Recently it struck me to do an internet search on mysteries of the world. While some were boring, old news, or less than interesting, others caught my eye. As a writer, it is instinct to imagine a backstory, or at least a fragment of one. Perhaps a setting, a description of some sort, a character, a scene, a scrap of dialogue. So here is the list of the mysteries I found. Maybe they will inspire you.
Bigfoot. Sasquatch. El Chupacabra. Yeti. Whatever you want to call it (him?), it’s famous and a source of intrigue. Even though the beast is most likely false, it is still fascinating to think about. But most of the stories, tv shows, movies, etc. are focusing on the human side of the story. Those setting out in search of the Sasquatch. The typical questions: Is it real? If it is, is it friendly? How many are there? If it’s not real, then what is it? Is it dangerous? Very few turn to the other side of the story; the Sasquatch’s point of view. What does it think? Why does it try so hard to stay hidden? What is it hiding? How long has it lived? How does it feel towards the humans? Why? Where does it live? I don’t know about you, but this looks like a good start to a story.
The Loch Ness Monster, also known as Nessie. For some reason, things like this always drew my attention. There are so many places to hide in the deep of the ocean, or a Loch, in the case of Nessie. This legend has received much of the same attention Bigfoot has. But it (she?) has many more stories from its point of view. Perhaps a little harder to write a original story, but still fascinating.
Okay, moving away from actual beings… For now…
The Patomskiy Crater.
A large crater deep in the forests of Siberia of unknown origin. The Natives feared the place, calling it “evil”. No one knows what caused it, though some think it was originally a volcano, while others believe that there is a spaceship buried underneath. An expedition was launched to find out more, but the leader was killed by a heart attack only a few kilometers away. Superstition prevented any further investigations, so it therefore remains unsolved.
The Antikythera Mechanism. A piece of intricate machinery found in a shipwreck near Greece… Dating back to a hundred years before the birth of Christ. It was built with a mind-blowing system of celestial bronze gears, resulting in something like an analogue computer. But let me remind you, this was about two thousand years ago.
I don’t know about you, but this conjures images of an old man, a proper genius, standing on the deck of this ship. A ship carrying the masterpiece of his life’s work, probably taking to someone important. And its in the middle of a storm. All he knows is that he has to save it, so he goes below deck to where it is being held. Above, his head, he can barely make out the cries of the captain and crew crying, “Abandon ship!” The floor below him was flooded, the salt water sloshing around his ankles. But he pays no heed, only thinking of his beautiful machine. He rips off the coarse covering, and allows his hand to briefly trace the gleaming gears. His head snaps up at the loud cracking sound that comes from above. That could only be the mast snapping in two. Instantly, the mind of the genius is set to work, searching franticly for a way to save his masterpiece. He runs to the ladder leading up to the deck, shouting for assistance. But most of the crew is too busy trying to get everyone off the rapidly sinking ship. The man shouts in frustration, and ignoring the cries for him to come above deck, stubbornly hurries back over to his machine, throwing the covering over it again as if that would save it. The water is halfway up his shins by now, but he still does his best to ignore it. Suddenly, there is a sound like none he had ever heard, and right before his eyes the ship bursts at the seams, and—
Oh, sorry. I guess I got a little carried away there. Haha.
These are just some of my favorites. What about you? What mysteries of the World inspired you? Share them in the comments below!
This is The Raven, off in search of Inspiration.