NaBloPoMo 2014 – Entry 28 – The Star Wars
So, while downloading the iOS 8.1.1 update this morning, I pretty much screamed through The Star Wars, the original rough-draft screenplay of Star Wars, one of the graphic novels I got a couple of months ago.
Quite the different story. Luke Skywalker takes the place of Obi-Wan Kenobi, being the elder mentor figure to Anniken Starkiller. The Jedi-Bendu battle the Sith, but Darth Vader isn’t one of them. In fact, the prominent Sith, Prince Valoran, eventually joins Anniken against Darth Vader. Wookies take the place of Ewoks, as bits of the original three movies are scattered about the screenplay.
It was a very interesting and different “galaxy far, far away.”
I could even see this series having an influence on the StarSea. The factional differences were similar to my own, with the Sith and the Jedi-Bendu being more a pair of sects of the same cult, rather than two different groups who came about separately but seem naturally at odds. (Of course, some of the other Dark Horse canon has established that the Sith are a branch off the Jedi created by the Rakatan Empire.) The graphic novel includes some cool designs for the equipment of that variant universe, which I’d like to garner some inspiration from.
I also picked up a book on the FLGS’s Black Friday bargain table for the Burning Empires game, a Burning Wheel variant set in Christopher Moeller’s Iron Empires comic series. The book is called Bloodstained Stars: An Old Warrior’s Meditations on the Art of Killing in the Iron Empires, Addressed to My Most Warlike Prince and has been on my wish list for a while. I’m not sure how much game info is in the book, as it mostly seems to be a manuscript written within the setting describing: the Iron Empires themselves and their enemies; how spaceships work and conduct battle; armies, their equipment and said usage; and general tactics and warfare in the Iron Empires. It looks like it could be a good template for writing up a setting book, or at least a book or a set of chapter on the military of the StarSea, which will be one of the main functions of the orders.
That’s about all I can think of to write about for today. So…