That one word makes me think you've been talking to Jax lately.However!
I can see why you might feel that way. Perhaps this will help you see things from a more useful perspective: this is not a story set in a world. This is a world that contains a story. The wasteland, the Argent Peaks to the north, the city of eyes to the south, even the semi-mythical Qhara.Qhouroum to the east - all of this exists already, all around you. It's full of stuff to see and do. I'm holding half a continent and dozens of named characters in my head and in my notes, and I'm offering it to you to explore and act in as you wish. The main story has a lot of interesting stuff in it, true, but to get the most out of the East it's best to roam a bit. So, if you don't know what to do - just pick something that's come up that sounds interesting, and investigate. I've made it my goal here to reward that sort of thing with lore, with stories, with weird headcanony stuff about nineteenth-century East Orre. There are potential stories everywhere, some that I've prepared already, some that I won't even think of unless someone says something interesting. This is not one story. It's a multiplicity of narratives, many of which influence each other. It's all about your choices - in fact, your choices will determine everything, from who wins the war between the Golden and the Orrenes to the fates of individual people. And not every significant moment is set up as a binary choice, either; Lily was important, but you've already done at least one other thing that will make an enormous difference down the line.Occ: I love this fic, but sometimes I don't know what our character must do.
There might be. But if there is, that reason lies in the distant future. This is the 1860s, and anyway, we aren't even in Orre as you or I know it. This is a different place, with a different spirit. If you were to travel west back into Orre proper (which is about the only thing that I won't let you do in this story), you'd see that the frontier is very much alien to the people of Phenac and Gateon.OOC: Yeah, but my brain jumps from "Orre" to "Shadow Pokemon" basically instantly- and there has to be some reason why Cipher went back to make more.
You won't lose this, I hope. I didn't create all these stories, all these characters, and all these places for nothing. I'm not going to let this drop unless there's absolutely no alternative. I'm heavily invested in this world and in this project; I'll go pretty far not to let it die.Side note: C'mon guys. This is not the kind of fic anyone wants to see die out. Poor Cutty's taking the time to translate orders into pages of narrative and churning out award-quality work. We can not afford to lose such a great fic so early. My point is: POST.
Plus, you can have fun screwing around in the desert and mess up Cutlerine's no-doubt-meticulously-planned story.