I've been tagging it as "Lights World" on this blog and that is the folder that it is saved into on my computer, but you know what I am not actually sure what the "lights" in question are. :P In this draft of Teo's story it seems to be something religious but in the previous draft it was implied the Lights, not that ever came to explaining them, were the shielded cities since whatever that big war was about happened. And if you go even further back into the timeline of stuff I've written set there, back to all the really basic fantasy set in rural farming villages with lots of pagan gods and witches and stuff, then the lights are extremely dangerous and scary, some other entity aside from their witches and gods.
There's a very vague timeline and mythology I could build up if I every actually finished any of the intended longer stories (things like Shapes and so on stand perfectly fine on their own). It starts or perhaps ends with Lights, the story about the wandering storyteller. For a time I considered actually making him Teo, or to steal his story and put Teo into it. But he should be a storyteller and a completely different character. So perhaps Teo will meet him or travel with him at some point. In Ionea's Diary (Another one I never titled :P) her brother has gone off to this big war in a huge city at the heart of the empire that they're in the most outlying regions of, and I actually spent a bit of time thinking about that and building the city in my head though the whole story was set around Ionea's family farm. I suppose that one would come first, because it's been enough generations that no one remembers things being differently in Teo's story, when he's living in this magically advanced society which mirrors the real world (he has a tablet computer he's always checking this time around... it was only a laptop before :P) but is almost completely shut off from the outside world. They've probably forgotten what the Lights are and got some weird propaganda version of it in their heads anyway. I wouldn't be surprised if even quite knowledgeable people like Master Deryn are just culturally brainwashed in some way to not realise quite how much is different from how it used to be. And his father probably remembered the outside world. :P
Last night I stayed up past one (le gasp!) watching a documentary on life in ancient Rome, and though I'm not exactly taking it all (ie: as long as I don't have any senates and emperors and stabby political stuff it kind of loses the obvious Roman traits that would instantly get it branded as such) the world itself offers me a lot for Teo's story. Also not all the multiculturalism or trade and luxury goods, because they're completely shut in and the point is they don't have any of that. But I think his city may have been like Rome once, so even if everyone's the same now, I know Teo and Rishan, for example, are of hugely different racial backgrounds, even if they barely even realise it themselves because everyone's been mixed in together so long it doesn't even occur to them that there might be differences. I suspect some brainwashing to make people forget some of their ancestral history. But in my head the magic-using people are actually genetically enabled to do it, and that means Teo has no chance in hell of ever casting a spell, thank you very much.
Anyway, I'm not trying to tie everything altogether really, but when I don't have much to rely on in terms of new plot, just a lot of backstory, it does make me wonder what else I've written that's stashed in that folder on my computer currently going nowhere. And I *did* love that storyteller very much.
Might have to change his gender if he ever does show up though. List of male characters off the top of my head from Teo's story: Teo, Rishan, Mr Garrif, Master Deryn, the still-unnamed apprentice of Master Deryn, Jek if he ever shows up and I hope he does because he ruled the one scene he was in last time, a handful of dead but important men such as Teo's father, Loremaster Deryn...
List of female characters in Teo's story: Berys, Emelle.
At least Emelle isn't a stereotyped character who I'll keep confusing with whatsherface from the other story. She's now got a bit of awesomeness to her.
Still, that's almost Cloud People bad. I had to introduce Arisetta just so Yzobella wasn't the only person wearing a skirt for the whole story (after her mother's death in the first chapter) versus Sael, Val, King Cloud Peep, Denvel, her father, King Bob, Dytael and Frank. And those are just the major characters...
Not that I'm doing much better in reverse with the Troutespond Series. Even with the handful of male characters out there, with four loud female narrators you probably need to outweigh them two to one with men to actually make the balance fair. They're just stomping all over the ones they have. :P Viewed in isolation my stories make me look a bit too feminist on one hand, and as bad as male writers who don't realise women aren't just a token role on the other hand. .... Still not sure Ally isn't an apology for this head being the one Yzobella came out of.