Story Ideas

There’s the soft clicking of my heels on the stone pavement and the occasional sound of a leaf being crushed. My thoughts dwindle and spiral about like autumn leaves in the wind. Yes, the season of decline is upon us. It’s been rainy, windy and gloomy. Although our summer wasn’t a very spectacular season, I still miss it. That’s, of course, partially due to not having much to do over summer; other than hanging out and sleeping in. Good times…

Now, I am attending university. It’s a daily task; walking to school, attending lectures, classes and/or workshops, heading homework, doing homework and so on. It’s very time and energy consuming. That’s part of the reason why I haven’t gotten around to writing much. It’s a shame, too. The other night, I was simply hanging out in my house, enjoying the gift called ‘weekend’ and I had a million and one story ideas in my head. I decided to write a few of them down for you to read! They are still very incomplete so bear with me here.

Ballads of the Heavens

This would be either a three-part series or a book divided into three parts; Ballad of the Sun, Ballad of the Moon and Ballad of the Stars. In this more 2D-esque world, the earth is flat and above is the sky; the heavens. They are what humanity sees.

An astrologer’s daughter, Daes, is a strong believer in the predictions from the heavens. It is common in her village to listen to the stars to hear fortunes and predictions. When her father makes the prediction that fire will rain from the sky and the heavenly bodies condemn the earth, she panics and tries to find a solution. Her father tells her that the only hope is to learn the ballads of the three ruling entities; the sun, the moon and the committee of stars.

Daes, being a bit of a musician herself, follows her father’s instructions and finds the woman who resides in the highest mountains; a place thought to be closely linked to the heavens. The old woman, who is also an astrologer, tells her that she must perform three good deeds; one for each heavenly body. Only then will they start to pay attention to her. Next, she must learn the three songs of the heavens. The three songs are spread across the land; one in each direction. They will be taught to her by riddles. If she can solve the riddle and play the song at the dedication location, the ruling body the song belongs to will refrain from harming the earth.

Daes sets off on this adventure with her provisions and a harp. Along her travels, she meets Eram; a traveling jester who plays the lute. He too has heard of the impending doom. The two venture onwards together to attempt to stop the tragedy that has been foretold. The two meet Cayan; a young swordsman who strives to become a hero. When Daes explains the fate of the world to him, he joins the two travelers without hesitation. He presents a flute to them that might aid in them.

After fulfilling the needed deeds, Daes and her comrades retrieve the first ballad; the sun ballad. They perform the song at the sun spring. The melody triggers a transformation. A spirit within Cayan awakens and turns him into a mystical shape who finds himself intimately connected with the sun; able to speak to it and request peace from it. The sun listens. Cayan explains that Daes and Eram must speak to the remaining heavenly bodies to compel them to agree to peace as well. He, in turn, will remain in the sun spring as is his destiny. He wishes his comrades farewell. It is up to Daes and Eram to continue their journey together.

(I realize now that this could also make for an interesting video game.)

Wholehearted

This story still needs a lot of fleshing out. I have the basic concept though. A certain ‘type’ of people will exist. They are considered the wholehearted since they have hearts that are stronger than those of halfhearted people. The halfhearted people often hunt the wholehearted in an attempt to literally steal their hearts and make it their own. The hearts of the wholehearted granted immortality and other incredible powers.

The existence of these conditions makes a love story nearly impossible. What if a wholehearted falls in love with a halfhearted? Would her or she know for sure if the other person loves them in return or if they simply desire the power of their hearts? Furthermore, it is possible for a wholehearted to corrupt their own hearts; causing them to lose their powers. There is also the possibility of a wholehearted granting part of their heart to another person; forever binding them. This could be used to save another person who is on the verge of death by sharing one’s heart and life force with them.

What I will do with this story-wise is still a tricky question, but regardless, I want there to be something involving love. Rest assured that there will be a line in the story referencing that the person loves the other wholeheartedly!

Broken Halo

As the name might suggest, this story follows an angel, Zon, who has been banished from heaven. She was tricked into committing a crime and was thus sent to live among the human; causing her to lose her wings, he halo and any of her other powers. Zon finds human life to be tedious. She is determined to retrieve her angel status. But along the way, she meets a human man. He shows her how delightful life can be and she decides to tell him her secret. He pledges to help her.

Yet along the way, Zon begins to feel troubled. Is she sure she wants to leave the human world to return to the heavens? It would mean leaving behind the man she got to know and all the customs she has gotten used to. The turbulence of happiness and sadness that humans experience intrigues her and she is delighted to experience it. When Zon reaches a point where heaven is willing to welcome her again, she refuses their offer. She stays on earth.

After some time has passed, Zon notices drastic changes. An earthquake shatters her home. When she investigates the cause, she notices that the cracks are not but from earth itself. They are broken barriers between the world of the mortals and the world of shadows; the realm that houses all evils. Zon, desperate to protect the human beings she has come to love, calls out to heaven to recruit her once again. She is accepted and she is given her wings. Upon flying back to heaven, she is told that shadows have begun to claw their way to the world of the mortals and will advance further if they are able to overtake earth. Zon joins the angel army to fight for earth’s survival.

During one of her battles on the earth, she finds the man she loves in the clutches of a shadow. Zon knows that humans nor angels are allowed to kill, but she knows that a shadow can inflict psychological damage. In order to save him from nightmares and such, Zon decides to break the highest law of her angel code. She pierces the heart of her lover with a heavenly arrow. Zon knows the punishment that will follow. As she watches the soul of her lover be taken up to heaven, she finds herself returning to the earth as human. Because she, an angel, took the life of a mortal, the soul of this mortal is given to the one she serves; heaven. The soul is held there forever. Zon knows he will be able to bask in the light and love of heaven’s embrace for eternity.

As Zon whispers her farewell, she notices a cold grip around her body; one that drags her down into the depths below the earth. Never had she expected to know the sensation of death. It was then that she realized her time as angel and her time as human was at an end. Forever she stays below the earth; weeping with a broken halo.

So, question!

Would any of you like to see me write one of these and post it on my blog piece by piece? It might be a fun project to do. Let me know what your thoughts are. If the results are ‘Anything is fine’ I will consider Ballads of the Heavens myself.

Have a pleasant week, internet!

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Camp NaNo Prep: Plot!

A lot of thoughts happened. A lot of theories crossed my mind. Various characters presented themselves to me. Camp NaNo July is quickly approaching and I finally decided what I want to write this time. It’s going to be a shorter project than what I usually write. I tend to write long, elaborate tales with intricate plots and multiple important characters whose lives are greatly intertwined with those of other persons in the story. This time, we’re keeping it a bit simple. But to still challenge myself, I will be attempting to write a genre I have never tried before. Introducing my very first sci-fi project. Skybright!

Skybright

In the year 2722, Earth’s resources are near to none. Humanity looks to the sky for a new home. The IBSE (International Board for Space Exploration) has been assigned to search the skies for a planet that can sustain human life and a means for reaching it. Through seeming coincidence, scientists in Japan discover a wormhole near Jupiter. After careful consideration, the desperation of mankind urges the heads of the IBSE to send astronauts through the wormhole. At the other end, they find a solar system that orbits a star that closely resembles the sun. Within the goldilocks zone, they discover a planet that is larger than Earth but is less dense. Therefore it would be a perfect place for humans to live.

Mass migrations through the universe start. People are being transferred in great numbers. Colonization of the new planet, often referred to as Earth II, is set in motion. A large, modern city is built for humans to live within. All the while, the humans find themselves consuming massive amounts of the new planet’s resources. While they do, they remain unaware of the native civilization within the deep forests of the planet.

A strange people reside there. They watch as their beautiful green planet becomes covered in grey structures built by the humans. Their tolerance grows ever more weary. They decided to rid of the humans or attempt to scare them by attacking their settlement. They did so in their native, beast-like forms; attacking from the air upon wings. Humans however, quickly found out that they could create a certain frequency that scared away their enemies. This made the war an equal battle on both sides.

One of the young recruits for the human colony, Gab, trained to be an astronaut and a soldier, arrives in the city to fight for the front. During a mission to track his enemies however, his party is attacked and they all become separated from one another. Gab desperately attempts to find his way back to his comrades or the city but instead stumbles upon a young, native female; appearing to resemble a human. She seems harmless to him. Instead of harming one another, the two become friends. They make secret arrangements to see one another. Ever so steadily, they grow fond of one another. The girl reveals her name to him. She says it is Bai’yan and that it means Skybright in the native language. She doesn’t tell him a lot. She refuses to reveal why she is able to speak his tongue and other such things. But he is willing to teach him about her planet and its mechanics. Meanwhile, Gab tells her of his own people and culture.

Yet Gab’s many absences cause his superiors to become suspicious of him. They order another soldier to follow him in an attempt to discover what he’s doing o frequently. When they see him in the company of the native girl, he is arrested and interrogated. The authorities wish to extract all the information from him that he has learned from Bai’yan. They hope to use it against her and her people. However Gab is unwilling to tell and is thus locked up.

The day after, Bai’yan departs for the location where she and Gab agreed to meet. When he doesn’t show up, she becomes worried. She decides to approach the human city and spy on it to find out what happened to Gab. Through coincidence and cautious work, Bai’yan manages to discover what happened to Gab and where he is being held. This knowledge angers her. She rushes home and seeks out her father. He is one of the many that often attacks the human city. When she asks about his tactics, he seems fascinated by her interest but shares his knowledge with her everything he knows. The next day, when the beams of sunlight start to color the sky in brighter colors, announcing morning, Bai’yan sets out to the human settlement.

Upon this same morning, authorities attempt to interrogate Gab once again, but a loud roar interrupts their attempts. The building shakes afterwards. Before the soldiers can react to the sudden interruption, light pours from the sky as the ceiling collapses. Descending from the bright above is one of the winged beasts. With outstanding speed, it grabs Gab and takes off with him. It departs through the sky without another sound; leaving the building destroyed and the soldiers startled.

Gab, both confused and frightened is unable to undo himself of the powerful grasp of the beast that carries him over the forests. Many weapons from the city are fired at it as it flies away but none manage to hit it nor Gab himself. The ambush is ceased when the creature carries him too far out of range. It carries on flying for a while before setting Gab down within the forest and releasing him from its grip. As soon as he hit the ground, he gets up on his feet and sets off; running away from the ferocious beast.

It is but one word from a frail but familiar voice that stops him dead in his tracks. “Wait.” it speaks. When Gab turns his head, his eyes fall on Bai’yan.