This is essentially the premise for an idea I've been throwing around in my mind for upwards of two years already. I've planned it mostly as a TV show (yeah, I can dream that one day I'll be successfull enough to be a showrunner like Ronald D. Moore!), but if that fails, then I can see it maybe as a graphic novel limited series. But nothing else, really.
The story is pretty much based on the idea of "fantasy vs. science fiction", and quite literally too, in the warring nations of Gelda and Generati. But it goes much deeper than that, and dare I say, becomes much weirder to boot.
The Child Intended
Arthur Stars owns a small independent bookstore in Los Angeles, that sells mainly fantasy novels. He lives with his girlfriend Mandy Phillips, and though is always struggling to make ends meet, he leads a fairly happy life--he is, after all, doing what he loves. One day, Arthur watches a news special about poor orphans in Vietnam--and gets it in his head to adopt the poor orphan featured prominently in the special: eight-year-old "Vivian." Over Mandy's protests, Arthur ends up adopting Vivian, and comes to love her very much. Mandy, however, is disturbed by Vivian. The girl acts just a little too...mature...for being so young, and there are times when Mandy swears Vivian's eyes mysteriously flash crystal blue. Not to mention Vivian seems inordinately interested in a few musty books that Arthur's long kept tucked in the corner of his bookstore--which strikes Mandy as odd, because they're written in a language that as far as she and Arthur know, doesn't exist in the world.
Everything comes to a head one day when Arthur and Mandy get in an argument about Vivian--Vivian shows up, and thanks Arthur for "giving me the knowledge I need", confusing both Arthur and Mandy. Her eyes flash blue--and a brilliant white light builds up around her. Arthur realizes she's disappearing, and without thinking leaps up and tries to grab her. Mandy tries pulling Arthur back before he disappears too, and Vivian tries shaking them both off, simple telling Arthur, "goodbye." Both Arthur and Mandy, however, don't end up back in the bookstore--instead they find themselves in an expansive field in a strange land they've never been to before. The two become even more disoriented when a band of soldiers rides toward them, shouting something about a "downed Generati ship". Arthur and Mandy are only saved from the stampede when a boy, garbed in a peasant hunter manner, grabs them and drags them into the forest.
This boy is Simon Dejourney, an upbeat sixteen-year-old, who happily informs Arthur and Mandy that they are in the Nevarin Forest in the Lenly Province of the planet Silvaria, of the Nation of Gelda. In Simon's world, apparently, there are two nations--the technologically advanced spacefaring Generati, and the planetbound magic-practicing Gelda--that have been at war for as long as anyone can remember. Arthur and Mandy are flummoxed, and Simon becomes shocked himself when they inform him where they came from. He realizes they must be from another universe he calls "Eden," and takes them to his wise old grandmother. Simon's grandmother tells Arthur and Mandy about the "Child Intended"--a child rumored either to bring order to the universe, or destroy them. Arthur is shocked and infuriated to discover this: in his eyes, Vivian is still his daughter first and foremost. She then gives him a mysterious, iridiscent white stone which she calls the "Intention Stone"--it grants the bearer to the power to, if he truly, with all his heart and with not a single fleck of doubt, wills for something to happen, it will happen. Arthur demonstrates this ability when, under the grandmother's direction, he summons an entire forest, astonishing both him and Mandy.
"Why did you give it me?" he asks.
"You have that look to you," the grandmother says cryptically. "And you're searching for the Child Intended, aren't you?"
And so Arthur and Mandy find themselves irrevocably a part of this world, as participants in a quest that even they don't fully understand. Vivian eventually reappears across the universe, using her ability to instantly move from point to point, now blue-eyed and calling herself "Via, the Child Intended." Both Gelda and Generati become obsessed with hunting her--and soon the Nations turn on Arthur and Mandy as well, the Edenites connected to the Child Intended. Pursued on all sides, desperately searching for Via, the two find themselves caught in a mystery that permeates the very fabric of the universe--a mystery that may, for Arthur, hit closer to home than he could ever suspect...
The next post, I believe, will be the backstory (which is revealed piecemeal throughout the story itself). It'll contain spoilers like all hell, but I suppose it doesn't matter since all this is subject to change anyhow.