Stinky Cheese Man
When an alien crash lands in a medieval town, the creature's only chance for survival is a simpleton, that must find a way to outsmart her entire Kingdom.
An Action Fantasy story in the vein of Tim Burton's early work.
LOGLINE When an alien crash lands in a medieval town, the creature's only chance for survival is a simpleton, that must find a way to outsmart her entire Kingdom.
THE WORLD Here, villagers strive to survive, while the Lunatic King never leaves a fattened finger free from gold. To amuse his whimsy, he demands all wheels be oval shaped, and doors be nailed shut. Peasants can only enter and exit through windows and raised openings, often resulting in spontaneous tumbles, which the King adores. His brute squad takes what they want, including half the food from every family, to add to the royal stockpile. With no means or effort to preserve the food, it rots in fermenting piles, in the castle dungeon. Naive superstition blankets the land, and the sound of blunt object striking those still brave enough to question the King's sanity, abounds.
Hue, our lovable alien, looks like one of these guys, but TOOTS CUTER. Still a child, this small, stinky, blue alien, has a big heart and tragic background. His species' docile nature and vast knowledge of kinetic-quantum energy creation, make them a prime target for abduction and exploitation by other, primal aliens. Like many of his kind, his parent's ship was attacked while exploring deep space. With lightening timing and intellect, Hue's parents re-engineered their failing ship into two escape pods and jettisoned Hue and his brother into space. Hue's parents died during the process, and his vessel was captured, but his brother escaped. Now, Hue longs to be free from his captors, and return to deep space, in search of his lost sibling.
Hue says beautifully eloquent things to Clem to disguise his origins and convey knowledge in a way that Clem can comprehend.
He really does look like he's made from an amazingly rare, and delicious cheese.
Clem is our orphaned hero, with a leg deformity, who longs to be healthy and freed from indentured slavery. She learned quickly to suppress her intellect, a non-desirable trait for any townswoman, as she spends her days slaving away in the King's cheese factory. Each night she dreams about a life of abundance, as she scours over her only possession, a ragged book called "The Hue Fairy" - in which a wish granting woodland creature makes dreams come true.
By the end of our story, she must choose between the King's offer to grant all her material wishes, or saving her new alien-friend, after learning she'll get nothing in return.
Premise Clem, a sickly orphan works in the King's cheese factory and wishes nightly for a miracle - to be transformed into into a healthy girl and freed from her indentured slavery. When an alien craft crash lands, the King's men bring back a mysterious being. With bluish skin and a pungent smell they think it's a man made of cheese - the King's passion food. Clem thinks it's the Hue Fairy, a wish-granting character in a local fable. Hoping to be healed, Clem risks her life to help the "fairy" escape the King's dinner table, and the pair set off on a quest, to find the crashed star-carriage, where according to the fable, Clem's wish will be granted.
The King offers a healthy bounty, which makes the tiny pair a sought after possession throughout the realm. As they traverse the forest, trying to avoid hungry animals, the King's Brute Squad, and every potential bounty collector, bigger problems occur when another species of extraterrestrials arrive. These primal, slave-owning-aliens, are barbaric brutes, hell bent on retrieving their escaped property - our alien friend. They begin their cacophony of destruction by evaporating Hue's ship and half the town.
Now, hopelessly outnumbered, our heroes are faced with the impossible task of evading everyone in the Kingdom, outwitting the other aliens, and finding a new way for Hue to escape the planet.
As their foes close in, Clem will need to come to terms with the fact that Hue can not heal her, then she must chose between sticking by her new friend, or betraying him, to receive the entire kingdom's praise, and freedom from her indentured slavery.