As I’ve griped, fussed, and moaned elsewhere, I was ambushed by a new series. OK, so not entirely ambushed as in “taken by complete surprise” but the general idea that’s been percolating around the hind brain (curse you M.M. Kaye) has been kicked into “write me NOW” mode by something a friend mentioned the other day. What’s interesting is that this series (three books at the moment) starts as a milieu book and then shifts to a political and finally an action book. It’s a bit opposite of the Colplatschki trilogy I just finished drafting, which begins with action, continues with action and character development, and ends almost entirely with character development.
So, this one started with a vague idea of a something or other loosely based on the British Raj. With the big difference that the natives like having humans around and most emphatically do not want the colonists to leave. Nope, no way, they are perfectly happy having the colonists around. Deliriously happy to have the colonial power remain in control.
That’s what got stuck for a while, until I was thinking about the reaction of the Indians of Meso-America to Cortez and his troopers. Why did so many groups look at this group of crazy, heavily armed, Europeans, look at the regional power, look at the few Europeans, and say “We’re in. Gold’s that-a-way. We’ll bring friends with arrows. They’ll bring friends with clubs and slingshots and fire bombs.”
Why? Because they were sick and tired of the Aztecs and though that anyone who could beat them had some potential (and they probably assumed that after the Spanish did in the Big Bad, either they’d go away or leave a lot of nice pickings for the locals who could then go back to fighting each other.) The last bit didn’t fit how the story wanted to go, but the first part . . .
So who is the big bad? And why do the humans end up staying when they find out why the locals want them around? I’m trusting my hind-brain to work on that.
At the moment I’ve got an alien world colonized by humans during one of those phases where humans scattered out and temporarily got ahead of the bureaucrats. Travel is FTL but communications are not quite as FTL, probably for economic reasons, and so it takes time for messages from The Office to reach the emergency de jour. I’m sorting out the native culture and how the humans cope with it, and that the two main human characters are children in the beginning of the first book, because small ones are permitted a lot of liberties by the natives that they don’t allow adults. And because children are curious.