I had no intention of writing out an outline, but, after working on so many starts and never quite being able to take them any further than a short story, I felt it would be good to at least get my ideas down, so I can at least look back to them for reference and for inspiration.

This is a living outline, so, it may change as the book is written. I am OK with that, as it allows me to focus, but to also have complete use of my imagination. (After all, I am the one writing it.)

So, I encourage you to read this, let me know what you think. Maybe you have an idea that may work well with my story. I can’t and won’t promise to use it, but, I would love to hear it.

Maybe you see some mistakes, or, just would love me to elaborate upon an idea, let me know. I am open to answering questions and since I do not know it all, I am open to some corrections here and there. (Be nice, though)

So, without further ado, here is the outline.

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Title: Story (I have not come up with this yet)

  1. Setting
    1. Continent: Asthenta. A wonderful continent known for it’s varying degrees of foliage and fauna and its diverse regions. It is large and spans far enough to include polar regions and deserts, plus all manner of region in between. At this point, the fate of Asthenta rests in the choices of four young adventurers who have choices to make and who will grow into their choices, or die trying.
    2. Capital city: Jacartha This is the Kingdom city, where the King and the government exist, to rule the majority of Asthenta. Largest fortified city, snuggled within the borders, almost centered on the Kingdom.
    3. Ruins: Dotting the landscape of Asthenta are the ruins of other once-great cities known for trade, culture, and beauty, also, smaller fortresses that have long ago been forsaken.
    4. There are many forests, deserts, hill areas and mountains within Asthenta. These are the main ones.
      1. The Forest of Dunkirk: West of Jacartha, Dense interior, many paths that lead within, but end abruptly or lead to old ruins. The outlying villages are farm communities, with minor shopping/trade areas.
      2. The desert of Hantander: Completely Barren, easy to travel around, hard to travel within. Mostly uninhabitable, however, there is an oasis in the center, with a large tribe of men. Travel to the Oasis is extremely dangerous and most never make it.
  • The Mountains of Zylantos: These mountains have the tallest peaks on the continent of Asthenta. It is said that the Dragons live within these peaks. The mountain range spans from the norther edge to the southern edge of Asthenta, on the Eastern side, creating a divide.
  1. Creatures and Races
    1. Humans: The most prevalent race on the continent; very concerned with class and social stature; population is centered around Jacartha and some outlying farms, though some are still rumored to live in the wilder areas, eking out a living just outside of the Forest of Dunkirk
      • Nobility: Typically, vain and self-centered; the descendants of greater kin; primarily concerned with comfort; the ruling class. The exception to this would be the King and governing officials, who, by law, are required to mingle with commoners and those below their class.
      • Merchants: A growing segment of the population, the only real threat to the nobility; fall into two categories: the wandering peddlers and the established town shops; realists full of practicality, a surprising source of hope, leadership, and bravery for the dwindling populace
      • Warriors/Soldiers: These are professional soldiers. Mainly the officers and high ranking infantry, who have made a career out of being a soldier for the Kings Army. They have a special place in society because of the protection they offer. They generally have a place in the country to retire to, after their tour is over, but, live among the people within the barracks in each town, village and city.
      • Commoners: Farmers, laborers; typically, Not a lot of coin, like Merchants and Nobility, generally considered poor, Not always uneducated
      • Clergy: “Spiritual” leaders, they claim to be set apart from the rest of the population, however, some tend to latch on to the nobility or the upper crust of the merchant class. (Mostly the colored dragon orders), while others live with an attitude of service to others, of any class. (Mostly the metallic color dragon orders)
    2. Dragons (Angels and Demons in disguise): To humans, these are beasts of high intelligence that are the marks of the religious orders. They each have their own unique gifting’s and the orders that are called by their colors generally practice within. Dragons are not known to frequent the human population, so, the legends and myths about them continue to grow with each generation. Dragons are either an angel or a demon and can also take on human form, to mingle with humans.
      1. Metallic Colored Dragons: Metallic colored dragons are the angels who chose to stay with God and on God’s side when the revolt happened. There are exactly twice as many as there are solid colored dragons (Demons) as only 1/3 of the angels revolted under Lucifer.
        1. They embody the Gifting’s of the Holy Spirit and are often messengers to humans from God, often spending a lot of time with specific humans in an effort to protect and guide.
      2. Solid colored Dragons: These are the demons that chose to try to overtake Heaven and make Lucifer like God. They are exactly 1/3 of the angels that have been cast down and are now called demons. They can look and act just like an angel of light, but they are deceitful and hate the human race. They tolerate the humans, because they believe that one day, they will destroy all the humans to get back at God. They can mimic the powers of the Angels of light and can do “magic” or witchcraft. They have power over the earth for a time, (Though, the angels of light also are able to utilize these powers to defeat the demons) and they often possess a human to allow them to work the same magic.
  • Main Characters
    1. Hanston: Hanston, like his family, follow The One, The Son of God. They are true believers and Hanston has grown up with this. He will still need to make his own choice as to follow or not, so, his first real adventure may be more perilous that originally expected by his commanders. Hanston loves people and sees good in everyone. To a fault, he is trusting and kind. His generosity is often taken advantage of and his kindness is seen as weakness. His biggest weakness is that he acts before he thinks, or allows anyone else to think. This gets him into a lot of trouble, but, sometimes allows for others to be saved.
    2. Sardin starts off as a timid young man, just coming into manhood and absorbed by the loss of his parents. He is angry at the very order that took him in and began his training. He knows of Hanston and his family, vaguely and is very jealous of the fact that he still has a family. He sees Hanston’s rise in the Kings Guard as competition.
    3. Terriece is the twin sister of Sansha and has denounced the family order to follow her own way within the Green Dragon Order. She has allowed herself to do away with emotions regarding her family. She has found solace within the forests and feels at home with the animals and plants.
    4. Sansha is the twin sister of Terriece, She lives with her parents still and follows the Order of the Silver Dragon. Healers of varying degrees, she has also trained to become a warrior.
  1. Themes
    1. Creating Character
    2. Coming of age and learning how to leave home and family to find a new life
    3. Good vs. evil: Discovery that the line is not always clear and how to make the right decisions despite that fact
  1. Challenges
    1. Hanston has to learn to control himself and to think of others when he makes a decision
    2. Sardin must come face to face with the fact that he chose to follow evil, he must choose whether or not hatred and anger will be his moving force forever.
    3. Sansha needs to learn how to live without her parents near, how to survive on her own and how to deal with good and evil.
    4. Terriece will be confronted with emotions and feelings that she thought she had gotten rid of. She will be faced with major decisions.
  1. Conclusion
  1. This novel will showcase at least 4 individuals who are near the same age and struggling with how to transition to adulthood. It will show the experiences, both good and bad and will show the difference between living in the light and living in the darkness and how there is no real gray area. Other characters may/will be brought in, as the world does not revolve around 4 people, however, the main focus will be upon these 4.
  2. There will be some romance and tension in those areas, but, there will also be adverse consequences to all actions that go against God’s plan. (They may not be written out, but the ideas may show up) If you like truly romantic novels, don’t read this book.
  3. There is a great battle, both physical and spiritual, that takes place throughout the book. This will allow each to be challenged and allow them to grow. This will also allow them to fail and, if they choose, to feel the forgiveness of God Himself. Each character will deal with good and evil, both in the world and in themselves. No character will be truly good or evil, each in human and will act as such. Sardin is trained to follow the darker side of life, (evil) and does not realize that his way is bad, so, he will have to come to grips with himself. Hanston is a pretty good person, who has chosen to live in valor and courage as a Kings Army soldier, but he also has compassion and kindness. He will have to realize that he is also human and he has tenancies that are carnal, selfish, cowardly and spiteful. How he deals with these will be seen, but he will have a choice to make.
  4. In the end, the outcome is already known, but, the winner of each battle hangs upon the choices of each individual. Can they change the world and keep their personal beliefs, or will they forever be changed? How will they deal with feelings and emotions, especially when these are so opposite of what they believe, how will they deal with others who do not believe as they do?

 

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