#1 – The Dipsoukhos Chronicles (Greek for “double-minded”)
The Dual Men
Thomas Blackstone/Predator [Name could be Greek or Latin for “Two-Faced” or double man] – He is a tall man of a thin, athletic build. Outwardly he appears normal, except he drifts from place to place, never settling down. He is a man of quiet humility and kindness, secretly doing good deeds for the people of the land. He seems to carry a great weight upon his heart. He is lonely, like he doesn’t want to “drift” but has no choice. He keeps people back, from getting too close. His good deeds are done to appease his conscience. The reason for his burden and seclusion is because he is under a curse. How this curse came about would be part of the story, but it entails his transformation into another creature; a predator.
Deep down inside of him there is a hideous creature. Thomas uncontrollably transforms into this creature at any time, and there is no schedule or pattern to the transformation. However, Thomas is usually able to sense when it is about to happen. It is often a subtle change, sometimes giving Thomas a day or two of battling before the change is complete. But other times the transformation takes place in less than an hour. He often tries to hide himself while he is still in his right mind so as not to hurt others.
This creature within him is very selfish and evil. A large and nimble dog-like animal with fangs and sharp claws. He is a very determined predator, with primal instincts and drives, and feeds on whatever he desires at the time. He is completely controlled by his desires and instincts. He is powerful and deceptive, and Thomas does not return to his usual self until the hunger of the predator is satisfied…for a time. The predator lays dormant within him until it sees something it wants. Then the battle begins. The more times Thomas transforms into this evil creature, the more powerful the creature becomes. This monster is also intelligent and has the ability to speak. He kills and plunders at will.
Thomas knows about his alter-ego, and grieves over the actions of this destructive menace. In part, because he is conscious of the change, and sometimes enjoys the adrenaline rush being the predator brings…until it’s over. But he feels powerless to stop it, and never knows when the change will occur. Sometimes he tries to fight it, and keep his evil half under control. He has some success in this, but in the end it usually doesn’t last. This is the reason for his relative seclusion from others, and his emotional detachment.
His story is one of deliverance, because there is only one power in all the land that is able to deliver him from the power of this curse. He hears of this Power from a mysterious person who appears to have once been under the same curse as he, but received freedom from the only One who can help. He embarks on a quest to find this power and be delivered from the curse that has bound him. What he does not realize until later is that the only way to destroy the destructive predator within him is to replace it with something much stronger and, ultimately, much better. It is a power that no longer “takes over” Thomas, replacing his conscious self, but instead it becomes one with him, bringing unity instead of division.
Thomas and those like him have a dual nature, and must decide to tie themselves to the evil or to the good. (There could be many other “Dual Men” who are part of a much larger war between the forces of evil and the forces of good.) Because the Predator grows a little stronger each time it expresses itself in the “Dipsoukhos”, it will eventually completely take over the human side of the poor soul that is so cursed. Sometimes it takes a lifetime to reach such a state, sometimes only a few months. That depends on the strength, and the desire to resist, of each individual. But the final state of any “Dipsoukhos” is to be completely Predator, unless the curse is broken by some greater Power. [Thomas could meet some “Predators” on his journey.]