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Extermination is Coming



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Posted by CHRIS PRATT , in Teaser, BZP Library Dec 17 2014 · 64 views

From Chapter 1 of EXTERMINATION:

Something was not right.

“Hey, you! What’s your name?!”

Voltex turned at the sound of the voice – a Ko-Matoran wearing a black cloak and dragging a massive scythe four times his size behind him. There was only one Matoran in Metru-Nui that would carry around a weapon that obnoxious….

“Is that you, Voxumo?” Voltex asked, coughing as he stood to his feet, leaning on the receptionist desk before him.

“It is,” the Ko-Matoran said, eyes glinting. His armor was stained a light gray. “And you are?”

“Voltex,” the Ba-Matoran said, confused. “I was… don’t you remember me?”

Voxumo shook his head, striding forward and pausing several feet away.

“Are there any other survivors?” Voltex asked, ignoring the feeling in the back of his mind that something was not right.

“A couple more are back there,” the Ko-Matoran said, pointing the way he had come. “They’ve decided to work together and search for survivors right now. You’re the first we’ve found, though.”

“That… makes sense?” Voltex replied, unsure.

Voxumo nodded. “You’ll also be the last.”

About to speak again, Voltex could only groan as Voxumo swung the scythe, catching him in the stomach with the tip of the blade. The Ko-Matoran yanked it out and coldly began to walk away, as Voltex fell to his knees, his world fading away.

“You’re doomed, Voltex,” Voxumo called back, his voice echoing strangely. “You just don’t know it yet.”
This isn’t right, Voltex thought woozily. It didn’t happen like this….

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Chapter 1 releases Friday, December 19th.


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EXTERMINATION is here.

Posted by CHRIS PRATT , in BZP Library Dec 12 2014 · 58 views

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Click the banner to read the prologue.

Chapter 1 releases next Friday, the 19th; Chapter 2 will release January 9th.


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Release Date! (BZP Story Update) + PREVIEW

Posted by CHRIS PRATT , in BZP Library Dec 11 2014 · 154 views

A Matoran with sleek black and silver armor sat at a wooden desk, staring at the lit computer screen. Checking behind him to make sure that the door was shut, he let out a small sigh and turned back to the screen, tapping the microphone perched beside the keyboard to make sure that it was functional. Satisfied, he opened his mouth and began to speak.
“Journal entry one-zero-one,” he said. “Let’s recap.”

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He blinked, and then he and Blade were sitting across from each other at a desk in an office, Voltex having evidently tried a futile attempt to bring the computer terminal online.

“Blade, there’s... something I need to tell you,” he said slowly, tapping the underside of the desk nervously. The words seemed to leave him of their own accord.

“What is it?” Blade asked.

“I’m the Detective,” Voltex started, causing Blade to burst into a smile that seemed disturbingly sinister.

“Don’t worry about it,” the Vo-Matoran interrupted, waving his hand dismissively. “I’ve suspected that you were the Detective ever since we found your equipment.”

“No, it’s not that,” Voltex muttered, fiddling with the Repulsor Arm. “It’s... Xaeraz made me the Detective for a reason, Blade.”

The Vo-Matoran’s gaze narrowed. “And what are you ‘truly doing’, Tex?”

He took a deep breath, inwardly battling against the words that were preparing to tumble out of his mouth - he failed, and continued to speak. “I work for the White Council.”

That’s not true though, he thought blearily. What’s happening?

“You must be lying,” Blade breathed, his mouth hanging open. “How much do you know?”

His throat was dry.

“I-” Voltex coughed before speaking again, unable to stop himself. “They wanted to get rid of all of their enemies in one stroke, Blade. Anyone that could pose a threat to their rule, eliminated all at once.”

Blade shot up and Voltex just barely held back a flinch as the Vo-Matoran stalked towards him, shoving his finger into the Ba-Matoran’s chest and causing Voltex to stumble back.
“You disgust me,” Blade snarled, pushing him to the floor, his voice laced with lethal sarcasm. “Why are you here, Tex?”

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Voltex shook his head wearily. “I don’t really care what you decide to do, Burnmad. I’m not even certain that I can lead a war anymore. Too many Matoran are dying on my account - dying at my command. How many did you lose just to reach me?”

“We… aren’t entirely sure,” Burnmad said.
“No? Because Portalfig gave me the numbers before he left,” the Ba-Matoran repled. “He said you’re missing nearly fifty. Almost half a hundred Matoran lost in an attempt to contact me. I’m not so sure that can be counted as a victory, Burnmad - or that it should have been done at all.”

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“In a few hours, I leave to lead a small team of only three Matoran, including myself, to try and infiltrate the Coliseum. If we are successful, we may be able to win this war within the week. If we are not… well, I doubt I shall survive to see another sunrise."

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Extermination begins TOMORROW, DECEMBER 12TH.

Here's how it's gonna work:

Dec. 12 - Prologue releases
Dec. 19 - Chapter 1 releases
Dec. 26 - we're all busy, NOTHING RELEASED
Jan. 2 - i'm away visiting family, NOTHING RELEASED
Jan. 9 - Chapter 2 releases

After the release of Chapter 2, it'll be a weekly thing; every Friday a new chapter shall be released. It's just those two weeks where nothing shall be seen.
Don't worry though, Chapter 2 will be a fun chapter to come back on.


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Outline Revisions! (BZP STORY UPDATE)

Posted by CHRIS PRATT , in BZP Library Dec 04 2014 · 152 views

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So I spent a lot of tonight revising the outline for Extermination, mainly with the second half of the epic, and I must say, the odds are not in anyone's favor with regards to survival.

That cast of 40+ characters?

At this point in time, a grand total of not nearly as many as you think will survive. The final battle in particular is rather... bloody, to say the least.

I do believe that this will be the final draft of the outline; as far as actually writing it goes, I'm nearly finished Chapter 3, and anticipate that I shall be able to have as far as Chapter 5 finished by the end of this weekend.

Also, please vote for Entry 5 here!


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HUNTED (BZP Story Preview!)

Posted by CHRIS PRATT , in BZP Library Nov 28 2014 · 157 views

The following is an excerpt from EXTERMINATION:

He was kicked onto his back by the figure, towering above him. The Ba-Matoran raised his ruined right arm to shield himself, as a pair of glowing red eyes and the rough outline of a Kanohi Mask appeared in the shadows billowing out from the figure’s cloak.

“Who are you?” Voltex asked weakly, coughing. “Who… sent you… here?”

“I am the Shadow,” the figure said, taking aim even as Voltex desperately tried to pull his broken body out of harm’s way, “and I was sent to restore order.”

“You….”

“White Council… rebellions… always making a mess of the universe.” The figure said darkly. “A mess that I’ve got to clean up. Your greatest fear… you truly believe that you are the center of the universe? That you alone may throw this universe out of balance? Do you believe that so many should fall at your command?”

Voltex’s head hit the ground hard as he collapsed, weak and out of breath.
“As if they had never existed.” The figure said, pointing the rust cannon right at him. “Your punishment, then, is to no longer exist.”

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The above is but a small portion of a scene that I've had in my head for a long time - and that I just finished writing. We'll see if the final product stands up in the eyes of you readers, but I like to think that it's a pretty big moment.

And perhaps... it might be exactly what you don't expect?


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I'm gonna be honest

Posted by CHRIS PRATT , in BZP Library, Life, BZPower, Games & Trivia Nov 26 2014 · 101 views

I started working in a call center on October 20th (well, training, at least. I started on the floor two weeks later). I appear to be at least half-decent at the job - I'm an inbound CSR for things like home heating, cooling, sometimes plumbing + drains, sometimes water heaters, sometimes other things. Most of my newbie teammates get spoken to about their lack of sales or quality on a daily basis (or still don't know what they're doing) while I, in contrast, have been told once or twice that I am "doing alright".

I am okay with this. I'm averaging one sale a day and that seems to keep people off my back.

BUT.

I have been dealing with more stupid people these past few weeks than ever before in my life, and I have noticed it leaking (well, more like flooding) into my interactions everywhere else. While at home it is easy to avoid (I can just go into my room, after all) and it's easy to bottle it in at the YMCA (since I'm only there for 1-2 hours at a time anyway), I have noticed that's having an effect on me with regards to BZP - so if I've seemed overly harsh or whatever, I do apologize. They say that the first step to fixing a problem is to admit that you have one? So I will be doing my best to solve this.

This plays into the whole "I have too much on my plate" right now; I started this job, did NaNo, hosted Mafia XVIII, posted Book 2, started planning + writing Extermination, hosted Mafia XIX, hosted Bionifight, organized a variety of projects with different members, and started planning for future IRL stuff too (which would take too long to get into with this entry). So I'm doing my best to scale back, and hopefully that will help. In the meantime, I shall try to not let this newly negative-ized attitude of mine continue (or at least not let it continue affecting interactions here).

In other news, my boss at the YMCA might be looking for a "team lead" person for the days/nights that she's not in to sort of take on her role; I'm really hoping that I can claim that position, because it might give me enough hours to warrant leaving the call center. Plus, I've always enjoyed (and subsequently done better with) positions of responsibility like that. :)

Anyway that's my whole "insight into life" post for tonight. Looking back, I realize that I said I was going to start doing posts like this on a weekly/monthly basis but kind of stopped. Oh well.


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THE TITLE! (BZP Story Update 3)

Posted by CHRIS PRATT , in BZP Library Nov 25 2014 · 198 views

One year ago, we barely survived isolation....

And once we were free, we achieved extraction.

Then, we started an uprising. We rose up against the tyrants, taking the battle to them.

For a year, we have been at war.

But now....

Now, we are vanishing, one by one.

Now, we are being hunted.

Now, it is
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Extermination begins Friday December 19th.


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THE CAST! (BZP Story Update 2)

Posted by CHRIS PRATT , in BZP Library Nov 24 2014 · 221 views

Here it is, everyone!

The Cast of [TITLE REDACTED]
1 - Luroka/Kumadu - AIR
2 - Ehks - LIGHT
3 - JiMing - FIRE
4 - Portalfig - EARTH
5 - Shadowhawk - SHADOW
6 - Zakaro - EARTH
7 - Pulse - PLASMA
8 - Chro - SONICS
9 - Blade - LIGHTNING
10 - Kayn - ICE
11 - TBK - STONE
12 - Voxumo - ICE
13 - Voltex - GRAVITY
14 - Unit - MAGNETISM
15 - Taka Nuvia - LIGHT
16 - Burnmad - FIRE
17 - Xaeraz - IRON
18 - RG - PLASMA
19 - Fishers64 - ICE
20 - Vinylstep - SONICS
21 - Valendale - ICE
22 - Fighty - ???
23 - Elittra - LIGHTNING
24 - Kante - ICE
25 - Quisoves Pugnat - GRAVITY
26 - Underscore - EARTH
27 - Shadow Ignited - PSIONICS
28 - ToaD - SHADOW
29 - Cyrix - LIGHTNING
30 - Chambliss - FIRE
31 - Smoke Monster - LIGHT
32 - Tekulo - PLANTLIFE
33 - Aiwendil - SONICS
34 - Rider of Kikinalo/Rider - LIGHT
35 - Letagi - PLANTLIFE
36 - JMJ - WATER
37 - Pohatu: Master of Stone - STONE
38 - Ghidora - WATER
39 - Aeron - AIR
40 - ?Unknown? - ?SHADOW?

Of this cast, eight shall be narrators in the story! Some might be easy guesses; others, I guarantee you, will not. Who is the mysterious 40th character? And can I somehow fit this many characters into one epic?

The answer to the latter is yes - and the answer to the former is, "you'll find out later".

Tomorrow, the title shall be revealed.


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OUTLINING (BZP Story Update 1)

Posted by CHRIS PRATT , in BZP Library Nov 24 2014 · 69 views

I have completed the outline for the story that I've had members signing up for the past several days. :) The prologue is also complete; I'll probably go over it soon just to make sure it's good before I start writing the rest of the story.

Within the next few days, I'll be posting the full cast list for the story; and after that, the title shall be officially revealed!


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Join a BZPower story!

Posted by CHRIS PRATT , in BZP Library Nov 22 2014 · 327 views

Are you interested in being a character? Then fill out this form: (and if you'd like, check the previous signup entry) I'm planning for this story to be released mid-December.

Name: (Self-explanatory; I'd prefer your display name, or most commonly known variant)
Gender: (Also self-explanatory, I think. This can be anything - what you personally identify as, or what you'd like the character to identify as)
Element 1: (This is your preferred element; canon Matoran/Toa elements only, please) >> to those who have signed up before (you know who you are), this field will remain the same.
Element 2: (If I find that too many people have the same element above, I'll look at this one)
Other: (Any additional info you want to include; keep in mind that I will use the stuff here as a basis of inspiration, not as actual backstory)

Remaining Roles I'm Looking For
The Agents: These characters will serve another, more neutral faction in the story (Note that you would like to be one; this is for anyone)
Secret Person: Anyone new can apply for their character to be this as well; out of everyone who wants this role, I will select one. (Note that you would like to be this; only for new signups)


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THESE ARE THE MEMBERS CURRENTLY SIGNED UP; THERE IS NO LIMIT!!
1 - Luroka/Kumadu - AIR
2 - Ehks - LIGHT
3 - JiMing - FIRE
4 - Portalfig - EARTH
5 - Shadowhawk - SHADOW
6 - Zakaro - EARTH
7 - Pulse - PLASMA
8 - Chro - SONICS
9 - TBK - STONE
10 - Voxumo - ICE
11 - Voltex - GRAVITY
12 - Unit - MAGNETISM
13 - Taka Nuvia - LIGHT
14 - Burnmad - FIRE
15 - Xaeraz - IRON
16 - RG - PLASMA
17 - Fishers/Agent 64 - ICE
18 - Quisoves Pugnat - GRAVITY (Triplet)
19 - Underscore - EARTH (Triplet)
20 - Shadow Ignited - PSIONICS
21 - ToaD - SHADOW (General)
22 - Cyrix - LIGHTNING (Triplet)
23 - Chambliss - FIRE (Assistant)
24 - Smoke Monster - LIGHT
25 - Tekulo - PLANTLIFE
26 - Aiwendil - SONICS
27 - Rider of Kikinalo/Rider - LIGHT
28 - Letagi - PLANTLIFE
29 - Blade - LIGHTNING
30 - JMJ - WATER
31 - Pohatu: Master of Stone - STONE
31 - Vinylstep - SONICS






What a Link

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We're not teaching university science classes here, we're playing a text based fighting game where the objective is to beat your opponents into oblivion.

Get back in your grave, you.

*Slaps with tombstone*

Also, what pay are you gonna get as iBrow's slave?

Chro suddenly developed arachnophobia.

explain it with a convoluted quadruple negative.

Although everyone should go sign up for that game now.
And tell your friends.
And your moms.
Maybe not that last bit.

Poor Lhikan. Demoted from riding on top of an awesome Rahi to being packed in with a bunch of batteries as an afterthought.

However, this does not mean we no longer want to kill the rest of you for evading death. In fact, we would like to destroy you all, because we feel like it and we're the bad guys, the latter of which we only just realised.

...You guys didn't realize we were the villains all along?

You thought I was a good guy? ? ?

A
Z
A
Z
MY NAME IS RIGHT THERE

None of us are actually competent. We run around like headless chickens, if headless chickens were capable of wielding assault rifles and broadswords.

Man
I'm gonna bluff you guys so hard you won't even know that I'm bluffing
Or maybe you will
Except
It'll be a quadruple bluff



How is Chro's arms still on fire though? I bet Burnmad has something to do with it.

It's linked to Voltex's everlasting, endless fury.

MY RETRIBUTION IS SWIFT AND VICIOUS, LIKE A WET KOALA STRAPPED TO A METEOR

Powah

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Amiibo Collection

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1. Mario - OWNED
2. Peach - SUSPECTED PRESENT
3. Yoshi - SUSPECTED PRESENT
4. Donkey Kong
5. Samus - OWNED
6. Link
7. Pikachu - SUSPECTED PRESENT
8. Kirby - OWNED
9. Villager - OWNED
10. Wii Fit Trainer - OWNED
11. Marth - OWNED
12. Fox - OWNED
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13. Luigi - ORDERED; SHIPPING
14. Diddy Kong - ORDERED; SHIPPING
15. Zelda - OWNED
16. Pit
17. Little Mac - OWNED
18. Captain Falcon - PREORDERED
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19. Bowser
20. Rosalina - PREORDERED
21. Sheik
22. Toon Link
23. Lucario
24. King Dedede
25. Meta Knight - PREORDERED
26. Ike
24. Shulk - PREORDERED
25. Mega Man
26. Sonic

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2014 in Film

1. The LEGO Movie
2. Mr. Peabody & Sherman
3. Neighbors
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
5. Transcendence
6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
7. X-Men: Days of Future Past
8. How to Train Your Dragon 2
9. Edge of Tomorrow
10. 22 Jump Street
11. Transformers: Age of Extinction
12. Guardians of the Galaxy
13. Hercules
14. Lucy
15. The Maze Runner
16. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
17. Fury
18. Big Hero 6
19. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
20: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies