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16 January 2007 @ 01:02 am
The Beginning  
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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Juushinkan: *sexy*juushinkan on January 18th, 2007 05:56 am (UTC)
I really don’t want to post a new post in the com till you get done with the timeline posts. That way they’re fairly together.

This reminds me that going back and tagging eventually might be a good thing if we have to refer to these posts too much.

Grau/Grou – needs a role

I’m having a hard time with this guy, too. What role would a bi-polar Siamese twin mazoku have in this war? So far, most of the minions seem to be fairly clustered. Fibby’s two are both distracting the Ryuzoku, DsD’s minions would both probably be working on the human panic and lower demon attacks. Sherra is dealing with the elves.. but I’m not sure where G/G would fit in at all. Especially not with Xel there watching after Lei. What else would need to be DONE in that war? I would imagine that Fibby’s minions- GOD WE NEED TO NAME THEM- would be taking care of bringing down some of the ryuzoku temples to Ragradia.

Would there be human or elven temples worshiping the water dragon king that would need to be taken down? Even if there were, I wouldn’t imagine it would be enough to dedicate Dynast’s priest to it. But wait, Hajime said that Dynast was the worst at scheming. What’s a silly role that isn’t really necessary and could actually jeopardize their missions?

Not that we don’t already have enough plot device/mission jeopardizing characters. XD

Huraker-

Hrm… if we group her with Riksfalto.. then she’d be dealing on some base with the humans. At first, I wonder if we should give her Xelloss’ original role to instigate some of the worse human war acts and battles as an advisor. This COULD work, especially if she’s dealing with one of the other remaining significant human powers. The only questionable thing about this is what we know about Riksfalto’s personality. That plot would make Huraker have to be sort of Xelloss-ish in the fact that she would have to pass herself off as human.

With the information that we know about DsD and how much she looks down on humans- not to mention her obvious self-pride and girlish vanity, I have a hard time believing that one of her minions would be Xelloss-ish at all. Seems like she would be considered to be the black sheep in the pod if that were the case. Still, we could have something similar. We’ll need to come up with a suitable personality type for her in that regard.

Juushinkan: *sass*juushinkan on January 18th, 2007 05:57 am (UTC)
Let’s go on a short tangent for a moment. Could it be said that the minions made by their sub lords take on some of their personality aspects? Sort of in the same way that we said that the 5 sub lords could in some ways be personality pieces of Shabby split into negative attributes? But somehow, I’m guessing that the subordinates were made with more purpose than the sub lords originally were. I can’t imagine Shabby being more calculating than ‘I’m going to kick Ceifreid’s ass’ as powerful as he was. Would that effect how they change? Obviously, Zelas is described as cunning. Xelloss is also cunning. He’s also playful in a sort of predatory manner, though the novels also gives a more serious, calculating side that doesn’t like anyone saying LoN’s name. Though that’s universal to mazoku in the books.

Riksfalto is described as being very opposite to Xelloss, and the only time we see DsD, I sort of got the impression that she was very straight forward if a bit shallow. You mentioned that Riks is like super butch and straight on. There can be connections made with those traits. I wish that they had already released the novels with Xelloss killing Rarshart and Raltark to see if they’re anything like Gaav. Though, at least one of them was foolish enough to try and fight Xelloss even when he knew he couldn’t breach the power difference. I find that slightly odd for a mazoku by itself, as everything implies that they are totally aware of where they stand and what they can and can’t do. Xelloss never fights Gaav in the TV series because he knows that he can’t breach that gap. Mazenda ran from Xelloss in the novels because she knew she didn’t stand a chance, etc.

Dynast is only really described as sort of short on the crayola list, but in that Sherra reflect a certain lack of mental strength, though she’s got loads more loyalty than he does.

Ok, I’m getting straight into character theory with this one. So I’m going to move on. Still, if we could consider there to be something to that statement, then it might help come up with personalities for the other subordinates.


Juushinkan: *getOut!*juushinkan on January 18th, 2007 06:30 am (UTC)
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.

If we are basing their governmental system on a twisted, fantasy oriented form of democracy, then she could wield a bit of political power simply through popularity. Though she wouldn’t be on the council or anything, obviously.

(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*)

This isn’t a terribly huge plot hole. At least it’s one that can be filled in as we go.

Characters to be introduced to be introduced:
The Elven Council (how many seats?)


Let’s make it 10 seats. I’d imagine that there aren’t a WHOLE lot of elven kingdoms to begin with. But I say ten in honor of that recent metaquote about the metric system.

He could be in on the creation of what would become the sorcerers guild. His subordinates?

The sorcerers guild IS bastardy enough to have been created by a bastard and his asshole clan. XD As for subordinates, this seems to be a fairly magical city, though we’ll need to remember that the magical power in humans wasn’t QUITE on level with what we see in the contained world within the barrier during Lina’s time.

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.

We should decide how many would form this embassy and what their agenda would be. I’m sure it wouldn’t be anything in Lei’s interest, as their mission as emissaries to form peace treaties has very little to do with Lei’s research. Somehow I can also see him not liking outsiders getting in his business.

Still, we could definitely have some slime balls in on that embassy.

Damn, we need a few more ‘good’ characters, don’t you think?

I have not yet decided if Xel is going to be in on this spectrum of the subterfuge.

Xelloss is fairly smart and observant, but he seems to have tunnel vision. He’s seemingly surprised by human plots like this, since if it isn’t directly related to his own mission then it really doesn’t concern him. He wouldn’t give a crap even if he did notice. Anything they do to piss off Lei is just helping their ultimate purpose.

Or both.

I vote both.

(our wolf girl I forgothername could come in here)

Would she be getting info from Zelas? If so- then how- when if the little wolf girl could get in, then Xelloss should be able to. Or would he send her to get information from Gaav or his priests since they have the mobility and the direct info from a higher up? Xelloss probably wouldn’t be able to leave Lei very often, since that would be a high priority. So the messenger makes sense. Just have to figure out who she’s getting her info from.

And how did you forget her name?! You named her!

Juushinkan: *loners*juushinkan on January 18th, 2007 06:39 am (UTC)
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.

He does seem to have an interest in mortal behavior in general. If you want to get animalistic, then most beasts and such have an interest in human behavior because it’s just so weird. That, or maybe he’s just a bit of a xenophile? XD

But if we can make enough weird characters, Xelloss’ curiosity could be an interesting angle to make him seem younger. 1000 years later, he’s the one answering the questions. But his database of utterly useless-to-a-mazoku knowledge and the fact that he had GUIDEBOOKS to stupid cities in the anime more than hints at an interest in information or puzzles. So, he could be a bit of a question asker at this early point in the game, which would probably seem pretty weird from Sherra who seems to be a little more focused or obsessed with completing her missions for Dynast, no matter how ill suited to the task she really is.

Lei may take an early interest in Sherra romantically.

Sherra should give some absolute full of shit speech that he finds inspiring.

That, and she should have great fashion sense.

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.

Would Filbrizo have kept everyone out of that arc of thought? He originally started the wars based on his theories about Lei Magnus. Then again, he sent Xelloss off on those missions involving Lina without so much as a briefing, it seemed. Filbrizo DOES seem to enjoy holding all the cards, but then why would Xelloss be sent to guard/guide/provoke Lei in the first place unless that was known?

(Hippie voice: It’s all a conspiracy, man!).

It could be interesting if the beastmen can in a way ‘scent’ the smell of a predator when it comes to mazoku. Generally speaking, that’s what they are. Either way, I’m sure that a being who’s faux physical would smell a little weird.

And there should definitely be a faction that believes correctly in the larger assumption of the way things are going. Unfortunately, they aren’t going to be able to act in time. evil cackle