I have had a novel brewing in my brain for quite some times, and I have actually written a dozen synopsis, plots, etc, and a few chapters. I've even designed maps, names of places, cities, etc. My problem being, I want this novel to be set in the dark ages, alternate Europe. Now, when I say alternate, I don't want to include the same cities, people, or history at all - only the land and the geography. Everything else has been changed. Do you think this is a good idea? And if so, how should I go about it exactly? I want realism in the book, but not history, yet I wanted to maintain the beauty of places like Scotland, and the general Celtic feel and culture. Or should I scrap the alternate Europe entirely, and make my own world? Oddly, when I put it that way, it feels much more like a fantasy, and that isn't how I want it to be. Thoughts and suggestions?