|A Christmas Gift From My Muse
||[Dec. 16th, 2012|04:12 pm]
Spectral Shadows Brain Stormers
Today my muse dropped in and arranged for a little inspiration that I’ve been needing. I’d been figuring on having to go grocery shopping today, but the father has football to watch. So I was let off the hook and figured I’d use today to get in some writing.|
As I was going upstairs I noted the end credits of some Christmas movie the mother was watching was playing a song about how “Jesus took the punishment for my sins so I don’t have to worry about a thing.”
Well, it just hit me that, if Jesus took the punishment for everybody’s sins, then he wouldn’t have ascended into Heaven. He would have been dragged down to hell and would be burning in a lake of eternal fire, presumably allowing mankind to get away with murder on a daily basis.
Well, I could have just written that revelation out and thrown it up on the net for all the fanatics to have fun trying to gloat over or dismiss, depending on which side of the Christian/Atheist turmoil one stands on. But then I remembered my resolve not to get involved in that stupid conflict anymore – to put these ideas into my story instead.
So I started thinking about which character I could use to express this idea, and right away I realized that this is the missing piece of Jasper’s story that I’ve been hung up over all this time. So, what follows is the idea for Jasper’s back story which is now starting to come together.
The scenario starts long before Jasper comes on the scene. It starts on Jon and Rael’s first time/space adventure in The Sound Chaser when they visit the paradise planet called Pentalous, where all species that are driven to extinction are re-established according to some covenant Ra had established early on in Omman antiquity.
For the covenant to continue there must be no war or conflict of any kind on the paradise planet. But Jon and Rael accidently run afoul of a dirty little blemish on Pentalian history, which is the solution to the great mystery of that particular serial – how is it there can be a single species where the females are all My Little Ponyesque equines, and the males are all furry human type anthropoids? (My attempt at a science fiction rationalization for the all-female society seen in My Little Pony in the 80’s.)
It seems that the furry humans and the equines had both been driven to extinction on their own planets and re-established on the paradise planet, but they could never agree on which was going to be the dominant species of the paradise planet, and this disagreement had escalated into war.
War on the paradise planet should have meant its destruction, as it broke the covenant. But Ra agreed to continue the paradise planet if the two species would become one, and thereby finally learn the hard lesson that their survival was dependent on each other.
Thus all the females of the furry human tribe and all the males of the equine tribe were gathered on a big hill, the ground opened up and swallowed them all, and what remained of the two tribes was made one species. Thus, perpetual peace was restored to Pentalous. That is, until Jon and Rael arrive.
Jon and Rael make friends among the Pentalian children and they go on a play exploration trip, which leads them to discover a cave filled with crystals. But they fail to realize that these crystals are made from the remains of all the equines and furry humans who were swallowed into the ground all those ages ago. And by allowing one of the crystals to be removed, an evil force called Makura is released.
Makura is the Japanese word for darkness. Makura’s darkness and motivation for existence is the will to see all life in deadly conflict. It curses Ra for the death of all those Pentalians, and is sworn to create conflict throughout the universe.
No, Makura is not the devil analogy in this series. That would be Salocin, another character and a whole other convoluted story. Makura is some sort of lesser demon who serves Salocin merely because they share similar goals. (Salocin’s ultimate goal being to prove all the flaws in Ra’s creation before ultimately seeing the whole universe implode.)
Makura thrives on pain, iniquitous emotions, regret and self-loathing. It is the germ of all greed and will to warfare that Salocin arranged to have injected into Ra’s creation to prove its flaws – to find tiny holes in Ra’s ideas and rip at them mercilessly. The ultimate irony being that Salocin was able to use The Children Of The Ommadawn, widely believed to be Ra’s own children, to release this horror into the universe.
Anyway, with the help of Captain Shane, Jon and Rael eventually manage to expel Makura from Pentalous.
This is all written out in what was “Serial No. 2: The Pentalian Factor” back in the 80’s, a copy of which was enshrined in some dark cubbyhole in The Library Of Congress back in 1992. And yes, it is probably something most Bronies would petition me to publish on the net.
Now we fast forward to two events already seen in The Planet Of Genetic Misadventure. The first happened while Christine was in the dream dimension after the fire at Vicki’s house. Remember how Christine made a tree and Mr. Stopheles made a forest to go around it? Once Christine and Mr. Stopheles abandoned those ideas, other spirits moved into that forest and it became a world called Christabal – named for the goddess Christine who created it.
This is also relative to Belinda’s explanation of world belief in The Aslanders where she shows how worlds may result from the ideas of a single person, but after that person leaves, others continue the development of that world with their own ideas.
The other event is Jasper’s dream of the steam room in The Rhoades Mansion where Makura offers Jasper an alternative destiny. Jasper is shown a door and whisked off to an adventure you don’t see in The Planet Of Genetic Misadventure, because this story is to be the subject of a serial all its own called “Samurai Of The Sun.” (Which I have currently projected as Serial No. 19.)
Samurai Of The Sun happens far ahead in the story, after Sir Jon and family have left Cygnus in The Sound Chaser and are venturing through a number of shorter, more Doctor Whoish adventures.
One of the worlds they visit is this world called Christabal, which Christine has no idea is the world she created. There they encounter young Jasper as he was when he went through that dimensional door in the steam room. But, again, nobody recognizes him. Not even Perry and Vicki, who knew him at that age. They just assume he’s another kitty boy of similar breed.
Possibly the reason they don’t recognize him is because he’s dressed in an old world style outfit that was inspired by an art piece of Puss In Boots I once saw. http://www.wildlife-fantasy.com/artwork/felysial.php
Makura has somehow ended up on Christabal as well, and Makura is busy at work introducing concepts like greed and war into what was previously a peaceful paradise. (Makura is a disease. This is what he does.)
Following an Arthurian scenario that leaves this little world leaderless, there is a Rayearth 2 type scenario where adventurers from different worlds gather to try to claim the kingdom of Christabal. Back in the steam room Makura was basically inviting Jasper to join in this contest.
The contest itself does much to bring out the worst in people and cause the innocent people of Christabal to pray for the return of “The Legendary Samurai Of The Sun.” And when The Sound Chaser arrives, word immediately spreads that Sir Jon and his crew are The Samurai Of The Sun – the last of the fabled Omman Knights.
They find Jasper holding his own in that world, but Sir Jon ends up giving him a serious chance at capturing “The Prize.” (There can be only one.)
The Prize, rather than being a sword, as one might expect in an Arthurian scenario, is a suit of armor (a-la Darkstalkers.)
All those in the competition believe that the armor was created by The Goddess and can only be won by someone with the ability to restore peace to the land. They do not realize that the armor is now the physical manifestation of Makura. And whoever bonds with it will be obligated to feed the armor the feasts of pain and fear it thrives upon.
In Doctor Whoish fashion, Sir Jon eventually discovers the truth about the armor and Makura.
Remember, in Sir Jon’s timeline this is long after he knew Jasper on Cygnus. So in The Planet Of Genetic Misadventure none of this has happened yet for him, but it has for Jasper. That’s what Jasper is talking about not being able to speak of things yet to come after they pull Christine, Vicki and Kacey out of the lake Lappina tried to drown them in.
Oui what a tangled web this series is. ^_^;
Anyway, Sir Jon and crew are torn on whether to encourage Jasper to win the contest. On the one hand, if he wins he’ll be stuck with the armor, which is a fate worse than death. But if someone of good heart wins the armor, there is a chance that, through his sacrifice, he may hold Makura in check and save countless worlds from infection, corruption and destruction.
Sir Jon certainly doesn’t want to see any barbarian win the armor. That will almost insure that the Makura virus will survive and flourish in the new universe to come after the death of Ra. That Jasper should sacrifice himself is really the only hope the new universe has.
Thus Jasper ends up sacrificing himself to save the universe from its sins, and the price of his sacrifice is an eternity of hell being bound to this demonic virus – part of the pact being that Jasper can never fall in love, and he must feed the demon on the pain of the wicked, allowing the armor to torture and devour all the villains Jasper vanquishes.
This is another reason Jasper is reluctant to be in conflict with Blair. If Jasper fights Blair, and Blair loses, the armor will devour Blair’s soul and bind it in its larder of pain for ever.
And the cost to Jasper, should he ever fall in love and break the covenant that exists between him and Makura, is that he himself will be devoured and tortured for all eternity.
Sadly for Jasper, as can be seen at this point in the synopsis I’m putting up here at Brainstormers, he’s starting to fall for Miyan. And once he expresses that love, Makura will devour him in a fit of rage. Then it will fall to Vicki and Miyan to enter Makura’s universe and try to rescue Jasper. But they are not well suited characters for such a task.
Christine or Perry might have a better chance of saving him, but they are not handy in Chris Corners where this final showdown will take place. But perhaps, if Miyan can be put through some kind of test that shows she values love more than greed, she will be redeemed, and she’ll be able to take Jasper and Vicki back with her.
What then of Makura if Jasper is no longer holding him in check? The armor will face death without a symbiant. No doubt it will seek out the most corrupted person on Cygnus, which of course would be Blair.
But Blair already has an arrangement with Salocin, which is why he needed to get control of Halloween. He really doesn’t need the armor. So, if he doesn’t take it, where Makura will go from there is any Brainstormer’s guess.