Look it is very simple. Neither me or Darth like the Tech. This is our vision...hence no Tech. If we just kept everything from the old MOTUs there would be very little point in any of this as we would just be making yet another carbon copy
I don't understand your train of thought. Ofcourse people would still use melee weapons in a world with laser blasters. Why? Well lasers are only light, and light can be reflected. So using a blaster against someone with great skill would be futile, and if you're locked in hand to hand combat with someone, a few melee weapons at your disposal would probably work better than a blaster.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.
In the vast world of Eternia, He-Man is not the only one with special skills. Infact I would like to think of He-man as rather clumsy with his sword. I'm sure there are many great beings in Eternia who could top him in swordsmanship.
Its great that you both have your own vision of MOTU, but it seems to me that while in cutting out what you don't like, you're stripping MOTU of some really important elements.
Look it is very simple. Neither me or Darth like the Tech. This is our vision...hence no Tech. If we just kept everything from the old MOTUs there would be very little point in any of this as we would just be making yet another carbon copy
This is amazing guys. Keep up the great work with everything and I hope more great story tellers join your cause. I especially liked the small part about Adam never being given pink ever again, classic.
Good luck with RM, Man-E, Trapjaw, and other that have distinct tech abilities. I did like what was done with Triklops though. I will be following along as much as I can.
Everyone has their own vision of how things should be.
In my little world Adam/Teela have a relationship. Nate and I both agree that Adam becomes he-Man and Teela the new Sorceress an they rule from Greyskull.
In my version Trike is a troubled warrior with his own view of whats right and wrong. he is essentially good, but struggles. Eventually he wll break free of Skeletor. Evil Lyn, in myown twisted version, has teh hots for Trike, which made for some interesting stories back in the day
There are some who think these ideas are horrid. Others who think they are spiffy. To each their own. I say do what ya like. The fanfic forum, and the .org has always been a place where people can share ideas and support each other.
Obey the whip!
Smile like you mean it.
Seriously though, I think there is always room for different versions. Look at the Transformers movie for example and don't get me started on Resident Evil. Not everyone is gonna be happy. If we were to cater for the kids today, there seems to be a formula thats works. Young kids, 2 guys and a girl. Its really odd.
So you can have young versions of Man-At-Arms, He-Man and Teela fighting an intergalactic warlord known as Skeletor if ya wish.
Anyways I'm going off track.
Will you guys offer some illustrated visions of your new versions of characters?
JITSU!!!! Thank the Elder Gods!!!!
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In some cases when I write a bio I have a redesign or sketch in mind, based on what I have already seen on the org. In those cases I will be contacting the artists and asking if they are okay if I use the images they have posted elsewhere, or even just a link to the thread with the image in it, to show the readers what I am picturing.
This is the first of a series of Etherian bios. We're aiming to have the next 4 or 5 bios be about the Rebellion in Etheria and their enemies, one of which will be a much asked for character, and after that's started and we've go the general feel down we'll be putting the rest of the rebellion up for "adoption".
Over 2000 years before the birth of Prince Adam, there was a boy named Tavian born on Etheria. During the time before Hordak, there was a holy order of magic using priests that existed. This order would test very young children for magical ability. Those with the requisite amount of raw talent would be taken away from their parents and placed into a school where they would be taught how to use their talents.
The school trained the young mages from an early age to hone their skills so that they could someday serve the people of Etheria. Some of the mages would end up in the priesthood and train the following generation, while most would become healers. The best of the students, one who had portrayed both an immense amount of magical talent as well as true kindness and wisdom would become the personal advisor to the king.
From a young age Tavian proved to be an extremely talented sorceror. His understanding of the magical arts was far beyond that of his classmates and even some of his teachers, however he never acted as if he was different or more special than the other students. Tavian’s humility and quiet nature caused people to be drawn to him, seeking out his approval. No one was surprised when King Horden appointed Tavian to be his personal advisor. On this day, he was given the name Light Hope. The name derived from the inner light that people saw within him and the hope that he instilled in others.
For many years Light Hope faithfully served Horden. Light Hope was even named godfather to Horden’s second son, Hordak. Watching Horden’s children, Light Hope saw the joy and wonder within Lumina and Jaren, but was saddened and disturbed by the darkness within Hordak. Hordak was born with what appeared to be an innately evil character, psychotic and cruel. No matter what Light Hope did, his magicks could not help curb Hordak’s sickness. Eventually, on the advice of Light Hope, Horden decreed that Hordak would be confined to the Crystal Castle, under constant guard.
Over the next few years, Light Hope seldom saw Hordak but wished the best for him. Eventually the day of Prince Jaren’s coronation came and it started off as a joyous day for all. But the joy of that day swiftly came to an end when Hordak made his move, destroying the royal family and taking power for himself. He then imprisoned Light Hope in a hidden cell where he was given a magic mirror that would force him to see the destruction of Etheria.
Soon after Hordak had taken over Etheria, he abolished the priesthood that had created Light Hope and destroyed their school. Light Hope was forced to watch as the teacher and students were butchered and left for the vultures, completely incapable of aiding them. He then saw Hordak performing his next atrocity, which was enslaving the strong Etherians and forcing them to join his army, while killing the weak.
A number of years after Hordak conquered Etheria, he left to invade Eternia. His absence lasted much longer than any would’ve suspected, due to his being banished to Despondos. Light Hope had not determined a way to contact the outside world, but he was able to see that a distant arm of Hordak’s family had seized power and was in the process of rebuilding Etheria. Knowing that Hordak would someday find a way to return, Light Hope put himself into a magical trance that he would only awaken from on the day of Hordak’s return.
For nearly two millennia, Light Hope slumbered, but eventually he was awoken by the return of Hordak to Etheria. Once more Hordak took power and set out to turn Etheria’s inhabitants into mindless drones that could be used to rebuild his army. Once again, Hordak left Etheria to invade Eternia, but Light Hope knew that he would return. Light Hope set out to determine a way to contact the outside world so that he could build a team to combat the Horde.
After three decades, Hordak returned to Etheria, once more having been banished from Eternia. This time he was unable to return, so Light Hope knew that it was important the he learn how to contact the outside world. After decades of attempts and experimentation, Light Hope was finally able to project his astral form outside of his cell. Although Light Hope could speak to others, he had no idea how to determine his own location, so there was no hope for a release.
Light Hope was determined to regain the throne for Queen Angella. Scanning the land he found a group that he felt would be capable of creating a capable rebellion. He found a young woman named Castaspella who was a talented young spell-caster and a young female Andreenid named Sweet Bee. Next he found an excellent archer with a noble heart named Bow and a roguish pirate and thief named Sea Hawk. He then found a woman named Frosta, once a queen who had seen her people destroyed by the Horde. Light Hope then found a wise owl-like creature named Kowl. Most importantly, Light Hope found the leaders of the rebellion. One was a young, yet powerful mage whom he named Sha-Man and the other was Skaldor, an Etherian who had stumbled onto a magical sword that granted him great powers, the powers.
By using his astral form, Light Hope spent a number of years training Sha-Man and Skaldor in the use of their powers, also helping Castaspella further hone her skills. With their help he organized the rebellion that would fight the evil Horde. After a few years, Sha-Man sensed a creature that he felt might be able to help him find Light Hope’s location. This creature was a sight sprite named Loo-Kee. Loo-Kee had a unique power which allowed others to see any place in Etheria, just by looking into his eyes. Having convinced Loo-Kee to aid the rebellion, Sha-Man and Castaspella used their magic in conjunction with Loo-Kee’s skills to find Light Hope. In a daring attack, planned by Sha-Man, the rebellion was able to find Light Hope and together they broke the magical spells that had imprisoned him for all these years. While escaping, Loo-Kee fell behind, but his absence was not noticed until it was too late to return. The following day, Loo-Kee was publicly executed.
For the first time in centuries, Light Hope is free. His freedom came at a price that while painful, was well worth it in the end. Now, with the rebellion, he sets out to destroy the Horde one and for all.
For the purposes of visualization, what I always pictured Light Hope as is the design that bootleg created for Predabot's 76th redesign challenge, which you can see here -- http://home.att.net/~bootleg/lighthopeweb.jpg . His picture was made entirely independent of our vision of MOTU, but I loved his rendition of LH and from that point onwards my mental image of Light Hope was what he had drawn.
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"Freedom is the right of all sentient beings, but freedom isn't free."
If no She-Ra - there shouldnt be an Etheria -- I like the Eternia and Infinitia planets that were forshadowed before any filmation watered it down.
I dont currently own the comic but going from memory, skeletor dominated Infinitia and knew to become the Master of the Universe - he needed to conquer Eternia.
Despondos - still too new to me --
Orko should be crossed out.
I liked teela and the unicorn charger duking it out with everyone. I hope something develops there. I always liked how skeletor knew how dangerous the charger was and he would knock it out early in the game or keep it separated from teela.
Thank you for killing lookee - hordak should poison that race and turn them into kobolds.
I would convince you to have she-ra ..... but that would take a lot of convincing.
No earth is alright ... .explain the story of marlena glen or go from the mini where heman just came out of nowhere.
As for She-Ra.. ya, that's a lot of convincing.
As for Marlena, she and the rest of the Royal Family are quickly covered in the Keldor/Skeletor bio. Basically she was part of the Eternian nobility (or was it aristocracy, I can't remember the term we used) who had a marriage arranged with Randor.
Earlier we were asked if we were going to be adding art to the concepts. Wolf said that for the time being he wouldn't be adding any, but it did lead us to talk about it a bit.
We're both big MYP fans, so for the most part one can assume that the characters will look like their MYP counterparts. For instance, He-Man, Skeletor and Hordak are completely based on MYP designs. However, I loathe the MYP power sword and I don't like the classic one either, so it would be nice if someone redesigned the sword, but that is a pretty small detail.
When it comes to technological characters, there will generally be a number of changes to them if they're used. For instance, Man-At-Arms would look quite different in our vision, but there isn't currently a version of him out there that would suit our needs. For those characters, for the time being we don't have any plans to get them drawn up, but we'd appreciate it if someone wanted to give it a go.
Finally, there are some characters where we simply prefer a fan's version of. For instance, I love bootleg's version of Light Hope (which was created for the purpose of the Predabot's 76th Redesign Challenge). In instances such as this, I will contact the artists and ask permission to link to their images to give the readers an idea of what I have in mind.
She-ra isn't tech, she-ra is hot, adora is hot, adora as force captain is awesome, etheria seems stupid without she-ra.
My point? Where is she-ra! ;-)
As for Orko... i can't decide about him. Part of me thinks he should die... but out o fall the things average people remember, they remember tan he-man, they remember orko and the green cat.
Lumina, princess of Etheria, was too young to remember that her homeland had once been a peaceful place. Her brother Hordak had brutally slain their family and friends in a bloodsoaked coup that made him Prime of Etheria when she was only three years old.
Hordak had spared his sister his wrath, not out of love, but because he sensed that she too had a natural affinity for magic, her aura seemed to “sing” to him when he was casting his terrible spells. He had decided there and then that she would be raised as a loyal servant who would do as he commanded without a second thought.
As she grew up in the care of her brother she was taught much of the dark arts by him. However he was careful enough not to teach her so much that she would one day grow more powerful than him. Hordak also cleverly erased any kind of imagination from his young sister. This meant that she could not create or mix spells, only able to do ones that she was taught and in the manner they were shown to her. This was in stark contrast to Hordak. His vile mind was able to combine spells and even use his vast knowledge of how magic works to create and enhance his magical repertoire.
Despite her natural magical abilities Lumina seemed to be taking too long for her power to grow to a level Hordak deemed suitable to serve him. He thought that putting her in a magically induced trance / suspended animation for a few years would giver her natural abilities time to grow on their own.
So just before Hordak travelled to Eternia for the first time he put his sister in a trance and left her in the same cave that he had discovered the Tome of Dark Magic all those years ago, frozen in time to allow her magic aura to grow undisturbed. He was not to know that he would be gone longer than he had expected.
It was two thousand years later when Hordak returned to Etheria. After he had reclaimed his throne he made his way back down to the hidden cave. He discovered Lumina still in her trance, her aura now almost a match for his in terms of power. Now Hordak thought she was strong enough to serve him.
To add one last insult to injury he instructed her to put on a flowing red robe, her face hidden in the impossibly deep shadows of the hood, her beauty hidden forever in the darkness. Because her face was hidden in the shadows of her hood and because she practiced the dark arts, Hordak gave her the codename
We will on occasion post fan created characters who fit well in our vision. This is the first of those characters, created by Patreek who was gracious enough to let us use him for the purposes of our New Vision.
Created by Patreek
Bio by Darth Latveria
In Etheria there was a small sect of people who worshipped the power of the Crystal Castle. The castle had once been the home of the royal family, but since Hordak’s reign began it was the centre of the Fright Zone. However, no one knew who or what had created the castle, and it was rumored that it’s origins were mystical in nature. There was a further belief that within it there was a weapon of great power, but it would only reveal itself in a time of great need, to a person who was pure of heart and soul.
In 11 BPA, Eddic was born into this sect and he was deemed to be the chosen one, the one who would someday find the Sword of Elements. Throughout his childhood he was trained to be the future protector of Etheria, learning both the arts of war as well as the way of peace. Special care was taken to ensure that Eddic’s heart and soul remained pure, that he was a man of great virtue and humility. When Eddic turned 18 he was told that the time had come for him to leave his people. The leaders of the sect said that they would leave him on his own, cutting off all ties, ensuring that the Horde could never use them as leverage against their champion. Eddic left the snowy lands he had grown up in, taking one of the tribe’s sled dogs as his sole companion.
The Fright Zone is a place that only the bravest souls will enter. Even after all the years of Eddic’s training, he was still uneasy about entering. Eddic knew that he would have to remain quiet and stealthy, because any attention would lead to his quickly being overrun with Horde troops. Slowly making his way to the castle, he suddenly heard a voice in his mind. Standing still he saw a shimmering, ethereal form appear. Before him stood the astral projection of a man in white robes, with golden wings. The apparition then spoke, introducing himself as Light Hope. Eddic had heard of Light Hope, remembering stories that his people had passed down of a powerful sorcerer from before the time of Hordak, but up until then he had thought that Light Hope was a myth. Light Hope then told Eddic that he in fact was the one destined to use the Sword of Elements, and that he would someday help lead a rebellion against the Horde, in conjunction with Light Hope’s other student, a man named Sha-Man. Light Hope then guided Eddic to the Crystal Castle, helping him avoid roaming bands of Horde troops. A further difficulty arose when nearing the Crystal Castle, because the castle had been magically hidden. Long ago Hordak had decided that it would be prudent to hide his base of powers from others, so to further trouble the few that would have the bravery to enter the Fright Zone; he hid the castle as well. Light Hope was able to use his magic to allow Skaldor to see the through Hordak’s illusions, allowing him to find the castle.
Sneaking into the castle, Light Hope guided Eddic towards what appeared to be a dead end. Then to Eddic’s amazement, a portal opened up which he was told to walk through. Walking through the portal, Eddic found himself in an ornately designed chamber, with a wondrous sword at the center. Picking up the sword, Eddic became Skaldor, champion of Etheria. His dog was then transformed into Garmroar, a large, powerful and faithful steed.
Over the next few years Skaldor trained with Light Hope’s astral projection, learning how to use his powers. Then he and Sha-Man formed the rebellion and their exploits, such as the freeing of Light Hope, have since become legend.
Powers and Appearance
To learn about Skaldor's amazing powers, click here -- http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/...d.php?t=152074 -- to go to Patreek's thread introducing Skaldor to the board. There is some mre also phenomenal art therein.
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Grizzlor, Mantenna and Leech
In the time of King Horden, the Etherian Army was the pride of the land. For centuries the people had been in pace, but Horden felt it was wise to continue to have a powerful army, because he knew that threats may someday arise. Unfortunately, Horden could never have guessed that the threat that would eventually destroy him, would come from his very home.
King Horden had three generals whom he utterly trusted. The first was Gahnak, a man who had been born into a poor Etherian family, but who had managed to rapidly rise through the ranks of the Etherian army. Gahnak was a very loyal to the royal family, but his greatest flaw was his terrible temper. It was said that in battle he was like a wild animal, incredibly strong and feral. Horden’s next general was a man named Leero. Many of the members of the royal court, and even many of the other military leaders, felt that Leero didn’t deserve to be a general. Leero wasn’t spectacularly talented, nor was he very hard working. However, he was charming and many viewed him as the consummate suck-up, frequently using others to get what he wanted. Many women even went so far as to calling him slimy, due to his smarmy ways. Finally, there was Mantel. Mantel had started off in the Etherian Intelligence services and due to his excellent conduct he was eventually promoted to a general in the Etherian Army, heading their intelligence services.
In the months leading up to Prince Jaren’s coronation, Hordak planned his rise to power. He knew that it was of the utmost importance to wipe out his family, leaving himself directly in line to the throne. Hordak suspected that his little sister, Lumina, might have some mystical talents of her own, but until the coronation he wouldn’t have an opportunity to determine what her potential was.
It occurred to Hordak that there would be two primary threats to his power. The first was the sect of priests that had trained Light Hope as well as many other mages throughout Etheria, while the latter was the Etherian Army. The former he knew he could simply destroy, once he had done away with Light Hope. He had already created the spells and magical wards that he would need to trap and de-power Light Hope. However, destroying the Etherian military would not be so simple. Furthermore, Hordak knew that the military would actually be very valuable to him if he could control it. That is when Hordak decided that to control the Etherian Army, he must first cut off its head.
Hordak had long known how to move cloak his movements from the watchful eyes of the castle guards, as well as Light Hope. Over the next few weeks, Hordak would leave his chambers and sneak into the quarters of the top three Etherian generals. During these nights, he would use his magic to delve into the minds of the generals, learning all he could about the make-up and power of the military. He would also feed them various magical herbs and potions, while also performing forbidden mystical spells and incantations on them. Hordak knew that all this preparation would pay off on the day he took power from his family.
On the day of Jaren’s coronation, Hordak struck and the story of how his family was vaporized has since gone down in legend. He then turned his attention to the three generals and with a wave of the hand, they transformed into monsters. Hordak knew that he could affect massive changes on the generals, increasing their power and bending them to his will, but that level of change required months of preparation. This is why he had spent those nights with the generals, using his magic to slowly change them, preparing them for the final metamorphosis which he planned to initiate at the coronation.
Hordak had a sense of irony to him, so he decided to ensure that the generals change into creatures that represented their inner selves. Gahnak turned into a hulking, fur covered beast named Grizzlor, a creature of great strength and ferocity. Grizzlor’s intelligence was fairly limited, but he did retain the basic ability to speak. Leero, always having been a leech of sorts, now became a true leech, which was also the name he was given. Leech’s hands were similar to suction cups, allowing him to drain the energy out of his opponents, leaving them exhausted or dead. Finally, Mantel was turned into Mantenna. Always being a spy by nature, his form now embodied it. Mantenna had eyes that could raise out of their sockets, similar a periscope. Furthermore, he now had a form of telescopic vision, as well as the ability to see in the dark.
With the generals now in his thrall, Hordak had quickly taken control of the military’s command. Some of the remaining military commanders challenged his power, but they were quickly made examples of. Hordak then used the military to decimate the school that had produced Light Hope, utterly destroying most of the magical knowledge held in Etheria by others outside of himself.
Nowadays, Grizzlor feels most comfortable in the Etherian wilderness. He prefers to avoid civilization, no longer feeling a part of it, and he tends to be happiest amongst wild animals. However, Grizzlor is always ready for when Hordak needs him next. Due to Leech’s unique physiology, he prefers to spend his time in the swamps within the Fright Zone. Mantenna has found himself a new position as a lookout and scout for Hordak’s forces. All the generals are magically forced to follow Hordak, their wills having been bent to his, but Mantenna is the only one who doesn’t harbor any resentment over his new form. Mantenna thrives on the increased sensory information and enjoys his position within the Horde.
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Born in a small Etherian village just east of Brightmoon, the girl named Adora Gwildolynn was said to have been born under a strange luck star. From birth she had always been a clumsy and awkward person. If there was something to trip over she would fall, else if there was something to break...she would accidentally smash it to pieces. The strange part of this was that a lot of the time these “lucky mishaps” actually worked in her favor.
This occurred in the strangest of ways. If she fell face first in the mud she may find a valuable piece of jewellery hidden in the muck adhered to her face, or knock over a vase and find something that she had lost long ago.
As she grew up her parents would often tell her stories of the great Etherian warrior princess with strength, beauty and abilities to rival the guards and who stood against the tyrants who would seek to do the good people of Etheria harm. And, like all children, Adora along with her faithful horse. Swift Wind. acted out many the many adventures of the legendary warrior...She-Ra.
Then one day, when she was older, her parents had asked her to go plant seeds in the far field of their farm. They wanted to set up a surprise party for her birthday and they thought that planting seeds would be a safe place for a girl as clumsy and inept as she was.
Adora was half way finished when she heard the screams echoing across the fields. In shock horror she ran home. She found it in total ruins, her family dead. The only clue as to what had happened was a broken Horde Bat Symbol. She ran to the village for help but everyone was too afraid of the Horde, they did not even acknowledge that such a terrible thing had occurred.
Realising that the others of her village would not do anything Adora decided to take matters into her own hands. So in the dead of night she sneaked carefully over to the village armory in order to take what she would need to avenge her family. She waited at the door until she was sure it was safe to enter...then slowly opened the door... Tripping on the doorstep, she fell into a waiting guard, her head banging into his and knocking him out cold. Luckily for Adora all her years of hitting her head had made it quite resilient to injury.
Choosing a sword and the most ornate female warrior armor she could find, a little white number with a skirt so short that it could easily be mistaken for belt, she finally looked like she was ready to kick Horde tail. With a mighty leap she vaulted toward Swift Wind...she pulled herself up out the dirt and climbed on more carefully.
Naturally all this commotion had brought all the villagers out of their homes. They were shocked by the sight of the clumsy Adora in battle armor stating that she was off to join the rebellion and fight against the Horde. Shocked but pleased. Despite fearing repercussions from the Horde they wished her well and even offered her food to take on her journey.
Adora and Swift Wind headed in the direction of the Whispering Woods, a place known by the good people of Etheria as being the main strong hold for the rebellion. It was said that the mystic power of their leader, Sha-Man, made it impossible for evil doers to locate them. But she had a pure heart so she knew that she would have no problem in that respect.
Eventually after almost a week of searching she found a small rebellion out post. There she was introduced to the woman loving Bow and the mysterious and powerful Skaldor. She told them her story and why she wished to join the rebellion. When they asked what she called herself...she said...She-Ra.
Her first official act as a member of the rebellion was to stand guard on one of the small guard towers. A task which seemed easy enough to Bow when he had suggested it. All was going well until the small harmless spider decided to walk by Adora's...oops sorry I mean She-Ra's hand. Falling down in a dead faint, she knocked over a lit torch onto someones head. In turn this person knocked over a pile of barrels filled with flammable oil.
To cut a long story short..three quarters of the rebellion outpost was lost to fire. Thankfully nobody was hurt. The next day She-Ra found herself alone in the middle of a desolate wasteland that had been consumed by fire. A small note by her side read
“We tried to wake you but you would not budge. We had to leave on an important mission.
Do you think she bought it? No you fool you are not supposed to write that par...”
Calling for her horse Swift Wind, who was hiding in the woods. She-Ra set out once more in search of the rebellion. Unfortunately for them...she seemed quite adept at finding them.
- When she does actually get into battle She-Ra likes to impress her foes with all the fighting skills that she possesses...which is to say...none at all. A newborn baby could beat her in a fair fight. Luckily for She-Ra she has that strange luck of hers. The most famous example of this was when she found herself surrounded by archers. They had formed a tight circle around her and it looked hopeless. Just as the order to fire was shouted she tripped on a rock...well considering they were stood in a circle it does not take a genius to understand what happened next.
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well... at least she's still in it?
I found this clumsy part a bit funny. Reminded me of the character Mihoshi (tenchi fans know who I am talking about)