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13 January 2008 @ 02:14 am
Alrighty, here's a compilation of relevant things I learned (or remembered) from reading the novels this week:

Kouma War Funfacts:

-Apparently the barrier set up by the sub lords sans Phibby was activated not too much before the final battle. It also cut off all the other Dragon Lords' powers from the inside.
Surprise!

-The Water Dragon and Demon Lord of the North were said to be "Practically equal in power".
I'm guessing Gaav was the trump card /extra push? Or maybe he was the channel somehow, who knows.

-Phibrizzo released the seal on Lei Magnus, supposedly at the time The Water Dragon was confronted.
I had a fun idea about this one. I know Phibrizzo said his minions were destroyed, but what if he actually sacrificed their powers to break the seal, since he was done with them at that point? Sounds fucked up enough for Phibby.

-The Water Dragon (and presumably her minions) laid traps along the way up to the Kataart mountains.
They don't specify what KIND of traps, so we might address this.

-Lei/Shabby defeated Water Dragon, but was sealed to the earth in ice by Water Dragon's power as she died. He didn't actually die though.
Supposedly he's still around chillin' up there. Haha, get it? ...*cough* Anyway, I'm not sure yet what relevance this will have but it seemed important to mention. Also, time line.

-After being sealed, Lei/Shabby is said to now preside over all mazoku in the world.
He's so lonely.

-Gaav was defeated at the same moment as Water Dragon "seemingly by a mutual blow."
I have no idea what this means. Let's discuss.

-Water Dragon used a fragment of her mind to seal Gaav into a human body. Apparently this only worked because they were both dragons.
We know most of this, I had more funky ideas though, like what if Gaav wasn't able to fight properly because he saw the way Phibby sacrificed his minions (if we use that idea). Maybe Water Dragon used that hesitation to "humanize" his soul when she sealed him. He did seem like the noble type, if not terribly unfriendly. I still gotta figure out what the whole dragon connection is about.


Other Funfacts:

-It was mentioned that the Philosopher's Stone was rumored to be a relic of advanced sorcery from lost society or a fragment of the Divine Staff.
Or both? This stuff kinda plays along with what we already had going, if one of our races is indeed dabbling in chaos magic.

-The Drag Slave was first used by Lei Magnus to destroy a 6000 year old Arc Dragon.
Cooooooool.

-A white sorcerer, a trusted adviser to the king who founded Sailune designed the city's hexagram layout.
Character opportunity! This opens up a whole can of "lost art of holy magic" in the hands of humans/other races.

-There's a big elf village west of Galia, and to the north of Dragon's Peak in the Kataart Mountains.
Both of which apparently still exist by novel 7. We should name them.

-Xelloss never met Gaav's minions before novel 7.
I guess that scraps using them at all, except maybe for off-screen cameo.

-Rashaat is a whiny little bitch.
Heheheh.

Random Ideas I Had (tm):

These are fragmented, sorry.

-Lei Magnus a professor/scholar?
-Wait, would that make Xelloss his pupil AND his teacher?
-Having Lei deal exclusively with Xelloss for a time before meeting with any elves or Sherra.
-Would Sherra and Xelloss maybe be in a competition to see who can manipulate Lei first? Dynast is the power-grabbing type after all, maybe he wants kudos points. And sure, Xelloss would win on a tactical level. But Sherra has SEX APPEAL.
-I'm liking less the idea of Sherra as a religious type leader. She should play more to her strengths. It seems more awesome (and logical, and plausible) that she's sent as a convoy to "strategize" the military cooperation between the various races that are forming alliances. Only she's actually leading them to DOOM. Teehee.
-I just can't leave Dulgofar out. I should write a cool scene when she creates him. Plus, he's useful for creating chaos. Mmmmmm, chaos.
-I'm also thinking of scrapping all that fairy soul crap. Too complicated.
-On the other side of that, I need for form a new idea of where the hell that Philosopher's stone came from.
-Water Dragon needs to be cool. I mean like shitcool. And obviously more knowledgeable than she lets on. Maybe she pelts the mazoku with a mental attack when she's losing (shit I'm gunna have to write a smart speech for that) that causes the hesitation in Gaav, the seal on Lei and consequently, apparently exploding herself. ("mutual blow?")
-Sherra's job toward that final battle could always be to lead her mix of lesser demon and cannon fodder army through those "traps" I mentioned before.
-That makes Sherra cannon fodder too D:
-I always thought it would be kind of awesomely awesome if Xelloss did that whole dragon genocide crap after maybe Sherra gets the juice kicked out of her by a dragon "trap". It would make him smiley. Awww. <3

Thats all for now. I might come back and do more random thoughts later. I wish I had a mental linkup to this LJ everytime a new thought popped into my head. I feel I've forgotten some good ideas I had.
 
 
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05 June 2007 @ 10:36 am
Sage  
Since Feb? Damn.
 
 
 
30 January 2007 @ 02:11 am
I said I'd post, so I shall. Even if it's seriously unfinished.

Seriously!

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28 January 2007 @ 04:40 pm
Open on far shot of Lei’s tower. Lightning, rain, generally menacing weather looms in the sky. A zoom-up into the near-top reveals a dimly lit room with open books, drawings, and various magical-looking devices scattered over tables and stacked into corners. A large pentagram surrounded by eclipses of runes glows sharply on the floor. Lei, somewhat shadowed, raises his hands over the magic circle and recites an incantation:

Lei: (in runic) Summoned forth from darkness, servant of the beast. I pledge my soul that you may appear before me.

The atmosphere in the room becomes violent, a dark mass swirls into the center of the magic circle and hovers a moment before taking form.

Lei: Welcome, Juushinkan Xelloss of the mazoku race.
Xelloss: (bows respectfully, keeping his eyes on Lei, but cautiously) I’m honored you know my name, Great Sage Lei Magnus-sama.
Lei: Hmm, this is unacceptable…
Xelloss: (barely opens his eyes to stare at his new master) Oh? ...
Lei: Don’t you have any PRIDE as priest!?
Xelloss: (furrows eyebrows menacingly)
Lei: Your hair… (quick pan to close-up of Xel’s hair) is only shoulder-length!
Xelloss: Wha? (slumps)
Lei: (poses haughtily) Truly, you have much to learn.
Xelloss: Y-Yes, I suppose.

CHAPTER 1 TITLE

Narration: (imposed over establishing shots) In this world, a massive scheme is being unfurled. Fear plagues the hearts of all races. Fear of each other, fear of daily attacks from the outside. Civil war and bloodshed threaten to tear the nations asunder.

This is the story of a brave hero of light, sent by the gods to deliver peace and---No, scratch that... This is actually a tale of a dysfunctional group of demons bent on world destruction. You can basically stop reading now.

CAS (Chibi Authors’ Silhouette): (stage in/stage out) Hey! Don’t turn away our readers before the story has even begun!

Narration: …Unless you like that sort of thing, of course. As I was saying...In this troubled age, a wise man sought to change the course of humanity by shaping it with his own hands.

CAS: You’re fired.

Narrator: *giku*

Cut to an earlier time: Lei transcribing a memoir in the then not-so-cluttered study. Establishing shots to follow.

Lei’s Narrative: There is an ominous feeling brewing inside me this last year, like there is a great clock wheel turning above my head and I am powerless to look upon its face. This bitter war claims a great many lives every day, belonging to both the innocent and sinful alike. My own family is all but gone and new noblemen perch themselves above the rubble everyday to claim power for themselves while promising hope of a resistance against the enemy.

The enemy…for months now we have seen only the enemy that wishes to be seen. Lesser demons, bands of trolls, lizard men…they have inexplicably formed large pacts among themselves to pick of our kind from around the edges. And yet…I feel something much larger stirring beneath the surface, like a deadly undertow beneath rocky waters.

Of course, every infant and child has been raised on the epic stories of “their” kind…two forces eternally locked into a struggle over the fate of existence. The Shinzoku under Flarelord Ceifeed fight for preservation, while the Mazoku, lead by Ruby-Eye Shabraningdo, fight for destruction.

10,000 years ago this battle began and came to a climax when Ceifeed, using the last of her powers, broke Shabraningdo into seven pieces. Thinking them sealed away forever and her power spent, Ceifeed fell before her own 4 subordinates and slipped into the flow of time.
 
 
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27 January 2007 @ 11:31 pm
10,000 years ago, when the Slayers’ world was thrust onto a staff and Ceifeed and Shabraningdo battled for dominance, a great disturbance was caused. Afflicted by the heated battle, remnants of the staff cracked and split off. This substance then became known as the “Philosopher’s Stone”. This substance had the power to take any form of magical energy and amplify it a hundred fold in its most pure form. Only one remnant of this pure form was ever known to exist. The tiny fragments embedded themselves into the earth, and eventually rose to a new breed of being who inherited this neutral power. They were the elven race.

Elves are neither shinzoku nor mazoku; they do not have a higher remembrance of the sea of chaos. Indeed, their very existence is closer to the sea of chaos than either of those races, yet they are very akin to the humans; the exception being their enormously long life spans and affinity with nature. Though they elves themselves do not know the origin of their birthright, many consider it to be their close ties with nature and the world that gives them their special properties. In exchange for their longevity, very few elves are ever born and so they are a reclusive and cautious people. They live on the edge of existence and rarely interact with other races. This all changed during the Kouma War.

Driven by the mass chaos and outbreak of violence, the elves were driven to form pacts with their neighbors, namely humans as well as dwarves and beastmen. An alliance between the elves and dragons was never able to be formed as each raced considered themselves the superior species which would one day bring peace to the continent. Outside influences also caused a rift between the two… Even then, the bonds between elves and humans are shaky. Humans do not appreciate being akin to the disobedient stepchild race of the world. The mazoku, eager to seize any opportunity to create rifts, sent in an emissary, Sherra, to find something to shake the elves from their position of authority. What they found was a little more than surprising.

The original plan was to corrupt elves using Sherra’s weapon into a small armada she could use to turn against the humans. What she discovered was that unlike humans who could be controlled, elves turned into a berserk, power-hungry savage, attacking the first source of power they came across to consume it, and in the first case of this attempt, Sherra herself. Sherra quickly eliminated the creature, but afterwards what remained was a small fragment of energy, glowing red with hatred.

Now, elves themselves knew of this strange phenomenon, Fairy Souls, the lingering remnants of a deceased old soul of their kind. For the most part they were simply considered to be angels of their fallen watching over their kind. What was unknown to them and quickly becoming clear was the ability of these souls to absorb magic, energy, and emotions…Sherra continued to plan to set loose the berserker elves into human and elven communities alike. What she did not expect was the humans that DID manage to kill these creatures to stumble across the same knowledge that she was keeping to herself. Indeed, they soon discovered that containment of elves souls, both corrupted and pure could be used to amplify their struggling magic use, as well as implanted into powerful weapons.

Against the wishes of the mazoku, the dragons also eventually took notice by way of rumor that a power had been discovered that could amplify their own holy magic. The dragons that were sent off to discover its source were quickly eliminated by sentries of the mazoku race. A lone clan did however, break through and take back the secret in silence, under the nose and without the knowledge of Ragradia… (*pregnant plot point!*)

The story that cannot be easily told of this time…is just why this power did not ride out the centuries that followed. It is said that the despair among the elves over their rapid genocide and use as weapons became so great; it awoke the consciousness sleeping inside every fairy soul that back lashed its user. By this point, the destruction of the elven race and the rise of humans had become so great, not shortly before the final battle of the Kouma War, elves slipped into hiding, and did not appear the outside world again…thus the knowledge of fairy soul’s power was lost to the world.
 
 
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16 January 2007 @ 01:02 am
Rough Timeline

I. Implied prologue:
Phibrizzo sets into motion his plans, long before Sherra and Xelloss come into the picture; he dispatches his minions to fuel the flames of war and strife.
Meanwhile, the other Ma'ou are sent to their locations on the barrier, each respectively creates their minions. The minions are dispatched after a relatively brief time ( a few months, perhaps) before the Ma'ou erect their personal barriers, to hide the gathering of power to such pinpoint locations. These barriers effectively cut them off from each other, and their minions, until the signal is given. The negative energy associated with the war gathers at these "hotspots" to fuel the barrier when it goes up.
Dispatches are as follows:

Xelloss - to Lei Magnus/the human race

Sherra - to elves
Norst - does not come into play here
Grau/Grou – needs a role

Fibby's minions (need names) - breaking the ties between the dragon clans and the other races, wiping out followers of the shinzoku

Rarshart and Raltark - Gaav's bodyguards

Riksfalto - Leading the beast wars, implanting lesser demons into the midst of tribal monster races
Huraker(?) -

II. The Elven Kingdom
Sherra establishes her place among the elves by becoming a bit of a holy figurehead. She does not wield anything in the way of political power but instead establishes followers believing in the superiority of the elven race and it's ability to lead the world to peace. Knowing full well the humans will not take kindly to being ruled over by elves, this is meant to incite an eventual clash to keep the humans and elves specifically from coming together.

Not long after/shortly before Sherra's arrival, a mysterious disease breaks out among the elven people. (I need a setup regarding the creation of Dulgofar, and exactly how Sherra discovered the turning of elves into mazoku-zombies. We'll label this *Plothole A*) Sherra gains recognition here by “banishing the evil” that is plaguing the city.

Characters to be introduced to be introduced:
The Elven Council (how many seats?)
-The ‘Elder’
-Twinkie elven guy who suspects Xelloss could be on here.
-Your prophetic child no one listens to?
-8 year old republican elf


II. The human world.
Xelloss worms his way into Lei Magnus’ life as an apprentice to magic studies under the guise of being a wharf/stupid little sorcerer wannabe. Lei by this point already has issues, the war is already disturbing him greatly, possibly his friend/family have already been effected in some way that makes him entirely cynical of the whole war thing. But he’s still a priss, somewhat obsessed with high fashion. He agrees to teach Xel under the condition that horrible, horrible things might be done to him in the name of beautiful. Most of this series of events will be flashback/montage, because eventually, Lei gets called off to elf land.

Characters here:
The King – obviously. At least, the king of the strongest dukedom, I’m running with the idea that there’s still a lot of civil conflict here involving the separation of states. Maybe from the Elmekia Kingdom? Or former thereof. I might leave Seiryuun’s heritage more holy than the bastard I want to make this guy. He could be in on the creation of what would become the sorcerers guild. His subordinates?

Lei, being a sage in his time is sent I guess to collect magical knowledge from the elves with an embassy attempting to form a treaty between the two worlds. The true nature of this little get-together is that both sides are thinking they’ll come out the alpha wolf. Elves because they believe they are the superior race, and humans because of being naturally power-hungry and disorganized.

Anyhoo, whoever else is traveling with Lei is probably using them in order to spy on the elves. Lei would undoubtedly be unaware of this matter. I have not yet decided if Xel is going to be in on this spectrum of the subterfuge. I’m thinking his treachery is more related to his role as a mazoku than as a political right-winger to Lei.

III. The meeting
It might be kinda fun to foreshadow Xel and Sherra’s meeting before it actually happens face to face. Catching glimpses around a corner or Sherra be all like “I sense something…gay”. The actual meeting itself is up for debate. I’m torn between confrontation at a meeting/dinner/dance political thing or Xel totally up fronting one of Sherra’s public displays of holy bullshit. The latter sounds funnier, anyway. Or both.

At this point in time, I was going to introduce the plot element of WHY they need to communicate. They can both confirm each others fears that they have, in fact, been essentially cut off from their masters by the erection of the pre-barrier. With only a general goal in mind, and messengers from the higher ups (our wolf girl I forgothername could come in here) relaying orders, they won’t actually know when to spring into full gear until the signal by Fibby is given.

Characterization aspect: In the spirit of making mazoku seem “younger” emotionally, here’s my theory: Sherra is easy, since she came from the stupidest lord, and is terrible at acting, that she’d stick out like a sore thumb. Xel on the other hand, despite his good training, maybe he was a bit sheltered by Zelas? Or taught to appreciate things most mazoku weren’t such as the study of human behavior. As Xelloss isn’t as familiar with the extremes of human existence yet, he’d still be a little overwhelmed by some aspects of it.

Obviously, at some point here Sherra and Lei Magnus meet. Lei may take an early interest in Sherra romantically. Sherra at this point may/may not/have some hint that Lei is an incarnation of Shabby, most likely Xel will reveal it to her at a point it’s convenient.

Also, at this point would be a good introduction of the beastman faction of the war, and the introduction of our main beast character. I’m toying with the idea about making him and twinkie elven guy part of an underground resistance that’s catching on to the idea that the entire war is a smoke screen for something bigger (Hippie voice: It’s all a conspiracy, man!).
 
 
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15 January 2007 @ 09:24 pm
Alright, here's the basic concept I've got going in my head.

Fairy Souls are something like a piece of the collective unconscious of the elven race, a piece of which is imbedded into the body of an elf. You can read a lot of things into this idea, such as longevity, wisdom, connections to the origins of the world and whatnot. Either way, their souls being a part of a greater collective imbue them with more power, in a sense, moreso than humans, each is like a drop in the sea of chaos.

This innate power, if you will, is drawn subconsciously to larger sources of power, but residing in a mortal being it can be corrupted one way or the other. To whatever side it's corrupted, the energy it assimilated can be used against it's opposite.

For instance.take Lina in the movie casting the dragon slave…Not only would those souls be drawn to a source of power but the memory contained in them would want to kick Joyrock’s ass. Aligning themselves with Lina's power was a move of free will of the souls, but also a natural gravitation. Basically: Dragu Slave being made of fear and loathing + fairy souls full of fear and loathing = boosted Dragu slave. Assuming that this was a very unconcentrated reaction the effect would be much weaker.

Now assume someone discovered these natural properties and exploited them in a more controlled setting. If elves' souls could be aligned one way or the other, they would in essence become a weapon.

Sherra could easily exploit this with Dulgofar, turning an elf into a mazoku might have an effect similar to the tainting of the shikon no tama in Inuyasha. All of that pure mazoku energy would collect and be amplified by the soul. Unlike humans, who expire their souls immediately upon being killed as a mazoku, a fairy soul would retain that power even after being killed making it akin to a pure energy source with a twisted mazoku mind. Put enough of them together, say into a weapon, and hey, instant shinzoku repellant. Aside from their own power they would be more likely to react and boost the power of a mazoku aligned with the same wave length.

Turning this around on it's heels, the humans would want to exploit this for the exact opposite reason. Thinking that the lesser demons and monster races were something of cannon fodder, the humans using warped fairy souls would still be able to use this as weapons against their immediate foes, as, obviously, it’d be a little hard to make a pure-energy soul out of something that was tortured and/or murdered.

As for a pure fairy soul one that would be a serious danger against the mazoku, that’d be where making sure an alliance was never formed between dragons and elves, as holy magic and possibly sacrificing your soul to Ceifeed would turn it into a massively destructive holy force. It’s also possible an elf could figure out how to do this to themselves given enough strength of character/innate ability/pure damn luck.

So, I guess the best way to think of them would be as horribly powerful magical sponges with a conscious attached to it.
 
 
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12 January 2007 @ 07:34 am
Alright, after watching the Slayers Motion Picture movie for what you were saying, I can see where the theory comes from. Having watched it, I also have a bit of a better theory on the way that it works, though I still have a lot of questions. Obviously, the fairy souls don’t' attack a mazoku's body- or maybe they do, but under certain circumstances. This would have to be the case for two reasons. First being that if a lot of our story intro is going to be spent in elvish cities, then they can't go around getting pelted all the time. The second being that Joyrock would have been defeated before that time if they were attracted to mazoku power in general.

So, then. Given that, what would the stipulations be? Would it take a power level high enough to match Shabranigido's to even attract the things? They were definitely attracted to Lina- though in a story sense that could be explained by the unrest of the souls yearning for revenge on the creature that wronged them. But, if we look at it from the standpoint of spirits that were woken up by the power that Lina was calling, then your theory on it being a magical neutralizer could have some problems. It didn't do anything to Lina casting Dragon Slave. Though, you could explain that off as the spirits having a level of awareness that let them realize that Lina was a human and on their 'side'. At first, I theorized that perhaps they were attracted to the black magical power that mazoku exude whenever they do anything. But Joyrock teleported all over the place and they didn’t attack him.

Is there a stipulation- another one- that doesn’t let the fairy souls retaliate against the one who killed them? That’s a theory of convenience to make the puzzle pieces fit, however. Or, could it be that the souls themselves did not have that power until humans modified them into weapons? It’s something to think about to try to keep things true to what we’ve been given.

Points of interest:

-If fairy souls are magical neutralizers attracted to dark mazoku power, why didn’t they destroy Joyrock during any of the times he used his power?
-Do they retain enough of their sentient intelligence to realize the difference between a human casting a black magic spell (which would be a new art during the Kouma war) and a mazoku like Xelloss seeping miasma?
-How could humans use them as weapons?

Another theory that I played with a bit, but couldn’t get anywhere with, was that maybe those fairy souls only come out of the elven body when they are killed violently? That would explain the later experiments that caused them to flee from the war. But then where are those souls at? I’m sure that elves have died in battle before that. Are there certain circumstances that must be present for it to happen? If that’s the case, then why did it work for the entire village on Mipross?

Second issue for this post is beginning a character list of cast. I was thinking that we’ll need a lot of them to keep the story interesting and comical. Mazoku don’t always make for the best humor, given the tone of this story, and as we saw with the dragon race, the longevity of these immortal races makes them rather less reactive. True, tension would be much higher during the time of war, making things a little easier, but the elves and humans would work well, too to keep things interesting and upbeat.

Character List:

Human:
Lei Magnus
King
Advisor
Captain?
Magical Researcher
Sorcerer’s Guild?

Elvish:
Council?
Council Head
Assistants (to Sherra?)
-There should be a sharp, angry elf who hates Xelloss. (Actually, everyone should be suspicious of Xelloss but the Council Head, who should adore him and want to jump his bones (male or female?), that way, it’ll be funnier since no one will believe him when he implicates Sherra, but they’ll have no choice but to act on it, since the council head/queen/dictator/whatever of the elves commands it. Or something funny like that.)
-Small, elvish prophet/blind child to make insightful and disconcerting commentary? (it could be cool)


*Elvish society is a question. We only really see them on Mipross and they seem undeniably weak. Joyrock kills them without a shred of resistance. Granted, they were ambushed, but still, what Mellirune tells Roudy about not being allowed to talk to humans implies a certain level of prejudice and paranoia, yet not one of them had a weapon to raise against the onslaught. What would their skills be? Their major trades? Their abilities in magic or sect of magic? What was the purpose of the council, if we make it? Why did they join the war to begin with, if they’re so weak?

Mazoku:

The names are all obvious, the other question is how much to show of them. I’d be interested in showing some Zelas, though I’m not sure which take on her personality I’m wanting to go with. Either way, this wouldn’t be as laid back as it is in present Slayers-verse, since this war was fairly important and the roles were all still very new. I’m under the impression that they were created, given orders and sent out.

Grou/Grau is another obvious one to give a good section of screen time to. We’ll have to do a little disclaimer that, yes, we know they probably didn’t exist, and no, we won’t be bending on that one. Just look at them, they have bi-polar wonder-twin power.

Riksfalto is one that I’d be interested in getting some screen time with. She’s freakish looking at best, but the description of her personality being the opposite of Xelloss is too much fun to pass up. How would a mazoku who bases their actions directly and without subterfuge get along with Xelloss and his evasive tactics?

I’d imagine that we’ll hear more than see Fibby’s minions, since they’ll be in the thick of things- the same with Gaav’s priet(s?). We’ll probably see them at the end, or near the final battle, but not at first.

If there’s something keeping the mazoku lords from leaving their major points, would we see any sub characters like that old weak wolf mazoku girl show up to relay messages and the like? Or are we canning those ones?

Also, are we going to humanize the dehumanizing of mazoku at all? I read something in a fic that interested me enough to perhaps add tidbits of or have a small taste of it. Basically, (I’ll skip the set up) freakish human fanatic had a magical sword and spear pinning Xelloss to the ground and was preaching to him and twisting the blade and what not. One of the other fanatics makes a point that ‘It’s amazing, isn’t it? It’s almost as if it can actually feel pain.’

I found this interesting because Slayers world DOES dehumanize the bad guys. The mazoku we see like Xelloss and Gaav or Valgaav don’t do that to the READER/WATCHER, but there definitely is a theme in Slayers world of humans making themselves believe that mazoku and sometimes even ryuzoku are in a way not even sentient. It’s a common reaction to something as frightening as a giant dragon or the monsters that stalk in the darkness, feeding on your negativity. This might be a better angle to rape the hell out of if we ever do that future story, but it might be fun to add a little foreshadowing of that in this.
 
 
08 January 2007 @ 09:30 am
II. Turning Points

*Sherra discovers something about the elves that makes them a commodity (Power source/Magical Properties/Weapons)
--Again, what about their essence, or blood, or something or whatever being something of a natural neutralizer? It would definitely make them dangerous. The other real questions is, whatever it IS, how does Sherra find out about it? Does it have anything to do with her involvement with Lei and/or her perceived demise to him?
*Well, she could be actively searching for it if the elven cities have enough of a concentration of them to create a weak holy type barrier. Then it could be found out by accident. What would happen if one was injured and she touched the blood, or anything like that? What if their blood is different? (ex: Harry Potter and the unicorn with liquid silver blood that Voldie ate.) What if we make up a race of creatures that feeds on them for that specific purpose. Almost like the opposite of a vampire, it has to feed upon the holiness of their blood. I'd imagine that if they want to keep it a secret so badly then they rarely speak of it, even to one another.
What if the beast man knows about it? He/she could have been raised by the elves or something odd like that. Maybe there's a rather eccentric elf that we could add to the bunch that found him and he knows more of their secrets because of that? He could try to use that power against Sherra to show her for what she really is. Though that's a little morbid, and why would he hurt one of his own? Maybe he accidentally injures another elf trying to attack Sherra after Xelloss pins the suspicions on her, and then he tries to attack her when his claws are covered in elf blood? The list is fairly endless on ways they could find out accidentally or otherwise. It might be interesting for the seal to begin breaking when Sherra is attacked but not have it destroyed until the dragons ruin her? Maybe he never believes that she is undercover and the first attack on her in the elven land is what makes them go back to the human kingdom with her on tow? He could want to protect her as he's getting more and more disgusted with everything around him. Likewise, armed with this information, once they're back in human territory Xelloss could put his own plans into motion while Sherra milks Lei's unrest for all it's worth?
Just some possbilities.


--Maybe as a shift of power, the natural neutralizer the elves possess, when it's exploited weakens the elf race but strengthens the humans. It would explain why the elves had gone into hiding and interaction with them seemed somewhat taboo. Especially considering if it wasn't just mazoku the power affected.
*I'm not sure on this one. If their use was so absolutely widespread then they would have been completely exterminated once their use was known. I don't think they would be use to the dragons, but maybe their blood can be used in conjunction with the human's newly learned forging techniques from the dwarves to make holy swords? That would be rather useful against just about anything. I think holy magic can damage ryuzoku pretty good, though not as well as it would work against a lesser demon or mazoku.
Considering that Xelloss could probably withstand a light blow from a Ragna Blade, he might be too powerful on normal terms for anything like that to actually kill him, though it could be fun to torture him with it. I think all his hate is gonna go on the dragons though.


*Humans are slowly gaining power, Xelloss somehow influencing the assimilation of technologies?
--I'm starting to back off the technology idea and focus more on the magical element because all of our plot points are leading here. The creation of the claire bible, the expansion of knowledge pertaining to all forms of magic and the power that the elves possess. Especially how much later Xelloss seemed to know about the workings of magic despite not using it in the sense that the races do. I might just scrap the technology thing at this point in the story.
*It should probably also be noted at this point that by the end of the war, the human kingdoms have lost much of their power to their own wars and their governments are falling apart. This is what paves the way for Seiyruun in the end, as that country was not around at the time. It might be fun to tie that in somehow, given that Seiyruun is built to be a giant magic circle to create a white magic barrier. Maybe it was modified by those who used to know holy magic before the end? Maybe we could put the ancestor of Seiyruun's founder in this story? Might not be bad to add an 'honorable' character or two. We seem to be running short. XD
And yes. If we ever write any stories outside of the demon barrier, then technology would make more sense. Inside the barrier stayed behind on technology because of the ability and dependancy on magic. That's why Jiras had bombs instead of fireballs. We don't have to worry about it yet, but we'll have to decide eventually where this story is going to end. It might make sense to end it officially at the end of the actual war itself, then have an immediate spin-off sequel dealing with the reconstruction of Sherra and the dangers of the Claire Bible? Otherwise the story would be too long and rambling. So far, I think most of these ideas tie in well with cannon, though we're walking thin lines on some of it to keep it cannon to anime and books.


*Humans acquire knowledge about the 'elvish commodity', due to Sherra?
--Xelloss empathizing with humans has always been an angle I want to work with. But if Sherra really did involve herself with Lei, would it disgust her? And would Xelloss get somewhat less attached to humans if he was in fact jealous of Lei? I still wonder whose hands the blood of the elves mostly rests on here.
*I think that Sherra is going to be uncomfortable with her role no matter what. Luckily by this point, Lei is going to be on the verge of going nutzoid, so hopefully he won't notice any of her slip-ups. Now, in terms of personality, Sherra's pride seems very self contained and both all encompasing and slightly uncertain. Kanzaka apparently says somewhere that Dynast is the least cunning and intelligent of the Mazoku sub-lords. This will probably carry over somewhat onto Sherra, though she might learn more from Xelloss. I think this would indeed lead to her being fairly disgusted with the other races, as she later sees changing humans into lower demons as doing them a favor. Still, Lei is suspected to have a piece of Shabranigido inside of him, so even if she doesn't LIKE getting along with humans, she will follow the orders and plans that were given and won't risk defeat. She is going to have to depend on Xelloss, I would imagine, since she's probably better suited to strategy and direct battles. We could incorporate some theme along those lines. Sort of like the whole thinking of dancing as a different sort of fighting analogy.
Though I would think Xelloss to be defensive as well as posessive of things, he would hide his jealousy. If we want to delve off the purely mazoku thought process for a moment, we could speculate that Xelloss isn't really one to hold grudges. His depth of observation is extremely keen and both he and his master can objectively look at things in how they could change in the future. I think given this, even if he was jealous of Lei in a comical sense, he wouldn't hold it against him. He has probably seen some of the power of the human spirit already, even in the face of hopelessness and recognizes it as something that could be dangerous later. He would still see humans as lower, however, and would probably respect it in the same way that an adult might be impressed by the accomplishments of a small child. In that case, the one he would be angry with- if he was going to take his jealousy out on anyone- would be Sherra. Since she is the one who is more his equal, that would automatically make it her fault. 'Who's advanced? WHO'S ADVANCED!' XD It could be amusing for him to try and direct jealousy, he would probably be horrible at it.
As for the elves, I think they're going to get it from all sides in the end, which would explain their retreat from all the world in general instead of retreating to an ally. They stayed away from the dwarves, humans AND dragons, so I'd say that they just get kicked around too much to put up with.


*Experiments kept secret, but rumors raise elf fears. Panic slowly setting in.
--This is the point where I need a turning plot. There's gotta be some big event that breaks out with Lei before the lead attack upon the water dragon king. This is going to take some more serious thought. Assuming I'm working with the idea of Sherra being involved with Lei, and leaking info about elves to the humans through Xelloss or whatever, her being found out at this point could cause some cataclysmic events. As just a very unfleshed idea, here's what I'm thinking: Perhaps the aforementioned distrustful beast man is doing some investigating into Sherra and Lei's relationship and unwittingly comes across the mazoku plot hidden beneath. Xelloss in a spur of the moment act of tact (or perhaps this whole thing is staged?), removes his suspicion from the picture by pointing the finger at Sherra as some kind of traitor and fueling some rage. Beast man leads an on the moment attempt on her life wherein he uses the elven power that supposedly is secret (perhaps involving a hapless bystander as "fuel") and damages Sherra for real, but Lei walks in and assumes she's just been assassinated and wipes out beast guy before he can reveal the truth. Tensions would rise immediately between humans and elves in this manner as some sort of political assassination plot, especially if Sherra were seen as some kind of ornamental figurehead, and give Lei more incentive to use elves as war tools. His sanity at this point becomes unrolled, perhaps this is not the first he's lost to this conflict? Xelloss at this point might reveal to phib's minions about the nature of the elven power which begins the assault on the dragons to tear alliance between those two apart. At this point, Sherra would be somewhat in the background to recover, she might not reappear until closer to the final battle so that Lei doesn't figure it out. Grau/Grou's role here might reach it's peak before he gets wiped out. This is as far as I can think for the skeleton of this idea, but it's something to work with.
*I think that this entire plot string would lengthen out some in order to place people and events where they belong. If we want to put it in some sort of chronological order and add more info to try and make it make a little more sense, let's see if it works like this? As you said, the beast man (unknown relation to the elves?)does become distrustful, Xelloss points political fingers at Sherra as a traitor to redirect the pressure, perhaps even point towards her entire 'sect' for treason (I would imagine that an elvish figurehead would have quite a few direct followers). He attacks out of frustration, perhaps even through and obsession to prove himself trustworthy to the elves. The attack backfires because of Lei's misconceptions, but the scandal reaches a peak for Sherra and Lei decides to take her back to the human capital as an emissary? Perhaps even because she would be injured right now and wouldn't be able to retreat to heal without blowing her cover? She could fake a sickness or poison to explain the lack of blood injuriry, maybe even siting some poison that reverses the effects of white magic (Xelloss explaination?) which is why they can't heal her there in the elvish city? Maybe then he decides to take her to the human kingdom for 'alternate treatment' though once outside of the holy influence of the elves (though some might still be with her), she begins to regenerate more easily anyway? I think the turning point in this should be the introduction of the dragons. Perhaps Xelloss got word to the king directly after finding out about the elvish properties. He might disappear for a while after his accusations and after the attempted asassination for a while, further fueling the anger by Lei or other humans there thinking that they had Xelloss 'silenced'? Sherra might even be able to play this up to breed distrust among them. That way, when Xelloss rejoins them on their travel, the human king could already have set research into the experimentation of elves in motion in the desperation of a war that they're beginning to lose to the hordes of lesser demons. I think this is right around when dragons should show up- before Xelloss and Sherra arrive there, making it seem to the elves that the dragons condoned the actions the humans were taking against them and that the dwarves were helping if, indeed, holy weapons were created from the holy properties of their blood. The humans could even give some of those weapons to the dragons as a treaty present for their help in the war to come, which would further convict the unknowing ryuzoku in the eyes of the elves.
I'd say that the elves withdrawl then, their numbers disappearing quickly to the exploitation for the war efforts. At some point, the dragons should come in contact with Sherra, recognizing her as a mazoku and ruining her (perhaps in her still weakened state?) and thereby sending Lei over the edge. Then either Xelloss would take Lei/Shabranigido to Gaav or Gaav can sense and collect him (since he isn't needed for the barrier) for the upcoming last battle. I'd say that before this, during the trip to the human kingdom is when Xelloss would have more freedom to leave at night and report/discuss things with Gaav or the other priests and generals (ie. Filbrizo's subordinates and such). But the destruction of Sherra should happen right around then. Maybe the holy blood of the elves works like a poison inside of a mazoku's body? The alien object anchoring the physical body while slowly dissolving the astral body? That would make it more likely for the Golden Dragons to be able to destroy her, if she's already weakened.


III. Relating

* Lei Magnus still relatively normal human. Distrusts (other and own races). Trusts in Xelloss?
--I'm still not sure on my stance with him, maybe he doesn't get directly involved with it until later. Having his "lover" killed off certainly might make him more violent. Obviously the piece of Shabby in him might have a lot to do with his dissolving pacifism. This in itself might increase his magical capacity and lead the way to him creating dragon slave and blast bomb.
*Hrm. A lot of the timelines I'm working with don't really work with trying to make him more violent to create the spells. Maybe when he was younger, he experimented with them? The destruction of the arc dragon was most likely defensive. He could justify that with helping to protect. Perhaps it is, however, his experimenting with these spells and seeing the destruction that they cause that make him against war as he gets older, especially magic used in times of war?

*Does Xelloss speak half-truths that win the cynical heart of Lei into trusting him?
--I think in some small way, Xelloss would actually become friends with Lei in similar to the manner he did with Lina. Respectful, but not above manipulating. Certainly with a healthier fear of him though, as he does contain Shabby. It might become a bit sour if Lei gets involved with Sherra though, it certainly would make for a conflict of interest in Xelloss if he's supposed to being furthering Lei.
*I don't think that it would go sour for Xelloss. As I mentioned, if he was going to be angry with anyone, he would probably direct that towards Sherra, not Lei. And we might want to make Lei a rather tragically good character who slowly gets driven mad, that way it would be much more dramatic. He could be strong of will as well as action which would garner Xelloss' respect for him, especially with Lei obviously being very intelligent. When you break it down like that, Lei sounds like a more tragic version of Lina, though I'm sure that the personalities aren't even close.

*Lei's magical research (knowingly/unknowingly) involves the use of elves?
--Perhaps even the leader and/or king (at least one of) the humans? Lei sure would be pissed to know he was serving an asshole.
*This does sound plausable, especially given my suggestion that Lei be specifically against the use of magic for war between humans. Perhaps the king orders what is done, I'm not sure what I think about a sorcerer King at this point in the game.

*What is Lei's factional standpoint? Why does he create so many powerful attack spells? Why does he hate war?
--So would Lei actually leave the humans or stay under them? It would be really odd if he was slowly assimilated into the mazoku group with or without knowing who they were and whether or not he was being manipulated, I need to figure out his motivation at this point.
*I think that he would stay on his course until the true breaking of the seal within him begins. I think at that point, the mazoku would take him, making sure that it breaks entirely. Shabranigido stays in the form of Lei when he commands the final battle, and I think that the barrier should be at completion right before or right after Lei is taken as the seal is breaking. If the dragons saw what was happening as they killed Sherra, then that would explain the full frontal attack that they tried to perform. It would also explain why Xelloss was sent to face them as Shabranigido prepared himself/recovered/or was freed fully within Lei Magnus. This timeline would also put Sherra's destruction very close to those events, making the parallel between that and Xelloss' ruthless and ultimate destructions of the ryuzoku army. By the time he went back, I believe that Shabranigido would be in full control, though perhaps still influenced/aware of Lei in that he rewarded Xelloss for his actions.

IV. Mazoku Half-Time

*Do the ma'ou other than Filbrizo have a role here?
--The Gaav/Phibrizzo angle is a good one to touch with here. Gaav really really hates Phibrizzo in next beyond what he stands for as a mazoku. There could be room in here for some explanations why. Is Phibrizzo a particularly abusive commander? He's very good at scheming but what about his people skills? XD Maybe even his own minions hate his guts. He may just be treating Gaav like cannon fodder.
*I accept this theory fully, given the amount of contempt that he did show towards Filbrizo. I'm not sure about abusive, but I definitely can see Filbrizo being an ass. Xelloss hated working for him to the point of watching him get destroyed. I think that Filbrizo's ego could be the largest of all of the mazoku, and he is definitely sadistic, probably enjoying the fact that he is the strongest outside of the ma'ou. On that note, it could be interesting to address some of the effects being trapped into a human body IMMEDIATELY have for Gaav. If we're dealing with the Claire Bible or the reconstruction of Sherra, why not? Xelloss had absolutely not respect for Gaav, despite his power. Was that simply because Gaav was a traitor? Xelloss is rather notorious for bending rules to get his way, so it makes me wonder if something else happened that made Gaav lose face.