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Tobias
3428 0 208

The Atonae

Posted by A Tobias 3 years ago
What were originally the 'Governance de Magi' in the old versions of MARDEK are now called the 'Atonae', and they'll probably look something like this:
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Tobias
1768 0 130

The Six Ideals

Posted by A Tobias 3 years ago
The story of this reboot of MARDEK isn't about 'good vs evil', or about 'saving the world' from some kind of 'villain' or conflict or catastrophe... It's not about overpowering an opponent, or getting somewhere external. It's about the spiritual inner journeys of the characters, and certain deeper realisations they come to about the nature of their internal struggles. It would still involve external struggles and journeys, but they are secondary to what's going on inside. I've had the concept of the 'six sentiments' for a while now - Courage, Fear, Bliss, Destruction, Creation and Sorrow - and they determine aspects of the characters' personalities... But I've also come up with six 'Ideals' that are used to succinctly define their spiritual journeys.
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Tobias
1809 0 162

Character Voices

Posted by A Tobias 3 years ago
My writing of MARDEK's story as a whole continues, and I'm nearing the end now; I'm just trying to tidy up some bits towards the final resolution. I'm glad I'm doing this now, because I keep discovering (and it really does feel like discovering rather than inventing) new roles or connections or motivations for characters that I didn't know about before, but which would affect the way they present themselves right from the beginning. While mostly I've been focusing on just writing about events directly, I felt it would be useful to get to know the characters a bit better, to get a better feel for what they might do and why in any given situation. I feel I know them - none are strangers - but I could know them better, so to this end I asked them all five questions and had them reply in their own voice...
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Tobias
2071 1 167

Another Progress Report!

Posted by A Tobias 3 years ago
Nothing special this time! I just feel the need to say that I'm still working on getting MARDEK's overall story sorted out, and it's coming along nicely, though it's taking time. I'm getting there, though!
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Tobias
3449 3 221

MARDEK Improvements!!

Posted by A Tobias 3 years ago
As I rewrite the plot of MARDEK, I realise more and more that I really do need to make a few changes to the main character. Nothing major, and it's definitely an improvement in every way, as I'm sure you'll all agree!
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Tobias
3234 3 179

MARDEK Concept Art Dump!

Posted by A Tobias 3 years ago
I often draw out my ideas for MARDEK in the form of rough concept art... and I posted a bit of it right at the beginning of development, then mostly stopped for no particular reason. So here's months worth of crude drawings all at once!!
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Tobias
2917 4 200

Worldbuilding

Posted by A Tobias 3 years ago
As I rework the overall story of MARDEK, it strays even further from that of the original three chapters... But how far can I change things, I wonder?
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Tobias
1570 1 142

Writing Progress

Posted by A Tobias 3 years ago
I'm still working on finalising my notes for the overall story of MARDEK, in order to establish a good foundation so then I don't regret it later. It's difficult planning a story of this scale with certainty and detail right at the start... but I'm getting closer to having a solid skeleton I can flesh out over time. I'd like to talk a bit about the way in which the story is told, though.
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Tobias
2189 3 137

MARDEK and Money-Making

Posted by A Tobias 3 years ago
Did you see the eclipse?? I didn't, because I overslept! Pfft! Also, I've been worrying about money recently, and thinking about ways in which I can make money from MARDEK...
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2223 2 90

MARDEK Yden People!

Posted by A Tobias 3 years ago
I made a thing called Yden a while back... which I still haven't released. I plan to, eventually! After MARDEK's got started. I keep coming back to it, though - Yden, I mean - because I personally enjoy it as a game. I did so today... but felt that my mind should be on MARDEK instead. So I ended up making a few of the MARDEK cast using Yden's person creator thing!
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