I have a loose trilogy I’m working on. It started off as one story (the middle part), then became two (added a prequel), then I thought why not make it a trilogy, but the third part I tacked on didn’t seem right so I ditched that idea, then I thought of making it a shared universe at which point I had another idea which I made the third part and now it’s a trilogy again.
Dakhenhoff, a young shoemaker obtains a shoemaking machine in the midst of the Industrial Revolution. This soon expands to a shoe factory. As he gains economic power, his social standing rises, but he begins losing his humanity, becoming a heartless greedy overlord. Inspired by a parable my teacher once told about the Industrial Revolution, although the part about him becoming evil is all me.
Misery & Paradise:
After his orphanage burns down in what might be the most savage scene I’ve ever written (without immediately discarding - there was that one draft where Runis mauls her coworker to death before fucking a dolphin), Tim befriends fellow street orphan Lia and they stick together, stealing from markets, falling in love, and imagining a forest paradise where they don’t have to worry about food or staying warm and everyone (who have animal ears and tails here) lives in harmony. Try as they might to escape this cruel world, they end up dying from hypothermia at first snowfall, lying on the cobblestone, but happy in knowing they have each other.
Oh and Dakhenhoff’s there too. I just tacked him afterwards when I came up with his story 'cause I felt his rule provided an excellent explanation for the town’s misery.
The Crystal Countess:
After Dakhenhoff’s work leads to losing her home, husband, and children, a woman becomes a vigilante known as the Crystal Countess with only one goal: revenge. Dakhenhoff’s days are numbered, and he is long past any saving.
So whaddya think? Very bleak, and only loosely connected, but I think it has its charm. It’s the rise, reign, and fall of Dakhenhoff as seen through different perspectives, as it’s not really just about him. Like how the Star Wars Saga is the story of Palpatine, but he’s mainly a background villain.