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Media Arc Idea!
You may or may not have noticed that I am a big
fan of the game Xenoblade Chronicles
, and several other players have expressed a desire to either play it, and I know at least one other person who has played it. I had the idea of adapting it for a WAAPT arc.
From bits and pieces from wikipedia
The game follows a young man named Shulk, who wields the eponymous Xenoblade – an energy blade called the Monado – against the Mechon in order to ultimately save the world.
In the beginning, the world had originally been nothing but an endless ocean. That was until two great titans—the Bionis and the Mechonis —came into existence. These two giants fought a timeless battle, until with one final strike, only their lifeless bodies remained, forever locked in combat. Eons later, civilizations founded by races of Bionis—including the humanoid Homs and the Nopon—came under attack from the Mechon, a horde of machines from Mechonis.
Setting: Well look at this◊
. The one on the left, Bionis, is where the game starts. The one on the right is the Mechonis.
How it would work
It would have
to take place in an AU for reasons that are spoily, but there are two ideas I have to explain it's existence, such as:
- It is a result of a timeline where in the RedEyes v. Jacob battle, Zeal won. This is advantageous for a few reasons, such as that it helps meld the game to our continuity, making it less of "Here's a completely seperate universe" and more of "Here's a part of our universe", considering it means this universe is a result of a Pokémon one, justifiying the adaptations made. As well it could very easily be a result if the fight turned out that way, and it wouldn't affect other timelines.
- It could just be some random alternate timeline. This also has it's advantages such as that it allows for more control over how some of the things work, and more freedom with some of the characters. It also allows for a lot more room to be vauge with how some of the things work.
In the game, there are three main races that you need to worry about
Homs- Humans, effectively. No differences between them and the humans from the main universe in any way that needs to be looked at.
High Entia- More advanced humans with winged heads. No they can't fly with them. Well they can glide sort of but it's hard, takes a lot of training, and if you are incapable of wiggling your ears you can forget about it. Also they can use magic.
Nopon- Balloon... bird... bunny things. They're admittedly hard to describe. Best I can do is they're like Ewoks that talk a lot and function as merchants. If you need a better description go here
Now for the arc counterparts really all I thought to change were the Nopon, into fat Delibirds. As well instead of the High Entia having elemental magic, they could be able to use basic Pokémon attacks. If someone has a better idea feel free to say you have an idea that's better than mine. As well most of the wild life, the monsters the members need to face, easily can be changed into Pokémon.
Role of Pokémon
Since I doubt people would want an arc where they don't have their teams along for the ride, I feel like Pokémon should be able to be brought, and it shouldn't really affect the story. However in this universe, I don't see Pokémon and humans being able to work and live together like they do in the main series. Without relegating them all to be wild animals, with some domesticated for use, I don't see a super heavy Pokémon involvement beyond a few of the bosses, though there may be ways to change that.
How the characters would get involved
How it would get started, I would like suggestions with, because for the life of me I don't know how to get people here, if it does become a thing. Once they get there though...
We're They'd Go/What They'd Do Once They Are
Since I know having us all in one place doing one thing isn't going to work out, participants would/could be scattered to a few locations and handle their own individual stories until the plot pushes them together. Everyone would still be doing important things, but this way not everything is crowded, and several of the stories that happen off-screen in game we can bring to life. The locations are:
Colony 9: It's the starting hometown, here◊
on Bionis, at about its mid-calf. It's where the main cast lives, and a fairly peaceful suburban town-city of sorts, inhabited by plenty of humans and Nopon. People who would start here would be part of the main story.
Colony 6: Another Colony on Bionis, around its upper thigh◊
. This is like Colony 9, but with a much better militia and a bit smaller. Again, Nopon and humans would be here. Those who would end up here would follow events immediately precluding the kicking off of the main story. People here would be more useful for explaining the world to those who start out in Colony 9 because they'd have more time to get settled. Not too much time but quite a bit.
Frontier Village: This is a very... it's a giant tree on the Bionis' back◊
, filled with Nopon. Characters who end up here would not get a lot of exposition that those in Colony 6 would, and are not part of the main story for quite a while. In fact, characters who end up here will be involved in silly shenanigans for a while, but also will be involved in a sidequest chain that before the main group reaches here. This group will be the last to join the main story, about a third of the way through. Though it is reached by the main group before the location where the last group will start.
Alcamoth: The capital city of the High Entia atop the massive ocean called the Eryth sea, which is at the base of the Bionis' head◊
. Yes that whole thing is part of the head. It confused me too at first. If you don't get it hopefully these◊ help◊
. Alcamoth, as previously stated is the home of the High Entia, and characters who would start out here would be involved in the various expirements of it's scientific community, and assisting the royal family with matters that preclude it's involvement with the main story. They would gain an incredible amount of knowledge about the High Entia, and also would be introduced to the story before the group reaches the Frontier Village.
That's one idea of how it could happen. Alternatively everyone could end up in Colony 9 and just follow the main story.
As well I've entertained the idea of, if people choose, allowing their characters to temporarily become either High Entia or Nopon, depending on where they start out. This could be explained in short by ether
, which fills the role of the universal plot hole filler of magic for Xenoblades, and could warp people entering the universe so that they conform to it. Of course this also may not happen, if that's not a good idea.
As for the characters... there's no limit to how many could be involved, but seeing as this game is huge, there is a minimum. This is not so each of the potential starting points could have one person, but because I don't feel like it's worth the effort if only one or two people want to join in. It would happen a long time from now, at least, but still.
As well, we have a few options to go with regarding the characters and their relation to the story.
1. Some members of the group replace the characters of the story. I can see this but don't want to do it because I seriously doubt all the people who participate in this arc know the story very very very
well, and could react in the ways needed to drive the story. It could be pulled off, but it'd be difficult, and as well there is a finite number of roles, which means once they're filled, the other participants, if there are more than what's needed. More rewarding, and it allows the group to not play-tag along with the main cast, but it'd be a hassle setting out. However if this is done I already have several ideas for who could fill who. Despite it's difficulty, if pulled off, this would make the arc feel more free and not so confined, it would become less of the game played out in the RP but the RP living the game.
2. Those who participate simply are involved
with the main group, being pulled along in their adventure for their own reasons, but ultimately, to go home. This allows more people to participate, but it makes the story more... scripted. The actions and reactions would have minimal effect on the overall story, but it allows for smoother transitioning and a quicker progession.
And that's what I have to say about a potential Xenoblade Chronicles Arc. Thoughts, complaints, and suggestions are all apreciated.
edited 20th Dec '13 12:39:49 PM by Verax
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