Howdy, Blazing Chaos here, the writer of this terrible saga. Nah, I joke, it's not that bad at all, just a lot of work to do.
And a lot of information to catalogue too, which is why I set up this wiki, to further tease you all with wonder as to what is really going on in the Dimensions universe.
Of course, cataloguing the information is going to take ages, and I think you all would prefer me to be writing, so this won't be a comprehensive source on the Dimensions universe for a while, if at all.
Nonetheless, I've written some original pieces of writing for this site, like the mythology page, that elaborates on this world. I've also got plenty of teasers in each Book page for what's coming up in the series, and also Digi9346 has kindly written all of his speculation for the series in one big page.
Whether it's right, or not, is something that I only know. :)
Enjoy the wiki, my faithful readers!
And now, for a little something...
A Not-So-Little Interview Edit
Blazing Chaos: Victim of interview
So B.C., tell the viewers, why did you start Dimensions in the first place?
Well, anyhow, I started Dimensions because I had all these ideas for a Digimon fanfic but no idea what to do with them. I'd written fanfiction before, back when I first started my account a few years ago. Terrible fanfiction, which is now deleted and which the name of escapes me. Anyhow, my writing has improved tremendously since then, and so I started on Dimensions in October 2007, after planning out what I intended to do with the series, and changing my Fanfiction.net username to what it is now.
It was originally meant to be five books, which is of course, laughable now looking at it. Book One and Book Two were originally one and the same, and there were other merged books. Book Four was always planned, and Book Three joined it along the line. Books Five through Seven took a bit more development, and originally there was a big jump into adulthood from Book Eight which just didn't seem like a natural progression. I also added Book Thirteen to the series. I'll be honest with you though, up until Book Five I didn't actually have a proper plot planned out for one or two of the books, but then I had some fantastic ideas.
I enjoy writing, teasing and reading reviews of all my readers. And I also sound like such a ponce writing this. :D
Next question please.
My, my, someone is eager. (flips a page on writing pad) So, why the name Dimensions? Also, you were rather fast, weren't you? Five books completed in less than a year... I myself have only two in half... and they're still incomplete...
Dimensions just sounded cool, and as I developed the ideas it begins to fit better. The concept of Dimensions truly comes to the forefront in Book Thirteen. It also means plenty of things within the series. Take it literally as being Dimensions as in universes, or take it as having more than one Dimension to people. Indeed, the plot has a hidden Dimension to it, and there are a lot of apparent Dimensions within the plot, be it Dimension of the relationship troubles of some of the characters or the Dimension of their roles protecting Tokyo from Digital attack.
I'm an extremely quick typer, and when I'm eager about something I'm unbelievably determined. It's helped by having very little else to do. I suppose an element of why I wrote the first few stories so fast was that I wanted to get myself established. In the original Book One, up until about Chapter Seven, it's really not obvious what direction the series is going to take, and what it's all about. That's something I realised pretty early on, but I decided to use it to my advantage, slowly drawing in the elements of Chaos, Harmony, the Angels, the Demons and, one of my favourite characters, Rey. Rey is a very enjoyable character to write, since she seems pretty joyful but has a dark past that she really doesn't want to talk about. She's been through the war-zones. Literally.
I still have a lot to reveal about Rey, and it's going to be revealed in an interesting way. I think it'll be fun when I'm writing about how Rey grew up, and it suddenly clicks in my reader's minds that that's why she acted in that way when she was travelling in time.
I'm rambling again, next question please.
Hmm... so, why the name Blazing Chaos? And while we're at it, why did you include the Angels, Demons and Gods? Don't you think that Digimon themselves are sufficent?
I've always used the most useless and boring usernames that I decided to go with the flow and use something inventive for once. The concept of blazing chaos, a roaring flame of Chaos is a curious one. Chaos itself is simply uncontrolled, but if it's Blazing it suggests it has some form of control.
The Digimon series formula always worked, but I felt there was always something bigger to it all. I like tales that challenge the perceptions of reality and push the boundaries, and trust me, Dimensions is going to do that in a big way in the future. The Angels were an idea I'd always had, and I loved Daneel Rush's concept of Chaos manifesting as Takato Matsuki. But, that story got sort of grim, and Chaos began to play a lesser and lesser role personally, but at the same time being significant overall. I considered the concept a bit, and expanded upon it in an interesting way: what if Chaos had a rival that was his opposite, but who he had once been one and the same with? Thus, the idea of Harmony was born, although I went through a bunch of ideas for the name first (Balance, for instance, nickname Bella, which just didn't work). Harmony and Chaos are opposites, and yet rather alike too.
I began to think back to the original concepts of Digimon again, and it made me think: how did it all start? What was the hazard? And so I began to incorporate a history, and build a universe for the characters.
Considering the concept of Digimon, I pondered whether some Tamers could be 'born to Tame'. The Angels concept was born, and soon I began to think: what if there was a Tenth Angel who was literally the bloodline relative of Chaos and Harmony? And of course, with Angels came Demons.
I also had one huge other idea that underlies this whole series. That secret, of course, stays hidden until I finally reveal it in a big way.
Of course, I soon began to feel a bit like I was deviating from the Digimon concept, and, having seen that a lot in other series', I decided to purposefully steer myself back. I changed my plans, bringing in a huge amount of new ideas for Digimon villains. I also decided on the final villain for the series. Indeed, that idea has changed slightly recently, as I've added a new element on top.
Rambling again. Next question.
Any particular reason why you like Digimon Tamers so much?
I felt it was the first Digimon season where it truly became real. I loved the concept that Digimon became real, it was so fascinating. But, I think it's worth being honest now here. :)
I never saw the whole of Season 3 until 2007.
Honest to god, thanks to CiTV who stopped after episode 4 (and the video releases which seemed completely arbitrary), I never saw the whole of Tamers until I saw it on YouTube. Living in the UK, we don't always get every show and it is usually on some stupid kids subscription channel. Of course, oddly enough, I saw the sub version of Runaway Locomon Express BEFORE I saw the dub version of the whole series. Indeed, it goes to the extent where I read plenty of fanfics about a series I hadn't seen the whole of.
Ah well, I know it now, and know it well.
I suppose that Tamers also actually felt real. Whilst Adventure felt real to some extent, it lacked that element of reality in that things don't always go to plan. Governments intervene. Computer programs run amok. Digimon partners are killed by other Digimon partners.
Next question please.
Now, last question, a more personal one on my part. Why select Daikari? Was it easier or harder than Takari?
I like both really, but I've never been completely clear on how to write Takari. I don't see the point of writing couples where it's not entirely clear where to go with them, and where the idea comes from simply 'they look cute together'. Of course, the more important the couple to the series the more it matters that you can put character development in.
Some characters have been rather saturated in terms of character development in the series, so that makes them more difficult to write for (such as Henry, although he's still an interesting character to write), whilst others have plenty of character development to go that will change them dramatically, such as Kazu or Davis. Every character needs a bit of development as a base, of course, and it's not always clear exactly how someone is meant to act. I've always found this problem with Ryo, since he was never really fleshed out in the series proper. I've begun to learn how to write him from various fics though, and he is a bit deeper than he originally seemed. Another character who's rather difficult to write is Matt, and to a lesser extent the rest of the older Digidestined. It really wouldn't suit Matt to have him go back to arguing with the other digidestined and falling out with them, so what is there to do beyond having him as a supporting character?
Of course, the issue of growing up is going to force all the characters to develop, and so that should make things a fair bit more interesting. When you have as large a cast as I have, it definitely takes a lot to get it right.
As for choosing Daikari over Takari, I always knew that my choice would affect my readers opinions of the fic series, but I knew that either choice would enrage some of my readers. And I also knew that I had to make a choice at some point. But TK isn't going to stay lonely, I have a rather...unorthodox pairing planned for him. It's nothing weird or anything, but he's going to find someone who he can give hope to when they don't have any idea what to do with their lives.
In the end though, I basically chose Daikari as I find it easier to write.
Feel free to ask any more questions at any time.
My bad, it's not the end yet. You took the Digidestined out of a world with so many plotholes that... well... any plans on going back there?
Care to elaborate? I'm not completely clear what you mean. My apologies.
I guess I wasn't clear enough. :)
I'm asking simply whether you have any plans in the future for the Digital World of the Eastern Quadrant. Thus far, we have not seen it in the Cataclysm Digital World. Is Gennai and File Island and Server going to be in future books?
Hmm, interesting question there. Gennai, as you know, has appeared before, in Book Three. Whilst I don't have any direct plans for him, I suppose there is definitely an element that I can include him and a lot of other things in Wanderings, which should basically allow me to map out the Digital World whilst following the wanderings of its protagonist and another character related to its protagonist. The story has been to the Eastern Quadrant once or twice, although the Tamers etc. haven't.
Book Seven is when they're next going back to the Digital World, and with it I plan to introduce a bunch of new things, things which could occur in any of the regions. Book Eight also features the Digital World, as does Book Nine, so I've got a lot of opportunity to reflect on things such as that. Book Eight would actually be a rather good book to visit that area of the Digital World in, given a lot of things are going to be returning...
Oh, I do love teasing everyone. XD
Alright, speacking of which, Book Seven, as we all already know, is going to feature Millenniumon. Don't need to bother denying it anymore. Well, what kind of battlefield will the Tamers and Angels fight him in? Will you be shifting them around? Through time or maybe even back to ENIAC?
Next time they fight him...well...it's going to be in the Digital World, and he's got the most audacious scheme yet. Ryo is going to have to forget all he knows about his arch-nemesis, and the others are going to be left completely bemused as what to do. Ryo's going to have his first 'public' battle, and he won't be able to hide his past anymore. He's also going to be fighting alone, since Monodramon has...well, I won't ruin it for you, but it's Milleniummon's most logical idea yet.
I do plan for time travelling in this series, but it's not going to be to where you're expecting. Milleniummon's several attacks are going to have serious repercussions though, and over the series he's not going to be resting. And he may just gain one or two allies along the way. At least, they think they're his allies.
Book Seven contains one of my most controversial but still curious ideas yet, and it is going to force you to rethink everything you knew about one or two of the characters. It's also going to have an impact on Stratagems, hence I can't write past Chapter 6 in that until I've got to Book Seven.
Ha, my friend, you forget who is the Ryo expert here. Millenniumon has never truly rested at all. His battles with Ryo was him merely playing. He never really got serious. Millenniumon has betrayed before, that's no surprise to me. Ryo has fought with Millenniumon alone before too, though the concept of a more public battle has never occurred before, though technically it has, but those who witnessed it never lived to tell the tale. And find me a place where I can't expect.
Well, enough of that. Next question. Anything you wish to tell us on what to expect of the Demons? Anything on the Lord and Master to... what to call it... oh, yes, tease us with?
The Demons have reasons for their actions. You know how people have a feeling of what is 'moral' and what isn't? Well, the Demons have that, except what they think is right is what most think is wrong. It manifests in their minds to the extent where doing anything else is painful to them, unless they learn to 'fight' it.
Rayleigh is going to play his hand sooner or later, with devastating consequences. The other Demons are going to appear soon enough, and they're going to test everything the Angels and Tamers have. They range from those who pursue long, complex plans to those who prefer a quick, powerful brawl.
The Lord and Master? Well, that's obviously not his/her real name. As for who it is...well, I'm not telling. It's a pretty important character though who's going to take a pretty bad turn. But perhaps there is more to it than a simple change in personality...
That was rather interesting... (flips to another page on writing pad) Now, what about Rey? What can you tell us about her? What about Realmon? What are the levels she can reach? Can the two Biomerge? Have they Biomerged?
Rey is an enigma I suppose, and as the books progress we'll begin to see her growing up. Her task, however, is looming, and if she fails, the world of the future is doomed.
As for Realmon, she's going to digivolve soon, and I'm still working on the exact forms she'll take. The two can and have Biomerged though, but may not do so in the past for a while yet.
Alright. Well, speaking of Rey, what about the other couples (Davis & Kari, Ken & Yolei, Tai & Sora)? Don't they have kids too? Why didn't we see them in the books thus far?
Well, in the future we haven't really gone into detail on the other characters yet. And, of course, Rey isn't going to go about blabbing when they get married, when they have kids and so on, since that'd take all the fun away from life, and probably screw up time too. Some of them have kids, others don't (yet), and of course, that means the ages vary dramatically. Some of their kids are pretty normal kids, other have had...complications. As for David, who's been mentioned once or twice...well, we'll see.
Tell us then, if any of the canon characters actually died during the War?
Ooh, now that's a question. It's also one I'm not going to answer. There are some canon deaths in the series though.
That's all the info I need. Now, what about the Sovereigns? They have been rather absent. What has happened to them? Will you be including them in Wanderings as well?
They'll probably appear in Wanderings. I haven't really planned out what'll happen in Wanderings yet, but the plot will allow me to go pretty much anywhere in the Digital World. I still need to figure out the exact role of the Sovereigns in the future of the series, but as events in the Digital World become truly chaotic in Book Eight, thanks to a particularly apathetic enemy, it is going to be severely affected.
Then what of the other Digidestined from the World Tour of 02? Do they still exist as Digidestined in the Cataclysm World? Or are they now merely ordinary kids?
Because it was at the eye of the storm of the cataclysm, the Southern Quadrant became the template for the real world, and all the other worlds were overlaid on top, but not replacing what existed in the Southern Quadrant. The kids are now just normal kids, but some of them may still have encountered Digimon and became Tamers, and others may become Tamers in future. There are some Tamers in other countries at present in the series, but there will be a lot more as technology in the world progresses and Bioemerges become more frequent. I may have something planned in Stratagems for one of them though, but it was more from a coincidence that the character name and appearance turned out to be similar. It also works rather well to some extent.
Anyways, do you plan on including any other series into your Dimensions? Say, maybe some of the Digimon World games or something like that? Maybe a reference to the manga even?
Well, the problem with incorporating other series in is that it adds more characters, more complications and is usually a divergance from the main plot. Whilst I may incorporate one or two glimpses of other worlds later on in the series, I'm planning to concentrate on the set-up I have now for the time being.
You know B.C., I think that the only love triangle I've seen is Ryder/Mari/Ivy, I don't see a Takato/Rika/Ryo anywhere? Though it might be a lot more interesting if there were. Care to explain?
Haven't you noticed the Terriermon/DarkRenamon/Donmon thing that's been spewing? I have a few ideas that are going to come to fruition soon. As for Takato/Rika/Ryo, the former two have been in a relationship for so long in the Dimensions series that the triangle has become redundant (and the triangle really should really be described as a quadrilateral Jeri/Takato/Rika/Ryo, each person having a potential relationship with each person either side of them). Furthermore, I never really understood how on earth Ryuki could work. Rika's not the kind of person who's going to suddenly become submissive as the couple seems to be interpreted in just about every fanart I've ever seen of it, she's going to take control of any relationship she's in, and Ryo and her would clash so much on that that it wouldn't really work. The references in the show were minimal and seemed more a situation of "it'd be nice to have some hints at a couple like that" than a productive part of the overall plot.
Ryo works far better as a character alone too, particularly since it leaves him alone to deal with the many problems from his past that slowly creep up on him.
I also have far too many other things going on in the plot to even consider adding such an unnecessary element that would jar against the flow of the plot.
Hmm... interesting. So, what happened to Calumon anyways? Also, what about Suzie and the twins? You have never focused on them much before. What's up with that?
They're in chapter 29. Suzie and the twins will play a bigger role as they mature and as the older Tamers get too busy at times to fight off bioemergences.
Alrighty, B.C., in your opinion, which event or Book is the most important of the series?
Ooh, good question. Well, there are a few events that pretty much shape the future of the series, be it Ryder's arrival or the Cataclysm, and they're all equally important to be honest. As for the most important book...well, Book Four has a lot of knock-on effects, but I suppose Book Six sets up a lot of plot elements too. Book Twelve is probably the winner for most important book, although it doesn't set up as much as its predecessors. Book Thirteen is going to be pretty important too, for obvious reasons.
But, out of all of them, I'm going to take a curious choice and say Book Nine is critical to the series. It's the point where the characters grow up, literally and metaphorically, and in some cases it is forced upon them by events. It's a very tragic book in several ways and begins a pair of very dark Books, although Book Eight is also rather dark in some of its events. There's a lot of pain the characters recieve as they grow up, and there is a lot of strain on emotions and sanity.
Okay, we have seen roughly what Chiyo is able to do, but can she do more? Also, you have never really focused on what was Taiki's Demon power, not to mention Rayleigh's. Is that really all they can do? Or is Chiyo also concealing another kind of power we don't know about yet?
Taiki was the First Demon of Destruction, and is pretty much your basic Demon. Wants to kill, wants to destroy, has powers to blow things up with ease, arrogant beyond belief, and has no care who he treads on to get his way. And, of course, like all people like that, he fails.
Chiyo does have some other powers, but they are extensions of her Seduction power (because she is the Second Demon of Seduction).
Rayleigh's powers will become visible soon, as the Third Demon of Infiltration. He didn't exactly get his current job by hard work and persistence...
All the Demon's have attributes ending in -ion, like Destruction, Seduction and Infiltration.
Is there any limit to what Chaos and Harmony can do? We have seen them blow up stuff, seen Harmony create the Point-of-view gun, and even protect Rey from flickering from existence.
Yes, there is. They do have limits in their human forms, and indeed, even when separate as Gods they had limits. It was only when they were combined as Goddramon that they had full power, and that, if held for too long, rips apart the universe.
Nonetheless, even with limits, they still do have a lot of power in them, which is further unlocked by their biomerged forms.
What's up with the two new characters, Sakura and Kohaku? I doubt that they have any significant role as Tamers or Angels... well, not so sure on the Tamers part, but I am rather certain that they wouldn't be Angels.
Heh, they are actually going to be rather important in the future. I think it'll become clearer what role they play in a few chapters time, although even they won't have the slightest clue of their significance yet.
They are primarily going to be background characters for a while, as I lay the foundations for their characters.
There is actually enough evidence so far to confirm who they are, but the evidence isn't entirely obvious and there will need to be more definite evidence before it becomes obvious who they are to everyone.
For the record though, they are not the Fourth and Fifth Demons, in case that thought had crossed anyone's mind.
Well, if that was the case, the Tamers are going to be in deep trouble. :D
Still, what exactly is Asuka's role in Stratagems, other than to get everyone around her murdered brutally?
Heh, she does have rather bad luck, doesn't she. Well, she is going to gain a bit more of a role as I add another new character to the series, one who we've already met. Sort of. She is also finally going to find some peace and quiet in this village, but naturally, that never lasts that long.
Mind if I guess whether or not it is... Ivy?
Speaking of which, do you have any plans on creating a fic that focuses on what Ryder's Tamers did before he was sucked away to be the Angel of Time? Or do you plan to put it in along with Origins and Feathers?
Could be. Or maybe not. The girl to be introduced is blonde, all the same.
Heh, is it just me, or are all the blonde characters in my fics mysterious in some manner and rarely appearing? It's not really intentional, but it seems to have worked out that way all the same.
Origins is the fic about Ryder's Tamers both before and in the few years after he was sucked away.
I see... and ironically, I see that even though Ivy is the one who sent Ryder the messages, mind telling us how this relates to the Sovereigns? And even if she used them as an excuse, how did she convince the Digimon to do so in their name?
Oh, that'll have to stay my secret for the time being. She has a very powerful device though.
So I believe that this device will remain secret as well? Oh well. :)
So what are the powers of the other Demons? What kind of Demons are there anyway? A Demon of Hatred? Greed? Or the like?
Well, all of their attributes end in 'ion', so you have Destruction, Seduction, Infiltration, and so on. There is one of Greed to some extent, yes. The others have a variety of powers that will become clear in time.
Ah... oh yeah, and why is it only Ivy is involved in everything? What about the other of Ryder's Tamers?
Ivy is in a very special position with regards to her ability to contact Ryder that she hasn't told others about because she fears the outcome. She will tell them eventually, of course, but right now she's just testing the waters.
The other tamers are just living normal lives (albeit with bioemergences to take care of still), relieved to have defeated their greatest enemy and finished their final battle.
So when (which Book) have you scheduled Takato and Rika's marriage?
Book Eight is when I have it planned for, which should work rather well since after two years of being engaged they'll feel ready to get it over and done with (particularly to shut up Rumiko's eager naggings).
Thanks for the interview. If anyone has any questions to ask about the series, feel free to add them to the talk/discussion page associated with this page and I'll get round to answering them at some point if I can.
Interview 002 Edit
So... we're back in this horrible confined space...
Now, question. While I admit it is indeed interesting to see all the viewpoints of the poor Tamers, I am getting rather impatient. How many more chapters before Phase Two anyways? And when you say Phase, do you mean the Phases in Rayleigh's plan? If so, how many Phases are there?
There are twenty chapters in Phase 1, albeit it's actually really just 19 with 1 as a conclusion, and I still may cut or merge one as events permit (although I've already cut it down from about 26 and improved all the rest so they're a lot more interesting). One chapter coming up is dramatically different and a world away from the rest, whilst one will seriously leave you wondering what's going on with a few particular characters which I'm sure you'll appreciate. And, of course, we have Henry's attempt at saving his parents to see, along with Rika and Takato meeting up. Plus, we get to see Rayleigh's view as he entacts his plan...
Oh, and, amongst all that and more, there's a lovely bit of death for you. Hehe, I've left all the truly interesting ones till last. =)
There are three phases. They do relate somewhat to Rayleigh's plan but also to the overall span of events and arcs within the story. Next question.
'A few particular characters'? I wonder who they are... first, are they OCs or CCs?
Death? Ryder again? If so, are you going to make it... um... melodramatic again? Like having a crane crush him and Mari watching it happen or something? :D
And speaking of cranes crushing Ryder, I wonder if how Ryder would 'revive' if his body is in a million pieces...
Also, another thing. If they actually go to the Digital World. How are they going to get back the the Real World without an Ark? Or without even the aid of good guys on the other side of the dimensional wall?
The death I'm currently talking about isn't Ryder's. =)
Out of curiosity, why a crane? (although that does sound like a cool idea)
Hehe, you had to ask the whole 'million pieces' question. Yeah, he'd revive wherever the greatest concentration of 'him' atoms was. =D
As for the whole 'crossing the boundaries' question, I am just going to have to say a simple 'wait and see'. Or...'all will be revealed'.
Hmm... CCs... Ryo? Ken? Takato? Henry? (I'm randomly throwing out names here...)
Not Ryder?! That's a first... or a second... Hey! Maybe it's the Second Angel Mari!!... wait, question first. OC or CC?
That'll be... interesting... do his atoms rush toward him like, uh... living atoms? Or do they just pop into oblivion and Ryder pops into reality?
*grinds teeth* You know I hate you sometimes right? Right, just to make sure...
How it'll work? It's...complicated, which is writer-speak for I'll sort out how it works when I bloody get to it. =P
Next question. =)
Ah... I see...
Ah... I see...
Ah... I see... What, next question?
Oh yeah... alright... Hmm...
Yes. I was wondering for a while who was the official (or unofficial) leader of the Tamers. Not the Angels. Just the Tamers. It is not really implied.
Also, another thing. The Tamers and the former Digidestined don't seem too close at all. Aren't they ever going to interact with each other on a more individual level other than group outings or bioemerges?
Well, the actual leader varies. For the Tamers proper, it's usually seen as Takato, and the same with Davis and Tai for their set of digidestined. As of yet, they haven't had anything to pull them together enough to change that.
As for the Tamers and Digidestined, they do live a fair way apart in the city so they'll have to make arrangements to visit each other more than just popping over. They do interact more than we see in the books naturally, and I'm going to press on that more naturally now it's been brought to my attention. But, each group has known each other for longer than they've known the other one so their mentality isn't entirely to be unexpected. Still, Book Seven will turn interesting soon in a way that'll make it difficult to be apart...
So, in the wake of this... uh, situation. Who's going to step up to take charge of the entire gang? After all, they should have one leader.
Well, it was because I found that they don't really have individual friendships, like perhaps the girls being more bonded to each other (short of Rika of course) due to shopping trips or even minor hobbies bonding two people from the different groups more firmly together (like Kendo or music or something like that). In short, I found that they had little life outside of their Digimon related ones (like fighting Demons and bioemerges) and school. Not to mention their individual relationships. But that's right about all.
In my opinion at least.
Wait and see. It'll take a while for them to find their feet once all hell starts flying - they'll need a leader to shine through and unite them.
As for the others, I can see what you mean. I want to press on this more now, particularly now it's been brought to my attention. The events in Book Seven, as I said, will unite them more than the events of the preceding books.
Next question. =)
Oh yeah. There is another. I am wondering, other than Chaos and Harmony, whether there are other gods in existence. Real gods. Mature gods that don't bother with the business of interfering with the world. And while we're on this topic, I wonder if there are other... well, special beings other than the Angels and the Demons that have been created by either Chaos or Harmony or Goddramon or some other omniscient being.
Yes and no is all I'll say. =)
As for the special beings, there are one or two out there, but again, that's all I'll say. Apart from: and what about the pebbles? They're special beings created by Chaos. =D
Next one please (hehe, all my latest answers seem to be short and cryptic, huh?).
Wait, yes to what and no to what exactly?
Hmm... living pebbles attacking the Angels and the Tamers. That's an image I don't want to envision (though I already have...).
And well, speaking again of Chaos and Harmony, what are their priorities in life anyway (other than destroying the other)? And what are they current priorities in this life, since they're not supposed to be killing the other? And if there are truly other gods, are these two aware of them? Have they ever wanted to kill these other gods the way they want to kill each other?
Yes and no to whether there are other Gods in existence. It's complicated and depends on what you call a God (since in their current forms both Chaos and Harmony aren't omnipotent, so are they Gods?).
The pair don't really have any priorities other than destroying the other - they are there to simply observe their creation as it develops and grows, but thousands of years of conflict and war and death ever since they first put two feet down on earth as humans have left them rather bored by their work. Chaos and Harmony simply want to kill each other, they think they are the only things in existence which really have such importance and matter. This particular incarnation of theirs is definitely is most interesting yet, as a result, since they've seen things which don't make sense, had universes crash down on them literally and figuratively, and, of course, had a kid (which is the worst bit of all).
So, basically they believe that the only challenge in the world is how to kill the other, no?
But why do they actually hate each other so much? I don't get it. It does not make sense that the only reason they have is the fact that Harmony created cells and Chaos create pebbles... well, and the fact that they have been killing each other for ages. But what was the spark that started this endless feud? After all, once upon a time they were one being.
And speaking of that one being, when will Goddramon be appearing again? Do the Demons actually know of Goddramon's existence at all? How did it affect the world when Goddramon first appeared in the previous book? Surely it had somehow or rather brought about some kind of change.
They hate each other primarily just because they feel they have to. They are the longest existing beings, and any rivalry with anyone who had been around for shorter would feel somewhat shallow.
As for the spark, it was basically that they simply got sick of having to put up with each other as Goddramon for eternity. I mean, we are talking about one being with two naturally opposed and otherwise incompatible beings in it, and so to resolve the age old Problem of Evil they ended up breaking into two. Both were omnipotent except when it came to the other, hence their irritation with each other since one aimed for creation and the other destruction, and their attempts at the opposite were typically...rubbish (hence the pebbles, and natural disasters). Chaos began to mess with perfect creation more than Harmony messed with destruction, however, leading to a lot of problems (but also the advent of things 'having their time', AKA Fate, and entropy which created flow and change to the universe, as well as mutation of life forms, and the breaking into four quadrants and into two worlds, one of matter (Real World) and one of ideas (Digital World)).
However, Harmony, being harmonious, created equal and opposite reactions in everything she tried, and Chaos couldn't destroy everything of darkness and evil intent that she created. That's why they worked together to make Angels to overcome the perfect balance, but, of course, they created the Demons in the process since it didn't go to plan. Knowing that it hadn't all worked, they stuck Ryder in another universe they created (to prevent the other Angels awakening, along with 'whatever else they had made' (which they weren't all that sure of at that point)) and created Destiny as a counter to the Fate which Chaos had inadvertently created. Destiny would ensure that, were the worst to happen and that this evil did manifest in the worst possible form, Ryder would be brought back, unlocking the Angels and hopefully saving everything. Hopefully.
With all this came the final kicker that they'd used up so much energy and imbalanced themselves so much in creating all this that they couldn't sustain their forms - so here is the critical point for them if that's what you're really looking for. Harmony, being harmonious and all, wanted to become Goddramon again. Chaos, however, disagreed, breaking the power which threatened to destroy him from him as a concept (as Megidramon in the World of Ideas) and keeping his mind separate as a human (in the World of Matter), also making sure both sides were immortal and had powers beyond normal humans or the creatures in the World of Ideas which later became known as Digital Monsters. Seeing no other option, Harmony was forced to do the same, creating Sakuyamon Kabuki Mode (the first of the Priestesses) and her human form which she had an intricate link with. The perception abilities and magical sense of the Kabuki mode was handed down through the line of Renamon in the Kabuki Village which the Priestess created, taking the Priestess line down through the ages nice and neatly. Chaos wasn't so neat: Megidramon's Hazard ended up manifesting randomly and infused with Digimon like Lucemon and MirageGaogamon (who have the Hazard on their form).
Hehe, I flesh this mythology out more each time it seems. =)
The Digimon know of Goddramon from mythology (hence their cursing in his/her name). The Demons and Angels subconsciously know of him/her, apart from Ryder obviously who's seen him/her.
Goddramon did have effects on the world around him/her when he/she manifested, and they will be seen in the future. As for when he/she will reappear...well, it may be a while because Harmony and Chaos know how much damage they probably caused (even if they don't tell Rika/Takato) to an already cataclysm-damaged world.
Next question. =)
As a note, you probably should add all this into the Mythology page.
Now, since you mentioned the world being damaged by the Cataclysm. Let's talk about it. What was exactly damaged by the Cataclysm anyway? Other than the total mind wipe of the rest of the world of course. But surely there would be those that would be unaffected (I mean, other than the Tamers and Angels)? After all, there are bound to be a few exceptions.
And what about the Orbs? Were they truly destroyed when Daemon mashed them together? For that matter, was Daemon truly destroyed? Or could he still exist somewhere? And what will happen to the powers of Chaos and Harmony without the Orbs? You have never really stated it. Did their powers decrease?
And speaking of the Orbs, you never exactly mentioned before the full powers of the Orbs of Chaos and Harmony and their origins (if you did, blame my memory. It's not all that good... well, other than Rika abusing it of course). How exactly did they come into existence? Were they ever part of Goddramon (like he holds one in each hand and uses it for... I don't know, the Apocalypse or something)?
The Cataclysm basically...well, I'm not saying what it damaged but it does explain a lot of what has gone on since. =)
The exceptions to the cataclysm's mind-wiping powers (although it's more like putting four minds on top of each other and ending up with only one) were the Angels, Demons, Chaos/Harmony and anyone touching any of them (or in the eye of the storm). The powers of Chaos and Harmony, which were highly concentrated in those orbs, eradicated all the rest.
The orbs destroyed and cancelled each other out. They were the excessive power from their previous form of Goddramon unleashed when they both attained their mode change biomerge forms, one step down from that full strength they have as Goddramon. It was the same power that they originally had trouble with as Goddramon which forced the pair to split, and Chaos and Harmony would've known the orbs from back when they first broke apart from Goddramon (albeit then they used up the strength of the orbs making themselves human and locking the power away until they both reached these forms again, and were both back at full strength within their incarnations).
As a result, arguably, without having destroyed them, Goddramon could've been impossible to recreate without causing total destruction of either the universe or Chaos/Harmony - the loss of that power pulled them 'down a notch' enough to be Goddramon again. Of course, Goddramon still caused destruction but not as much as he/she could have.
So yes, they have less power, but it was power they couldn't really handle to start with.
The orbs have another purpose too, but that one is definitely staying secret until needs be. I definitely haven't forgotten about them.
As for Daemon, haven't you read all of the Extra Dimensions stories? If not, you're in for a big surprise...
My bad, I have read the Extra Dimensions and it kinda slipped my mind during my rant. I was on a killing spree after all...
Wait, you said the orbs have another purpose. But are you referring, in actual fact, to the orbs themselves or the destruction of the orbs? And if it is the former, does that mean that the orbs are going to... well, exist once again?
Interesting bit about Goddramon there. So, technically, his appearance would generally destroy the universe should he appear when the Orbs still exist right? Now that they don't exist, doesn't that mean that Goddramon can appear in key battles now? If Chaos and Harmony put their differences aside for just a small while, wouldn't that already be enough to defeat the lights of the Lord and Master? I sincerely doubt that their petty little 'disagreement' would stop them, particularly with Rika around.
Yeah, the orbs will have a purpose in future. Whether they'll return to existence...you'll have to wait and see. They are more important than they seem.
Right now, Goddramon would cause less damage but would still damage the world around him/her, only to a lesser extent. Goddramon is still very powerful, just that extremely highly creative/destructive power he/she used to create planets, life, law and change is no longer there - which is good because now that the universe is stable it'd cause more problems than benefits. Compare it to Haruhi Suzumiya - she would be better without the ability to change the entire universe, but still with the ability to make interesting things happen. Kyon sort of acts as her restraint, in the same way that using up all the orbs' power did (although the Orb of Chaos did demolish the boundaries between worlds in the process, and the Orb of Harmony exhausted itself in ensuring they fell on top of each other cleanly rather than as a huge mess of confused perceptions and quadruple oceans, not to mention keeping the Digital and Real Worlds separate.
In any case, it'd still be a bad idea to bring out Goddramon except in the worst case scenarios. After all, it's good to have an ace up your sleeve, even if it's one who could cause even more damage to the world around it. =)
The last time, with Yggdrasil, was just a fluke really - neither Chaos nor Harmony realised what was going to happen as a result in order to intervene in time. Only during and afterwards did the problems become clearer.
Oh, and the Lord and Master won't go down so easily. =)
Yeah... killing spree...
And the Lord and Master won't go down so easily? You mean he is more powerful than Goddramon?!... Or is it because Goddramon can't/won't be summoned? And isn't the domination and slaughter of the world population of both Digimon and humans a bad enough scenario? What's worse? The formatting of the entire Digital World?
Somehow... I am beginning to think that the Lord and Master is indeed closer to the Tamers and Angels than first believed...
And now that you have referred to it. Will there ever be a day when some bad guy would force the Digital and Real Worlds together? What would be the result of such a merge? And furthermore, since Ryder controls time, if he has a power boost (say, from Goddramon), will he be able to turn back time for so powerful an event? Will Goddramon be able to do so at all?
And are the Angels' powers only limited by their bodies? If they were not limited by their human selves, what are then the limits of their power?
Trust me, Goddramon literally will not be able to destroy the Lord and Master. And that's 'can not', 'will not', 'physically can't' and any other context of the word. =)
As for your ponderings on the Real and Digital World conundrum, it theoretically could happen, although god only knows the result. Data Squad implied that it would simply wipe out both worlds, but, of course, it depends if the worlds are truly parallel or sit opposite each other (the Digital World in the sky in other words).
If we consider the results, they're in any case very grave. Two oceans, both tremendously huge, allowed to merge. Land and sea conflicts everywhere. Animals being killed by Digimon, Digimon being unable to fly, EMP chaos, and such a tremendous number of other problems too probably that haven't even occurred to me yet.
See, the thing about Ryder is that he has some control over the flow of time but in the grand scheme of things he is but an observer and a guardian. But also, he's basically human, albeit with some extra abilities, and whilst he could train up his retcon abilities they actually are more to do with probability than time, what could have happened rather than turning the clocks backwards as such. In his human form, his powers are limited. As an Angel, he would logically have more powers, but, and here's the thing: power is nothing without a vessel. Power has to manifest in a physical form to do anything, and all manifestations create limitations, even with the power of Goddramon behind him (since Ryder'd probably just end up fainting in exhaustion). And forget Ryder vaporising himself or anything - looks like it'll be bloody difficult for him. =)
The other Angels are in a similar position with the power and vessel logic. They have such power, but they only have access to a limited amount, even through biomerging. Still, they have the potential to access more than they have during a biomerge (for good and for ill), as we will see in the future.
Well, another question. Can Chaos/Harmony or the Angels/Demons ever die? As in die and never reincarnate ever, ever again? Forever gone kind of die?
No. Next question. =)
Then isn't there a way to imprison them? Like make them immortal and then dump them in some secluded dimension with no way out?
And speaking of dimension-creating, why can't Chaos/Harmony just create a separate dimension to jump into in the mess in Book Seven? Wouldn't that make things so much easier? After all, there is no way anyone but them can go to that dimension that they have created. They can plot and do all the stuff they need to do there until they come up with the solution to deal with Rayleigh.
Yeah, that could be possible theoretically (heh, an eternity trapped in in a nowhere universe), but Chaos and Harmony, trapped in their human forms, don't have the power to do something like that (would've made dealing with the D-Reaper a lot easier if it were possible). Plus, even if they did, I doubt they have the emotional stability right now for such a move, particularly with Rika knowing Rey's in danger.
Okay, so, with all the recent action and all... not to mention Rayleigh's new mysterious plan (and what the heck is Sonnet? The program that took down Hypnos?). Before I jump into the questions that I intended to ask with this interview in the first place. Let me ask... is that man that Rayleigh was talking to in the latest chapter... Kazuya? The descriptions certainly fit with those of Book 4.
Anyways, on to the questions. The first question of all: Given that Chaos and Harmony are technically the Gods, what does that make Millenniummon? He appears to have more power (being able to use his power more freely than the former two), and given that he is a god in his own right as well. But in comparison, who is truly more powerful? Chaos and Harmony (separately) or Millenniummon? Or are they of equal power?
Sonnet, as in Shakespeare's sonnets, is the program that took down Hypnos with a line from Shakespeare on every screen, hence the name. As for the man, wait and see. =)
Milleniummon is an interesting case, and I'll try to elaborate on him more in the future. He is weaker than Chaos and Harmony in their pure forms or as Goddramon, but the former they are locked away from and the latter is devastating to the world around him/her. He came after the gods and perhaps could be seen as the first being in the World of Ideas to become strong enough to time travel and have a true effect on the world.
Okay then. Given what Millenniummon was able to do in Book Seven, it would seem that he has a majority of his powers still intact, and furthermore not at all restrained by the fusion between him and Monodramon, in contrast to the general belief. How do you explain this? What is the limit to his powers? And is he now less powerful, more powerful, or of equal power to Chaos and Harmony, trapped in Cyberdramon's body?
Also, there is also the question of how Rayleigh could capture Rei. How is it possible for Rayleigh to predict where Rei would end up?
Heh. Perhaps the restraint is wearing out? Perhaps he was never properly restrained in the first place? Perhaps he's playing games? Wait and see...
Rei simply turned up when Rika called her. Rayleigh's forces just happened to already be there and manage to catch her straight away. =)
-_- Just like that? I am amazed at the way you have simply dismissed me... and how this had to be the way the famed Time Device is destroyed. By a chance phone call... how ironic.
Anyways, next question. How was it possible for Ryder to redirect the bullets using Retcon at Rayleigh? I thought he only stopped time for a second, and the bullets would still be on their courses for their respective targets regardless.
Also, speaking of Ryder, did he experience any 'weird' dreams when he died the multiple times he did during the chapter? If so, when will you show them? During a flashback?
Rey still has the time device pieces, so I wouldn't exactly say it's the end for it. =)
Ryder doesn't manipulate time, that's a common misconception. Instead, he manipulates probabilities, like, say, every soldier having a slight movement or judder in their hands at that very moment (hence he collapses from exhaustion, perhaps dying too although given the chaos of the moment we never actually got to find out), or the guns not firing perfectly as they should have. Little changes like that, given the distance of the shots, made a big difference in where they hit.
He did have weird dreams, yeah. We'll learn more about them soon enough.
Well, then perhaps Ryder should be changed from the Angel of Time to the Angel of Possibilities. This misconception is actually really all your fault. *glares*
Anyways, now then. Do Chaos and Harmony realise who was the one amongst them that saved them all, given that they are supposed to be gods and all?
Nah, he's still the Angel of Time - consider it like he 'leaps' time tracks with retcon. The greater the leap (and hence the less similarities between events and therefore the less likelihood of them occurring) means there is more energy needed to do so. He's very much based in time.
They may have, although it would depend how much they know about the background to all this, of course. They haven't really been very omniscient for a while, after all, since they've been grounded in human forms.
Interview 004 Edit
You know, now that I think about it, it is amazing that we have talked about the extent of Ryder's powers, and yet not even coming close to touching that of Mari's. A thought had recently occurred to me. What exactly is the level of her manipulation of, say, matter? Is it right down to the subatomic level? Can she manipulate matter to the point that she is able to break the bonds of, say, carbon dioxide into its other forms carbon and oxygen respectively?
If so, how much energy would that expend?
Hehe, did wonder why she wasn't getting as much love. =P
Her manipulation of matter and data varies - primarily, it involves synchronising things, so two independent events become mutual, or items converge. Like how she reinstated DarkRenamon (fuelled by rage and depression), albeit that was aided by how close the data was together. As we've seen before in Book Five, she also managed to cause the synchronisation of air to make wind, and, later on, has fought with Ryder over the TV remote (each using their powers) and launched a bar of soap (again, with her powers). So, they're relatively flexible, but far from a pancea or constant solution, and her control over them is not ideal.
As for the energy to break down carbon dioxide, it would be 393 kJ/mol, an endothermic reaction. Would leave you with a funny result though, a lump of carbon (graphite) and oxygen. Even if this were actually possible as a reaction, it still wouldn't solve the whole CO2 problem, since it'd make fuel back from it (if you ended up with coal) but would use up energy to do so. In fact, this is the opposite of combustion of coal, and unfortunately the grain runs far too much in the other direction.
Next question. =)
Okay, I understood the first part... I think.
As for the second part, my Chem is good and all, but I believe that you seriously lost me after the lump of carbon and oxygen bit. What I intended to ask was whether Mari would be able to use her powers for... well, certain situations. For example, would she be able to use her powers to disintegrate an obstacle (e.g. a wall) before her into its basic components (thus removing the wall)?
Theoretically, yes, she could to a certain extent, but it would need to involve synchronising things, not just playing with matter down to an atomic level. She can make a whole heap of things move together if some part else is already doing so, but she can't move one thing alone with her powers (although naturally as a human she can). Then again, lots of things are already moving, so there's a lot of potential there. Still, she will have a limit in the extent of how much energy it uses up before it kills her. For Ryder, death would interrupt his use of retcon, although theoretically he could revert the universe. It would, however, involve more energy than exists in the universe, so it's a moot point.
Next question. :)
Okay, next question, but I'm sticking to Mari and her powers first.
So, technically, Mari could have stopped the bullets when Rayleigh gave the order, should she have been less shocked and all. And if not, she could have stopped some of the bullets, yes? And I'm still not really understanding the synchronising part here. What do you mean by synchronising, exactly? So far, the dictionary meaning doesn't really seem to apply (or at least, I can't find a way to apply it). How does she 'synchronise' things exactly? Must they have been something before (e.g. DarkRenamon had been deleted, but she was still DarkRenamon before.) or somewhere before (Like the remote, it was at the location she wanted before)?
And since I'm on a rampage here, let's talk about Rei's powers as well. How does she 'delete' someone's destiny/existence exactly? And by doing so, does she remove all traces of that person from the very fabric of reality itself? Would memories of the person, things the person have done and etc be completely wiped out as well?
By synchronising, I mean that things move together in a pattern, and the energy use is exponential. It's like, imagine two gears spinning parallel to each other. Synchronising them would make the teeth move together. Now, to make three gears go at the same pace and alignment would need more effort, and more so for more gears, or gears moving faster, or larger gears, or ones with irregular teeth. It also helps to be able to see the gears too, so if we take across this metaphor, the bullets from the guns would be moving too fast to 'catch' (not literally) with the power. With DarkRenamon, she used her influence and emotions (plus the increased power from her awakening) to pull two pieces of data in the core back together, and then the next piece, and so on and so on until all the pieces were pulled back together in the same pattern. The digital core and 'DNA' would be chiefly responsible for reassembling it in the same manner, in much the same way that if a Digimon uses their energy to repair damage, that area repaired looks like it should rather than like another piece of the body, similar to human DNA.
As for Rei - her powers are a mix but that one primarily erases the future destiny of the person, what they are to do in the future, and so they metaphorically come off the end of their tracks. But, they still existed in the past. As with a lot of these things though, I think I might need to check back on what I've actually written in the past on the matter.
What kind of patterns are you referring to? I don't exactly see a pattern in a television remote... unless you count the pattern of back and forth with Ryder and Mari using their powers, but I doubt it. :)
And did she truly put together DarkRenamon's data piece by piece?! Literally?! As in one by one? Or did you not mean it that way?
Another thing is (I'm not sure if I had asked this before in some way), are the Angels able to train their body to increase the usage of their powers? After all, you said before the only thing that limited their powers was not the powers themselves, but the person using it.
... And if Rei's power just removes the person's future destiny, what's the difference between simply putting a bullet into the guy's head? Why bother wasting energy to do something so elaborate when you have so simple a means right beside you? Both, after all, effectively eliminate a person's future by sending him into the afterlife... unless you count Ryder, for which is an exception in this case.
The television remote is constantly moving - its atoms are vibrating to and fro. Mari manipulates space and its properties, particularly movement, which she synchronises. She merely makes all those atoms move in the same direction at the same time. It's not telekinetic control, far from it, it's just manipulation of what the atoms do normally.
Basically, coupled with Mari's intense emotions and the awakening of her power, she was able to reconstitute DarkRenamon. Remember that a Digimon is a bulk of data, and can spread and reform its data at any time. It barely matters which bit of data ended up where - the Digital DNA is what makes the Digimon look, act and feel the way it does. The speck of data could be added to the 'head' but end up being used at the very tip of one of her toes.
They could train their bodies, and over time they will become more used to their powers, but we're not talking physical training in the majority of cases. In reality, it's just a matter of experience, but there will always be the physical and insurmountable limit of their human bodies.
Rei's power is a 'clean' kill, in that it removes someone without others noticing as such, like the perception filter effect she's used before. Think of her bending Destiny to smooth around the person's death. Others might notice if they see through it, but they will never truly register that, 'oh, Bob's died', apart from certain mitigating circumstances. I suppose to some extent she does use it as a normal attack, albeit only in rare circumstances as a remembered death is far better than a forgotten one.
Next question. And apologies for the delay, have been insanely busy with university applications and such.
Additional Interview Edit
Chaos Blademaster: Interrogator
Blazing Chaos: Being questioned
You seem to like using a lot of canon enemies, like Yggdrasil or the Demon Lords, in addition to your own creations. Other than the approaching introduction of Milleniummon, do you intend to use any others like Apocalymon, the Devas, or (dare I say it) some resurrected form of Myotismon?
Hmm, the first problem with all of those is they are all dead. Bringing back enemies in most cases feels a bit clichéd and extends the plot beyond its natural end. Only if there's a truly compelling reason to make an opponent return would I consider it.
As for the Demon Lords, their tenure as an enemy in Dimensions was relatively short but not entirely for naught. They brought on the cataclysm, brought the team together, and will provide a big surprise later on down the series revolving around who their true commander was.
Apocalymon was, to be honest, a bit of a petty 'end of world only' enemy, in that until the actual end of the world, he didn't appear. Rather boring to be perfectly honest having an enemy like that and not seeing much of their plans.
Meanwhile, the Devas, while interesting, died, and I have a big enough cast already that bringing them back would make things difficult. However, I'm not over with the Digital World organisations: the Sovereigns are still there, the Cult of Victory are still lurking and another one may soon be revealed in Book Seven.
Myotismon wasn't one of my favourite enemies, and I particularly didn't really feel any dramatic tension from his Season 2 return beyond, you know, the fact the series was ending, and that's a problem, since an enemy without dramatic tension is pointless. Oikawa was a very interesting enemy, meanwhile, as were BlackWarGreymon and of course Arukenimon, Mummymon and the Digimon Emperor.
The thing is, when it comes to Digimon, particularly as enemies, I prefer to use or base off of existing Digimon rather than create new ones the reader can't understand. Obviously with some exceptions, like Donmon, most original Digimon are contrived from existing Digimon in some respect (Realmon being a chibi Kyubimon, DarkRenamon being a black version of Renamon etc.).
Of course, Milleniummon is still lurking out there, and his role is going to be...an interesting one.
Next question please.
So far, all the Demons have been OCs. Is this going to be true for all of them, or are there going to be any old allies gone bad?
Well...yes, and no. Although a fair bit of the story is fluid, you're thinking along the right lines probably to expect them to be OCs, but don't certainly expect them all to be enemies. I make them OCs because having an existing character suddenly turn that way would be complex and raise too many issues, not least why this sort of trait didn't manifest earlier.
There's a few other issues with the idea that I can't say right now because it spoils too much.
I know that they have had other things on their minds recently, but when are you planning on having Takato and Rika tell some of the others (specifically the Angels) about Goddramon?
Well, they never plan to tell, partly because it'd just spoil the others' world and partly because they can't use that sort of power in day-to-day battle anyway, and don't want their friends to be spurring them on to use it. It's far too destructive.
Of course, whether the others will find out anyway is another matter entirely.
Here's another one for you. Or rather...three. Why is it that every time Ryder "dies" he projects himself onto a parallel world? And how does he keep coming back? Am I right in saying that because he has no Destiny in this universe, he is not destined to die?
Heh, my secret. That's all I'm going to say. Next question please. =)
I know that I have asked this in the review for the latest chapter, but I am asking it here so others can see your response. Since she has obtained "the accursed gray D-Vice," is Seiko going to become a Demon?
Would I really be that evil? =)
I do have some interesting plans for this pair. Indeed, despite their wishes to stay out of the battlefield, they may find themselves right in the middle of it all very soon, and with no escape.
Next question please.
Sometimes I wonder...
Anyway, next up is something I have suspected since the topic originally came up that this is Ryder's big secret. You keep hinting at it as well. You occasionally mention or refer to the fact that Ryder is an author, and he mentions fanfiction from back in his home universe. Is the universe in which this all takes place the authorial work of Ryder? Or possibly something he read of a fanfiction website?
I can almost hear what your response is going to be, but this has been driving me mad. So I decided to post it anyway, just to show what I suspect.
Okay, unexpected response to counter what you could "almost hear" over with, now for my actual response.
Huh? That's an interesting theory.
Hmm, well, the fanfiction in his home universe provides him with a perspective on events I suppose: other people would be more surprised to see characters outside their familiar plots.
This universe, however, is not that simple.
Heh, I bet you're very confused now. My only answer is, read on. XD
Several times throughout the series you have made mention of Rika's father. Even though a parallel of him appeared in Powers, her actual father has not made an appearance. Do you have any plans to ever bring Mr. Kiyoyuki Nonaka back into the plot?
Hehe, yeah, I have let this plot fall a tad on the backburner but it's completely intentional. Rika's father is going to figure in her life again, except, as you'd expect, the circumstances are less than ideal.
I see. Okay, onward then. Since Rey is from the future, and thus obviously knows at least vaguely what the Demons have done, does she not know their actual identities? Or is she feigning ignorance? In case you can't tell, I am rather fascinated by your creation of the Demons.
Well, there are two explanations from this which are both right. Unfortunately, I can only tell one of them without ruining whether or not Rey really has any impact on the past. The explanation I can give is that, in essence, her parents and others around her simply didn't want to talk about it all, not least the names and images of those involved. I mean, sure, perhaps in some SLEGNA database somewhere they retained all the data (that they could find) on Taiki and Chiyo, but it's unlikely to be plastered across every wall as it merely would bring back bad memories. Newer Demons also will have stolen the limelight by then, ones who punch an even greater hole in their lives.
Next question please. =)
Has Rey ever got caught by one of the Demons' plans/traps? She really wasn't there when Taiki attacked and barely escaped from Chiyo's "Fatal Attraction," albeit landing herself and Henry in at least equal danger. Although, how do you compare the dangers of an atomic bomb to that of a large group of homicidal girlfriends with extremely powerful abilities?
Yeah, she does get involved in them in the future, but right now she seems to have missed them. Of course, she's missed them either intentionally to avoid intervening in history (a laughable idea when you consider what she's managed to do) or by becoming involved in an external affair. As for the Atomic Bomb versus Homicidal Powerful Girlfriends debate, it depends on what shonen anime you are watching. ;)
Very true. Now I know that Chiyo was venting her anger when she attacked the Matsuki bakery (though it fit her needs), but are any other Demons going to target the families of the Angels or part-Gods? Geez, I can hardly seem to come up with anything other than questions about the Demons, even though they are a bit of a mystery.
Let's just put it this way: they seem like a logical target, don't they? =)
Interview version 2.0 Edit
After looking at some of your interview with Digi9346, I have come up with quite a doozy of a question. I don't really expect a straight answer, but I will throw it out anyway, maybe get others to think about this as well.
Well, here goes: Is Goddramon the Lord and Master?
Ooh. Tough one there - I'll say simply 'wait and see', but definitely an interesting idea.
(Heh, I never planned to answer all the questions posed anyhow - always good to leave a few which seem neither one way nor the other. Read into this as you will.)
I think I am going to go at this from a different angle this time. What character, or characters, do you enjoy writing the most? Or the least?
Nice question. Well, the most enjoyable characters to write are always the comic ones, like Chaos and Terriermon, since, of course, it allows you so much room for letting out your humour at whatever is going on. As for in general, I enjoy writing Takato and Rika since they're my favourite couple, Henry is quite deep and interesting to look into, Izzy has his more geeky computer side which is always a nice comparison, and then there's Tai who's relatively fun since he's always out for a laugh. On the same strand, Davis is reasonably fun to write but it varies. Rei is fun too since there's that huge history to hint at, and the same sort of secrets occur with Ryder and Mari, who always have the potential for a mix of romance and drama. I'm sure there are other characters that I've forgotten that I enjoy too.
As for those I don't enjoy, there are a few who I always find skull-bashingly hard to write. Ryo is pretty tough since I can never truly imagine his voice in my head all that well, and he was never too well defined in the series. Oh, and he has a ton of fans who know exactly how he'd act, which naturally means I'm under a lot of pressure there. The same is true with Takeru and Kari, although the interactions of that love triangle do make it more interesting. Jeri can be a pain - her voice drives me up the wall since it only seems suited to one exact tone and context - a fairly nice, kind voice. When she's irritated, or shouting, or being smarter than someone else, this makes that very difficult to imagine, and hence write. With the older Digidestined, Matt is a right pain - I'm still not entirely 'getting' his character outside the context of when he's with his brother, when he's with Tai and when he's, well, angsty like he was towards the end of Adventure. There's more to him of course, but I'm still not entirely sure on it.
Great question though, kudos to you. =)
Interview version 3.0Edit
It has been quite some time since I have posted anything here on this wiki, so let's get some things out of the way before I get to the questions. In response to Digi9346's most recent question, your explaination of Rei's (or Rey's) power sounds a lot some sort of combination of balefire and Chainfire, from Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time books and Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth books. I realize these are just coincidental, but I find it quite amusing to find so many parallels in your work.
Now for the question. It has always struck me as interesting that Ryder always manages to evade the finality of death, even paralleling him to Doctor Who/Torchwood's Captain Jack Harkness. Is Ryder's ability to "cheat" death a byproduct of him not having a destiny, being not of the main universe of the story?
Hehe, yeah. Never read either of those series, but pretty surprised by the coincidence. Anyhow, as for Ryder and death, it's complicated. And one of those things that I have yet to reveal.
Now, if you've been wondering about my lack of updates recently, it's due to three things: one, I got back from Iceland really late thanks to all that flight disruption; two, I've been insanely busy with work and revision that I treasure the personal time I get more than ever; three, I started on the new chapters for Stratagems (Chapter Eight needs a bigger rewrite than I thought) and Escapes but I can't seem to get in the right mindset to work while feeling guilty for ignoring revision for my upcoming exams. And probably a few other reasons too. Work will resume, just...expect it to be sporadic and random for a while.
There isn't much that can be done about volcanos, studying, etc., so there isn't any hard feelings coming from me, or (I hope) others. This is far from the first time that updates have slowed for some reason or other. As I always seem to say to placate such a situation, a longer wait only seems to make for greater anticipation for what is to come. And I for one am never dissappointed.
Anyway, as I seem to have an inexplicable obsession with the Demons, this question once again circles back to our heroes' (currently) greatest foes. Since Book Seven seems to focus on Rayleigh, the up-and-coming Demons seem to be pushed a bit to the background. Will one of the other Demons become known/Awaken during this Book?
Uh, just realised I never answered this. And I still won't. Wait and see. :P
Next question. =D
Another Additional Interview Edit
Interview 1 Edit
Blazing Chaos: Person being interviewed.
I understand the whole saga so far, so we're gonna make it a little different. But it'll still remain an interview. So, this first question will be, does writing take up most of your time in your daily life, 'cause I've heard you are studying, or do you still manage to lead a normal life?
Well, writing has never been my whole life, and right now unfortunately it's even less so. I'm in my final year of...well, for simplicity and internationality let's just call it High School...and so I've got things to organise, exams to prepare for, coursework to do, and so much else.
Outside of writing, I lead a pretty normal life. Well, not normal. Actually, definitely not normal, by any means. But, I like to keep my 'worlds' separate, so I'm not going to really go into too much detail on my personal affairs I'm afraid. =)
But, it is useful when my real life allows me to put some of that emotion into my written work, having gone through certain things and learning the kinds of emotions involved. And it's also good to just have an escape into a world you fully control. Well, mostly control. Okay, not at all.
Okay, next question, here it is: There are many characters involved in the story, and original characters too, is it hard to keep up with their whereabouts, seeing as they always return (taking for example Books 3 and onwards, where the Digidestined become friends of the Tamers)?
With some difficulty, although I use extensive planning to get around it. Right now, in Book Seven, it's proving...interesting to have to meld together five or so locations at once (even if some of them do merge and split out of each other) and the characters involved, not to mention getting events in the right order and reasonably similar passages of time. But yeah, I have lost track of some characters in the past, but not to the extent where it has genuinely fluffed up the plot.
Next question... =)
I can see that it's all under control then, hehe, well, you made references of Digimon Frontier (instead it was a cameo) and Data Squad characters in Chapter 7 of Book 1 of the original version, were you originally planning on making a crossover between the two shows and the Tamers?
Hehe, 'fraid not. The Frontier and Data Squad references were in-jokes really, a little wink to the reader. I needed characters for the Sensei to be also teaching and I thought, why not? =)
The adventure crossover, on the other hand, was always on the cards.
I see, well, I've also seen that you've been making a rewrite of Book 1, although discussed before I thought it best to be here for others to know, why did you decided to make the rewrite? And will you intend to do it on other books?
Basically because, like any writer, I wasn't happy with my earlier works to the point where it was frustrating having to look back at them. At the same time at the other end, I found myself wanting to have explained a lot of things earlier on a lot better to help the later books, and flesh them out a lot too.
I plan to rewrite Books One through Four, and maybe Book Five too. I'm not sure - there should be a certain point where it simply 'clicks' into place and the need to rewrite completely vanishes. After all, Book Six took about the same amount of time as Books One through Five to write.
And I also am going to start work on Stratagems again now. That was an intentional hiatus for plot reasons, however...
I see, are you satisfied with what you wrote so far? And by the way, what's the hardest part in writing a chapter for you?
I'm satisfied with the overall feel of the thing but bits still annoy me, although this is far less of a problem with more recent Books. But any writer you talk to will feel like that.
The hardest part, eh? Hmm, I'd say there are a few. One is when you have a fantastic idea for how a scene will play out but can't put it into words, and the other, the exact opposite, is where you have no idea and no words for how a scene will play out at all (some scenes I do have extremely tightly specified events, others are a few words for a general feel of what it should be about).
The ending is also a pain, especially since it needs to end neatly and nicely. My most recent chapter suffered from problems like that - I went through about five iterations of the ending before I was happy with it - well, not happy, but not irritated by it either. And finally, there's that bit of picking up the virtual pen and beginning to write.
But, even though it seems like I just said that every part of a chapter is hard to do, the remainder, flowing on with the plot and liking how everything settles into place, is an absolute joy and more than makes up for it. I get to explore my thoughts and 'read' the story myself, only I'm in control of it. It's hard to describe. It's a strangely lucid dream.
For me the hardest part in writing a chapter is the battle scenes. I suck at battle scenes, but work my way out of them. :) Anyways, do you think that this fanfiction has lead long-time readers, to view a different perspective of life? A few people have done that as far as I know.
Yeah, battle scenes can be tricky as they need to be active enough to be original (rather than just repeating the same stuff over and over again) but not have too much overpowering (where characters just keep adding more and more strength to a ridiculous extent, Dragonball Z or Yu-Gi-Oh style). And plus, they can also end up being majorly short too. But I've got used to them.
Hmm...I'm not so sure I could revamp a person's entire world image by this, but I'd like to think I have a little impact. Like, I think that my fanfiction may give a lot of people an insight into a British perspective, maybe even making them look up a few of the references in the series. I know I've definitely managed to make people accept or even love Rukato in the past (while I, ironically, have become less of a Rukato fanatic and more of a 'judge all pairings equally' fan thanks to Crazyeight's books). I know of one reader who was a Mari-Ryder fan who I managed to make feel some sympathy for Ivy.
That last bit is pretty interesting actually. You see, I never intend to have any purely bad characters, at least without explainable cause. Even the most evil, resented character by the fanbase may be turned on his/her head. Not saying that Ivy is that by any means, but if you twist around the normal perspective of 'Mari is with Ryder but Ivy wants to get Ryder back' to 'Ivy lost Ryder to Mari in another world' then you end up with a different share of sympathies. It's hard to explain - basically, I want people to come out of reading this realising there's no simple, nice answer.
Book Seven might be interesting on this front. As the series goes on, things may become slightly more risqué, but not in the sense people associate with the term. To say the least, I'm pretty sure I'm going to get an...interesting response once a few hidden facts become clear. But I'm well prepared and, to be honest, am not trying to really change people's perspectives or anything. Writers can blab on about themes and concepts all they wish, but at the end of the day what we really do is tell stories. Stories that can bring peace, start violence (e.g. The Satanic Verses) or simply leave you wanting a cup of tea (e.g. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy).
Oh, and comedy. That's always good. =)
Guess that got me lost for words, :), well, now that you mentioned the Rukato couple, why do you focus much on the Rukato rather than the other couples? And by the way, why do you have a Twitter account?
Well, it's partly because I've always been a fan of Rukato first and foremost so, well, that was where a lot of the series started out concentrating on. And plus, the Chaos and Harmony thing at the core of the series means that Rukato gets focused on a lot more, along with the other plot-essential events involving Takato and Rika. But nowadays I try to spread my attention a lot more so that fans of other couples (or those nonplussed by Takato/Rika) don't feel left out.
As for Twitter, that was a bit of a failed experiment to see if I could keep readers up to date with my writing progress. Will get the hang of Twitter one day. Hopefully.
Failed experiment, huh? :D Happens, don't worry. So, what is your goal to accomplish by the end of this year regarding Dimensions? And what do you plan on doing after you finished the whole fourteen books of Dimensions?
By the end of this year? I'm making a realistic target: I want to have finished Book Seven and moved onto Book Eight, as well as having made significant progress into Stratagems. Also, I want to have finished the Book One Rewrite. Anything more than that would be good too. But we'll see, this year I'm going to be insanely busy so the amount of time I have to do all this might not be enough. Or I might have a lot more time. We'll see.
And when I'm done? To be honest, that'll be that. I might do a few little fics to wrap up things here and there, but...once it's done, I'd like to think it'd all be done. I could then maybe work on Deviations or Curiosity of Haruhi Suzumiya a bit more, but I could just retire from writing on here. We'll see, it'll be a long way off yet. My first priority is getting Dimensions finished, hehe.
And finally, what is your message to other fanfic writers who want to do the same that you did?
Enjoy it. You want to make sure your work is good, you want to make sure you aim for good plots that avoid cliché and making things easy for yourself, and you want to make sure that you are polite and respectful to all your fans, but most of all, you have to enjoy it. There is no reason to write if you are just feeling obliged to - this is a hobby, not a job. So have fun!
Thanks for the interview. Feel free to ask any more questions you wish at any point in the future (the same goes for any of my readers).
Interview 2 Edit
And so we're back here, I just love interviews and talking in English, although I never know why I don't talk that much to my friends, guess I'm shy, ahem, anyway, a recent question has showed up and it's about Ryder. In fanfictions, the authors have the habit of including themselves in the stories under different names. I did that too, so did you do the same with Ryder? Because after looking at the article with the same name saying that he lives in the UK and having watched all the adventures of Digimon in TV, plus Dimensions, figures.
Hehe, your English is fantastic, and I love being interviewed. And I've learnt in my 18 years that often putting your head above the parapet and being a bit mad or loud works well - with some conciousness behind it too, of course.
As for this, I did wonder if this question would ever be raised.
Short answer: no.
Long answer: nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!
Longer answer: once, when musing on such an alternate name, I did ponder about how I would adapt my own name to such a pursuit, and came up with Ryder Stevens - as per my own initials. But then I designed a character to serve in my story, and then I decided the name I had designed was too irresistible to use to pass up: hence Ryder Stevens was born.
I wanted him to be British because, firstly, the UK is not very well represented in Digimon, and secondly, it meant in a lot of the plots still to come I would be able to use my own knowledge of the UK (which naturally is far greater than that of Japan or the USA) to best advantage.
It also meant that his original location was remote from Mari's (in America, thus suiting the UN's appearance in Book Four) and that his new location (in Japan) was sufficiently isolated from the UK for getting back there to be a more than easy task.
Oh, and there may be a few other reasons I'm yet to give. As for the fact he's watched all the series, well, that's because he's a fan of Digimon - he played the game in his world, and that's how he got Donmon.
Obviously, it's hard to write such a character without elements of my own personality bleeding through, although oddly at times I find he's more like a lot of fictional characters I'm fans of like The Doctor. But, he's his own guy, and while I abuse him to death (literally), he's got a lot of good coming for him. Only problem is, the bad rather overshadows it...hehe...
Finally, people hate Gary Stus. I hate Gary Stus (and Mary Sues). So naturally, I work to avoid coming near such a thing as much as possible.
Speaking of the Doctor, you have made some references to him in Book Four, but one thing that puzzles me is when Kazu said 'Now I'll never get to know how Doctor Who ends', when he and Kenta plus Impmon digivolving to Beelzemon had to fight a few of the Royal Knights. Somehow, to me it sounds a bit unlike him... Care to explain? :)
Quite simply, it's what it looks like. Kazu mourns not being able to find out how an episode of a TV show he likes ends. Although, in retrospect it's not really the kind of show that's in character for Kazu to like (although I suppose he could), but ah well. But basically, there's nothing more to it I'm afraid, hehe.
Okay, guess I couldn't have explained it better. :) Well, speaking of which, when you write a chapter, which is the part you enjoy writing the most? And also, what (sort of) bugs you when you read other people's fanfictions?
Hmm, I think I enjoy just being able to ramble at times with my plot. Some of my characters play brilliantly off each other that interrupting them with events always seems like a shame, but is necessary. And it's nice when all the events begin to pull together neatly.
When I start reading other fics, I either think "this writer could so easily do so much better and have a fantastic fic" or "wow, this guy does amazing fiction, how can I match him?" What's worrying about the former is that I know that I do that sort of quick-judgement, so I know others probably do too - hence my rewrite so that the quality at the beginning of Dimensions matches up with the end.
As for in general about other fanfictions, there's a tendency to play to the simplistic plots or ones that sound cool (and probably would be on television) but aren't cool in writing, like big explosions and hugely powerful opponents and digivolutions. That stopped being interesting in isolation when I was twelve. But, combined with an actually good and intriguing plot, such things can be right - but it's far too often a case of putting the cart before the horse. The flow of the plot should inform such events, not the other way around. Of course, I'm guilty of being a hypocrite here, hehe.
My favourite fics are the ingenious and unique ones: Crazyeight's destruction of Guilmon in his Tamers Requiem series (and the huge number of events that spiralled from that); the Miracle Powder in Potgenie's 'Wish in a Bottle' (which again, leads to all the events in it) or his 'Hostage' fic; 'Meet the Suzumiyas', a Haruhi Suzumiya fanfic by JonBob0008, involving Kyon's parents moving away.
What unites all of these fics is that they do something clever and new - they don't fall back on old clichés like Digimon Adventure 03 or Tamers 02. As much as we want another series of Digimon, we don't want to read someone's guess at what it'd be like. If you set out to do something like that, in the vast majority of cases you're destined to fail. But where you set out to do something else with the characters, and just happen to continue the story - there, you're far more likely to succeed. But, as I said, the ingenious ideas win me over any day! =)
They sure do :D, hope you read mine when all is said and done (now I'm sounding demanding), well moving on, I'm liking this interview, I've started reading Book Five, and of course, Chapter 4 of Extra Dimensions. So a few questions appeared in my mind: Extra Dimensions, Chapter 4 is set in the future, when exactly? Around the time of Book Twelve? Or will it remain top secret like the plot of Book Fourteen? And in Book Five I found a great part where Mari and Rika decided to discuss about fanfics. You even mentioned Crazyeight's fanfic about the destruction of Guilmon. Why did you decide to write that bit?
Ah, and (related to the previous question) this is a rather contemporary notice just in case: 'Chaosmon', if you're reading this and want me to reply or take a look at your fics, note that I am not psychic. You need to sign in or at least enable messaging on your profile or I cannot reply to you!
Yeah, that's definitely one of the most annoying things on FF.net. If I had a quid for every time...ah well...
Anyhow, where was I? Ah yes...
Chapter 4 is set during Book Twelve, simple as. As for the plot of Book Fourteen, that's because Book Fourteen effectively wraps up the whole series - it may even turn a few revelations on their head. By which I mean, revelations that have been turned on their heads so many times by that point I'm pretty sure they're the right way up.
As for the fanfic-mentioning, it was primarily a nod to the reader, as well as a way of acknowledging Ryder being from another world (and how he talks to Mari a lot about things (but doesn't necessarily say everything)). =)
Guess the author must feel respected then. Seeing your friends and all, but that's my opinion ;) Anyways, (I'll try to see if I don't confuse you too much) which of the characters can you identify yourself the most? (If you couldn't understand just say so.)
Hmm. Well, Ryder is British and is a bit of a fish-out-of-water, so I'd say I can sympathise a lot with him. I think I share Takato's mix of slight naivety at times and awe at the world and the things he sees (like Digimon, for instance). Henry and I share the 'overthinking' characteristic, turning everything into some form of intellectual test. Other than that, I'm not sure, but good question. =)
By the way, what are Gary Stus and Mary Stus? And also, is writing hard for you or is it easy?
Writing can be either. Depends on my frame of mind, really.
Ah, and better say - I'm not going to be around until Friday so don't be surprised by a lack of responses, chapters and whatnot. But feel free to ask more questions and I'll answer them upon my return. =)
And I'm back finally, after lots of tests to prepare plus paid internet going down I finally have it all under control and tests are done. Except a few others are coming next week. Let's continue, when I created the Ai and Mako article I added something in the Trivia header saying that Ai and Mako's ages always remained 5 even though the timeline of Dimensions kept chaning. it always remained the age of 5 during the books I've been reading. Was this just a simple mistake or on purpose? :)
I'd love to pretend it was some kind of elaborate plot, but nope, honest mistake. To be fair, I don't recall referring to them or their age all that much? And at some point in the middle somewhere where they did appear I do think I made them younger than they should've been. They're up to the right age in their most recent appearances, however.
Yet another interview (You must be getting bored)Edit
Well, a bit of time has passed since the last interview, and I don't remember as much from the fanfic from when I last read it, but still, I think there are some things that need to be adressed. I think one of the saga's most noticeable fact is that it contains a lot of characters. And when you take in account that not only the Digidestined, Tamers, their families and their partners are there but also original characters and secondary characters plus villains that do serve purpose to elaborate the plot, it becomes a bit confusing to keep track of them all. Except maybe the villains.
I think I asked this before or maybe someone else did and I missed it, but how do you manage to keep track of them all? Do you mentally picture what role each character plays in the fanfiction?
With difficulty, in short. In long, I generally just try and keep a mental handle on them all, along with having an extensive planning document on my computer. Not everyone has a role, I have to be honest: some of them will only find their roles as I go along, and after Book Seven the number of characters 'in focus' is intended to drop dramatically. Book Seven, in a big way, was about showing the lives of a lot of characters and developing them more, in the same way as Book Six was about developing the world they inhabited, but it did lead to some pacing problems in earlier chapters where barely anything happened for a long while...
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