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TGRF's Fan Fiction Chronicles - Entry 2

Posted December 3rd, 2017 at 01:08 AM by TGRF
Updated February 14th, 2018 at 06:04 PM by TGRF
FFC #2 - TLFF First Preview

I haven't really said much about By Any Other Path, the supposedly last fan fiction I will be writing. The story did keep changing while I was developing it, but given that you will theoretically be stuck with it forever (), and that I know what I want it to be, I figured it couldn't hurt to show you where I'm at, and see what you think.

The driving idea behind The Last Fan Fiction (henceforth called TLFF), is a return to my roots. And by that, I don't mean I'll be making it up as I go and spelling 'he' as 'eh' all the time.

My first fan fiction was a tale of a group of friends, roaming Valhalla and joining forces with different peoples from different times, to fight diverse enemies who threatened all the land. Valhalla Reborn smacked of classic 'Scape, and that's the feeling I want for TLFF. Not post-apocalyptic, or home world, or some high emotional thing like Red. I want a fun tale.

So what does that mean? It means that TLFF will likely have several protagonists. These protagonists will likely have their own largely separate stories, though I'd imagine they'll crossover at least some. Having multiple protagonists will allow me to explore all corners of Valhalla, and it's also a large part of the classic feel I'm going for - warriors from different eras and lands all fighting the same war.

Going back to classic 'Scape means the war is likely still going on. I probably won't be able to resist tweaking a few things, but it's a good bet that the war will be in full swing in some form or another. And while I can't make any guarantees, I'd like to have protagonists on opposing sides of that war.

This also means TLFF will be on Valhalla. I might have to start a few protagonists on their home worlds like I did with the Quest, but the tale will be on Valhalla. At least that's my plan. In the end I'm looking for the Land of a Million Worlds fighting the Battle of All Time. That's what HS is all about, after all.

Do I have any ideas for the tale? Absolutely. Will any of those ideas pan out? Probably not. Can I tell you what some of those ideas are/were? Yes.

TLFF was originally going to be a tale featuring Grimnak, Syvarris, and Kaemon Awa. I wanted more, but eventually had to settle for just three heroes. That's probably a good guess for the final number, as well. Too many protagonists leads to problems. There was some hazy idea about the warriors forming some sort of pact to stop the war and then maneuvering their armies accordingly. The idea never held together, but I still find it interesting. It is a good premise, so it could resurface in TLFF.

The next iteration - the one I very nearly completed, had Cyprien as a protagonist, along with the elf who lived in his castle, along with her family. And yes, the elf served Utgar.

I still like that premise. Unfortunately, I know you won't see that one. The structure was never meant for a series, and just started falling apart once I tried to flesh it out. Still, some ideas might carry over. Like Cormin, who was a pivotal side character.

The current iteration of course isn't developed at all, but I have some ideas of what I want. I tend to get urges to write in different moods, like sometimes I'll be in a zombie mood, and other times a glorious charge mood, and so on. I think a good idea for me would be to make a protagonist for each setting, and then tell their stories when I'm in the proper mood. Using the marro as zombie stand-ins has a particular appeal. They're just too perfect for it (and yes, I realize there are actual zombies in Valhalla).

So that's where I'm at. I'm a ways out from starting to develop TLFF, but I want to know what you guys think. Assuming this is my last fan fiction, is there something you think I should do? Perhaps anything to avoid? Do you think I'm on a good track with where I'm headed?

Let me know. And until then, keep reading.

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UPDATE: I'm really excited about my process. I'm recreating it as I develop Horizon, and the first of the new sections (the one on sub characters) is turning out great. Character development and realistic traits for all characters, not just the protagonist. Yes!

Posted December 6th, 2017 at 08:51 PM by TGRF TGRF is offline
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Sounds Great, Grim. I like stories with multiple protagonists- it means you get to see things from lots of different angles and side plots can be woven into the main plot. Go Grim!
Posted December 7th, 2017 at 11:38 AM by Sylvano the Wasabus Sylvano the Wasabus is offline
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@Sylvano the Wasabus Horizon doesn't have multiple protagonists. It just has several side characters which are present for a good chunk of the tale. The next section does deal with subplots though, so I'm hoping to get a good number of those woven into the story.

I do plan on my final fan fiction having several protagonists, and probably many more subplots.


EDIT: I just realized this was on the TLFF Entry, not the Horizon entry, which came after it. Your comment now makes sense. Sorry about that.
Posted December 7th, 2017 at 12:31 PM by TGRF TGRF is offline
Updated December 18th, 2017 at 05:25 PM by TGRF
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