I am late with the posts this week for two reasons. First because of issues with my back, but more importantly I had and epiphany about my story, Gods Among Men.
It was strange for a plotter like me to admit this, but I had until recently put precious little thought into the machinations at the end of the story. Which is not to say I did not know the ending, merely I hadn’t figured out how to get there. The distinction is important. Knowing the endpoint is a matter of plot, getting there is a matter of character and story.
I had all the characters, I knew I needed all of them, but I was uncertain why I needed all of them. I knew many things I needed Damon to do, but it was all tactical maneuvers; I was missing a strategy to tie the details together.
When insight strikes, you notice. It is like when a puzzle makes sense, or a math proof becomes obvious. Archimedes may well have yelled, “Eureka” at such a moment. I, on the other hand, whispered something a trace more vulgar and gaped at mid-air.
I now know why Damon is doing certain things. And I can explain, simply, the importance of each action to his plan. I understand the twisted plot now in a way I could not before.
And so, for perhaps the first time, I shall jot down what my story is about in a way anyone can understand.
This story is about Damon Roth.
Its tag line is: One man’s quest to change himself starts with his attempts to change the world.
The plot is about the fall of one empire and the founding of the greater empire that shall follow it.
Damon Roth sees a threat so far in the future that for him to even talk of it makes people think him insane. He takes it upon himself to save the world, even if it means destroying whole civilizations to do so. The price of failure is his soul.
Damon will destroy the old empire and create a new one dedicated to confronting the future threat. He will not rest, nor falter, nor turn aside in his quest to become the god of a new age. To become known as Demiurge, God Among Men.
But first he must defeat the old Demiurge and steal his power. Then he must identify the enemies and traitors who might move against him or Tara Rihtwis, the woman he has chosen to rule the new empire. He will empower these enemies until he is ready to destroy them, and in the process slay the old empire.
Damon is the hero of the story. And he may well be a power-hungry madman.