Hello everyone, I thought of just popping my head in here and ask just a few question that concern my upcoming game; Fallen Empires: Rise of The Egyptians.
As you would have figured out by now, my game takes place in ancient Egypt during the 20th dynasty, Year 31 of His Majesty’s reign, Ramses III. Not to give too much away just yet, the MC plays a role of an Egyptian prince or princess, the are numerous issues so to speak in writing this game.
The first that jumps to mind are the names of the royal family. During the 20th dynasty (also the 19th) it is also known as the Ramesside period and what stands out most is the birth names of the upcoming pharaohs, who are Ramses III (the pharaoh), Ramses IV (your father, the crown prince), Ramses V (your brother), Ramses VI (your uncle), Ramses VII (the son of Ramses VI) and so forth. They are all alive during this novel and don’t want to confuse the reader with so many RAMSES!!!
Secondly, gender also plays a role in this game. It is not that big of a deal that it would hinder the MC from their goals but it does affect how people around the MC see him/her. From what I have been reading so far in the forums of how people respond to historical depiction of man and especially woman, it seem to me that people divided. Should I make gender not affect the story, even if it is small anyway resulting in creating politically nice novel?
Thirdly, the customs of the Egyptians, particularly incest. For example, pharaohs were expected to marry their daughters out of tradition and to keep the bloodline pure. It would not have been a concern if the MC was not of royalty but unfortunately they are, and the father will become pharaoh (And there is the gender thing again).
With customs, the Egyptians believed in their gods and religion is after all the backbone of Egyptian culture. What if the MC does not believe in the gods, should I make a choice where they can be public about the lack of belief, resulting in them kissing away the chance of them getting the throne because the priesthood would never accept him/her as pharaoh.
Wow, I got carried away writing this. Sorry for the wall of text and any advice is appreciated. Thanks for taking the time of reading my post.