Hey guys, I have been bashing my skull on the path forward for my WIP story and I need some help on a few pointers. I have already finished writing the first chapter but I am still unsure how to progress the story.
The story is about the MC and his/her four other friends who are sent back in time by a witch in order to solve her puzzle. At first I wanted the narrative setting to be in medieval Europe but I am sick of kings and knights in games already. So I decided to let it take place in the East, it is be inspired by the historical culture of China, Ming dynasty era, and Korea (Josean dynasty). It is not actually going to take place in these countries because I thought of the difficulty in trying to write about a MC in a different gender because
of the strong gender roles in this time. So that is the basic premise of the story.
There are two issues: social role the MC plays and the culture shock and interaction the group has with the world. Before the MC and his/her friends are sent back in time, there was a festival in their town where each of the characters dressed up in ancient attire. You, the MC, happen to dress up as a scholar. So basically, when you go back in time the people around you will think that you are a scholar (to make things simple). But I want to know how deep should I make this role. Should the MC use their modern knowledge to solve problems in the past to impress the high nobility, royal and common folk.This could be proving the heliocentric model to better predict the movement of planets or mathematics, by proving theorems. Of course I can go very light on this and just skim over the details. Also, how concerned should the MC be about effecting the future? I think this could be an individual choice.
Secondly is the culture shock. I want the MC and their friends to be shocked of the ancient life. First from the language they speak. Just imagine going back to the Middle Ages when the English the people of England spoke then will be foreign to us and vise versa. How about social norms? Of course magic will come along and help them understand what is said and be able to read texts and stuff but I am not sure whether I should include this culture shock part. Or how deep I must go.
I know what I would think and feel if I went back in time but I cannot just inflate my own reactions and pretend it will be norm. I want to know how you will act in this situation. What problems do you think you will face in this scenario? Many historical games here already take for granted the MC has assimilated in society, I want the MC to be like a foreigner in the own home country. Will you miss home and be desperate to return?
I guess that is the jist of what I am trying to find out. Sorry for the bombarding of questions:joy: