If there is an Object of Power, and if the Big Bad Evil Guy needs this Object of Power in order to unleash his horrific devastation on the inhabitants of the earth, and if said Object of Power is hidden, where the Big Bad Guy can't find it . . . then the one thing you should never, ever do is go find the Object of Power! It's hidden! The Bad Guy doesn't have it! That's an excellent status quo; why would you want to change it?
The reason the characters use is always "we have to find the Object before the Bad Guy finds it." Why?! Why do you have to find it? You know he's just going to wait until you've done all the hard work of solving the complex mystery that only you can solve, and then he's going to walk up and take it from you, just like in the opening scene of Indiana Jones.
The unspoken assumption behind that reasoning is that "we will be able to keep the Object away from the Bad Guy." But you can't! You know you can't! And you've forgotten the key fact about the status quo: when the object is hidden, the Bad Guy doesn't have it! He can only get his nasty little hands on it if you find it. So don't go find it!
|It is frozen within an iceberg in the Lake of Green Death, |
and only once a century does the rainbow appear to open the pathway to access it,
and even then you can only find it if you washed your knees with lavender soap that morning
So I've got a writing prompt for you*: start with a hidden Object of Power situation and come up with something else for the characters to do besides go find it. (Bonus points for really funny Objects of Power.)
Aaaannnnnnd I'll even give a prize to the best idea, as judged by me and my writing group. An e-gift certificate to the Amazon in your country.
You have until Sept 30.
*Assuming you've managed to extricate yourself from TVTropes, if you followed my MacGuffin link.