Well, it’s been about 2 years overdue, but I think I finally came up with a new story idea to keep me occupied for the forseeable future.
Bear in mind, when I say “story idea,” I’m referring to something along the lines of a concept for a comic book, short story, or *GASP!*maybe even a novel!
Don’t worry, I promise I won’t go all counter-culture hipster on you guys.
Anyway, at this point in time, with my idea less than 6 hours old, the whole thing is more of a concept than anything else, but even so I think it has a lot going for it.
In interest of saving some time, namely my own, here’s a basic rundown of what I’m shooting for:
Basically, you take the setting of that movie The Village, (I haven’t seen it, but I’ve had the ending spoiled for me)
Actually, now that I think of it, that doesn’t reflect what I’m shooting for at all…
Here’s my idea, in my own words:
Our hero is a young man that comes from a small village of pre-Dark Ages technological status.
The village is surrounded by wilderness on all sides, and aside from a small water source and a single mountain peak visible from over the treeline, completely isolated.
Basically, the villagers live on the assumption that they are the only humans in their realm; that there is nothing for them beyond the forest.
The reason for this isolationist line of thinking is due to the presence of some truly ghastly and vicious man-eating beasts that live in the forest, thereby making travel through the wild all but impossible.
There is a very distinct border between the territory of the villagers and these creatures, crossing it by even the slightest amount agitates the monsters, yet they never cross this border.
These creatures, the wild landscape they inhabit, should be viewed as representing nature, or rather “the wild unknown.”
The real meat of the story, at least at this point, comes from the fact that sometime in the past, maybe a century or 2 ago, someone from the village in question looked upon his surroundings and found them inadequate.
He was disgusted by the sad state of his village and the fact that it’s inhabitants had begun to turn to inbreeding as a means to preserve their dwindling numbers.
He looked at the mountain in the distance and said to himself:
“I want to see the other side of that mountain.”
He was the first man in the history of the village to adopt this progressive line of thinking.
Think of him as sort of the Prometheus of this particular account of human history.
After rallying others to his cause for a time, this man eventually ended up leading a small but determined expedition into the wild.
Most were eaten by the monsters, several became lost in the woods never to be seen again, and that one man, the one that was responsible for it all, found a new life in a clearing at the opposite end of the wild.
He would be the first human to do so in the history of the realm.
This man would be the founder of a new, expansionist and progressive-minded civilization composed people who, like himself, migrated from their respective “island” villages.
Of course, this particular civilization exists without our hero’s knowledge.
The aforementioned people that became lost in the wild would become consumed by the very landscape around them, transformed into horrific and violent man-beasts.
The “wild” in this story is special in the sense that, to most of the characters in the story; it’s still unknown, it’s still dangerous.
In that sense, the wilderness in this story should be regarded as a truly hostile environment, one that not only presents danger to the humans that venture within, but does so willfully.
In this story, the natural world truly hates humanity, such that it produces horrible creatures specifically for the purpose of keeping man outside of it’s borders.
Think of it as a sort of Gaia-like Earth-spirit that exists to keep man in his place, to keep man from discovering the true depths of his insatiable lust to consume and destroy.
With monsters, lots and lots of monster…
Anyway, that’s where our Prometheus throws a monkey wrench into the mix by surviving what was supposed to be an impossible endeavor.
In a symbolic sense, I guess Prometheus’ victory is supposed to signify the power and mystery of nature beginning to wilt under the tenacity, determination, and ingenuity of man.
The man-beast population don’t exactly represent both parties, humanity and nature, as one would expect.
Rather, they are a doomed element in the story, a group of survivors that have grown powerful and ugly due to the harshness of their environment.
No longer fully human, they are nevertheless still regarded by the wild as intruders, thusly making them targets for the monsters, as well as complete outcasts to whatever human elements they may encounter.
They are physically powerful, but inbred and prone to illness and early death.
At some point in the story, they will probably engage in violence with the Promethean settlement, as that is simply the only way the 2 civilizations can encounter one another.
I think the angle I’m trying to play with the man-beasts, is to posit to the reader/audience the possibility that perhaps the various creatures inhabiting the realm this particular story takes place in are all actually cut from the same fiber.
That is to say, perhaps the vicious man-eating creatures of the wild are in fact mutated humans that were trapped in the forest for too long, or perhaps man is result of some of the monsters stepping out of said enviroment.
The world of this story is meant to have some subtle magical elements, (no spells though, I fuckin’ hate that shit…) so such transformations could easily happen over a reasonable period of time as opposed to through genetic/evolutionary means.
I’m rambling, I’m sorry.
Anyway, the story is basically about a young man, a hunter raised in a small tradition-oriented society, discovering the true breadth of the world around him.
At this point in time, the only background I have established for him, is that he is hunter who lost a friend to one of the monsters in the woods, thusly resulting in him seeking revenge on said monster years later.
Near as I can tell, it’s his quest to slay this beast that takes him into the wilderness and beyond.
What happens from there, and why, I have no fucking clue.
Anyway, that’s about all I’ve got for now.
Don’t steal my ideas.