What would you do if you knew you couldn’t be caught?
Australia is stunned by the events of Day One.
Seven billion people have succumbed to an indescribable terror.
Contact with the world is lost.
A day before, the Australian people voted for change of government but that was then and this is now and now, the Prime Minister refuses to concede.
On the very day the lights go out in the rest of the world, the light of democracy goes out in Australia.
The Prime Minister proclaims, “This is no accident. This is a weapon of mass destruction and the terrorists responsible will be made to pay.”
The proposition is deemed incredulous by journalists.
“Five minutes ago, we were being told that humanity’s carbon output couldn’t possibly have an impact on global temperatures, now the very same people are telling us that Middle Eastern Terrorists have managed to orchestrate and deliver a weapon of mass destruction from the cosmos that’s wiped out seven billion people.”
Shock-jock, AM radio personalities along with conservative backed media launch an all-out attack on the doubters.
“This kind of person is un-Australian. Their actions support terrorism and the Prime Minister is right to bring them to heel.”
Protests follow, riot police are deployed, journalists are detained and rendition becomes a constant threat.
With nothing to stop her, the leader of the nation seizes on the opportunity to enshrine her power using the police, security forces and military to force capitulation.
When a major protest rally is organised, a mysterious terrorist attack kills thousands and destroys a national icon, shocking the nation into submission.
Martial law is introduced but focused on one minority group. Raids, seizure of assets, detainment and racial profiling become the norm.
The terror state is borne.
Just over the horizon a flood of refugees, fleeing the events of Day One, is making their way to Australia. Whilst the Government focuses on securing absolute power, a new and far greater threat is coming.
The world post Day One
At the beginning of the series we can only see the world through the perspective of the survivors in Australasia.
What happened to the rest of the world?
Rumours spread quickly. Panic is contagious.
What if it arrives here?
A terrified populace is easy to manipulate. Tapping into an existing prejudice enables a ruthless leader to attribute blame, seize power and divide and conquer.
Have your say
The events in Australasia following Day One argue for everything Nero has prophesised about humanity.
‘Humanity is more than capable of manifesting every evil imaginable without my encouragement. It is not worthy to inherit the kingdom.’
The opposing argument starts with a reluctant hero taking a stand.
Just like humanity, Toowyn must prove himself worthy by taking action, regardless of the cost, not because he is a fan of the persecuted but because it defines our humanity to act on the behalf of those who cannot stand alone.
So, theme wise, there are two positions;
1. Those who believe they are ‘Born to rule’ and apply their privilege ruthlessly to secure that power
2. Those who believe that to lead, is to serve and service requires sacrifice
The Australian leader represents a perspective of an entitled few that is mirrored throughout the series.
Toowyn is the argument against.
So what is our theme?
Perhaps the theme can begin to be described as, ‘How should great leaders, lead and what dialogue or relationship should they have with the people they lead?’
The moral question is, ‘What would you do if you knew you couldn’t be caught or what would you do if you had absolute power?’
What is the message?
The message is often described as the third way. The place between the two positions that the protagonist arrives at after their journey.
Perhaps for Toowyn and for all who would choose to lead, service and sacrifice will require some dark choices but as per Nietzsche’s quote, ’When you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you’, we must be careful not to become the monsters we fight.
Toowyn’s journey throughout each of the series sees him make some confronting choices and holding on to his humanity will be no easy job.
Pinterest ‘Look books’
Part Four of the Series Bible was meant to introduce many of our new characters however to keep it simple we will create new pages to introduce them, one by one. In the meantime you can view our Pinterest visual reference pages. These are a simple version of a ‘Look book’, describing the character, their tone, a look, casting suggestions and other relevant content.
Check-out these three.
Got a casting suggestion for these characters? Want to put yourself forward? You can request to be added to the Pinners’ list by sending your email to the Head of Development.
We’ll also create one page to serve them all, yes one page with links to all parts of the Series Bible and much more so our new team members can better track the big picture of the story.
Our next project is the Title Fight, a contest with hard candy! Ja Ja, cash, prizes and points to pay those who enter and win first, second and third prize. We seek a new title for TV series of ‘Journey of the Seeds’ and you can enter.
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