strongyuzu: (The hostages have escaped!)
Okay, let's talk about Duel Generals.

There are many powerful duelists in Academia that serve the Professor. These are going to be the top of the top, extremely powerful, elite, veteran duelists that answer directly to the Professor and as long as they're acting towards his wishes, have complete unilateral authority to command other Academia forces or authorize any sort of operation they want. They have access to the very best tech, the very best cards, the very best everything. Obviously, they are extremely dangerous and though they may have their own motivations, they're completely dedicated and completely loyal to the Professor's vision...which makes confrontation between them and the Lancers inevitable.

The Duel Generals are going to be major antagonists throughout the rest of the Arc-V plot, starting in the Wonder Quartet and carrying on until the end of the plot. Here's the key points to keep in mind:

- They're the absolute top tier of duelists in Academia. Naturally, they use Fusion Summoning. They're on the same level as duelists like Juudai, Isabel, Yusei, Jack, Reiji, etc. The only duelists at this point that can be considered solidly above them at this moment would be guys like the Professor and Yuri. As we go through the Arc-V plot, this will change, natch.

- They can be OCs or a canon character adapted to fit into Academia and the Fusion Dimension.

- They're Academia veterans, they've gone to the school themselves and proven themselves with distinction multiple times.

- They're loyal to the Professor. They may have their own motives here, they may not agree with all of the Professor's methods and ideas, but...they serve him with loyalty, despite it. No betrayals or "weh I could do a better job" shtick here! That's Roget's racket.

- Connected to their strength, they'll initially be dominant, pretty much implacable antagonists. Throughout the Wonder Quartet and Synchro, anybody who runs afoul of these guys will get messed up, the first victory over one of them coming late in the Xyz section of the plot and the rest of them being defeated during the Fusion section of the plot as the protagonists make their way to the Professor.

- They can have supernatural abilities - psychic abilities, cybernetic enhancements, duel spirit related stuff. This can be further enhanced by experimental Mode Change technology. Basically whatever needs to be done to put them on the same tier as the guys with the really strong powers in the setting currently.

- They can have any forces they want and they can go wherever they want. Wanna take a bunch of Obelisk Force to go beat up some spellcasters in Endymion? Sure! Wanna take a bunch of Obelisk Force and go beat up critters in Naturia Forest? By god, you do it! Synchro? Xyz? Wherever else? Do it! As long as it, in the long run, serves the goal of the Arc Area Project, the Duel Generals have pretty much total autonomy from the Professor and authority to command near anybody else in Academia. Don't try to command Yuri too much though. That. That's just a bad idea.

There's also room for other high-ranking personnel within Academia who aren't Generals. A couple examples of these would be Sora (Brigadier General) and eventually, Edo Phoenix (Commander-In-Chief of the Xyz Forces). There's plenty of room for these guys to fill out the named antagonist ranks as we go through various locations like Synchro, Xyz, Fusion and a couple of Duel Spirit worlds. If you have any ideas for a member of Academia, be they a General or otherwise, feel free to place them in this post -- and if you have any ideas that aren't totally there yet, contact Jeff and we can work something out.

Wonder Quartet

Jul. 11th, 2017 06:39 pm[personal profile] strongyuzu posting in [community profile] duelacademy_ooc
strongyuzu: (What's that?)
So, let's talk about the Wonder Quartet.

As of right now, the Wonder Quartet is an announced event for the Duel Festival. It's thought to be a standard tournament, where the winner will get a title shot at the Action Dueling World Champion in the main event and the final duel of the Duel Festival. In reality, because of the risk of an invasion from Academia during the event, it's going to turn into a city-wide battle royale using the Wonder Quartet Action Field Spell.

The simplest way to put this is that there's going to be two parts to this event. There's going to be actual competition between the duelists to try and win the Wonder Quartet...this will mostly just be opportunities to have our characters explore the city with a different flavor to the setting (four different flavors, actually) and have some fun duels with the setting. After that, there's going to be the part where everything goes to shit once Academia shows up. This is going to be our first instance of a confrontation with forces from the Fusion Dimension, the following Academia forces will be in the Wonder Quartet:

- Obelisk Force: Basically the job squad of Academia, these guys have the power level they need to have in any given confrontation and they run lots of Ancient Gear Hunting Hound. They focus on outnumbering the opponent and don't really fight fair. There'll be plenty of them that are available to duel. At this point in the story, they should be pretty tough to take down for the most part, especially when 3 of them are teamed up at the same time.

It should be noted, there will be a spot near the end of the plot where the Obelisk Force will pool their resources and summon a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig motherfuckin' monster to try and wreak some havok with. This will present an opportunity for everybody to team up and take it down together.

- Duel General: More details on these guys will be available tomorrow - they are basically extremely strong senior duelists from Academia who answer directly to the Professor and have authority to command near any forces within Academia. One of them will be in the Wonder Quartet overseeing the mission to retrieve Serena and Yuzu. They'll be available to be confronted, but they will be extremely dominant during the course of this event.

- Sora: The sheep's clothes come off - he's here to retrieve Serena. All of his confrontations will be dictated by Ark.

- Yuri: The Professor's right-hand dude and the holder of one of the Four Dimension Dragons, he's come to retrieve Yuzu. All of his confrontations will be dictated by Corvus and Linka, but it's more or less safe to assume that anybody who runs into this dude besides Yuzu is gonna get turned into a card.

Which brings us to the elephant in the room - people getting carded. For the most part we can just use NPCs about this. But if you're interested in adding drama and stakes to the story by having a character be turned into a card, that is possible to do. Please be warned - being turned into a card will completely remove that character from this plot, pretty much for the duration. We're going to be trying to do the stuff after the Wonder Quartet with expedience so characters that are turned into cards aren't in limbo for months and months but there can always be bumps and roadblocks along the way, so just could be a bit before that character is back in the story and one way or the other, they will miss the balance of the Arc-V plot up to, at the earliest, the finale of the plot in the Fusion Dimension. Basically -- just be aware that once this is done, it's not reversible for the balance of the Arc-V plot.

ICly, spots in the Wonder Quartet are limited and have to be earned in some way or another but OOCly, don't worry about that too much. We can finagle a way for them to get in no matter what. If they're a pro, a DA student, an LDS student, a Ryozanpaku student, a Super Junior member, a New Horizons member, any stuff like that, that's a pretty easy way to explain it. If they're not one of those categories, we can figure something else out. Maybe they won it in a store tournament. Maybe they were Kaibaland's 1,000,000th customer! Don't worry too much about it right now, if you want your character in the Quartet, just toss their name down in response to this post.

And if you want your character to be sealed into a card during Wonder Quartet, you can either put it in a comment on this post here or if you want it to come as a surprise during the tournament, you can tell Jeff or Linka in PMs and we'll figure out a way to get it done when the event rolls around.

Tartarus and Gagaga Spectre

Jul. 10th, 2017 09:42 pm[personal profile] strongyuzu posting in [community profile] duelacademy_ooc

Let's talk about demons.

If you're unaware of who Tartarus is, he's a demon from the warp that has appeared a couple times at this point. Relevant appearances and discussions involving him include here, here and here.

The long story short is, he's a demon from the warp known as "The Reaper" who has made efforts to reach both the Astrals and Earth with the goal of destroying them and has clashed with the Barians in pursuit of that goal multiple times. The most notable instance being when a team of Barians, including the Barian Cestus went into Tartarus' lair to assassinate him and despite wounding him and waylaying his plans, everybody except Cestus died in the pursuit. More recently, Tartarus tried to influence Alexandra Grant into destroying the Astrals for him and stole her life energy, then severely injured Juudai Yuuki when he tried to recover the energy.

Now, in the present, the Barian Cestus is looking for Tartarus so she can find him and kill him, but there's a problem. She lost her partner, Gagaga Spectre, when she was in the warp. There's another problem. Gagaga monsters are extremely good at opening holes between dimensions for the purpose of Xyz Summoning. There's a third problem. A demon that serves Tartarus is trying to use Gagaga Spectre's ability to mess with dimensions to try and open a hole between the Warp and Earth for Tartarus to strut through so he can start breaking everybody's stuff.

So here's how this event is going to go:
- Dimensional instabilities are going to start cropping up as the demon tries to use Gagaga Spectre's ability.
- These dimensional instabilities will lead Cestus to the demon.
- Cestus will try to gather up people to have a Frank Exchange of Ideas with the demon.
- Defeating the demon will reunite Cestus with Gagaga Spectre, allowing them to look more efficiently for Tartarus in the future.

So basically. If you're interested in beating up a demon and getting on Cestus' short list to go fight Tartarus later on when it's time to take on the big man himself, toss your name in here.
strongyuzu: (*ojou laugh*)
So, with New Sun Rising finished, we're heading towards our next big event, the Duel Festival. The Duel Festival is going to lead into the Wonder Quartet, a 24-hour battle royale duel taking place over the whole city and that's where Academia's first attack is gonna happen and that's basically gonna be the climax of the plot in Standard before our characters start going to other dimensions.

Linked in this post is a google doc of my notes on the rest of the plot in the Standard Dimension. It's pretty thin in places, both for the sake of brevity in this doc and because some things (like stuff with Gagaga Spectre) haven't been 100% fleshed out yet. If you'd like to add stuff, your own stuff to the document, go ahead but probably best to let Jeff or Linka know first. Please do not change or delete anything on the doc without talking to Jeff or Linka first. If you have any questions, go ahead and put them in the comments to this post.

Here's the link.

There'll be more posts on the OOC comm this week. I'll be sure to post them all in IRC, but, keep an eye on the OOC comm either way. Here's a rough schedule of how I'm gonna post things:
Today: This google doc.
Monday: Tartarus and Gagaga Spectre event
Tuesday: Wonder Quartet event and sign-ups
Wednesday: Duel Generals


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