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Infinity Shounen Explosion: Kick Logical Plot Development in the Face: A Quest

Discussion in 'Questing' started by Darkened, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. Darkened

    Darkened Experienced.

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    ((So I watched Samurai Flamenco and liked the concept. And I read Naruto and Bleach and died a little inside. And now I present you this train-wreck inspired by the former. This probably won't finish, because I'm not sure it could conceptually finish. Or rather, the path that could end it is the path of sanity. Go punch sanity in the face. If I do this right, it will be a train-wreck. I hope it will at least be a fun one.))

    You ([ ] insert name here) are an ordinary high school: ([ ] Boy? [ ] girl?). You're spectacularly ordinary in fact. Your grades are slightly below average. Your looks are mediocre in a thoroughly forgettable way. You have no great dreams or amazing powers. You're not strong. You're not smart. You have no ambition. You're not some crazy determined psycho who won't ever give up. Hell, you don't even have that kind of random talent that everyone can claim like being a secret karaoke fiend or amazing at ping-pong. You're not even lucky. You're generic enough to be the audience PoV main character in a harem series (who hasn't even gotten any character development yet).

    But that's fine, because you know how this world works! There is only one thing that matters in life. Power is meaningless! Courage is just another shitty parlor trick! Talent, genius, and hard-work are all irrelevant. Luck doesn't make winners and strategy is for fools. The power of love is overrated. You've never once believed that cards have a heart. Friendship is nice, but nothing next to what really matters. Yeah, when you have the plot on your side, you can't lose no matter how bad things get.

    You are a protagonist. You are the point of view character of this story. So what if you're weak now, or unlucky or untalented. So what if you don't try hard or don't have any friends. So what if you're boring. Victory will come to you when you need it. Power is only a plot twist away. So what if the world is a cruel unfair place. So what if life isn't fair. You have contractual immunity to any serious bad stuff. And by the end of your story, you'll be able to go punch out a sun or three no problem. Probably. You don't actually really have any particular desire to go punch out a sun. That would cause all sorts of.... anyway...

    You've bide your time and waited for your (largely unrevealed pre-plot twists) back-story to end and the plot to start. And, though this morning was just another ordinary day at :

    [ ] Generic Japanese High school
    [ ] Magic Vaguely Unspecified Generic Western Countrian High School
    [ ] Space Military Academy
    [ ] Generic Fantasy-land High School (You're the only student that's never been able to cast a single spell successfully. Well, you probably have anti-magic or you're just too powerful to actually learn magic normally. )
    [ ] Hero School (You're actually ironically failing all your hero classes)
    [ ] Write-in

    everything went crazy. People screamed. People died. The school caught fire! And for the first time ever, you woke up from that humdrum average existence. You've become aware in a fundamental sense. This moment is the starting line. Ultimate power awaits. At least, you keep telling yourself that even as you gulp and stare down the approaching:

    [ ] Hungry looking demon/monster thing
    [ ] Enemy soldier clad from head to toe in melodramatic black armor
    [ ] Hungry ghost
    [ ] Your childhood friend/eternal rival
    [ ] Delinquents
    [ ] Death God
    [ ] Giant robot
    [ ] Martial arts master
    [ ] Zombies
    [ ] Write-in

    Somehow the fact that you know you won't die here doesn't make those weapons/teeth/eyes/etc seem any less terrifying. You're a protagonist, but what kind do you start out as? What is your first reaction?

    [ ] FIGHT! Heroes never give up!
    [ ] Laugh! This is going to be awesome.
    [ ] Oh god, you're going to die. Even though you know you won't, you're going to die. Mustn't run away musn't run away. Musn't run awa.......
    [ ] You can't stop here! She might be in danger (that girl you like but never ever confessed to or approached)
    [ ] How dare these bastards try to harm the innocent in front of you?
    [ ] Write-in?

    [ ] Escalate*

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    *TIP: This option will always be available. If it gets the majority of votes it happens. You're a shounen protagonist and that means you get to punch things like character development or reasonable progression in the face. This can be a power-up of an existing power, generically getting stronger, a new enemy, faction, rival, etc appearing, deciding to use a power you've 'always' had. "Oh go learn this power that's always existed called bankai" "Go turn into a super saiyan" or "And a new character appears to save the day" can all be used. You can be as specific or generic as you want. You can write an omake and vote into canon. Generally I expect this to be used mid-fight, baseball tournament, conflict or card-game or whatever. But you don't actually have to use it at appropriate moments. Hell, you could use this every post if you want to push things to the breaking point more quickly.

    The downside is that every time you use this option, complications will appear. Did you get a spontaneous mid-season training arc to unlock your magic sword version 3? Clearly everyone else already had version 3 and just forgot to use it. Did you reincarnate? Well so did your past life's enemies. Are you secretly an alien prince? Well there's now an intergalactic succession crisis focused around you. The stronger, the more OP, the crazier you get, the more the plot will try to crush you. Escalation will win fights, will curb-stomp enemies, and render threats irrelevant. But it will tend to open more plot complications than it solves. The equation will strive to balance itself perpetually.

    Incidentally, until you use this at least once, you're a completely vanilla human. Even if you choose a setting where special powers are common, you are a completely vanilla mortal. You don't need to use it if you don't want to. Defeating everything that should confront Ichigo or Naruto or whatever without getting a single power-up, could be kind of cool too, though it would be a very different quest.

    This is in your hands. Abuse it as you wish. Do note though, that acquiring something like outright omnipotence might bring about a rather quick conclusion to this game. The quicker you go to creating galaxies on a whim the quicker things will probably grow beyond my ability to write.))
     
  2. Darkened

    Darkened Experienced.

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    Reserved for character sheet

    Name: Hero
    Mundane Skills: Student (below average) Normal Athletics (average)
    Special Abilities: The Darkness: Manipulate tangible constructs made of darkness. Seems to be more powerful the more concentrated and focused you make its form. Also talks to you and is kinda annoying about it. Tends to rage out of your control.
    Ongoing Plots: Attacked by Angels
    Resolved Plots:
     
  3. ShadowAngelBeta

    ShadowAngelBeta Experienced.

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    So if we Escalate... Who wants to try those powers from Munto (And no, I don't mean the girl's)? :D
     
  4. Dreadis

    Dreadis No idea whats going on

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    [X] Rain
    [X] Female
    [X] Generic Japanese High school
    [X] Hungry looking demon/monster thing
    [X] You can't stop here! She might be in danger (that girl you like but never ever confessed to or approached)
    [X] Escalate (into each generation one girl is chosen to become a Slayer)

    [jk] mix equal parts FOOF and ClF3, stir vigorously


    . . . Ninjas.
     
  5. Heaven Canceler

    Heaven Canceler Behind You!

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    [X] Bob
    [X] Male
    [X] Generic Japanese High School
    [X] A Giant Marshmallow Man
    [X] You can't stop here! She might be in danger (that girl you like but never ever confessed to or approached)
     
  6. Undying Litch-King

    Undying Litch-King Not too sore, are you?

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    [] Ryuo
    [] Boy
    [] Hero School (we're failing, since were a Secret Super-Mage in a school for Mutants and Meta-Humans)
    [] Your Childhood Friend/Eternal Rival (Female) commanding a group of Black-Armored Storm Troopers
    [] Laugh like a really, really crazy person,
    [] Escalate (awaken the "Power of Darkness"),
     
  7. Alexander

    Alexander That is not dead which can eternal lie

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    [X] Hero (Yes, that's his name)
    [X] Boy
    [X] Generic Japanese High school
    [X] Giant robot
    [X] Laugh! This is going to be awesome.
     
  8. BFldyq

    BFldyq It's pronounced Be-Fled-Ick

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    [X] Bob
    [X] Girl
    [X] Space Military Academy
    [X] That girl you like but never approached or talked to, is wearing a tutu and wielding a chainsaw!
    [X] Have a heart attack and die.
    [X] Excalate (Every time you die, your soul fuses with your killer, or you weren't killed, your best friend, resulting in you become a new being with the powers of both. This continues ad-naseum)

    If the power is confusing, imagine it as the Potara Earrings from DBZ, only it occurs when you die.
     
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  9. Melfician

    Melfician The Dragon

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    [X] Hero (Yes, that's his name)
    [X] Boy
    [X] Generic Japanese High school
    [X] Giant robot
    [X] Laugh! This is going to be awesome.
     
  10. Malcolmo

    Malcolmo Insert custom title here

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    [X] Keyzer Soze
    [X] Boy
    [X] Generic Japanese High school
    [X] Angel (What? Since when were you the bad guy?!)
    [X] Laugh! This is going to be awesome.
    [X] Escalate (awaken the "Power of Darkness"),

    No one said the protagonist had to be the good guy now did they?
     
  11. kinglugia

    kinglugia A Randy Avian

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    ...Dis gonna be gud.
    Continue~
     
  12. Hextroyer413

    Hextroyer413 Not too sore, are you?

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    [X] Keyzer soze
    [X] Boy
    [X] Generic Japanese High School
    [X] Angel!(What! Since when were you the bad guy?!)
    [X] Laugh! This is going to be awesome.
    [X] Escalate (Awaken the "Power of Darkness").
     
  13. Nekraa

    Nekraa Nekraa Moderator

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    [X] Keyzer soze
    [X] Girl
    [X] Generic Japanese High School
    [X] Angel!(What! Since when were you the bad guy?!)
    [X] Laugh! This is going to be awesome.
    [X] Escalate (Awaken the "Power of Darkness").

    Also this pic feels... suitable...

    [img width=600 height=480]https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pGKiIstEOhE/U4yYgkkQUnI/AAAAAAAAAEw/9ujgHyNhHN4/s800/Escalation.jpg[/img]
     
  14. Uvigz

    Uvigz Getting sticky.

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    [X] Rain
    [X] Girl
    [X] Generic Japanese High School
    [X] Angel!(What! Since when were you the bad guy?!)
    [X] Laugh! This is going to be awesome.
    [X] Escalate (Awaken the "Power of Darkness").
     
  15. boredbird

    boredbird Know what you're doing yet?

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    [X] Keyzer soze
    [X] Girl
    [X] Generic Japanese High School
    [X] Angel!(What! Since when were you the bad guy?!)
    [X] Laugh! This is going to be awesome.
    [X] Escalate (Awaken the "Power of Darkness").
     
  16. Drakebane

    Drakebane Experienced.

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    [X] Hero (Yes, that's his name)
    [X] Boy
    [X] Generic Japanese High School
    [X] Angel!(What! Since when were you the bad guy?!)
    [X] Laugh! This is going to be awesome.
    [X] Escalate (Awaken the "Power of Darkness").
     
  17. MHLord

    MHLord Why hello there.

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    [X] Keyzer soze
    [X] Girl
    [X] Generic Japanese High School
    [X] Angel!(What! Since when were you the bad guy?!)
    [X] Laugh! This is going to be awesome.
    [X] Escalate (Awaken the "Power of Darkness").
     
  18. Ephemeral_Dreamer

    Ephemeral_Dreamer Not too sore, are you?

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    [X] Rain
    [X] Girl
    [X] Generic Japanese High School
    [X] Angel!(What! Since when were you the bad guy?!)
    [X] Laugh! This is going to be awesome.
    [X] Escalate (Awaken the "Power of Darkness").
     
  19. Darkened

    Darkened Experienced.

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    So... Kesaru? Soze since you're apparently going Japanese? I guess that would be maybe... 爪噬 as a given name for a boy or just kana for a girl's name...

    Kesari? Kezari? Kizare?

    Need to sleep soon, so votes will be up for a while yet.
     
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  20. Guile

    Guile Clothes That Kill Virgins

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    [X] Kirk
    [X] Boy
    [X] Space Military Academy
    [X] Giant robot
    [X] Kind of worrying, actually. Just because you know you won’t die doesn’t this can’t hurt a lot. Just because you’d probably get an improbably awesome robot replacement is no reason to want to let this thing tear off your real arm.
     
  21. Malcolmo

    Malcolmo Insert custom title here

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    Actually the name was a reference to something else. Though I'm surprised it translated that well to Japanese.
     
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  22. mkire

    mkire Lee-ko is adorable

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    Name and gender i don't have any preference.
    [X] Generic American Highschool
    [X] Giant Robot
    [X] Laugh, this is going to be awesome!
    [X] Escalate: Your spark of madness erupts and you Know how to improve the giant robot so it is twice as killy, and five times as orky. Also Orks is made for winnin, and you're going to win this fight.

    We're an Ork (WH40k) Spark (Girl Genius) now
     
  23. Xicree

    Xicree Destroy and Rejoice!

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    [X] Hero (Yes, that's his name)
    [X] Boy
    [X] Generic Japanese High School
    [X] Angel!(What! Since when were you the bad guy?!)
    [X] Laugh! This is going to be awesome.
    [X] Escalate (Awaken the "Power of Darkness").
     
  24. codeRR

    codeRR Heroic spirit unkown

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    [X] Hero (Yes, that's his name)
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    [X] Generic Japanese High School
    [X] Hungry looking demon/monster thing
    [X] Laugh! This is going to be awesome.
    [X] Escalate (Summon a giant robot!).
     
  25. HypoSoc

    HypoSoc Time, once consumed, has no meaning

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    [X] Hero (Yes, that's his name)
    [X] Boy
    [X] Generic Japanese High School
    [X] Angel!(What! Since when were you the bad guy?!)
    [X] Laugh! This is going to be awesome.
    [X] Escalate (Awaken the "Power of Darkness").
     
  26. inverted_helix

    inverted_helix Connoisseur.

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    [X] Rain
    [X] Female
    [X] Generic Japanese High school
    [X] Hungry looking demon/monster thing
    [X] You can't stop here! She might be in danger (that girl you like but never ever confessed to or approached)
    [X] Escalate (into each generation one girl is chosen to become a Slayer)
     
  27. Diller

    Diller Versed in the lewd.

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    [X] Hero (Yes, that's his name)
    [X] Boy
    [X] Generic Japanese High School
    [X] Angel!(What! Since when were you the bad guy?!)
    [X] Laugh! This is going to be awesome.
    [X] Escalate (Awaken the "Power of Darkness").
     
  28. tighearnach

    tighearnach melancholy

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    [X] Bob
    [X] Boy
    [X] Generic Japanese Magic Space Fantasy Hero School (You're actually ironically failing all your hero classes)
    [X] Delinquent zombie martial arts master demon/monster things
    [X] Laugh! [​IMG]
    [X] Escalate


    It's our time now! Lets get this shit started!
     
  29. Undying Litch-King

    Undying Litch-King Not too sore, are you?

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    I'm not sure how to feel about my "Power of Darkness" idea having become so popular, but as it seems to be the only part of my original vote to have survived this long, I'm changing it and officially jumping on the bandwagon.
     
  30. Ct613hulu

    Ct613hulu Experienced.

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    [X] Keyzer soze
    [X] Girl
    [X] Generic Japanese High School
    [X] Angel!(What! Since when were you the bad guy?!)
    [X] Laugh! This is going to be awesome.
    [X] Escalate (Awaken the "Power of Darkness").