Akron last awoke when cats were the dominant civilizationThey managed to seal Akron, but their advanced civilization was destroyed in the process. Over the ages, they have slowly begun to rebuild their civilization, but humans have out-paced them and become the dominant life-form.
- The heroes might even be the ancient feline counterparts to Matt, Natz and Lance (the Lance counterpart leaving his/her tank note behind... just to be destroyed by the trio we know.) Possibly even an ancestor of NoLegs, too...
- Jossed. Akron was created by Godcat.
Oblivion is Akron's rivalOblivion is the super form of the final boss in 3.3, and represents omnipresent destruction, a counterpart to Origin of Life, who represents creation. Obiivion's been around since, possibly, the beginning of time, and Akron's been around for millions of years. Both seem to exist only to destroy, and both are very powerful. It only makes sense that they would be enemies or rivals of some sort.
- With Godcat confirmed to appear in EBF 4, it is possible that rivalry may have shifted to the heroes who outright KILLED Akron.
Anna has only recently taken up a forest lifeAnna is an all around Nature Hero who uses a bow and actually has smaller breasts than Natz... But in the first EBF, an NPC in a shop with the same hair and larger breasts appeared. Leading on from this, it is possible that Anna, like Lance, acted to help stop the chaos that was raging, and took to the forests to train herself in some form of combat. As a result, she lost some weight, and the only place that could leave from comfortably is the breasts. She then encountered Matt and Natz at some point before EBF 3.3, and joined the group, having helped them before by running a shop. She brought a bush with her since the others had some sort of non-human companion with them (Matt = NoLegs, Natz = the mammoth, Lance = Scanbot, which was taken out of retirement after Lance's scanner was destroyed in some offscreen battle after defeating Akron.)
Lance had an abusive fatherTwo of Lance's potential responses from weak enemy attacks are something to the effect of "My dad hit harder than that when I was a kid." and "I've seen my mother survive harder hits than that." Seems only logical where such lines would come from, then...
- That goes some way to explain why he wanted to take over the world in the second game.
- As an addition, Lance's father may have been a miner. In the fourth game, he mentions with a Thousand-Yard Stare how he was taken on a mining trip one time, and how it evidently scarred him for life. It was a reference to Minecraft and Played for Laughs at the time, but it might make more sense now if his father had a horrifying job like that. Combined with some NPCs actually protesting how unfair the economic system is, (PCs kill monsters to earn money, then Shopkeepers charge insane amounts and hog all the money) it's possible Lance came from a non-PC/Shopkeeper home... Which isn't a good thing.
- Bullet Heaven 2 adds to this. In 4-5, Lance says he might have a phobia of being buried alive. A few lines later, he is crying and reveals that his dad was killed in a mine-crafting incident. "He just wanted those diamonds so badly... and then... Boom! All that was left of him was his shovel... and some blocks of wood... and a single lump of coal." (Jarringly enough, Anna is the only one to react to the reveal, as the post-boss dialogue is all about how Lance conquered his fear and where they're supposed to go next.)
There were no word of complaint against this game using Comic Sans because....This game is already silly to begin with! The font suits the game well as the result.
Godcat was being manipulatedBy some even more ancient Deity, who used Godcat to create Humanity in it's image because it was too lazy to, as the true dominant species. The ending wasn't Godcat having an epiphany, it was the even more ancient Deity taking over Godcat to stop it from destroying humans. And it will be the boss of the fifth game, since the pattern of "Boss from last game was made by a result of boss from this game's actions". The heroes are simply annoyed and get to grinding again.
Natz and the Beholder had a child.The Beholder's attack in the fourth game prompts Natalie to hope she doesn't get pregnant from it "again". While that may mean she again doesn't want to get pregnant from the beholder, it could mean that she has indeed gotten pregnant with a beholder child, carried it to term, and there is now a freaking Natz/Beholder hybrid wandering around. Natz/Beholder child for EBF 5 new hero.
- For the sake of sanity, let's hope that what she meant was "I'm having the same hopes as last time", rather than "I hope this doesn't go the same as last time."
- For the sake of insanity, let's assume that child is Cthulhu.
Natz does not want to use the Sol Spear in EBF 3 because Catastrophe hit her with it during the EBF 1 summon.She hogs the other spear because it's better as a staff anyways.
How the side games' stories are connectedOf course, Epic Battle Fantasy 1 came first. But before 2, Lance started gaining strength and gathering devout followers, and wanted to take Natalie for his queen, kicking off the plot of Adventure Story. Matt rescued Natalie but failed to get Lance, and Epic Battle Fantasy 2 came from there. Later, once Akron was defeated, the Godcats began to fight over what to do with the humans who dared destroy him completely, and the heroes decided to stop them before their fighting destroyed the world in Bullet Heaven. The heroes only managed to stop the Godcats' quarrel, but then they struggled to get along, and the heroes stole everything they could in case the Godcats ever got along.
The shopkeeper from EBF 1 was Anna's motherStrong Family Resemblance? Maybe even Generation Xerox?
Lance has PTSD to an extentIf the above WMG about Lance is taken as true (and the games give no evidence against it), he was certainly in a position to have developed it. Even if it's not true somehow, Lance still presumably served in the military, and the condition was first named with veterans in mind. There's also the fact that he saw his father die in front of him. Now, as for the symptoms? Let's see...
- Reliving the Event: Visiting enclosed caves seems to trigger unpleasant memories of the traumatic event, as EBF 4 and 4.4 (Bullet Heaven 2) demonstrate.
- Bad Feelings About Others: When the player first encounters the Dark Players in Battle Mountain, Lance makes an offhanded remark about how he's wanted to kill the others. This included Matt, who was his friend prior to the second game, and Natz, who he has feelings for. He generally doesn't seem like he likes the others, but if he hated them so much, why would he stay with them? Also of note is that this symptom includes not being able to talk about the traumatic event in question; note that we only get details about the event after it's brought up a game later.
- Hyperarousal: One of Lance's lines upon revival says that it was the best sleep he's had in a long time. Remember, this is a line he says after he's been dead.
Lance didn't actually stop trying to take over the world.Many of his idles consist of communicating with someone else about topics such as nuclear explosions: it's quite possible he's doing the same thing offscreen and sticking with a party he may not like and knows can defeat him in order to keep them firmly occupied helping him remove future threats to his rule.
The Arbitrary Headcount Limit / keeping someone in backup is because of several TPK experiences.We know there's space on the average battlefield for more enemies because in the later games there are, but there's got to be reason the players can't do so either. There's a lot of things that could have easily wiped the party and in some runs do: large explosions, zombie hydra instant death spam with some back luck, Sandworm meat, etc. The three-on-field-at-once is established as effective when Lance joins up. When the party fills up to 4, there's finally the option to keep someone in backup and away from the battlefield wandering around so that most party-wide attacks don't wipe them and so that they can have the opportunity to recuperate.
The Anna-like shopkeeper is just Anna's sister Sarah.She retired from shopkeeping after EBF 1 after the Gokusplosion or the violence that lead up to it essentially cleared out the monsters in her area, is presumably staying away from the zones of conflict in EBF 2, makes it to a familiar forest in EBF 3 where she hangs out for a while but cannot start another potion shop due to competition and waiting on Legolas, and by EBF 4 is just deciding to stay home and maybe get into adventuring.
The world's industrial capacity was essentially converted almost entirely to military purposes.Most of the craftsmen and major centers of heavily processed production were destroyed horribly during the early shenanigans like Goku exploding, and afterward various factories were turned into weapons facilities either to take over others in the chaos, fend off each other, or to stem Lance's invasion or whoever (and then the virus/glitch or abandonment hit several of those facilities...)
- Things like stepladders are unique within the scope of the game, certain processed foods are exceedingly expensive, and lots of quest objects get bizarre relatively quickly because the places that make those products have gone the way of cat civilization and few entities remain to take advantage of them.
The delimbing of cats gave them limited telekinesis and snail feet.This is why they can still hold things and generally seem to have invisible short limbs or whatever capable of constructing and operating weapons and machinery, and why they are mostly upright.
The delimbing of cats just made their limbs invisible.Meow Meow has visible limbs in some scenes and doesn't have them in others, plus cats can still hold things. Godcat just hid the limb sprites or whatever.