I will just leave this here then...
Really, I'm trying to get feedback on what would be the most interesting with the basic premise here.Suggestions/feedback in what sense? On the basic idea? On where to send them?
Yup.For that idea to work (and I think there's actually quite a few isekai already with that premise), the character itself will be the crucial point: it's all too easy to have the protag become a edgy douchebag like so many others.
Sadly, the safest bet would be to make that as a comedy, where the protag is the buttmonkey.
Unsympathetic protagonists are fine, as long as the narrative also treats them as unsympathetic assholes. The problem with unsympathetic protagonists is when they get rewarded or at least, don't get comeuppance.Really, I'm trying to get feedback on what would be the most interesting with the basic premise here.
I think an issue I had with my last story, Unbound Soul, is that the protagonist came off as unsympathetic and this led to a reader drop off. I'm thinking if I present these varied characters with different personality traits, some will be seen as villains and some as heroes.
The only thing I want in where they go is that these Nine result in an Outside Context Problem for the setting which is why I'm thinking a historical setting which would probably be pre-Columbian.
My main issue with a historical setting is when to send them since there are so many interesting points in history that they could end up. All of them would probably end in various places across the Old World, though I might have one or two end up in the New World to cause a surprise for everyone that the American Indians are nowhere near the pushovers they were in OTL due to interference from one or two of the Nine on their side.
As for having Nine Protagonists/Antagonists, the main question is whether or not it would be better to show things from the perspective of all the Nine and switching as needed or if it would be better to focus on one and their interactions. I'm thinking it would be better to switch perspectives to show each's viewpoints, but at the same time it would probably be easier to follow with one viewpoint character.
I think this was also a problem I had with Unbound Soul since the protagonist basically destroyed a world and I never got to the point where doing such things ended up having consequences.Unsympathetic protagonists are fine, as long as the narrative also treats them as unsympathetic assholes. The problem with unsympathetic protagonists is when they get rewarded or at least, don't get comeuppance.
I'm seeing your point here.It would probably be better to not send them to the past of Earth, though that might be my own take you don't have to agree with.
You're right, this would work much better and give the readers more information.As for nine protags - well, if they're gonna be spread all over the entire world, you can't have 'just' one. If each one is going to be dealing with the specific contexts they drop into, that's nine different stories. One solution would be to stay with one character for several chapters, then move onto the next, in a circular writing pattern, until such time as the various characters actually start interacting with eachother.
I'm thinking I want the setting to medieval level technology at its highest since I don't want the protagonists to have to immediately deal with someone deciding to get rid of one of them with modern technology while they're still figuring out their powers. Another reason is all of the CYOAs I chose to take inspiration from offer immortality in one way or another so I had planned the story could potentially span centuries, maybe millennia. The story could go from Medieval tech level or earlier to Modern and beyond.they all have magical powers or are otherwise inhuman, no? So even a post-Columbian setting would see them as very much Outside Context.