After spending days imagining and planning the groundwork of my sequel series, I have decided what the general plot of the series will be. The interstellar government it will take place in will be on the brink of war due to political and social tensions. Therefore, the main characters will be tasked with a mission to disrupt the war effort of the opposing faction. This will give the story somewhat of a political thrill and give the reader a deeper look into the inner workings of the interstellar government. This plot is derived from other story ideas I had that I decided to discard so it feels good to find a way to use them.
In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we are introduced to a new organization of dark side practitioners known as the Knights of Ren. From what I can tell, they have replaced the Sith as the dominant dark side practitioners in the Star Wars galaxy. So far, all we have seen of the Knights of Ren are Supreme Leader Snoke, Kylo Ren, and the shadowy individuals we saw in Rey’s vision. Other than that, we know extremely little about them and all we can do is speculate until we get answers in future films.
Based on what I can see, the Knights of Ren resemble the Sith, but they are drastically different. For example, Kylo Ren and the shadowy figures in Rey’s vision possessed a ragged appearance as though they are trying to decide what their organization’s attire should be. Also, even though Kylo Ren was powerful with Force techniques, it looked as though he only possessed basic dark side knowledge. With this in mind, the Knights of Ren may be trying to discover the inner workings of the dark side of the Force, but only have a partial knowledge. Kylo Ren’s lightsaber was poorly made and unstable while the shadowy figures in Rey’s vision did not seem to possess lightsabers. This could be that they may have limited knowledge of lightsaber combat and construction. In the novelization of The Force Awakens, Supreme Leader Snoke encouraged Kylo Ren to utilize both the light and dark side rather than just the dark side, which could have played a role in Kylo Ren’s psychological instability. Due to these factors, the Knights of Ren are not as refined or powerful as their Sith predecessors.
I believe the Sith started in a similar fashion in that they tried to discover their identities as dark side practitioners and eventually perfected themselves into the evil we know and fear. If the Knights of Ren refine their attempt to use the light and dark side at the same time, then they might be a force to be reckoned with. Due to this, I think that once the Knights of Ren have perfected themselves as dark side practitioners, then they would be at the same level as the Sith or worse. I look forward to finding out more about them as the sequel trilogy unfolds.
As I mentioned in my last post, I intend to reimagine the futuristic world in my sequel series into an interstellar government consisting of several star systems. While brainstorming on the design of this new world, I decided that every planet in the government’s territory would serve a specific purpose in its society. To begin with, I would like to discuss a planet that solely revolves around economics, which would be like a version of Wall Street that is the size of a planet. Because this planet would have an economic-based society, it would serve as the regulator of the interstellar government’s wealth and riches. With this in mind, I am thinking this planet would be ruled by corporations instead of politicians. For its setting, I intend to give it the appearance of a world that embodies wealth with nothing but high class citizens. Only time will tell if all that wealth and material possessions will make them greedy, decadent, and corrupt (which could make a good side story).
I noticed that an interstellar government that consists of multiple star systems is a common setting in science fiction. Such governments have appeared in Star Wars, Star Trek, Dune, The Expanse, and so forth. In such a government, every planet in its territory served a specific purpose in the government’s society ranging from economics, agriculture, art, industry, etc. I am planning for my sequel series to take place in such a setting in a section of the Milky Way Galaxy that will consist of a few dozen star systems. Because each of its planets would have certain specializations, I am thinking of each of my main characters to originate from planets in different corners of the government’s territory. This would explain how their unique backgrounds molded their personalities and caused their psychological struggles. This will also allow my superhero universe to possess a larger setting and give my protagonists more worlds to save. Developing this setting is an excavating process and I cannot wait to share my results!
As I brainstorm on what form the futuristic world of my sequel series will take, I realize that I have been thinking small. Why keep your literary universe contained on a single planet when there are an abundant supply of worlds to include? I am thinking of having my sequel series in a setting that includes an entire quadrant of our galaxy that is its own government and culture. Plus, it will give my superhero characters more worlds to save. I look forward to seeing how this idea will evolve. Wish me luck!