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Welcome, one and all! I'm ChromastoneandTabby, AKA CaT, and this here is my submission to the Fall 2017 Fanon Con!
Tech 10: Star Spirit
Okay so I finally figured out what my goddamn problem with writing this series is:
It ain't supposed to be this long.
I originally only planned it to have two seasons, but once two seasons were actually done, I was like "shit I didn't do everything to a satisfactory level better add even more shit to fix that".
That didn't work.
So now, I'm going back to the basics. Rewriting the series for the Re:Vise Project, shuffling around some plot points, reworking the script a bit, keeping the overall plot very similar but actually doing what I originally goddamn wanted to do with the series instead of what I actually ended up doing with it because I chickened out.
Also no Encore or Delta forms because those were goddamn pointless.
As noted in the Star Spirit section, I'll be placing a lot more focus on this.
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After a few months of planning, I can officially announce that Act 2 is scheduled to come out on October 23rd in honor of the original Halloween episode of the miniseries that came out on the same date in 2014. Given the events of Act 2, I think this is fairly fitting (hint hint wink wink nudge nudge).
Those of you subscribed to the Gazette have probably seen the following piece of art and wondered what the hell that's all about:
In short, it's the movie equivalent to Napoleon's "Energy Connection" form from the original miniseries. I modified the aesthetic to be fire-based and renamed it to "Burst" but the mechanics are basically the same. I also extended its effects to his transformations, but they just get recolors and a new texture because hell if I'm drawing seven completely new designs lmao.
I've been gradually working on this one over the year. I want to make it the best original continuity followup I possibly can, so the planning process has been full of rewrites. Fortunately, I believe I can finally announce that I plan to launch the first episode of the series on October 10th, so look forward to that!
Something I want to note about the art for the series is that I'll be using the OV art of the characters and aliens unless I feel they're in particular need of a redesign. I actually liked the OV designs for characters like Kevin and Charmcaster, and don't plan on changing anything about those; the OV designs for characters like Gwen, on the other hand...well, I guess you know what one of the upcoming redesigns is now lmao.
I also want to note that I'll only be introducing a single new alien for Ben during the entire series; he has more than enough aliens as it is, and trying to balance their appearances is going to be hard enough without adding on tons of extra fanon aliens (characters like Ehi on the other hand are fair game). Ben's new alien will be a completely original creation, not a pre-existing canon or fanon species.
That's right, 13 is back, but with a few changes. The original 13 was created purely as a way for me to test the atmosphere a few years back, and the plot I made for it was not very interesting, to say the least. This version is going to be pretty different, but still hold some connections to the original version.
Lucius Raivent. Wielder of the MediTrix. Criminal mastermind. Head of a prolific weapons smuggling ring.
Seventeen years old.
After taking over the Raivent criminal empire due to his father's sudden "mysterious displacement", Lucius begins conducting business in an isolated forest within the boundaries of a national park. He has an understanding with the park rangers; his organization keeps the place clear of any unassociated lowlifes, and they don't ask questions. Period.
Unfortunately for Lucius, the forest itself seems to have other plans.
And they don't involve Lucius leaving it alive.
I'm just gonna come right out and say it, this series is gonna be much more horror-inspired than any of my previous material, and that's saying a lot. Psychological horror is my AESTHETIC, and suffice to say I'm excited for a chance to write some myself.
The art style for this iteration of 13 will also be a bit different than my usual fare, featuring more stylized art inspired by the works of Tim Burton.
The most notable thing about the way 13 is going to be presented, however, is how it tells its narrative. Each episode will shift between standard third-person observations of scenes and a first-person monologue presented as a journal kept by Lucius himself, which presents his unique views and thoughts on certain events. I realize this is a bit of an odd idea and some people may not like it, but I believe it to be the best choice for maintaining the atmosphere I want.
With all that out of the way, let's get down to some episodes! There are still only four episodes of the series planned, though that number can be expanded later on if more content is called for. As for the episodes themselves:
Episode 1: The Tunnel (10/13/17)
A mysterious tunnel begins appearing in the forest, with no apparent explanation as to how. This would be less of an issue if mutilated bodies didn't keep crawling out of it.
Episode 2: The Hunger (10/20/17)
People begin vanishing in the forest without a trace. The only clue towards their fates is the mysterious stench of rotting meat appearing in the area.
Episode 3: The Room (10/27/17)
Lucius discovers a room in his manor in the forest that is not present on any floor plans. Stranger still, he seems to be the only one who can see it.
Episode 4: The Trail (10/31/17)
Unmarked trails appear in the forest, leading to parts unknown. Everyone that ventures down these trails is inevitably found exactly four days later, albeit without their various organs in the correct places.
Reading these episode descriptions means you're probably thinking that this is either going to turn out pretty good or pretty bad, and I honestly think the same thing, though obviously I'm trying for the good. To give you an idea as to how this might turn out, here's a short preview of part of an episode:
The creature's head snapped around to look at me. Our eyes locked (although I hesitate to call what I saw "eyes"), and despite the relative openness of this area of the forest, I felt more cornered than I ever had before. After a silent period of time I cannot even begin to estimate, the creature suddenly lunged at me; not an uncommon hunting tactic, but nevertheless unnerving to be on the receiving end of.
Without even considering the presence of my weaponry, I turned and ran. I could hear it chasing me down, gaining on me with every stride of its misshapen legs. As it closed the gap between us, a slight but unmistakably fetid stench became noticeable. The smell helped to break me out of my panicked stupor, allowing me to reach into my coat and grab one of my pistols. Not daring to slow down even for an instant, I bent my arm over my back in a rather awkward manner and fired off several shots.
Most of the bullets missed and flew off somewhere into the forest, but I heard the distinct sound of a single shot ripping through flesh. Immediately after this, the mild stench suddenly grew almost unbearable, as if someone had torn open a hole in a bag of rotting meat. The creature chasing me made no sound reacting to the presumed injury, but became audibly slower.
I managed to make my way to the manor and lock the door behind me. I assume if the creature was particularly determined, this wouldn't have done much to slow it down, but as soon as I closed the doors, all sound from the outside seemed to vanish, including the noise of the creature's pursuit.
I currently sit in the upstairs study, attempting to relay my experience as best I can while trying to sort the situation out in my head. I believe this would be much easier without the distraction of the creature dominating the forefront of my mind. Granted, there is a reason for that beyond irrational fear; it's staring at me as I write this.
Lucius put down his pen and gave a quick side glance out the window to his right. Sure enough, the head of the creature was still directly outside, its eyes boring into him like a pair of drills. He tried his best not to think about how it was watching him through a second-story window and instead think of a plan to get him out of this alive.
Resourceful as he was, even he had to admit his current prospects seemed rather grim.
That might not be the final cut of that scene that makes it into the episode proper, but I think it gives a fairly decent indication of what you're in for with this series. I hope you're looking forward to it as much as I am!
(Oh and if you're wondering why Lucius doesn't just transform and fight the thing in the scene you just read, his aliens are being hella nerfed to make it so actual tension can happen.)
DecaSystem Tech is currently on the back burner while I work on my current projects.
What do you think of Napoleon's Burst Form design?
What's your favorite Burst alien recolor?
What do you think of 13's new art style?
What did you think of the 13 scene preview?
That about finishes up my section for the con, and I hope you're looking forward to the new material! Have fun at the rest of the con, and have a good day!