Chapter 2 – The Legend of the Twenty Million Platinum Man

Chapter 2 is out!  Chapter 2 is out!

After seeing what happened when The Power managed to wiggle itself a little free in Chapter 1, what’s going to happen when Noal unleashes it fully on purpose?

Remember, this is also the chapter with a very special illustration by my good friend Benjamin Huen.  I’ll do another post about his piece later in the week, but for now why don’t you check out his blog?

And finally, I’d like to take the opportunity to plug our official Facebook page!  Please visit it and become a fan!  You can also subscribe to our Twitter feed @FateThreads for the latest and greatest!

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Chapter 2 preview!

Hey everyone,

So is anyone out there getting restless for Chapter 2 yet?  I know the whole week-and-a-half to two-week release schedule can be a bit slow for the tastes of some, but there’s a very good reason for it I assure you.

I couldn’t be more excited to announce that I have some very special guest artists lined up to do some illustrations for the upcoming chapters!  The first of these artists you may or may not know by name, but if you’re a gamer you’ve certainly seen his work.  Benjamin Huen has created characters in the Mass Effect universe, Dragon Age universe, and yes, even the Star Wars Universe.  Not many people get to say that!  He’s also a great friend that I’ve known for over ten years now, so you can imagine how happy I was when he agreed to lend a hand in Threads of Fate!

Here’s a little teaser of what you can expect:

The full illustration will be featured in chapter 2 on Tuesday, June 14!  Make sure you check back to see it!

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The science of super powers

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.

Super Hero motivational posterOne 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!

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Up and running!

Well hello!  I’m super incredibly [insert various other enthusiastic adjectives here] excited to finally be sharing Threads of Fate with you all!  This project represents about 3 years of my life spent toiling, writing, re-writing, and re-re-writing in front of a computer monitor.  In the coming weeks you’ll get to see just a snippet of that work.  It’s my hopes that one day you’ll get to see all of it.  = )

But just what is Threads of Fate anyway?  Well, it’s a fantasy / science-fiction adventure story, heavily inspired by the many things I loved growing up as a kid.  I think you’ll find its part superhero action, with some manga-style high-concept thrown in, and a dash of the mystery and intrigue you’d find in a traditional novel.  I generally like to sum up the premise in this sentence:

“What would you do in a world where Fate isn’t an abstract concept, but a tangible, scientific force?”

So with that explained, what exactly is it you’ll get to see on this site?  Well, Threads of Fate is structured like an epic serial series.  Each book is divided into multiple pieces, akin to arcs or for you TV-goers, episodes.  An overall story intertwines all the arcs to give each book an overall story made up of these smaller stories.  What you’ll be getting on this site over the next few weeks is the first arc of book 1, The Golden Thread.  That’s not all though.  I have lined up some very special guests to lend a hand to the site as well.  I don’t want to spoil their contributions, but I urge you to keep checking back in the coming weeks because their stuff will blow you away.

And of course I have to say, if you like what you see here than I ask that you please please please hit the Like button up at the top, and follow us on Twitter and RSS!  It’s my dream that Threads of Fate gets published one day, and the best way to do that is to show the publishers out there that people love the story, the characters, and the ideas!

So for now, all I have to say is I hope you enjoy the story we have to tell!

– Matt

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