I have a lot of ideas for stories. Like, if I wrote a novel’s worth of them every month, I’d still most likely die before getting through them all. I will admit that some of the ideas probably suck, but I think there are some that a good writer could make something of them. I’ll just never get a chance to. So, I give them to the world. If you can make something of these, go right ahead. And if these are the ideas I’m giving away, maybe check out the ones I keep.
was watching a movie where it was a world much like ours, but there were
superheroes. They had been around for
several decades, but the world was still much like ours. The movie wasn’t that great and my mind was
wondering and I started wondering how history would have changed if people with
superpowers had been around. Like, if there
had been super strong people who could pick up a rock the size of a bowling
ball and throw it a mile that would have changed the course of military
tactics. If the Crusaders had some of
these human artillery, could they have kept Jerusalem, altering the history of
the Middle East? Or what if when some
European ships arrived at some place to pillage and enslave, a native who could
throw fire stepped out and burned their ships to the waterline? People with superpowers would drastically
my idea is that around the year 1000, people around the world gained
superpowers. It wasn’t so common like
one out of every hundred people, but it wasn’t so rare like one out of every
million. These powers are rather basic:
super strength, throwing fire, throwing ice, indestructible skin, and
flight. There may be others, but I
haven’t really thought about it. People
only get one, and it usually shows up around puberty.
first, people with powers were hunted down and murdered for being demons or
dark spirits or whatever. Some manage to
escape and become outlaws. If they get
some followers they may become warlords.
If they are successful warlords, they may carve out their own little
kingdom. And when a powered person
becomes king three kingdoms over, you might stop burning yours at the stake so
you could have some to defend your kingdom.
Over the centuries, you end up with new kingdoms with powered royalty. And in Europe – which I know the history of
better than other places – Christianity is reworked so that powered people are
no longer seen as demons.
people at the time don’t understand the genetics of everything, but they
quickly find out that if a powered person has a child with an unpowered person,
there’s a 50-50 chance the kid will have powers. But if two powered people have a child, then
it’s more like 95%. And there’s no
telling what powers the kid will have: two fliers could have an ice thrower. So what develops is the powered king has a
powered queen so there is a powered heir, but there are also a couple of,
usually powered, concubines to give other sons.
All the powered sons get training and equipment and become special
forces knights separate from the common, unpowered, foot soldiers. Powered daughters are married off to form
that’s the backstory. The main story
starts in the spring of about 1400 in the middle-south of what would have been
France, but is now split up in various new kingdoms. There is a young woman I’ll call A who I’d
prefer to be 18, but would more likely be a historically accurate 15. She lives on a small farm on the edge of some
village. Her mother died years ago, and
her father died over the winter. She
tells the villagers that before he died her father wrote to a cousin four or
five villages over to come take over the farm, but he hasn’t shown up yet.
morning A is going to the field when she finds – what she thinks – is a young
man lying in the field who has a long sword cut on his back. She takes him back to her hut and when she
takes his clothes off to clean the wound, she finds that it’s actually a young
woman. This is B, and is about the same
age as A. She wakes up long enough to
command A not to tell anyone she is there.
B comes to later, she says that since she is powered – she’s a flier – this
peasant should just do as she says. A
isn’t thrilled with this, but can’t really do anything. So they get on each other’s nerves for a
couple of days, and then there’s a big storm.
Maybe A finally has enough and goes out, and B follows her. A tree was blown over, and B sees A just pick
it up and toss it. A is a wild
power. B asks A why she never revealed
herself, and A says that her father warned her against being some lord’s
A isn’t just some peasant, B tells her tale.
She is the princess of some small kingdom. She was to be married off in some grand
alliance, but then her father and brother both became ill and died. So the crown went to her half-brother from
one of her father’s concubines, a guy who had always creeped her out. We’ll call him D. D comes to B and says that if they were
married, that would secure his position on the throne. B doesn’t care for this idea, and D flies
into a rage, rapes her, and then casually states that he poisoned the king and
prince. So B flees, but D sends other
fliers after her. One attacks her and
cuts her, but she managed to stab him in the heart and fly on for another
twenty minutes or so. Her plan is to
eventually make it to Sicily, and says that A should come with her.
this alternate history of Sicily, the warlord who took over the island was a
woman. She was a fire thrower and took
part in many battles. This gave her the
idea that men and women – at least powered ones – were more equal than
genuinely thought at the time. Given
that the other kingdoms in Italy and around the Mediterranean weren’t too keen
on this uppity woman with her radical ideas, Sicily was attacked and invaded
several times. So the Sicilians
fortified the island and they really worked on their human artillery to the
point any strange ship that got within two miles of the shore would be pelted
with fist-sized rocks.
the centuries, a sort of Cold War has settled over Sicily and the nearby
kingdoms. To stay strong, the Sicilians
become a big merchant power, with ships trading all sorts of goods all across
the Mediterranean. It has become widely
known that any Sicilian ship is bound to take any powered person who asks to
Sicily, which has been portrayed as a haven for powered people.
B fully heals, she should be able to fly herself and A to the coast, in short
hops. Not knowing exactly where Sicily
is, B doesn’t want to fly there, so they’ll have to find a ship. At first A isn’t all that sure, leaving her
home and all that, but B asks what happens when this “cousin” never shows
up. A doesn’t know, and reluctantly
agrees to go.
day or so later, A is in the field and someone comes to the hut. B says that she’s a cousin come to visit, but
isn’t feeling well. The man says that
he’s the tax collector, and B says that she’ll let A know. But when A comes back, she says that it’s the
wrong time for the tax collector to come around, and figures they are looking
for B. They hurriedly pack some stuff,
and start walking to the coast.
before they get too far, a couple of fliers bring in D (he has impenetrable
skin). He ignores A and starts
monologuing to B. But after he tells her
all the horrific things he – and his henchmen – will do to her, A steps up and
just snaps the fliers in half. B then grabs
D and flies him straight up half a mile or so, and then drops him.
struggle of flying rips open B’s wound, so A carries her through the night to
get away from the bloody scene. Unsure
if they’ll be followed, they spend the next several days running at night and
hiding by day.
is a chance that one rainy day, while hiding in a barn maybe, they snuggle
together for warmth, and one thing leads to another. It’s possible that B – basically destined to
just be a concubine – had been instructed on how best to please a man. And probably instructed on how to please
herself once the man was asleep. Not a
necessary part of the story, but you can’t go wrong with lesbians.
after a long journey they make it to a harbor and find a Sicilian boat. At some point on the journey, B realizes that
she’s pregnant. You can go wrong with a
pregnant, incest, rape victim, but this might be a necessary part of the story. I only have like the first half of the story,
where it actually goes will depend on who finishes it.
they get to Sicily and A is sent to train.
I have the image of an old, battered ship sitting in a field somewhere
and the trainees are a mile or so from it throwing rocks. They throw ten rocks, then a bunch of young
fliers go in to pick them up and bring them back. I see two teenage fliers with a harness
flying these rocks back as practice for when they’ll fly people. Once A can hit the ship nine times out of
ten, they’ll start working on increasing her range and stuff.
idea I had is that Sicily isn’t as great as it sounds. There are still some unpowered people there,
but they are a second class citizen and they’re being breed out of existence. A couple of generations ago, the ruler had the
idea of instead of just having powered knights and an unpowered army, what if
they had a powered army? So they bring
in any powered person they can, and the idea is that in a decade or so they
should have enough to storm the Italian mainland and forge a Sicilian
Empire. Maybe there’s a place in this
for a bastard, incest, heir to a small French kingdom?
that’s my idea. I’m sure I could think
of somewhere to go with this, but the point of these Free Story Ideas is to put
them aside and work on things I can actually get to. One last point I will make is on the issue of
how convenient it was for B to land in the field of another powered
person. But what if it wasn’t? What if, it was more 50-50? What if there were a lot of powered people
out in the country that just didn’t want to deal with all the powered crap, so
they stay hidden. Sometimes, powered
parents would still have an unpowered child.
For some families they might still find a role for them, but others
might just kick them out. They wander
around, maybe settle down, and their grandkids end up as wild powers. Which might mean that the unpowered foot
soldiers the Sicilians expect to fight, won’t be as unpowered as they
thought. Something to think about. And if you have an answer, then
congratulations, you have an idea for a novel, or series of novels. Get writing.