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    Masters of the Universe - A New Vision



    This whole new take on the MOTU universe actually came about whilst I was in the chat room talking with fellow orger Darth Latveria. The topic of discussion had started off about our own fan characters that we had either completed or were currently working on, then for some reason the topic of things we don’t like in MOTU came up. Because, for some unknown reason, we share a similarities in views, we agreed on almost everything that each of us said we did not like. That is when I came up with the idea for us to recreate MOTU from the ground up. Keeping the heart of MOTU intact, whilst giving a whole new spin on it. Basically, we would create a series bible of sorts, sticking to a few basic ground rules and writing up bios and origins for the main characters.

    What we strive to do is take a concept that is inherently unrealistic and treat it as realistically as possible. When looking at characters and concepts like Skeletor, He-Man, Castle Grayskull and Beast Man, we suspend belief enough to accept their existence, but when trying to figure out what they do, we base it on how people would realistically react under a set of given circumstances. For instance, in a world where there are laser guns, why would anyone ever decide to use a sword? Outside of a person like He-Man, who has special skills and a special sword, no one would use these melee weapons. So realistically, warriors wouldn’t use both of these weapon types (as is the case in our world, after all, when’s the last time we saw a marine charge into battle with an axe?). Issues such as these, as well as personal preferences, led to the ground rules which follow.

    These ground rules, which were decided very early into the project, were things that we both agreed either worked or did not work in our new vision of MOTU. Firstly, and most importantly, there would be absolutely no technology in Eternia. It would be pure sword and sorcery. Now some people may hear this and say that’s “it’s nothing but Conan then”, but we must disagree with this. Conan, LOTR and 300 all have similar worlds of magic and weaponry, yet they’re completely different movies and concepts. In our view, what sets MOTU apart from other words of fantasy isn’t just the technology; it is the characters, places and concepts that compose its mythology. As a consequence of removing technology from MOTU, certain characters will not exist at all in our version of the story, such as Roboto (although Trapjaw will still be involved). Another obvious consequence of this is that all the vehicles will be gone and Hordak will no longer be a transformer wannabe, he’ll be pure magic (which lets face it is just better anyway).

    The next rule, which we’re sure will cause quite a stir, is She-Ra will not be realted to Adam who shall remain an only child and he will be the only hero to be granted powers by Castle Grayskull. Another of the notable changes is that the Horde Prime character will not be separate from Hordak. Here the term “Horde Prime” will be a title given to Hordak himself, similar to our usage of the word “king”. The Horde will be nearly unrecognizable because it will not use any technology that is more advanced than what we on Earth had during medieval times. Speaking about Earth, we made a rule regarding Earth too. For the purposes of this project, Earth does not exist. Therefore, Marlena is a native of Eternia.

    The villains as a whole will be different from what we have seen before. Although they may look the same and have mostly recognisable origins, their temperaments and attitudes will differ greatly. They will be killers, utterly vile and loathsome. Furthermore, they won’t all be utterly incompetent. Naturally some of them will be stupid, but a number of them will be quite intelligent.

    In general, many characters will be based on a combination of what we saw in MYP and the Filmation series. A lot of characters (the ones that we decided to use) will be relatively unchanged, except with the addition of a few more character flaws and such, to add some realism to the series. For instance, He-Man will still have a heart of gold and be a great man, but at times he will be overconfident and somewhat likely to rely on brawn over brains. Teela will still be pretty much who she always was, but she won’t be captain of the guard because it seems absurd for an 18 year old to be given such a high stature.

    However, some characters will be almost completely changed, such as Man-E-Faces. Mekaneck may also make an early appearance, but the circumstances of his participation we’ll keep to ourselves for now.

    The final and most important aspect of this is that this isn’t a sickly sweet children’s fantasy. This is a world in war, where people find tooth and nail with swords, axes, maces and anything else they can get their hands on. There are injuries and there is death. This is a world where battles such as the ones seen in 300 are commonplace. The world is at war, and war isn’t pretty. However, for the purposes of the org, none of the writing will include graphic violence (well not overly graphic).

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    There are a number of characters that we definitely want to include in the series bible, but some we don’t have much of an affinity for, others we just might not have fresh ideas for and some we simply might not have time to work on. For these characters (list coming shortly), we’d appreciate it if some of you guys took a try on them and submitted a bio for them.

    For this alternate MOTU universe, we’re also incorporating fan created characters, as long as they follow these important rules:

    1) Absolutely no technology - science and technology levels are equivalent to what is found in movies such as LOTR, 300 and Conan.
    2) Hordak is the Supreme Ruler of the Horde. Horde Prime is simply a title he uses on occasion.
    3) No Earth.
    4) More Gritty and Violent then past MOTU

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    Please check back soon for exciting new updates.

    Any questions about this, or a request to be a part if this exciting new venture, can be put to either myself or Darth Latveria in this thread or via a PM.

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    Characters Done

    ETERNIA

    Heroic Warriors

    Ant-Arctic
    Battle-Cat/Cringer (part of He-Man bio)
    Bat-Ler
    Buzz-Off
    Calisman
    Clamp Champ
    Dragos
    Ferat
    Fisto
    He-Man/Prince Adam
    Javel
    King Sun - Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 & 5 Part 6 & 7
    Knight of Grayskull - Part 1 Part 2
    Lizard Man
    Lord Rodantus and Gutsy
    Man-At-Arms
    Man-E-Faces
    Mekaneck
    Orko
    Ram Man
    Rio (Rio Blast)
    Roboto
    Snout Spout
    Sorceress
    Stratos
    Strider
    Sy-Klone
    Teela
    Tidal
    WarLock
    Wolfsfang


    Evil Warriors

    An-Gar / Wrath
    Arc-Tick
    Beast Man
    Blade
    The Changer
    Evil Lyn
    Faker
    Fang Man
    Jitsu
    Karg
    Keldor/Skeletor
    Mer Man
    Ninjor
    Panthor
    Scare Glow
    Spikor
    Stinkor
    Terror Fly
    Trap Jaw
    Triklops
    Two-Bad
    Webstor
    Whiplash

    - - - - - - - - - -

    ETHERIA


    Rebels

    Bow
    Castaspella
    Light Hope
    Sea Hawk
    Sha-Man
    She-Ra
    Skaldor

    Horde

    Catra
    Double Trouble
    Grizzlor
    Hordak
    Imp
    Leech
    Mantenna
    Modulok
    Mosquitor
    Shadow Weaver

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    Snakemen

    King Hiss

    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3
    part 4
    Part 5
    Part 6

    Kobra Kahn

    - - - - - -- - - - - -

    Others

    Good

    Captain Egidious Bara
    Flutterina
    Granamyr and the Dragons of Darksmoke
    Gwildor
    He-Ro
    Marleena
    Royal Family (part of Keldor bio)
    Teral
    Zodac

    Bludaxe

    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3
    Part 4
    Part 5


    Evil

    Count Marzo
    He
    Saurod
    Thanatos
    War-Hog

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    The Sentinels of Eternia

    The Berserker
    Claudius
    Gerald
    Kairos
    Marcus

    - - - - - - - - - - - -

    The Knights of Grayskull

    Alie
    Delga

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    The Knight Mages

    Sir Seror
    Sir Sori

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    SPECIALS

    Stories

    PRETERNIA / PRETHERIA

    She-Ra: Tales of Pretheria - Part One
    She-Ra: Tales of Pretheria - Part Two
    She-Ra: Tales of Pretheria - Part Three
    She-Ra: Tales of Pretheria - Part Four
    She-Ra: Tales of Pretheria - Part Five
    She-Ra: Tales of Pretheria - Part Six
    She-Ra: Tales of Pretheria - Part Seven
    She-Ra: Tales of Pretheria - Part Eight
    She-Ra: Tales of Pretheria - Part Nine
    She-Ra: Tales of Pretheria - Part Nine 1/2
    She-Ra: Tales of Pretheria - Part Ten
    She-Ra: Tales of Pretheria - Part Eleven
    She-Ra: Tales of Pretheria - Twelve
    She-Ra: Tales of Pretheria - Epilogue (Part One)
    She-Ra: Tales of Pretheria - Epilogue (part Two)

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    THE GREAT WAR

    Royal Heirs - Part One
    Royal Heirs - Part Two
    Royal Heirs - Part Three
    Royal Heirs - Part Four

    The Havoc Staff

    Beastly Meetings - Part One
    Beastly Meetings - Part Two
    Beastly Meetings - Part Three
    Beastly Meetings - Part Four
    Beastly Meetings - Part Five

    The Taking of Snake Mountain


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    MODERN ETERNIA / ETHERIA


    She-Ra Revisited - Part One
    She-Ra Revisited - Part Two
    She-Ra Revisited - Part Three
    She-Ra Revisited - Part Four
    She-Ra Revisited - Part Five
    She-Ra Revisited - Epilogue


    The Story of An-Gar

    Flowers for Hordak

    Princely Duties - Part One
    Princely Duties - Part Two
    Princely Duties - Part Three
    Princely Duties - Part Four
    Princely Duties - Part Five
    Princely Duties - Part Six
    Princely Duties - Part Seven

    Things That Go Bump In The Night – And Then Rip Your Arms Off – Part I
    Things That Go Bump In The Night – And Then Rip Your Arms Off – Part II
    Things That Go Bump In The Night – And Then Rip Your Arms Off – Part III
    Things That Go Bump In The Night – And Then Rip Your Arms Off – Part IV
    Things That Go Bump In The Night – And Then Rip Your Arms Off – Part V
    Things That Go Bump In The Night – And Then Rip Your Arms Off – Part VI
    Things That Go Bump In The Night – And Then Rip Your Arms Off – Part VII
    Things That Go Bump In The Night – And Then Rip Your Arms Off – Part VIII
    Things That Go Bump In The Night – And Then Rip Your Arms Off – Part IX
    Things That Go Bump In The Night – And Then Rip Your Arms Off – Part X

    The Hunt for the Dark Heart Stone - Part 1
    The Hunt for the Dark Heart Stone - Part 2
    The Hunt for the Dark Heart Stone - Part 3
    The Hunt for the Dark Heart Stone - Part 4
    The Hunt for the Dark Heart Stone - Part 5
    The Hunt for the Dark Heart Stone - Part 6
    The Hunt for the Dark Heart Stone - Part 7
    The Hunt for the Dark Heart Stone - Part 8 - Part 8 (cont)
    The Hunt for the Dark Heart Stone - Part 9
    The Hunt for the Dark Heart Stone - Part 10
    The Hunt for the Dark Heart Stone - Epilogue



    Upgrades: A Tale of He-Man vs. Skeletor -- Part 1
    Upgrades: A Tale of He-Man vs. Skeletor -- Part 2
    Upgrades: A Tale of He-Man vs. Skeletor -- Part 3
    Upgrades: A Tale of He-Man vs. Skeletor -- Epilogue

    The Kidnappers

    A Night in the Palace

    Rio vs Saurod: The Fastest Draw in Eternia - Part 1
    Rio vs Saurod: The Fastest Draw in Eternia - Part 2
    Rio vs Saurod: The Fastest Draw in Eternia - Part 3
    Rio vs Saurod: The Fastest Draw in Eternia - Part 4

    The Tale of Kadroh: Part 1

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    Behind the Scenes

    PART ONE
    PART TWO
    PART THREE
    PART FOUR
    PART FIVE
    PART SIX
    PART SEVEN

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    Race Histories

    Avians
    Caligars
    Gars
    Humans
    Speleans

    History of the Covenant

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