So I told you last time about the game my friend and I used to play as kids. I assumed the personality of Wolf Man, who was actually Dwaa Lamaar who had found a ‘power crystal’ that gave him the ability to transform. My memory takes a break here and jumps ahead because I have no idea how I formulated this next bit. I can remember playing Wolf Man with my cousin, and all I know is that – somehow – a fully formed idea came into my mind.
This idea centers around Tiger Man, or Jonwaskam Billionises (don’t worry, EVERYTHING, including character names, evolved over time – although this one comes from my own name and middle name, William John ). Jonwaskam Billionises was son to the leader of the Intelian peoples, a race native to the planet Intela. I had this idea of a ‘power crystal’ breaking up into three pieces, one of them finding Jonwaskam on his first mission with a new crew of ‘special agents’ put together to infiltrate the Organian High Command (Intela’s biggest nemesis). The two planets, Intela and Organo, are a war with each other.
There is more to the story, but I won’t bore you with details (besides, you’ll find out much more later). As I started getting this vision of how things were going in my head, I drew this map of Intela. Amazingly, the entire planet only has one massive island where all life lives. The rest of the world is water. This will change, too.
Anyways, here’s my first map of Intela. I must’ve been six or seven when I drew this:
So how did this come from Wolf Man? Well, Dwaa Lamaar is a special agent for the Tangian-Cashen Alliance (an alliance of the worlds Cashen and Tangeno). He gets the second piece of the crystal, becoming Wolf Man, when he is escorting the Tangian Ambassador, Callow Shaw, to Intela so that Callow and Johnwaskam’s father can discuss a piece treaty.
This seems like a lot for a 6-7 year old’s mind and, trust me, looking back now, it definitely is a lot. To be succinct, it only got more complicated. The Delorians are allies with Intela, and Johnwaskam and his team are sent to counter Morovonty, leader of the Organian military, as he leads an invasion of Delorio.
Before long I had added the Leptossians, who were a species of spies and black market information dealers hired by the Organians to infiltrate the Alliance, preventing peace negotiations with Intela.
I can remember being motivated to write all of this down, because I think that my head was beginning to spin from all the complexities I had woven into this tale. This when I started working on my first novel, called Tiger Man.
These two pictures show the second page of that story. I have since lost the first page, unfortunately, but the rest of the story remains in my safe hands. As I worked on this story, the jumble of ideas started to organize themselves in my mind.
I still had a long ways to go, though, to get to where I am today.
But that’s for another time.
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