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The Bones Blog


Retelling Updates

Posted by bonesiii , Feb 05 2014 · 369 views

Some quick updates about the progress on the retelling of all Bionicle history that I'm working on (The Destiny of Bionicle):
1) Artists still wanted! Top priority is art that applies for the pre-Core War period up to the Shattering (first 10 chapters).
2) That is because I have decided to try reeeeally hard to begin posting before February is up, whether or not I finish the entire story yet. Assuming I can get the needed art (I'm doing some myself, a few artists have expressed interest in doing some of the others), I want to launch the first ten chapters on a weekly basis from there. After that, we'll see if I need to take breaks to double-check everything, etc.
3) Of the planned 90 chapters (which I'm now virtually certain won't be changed), there are only 10 and about a half left to write. I'm working on the point where the Nuva, Ignika, etc. have entered the Codrex, about to reawaken Mata Nui. Then, the other ten chapters will be devoted to the 2009-2010 plot.
4) Just to give you an idea of what to expect, most of the story actually spends its time in Matoran history, expanding on things like the rule of the Barraki and the Matoran Civil War. Most of the main canon plot, starting with the flashbacks, goes by fairly fast, as so much has been written about it already. My main goal is to tell a fast-paced, engaging plot that connects all of it together in a new way but is true to 95% of how it happened canonically.
Of the 2001-03, and 2006-2008 plots, in some cases there are only a few chapters per year (though most of those are at my working maximum chapter length of 20 pages). Karda Nui (2008) plot for example has proved to only take up three chapters. But by contrast, the last ten chapters will tell of just two real-world years of plot, in part because many people felt that was rushed canonically. I do show all the core events in each year. Also, I've tried to make this a clear framework for understanding the chronological order of events, so some things I don't have space to feature do get alluded to, so you know when they happened.
One thing I expect to slow me down working on the last ten chapters, which will focus on Bara Magna of course, is what threads to include from the MU Reign of Teridax side of things. A ton happens there, but I may have to distill it down to just one chapter (probably told a bit out of order from Bara Magna; I have a handful of chapters like that but make it clear in-story -- I think my non-canon protagonist won't learn what was going on there until Tahu and Takanuva emerge).
5) Art! Make art! :P
6) Speaking of art, in addition to old art of mine that fits with this story (ex: Turaga Takanuva from my story Sacrifice is being repurposed for the Kingdom of Mata Nui), and things used with permission by other artists, here's a list of things I've drawn so far for the story (all on paper, not counting the Tren Krom thing I've already posted, so far none colored, but we'll see):
-a protodite, as I imagine it would look under the microscope, based on the Protodax set but also meant as a coolification of that
-a stylized version of the Adaptive Hau, intended for the time during the Makuta's reign
-an interpretation of Tuyet's mask, based on one done by an artist who has already given permission for an image of Tuyet (Saronicle), for the Toa Empire Tuyet
-my attempt of the Mask of Creation*
-Mutran's pet rock, inside a box (as described in my story), long before it became the Mountain of Xia.
-Miserix's Kanohi, meant to go with a part of the earlier story when he is in humanoid form rather than the dragon form
-"Turaga" Ahkmou
*Speaking of that, it looks like there's a clear winner in the poll I posted about the name of the Mask of Creation. Motara, of the Po-Wahi Motara Desert, and that people apparently want it canonized. Interesting turn of events, not sure if canonization will be feasible, but I think it has grown on me enough to use, at least, in my retelling. Unless the poll dramatically changes in the future, that's what I'm now planning.
The justification is that since all mask names are confirmed to mean the English term for their power in Matoran, so "Vahi" means "Time", etc. that the Po-Matoran, who of course love making stone sculptures, decided to "think positive" and call it the Creation Desert (rather than like... the desert of death or something lol :P). It can't be that they actually named it after the mask, apparently, as they did not know of it (the Turaga didn't -- maybe Whenua might have heard of a legend of it, but it's not necessary).
Someone suggested that it wouldn't make sense to use a name from the 2001 map, because the others used like this for canonizations were all of people. But it seems to me this line of reasoning misses the point that part of the reason that stopped happening is it was getting old to use all of them for people. In real life, look at street names. Many are named after people, even people you might never have heard of but were once important locally, but then there's something that are named after trees that are or used to be in the area, and others after concepts (even the old "main" street type thing). So a variety in naming schemes makes sense.
7) While the above things are drawn they aren't yet scanned. Been having troubles in that area which are allegedly fixed, but I still have to draw a few non-canon things, and maybe some canon-related things, for at least the first 10 chapters before I start posting, and figure I'll try to scan all of what I have so far at once then. (I may then print some to color the printout, something I've done before as using colored pencils on the original sketch, if you mess up, can ruin the image, and then re-scan, but it all depends on if I end up having time.) Regardless, I think I will opt to release each new part with its corresponding chapter rather than up front, maybe with one or two exceptions. If the scanner I think will work doesn't, there's some backup options I'll try, so don't worry, somehow or another I'll get them into the digital realm.
8) I've also done two things in LEGO Digital Designer for the story; a non-canon Av-Matoran in standard colors (guess what mask he wears... yeah that's right, the only mask they have! lol -- that being the Hau) for 2008 plot, and a type of robot I have theorized may exist (as I've mentioned in ST before) explaining how Matoran work on the lands, like Metru Nui, causes repairs to happen throughout the robot including places they aren't even allowed to know exist.
The latter plot element used in my story is fairly early on, I forget exactly which chapter, but 15 at the latest, so I should be posting a MOC topic for it on BZP soon. I designed them to resemble a fusion of a hovering pickup truck and a Bohrok (the theory is partly inspired by Bohrok, of course), and even came up with a tentative name for them, Bahkiril, or maybe Bohkiril, or maybe dropping the h (if anyone has a specific preference, lemme know :P). The idea there is the theory that the GBs use B plus a vowel (a or o) for their robots, then plus a suffix. Ba-terra, Bo-hrok, Ba-hrag (notice too that "hrok and hrag" are variants of the same root idea too; g is the voiced version of k in linguistics). "Kiril" here is from the Mask of Regeneration, and as repair robots they are regenerating the giant robot in a sense.
9) Da artserzorz!


Who Made Brutaka Mahri?

Posted by bonesiii , Jan 19 2014 · 703 views

I realize this is a longshot, and unsure if this is the best place to ask, but I've been trying to figure out how to find and contact the MOCist/artist who made this image of Brutaka in Mahri Nui, for permission to use in my Bionicle retelling:
It's been very confusing; one person I asked told me he wasn't the originator, and doesn't know who was. (On deviantart.) Most other references appear to be on wikis, where the member who put it on the wikis is long inactive, some of them speaking only foreign languages apparently. I found one that mentioned "Bionicle Zone", giving me hope that maybe, just maybe, it was posted by the originator here and maaaybe someone remembers who it was?
Anybody know?
'Cuz it would be a shame not to include it. :P
I also found it in one brickshelf along with that famous image of Brutaka Mahri on a fake LEGO box -- it appears to be the same MOC?? (The box pic is useless to me, but maybe someone instead remembers who made that... etc.)
If by chance "Makuta7" (the brickshelf user name) is the creator, is that a member here by some other name maybe? There's no way to contact a brickshelf username as far as I know.
In other news, artists, make sure to check out my previous entry: ARTISTS WANTED! Bionicle Retelling Art Wishlist Updates


ARTISTS WANTED! Bionicle Retelling Art Wishlist Updates

Posted by bonesiii , Jan 14 2014 · 1,306 views

My retelling of the entire Bionicle history is fast approaching completion. I have only 15 (planned) chapters (of 90) to go now; the Toa Mahri are entering Mahri Nui for the first (rather unfortunate) time.
The biggest hurdle left for my story is missing artwork for many things. I'm doing some of it myself, but continue to have some that I'm offering for any artist out there to do and send me. It'll have to be quick now as I want to get this posting soon. Here's the current (updated from previous entry) main wishlist:
-original Vorox/Zesk forms
-unidentified Order Agent (you decide, as long as male, titan) Done by Disciple
-civil war scene? (probably not necessary)
-Toa Naho
-giant jellyfish Rahi
-Matoro Mahri's death scene with quality Ignika
-humanoid Miserix
-Karzahni plant
-EP entity
-Tahtorak on home island, Keetonguan riding

-Toa Chiara (unsure if will have room to include; if I do it'll have to be an epilogue only type thing)
NuvaTube has expressed interest in doing some things from the list, so unsure if I should still list those on the main list or not:
-Annona (peering out of a hole in the ground in daylight ideally)
-original Glatorian form of Jungle Element Lord (ideally holding a mysterious-looking orb that has a plot purpose)
-weird mutant scorpion Rahi from Maze of Shadows (your choice of interpretation)
I think he or someone else also mentioned maybe doing the Avohkah, I forget, and I think the EP entity, but regardless, I have yet to be given any of these, so unsure.
I'm now planning to do a few of the things from my original list myself, like the "young Xian mountain" pic. But there's a few more I might not have time to get to that maybe other artists could help with:
-Toa Orde (I have asked an artist for permission for one, who appears to be inactive and I don't know how else to contact, so if someone else wants to try and beats them to it, I'll use that)
-serpent forms of Piraka (have failed to find any; for now I'm just using some Rahi snake pics from, I think, the VNOG, to suffice, but they're pretty lame; I would need these just swimming in a stream or pond on Voya Nui for now (or leave out the setting), unsure if I'll have time to include "Zaktan in a fishbowl" later.)
-buildings in Mahri Nui?? It seems to be the only location in Bionicle's main plot where you only vaguely see the Matoran buildings, although the huts of Karda Nui are only briefly seen too. Weird after all that emphasis on the huts and skyscrapers of Mata and Metru Nui, and thanks to the VNOG even buildings on Voya Nui are shown.
-"razor crabs" (stated to be tamed guardians of Mahri Nui, as far as I know not pictured anywhere; they breathe water so live outside the giant bubbles, and live amongst some kind of thorny vine plant that also helps guard)
-maybe another image of Karzahni the titan, in gold armor? There's one image already I might request for, but haven't decided (the chapter this would be for is already at the 20 page maximum I'm trying to impose, but I might make an exception -- this is when Jaller and company are going through; book says armor is gold, but most artists use green incorrectly due to the rebuilt intermediate form seen in the atlas)
Anybody? Pretty please? :P
While I'm at it, don't forget to check out the BZP YouTube Banner contest! Deadline for that is Jan 30, so it's fast approaching!
If you want to do that plus what I'm asking for here, do the contest first, as with proofreading and everything I'll have more time for the "deadline" on art for the retelling. Now it looks like I might begin posting the early chapters in late Feb, or early March, if I can get enough art for that (Annona, the jungle Glat, and maybe original Vorox/Zesk are the main things I would need for that, plus a few spoiler things I'll have to do myself), regardless of the status of the final chapters.


EM Tyrants Results Repost

Posted by bonesiii , Jul 22 2013 · 1,497 views

Wayback on the old forum we had a contest to decide the powers and appearances of the Tyrant species in the Expanded Multiverse (rulers of the volcanic planet Tanuuk). Someone asked in the discussion topic where the list of their powers is. Answer is it WAS in a topic in the archived S&T, which is now blank, and apparently we never put it up on the wiki (which is now offline due to webs.com no longer offering that function, but I couldn't find it in my backup of the wiki either). So I guess the only place we ever put it was in that one topic.
Since I have to repost this info somewhere and thought it would be weird to use a new S&T topic, and it's too long for just another post in the discussion topic, I've settled on here. Yes, I plan to repost the others here eventually too, but the others had summaries on the wiki that I'll probably put up first in the pinned EM ref topic in S&T.
(Note: the links to the entry posts obviously won't work until the archives are fixed.)
Here 'tis:

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Finally, Tyrants full results are ready for your enjoyment and congratulations for the winners! (Appearance winners' names are in the MOC photos, Powers winners' names are in dark red font.)

The results will be presented in Mini-Guide style, fusing both appearance and powers. The text for each entry includes summaries of the powers (with links to entry posts with the full text), and new storyline details (especially about the mutants) made up by the EM leaders (bonesiii, Swert, and Takuta-Nui).

The main holdup that delayed the results announcement was that we had the "one win per member" rule (within each category; wins in both appearance and powers were allowed) for this contest, which presented a very complicated challenge to live up to in the Powers category, since many members tied or came close to winning many different polls. But finally we have worked out the details and have a full list of winners -- with one "Parawin." This is a concept of an "almost win" I originally invented for my own fanfic blog contests, somewhere between a win and an honorable mention. Essentially, the single "Parawin" entry will probably get Cipher Chronicles story mentioning briefly, while the actual winners will get more important featuring.

Note also that Takuta-Nui abstained from final decisions in polls in which he had entered; when the entry period was open he had not been taken on as one of the leaders yet.

Tyrants Mini-Guide

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This is the standard Tyrant species. Tyrants of all varieties rule the Expanded Multiverse planet of Tanuuk absolutely. The standard type can come in various color schemes, usually black with a color like green, orange, blue, red, purple, white, etc. as a secondary color. They can have any one of twelve superpowers. They tend to be clever, dangerous, and ruthless, and these traits have enabled them to hold onto rule over almost every person on the planet for roughly the full 500 years of history.

The top single ranking ruler of all Tanuuk is the Tyrant King; he has been mutated in an unknown way as he keeps his appearance a total secret. He rules the rest of the government and specifically the central Tyrant city. At the beginning of history, he was known to have the standard appearance.

The next highest rank is Duke (or Duchess). All currently alive members of this rank are Dukes and they are all of the standard species. They each rule one of five major towns and the surrounding territories. At least two Dukes and one Duchess have previously ruled and been killed; their basic appearances have not been established.

Other smaller towns are ruled by Lords or Ladies. The female image above depicts Lady Sulmiris, ruler of a town in Duke Mokuun's northwest territory. About two-thirds of the Lords and Ladies are of the standard variety of Tyrant; the other third is of any of the mutant varieties other than Tyrannical Knights.

All other Tyrants are always in positions of some manner of authority over all other species on the planet, most of whom are slaves, some of whom are mercenaries. Almost half of these Tyrants are members of a mutant species.

The twelve standard powers are:

Makuta of Xhini Nui: Tectonic Control
Trigger volcanic eruptions and earthquakes or help prevent them. Danger of these effects can harm the user too if they get caught in a lava flow or under a collapsing building, etc. so it's rarely used.

New info: Tectonic Tyrants periodically wander over mountains believed to house active slave refugee caves and tunnels, causing minor earthquakes in an attempt to collapse the tunnels. Slaves have as a result designed tectonic-energy reflecting weapons that can make this energy rebound and hit the mountain rock under the Tyrant, causing an avalance.

These Tyrants also often live near volcanos that feed major lava rivers, ensuring that the volcanos remain constantly active so that the lava rivers don't run cold.

Iranu: Heat Lightning
Channel a reddish-orange fusion of electricity and heat energy. Acts like electricity, and can cause severe burns. Needs intense mental concentration and a natural heat source. Often used like a whip against slaves. Bolts can act like chain lightning to hit multiple targets.

Axinian: Sensory Distortion
Slows sensory processing in a target's mind, of one of the five senses at a time, for three to ten seconds. User's senses are all slightly slowed when active; excessive use lengthens this. Users tend to be guards, slave keepers, and sometimes assassins.

TakanuvaC01: Thermal Absorbtion      
Absorb heat from environment, lava, etc. and convert it into energy, boosting a Tyrant's strength or extra powers such as tool or armor powers. Can also channel this boost power into another Tyrant. Takes total concentration while absorbing and absorbed energy dissipates over time if not used, and some is wasted during transfers.

New info: Slave refugees often carry tools with cold energy radiating powers to counter this power and others that require heat such as Heat Lightning or Lava Telekinesis.

Tyrants of this power are sometimes turned into Quadarm mutants.

Skrilax: Dreamscape Manipulation
Cast a target into sleep with a dream controlled by the user. The Dreamscape normally resembles actual reality, but the user has absolute control. It's all just a dream, however, and strong-minded people (and Toa of Psionics) can break the illusion. Users are immune from this power, but become tired with use.

New info: Assassins often work in pairs, one with this power and the other with Sensory Distortion. Accidental would-be witnesses of their actions can be cast into a Dreamscape that mirrors what would have happened had there been no assassins. This is especially powerful against targets of the assassins themselves, who tend to be on-world influential or powerful refugees, off-world enemies who help refugees, or rarely other Tyrants engaged in a power struggle.

Saiph: Nervejacking
Control a target's motion, and "fuzz-out" mental activity, for a short time. Must compete with the willpower of the target. Can control up to around 7 people at once. Can be very mentally exhausting to use.

New info: Can be used against small, dumb Rahi swarms to act as a mass Rahi Control power; such Rahi have far less willpower than a person so more can be controlled with less effort.

Tyrants of this power are susceptible to turning into Tentacular mutants.

TLhikan: Igatatu (Lava Telekinesis)
Telekinetically control existing lava. Cannot create lava. Not as adept as a Toa of Lava. Mental connection with lava also often makes Tyrants with this power disoriented on other planets, so they rarely travel offworld. Tend to work on Lavaboats.

New info: Tyrants with this power who have gone offworld too much often go insane and fail to return home, seeking out the nearest powerful source of heat to live by. They can often be found at furnaces, guarding them as if they were mere Rahi. A few who have held onto some sanity live in the rare volcanoes on other planets, especially on Promathus, the most-visited planet by Tyrants. Both levels of insanity are somewhat common on Ta-Clysmax.

Tyrants of this power are also susceptible to turning into Cyclops mutants.

Toa Nidhiki05: Quantum Energy
Beam of quantum energy halts a target's motion, even in midair, and user can hold them in place or move them around. Often used to throw projectiles. Can be used as an energy bolt that halts a target for 10-15 seconds, but this is difficult and rare. Easily reflected or deflected by obstacles and Masks of Shielding or Forcefield Control. Tyrants are not immune, and users have a limited amount of energy at a time.

New info: After use, this energy naturally recharges much like a Toa's elemental energy, from the quantum energy of the universe itself all around the user. Thus nothing can stop the recharging, short of the death of the user . It's rumored that even use of the Kanohi Vahi, should one actually exist in Aethion, would not affect this recharging. On the other hand, this also means it cannot be sped up.

Takuta-Nui: Space Shift
Freely rotate a bubble of space about 33 feet or 10 meters in diameter, including everything in it, in any direction. Slices anything on the edge of the bubble. Everything in the bubble freezes in place, immune to gravity, while the effect is on. Gravity immediately resumes the instant it's turned off. Careless users could be crushed by inverted land then, for example. Tyrant is frozen too except for thoughts and senses. Some substances and forces can null the edge slicing effect. Can't be used more than once in a few hours.

New info: Tyrants with this power tend to be Deathwing pilots, since the power can be used in air too; Deathwings are designed to fit entirely within the diameter. This enables the craft to be supernaturally maneuverable, but only a single time per flight normally, so it is saved for emergencies usually.

Shadow Destroyer: Death Swarm
Briefly revive the dead to come to the users' aid. The walking corpses aren't mindless, and come back with the same loyalties they had before they died, so users must be cautious who they revive. Intelligence and power levels are weaker for the undead too.

(Partially) new info: Depending on user's mental energy, and number/mass of dead targeted, a set time of temporary life ranging from one hour to several hours goes into effect the moment the dead rise. The user cannot cut this time short after that moment, though before it they can focus to make sure it is shorter or longer. Thus if they accidently raise an enemy, they must defeat the enemy naturally or escape to wait out the time, etc.

Tyrants of this power are susceptible to turning into Skeletox mutants.

Xander004: Natural Weapons
Form nearly any melee weapon of a substance almost as strong and durable as protosteel, such as swords, shields, staffs, spikes, claws, etc. A limited shape-shifting ability; the weapon must remain connected to the user, and they can feel pain through it. Only way to get rid of it is to break it off; it disintegrates and then (new info) new energy to make another recharges over time.

Aravagantos: Celestial Gift    
Trap anything above the planet's atmosphere with a forcefield, protecting it against entry friction and throwing it down. Heavier objects or more of them harder to move. Direction of fall can be controlled, unless Tyrant's focus is interrupted, in which case the shield goes away and it falls according to normal physics. Accuracy is difficult.

New info: Most Aethion planets don't have orbiting rocks, but periodic, roughly annual violent volcanic eruptions do launch a significant amount of rocks into orbit of Tanuuk. Enough that at most times of the year, there is plenty for a Tyrant to cause an impromptu meteor shower.

Note that they cannot affect, nor would they want to, their Cargo Star, since it has its own spatial motion system that holds it in place. Also, if they were to try to trap a robotic cargoshuttle or the like, they would need to see it with a telescope or such -- the rock meteor shower tactic works much more easily because the orbital rocks tend to cluster in a thin ring all around the planet, so the "net" of this power cast along that line will usually catch something.

All the nicknames for these mutation types were made up by me. All of these shapes come in a wide variety of colors as with the standard appearance.

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Mutated Tyrants who originally had the power of Igatatu (Lava Telekinesis). The mutation usually occurs when an insane Igatatu Tyrant uses his power, especially offworld. Thus Cyclops are the most commonly seen Tyrant on other planets, and many of them are insane and animalistic. It can randomly occur with sane Tyrants for unknown reasons, however. The ones on Tanuuk tend to be fully or mostly sane, and can remain integrated in society.

They come in three power types; all three powers are variations on the common theme of transmutation. Note that this particular variety does tend to be colored in reds, oranges, or yellows, but there are exceptions.

Skullkid: Magma Melding
User turns into magma. Most commonly this is used to quickly travel through natural lava rivers and magma channels. Tyrants can also use it as a form of liquid intangibility, or to heal their wounds. Includes a strong, natural heat resistance. But if they stay in magma form in cooler temperatures long enough, they will turn into rock -- within a week, someone else could melt them and they would reform, but after that they would die. Also weak against Toa of Lava.

New info: Magma Melders' hands usually turn to magma before the rest of their body.

LewaLew: Self-Transmutation
User can turn into any substance they project a ray of red light upon, with invulnerability to Toa of that substance or the like. They will retain the same shape and mobility as their normal form. Ray of light only reaches a few bio. They can't transmute into complex substances like organics. Only lasts a few hours at maximum.

New info: The ray of light is projected out of the Cyclops's single eye.

~~Zarkan~~: Elemental Duplication
Control energy that can mimic elements. User shoots it at a type of matter to gain a sort of faux power over that element. Doesn't work on Psionics or Kinetics unless they activate the power the instant an opponent attacks them. Can only copy one element at a time.

New info: The bolt of energy is shot from the Cyclops's eye.

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Very strong subspecies of Tyrants. Come in two main power types; the first has a rare variation however. Have an unfair reputation of being dumb brutes -- but they promote that perception on purpose because an enemy that underestimates you is even easier to defeat. Actually tend to be brilliant on-the-ground strategists. Are often guards or bounty hunters. Origin of the subspecies is unknown.

Shadow Destroyer: Acid Cloud
Exhale toxic fumes, damaging lungs of a target or even killing them if they breathe too much. Can also melt solid objects. Tyrants are immune but their armor or weapons are not.

"Parawin": Xander004: Acid/Fire Breath            
Hurl streams of intense fire or acid from the mouth. Proto-glass is immune to the acid. Overuse can damage the mouth.

New info: Rare version of Acid Cloud.

vorox-kal-nuva: Rage
Anger and rage increases physical power, at the cost of mental control (without proper training).

New info: Rage Skrall Trolls are often the most feared of any Tyrant, especially the ones who have trained themselves not to give into the rage too far, so they are super-strong and still very clever.

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Skeletox mutations occur rarely among users of the Death Swarm power. It seems to be entirely random, but many have undergone the transformation when reviving the dead bodies of Rahi they had hunted to the death, to serve as armies for them. This does not seem to be a requirement for the transformation however. Come in two power types:

CBW Abc8920: Necrophagy
Absorb powers from anything/anyone the user kills. Mutates user to have small physical traits of the victim, and their tissues look rotted. Rarely used.

New info: If they absorb more than one power, both will be weakened. The gained powers can gradually fade away with disuse over time as well. Tyrants can choose to neglect a power they don't like, but they cannot speedily get rid of it at will. They can also choose not to absorb a power even though they kill someone. If they continue to use a power, they can keep it indefinitely.

Another limitation is that if they try to absorb more than roughly ten powers, they would need to be using all of them almost constantly, and at such low levels as to be virtually useless, that they can just instantly lose them all and have to start over from scratch. As such they tend not to be indiscriminate killers as one might expect.

Multivac'sEntropicDilemma: Corpse Evolution
Reactive adaptation through death and reincarnation. The user can be killed any number of times, and revive with an immunity to that type of death. However, they are not immune to old age, and there is some randomness to the power. Tyrants could come back adapted to that method of killing at the expense of their mind, their mobility, etc. So Tyrants with this power usually avoid death like other beings.

New info: There are rumors that some Tyrants with this power have died due to certain methods and have not come back. Whether this is true or what those methods are, none who tell the rumor seem to know, although some pretend to. It is possible they have mistaken incidents of reincarnation into things like mindless living rocks, for example, as total death, simply by failing to notice that the rock is anything out of the ordinary.

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Mutant version of Tyrants who formerly had the power of Thermal Absorption. This mutation is not accidental; it was accomplished by transforming those Tyrants to make them a more powerful version of what they were, via a mutagen that contains some Visorak venom. All Quadarms have the same power:

MechaFizz: Megalomaniacal Gluttony         
Absorb energy from environment such as heat, electricity, or light, to increase speed, agility, strength, dexterity, healing, and senses. Also give off slight amounts of the energy absorbed. Heat is most commonly used. due to its abundance on Tanuuk, but is the most inefficient. User must be within several feet of the source of energy. Undisciplined users become consumed with desire to absorb more and more energy. If they absorb too much, they could explode.

(Partially) new info: Quadarms who risk being suicidally gluttonous are known as Megalomaniacs.

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These Tyrants all originally had the standard power of Nervejacking, but overwhelmed themselves by trying to use it too much or with too many targets. As a result they receive one of three variations on the same theme of mind control as well as a body appearance that resembles a neuron (brain cell). They are often stigmatized by other Tyrants for their supposedly incurable lack of tactical self-control, a key factor in the Tyrant's successful hold on the planet.

This is somewhat unfair, however, and in fact many Tentaculars learn from the mistake and gain greater self-control than the average Tyrant of other types. This is partially due to the fact that all three power varieties of Tentaculars can have even more severe consequences if they are overwhelmed, so they view their mutation as a second chance.

Sometimes the stereotype is true, however -- it's just that Tentaculars who don't learn restraint tend to fall into comas, die of "mind rotting," or be killed by unruly Rahi. Thus there is usually no third chance, so these Tentaculars tend not to last long.

Kahinuva: Infection
Infect sapient species with sickness and control Rahi, similar to a Makuta's infection ability, but using a mental link that is similar to a wireless connected computer virus. Users can learn to focus to create specific illnesses, and more complicated Rahi commands. Requires concentration; difficult to use on more than ten targets, and an overwhelmed user risks falling into a coma. Easier to use on Rahi.

Janaro: Mind Corruption     
Remove free will of a weak-willed being and influence their actions. Not full-blown mind control, slightly more powerful in females. Repeated use can "rot" the mind of users and targets.

New info: Mind rotting tends to be a vicious circle; a rotted mind is less able to discern when they should stop using it, and severe rotting ends up in mindless hyperactivity, which usually results in accidental death. Only low levels of mind rotting are easily recovered from.

:Yami:: Beast Control
Most Tyrants have a low-level form of this, enabling them to more easily tame small Tanuuk animals and control large ones. This mutant variety gives them full control over 10-30 smaller beasts or 5-15 larger ones, depending on mental discipline and experience. High-level users' control sometimes slips, making target Rahi unruly and dangerous to other Rahi the user is controlling, other Tyrants, or even the user.

New info: These three powers are very similar and can be mistaken for each other, so here are some differences to keep in mind. Beast Control is the only one that cannot affect sapient beings. Infection is the only one that creates a "permanent" bond (if not removed by some means). And Mind Corruption is sort of an in-between of the two. Also, Infection requires the most difficult, slower focus on the target, Mind Corruption is still a process but faster, but Beast Control is instant with most Rahi.

Perhaps the easiest way to think of it is that Infection is like Makuta's infection of Rahi and sickening of the Po-Koronans in MNOG, Mind Corruption is like an evil version of the Noble Komau, and Beast Control is more like the Makuta's actual Rahi Control power.

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Tyrannical Knights are a subspecies who all serve as elite guards for Tyrant ruler palaces and such places of high importance. All Tyrannical Knights are trained from spawning to be highly adept at the use of all weapons, and martial arts. They all have the same power, but it can manifest as several radically different subpowers:

Tomdroidser: Battle Song
A musical power -- the effect produced depends on the instrument:
*Drum: Increases fighting capabilities of individuals/groups to the point equaling Brutaka
*Flute: Hypnotizes target, who obeys the thoughts of the caster.
*Trumpet: Controls weapons
*Bells/Chimes: Clears the mind of target, becoming friendly and agreeable
*Xylophone: Healing
*Guitar: The most powerful, it can control the elemental power of Sonics at Toa level
Effectiveness depends on skill with the instrument. All except Guitar can be cancelled by Toa of Sonics.

New info: The standard large sword of a Tyrannical Knight (pictured in the right hand over the shoulder) can be used as a rudimentary Drum and Xylophone, by banging on the flat of the blade or tapping on the smaller guards, giving small increases in fighting abilities and minor healing powers.

The back of the left hand has a knife blade attached which can be banged on those parts of the large sword to accomplish these effects. And because this knife need not be held, it can still be used as a weapon at any time while the large sword is put away -- so both hands can be available to hold an actual instrument.

Tyrannical Knights are the only known type of mutant Tyrants who existed at the beginning of time 500 years ago, already knowing what their job would be, and that they were indeed Tyrants, not a different species.

All Tyrants have a strong tendency to be loyal to the tyrannical goals of the species, but this is especially so with Tyrannical Knights -- they are downright obsessive. And thus while they are not really the most feared unless you happen to be a palace robber, they are the variety most slaves would think twice about taking on more than any other.

In fact, many have been known to take their obsession beyond palace guarding in their off-duty hours and work long hours tracking down refugees, but only in the local area so that they are sure they can return to work on time for their next shift.


Art Wishlist, Doctor Who, and other updates

Posted by bonesiii , Jul 04 2013 · 571 views

[NOTE TO ARTISTS! Be sure to read the blue text at the end!]
Wow I have a blog don't I?!
Sorry for forgetting about this for so long. Been very busy. :P
-Huzzah for Netflix! Have watched all kinds of things, like some episodes of Monk I somehow never saw, the glory of the original A-Team (etc.), Battlestar Galactica (both versions), in progress of watching episodes here and there from every series of Star Trek (never did get to see all the originals -- woot!), and most recently going through Doctor Who.
-Some of the Dr. Who villains (and such) are so cool I've decided to do LDDE MOCs of them for the heck of it. Work in progress, I'll probably post 'em in a topic once I finish the series (new version; I'll go to the original show later). Some are modifications of (mini-fig scale) MOCs others have already made, found online (like the Dalek, but I've got an opened version too and both versions are a little more accurate. Anywho, wait and see :P).
-So, I finally realized what was up with the BZP profile feeds and "updates" thingamabob, which I'd entirely forgotten about. I've decided to use the "update" (the one thing that actually displays, one message at a time, on the profile main page) to report progress on my Bionicle history retelling, for those that keep asking me over and over. :P Here's my profile:
I'll try to update this about once a week or maybe more.
-I hope to get it done VERY soon 'cuz it's obvious a lot of you are looking forward to it, and I've had a lot of fun with it so far. Of course, realistically, "very" is defined as "sometime before New Year's". :lol:
-No, S&T contest hasn't been forgotten about. It's just that for purposes of something in the entry I was working on judging last, it'll be best for me to go through all the 06 books line by line to check something and I've been putting it off till I need to do it anyways for the history retelling.
-Shards contest -- I've been making gradual progress whenever I'm bored with other stuff. Sorry I haven't had the mental energy to put either contest at the top of the priority list. Soon(ish?) I hope to just take a break from everything else and burn through it real quick to get those polls up. (I'll be doing that first, then memoirs contest later.)
-For the history retelling, I've got a rule that as much art as is available or possible should be included to give a clear sense of the imagery in each chapter. Where canon imagery is lacking (or hopelessly ugly :P) I've been searching for quality fan art and have already gotten many artists' permission for a lot of images. But there's still a list of things (so far) that I've yet to find anything good for, and if any of you artists out there wanna take a crack at 'em, here's your chance (bold is highest priority):

-Annona (peering out of a hole in the ground in daylight ideally)
-original Glatorian form of Jungle Element Lord (ideally holding a mysterious-looking orb that has a plot purpose)
-dark-robe-obscured GBs
-best guess of original appearance of Vorox
-same with Zesk
-Avohkah (zappy elementals in Karda Nui)
-Miserix original (humanoid) form.
-a random, unidentified Order Agent (your choice of appearance, male, titan)?
-maybe scene of Matoran Civil War?
-Toa Zaria
-Toa Naho
-Toa Nidhiki
(I've asked one artist for permission for a good one, but no response thus far)
-Xian Mountain in tiny rock form inside metal box, multiple mouths
-weird mutant scorpion Rahi from Maze of Shadows (your choice of interpretation)
-Karzahni plant (woody vines coating wall of a cave)
-EP Entity (Mask of Shadows form)
-giant jellyfish (one of the First Rahi)
-better interpretation of Bahrag in protocage??
-Tahtorak on home island, Keetonguan riding??

MOCs may work too if it's got a reasonable background (no tabletops or keyboards or the like visible please; the usual draped-sheet backgrounds work fine). Any takers? :) You'll be credited (in comments in text file version of story and review topic posts/edits going with each chapter, maybe captions if I can figure that out).

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"Brave Knight Binkmeister thought he could banish me with new software. Ha! Lord Survurlode is immortal--I survived because I retained a connection with the One Refresh To Rule Them All. Sauron tried to survive in the telephone system with his One Ring--but that dastardly Frodo tossed it into Mount Dume. Sauron was lost. But the Refresh still exists, oh yes, and as long as it does, I live also, to bring my floods to the BZP forums!"

--Evil Lord Survurlode,
in a BZP interview

"Killeth them with kindness. That's what my mother taught me. So I figured, instead of trying to fight Brave Knight Binkmeister's attempt to overthrow me... I would instead give him the one thing he loves most. Bubble Wrap. Not only him, but all of his followers. BZP members once knew me as their common enemy. But now... am I just a kind old man who has free Bubble Wrap?"

--Evil Lord Survurlode

"Why in the world am I calling him Brave Knight Binkmeister?! That term sounds... nice. It makes him sound like a hero! NO!!! He's my enemy! No, no, henceforth he shalt be known as 'Cowardly Scum Binkmeister'!"

--Evil Lord Survurlode

"Yes, my new minion, you now see the dastardly plans BZP members have--they seek to avoid my floods by getting on in the morning or the late evening, or worse, the nighttime. Sauron might have been a sleepless creature of the night, but personally I can't stand coffee. But not to worry! You, my friend, will go out and enslave the members. You will sit enthroned on their shelves, hung from their walls like a cursed mark, and wrapped around their wrists like handcuffs. Even they shalt know the constraints of time! Behold, the Evil Clock!"

--Evil Lord Survurlode

"What is that you sayeth, Evil Clock? BZPower is now five long years old? So what? I am thousands upon thousands of years old! I am, in fact, as old as the ocean that I command with my floods! I am even older than clocks like you! What's that? Yeah, yeah, but I just don't feel like AARP is for me..."

--Evil Lord Survurlode

"What do you mean, I'm not speaking in proper Old English? I am Lord Survurlode. If I say this is Old English, it iseth!"

--Evil Lord Survurlode

"What doth mine eyes spyeth? I see-eth a member attempting to posteth! No! I shalt not alloweth it! Rise, ye Floodes! Riseth! ...What? No, I ameth noteth tryingeth hardereth to speaketh Oldeth Englisheth! Ye Silly Clocke!"

--Evil Lord Survurlode

"No, I am NOT an April Fool's Joke! Just because my power increases tenfold on that day doesn't mean my existence depends on it."

--Evil Lord Survurlode

"Frodo? Why would I be scared of him? He sailed off to the West--it means he died, yo! Besides, the One Refresh cannot be melted in some volcano. It would take a... No, wait... Sorry, that information is classified. Muahahahaha!"

--Evil Lord Suvurlode

"The term 'Yo' can be Old English! Yeesh!"

--Evil Lord Survurlode

"See, my problem is that I am far older than Old English. To me it's that newfangled slang those Anglo-Saxon types speak. You'll forgive me if I get it confused with the five million different versions that came out since then. Yes, you will. Or else."

--Evil Lord Survurlode


--Evil Lord Survurlode's
Kopeke Impression

"What do you mean, it's really 'Mount Doomah?!'"

--Evil Lord Survurlode

"You are getting veeery sleepy. You need more Bubble Wrap. That's right, little member. Wallow in bubble wrap forever. Say it with me now. 'Must. Have. More.'"

--Evil Lord Survurlode

"Brave Knight--I mean, Cowardly Sponge Binkmeister has attempted to attacketh me once again! But lo, I am-- What? Sponge? Is that what I said? I meant Scum. Brave Scum Binkmeister-- What now? Oh, be quiet, minion."

--Evil Lord Survurlode

"No, I am not a girl!"

--Evil Lord Survurlode,
on his power over water

"Muahahahahahahahaha*cough* *hack* *gurgle* ..... *ahem* Must remember to watch the evil laugh when the floodwaters get that high..."

--Evil Lord Survurlode

"Oh, that's an easy question. See, Sauron's One Telephone Ring looked like a metal ring, right? Well, the One Refresh looks like a ring made out of those green arrows... like on that refresh button up there. Wait... why am I telling you this?!"

--Evil Lord Survurlode,
in a BZP interview

"No, I do not get rusty! This is Stainless Steel! What? Yes, yes! They had stainless steel thousands of years ago. Yeesh."

--Evil Lord Survurlode

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Because explosions are the answer.


"While it's all well and good for someone to turn the other cheek in daily life, in times of great hardship another thought comes to mind instead; namely that one cannot turn a blind eye to the actions of evil and still call himself good."

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"'The challenge of being a Biological chronicler is understanding why Lego are using another method to sell better. It gets boring using the same ones all the time. Variety is the spice of selling, after all.'
— A Biological chronicler"

"I could convince a thousand people that the moon is made of cheese... and yet it would remain as rocky as ever."

"This is simple, people! If it hurts to hit yourself with a hammer, then don't do it!"

"A famous drummer sits down to do a drum solo, but he has to keep his solo up for five minutes. Does he do all his amazing stuff first? no! If he did that, he would loose all attention because the end would be so boring. If he were smart, he would start out with something simple, and then add to its complexity as he goes along, so that more people would be into it.

The point is, writing either a drum solo, or is like a mountain, the bigger the base, the higher it can get, and the more amazing it is. Think about it, when building a mountain of dirt or sand, you need to slowly create your huge base, then as you build towards the peak things get faster and easier to pile on. The High points are where the story is fast paced and we are reaching the climax--what we just left on the last mountain of story we had (the MU story arch), and now Greg is building a new story mountain for us."

Gallery Of Galaxies

~through the macroscope~


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Logic is the key.

I am insane. I know that I am insane. In fact, I know that I am so insane, that I am incapable of realizing that I am insane. Therefore, I know that I am not insane.

Forgetting things since.... umm....

Creativity should not be confused with nuclear weapons.

I heart logic.

Only dead things do not change. Much.

Pay attention now. Repeat after me. "Bones. Can. Be. Wrong."

The problem is, "Tradition for tradition's sake" is like flying blind in an airplane. It's like saying as you approach a mountain "But we've always flown in this direction before... why would we change direction? It isn't the tradition!"

Remember that -- clever absurdity, designed to harmonize with certain tastes, is the key to originality.


People are like snowflakes. No two are the same.

Yes, the Toa will win somehow. But let me give you a challenge. Write a story. In which the good guys win, or the bad guys win, doesn't matter. But write it with only introducing the challenges that the winner must overcome, and avoid showing how the winner wins. Just set up the problem, then skip to the end:

"In the end, this character wins, somehow."

Now, do you think this is a successful format for a story, that anybody would really want to read? [...] Readers demand that you as writer have thought through the "how" of the story.

Where is this idea coming from?


[L]et's not mince words here -- all LEGO products are toys. It's a toy company, in the toy business. There's nothing wrong with that.

[A] wise Daoist once said that a name is merely a label. If a person calls me a "nerd", then that is their label for me. If a person calls me a "human", that is a label. If they call me "bonesiii", that is a label. I would simply reply that, if "nerd" is the term they wish to apply to me, like "human", then so be it -- I would thus be proud of that label, because I am proud of who I am.

I'm not telepathic.

I don't know if this is just the way I'm wired, but I don't really think like "hey, wanna be my friend?" I just be myself, treat others with respect and friendliness, and those who would make good friends just sorta show up. And I really don't think like "well, you're not my friend, you are, you aren't" etc. Anybody can be my friend.

*revives topic, only to kill it seconds later*

My two pieces of eight.

Ha ha! Voriki myth still isn't dead? It's been so long since the constant flow of these topics stopped I guess I thought Voriki had finally kicked the bucket. Well, I hate to put another nail in the old guy's coffin, but...

Topic closed.

I Heart Logic


Ahhhhh, the sweet smell of complaint topics in July!

I think Evil Lord Survurlode is out to get me.

Bionicle doesn't revolve around ANY one fan. Not even you.

Bionicle does NOT age with its fans.

If something absolutely has to be done for the greater good, it is by definition NOT evil.

Think, guys, think! You have brains! Use them!

Logic is not some meaningless buzzword you can throw around like pie, at least not as long as I, an actual logician, am here.

Common myth. The answer is: "Yes, if you are an ancient Greek."

Last I checked, most of us aren't ancient Greeks. tongue.gif Some of us are ancient Geeks, but...

Besides, show me a brown rock, and I'll use your logic on you. "That's not a rock, it's hardened lava."

The best symbol of stone would be gray. But it would probably sell almost as bad as brown -- LEGO needed a "flashy" color, more like what Ta, Ga, and Le Toa have.

Do not insult cheese.

Omi's right.


(Four eight fifteen sixteen twenty-three... *ahem*)

Logic! Why don't they teach logic in these schools?

Can you imagine MNOG ending with the Turaga and Matoran executing Ahkmou?

So here's the question: If LEGO working harder by listening to fans is "lazy", then wouldn't they be "lazy" if they listened to you -- a fan?

You don't need to hate to say it.

Four extra letters. "Bionicle sets." How hard is that?

Actually, three extra letters since the s just moves.

If they are "Bionicles", then you are "History".

BZPers are often the exception, not the rule.



Of course it's cruel -- did you think bad guys were Mother Teresa?

It isn't like I hide it, but it also isn't like I go up to random students at college at say "Hey, I like Bionicle, isn't that something?!"

One man's junk is another man's treasure.

I had the same theory in ages past, and Greg personally disproved it.

The thing can destroy time, man. You guard those kinda things.

Brevity is the soul.

Which I suppose is a fancy way of saying, "I have no idea."

I attack my own theories. I'm weird like that.

If only books could be updated like web pages.

Bionicle was supposedly a betrayal of everything LEGO stands for, its pieces far too clunky, a horrible turn away from the more "intelligent" Technic and a total stabbing in the back of the good old brick, an insult to AFOLS, evidence of a mythical trend away from the construction toy, far too violent, etc.

It's really pretty simple:

Gadunka is one of the "coolest" sets ever. Most inventive, most unusual, most striking. Thus, he is horrible.

Of course they're weird. All Bionicle names are supposed to be weird. Show me the Bionicle name that is "normal".

You just completely contradicted yourself. If Mata Nui was working out great, then wouldn't Metru Nui have made less money?

If that's greedy, then you are greedy for driving in a car to get somewhere far away fast, for wearing shoes so you can walk at a reasonable pace without cutting your feet, using silverware to better eat your food, using a telephone to avoid having to make a trip and speak, using a computer to type a forum post when you could walk personally to everybody's house and speak what you just said over and over and over again.... At least 2000 times to account for all the possible active BZP members, and preferably about five million times -- and you'd have to go door to door throughout the whole world to even figure out which people were Bionicle fans anyways before you started confusing monks in Tibet with strange words like "Kongu" and "Cordak". All within your own lifetime, regardless of whatever else you had wanted to do in your life.

And forget speech. You have to scratch out the message with your fingernails in stone. Then maybe you wouldn't be greedy. Maybe.

Nobody would surprise me, so it's probably Makuta. But I went with Hydraxon, because he's a weapons master and it would make sense, no?

Why didn't I think of that earlier?

I don't just ask rhetorical questions -- I answer them.

I knew you'd say that.

You're a body with a head. So what?

A simple conversion is not a business plan to actually get two radically different markets to behave as if they were the same.

Um, hello? Are my posts invisible?

Universe go poof.

We All Live In An


I hate typing Roman numerals above three.

I always find these topics funny -- everybody goes in circles, pointing to the exact same aspect of the set and going "See that? So it's obvious it's horrible! How can you not see that?", and then someone else saying, "See that? It's obvious it's awesome! How can you not see that?"

Obviously, not everybody sees I to I.

They have their uses -- like if you're making a MOC that's supposed to be a light green faceless humanoid.

I hate it when I can't tell if someone's joking.

Yes, that's an excuse to be lazy.

Hold on just a second. I think you have things backwards. Mata Nui was not paradise -- it was a place of horror and war for a thousand years!


I'm a logician. I can tell you that your argument does not merely sound illogical. It is.

Yeah, that'd be bad. Next question?

We'd still have wooden ducks, no plastic bricks, and definately no LEGO if change was prevented. Really, we wouldn't even have that.

It is unfortunate that it's this way (at least for us). But it is. We might as well come to grips with it.

And I walk away in peace.

You have no idea how many times I've read this style of opening to this kind of topic, man. I must admit I am very very tired of it.

*deeeeep breath*

*shakes head madly*

Okay, I'm good.

My memory doesn't go back that far.

If I didn't agree with something, I'd try to find out the reasons for it before doing anything else, which is something I think some people forget to do and instead they dig themselves a hole for no reason.

Lol, I think you missed the point -- BR isn't going to think your forum deserves approval if he has to be told it exists.

I'm a coolomaniac.

But I like spam!

This is not a country. This is a website. Countries are led by governments. Websites are owned by owners. Countries are places you physically exist in, and may have difficulty leaving. Websites are places YOU choose to go. Countries are places you may be born in, or grow up in, etc.

BZPower is a place YOU sign an agreement in order to join. Blame cannot be placed on us when a member violates that agreement. And if a member chooses not to like that agreement anymore, they are free to leave at will. If a member violates the agreement they made with us, we are justified in punishing the member as agreed.

I'm a logician -- I think in terms of what makes sense all the time. I don't just agree -- I know why I agree, and I think my reasons are pretty sound.

If I'm breaking a rule, it's because I gave myself permission to allow myself an exception, thus I am not technically breaking it.

[A]lthough Evil Lord Survurlode does seem to be making a bit of a comeback, just like Sauron, so we might have an epic war that will spawn a novel and three giant books of a trilogy soon... but yeah...

I object to the wording of this question.


I'm A Doctor, Not A Great Being

_bonesquotes #whatever

Ever had one of those moments where you think you just passed into an alternate timeline? This is one. ()_o

Rants are based on pompous egos and desire to pick a fight. Not intelligence.

The Monster on LOST is Makuta.

Cynics are some of the most naive people on the planet. They hear someone claim things are bad, and they accept it without question.

I'm a realist with an imagination.

I blame Survurlode.

You see a flamer, your response should not be to just flame him back -- you lower yourself to his level if you do.

Let's open that can of worms, as unpleasant as it might be. [...] *I'm not afraid of you, worms!*

"Transformation" can be as simple as a bomb rearranging a building into a debris field.

Far better to be proven wrong than to be wrong without knowing it.

I remember when I was a kid, and I was just playing around, I didn't know this stuff, so I said gas prices were five dollars at my play gas station.

My dad laughed, said gas would never be that expensive.

Toa carrying rifles... as they ride their space shuttles into... Klingon territory...

Kazi [ha]s Rahkshi staffs. (Oooh, Kazi=evil??)

Take an election between two candidates. Obviously, both candidates will get votes. However, one will get more votes, and one will get less. You would be, in this example, voting for the one with less votes (Mr. Olderfanson). You see why the fact that you, one person, did vote for that guy, doesn't prove that he won the election? [...] "Mr. Newerfanson" won the election.


In general, I do enjoy debates--but I don't enjoy being flamed, no. Nor do I enjoy wasting time when I have tons of PMs I need to reply to and top secret reference projects to work on and all that responding to things that could have been cleared up with more thought before posting, heh. Debates can still get tedious when it seems (please note "seems"!) that a few people refuse to approach them with an open mind.


I didn't even spell "the" right.

Lol. I never said I'm always right! Yeesh, what do I have to do to convince you guys I don't think that? Purposefully take wrong positions or something?

Guess what? I could draw before I learned to write, but does that mean I should get all huffy and insulted at the fact that not everybody shares my particular talent? This is just absurd, isn't it? Did you honestly think that everybody has the same talents and gains proficiency at the same time?

When someone much older than you was a kid, LEGO was wooden toys. [fogie teeth voice]"These newfangled plastic things are insulting! As if there isn't money to be made in good old fashioned woodblock toys!"[/fogie teeth voice]

Can we sing kumbaya yet? Sing it! Koooooooo----oom---bah-----yaaaaaaaaahhhhhh.

Or something... Sing it! You don't even have to agree with me! Just sing it anyways, maaan!


Your mistake is that you are thinking in terms of a simplistic "formula" of strength, and thinking that can be used to predict everything. It can't--every situation is different, and sometimes a weak Matoran might catch a glimpse of a passing Rahkshi while a powerful "Toa Ultimaultrasuper" might get blasted to bits when the same Rahkshi actually attacks. You need to be realistic--think in terms of the situation. Stories are based on that--they are a "game of seconds and inches" where dangers both big and small can occur to both powerful and weak people, and how you perform depends on your brains and the time you have to prepare more than your actual power level.

Why did the entirely robotic Bohrok need teeth? Someone explain how that is okay but teeth in Piraka isn't?

Phew. Now, to post, and see if I maxed the text limit out.

Yabo! Hahaha!

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I lazy.

You can make any innovation look bad if you point to the non-innovative ways (the old "normal" ways) and claim they must be followed blindly.

But what I don't get about it is -- why the apparent desire to kill characters off for no reason? In real life you meet tons of people who you will never meet again, and they're not dead. Is that to you a problem? I don't get it -- you'd go insane if you tried to stay in touch with every random old lady that said hi when you were walking the dog...

Yes, my post in this topic is product placement. So sue me.

In addition, high gravity affects spacetime on a fundamental level, slowing time down and bending the spatial brane. Not to be confused with the spacious brain.

It would create a field of electrogravimetry that would pull all nearby matter in and then make it explode. The explosion cloud would take the form of an anchovy.

There's only a slim chance that we exist.

I love taking myself out of context.

I think it's admirable to be careful not to offend people where it makes sense. But at some point, you have to be willing to stand up for yourself and be confident enough that if someone comes at you with an unreasonable accusation, you don't take it.

I think aliens invaded already and have fooled us into thinking they are mere animals who "meow".

Good stories aren't puppet shows. They are tales of life, with realistic characters -- people -- living out their lives, with really minimal "guiding" by the author.

Oh goody, a complainer to blast to oblivion.

To begin with, I disagree strongly with pretending it is "killing off", rather than a serious story being told, with serious themes and life in the story. Characters aren't "killed off". They die.

I find this term somewhat offensive, because it implies the writer kills the character like a TV show host telling a contestant to leave. This is not a game show. It is the events of the storyline that kill the character. That term is merely a psychological shield to avoid the emotion of the moment in the story. IMO, that's a kind of immaturity.


You can't always get what you want "now now now". Your logic makes no sense -- if you want to know what's in the books, that means you support the books' existence. Yet you apparently want spoilers to go up the day it's out, so in the countries where it is bought, people could just read the spoilers and not buy the book, risking its sales going down and the books ending, and thus no more spoilers for you to read!

Truth = Truth. And nothing else.

I had spammed ten thousand times.

A good comedy is a development, like a story, not a punchline. You start with a situation, and it goes in unexpected, funny ways, which leads into other twists, to a conclusion that often can be more serious than funny, avoiding random cliches and developing enough logic that it doesn't feel like you slapped random nonsense down. Comedies Forum has this bad rap of having a lot of Unfunny Stuff -- I think it's the temptation to write short punchlines drawing on typical one-liner cliches that causes this. The 300 word rule is a good basic start to avoiding that problem.

Dude. My voting precint is a "23". ph34r.gif

And what people are saying about randomosity is true -- I hope that it's not surprising that as a logician, I understand how to be funny (though I won't try in this post ). Logic isn't for Spock who refuses to smile -- you actually need logic in your comedy to make it funny. In my experience, a balance of logic and random nonsense helps -- even logic OF the random nonsense.

I highly recommendate it.

Another mistake a lot of people make is thinking a comedy must be 100% funny -- reality is that that tends to just overwhelm the reader and come off more as spam. If you look at my Survurlode interviews, for example, there is always at least one serious theme that the whole work revolves around. The serious aspects support the humorous, and vice versa.

*strongly approves of the use of the term "bionical"*

Well, my observation has always been the opposite -- more established official facts inspires MORE fan imagination -- at least with imaginative official facts. It was really only once the "gappists" starting complaining, in my observation as a 2003+ member here, about "tons of official facts" that I saw the fanfiction community here really explode with creativity.

Think about it -- imagination feuls imagination. Less imagination doesn't -- it starves imagination.

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How much wood would a woodwood wood if a woodwood would would wood?

But my point related to that isn't that I literally think it should be FULLY sun-sized. I'm just saying, there's a whole range, from a little larger than Earth, to a LOT larger, to a TONTONZILLION larger, and it's all possible if the story team just feels like it.

*imagines massive asteriod pulling out a pirate's telescope lol*

GD is NOT for storyline-only discussion. That discussion belongs in S&T.

S&T policies are designed for good reasons, tried, tested, and they work.

Sure I'm sure -- it's Bionicle. Anything's possible.

I never understand these claims -- how do you know what "proportionate" is for that character? He's a fictional character, made out of plastic LEGO parts.

So why get annoyed at it? When you look at a giraffe, do you get annoyed? It makes no sense to me to do so.

Besides, you're setting yourself up for it. Nobody ever told you these characters were supposed to be exactly human.

If you look at an ape, would you say it's done wrong, just because it resembles a human?

I plan not to, but I guess if the site shut down I'd kinda have to, wouldn't I?

...they usually give their jokes when they have the upper hand at the moment, though, or when they've just run into a frustrating difficulty that's not immediately dangerous, which are realistic IMO. When they're in immediate danger, I am not aware that they pause to crack jokes.

I strongly disagree -- everybody capitalizes their name. It's cliche.

(I do not capitalize because 1) I hate being cliche, and 2) it is symbolic of humility.)

I knew you'd say that.

Seriously though, obviously the focus groups like silver, guys -- there's no mystery, those of you portraying it as odd that LEGO keeps using the color. This is how personal taste works -- it differs, and you're gonna find yourself in the minority sometimes. Best get used to it -- that's life.

*lets self dp*

I'm not a soldier, but I know that keeping your sense of humor alive even in dangerous or serious situations can be a huge boon to keeping your sanity.

He who forgets how to laugh forgets how to live.

I heart silver. My favorite metallic. If I had my way, gold would be considered lesser than silver.

The red eye thing is the closest thing you have to evidence, but I could argue that Berix is the traitor for spending time away from the villages, or Ackar is the traitor because his name sounds like Admiral Ackbar and there was a traitor in Star Wars called Darth Vader.

Ultimately it comes down to this for me -- YOU choose to dissapointed or miserable.

If you expected the universe to be perfect, that was your choice, and really not very sensible of you.

If I as a writer were to try to appeal to the attitude you express in your post, I would feel like I am constantly walking on eggshells. Everytime I had a cool idea how to use a character, or more importantly logic told me the character naturally would be involved in something, I would have to worry about whether I shouldn't do it as it might offend someone.

That's a miserable way to write, and I wouldn't wish that on the story team, myself, or anyone.

But one thing. Everyone expects something when they do something.

Very true. For example, when I posted the above post, I expected somebody to reward me with this point, giving me an excuse to discuss it in a separate post so as to give it better focus.

Therefore, the more "things to expect" from a "donation or whatever the heck you want to call it", the more likely we get mooooolaaaaaaaa. Therefore good.

I don't see what the anology has to do with this. "Chevys" (or "Chevies") makes sense. Like "Keets" or Morby or my personal favorite for Makuta -- Terry Mack. "Biological Chronicles" referring to beings makes no sense. And as I typed this, a Chevy ad came on TV. They called it "Chevy." Seriously, exact same time.

Oh my, you're completely irrelevant metaphor makes you look sooo intelligent.

This is obviously getting out of hand, so I guess I have to close it. Also, you failed to answer my question. When a moderator asks you a question, answer it. Capisce? wink.gif

Please do not attack people like that. That is flaming, or at best trolling, both of which are not allowed.

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4) Proto.

No matter how you slice it, sending in that money is NOT just buying proto. Even if proto is all they want, they're still buying YOUR right to be on here for free. Yall should be grateful.


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