- Notice how, game-mechanics-wise, Black Storm can't actually kill anyone, only blast units to 1 HP.
- Lampshaded in this episode of Bob Squad.
- Actually, it and missiles can kill people just fine, it just can't kill 1/10 people and big machines.
- And the intro of days of ruin said 90% of humanity died. 90%=1\10 left!
Or, alternatively, Lash couldn't succeed in making a robot, and went with a quick-fix solution.
- It is more of a contigency plan; in the unlikely event that Caulder and his only male clone croaks, the females will attempt to seek out survivors to repopulate and commence a mantis style operation, whereafter having a sufficient population kill their husbands. That or the troops are literal androids.
- That, or he took a note from Jail and has them all carrying clones of himself inside them. Brings up a new level of Squick, though.
- So does this mean Team Fortress 2 is in Advance Wars?
The answer is that the entire series (Except Battalion Wars and Days of Ruin) is actually some form of MMO Strategy game. A very immersive one, possibly somewhat Virtual Reality. COs are obviously real players logged in. It's debatable if they're the only real humans, or perhaps people start as commanders of platoons, and work their way up to full-on COs. Given how, sometimes, COs get status reports from nameless soldiers, these are perhaps actual players doing the legwork. And since they get easily respawned if their platoon is wiped out, there isn't a lot of concern if they 'die.' The CO abilities are actual abilities given to them in-game, as a result of being high-enough level to earn a name. Each battle is often a programmed 'instance', hence why you can restart with some advice even if you've lost the final desperate battle. Just respawn and retry.
It's not the uncaring/fun-loving COs that are being apathetic at war, it's the COs that do care role-playing. Many battles are actually 'instances' started by one player and answered by another.
To explain everything, let's go with a timeline. All the Famicom Wars up until Advance Wars 1 was the game in pure. There was no plotline, and everyone was just running around blowing stuff up. Every new game was an upgrade in the software, or the latest expansion.
Eventually, guilds started forming. The most known being Red Star, Yellow Comet, Blue Moon, and Green Earth. This was also when the beta-test of enhanced abilities was being implemented. Red Star changed to Orange Star due to too many jokes. Between Super Famicom Wars and Advance Wars, these four guilds decided to form their own servers. They made Cosmo Land as a battle server where the four could just duke it out. Macro Land was meant as a sort of RP/Downtime server, and a home base with a peace treaty in place. Property acquisition was important in this edition, so to prevent the decimation of a guild, they used Macro Land to make sure no guild is completely wiped out. Even if a guild was eliminated in Cosmo Land, they still had Macro Land to come from and reclaim property with. They closed off to all the outside servers to keep out the riffraff and jackasses you'll invariably get with any MMO game. Now newbies had to fill out an application and wait.
A new player, with the screenname Andy, worked his way up and became a CO for Orange Star. However, it seemed that this Andy ignored many of the agreements between the guilds in the Cosmo Land Server, causing a huge uproar as the other guilds demanded his head for the destruction he was causing in their properties. This kicked off Advance Wars 1. Eventually, it was found out that another 'Andy' was responsible, a 'fake' meant to disturb the balance in Wars World. The culprit? A hacker calling himself 'Sturm.' He founded his own guild, 'Black Hole,' hacked his own abilities to give himself a completely unfair advantage, and made a 'duplicate' Andy by giving Andy's abilities to a script kiddie he had working for him. Eventually, he was pushed out of Cosmo Land.
Not content, this excrement-disturber Sturm decided to revisit, this time with several other hackers in tow. And now Sturm managed to hack the game in very interesting ways, most notably with his 'pipelines,' seemingly normal terrain that blocked ALL movement. And this time, he decided to attack where people weren't expecting him to, in Macro Land. The piping away resources plot ties back to the virtual reality aspect of this world. How could a pipeline suck away such a nebulous concept as 'resources' unless it's a computer medium, where 'resources' is literally the world economy? The missile assault was just the plot for an instance, though. After that, Sturm was threatening to destroy the entire server, but Hawke manually logged his ass off and 'eliminated' his virtual avatar (In a sense, IP banning him). The rest of Black Hole, now getting swept up in this RPing that the nations are known for, willingly left.
However, the Black Hole guild attacked again. A quick scan found that they had set up base in another server, Omega Land, and several of the local players there were complaining about the chaos they were causing in their server. And, thus, the Allied Nations formed and invaded Omega Land to restore balance and push out Black Hole for good. Some players had to stay behind to fend off the smaller Black Hole attacks in Macro Land, so they recruited the local players into their various factions.
Von Bolt, the new head of Black Hole, was RPing the 'draining' of Omega Land's health, but in reality the black crystals and Obilesks were sucking the bandwith from Omega Land, and using it for his own purpose, possibly webpages. (Remember, Virtual Reality, where such odd concepts can be represented tangibly.) Hawke and Lash were playing along before learning what this selfish jerk was using the game server for. Finding that out (and annoyed Von Bolt wasn't giving them any bandwidth), they split for the other team.
The final scene, with Jake and Von Bolt facing off, is confusing. After all, why would Jake care about 'shooting' one man, if he had ordered innumerable troops to kill and be killed? Especially if it wasn't really him, just a virtual representation? It is possible that this VR is so immersive, that people are actually wetwired into the system, and killing their avatar results in their deaths, or severe damage to their neural systems. Or perhaps it completely fries their computer network. Hard to say.
- This is possibly the best idea I've ever heard. Ever.
- Agreed. Urge to write fanfic... rising...
- Does this mean Days of Ruin is a Darker and Edgier sequel to the MMO? Explains why the character list is so small; only the elite roleplayers started immediately playing it, as most of the original game's fanbase could have disliked the grittier setting the sequel offered and were reluctant to pick up a copy.
- Well, there is always the possibility that Days of Ruin was actually a test of a new player-created weather effect system that began wreaking havoc with the server it was tested on.
- Or alternately, and tying back in with the "training sim" version above, Days of Ruin is the real world. It's still absurdly war-torn, but it's, well, real. Can you blame the civilian population for burying themselves in a cartoonish parody of the hell outside? And if it helps get the next generation of generals ready, so much the better.
- Or following on that killing someone in game can be dangerous, perhaps the meteors destroying the world is actually a virus which has badly corrupted a server, as well as the artificial hacked creeper virus, both of these cause all units to die permanently, thus why they are more worried about death in Days of Ruin.
- Other than the white hair, though, he doesn't really seem that old. (And since Max's is blue, it might not even be a sign of age in the first place.) That said, since no one seems to have given ages, Hawke could be older than he looks... Though it's also implied that Eagle gets his Ace Pilot tendencies from his dad, and Hawke doesn't show any aircraft preferences.
- Or why any kid can be in charge... Unless...
- It is implied that most of the Black Hole are aliens and they need augmentations to survive on the the other faction's planet..
Mainly, though, this theory exists because Brenner O'Brian sounds awesome.
This theory doesn't work as well with Caulder's clone children, admittedly. Unless they have different last names for whatever reason.
- That would mean Lin would end up being... Lin Lin.
- Hence why I said most of the characters, not all.
- In Caulder's case, Caulder is the surname. I believe he's referred to as Dr. Caulder, implying that Caulder is actually the surname. Tabitha Caulder, Penny Caulder and Cyrus Caulder all work. Inversely, Larissa Stolos, Lili Stolos, and Cyrus Stolos all work. Plus, the OP did say "most", meaning there are a few exceptions.
- Hence why I said most of the characters, not all.
- This could neatly explain why Olaf gets Patriotic Fervor in AW2 and AWDS despite supposedly not being from Blue Moon. If he lived in the part of Orange Star that eventually became Blue Moon, it would solve the contradiction there.
The meteors detonated the nuclear missiles silos all over the world, which in turn spread the radiation and created all the mutants and radioactive creatures. After years of fighting, the factories were destroyed and/or broke down, unable to create more units. Because of this, it didn't take long for the mutant creatures to start to populating the Wasteland, and the CO powers disappeared as time went on.
The Creeper virus was kept in a hidden lab by the Enclave and used for the experiments of Vault 22, so that instead of killing its host, the plants would use their spores to spread further and control their victims as mindless zombies. Everything makes sense!
He doesn't realize this though, and every single one of the other characters is engaged in an elaborate act to keep it that way. Unable to keep him from his destined aptitude, they allowed the child to start leading troops on their terms, so that he wouldn't do it on his own. Soon his need for war required appeasement, and so the first Advance War was arranged. Hundreds of thousands of troops went to their deaths under the command of a joyful child, so that millions more wouldn't. They carefully cultivated his "Gee willikers! Great battle!" attitude, playing along to reinforce a childish idea of a "jolly good war".
Otherwise he would take war seriously. His innocence in the face of the slaughter of his troops is the first of the seven seals. When at last it breaks... behold, a white horse, and Andy who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
Just in case someone from Intelligent Systems might stumble upon it, here are ways this could happen/work.
The support will be between the COs.
You gain "support points" by pulling actions that involve two COs such as switching, Dual CO Powers, etc.
- Minor nit-picky correction: Valter's hair is more bluish. That aside, they are quite similar personality-wise, so this is an excellent crossover guess.
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