1) The operation and implosion of the Folksocracy. This will be contrasted with the absolute theocracy of the Centaph and their unbending, but warped, code of honour. Mervyn’s knowledge of this code – the Centaph’s main strength and their weakness – will become an enduring theme of the whole series.
2) Mervyn being haunted by his first kiss – if he’s 15 he has to have some hormones.
3) Loren’s betrayal the Misfits and her siding with Lord Dracon. Impossible? No, we all have a price and if our personal beliefs are pushed to the limit it is surprising what we will do in defence of them.
4) The way simple organisms can build complicated societies/structures.
Lord Dracon will be scheming through a new character: the Misfit’s archaeology teacher, the enigmatic Professor Hertzegovny – a corrupt version of Lara Croft.
The main academic theme for the story will revolve around two sayings of Confucius which I have combines together into a single thought:
‘Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance; to go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.’
The main thematic theme running through the story: is the conflict between greed and self sacrifice/duty.
Mervyn’s main conflict: is that for the greater good he has to destroy advance science that can end poverty, banish war and suffering, and cure his Mother’s mystery illness.
One of the main characters dies – not a Misfit. Having said that though, I have decided that by the end of the series one of the Misfits will be dead. Gasp, shock, horror!
So, plenty of conflict to keep the story moving along and plenty of scope for imaginative ideas in the scene brief.