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Old and New Stories

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, Stories May 15 2019 · 63 views

It's been a while since I've put together a blog post, so here's me jabbering about my stories in general. I'm finally finishing up a couple that I've been posting.

Highfly Vinesman, Deepwood Wayfinder was for the BZPower Fanfic Exchange 2018 and written for Darth Jaller. It features Tamaru, Taipu, and Kapura and it's been fun writing back about the MNOLG-era. The other is a sequel to my Kulagi's Kanoka story, A Shadow's Contrivance which features the Kanoka wielding Matoran against the Dark Hunters during the Toa and Dark Hunter war. I am actually extremely proud of this story; it expands and better uses the characters from the original, has lots of character development on multiple fronts, and features a ton of Dark Hunters, both official and custom. And I'm happy with the plot too, which has enough twists and fight sequences and chase scenes and Kanoka usages to really make it worthwhile. The whole thing started off as a minor short story idea but the expanded into this major operation. (It's also one of those stories that I'm really happy with but barely has any reviews. Oh well.)

Also found some of the round-robin stories I participated in for a contest years ago; the topics still exist but the formatting got lost so it was a whole block of text, but once I got past that they were some fun stories, and I'm kind of disappointed that we didn't finish any of them. :(

One story that just made my blog look like it got updated was my BZPower Blog Story set in the style of a Choose Your Own Adventure story but starring BZPower members from the time. Of course, it was posted during the server downtime, back when the BZPower urls included "forum" instead of "board". Well, all the blog entries were still there (blog stuff got preserved but topics did not) but the links were all dead. I just went through and updated them, but that pushed a couple up to the front of the blog, soooo kinda made it look like I just posted a bunch of stuff here when all I was doing was updating some links. Story is still good, although most of the members have changed their names or become inactive since. (Gosh, and this was originally written when Bionicle G1 was coming to an end... and now it's been a couple of years since G2 abruptly ended. Crazy.)

Speaking of that, I also had that BZ-Koro epic that was supposed to herald in G2, and it was one where I'd have people vote on where each new chapter would go. It made some decent progress before work got the best of me and I dropped it. (I mean, that was before I finally got diagnosed with sleep apnea, so I mean I was running of fumes for years there.) Problem is there's not much of an audience left and some of the main characters... well, things happened and it didn't feel right to continue. I'm tempted to change some things around and write the conclusion I was working towards, but dunno if it would be worth it. Still, I don't know if I'm ever going to top Tekulo and Dotcom singing "A Whole New World" in the middle of a fight... I still get reminded of my parody's lyrics when I listen to the original.

I was also looking back at my story about the Slizers on Mata Nui. The original story was long; partially it was drawn out because I didn't know where I wanted to take it, so I just kept having fight scene after fight scene. Somebody originally contacted my about it and I started to revisit the plot and make plans for making it shorter but keeping to the same general story, just with less redundancy. Some things would undoubtably be lost in a rewrite, but I am very tempted because I plotted out an ending for the original but never got around to finishing it. Granted, I don't know if there'd be an audience left to be interested in it anyway.

A big thing for looking back on my older stories was this thing where I'm trying to list out all the characters I've ever used in stories before. Mostly because I've reused some character names through different stories. (Like I've had variations of Triki in four different stories, playing variations of his crazy character.) Of course, putting together the list made me look up some older stories, where I've found my older writing both impressive at times and cringe worthy at other times. Also makes me sad that there are some stories that I wrote that I no longer have records before, because I lost a bunch of stuff when my laptop was stolen and the BZP servers crashed and took a lot of other stories down. There was a fun Bionicle Christmas story I wrote staring Kapura, another small epic featuring the Voya-Nui Matoran against the Piraka, and a comedy about the Toa in an election, plus a bunch of other short stories and such.

Meanwhile, I have a handful of current stories I want to complete (two of which I've worked on for NaNoWriMo... twice each) plus a lot of other ideas I want to move forward with. But unfortunately, working full time has really cut down on my mental ability to just sit down and write write write... a professional author I will never be. Too many story ideas stuck in my head, and that says nothing of the older stories I want to redo / reboot. :mellow:



Blog Story: Chapter K

Posted by xccj , in Uncategorized, Stories May 15 2019 · 158 views
Blog Story
Disclaimer: The characters in this story are named after real members, but their personalities and traits are fictional and are not meant to reflect on my opinions of the actual members. This is a work of fiction, and I hope you enjoy it.

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Chapter K

“Combine you’re elemental powers!” you shout. “It always works for the Toa; it should work for us.”

The four of you lift up your weapons and place them together. “For Unity!” you all shout, and then you release your energy.
Or at least, you try. But nothing happens.

TTN laughs. He is actually beside himself with laughter. “I can’t believe you are so dense,” he says, catching his breath. “Regular members don’t have any elemental powers, only Staff do.”

“Oh yeah, I forgot about that,” you say.

“Well, you time playing as Toa is over,” TTN says. “It’s kraata time!”

He grabs more kraata, and heaves them at you. Your friends dodge this time, and try to fight back, but a kraata catches you in the face. You remain conscious just long enough to see TTN fell each of your friends, and kraata them as well. Then your mind is gone.

You Lose.

Go Back and Try Again


Blog Story: Chapter J

Posted by xccj , in Stories, Uncategorized May 15 2019 · 132 views
Blog Story
Disclaimer: The characters in this story are named after real members, but their personalities and traits are fictional and are not meant to reflect on my opinions of the actual members. This is a work of fiction, and I hope you enjoy it.

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Chapter J

“Attack from different directions,” you tell your friends. “If we hit him all at once, he can’t possibly block us!”

The four of you split up, just as TTN fires a blast of energy towards you. You have the furthest to go, as you have to circle completely around TTN. He sights you and fires blasts at you, so you run and duck just in time.

Meanwhile, Sumiki, Blue, and Krahka get into position, with their weapons in hand. You yell, “Charge!” and then all four of you rush TTN at the same time.

“How cute,” TTN said, observing your attack. He waits until the last second, and then lashes out, spinning his staff around him, hitting all four of you. As you get back to your feet, you see TTN blast Sumiki into unconsciousness.

“Not so fast!” Blue shouts, jumping on TTN’s back from behind. As TTN tries to grab Blue, Krahka charges forward, claws slashing the air. But TTN gets the upper hand. He ripped Blue off his back, and then throws him at the charging Krahka. Krahka can’t stop in time; Blue is thrown into her and they both fall over, out cold.

“Pathetic attempts,” TTN grumbles. You lift your saber, hoping to get TTN while his back is turned on you. But then he says, “I see you too.” He turns and fires an energy blast point blank at you.

And you remember no more.

You Lose.

Go Back and Try Again


Blog Story: Chapter I

Posted by xccj , in Uncategorized, Stories May 15 2019 · 121 views
Blog Story
Disclaimer: The characters in this story are named after real members, but their personalities and traits are fictional and are not meant to reflect on my opinions of the actual members. This is a work of fiction, and I hope you enjoy it.

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Chapter I

You jump forward, grabbing the slimy kraata attached to Blue’s face. You pull it off, and with a loud pop it detaches from Blue. With disgust, you throw it off the balcony.

Luckily, the kraata hadn’t sapped away much of Blue’s will, so he’s still very alert. But your time has run out. “Hey, what are you two doing?” TTN shouts. He reaches for more kraata, and you and Blue have to dodge to the side as he throws them at you.

“We need to save Krahka and Sumiki,” you say. “But we can’t do that while TTN is attacking us.”

“We need to distract him,” Blue says. “I’ll do that; you free the others before the kraata suck away what’s left of their life force.”

Blue makes his move first, grabbing his clawed weapon. “Come and get me,” he shouts at TTN.

TTN throws another kraata at Blue, but he uses his claw to knock it out of the air before it can attach to his face. Enraged, he grabs his staff and swings it at Blue. Blue ducks down in time to avoid having his head hacked off.

Blue changes tactics, and ducks behind a pillar holding the factory ceiling up. TTN, not thinking clearly, swings at him, but hits the pillar instead, causing it to crack. Realizing his mistake, TTN uses his regenerative powers to restore the pillar to its former strength, but as he does so Blue sneaks up behind him and strikes him on the head with his claw. He quickly retreats as TTN spins around, swinging his staff to kill.

Meanwhile, you tear the kraata off Krahka and Sumiki’s faces. You free them soon enough that they still have most of their life force, but they are still weakened momentarily as the kraata’s effects wear off. By the time they have their energy restored, Blue is being cornered.

“Let’s save him,” you shout, drawing your saber. Sumiki pulls out his crossbow, and Krahka shape shifts her hands to have extra long claws. The three of you rush TTN, who notices you and dodges aside. However, he doesn’t have time to strike down Blue, who quickly joins you.

“So you want a fight, do you?” TTN asks, spinning his staff in his hands. “You’re outmatched, you know. I am very strong, and I have extra staff powers as well. You don’t stand a chance.”

“We’ll fight you just the same,” Blue shouts back.

“How do we attack him?” Sumiki asks you. Apparently, since you saved him, he’s regarding you as the leader. You don’t have time for a rash comeback, so you set your mind to thinking up a winning attack plan.

Attack from different directions.
Combine Elemental Powers
Distract and Ambush Him


Blog Story: Chapter H

Posted by xccj , in Uncategorized, Stories May 15 2019 · 126 views
Blog Story
Disclaimer: The characters in this story are named after real members, but their personalities and traits are fictional and are not meant to reflect on my opinions of the actual members. This is a work of fiction, and I hope you enjoy it.

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Chapter H

You and your friends catch up to TTN as he enters the Collectables forum. You have to be careful following him, because the forum is not very busy. Collectables hasn’t been busy in years.

But TTN doesn’t linger by the half built huts, and presses forward through the forum. He walks to the far end, which has long been abandoned. No member ever ventures down that far into the forum. There is scary stuff back there, long forgotten, and the four of you hesitate.

But then Blue points out that if TTN really is hiding something, what a better place to hide it in? Biting back your fears, you press on.

As you move forward, it rises out of the forum. It’s a giant building, one you’ve never seen before. You see TTN enter through the main door of the building in the distance.

“I wonder what he’s doing in there,” Krahka wonders.

“I guess we’ll have to go check it out,” Sumiki says.

You sneak forward cautiously, taking care that you aren’t sighted. Instead of entering through the front doors, you sneak around and find an old service door, which you enter through.

Inside, you hear the sound of machinery running. You realize that it’s a giant factory. But what is it producing?

The four of you sneak forward and glance down into the main chamber, where the machines are running. You look down at a nearby conveyor belt and gasp. There are slimy slugs on it.

“He’s producing kraata!” Krahka whispers. You all know what kraata are; in the story, they are slugs made from the essence of a Makuta, and they control the Rahkshi. Furthermore, a kraata can be attached to a mask and infect it. Kraata in BZP-Koro could be used to control members against their will.

“So that’s how he’s doing it,” Blue says. “He’s using the kraata to take control over members. As soon as he’s built up a big enough following, he can storm the administration and take over BZP-Koro using force of numbers.”

“That’s the plan,” says a voice behind you. You all spin around and sight TTN standing behind you, with a wicked grin on his face.

“I had to remove the BZP Reports, who were starting to nose their way into my operation,” TTN says. “But I wasn’t expecting any members to get wind of this, like you did. But that’s okay, because I have a solution prepared, just for you.”

With startling speed, he throws four kraata at you. You duck down just in time, and the kraata thrown at you sails above your head. But your friends are not so quick; they each get hit in the face with a kraata. TTN begins laughing, not realizing that you haven’t been kraata’ed yet. But he’s soon to notice.

You may just have enough time to free one of your friends. But who?



Blog Story: Chapter G

Posted by xccj , in Uncategorized, Stories May 15 2019 · 160 views
Blog Story
Disclaimer: The characters in this story are named after real members, but their personalities and traits are fictional and are not meant to reflect on my opinions of the actual members. This is a work of fiction, and I hope you enjoy it.

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Chapter G

“You’re mine!” Sumiki shouts, firing his crossbow. Eeko knocks aside the arrow, but Sumiki is already rushing towards him. Eeko swings his blade, but Sumiki ducks beneath it and tries to deliver a powerful blow to Eeko’s chest. He misses.

Eeko backhands Sumiki, sending him into the dirt. He stabs his blade down, but Sumiki rolls out of the way just in time. Sumiki gets to his feet and charged Eeko again, but Eeko ducks down and throws Sumiki over his shoulder with ease.

“Pathetic,” Eeko says. “Where did you learn how to fight? In the Marketplace forum?”

Suddenly, Eeko feels a sharp pain in his leg. He spins around to see that Sumiki had grabbed his fallen crossbow and fired from behind him, catching him in the leg. Sumiki rushes forward again, and Eeko blocks him, but his movements are slowed.

The fight only lasts a few more moves. With an arrow in his leg, Eeko cannot dodge as quickly, and has to revert to using his sword to parry any blows. Sumiki gets in a lucky hit and knocks the blade out of Eeko’s hand. After that, it only takes a single punch to bring Eeko down.

“Ha, told you I could take him,” Sumiki says.

You and Krahka rush forward to subdue Eeko. Meanwhile, Blue summons a Forum Leader to come aid you.

“Now, tell us how you’re controlling all these members,” you question Eeko.

Eeko laughs harshly. “And why would I do that?”

“Because we’re the winners,” Krahka says.

“You’ve won one battle, but this is not over,” Eeko snarls.

“It is for you,” Sumiki says.

“Well, I guess I can tell you this much,” Eeko says, thinking it over for a moment. “I’m not the one behind this. I’m just the second in command, so I was spared the brain-washing. Who you really want is TTN.”

“I knew he must’ve been behind this!” Sumiki exclaims.

“No, you were sure Eeko was,” you correct him.

“Minor details.”

“But don’t bother, because there’s no way you can beat him,” Eeko raves. “You and the rest of BZP-Koro are doomed!”

Eeko starts shouting out more threats, but then Blue arrived with Spirit, who takes Eeko away for imprisonment. Meanwhile, you fill Blue in on the details.

“Well, I guess we’ll need to follow TTN next,” he says.

Follow TTN


Blog Story: Chapter F

Posted by xccj , in Uncategorized, Stories May 15 2019 · 143 views
Blog Story
Disclaimer: The characters in this story are named after real members, but their personalities and traits are fictional and are not meant to reflect on my opinions of the actual members. This is a work of fiction, and I hope you enjoy it.

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Chapter F

Krahka advances on Eeko, flexing her muscles. Most people would be afraid if she attacked them, but not Eeko. He calmly spins his blade and waits for her to make the first move.

Krahka doesn’t take long. She pounces forward, claws outstretched. But Eeko smoothly dodges to the side, and she misses him. While her back is turned, he swings his blade and cuts her hind leg.

Krahka roars and spins around to attack again. She lashes out with her claws, but Eeko blocks them with his blade easily. She lunges forward again, trying to bite down on him, but Eeko jumps and flips over her head. As he lands, he spins around and kicks her in the side, knocking her to the ground.

“You give up yet?” he asks a fallen Krahka. “Or do you want me to gut you?”

Krahka stares at him for a few moments, not making a movement. Then, with a sudden cry, she bolts, leaving the scene behind as she runs away.

“Hey, where’s she going?” Sumiki asks.

“She knows when she’s going to be defeated,” Eeko says.

“Well, we won’t do the same,” you shout.

“Then you’re all just stupid,” Eeko adds.

You, Sumiki, and Blue all rush forward, hoping to swarm Eeko before he can attack. Eeko tries to fight back, but you overpower him, and force him to the ground.

“What are you going to do now?” Sumiki taunts.

“I’m not the one you have to worry about,” Eeko says with a grin.

Suddenly, somebody grabs you from behind and pins your arms to your side. You recognize your captor as the member Letagi. Another member, BCII, comes up behind Blue and grabs him too. Eeko then quickly leaps to his feet and subdues Sumiki.

“You took too long,” Eeko says. “I called for reinforcements, and my minions quickly came to my aid. Yes, Letagi and BCII work for me. Want to know how? Let me show you.”

Eeko pulls a kraata out from behind his back. “This kraata will suck out all your life force, leaving you an empty shell. All that remains will be completely obedient to me!”

You and your friends struggle, but Eeko and his minions are too powerful. They place a kraata over your face, and you lose your mind. Literally.

You Lose.

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Blog Story: Chapter E

Posted by xccj , in Uncategorized, Stories May 15 2019 · 113 views
Blog Story
Disclaimer: The characters in this story are named after real members, but their personalities and traits are fictional and are not meant to reflect on my opinions of the actual members. This is a work of fiction, and I hope you enjoy it.

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Chapter E

The four of you sneak behind the bushes, following Eeko to the Movie and Books Discussion forum. You’d been following him for a while, but so far he hasn’t done anything suspicious, outside of the big rally.

“He’s hiding something,” Sumiki whispers. “He’s acting too normal.”

“How can normalcy be an indication of oddity?” Blue wonders.

“Shh,” Krahka says.

Eeko disappears around the corner of a hut, and the four of you push on to keep him in sight. But as you round the corner, he’s gone.

“Where’d he go?” Krahka asked, confused.

“He must’ve ran off quickly,” Sumiki says.

“He knew we were following him,” Blue exclaims.

“You were right about that!”

The four of you spin around to see Eeko standing behind you, holding two Cordak blasters. Without warning, he starts firing them. The four of you duck for cover under a nearby hut, but the Cordaks quickly tear it to shreds.

“Let’s go get him,” Sumiki growls.

“No, not yet,” Blue says, holding him down.

“Why not?”

“He only has twelve shots,” Blue continues. “Wait until he’s fired them all off.”

A few blasts later, you hear the sound of an empty Cordak trying to fire. The four of you spring out of your hiding spot, but Eeko’s waiting, and he’s twirling a blade in his hands.

“So you want to confront me,” he says with a grin. “Well, fine, but to make this even, I’ll only fight one of you at a time. So who’s it going to be?”

“I can so totally take you!” Krahka growls, shape shifting into a vicious Rahi with long claws.

“No way, I totally called this fight!” Sumiki protests, grabbing his crossbow.

Blue looks to you to decide who to let Eeko face first.



Blog Story: Chapter D

Posted by xccj , in Uncategorized, Stories May 15 2019 · 113 views
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Disclaimer: The characters in this story are named after real members, but their personalities and traits are fictional and are not meant to reflect on my opinions of the actual members. This is a work of fiction, and I hope you enjoy it.

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Chapter D

“Arpy is acting rather suspicious,” you say. “Maybe we should check out what he’s doing. He might’ve caught a virus or something.”

Sumiki, Krahka, and Blue nod in agreement. You all remember what happened the last time accounts were hacked. You decide you have to act with caution.

Discretely, you follow Arpy out of the forum. He is heading to a gathering in the Voting Booth forum. You and your friends follow behind him, and mingle in with the crowd. It doesn’t take long before you realize it’s a rally, and almost everybody there supports the end of Bionicle.

A member you recognize as Kumata Nuva starts arguing against some of the main points, saying that Bionicle has changed him and so many others that we should be sad to see it go. You watch as a dozen members pick him up and forcefully remove him from the forum. You and your friends decide to keep quiet as to your opinions on the topic.

“Now, the speakers!” somebody shouts.

“The speakers!” the crowd echoes.

On a nearby podium, two members stand up and greet the crowd. You recognize them as Taka-Tahu Nuva and Eeko. Together, they start a speech about how the end of Bionicle is just the beginning of something greater.

“With Bionicle’s end, it will be out with the old, and in with the new!” Eeko shouts.

“And all those who are with us will prosper!” TTN adds.

The crowd goes wild. You share a worried glance with your friends. You all feel like something is off. Quietly, you retreat, leaving the shouting crowd behind.

“Something was seriously wrong,” Blue starts.

“Yeah, how can they be so optimistic about Bionicle’s ending?” Sumiki asks. “If they were big enough fans to join this forum, shouldn’t they feel a little remorse?”

“No, it wasn’t that,” Blue say. “It was the crowd. Ordinarily, they’re always very rowdy and opinionated and generally annoying. But this crowd was so… so perfect. It wasn’t right.”

Krahka nods. “Did you even listen to them? Those members weren’t thinking for themselves. They were just agreeing with the speakers.”

“So you think that somebody’s done something to them?” you ask.

“That’s the logical explanation,” Blue says. “But what exactly? I cannot say.”

“Well, maybe we can figure it out,” Sumiki suggests. “There were two speakers, and they were certainly sane. They must have something to do with it.”

“But which one?” Krahka asks. “TTN or Eeko?”

“TTN’s probably the smarter of the two,” Blue theorizes. “He might be the mastermind.”

“No, Eeko’s far more outgoing,” Sumiki counters. “He must’ve organized this all on a whim, and got TTN involved.”

“Well, we can only follow one,” Krahka says. She turns to you. “Who do you think we should follow?”



Hey Look I Posted A Story!

Posted by xccj , in Stories Jan 25 2017 · 355 views

Setting expectations for 100+ views (not counting my own) before I finish posting all the chapter. Yay for setting low expectations!

So I just posted a new epic, A Shadow's Contrivance (review topic). It's a sequel to my story Kulagi's Kanoka, featuring the same Onu-Matoran Kanoka Maker, but this time he and his friends are in the middle of the Toa and Dark Hunter war in Metru Nui.

I wrote the original story for these characters in 2006, and posted in 2007. Sometime later, I started writing a sequel, Kanoka Makers of Metru Nui, which features the characters in the Morbuzakh era... but the concept wasn't well received and I never finished the story, despite having a fairly detailed outline for it. Then, in 2014, I got inspired to start writing anther story, but this time set during the Toa and Dark Hunter war. It was originally supposed to be a short story, but then the plot lengthened and content was added and suddenly it's twice as long as the original. Whoops.

Anyway, I now have it in a decent state of completion. The chapters are *mostly* written, and I have brand new artwork for all the chapter headers. (I revamped my design for the Metru Matoran, and ended up tracing the set images for a bunch of Dark Hunters. It took some effort, but I'm pleased with the results.) So now I'm going to start posting it and see what people think. Given that I haven't had any luck getting reviews in the last decade (despite having posted some awesome stories, IMO) I'm hopeful that someone will read and enjoy this. (It's helpful if you know the characters beforehand, but not necessary.)

Also, I'm about to post a legit set review. It helps that I have a review table again; I was previously set up on a makeshift table a foot off the floor... it was far from ideal. It'll make reviewing easier, although I'm probably going to be preoccupied until March as I prepare for BricksCascade.


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