which one guy goes through a day of confusing, scary reverie and becomes atheist. Maybe meets him on the ship. “There were plenty of rumors around. Many of them placed her in the whorehouses. I imagined her there, but I tried not to. It looked like she would be there someday, the way she ran down her money and didn‟t seem to care about her future.” Physically leaving is actually similar to giving up the way of life there. They have lived there for many generations. It‟s a sign as to the stagnant nature of his family. Much of the human nature here is masculine and aggressive and exists for survival and being the superior life form. This girl is different in many ways, being beyond that. She is the opposite of these things. A lot of people allow themselves to be controlled by nature. Tentative Infrastructure: A family lives in a small cabin near a town. It is a booming place of different interacting peoples as it is near a railroad and river junction. The main character is a boy around early puberty age. His aggravation with the apparent failure that his family is cursed with sets him to change. He meets a girl who doesn‟t fit any schemas for how things work, and he resumes to gain a humanistic understanding of things amid changes and difficulties in his small part of the world. The girl proves to be the winner in this. The boy fails to gain the insights she and the others he respects have. He follows her when she leaves, and abandoning life there. (((((( : A bright, glorious sun breaks over the horizon. The faraway steam machines start up a racket I can her as far out as my bed. The frogs shut up. I put the pillow over my head, but stay awake anyway. Pointless to return to sleep. That morning he was a little late. Just as my consciousness began to fade, I heard him begin to barge around. He started every morning, including that one, with an unintentionally loud “Wake up, son.” Before anything else, he always pulled my blankets off and made me stand. “Get dressed before your mother wakes” was usually the second thing. I knew of people who depended on mechanical clocks and church bells to wake up, but I think the only thing that could make me wake up was him. Even now, little else can wake me. He walked outside to check the water and our traps. I had tossed on my corduroys and started pulling on my wading boots when he called from outside “Wear your nice things. I want you to go to town today.” “Yes dad.” I yelled back. My sister stirred and said something rude. I put on my “nice” buttoned shirt and pants. He walked in as I pulled my black, rough leather jacket to my neck. “Misty morning.” He commented. “It‟s always misty. Swamps are.” I knew it would annoy him but I felt different lately. Some unhappy feeling I couldn‟t describe had been slowly getting stronger. “Don‟t think I don‟t know. Swamps are always misty. Today too.” He stood where he was and watched for a moment to make sure I heard him, then plodded to the bed and gently told my mother to wake up. I went outside to cut some meat that had been drying. I held the knife for a few minutes, something I usually did. I didn‟t want to cut the fishes, although they were already dead. I felt sad because they were dead and now we could do whatever we wanted to them, except make them live again. I‟d think of other things I could do with the simple knife, usually something like running off into the mist with it and living alone. I always enjoyed my morning break. I cut some pieces off the lump of meat and brought them inside. My mother, sister, father and I ate meat and bread for breakfast. I remember he reminded me that anybody who made a habit of staying in bed was worthless, probably criticizing me for waiting for him to wake me up. Afterwards, my mom and sister started chores and my dad walked me outside. He gave me a list and some money, and told me I could rent Porgic‟s mule. He told me to be careful, and that he would come after me if anything happened. Then he reminded me to be careful again and told me not to be afraid and he expected me to be able to handle myself in the city. He got into his small boat and I into the canoe and we paddled away. Porgic lived in a small shack, which he rented to transitory workers. He used to live alone, but since the town began to expand there was fair money to be made in living space. Workers filled his house on bunks. I arrived and he was in his pajamas, tending to the mules. “Hello Fegerram. What brings you hear?” “I‟ve come to rent a mule. Why are you in your pajamas?” “A mule‟s eight pieces a day. Where are you going with it?” “I‟m going to town. Eight a day is a lot of money for a mule. You used to charge five.” “I‟m on hard times. My income doesn‟t match my expenses. ” He said this often. He was very frugal. He rented bunks cheaper than they did in town, but he charged high for transportation. “I can‟t lower the price if that‟s what you‟re thinking. I know your poor, but I can‟t make an exception for you. Are you taking one?” “Yes.” I handed him the money. I started packing the bags I brought on the boat and saddling it. “You can tether your boat here for free. That‟s the kind of service I do.” I think he smiled. I wasn‟t looking toward him, but he was easy to predict. Predicting people is something I had started recently. In fact, most of these conversations I recall probably aren‟t word-for-word, but I know everyone well enough to fill them in. Anyway, he went on to say approximately: “Rates have changed, but don‟t forget the rules are the same. Bring it back by night especially. Hear?” I didn‟t respond. He habitually got into long conversations with me, even when I didn‟t participate in them. “Haven‟t seen you in a few weeks. I wonder what you have been doing out there. Not that I‟m assuming anything bad, of course. Simply concerned. Things have been unusual, though. Haven‟t even heard about your folks or you for a while. Boy like you‟d be expected to have some friends around. Always staying so close to home, though. It‟s strange, but if it‟s your father‟s choice as I‟m told, then it‟s good. He‟s afraid. He should be. Plenty of them are downright immoral. Even some of the men I have here are weird. You‟re not afraid though. That‟s why they send you into town. You‟re being a young fool, I think, to go alone at your age, but I guess you‟ll learn well soon enough.” By this time, I had finished loading the mule and was riding away. His pointless babble only aggravated an already annoying day. “Bye.” “What? No thank-yous?” “Thank you. Bye.” The murky mist faded as I rode uphill on the dirt roads while the sun raised. Looking behind, the swamps were an ambiguous pool of dirty soup. It looked mysterious even, but it had no romance for me. I remember most of my religion‟s myths about the swamp we lived in. Not long before this, I still fantasized about being, Cozin, the patron hero of our specific part of the region, who both mastered the murky and deadly swamp and learned the secrets of the origins of life in it. It felt a little evil now. I thought of it as safe and harsh at the same time. After about [an hour] without human contact, I peaked over the top of a ride and saw the town‟s valley. It filled it‟s valley as the fog filled mine. The old castle and it‟s walls dominated the scene in an intentionally clear way, even the city stopped caring a long time ago and sprawled far past it‟s walls. Rails sprawled through it and extended past the bounds of vision, making it look the center of all the rails in the world. For all I knew it could have been. Fairly level buildings all around made it look a little like an even but textured surface, except where it bulged on the coast. The entire thing seemed like nothing compared to the ocean. I tried not to think about it. Cozin said: “A good man knows tries only to discover what he needs to, and wastes neither time nor effort on anything else.” As I plodded through the outskirts, I passed through the newer part of town, far from the old walls. I passed mostly cheaply built bunking houses and small neighborhoods separated by occupations of the people within. Going further, the buildings became somewhat nicer, bigger, and older, and the neighborhoods more noticeably segregated. The center was within the walls. It used to be fairly calm, but since my early memories it became much busier. As I understood, because there was a lot money to be made here and because the other races liked to gather together so they get stronger. I always liked this place. It looked cleaner than anything I‟d seen. The buildings were not simply wood or brick, but colorful and sometimes exquisite. My favorite thing was the trams running all around, but I never had the chance to ride. ((((((( : He rides into town. Describe it in detail. Include scenery, way it works, and people. (It‟s geographical location is similar to a Slavic country, near a part of the world that recently had a period of enlightenment. Also, it‟s not far from an ocean.) He starts going about his tasks, which are mostly buying necessities, selling excess food harvest, and making an obviously risky investment on the part of his father gathering information so his family can move. Also, holiday is happening soon and he‟s getting things for it. He wanted to keep me away from the friends I wanted to have…He would whip me for punishment, as fathers usually did…Mom told me that no matter what I do and despite what I might think, she and dad will always love me. I didn‟t understand this. I didn‟t think it made sense…I rode the horse into town. Dad sent me there to get some things. He wanted me to go to Jorghat‟s store because, as he said, “He‟s the last trustworthy one.” He was also one of the best at making money. His prices were always high and I could tell he didn‟t care about other people much. Everybody seemed to be making money but us. Typical. Jorghat said that that we had to adapt economically. “Big man like your dad could earn good money here in construction. Tell him to contact me if he wants a job. I can place him away from the aliens.” It was obvious to me that he was exploiting fears. I had a hard enough time bartering, but that day I met a new problem. I thought of her as an adult at first. Soon I thought of her as being more like a kid, and then more like me. …My favorite thing about her was how she was separate. She was free. She seemed to totally break every rule, but now I think she was just less controlled by the others. She seemed to have nothing to do with her time at all. Someone of her status and condition was expected to pursue a husband. “She‟s very eligible. She better marry before her money runs out.” But she didn‟t. She spent days bothering people and “doing nonsense”, such as playing with the public fountain or playing with kids younger than me… Some kids, who thought a lot of mean things about me because of my father, stopped me and started bullying me. She fixed it, but she seemed to enjoy the whole thing. “What‟re you doing now, swamp boy?” she would say... I remember how few people approved of her, and that pushed me away at first. I think she noticed something about me, and that‟s why she followed me around during the first day I met her. Or maybe she had nothing to do with her time and I was an easy target. The people of the town thought of her as worse than improper. They didn‟t seem to feel she should exist, like she was just a completely wrong thing that wandered in to bother their already unstable lives. The town had every type of person. She completed the list, because she created the type. The town had quiet and married ladies, loud but caring mothers, stingy and savvy Ingarau wives, lively and mysterious Shorn teasers, reclusive Samee‟s, the various religious sisters, and her. (They‟re racist stereotypes, but I‟m just saying it to narrate.)…Most people kept to their little communities and such, but she refused, maybe because she didn‟t have a community…I spent more time in town than I would have, because she kept interfering. Even seeing her with me probably threw most people off…I spent the next few days doing the usual work, fishing and trapping. I hated it more than ever.…He told me that people threatened to ruin our home unless we paid them money. He didn‟t tell me more, but I knew enough. Some bandits settled in town recently. Despite the size of the town, the law was weak. I heard bad things about them, but I didn‟t see why they were worse than the government. They both took money all the time, and the criminals didn‟t demand much more than that, whereas the government did…She only bought novelties, I thought. She had them all over her house…Dad said I had to learn right. He would send me away. “You ignore what god wants. He set you up to be something, but you won‟t accept that. Who are you? Not one of god‟s children, or you don‟t think you are. This happens to kids, but it‟s gone on too long.”…I left, and now I lived with her…I met the criminal everyone was so afraid of. He said: “I do what I‟m good at.”…He explained “I‟m not a gangster, I‟m a facet of a different law. Where I come from, the community trusts itself to control the law. The law doesn‟t work for free, though. It needs the support of the community. My people are all behind me, but they don‟t feel the same way about your people. They are afraid they are too weak, so they want the support of the rest of the town. See, I‟m in conflict with the established law. My law must expand, the growing threat of the state means I have to grow faster, even aggressively. That is why we want your family to have our protection.” A story of Wandering Seekers [Characters, Story] In some story, the main characters say things like “Don‟t think you know god.” They are the sort that turn into atheists. “The days the lies stop, we will have created heaven.” These characters could exist in a typical adventure-story premise, and this is part of their conflicts. Maybe they go around debunking things by staging them and showing how they are done. “The weapons people use to kill animals don‟t kill us, right? We‟re more unique and well developed than that, right?” A young person believed in taboo things. His parents said it was “just a theory” and didn‟t mean anything. Many stories have people in the early parts who tell the protagonists that the greater reality is “just a myth”. Mine should say of (what I see as) the greater truth as “Just a theory”. It captures my beliefs right. Some character has a permanent tattoo of a chain around his arm. It represents that he is chained to his mortality and human body, and the only way he expects to remove the tattoo and those restrictions is to die or somehow go beyond it. They meet multiple advanced people of unique personality and types. Part of a journey or quest or task. Part of wandering seekers. Maybe set out to find something like alchemy key or something, but instead changed tracks to this deeper thing. Their worst enemy is a nation that is extremely authoritarian. They do all the bad things, including ethnic cleansing. The protagonists are young. There is an issue of learning right when they are practically alone. They are in a violent and primitive world, which is not unlike modern Africa (or possibly like the medieval age). Desperation [Character Story] Morality + attitude + physical state Ludin: Ulyphia: Seems stoic. Ludin‟s closest Homeworld friends, At least one loyal friend who was instrumental Jeel: Doesn‟t have much specific morality to rely on. For him, it‟s always changing with the times, like a regular person. However, it‟s still based in his Homeworld upbringing. He does self-serving things without thinking that he is being self-serving. Very much wants to think that he is helping others, which is something he is supposed to think. Changes with everyone else, sort of being the representative sample. Changes in all ways with them. Doesn‟t survive. Tilkas (Hippy): Irresolute on whether anything is real anyway. Doesn‟t survive. Uliphia‟s Brother: was somewhat self-serving. Feral Barrener woman: This situation suits her more than anyone else. Takes from others freely. Was fairly hostile to begin with, but her modicum of civility goes away. Two lesbians: Depend principally on each other, as they have for years. Barren monk: Small world: Sad man: Naturally had negative outlook since beginning. Doesn‟t aggressively try to take care of self. His state of mind doesn‟t change. Eventually just lets himself succumb, being very disappointed after it‟s confirmed that there is no way to escape. Captain: Caci Owkder: +1 or 2 researchers Very old, wise future person: Doesn‟t have to change. Copes fine. Future civ Barrenrer sociologist: Some “youths” from advanced society Tarob (well informed but unwise): Falls apart quickly. Is absolutely not adapted for this at all. He and others confirm that he cannot survive. Qesc: Gets mean quickly. Was very loose before. Was very unhappy to begin with, wanting to stay and have fun forever. Spoiled. Never considered worth before, but now considers self worth more than others Palche: Panicky earlier, but realizes she can figure out ways to overcome it. (Probably at least 19 of them) Survival combines with reality. The people in this one are faced with the difficulties of long-term survival vs. what they have learned about reality. The conditions become increasingly harder. The ways they have learned before make them against compromising what they feel is wrong. Perhaps somebody holds on the whole time and shows that, although hard, a morality based on reality can work (a very experienced character they picked up from a very advances civilization, who has learned enough to make it work). These characters reserve their beliefs until they have no other choice. Are beliefs interchangeable with knowledge in facts? Who changes what they believe to suit survival? Who simply holds on to what they believe because they don‟t want to be wrong? Who compromises? Who does what they admit to being wrong to survive? There are people involved who live in this place they are stranded in. They have developed to adapt to their vicinity, and the perspective is different. She improvises and has ideas. Rather than a failure of systems, the ship changes it‟s mind and drops them there? Anyway, should be intended to happen. Maybe somebody decides that they want them to suffer as he did? Somebody cracked? Overtaken by somebody more powerful and dumped there? Tested? Wake up there, not knowing what happened (It‟s largely inconsequential anyway.) “I cannot accept this…I‟m going to explore and see what I can find. Civilization may be just a few miles away.” The amount of land they can walk in a day is not enough to sustain them, meaning they would have to spread out to sustain themselves. The real psychology of some comes though. People act differently in different situations, and the way a person acts in an emergency probably reveals a lot about them. “It looks bad. How about we tell everybody that help will come tomorrow and kill them in their sleep?” “When I woke up, it felt like a vivid dream. I thought I was on Barren.” Lasts about two and a half months Nothing happens in the world around them. They make things happen on their own. Make it a bazaar landscape, with things happening without visible reason. Possible explanations are given, such as that it was someone‟s desire and they used the extraordinary stuff at their disposal to make it happen. It‟s also possible that it was a physic‟s quirk. The computer may have perceived it as important to have this happen. It could be a place made available to sort things out. It‟s actually a very advanced planet they are on. It‟s in their heads. It was made to prove their mortality. It‟s something else for them to explore: themselves. It‟s a trial for them that they unknowingly brought upon themselves. It‟s not a test but an activity. It‟s the advanced person‟s idea of recreation. It‟s an introduction arranged by somebody new so that they can see their true nature. They are meant to gain epiphanies about themselves. Made to stay there by some mistake. Collective hallucination. “Moment of truth” applies here No predators around, but there are dangerous insects and other small animals. The world was one in which the original settlement failed and broke down. It‟s also very arid planetwide. Wildlife is limited, mostly being creatures brought in by people. Human development is similar to the very early stages. Maybe the last day they are there, the local weather changes completely. Clouds come in, the place cools a little, and rains come. The river will be thin and difficult to access. Illusion confusion. Ludin doesn‟t want to eat meat. Tentative Infrastructure: By some means, they end up stuck somewhere. The difficulty grows harder and people change accordingly. They eventually escape/are rescued. They woke at the same time, lying on the sand. The only possessions near them were the clothes they last remembered wearing and some of their most valued small possessions. Their recent memories were fuzzy. They were explorers, from a variety of worlds and places. They all had their own purposes that brought them together to explore, and now they found themselves in the middle of an arid land. Their reactions varied. Someone assumed it was a dream or hallucination and wandered off. The rest talked and tried to find out what was going on. There were many ideas, including building shelters immediately because they are obviously in danger, waiting for something to happen because somebody must have put them there and therefore knows they are there, and taking worst-case scenario action. Some others panicked, and others were ready to take advantage of the absence of civilization. The experienced majority decided to explore and assess the situation. The results were grim; nothing but scrub with occasional dry patches of wood. A dry river was near, probably from the faraway mountains. In two directions, they were about a day away from the mountains. In the other two was just more dry land. They talked about how to tell the others and who would say it. They went back and told everyone their findings: no civilization. Already, I could tell that some were resolute on cracking. They reacted a little differently to the news and everything else. However, I was surprised at how calm others were. They seemed totally alright, maybe even like they valued this new experience. The first day, somebody set out and I never saw him again. Others built things, anticipating being stuck. Even on this first day, people are having many difficulties just living. Some people are changing in personality, such as becoming testy and being less kindly than they were when they were provided for. The next day they find a pair of hunters from the locals, and they don‟t learn much besides the fact that they are not totally isolated. Principal difficulties from the start are lack of food and water. Time goes on, and things get very hard. Morals were betrayed, broke down slowly, were ignored, or reformed. At one point, it‟s absolutely confirmed that the world is primitive and they have no chance of escaping. When people are on the verge of dyeing, they and the things that appeared disappear just as they appeared. Instead of dying and eliminating these characters, they are actually put back. Among some of the ones that lasted long enough, they realize that something unusual is going on and they may not have to worry about death. It turns out that the point was just that they needed to have such an experience, but were unlikely to start one on their own and would be in real danger they never understood why this happened. Within Doubt/Unbearable Revelation [Event scenario] Uncovers brutal and disturbing and lonely reality. The premise is one that could happen now, in that a character depends on religion and reality is unbearable. The character lives in a place where it feels safe and solid. Reality is thrust upon him. His reactions are different than a person who was raised for it. Besides this, he depends on the things he learned; even his personal thought on what‟s good and likeable depend on his religion. A character is very special because it has a semblance of awareness of reality. Portray the atheist like a person with the unique advantage of sensibility. Its sort of human nature to resist reality for reasons of happiness or convenience. Becomes Just a wandering philosopher. (A Day in the Life) In the story where a character learns unsettling things in one day, there should be some militants involved. Also set to ADITL. The first big upset is when he finds a dead body. It‟s very upsetting and enforces his recent reconsideration of everything. Before this, he is having a day that somehow feels empty. He always thought very positively about who he was and what he thought was true, but it all seemed a little uncertain and boring earlier. Finding the dead body drives his further, and then he stops again because of the unpleasantness of that line he was going. The next morning, he has new enthusiasm after changing his mind again and distracting himself from the issues and telling himself its okay. He has a dappe morning, and then he hears something that retriggers his thoughts. This time it‟s beautiful, and he goes into a reverie for a while until his boss brings him out of it. After this, he goes back to the line of thinking he was on before, and it gets very distressing, but after the climax it all comes together and he becomes serene. “Will you let your thoughts stray and meander into taboo places? Will you entertain “Evil” ideas?” Tentative Infrastructure: The character is alive in an era when traditionalism is very dominant. Reality is absolutely terrifying. The purpose of this one is to see it negatively. … Some character is struggling with evidence against his lifelong belief that there is an afterlife. Major supporting characters include a decently-portrayed religious person and an equally wellportrayed atheist. This atheist character could have that whimsical and amused quality. "What's the point of living?" "Well, first of all, why not? Was your whole reason for living in the first place that you would get to continue living forever?" The major character in this would be a fairly common person in a changing world that is something like half-atheist, similar to what I predict the near future will be. -He is tormented, despite nothing extraordinary going on in his world at large and being in what would be considered a quite comfortable little city. -The city has many old buildings from their renaissance era, and they are a significant part of the city. Many are religious and everyplace has some reminder of religion. -It takes place in one day. This guy is some sort of student. The Great and True Prophet Sajam [Society, religion Story] Make biography of religion from ground up The prophet said “We are all servants of the good. We are just manifestations of good, and when we die our identity dissolves and we return to the soul that is good.” The protagonists come into the thing at some point. There is some sort of heresy going on involving a new prophet or something. They go to a place of prophets and such. The “Immaculate conception” of someone turns out to be embarrassed father. Maybe things are ruined but the everyone ends happy, such as the family of the prophet being reunited, the former followers keeping the alternate ways of thinking that they learned, and the power that ruled the region weakening. “I‟ve noticed that events seem to happen differently when they are made up.” “I think your story sounds unlikely. It defies logic and sounds too unlikely.” “But if you‟ll believe me, I promise you will go to paradise for eternity!” “Oh. Well, count me in!” “Great. Now, I do have some demands as well and you won‟t go to paradise until after you die.” “That sucks!” “Well, maybe you don‟t like it but it‟s the only way to get to paradise.” Mistaken Identity [event scenario] A character could be made who is essentially given a weapon he knows nothing about and then placed in a war which he knows no details about at all (including the people he is fighting with and against). Was just a foreigner visiting from outer space. He‟s just taken in to it. He‟s caught in it and dies in it. Could be someone who was involved with protagonists once, or a person from the same planet. He is bullied around his whole life. Tyag Purniv was visiting a planet. He left his advanced, refined world more than a year ago. The company he traveled was considered explorers and students. This planet was not unusual, although every one of them, he was reminded often, was equally unique. [They should be here to deal with some problem. This one had no uniquely evolved humans or particularly interesting history. They had just recently found nuclear power. They were in a town one day. It was interesting for being a home of an ancient civilization, having many huge stone structures. An army happened to invade. It was a surprise attack; even the company failed to notice. His company all were blended in, and they were called back to the vessel. However, Tyag had been wandering alone and taking the risks of an inexperienced tourist, unlike the rest. The others got away, but he was there when the invaders came through. He had been made to look like one of the local races, and he looked like the same race as the army. The company left, intending to return later to take him back…… …”Wake up.” Tyag opened his eyes. At first he didn‟t see anything. He assumed the room was dark, but after that assumption he made the observation that he was blindfolded. A strong hand was shaking his arm. Saying “What do you want?” was the first thing he thought of doing. He was visiting a world. He got separated from his friends. He eventually learned they left him for dead. “This is yours. Pull the switch to shoot metal from the barrel.” Tentative Outline: Encumbered With Trust [Story Scenario] Some characters somewhere are in a tightly structured organization that was produced to handle a new technology with radical potential. It‟s something like time travel (but don‟t use time travel). The qualities of it would be small group dynamics with power and possessing great importance. Don‟t just make the central issue of the plot a takeover by a power-hungry person. Perhaps the premise that starts this one is that Gilthoniel has met them fairly recently and they know of her powers, and she teleports them there to teach them a lesson. While writing it, think about the responsibility and other concept when someone has new, strong, rare capabilities. Compare it to the responsibility of a person with a modern gun in the time of muskets, or even medieval times. A Game With A God [Philosophy Scenario] “Am I hallucinating, or is my supposed reality a hallucination? I remember learning the profiles of crazy people, and I don‟t fit it…” I remember that “Conscious feeling” when I wake up and I know I am awake. When I‟m asleep, sometimes I‟ll think I‟m awake but usually I fail to remember that conscious feeling. “I know this feeling. This is real. I never feel it in dreams, and I never remember to check for it. This is real. I know where I am and what is true.” Maybe a godly-being plays games with the protagonist, and the confusing super-physics things might seem insane at first, but feel more right in a way. This character has a revealing experience comparable to others, so what is different about his? His if given to him, he likes it, he‟s a regular college student in modern times… His parents kept him from the culture of his peers. They disliked almost all college culture. He made the time to explore it deeper. Others liked the idea that nothing is real. He found it less interesting than what he had to learn from the physicists. The first thing was an introduction to his The era is similar to now. He is in a slightly less advanced country, where religion and tradition is very prominent. His world is kind of dangerous. The traditionalism is relevant to his safety, as he could get involved in some nasty things. Besides strange visions, there are also very bizarre moments, like hyper-realistic, meaningful dreams. “According to some religions, the world is just a dream or illusion, and reality can only be uncovered through meditation and studying and living a virtuous life. Recently, physics has suggested that this may not be far off from the truth.” Jors had been idling, scribbling notes and drawings in his notebook. His religious school bored him more than anything, but at some moments it appealed to him. His lifted his head toward the television. “Theories say that much of what we perceive is relative and not necessarily as we think. Even the mysterious nature of time itself is possibly not constant throughout the universe. There may be much more beyond our universe, where time and every other rule is completely different.” At this point, the teacher stopped the recording. “This is the scientific part of the video. It‟s exploring the atheist explanation of the universe, which isn‟t really a religion, so we don‟t need to see that.” She fast forwarded the tape. Jors wanted to see it more than before now. The other religions explanations of things seemed stupid to him lately, but science had been tempting him lately. He spent the rest of the class fantasizing about how different things could be. He felt frustrated the rest of the day. His religion class always left him unhappy. For others, religion brought a sense of comfort, of settled security in the universe. He rejected this comfort. In fact he felt safer when things were ambiguous. Knowing he was wrong was better than thinking he was right. He drove home in a small, expensive, red car. His parents paid for his education and boarding, but he considered breaking it off at times as their demands and expectations of him felt like too much. They always pictured things in just such a way. Everything must be right for them, and asserted what they knew as right. Besides demanding that he take a daily elective class on religion, they also managed to make him go to church at least once a week, only be with girls they approved of and only congenially, work at a mindless job (to teach him the meaning of work), and maintain grades that kept him at the top 15% of his classes. Something he demanded in return was the right to live alone, so he would have some time away from their watchful control. However, the demands made it so he hardly controlled his own life and barely had any moments he could call his own. Consequently, he became an unhappy, overworked student. Almost everybody said “These are the best days of your life. Believe me, you‟re going to wish you appreciated them more”, which always managed to depress him and drive him a little farther away from them. He sincerely considered abandoning it all, but he assumed this couldn‟t reasonably be done and nothing would change the depressing course of his life. The current and present wealth and the relative simplicity and benefits of his life that people loved to compare to others didn‟t help at all either. He parked his car in the driveway of his moderately small house. He stepped out, grabbed his bag, locked and closed the door, walked down the pathway, opened the entrance and went into a dream. Nothing was right. He saw inexplicable things and otherwise felt inexplicable sensations. He had felt this way a few times before, but never in such a way. In the brief moments it lasted, thought of checking is he materially existed, and noticed that he did not exist in any way he could verify. In the last moment of this dream, he saw a woman who said something to him. It all resolved itself into his living room after that. Smart Cat Is Smart I thought about what it would be like for a cat to grow up intelligent. I was bothered by the fact that it would be aware of it‟s extremely brief life. Maybe the perception of time is different because the heart beats faster and everything is taken in with more detail and time basically moves slower for them. Intelligence does not come instantly, but instead the cat builds up intelligence over time so that it‟s smartest when it dies. “Could it be smarter than me? It better not.” Less able to overcome its own instincts. Human philosophy exists for human minds, not for cats. It never developed a concern over not belonging to a group, mostly because cats are so individualistic. This became a problem later. They had taught him that he had to be certain things, perhaps unconsciously. Afterwards, many people idolized him. He said it was too cruel to put all this on him when he couldn‟t handle it, particularly the fact that they couldn‟t make him live very long. He regretted the times he managed to impregnate queens and give their kittens his problems. He possessed a cute name, which he eventually hated. Possess the same faults as humans? What about his mom? Starts appreciating music. He actually thought of himself as a cat, as an animal that doesn‟t have the same things apply to it as a human. He considers himself an animal, and thinks his creatures would better remain stupid than live with their problems. Biological science progressed to the point where it could make a cat intelligent. They had tried several times in experiments, but this time they definitely had it. They birthed one kitten through artificial insemination. They called it Gigibu. At first the kitten was not very impressive, but after a few weeks, signs of sentience emerged. It learned quicker than kitten regularly did. Shortly after its eyes opened, it grasped that it could trust humans. It quickly became a “Peoplecat”, and during it‟s kittenhood it was able to use people like some young scamp. It‟s observers quickly learned to approach it more like a human than a cat. After its kittenhood, its mind expanded enough to start grasping language. It lacked the faculties to articulate every word of human language, but the humans taught it to speak as closely as possible in human language. They and the cat worked it out so he could substitute the rest with vocals particular to cats. People sometimes claim their pets say some words in their own human languages, but this cat definitely could, although it could only speak as well as a baby at first. The cat learned faster than a toddler, as cat‟s don‟t take as long to learn their basic functions. It grew apart from its own as time passed, particularly since when it spoke to humans it confused the other cats. It was also visibly immature. The scientists didn‟t try to help its emotional development until after kittenhood, when they imagined it would be easier. They underestimated the cat‟s resistance to change. He only became mature later in life, after it became smart enough to and gained enough experience. The cat existed for the sake of experimentation, and they pushed it as hard as possible. They taught the cat every aspect in every field of knowledge, including math, history, and arts. They complained the most about its short attention span, but the biggest problem was probably that they acted like academic teachers and not the understanding sorts that it needed. This produced many problems later in its life, when it‟s intelligence became on par with regular humans and it‟s concerns went to more profound things. It was pretty clear to everyone that he was often motivated by sex, particularly when it came to his escapes. He was taught not to spray early on, but he sometimes had to do it. I had a conversation once, when a friend said “He obviously can‟t overcome his primal instincts. It‟s obvious that we are the more sophisticated species, being able to resist and eliminate our desires.” I responded by pointing out that he owned sports car of equal value to a middle-class home, that he was eating an expensive meal complete with wine, and that his wife was practically artificial. He responded by saying that some of us were finer than others and they were misunderstood. I said it was indeed so. Anyway, sex was his most unconquerable drive. I suppose animals are all alike, or at least mammals are. He rarely left it‟s contained environment. At first it was for his own sake, but even after that they kept him because it would simplify public relations to keep him out of the public‟s constant scrutiny. It managed to escape the place a few times and wander. The cat was given a unique appearance before its birth, being yellow with black ears, paws, tail and belly. Somebody caught him the first time, when he was just two years old. You might expect people would catch it because of his unique looks, but his intelligence and being a cat let him avoid capture. I believe he returned on his own accord every time since the first. People sometimes think “If only you could talk” when their cats return home after being missing for a long time. The answer is that they wouldn‟t say anything. He rarely allowed us to know what he did. The cat supposedly impregnated a few queens during his few unescorted escapades. He explored for the final time when he was eight. By this time he probably possessed intelligence equivalent to a human fourteen-year-old. Few of us could read his emotions, but he seemed taken by something. He seemed depresses. I think he gained a perspective, and it wasn‟t appealing. Until about nine years of age, the cat was all about science. He never received the considerations of a human child. I don‟t blame us, he was created as a test. His development would bring a lot of money for some people and have a lot of applications for others. As time went on, he actually became increasingly moody. The public image of his was as a cute little sort of thing; the sort of character that would fit in a fantasy story. He increasingly demanded things for himself. He had just about all the material pleasures he needed. Pet-product manufacturers would send him prototypes of items for his evaluation. He bacme increasingly testy, especially over the cutsey things. I think he felt patronized and also like nobody took him seriously (few did). At the same time, to fulfill his demands and gain independence from us, he went public. He appeared in movies. He probably hurt his image more than before, but he earned more money than many humans. Enough to refund us entirely with plenty left over. We tried to keep tighter control over him, but apparently the law extended far enough to let us have about the same control over him as a parent does over a retarded child, but no more. I‟m sure the public sympathy and the touchiness over this influenced the decision more than anything. Perhaps I should explain his demands. Basically, he wanted to live his own life. He sincerely wanted to think for himself, to live on his own, and be independent. With his money, at first he purchased all the luxuries. He settled more or less all of his cardinal desires. He particularly enjoyed hunting, preferably alone. Then he did something we didn‟t expect. He started studying things on his own. Feline curiosity emerged at full strength. He was done with little toys and drugs (he apparently tired a few of the human ones) He tried to find out about himself and us. He explained to me his testiness was caused by things he never grasped. He said it was partially our fault for not helping him learn more about existence, life itself, and that sort of thing. He read a lot mostly about philosophy and religion. He also explored the world as far as his caretakers would let him. Some tried to stop him from fulfilling himself, particularly on the grounds that he existed for our purposes and that he was just a cat anyway. Seeds Some story is about a small group of people who find themselves in an empty places without anything to influence them beforehand, such as memories or a code along which they act. This is about what people are without society to influence them, and how they then work out. The personalities should be a full spectrum. Some new people are seeded somewhere. They had no real parents, they all came alive at the same time, and they have rapidly working active adaptation. They were born by some artificial means and raised by AI or some other artificial life form. Think of why someone would do this and how it would go wrong. One character is the bossy type. “If you help me, I can gain a lot. I will give you an amount to compensate.” Someone wants to help, and wants others to contribute. It was the demanding one‟s idea that a higher being existed and that he meant certain things for them. Even if there is, what‟s to say that it‟s higher? “What do you think the eggs are for?” “I don‟t know. We came from them, didn‟t we? Maybe we use them to create more people?” Knowledge that sex makes babies is not inborn. “What is a purpose?” First feelings: Confusion, discomfort, fear, hunger. They emerged from something like eggs. They emerged in their own time, as their senses came to them and their minds became coherent. They found they possessed fundamental skills for self-sufficiency as these came from deep in their minds: walking, coordination, articulation, emotion. Nothing else. Their minds contained no pre-set regulations, save for the fundamentals of their specific species of animal. First coherent thoughts: needs as a result of birth. Get nourishment, stop discomfort. At the same time, must find awareness. They wandered a little, incapable of much. They staggered over rocks occasionally, and one injured his knee. He yelled something nearly coherent. The others watched and failed to do anything, though attempts of different kinds were made. Someone walked up and touched him, and someone else completely ignored him. Shortly after, all had emerged, and they noticed a smell from something nearby. In the middle of the “eggs”, a machine released food. It provided just enough nourishment to satisfy. Then it did something to the one that fell down, healing the cut. The Dance [Society Event] “Finally, your exit must be carefully disciplined and exact. This is the final thing they will see. Don‟t be too concerned though. Immediately after it doesn‟t matter what you do…” “I have a question!” “What?” “You‟ve said since the beginning that this show was about dignity, honor, skill, and all our other values. Do you mean to say we drop these as soon as we finish? If we do, what is the point of all this?” The teacher laughed. Many of the other performers were amused as well. “Apparently, you are too stupid or innocent to understand. This is a display of superiority. You don‟t belong here.” Tentative Infrastructure: Short story. This is basically it. It can be expanded. It might also be incorporated into something else. Pilgrim [Character Story] “I was on a journey to the other half of the world. I wasn‟t going to the geographic opposite, but the philosophical opposite. I crossed paths with another man going from that part to mine. We both meant to emigrate, and our reasons were the opposite. We talked about our reasons during that day. I questioned if I was the one who perceived wrongly. My friend, however, never had this thought. The next day, he continued and I never saw him again. I reconsidered that his kind didn‟t ever reconsider, ad mine did. By this major fact, I decided to continue.” The guy he meets argues things such as how much better morals and values the other side has. “Look at me. I have never doubted myself. Like a rock.” Tentative Infrastructure: A man is riding on a train. He is going from a backwater sort of country to the most advanced region of the world. Short story. Three men, some land, and a dead country [Character and society scenario] Three men trying to preserve dead country. Imagine if, after America came apart, some die-hards tried to keep the nation in existence (maybe similar to the way other nations claimed to continue the Roman Empire.) If there were three of them, how could they get a president? Their only flag is tattered and worn. One of these guys was actually in the government and never accepted that it collapsed, and so he asserts that he is the last one in line to be president. Others idealize the dead country, but they are separate. Tentative Infrastructure: The formerly powerful and influential nation has collapsed many years ago. It‟s faded along with the rest of the organized world and split into many smaller and weaker nations. These people are met by the narrator. They are trying to keep alive the country in some private property. What ensues is a fruitless effort to keep the country up. Heads vs. Tails [society scenario, story] There could be two opponents, where the core difference is that one believes the most evil committed now will produce the most good in the future, and the other believes the most good made now will make the most good in the future. They are totally opposite but still believable philosophies. The intention of both sides is actually good in the end. The evil side has the slogan that it will all be okay in the end. They deliberately do things because they are evil. There are people of all types on both sides. Some fools on the evil side commit any old evil act. However, the idea is that the evil acts should be carefully chosen so they have the correct effects. Two philosophical opponents; but not opposites. The ultimate goal is the same. They are not total dichotomies. The philosophies arose at the same time, thousands of years ago. The Sanctity one came up in a region that resembles ancient pagan areas, over a hundred years before the other one. The Compensation one developed in a sort of Asian region. The founder of the Compensation side was raised learning the ideology of the Sanctity side, but he saw differently. He decided that the worse things were, the better they become later. He was a sort of accountant and significant affairs manager a powerful, ancient kingdom. The Compensation one was very powerful for a while because it was ruthless and basically more than unrestrained. The Compensation side is the smaller side for a long while after its peak. Neither was instantly significant, but they progressed because of their merits. Meanwhile, in another part of the world, the Sanctity side gained popularity as a peaceful break from the chaos of its time and region. The sanctity side would have to exist with clear rules for what is good. Maybe in the beginning, when it was the idea of one person or a small number of people, the idea was of general goodwill. Then, it became a structured conservative thing as it grew. Both are sectarian. They are philosophies that work alongside religion. Conservatism and other things usually are strong when there is necessity and desperation; in this case, maybe what happened is that the evil sides advantages finally through later, and then it did better than the other as modern times (as I consider them modern) happened. In an unusual way, it turns out to be better than the other. Intentionally trying to be wrong (in the style of the backwards way of thinking) ends up being right. A strength of the deliberately unclean one is that people actually blend better, since they are attracted toward things perceived as bad. Maybe the “Bad” one turns out at the point of the story to be the place where people like the concept for its leftist merits, such as being different and doing the opposite of what the dominant ways say, like modern Satanists. The Sanctity people have been noted as bizarrely generous and polite. However, the way they actually feel about things is not reflective of their apparent behavior. In fact, they are like extreme conservatives. They will also reject anything they feel can be called evil (though the way they act is not how it was originally intended). In effect, they are like the south. They think of themselves as good and do everything they can to be good, but they aren‟t, not ultimately. A big thing about the evil side is that it‟s misperceived. Many think they simply want evil. Maybe Ludin is saved from something by the Sanctified and brought there because he looks clean. At the time they are seen, they are about equal in power and the world‟s greatest rivals, like the USSR and USA. Don‟t forget cultural accidents. There is the sense in the good one that they have to pull together; do everything for the goal. The other side is more in favor of discord. Told in the doctrine of the evil side is that there will eventually be a time when they can change their behavior. It says that all evil done during their time will ultimately pay off in its effects, and there will eventually come a time when the payoff is strong enough for believers to stop following it. Although there are always many people predicting that their day of reckoning will come soon, this is indicated in the story to come in the near future, as their prosperity surpasses that of the good guys. Things are often left unsafe. “The other side is doing the opposite of our philosophy. Therefore, they are our enemies if anyone is. However, although it can be considered bad to fight good, it‟s good for us. This is a paradox.” Tentative Infrastructure: The world has had two significant forces for over a millennia. One claims to be good and the other claims to be evil, but they ultimately believe that the end result of their efforts will be good things. They come to visit the place, and perhaps the first thing they hear about is its legends among others, being inflated and dramatized. Either it‟s heard about on some other world and they are advanced enough for that, or it‟s heard about on some less developed country in the world and it‟s at about the 20th century level. The protagonists are on their own at this point, so they do their own thing. They explore and generally do things like tourists who are interested in learning. Their initial impression of the compensatory side is that they are plain evil, but at this point the characters are aware that such a thing doesn‟t exist. They are willingly brought into the affairs of others. They see the many things and learn about the place, and perhaps they are able to change it. Ulyphia gets lost or intentionally diverted. Then she is found by a young man mysteriously attracted to her. Intelligence vs. Discipline [Characters] . One is very smart but lazy, with thinking similar to the west world. The other is of normal intelligence, but his principal feeling of worth depends on hard work, like the east world. World of ideas start at teenagery One very smart but lazy and one highly disciplined but average “Why should everything come so easily to you?” “Intelligence endorsement helps sense wrong and helps development” “with my way everyone has equal opportunity” Maybe Lazy‟s mind is untrained, but discipline is. Lazy is Geidzar Disciplined is Yatgcing Geidzar should often trail off in his thinking. Tentative Infrastructure: The two men are put together for some reason. A problem comes up and they are supposed to fix it. A Gynecocracy [Society/government Scenario] I actually don‟t believe an arms race, like the cold war, would have happened if women were the major people in politics rather than men. It would be interesting to make a society from iron age to technological age that‟s entirely female-prevailing rather than male-dominant. An emerging problem is the dominance of male, power-oriented ideals. The place is an extremely prosperous land, meaning it could develop in a generally noncompetitive way. Possibly involved in their philosophy is that most specifically male things are unnecessary to the species, like animals with complicated mating rituals and ornaments. They say that things such as aggressiveness and other minor male concepts are detrimental. Possibly women with masculine ideals are taking over, and the others don‟t have enough eagerness to fight. There is not an attitude that others should be brought down because they brought down others. There should be a species trait that makes this possible. Mostly, it should be that civilization was fortunate enough to evolve that way. It could be that there was an isolated but very prosperous place. The outside world had little influence in it, and so the gentler place could develop. It‟s on a big island, like Australia, and it had oceans on either side and the first few miles of coast are hard to get through. The people are the same as present humans. Marriage and sexual arrangements are different. Relationships have less ownership of spouses associated with them. Men are in the military forces, but only women may be generals. There are no other discriminatory positions except those of high leadership. Discrimination is rare. This society works more as a functionalist describes civilization today. Jealousy is less common. Society works out well enough that everyone is kept happy enough for peace to not force the government. It‟s actually a religion that does all this. Their philosophy was very popular compared to those of the rest of the world. The rest of the world is arid and less stable, and their thinking is a relative break from the alternatives. At this point in history, their main threats are the masculine-dominated nations. Other countries adopted their ways, but the actual countries are somewhat few. The rest are mostly minorities within larger nations or small states that are not very organized. They aren‟t in any sort of official union, but they got along just fine. The country is at a level comparable to the renaissance. The rest of the world is more medieval. Some advanced technology has ended up on the world, and there are sort of advanced pockets that have taken it and worked with it. Consequently, there are very advanced things and very primitive things around. When advanced weapons are available to people of unadvanced thinking, it‟s obviously very dangerous. Now world affairs are in a delicate state. Becoming better than others is not as important to them. Overall, this means that personal ambitions, particularly ones that hurt others, are less common. They don‟t have hasty judgment. Hurting others on the basis that you think they are bad is a rather aggressive thing to do, so justice is well-structured. Less offendable. It was slow to emerge and take hold, but afterwards it has good staying power. It‟s certainly not built on [the theories of that on governmental philosopher whose last name is synonymous with oppressive government.] Gender roles do exist, but it‟s not as disliked when people break them. Men and women don‟t have quite as much specifics on them. Men have relative freedom, but the fundamental thing is that they can‟t have significant positions of authority. “Repression encourages a vie for power. This is how other countries are made. Here, the people of a region elect their leader. A random woman is chosen, then people vote to choose a new random woman when they don‟t feel the current one represents them. Her term can be as quick or as brief as they like. Many last for less than a day, since they aren‟t even leaders. The local leader manages the affairs of her people, and then she also has a say in the Council.” “Someone said, „So many of us are unsatisfied. We should do something that lets most of us be happy and the rest of us content. Women will be better at this than men.” Other nation: “I have found that a male democracy should work better than a female one. The current democracy is built on the opinion that men are the wrong sorts to be rulers. Naturally, in a democracy, to be elected the rulers will have to be intelligent gentlemen. The ambition of males will make them superior the well-being of a country.” In another place, women govern while men act. It‟s like they are doing petty useless things. Sometimes people hold lifetime grudges or otherwise will cut themselves off from their family for various reasons, such as cultural rules or complications that would hurt them some amount. That doesn‟t happen here. The fact that societies value eunuch‟s may show that although they preferred trussing men for things, they also (perhaps inadvertently) made them more female-like mentally. There is a queendom somewhere. This place should be at least middle-distance from the equator to the north pole. The people here should generally be gentler sorts. It would probably be necessary for the society to develop as it did or have to be a consequence of it. In another gynecocracy: “Women make the best warriors. Men have aggression and are the more easily controlled sex. They make good grunts. However, if you can get her to, a woman can act with deliberate coolness and calculation. They handle stress better too. They aren‟t as powerful physically, or course, but physical ability is less important than it used to be.” There are also gynecocrcies that are different, such as ones in which women literally dominate. “Just because I lose out doesn‟t mean you should.” Not Alone [Character Scenario] An idea for part of a plot. There is a man who is a criminal and all around bad guy. He has been having an affair with a woman, and his wife suspects. She sends a private investigator to prove it. He sees this investigator and he kills him. After this, his wife does all sorts of things to hurt him and catch him in the act. A bad guy like him would probably just kill his wife after a while, but he doesn‟t because he loves her. The reason he loves her so much is because of some rare eccentricity that they share. I think the monogamy feelings may be something like greed. People naturally start to feel like separating after five years. If one person feels distressed that their spouse is having a relationship with someone else after a love has failed than what is it that distresses them? The man could end up being the nemesis character. Perhaps the guy is a nihilist. Because he believes it is all meaningless, he can do the most horrible crimes without regret. He has no scruples, and becomes very wealthy through crime. He intellectually cares about nothing, so he is just carrying out his emotional drives because that is basically what people do already. There is no way to become more meaningful, but he only finds true similarities and companionship in his wife. His wife is someone that has found similar conclusions, and she is somewhat sadistic as well. As a character she resembles a stereotypical mob boss wife. Despite the numerous reasons that he has to get rid of her, their common differences from other people keeps him in love with her, since she is a one in a million. After a while he realizes that he somehow has emotions for her. This is very confusing for him. Considers her only other person he felt was human. He never sympathized or had the feeling that he and any other human were the same thing.
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