The problem seems to be that it was trying to make you the hero, but it couldn't because than the story makes no sense.
Not to mention that guardians are made out be literally unkillable. Which generates a heck of a lot more issues.
And add that to the fact that nothing the story says you do can possibly have any effect on the actual game, even if it should.
But yeah. I'm not dissapointed, but the story was less then I was hoping for.
I also built Huki and finished Sidorak, both are special because they're the first Mctoran I've built from parts bought off of Bricklink, and the first Titan I've finished since starting to rebuild sets again, respectively.
Some other notable things I got in the order were the canisters of Nokama Metru and Gorast, and a Dormant silver Kaukau and Pakari. other masks were:
Purple, Medium Blue, and Blue Pakaris (It was a very Pakari-heavy order)
Blue Kaukau Nuva
White Akaku Nuva
Black Miru Nuva (which in hindsight, might have been just a teensy bit overpriced at 2.77 or so)
I also got a bunch of Krana.
Medium Blue Za, Vu, Yo, Ja, and Xa (No Medium blue Krana owned previously)
Green Vu, Su, and Za (ditto^)
Orange Su, Ja, and Ca (Already had a Yo)
Purple Ja, Su, and Za (Ditto Green and M. blue)
Lime Vu, Ja, and Bo (Already had a Su)
Yellow Yo (Ditto M. blue, Green, and Purple)
The Yellow Yo, M. Blue Xa, Purple Ja, and Green Vu are currently with their respective Bohrok and Va (Ditto the Su and Yo I had previously) . I'm keeping the rest in a Kraata container I got from a BZP trade ages ago.
Unfortunately I seem to have mostly bled dry all the Canadian Bricklink stores that have parts that I want, so I think I'll be setting my sights on full sets next. After that I'll open up to buying from US Stores, and hopefully by the time I've exhausted those I'll be mostly done.
First off, I played Mega Man X for the first time courtesy of the Wii U Virtual Console (prompted by a fantastic video by Egoraptor). Fantastic game; the more I play SNES games, the more I regret not owning a SNES in childhood.
After playing Fire Emblem (Rekka no Ken) and Sacred Stones, I finally caved into my roommate's demands that I play Awakening; OMG SO MUCH AWESOME! Probably one of my favorite games of all time, and definitely looking forward to playing it again.
Right after completing Awakening, I received Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney in the mail. Another fantastic game; Layton puzzles and story combined with Phoenix Wright courtroom shenanigans made for an awesome crossover. I just wish Maya hadn't been given a valley girl accent. :/
And, finally, my roommate got some 3DS Smash Bros codes, one of which he shared with me. I'm loving Mega Man so far; will definitely be playing as him once the Wii U version comes out (not getting the 3DS version; I'd like to spare my buttons of a painful death). I really wish the demo included Robin as a playable character, though; of the new roster, I'm looking forward to playing as him the most.
On a more academic note, this Thursday is my Ph.D. preliminary exam oral defense, so that'll be fun. I've already worked through the problems that I will be asked about, and I think I've solved all of them. Hopefully all will go well.
PASS, lead by Gavla, who discovered a great source of power, one once wielded by Hapori Tohu himself, that they could use to make a better world.
RIGOL, lead by Venom, who believed that such power should not be used, either out of respect or loyalty toward Tohu or out of fear of the repercussions if Gavla succeed.
It was a great idea but what killed it was authors not making comics for the series, either due to time or a lack of interest. Unfortunately, I was one of the people. I had a script ready that went through several revisions, but I was not able to move onto the artwork phase. It was a shame as I thought the series had a lot of potential. But without further due, I decided to post the script I made for it!
(See the bottom for extra details.)
We directly continue off from VENOM’s previous comic.
They took Vahkoro!
We heard you the first time. You don’t have to keep repeating yourself.
Sorry. I’m just really ticked right now.
But the real question is why did they take Vahkoro? Why him of all people?
Possible, but unlikely. Vahkoro is just a soldier. A high ranking and well respected soldier, but still a soldier.
Also, where is everyone? They couldn’t have taken all of them.
That’s because they’re all dead, idiot.
Not everyone. I’ve detected casualties, but not all of them. Everyone else is gone. They’ve most likely evacuated, but I don’t know where or how.
This is nice and all, but we need to get going. There’s nothing we can do here.
You’re wrong. We need to know exactly what happened and what PASS is planning. The first step is to continue investigating. In this case, we don’t want to split up. This structure is unstable and we need to stay close together in case something happens.
The investigation might have to wait, sir. I’m picking up something and it’s coming in south.
How do you know all this stuff?
I have a built in scanner.
Jed, what is this thing?
No idea. All I know is that it’s big and coming fast. It seems to be generating a lot of power as well. It very well could be the same thing that hit this building.
How much time do we have until it gets here?
Plenty. It won’t be here for a while. We shall have plenty of time to evacuate the structure.
The copter almost immediately appears.
It wouldn’t happen to be the giant helicopter with the massive gun, would it?
Maybe it’s on our side.
ATTENTION, GENERAL VENOM. IN THE NAME OF THE PASS ARMY, WE ORDER YOU TO SURRENDER NOW. COOPERATE AND WE WILL DESTROY YOU PEACEFULLY.
Or maybe not.
Destroy us peacefully? Is that even possible?
To them it is.
IF YOU DO NOT COOPERATE, WE WILL OPEN FIRE. SURRENDER IMMEDIATELY!
Sir, we are cornered. What are your orders?
We push back. Watch and listen. Feel free to take notes.
VENOM forms a tendril of witch he snatches the heli. He swings himself forward and uses his swords to climb his way up.
CUT TO INSIDE HELI
The pilots look around confused. VENOM bursts into the cockpit, swords drawn and all. He grabs the main pilot and throws him out. A PASS soldier draws his gun and tries to shoot Venom. The general leaps out of the way and heads out.
PILOT #1 (to the others)
You three go deal with the situation. I’ll take things over from here.
They both nod and leave the cockpit.
CUT TO OUTSIDE THE SHIP
VENOM holds a plasma grenade in his hand.
This should do the job.
VENOM gets shot in the back and collapses. We then see three soldiers with a hatch open.
Funny. I thought he was supposed to be stronger.
Stronger? You shot him in the back with a shotgun; he should be down on the ground!
It’s that symbiote thing. I’ve heard rumors that they are bullet proof to a certain degree. However, they are also weakened by sonic vibrations. Being close to twin, giant propellers must be making him vulnerable.
PILOT #3 leg gets caught in a tendril and gets thrown to the other side, slamming him on the platform.
And yet I’m still able to take you all on.
PILOT #2 fires his gun and runs forward while PILOT #4 draws his energy sword. Venom forms his swords and deflects most of the bullets. VENOM responds by grabbing his sniper rifle and whacks PILOT #3 with the butt of it. However, PILOT #4 slices it in half with his sword.
You son of a --
VENOM quickly gets cut with the sword.
PILOT #4 cuts VENOM, but with the tip of the sword. VENOM accelerates over PILOT #4 and shoots his head with a pistol. (He‘s not quite dead yet.) PILOT #4 flinches and bends over. PILOT #3 shoots him with his shotgun. VENOM kicks PILOT #4 back and steals his sword. It’s on now. PILOT #3 fires again, but VENOM blocks it with the sword. Venom simply decapitates that ugly sucker. You would too if he shot you twice with a shot gun.
VENOM throws his sword back, impaling PILOT #4. The RIGOL GENERAL glances towards PILOT #2 who throws his gun on the ground and put his hands in the air… until he gets shot by JEDIBOT.
Jed, I think he was surrendering.
You can never be too careful. General, it is good to see you. We came to help, but it seems you’ve already handled the situation.
Indeed. But how did you guys get here?
You can thank TBL’s teleporting abomination. How he found us, I have no clue.
TBL? No surprise. It screams of his design. But what does he have to do with this?
My master requests your immediate presence. He has vital information about this latest attack.
I see. Thank you, uh….
I am Toaster v5. I am the fifth robot in Sharnak’s line. Shall we depart now?
No, not just yet. I forgot something.
VENOM bursts into the cockpit and grabs the pilot. He returns with him tied up.
Okay done. I figured we needed a prisoner for interrogation. 5, do your teleporting thing.
CUT TO UNDERGROUND BASEROBOT #5 transports them to the intended location. Everyone looks around as they are on a large, round platform.
We’re here. Shall I be your tour guide for now?
Where… are we?
Boys, this is our underground technology center. This is where all of all our major top secret projects are developed.
I’ve never heard of it.
That’s because I just said it’s top secret. Very few men outside the center have been allowed access, let alone the knowledge of its existence.
How many other people have been here before?
Very few. Not even I have been here before, but I am well aware of its existence. In fact, I think the only one of us that has been here before was Jedibot.
I’ve been here once or twice, but only on business.
This is nice and all, but can we save the exposition for later? We have our prisoner right next to us.
Do not worry, I’ve called security; they will arrive shortly. However, I am afraid time is of the essence. We must meet up with my master at once.
Indeed. Oni, you stay here and guard the pilot until security comes.
ONI nods and the rest head out.
We cut to TBL standing over a large platform. He turns around to see VENOM and co.
Ah, Venom, it is good to see you once more. How are things going?
Not so good. Sharnak, in the last 24 hours so much has happened. Vahkoro has been kidnapped, the entire city is in ruins, and everyone is missing. Not to mention --
The giant helicopter and its ejecting turrets? I know about the whole thing.
You know? But how?
This is stationed directly underneath this city, not to mention it is our main supplier of most of our resources. I felt it was important to monitor all its activities. Now, I believe it is time to fill you all in what just happened.
I thought we both knew what was going on.
You only know about pieces of the entire puzzle. While not all the pieces are found, there are enough to see the picture.
I hate metaphors.
Let me explain this at the beginning. At 9:00 I visited the logistics for matters concerning shipment. However, at 9:30 we were attacked. Two PASS soldiers, most likely special ops. had infiltrated the building by some sort of energy beam. They quickly revealed their intention to kidnap Vahkoro. Eljay managed to hold off their attack, but I did not see the outcome. Jahli rushed for help, while I decided to provide help. I teleported back to base, to form a defensive strategy. However, I just could not. PASS stuck this place harder than ever. We suffered a massive aerial invasion. They destroyed the city and took many hostages, along with all the supplies.
Somehow most of the entire population. Those who were not taken were dead, but he did manage to rescue a few dozen of our soldiers.
What about Eljay, Vahkoro, and Jahli? They were in the area as well.
Jahli is fine. Eljay is in pretty bad shape, as he was in the blast zone radius when the structure was hit by their warship. But on the bright side, he should be up and ready in a few days.
And of Vahkoro?
Vahkoro didn’t make it. He’s gone. I’m so sorry, Venom.
Everyone, but ACER sinks down.
Anyway, there is more. There seemed to be multiple attacks on logistic centers today. However, this one was the biggest, as this was a major settlement. PASS seems to do everything in their power to kill us quickly. First they want to kill you, general, and now they are trying to deplete all our resources.
Then things are worse than I thought. What are we going to do now?
The attack was on RIGOL as a whole, Venom. This is a question only you can answer.
VENOM pauses and looks back.
I believe an effective counterstrike is in order. But first we must get back on our feet. PASS destroyed and captured most of our resources today, correct?
Not most, but it was a good deal of it.
Then we need to replace them. First, I believe a rescue mission is in order. PASS took our troops and we need them back.
A rescue mission? Awesome! I mean, of course.
No offense, Venom, but I doubt that rescuing our soldiers will replace all the resources that PASS took.
Let’s just say after this, the BZGuard will be more than willing to give us more support in this war.
Venom, what do you --?
We will discuss this later. Now get back to the focus at the matter at hand. TBL, can you locate where PASS is keeping our prisoners?
Way ahead of you. Our satellites have picked up where exactly where. They are kept in a base in the near the coastal region of the great desert. Yet, the strange thing it seems to be underground. Quite odd for a prison.
Things are rarely what they seem to be. Still, we must act now before PASS prepares readies defenses. A small team should do the trick. Acer, Jed, you’re with me. We’ll get Oni on the way. TBL, we need a few extra men and a ship that can take us there fast and unnoticed.
You mean a stealth plane.
Yeah, whatever, just get it done. I’ll go get equipment, care to join me if you want. We will meet back here as soon as possible.
RIGOL Technology Center
VENOM comes back with a new sniper rifle.
Sorry for the delay. Has anyone seen Oni?
TBL (in armor)
ONI could not join us for the mission for reasons unknown. However, I did get three new soldiers. Meet Jahli, Garda, and myself.
Yourself? I guess that answers the suit question that I was about to ask. Why do you want to join us?
I not just and engineer, general, I am a soldier as well. Plus, I’ve also wanted to test one of my creations out in battle for myself.
Very well. I’ll question your actions on the way. Show us to the hanger.
CUT TO HANGER
Well, here it is.
That’s a stealth plane? That thing is huge!
Yup. Everyone ready?
No. I’ve just realized that we barely have plan.
That’s because we’re unfortunately going to have to make this up as we go along. We barely know what we are getting ourselves into.
True. However, we should look for a control center. If there is one, it might be able to free everyone imprisoned.
Also, this plane is designed to carry large amounts of cargo and transport them fast and unnoticed. It should carry our prisoners with only minimum difficulty. Hopefully.
What do you mean “hopefully”?
Well, it’s a prototype. It hasn’t even been tested yet.
Then consider this the test run. Everyone, let us move. PASS will soon regret their actions.
Well, there you go!
As I said earlier, the script went under several revisions. In a first draft there was another elaborate fight scene. In it, the giant helicopter would have either fired at the building or crashed into it, causing the already weak structure to topple over. The squad managed to survive either by jumping on the copter and riding on its slower decent or, if they stayed in the building, by miraculous luck. There, one the turrets ejected, revealing spider-like legs and fought them on ground. They defeated it by taking out the legs but Oni was severely injured in the process.
This scene was cut due to time and because I couldn't get the comic to flow right. It caused most of my writer's/artist's block so I had to scrap it. The biggest drawback of its removal was that the rest of Venom hogged the fight scene. Had it been kept, everyone would have gotten a chance to participate.
Oni's absence would have also been more believable. He decided to leave the series and his injuries would have provided an in-story reason why he would no longer be seen. I didn't want to kill him off, like what they did to Vahkoro, in case he wanted to return. Since the seen was cut, I had to make him suddenly leave off-screen for no good reason.
Another major change was the ending. In my first draft, Venom did not leave for a rescue mission; we went to meet with the BZGuard. (In most comic land stories, the BZGuard were the protectors and servants of Tohu and were also the law enforcers and military of the comic land.) It would make sense that while they would try to not officially picks sides in order to prevent escalation of the war, they would be sympathetic to RIGOL's cause and secretly support it. With RIGOL is on the losing, Venom would demand/persuade them to fully join his side. If he succeeds, it would be a turning point in the war. However, Venom would be out in the open and PASS forces would be out to stop him, no matter the cost.
I loved this idea, (which included a high speed chase scene), but I decided to save it for later, hinting at Venom's plan for the guard instead. It was changed where Venom would go on a rescue mission to save his friend, Vahkoro, only to find him dead. This was changed after Eljay's comic, which depicted him dying in the logistics center instead at a PASS prison or base.
Because when the curtain drops and Galidor 2015 is confirmed, me and the other DZPers will be smiling. (Especially Xaeraz with his unopened Nick Bluetooth.)
A Brickset user discovered that the Google+ post by LEGO has the original file name as the image URL, which is "Bionicle-4-new.jpg". See here: http://brickset.com/article/12344
Source: Exciting LEGO Announcement Coming Friday
I think that eliminates any doubt.
>I've played several matches with all five characters available in the demo (Mario, Link, Pikachu, Villager and Mega Man), and I was by far the most consistent with Mega Man and Link. While I have lost some battles as Mega Man, I think that's more due to me still adapting to the 3DS controls. That said, I was able to pick up Mega Man's play style almost instantly, and he's definitely my favorite out of the five. When I first saw Mega Man last year I had a feeling that he would become one of my mains - I'm glad to know that I was correct. He has a really good mix of ranged and close-up attacks that suits my play style well. Mega Man will see a lot of use from me; unfortunately, I'll have to wait until the game releases to judge him against Toon Link.
>Speaking of Toon Link... it's no surprise that Link is my second-best character in the demo. Toon Link is essentially a smaller, faster (and slightly weaker) version of Link, so the clumsiness I felt when playing the demo won't be there when I shift to Toon Link in the retail release. It's high time I became a little deadly again.
This has, of course, led me to consider the past (and incumbent) Smash Bros. titles, specifically regarding the characters that I tend to use in each. Or, in the case of Smash Wii U and 3DS, the characters I expect to use.
But that's for a future entry.
Suffice it to say that this demo is addicting despite containing only five characters and one stage with no changeable settings. I can't wait for the full game.
finally opened mami so my madoka collection is pretty much done. i'm pretty sure. there were always just the five magical girls, so....i'm pretty sure i'm done. yeah. i can't think of a single thing that's missing.
Edit: also started watching Good Luck Girl make of that what you will.
Late because I was occupied yesterday and sick today.
The only downside is my username no longer matches my custom member title, but I should be eligible for a new one because of my MOCs on the circuit anyway so it shouldn't trouble me for too long.
What style? As you'll notice right away from the beginning of the story once it's posted in December, I write about events first and things second. Action is prioritized over subjects, but I don't mean I ignore beautiful descriptions and character moments. I simply merge them so closely and have written the plot so that action is constantly pushing the description and the character progressions. It's the most fast-paced story I've ever written, and it only starts to really slow down after ten or eleven chapters. Pretty crazy.
I also wanted to share that I solved a plot hole that had been looming for a few months now. I wanted this to happen, but it didn't make sense with that. Then on a walk home I just got to thinking and envisioned a tiny part of a scene I had planned, and realized the solution was staring me in the face. The solution was actually the solution to another problem in the story, and I realized it could act as two solutions in one. Actually brought a grin to my face as I felt everything clicking together. It's a great feeling.
Once again, I'm very excited to present my newest story to you. I aim to finish the raw writing by end of October, and spend November revising and tightening it up. I've decided not to kill myself over details like I did with This World - that really was why I had to give up and end it because I pressured myself too much to make it perfect. It won't be winning awards for lyrical grammar or any such nonsense, but I do hope it is a fun story to read and theorize with as you go along.
Two and a half months left. Here we go.
earth and stone are basically the same (bye Onua)
Gali can heat water (she did so in one of the early comic issues, forget which) which means she can also freeze it (bye Kopaka)
following the same logic, Pohatu should be able to heat rock to create magma, and by extension, flames (this would be difficult I'd imagine, and nowhere near as practical as Tahu's fire abilities, but it still makes him redundant)
and Gali could also control air in a roundabout way by evaporating water or simply focusing on the moisture in the air to much the same effect as Lewa's abilities. Coupled with a Kakama for making tornadoes and you're good to go
So that's Kopaka and Onua rendered useless and Tahu and Lewa maybe handy to have around for a shortcut to certain abilities, but the gist of it is Gali and Pohatu could easily and practically be the whole team for 90% of the circumstances they were put in. They're also the only two who get along, so we ditch the angst as well.
Bam. Perfect harmony in a Toa team at last, and a perfect gender ratio. We have fixed Bionicle, my friends.
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