Industrial, magical, political; the dual-moon planet of Neyush is on the precipice of change.
People of many different species, reeling from the effects of the Great War almost two centuries ago, are accelerating into a new age, fueled by innovative discoveries and forgotten secrets. The event that ended the war and decimated an entire people is referred to as The Blink.
No-one knows how or why it happened, though many have theories.
Empty metaphysical Spheres of existence, or the homes of unknowable, ancient gods? Opportunities for life-enhancing magitech, or eldritch traps waiting to ensnare the curious? Aspects of reality as normal as time and gravity, or complex creations of the Drake herself?
Whatever the Dozen truly are, something is different now. Something changed with the Blink. Something is coming to Neyush.
Are the secrets behind the Dozen the key to saving it, or the catalyst for its doom?
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To expand the lore on the southen continent of Monyus, the third major landmass on Neyush.
Partially, this is just logical; for my first Summer Camp in 2020, I focused on an area in Pfemba, and the 2021 Summer Camp helped to build out the second continent, Chezri.
Mostly, though, I'm planning my next book, now I'm more or less happy with the first and almost ready to start querying agents (scary stuff). I have the major characters and arcs planned, but the 2020 Summer Camp gave me so much inspiration for The Nomad Stone, and I'm hoping to get more of that sweet, sweet creative juice this year, too.
Well, diamond, of course! I can't let my streak drop.
I also really appreciate the gentle squeeze of external pressure to make sure I reach my creative goals.
Week 2 Homework
This one came to mind as soon as I saw the word.
The centre of Monyus is dominated by a huge, ice-cold desert. I haven't really fleshed it out at all, other than knowing it exists, so it should be a perfect canvas for these prompts.
This one is trickier. The monoduga who occupy the continent are famous for their psychic link. It's not a hivemind in the same mindless, greater-good sense of bees, but it isn't far off.
I could write about how society is organised with such a link, or about groups who seek power over everyone else for whatever reason, or maybe important Severed who are fighting for equal rights and representation.
I'll need to play this one by ear, depending on what prompts come up.
I expect this one to start brimming with ideas as I start to fill the previous two in.
There will be plenty to discover in this chilly desert, but the monoduga are the least magically-inclined people on the planet, and therefore the most tech-savvy. I would be very surprised if I don't end up writing about some new monoduga inventions this Summer Camp.
The plot of the book I'm planning centers around a mysterious, psychic disease that's running rampant and killing monoduga, leaving Severed unaffected.
Failing that, I'm sure there are plenty of beasties and whatnot from the chaotic oceans of the north to the brutal deserts of the south.
Plus, there's always the threat of extradimensional weirdness from one of the Spheres.
I wouldn't class Drake's Dozen as a Steampunk setting exactly, but the Monoduga certainly fit the aesthetic. This music should keep me on track, as long as I remember to get the cultural and horror-related stuff right, too.
Week 4 Homework
It's a Date
I have some time to myself every Monday, so that works out nicely:
I will dedicate at least an hour each Monday to catching up on prompts, with a further half an hour just for reading other people's submissions.
I'll also continue to slip in time wherever I can to weak and add to articles, and I'll try to catch all of the Summer Camp streams on Twitch, where I'm sure I'll find time to tinker and plan.
I find Discord a bit overwhelming at times, but for the duration of Summer Camp, I will endeavour to hang around the #summercamp-2022 chat room see how everyone else is doing and keep myself on track.