Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Guess the Plot
The Third War of Gods
1. The first time didn't go so well. The second, well, that whole Hiroshima thing put paid to it. But Satan is back and ready for more, and this time he's got a plan he's sure will succeed.
2. It has been foretold that Rogund will defeat the King of Dreams at the City of Gods. But how can one 16-year-old boy stop the King's nightmares from consuming the gods for the power of their dreams, thus saving the world for men and gods alike? Also, wolfmen riding on horses.
3. He's just a little drummer boy. Or is he? When Max taps his little drum the thunder up above roars in reply, waking the Gods, and after fifty thousand years of sleep they're ready to party! But the One True God has different ideas.
4. John hears through his buddies at the bar that the gods are getting ready for yet another war. He could barely sleep during the last war, now they want to fight another one? John considers getting his hands on a nuclear weapon, thinks better of it, and instead drinks himself into a stupor in preparation for . . . The Third War of Gods.
5. Talina lived in world where she seemed to have little say in her fate. People came into her life and then vanished never to be seen again. Everyone who shared her extraordinary powers was intent on killing her, and she could heal herself by eating, of all things, beetles. When there's a sudden pause of all life apart from her she realizes she is the protagonist in a series of computer games called "War of Gods." Can she defy all logic and escape her digital prison?
6. In the first, the Greeks knocked off the Norse. In the second, it was the Romans over the Greeks. Now theologian Kevin McCready has found and opened the real Pandora's Box, releasing all the gods to wander the heavens, bickering over heavenly real estate. Will Kevin be held resposible for . . . The Third War of Gods?
The Third War of Gods
16-year old Rogund has been prophesied to defeat the King of Dreams, god of nightmares, [rajah of reverie, vision vizier, potentate of hallucinate,] and save the world -- but Rogund is bleeding to death, and the bodies of his desert tribe are piled around him. Even as Mother Death comes to reap his soul, he swears to hunt down the outlanders that killed his family, no matter what the cost.
Mother Death shows mercy and lets Rogund live, but she commands him to face the King of Dreams at the City of Gods. Rogund disobeys her. [Rogund, Rogund. Even I, who've never heard of her, know that no good can come from disobeying Mother Death.] Instead, he sets out after the outlanders that murdered his tribe. After he raids their camp, Rogund learns that the outlanders' Prince -- Dirna IrSul -- is also prophesied to defeat the King of Dreams in the City of Gods. [Turns out thousands of guys have the same prophesy. The seers figure sooner or later someone's gonna kill the King of Dreams at the City of Gods, and then they'll look good.] The King's nightmares already swarm through Prince IrSul's homeland, consuming men and gods alike for the power of their dreams. [If you already have the power to consume gods, do you really need more?] Desperate and running out of time, Prince IrSul will kill anyone that might get in his way -- especially a boy nomad bent on revenge.
Rogund chases the Prince toward the City of Gods, obsessed with murdering him. But soon an even darker force appears: an army of nightmares has caught Rogund and IrSul's scent. Now wolf-men on horses made of bone hound the heroes' steps, hungry for their dreams. [If I may quote from Face-Lift 78: "If there's a wolfman in a book, it should be stated clearly, up front." The last thing you want is for an editor or agent to stop reading your query letter before getting to the part where you mention the wolfman.]
When Rogund, IrSul, and the King of Dreams collide at the City of Gods, their hate for each other will decide the fate of men and gods alike.
These so-called gods seem awfully vulnerable, what with getting consumed and having their fates decided by a kid and a prince. As we tend to think of gods as all-powerful, you might want to set this up by declaring that the King of Dreams, god of nightmares is the most powerful god, or is on his way to becoming the most powerful thanks to his army of equestrian wolfmen. Then again, if he's the most powerful of the gods, what chance does Rogund have against him?
Every time I read Rogund I think Rogaine. Change his name to Rogaine, give him a flowing mane, and you may land a lucrative product placement deal.
Presumably there's more to this, like genre, word count, expression of gratitude to the reader for wasting her time, and the other little things that turn a plot summary into a business letter.