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Taka Nuvia vs. ToaD

Posted by Lucina , in BZP Library Jan 13 2015 · 125 views

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXCERPT FROM EXTERMINATION CHAPTER 3
Taka Nuvia had never imagined that she would be in this position. She had originally been a simple artist, living a simple life; her apartment had been shabby and run-down, and she had drawn portraits of tourists foolish enough to believe that the Day Run and Bionifight counted as a vacation.

That had all changed when, one day, she unknowingly did a piece for White Two. Three days later, the White Turaga had shown up at her apartment and stared at it with distaste.

“No, this does not do at all,” he said dismissively, shaking his head. “Come with me - I shall find you more suitable quarters. I’m hiring you as the official artist of the White Council. Of course, you will be able to take on outside work - I would never dream of restricting your creative freedoms.”

Shaking her head, Taka Nuvia pushed the memory from her mind, re-focusing on the situation at hand. The Shadow Matoran known as ToaD - or rather, General ToaD - only smirked wider as she glared at him, fists clenched at her sides.

“You should really relax, you know,” ToaD said, chuckling as he crossed his arms. “Stress yourself out too much and you might crack your mask.”

“This is not a matter of stress!” Taka Nuvia snapped. “This is about you sacrificing three of our soldiers pointlessly!”

“It wasn’t pointless. I retrieved valuable information regarding the White Council,” the General replied, inspecting his armor and idly scratching at a spot of dirt.

“Three Matoran died!” Taka Nuvia hissed.

“Yeah, and three more will probably die tomorrow!” ToaD retaliated. “Seriously, what don’t you get about that?”

“It was needless sacrifice!”

“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, is how I believe the saying goes,” ToaD told her. “Well, they were the few.”

“You’re heartless and cruel.”
“And yet Voltex continues to promote me, and pull me higher up the ranks with each battle that passes,” ToaD said, shrugging. “Why is that, I wonder?"

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Chapter 3 releases Friday - and aside from the conflict shown above, we shall finally meet the figure known only as "Control"....


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IT IS FINALLY HERE FINALLY FINALLY

Posted by Lucina , in BZP Library Jan 08 2015 · 114 views

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Click the banner above for chapter 2!

And... we meet our villain... in a rather... tragic manner.

I am so, so sorry about the wait ;)


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A little preview

Posted by Lucina , in BZP Library Jan 04 2015 · 141 views

Since it's been a little while..

A PREVIEW OF EXTERMINATION CHAPTER 2:
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Portalfig had never forgotten the time that he went undercover to root out a terrorist organization - and for the past three months, it had been the only thing on his mind. The identity of “Tavahka” was slowly becoming synonymous with his own, and on the bad days, the Onu-Matoran was beginning to wonder just which side of this war he was really on.

“Tavahka?”

Portalfig turned to face the speaker - White Seven. The White Turaga’s eyes glinted as he waved the Onu-Matoran over. As he had learned to do early on, Portalfig stopped a foot away and got down on one knee, kneeling to White Seven, who nodded with satisfaction as Portalfig stood again.

“I have missed you these past few days,” White Seven said casually, putting his arm around the Onu-Matoran’s shoulders and starting to walk in the directions of the weapon laboratories.

White Seven stopped outside of an unmarked room; the door slid open for him, and they both stepped through the doorway. Portalfig recognized the form of White One standing at a control panel in the far corner; and the three Matoran on the glowing white platform in the center of the room were none other than Quisoves Pugnat, Underscore, and Cyrix… although to both the Rebellion and White Council, the three were more commonly known as-

“The Triplets,” White Seven said, interrupting his train of thought, “are leaving for a rather… shall we say, secretive mission. They have proven their loyalty to us time and time again, and as a result, have been gifted this honor. Continue to serve us as you have, and you might find yourself rewarded with some secret projects of your own. But come - I have something a little more public in mind for you right now.”
Portalfig nodded, silently following White Seven out of the room.


FIND OUT WHAT'S GOING ON THIS FRIDAY!


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6 Years

Posted by Lucina , in BZP Library, BZPower, Smash Files, Games & Trivia / RPG Dec 22 2014 · 168 views

So. I have been on BZPower as a member for six years. First off, to celebrate, here is a little something for Extermination.

I thought I'd go over some of the milestones from the past six years in this entry, that way I can never do it again.

2008
-I joined the site on December 22. Obviously.

2009
-In January I released my first comedy, Vultraz's Diner. To this day, the character Vultraz is near and dear to my heart.
-I entered my first contest on BZPower (a BBC contest), and obviously did not win. MOCs are not my strong suit.
-I also played The BZPower Challenge 2 in the Games & Trivia forum, almost a year and a half before I would return to the forum to play any of the Mafia games.

2010
-I joined the Comedies Critics Club.
-I changed my name for the first time (I don't count my name change in 2009), and I have been swapping names ever since.
-I hosted my first Mafia game, Bionicle Mafia 31: Mind Games. It was a disaster.
-I released Tahu vs. Tahu - my crowning achievement in the Comedies forum. While I might have started my career on BZPower with Vultraz's Diner, it is Tahu vs. Tahu that is nearest and dearest to my heart. Even now I long to bring it back, and if I can find a way to make it work with a new storyline taking place in 2015, then I will. I absolutely will. It actually released on December 19th - whether it is coincidence or not, 19 is my favorite number.

2011
-I helped to host the first (and last) ever Comedies Awards.
-Tahu vs. Tahu landed on the Hot Topics list several times.
-I became a premier member, and got my blog.
-The forums went offline for six months; when they returned, I was one of the members who returned - and actually stayed.
-I became interested in MLP right in the middle of the MLP craze, and was inspired to create three horrible, horrible display names. Ugh.

2012
-I finally hosted another Mafia game; Mafia III: The Cult. It would go on to be the first in a "Mafia III" series that has, so far, lasted four games.
-I revived the Comedies Critics Club, taking charge.
-I released How to Be a Hero, my second-most popular comedy after Tahu vs. Tahu. It eventually sort of quietly died off thanks to a lack of updates from myself, and the topic is just a mess now thanks to the coding errors that hit BZPower around this time last year. I had always wanted to re-write it in prose, but I don't really see the point anymore. It'd be too much time that I could spend on something else.
-I completed Tahu vs. Tahu after four seasons and almost two years;I should have left it at that. Regretfully, I allowed myself to follow through on the horrible idea of a sequel; The AfterWords was released that December. The AfterWords eventually ended after two seasons and less than a year, although the last few chapters were lost in the October 2013 Hacking and have not been reposted. I consider The AfterWords mostly non-canon.
-I also helped to organize the first (out of two) Comedies "Expos", where authors gathered to tease projects that they were working on.

2013
-I hosted Bionicle Mafia III: By the Numbers, which until very recently had the fastest signups in Mafia history.
-I started the Smash Files blog post series, detailing my thoughts on all news and other information regarding Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U.
-Together with Portalfig, I co-hosted the Darkest Days Trilogy of Mafia games, celebrating the fact that Bionicle Mafia X: Darkest Dawn was the 50th main series Mafia game on BZPower. It was also the first time anyone had co-hosted a Mafia game since Mind Games.
-Portalfig and I also did most of the work on the BZP Mafia Wiki, although it has since become outdated thanks to a lack of updates.

2014
-I got featured on the front page for two of my epics (Isolation and Extraction), which is very cool.
-I became a POBZPC, earning the orange (and promptly changed my name to "Sir Voltex the Blue" just to confuse everybody). The name change did its job quite nicely.
-I finally relaunched Bionifight as Bionifight Ultimate; it is the largest topic in Games & Trivia, and the biggest game in the series.
-I hosted Bionicle Mafia XIX: The Voltex Constant, which beat By the Numbers to hold the NEW record for the fastest signups in Mafia history.
-I also feel like this year, I became more active in the larger community of BZPower itself, rather than just sticking to one or two subforums like glue; I've popped in all over the place.

2015
-What is coming? Well... I will admit that I've never hosted an RPG before..... ;)


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a small preview

Posted by Lucina , in BZP Library Dec 17 2014 · 123 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 Lucina , in BZP Library Dec 12 2014 · 104 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 Lucina , in BZP Library Dec 11 2014 · 213 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 Lucina , in BZP Library Dec 04 2014 · 186 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 Lucina , in BZP Library Nov 28 2014 · 207 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 Lucina , in BZP Library, Life, BZPower, Games & Trivia / RPG Nov 26 2014 · 152 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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