Broken Ideals: Obfuscate Part 1…Broken Ideals: Obfuscate Part 1 by ~DragoonVulpi
It feels cold. I feel cold.
Wait, I can feel now. I can move my hands and feel the cold beneath me. My nerves are sending proper messages to my cranium. My body wishes to function once more.
I open my eyes and find my sight filled with endless blades of jade. Somehow, they do not puncture my eyes.
I push myself up and find myself in a glade. The moon is full, and casts its otherworldly brightness upon me. Yet, I do not need its light. I can see so clearly.
I would question this, but I have more intriguing questions to ask myself. But first, I must leave this forest I find myself in. I must find civilization. I know not where I am, but surely there must be a city nearby. It's a feeble hope I cling to. I do not wish to stay in this forest for the rest of the night.
I choose the first d
Chapter 32 and Chapter 33 have finally been posted. The finale of Part 2 has finally ended... on the very day I posted the story. It's been one year already. Wow, it's been that long already. Geez, time flies and so much has changed.
Anyway, let's get talking about the finale of Part 2 of the story since that's a giant milestone right there. In an interesting case of the trope being a positive thing, these two chapters, though mostly Chapter 33, are fine examples of Real Life Writes the Plot.
... sort of.
I mean, I didn't have two of my closest friends leave me, where one gets taken away by these HP Lovecraft abominations and the other just flat outs abandons me. I didn't have a vast majority of my hometown wiped out. I didn't have some Sableye start pinning me down and puncture one of the most important veins in the body whilst draining all of my warmth out. I certainly wasn't kicked out of an organization I-
Okay, so in context, it's not Real Life Writes the Plot. What I mean to say is that the emotion was heavily taken out of my life. Remember in my last journal entry how I said I wanted to get a certain chapter done before I started school? That was Chapter 33. I got it done like I wanted (the very night before the first day of school), but I wasn't satisfied with it. Just something about it wasn't right. And then I went to go re-read it and found out why: because it lacked the depressing, hopeless feeling I wanted it to express. It wasn't giving off the vibes I wanted because I felt it focused on way too much that wasn't the main team.
You can see it here. Or, at least bits of it that I managed to save. Scythe and I ravaged the chapter so much it was basically an edit war for 5 weeks straight. But, it was a good edit war. Great things came from it.
Anyway, so I took the emotions I was feeling from first entering Medical School and simply incorporated them into the story. So basically... Chapter 33 started becoming a means of catharsis to the bitter feelings I had, which is why the thing is so packed with bitter-sweetness. Needless to say, I think it worked out pretty well and now we have the most depressing chapter ever. Took 5 weeks when it should have taken 1 like my other chapters due me having less free time, but it was still worth it to give Part 2 a grand finale.
So, thanks again Scythe for your help. I'm sorry for distracting you with it!
Moving onto other parts of the finale, I'm now looking at Impetus and her evolution. I feel now is a good time to discuss how Pokemon "evolution" works in my world. You see, in BI, you don't evolve because of Feral shards or because of growing older. No, I'm doing something that I got from Persona 3 and 4: character development. In my world, you evolve because you've finally become a "complete" character or finally reach an epiphany to a question you've asked for so long. For Impetus, that question was why Pokemon worked together in the civil world when their instincts would say otherwise. Then, she found out it was because of communication. That was all she wanted to know. That was basically her life's question that she sought the answer to. When she finally found it, she became a complete character because that was her entire motivation. And then she evolved and ran away from Terron.
Same goes for the other characters. They'll all evolve when they complete their character development. ... Except Yimtri. The guy doesn't have an evolution yet, and he does become a complete character in a while. So, hopefully Pokemon X and Y give me a Sableye evolution, because that's going to be somewhat odd when he finally gets his epiphany and doesn't really have anything special happen to him. And no, Mega-Evolutions don't count. I have a feeling there's going to be a Sableye Mega-Evolution, but that isn't going to cut it for me. Guess I'll see what happens. Maybe I'll give him a new ability to make up for it. Because clearly I need to make him more powerful. No, being a Manipulative Bastard in terms of combat is apparently not enough.
Clearly it's not.
Part 3 Preview
Alright, so I do know what happens in the next part of the story. It's a little vague towards the end, but I understand the main outline of what's to come. I'm not looking forward to it as much as I do for Part 4... but it's still going to be fun. Especially the end. To give a list of things to expect:
1. Someone I've been meaning to use for a long time will finally appear and meet the crippled team!
2. We get to see the other Fellowships!
3. MASSIVE REVELATIONS given towards and during the finale, one of which includes the truth behind Terron! Exact number is still being decided, but it's at least 3 right now.
And, that's all I feel like hinting away at for now.
Break Time and My Plans
As you probably saw at the end of the latest chapter, I'm going on a break. I've been working non-stop for sometime now, even going as far as pumping out one chapter a week. I wanted to take some time to reorganize my plot since it's been quite altered and also, because I have school now. I'd like to focus most of my attention on school seeing as how it's become my second home now. Oh I'll still write chapters, I can't stop doing that since BI has basically consumed me at this point. I'm just going to be writing them at a more leisurely pace and not post them. Once school ends in December however, I'll start going back to my quicker pace.
So expect that I'll be back posting in December.
While on the subject, I wanted to talk about how I was thinking of joining while on my break. What is PMDUnity you may ask? Well, it's basically the successor to , which has to be probably got to be one of the best PMD things I've ever seen. Anyway, I was thinking of joining it since many of my friends are, but there's just one concern I have on my mind.
It's not that I don't have time. I'm fairly certain that they'll give you a month to write your passage for the current mission, which I could easily do. It's not that I don't know what characters I'd use. No, I have plenty of characters in mind.
No, it's this single worry:
Every time I look at it, I immediately think of what happened to PMD-E. And I grow reluctant to join.
I remember when I discovered PMD-E. It was back in January of this year (was it seriously that long ago?). Friend of mine told me about a bandaged Zoroark that looked really cool, and I went to that particular picture. I wanted to know more, so I went to the flash animation that he was in.
And oh boy, was I so confused!
Nothing made any sense! I had come in during the first Mission 8 prologue, when half of the cast was trapped in the past (which I was unaware of when first watching the flash), and I didn't understand anything! Cardinals? Skinless Zoroark? That Sableye is actually a dead Marowak? Darkrai is a deity that Zoroark worship?! What is this?! What. is. THIS?!
Well thankfully, they had a wiki that I managed to read through and everything made sense after a while. And after everything made sense, I got attached to the story. I got attached to the characters. Sure, every guild leader was a bastard in their own special way, but they were still interesting characters. And I started to watch it from afar almost religiously, as if I actually was a member of their group.
PMD-E instantly became one of the most powerful influences to my story, right next to Silver Resistance. Oh sure, it was dark. Horrifyingly dark once it hit Mission 8, but it was still good and without it, BI wouldn't be what it is today.
And then it stopped because of... complicated reasons. Attempting to explain it would take forever, so I'll just say that the creators decided that they no longer wished to do it. That's the simple version. Either way, it ended on a stinging cliffhanger that would make Scythe's cliffhangers look tame.
And thus, PMDUnity and other such groups were born for people to fill that void in their hearts that PMD-E once filled. Oh I'll admit, it looks interesting. I've read about it and it does look nice, but it's just that every time I think about joining it, I think of it'll end up like PMD-E. I'm worried of becoming attached to something that will never finish. Because running a group is hard. Extremely. And unless you have the willpower to keep going, you're eventually going to cave and give up. It's kind of like the problem I see on FF.net. People typically start stories on a whim, and that's perfectly fine, but if you don't have the will to keep going even when things get ugly, you're going to quit because it's not fun anymore. That's one of the hardest parts of being a creator/writer: being able to keep working even when you don't want to.
And every time I look at PMDUnity, I ask myself if it will actually last. I ask myself if their want to become PMD-E's successors is enough to keep the group alive until the end.
And so, that's why I'm reluctant. I plan, for now, to just watch things from afar for a while, but that's it. I want to see how things progress for a time.
So, I'll see. But, I suppose that if I had to join one of the "guilds", I'd join the "Researchers". I like their intelligence theme and plus, it's got a Malamar. Malamar are awesome. Unless the Researchers end up becoming like the "Rescuers" from PMD-E, where they're supposed to be the "best and most loved", but end up being the most incompetent of all the three guilds (Rescuers, Merchants, Rogues). I mean sure, the Rogues are... questionable at times, but at least they get things done rather than waddle around in the mud. Sure, the Merchants are greedy and only do stuff for money, but at least they don't abandon their guild and toss all responsibility to some random Pokemon when everything goes downhill.
If that's the case, I'm switching to Hunters.
Anyway, enough of that rant.
I'm also going to figure out if I should actually continue the Obfuscate things I've been posting. I'm feeling that they're no longer necessary for the story since I know how to foreshadow the person who appears in such passages. And, I also feel that the Obfuscate chapters might give away a massive spoiler with their content that I'm trying to keep hidden until the end of Part 3. But, I'll see. I've got time to think about it.
On a final note, I'm also going to spend my break changing my avatar to a Turtwig. Why, you may ask? Well, it's because I think it suits me better than my current one for a number of reasons. And also... because seeing this thing staring at me with those glowing eyes and that smile is really becoming unnerving. It's really starting to make me see another picture that makes my skin crawl.
So, thanks for reading! See you all next time!