So I'm planning an epic fantasy cycle set in a parallel Pokeworld named Kinmura (which is mostly based on ancient China and Japan, with a dash of India). The problem is, I don't know where to begin.
Here's the basics of the story from my notes:
Long ago, when the world was new, the great dragon Yofune was sealed in the underworld by Arceus, the god Pokemon. In his anger, Yofune often sends monsters to the surface world. These monsters do everything from generally bothering people to flat out destroying entire cities. As such, many cities enlist all manner of heroes to keep these monsters at bay.
But, the cruel and greedy emperor of Kinmura wants to rule the world by doing the unthinkable--releasing and taming Yofune. A young swordsman hears of the emperor's plot, and sets out for the capital city far to the north, with his sword, a mystical flute, and his faithful Pikachu by his side...
I have three options on how to start:
A. Dive right in to the main quest (gather the Six Points of Magic, awaken Arceus, and stop the emperor)
B. Set up the world and develop the party (Ash, Dawn, and a brand new character named Kiyama) via a long series of Adventure Towns and Adventure Areas
C. Explain how the party got together
Which do you think would work best?