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Dark Lord Seduction Plan

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The motivation behind building Dark Lord Seduction Plan

Meta about the project of Divine Tyanny



Scope of the project


Write a Novel

Present the world to readers

Present the characters to readers
All the worldbuilding is focused on what's important for the novel—the background for the plot and elements that are going to figure on the page. I'm not interested in exploring anything beyond that as that time is better spent on other novel projects.


In a world on the brink of a civil war between the Light and Dark political parties, Alina doesn't care much about what's going on beyond wishing well on the Dark. Far more pressing is her unwanted upcoming marriage arranged by her parents. But she has a plan. If marriage is inevitable for her, she will snatch the most desirable match of all: the Dark Lord himself.

Main character
Mistress Alina Lange is a rune mistress from a Dark minor noble family, and very determined to seduce and marry the Dark Lord!   All she has to rely on for this is her magical skills and her unique way to approach artefact design and crafting—a great way to stand out!
Strong points

Follow the Dark side of a typical "Light vs Dark" conflict with neither side presented as evil.

Magic is approached scientifically, with fields of magic interacting in unique ways.

Alina is ruthless and ready to do anything to get what she wants—i.e. the Dark Lord!

Romantic Fantasy

High fantasy
Science fantasy


The level to which people have access to recent inventions reveal a lot about their social status, wealth, and power, as well as the influential they can help them exert.

There is a constant struggle between rich and poor, nobles and commoners, Light and Dark, and the country is on the brink of a civil war.

Social hierarchy
With the importance of noble Houses, social networks, and hierarchy, all highlighted by the importance of family names.

The world

The country of Nélannie
The worldbuilding is focused on this country and its political and social problems.

Nélannie is a highly militarised country constantly at war with its neighbours, Illénie and Rénance.   With everyone military-trained, manners and the respect of hierarchy are essential to avoid honour duels and everyone constantly killing each other in the streets.

Society is lead by a king and a senate of noble Houses.   Traditionally, those Houses have hold the most powers and enjoyed numerous social and legal advantages.

The senate is currently controlled by the Light political party, which sees itself as "enlightened" and progressive.   It wants to help and support all citizens, and its main aims is to regulate what magic people are allowed to cast so as to ensure everyone's safety.

The opposite Dark party has been made illegal.   However, one powerful mage dares oppose the government openly. Of course, he was immediately outlawed as an "evil Dark Lord".   This has not stopped his ideas from spreading, and revolution has been brewing...
Alina is a researcher in a magical field and an occasional teacher at some of the universities, so those are important focus points.

Everyone possesses magic.   To "cast a spell", most of the population has to use shortcuts such as lengthy preparation or artefacts.   Only powerful individuals like the Dark Lord and Light Lord can use magic without them, either as intent-based magic or even burst of raw magic.

Education is essential for people to know how to use magic, and universities and magical guilds are highly influential socially.   Noble Houses have access to their own private library hidden well out of sight of any police inspections, and most have records of long-forgotten magic.
Types of magic:  
  • intent-based magic—aka instantaneous magic.
  • runic magic—the best magic! Great for making magical artefacts.
  • alchemy and enchantments—used in conjunction with runes or by those too lazy to use runes.
  • rituals—all illegal.

  • Magical innovations are essential for rivalling with foreign countries in war, trade, and prestige.   Research is mostly done by members of the magical guilds and is funded by the government or private investors.   Researchers are highly regarded—so long as they are actually successful.
    Despite the imminent civil war, Alina is far more preoccupied with trivial things, and those are the main sources of conflicts in the novel.
    The Langes were Dark before it became illegal. This makes everyone look at Alina with suspicions, limits her career opportunities, and has the government watch her.
    All nobles have to make arranged marriages for the good of their Houses. Her fiancé and the very idea disgust Alina. She has decided to take the matter into her own hands...
    The Dark Lord
    Alina's plan to catch the Dark Lord's attention is also very dangerous in itself. The powerful never care too much for the pawns they use in their games...


    Most of the worldbuilding articles in this world are written as the plans Mistress Alina Lange is making to seduce the Dark Lord or as official flyers made by Madame Solène de Nivers for the rune guild.
    Mistress Alina Lange is a rune mistress from a Dark minor noble family, and very determined to seduce and marry the Dark Lord!   All she has to rely on for this is her magical skills and her unique way to approach artefact design and crafting—a great way to stand out!
    Madame Solène de Nivers is the amazing, highly respected, and terribly overworked administrator of the rune guild guild.   She's the corner stone on which the guild is built. Think twice before bothering her with your petty concerns!
    The two most powerful mages in the country and most important politicians are the Light Lord and the Dark Lord. Both are intensely recruiting in preparation for the coming civil war...
    The Light Lord by ysbrand on DepositPhotos
    The Light Lord Justinien de Labruyère is the leader of the main political party and a royal advisor.   A very open and friendly person, and you're welcome to attempt to impress him, but do remember to stay within the boundary of etiquettes and good taste!
    The very attractive Dark Lord by kathysg on DepositPhotos
    The Dark Lord Enélien Cenlys is the most amazing person in the country, the most powerful and skilled mages, cleverest scholar, and charismatic political leader.   He's going to save us all from the restrictions the Light is imposing on our society!

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