My personal entertainment interests include watching murder mystery shows. I watched Criminal Minds until fairly late in the series, and I adore Midsomer Murders. NCIS, NCIS LA, and NCIS NOLA are all a bucket of fun, and our current show is River, a Netflix original with Stellan Skarsgard.
As a consequence, however, when I write fantasy or paranormal, I keep putting mysteries in it. It was inevitable that I’d have a serial killer in one of our stories, which we’re working on drafting now. But in our series the Persis Chronicles, which is set on another planet and settled by colonists, we ran into a snag: what do you do for the law out in the boonies?
Thus, the Seekers were born. They’re a combination street judge and federal agent, (think the American FBI or maybe England’s Special Branch). They have the authority to investigate crime and, to a certain extent, mete out justice. They are a force to be reckoned with, I’d imagine in similar fashion to men like Wyatt Earp were “back in the day,” in the American Old West. It’s an interesting problem, though, trying to come up with a judicial system and imagine how settlers might handle the ordinary problems that come from living in highly concentrated populated areas. Aberrant behavior doesn’t disappear just because we stick people in a space ship and send them light years away. (Rather chilling thought for our own space station, eh?)
So what about you, Dear Reader? What would be the most important job to include if you were setting up your own society somewhere else – be it a secluded island, another dimension, or way out in space?