Ballad of the Reconquista
*Note: As per my typical pattern, the story itself will not begin until the third post of the thread.WARNING!
Certain chapters may contain graphic descriptions of violence and gore. Everything exists for a specific reason and serves to flesh-out the story. You have been warned.
-After completely scrapping old mecha designs and story ideas, I've started over and written up a prologue. I'm rather excited about this project and hope to have the first chapter up as soon as possible.
Welcoming to the opening page for "Ballad of the Reconquista". You'll notice right away that the word "gundam" is nowhere to be found--that is because this is not fanfiction per se, but rather an entirely original story set in its own, independent universe.
I like to think of it as being science fiction with a historical bent. I've always heard "write what you know" and I've never liked hearing because, frankly, I don't know very much. I do know history, though, and with this knowledge--coupled with as much creativity and raw ingenuity as I can muster--I've determined to start writing.
Wings of Rhea takes place in the distant future. The solar system has been plagued by warfare, which has rendered the planet Earth inhabitable. Sick of war, humanity's best and brightest fled the solar system in the Great Exodus, leaving those behind to contend with ever-increasing levels of violence.
Most of humanity lives inside giant cylindrical colonies, spread throughout the solar system in clusters, all the way from Venus to Saturn. In the great wars following the Exodus, much of mankind's technologies were forgotten. Though the old weapons of war remained, and were used time and time again to kill, slaughter and maim, the number of people that knew how to build these weapons and repair them dwindled.
The face of humanity will change. The face of warfare will change. Only one thing will not change: war never changes.
This is the setting of Wings of Rhea.
Please post as many comments as you can! So long as you don't insult me personally, there's no such thing as too much criticism! If you like it, let me know! If you hate it, let me know ~why~! I'm trying something new here and would like all the help I can get!
As for comments on the original story, this is the third incarnation of the idea. Initially, I intended the story to take place a few centuries after my first project, Fates. But I decided that the audience would be too narrow, and depended too much on my previous work.
Second, I determined the set the story in the far future of the Universal Century, following an alternate timeline where I changed the outcome of a single event--to be specific, I followed a constructed timeline where Char defeated Haman Karn at the end of the Gryps conflict.
Again, I decided that premise was too restricting. Rather than tie my work down to a particular universe, I determined that an original, independent work was the best way to go. There are still mecha to be sure, but they bear different labels--though I admit that much of it is still very closely tied to the world of Gundam.
For example, instead of mobile suits we have AFs, or A* Frames, instead of minovsky particles we have Zero Particles, and instead of gundams we have the legendary Valkyries.
*The "A" stnads for AMVTP (Ambulatory Multi-Vector Thrust Propulsion)
^--I may work out a better acronym later.
Prologue: Draft 1 Written and Posted.
Chapter 01: Outlined; First Draft Started.