wukhet (wukhet) wrote,

Goals and Conflicts

Ptahmose's goals/conflicts: leaving home, getting a job, getting married, getting promotions, making a friend of his assigned mentor, making an enemy of the gate guard, illness, making enemies of a group of fishers, being assigned to scribe for the captain of Neferkhamun's captain, creating fiction, saving up for his Forever Mansion and grave goods, designing his Forever Mansion, several intrigues concerning tax evasion, temple corruption, theft, invasion, his kids, his grand kids.

These goals and conflicts have been mapped out over a series of 8 books, and form only a small portion of the story, because Ptahmose himself is, despite the pre-eminence he takes in the story, is not an important person historically or outside his small sphere of influence.

I have also mapped out Neferkhamun and Neferptah's goals and conflicts, which, being more important people, comprises more sweeping goals and conflicts. Where Ptahmose participates in some of these conflicts, the Nefers sometimes create those conflicts or become embroiled in them to protect the sepat.

I have determined a couple of other major characters who are being mapped and we'll see where paths cross and get viewpoints from several angles of various events that will happen.

Historically, the time I've chosen has some major events, but there are many "lesser" events that will loom larger and have a more direct impact on the sepat and all the people living there.

For example, Ptahmose's best friend, Serkhet, is a slave that just assumes he's free and acts free, and so those around him also begin to assume he's free - including his owner. How *that* happens is a fascinating bit of work on Serkhet's part. The combination of Serkhet and Ptahmose is comedy gold.

Then we have Ptahmose's future bride Mersankh, and the parade of Serkhet's lovers, the ramblings and teachings of Siamun, the house steward(ess) Merneptah, the cook Dedumose, and assorted servants, not to mention the families of the Nefers and the village elders, and relations with those from outside the sepat - the goals and conflicts just naturally develop.

The spreadsheet to track all of this is getting complicated and lengthy. I find this is a Good Thing.

I may be writing on this for years.
Tags: conflicts, egypt, egyptian story, goals, heri, history, khemet, neferkhamun, neferptah, ptahmose, scribe, sepat, siamun, storytelling
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