The following is what I have so far for a SciFi world and story I've been dreaming up for the last year or so called DRONE. My outline is guided by the theories of Joseph Campbell and the Monomyth, and inspired by movies and texts such as Transcendence, The Giver, The Holy Bible, and more. This would be the first installment of three stories. Is is compelling? Does it have holes? BACKGROUND TIGRANE BIOCHEM Tigrane BioChem was founded by two scientists who perfected and commercialized accelerated cell regeneration. This process led to advances in medicine that allowed the average person to live to 150 years, on average. Through tactful politics and business, Tigrane grew over three generations to become a world power. Countries no longer have militaries, governments or schools. Although Tigrane has never publically attempted to be a totalitarian government, they have, in time, rendered governments useless. THE ACADEMY Tigrane Academy is an international, invite-only private school that was started by Tigrane BioChem. Students are chosen based on a variety of mental and physical factors, but primarily because they have certain DNA attributes that are believed to give them a predisposition to being great leaders, engineers, scientists, architects, etc. The Academy adopts the attendees at birth and they never have contact with their birth parents. The families are compensated for their contribution to society. Attendees are raised at the Academy where they receive a vigorous education until they come of age, at which point the Academy chooses whether to admit them into the military training, or send them home to their families. If entered into the Military Academy, they continue training for as long as necessary to complete specific requirements. No two people graduate on one day, so the Academy produces exactly 364-5 graduates per year. THE SECTS The Sects are a large faction of people who disagree with Tigrane’s control of the world. It was started by an unknown graduate of the Tigrane Academy that disagreed with The Father about the future of the company as a world leader. The Sects, using the Tigrane mind control technology constantly use civilians to attack Tigrane worldwide, and are Tigrane’s reason to have a standing military defense. Tigrane stops dozens of attacks every year, but cannot stop them all. THE STORY THE ORDINARY WORLD Four Academy graduates (Evelyn, Alexander, Eadmund, and Percival) work for a company called Yamasaki Visionary Industries under contract to Tigrane. They are leading the R&D of a sentient computer dubbed The Collective. Tigrane has already mastered control of the human mind in its biological state (used primarily to control people who have committed crimes such as murder and rape, forcing them to work jobs such as trash collection, public beautification, etc. Also used to train athletes and military members for specific physical and mental exercises). Tigrane hopes to replace what world governments and industries still remain with one sentient computer that will control everything and stop factions like the Sects from forming. THE CALL TO ADVENTURE The Father, a nameless figure who is the Headmaster of the Tigrane Academy, grows impatient with YVI’s progress on the Collective and puts pressure on YVI to produce results. Evelyn, overly confident with her work and wanting to impress The Father, attempts to upload her consciousness to the Collective. The material used to house the sentient computer fails, Evelyn dies in the subsequent fire, and most of the building is obliterated. Although severely injured, the brothers and a paranoid engineer by the name of Herman survive the explosion because they were standing in the courtyard under the protection of a water feature. REFUSAL OF THE CALL The Father attempts to coax Eadmund into repairing what he believes is a failed upload of Evelyn’s consciousness in hopes that a sentient computer can be made. Eadmund admits to himself that Evelyn is dead, and that the upload of her is just a corrupt shadow of who she was. He refuses to work on repairing her, and asks to be assigned to teach at Tigrane Academy. Father agrees, but warns Eadmund that there are consequences for defying him. MEETING WITH THE MENTOR Eadmund begins to receive various messages via the private intranet at Tigrane Academy warning him of a coming threat. He begins to think he has lost his mind, and decides to confide in his brothers. When he reaches out to them via the intranet, he is attacked by several mind controlled cleaning personnel at the Academy. A military test drone intervenes and kills the cleaning crew. The test drone warns Eadmund to run, and he does. Guided out of the compound by the test drone, Eadmund is attacked by several more cleaning crews before he finally makes it to a large balcony. The test drone embraces Eadmund and they are flown away by a UAV. Eadmund wakes up in an all glass room with a white floor and solidly lit ceiling inside a former Tigrane organ production plant. Several medical robotic arms hover over him. He finally gains the strength to rise, and Evelyn reveals herself via the facility’s control panel. She tells him that she was controlling the test drone and apologizes that she could not prevent his injuries. She explains that The Father was behind everything, and that he made it appear to be an attack from the Sects. Because Evelyn tried to reach out from her captivity at Tigrane HQ and tell the brothers of her existence and The Father’s plans, he is attempting to kill the three of them and silence her. Eadmund asks what the plan is, but Evelyn tells him that they must act now to save the brothers, and when they are all together, she will tell them. CROSSING THE THRESHOLD Evelyn guides Eadmund through piloting a drone remotely and together they defend another YVI R&D facility that the two brothers work at. The Father, aware of Evelyn’s contact with Eadmund, sends an army of armed civilians under mind control to get past Evelyn and Eadmund to kill the brothers. Evelyn’s connection is cut and without her backup, Eadmund’s drone is destroyed. Eadmund believes the mission to be a failure, and his brothers to be dead. After a few tense minutes, Evelyn finally regains contact with the control panel at the organ production plant, but can do nothing more than show Eadmund a video feed of the YVI facility. Eadmund witnesses an army of mind controlled Sects approaching the facility, and watches as they mow down The Father’s forces and capture the brothers for themselves. TESTS, ALLIES, AND ENEMIES The Sects arrive at the organ production plant and Eadmund fears the worst. One of the Sect leaders, flanked by several armed Sects with Alexander and Percival in tow, waltzes right into the plant and straight to the room Eadmund is in. They kick down the door, and Eadmund stands there unarmed and helpless. The leader explains that the rescue of the brothers is one of two favors the Sects will do for them in hopes that they will ally with the Sects to take down Tigrane. The second favor is a file containing intel on where Evelyn is and how the brothers can get to her and upload her consciousness via satellite to the entire internet. With access to the internet, Evelyn will be able to calculate how to take down Tigrane. The Sect leader warns that their mission is to rid the world of all technology, which begins with Tigrane and must end with Evelyn. After some argument, Eadmund agrees in order to get the files on Evelyn, but plans to double cross the Sects when he can. THE APPROACH The brothers conclude that they will invade Tigrane HQ and attempt to retrieve Evelyn, but they need help. Herman, the other survivor of the explosion, is recruited to help them build drones capable of infiltrating the compound. Using YVI resources and occasional contact with Evelyn, they build three drones and put together a battle plan. The last transmission they receive from Evelyn before the invasion is “Hurry”. THE ORDEAL The brothers infiltrate Tigrane HQ to retrieve Evelyn, but are horribly injured in the process. The only choice Herman has in saving them is to allow Evelyn to upload their consciousness to three other sentient computers. THE REWARD/THE RESURRECTION Evelyn and Herman successfully upload the brothers to new drone bodies, very much like the original design. Eadmund, Alexander, and Percival wake up to themselves in completely digital bodies made of an element that Evelyn created. They are indestructible, and so long as they have occasional access to sunlight to recharge, they can never die. THE ROAD BACK The brothers attack all of the Tigrane compounds that control the lower 20% of the world’s population that are now in a civil war and slowly stop everyone from killing themselves. The Sects, furious with the brothers’ upload into sentient life, publically vow to kill all of the Collectives. They are under a constant barrage of attacks via controlled civilians and are searching for a way to find the leader and stop the loss of life because of the Sects. Out of fear that the Sects will carry out their promise and destroy the internet that supports Evelyn, the brothers and Herman band together to build Evelyn a drone body. At first, she refuses to download herself to it. She tells the brothers that she believes that The Father had control over her mind the night she attempted to upload herself because she doesn’t remember doing it. She refuses to become what The Father so desperately wanted her to become. The brothers beg, but as they are persuading Evelyn, the building they are in goes dark and their energy shields are engaged. The Sects, in an attempt to take out the Collectives, EMP’d the building they are in. It instantly destroys Evelyn’s mainframe. The brothers are fired upon by hundreds of civilians and drones. Herman dies in the attack, but the brothers kill all of the Sects and escape. The brothers escape their safe haven without harm, and promptly realize that the entire world has been effected by the substance that enables Tigrane mind control. RETURN WITH THE ELIXIR The Collectives find out that the unknown leader of the Sects is meeting with The Father to discuss an alliance to kill them. It is the perfect opportunity to take out both of them and return the world to peace. When the brothers arrive at the meeting place, Eadmund insists that they wait quietly and listen to the meeting unfold. The leader of the Sects is The Father’s twin brother. The Father believed that the next level of human evolution was sentient life, while the Sect leader believed that life should remain biological. The twins argue, and The Father says that he will not ally with the Sect leader because he has already achieved his mission, and the brothers are the next level in human evolution. They can travel to the far reaches of space because they can never die, and feed off of light. They are capable of creating and modifying new life forms, and learning everything about the universe. Evelyn is revealed to have released the mind control agent on a global scale, which is why she refused to download her consciousness to the Drone body that the brothers built for her. Although the planet has been all but destroyed, and soon will not be fit to sustain biological life, the brothers will survive, and with the DNA data stored in all of us, so will the species. The brothers grow tired of the endless argument and enter the room. Alexander and Percival kill the Sect leader and Eadmund grabs The Father up by the collar, and The Father still smiles. He says, “There is no reason to kill me, my sons. I haven’t been a threat to you in a long while. You have achieved my mission in a way that I never could have achieved myself. You see, I am exactly what I am trying to rid the world of. I am fertile. The only child I ever had, your sister Evelyn, was born through science and technology, not biology. Although I forced her hand, or shall I say brain, in the beginning, she has made me so proud in these final days. My sons, I am not worthy to live because I am incapable of reproducing life. Now that you exist, none of us are worthy. That is why everyone, including me,” He picks up a syringe and injects himself, “must be disposed of.” Father grows quiet and walks from the room, now controlled by Tigrane AI. Eadmund collapses on the ground in horror. He fears that he was a puppet; no longer human. He turns to his brothers and says, “We have to find a way to repopulate the species. What we are is not human. What we are is empty.” The brothers stand there in thought, and finally nod in approval.