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Wordsmiths, Assemble!

Posted by Nuile the Paracosmic Tulpa , in Wordsmithery Aug 22 2012 · 923 views

Tekulo, AZBlue and I will here be brainstorming ideas and discussing details for the upcoming epic we will be collaborating on. Therefore the comments included herein will contain spoilers. YE BE WARNED.

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Team logo. What do you think? Huh? Huh?


Sincerely, Nuile: Lunatic Wordsmith :smilemirunu:

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You can't make the first comment on your own entry, that's considered double posting. Your comment has been deleted and the info merged into your entry itself.
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I like the logo, it definately fits my taste. Where to begin on the whole business of writing though, I know not. My writing fingers are itching to start, so we need to start planning how we are going to go about this work. I kinda like the setup the LSO had for the epics relay. Of course My team did win the first version of that contest, but thats beside the point.

Do we want to start at the info the Matoran finds?
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Nuile the Paracosmic Tulpa
Aug 22 2012 05:06 PM
It was a joke, really, connecting with a joke I made to Tekulo: "Looks like it's me and you, and my pal AZBlue." XP

Anyway, read through the spoiler tags in the entry itself and you'll see I've already started a few points of discussion.

But you raise a new one: method. What my teammates and I did in the previous Epics relay was for the writer of any given chapter to send the draft to the next writer in the order; they would proofread it, then send it to the third writer while they began working on the next chapter. The third writer would then proofread the chapter before sending it back to the author for them to post. I'd like to be first in order, if you guys don't object. And by a meticulous process of evaluation (dropping your names in a Dr. Seuss hat) I designated Tekulo as second, AZ as third. Is that okay with everyone?

Sincerely, Nuile: Lunatic Wordsmith :smilemirunu:
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Hahli Husky
Aug 22 2012 10:12 PM

My shoe?


You see a clue? WHERE??

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Aug 22 2012 10:25 PM


My shoe?


You see a clue? WHERE??


Blue skidoo, we can too! 8D -finds myself in a pop-up book with zombies and a chainsaw. Best kid's show ever-

Anyway, I'm fine with being second in the order and all, but I think we'll need a bit more info. Like, what is the key information that's going to save everyone and when do we reveal it? Will it have something to do with the UDD symbol?

Also, what matoran is this? Ga? Ko? Po? Color is very important in decision making. Also, which toa are alive? Should we allude to how some of the others died?

So many questions, so little not-questions. XP
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Nuile the Paracosmic Tulpa
Aug 23 2012 11:39 AM
. . . Yeah, so can we please stop discussing what it is we need to discuss and start discussing it? XP I confess my limited knowledge of blog workings and ask in all seriousness: am I the only one who can see the spoiler tags in the entry?

As a precaution, I'll quote the spoiler tags' contents here. So come on, now, it's time to think--think--think! ;D

To start things off, I have three main points to canvass: title; characters; and plot.

Title. Haven't given it much thought. Destiny Corrupted is the best idea I've had so far, although I'd like something a little more descriptive, something punchier. Any suggestions?

Characters. We'll need one or two of those. Or twenty. Or 39.4. Anyway, for starters, of course, we'll need a protagonist. I think I said he was a Matoran, name and element not yet defined. Light, maybe? And any protagonist needs a supporting cast. Some friends, maybe a love interest. The Council of Four could be the remnants of the Toa Mata; say, Lewa and Tahu are dead? And then the Atero Eight, the tyrants who call themselves "Mata Nui's chosen," all need elements and names. I'd like to have a theme that they are all named after myths that pertain to their element; Neptuna for a Toa of Water, for example, although we can be a little bit more creative than that. :P And though the Atero Eight are the only known Toa living (because they killed off the others, as rumor has it), I thought there should be one more (Jaller? Garan?) at the head of an underground resistance. But I also like the idea of a traditionally evil character--a Dark Hunter, for example--being made into a hero as their leader. Too bad all the Makuta are dead.

Plot, then. I'm personally the type of writer who doesn't like to go in blind with no idea where he's going. Seems you guys are, too, so that's all good. I don't want to plan everything to a T, but I like to have something stringing me along, some sort of end toward which to work.

To pick up where the teaser left off, our protagonist will discover the Ignika and become connected to it. I don't think it should transform him into a Toa, though certainly it gives him special powers. As the previously mentioned "greatest challenge," I considered Teridax, but . . . well, suffice to say I almost immediately dropped that consideration. But Zaktan, I think; saying that that green cloud from whichever serial was him, and that he was mutated by the EP, would give us a lot of elbow room to play with him here. Shapeshifting, and the ability to have his protodites swarm and eat people whole, for example. He's always been a great villain, though he's never quite earned the credit he deserves. So in the end, our protagonist/Mata Nui conglomeration battle Zaktan, Zaktan's defeated, maybe Mata Nui dies, maybe he makes the protagonist a Toa first, maybe the whole city's destroyed and thus our hero becomes leader to rebuild and purify.

So there's a rough sketch of what I've been thinking so far. What are your own ideas, and your thoughts on mine?

Sincerely, Nuile: Lunatic Wordsmith :smilemirunu:
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Aug 23 2012 12:14 PM
There are no spoilers
At times I write in haiku
This is one of them

... Oh, wait, there's the spoiler tag. XP Yeah, so I'd like to suggest a few things;

I see you have recently edited your above post... THERE IS A SPOILER TAG RIGHT BELOW THESE CAPS LOCK LETTERS!

Enclosed in said spoilers are my thoughts. XP

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Nuile the Paracosmic Tulpa
Aug 23 2012 01:23 PM
There were a few points of my own that I obviously didn't make clear, and I know I have a tendency to think faster than I can talk and explain things sometimes. XD So I'm sorry about that.

I see your spoiler tags and raise you . . .


Sincerely, Nuile: Lunatic Wordsmith :smilemirunu:
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Aug 24 2012 12:59 AM
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Nuile the Paracosmic Tulpa
Aug 24 2012 12:16 PM

(Hey, have you seen my dog Blue? So far he hasn't had a chance to give any input on all this.)

Sincerely, Nuile: Lunatic Wordsmith :smilemirunu:
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Okay, I'm back after a brief absence, and just want to say one thing: This story is sounding more and more awesome. Lets not use so many spoiler tags though. I'm having a hard time getting them to work right while reading the comments.

I'll pm you both what I think, as I have no idea how to make spoiler tags in the first place anyway.
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Aug 27 2012 05:58 PM
Wahoo! The gang's all here! Now let's win this game! (One of these days I'll stop making obscure references to things nobody will understand... Today is not that day. XP).

Anyway, Steve went to college, so we'll have to settle for that other guy who thinks he's a kid... (That's actually the excuse they used in Blues Clues... I remember it from my childhood. XD).

So, in a follow-up to your PM (Because I don't think you can have multiple recipients, though I could be wrong), I'd like to say I do NOT want to incorporate the Great Being into the story. =/ Seems kinda moot and complicated to figure out. After all, this is supposed to be well after the official story, so I'm looking forward to putting all of the convoluted stories to bed and starting fresh.

(Edit: Yeah, after reading Nulie's edit I see where you're coming from. I could see the Great Being being tricked somehow or being put into stasis to stop him... though, I'm still not loving the idea of incorporating the character. I kinda like the idea of a regional upset; outside the city the nation/region/whatever you kids call it XP is suffering... maybe from a lack of resources or something strange happening like a plague or disappearances. Though, that could just be a part of the plot or maybe we won't go that direction. I'll have to think about it a bit more).

I'm up for alluding to the serials if you guys really want to, but I really think it would be hard to continue them to the point where we could incorporate them into the story so many years after they happened.

But, on that note, what should we do about the Great Beings in all of this? Did they advance to another world? Did they decide not to meddle in life affairs, or are they continuing their same experiments and trying to create new life? Those are basic ideas, but I don't seem to remember this being discussed yet.

Anyway, I haven't played much with a PI type of character, but I'd be willing to give it a go. In a huge city like this, it would be pretty interesting. Actually, I do like the idea of him working for a sort of police force or organization (it would be easier for him to dig up dirt on cases that way in my opinion and it could give us some more characters to work with, but I'm fine with either option). Plus, all we'll need is to send him on an investigation that leads to a snowball effect and then we could more easily incorporate the Atero 8 to the main story (Political corruption, maybe have one of them be a double-agent who is working with the villain, one of them is using the villain as a puppet for the bigger picture in their plans, etc).

As for names, I like Tearnu and Karattru. Also, I like Larche for the girl's name. Have we decided if she'll be a matoran or an Agori? Actually, a glatorian might be interesting, but some members might see that being a taboo love story. XD

I'm gonna borrow Tearnu as the name of one of the Atero 8 because I think it suits a toa of air quite nicely. XP

So, Tearnu; Genuinely cares about the well-being of the citizens and his subordinates. On the outside he seems like a nice guy. He's the type of person to put himself at risk in place of his subordinates. He's their leader and he takes responsibility for his team, sometimes to an unnecessary fault. His actions of this nature have won him a nickname of "Reckless Seven" regarding his number assigned in the Atero Eight. Though he sounds like a softie, he's also ruthless in battle. When he has the necessary resolve, he will fight to the death. His fighting style is nimble and quick. He uses his element of air to give him quick boosts to help him move. His weapons are small throwing daggers; he also has a set of slightly larger, heavier daggers to us in hand-to-hand combat. He wears a Kanohi Kualsi which he uses to dart around his target. Once he finds an opportune position and moment to strike, he takes it.

I think that covers one of the eight. I also have an idea for another toa that sort of foils a few of Tearnu's properties, but I'm still working out the details.

Basically, the other toa is a female and her philosophy is "win by any means necessary" and doesn't bat an eye if one of her subordinates were to die. I still haven't figured out the direction I want to go with that, but I like the idea of her wearing a Kanohi Tryna or a Kanohi that, when the user dies, animates their body to carry out the last goal the user had before death. I thought there was a mask like that, though I can't seem to find a record of it...
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Nuile the Paracosmic Tulpa
Aug 28 2012 01:20 PM
Blue says the GB's identity was revealed, anyway, which apparently happened on the 26th in due time to prevent us from using him. So very well, scratch the idea; although I still like the scene I envisioned. Maybe it's to Vezon, alone in some cell somewhere, Zaktan goes? Blue suggested the EP Entity, and that could work too, or even the Shadowed One. Really, I think the villain we choose depends on just what it is we want them to do. Of course, if Zaktan's the brains, it doesn't really matter who he has working with him, unless they decide to betray him in the end.

And I'm not against the idea of some sort of outside catastrophe. We will need to address the outside world--after all, it has to exist--but we'll just have to be careful, if we want to keep the story centered in New Atero.

(Although I still don't like the name. Neo-Atero, Atero Reborn, Atero-Nui, Mata-Atero? None of those are much better, although I like that last.)

I have a little experience in writing for a PI, and I'm something of a mystery fanatic, so I'm familiar with the type. I've heard that they are some of the easiest and most enjoyable characters to write for, though that does mean we'll have to be careful to avoid making him into a stereotype Sam Spade. I wouldn't mind if he were a part of the Resistance I proposed a while back, but any official police force is as corrupt as its superiors, which means the Atero Eight. But if he were an official detective, we could either have Karattru (as I guess his name is now? I'm for that) be fighting them from the inside or say he's an ex-cop.

I like the concept of Tearnu as sort of a diamond in the rough, a comparatively pure heart among his corrupt brothers. Only, if he's like this, wouldn't he object to the Atero Eight's doings? And moreover, when you say he's leader; if you mean of his sports team, it makes sense, but if you mean of the Toa Team, they can't have a noble character at their head if they're supposed to be oppressive tyrants over the city.

As for Larche on the question of species--at first I wanted her to be a Glatorian, but it's like trying to imagine a romance between a Toa and a Matoran. That pretty much leaves us with the option of Agori or Matoran, and personally I lean toward the former.

Oh, and it looks like we're all agreed on first person. We can always switch between Larche and Karattru as necessary.

And Tekulo, Blue agreed to Destiny Corrupted; what do you think? I'm a bit on the fence. Though it's still the best idea I've come up with, I think it's a little generic.

Sincerely, Nuile: Lunatic Wordsmith :smilemirunu:
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Aug 28 2012 02:05 PM
Hehe, yes I am aware of Blue's ideas (sorry if I didn't address them too much). I got his PM as well. ^^ Could've done without the blue paw prints everywhere though. XP

As for the villains, it seems kinda difficult for me to really make an opinion when I don't even know what their goal is... =/ Knowing Zaktan, though, he'd probably want to rule with an iron fist. That would be an interesting goal for him to be teamed with TSO, although, I think betrayal would be a must to work into the story (their history and all).

I also like the idea of the EP entity. Though, I'm not too sure what its goals would be. =/ That character has always seemed to play god in the story.

At any rate, I think we should start world-building a bit more first, and then we can figure out what situations would call for what villain in the big picture. This could also help us with our main character; what his destiny is in this story. On that note, being a PI fits for him finding the mask of life. According to S&T, the mask was likely hidden away in a secret location; not the maze. So, we have Karattru investigate some random area where he "stumbles" upon the mask. Though, that's describing it loosely. Remember how the Great Beings hid the mask the first time? I'd imagine it'll be pretty difficult the second time around as well.

As for the city name, I kinda like Atero Nui. XP Though, I think Matatero has a nice ring to it too. Atero Koro? Koratero? Ateroro? XP

As for Karattru's profession, I'd be fine either way, really. Making him a PI would make it more difficult to delve into corruption among the Atero Eight, though we don't know for sure if that's his main goal or not yet.

Speaking of which, how exactly do the Atero Eight control the city?

As for Tearnu; I wouldn't exactly call him a pure-of-heart character... Remember, I did say he was ruthless in battle. I imagine he strikes to kill and not just to wound. Also, I mentioned he cares for his subordinates. The rest of the Atero Eight would be his equals, so he wouldn't be so warm and friendly to them necessarily. Though, I would imagine he would want his sector of the city (if he has one) to be peaceful, or at least peaceful compared to the rest of the city. I'd imagine that would be under Lewa's care, and it would somewhat resemble Le-Koro in its spirit; music, dancing, etc. As for the corruption, I'd imagine the police force would be very strict. If an outsider wanted to visit, they would probably have to undergo a very strict search through their luggage; same for when they leave. If there's even the slightest notion that they could be trouble; they will be imprisoned or even executed if they commit a crime; depending on the crime itself. This would likely go on without Lewa's knowing (Ooh, side-story: Lewa interrupts a visitor's arrival, and he trusts him enough to let him through, no deep search. Later, the visitor is taken into custody when word gets out that a proper search was not done. Now, I'm not too sure where this story would go; perhaps Lewa finds out about this, perhaps the visitor is sentenced to years in prison for some tool he carried in his bags, etc).

I like the idea of Larche being an Agori if those are our options. Still, a matoran paired up with a Glatorian who has elemental powers? I like the sound of that. XP

As for that title, I'm a bit on the fence as well. Bionicle: Destiny Lost, Bionicle: Poisoned Destiny, Bionicle: Destiny of Venom, Bionicle: Morbuzak/Visorak Slash Pairing, Bionicle: The Tale of Awesome, Bionicle: Unity, Duty, Death! ... I like the last three. XD
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Poisoned Destiny has a nice ring to it. I was just using the one that Nuile came up with when first starting this.

Larche sounds more like an Agori to me.

As for the City's name, I was thinking along the same lines as you, Tekulo. Matatero is good, but I find it doesn't roll off the tongue very well. The name I came up with just removes a set of the 'at's. Matero.

The side story you thought up is good, but like you said, where would it lead and how would we work it into first person, unless Larche witnessed it happen?

Have we decided on what element Karattru is yet? I was personally thinking an Onu- or Ko-Matoran.
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Aug 28 2012 05:31 PM
I'm fine with an Agori. I'm still not sure about a title, but I still say we should world build a little more.

(And Matero does have a nice ring to it).

Hmm, true... I suppose first person would be a bit difficult unless it jumped between Lewa, the visitor and/or the law enforcement.

I think we suggested above that his element was jungle, though we haven't made an official decision.
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Nuile the Paracosmic Tulpa
Aug 28 2012 10:49 PM
(I know you got the PM too, Tekulo, but now that there's three of us I have to refer to you both in the third person rather than the second. XD)

I agree that we need more plot and world development before we decide on a title and a villain, so let's talk about that a bit. Before I get back to that:

Matero's fine with me.

Characters: It sounds like our two protagonists are pretty much detailed as far as necessary, bar the lack of two certain vital points: element. Jungle was actually a suggestion made for Larche, I think, and that's fine with me. Personally I don't think that would at all fit Karattru, nor would Ice, but I like Earth and also, my personal favorite, Iron for him. Iron just fits the PI bit best in my opinion.

The Atero Eight, I think, sort of rule from the shadows, posing as the city's heroes, although everyone pretty much knows they're in control, and they're really not very heroic. I see them as pretty ruthless; probably not cruel, though. I can't see them going around the city harrowing poor Matoran just to amuse themselves, but appropriating belongings, puppeteering the economy, toying with the --basically they see the city as a big chess game for them to play. But they play for love, mere amateurs, while Zaktan is the masterful type who plays to win. Maybe some of the Toa are in league with him, I definitely like the idea; but though they may think they can betray him, they're not even players, just more of his pieces

(And Tekulo, I think a PI would be in a better place to fight corruption than an official under the Atero Eight's control. He couldn't fight officially, that's true, but how well can one Matoran officially combat dictators?)

Tearnu: Okay, that all makes sense. And if we separate the city into four sectors with two districts each, then there we have one sector for each Turaga and one district for each Toa, so that would be perfect. And I'm liking that vision, if only as a device to help show what's going on. Easy enough to slip it in insignificantly amidst one of the protagonists' movements, I think, maybe even in some way that leads him (or Larche) somewhere.

Which reminds me, the Mask of Life: As Tekulo says, it has to be hidden, in a place befitting its importance yet not so difficult to penetrate that it distracts from the story. I'm feeling some deeply secretive sort of criminal underworld attempt to steal it; Karattru gets intangled in the case; the endeavor fails, but somehow he ends up with the Mask. Very sketchy, only an adumbration, but it's a comely seed, I think.

So here I think we have a good idea of what Atero's like; there are still some edges to sand around the characters and various details, but what we're lacking is any idea at all as to the surrounding world.

But I'm running out of time at this particular moment, so I'll move on to plot.

I'm liking Zaktan and the EP Entity. I can see the latter wanting to play god; and I can see very easily how he could tie into some scheme to control the planet's core and make the world into, in essence, a Death Star.

So what are Zaktan's motives? As Tekulo says, he wants to rule, right? That's what he's always wanted, and what he nearly achieved in the MU (and what I was very disappointed he didn't). Now, he failed; but when every atom of your body is separated across the universe, it takes a lot of time to reunite them, a lot of time for each and every one of them to think. Chances are, 99% of those ideas are idiotic; but if 1% all have concordant notions, they coalesce into a plot worthy of Zaktan. He wants power, but now he wants revenge, redemption; but moreover, he learned from his failure. If you run headlong into an obstacle, do you run into it again, or go around it? All this digression is so much as to say I still can't quite put a finger on what he's up to, but now that we're in his mind it should be easier. I'll sleep on it and compare notes with you two tomorrow.

EDIT: A night of sleep or ten minutes of thought. :P Now, it's not entirely fleshed out, but I have a new idea. Zaktan hires the EP Entity with a scheme to rule the world, yes, yes, that's nothing novel. The EP Entity plans to betray him, of course. He does, naturally. But what he doesn't expect is that when he throws Zaktan into the planet's core to dissolve him in the EP--in his own essence--Zaktan mutates. Not just mutates, merges. With the planet itself. Zaktan in sentient control of Spherus Magna itself, core and all; Darth Vader not just commanding the Death Star, but being one with it. What do you think?

And then our friend Karattru and Mata Nui (still in his head) leap into the pit too. Falling, falling, ploosh. Then here comes the best part. The final battle--taking place in the great equilizer: the mind. Their mental conflict ends in Zaktan's defeat. Mata Nui merges with the planet, and Karattru mutates in the EP into a Toa.

And back to the EP Entity for a moment. He should have a name, I think, if only just a nickname. Something by which to refer to him. A sobriquet would be all the better, because then we could use it in the title. Call him Bruiser, call it Bruised Destiny. More plausibly, Dissolution and Destiny Dissolved; Decay and Decayed Destiny; Corrosion and Destiny Corroded.

Sincerely, Nuile: Lunatic Wordsmith :smilemirunu:
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Aug 29 2012 07:10 PM
Hmm... I'm not too keen on that idea myself. Mainly the "merging with the planet" aspect. Taking over a giant robot is one thing. melding with an actual planet is another. I think it would take quite a bit of EP to make that happen, and I don't think there's really any left in the core of the planet since SM was merged back together. Not to mention, the EP would have to transform the entire planet itself in order for it to be able to be a part of the other being to make a significant body. After all, if Zaktan were to meld with the planet... well, what then? It's not like Mata Nui where his body could be manipulated; he would merely be trapped in a giant ball in my opinion.

Well, that's just my take on that anyway.

(Ooh! What if Zaktan's trying to gain the power to match that of a Great Being? The ability to create powerful artifacts such as the mask of life itself? That would certainly tie into the EP: after all, it is a very powerful substance and it has been known for its ability to give power. It also has the ability to destroy, which sounds like Zaktan's style for his enemies).

Anywho, I've been brainstorming for my third Atero Eight member. Haven't worked out a name or element yet, but I was thinking either Ice or Iron (though, I think ice would fit this character more, but I realize so far I'm fitting characters to the elements we've already seen so far. XP). His nickname will be "Silent Six"

He never utters a single word. His actions and his plans are kept secret from everyone, including those closest to him. He speaks with action. As for a mask, I'm partial to a Suletu to help with communications. Basically, if he needs to say anything or if he wants to talk to anyone, he would project his thoughts through his mask. Though, I'm not sure about that idea entirely, and even with that ability, he still isn't the type to project his thoughts often.

Fighting Style: Swift and cold. He specializes in close combat, using ice to knock his opponent off balance. His weapons are two large ice picks that he uses to climb (kinda like Matoro Mahri's tool). He has been known, when defensive, to cling to the ceiling and jump down behind his opponent (only in the fitting circumstances that is).

He appears to be level headed and almost never shows if he is satisfied or worried. Getting any emotion out of him at all is a challenge in and of itself.

As for the female A8 member (I'm thinking of her nickname being "Ruthless Five"), I've been toying with the idea of her being a toa of light. Well, I really, really don't buy into Greg's portrayal that light=good and shadow=bad. I think this would add in a bit of a shock factor of sorts or at least break the audience's expectations.

Though, that would mean her character, I imagine, would be very strict. Though, if she were revered for being a toa of light (since Takanuva was kinda a big deal back in the day), I'd imagine she would put on a ruse for the city acting kind, caring, and genuinely interested and concerned about the well-being of the citizens. When she isn't in public, however, she's demanding and only cares about accomplishing her goals, be them professional or personal.

I haven't given her a good amount of thought yet, though, so I'll have to get back to you with more ideas later.

Anyway, that's what I have in mind for my three parts of the Atero Eight.
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Nuile the Paracosmic Tulpa
Aug 30 2012 11:48 AM
Well, we could have him mutate another way. Maybe he merges with the Energized Protodermis itself?

I'm all for him trying to make a Great Being out of himself, only I'm not sure how he could go about that. What could we do to give him such power? Hey, maybe something that involves the mask. Then we have reason for Zaktan to be against Karattru, and not just a one-sided rivalry.

Here's a suggestion, although I'm not personally very fond of it. I could see Zaktan, Karattru and the Mask falling into the EP together; then we have that "in the mind" battle I'm really eager for; Zaktan wins and merges with the Mask while Karattru becomes a Toa; they battle physically, but then Mata Nui--because he's actually one with Zaktan, far more so than he had been with Karattru--kills Zaktan from the inside.

As for Silent Six, I've heard the term "cold as steel" or "heart of steel," and so Iron would suit him as well as Ice, I think; but I don't care, it's your choice.

I have a name and basic character for the leader and my other Toa, but I still have a little more thought to give them.

Sincerely, Nuile: Lunatic Wordsmith :smilemirunu:
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Aug 30 2012 06:24 PM
I like the idea of him needing the mask to accomplish his goals. That does help tie the story together. Also, that being the case, I do like the mental battle idea. How exactly would that go about, though? Mental avatars fighting physically, or would it be more like a battle of wits... of... sorts... I'm sure we'll figure something out. It does sound like a good idea.

I'm not too keen on Mata Nui killing Zaktan from the inside out, though. I'm also partial to matoran main characters staying matoran at least until the end of the story (but then again I love matoran so that is 100% my personal bias speaking. XD). I wouldn't mind Karattru turning into a toa at some point in the story. Actually, if he became the new leader of the Atero Eight by the end of things, then it could be an interesting story. That would take some serious action to do, though.

As for Silent Six, I'm leaning towards ice because I am that lame and unimaginative. XP

I'm glad you're planning the leader out. I can't wait for Ruthless Five to stick a knife in his/her back. ^^ (She would do it too if she were planning to become the leader of the Atero Eig-I mean Seven).

Also, should we explore the reason why the toa nuva gave up their elemental powers or will that be ancient history by the time this story takes place? (Oh, and I don't think I explained myself earlier about a toa who has hundreds of powers, but that toa is Tahu after he absorbed the rahkshi. He got their powers too making him the most powerful toa of all. That's why I mentioned bringing him into the story).
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Dramatis Personae


A young man with his feet on the ground and his head in the sky, and an inclination to implement the occasional headstand.

Nuile, Wordsmith

Penman of a number of BIONICLE and Neopets short stories, as well as three epics, based respectively on the aforementiond and Avatar: The Last Airbender. This writer has also penned a full-length mystery novel, a work in progress pending final revisions and publication.

More than that, the BZPower League of Authors was his brainchild, which he has developed into the Ambage with the help of Velox, Cederak and 55555. This refuge and practice arena for writers is open to all with a penchant for the literary arts.

Nuile, Bibliophile

For him to select a favorite book, or a favorite writer, would be impossible. But of the latter, he most admires Dame Agatha Christie, Wilkie Collins, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Harper Lee, C.S. Lewis, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Sinclair Lewis. Favorite books he includes in this chart:

To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

The Moonstone (Collins)

Murder on the Orient Express, Death in the Clouds, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The Clocks (Christie)

The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Lost World (Doyle)

Out of the Silent Planet (C.S. Lewis)

Free Air (Sinclair Lewis)

The Bat (Hopwood and Rinehart)

The Nine Tailors (Sayers)

Nuile, Cinéaste

This fellow thinks the world begins and ends with Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Before its birth, however, he confesses that Sam Raimi and David Koepp's Spider-Man, Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer's Batman Begins, the Indiana Jones series, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins were films more than worthy of watching.

Nuile, Television Viewer

The Dick Van Dyke Show by far surpasses any television show produced prior or hence. Father Knows Best, Leave it to Beaver and The Andy Griffith Show are excellent series from a similar time frame. MacGyver is hard to beat. Diagnosis Murder, Monk and Murder, She Wrote are his favorite mystery series. In animation he most enjoys Avatar: The Last Airbender and its sequel; Batman: The Animated Series alongside Batman Beyond and The Batman; Phineas and Ferb, one of the most creatively funny cartoons he has ever seen.

Nuile, Cuisinier

Asian and Italian foods may be his enthusiasms, but he's not above a juicy burger or a spicy taco. As far as his own cooking, he oft gets more adventurous than his family appreciates, though when he behaves he can conjure a reason for your taste buds to celebrate. By far his favorite meal: Thanksgiving 2011, consisting of Paula Dean's Indian Succotash, Grean Bean Casserole, Orange Corn Bread, Bacon Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Coconut Biscuits, and Mashed Cauliflower and Potatoes.

Nuile, Musicologist

He pleads guilty to sheer ignorance, unworthy even of being called an amateur in this department. But dramatic scores and profound lyrics top his charts. The Impossible Dream from The Man of La Mancha and I Can Go the Distance as performed by Michael Bolton are cited as his two favorite songs, amidst much of Celtic Thunder's work.

Nuile, Gamer

Disney's Epic Mickey, the Kingdom Hearts series, and the Pokémon series are the only video games he considers worthy of notation.

Nuile, Sportsman

As fast on his feet as he is between the ears, he enjoys games of muscle and of strategy. Physically, he likes most to play football; but nothing beats a game of chess in his book.

The Art of Writing

It is my belief that a writer should be above human emotions, desires, vices, flaws; a writer should be almost superhuman, something like a monk. However, like monks, this is not an attribute that comes naturally, rather an ability that must be worked at.

More tangibly, one of the most important characteristics a writer can possess is tenacity. An artist's life is never an easy one. An artist presents themself to the world, and ineluctably there will be critics alongside the fans. But anyone who knows real love won't let it be quelled by what others think. Never give up, never despond. So maybe nobody's perfect; I'm not, and I never will be. But an artist, like a monk, is one who always strives to improve her- or himself, who never ceases to reach for the unreachable. Every amelioration is an achievement. And every day a writer achieves something merely by writing, for every word written is a word toward amelioration. If you are good, you can always be better; if you are great, you can always be greater.

What matters most for writers is that they take pride in their own own work. Ultimately your biggest fan and your biggest critic is yourself, and that's who you have to please the most. No artist truly passionate about their art does what they do for someone's approval or just to get paid. At the heart of every artist is a person who does what they do because they love to do it. I'm an artist; I'm a writer. I don't stop trying to get better, I don't stop striving for perfection--but I enjoy every step of the amelioration process, I appreciate every improvement, and I am always happy with where I am, yet always be eager about where I'm going. Writing is a journey with no destination. Writing is a quest without end. Writing is spiritual nomadism.

And it's not easy. It's frought with difficulty, trouble, disappointment, and grief--but a journey without end gives its reward not in the destination but in every step of the path.

Yet I have not even touched upon just what a writer is; which is because a writer, simply put, is everything. A writer is an artist, but also a psychologist, and a logician, a philosopher, a scientist, an adventurer, an inventor, a politician, a magician, and multitudinous others. A writer is everything because they write about everything. "Write what you know"; that's not the rule I live by. "Know what you write," that's my creed. Writers know a little about everything, and everything about a little. And when they don't know . . . they read!

That's a writer's life. It's the kind of life I love. It's a wonderful gift. A writer's life is the kind of life I live and always will live. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

June 2018

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[9:26:46 PM] Aimee: it is so adorable how authors have favorite authors
[9:27:25 PM] Andrew P: You're an author. You have favorite authors. =P
[9:27:39 PM] Aimee: yes and i get to talk to them on skype all day

- A Geste of the Ambage Chat


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Some random air-head decided to be pompous and condescending and "honor" me with his approbation. I guess there's a pride of some sort in being recognized by the mentally unsound. It makes me feel special--or weird, one of those two. Thanks, Tekulo!