It’s been a while since I mentioned
Amalgam Atlas. It’ll probably be a while still before that idea makes any real progress. I’ve gotten a bit of brainstorming done, though.
Since this is reworking my old Bioni-Lords series, I’m trying to figure out how much gets carried over/redone, and one of the things that I was reminded of recently is a set of four Spirits who each wielded a different type of sword and were important to the lore (sort of). As a way of changing this up, and making it more versatile, I’m thinking of instead having four legendary sword schools known to the people of this world.
Some of these schools will be directly tied to the group from the original series. One was a Keyblade-user, and if I have a story taking place in a world that mashes together an unlimited number of other worlds, I’m not going to not
have a functioning Keyblade order. Another from this group used a “Zodiac Style”, a set of techniques inspired by the animals of the Chinese Zodiac—I’d really like to keep that concept, though I think I’ll need to seriously revise the mechanics.
One of the schools is going to be based around a different idea from Bioni-Lords: a technique that brings the soul of a deceased individual back into the material plane as a blade. The form of the blade and the powers it grants/contains are determined by the individual soul, and I’m thinking this new version will have an enhanced level of the technique that lets the blade turn into something else. This should add to the variety, and it’s something I did want to show with at least one such weapon in the original series before cancelling it. (Plus, part of this might be related to my lingering interest in certain aspects of Bleach…)
For the last, I wasn’t entirely sure what to use, so since this is a jumble of series anyway I figured I might just toss in the Jedi Order. Lightsabers! This then led to the idea of one of the characters I have planned, a member of a group based on characters from a certain anime I enjoy, being portrayed as a Jedi (it’s only slightly different than what I was initially planning), so it’s pretty much guaranteed at this point.
I’m thinking they’ll be collectively referred to as “The Cardinal Blades” or something. Another term I thought of was “Legend Schools”, but now I’m thinking of using that term to broadly describe these and other, non-sword-related organizations, probably including a school of Mask Makers at the very least. Each has a slightly different alignment: the Zodiac school is always looking to the stars and basically ignores the world around them, so they really don’t participate in much of anything going on; the Keyblade order takes action, but tries to avoid unnecessary “meddling” and mostly stays in the shadows; the Jedi Order would have the most political presence and influence, practically being considered a government; and the soul blade school isn’t so much a formal organization, a lot of people go to learn the technique but then leave to pursue their own goals after that.
Not sure I want this to be focal to the plot or anything, but I feel like it’s a decent piece of world-building in-progress. Now to think up a bunch of other random stuff until this actually feels like a place with texture.