zhang_sanfeng_张三丰a_semimythical_chinese_taoist_priest36b1ea4ecc58c8a78914Well, today I started into Principles of Conduct by John Murray, Money, Greed, and God by Jay Richards, and An Aristotelian Approach to Ethical Theory: The Norms of Virtue. I think that these three should be… interesting. So, my reading list for this semester keeps growing, and I have to admit that it’s a fairly interesting mix. I’ll post it sometime in December. I hope that all of you are having a wonderful day! Mine is going fairly well thus far. So, it’s time for a plot challenge! Today’s challenge is a pretty basic one. I’m going to give you a very general idea for a setting, and then a few basic character archetypes to work off of. Feel free to alter things as you see fit.

Your Setting: okay, if you’re still working on building a world than feel free to use this post to keep building that world. If you feel like trying something new, then I want you to put together an urban fantasy city setting. It doesn’t have to be large, but large enough for you to write a story in.

Your Archetypes:

A Troll: He might live under a bridge, or he could be a bouncer at a club, or even a top-level researcher. Personally, I think a classic bridge-troll would be interesting in an urban fantasy setting (maybe he lives under the Brooklyn Bridge…).

A Political Guru: This shouldn’t actually be a politician (like the mayor, governor, etc). Instead, this should be a king-maker. Think about the modern political consultants and campaign planners who specialize in winning difficult campaigns.

An Inhuman nobleman: I have to admit that I have the elf prince from Hellboy 2 in mind right now. However, don’t feel like you need to do the same. Come up with something yourself… maybe even combine this with your troll… it would certainly make an interesting character.

An Undead Comedian: This could be anything from a zombie Joker to Gabriel Iglesias as a vampire. The key here is that this be some form of undead who truly and thoroughly believes that he/she is really funny.

Some form of Magic User: What’s an urban fantasy setting without a wizard of some kind, right? This could be a classic wizard, a druid, some kind of oriental monk, etc, etc, etc. There’s a lot of different choices. You could pattern this character off of an actual magical tradition such as a hermetic mage, a qabalist seeking after God, a taoist monk pursuing immortality… you get the possibilities. Have fun!

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