Author Topic: Behind the scenes of The Immortal Game: story and event  (Read 22728 times)

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Re: Behind the scenes of The Immortal Game: story and event
« Reply #40 on: December 15, 2012, 12:12:51 AM »
Wow. So does that include all alien lifeforms as well? Or did they get left behind, making humanity alone in the new universe?

Alien life with no future potential to become beings with their own Well got copied.  Alien life that had their own Well of the Furies containing their future potential would have not been copied in all likelihood.

Of course, with cosmic events such as this, there is always the possibility for exceptions, if someone wanted to explore that possibility.  This was all orchestrated by RulaCole: RulaCole could have made mistakes, he could have lacked the power to perform the task perfectly, there could have been other powerful entities that refused to go along with the cosmic rewrite, etc.  The narrative is that humanity is now free of outside forces that could control its destiny, but a) its unclear what happens to "god-like" entities that were a *part* of humanity's destiny and b) its unclear what the rules are for a version of reality that exists only within the dimensional plane of dreams.

The fourth-wall point to the story is that we can speculate, but we cannot be 100% certain what is happening to our characters because we can't reach them anymore.  In-story they are free from outside meddling from the Battalion, out of story they are also free from outside meddling from us, until someone figures out how to allow us to regain contact with the game.

We can, of course, dream about them.

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Re: Behind the scenes of The Immortal Game: story and event
« Reply #41 on: December 16, 2012, 08:16:26 PM »
Taking a cue from the Loregasm, my conception of the Well of the Furies is that its a cosmic potential energy nexus.  Its like a whirlpool that forms in a stream as water flows by.  Its possible to have two different such whirlpools form separated by a distance, but if they approach each other they can merge to form a larger one.

So long as Praetoria and Primal Earth had no connection to each other, each had its own Well.  But as soon as dimensional travel started to occur between them, and the two humanities really became one humanity, the two Wells merged into a single one that contained the total potential of the combined species.

To me, this was a way to explain how "our" Well could choose Praetorian Marcus Cole as its champion.  We had to have the same Well.  But that would mean there was one Well for two dimensions, which seems to cause other problems.  If there is just one Well for all dimensions, why wouldn't a race like the Battalion simply go to a vastly weaker dimension and capture the Well there, rather than go to one that had powerful Incarnate defenders?  The answer that made the most sense to me is that every separate, isolated group of beings with Incarnate potential creates their own Well, but that Well can merge with other Wells if that isolated group of beings is no longer isolated from others of similar nature.

The Well is like our shadow.  We had a shadow, Praetorians had a shadow.  But as soon as we started standing in one big crowd, we began to cast one single larger shadow.

You realize that this idea has interesting implications for the Rikti? They are/were human, just changed, as evidenced by the Lost and Primal humans changed into Rikti. And the two dimensionally separated forms of humanity started interacting, even transforming. While they didn't have a Well on their world, they should have started being affected by ours, which would explain their forays into magic and areas that they would not have been interested in or even aware of before the first invasion. If the portal between the two worlds had not been shut down for so many years, their world may well have been left with a nascent Well of its own.


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Re: Behind the scenes of The Immortal Game: story and event
« Reply #42 on: December 17, 2012, 06:50:40 PM »
You realize that this idea has interesting implications for the Rikti? They are/were human, just changed, as evidenced by the Lost and Primal humans changed into Rikti. And the two dimensionally separated forms of humanity started interacting, even transforming. While they didn't have a Well on their world, they should have started being affected by ours, which would explain their forays into magic and areas that they would not have been interested in or even aware of before the first invasion. If the portal between the two worlds had not been shut down for so many years, their world may well have been left with a nascent Well of its own.

1.  I didn't really think too hard about this at the time.

2.  In retrospect, this is an extremely interesting notion.