Yesterday, I discussed the secondary protagonist Nigel (not his permanent name, seriously) and I mentioned that next time I was going to talk about the world that this book takes place in: World War I Europe.
Of which I know next to nothing. This is not the biggest problem I am going to face, thanks to Google, Amazon and Wikipedia. My biggest problem is going to be picking what time period I want the different acts to take place in.
The issue I have is that America isn’t really central to the story. I don’t want this to end with the US Marines Expeditionary Force charging over the hill and trampling Dracula. That’s not what the story is about. It’s about the death of one age and the beginning of the another. Nothing here about the dawning American Century. Just a crazed blood sucker who doesn’t want to swap out a hand-and-a-half sword for a Steyr machine gun.
So — I’m going to have to figure out what’s what as far as acts and where everything is going to take place. I’ve got a good idea about the first act: Merry Olde England where we find our protagonist. Not so sure about the second, third or fourth acts, but the fifth act should definitely take us back to England. Yes, I give the Heroic Cycle some lip from time to time, but it works. What about the middle? What do I want to bring up?
Well, there are some neat battles I want to bring in: Mons and Ypres to start with. Mons just to see if I can incorporate the myth of the Angels of Mons into it somehow. I don’t know if I want to have the protagonist get signed up right away (if I do, then there is a really good story potential lost there) or I want to wait. Just a quick look at the article about the Battle of Mons tells me that there’s no way I can do that — the Battle of Mons is the first battle fought by the British Expeditionary Force. Oh, well…I’ll have to look for some other legendary battles and myths during the middle of the war. I’m sure I’ll find something. or I can just make it up. It’s not like Dracula is going to sue me or anything.
When I come back Monday, I think I am going to really get into the protagonist. I want to get everything set up for this poor man because he’s going to be pretty much the spirit of the age. I have to admit, I have cribbed this idea (slightly) from Alan Moore’s From Hell. Although my protagonist isn’t doing anything as nefarious as Jack the Ripper, but I love the idea that there is something beyond our ken that pushed humanity into the age we know.
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