So what IS the story of Apes ‘n’ Capes actually about?
A fair question. So let’s break it down a touch.
The world they inhabit is not that different from ours. To subtly but obviously recreate a world, you just need to change one (or two) fundamental aspects and watch the genesis unfold. Much like the Butterfly Effect. In the case of the world of Apes ‘n’ Capes, we opened the story by paying homage to the good and the great that is Kubrick and Clarke, diverting the Monolith away from its original trajectory towards the plains inhabited by early Man, instead towards the pristine rainforests on the archipelago of Indonesia.
First contact is made with a gentle peace-loving tree-dweller. (But you can read for yourself in the upcoming second printing of Episode I or heck, just go to the episodes section. The prologue is there in its short and sweet glory…)
This brief encounter opens the door to an entirely different evolutionary history.
Without the chance encounter with the alien Monolith, Humanity does not develop an appreciation of its place in the Cosmos. That intellectual gap becomes a black hole, sucking the life out of the planet. An advanced, animalistic nature develops. Humanity was always destined to procreate, dominate and destroy, but without the leap forward in its intellectual evolution to temper this inherent part of its nature, it sail towards its own destruction at a slightly accelerated rate.
Of course, as with all forms of evolution, mutations arise. Humanity is not a complete write-off. (More on this later.) As Humanity struggles to drag itself out of its evolutionary black hole, the rainforest archipelago remains a mysterious and impenetrable natural fortress, craved with envious human eyes. Access to and from the island is monitored and controlled from the Gateway to Asia. It is unlikely alliance struck up between Humans and Sun Bears, who also craved the red apes’ stature and status, that leads to the shift presented in Episode I…
Cue our main protagonists; Rollo Elias and George Tremayne.
So there you have it. This is but one layer of the foundations laid on which we are building the world of Apes ‘n’ Capes. I may well expand this synopsis in the future, but for now, Rollo and George are demanding my attention…