Thank you, and that's perfectly fine with me. Although, that does mean that he didn’t get much done in his short time at the University Unitious campus, and as such, we’ll have to think of some way to incorporate his exit into the Rebellion: Recovery roleplay.
(As for the Star Wars feeling, I've noticed that certain elements of Star Wars have indeed leaked over into the Aetherlight. We refer to Lucky as the Emperor with his Imperial forces, and have levitating speeders as well.
As a matter of fact, I didn’t fully grasp how similar the Rebellion roleplay actually was to the Star Wars saga until I watched The Empire Strikes Back for the first time very recently. As I watched more and more of the movie, I slowly sunk deeper and deeper into my chair.
The Rebellion? The Rebel Base in an icy area? I’m scratching my head as to how these similarities between my roleplay and the immensely popular Star Wars saga occurred.
It seems to me that the things that influence me the least immediately influence me the most in the long-run. Why, just the other day, I was rooting through some books I hadn’t read since I was very young, only to find one of my oldest favorites. As I flipped through it, embracing old memories, I stopped cold at a page illustrating the main antagonist’s profile. I stared, dumfounded, at the item he was wearing on his face. Do you know what it was?
Go on, take a guess.
Indeed, it was a welder’s mask.
It seems to me that that particular illustration must have been my main inspiration for Roguecog, unbeknown to me at the time I created him.
The absurdity of it all. I’m honestly at a loss for words at this moment.)
Of course, at some point, Lucky would have to take over again, then get rid of Oddcraft semi-permanently.
I would say that for the fourth roleplay, Rebellion: Retaliation, we would need all hands on deck, and all of the students, no matter their ages, would have to battle.
Now, I know that idea may seem absurd, due to the fact that if the inexperienced children ran into battle, there would be a good chance of them meeting their end, but I've got a secret plan for that.
I've left little clues across the Rebellion and Roguecog Returns roleplays as to my plan, but I won't reveal it for now, for three reasons:
I'd like to see if you all can guess it.
Layers and layers of backup plans, that's me.
I have to maintain at least a portion of my ineluctable mystery, now don't I?
Also, the fifth roleplay, Rebellion: Recovery, will be set exclusively at the University Unitious campus, so you won't have to worry about that.
A few things:
Dethroning Lucky permanently, or even for an extended period of time, may seem absurd indeed, but I think that giving Oddcraft a maximum of a month on the throne before Lucky takes over again and ultimately destroys Oddcraft would be a good refresher.
Plus, it would instill just a little bit of hope into the commonfolk of Aethesia. If the Usurper himself can be usurped, even for a little while, it proves that it might just be possible to defeat him, now wouldn't it?
Lucky's mental health needs to be just unstable enough where he won't have the patience to slowly draw his hands around the UU in inescapable defeat as he normally would, but will try to make one quick grab to destroying us.
Yes, the mere existence of a Resistance University is cause enough to shut it down, but Lucky prefers to calculate and take his time, to make sure that there is no room for errors.
However, a nephew who shares his own calculating nature would be a bit more dire for him, now wouldn't it?
How would Lucky connect the sabotages to the Rebellion specifically? Well, Lucky has been in the throne long enough to know how to get information, and lots of it, at that.
We should assume he knows everything, that Titan is actually a Rebellion member, that Beckendorf is alive, that Jyn joined the Rebellion as well, and that they are all working according to my plans.
As for the Rebellion being nowhere as big as the Resistance...
True, the Rebellion hasn't gotten much done against the Empire yet, but neither has the Resistance!
All I've seen so far from the Resistance is more and more recruiting, and trying to start up the sputtering Great Engines once more, but not much action, eh?
Besides, it doesn't matter the quantity of members. It matters the quality.
The Resistance may have a hundred medium-usefulness members, where the Rebellion may have a quarter of that number, but double the quality.
Something like that.
Indeed, one party goes off to war for physical combat, and yes, the students unwilling to go to the front lines would stay back at the University, but they would not be living the school life.
They would be controlling another aspect of the battle from the sidelines, you could say.
The Scarlet Man does have a role to play, what with rescuing Roguecog from the Emperor's clutches, instructing Roguecog to use the artifact at the right time, and restraining Nautilus' anger and comforting him, then healing Nautilus after whisking him away.
Alright, thank you, and nice touch lol.
I wouldn't really want the UU to relocate to a more opportune landscape, but I do have a few ideas, if needed.
I would think that the University would suffer much damage, but not be completely destroyed.
Perhaps only ravaged. (Although "ravaged" is a bit of a strong word...)
The Imperials would win this first battle, because they caught us mainly off-guard, rescue Dela, then escape.
However, if after this event, the University is too damaged for our use, I do have a few ideas for backup facilities.
Mainly drawing inspiration from my recent obtainment of The Timekeeper’s Apprentice, the official Aetherlight novel (which I am eagerly awaiting a sequel), what if the backup facility was a submarine?
A submarine so massive, that an entire society started, lived, and grew inside of it?
What if Nautilus, taking inspiration from the rumors of Nautilinia, made the original plans for the University Unitious campus to be inside a massive submarine, and built such, but for reasons unknown to all but him, he decided to instead have the campus in an underwater dome?
Now, there is the matter of a name for the submarine.
I don’t know if all of you have noticed, but there seems to be a recurring pattern between the names of large submarines. The Nautilus? Nautilinia?
I’m not saying we need to follow that pattern, but what if we named the submarine…
Pronounced Not-Ih-Lushe-Ihs? (Forgive my very fake dictionary pronunciation guide, hopefully you get the point anyways.)
Now, let me make a quick disclaimer. I’m not trying to name everything after myself, I’m not *that starved for attention, lol. I realize that it does seem like I’m full of myself, but I’m not.
Looking back, I can see that Nautilus was a cool name decision for when I wanted to make my return to The Aetherlight Forums as a much more experienced writer, but it did limit my options if I ever wanted to make and name a gigantic submarine. Back then, I’m sure I was thinking “Nah, what’re the odds?”
Apparently, very high, lol.
Anyways, I’m just trying to follow the pattern, and if all of you want me to change the name, I’m one hundred percent fine with that.
However, it might not be the best move, because the Nautilucius does have a hidden, almost-obvious meaning. I’m sure that at least one of you can figure it out.
I think that banding with the Resistance is unneeded.
And I agree that Dela would be a bit of a permanent thorn in our side, but I do have a few ideas for her to live a life of relative comfort, while still restraining her from escaping, if we do get the chance to re-capture her after the war, or something similar.
Yes, I do think that a few dead nameless ones would be called for, and perhaps even a few main characters.
Namely, the traitor who sees the error of their ways too late, and perhaps some University Unitious and Rebellion roleplay members who haven't been too active as of late.
Not necessarily. There are a few alternatives… (Indeed, Nautilus is cooking up a delightful plan.)
@Danyul_Braziervest, I presume?
Eerie, in your Memoirs, you mentioned the Autodragon, and how it could easily be destroyed, but, as far as I could recall, you didn’t destroy it, did you?
So, what if we brought the Autodragon into the Rebellion: Retaliation roleplay as a battle partner to the Automanticore?
A “dynamic duo” situation, you could say.
Alternatively, after Roguecog manages to destroy the Automanticore, we could have Lucky bring out the Autodragon as a failsafe he had hidden away, just in case the Automanticore wasn’t able to hold out long enough in battle.
What do you think?
Should I post a full list of all my Aethermaton designs somewhere in this topic? It may be useful for future reference, but be warned, it would be quite the long and detailed list.
Last, but not least, I’ve been thinking a lot about the concert we host in Rebellion: Recovery, and I’m hoping that sometime in the near future, we can work on the set list.
I bring this up mainly because I’ve got a few additions to our already-present short set list.
I’ve done my best with organizing the list I have stored in my documents (And don't worry, I will post the prototype set list soon.), but as usual, I’m open to any and all suggestions you may have.
I know this seems like a lot of thinking and planning I’ve been doing, but really, it’s not. I’ve just been listening to a wide variety of songs and albums by Christian artists, then been making a note for songs that stick out to me. Feel free to do the same, anyone.
However, what is going to take a lot of thinking and planning is what order the songs are going to go in, from start to finish.
The list I’m making isn’t necessarily the order we sing the songs in, it’s merely what I think the contents of our concert playlist should be. It’s liable to fluctuate and change before we decide on the final version.
As for the order we sing the songs in, I’m considering we take it one song at a time, playing it by ear.
For example, if I write the first post as Nautilus’ perspective of singing Run Wild (feat. Andy Mineo) by for KING & COUNTRY together with Roguecog and Eerie, then Eerie will choose the song we sing next by following the tempo and beat of the previous and such.
For example, we wouldn’t want to sing Hills and Valleys (Valleys Version) by Tauren Wells, which is full of soft piano, then jump into Gonna Be Alright (Five Two Television Version) by KJ-52.
That would be simply rude to our listeners.
However, if we sing Love Is Here by Royal Tailor instead of the latter, it would be a much smoother transcendence between songs, and would harmonize better.
Now, there are a few things we’d have to consider with each song, such as who’s playing what instrument, who’s singing what verse, and who’ll spearhead which song.
As for who’s playing what instrument, I’ll tell you now that Nautilus plays more soulful, delicate instruments, such as the piano, violin, and guitar.
However, Roguecog is an entirely different story. Roguecog plays the more energetic, potentially chaotic instruments, such as the electric keyboard, drums, and electric guitar.
As for who’s singing what verse, we wouldn’t have Nautilus rapping, now would we?
(You have permission to laugh at that, I am as I’m writing this, haha.)
However, it would seem more natural to have Roguecog rapping, as it’s a very energetic, potentially chaotic way of singing.
As for who spearheads which song, I’m suggesting we take it one song at a time.
I think that’s it for me, but remember, I’m always open to yours, and others', suggestions.