I came up with an idea that has been rattling around my head. I’m still not sure exactly where to go with this, but here is what I have.
A group of friends (4 boys and 1 girl) live in a city that is hidden under a cliffside named Trune. Their people struggle to survive in the catacombs, so these friends decide to head into the world for training. They agree to return in 10 years and become a mercenary team to bring some income into their hidden city. Their headquarters is a building on the cliff with a secret entrance to the city. This is all setting and motivation for their beginning adventure.
The issue comes when they regather. The boys train as a paladin, an assassin, a potion master, and a forest tracker. The girl was training as a warrior until she was taken into an organization that promised her unique skills. Instead, they magically altered her in their experiments to create the perfect warrior race. The forest tracker broke her out before they were done, so now she is a skilled warrior who wanders from child-like nature to raging psychotic. She’ll spout random stuff at times, but she’s still a functional and not over the top level of crazy.
The main plot revolves around the organization trying to recapture her once they find out where she is. This is where I get lost. Part of me wants to do a trilogy that has them do a mission in the first book, battle the organization and lose in the second, and go in for revenge in the third. Yet, I think I can do this in a single book too. It could very well be the sequence of mission, organization problems, attack on Trune, and then an assault on the organization. I had some villains in the form of two completed female perfect warriors, one male perfect warrior, and the head of the organization. A lot of the story would revolve around the bonds between the heroes and how far they’ll go to protect their those they care about.
I’d be happy to hear any insight somebody has to this. The more I think about it, the more I worry that it might be an overdone idea.