I figured I go ahead and address this question that seems to come up.
Why the fucking hell do I have dragons showing up in my Halo Stories or the Mass Effect stories?
Outside the Kethosi who are in fact a bunch of anthropomorphic space dragons with Jedi powers, so why are feral-like dragons who have magic powers (outside of Malcho and Manda who has the same Jedi powers as the Kethosi), and such in Halo and Mass Effect?
Well, it all boils down to this...
That's right, Shadowrun!
Believe it or not Shadowrun has always heavily influenced the aspect of my writing. Though I've not kept up much on the lore as I have with like Warcraft and Halo and Mass Effect, the craziness of the dystopian nightmare cyberpunk with magic thrown into the mix will always be present in my writings. Because, well, when I started even creating the Kethosi, I was reading Shadowrun! The first book that brought me into the mess that is Shadowrun was "Never Deal with a Dragon".
Squint your eyes, you'll see it a little better.
Yes, the Blitzardi are a combination of Haesslich, a Western Dragon who was head of security for an oil company that's worse than EXON from Never Deal with a Dragon
, and Smaug the Dragon from Rankin-Bass' The Hobbit
Right down to the color scheme on his scales and wings, the arm spikes, the color of his black talons, and the curve and small spikes of his horns. And the fact that when Kedzuel or any other Blitzardi are NOT wielding Technomancy, they basically all have red eyes, just like Haesslich.
BDM, now we need to throw in the joke about Alan saying he recognizes Kedzuel from somewhere...
Shadowrun has always been a big influence in a lot of my writing.
Look at the Warcraft stuff, are anyone in the Alliance, let alone Stormwind, riding around in horses? Nope. Cars. Though they do have the technology level of 1940s United States of America, based on a splash of Steampunk magic combo, but it is still there.
Hell, Calia could be thought of as a Shadowrunner given what she actually does when she's not around Neltharion.
Oh, and the fact that Calia, before pursuing the romance relationship with Neltharion, actually wanted him as her partner. Meaning Calia and Neltharion were supposed to continue their Shadowrunning operation for the Alliance after Romancing the Coffer. They didn't because, well, the mess that was the Hammer's Fall and Nel wanting to be more of an Earth-Warder than a covert operative helping his wife out.
Though I will say this, Hammer's Fall would have been a lot better written story if I decided to stick with the Shadowrun concept of Calia and Neltharion working together as partners, doing espionage for the Office of Stormwind Intelligence Section Seven. Aka SI:7. OSI instead of ONI, but that's more Halo than Shadowrun.
No, the espionage thing actually did come up in the old drafts of Hammer's Fall in which Calia and Neltharion were sent on a mission that would relate back to Garrosh's experimentation of Titan tech, and they ended up sabotaging it. Calia would make use of Neltharion's unique abilities, finding out that they can be very explosive, but very subtle as well. I mean, when you have a dragon who can not only phase himself but you as well through solid rock, yeah, make Neltharion into a Shadowrunner! Give him a decker and a rigger and we got it!
But then you're thinking, Neltharion as a Shadowrunner? Dragons can't be Shadowrunners. Actually, the whole idea of Nel and Calia teaming up as partners and Shadowrunners was an idea that again, I got off of Never Deal with a Dragon.
The Shadowrunning team consists of a human named Katherine Hart and her partner Tessien, a Feathered Serpent of all people. Yes, this guy was a dragon and he was a Shadowrunner. That's where the Calia and Neltharion partnership came from.
But CERTAIN people wanted me to stick to the whole Warcraft thing, so....yeah, Calia and Nel are not partners, just husband and wife, and Nel has his job, Calia has her job...that's it.
Trust me, the relationship that they have as husband and wife would have worked out a bit more if Neltharion decided to give in and be a Shadowrunner.
But if anything else, Shadowrun is very prevalent in the Kiryuu Universe.
When you got a giant dinosaur who can spit indigo death and is also a cyborg and an artificial intelligence, and the fact he runs a medical industrial company that specializes in cybernetics, yeah, it's kinda hard not to acknowledge the Shadowrun influence in his creation.
And Kiryuu was also responsible for the coming of the Sixth World. That is right, Kiryuu Knight was responsible for bringing back Lofwyr, Dunkelzahn, Harlequin, Hestaby, Ghostwalker, the Invae, the Vampire Virus....the whole Mayan Apocalypse in 2012 was Kiryuu Knight's fault! And it is because of Kiryuu that dragons have shown up in Mass Effect and Halo.
But the Shadowrun aspect of the Kiryuu Universe is just so...
I'm thinking about doing at least one story that goes into the whole mid 21st Century Earth that explains why there are dragons and magic on Earth by the time the 26th Century shows up, but there are some things I may have to get rid of when it comes to the events of Shadowrun.
Looking back, I don't see them really fitting in with the Kiryuu Universe.
One is the Ghost Dance.
Why am I picking on this? Because it's actually supposed to happen RIGHT NOW!
Actually, the whole Ghost Dance thing is supposed to be happening 3 months from now according to the Shadowrun Timeline.
What is supposed to be happening right now, like THIS MONTH according to the Shadowrun Timeline?
The German Catholic Church splits from the Vatican on March 15th. That's like a week and a half from now, people.
But the Vatican has His Holy Awesomeness, Pope Francis, who though I may not be Catholic, I am starting to like and like cheer on, because this guy is just an amazing man. So, yeah, the German Catholics aren't gonna split because, right now, we have Pope Awesome in charge. Why would they do that when we have Pope Awesome in charge? Hell, even Dunkelzahn, who is by the way supposed to be here...since he appeared TWO YEARS AGO IN CHERRY CREEK...would just adore this guy.
I can see like a news report of Dunkelzahn flying into the Vatican just to shake Pope Francis' hand and tell him: "Keep up the good work!" And then fly off. Okay, you know what? That is what's going to happen in the history of the Kiryuu Universe. Dunkelzahn flies in, transforms into a human form, walks up to shake Francis' hand and says just that: "Keep up the good work!" And then flies off. BDM, that is now canon within the Kiryuu Universe.
Because Dunkelzahn in my stories is just an awesome guy to be around. He basically tries to be everyone's best friend. He's my idealized view of how I thought Dunkelzahn was actually supposed to be like in Shadowrun. But from what I've read, that's not so. The Big D in the actual Shadowrun canon isn't as nice as the one I write about. He's still nice, but not the HUGE geek dragon that is pretty much best friends with everyone he meets. Which is why Telek at times is annoyed by Dunkelzahn.
But on the Ghost Dance, what is it? Well, it is an actual thing. It really is an actual thing. A lot of what Shadowrun has in its storyline is based off of actual myth, some of it more correct than others, but....with the Ghost Dance....well let me explain.
The Ghost Dance was perform about a hundred years ago by the Lakota and various other tribes during the Colonial Imperialistic push to the west by the United States. And based on who you speak to, the Ghost Dance either represents solidarity within the Native Americans, a peace between peoples, or a ritual that tries to use actual spiritual magic and shamanism to drive away the White Man, and or destroy the White Man.
Shadowrun uses the third option. This is a dance that is preformed by a bunch of Native Americans who are led by a guy named Howling Coyote. You see, some time during like the 90s in the Shadowrun timeline, I think...for some strange reason, we started putting Native Americans into "re-education" camps. Now, being both Jewish and also Native American myself, I know where this was going to. Guys, given that we've done similar things with Japanese Americans and the Germans did to my people, and the Russians did to my people, I think by the 90s, we've grown as a country NOT to put a group of people into concentration camps. Hear me out TOPS who created Shadowrun.
I realize we're building a fucked up world, but it starts with Magic returning and concentration camps for Amerindians? Okay. And this was supposed to happen in the 90s. Yeah, something like that would have been mentioned in the Mechagodzilla X Series. How could I just leave that off? Nope! It doesn't happen nor will it ever happen. Because I wrote the series during the beginning of the 21st Century, when the anti-EMP chips that make computers impervious to EMP was supposed to have been made. Trust me on this one, if that happened, the whole EMP pulse thing...may still have happened, but Kiryuu would be pissed that Gordon opted NOT to put that chip in him. And probably would have made things a lot worse.
Which is why the EMP proof chip thing doesn't get created until the mid 2020s.
So, basically a lot of things that happened in Shadowrun are going to be switched over and may either not happen at all or, happen much later. Like the whole Howling Coyote thing. If it happens, it'll be because he's a douchebag rather than a victim from a concentration camp built in the 1990s. Yeah, as in, he's not gonna be a good guy. And in reality, the US already recognizes the Native American Nations, that's why those who are on the Cherokee registry have duo-citizenship and a duo-specialized passport because we have a country within a country. This is a thing. Hell, many Native Americans, receive tax breaks and other perks for being Native Americans. Yes, there still is the sucky part of it still going on, but given that it isn't as bad as it was, and that there are people on both sides working to preserve the culture, the whole thing with the Ghost Dance may never happen at all.
And if it ever does, it's because of one Douchebag (Howling Coyote) and a bunch of his followers complaining they didn't get their tax break this year, or getting stiffed by Obama on the Obamacare thing. Hardly warrants a magical dance that causes every volcano in the Cascades to erupt at the same time, but, we are talking about a crazy douchebag and his followers. I'm surprised TOPS didn't have him make the Yellowstone Super Volcano go kablamo along with the others.
Actually, there is a reason for that. You see, Shadowrun was first brought into the world of RPG back in the late 80s, so they had no idea that a lot of what happened within the 20 years was going to happen. Same with the Supervolcano, given that Yellowstone being a gigantic volcano wasn't common knowledge back in the 80s either.
But he did make a volcano erupt near the testing site of the first atomic bomb, and also the shooting location of The Conqueror
staring of all people, fucking John Wayne! John Wayne died of radiation cancer because of that movie! It's so bad it was truly radioactive.
Actually, that would be a thing for all of this shit to start, Howling Coyote isn't pissed off at the White American for putting him into a camp, he's pissed off at the sorry state of the US due to Obama's current haphazard mess, and he wants to form his own sovereign nation that doesn't have to deal with that shit. So, he makes a bunch of volcanoes erupt to do it. You know, Howling Coyote, just call Neltharion over, he'll have it done in two seconds.
However, the Ghost Dance thing isn't going to sit well with Kiryuu Knight. I'm thinking of either a short story in which he deals with Howling Coyote, and this ends up preventing the NAN's formation...or at least halting it for another decade. Due to basically, yeah these guys don't want to piss off the big corporate cyber-dino with Jedi Powers that would make Emperor Palpatine and Master Yoda envious. Though if he does make the volcanoes erupt, I did leave room in the timeline of the Kiryuu Universe to have both Kiryuu and Malcho show off their Technomancy powers to Connection Heal the Northwest after the heavy damage.
Though I wonder how Dunkelzahn is handling Obama. Should he be happy with Obama, or not so happy? Maybe this would cause Dunkelzahn to want to run for President sooner than later, but it ends up with the Big D as a Senator for Colorado. Actually, that's not a bad idea. He can already have his talons in politics enough to prove he could be a proper President. And also still do the Wyrm Talk
gig, since that show is a semi-annual program on TV.
But anyways, this is why there are dragons in Halo and Mass Effect. The current storyline is dealing with the Sixth World, where magic has returned on Earth.
But I do intend on showing how we got to that point. Be it either through very short stories or one large story. It may not be a series. It just may be one long story that just introduces the whole epoch of where exactly does the theme of Shadowrun fit.
Though I will say this, the coming of the Sixth World has created its own set of chaos, not influenced by terrorists, or nationalists, or fruitcakes. The whole thing with magic coming back can create its own set of problems without the creation of the NAN, or the CAS, or California becoming an independent state...yes, to all my Californian friends, your dream is a reality in Shadowrun.
But the map of North America may still end up looking like it does in Shadowrun eventually because of that chaos, but not happening as fast at it did, nor during the years it stated.
I mean, hell, in 2005, New York City was supposed to have a huge earthquake that pretty much sinks a good portion of the Island of Manhattan in Shadowrun.
And a year before that, we were supposed to have some dude namedPhilip Bester as President, and we all know that didn't happen...because George W Bush. And yes, Bush is in fact within the canon of the Kiryuu Universe. He's the unnamed President Gordon Knight complains about. Yeah, that was Bush Gordon bitched about. And nor did Shadowrun Universe actually had the issue of Florida and the crazy missing ballot fiasco.
Hell in the 2008 election, instead of Barak Obama, we were supposed to have this guy named Jesse Garrety as President, and he served two terms. Much like Obama. Didn't mention anything about a Garretycare Act either.
And 2010, we were supposed to have the VITAS disease, a big epidemic that caused a lot of allergy sufferers to DIE! Was called the New Black Death and killed off an eighth of the planet's human population. But in our current real world history, we've had the SARS epidemic and the N1H1 Swine Flu as well as the Bird Flu. Neither which even affected ME at all! I guess I might survive the VITAS too.
Oh, yeah, all my Quebec watchers, you guys were supposed to say: "Fuck You!" to the rest of Canada and form your own nation in 2010 too. What happened to that?
And last year, Pope John Paul IV was supposed to die. Um, he died much earlier than that, and then we had Pope Hitler Youth, and then finally Pope Awesome. Though I will say Pope Benedict would still have been the guy to say "Death to the Metahumans!" when they started appearing during the year of the Mayan Apocalypse. So, that stays in. Because well, when your Pope used to belong to the Nazis, it's kinda hard to get around that aspect. But the Elves and Dwarves would be "forgiven" immediately afterwards by Pope Francis, because this guy is just made of Awesome.
So, there you go. Yeah, I might write a story about Kiryuu's time in the mid 21st Century that details some of his trials there. And maybe help explain how Technomancy is trained. And, also I want to write the story of Kiryuu facing the Invae and then making all of Chicago uninhabitable as well as creating the Technomana Sphere that puts Chicago into another dimension as a quarantine measure.
And yes, I'm gonna have Dunkelzahn film the whole thing. Because the way I play Dunkelzahn, yeah he would do that. And I also get to show the bit where Malcho sends his Shadowrunners to kidnap Lofwyr in order to duct tape him on the side of Omak Technologies and Magical Research HQ in Lexington, Kentucky.
Because it's funny!
Oh, by the way, Lofwyr was supposed to show up on January 27th, 2012.