The inspiration for Defiance.
By C.J. Redwine.
Defiance was the product of two very separate ideas suddenly colliding. For years, I'd had the idea of a Leviathon-like creature who lived underground instead of in the sea. I didn't have a world, a conflict, or a plot to go with the creature, so it just sat in the back of my mind and waited.
One day, I was searching for something on the internet, and I saw a picture of a fortress that reminded me of a city-state. I've always been very interested in medieval times, and I was immediately intrigued by the idea of writing a story where my characters once again lived in city-states.
Of course, to put my characters in city-states, I needed a plausible reason why. I began asking myself "What if people lived in city-states again? Why would they do that? What could destroy the infrastructure of our society so thoroughly that city-states are all that is left?" The sleeping idea of the Leviathon-like creature woke up with a vengeance, collided with the city-state idea, and the world of Defiance was born.