So, I've been puttering about with an idea for a miniseries based on an idea that came to me with my most recently created tale over on the Foundation site, Ignition. The idea is that within the Wanderer's Library is a simple place. It's the home of several thousand people and creatures from worlds and cultures unknown to man… It's a city with a full economy, government, and its own set of laws, guidelines, and leaders, with people of all cultures and times coming together to learn and teach and live and protect each other. It can only be accessed through a Way that is only accessible from within the Library itself.
It's the Reading Room.
Now, in most libraries, the reading area is a smallish area off to one corner of the building, with little to set it apart…
In a place like the Wanderer's Library, with people coming in from various worlds, various times, various realities, the Reading Room would have to be proportionately massive and inclusive. The people would be of all shapes and sizes, the city would be a mishmash of everything from cavern hovels to little log cabins to state-of-the-art skyscrapers. There are artists, craftsmen, restaurants, apartments, hotels, plumbers, police, firemen, the whole shebang.
Unfortunately, there are a couple issues I'm having:
- Coming up with a governmental and city structure that makes sense
- Just… the scale of the whole thing is kind of intimidating…
I want to get all this sorted out before I even begin trying to make a plot or characters to fit in to the setting. I've got the barest ideas of a "democracy between us, with the Library above all" form of government, and for the city itself I was thinking it would be very similar to the Troll Market in Hellboy: The Golden Army, but much, much larger in scale.
Anyone interested in helping me make sense of it all?