The basic plot-
A black garden ant named Acatho and a Female Pray Mantis named June are a team of guardians who fight other bugs like themselves such as wasp and spiders who are being ridden by other bugs. The two defend insect colonies from those forces that would case harm.
Now what is going to make this fun and what i hope is a fresh take on the Monster Genre is the setting. which I will go into little detail. The Story world takes place in a Arizona during the early 2000s before the housing crash, in Litchfield Park. However on the insect level the world is changing.
The New Age-
The days of independent colonies and wild and dangerous yards are coming to a close. The Rise of Insect and Animal Confederacies and Nations are spreading in great numbers. The Mission of those groups is to form a peaceful society were one dose not fear raids, and consent war from warring neighbors. The rise of those groups has been near universal in the yards and lawns; however with the rise of massive civilizations as lead them into conflict with other growing societies. With borders being drawn, a new age of has dawn, along with a whole new wave of issues.
The Rise of Technology-
The Dawn of weapons has forever changed the landscape of warfare. The introduction of guns and artillery on to the battlefield, were now a single insect can now hold off a wave of larger and more powerful insects. However this technology is still relatively new and untested in large-scale warfare, the old method’s of warfare is still struggling to catch up with the new. Insect riders and defenders who used to defend the lands and colonies has been the first to adapt those new technologies and used them to their full extent. These small and elite groups now work in cooperation with the rising national armies for support, the roles has shifted were as now the riders work as special task groups rather than direct assault, which is now left up to the massive armies of united animals and insects to fight.
Orange Sun Horizon-
A threat is brewing across Black Valley, a growing number of attacks by a massive Confederacy of Animals calling them selves "Orange Sun Horizon” this group is made up of Spiders/ Snakes/ Cockroaches, including an untold number of ant city states. Orange Sun Horizon has been expanding and conquering all the colonies and small nation states with little resistance. For the last few months the entire Block has fallen into the hands of this great new society. Now this massive group has set its sights for conquest across Black Valley. Orange Sun Horizon is Lead by the Queen Marith and her colony of Carpenter Ants. She has convinced a number of species to join her cause for a safe society free of the worldly dangers. This massive confederacy of Animals has been expanding it reach, destroying all who resist or refuse to join their cause. Now this massive group has arrived at the “Three lands”. Now Acatho and June must set out to defend their new home from this invasion from across Black Valley.
So in toll I was trying to think of a look and setting that would be interesting, while still trying to be a Monster fighting genre style story with a little campy in it's tone. As of right now I was thinking the look and setting should be the end of an era. Like the Wild West is ending and the dawn of Civilization is here, The look could be early 1900s, Pre World War 1 and the end of colonialism is nearing. The days of colonies and adventurous lands are coming to an end with the rise of Insect and animal type states. And the once legendary Insect riders and Defenders have played a new of defending the new states and growing cities in this new age, which has become extremely dangerous.