This is something I’ve been meaning to be doing for about a year now, but I’ve never got around to it for one reason or another.
To cut a long story very short for now, this mostly takes place in the ‘Old World’, very similar in terms of technology and culture to that of early c.20th century European countries. where you begin as a young man with aspirations of commissioning into His Majesty’s Army. The conflict - at least at first - centres around the Kingdom of Albion and Baravia, which border each-other.
We begin a couple of years before the so-called ‘Great Patriotic Struggle’ with the events of our officer’s childhood: the idea is that the kind of childhood you want your officer to have will certainly shape the kind of young officer he turns out to be. I also want to place a particular emphasis on the experiences of our young officer in training, as these will also be important in shaping and molding your officer.
I believe it’s also important that our young officer commences training a couple of years before the outbreak of war, as, in my opinion, witnessing this crescendo of tension from the perspective of a young officer and his peers is just as fascinating as fighting the war itself.
As an officer, you’ll naturally be responsible for your platoon as a young Second Lieutenant, and will take on greater responsibility as you climb the greasy pole of commissioned officers, with the ability to reach the rank of Major in this book if you play your cards right. How well supplied your troops are, how well trained they are, how many of them remain at your disposal and how happy they are are all key to success on the battlefield, and it’s mostly down to you to try and manage these problems.
What kind of leader you are is ultimately down to you, and whether your aim is to achieve great personal glory, or whether it is to ensure the best outcome for your subordinates, is also down to you and your actions.
Needless to say, in my own mind I have quite a clear direction for the novel, and how the storyline will develop. It’s true that the conflict begins between only two nations, but given this all takes place in the ‘Old World’, you may well have sussed out that there could certainly be a ‘new’ world, but as you’ll come to find, the knowledge of such a new world is limited at best.
I’ve completed a rough draft of the prologue and have spent a bit of time fleshing out the history of the Old World and the Three Kingdoms – which you can find by following ‘Show Stats’.
I ask that you be as critical and constructive as possible, correct me where I’m wrong and feel free to throw up a suggestion or two wherever possible.
Up to date as of 06/03/17: https://dashingdon.com/go/1264