Yesterday ran very late. A couple thoughts, though.
First, the characters in Colors of Another Sky end up trying to break a very nasty curse inflicted by a dragon. This is compounded by the fact that most dragons they’re used to are allied with water – as the curse also seems to be. But if it’s a European dragon instead of local – you need to fight forests. You need the destructive power of metal, in feng shui terms.
Which is completely counterintuitive, given in that system metal nurtures water. Eep.
Second, I have a couple of older-than-humans-usually-get characters running around. This means I need to figure out not just their backstory, but “what was their culture like when they grew up? And how has it changed?”
Chae, for example, is about a century old… meaning when she was a kid in Ming China, she grew up in a historical era of massive wokou pirate activity. This gives me a lot of potential hooks for what happened to her family and why she’s currently not in China. (Though one of her given – and truthful – reasons is that the Japanese were plundering Korean libraries during the Imjin War, and she took offense to that….)
Heh. For what started as a throwaway fantasy idea – shark-pirates instead of classic mermaids – my bunnies seem to be pulling the whole thing into a coherent whole of “how did history change in this world”. Neat!