I’ve hit a brick wall (well not the usual way) about a story I’m developing. The short of it is that I’m having a hard time coming up with a satisfying and believable antagonist.
And here’s the long of it:
The premise is deliberately simple: Earth was drafted; this would normally be the main source of conflict but I’d like to see it more as a narrative device linking together the stories of a cast of Loads and Loads of Characters
The tech is as such, the aliens put us into ambulatory tanks that inductively provide Cyber Space
so that everybody’s time is divided into VR and VR + Remote Body
at varying speeds
, humanity being less of an operators than observers. There are tanks, artillery, planes, Space Planes
, spaceships, tankettes, etc. all operating under various degrees of autonomy. They in turn are controlled by something akin to Carrier Battle Groups (IN SPACE!
Aesthetically I've combined a lot of elements from several sources.
- Books: the New Kashubia Series, Bolo, Infinity Beach;
- Films: Surrogates, The Matrix, Skyline;
- Music videos: Immortal from Cruxshadows , Larger than Life from the Backstreet Boys , and I'm still looking for #3;
the enemy was going to be invisible zombies (stupid aliens made of darkmatter) however, it’s not very satisfying since beyond being dang near impossible, all that would be required is a lot of stupid robots with big shot guns (auto-cannons with grapeshot style munitions), then
I though perhaps I could do a Elves Versus Dwarves
thing and have the “good”-guys be utilitarian soldiers while the “bad”-guys would be Warhammer 40000-ish
blinged out warriors; all of the factions squished into one group. This also seems lazy. Lastly
, there was an idea for a Civil War like setting or
denizens of the army that were driven mad by the disconnection from physical life. Neither idea really seems appropriate.
So, if all that was TLDR I need bad guys, HALP!
edited 26th Sep '11 1:18:51 PM by GiantSpaceChinchilla