My friend was playing Star Trek, and the Romulans were after some sort of ancient superweapon hidden in a nebula. And it’s probably been done, but I’d love to see a story about a group after a mythical superweapon – which turns out to be a nuke.
They journey to a strange world, finding strange cultures and dangerous beings, a forbidden world of wonder and legend, and find the caves that hide the mythical device. To get inside, they must use a code that’s been passed down for centuries, from generation to generation.
They get inside.
The second code releases the weapon. They type it in, and press the release button.
Which, unfortunately, launches the damn thing.
I think there’s a lot you could wind into that, and you could certainly play around with it – I just liked the idea of an ancient race being us!
(Ps. lots of words on NaNo.)