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Children's Card Games

Posted by Mahou Shoujo Mega Man , May 05 2014 · 225 views

Okay so I was cleaning my room and found that little lore booklet that came with one of the old Bionicle card games.  I’m curious to see just how much was dropped/retconned/etc.
 
“Once a paradise, the island of Mata Nui has become a place of darkness and fear, ruled by the evil Makuta.  But the islanders, known as Tohunga[…]”
 
Well that didn’t take long.
 
“Onua, the Earth Toa, watches over the land and intervenes to restore balance when it is threatened.”
 
Onua is Zygarde’s new form for Pokémon Z it’s confirmed
 
“Tahu, spirit of fire, is the oldest of the Toa, having been created when the planet was forming.”
 
When the planet was forming?  Well…sorta…
 
“With his fire sword, Tahu keeps the lava moving towards the ocean, much to the annoyance of his rival, Gali.”
 
Tahu u little brat
 
“Lewa, the youngest of the six Toa, is the spirit of air.”
 
They have been hanging on to that for quite some time, haven’t they…
 
“The Tohunga believe [Gali] is the sustainer of life, and worship her more than any of the others.”
 
Gali 4 fav goddess
 
They reversed the image of Kopaka in here.  I could maybe deal with the sword and shield being on the wrong hands, but seeing the Akaku mirrored is just…*shudder*
 
“They are careful not to anger him, though, being fearful of the landslides an enraged Pohatu can unleash.”
 
Something about the phrase “an enraged Pohatu” just makes me chuckle.  Like has he ever even gotten beyond “mildly irritated”?
 
(Kanohi Hau) “Provides protection against overhead attacks or falling objects.”
 
But you’re screwed if they attack from straight ahead.
 
“[Matau] can also fly[…]”
 
Wait what
 
“Nokama’s tool is a fork-shaped staff[…]”
 
Apparently “trident” is too advanced a word for the target demographic
 
“[Nuju’s] closest friend among the Turaga is Nokama, and the two silent Turaga often pass their time in winter on frozen Lake Naho.”
 
I wasn’t aware that Mata Nui actually had seasons.  Also I ship it now.
 
“Here Whenua and the rest of his tribe toil to quarry the great rocks that will eventually be carved by the Pohatu Tohunga.”
 
Personally I prefer “Po-Matoran”
 
“[Le-Matoran] also show affection be imitation, a gesture that is often misinterpreted by those unfamiliar with their customs.”
 
Okay I don’t remember this and it sounds slightly freaking adorable
 
“Ga-Koro is also home to a great mystery—Gali’s shrine is missing a mask.  Many would-be adventurers have set out to find the mask, never to return.  Nokama has recently chosen new champions in an effort to locate the missing mask once and for all.”
 
Hello epic-sounding aborted arc, I am now angered by your non-existence


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Front Page Publicity!

Posted by Mahou Shoujo Mega Man , May 02 2014 · 142 views

I always kinda hoped Technic Coliseum might make its way onto the front page.
 
Never really thought it would actually happen, though.
 
But here we are.
 
*dramatic music and manly tears of joy*


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On the Subject of the Queens

Posted by Mahou Shoujo Mega Man , Apr 26 2014 · 142 views
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After some edits for language, I finally put up those stories I mentioned where I’ve been trying out my Queen idea.  For some reason I feel like doing a little spiel to go along with it and outline the history or whatever, so…
 
The idea formed during the Fiction Writing class I took last semester.  We were told to write three stories over the course, and since I had few ideas for my first tale, I decided to take A Recluse’s Dilemma, one of my FFFC entries, and rewrite it.  The resulting second version expanded on the video game that these Queens were from, and I ended up growing fond of the general idea.
 
With that in mind, I decided that the second story should follow the conflict established in the second version of Dilemma, and I also wanted to establish the full set of Queens.  This gave me Conference of Divinity, which briefly shows all 12 Queens and gives (or at least hints at) a little more info on this world’s political structure and the Queens’ relationships.  It also shows how each Queen plans to respond to this new threat.
 
I wasn’t sure what do to for my third story.  Originally, I wanted to show how the previous Queen of Light met the current Queen of Light, to provide more explicit detail on how Queens and their method of passing from body to body works, but…well, I just wasn’t feeling up to it.  Eventually I came up with Alignment—not particularly exciting, maybe, but it directly follows Conference, and it can’t hurt for me to practice slower pacing.  The class liked it, at least!
 
For completion’s sake, I’ll add this in too.  After the class had ended, I wrote another FFFC story that was related to this world, much more so than the original Dilemma.  Despair of the Divine was my attempt to step back a few centuries and try putting some details on an event mentioned in Conference and Alignment that still directs the relationships between the Queens of War, Gravity, and Land.  With the word limit, I think it feels a bit rushed, but I may still use it as a basis for the canon.
 
This idea is still in its very early stages, so everything you read here is tentative.  The stories might contradict each other a bit here and there.  Even the few character names present are placeholder.  As such, suggestions would be most appreciated, since I want to pour a lot of effort into this over the summer if I can.  I hope you enjoy meeting the Queens!


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I'm Working on a Story

Posted by Mahou Shoujo Mega Man , Apr 18 2014 · 203 views

Not a Bionicle story, though it does involve Elemental powers/regions I guess huh it may have influenced me more than I realized I should be careful about that
 
It's a fantasy story in a medieval setting where the major countries are ruled by Queens with magic crowns.  They're the characters the story will focus on.  Right now I have 12 Queens, each attuned to a specific fighting style/school of magic.  That’s kind of a lot of characters, so I wonder if I should take some out.  Just going with the characters I have plans for right now, I could easily cut that number in half.
 
But…since these Queens are also goddesses, I kind of want a larger group to build the mythology.  Plus, I don’t want to cut any of these schools of magic, and if a school of magic exists, I want there to be a Queen for it.  Even with a smaller cast, there would still be some Queens who get more attention than others.  Also, I'm not entirely sure how I would want to reorganize my schools of magic to accommodate for this smaller cast of goddesses.
 
Just going by this vague information, does anyone have any suggestions?


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Name Change #0579

Posted by Mahou Shoujo Mega Man , Apr 16 2014 · 103 views

Wow, I was Pahrak #0579 for over a year.  That's definitely a personal best.
 
But I like the way my new name sounds too. :P Figured there's no harm in trying something different for a little while.
 
Might take a while to get used to, though.


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I'm Confused

Posted by Mahou Shoujo Mega Man , Apr 15 2014 · 219 views

Wait...are people upset that there are going to be more female characters in the next Lego Movie?
 
I read the talkback and I can't really make much sense of it.  I think they're saying they're worried that this means the director's just going to toss in some half-sincere female characters for the heck of it?
 
Even though actually clicking the link in the BZP article leads to an article with the headline "'The Lego Movie 2' Director Wants More Strong Women In Sequel"?
 
Which is basically just saying that there are going to be new awesome characters in the next movie?
 
Some of whom will also happen to be female?
 
Did I use whom correctly I never quite got the hang of that grammar thing?
 
I don't see how having awesome characters is a bad thing, so I must be waaaaay off.


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Bioni-Lords Clearance: Books 4 and 5

Posted by Mahou Shoujo Mega Man , Apr 15 2014 · 48 views
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Sorry for the huge delay, but it took a while to get all this typed back up.  Let’s see…Bioni-Lords Book 4: Sensou (“War”).  About 12 years after the defeat of the Dark Knights, Kraahkan-Nui is pulled from his and Avohkii-Nui’s pocket dimension out into the main dimension, prompting a massive war between the forces of good and evil.  Konpaku and Les Douze Ombres were working for Kraahkan-Nui, trying to find a way to help him switch worlds (couldn’t do it on his own because it would give Avohkii-Nui an opening in their eternal battle); hadn’t decided on how exactly he was going to make the trip in Sensou, but…anyway.  This war is also what Aile’s original vision pointed towards.  Everything she’s done since then, she’s done to increase the chances of the good guys winning this war.  Now, let me get together a list of everyone involved…
 
--Good Guys: Khadaz (possibly using a new Super Spirit through gaining control over Darkhadaz), Amy, Rahksean, Lexero, Twani, Midori, Nuvakuta, Zagrin, Kazumi, Rikka, Dranes, Zak, Azara and the other Devil Orb users (they would get reduced to Cores again so Azara could use Redeemed Demon, but I also thought that Azara would be reduced to a Core and the Paladins would undergo the same fate, with Pyrami ultimately using all of their Cores to craft an even more powerful Super Spirit tentatively named “Palademon”), Light Force Paladins, Barometz, Reikaz, Corinwood, Kohena, Toatoa, Zenrei, Kharzani, Kharuun, Hyohana, Neb-X, Neya, Catalina, Keelie, Keizah, Selina, Wraith (relative of Phaenyx, was only shown briefly), any surviving Element-Lords, Marigold, Genakex (would be using Ikhav Gurren Lagann (possibly with Titan) and at some point Combine with Kharuun to form Saigo Ikhav Gurren Lagann, with Kharuun appearing as the ghostly double Phantom Ikhav Gurren Lagann; he would probably also Combine with the Enterprise at some point), Xyla, Kytan, Tahra (going with the plan that had her outside of the main dimension since Book 3, she would be back now and possess the Dimension Heat ability to “incinerate reality”), Titan, Voyager, Prism, Assassin, Legolord (a new Vassal Legendary composed of many Lego bricks), the Gahu (minus Gahu-Shadow), the Elemental Knights (minus Shadow Knight), the Hapori (minus Dume), Avohkii-Nui (maybe, he might just take a back seat)
 
--Bad Guys: Kraahkan-Nui, Hapori Dume, Tabuu (possibly with his mind restored), One-Winged Angel (freed from his seal), Stained Glass Inmacula (also freed), Konpaku (using Mairi again, possibly has absorbed the other “variants” of Language and Obscure to create a “super Mairi”, would need to absorb Nikari’s Blade of Souls (with the power of Obscural) to perfect it), Absent Sentiment (the sentient Shadow Apprentice who absorbed Shadow Knight’s soul, much more powerful now, probably wielding the Twayblade infused with Gahu-Shadow’s remains), Atomicus (a new Vassal Legendary personifying the force of destruction), Tyrant, Abomination, Union and probably some other Shade-Gang forces, Darkaea (probably; his servants would probably also be released from Subspace)
 
…Whew.  I think that’s everyone.  Anyway, in the end, Khadaz would use a suicide attack to weaken Kraahkan-Nui to the point where Avohkii-Nui could drag him back into the pocket dimension, which is considered a victory for the good guys.  Don’t know how many others would have died in the process, but there probably would have been some deaths for characters who otherwise are generally protected for plot purposes.  You know, for added drama and such.  The final scene would be around a year after the end of the war, with Hyohana giving birth to a son who they then name Khadaz, in order to keep his memory alive or something like that.
 
My plans for Sensou were looking messier and messier as time went on.  I wasn’t entirely sure how to structure it, or how to make a story with that many characters work…probably wouldn’t have looked too good no matter what I did!  It always seemed like a good place to introduce a lot of cool stuff, though…
 
Lastly, there’s Bioni-Lords Book 5: Furoku (“Supplement”).  This wasn’t so much going to be a Book as a collection of short stories, filling in blanks in the timeline, showing alternate timelines, and, amidst all that, continuing events past the end of Book 4.  I wanted Nk and Zagrin to have one final fight (as promised way back in Book 1), and I also wanted to do something with Khadaz Ikhav the Second—possibly something involving a Bioni-Lords civil war, but I hadn’t really worked anything out.  The main post-Sensou plot, though, wouldn’t take place in the main universe.
 
Khadaz did not actually die in his final attack.  Instead, he was transported to Twilight Space, where he meets up with Yume and King Syrag (who did the same thing as Khadaz and has been there ever since), and is finally introduced to their master: the Twilight Monarch.  The Monarch is from a race of beings known as “Transdimensionals”, who possess immense power and move through worlds as they see fit.  The Twilight Monarch governs Twilight Space, as it is the gateway  between the Bioni-Lords Universe and every other universe out there.  He does his best to keep the universe safe from threats both inside and out, primarily through servants since he is not allowed to interfere directly.  Syrag has been fighting off individuals who would want to invade the Bioni-Lords Universe, and has not aged a day since individuals only experience the flow of time when within their home universe.  Yume more usually delivers messages to important individuals in the universe, also does not age, and…well, her backstory is a little embarrassing.  She is actually the character Hanajima from the manga/anime Fruits Basket; her world (likely one in parallel to the world actually presented in the series) was destroyed, but she was able to survive due to her abilities.  The Twilight Monarch rescued her and she has been working for him ever since.  While Tahra, Vitirus, and Zempyst were here, they assisted Syrag in defending Twilight Space and also went out into the multiverse to hunt down some other threats.
 
Khadaz is given the opportunity to work for the Twilight Monarch, but he would rather go back home.  He is told he may only do so if he is able to defeat the Twilight Monarch in battle.  Naturally, he accepts.  It doesn’t go well.  During the fight, however, Khadaz unlocks a new ability: a transformation known as “Unlimited Ikhav,” which is an evolution of the Ikhav ability to defy fate.  Unlimited Khadaz wears a black jumpsuit with dark green armor on his shoulders, torso, feet, and limbs, and a green Kanohi Hau; he is able to use the abilities of any Spirit or Super Spirit Khadaz has ever fused with (including Gahu Darkhadaz by loophole).  It’s not a Spirit, but he is still able to boost his power through Chikara Compression, so all these things combined makes him really, really strong.  But he still loses.  Without any choice, Khadaz starts working for the Twilight Monarch, going out to visit other universes and fighting off anything that might want to find its way into his world.
 
(I had originally planned to use Unlimited Ikhav in a short series for the story’s 10th anniversary, where Khadaz, Genakex, and Kharuun would fight favorite villains from the Ikhav Trilogy and ultimately battle an upgraded Stained Glass (Stained Glass Monoschroma) that could absorb individuals by turning them into small stained glass windows.  Khadaz would use the Unlimited form to beat Monoschroma, then give up the power to return to his world, which had a failsafe or something built in to prevent him from using it while there.  You know, something weird like that to prevent him from using it in Sensou, which would canonically take place a few years after this whole thing.)
 
I hadn’t quite pinned down what sort of threats Khadaz would be fighting, but I thought it would be cool to have something (or multiple things) so awful that he had to gather a team of Unlimited Ikhav.  Only one Ikhav is born with the ability to achieve the Unlimited form, but this ability is given to a different Ikhav in different timelines.  So, the Twilight Monarch would send Khadaz into alternate timelines to recruit the Unlimited Ikhav of each.  The basic abilities and form of the transformation are the same for all Unlimited Ikhav, but each has a different armor color and Kanohi.  Possible teammates would’ve been:
-Kharuun: Brown armor, Great Kakama
-Genakex: Red armor, Great Pakari
-Norscu: Purple armor, Noble Matatu
-Rien: Black armor, Great Miru
-Kytan: White armor, Great Akaku (Armor color and Kanohi were still tentative.  Also, Unlimited Kytan would be able to bypass the restrictions on Krahka’s abilities, enabling him to use the powers of any Spirit (barring the Nui) as well as any Super Spirit.)
-Reikaz: Orange armor, Noble Mahiki
-Azara: Pale green armor, Great Kaukau
 
Eventually, all threats would be dealt with, and Khadaz would approach the Twilight Monarch for another chance to win passage home—his last chance.  The Monarch would change things up by forming three portals: one leading to Khadaz’s world, one leading to another part of Twilight Space, and one leading to some random other world.  If Khadaz could make it to one of those, the battle would end.  Khadaz would pull out all the stops: Unlimited Ikhav, Spirit Weapons, Blades of Souls, Chikara Compression (which he would have refined enough that he can use Burst up to five times at once, simply referred to as “Chikara Compression Burst 5”), the works.  He’s able to incapacitate the Monarch long enough to reach a portal…but I wasn’t going to tell you which one.  How cruel of me!  Leaving you to forever wonder if Khadaz made it home, if he continued serving the Monarch for eternity, or if he ended up lost amidst the multiverse!
 
…But since we’re doing things this way, there’s no point in keeping it a secret.  My plan was for Khadaz to take the portal leading to a random world, so that in other stories, I could give him cameos and show him gradually working his way from world to world trying to find his way home.  Hadn’t decided if he was ever going to make it.
 
So, there’s the outline for the rest of the saga I had planned.  I suppose there are some other bits of info I didn’t include in these posts, but eh, don’t know that I’ll be typing those up any time soon.  If you guys have any questions, do feel free to ask, and I won’t keep any secrets.  Again, thank you all for the support you’ve offered over the years.  It was loads of fun while it lasted!


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The Update You Weren't Waiting For

Posted by Mahou Shoujo Mega Man , Apr 12 2014 · 86 views

Hey, remember that one comedy I started but then never got around to finishing?
 
...Well...one of the comedies I started but never got around to finishing?  The most recent one?
 
I finally wrote Chapter 8 of The Bionicle RPG You Never Wanted.  Sorry it took so long. :P At least I was able to spin it into a joke!  Anywho, this chapter takes the party through the last Citadel, so next chapter will start the final dungeon.  I'm thinking the ending will run into chapter 10, and then I was considering doing an eleventh chapter with a bonus dungeon, but I'm getting ahead of myself.  I'll try not to take so long for chapter 9!


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Posted by Mahou Shoujo Mega Man , Apr 10 2014 · 72 views

Tumblr told me that grinding in Florem Gardens was a good idea.  In about an hour I got my team the rest of the way to Lv 99 and mastered a ton of Jobs.  I also consulted TVTropes for gamebreaking strategies, then went to tackle the True End.
 
I won.
 
Woot.
 
I won't go into detail since I don't want to spoil anything, but I will say that I have mixed feelings.  Unless I missed it, there are a lot of things they were pretty unclear about, so I was sort of disappointed by that.  I'm also not sure there was a real end to anyone's character development, but to be honest I've never been the best at reading those things and I've been a little out of it today. :P There's also the case of "final boss ex machina", but I suppose that's to be expected with a classic JRPG, so I'm over it.
 
There were definitely bits that I liked, though!  Again, spoilers, so no details, but the accomplishment did bring about some satisfaction.  I suppose now I should aim to finish up those Chapter 8 sub-quests and slay some Nemeses...
 
Overall, I like Bravely Default.  I'd give it, maybe...8 out of 10?  A high 8.  Though I am clearly biased.
 
Just for the heck of it, here are all the Jobs everyone's mastered:
-Tiz: Time Mage, Ranger, Summoner, Valkyrie, Red Mage, Salve-Maker, Performer, Ninja, Dark Knight, Conjurer
-Agnes: White Mage, Time Mage, Summoner, Red Mage, Salve-Maker, Performer, Swordmaster, Spiritmaster, Templar, Dark Knight, Conjurer
-Ringabel: Monk, Black Mage, Thief, Merchant, Spell Fencer, Performer, Ninja, Arcanist, Vampire, Conjurer
-Edea: White Mage, Knight, Spell Fencer, Time Mage, Valkyrie, Red Mage, Pirate, Swordmaster, Templar, Dark Knight, Conjurer


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Japanese. The Final Frontier.

Posted by Mahou Shoujo Mega Man , Apr 09 2014 · 75 views

So now my Japanese workbook has referenced Star Trek for no apparent reason.






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