Well, I know most people are out and about for this weekend, but I’m back to scratching my head on this one. I have a project(s) that I call my ‘White Whale’ series. These are my superhero stories that are always giving me a headache. They began in a place I called Super Earth, moved to another planet, back to Super Earth, then to Windemere, and then I put them back on Super Earth. Things were starting to come together, but I recently ran into a few small issues:
- I’m worried that the superhero trend will be so far beyond beating a dead horse that you’re basically punching bone dust. Having mine take place on Earth makes it feel very generic.
- I would have to do a lot of location research. This could result in me picking NYC as a hub for these characters since that’s what I live near. How many superheroes are already running around the Big Apple?
- Tackling this one would put Windemere on pause in general. I could feasibly try to juggle a Super Earth and Windemere series at the same time, but I’m not sure that’s a good idea. Bad enough that the Sin series (really need a main title for that one) will have to pause at certain points to allow for other series to avoid spoilers.
- Did I mention that this is feeling a little generic?
I keep wandering back to the Windemere plan, which I want to pose and see if it’s better than I realized. Long ago, Myrlix the plane/dimension of magic crashed into the physical plane and made everything a little magical. Auras became more potent and the entire system of magic changed. It also led to the rise of beings with magical powers called Mylrixians. These were powerful mortals who could do amazing things without using spells and relics. The gods were leery of them, but many were helping to stabilize the world in the aftermath of the crash. Thing went south when one of the heroic Mylrixians lost his son, went berserk, and declared war on all of Windemere, which he nearly succeeded in winning. The gods ended up ‘destroying’ all of the Mylrixians out of fear of another rebellion, but the best they could do at this time was make it that all of them were repeatedly reborn without their powers or memories.
This is all backstory because the series is about when an incident causes them to regain their memories and powers. It has them returning to their old lives while some are in different bodies. For example, one of the male heroes used to be a woman and another hero used to be a villain. So there’s a lot of conflicting mentalities that these characters are dealing with as they try to handle the return of everyone. This includes the one who caused the rebellion too and he’s trying his best to not make the same mistakes.
It sounds like a fun series/group of series, but it does feel weird doing superheroes in a setting that lacks high tech. I can’t really fit the aliens in without a problem and one of the main heroes was a tech-based character. She even had a giant robot, which I would have to figure out here since that’s something that could really change Windemere. This isn’t even considering how I could do this. Short stories might work best with some collections being a group one and others focusing on a solo hero. Some are going to unite to be a team while others will be localized or loners, which makes this more of a headache.
I guess the big question here is this: Would superheroes in a fantasy setting have any appeal? That’s the head scratcher.