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Revising the Backstory

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jan 05 2016 · 98 views
Divine Strength
Okay, if I’m going to rework Divine Strength, the backstory’s probably a good place to start.

Now, the idea had always been that the Queens didn’t always exist. I mean, their goddess forms more or less always did, but they lived in an ethereal realm separate from the material one, and humans knew about them through occasional visions and such. At some point the two realms started to merge, bringing magic to the material realm. Eventually, this process resulted in the goddesses appearing in the material realm, but since they had no material bodies they would have dissipated and died if not for being placed within the Crowns. This is where the age of the Queens began.

I was also going with the idea that the Queens initially waged frequent wars with each other, leaving the land in a very chaotic state and possibly leaving much of the landscape devastated. At some point, they came together and established a truce which has persisted up to the time the story is set to start. But, I guess I never really put much thought into why they made such a huge change…so, combining this with a desire to try out some other non-Queen related magical creatures, I have an idea.

What seems most logical is that there was something so dangerous that the Queens knew they had to work together to defeat it, and the age of peace arose in the wake of that. So, some sort of magical creature was unleashed! The idea right now is that four terrible creatures appeared: one from the north, one from the south, one from the west, and one from the east. (Not entirely sure what kind of creature…my first thought was serpents, but that might be a bit too obvious. Now I’m tossing together weird hybrids and seeing how that goes.) These creatures thrived on the chaos the Queens were engulfing the world in, and so they advanced upon this land and turned chaos into utter ruin. Now, this could range from just destroying things to literally consuming reality as they advanced, I haven’t decided yet. The Queens are unable to stop the creatures on their own, and so decide the only way they can prevail is by working together. Luring the four monsters to one spot at the center of the region ruled by Queens, the monarchs combined their powers in a fateful battle, eventually slaying the creatures!

…But, for a little more intrigue, maybe the Queens weren’t able to totally kill the creatures, probably because they were born from the primal force of destruction that can never be truly destroyed or something. (“You cannot destroy me, for I am nothing” and all that.) So the Queens dragged the fallen creatures back to the four edges of their region and sealed them away—the Queen of the Sea trapped the western creature at the bottom of the ocean; the Queen of Fire plunged the creature from the east into a massive volcano; the Queen of Ice froze the northern creature in a mountain cave so cold that only those born of magic could endure it; and the fourth creature was lost to the southern forests, its location known only by the Queen of Nature. The Queens agreed that they must cease their senseless violence, knowing it would only give new life to the four wretched creatures. (They need a group name…The Ruinous?) A truce was called, symbolized by a neutral meeting place being built on the grounds where the creatures were slain—the Hall of Ether, a place filled with magic that made violence within its walls totally impossible. The Queens began to rebuild the world, and the creatures passed into legend.

Now, a concern of mine here is that, if these super evil creatures are around, I feel like there will be an expectation that they’ll all be revived or something for the plot/climax. And, I don’t want them to totally override the plot, though they’ll probably become relevant somehow. Plus the abomination-sounding names I’m coming up with at the moment might be a little too silly. (Norsklantal, Sojethalat, Esvayila, Wezgyan…it’s hard coming up with something that has few/no Google results…)

I am starting to like the sound of “The Ruinous”, though…


First New Story of the Year

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jan 02 2016 · 89 views

I mentioned that I wanted to try writing a new epic this year--right now I'm thinking of using the title "Guiding Principles", but I dunno, I might change it...anyway, I've been trying to work out characters for it in my stories Towards No End and Malleable, but the Toa in these pieces still need someone to lead them.

The new story, Pillar and Pedestal introduces Toa Phoeba, though I feel like I might need to work on her a little more before I really start the epic. It refers back to the other two stories, but you don't need to have read them to read this one. (At least, that's my intention.)

Now to work out how I want to structure the epic...



Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jan 01 2016 · 89 views

You remember Bionicle Heroes? That was fun. I mean, it’s kind of a terrible game, sure, but it was still fun to explore Voya Nui and blow it up and stuff.

After I beat the game I put it down for a while, until a few years later I picked it up again in a quest for 100% completion. I emptied out the shop, upgraded all the Toa, and combed through every zone, smashing tons of enemies and collecting every canister I could find. It was magnificent…until I couldn’t figure out how to get the last Golden Canister in the second jungle level. I triggered the black constraction with Vezon, but I couldn’t figure out what it unlocked. I looked at the 99% on my file, sighed, and moved on.

But recently, I was perusing some videos of the game on YouTube, and the truth was discovered! This particular player was replaying the levels as well, and this was one of the few canisters they hadn’t gotten and they too had difficulty finding the path, so I feel much better about the whole thing. Anyway, I dug out my PS2 on Christmas and finally captured that final Canister! (Sidenote: I am way too accustomed to HD, I could barely see a thing.) It was the absolute last thing I needed, so 100% achieved, right?

…No, the 100% achievement wasn’t given to me. So, I replayed the Vezon battle! The results screen initially showed the achievement as unlocked, then produced a locked icon that it then threw onto the board where that particular achievement was. Wow.

So I’m not really sure what happened, I guess I’ve encountered a glitch or something, but I know in my heart that, after nine years, I’ve finally 100% completed this game, even if the game itself refuses to admit it.


Looking Back: 2015

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 31 2015 · 79 views

This year freaking sucked.

But, the real point of this entry is to catalogue which new series I started following this year, so let’s just get on with that.

-Bionicle Generation 2: Surprise surprise. I mean, sure I have some complaints, but I like the general feel and am optimistic about the future.

-Fire Emblem: I played Awakening early this year and could not put it down. We’ll see what happens with Fates I guess.

-Cromartie High School: My sister had been telling me to watch this for about a year, and I finally felt like sitting down and marathoning it. (Each episode is about 11 minutes, there are 26 total, it’s an easy one-sitting anime). My gosh. It took me quite a while to get acclimated since the whole point of the show is totally absurd humor—it has the strangest opening of anything I’ve ever seen, and I play Kingdom Hearts! Once I was warmed up, though, I enjoyed it thoroughly. It was definitely worth the time.

-Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun: This one I came to like much more quickly since I enjoy seeing tropes called out and made fun of, and possibly because I related to the characters a bit more. The super-catchy opening certainly helps.

-One-Punch Man: Everyone kept singing its praises and I thought it might be nice to watch something popular while it’s airing, so I caught up about half-way through the season. (Of course, I still need to catch up on the rest…) There are some funny bits, some cool stuff…I’m definitely invested, but with how popular it is I can’t help but feel like I was supposed to be more into it than I currently am. Might just be a case of overhype setting my expectations too high, so I’m trying not to be too hard on it. I really should finish it.

-Dragon Ball Super: Yes, at the moment it’s just rewriting the past two movies, but it’s still been a lot of fun to watch, even with only minimal changes. Also my parakeet really enjoys the opening. I’m really looking forward to the next arc when we get totally new material—what we’ve been told about it so far is looking interesting.

-While I technically started watching Steven Universe last year, it was this year that I really got into it. It’s a good show. Lots of super cool magical people with interesting powers, and it does subtle foreshadowing in a masterful way. (Though, after the plot twisting nonsense I’m used to I might just be easily impressed when things actually make sense.)

-It’s kind of cheating but I have to mention Star Wars Episode VII because my gosh I love it. I got a ways into the movie before deciding whether I liked it or not, but I like it, I definitely like it. I’m sure it’s still too soon to go into the details, but…go see it.


Yesterday Was A Good Day

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 30 2015 · 109 views

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Mm-hm. Pretty good.


Tides, Comforts, Joys

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 25 2015 · 135 views

Merry Christmas!*

*If you celebrate something else, have a happy one of those!**

**If you don’t celebrate anything, then have a nice day-before-Boxing-Day!***

***Seriously, what is Boxing Day?


Decisions Are Hard

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 21 2015 · 112 views
Divine Strength
Between how long it’s been since I last worked on it and what changes I’ve made since then, I think I’m going to try going back to the beginning of Divine Strength and just start over. I mean, a lot of it will probably still be taken directly from the current draft, but…well, maybe this’ll help me do a little better.

I’m still not sure what to do about Light’s hair color, though. My previous idea was that the color was determined by her age—it starts red, then turns orange as she gets a little older, then yellow, and so on down the visible spectrum, ultimately becoming purple right before her death. I can’t help but feel that’s a little silly, but I like the idea of her hair color changing with age, so I thought maybe the color stays the same as the body’s natural color, but the shade starts out brighter and eventually darkens. So, if the woman had black hair, upon becoming Queen of Light it would become very light gray, and then darken progressively until it becomes pitch-black near the end of her life. But…I’m not sure about this either. I feel like it’s weird to put so much thought into this little aspect, but it’s something I really want to get figured out.

If I’m starting over, I’m also considering changing the result of the early battle between the Queen of Light and Riniyon. This is where Riniyon reveals he can sever the bond between the Queen and her Crown, but in the current draft she’s able to retrieve it before he escapes. Now, I’m wondering if the story might be more interesting if she can’t retrieve it and Riniyon ends up stealing the Crown and running away. This would lead to a lot of people questioning if she really is still the Queen of Light—both in the sense of who she is and if she’s qualified to continue ruling Bivor. It would also provide Riniyon with a chance to study a Crown up close, which he could use to craft new spells for fighting the Queens and make him more of a threat. Still…I’m hesitant. It might make it feel like this story about Queens isn’t actually following a Queen.

As for making Riniyon more of a threat, I feel like that’s really something I should explore. Up until now he’s been some bumbling angry fool who just got lucky, and I’m increasingly worried that destroys any chance for tension. So maybe he’ll actually be a rather powerful sorcerer? Or, since it still could be hard to justify a human being able to battle the half-goddess Queens, maybe Riniyon could be…something else? Looking back, the magical aspects of this supposed fantasy story are actually very limited, so it might be worth my time to explore some additional magical beings and such.

And, another slightly minor concern, the queendom of Roche. The name made the most sense when it was ruled over by the Queens of the Land and Gravity, since it’s a reference to concepts about gravitational pull and orbits. Now that the queendom is ruled by the Queens of the Land and the Sky, however, the name seems less applicable…though, I’ve been using it so much I’m quite attached to it, and I thought it might have some thematic applications to the flaws and conflicts between these Queens. I might be overthinking it—the chances of people caring that much about the name of the queendom are probably lower than I’m worrying.

Gee, it’ll be a miracle if this ever actually becomes a thing.


O579 Announcement

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 19 2015 · 140 views

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Strike of the Hour introduced a new character into the Okoto 579 universe: Max, the Ice Region blacksmith who discovered the secret to becoming a Mask Maker. The person who designed this character, Karios, is currently writing a spin-off story featuring Max making his first journey across the island, exploring new lands and distributing his masks to villagers far and wide. When the story is complete I'll be posting a link to it, so please be on the lookout!


Since I Can't Really Talk About Episode VII

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 19 2015 · 114 views

For some reason I got to thinking "If the Seven Guardians of Light for Kingdom Hearts III were Star Wars movies, who would be which movie?" The answer may shock you!

-Ventus would be Episode I, because they tried to recapture something classic but the result kinda just sucked
-Lea would be Episode II, because of his half-baked romance subplot
-Aqua would be Episode III, because while not universally loved it is generally accepted this is the best thing that came out of the prequel
-Mickey would be Episode IV, because iconic
-Sora would be Episode V, because also iconic
-Kairi would be Episode VI, because while classic it can also be a little divisive
-Riku would be Episode VII, because you’re not sure at first but then you start thinking this might actually be the best one

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