Title: The Wanderer From Duphia Aspa
Sub-genre: Sci-fantasy, Mystery/Thriller/ Dark Fantasy
Proposed Audience: Between YA (13 - 18) and NA (18 - 25)
Proposed Length: 90K
Status: First Draft
Logline: In a booming tech city of the kingdom Tanza, a young detective discovers that she has powers. But when it leads her to new clues, and different suspects, she is thrown into something bigger than anticipated… and it could cost her more than her life.
Chelmsnia Harbor - an important port city for the kingdom of Tanza - was a famous landmark and far more advanced than any city in the kingdom. Along with its ever-growing fame, its most well-known bar, The Lexicon, would gather tourists from all over. But when a murder took place there, a death toll bordering one hundred, it attracts an ex-agent of the Bureau of Magical Control (the kingdom’s main law enforcement agency) turned detective: Wanda Rathmore.
After being granted permission to enter the crime scene, she begins to explore the area. But only an hour in, a hoard of dark wispy figures appear and begin to harvest the souls of all who perished within the building, leaving Rathmore in shock of what she had seen. It wasn’t until the agents of the Bureau appeared that she slipped back into reality and decided to leave… until she spotted a half-empty vial behind a booth, stuffing it in her pocket and made her way out.
She travels to Eyridge to visit the Historical Library, thinking that she would find answers but ends up walking in on a vampire feasting upon a citizen. Her first decision was to grab whatever sharp object that was nearby and kill him. With nothing nearby, she was at his mercy. Bracing for whatever happened next, she was shocked that he just wiped his mouth and introduced himself as HORACE GRIMM before asking what she wanted. After introducing herself and explain what she wanted, he directed her to an aisle on Tanzan mythology.
Weeks after the incident, the pair grew closer to where she showed him the vial that she kept, believing that he could be trusted (although to an extent). He identified it as Vampire’s Dust, a drug that elevates a vampire’s more cannibalistic side. He reasoned that the killer was already dead, but said that there was an organisation known for this: The Rogues.
The two ended up splitting up to investigate: with Horace tracking down the Rogues and Wanda following trails of Shadow creatures appearances to its leader, DONOVAN FROST. With its closest appearance being near the Hart Palace, Wanda decided to sneak into the palace by posing as a Princess who was being scheduled to appear. Her cover was almost blown, but was able to make it inside without being found out.
The King invited her to the conversation and introduced her to Donvoan and his son, who also accompanied him. Because the Princess was royalty, the King proposed a plan - with assistance of Donovan and his group - to gather the ID chips of freshly deceased citizens to strengthen their power and rank. She declined, which angered him and ordered Donovan to kill her. Wanda managed to slip the drug to him, making Donovan spiral out of control and killed majority of those in the palace, although she managed to escape with the Prince. The King died, making him the new ruler and his successor, but during the coronation, he exiled her as punishment.
Major Plotlines/Arcs: The developing platonic relationship between Horace and Wanda, which allows him to open up to more people and explore more relationships after her exile.
The scene in which Wanda sees the Shadow creatures, a living embodiment of Death. It’s a power that only people of Lumorian descent (a race with god-like powers that came to Canus and landed on an island - which eventually was named Tanzanite - and will be explored throughout the series) have and those of such lineage are rare, only showing in royal families. The discovery of said power was only a small piece of her uncovering a life she has no memory of having and why she can’t remember it.
And finally, the change of the Prince’s behavior, where he was a quiet and weak-willed man hidden from the public by his father and forced to keep secrecy of his existence to one of bold confidence, which happens after he hears his father’s plans and assists in his death, but punishes Wanda for her reckless behavior that cost the life of those inside of the palace prior to Donovan turning to dust.
- It still has a WOC as a protagonist and a diverse cast
- First novel in a series (The Wanderlust Chronicles)
- Set in a kingdom called Tanza, despite the title
- Recurring themes of death (and the fear of being taken away too soon and being aware that death is all around you) + finding one’s self
- Will explore the growth of the Prince and Horace in more depth
- The overall plan of gaining more power ends up being something smaller in a more complex plan crafted by someone close to each governing head of the kingdoms. Although it resulted in his death, and therefore couldn’t have been uncovered in that moment, it will be hinted at and fully explored throughout the series.
- Also, as I read back, I realized that I never explained how Wanda was exiled. Although she caused those deaths, no one would have realized that it was really her and it could’ve been pushed towards the direction of framing the Princess she disguised herself as. To make the ending more sense, her mask could’ve suffered a shortage during the altercation between her and Donovan.