Story Idea: The Hero

26 Jan

I’ve just had this funny little idea going through my head. Basically, there’s a future war on and it’s been going on for years. It seems to have stalemated and public opinion isn’t really supporting the fighting. The top brass thinks that sooner or later the public will grow so tired of endless war that they might start pressing for peace – and they have ample evidence to suggest that attempting to talk peace might result in a BSG-style genocide of the human race.

So they come up with the idea of a hero the public can rally around. Commander Hero is really a mediocre officer, but he has a stroke of luck which the PR officers play into an act of military genius. They brand him the greatest military leader since Alexander the Great – generally, he’s a version of Patton, MacArthur and Monty all rolled into one. A massive ego, an ability to ‘act’ like a military leader should, and a very real gift for publicity. He may actually believe in his own legend or he may just be playing along – if someone pointed out that it was the best way he could help the good guys, he might go along with it. Basically, he’s got the reputation of Honor Harrington without any of her undoubted military genius.

(Many junior officers believe in him; others, a little wiser, realise there isn’t anything under the flashy exterior.)

Unfortunately, this act is so good that he winds up in command of the fleet – just as the enemy start launching their massive war-winning offensive.

Thoughts?

Chris

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2 Responses to “Story Idea: The Hero”

  1. The Deposed King January 28, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    however you go with it you could have a fun little read.

    the deposed king

  2. Rich Swift February 1, 2012 at 11:52 pm #

    You have quite the idea there, Does he suddenly become a real hero? I’ve always maintained that it’s better to be lucky than good, and anything can happen.

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