LNH20: Replacement characters
saxonbrenton at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 25 11:37:44 PDT 2012
On 21 June 2012 Adrian wrote:> The mesoamerican idea is a good one. I'm afraid I know next to nothing
> about that at the moment.
> Googlemesh served three different purposes: A mythological hero, a
> primal warrior type character, and a link to the Ancient Legion. These
> three don't have to be to the same character, and the third one might
> not be a living person. We already have a mythological hero: Library
> Lad, who is actually Thoth. Though it would be good to have a
> completely different one from a completely different mythology to
> contrast to him. The second role could go to Devastator, if he goes
> into the 20verse, or a character who's based on the idea for a female
> Master Blaster that we were discussing. The third could be a giant
> robot (maybe the one UM gets in the chapter that I'm currently
> writing, the one that shows up right after Googlemesh dies; there are
> probably others); an artifact of some sort like a weapon, grimoire,
> crystal or non-crystal skull (sentient or otherwise) (remember the
> Dragon originally wanted Googlemesh's skull); a ghost; some sort of
> archaeological code. Or a combination of one or more of the above.
> AJM (would like Saxon's input on all this)
[begin blameshifting statement:]
After due consideration, I have decided to blame Fiji.
No, seriously. Last year I went on a family vacation to Fiji, got so
lazy that I more or less stopped interacting with RACC for months, and
missed pretty much all the prep work on LNH20.
This year I went for another family vacation to Fiji (we took Dad over
as a 70th birthday present). I was able to make one small contribution
to LNHv2#50 before I left, and then one hurried comment about possible
character subplots for how Anal-Retenhtive Archive Kid 2 would react to
the Master Blaster/WikiBoy relationship - which kinda sorta set the
match to the kindling of the Recent Unpleasantness.
Then after we got back to Australia there was only a few days before I
had to travel up the coast for the 70th birthday party proper, and in
the meantime there's been all this *stuff* accumulatiung in my inbox
which I've been too lazy to read through, and now with only half a week
left before flying out for RACC-con I'm trying futiley to catch up, and,
There's a tourist marking joke over there which goes 'I'm on Fiji Time',
which pretty much sums up how I've been blowing off doing anything in a
timely manner. So there you go. It's all Fiji's fault :-P
[end blameshifting statement]
Okay, back to business. The point about breaking down what Googlemesh's
story telling purpose was into three constituent parts is well taken.
At first blush I do like the idea of using some of the non-western
mythologies: goodness knows I've done that enough myself, and sometimes
not even a safely dead non-Western mythos. That said, if that became too
difficult (for whatever reason) then we could synthesise a new character
with those attributes; effectively pulling the Triumph/Sentry/Kid Macro
trick of bringing back a character who'd been forgotten to history. In
any case, depending on exactly which extant mythological character was
chosen, then there's a good chance that he'll combine the first two
attributes anyway, and it would be trivially easy to include exploits to encompass the 3rd.
On a purely storytelling level I'm glad you reminded me of the plot
dangler of the dragon wanting Googlemesh dead. I suspect that the death
of Googlemesh will need to be kept off-camera, but the prospect of the
Recovery Man returning to the dragon with a box, saying 'I have what you
wanted', and the dragon looking in the box, nodding, and concluding their
deal would be a good way of moving the story on to the next level.
Whatever other distractions there may be about multiple spoons could be
swept away as the Recovery Man gets his hand on 'the one' Spoon/manifestation
of the Spoons which has the power to draw in all the other quantum-thingummy
duplicates. (And depending on his exact personality and/or level of genre savy,
the Red Shirt thug sent by WHATEVER to be part of the team will either be
crowing at having been part of a villainous triumph to kill off a net.hero,
or seriously freaked out that the scheme actually worked and realising that
he's now in deeper than eh expected).
That's all I've got at the moment.
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