Well now, that was a fairly eventful launch wasn’t it? We had a few typos, a downed server, and a broken RSS feed (at least on the blog page). But we also got a bunch of Facebook likes, so we’re on our way!
So what is Threads of Fate really? Among other things (which I’ll touch on in later blog entries), it’s a chance to make my own superheroes. I know they might lack a certain degree of super strength or xray vision, but let me give you a little background.
I have (or had, as I haven’t been keeping up all that much lately) a huge love of Japanese anime and manga. Some of you are probably rolling your eyes right now, but give me a chance to explain. In western culture, we spend a lot of time focusing on what superpowers heroes have, and what they choose to do with them. We’re used to accepting that “Superman is super because he’s an alien,” or “Wonderwoman comes from a line of ancient goddesses.” Even within their own frameworks, the origins of superheroes are often wildly different. In the Marvel universe, the X-Men are “mutants,” Thor is a “magical” diety, Captain America has a “super soldier serum,” and the list goes on.
One of the things I adore about manga and anime is their tendency to develop super powers and super human characters within a central concept; a meta-science if you will. Everyone gets their superpowers from the same origin, but the manner or circumstances in which they tap that power is what gives them their unique abilities.
For example: In the world of Fullmetal Alchemist, all the primary characters are specialists in alchemy. That is, they can physically breakdown elements around them and reconstruct them into new elements. One character in this universe, Roy Mustang, specializes in using alchemy to transform currents of oxygen into hydrogen. He then uses sparks (generated by snapping his fingers in a special set of gloves) to set that hydrogen on fire, thereby giving him the ability to essentially “shoot fire.”
Again, this is a remarkably simple super power, but I find that its grounding in some sort of science is what makes it fascinating. I always wanted to come up with my own framework for something like this, and that is how the concept of Fate was born!
So what exactly is Noal’s “superpower?” Well, I’m not really ready to give that away just yet. As you’ve seen from chapter 1, that tattooed arm of his is capable of causing Fate to shift in some pretty big ways. As I roll out more chapters, I promise the fog will slowly lift on what exactly he’s capable of. You can look forward to seeing various other characters test their Fate-based powers against one another too.
So here’s a question I pose to you. If you were a fortune teller, how would YOU manipulate Fate?
Until next time!