Welcome back to the Road to NaNoWriMo, where I will be discussing my attempts at setting up the outline for the story I will be writing in November. Today I will be starting at a fairly general level, namely the setting and locations in which the story will take place.
In the original Inferno story the setting was fairly clear. The details of certain individual locations may not have been completely worked out, but it was clear the story took place in the far future on a largely terraformed planet Mars. For this re-imagining of the story, though, both the time period and the world it is set on are as of yet unspecified. It could be Mars, it could be Earth, heck, it might even be Omicron Persei 8 (okay, maybe not Omicron Persei 8… ^_~), but I believe that is a matter that can easily be worked out at a later time. Same goes for the time, though if it’s going to take place in “our” universe, it’s likely going to be somewhere in the fairly distant future. Right now I will be focusing on the specific setting where the focus will be on for the majority of the story.
Re-imagined Inferno (I really need an actual title!) takes place on a small strip of land that is coastal on one side, but otherwise mostly landlocked. For decades it has been blockaded on all sides by the forces of the military state Sechshares (currently one of the few names already thought up), who have isolated it completely from the rest of the world and allow none to enter or leave the land without their express permission. Various small militia groups have sought to fight Sechshares, but because of the major gap in technology, numbers and organization, it has been an uphill and mostly fruitless battle. With the people’s official government being little more than a puppet of Sechshares and doing very little for its people, one of the more influential militias has witnessed a considerable growth in both power and popularity with the people.
Life on the besieged land is uncertain and dangerous. Its cities are in ruins after heavy military attacks and power, food and clean water are incredibly scarce and often only available through smugglers. Most people either live in the city’s ruins or are constantly on the move to scavenge for supplies or sustenance or seek shelter from the dangers that plague the land. Hot dry summers and freezing cold winters make for particularly harsh weather. In addition skirmishes between the Sechshares forces and militias trying to fight them are frequent. Finally fierce military incursions by Sechshares into the land itself – usually either to take over land or damage the people’s morale – leave much fear, death and destruction in their wake.
And that is where the main focus of the story will be, though locations outside of the land will also be featured. These will mainly be certain key settings in Sechshares, including the Sechshares government, its military and the organization behind the state, as well as the oppressed people’s official government. More on those, though, will be revealed later on when I will discuss the story’s central factions.
As you can see, it’s not going to be a cheerful story, but I hope that hasn’t dissuaded you from sticking around to keep following the development of both the story’s set-up and the story itself! If it hasn’t I hope to see you next time (which, depending on how ‘daily life stuff’ goes, will be either tomorrow or Friday) when I’ll go down a level and look at the factions that make up the story’s world. ’till then!