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Monday A U A Updates

Posted by TNTOS , May 24 2010 · 14 views
Shika Trilogy
Posted the seventh chapter of An Unlikely Alliance a few hours ago. I've been feeling kind of sick lately, so I almost forgot about it.

In this chapter, Toa Jokao, Toa Oggakia, and Makuta Hajax (in the guise of Toa Barilo) are searching Shika Nui for any Matoran who might have survived the Tuikas. The party of three instead encounter two Rahkshi and a Visorak while looking in a half-submerged cavern and decide to head out after winning the battle. None of them realize that the Tuikas may be closer than they think . . .

-TNTOS-



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Google Is Awesome

Posted by TNTOS , May 21 2010 · 56 views
Internet
See this.

'Nuff said.

-TNTOS-



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The Beginning Of The End - A Yu - Gi - Oh! Fanfic

Posted by TNTOS , May 20 2010 · 40 views
General Fanfic
Welcome, fellower bloggers and blog readers [/genericblogopeninglinebecauseicantthinkofanyotherwaytobeginsosuemeforbeingunoriginalandmakingthisjokelongerthanitshouldbeidontcare]! Today I'd like to announce an awesome new story idea I've been planning for a while now. It's going to be so awesome it will be blow your mind to the fourth and half dimension!

Or maybe it won't. I could care less either way just as long as I get some kind of reaction out of you.

Anyway, I know what you're probably thinking from the title alone. "A YGO fanfic?" you may be thinking in horror as you lean back in your comfortable leather chair as your fancy laptop computer that probably costs more than mine. "A fanfic about a bunch of teenagers obsessed with a children's trading card game? How could that be interesting even in the slightest?"

You are half-wrong there, my friend. Yes, it is technically a YGO fanfic (which I freely admit to, BTW), but it will not focus on any of the canon characters from any of the three YGO anime or magna series (so no Yugi, Jaden, or Yusei or anyone else, either).

Instead, it will be a "Monster fic," which is a term I have seen used on the Internet to describe a fanfic that focuses on a world where the monsters themselves are real, breathing creatures with their own cultures, beliefs, personalities, and so forth, usually either vaguely connected to Earth or not connected at all (The Beginning of the End fits the latter, BTW).

That is essentially what The Beginning of the End - and its sequels - are going to be. The story will take place in the world of Atem (yes I know Atem is the real name of Yami Yugi, but most of the names of people, locations, and so on are based off characters from the YGO animes, so expect to see more names like that later on) during a war between the four most powerful tribes of that world. Here's a summary I wrote of the general plot:

Dark Magician and Buster Blader are sent on a quest to find the legendary "Envoy of the Beginning," for it is believed that only the Envoy of the Beginning will be able to help the Warrior and Spellcaster tribes win their war against the Fiends and Dragons. None of them realize that perhaps the end is closer than they believe . . .

I know that the summary makes the story sound a little bit generic. After all, it appears that the Warriors and Spellcasters are Obviously Good while the Dragons and Fiends are Unmistakably Evil and that Dark Magician and Buster Blader are the Inevitably Heroic heroes who will end up saving the world, and so on and so forth.

In some ways, it is a little bit like that. The actual story, however, will be far more deep and complex than that. The Warriors and Spellcasters won't be shown as being %100 good and righteous and holy and stuff all the time, while the Dragons and Fiends won't be portrayed as Undeniably Evil and cruel at every opportunity, either. (In fact, I can tell you right now that the Spellcasters were the ones who started this war in the first place, if that reveals anything about them.)

Instead, the vast majority of characters - with a few very rare and unusual exceptions - will be portrayed as real, complex people who can do both good and bad and have both positive and negative personality traits (yes, that includes non-humans such as Dragons, too tongue.gif ). By no means will this fic be completely gray, morality-wise, but it won't necessarily be that one side is goning to be shown Always Good and the other side as Always Bad. Those kinds of stories are fun to write, IMO, if a bit challenging at times.

It will be somewhat similar to BIONICLE, which I have drawn a lot of influence and inspiration from. That means that TBotE will feature loads of mysteries regarding the world Atem, its prehistory, the true origins of the Atemian people, the so-called "Envoy of the Beginning," and much, much more. In fact, I'd say anyone who likes mysteries such as the kind found in BIONICLE, Kingdom Hearts, Harry Potter, and many other stories will probably enjoy TBotE quite a bit. Lots of mysteries to solve, which is part of the reason it's probably going to be longer than just one fic.

And, of course, many card archetypes will be featured, such as the Element Heroes, the Ancient Gears, the Dark Scorpions, and my personal favorite, the seven Monarchs. But I wouldn't say that all card archetypes or all cards in general will be featured, but most of the important and well-known cards (such as Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Dark Magician, for example) will make appearances, as well as some lesser known ones (such as Endymion the Master Magician and Dark Valkyria). Most of the cards that appear will have roles to play in the story, although I admit a few I chose because simply they were some of my favorites. But even my favorites will have some kind of role to play, so they won't just be there to look cool tongue.gif .

Admittedly, the story idea itself sounds almost as strange as teenagers obsessed with a children's trading card game battling the supernatural forces of evil, if not more so, considering this will be a world where nearly-sapient machines and intelligent, talking dragons are seen are relatively normal. However, if you are a writer or have a writer-like mind, then you'd understand how some ideas just grab you and won't let you forget about them until you finally sat down and written them down, no matter how crazy they may sound at first. That is the main reason why I want to write it someday.

I don't have a release date for it just yet, but I will probably begin writing it after I finish Dimension Hoppers, which I figure will be sometime later this year. I'm thinking it will be my NaNoWriMo "novel" this year, depending on when I finish DiH and if any other writing projects come up between now and then that I may want to write more. It will likely be longer than just one epic, maybe a trilogy, possibly longer considering what I have planned for it already. We'll see.

Comments, constructive criticism, questions, cookies ( tongue.gif ), etc. are all welcomed smile.gif . Especially the cookies XD.

-TNTOS-



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Birth By Sleep North American Release Date Confirmed

Posted by TNTOS , May 18 2010 · 13 views
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Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep is going to be released in North America on September 7th, apparently, while Europe gets it three days later on the 10th. I will definitely be preordering it from Amazon, even though it will be released nearly two months after my birthday.

My basic plan is that, for my birthday, I'll buy a used PSP from Game Stop, then a memory stick from Amazon, and preorder the game itself at the same time. True, I probably won't be able to do much with my PSP until I get BBS, but it'll be nice to have around when I finally do get BBS, right?

-TNTOS-



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Monday A U A Updates

Posted by TNTOS , May 17 2010 · 15 views
Shika Trilogy
So just posted the sixth chapter of AUA today. Yayz and stuff.

In this chapter, after a good night's sleep, the Toa Shika are assigned positions in Koro Nui to defend the place from the Tuikas in case of an attack. All of the Toa Shika save for Barilo are placed in the four towers of the village, while Barilo (that is, really Hajax in control of Barilo's body), Jokao, and Oggak leave Koro Nui to search for any survivors who had not yet made it to the fortress yet.

-TNTOS-







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BZP Name: TNTOS (short for Toa Nuhrii: Toa of Sugar)
Real Name: Tim
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Bionicle Epics

The Tales of Shika Nui (NOTE: Links to Shika Trilogy Omnibus edition)
Status: Complete
Rating: PG
Chapters: 16
Summary: When six Matoran thieves are transformed into new Toa heroes and are forced into combat with the Dark Hunters that rule Shika Nui, will they prevail? Find out in the first chapter of the Shika Trilogy of BIONICLE epics!


Tapestry of Evil (NOTE: Links to Shika Trilogy Omnibus edition)
Status: Complete
Rating: PG-13
Chapters: 23
Summary: After the events of the last epic, the Toa Shika find themselves in Wyoko, a land of shadow. Here they discover the ancient Kra-Matoran tribe and their six Toa, known as the Shodios, are attempting to leave their prison and renew their conquest of the universe as they did 100,000 years ago. Will the Toa Shika be able to defeat them, and if so, at what price? Find out in the second chapter of the Shika Trilogy!


An Unlikely Alliance (NOTE: Links to Shika Trilogy Omnibus edition)
Status: Complete
Rating: PG-13
Chapters: 30
Summary: In An Unlikely Allinace, the third and final chapter of the Shika Trilogy, the Toa Shika return to Shika Nui to find it has changed much since their adventures in Wyoko, and in more ways than one. Forced to ally with new friends and old enemies alike to stop an evil greater than any they have face thus far, the Toa Shika are about to prove themselves as true Toa and as true heroes. But will they learn to work with their new, rather unlikely allies or will their disunity allow the might of the mysterious Tuikas monsters to crush them?


Dimension Hoppers
Status: Complete
Rating: PG-13
Chapters: 20
Summary: When a valuable treasure is stolen from the island of Tanjo Nui, its two guaridans discover that the thief is a dimension hopper. In order to chase the thief and retrieve the Time Stone, Isarot and Toa Kiriah use a Kanohi Olmak to hop dimensions to go after the thief. Will they succeed? And if they do, will their dimension hopping give them the wisdom they need to understand the Time Stone's true purpose?


Dimension Hoppers: The Other Tale
Status: Complete
Rating: PG
Chapters: 10
Summary: Taking place during "Dimension Hoppers," Toa Nasis and Toa Ahova investigate the possibility of Dark Hunter involvement in the recent theft of the Time Stone. The Shadowed One soon learns of the Time Stone's theft and sends the Dark Hunter Raider to steal it. What will happen when the Toa clash with the Dark Hunter?


The Ghost King's Tragedy
Status: Complete
Rating: PG-13
Chapters: 10
Summary: Toa Akuna, Toa Kiriah, Toa Oggakia, and Toa Ahova have been gathered by a mysterious being known as the Master of Mist for a special mission. They will go to the island World's End to seek the secret to defeating Makuta Teridax, but will they achieve this mission or will the Ghost King's might destroy the four heroes?
 
Dawn of the New Century
Status: Complete
Rating: PG-13
Chapters: 29
Summary: Fifty-thousand years after the death of Makuta Teridax, a messiah-like figure named Masqouth appears seemingly out of nowhere in Zisar, the capital of New Zakaz, promising freedom and prosperity to the enslaved Skakdi people. He backs up his claims by miraculously healing wounded or sick Skakdi, all the while hiding his true intentions for these people.
 
At the same time, a Skakdi named Kafor is kidnapped by two Dark Hunters, one a Skrall codenamed Night and the other a Vortixx codenamed Heavyweight. Kafor knows the fate that awaits her at the foot of the Shadowed One's throne, but cannot escape her kidnappers no matter how hard she tries.
 
In the city of New Atero, detective Toa Niham investigates two similar kidnappings while trying to balance her precarious love life with the famous Glatorian Rubella the Red Star. Little does she knew just how intimately related these two kidnappings are, nor the hidden secrets they will lead her to uncover.
 
Meanwhile, Toa Kiriah, veteran guardian of the Time Stone, is summoned by the Almighty Ones in order to help them deal with a new threat. But an unexpected attack forces Kiriah to change her plans and work with people whom she never though she would find herself working with.
 
The lives of these people are destined to intertwine in ways none expect. And when they collide, they -- and their world -- will be changed forever.

In the End
Status: Beginning
Rating: PG-13
Chapter(s): 1
Summary: In this sequel to Dawn of the New Century, the Dawn Duology comes to a thrilling conclusion as the conflict between the Almighty Ones and King Atuje finally comes to a head with Atuje's acquisition of a new physical body. With his new body, Atuje goes to finish the Almighty Ones once and for all, as well as anyone who allies with them.

Night, Kiriah, and Jetrupi attempt to stop him, but Atuje banishes them to a universe none of them have ever been to before. Even worse, they must survive a dangerous maze created by a mad female Skrall who names herself after a trickster goddess, a maze so dangerous that only few have ever came out of it alive.

Meanwhile, Rubella the Red Star, a famous Glatorian fighter, enlists the help of the mysterious Toa Cina to rescue her girlfriend, Niham, from the clutches of Masqouth and the Echoes. Though Cina is friendly and helpful, she seems to be hiding something from Ruby, but Ruby may not find out what it is until it's too late.

As for Masqouth, he currently believes that all is well and that he will be reunited with his parents shortly. Yet doubt begins to creep in his mind as to the trustworthiness of Atuje, forcing him to decide who he is really loyal to.

In the end, all of these threads will come together for the grand finale. When they do, there is no telling who will live and who will die.

(Author's note: This is the FINAL epic in the Shikaverse.)

The Glatorian Chronicles

What is the Glatorian Chronicles?

The Glatorian Chronicles is a series of BIONICLE fanfiction short stories that star each of the twelve Glatorian characters released as sets in 2009. Each story is independent of the others and can be read by itself with little-to-no confusion on the reader's part. All of them are written in first person.

Glatorian Chronicles #1: Gresh's First Match
Summary: Gresh is one of the youngest known Glatorian. But how did he first become a Glatorian? What made him want to become one, anyway? Find out in the first in the series of Short Stories called the Glatorian Chronicles! (Author's note: GFM isn't called a Glatorian Chronicle in the topic itself because I posted this before I decided to make it into the first GC)

Glatorian Chronicles #2: Malum's Exile
Summary: Malum is an exiled Glatorian from Vulcanus and is considered highly dangerous by most. But how did he get exiled? And how did he end up leader of a pack of Vorox? Check out the second Glatorian Chronicle for my interpretations of these events!

Glatorian Chronicles #3: Intruders
Summary: Follow from the point of view of a female Vorox named Sril as she tries to get intruders out of her territory. Will she succeed in this third installment of the Glatorian Chronicles series or will she fail? Read it and find out!

Glatorian Chronicles #4: The Fallen Warrior
Summary: Tarix finds a strange message from a being supposedly known as "The Fallen Warior." Coupled with some mysterious murders and yet another message challenging him to fight in Sandray canyon, will Tarix discover the identity of the Fallen Warrior before it is too late?

Find out in the fourth installment of the Glatorian Chronicles series!
Chapters: 3
STATUS: Complete

Glatorian Chronicles #5: Honor Versus Greed
Summary: In the fifth installment of the Glatorian Chronicles series, Strakk stumbles upon the identity of the traitor and makes a deal with him. The deal is that if Strakk betrayed the villages to the Skrall, then he would be allowed to live once the Skrall have taken over Bara Magna. The traitor agrees to the deal, but what will Strakk do when he learns that the Skrall have been defeated by the rest of the Glatorian?

Glatorian Chronicles #6: New Beginnings
Summary: With Tuma defeated by a strange warrior clad in yellow armor, the Skrall army has been scattered all over the face of Bara Magna, and the Skrall named Branar finds himself alone in the vast desert at night. Here he encounters a baterra, but will he survive his encounter with the shape shifting entity or wille he die in this final confrontation with one of his worst enemies?

Find out in the sixth installment of the Glatorian Chronicles series!

Glatorian Chronicles #7: Confrontation
Summary: Lead by Mata Nui, the Glatorian and Agori of Bara Magna take on the Skrall and Bone Hunters in one last battle. Vastus, the Prime Glatorian of
Tesara, is isolated from the rest of the group and engages the Bone Hunter Fero in combat. Will he defeat Fero or will the Bone Hunter walk away with Vastus'weapon as his prize?

Find out in the seventh installment of the Glatorian Chronicles series!

Glatorian]Glatorian Chronicles #8: The Stranger

Summary: A mysterious Glatorian called Jetrupi has arrived in Tajun. Rumors that he has mysterious powers caused Kiina to believe he might be from another world. She decides to figure out for herself, but is she prepared for the truth surrounding the mysterious warrior or is she in over her head?

Find out in the eighth installment of the Glatorian Chronicles series!

Glatorian Chronicles #9: Reluctant Allies
Summary: The Core War has been rippling through Spherus Magna like a wave, striking everywhere its combatants choose to battle. One of these soldiers, named Ackar, is isolated from his troop after a clash with the Water Tribe army and has to ally himself with the Water Tribe warrior, Kiina, who has also been isolated from her army, in order to survive and return to their respective armies. Can the two learn to work together and reach their armies, despite their differences? Or will their distrust of each other be their downfall?

Find out in the ninth installment of the Glatorian Chronicles series!
Chapters: 6
STATUS: Complete

Glatorian Chronicles #10: For Fame and for Fortune
Summary: During the Battle of Roxtus, the elite forces Skrall Stronius escapes into the Black Spike Mountains after wounding the Glatorian Gelu. However, Gelu heads after the Skrall, but soon finds himself up against a foe he is not sure he can defeat. Will Gelu survive his encounter with Stronius or will he die?

Find out in the tenth installment of the Glatorian Chronicles series!

Glatorian Chronicles #11: Obsidian Among the Frost
Summary: Stronius and an unnamed Skrall find themselves separated from the rest of their squad following a fierce battle with the Fire army. They are stalked by a monstrous mutation that is attracted to sharp objects, of which they have plenty of. Will Stronius and the Skrall survive this ordeal or will they be eaten alive by the monster?

Find out in the eleventh installment of the Glatorian Chronicles series!

Glatorian Chronicles #12: The Future Begins Where the Past Ends
Summary: After defeating Makuta Teridax, Mata Nui returns to the Mask of Life to figure out why Ignika, the mask's spirit, has been acting so aggressive toward him lately.

But when Ignika reveals his own plans, will Mata Nui be able to stop him before it's too late?

Find out in the twelfth and finall installment of the Glatorian Chronicles series!

Miscellaneous Short Stories

This content block is for all of the other short stories that I have written, the ones that aren't part of a series like the Glatorian Chronicles.

The Recruitment of Axonn

Summary: Axonn is one of the greatest Order of Mata Nui members, even to this day. But how, exactly, did he end up joining that particular organization? What prompted him to join it? And what was his first mission? Read this short story to read one author's interpretation of events!

Icarax's Broken Heart

Summary: Originally an entry for Short Stories Contest #5, this short story focuses on Icarax as he realizes that he has feelings for Gorast during the time when Teridax had ordered the two Makuta to hunt down unloyal members of the Brotherhood. Will Icarax succeed in winning Gorast over or will he tragically fail?

Paranoia

Summary: In an alternate universe, King Brutaka has ruled the Matoran Universe for 2000 years. But in his old age is becoming increasingly paranoid and mistrusting of everybody, for he believes that Axonn - whom he had banished from the universe 2000 years ago - has returned to kill him. Is Brutaka correct in that assumption or is he simply paranoid?

S&T Contest #6: False Hopes
Summary: This story follows Mantax and Pridak as they attempt to steal what might be an important, previously unknown treasure from the Zyglak of the Pit. Pridak believes it will give the Barraki the ability to breathe air again, while Mantax privately thinks it is proof that someone had betrayed the League of Six Kingdoms all those years ago. Will they succeed in their quest?

Library Summer Olympics 2010: An Abrupt End
Summary: Makuta Koghi, the Makuta of the Southern Islands, attempts to take the island of Shika Nui by striking at what he believes to be its weakest defenses. But when the battle suddenly turns in the favor of his enemies, will the Makuta live long enough to regret his hasty decision?

BS01 Contest #5: A Change in Plans
Summary: When the Dark Hunter Flamer is defeated and jailed by a Toa team, Guardian is sent by the Shadowed One to eliminate the captured Hunter before he can reveal Odina's location to the Toa.

However, when Guardian arrives, he learns from a badly wounded Flamer that one of the Toa, a Toa of Psionics named Varian, managed to learn the location of Odina from him and has gone to inform her allies. This forces Guardian to go after Varian, before Odina's security is put at an even greater risk than before. Will he succeed in capturing her or will he fail?

SS Contest #8: The Triumph of the Toa
Summary: After escaping the destruction of their village, Turaga Mohadias and the few villagers still at his side are in a desperate situation, which is definitely not the time for stories. Yet Nurmaz, one of the Matoran, wishes to hear the story of the triumph of the Toa Avha. Mohadias decides to tell the story, but wonders if there is something wrong with Nurmaz. What are Nurmaz's motives for wanting to hear this story? Will Mohadias find out?

Two Tales
Summary: A compiliation of TNTOS's Flash Fiction Warm Up entries. Includes "The Curse of Vagueness" and "The Test."