where do I go from here? part 2

I threw out some initial ideas in answer to this question in the previous post. Now, I’m going to take it a little further in hopes of showing you more of how story develops from your world, and specifically here, the magic of your world.

Let’s begin with Ms. Jen Neric, a 20 something priestess who has served at the temple of Dreb since childhood. Dreb is a god of fresh waters and closely tied to the river from which the people of her village derive their livelihood. That is until the day she mysteriously vanished from the village. Left in her home was a short and simple note.

Dreb has betrayed me.

Confusing to say the least. Save for Jen who had met face to face with a troublesome god, loosely associated with the temple of Dreb. Much like a 10th cousin you’ve heard stories about but hoped you’d never meet. He and Dreb had an arrangement, and it was her. This would have been bearable if it wasn’t glaringly apparent that his ill thought out agenda included the fall of Dreb and his own meteoric rise to power. Unfortunately for the both of them, Jen knew meteors tended to fall.

His name was Ikyris. As he told Jen, the man’s unfortunate demise was entirely due to the unfortunate spelling of his name. So he changed it. Did I mention that Ikyris was a god of misfortune? Jen believed his own misfortune, and therefore hers, was well underway. His ambitions were as ill conceived and unfortunate as his namesake. She also believed a lot of people would suffer if she didn’t find a way to circumvent his meddling in the world.

So, a holy priestess finds herself trying to thwart the ambitions of a very mediocre god.

Can you see the beginnings of a story here? The whole thing stemming from the world’s magic system (being chosen by a god) added to the individuals involved. One character a lifelong and rather moral priestess who feels betrayed by her god. The other main character an ambitious god who doesn’t seem to have any real power or skill, but one deluded enough to believe it’s all possible.

Most of what you read above simply sets the stage. If we take it further, maybe the sense of betrayal leads Jen to make more of the meddlesome godling than anyone thought possible in a bid to get even with Dreb, or she may come to believe that Dreb placed her there on purpose to have a friend in the enemy camp. And what’s more, it might be both before the stories over. Remember life is a process. It’s a process for our characters as well.

I hope that helps illustrate how the characters themselves and their interactions with the system develop the story. All of this simply because we have gods choosing their servants.

Now, let me give you a challenge. Take the magic system described in the post linked above and using your own trio of characters, throw out some ideas for a story. Please share in the comments if you would like. I’d love to see what you come up with!


About Kirk

I enjoy life and have been blessed with many different experiences. An eye for the underlying truths that surround me accompanies a growing faith in Christ and God that informs my world and reveals small miracles and beauty surrounding me every day. This is the major reason I felt led to start Dance of 2 Companies - a dance studio where I can share all the little amazing things God's taught me through life as a dancer - about myself, about others, about marriage... and most importantly, about Him.
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