As a preparation for my return to writing more RPGC Saga stories, I’ve decided to develop my fictional RPG universe in more detail beforehand. (Some of you might remember I talked about this before, but now I’m actively working on it.)
The basic idea is that in this reality, all RPGs events are true (video game ones only!) Most take place in their own worlds, mostly in other dimensions, but the Earth is the common point and the place our heroic characters are based.
First, let’s create a “generic” background where the other games’ histories can be inserted. This is how I think it should be:
-Billions of year ago, The Creator created several other godlike beings, and appointed each to create its own universe. (This explains the similarities and differences between worlds.)
-Tens of thousands of years ago, very advanced civilizations (including Atlantis) existed on Earth, but some cataclysm (possible caused by them) destroyed them. Important artifacts from that time still remain, however.
-Thousands of years ago, magic was plentiful on Earth (though only those with the natural “gift” of magic could cast spells.) Powerful beings were worshipped as gods, and monsters roamed the world, requiring legendary heroes to come forth and battle them.
-Centuries ago, however, people lost faith in the “gods” and they left. Humans also turned against the magic-using people and creatures, out of fear and jealousy. Although more powerful than the common people, the magical beings were vastly outnumbered, and either hid in remote parts of the World, or pretended to be normal and lived among humans in secret. Eventually, people came to believe that magic was just a matter of legends and fairy tales.
-Currently, the world is normal as far as most people know. However, several menaces lurk in the shadows: not just supernatural ones but mutations, aliens, etc. And behind most of them, is our main antagonist: The Conspiracy, AKA as The Illuminati and several other names. They’re the ones who cover up as much as they can of the paranormal (so they can exploit it) and manipulate others into doing their wishes undetected.
-Fortunately, there are heroes protecting the world. Powerful adventurers who oppose The Conspiracy or their minions. Most are independent, but the Righteous Protectors of Good Causes organizes many of them.
-In the near future, the World will be cyberpunkish, with many cyborgs and virtual realities.
-In the far future, humanity will spread across the stars.
Now, some examples of game events that I’ve fitted into that background:
WARNING: GAME SPOILERS!
-A caveman named Pogo becomes humanity’s first great hero as he defeats a manifestation of Odio, the embodiment of hate. (Live a Live)
-The legendary hero Herakles (Hercules) and other heroes fight evil gods such as Hades and Cronos. (Glory of Heracles series)
-An old Kung-Fu master and his disciple defeat another manifestation of Odio (Live a Live)
-A knight named Orsted tries to kill the “Demon King’ and rescue his princess- only to be betrayed by everyone he cared for; he absorbs the demon’s power and becomes Odio, then sets out to challenge heroes from the past and future to prove that heroism is false (Live a Live)
-In Transylvania, Dracula becomes an enormously powerful vampire, but also gains the eternal enmity of the Belmont family, whose members will defeat him in several eras (Castlevania)
-The descendant of a magician named Isfa rescued his beloved, Scheherazade, and freed his homeland from the evil wizard Sabaron (Magic of Scheherazade)
-Amakusa, a Japanese rebel leader executed 150 years before, comes back to life after a deal with a demon, but is confronted and defeated by local heroes (Samurai Spirits)
-A ninja named Oboromaru defeats another manifestation of Odio and helps end the Tokugawa Era (Live a Live)
-In the American West, a gunfighter known only as the Sunset Kid defeats another manifestation of Odio (Live a Live)
Early 20th Century:
-The semi-historical events of the Shadow Hearts series take place (too many to list here- check Wikipedia for details)
A psychic boy saves Earth from mind-controlling aliens (Earthbound 0)
-The evil aliens return, only to be defeated by Ness, another psychic child (Earthbound)
-Monsters created by “neomitochondria” terrorize New York City, but are stopped by a psychic cop named Aya Brea (Parasite Eve) (note: this is one of the few incidents the Conspiracy was not able to cover up.)
-A few years later, more Neomitochondria Monsters are created by a secret project, but are also defeated (Parasite Eve II)
-Reality itself is reset (several times) due to the manipulation of the power of the Collective Unconscious by several misguided people (Persona game series)
- A martial artist named Takahara Masaru becomes known as the ‘strongest man in the World’ after he defeats a fighter who turns out to be yet another Odio (Live a Live)
-A Virtual Reality game called “The World” becomes very popular across the world, but some players find their minds absorbed into it by mysterious forces (./Hack)
Near Future (within decades):
-Akira, a young man with psychic powers uses an ancient Giant Robot to defeat Odio’s latest plan (Live a Live)
-A nuclear war between the USA and Russia throws the Earth back into barbarism (Wasteland).
-The radiation creates mutant monsters. An android sets out to kill the survivors, but is stopped by two 20th century scientists who survived in suspended animation (Crystalis)
Far Future (within centuries):
-Now recovered from the war, the Earth forms a Federation and sets out to explore space and maintain interstellar peace (Star Ocean series)
-A spaceship is threatened by its own computer (another Odio manifestation) but is saved by a small robot named Cube (Live a Live)
-Earthmen discover the inhabited Algol Star System and stablish a democratic republic; however the influence of an ancient Dark Force that has been causing war and catastrophes there for millenia continues to do so over several thousand years more. (Phantasy Star series)
Very Far Future (tens of thousands of years):
-The human race has left Earth (and forgotten about it, except as a legend) and now live in another galaxy (Xenosaga series)
Outside Time itself:
-Odio brings here all who defeated his incarnations in a final battle to prove that evil is stronger than good, but is finally defeated (Live a Live)
Next Time: examples of the importance of other game worlds.
Opinions, examples and suggestions welcome!!