Quick recap of this idea: Keys of Eden is going to be almost a child series with a few volumes of short stories. I’m thinking 5 volumes with 3 having 10 and 2 having 11. The reason for the cut is that the story is about a prince and his female partner setting off to gather the 100 magic beasts (name to be made later) that one needs to save the throne from a creature that ousted the previous rulers. Before anyone gets annoyed, I’m doing a recap and details will be later. I think some people were agitated at the prince having a female partner even though they’re going to be on equal footing. Anyway, I decided to make this easier by having the beasts come in pairs, which is also what had me come up with the duo protagonists instead of a single main one with supporting. The probably I had was figuring out how to do the divide. All I got was that I wanted to do it with a female/male pairing. So, here’s what I came up with:
The prince is going to be a young boy, so his family will have been run out of the capital for about a decade. Might up it to a later teenager since there might be romantic elements between the main characters. The female lead is going to be born from a warrior family, so she’s the tactical and muscle. The prince is going to be a little spoiled, but more book smart. Haven’t fully decided on if they’re going to start as friends, be former friends, or not like each other, but they will have a past. She’s going to get pulled into this by a magical ritual that chooses his companion. Weapon-wise, I was going to give her a mace and shield, but I don’t know if combat will happen a lot in this. Maybe just a shield for defense.
The Magic Beasts
This is the real meat of the post. The previous stuff just came to me as I was thinking about this. I’m still going with the beasts coming in pairs, but I don’t think I’m going to assign a gender to most of them. Part of the idea I have now is that these creatures symbolize the balance of the kingdom. With the attack, everything was thrown out of balance, so they’re needed to fix that. This is why they come in pairs and have almost opposing, yet matching abilities. For example: a pairing might connect to water with one having the ability to unleash a flood while the other creates a gentle stream or mist. It’s a work in progress since I got a few aggressive questions about why these things had to be male/female pairings. Seriously, that really seemed to be a sticking point.
The other issue was a theme for each of the 50 pairings and that’s where the balance of the kingdom comes into play. These beasts are supposed to be connected to the health and stability of the land. So, I’m going to figure out 50 pieces of nature. This is harder than it sounds because being too general can close off other paths. I can’t have an earth pairing and then another that is dirt because those are the same. I can do desert, mountains, stones, and farmland for 8 creatures. There can be some dark ones too like disease and love/hate. It’s tough because 50 sounds like a lot, but then there are days when it doesn’t seem like enough. This is going to take more flushing out and research. I could even do a parent pairing based on major elements (Fire, Water, Earth, Air, and Life) and then connected ones. This might be too restrictive though. Best to keep relatively simple and open to mental wandering.
Anyway, that’s what I’ve been pondering with this idea. We’ll see what happens down the road. Not sure which idea I’ll present next. I know I said a long time ago, I’d do more with my superheroes on Sundays, but that idea is giving me trouble ago. People are probably tired of hearing about that until I’m ready to move on. We’ll see what happens in a week’s time.