So, to continue from last week’s revelation, I have been working on the Rookery idea. I set up a World Anvil private world for it (so, no link yet — it is very rough), and have been working in Scrivener, going back and forth among the three main areas: plot, character, and setting. I am mostly putting in stuff about the setting that I used to have, but now can’t find (thought it was in another Scrivener project, actually). It’s not a huge deal, though, since it always changes overtime anyway. So, I am not too worried about having lost it.
The plot will probably stay loose, because when I get too detailed ahead of time, I tend to end up going off track and then it’s just a waste. But having a general sense of the main points is often useful, so I know where I am going and what I need to get there. But mainly character and setting. I have five characters established so far: a female main character, the Snape/Sherlock-like character, the main antagonist, a mentor, and the main character’s partner.
For setting, I have played around with religion and government a bit, but mostly explored magic, which is entirely divine magic — that is, there are real Gods who grant aid to their followers. Some of the aid is what in video games would be called buffs/debuffs, and this is what prayer and ritual can help — though in the end it is always the God’s decision, and so prayer/ritual is never a guarantee — but it is more likely than the other type of magic, which is essentially miracles, and where a God would step in in a much more dramatic and direct way. These are rare, and entirely at the Gods’ whims.
I have not yet decided how many Temples there are. Obviously, there’s the Rookery, which worships the Twins of Twilight and Dawn, though I had thought of it being the Goddess of Darkness, but I realized that the Goddess of Darkness is about exploring the Mystery of the Dark, whereas the Rookery is about hiding in the shadows, so they are different. Just because they get conflated in pop culture doesn’t mean I need to conflate them.
Anyway, that has been my work this week, and I am planning to continue it.