So, my novel I'm working on is called The Nine Pillars, and I plan on making it into a series of books. Here is a break down of what I have thus far, starting with a little background. --- The nation of En'Ryll is governed by Nine lords and ladies, called the Nine Pillars. Each one of the nine governs a certain part of the nation; these nine sections are military (Governed by the Emperor himself), magic (Governed by the Archmage), money and economics (Governed by the Lord Treasurer), law (Governed by the Captain of the Guard), alchemy and science (Governed by the Head Alchemist and Master Engineer), foreign relations and historical documents (Governed by the Lord Ambassador), agriculture (Governed by the Lord Harvest Master), natural resources and their distribution (Governed by the Terramaster*), and finally religion (Governed by the High Priest). Together these nine leaders are in control of the nation, but with this burden of power comes great temptation, and not all the leaders are strong enough to resist the allure of corruption. *Terramaster is a Dwarven word I made up that is used as a title for the highest rank of miner. --- PLOT:: The Plot focuses around the thief and novice Airship pilot, Devrick Lorciin and his small group of friends he meets along his travels. Everything starts off with the uprising of the Merchant's Guild. They don't like the lack of involvement the Legion of Order (Fancy name for the Company of Guards that patrol the nation) has in dealing with thieves and the like. Many of the merchants have had to go out of business because of the thieves that keep stealing their wares as well as ambushing their caravans. Devrick's father, a member of the Merchant's Guild, is one such merchant who has been so deeply affected by the blight of theft and the guards refusal to deal with it. So, the merchant's guild decided to denounce the Legion of Order and hired a group of mercenaries called the Fangs of the West to be their personal guards. The merchants then shut their doors to the Legion, which caused problems for everyone. The guards became angry at not being able to buy goods, and the mercenaries were forced to deal with the angry guards. Eventually, a full blown battle broke out between the Fangs of the West and the Legion of Order, and caught right in the middle was Devrick. Once the fighting was quelled, thanks to the Archmage and her powerful magic, the Mercenaries and all those participating in the uprising were arrested and put to trial, Devrick among them. The boy, not being a mercenary under a contract, and not being a merchant with guild protection, was thrown into prison. Uh-oh. Once in prison he meets a girl. (I don't have a name for her yet...I'm trying to think of a name to mean Little Firefly, but I can't come up with anything yet, so for now we'll call her whatsername.) Whatsername says she is a member of the Thieve's Guild and for some reason unknown to her, the leader wants an audience with Devrick. Not seeing much of an alternative, Devrick agrees and together the pair escape into the night. This is all I have planned out so far. From here it turns out that the only reason the Thief Guild leader wanted to see Devrick was because of the boy's last name, Lorciin. Apparently Devrick's father has something that belongs to the thief lord, and he want's it back; a broken down old airship. The price for being sprung from that cell is to find the location of the airship and tell the Thief lord. If he refuses, then the guild can just as easily put him back in his cell, or even kill him. And just like that, Devrick finds himself a servant to the Guild of Thieves. I don't know where to go from here. I know I want Devrick to become a respected thief, and even manage to keep his father's busted up ship, which whatsername fixes. But I need inspiration on how to tie in The Nine Pillars. Any suggestions? Even outlandish ideas such as "An epic scale battle between dragons and robots" can provide pieces to a puzzle that will build the plot. If you want to hear more about my novel idea and the character's I'm working on as well as the plot, drop me a PM!