The Borgias

Three new series have been aired this month.  If you haven’t heard already, they are The Borgias (Showtime), Game of Thrones (HBO) and Camelot (Starz).  Currently I’ve only really watched the Borgias in depth.  I’ve yet to watch Camelot assuming its even started airing yet, and the Game of Thrones….  Well I watched about 30 minutes of it and stopped watching it after awhile.  After reading The Rotted Rose’s review of it, I had some slight hopes for it, quickly blown away by the terrible dialogue of the so-called King. I’ll probably give it another chance later.  After all the first episode of Spartacus:  Blood and Sand was terribly bad as well, but turned into one of my favorite shows of all time (around Episode 4 and beyond).

The release of The Borgias had great timing as some of their audience is probably attracted to this show through the recent release of a popular video game:  Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. If you’re anything like one of my roommates, you’ll be hooked based on the name alone.  Though I doubt many are.  My roommate is just plain odd.  They all are really as my other roommate watching the series thinks Lucrezia is hot, leading to a comical conversation of his pedophilia over 14 year old girls.

Honestly, I never knew much about this particular time period before AC Brotherhood was released, so I can’t say too much about how accurate The Borgias TV show is with what happened in real life.  They took the main ideas of what happened and formed their own plots from them. I feel like some of the words they used are incorrect, especially when they’re using the word Christian instead of Catholic.

Minor nitpicks aside, The Borgias has good acting, most notably Cesare Borgia (Francois Arnaud), Michelleto Corella (Sean Harris) and Vanozza dei Cattanei (Joanne Whalley).  Not to say that the other actors are bad, simply that these three are probably my favorite and most convincing. The only character I probably dislike is Alphonso II, whom you meet in the 3rd episode, simply because his voice is extremely annoying, however oddly appropriate.

You’ll have to brave through the first 20 minutes or so of the first episode before the plot begins to unfold and the conflict begins to present itself, but once it begins, it’ll keep you interested and wanting more.  If you like drama and a plot centered story, then you’ll most likely want to watch the Borgias.  The first episode is on Showtime’s website, which you can find here:  http://www.sho.com/site/order/preview.do#/Borgias_s01_e01 .  The quality is lacking and apparently they edited it for the website.  Definitely worth a watch though I believe.

Freedom & Choice

Some of my previous posts hinted at the start of a new project of mine, and since then, I’ve been working out new ideas and hammering out the kinks as I go along.  What I finally came up with is a bit different than my previous posts have stated, but remains true to its core.  The result is a more flexible story and lends itself to provide the reader (or player if it ever gets to that point – more on this later) with a reason to sympathize with the main character and his companions and, ultimately, feel anger at the antagonists of the story.

The resulting story will be separated into two parts, each containing their own plots and broken into 3 Acts.  The second part of the story was more of a spur of the moment, and as of right now, has very little worked out about it.  The idea was generated while listening to inspirational music and developing ideas for a companion.  It resulted in a full-blast conflict revolving around a religious conflict between two groups, which I’ll reserve for the second part or sequel.

The story will revolve around two major concepts:  freedom and choice.  More specifically, what if the only way to gain your own freedom was to sacrifice the freedom of another.  Would you still do it even if they did not volunteer to give their own freedom up? To give you an idea of the problem at hand, two concept generations are posted below, each pertaining to choice and freedom.

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The Geis

The word geis also spelled geas in some dialects refers to the obligation or prohibition imposed on a person.  The word is from Irish folklore, in which a geis could be a prohibition or taboo, a positive injunction or obligation, something unlawful or forbidden, a curse, or a spell or incantation. To violate one led to misfortune and death.

For this story, however, the concept of geis will take on a slightly different role.  A geis can only be created on a subject willing to receive it usually for something in return.  Once activated, the person under the influence of the geis will follow the commands of the terms that were agreed upon regardless of whether they wish to do it or not.   As an example, say that you accept a geis to have your life spared from the deadly disease eating away at your body under the terms that you’ll kill every crooked cop in the city.  For every cop that the geis determines to be crooked, you’ll be forced to accomplish the task. You are, of course, aware and conscious of your actions, but are powerless to stop them.

The Greater Beings

The greater beings are a mystery to everyone.  They existed during the creation of man, many speculate, and were created as servants to keep the interests of humanity in line. They are immobile sentient beings possessing a tremendous power varying from being to being.  All greater beings however, possess the ability to create a geis.  Many humans worship the greater beings as gods, and in a sense, they are.  They have powers to protect or destroy kingdoms, and such things have happened in the past and are bound to occur again.

The greater beings are not without their own flaws.  Their immobile state has left a few craving for true freedom, to experience a free life like that of the humans.  Why must they serve the humans when they are capable of so much?  Few greater beings have escaped their immobile chains through a specially created geis.  This geis allows the soul of the greater being to swap places with the human, while retaining some of their powers.

Human hosts are not used to having supernatural powers, and as such, suffer adverse effects.  The more they use their powers, a taint spreads across their body, eventually consuming them in a stone prison – returning them to their immobile state.

This is not to say however, that all greater beings are evil or are capable of such things.  Many greater beings wish to live as they are in servitude of the humans or serve as their protectors.  Very few have ever ventured down the path of obtaining freedom.

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Knowing this back information now, you can probably figure out where the problem settles in.  These greater beings or primordials have never felt freedom before, but long for it.  They are no longer content in watching humans enjoy their freedom without care or repercussions.  They have no idea why they have been created or why the humans were created as the favorable race, but they were gifted with strange and powerful abilities.  Can you blame them for seeking freedom?  Can you blame the humans for fearing the primordial beings freedom and what might occur when one free being has all that power at his disposal?

The next couple of blog posts will probably detail the introduction of the story and more concept generations.  Tell me what you think and see you guys next week (or two since I’m graduating next week – finally!).