I will just leave this here then...
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.
Thinking of writing a short Isekai story based on this prompt, besides the Manhattan analogue I am looking for suggestions. Also for some reason I am bored of the typical 'fantasy genre world insert'.Simple, guaranteed Isekai with all of BROB's power in the next life. Then wait on the road for BROB/Truck-kun to arrive 80 mph
Well depending on how far back they go, they could import small amounts of wheat from Japan, fermentation of a number of ingredients to produce the MSG, and well maybe get some spices from what would've been Indonesia. Or you know they hand waved the logistics issues away.When I read some 00s Korean ISOT stories where the uptimers produce and sell Instant Noodles... I can't help but wonder, where are they getting wheat flours and ingredients? Korea is not exactly the place where wheat grows abundant (we import most of them from America, if I remember correctly), and flavouring powder contain MSG and other seasonings that would require an industry to make.
Usually, they ISOT to a mid-19th century since that was the start of the darkest era of our history.Well depending on how far back they go, they could import small amounts of wheat from Japan, fermentation of a number of ingredients to produce the MSG, and well maybe get some spices from what would've been Indonesia.
To make noodles you usually need wheat flour, starch, salt, and water. I don't think you can draw seawater to this. At least all of those can be grown locally, even though you would need modern agriculture to make it easier, and supply everything is large enough quantities. Traditional methods won't do, they aren't that effective, so mechanization is necessary, which means other supporting branches of industry being present.Usually, they ISOT to a mid-19th century since that was the start of the darkest era of our history.
Also, I just checked them again. Two of them were a deliberately planned large-scale ISOT for thousands of personals, and one of them explicitly mentions that they brought production line from the Uptime, so the latter could be handwaved away in that case? I am not entirely sure. Making Instant Noodles doesn't seem to be a simple thing, and even if they have that line, I don't think it would be enough for the Noodles to become a common food that early and fast. Even if successful, I think it is going to be a middle-class food (just like the early Instant Noodles) for years instead of stereotypical poor man's delight it is in Korean and Japanese media.
It's more like thinking:Even without antibiotics something a simple as introducing proper sterilization and sanitizing practices, germ theory, and producing distilled alcohol as an antiseptic to a setting that doesn't have it would be incredibly effective at preventing infection and disease.
Which would be fairly useless against being shot, stabbed, torn apart by wild animals, dying to the disease you can't even properly diagnose, or even fantasy disease you have no defense against etc.Thus, I have an idea. Small-scale matter manipulator. He can create gold.... and he can also create medicine. If you could, on a small scale, create modern-day pharmaceuticals and chemicals, what would you choose?
Then just... Go to the city?Which would be fairly useless against being shot, stabbed, torn apart by wild animals, dying to the disease you can't even properly diagnose, or even fantasy disease you have no defense against etc.
Sure.Then just... Go to the city?
I mean, that's why people went to cities, right?
No. Without modern chemical industry, you can't make enough of them to actually cure people (I believe one of the early test patients died because while the penicillin was effective, there simply wasn't enough of them to fully cure), and I think you have to sort out penicillin from other bacterias that are harmful to humans as well.Penicillin is easy, rest would be more complicated.
Mauveine.Thus, I have an idea. Small-scale matter manipulator. He can create gold.... and he can also create medicine. If you could, on a small scale, create modern-day pharmaceuticals and chemicals, what would you choose?
Well, pre-modern cities are not necessarily safer than the rural part, and certainly more vulnerable to disease...Then just... Go to the city?
I mean, that's why people went to cities, right?
Generally, the place that sees a lot of trade (aka cities) at least tend not to kill strangers on sight.What guarantees locals are friendly to weird strangers they never saw before?