Title: The Power
Intended audience: New Adult
Genre: Fantasy/ Sci-Fi/ Horror
Length: Possibly around 50k words (although there may also be a part two).
Set in the future, a mad Scientist’s experiment has changed the world, giving his test group of humans the ability to utilize the power of Magick. The dominant gene has passed down family lines, until nearly every human has the ability to use it and magick is the norm.
Sofia lives in a utopian city governed by an Oligarchy Government. Her family is one of the ruling families of the city, with a focus on military power, and keeping the city safe from ‘The Power’ - an addictive ritualistic form of black magick which warps its user beyond recognition. The Power is rarely used, as the knowledge of how to use it is passed down from one person to another.
On the eve of her 21st birthday, Sofia joins ‘The Legion’, a division her family commands. The Legion’s primary aim is uncovering and eradicating threats of The Power from the city.
Yet, under the seemingly utopian government, there lies a hidden darker side. Humans without the ability to use magick are rare, but those who do not have the ability are immune to the effects of all magick. As the politics between the ruling families have grown ever tenser and magickal power plays an increasingly common occurrence, the families have begun to enslave those without magick - and hence able to tell the difference between reality and fiction - by use of force.
During one of her travels outside the city’s parameters with The Legion, Sofia stumbles across a human - named Cal - born without the ability to use magick. A friendship quickly forms. She learns how those without magick live, and about the world outside her city. She also learns the truth about the slavery enforced by her family and other families.
After Sofia’s regular disappearances from The Legion’s camp begin to arouse suspicion, the commander of The Legion follows her and overhears her talking to Cal. As a result, Cal is captured, and Sofia restrained. Turning her magick on her restraints and freeing herself, Sofia manages to escape.
Alone and desperate, Sofia takes shelter in a cave. A mysterious figure appears and initially wary, Sofia challenges them. The figure reveals they know how to use The Power and Sofia is about to try and escape, when the figure informs her they know how to save Cal from the enslavement awaiting him. The figure scrys Cal and shows Sofia the terrible fate he’s being subjected to.
Out of sheer desperation, Sofia doubtfully agrees to do one ritual in an attempt to free Cal. The use of The Power changes her for good. It is addictive, and no matter how much she tries, she finds she cannot stop using it. With every use of the Power her mind grows darker and more warped.
Cal successfully escapes the city and his slavery, but the Sofia he finds waiting for him outside the city’s boundaries is no longer the Sofia he remembers.
- Sofia joins The Legion, a group aimed at eradicating black magick (The Power).
- During her travels with The Legion, Sofia becomes friends with Cal, a human without the ability to use magick.
- The Legion’s commander follows her, discovers Cal, and as a result he is captured.
- Sofia flees, finding sanctuary in a cave, where she meets a user of The Power. They manipulate her into using The Power by using her friendship with Cal against her. Reluctantly she agrees to one ritual, not realising it’ll put her on a slippery slope.
- Cal is freed, but it’s at a price. The Sofia he once knew no longer exists.
- Something I really want to focus on with this story is morality. What does it take for a person to fall from ‘good’ to ‘bad’, and at what point do they become unrecognisable? Will they turn on those they’ve loved to gain more power? How can they be redeemed?
- I’m intending to write this from Sofia’s point of view.
- There may be a love interest between Sofia and Cal. I haven’t planned for one at the moment, and if it happens it will not be a key focus of the story.
- There may be a part two to this, either published within the same story, or as a seperate one. I currently have a vague idea of it being from Cal’s point of view, but have not planned it out yet and am focusing on the planning for this one (planning is a fairly new concept for me).
Thank you to anyone who looks over/ gives advice on this, and I hope I’ve done this right
(Also, the story’s cover, just because I couldn’t resist making it…)