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GUARDIANS OF DARUSSALAM is a homage to the superhero genre with a local flavour.

Set in a heightened reality / fictional / alternate version of Brunei, it is a story of an ordinary boy named ADAM who gained super strength after an encounter with a magical giant archer fish – just like the legend of Brunei’s mythical hero, Awang Semaun. Initially reluctant, Adam soon finds the hero within him and set out to become a superhero for Brunei.

When dark forces rises and threatens the peace in Brunei, it is up to Adam and his allies to stop it and uphold the country as a DARUSSALAM – an Abode of Peace.

What if Superman and Batman were Bruneians?

That was the question that I’ve asked myself when I was a kid and I’ve pondered with the possible answers ever since.

I’ve always wanted to see an epic blockbuster type action movie set in Brunei. And there’s nothing more epic than a timeless superhero story.

The aim is to take elements of the classic superhero mythos – whether it be the Superman or Batman mythos – and try to fit it in a Bruneian setting.

Guardians of Darussalam

To me, a story about a Bruneian superhero should have elements from major superheroes such as Spiderman, Batman, Superman while tackling social themes relevant to Brunei. There is no point in telling a story without touching on subjects that we can relate to.

It is also important to ground it on local legends. We have our own legendary heroes: the super strength Herculean Awang Semaun – brother of the first Bruneian Sultan and Awang Jerambak – a man with lots of extraordinary weapons. I have taken some liberties on their myths/legends to fit in with the themes of the story.

Setting

The story is set in a heightened reality/fictional/alternate version of Brunei – a small  state at the northern part of the Borneo Island . Certain elements with real life basis are exaggerated or modified to serve the type of story being presented.

Chapters

The current plan is to tell this story in three ‘Volumes’

Volume I – Origin. This will be straightforward: the Whys and Hows of the person becoming a superhero/hero.

Volume II – Crossover. Nothing is more exciting than  one superhero crossing paths with another superhero – whether in comics, cartoons or movies. Also, the public’s reactions and how the superheroes react to those reactions will hopefully be explored.

Volume III – Crisis. Final battle against the supervillain.

You can read all the chapters HERE

Although I originally envisioned this as a live action movie or a comic, I thought it would be better if I can initially just write it and let it out of head. Maybe someone who’s more capable and talented would adapt/remake this in another medium.

I accept any feedback or suggestions.

Enjoy!