This will be a long post. I hope it will be interesting too, because this arguments are the basis for some of my next projects. So, let’s start with the basics; there’s an ongoing conflict between the creatures of our plan (the reality we know) and a number of different creatures that comes from somewhere else (let’s say, other realities or different plans of this reality).
Basically it’s a matter of resources, like any other war we know from our history. The difference is in the nature of such resources, this time is about our bodies and/or our planet. For the sake of a simple way of writing this post down, let’s say that we can attribute the word “Darkness” to the whole of our enemies (this will not mean that humankind is on the right side or that we are in some way enlightened, it’s just a label).
Fact #1 – they know how to come here.
A common tract of folklore and narrative is about the knowledge of ways to come in our reality from the other places (dimensions, planets, parallel realities and such) for the creatures of Darkness. This may require active collaboration from our side and/or specific rituals or artifacts, but the concept is clear: they know how to come here and how to go back home. Keep this notion bookmarked, we will use it later.
Fact #2 – they know what they want from us.
All right, this one is easy. The whole reason for the creatures to come here is about us and maybe about our planet. That means that they know for sure that they can live here, feed on us and survive. That speaks volumes about biology, chemistry and physics. Some of them will mate with us and create some form of spawn on our planet, in such cases they should be genetically compatible. So we have common factors between us and them. Bookmark this too.
-> Fact #2.1 – there must be a physical contact.
To feed or to reproduce, they have to be physically here, right? They have to touch us. Or bite, or slash or whatever else. But if they can touch us, we can do the same. No matter how they could be stronger, smarter, faster than any of us. If they can grab one of us, they can be grabbed as well. We have a chance to fight back with all our might when they are on our plan. This is not new, of course. There are countless stories about monster hunters, some even about god hunters. Once again, keep this information aside for a moment.
Fact #3 – they have a dual nature.
If we can assume that the reality that originates the Darkness is different from our own and if we assume that they can feed and survive on both places then we can state that their physical nature should be dual. Maybe to the point of different forms to use on different planes. The logical consequence is that they can shift from one nature to the other with ease or a minimum effort. Otherwise, if they do not change, we can assume that we can go to their plan in the same way they come here.
So, let’s pick up the monster hunter basic scheme and see if we can spice it up a little.
A bit of salt – about weapons.
What if we need “dual” weapons to get down our visitors from the Darkness? I mean, physically dual. Twin spiked spear blades, for instance. Double swords. Something like that.
That was about the past, of course. Modern times gave us better weapons, a number of them twin barreled. This could be a good example.
A bit of pepper – about different weapons.
Now we can recover a bit of information from Fact #2; the similarities based on science (chemistry, biology, physics and genetics) lead to some consideration about unconventional weapons. Could Mustard gas affect a creature from Darkness? What about radiations or poisons?
A bit of chilli – about the level of confrontation.
What about to raise the level of this conflict? Some of them come here, right? So, we can go there and show how much we don’t appreciate their attention. With all the hardware needed for the task. Let’s become a part of their dark folklore for a millennium or two.
A bit of garlic – about the shift of perspective.
What if we gave them a hard lesson or two in the past? That will be about revenge, a plot against the humans that nearly wipe out their kind and/or colonize their dimension. They could have learnt a lot from us, applying all this knowledge against us for a massive payback.
These are just a few “facts” and hypothesis about the aforementioned “Monster Hunter” basic plot. What about yours?
3 thoughts on “We Fight Back – The dual nature of the Darkness”
I like the resources rationale.
I am working on the deep background of a new novel and I have, too, enemies that come from another place – but that place is our past, basically.
And indeed what they are seeking is the relics of that past they belong too – ancient knowledge, ancient technology (remember Clarke’s Law?)
They are not as much hostile or evil as subscribing to a different paradigm – one in which we are property, not people.
It’s still pretty sketchy – but there’s a lot of Peter Kolosimo and old Atlantis and Egyptian mysteries in it.
That setting of yours sounds quite good. A lot of room for confrontation at every level and quite a number of well known themes to hook up the audience. It will be a blast!
Thanks, that’s the idea – now I’ve only to write the damn thing (I’m 6.000 words in a planned 80.000 novel…)