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Post by Ayvaen on Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:21 pm

This post is going to be used to track and build a small time line of the events which will occur leading up to the conclusion of the Alternate Plot. I want to get a structured idea of what needs to be done before it occurs and use this post for planning it out. Firstly, here's the general idea we're going with for the ending of the alternate plot:



What we're going with:

Basic Idea: There can only be one real world in Vana'diel, and it is the world sung of in the Ley of the Immortals. That world is the path through time that the Crystal is destined to track based on the story told by the melody. Only those born of the Crystal can change the flow of time and even alter the Ley of Immortals itself. This effects the Crystal's path through time and causes possible worlds laying dormant to spring to life with the light of the Crystal. During a shift in destiny, life floods into the empty vessels of the new favored path while the old history slowly perishes in the darkness until all that's left is Promyvion and the Crystal has moved on. This is about halfway in progress.

In Short: The Crystal is light a flashlight that shines on a path. When that path is lit, everything in it springs to life and the Emptiness there transforms into true reality. However there's only enough light to shine on one path at a time, while it grows brighter in the Alternate World the light is dimming in our own. If the process isn't stopped the Alternate World becomes the "real world" and our past is reduced to an empty wasteland.

Plot Mechanism: The characters will find this out by meeting with Celestial Avatars who are shared between both worlds.

How did this happen?: People's regrets, wishes, and hidden desires along with their power to change time mentioned in WotG by Cait Sith caused this. There will be other unknown factors never expanded upon mentioned for the purpose of future retconning if necessary.

Solution: Going back to what we originally planned, the world was supposed to be irredeemable. This can be preserved without effecting the conflict between characters if the revelation that the world cannot be saved is presented after the conflict occurs.

As for the details of "reversion", the best mechanic is that it will only be possible to do so if everyone from the other world who is still alive leaves the Alternate World and stays absent long enough for the reverse course to begin. By leaving they could go anywhere that's a seperate realm for all intents and purposes (i.e. Promyvion, Al'Taieu, Avatar realm, etc.). Without the "anchors" there, the process will stop in its tracks, resulting in undoing of all that's been done the return to normality.

In other words, the characters who want to return will have to force those who do not wish to go back, to come with them and leave the realm; which will stop the process of the world coming to life, sending it back into nothingness.

Anyone dead before the reversion will be restored after.

The revelation about the world being doomed will be saved until it needs to be released (i.e. after one side wins or the conflict reaches a point which would result in serious permanent RP damage).



The next post will contain a basic sequence of events.

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Re: Alternate Plotline Conclusion Events

Post by Ayvaen on Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:34 pm

Alternate Timeline Conclusion Event Sequence
This is intended to give a brief idea of the order in which these events will occur and what they will entail.

  • ???
  • RP Event in San d'Oria
  • Celestial Avatar Revelation
  • Conflict Resolution RP
  • Disclosure that the World is Doomed
  • Waiting for the World to Revert in Promyvion, Al'Taieu, or an Avatar Realm
  • Return to the Normal Plot

???: The first event has already occurred and will remain a secret to be revealed during RP.
RP Event in San d'Oria: This will not be heavily explained ahead of time, I'll make a post giving enough of a preface that people will know the circumstances leading up to it but not exactly what will occur.
Celestial Avatar Revelation: The Celestial Avatar RP will be when the characters who attend learn all about what's going on with the worlds.
Conflict Resolution RP: The Conflict RPs will be a series of RPs resolving the conflict between the two sides. This is sketchy at best and not a single event since we have no idea how they will go in particular.
Disclosure that the World is Doomed: The Realization that the world is doomed will either be the end of the conflict RPs or shortly follow it depending on what's necessary to preserve future RP with minimal complications.
Waiting for the World to Revert in Promyvion, Al'Taieu, or an Avatar Realm: Waiting for reversion will be the event that occurs while the characters loaf around in an alien world waiting for theirs to return to normal. It will last about a day IC, OOC probably 3-4 hours with some time-skipping during lulls. I imagine there won't be anything going on action-oriented, just dialogue and reflecting on what happens to close out the plot.

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