Working Title: Pratima's Forbidden Book
This Book Is In Development
Pratima has been trained as a scholar. She has been thrown together with William, the young library worker, to act in defense of the kingdom against strange weapons in the hands of dangerous people. Her choices will make or break a nation. Future India without technology is a wonderous land.
Pratima must go from new recruit to quickly act to save thousands at the army base. The Librarian gives an order to Pratima and she has to do whatever it takes to get the message through. Pratima is taking the first step from student and scholar to leader.
When Gullah family farms are being threatened library swordsman Asante must help save them. In this post-apocalyptic world of swords and soul, doing what's right leads to unimaginable threats. Beneda, a local farmer and archer, has begun her own quest. Will Asante and Beneda join forces to save the Gullah farms?
Beneda and Zenobia must change and grow if they hope to protect the library in this future world without technology.
Lakisha and Asante have just arrived at the Library. They are interrupting while attempting to eat. This is when Asante first meets Beneda and Old Lady. He must decide to help the farmers.
Beneda runs the farm for her mama. She checks with the workers and makes sure the watering and weeding is done. An attack and ruin a whole season. She must grow and get stronger to defend the farm.
Beneda works to rescue local children who might be between the two opposing sides. Her first thought is that innocent bystanders not be hurt. She is ready to use her bow to fight the enemy, but she must prepare the ground.
Beneda uses her bow outside the library against the enemies of the farmers.
Asante, scout for the libraries, defends a stagecoach traveling through Gullah land. The libraries have taken power in the future where modern technology has ended. The library scouts are swordsmen and swordswomen who enforce the law and defend the weak.
The Gullah grandma tells the little ones the legend of Igbo Landing. There slaves took matters into their own hands. This story inspired the descendants of African slaves for hundreds of years.
When a new trooper starts working at the Southwest Library, she meets Alaya, the Librarian's daughter. But for Henrietta, a soldier with a secret, this young woman may hold the key to expelling the invaders. The events that follow launch Henrietta on a journey that is dangerous and epic, leading her into the councils of the invaders and chieftains of the tribes that rule the desert land of the Southwest. But an even greater danger is coming. Something is moving into the land, something more evil even than the dominating ruling clans. Messengers warn of a mounted menace moving down from the north, destroying all in its path. Facing the rising threat, Henrietta must join with the librarians and old enemies to build a stronger alliance. In this tale of the future world without modern technology, each character must make decisions of loyalty and commitment that will shape the future.
Commander Xuna knows he can bend the Librarian to his will by threatening Alaya, the Librarian's daughter. We see who has the most power in Silver City under occupation.
Eleanora is working hard on her foster parent’s farm and training herself in the defensive arts to avoid the same fate as her parents. William is a swordsman for the library. The Librarian is stepping down and all is being thrown into turmoil. Eleanora and William must take separate journeys across the arid and primitive landscape of the Southwest region after the Collapse. Once their paths cross, they partner to survive by their wits and choose to fight or outthink potential enemies. The future of the region depends upon the decisions made by these two, separately and together. In this adventure of survival, Eleanora and William take a road trip through post-apocalyptic future America where modern technology has ceased to exist. With the return to the old ways, the world has become a woodpunk dystopia. People must live with woodcraft, farming, animal husbandry and hand crafted weapons. Join Eleanora and William as they venture forth on this dangerous way.
William is one of the most skilled swordsmen in the region. He usually avoids fighting. Unfortunately, Yang's fighters are determined to kill him. He has no choice but to use their aggression against them. His sword fighting and his ability to out-think his enemies are tested this day.
We meet the Librarian who is about to step down. The Librarian represents the most powerful force in the Southwest. Leaders are in town to hear the announcement. We will see how William Way relates to the Librarian and who will have the power among the library staff. The future in the region depends on what happens in this scene.
Eleanora is facing a large number of bandits. She is committed to preventing these bandits from hurting anyone else, but will she be able to handle this number? Eleanora has trained her whole life for this moment. This is the first time she will use her weapon to defend her life. Someone has to act to make the region safe.
This scene is here to show that William knows the most powerful weapons a human has are his mind and language. He has been taught as a library scout to avoid fighting and to reason his way out of trouble. While the scouts are renowned for sword fighting, they prefer to engage in fighting through other means. William practices with weapons every day of his life, but never draws his weapon in anger.
William must enlist others to help him save the kidnapped children. The Librarian has charged William with restoring balance in the future California without technology.
Lucia is the guru's slave. Her life is obedience and duty. But, this day she stands up to defend another. She confronts her master. And fights back!
The library scout William hears the story of the attack on the school. Claire tells her story of that day. She used her bow as best she could.
William hears the story of the kidnapping of young Dash from the school. Claire explains how she used her bow and arrow to defend the students.
William has just arrived on a clipper ship, and is trying to get a bearing on what his assignment is to me. He has met Tamara, and is about to meet a strange young girl.
In this scene we are introduced to William Way who has made the journey from India to California. It has been a long dangerous trip by sail. We begin to see signs of William's expertise with the sword. We are about to learn why the local Librarian has requested that William come to solve a local problem.
In this scene we find out that Kalapati is amazing with a bow. When they see the danger she reacts instantly. Toby is just a young boy, but he can see that Kalapati is a force to be reckoned with. This is the scene where we first meet Toby and Kalapati. They have just begun the journey that will bring them into contact with the major players in the story. Kalapati was raised on Native American land and knows how to survive in the wild. This is the first dangerous adventure Toby has ever experienced.
Pratima is a scholar. William works for the Librarian. They must join forces to save thousands. In a utopian future of wood and animal power the knowledge of dangerous technology is forbidden. A deadly evil knowledge hidden for hundreds of years has been exposed in Northern India. Now the young scholar Pratima and the inexperienced library worker William must join forces to end the threat. They must make fateful decisions as they travel the rivers, valleys and village ways to stop the unleashing of a grave danger on the land. Their choices will determine if the kingdom will survive.
I wanted to mention the issue of child brides. "Despite laws against it, the practice remains widespread, in part because of persistent poverty and gender inequality. In developing countries, one in every three girls is married before reaching age 18. One in nine is married under age 15." UNFPA. Pratima has power, even though she only became library staff a week earlier. As the library scouts and investigators travel the land, local authorities call on them to render judgement in local disputes. As Pratima is asked to rule on a potential child bride she shows how she works. She combines her feelings with research and understanding of laws and customs to render judgement.
William is young and has lived a sheltered life in libraries. What he doesn't know about women could fill books. This stop on their trip brings a change to William and Pratima, for different reasons.
I wanted a scene to tell some backstory for William. He had a youth growing up trying to defy authority. Parts of this memory are from my own life. I also wanted to show how Jyotsna and Raakhi were at one time like sisters who fought together to rid the valley of dangerous men. Now that they are both old they are at odds with each other. The Librarian sending William and Pratima to this valley means the power balance has perhaps changed again between these one time friends.
Pratima and her supporters are risking their lives to defend a bridge. The outcome of this conflict will determine the future of India. Pratima and most of the others are not fighters, but they will do whatever they can to stop the attackers. Pratima has promised she will not abandon the bridge, because others are depending on her.
Pratima has enlisted a mahout and his elephant to help seize the compound containing the deadly weapon. She fears that lives will be lost and wants to offer a way out. The loyalty Pratima has gained among the villagers means she is not in the fight alone.
Pratima has staked her plans on holding the bridge against the coming enemy. She must enlist the entire town to help her build a defensive fortification. Pratima, Darlana and Jyotsna lead all the local people to accomplish this massive construction project. Pratima makes decisions that may cost people to lose their lives. She is demonstrating that part of leadership means being able to convince others to aid in a group effort.
Pratima is becoming more powerful after being recruited by the Librarian. This scene gives a hint of the depth underneath the scholarly appearance that Pratima shows to the world. She will need all the strength she can muster with the coming conflict.
This scene shows that people we might consider disabled may be more capable than we expect. Pratima meets a woman who is completely blind, who is doing medical research and who can find her way around the village better that Pratima can with her eyes.
I wanted to explore the tension of being in India as lower class people. Amina is considered a Dalit. That is a term for what were once called undesirables. Legally she has full rights, but day-to-day life is not the same as the law. William has some similar issues. As a mixed race expat living in India, he has been granted full rights, but he also would be looked at differently than other Indians. And the experience of living in India is intensely sensual. There are smells that surround you at all times. It is part of life and reminds you where you are.
Eleanora está trabajando duro en la granja de sus padres de acogida y entrenándose ella misma en las artes defensivas para evitar el mismo destino que sus padres. William es un espadachín de la biblioteca. El Bibliotecario se ha jubilado y todo está envuelto en el caos. Eleanora y William deben emprender viajes por separado a través del árido y primitivo paisaje de la región sudoeste tras el Colapso.
Eleanora lavora sodo alla fattoria della famiglia presso cui è in affidamento e si allena nell’autodifesa, per evitare il destino dei suoi genitori. William è un esploratore della biblioteca. Il Bibliotecario sta dando le dimissioni e tutto va alla deriva. Eleanora e William devono intraprende viaggi separati attraverso il paesaggio arido e primitivo del Sudovest, nel mondo dopo il Crollo. Quando i loro cammini si incrociano, decidono di aiutarsi a vicenda per sopravvivere grazie alla loro intelligenza e per combattere con le armi o con l’astuzia i potenziali nemici. Il futuro della regione dipende dalle decisioni prese da questi due ragazzi, separatamente e insieme. In questa avventura per la sopravvivenza, Eleanora e William intraprendono un viaggio attraverso l'America post apocalittica del futuro, dove la tecnologia moderna ha cessato di esistere. Con il ritorno alle vecchie usanze, il mondo si è tramutato in una distopia steampunk all’età del legno.La gente deve vivere di agricoltura, allevamento, intaglio del legno e armi primitive. Unisciti a Eleanora e William mentre si imbarcano in questo pericoloso viaggio.
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