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Notes - Original Outline
When I first came up with the concept of The Magic Arts (& Crafts), within the matter of minutes, I had Melfina, I had Stark, and I had West Luna. Within a day, I also had the title.
I imagined creating an ongoing story that had no foreseable ending. There were no volumes, and chapters were called episodes. I was just going to outline as many chapters as I could and go from there. While I had some story arcs in mind, many of them were going to overlap, and just melt into each other as one giant story.
The outline covers Volume 1 almost chapter by chapter, and encompasses up to Chapter XII of Volume 2.
Here was my initial outline created several days after deciding to create the project. When it was still a fairly small story, with a small cast, and hadn't yet grown into the project that it's become.
(Note: Since this is what Chapter I of Volume 1 becomes, it is no surprise that I got this pretty much exact.)
(Note: The Book of Fate became the Tome of Lost Knowledge.)
(Note: And of course since this is still only Chapter III, and the introduction to Stark's background, this too is pretty much exact.)
(Note: This chapter is unique, in that the whole concept is centered around a joke. I was still flirting with the idea of having humor as a regular part of the story. Something I now know is difficult for me. I also was trying my hardest to use as many names of characters from UO as possible, and was trying to come up with explanations as to why they're so weird. If I did this all over again, would I have Gamblor and Lord of West Luna? I don't think so. The most ridiculous names I never used though, which is a good thing.)
(Note: Obviously a very big change in the ending is no longer a "mysterious note". Instead there is the Codex of Ultimate Wisdom. It's at the heart of the central belief systems of the UO universe, so I felt it was important to have it in one of the early chapters. And important that it is in the Book of Chivalry, since the paladins are supposed to be the good guys.)
(Note: Figuring out that the book in Episode 1 was the Tome of Lost Knowledge completely derailed this mysterious note storyline. And at this point, I had altered my outline a lot, and had already come up with the concept of distinct Volumes. In fact I had figured that out between what are now Chapter's I and II.)
(Note: Even as I was writing this Chapter, I didn't have an ending in mind. That's how Gamblor ended in in Chapter VIII of Volume 1 as well. The only thing I knew was that I wanted Gamblor to be introduced in Chapter VII since seven is a "lucky" number.)
(Note: The discussion about the Book of Chivalry was combined with Episode 5 to make what is now Chapter V. This very vague Episode idea is what turned out to be the Chapter that introduces Cadence and Tom.)
(Note: That quote is a reference to an actual message left on the message board of the House of Furniture (Which at the time named "West Luna Inc." The house was set up so there was a line of vendors packed side-by-side, with all the same hair cut and all wearing robes, and put together in color groups depending on what they sold. In one of my big revisions, I got rid of that description because in an actual world, there wouldn't need to be that many people selling things. And I never found a way to put that quote in.
I eventually realized that what I had was boring. I needed to get some more action in my story. So instead I had Stark learn about the penninsula that West Luna is on and had him fight the crystal elemental. Why crystal elemental? Because I logged into the game, wandered around the area where my story took place, and saw that's the enemy that resides there.)
(Note: The name Pied Piper is one of the names that appears in "The Mis-Adventures of Chad Sexington". I was going to use it originally but the name was later claimed by Chad, for possible use in "Undeniably Sexy: A Thief's Tale". I then thought I'd perhaps use "Melody" and have Melfina and Melody as friends, but that was claimed by Chad as a possibility for the game. So I used thesaurus.com and found Cadence. I love that name, and am glad that's what it turned out to be.
This is of course now what is the beginning of Volume 2, and Cadence doesn't sell information to Melfina, but is now somewhat of a mailman, hired by Lord Luna.)
(Note: This was combined with Episode 11 to make Chapter I of Volume 2. By this time I already had an idea as to how many segments and plot points that I needed to make a full chapter, and knew that this wouldn't stand alone as a chapter.)
(Note: "What this means for her shop" is referencing how is she going to be able to pay her rent, since I had not yet come up with a solution to that at this time. That, of course, became obsolete by the time it came to write this Chapter, since the solution happened at the end of Volume 1.)
(Note: This is Chapter III of Volume 2. However, the character of Wayland nor the concept of a second Volume had not yet been created.)
(Note: This is Chapter V of Volume 2, although I forgot to use the word "tainted".)
(Note: This is what is now Chapter VII of Volume 2. The content of the Stark chapter was skipped because Melfina is the true main character of the story. Stark is somewhat just a counterpoint to her. His character allows me to add some more traditional fantasy story elements, while Melfina is exploring the core concept behind the reason the story was created.)
(Note: This is what is now Chapter VIII of Volume 2. Although I did not use the spirit speak part. Melfina definitely had enough of that and necromancy for the day.)
(Note: This is what is now Chapter X of Volume 2. The only Episode in this outline that isn't in the correct sequence. And of course we've seen several letters going back and forth between Stark and Lord Luna, as well as the two chapters that deal with recruiting by this time.)
(Note: My outline was typed out in Microsoft Word, and this was simply the part that I copy/pasted when I had a new idea for a chapter.)
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