“Even the most important material herein can be altered and bent to suit the needs of individual campaigns. Where possible, true guidelines have been laid down to provide the barest of frameworks for those areas of the campaign which should be the most unusual and unique.” - Gary Gygax
The above quote by the co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons about world building is how I would like to contextualize my proposal to publish the first work of literary fiction starring Nouns.
Nouns exist as colorful portraits of anonymous characters in an undefined universe. The characters have no names, no history, and no world to exist in. In the interest of world building and turning pixels into flesh I propose to publish a 22,000 word three act novel starring Nouns as the main characters.
I have spent the past two years writing a novel about the fateful triangle of three characters set in the world of international finance in 1965. By making Nouns the main characters the final version of the novel will be a significant contribution to shaping the Nouns universe by creating source material that derivative content can be based on and unique concepts expanded upon.
If Nouns are to become the Mickey Mouse of the metaverse, this is a script to adapt and turn into countless different versions.
“Where do NFTs go from here? To quote one of the nounders, Punk4156, Punks are like the Citizen Kane of NFTs. LarvaLabs defined the form, but NFTs still don’t have their Jurassic Park yet.” - Noun 22
- Punks Comic
The pioneering literary work (albeit as sequential art) in NFTs that provided utility for CryptoPunks (Issue #1) and BAYC (Issue #2) by featuring selected avatars as characters in the story.
- Nouns Comic
I was inspired by Proposal 11, Nouns Comic by @notundeadoracle, as a great example of world building that referenced ancient mythology, web3 culture and Nouns characters.
- Jenkins The Valet
The first purely literary NFT work with a twist. A short story collection about BAYC characters where the content is decided by token holders who vote on the creative direction of genre, plot, ending and more.
NOUNS NOVEL: IMMORTAL SOUL
What sets the Nouns novel Immortal Soul apart:
The 22,000 word novel has already been written. The three main characters are two 26 year old former college roommates who build successful businesses and become involved in a love triangle with a mysterious woman. Read the first three chapters below.
The work is a meticulously considered blend of literary fiction and genre fiction, a character study propelled by an exciting plot-driven story.
- Written for web3 audience. The genre is science fiction. The locations are international. The themes are universal. Short chapters are written in clear and concise language and are meant to be read on your phone. Every DeFi trader, NFT collector and gamer will relate to the story that, if I was stuck in an elevator with Steven Spielberg, I would describe as “James Bond meets The Wolf of Wall Street.”
BUDGET & TIMELINE
15 ETH - The complete 22,000 word text
2 ETH - Project management to survey Nouns owners about their level of interest in being represented as one of the 3 main characters and dozens of secondary characters and finalize the text
January 2022 - Interviewing Nouns owners about what role they would like to claim
February 2022 - Publish the novel in .PDF, .EPUB AND .MOBI file formats and make available for free download on the NounsDAO Discord
Read the first 3 chapters here: Preview - Immortal Soul - Google Docs