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Hey y'all. I'm picking up the old collective fanfic Miyu and I worked on some time ago (focused on Joachim, Luca and Rickert, so to say).
With quite a chronological gap.
And changes.
Right on.
When is it ?
Just right now.

Fantasia Arc.
Chapter of the Dreaming Chaos.

Here's the introduction.

Episode 01 : Our Family Tree

So it seemed nothing ever really changed...
Once, he was blamed for something like this.
He payed the price of a mortal life...
And so did the blaming prince.
And such price had already been payed by the Enlighted one...
the one who was standing in the middle of this mess.

Chaos was spreading all over the city of Wyndham...
He had dreamed about it a long time ago, and did nothing.
So it was happening again. And he wouldn't do anything. Again.

So the corrupted King of Bones had asked for his help, and had to fight alone - to his inevitable doom.
So the gracious King of Gods didn't have to ask for anything, blessed by all - to their inevitable doom.
So the old king was fighting alone to save a dirtied land. Again - to his inevitable doom.

Instead of angels, a huge demonic tree was devastating the whole region...
Perhaps he had stayed too much time in the forest, eventually.
He had called for it, in a way.
He wasn't going to choose any side.

It was time for a new dream to be dreamed...
For a new world to begin.
For an old world that had been...
Once, more than a dream.

From his distance place, he saw the huge light engulfing the High King and all his minions...
At a huge pace, it would cover everything that was under the control of Human emotions.
It would blend reality...
And so, he had to take his chance to put a seed of frailty.

Lifting his four-fingered right hand before his globulous dark yellowish eyes,
Oro witnessed the melting of the world they were all living in,
Satisfied by his loneliness of the moment, still as a tree he almost was,
He thought about saying hi to the one who had lights instead of eyes,
But it wasn't really time, the flash was coming nigh,
So he went on dreaming,
Without any goodbyes...



Episode 02 : That Hill of Fallen Fellow Swords

You only get what you deserve. That is what grandma always said, as he recalled. And he was so damn frightened she could have hit the bag with that once-stupid-sounding assumption. Everything went so wrong, so many times. He could not even remember all the shit that he'd gone through, along the years. And yet, granny, he was still alive to wank his mind off.

Up at that hill of fallen fellow swords, Marcus was in for a so-called nostalgic emotional phase, or something like that. Some time ago, he reached this unique place, full of free swords, as he'd just heard about the return of the White Hawk. Griffith being back, gosh ! Like at that time when they kicked the asses of the huge Boscogne and all his troops. He remembered in every detail that fight Guts had had with that huge bastard, ending with him being sliced in two, his horse undergoing the same treatment. That was the time preceding their anoblishment... it wasn't so long ago. But it seemed so far, already.

The last time he was here, Marcus met that small girl who was protecting these swords. He put her life into danger. Actually, if it were not for the intervention of that freaking dwarf, the small one would have had a few ribs broken - at least. And he met Rickert, who recognized him immediately, after the three or so years without seeing each other, since he left the Band of the Hawks - right, at that bad time when Griffith got arrested. It appeared Corcas, under whose command he was at the end, wasn't as coward he himself was. Rickert told him how great a man Corcas had become in the last days - when they were working their asses off to free Griffith from the royal jails. Rickert told him they were the only survivors, Griffith, Guts, Casca and them. Griffith was back, yes, to rule the kingdom as he had always wished. Guts, as for him, was on a dark quest, trying to get at Griffith to chop off his head. Casca became nuts, not even knowing who she was. Well, as one can guess, shit had happened.

Marcus sighed.
He walked towards the old mine that used to be near its position.
A few months ago, he could have gone this way - if there hadn't been the objection of the girl.
He could not get a better idea of what the heck was that dwarf all about.
You get what you deserve, heh.
Apparently, Rickert had seen elves before, too, that lucky bastard.
Marcus wished he would have met some incredible creature who could save his ass when the occasion needed it.
But instead, he thought looking for Griffith himself would be the best idea ever to get a full understanding of the whole situation.
Thing is, the new army of the Band of the Hawks was constantly moving from one town to one another, saving people from the Kushans, and so on. Traveling alone was a bitch, especially with crooks and Kushans all over the place.
Fortunately, he was quite a crook himself.
Marcus sighed again.

So...
Was the story true ?
Did they all get killed by huge toothed monsters ?
"You don't believe Guts' story ? I've been attaqued by monsters back then, too ! And just a few days ago, Griffith came to see me, accompanied by none other than Zodd the immortal. You remember him, don't you ?"
Marcus remembered. He was too afraid to go in the cave, at that time, when both Griffith and Guts went out wounded after not-killing the war legend. His fear had saved him. Those who went had their bodies, well, multiplicating...
So, when he was traveling to get to Griffith and he saw the shape of the flying demon above his head, Marcus just decided to change his mind. Going get killed wasn't his thing, after all.
So... what was he good for ?

Marcus crouched on the snow between swords, one hand gripping one weapon.
Sure, Gaston would have gone without any hesitation after Griffith, if he'd heard the same story.
Marcus' head went down.
The snow was white.
Really white.
Too much white to be just snow, no ?
He rose his chin and saw a overwhelming flash of light.
What was tha...?

When the sand-tainted-hair man came back to his own feelings, everything seemed different. In an eerie way. He couldn't have said what, or how, or why, or any of the other small words belonging to his questioning repertoire.
Marcus overheard the wind blowing through the mill back at that smith house. It was too vivid.
"Dead man..."
Whispers, now ? What in the name...?
"Dead man... you should have been..."
"Sword man... you should have gone..."
Were his mind and ears playing tricks on him ? Was that a way for his guilt to get back at him ?
"The mighty Falcon doesn't know you betrayed him...?"
"Do you think he would be glad if he ever knew...?"
Marcus cleared his throat.
Holy shit, was he going insane ?

Now, new sounds.
Bones cracking.
Marcus looked all around.
Down there, was it...skeletons...walking this way ? Trying to block him with that cliff just nearby ?
Skeletons... right ? Right...
Marcus looked back : it was a frigging high cliff. There was no way out. Like "confront your own sins and your own guilt" and all that similar stuff that he wouldn't like to deal with, right now.
The once-mercenary tried some respiration exercise he used to practice a lot, during battles with the Hawks.
Then he grabbed a sword next to him.
Then he figured out a plan : the cliff could help him throw the bones for the dogs downside.
Marcus managed a weird smile to intimidate his enemies...

...A few minutes later, Marcus was screaming and sinking down, along with a skeleton who grabbed him.
Was it how it was supposed to end ?
So, was it true ? You get what you deserve ?
Was he so lame, so coward, so sinful, so bad, to merit this and end like that...?



Episode 03 : The Art of Illusions

My name is Kyletx, and if you have to remember something about all this story, remember my name. For I am no one but the true hero of the era of the merging of all the potential and dreamed of plans of reality... or should I say "dreamality"... or even better... uh, wait for it, I don't have anything better in my bag of potent and great and awesome constructs. For I am a constructor. Building concepts all over the place. Making plans all over the paper. Creating fireworks in the sky to recieve waves of "wow" - woves, as I call them.

So, why am I saying all this stuff ? Because I see through the constructs. I see through illusions. I see the hidden no-truth behind the apparent no-lies. I get the picture. People only get the words. They don't see what I see. I am an illusion, made real, but untrue. I serve the blind. I am the eyes. I see through. So, what I can tell for sure since that flabbergasting flash of no-light is that the real picture is not good to see for real. I'd prefer, say, watch a good ol' movie on my fire-sight-catcher device.

For I am Kyletx the witty gnome and in front of my big nose, I get to see the desert oasis of what they're now baptising Falconia.
The capital of a new age. The capital of a new head. The White Hawk. Let me call him the White Hoax.
How come I am the only one to see through this guy ?
I mean, I may have been helped. Yes, some dream within the illusion of my dreamality. Telling me to look at the King of Falconia and to look for the King of Skellig, this sanctuary place which used to be hidden - thanks to the skills of my windy cousins, constructed as elves most of the times, or if you want my opinion, who should be illusionary recrafted as "nerves", I know what I mean, don't bother seeing any picture, you're limited to the subtitles, I told you before.

Falconia...ew...what does it look like ?
Simple, as its foundator. A White Hoax. Don't bother about it.
For I won't. I've seen enough. The tree's enough. The tree's the proof. Let's all get together ! Anarchists, I tell you.
I was forgotten by the time.
I am going to fire up your world, blind folks !
But first, I am going to need some physical and psychical back-up.
More on that later.

Oh, and don't stay too close to the words.
I am a master of illusions. I could get you lost in no-magic box.




Episode 04 : Tunnels of Darkness

"Wait a second, it doesn't look familiar too me."
Rickert turned his head. He couldn't see his new friend, but he felt his shoulder under his palm.
"What's wrong, Guaru ?"
The dwarf seemed confused.
"Well, do you know why you guys met me up hill, that time ?"
Rickert stood silent.
"I am an anticipating dwarf, or so they all say. What I was expecting just happened a few hours ago, as you know it..."
"Do you mean this incredible light that went even into the depths of the dwarven galleries of yours, by any chance ?"
"That's right, young one..."
The tone Guaru was taking wasn't comforting the blacksmith, as of now.
"Tell me what is wrong, please."
Guaru shrugged.
"The path out of the earth realms to the wind sancturay seems to have changed. The way out has evolved."
Rickert frowned.
"Is this a way to tell me you are lost in your own tunnels, friend ?"
Guaru turned to meet Rickerts' eyes. He, dwarven one, could see in the dark.
"This is a way to tell you the world is not the same as it used to be. We might be lost in not-my-own-tunnels-anymore."
Rickert took a deep breath in.
"What about the others, downstairs ? What about Erica ?"
Guaru made a strange noise in his throat.
"Here we are ! I wanted to tell you... I've tried to lead our way back to familiar galleries, but they don't seem to exist anymore as before."
Rickert would have loved to get some light to confront the face of his dwarf friend.
"So, there is no way to get back at the Forge ? No way to get back at Erica ?"
"Not one that I think of. It doesn't imply anything else. They must be very fine, all of them. We're talking about the Forge, young one ! You also agreed on letting Erica behind, as it is one of the safest place on - or under - the earth !"

Rickert remembered the decision he took just a few hours ago, when they still were in the galleries of the Forge. They had stayed a few months there, nicely hosted by Guaru and his peers. And just when the flash of light occured, Guaru had this dream, this revelation, about Skellig - which happened to be the exact same thing as Puck's home. The idea was to get there to put Casca in a safe place. So would be the Forge for Erica, right ? It made sense. It was the best solution he could have chosen.
"So, we have to keep going and find some way out. We have to get to the King of Skellig, you said so yourself."
Guaru smiled at the teenager.
"It just won't be as easy as we planned to get to your elves' friend in Elfhelm."
Rickert sighed. He already made up his mind. They were going, Guaru and him, just like Guts was traveling with Puck the elf.
"It doesn't matter anymore. We have dwarven artefacts to help us along the way."
Guaru laughed.
"You know, we dwarves are some kind of experts in this field, but you shouldn't praise too much the fruits of the Forge. They sometimes can get... how to say... troublesome."
Rickert's ears rang.
"What about telling me all I have to know about the dwarven magic your people lent me ? As a blacksmith myself, you should be able to share some of your innate knowledge... Our safety depends on it, friend."
Guaru shrugged again.
"I guess nobody will hear me unveiling the stuff to a human kid, in these dark tunnels."



Episode 05 : Call me a Wyverner, whatever...

In the village of Waldaym, everything went back to normal after the huge celebration for the liberation of the Kingdom of Midland. Some of the men were still coping with their hang-overs. Others were cleaning the streets of all the dirt. Children were playing - this morning was a good time because of adults going to bed at a late hour. They were eventually saved from the Kushans. They had been saved from the Tudor invasions, now the White Falcon had put to an end the era of terror imposed by the Emperor Ganishka.

Life could carry on...
or could it ?

Some children were out renacting glorious battles a few hundreds feet away from the village. Between the trees, they were fencing, jumping, counter-attacking. They were laughing. And a few times, they got hurt in the process...

At one moment, one of them screamed as hell. The other children came to see what was wrong with him. He wasn't actually the type of a whiny boy, usually. And then, in front of their eyes, the most incredible and awesome view showed up...

A giant was getting beaten up by a hord of trolls.
There were plenty of them. Maybe three dozens, all hairy, and toothy, and most importantly... nasty.
It appeared the giant was taking a nap in these woods when they decided to get to him.
"Come on, giant, beat the hell out of'em !" the children yelled out.
The giant turned his head to them and gave them a unique "grinace" - one couldn't decide between grin or grimace.
They couldn't talk any more. They had to watch the fight in absolute awe...

A few minutes and bruises later, the giant stood still, blood all over his shirt.
Troll corpses all over the place, dismantled, ripped off, crashed to become troll forest rugs.
And the giant decided to lay down on a few of them to finish his nap...

"Awesome ! Mister Giant, be our friend !" the children had their voices back, now that they knew they were safe.
The giant raised as an oak and gave them that look.
The angry look. Or was it the hungry one...?
"I don't like sleep-disturbers..."
The children shared the same expression of fear...

They were screaming again when one of them was lifted above the ground.
"Do you prefer to be crashed, to be swallowed or to pathetically fall, little one ?"
The boy's conscience collapsed...

When he woke up, he was on the ground, his friends around him.
What was happening ? he thought while his whole body shook to death.
"Look, George... look..."
The little boy raised his gaze and came on an unexpected view...

There was a new man, quite tall - but definitely not a giant. He had pale eyes, pointy ears, redish hair. His clothes were colorful yet on the pale scale, also. He kinda looked like a noble man.
He was sitting on a strange flying creature - children were betting on a wyvern - and held his hand towards the giant.
This one had stopped to move and had already one arm cut.
He was in some trouble...

"Who are you and why do you interfere with my meal ?"
The new-comer came closer on his flying no-horse.
"I didn't do anything for the trolls. They're just good to be sliced, it's well-known. But I won't let big guys like you annoy small ones, be they astral or not."
The flying man cleared his throat.
"That being said, I don't see any reason for a stupid giant like to continue living."
The giant frowned. He suddenly felt he was not facing the regular combatant.
"Please, mighty lord, I owe you an apologize, let me live."
That man landed his wyvern on the ground and calmed the frightened boys with a look.
"How weird... I didn't think a giant like you could guess my origins. Indeed, I was born among the family of Arunites."
The giant seemed surprised.
"But I am not anymore. People have known me as the hydras tamer, the wyvern rough-rider, or even the dragon educator. In fact, I am..."
The giant finished his sentence : "a Wyverner ...!"
The noble Arunite, as he presented himself, nodded slightly before adding something else.
"I am Thamrig, sorcerer of the High Peaks of Astralia."

And then, the ground collapsed under the giant's feet.
And then, lightnings hit the spot repeatedly.
And then, there was no more giant to see...

Kyletx was pretty sure he could make an ally of this wind sorcerer, for the upcoming adventures.
He would just have to work on the trust issue, being himself an elaborated form of a fire elemental.
It wasn't easy to be born a gnome, some times...



Episode 06 : It's getting better and better...

She was running again in the woods. You can not trust anyone anymore, she thought while blaming herself about staying in that place for more than a night. And no one should trust you either again, she ended her thinking process while wondering if some of those dirty guys would recover from the wounds she inflicted them. They deserved it, though. Like she didn't have problems already. Who the hell did they think they were ? Her way of surviving was okay in Albion, but it had become more and more dangerous, with all the chaos spreading with the war. So, she had thought it might be time for her to find a new approach to her survival. She had decided to directly confront the Kushans to make them pay the price of all the lives they had taken. Enough people had died around her recently. She did know she would have to just focus on the best way to keep on living, at that time. She seemed to have found the killing was easier than the running, sometimes. This time, she just had to do both of them, and it wasn't so easy, really. Let them capture you, let them be seduced, let them die in their sleep with a sliced throat, that was her new way.

She was running in the woods, again, indeed.
Alone, again.
Flashes of memories came to her mind.
The last time she was running like hell like this was a couple of months ago...

...Kushans were attacking them by surprise.
Them being Jerome and her.
They just had an argument about the girls who disappeared a few days earlier.
They had found their bodies in a terrible shape.
The girls were hiding in a shelter they had infiltrated before, while she was out collecting fire wood. Jerome, thinking the girls were safe and she did not, came out of their shelter to look after her.
After discovering the shocking deaths, she had refused to talk to him for several days, but she still accepted the presence of that stupid knight.
The first and last time she broke the silence was that loud argument.
The argument that dragged a whole bunch of Kushans on them...

...They had started to hear some noise before the attack.
Jerome looked more anxious than usually. He had unsheathed his sword, and after an heart-beat reflexion, he just pushed her away.
"Run, Luca, run for your life!"
At first, she didn't react.
Then, Jerome grabbed her wrist and ran with her along.
A few arrows were shot and were getting closer and closer to them.
Then, Jerome had them stop and looked at her in the eyes.
"Now, you will run this way as fast as you can, or I kill you, no kidding here."
She had been pushed away again and Jerome ran in another direction, calling for the Kushans to try to get to him.
And that was the last time she ever saw him.
She had just heard him screaming at one point.
And that was the last time she ever heard him...

...Now Luca was running away from a few Kushans who had survived her trap during the night. But she was alone and couldn't get them run elsewhere. She reminded herself of the sweet and coward Nina. How did she go with the illness, the war, and Joachim ? It couldn't be any worse than her own situation, could it ?
And then, she discovered a cave in the corner of her eye.
The cold was biting, she was exhausted, so it would be the best solution for now.
Rest there a moment and check if she was still followed by the Kushans.
That is what she did...

...A few hours went by.
Nothing from the Kushans.
Luca was beginning to relax.
And also, she was starting to freeze.
So what, she should move again, to thieves, to assassins ?
How could it get worse than this ?
Luca stood up and gave a better look at her new-found shelter.
It seemed rather large and deep.
She decided to move inwards.
Get away from the cold wind.
Warmth did come from there.
And lights, and drums ?
Oh no ...!

...Luca was standing straight, her eyes wide-open.
A whole people of little torch-carrying and drum-playing goblins were coming out of their hole, intrigued by the natural offering she represented to them.
They were all excited about it, about her.
They were dancing all over the place.
Luca decided not to run, this time.
In a weird way, they reminded her of the strange sad little egg-creature and then, also, the wise knight made of bones she first thought was Death itself...

A few moments later, Luca realised she was made prisoner of the goblins.
Now, something would happen, for sure.
She just would have to wait, right ?
It was getting better and better...



Episode 07 : Riverside

It all started to change when she was in for a fun swim. Somehow, troubled as she was for some time, she decided to take a look outside what was going on. Animals all around the place were looking at her in a strange way. Here she was, the oceanid, having secretly fun in a river...! Yes, that is right. And it was so good...

Or was it really when everything started to change ? Before that, there was this light so bright it came even into the deepest depths of the ocean abysses, making fishes able to see her and interact with her. With all of them, the oceanids, in their protected and magical realm, the Jewels of Corals.

Just about that time, Lleya had had this visionary dream sliding into her soul. It was about the need to see the King of Falconia, this new human - or was it human - city. It was about the need to seek the King of Skellig island - which she already had heard about and which was very far away. And then, it all became very complicated for all of them. They were used to some nasty creatures, yes, nevertheless the Shield of Shells was keeping them away from any harm. Now, a lot of nagas, makaras, and all other sort of serpent-like creatures were popping up in the same plan of reality as they were.

They did break the Shield.
So it was time for the oceanids to go.
Dispersion was the call their Queen had given all of them.
So Lleya went into a direction none of the others took.
She went landwards, to go take a look at Falconia - even she didn't have a clue how she would do to get there.
As fast she could to escape all the dangerous ones, she enter a river and swimmed against the current.
Salmons seemed surprised she could do it too.
But she wasn't going to visit her birthplace.

Well, her life really started to change when she was in for a fun swim, down the river. As she didn't know when to stop, where to go, what to do, how to get a glimpse of Falconia, she had decided to take a look outside. Something was going on, also. She could feel it. There she was, animals looking at her. Plenty of land animals, eventually, in front of a very high cliff. At first, she didn't realise it was a lot of them, because she wasn't well acquainted with the land realms. Then, she saw him...

He was human, laying down just at the riverside.

Was he asleep ?
Lleya sank into the river again to get some good air and swimmed towards him.
She moved her head out of the flow to take a better look at the man. He was a bit taller than she was, and he had hair all over his body - or almost. Disgusting.
But there was more. He seemed in a bad shape : blood all over his clothes, more than a few bones broken, unconscious... even a few bones next to him... he seemingly was trying to get to the water when his mind collapsed.

Was he even alive ?
It was going to take some special effort to examine him.
So Lleya decided to summon the Breathing Shell upon her head.
She climbed out of the river and crouched aside the poor man, closing her face to his.

Was he crying ?
Lleya discovered a few drops of salty water that had come out of his eyes' glands.
How did they call them, already ? Oh yes, tears... well, tears of what ?
She couldn't tell.

But he was slightly alive.
He wouldn't be for long if she didn't act now.
She had to play the melody of rejuveneration for him.
It would last long, considering his actual health.
And first, she would have to build a source shelter down the river for him to recovery.
"Okay, human, let's do this. But then, you owe me one. You'll guide me to this land of yours they call Falconia."
Lleya sighed and disappeared into the river once again.



Episode 08 : Old story

Rickert was still following his friend Guaru into the changing galleries. It was beginning to become annoying, especially with the lack of food, or beer, or light, or anything...! Plus, the young blacksmith couldn't help himself remember the speech Guaru gave him about the dwarven artefacts, earlier. It was just rolling up and down in his mind, like it would never stop. What should he use, if they needed to ? How should he use the artefacts properly, not to sink into alienation, fast-aging, self-decomposition or any of the bad stuff revealed ?

"Wake up, young one !"
Rickert came back to real life dark tunnels.
"What up ?"
Guaru made an indescriptible throat noise.
"Wake up smoothly, silently, please..."
Rickert frowned. Guaru had just stopped walking.
"Do you remember what Gömtsig told you about the artefacts, by any chance ?"
Rickert didn't like the way this conversation was heading to.
"What do you mean ?"
Guaru laughed.
"Maybe it's nothing..."
"Come on, Guaru, tell me everything !"
"Yes-yes, just talk slowly and not loudy... walls...ears... you know."
"Be more specific, friend."

Guaru made another strange dwarven noise.
"These tunnels and walls remind me of an old story... down-earth, a long time ago, dwarves were not the only people to live and prosper, as they say. There were also a few other peoples, not as cool as we are, but... darker and ill-willed. Not that it is more than an old stupid story, heh."
Rickert wanted to know more about it.
"Who are you talking about ?"
"You know, all the other cave-dwellers : cave ogres, goblins, stone trolls, orcs..."
"Doesn't seem nice to me, all of them. What tells your folk story ?"
Guaru cleared his throat.
"Dwarves are beings derived from the earth elementals. All the ones I just listed are not, or not really... I mean I don't know for sure. But there was another people related to us, back then, as they say."
Rickert showed his surprise.
"Who were they ?"
"The worst dwarven nightmares... the kobolds. Little as we are, uglier than we are, nastier than we are, driven by a passion for war, inovation and destruction. We call them the dark dwarves, sometimes, the ones hidden in the darkest tunnels from where nobody comes back."
"Oh..." Rickert noticed. "You mean, like the tunnels we are stuck in ?"
Guaru grumbled.
"I don't mean to mean anything, but..."
Rickert grabbed Guaru's arm.
"But what ?"
"But, do you remember what Gömtsig told you about the artefacts, by any chance ?"

A frozen wind from behind suddenly made a whistling noise.
Followed by some kind of machinery put into motion.
And the sound of electrical saws slicing through steel.
And then shrieking voices, each one half-laughing, half-terrified.
It all seemed to come from below.

Rickert was feeling Guaru's arm shaking under his palm.
"Come on, friend," he murmured, "we have to get far from here. Guide us to higher galleries..."
The dwarf couldn't stop shaking, couldn't move an inch away, either.
"Oh, Forge, I got a bad feeling..."

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Character Cove / New character Jaris : what do you think of him ?
« on: March 17, 2008, 02:58:50 PM »
Hello everyone ! Long time no post...

The last episode (294) has been a great one and i wanted to read some discussions about our new guy, Jaris. As there is still no thread about him, i'm making the decision of doing it myself.

My question really is : what place do you think he fits in in the whole pattern ?

Jaris seems to be quite understanding the whole situation and though he follows Griffith, he appears to be seeing the true nature of what's coming (only he probably thinks the new Age will be brightful and not dark). So what Jaris is useful for ? 1- He, as a stranger human, comes with questionning and relativity in the Hawks. He might be the most competent to lead the kushans under the Hawks flag. Or he could be of importance for Mule and the other human midlanders to see things differently. 2-His role is related to Silat only : keeping on showing Rakshas interfere with Silat would have been redundant and Miura is showing us a new face to do evolve the character of Silat. Jaris fits perfectly in his situation, as Rakshas would have made a strange impression on the kushans under Ganishka who were questionning Raban and the people of Wyndham. Jaris being another kushan, a cunning one too, and not a former member of the Bakiraka clan, Silat may be more willing to listen to what he has to say about the Hawk and the situation. 3-As a clairvoyant character and questionning one, mainly confronted to the unique perspective of Silat, Jaris is subject to being an evolving character (alliances speaking). I can see him (and the kushans under his command?) joining in a neutral force who could be represented by Silat and his clan (probably after the demise of Ganishka and Griffith's triumph). In a distant future, working with the same aim in mind as Guts and his band. Maybe his eyes are just reminding me of Pippin and that's why i'm making this assumption...

So what's your thoughts on Jaris ?  :daiba:

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Shootin' the Breeze / Berserk dreams ?
« on: February 13, 2005, 07:38:55 AM »
Any one ?
I've just remembered i had one last night. I want to notice it here, because i normally dont remember any dream. I dont have all of it, but there was some battle between goods and bads or sthg like that. Then out of the mist, Pippin and a Judeau with head covered. As advancing, realised they were 2 horsemen, Pippin indeed, and the other was Silatt, his left eye destroyed, and the right eye of his horse too. They were going to help, but then i remember just that...
 :-X
is it any serious, doc ? :-[ 8)

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Creation Station / Project : Collective Fanfic
« on: January 04, 2005, 04:22:02 PM »
Well I kinda finished my exams today and I feel like writing a bit. But instead of every one writing his own stuff, why not work together on a berserk fanfic ? That is the eventual thought.

From this point, my idea would be of some one beginning the fanfic (a parallel story, a writing of the upcoming events and so on) writing 25-75 lines and then letting some one else take his characters to follow the story with his own style. Now there could be switches of point of vue and even creation of new characters.

To make the thing work properly, there should be 1 or 2 texts per day maximum, to elude the phenomenon of writing the suite of something that has already been done by some one else 20 minutes before (if you know what i mean ^^).

What do you all think of this ?
Would you mind if i begin ?

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Speculation Nation / Griffith's castle : his "sidus"
« on: January 30, 2004, 12:52:20 PM »
Griffith, as a child, was able to see _a_ castle. This castle is the representation of his meaningfulest desire. In fact, desire, coming from latin "desidere" (=regretting the absence of a star) may be interpreted as the quest for a lost happiness (mother's womb, or a divine place, for example). Indeed, as said Freud, the principle of desire tends to say there isn't only a real world, but a world made out of "dreams".  This dream, this castle, is taking the place of a non-satisfying reality. This dream is a dream for a better world, a world where there isn't poverty, violence, where everything is "fine".
Moreover, I'd like to add a qote of Fourier, who approximatively said our desires are propotional to our destinies. Thus, our desires are relevant of what God wants for us : Griffith's dream is what it is because Idea wanted it to be this way.

However, aren't dreams an utopia ? I'm coming to a point very interessant for the next volume of Berserk, imho. I think we may say Griffith is close to get to his castle, to own his Kingdom. What makes us say he will be happy ?
In fact, there is a common phenomenon that should be taken into consideration. Realising one's dream doesn't imply necesseraly that it will bring to happiness. Quite the contrary.
But man is a being of desire. We can't live without a goal, whatever it is. That's why I think, when Griffith will eventually realise his dream, he may be regret the time of the Hawks. The friendship he had for Guts. That may be a reason he didn't kill him (as Femto during the Eclipse, as the Millenium Hawk at Godo's place).
And that may be his weak point. What remains of humanity in Griffith ? Does the fact he incarnated into Guts and Casca's child have any importance. I think it isn't a coincidence...

Guil

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Speculation Nation / Berserk thru Major Arcana
« on: December 07, 2003, 01:36:15 PM »
Some time ago already, I was doing some search about tarot... and something hit me.
I wont say that is any truth, but the story of the fool through the Mahor Arcana/Trumps reminds me of the journey Guts is doing. Lets do some comparisons. Its way too long but anyway...

Fool : the fool with a bag, a little dog warning him to watch his step because of a cliff -> Guts, Black Swordsman, Pucks tries to help him not to fall in his Beastial feelings.

Magician : Traveling on his way, the Fool first encounters a Magician. Skillful, self-confident, a powerful magus with the infinite as a halo floating above his head, the Magician mesmerizes the Fool.And to the Fool's eyes it is as if the Magician has created the future with a word. There are all the possibilities laid out, all the directions he can take. The cool, airy Sword of intellect and communication, the fiery Wand of spirituality and ambition, the overflowing Chalice of Love and emotions, the solid Pentacle of work, possessions and body. With these tools, the Fool can create anything, make anything of his life. But here's the question, did the Magician create the tools, or were they already in the pack? -> makes me think of the time Guts meets Skully, about the aura of the guy and hence how Guts' life is tending to change.

High Priestess : Continuing his journey, the Fool comes upon a beautiful and mysterious veiled lady enthroned between two pillars. She is the opposite of the Magician, quiet where he was loquacious, still where he was in motion, sitting while he stood, shrouded in the night where he was out in the bright of day. She is the High Priestess and she astonishes the Fool by knowing everything about him. More, she knows what tools he carries in his pack. She lets the Fool know that she knows how to use these items. She could teach him, if he's willing. Respectfully he asks her to pass on her wisdom, which she does in the form of archaic scrolls and soft whispers. Informed enough now to make initial decisions about what he wants, where he will go, and what he will do, the Fool pushes the pomegranate curtain aside and steps between the two pillars toward his future. -> it can only be his meeting with Flora imo.

Empress : Having decided what shape his future will take, the Fool strides forward. But he is impatient to make his future a full-grown reality. This is when he comes upon the Empress. She rests back on her throne surrounded by an abundance of grain and a lush garden. It is possible that she is pregnant. Kneeling, the Fool relates to her his story. And she, in turn, smiles a motherly smile and gently gives him this advice: "Like newly planted grain or a child in the womb, a new life, a new love, a new creation is fragile. It requires fertile soil, patience and nurturing, it needs love and attention. Only this will bring it to fruition." Understanding at last that his future will take time to build and create, the Fool thanks the Empress and continues on his way. -> well, this one imo is quite similar with the return of Guts in the Hawks, when he'll be intimate with Casca (though it is obviously befor Flora...)

Emperor : He approaches a great Emperor seated on a stone throne. The Fool is amazed by the way the Emperor is instantly, eagerly obeyed in every particular, at how well his Empire is run. Respectfully, he asks the Emperor how it is he does this. And the Emperor answers: "Strong will and a solid foundation. It's all very well," he explains to the Fool, "to be dreamy, creative, instinctual, patient; but to control one must be alert, brave and aggressive."
Ready now to lead rather than be led, the Fool heads out with new purpose and direction. -> this one makes me think of the arrival in the Hawks and his meeting with Griffith.

Hierophant : Having created a solid foundation on which to build his future, the Fool is struck with a sudden fear. What if everything he's worked for is taken away? Is stolen, or lost, or destroyed or vanishes? Or what if it is just not good enough? In a panic, he heads into a holy place where he finds the Hierophant, a wise teacher and holy man. "There are only two ways," says the Hierophant sagely, "Either give up that which you fear to lose so it no longer holds any power over you, or consider what you will still have if your fear comes to pass. After all," the Hierophant continues, "if you did lose all you'd built, you would still keep the experience and knowledge that you've gained up to this point, wouldn't you?"
This surprisingly pragmatic advise releases the Fool from his fear, and he is able exit out of the sanctuary and face the world's challenges once again. -> reminds me of his relationship with Godo, who is very 'clearminded' about what Guts is living through.

Lovers : The Fool comes to a cross-roads, filled with energy, confidence and purpose, knowing exactly where he wants to go and what he wants to do. And comes to a dead stop. A flowering tree marks the path he wants to take, the one he's been planning on taking. But standing before a fruit tree marking the other path is a woman. He's met and had relationships with women before, some far more beautiful and alluring. But she is different. Seeing her, he feels as though he's just been shot in the heart with cupid's arrow, so shocking, so painful is his "recognition" of her. As he speaks with her, the feeling intensifies; like finding a missing part of himself, a part he's been searching for his life long. It is clear that she feels the same about him. They finish each others sentences, think the same thoughts. It is as if an Angel above had introduced their souls to each other. Though it was his plan to follow the path of the flowering tree, and though it will cause some trouble for him to bring this woman with him, to go somewhere else entirely, the Fool knows he dare not leave her behind. Like the fruit tree, she will fulfill him. No matter how divergent from his original intent, she is his future. He chooses her, and together they head down a whole new road. -> Guts is back to the Hawks and he chooses to live his life with Casca. They have a future to build, a dangerous road to take together.

Chariot : The Fool is close to completing what he set out to create long ago, back when the Magician revealed those tools to him. But enemies are now standing in his way, devious human enemies, bad circumstances, even confusion in his own mind. There's no more forward momentum; he feels he is fighting just to stay where he is.
It is here that he comes across a charioteer, standing in his gold and silver chariot, his black and white steeds at rest. "You seem a victorious warrior," the Fool remarks. "Tell me, what is the best way to defeat an enemy?" The Charioteer nods out at the ocean. "Have you ever been swimming in the water and been trapped in that tide which pulls you out to sea? If you try to swim forward, head-on, you go nowhere. You swim forward, the tide pulls you back and, if you tire yourself out, you drown. The only way to win without sapping all your energy is to swim parallel to shore, and come in slowly, diagonally. So, too, when fighting in a chariot. You win by coming up alongside that which you wish to defeat." The warrior nods to his beasts. "Your steeds keep the wheels turning, but it is your control and direction that brings victory. Dark and light, they must be made to draw in harmony, under your guidance."
The Fool is impressed and inspired. He thinks he now knows how to win his own war. He thanks the warrior, but before he leaves, the warrior stays the Fool, "One thing more," he says, "no victory can be won unless you have unwavering confidence in your cause. And remember this above all, victory is not the end, it is the beginning." -> this one makes me think of the ime when they go back to Wyndam to free Griffith, fight Baakiraka and Midland soldiers, then he meets Wild and hears Zoddo.

Strength : The Fool, victorious over his enemies, is feeling arrogant, powerful, even vengeful. There is a hot passion in him that he can barely control. It is in this state that he comes across a maiden struggling with a lion. Running to help, he arrives in time to see her gently but firmly shut the lion's mouth! In fact, the beast, which seemed so wild and fierce a moment ago, is now completely at her command.
Amazed, the Fool asks her, "How did you do that?" One hand on the lion's mane, she answers, "Will power. Any beast, no matter how wild, will back down before a superior will." At that moment, the Maiden meets the Fool's eyes; though sanity and young, her look is knowing and filled with great power. "Likewise," she says to him, "there are many unworthy impulses inside us. It is not wrong to have them. But it is wrong to let them control us. We are human, not beast, and we can command such energy, use them for higher purposes." His rage quieted, the Fool nods, enlightened, and walks away knowing that it wasn't only the lion who was tamed this day by a Maiden's pure and innocent strength. -> well, imo, its the time when Guts tries to help Griffith, then this one summons the God Hand and becomes Femto to serve higher purposes. The difference is Griffith isnt quite a pure innocent Maiden (tho it could look like ) and Guts feels just defeated rather than quited.

Hermit : After a long and busy lifetime, building, creating, loving, hating, fighting, compromising, failing, succeeding, the Fool feels a profound need to retreat. In a small, rustic home deep in the woods, he hides, reading, cleaning, organizing, resting or just thinking. But every night at dusk he head out, traveling across the bare, autumnal landscape. He carries only a staff and a lantern.
It is during these restless walks from dusk till dawn, peering at and examining whatever takes his fancy, that he sees and realizes things he's missed, about himself and the world. It is as if the secret corners in his head were being slowly illuminated, corners he never knew existed. In a way, he has become the Fool again; as in the beginning, he goes wherever inspiration leads him. But as the Fool, his staff rested on his shoulder, carrying unseen his pack. The Fool was like the pack, whatever it was he could be was wrapped up, unknown. The Hermit's staff leans out before him, not behind. And it carries a lantern, not a pack. The Hermit is like the lantern, illuminated from within by all he is. -> Guts retreats to Godo's mine after his Black Swordsman era, he realizes how much he misses Casca and all the old era of the Hawks, in the meantime he realizes he has changed and has lost some part of himself.

Wheel of fortune : From out of hiding comes the Fool, into the sunlight, as if being pulled up from some low, dark point on a wheel. It is time for a change. Staff in hand, he heads back out into the world, expecting nothing. But, strangely, things seem to happen to him as the hours go by, good things. Wandering by water wheel a woman offers him a drink in a golden chalice, and then urges him to keep the cup, just because she likes him; as he wanders by a windmill, he stops to watch a young man swinging a sword; when he expresses his admiration of the weapon, the young man presses it into his hand, insisting that he take it.
And finally, when he comes upon a rich merchant sitting in a wagon, right over one of the wheels, the man hands him a bag of money. "I like giving away money," explains the Merchant, "and I decided, just randomly, that the tenth person who walked past me today would get this money. You're the tenth." The Fool hardly thought he could still be surprised, but he is. It is as if everything good that he ever did in his life is being paid back to him, three-fold. All luck this day is his. -> well, its not that GOOD day for Guts, but his meetings with Skully, Luka, Isidro and Farnese are fresh, they mean he's through a deep changing of his life.

Hey, the 11 firts are made, i'll do another post for the 11 latter...
hope you find it interesting ^^
Guil




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Site & Forum News / Fanfic boards
« on: July 09, 2003, 06:38:38 AM »
What's up with the disappearing of the fanfic boards ... ???
Guil

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Shootin' the Breeze / Blame ! Read it and get mad.
« on: June 19, 2003, 03:13:22 PM »
What do you think of this manga ? I had read the six first volumes last summer and recently bought the two firsts... it's damn troubling and dark to me.
Guil

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Mugen Berserk
« on: June 17, 2003, 01:43:55 PM »
Well I was looking for a mugen berserk which could be very cool, I've fell on an italian site who had it in project but i didnt really understand plus it didnt seemed to work ...
Does anybody here know if such a thing exists/is in developement ??
Guil

edit : btw, oltobaz, you should know about the Saint Saga thing no ?

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Character Cove / Judeau's name
« on: April 26, 2003, 02:45:56 PM »
I think that could interest some here, since nothing was really said about his name ; we didnt know if it was french or anything. I've found this :

The first Jewish settlers to Poland came in the seventh to ninth centuries from areas of nowadays France. Hence the genealogy of Polish word for a Jew - "Żyd" - derives from Judeau, roman word for geographical province of Judea.

Also, I've seen there are people in France called Judeaux since at least 16th century...
Do you think i've found a reason of why he was a circus traveler ? ...

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Site & Forum News / New board section ...?
« on: April 25, 2003, 02:12:04 PM »
Hi Walter.
I've got a job for you.
I think it could be interessant to create a new board section talkin about concepts, it'd be all about good long brain masturbation. We could talk about good/evil, causality, accomplished/unaccomplished etc I could have many topics about that since I'm keeping on reading Nagarjuna.
Btw, Berserk has some sanskrit/indian animism/bouddhism concepts.
Some people could also talk about witch's things which is kabalistic or something like that, you guys must know that better than me. Well it's up to you, boss.
Guillaume.
"I'm a cold-hearted bastard, I'll save the world."

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Character Cove / Guts in first pages brandless
« on: April 18, 2003, 01:17:42 PM »
I don't know if you guys have noticed : Guts has no brand before we learn about it in the second part of volume 1. It's too bad !
Well, we can't really blame Miura for that ^^
I guess he made it like it for us to discover the brand when Puck sees it.

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I want to talk about the very good deeds of USA in the world and how large USA people's brains seems ... ?
I'll apreciate any comments ( even from californians or whatever americans ).
PS : I don't say people from other countries are better, the topic is just about USA this time ...
PS2 : I hate talking about politics too !

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Shootin' the Breeze / A gift for our gifted member ^^
« on: February 09, 2003, 07:51:28 AM »



Happy birthdayyy puella !!!!  :D :D
You have all our gratitude to the enormous efforts you always put in Berserk !  :)

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Shootin' the Breeze / nintendo is sooo great !
« on: February 01, 2003, 11:08:38 AM »
A friend of mine has "rebought" the nintendo one or two weeks ago ... Yesterday we've played to Mario 3.
It's amazing !!! This game is a fucking great thing !! I've been flabbergasted about how much I remember of that old game , I couldn't be more than 5 when I had the nintendo and less than 8 or about it when we have sold it ... truly amaziiing !
what do you guys think of nintendo and such stuff ?

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Speculation Nation / after the trolls ...
« on: December 14, 2002, 11:06:02 AM »
Well... As known, Guts is going to Elfhelm and has to pass a mountain before coming to the port of Viritanis, which is becoming a confederation's naval base, as said in late volume 23 ...
He has met Flora who has wanted him to fight the trolls of the mountain in counterpart of her spell lessening the power of the brand.
Thus what will happen after they'll get rid of the trolls : personally I think ther's a high probability that they'll be joined by Azan in Viritanis ... but before anything happens in this port with vatican's troops ( if i'm not mistaken ), I believe that we must see what's going on in Midland against the Kushans, so to say i think that we're gonna have a Griffith's part after the trolls with the developpment of the Band of the Hawks and their old/new fame. Then Guts' band will appear in Viritanis and will have to take consideration of the things happening all over the world, and very important, i think Azan is the one who will bring some news ( for Farnese mainly )
well, what do _you_ think is gonna happen next the trolls' mission ?

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Character Cove / Skull Knight the watcher
« on: December 12, 2002, 07:56:46 AM »
Well ... I have a wonder right now  : how is Skull Knight supposed to know everything about Guts ? At their first meet, Skully tells him the eclipse will occur a year later, that death will consume them all, but Guts ( born from a corpse and struggling with death every day ) is the most about to escape that destiny.
How does Skully know about all this stuff ? He isn't a God Hand ( = about fate master ^^ ) or anything ... could it be Flora that informed him about all the things he has to fight against and pay attention ?

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Shootin' the Breeze / Rain
« on: December 12, 2002, 07:40:38 AM »
I don't know whether it is the cause of a Kelpie, but in my town, it rains since sunday/monday, I haven't seen the sun since the weekend ( well yeah the south of france isn't always sunny ... ), so much that the lycée is closed today apparently they don't have electricity anymore because of the weather . Fine with me ...
Damn it is said that in less than 100 years, my town will be under the sea ... I begin to believe in it ! I wonder if i'm th only one to know such situation  :-\

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Character Cove / Puck ... and the hawks
« on: October 06, 2002, 09:34:21 AM »
Puck is a very friendable elf
Judeau met him before joining the hawks
Even Casca has a link with him during the siege of doldrey castle ( you know, when Adon's blabling on and on, ther's Puck flying at the level of casca's head)
Then Rickert, and that is the most important to me. Remember what said the fortune teller : that the brief meeting of rickert and puck is a part of god's plan, that rickert would play an important role in those evil omens. I still wait for Rickert's fate to be highlighted.
Do you think Puck has an important role to play, with beherits, rickert oir nything ? I think so.
Then Guts, and all really began for Puck.
And I'm dying for next hapters not-related to these kind trolls ...

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Shootin' the Breeze / once again, dynamic visions !
« on: October 01, 2002, 07:13:27 AM »
well ... it is written on their site : Berserk is out in France !!
But ... my local mangashop tells me i have to wait at least 2 months, is it due to the distributor ... or anything ? The thing is that I _really_ would like to know what i am confront to : can i expect berserk in france, or is it a dream ???

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Speculation Nation / 4 angels=4 elements ?
« on: May 11, 2002, 10:24:05 AM »
Well... why being only 4 angels since 1000 years, though there is a festival each 216 years ? is the fifth fated to disappear ? What a hand is this ?
And moreover, Slann is depicted as the fire godess, as we see her within smoke, and when the plague appears and raban look out desperatly, rats form a hill Conrad's face-shaped : is it the earth god ?
What if each god hand represented each element ? And which meaning would you accord to this ?

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Speculation Nation / linguistic bipolarism
« on: June 09, 2002, 02:00:22 PM »
I have an interrogation : why Tudor and Midland shares the same language, that we may call the 'occidental one' while the Kushans speak the well-known vowelless language of the arabs ?
Is it by purpose that Miura separated these worlds ( perhaps because of their linked but still different religions ) , or does Mira do not care of tongues problems 'comme de l'an quarante' ? ( it's funny because this expression comes from the arab Al-Quran, similar to the christian Bibel  :-X )

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Speculation Nation / the new weapons
« on: June 27, 2002, 05:34:08 AM »
Hum ...
What is the use of these weapons ?
Fire dagger ? Wind sword and wind cloak ? Silver chainmails ? ( isn't it mithril ? ^^ )
I wonder whether that kind of weapons could serve Guts enough to fight the new Falcons ... Since there's a Schierke around them time-fully for now, they're maybe gonna get a army of golems and what you know ! :-X

It is weird ...
I think Serpico is gonna be faster and furtiver, Isidro more powerful and girls more resistant ... I wonder when Azan is gonna meet them anew
and I hope Puck is gonna find a great something at his home, not that kind of 'turin turambar' stuff   ;)

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Dynamic Visions
« on: September 03, 2002, 03:20:33 AM »
Dynamic says Berserk is to be out late august ...
In the summary, Puck is named Pack and is a she ^^
They say sthg like following the bright path of lord of the rings or conan the barbarian ...
Olivier, can you assure me the first volume is really out ?

ps : damn, today i went to school ... let's go for another year ! :-/

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Character Cove / what do you think about the witch ?
« on: April 01, 2002, 01:15:21 PM »
Schierke, or whatever her name, who do you think she is ?
what about her fantasy magical powers ?
her link with elves?
where is her broom, since she's kinda stereotyped?^^(anyway she has a staff, btw, its top reminds me a candy/friandise as seen as in animes, well :-X )

what will she do with guts band ? ( since we know she 'sees' the brand over guts and casca )
i want some great ideas ... as usual^^
do you think she's going let isidro like he is now ?

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