Alright, time to get into that Tardis again and travel back to yet another moment in my writing past! Today I’ll be focussing on the next phase of my middle school years, which begins around the turn of the millennium. Especially where writing is concerned three particular elements come to the fore during these years. The first is the rise of the internet in my life. While I had used the internet before that was mainly to look things up. After a certain point I became actually active online, mainly on English-language websites and communities. The second element is directly tied to this. During this time I started to write more and more in English, mainly for my stories, but also, obviously, to communicate with the people I met. It has stuck to this day. The third point is role playing, which, as you will see, would form the vast majority of my writing content during these years. Let’s begin.
The Khushrenada Corps (WARNING! SLIGHT SPOILERS FOR GUNDAM WING!)
The middle school years were when my love for anime began and would grow beyond what I could imagine. And if that love had not yet been cemented by Pokémon and Dragonball Z, then Gundam Wing took care of that a few years later. Immediately after one episode the series had me hooked and had one character that, as far as I can remember, was immediately my favourite: Treize Khushrenada, the antagonist for most of the series and probably the show’s most layered and interesting character. So I got online, I stumbled upon a site of a fellow Treize fan, who went by the name of Lady Treize (whose site appears to be down now, unfortunately), and left her a short message. I got a message back, we started to email and IM and very quickly became friends. At some point we started an online roleplay, set a few years after the original series ended and starring the members of the Khushrenada Corps, a group of soldiers seeking to preserve the legacy of Treize. My character, only known by his codename Khushrenada13, was the young commander of the Corps. One by one we wrote a bit from our character’s perspective and this way created a story together. We later made a Yahoo group for this (as well as for the Treize fandom in general), called OZ Soldiers, and had some other people join in with new characters. There were extensive backgrounds for the story, most of the characters, the organizations, the mobile suits and more. I even created a website for the Corps (which I haven’t been able to find back yet)! Unfortunately, the RP didn’t last all that long, or at least the events in the story didn’t. Response (including my own) became slower and slower until it finally drew to a halt. And it has been that way for over ten years now. Maybe there’s some chance of it getting back up one day? It is still online, I believe. Still, I don’t hold out too much hope, especially considering the rate and speed I get in contact with people these days, but hey, you never know…
Sands of Dune
For those who know me even just a little it is no secret that I absolutely adore science-fiction. And without a doubt Frank Herbert’s Dune series is one of my all-time favourites. Now I don’t remember how I got to the site, but at a certain point after the creation of the OZ Soldiers Yahoo group I found myself in a group that had a big Dune roleplay going. The participants all had their own original characters and followed a storyline which was set in the Dune universe, but apart from the canonical works. I started out with two characters: Kaylos Feinin, friend to the Fremen and leader of the Feinin Group – officially an Arrakis based militia or mercenary group, but in reality a vast network with eyes and ears in important places all across the galaxy – and his lieutenant, Zahra. But the longer the story went on and I became a really active and dedicated player, many more characters entered the fray. At some point the creators decided to put in a time skip. After this Sands of Dune didn’t last all that long, but I don’t think it was because of growing inactivity. Rather, the creators had set up another RP group with their own original setting and story (in which I also partook, but more on that later). Sands of Dune stopped shortly after that one began, just at a point when the story was getting really exciting, I believe. Quite a shame. It was a really impressive and active group with quite a fun and enthusiastic community and I, for one, will miss it. And I will always remember it fondly.
Down, Boy! Down!
Wow, these things just seem to get longer and longer! I’m never getting out of middle school at this rate, am I? Well, at least I managed to stop myself before this got several pages long. I really should be keeping a shorter leash on the length of my pieces, but well, that’s really hard when you’re having this much fun with it! But alright, I’ll try my best… Next time will very likely see the last of my writings during my middle school years. There will be more role play, one of my original story ideas and a three-way meeting between my love for science-fiction, my heritage and school! See you then! ^_^