Yea. I know ideas are cheap. Yea. I know that concepts alone it isn't going to make or brake the story. Yea, I know when it comes to direct feedback this sort of threads isn't that effective. But. For my own sake try to explain the story concept from someone else, will make my story concept more clear to me. And in that aspect the forums can be an invaluable as a ball plank with insightful questions and comments. So here I go. I want to tell a story about someone doing their duty knowing that they will slowly sacrifice themselves in the process. Not in a hero's death kind of way, but a slow erosion of identity, corruption and being twisted into something unrecognisable. The theme of alienation form other and oneself will also present in the story. Combined with a lot of something very every day human and simple human contact. The analogue to the central plot concepts is that of a sacrificial anode (a metallic anode used in cathodic protection where it is intended to be dissolved to protect other metallic component=you put it there to protect other components from rust.) The core of the story is a small diversion of the military meant to come into contact and be exposed to an enemy that corrupts and infects the ones that come into contact with it. And doing so to a degree and in ways that highly likely to affect them a lot. They are used for intelligence gathering, infiltration, diplomacy and assassination. The troupes used as sacrificial anodes will be kept under constant monitoring, kept apart from the rest of humanity for most part. They have memories repressed, is put on drugs, have technological monitoring devices put into them, and have a life length determined by their usefulness compared to how far the corruption process has gone by their supervisors. Partly they are honored by their sacrifice, partly seen as people who that stare far to long into the abyss. Just a hare breath away from becoming the wile things they fight. During the story I what to raise questions about identity, duty, loyalty, choosing sides and of course sacrifice. Thats my core conceps (Minus characters. I think they didn't fit into this post). What do you think?