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The moderator of Mindcrack Love ([personal profile] mindcrack_love) wrote2012-09-09 01:35 am

To Hear the Words: general plot outline, worldbuilding notes, and so on

Because apparently I'm better at meta on fanfiction than actually writing fanfiction. All criticism and help welcome!



General plot outline:
Jason has one last loving moment with his wife and daughter, then goes to sleep. He wakes up in the Mindcrack world, spends the day trying to learn the rules of the road, and believes honestly that he is just lucid dreaming. When sunset comes, he meets Bdubs. Bdubs thinks Jason is Guude; Jason thinks Bdubs is John.

Sexy times happen - again, Jason thinks he's just dreaming, but it's crazy vivid with detail he never thought possible in dreams.

Jason falls asleep. He dreams of the Sky Dimension and the Red Dragon, who tells him some more things about the world. Jason has to retrieve the dragon egg and take it through the End Portal to get switched back - but if he chooses not to take the egg through the portal, he'll stay permanently. He has a limited amount of time, but it's somewhat flexible (as fits the plot, basically). Dying would be...unwise, so getting help from others would be smart. He learns that the worlds have been switched, and Bdubs is in love with Guude, not him necessarily.

Jason tries going to the Nether, thinking the server must be set up exactly like the regular one. This is not true; Jason gets spooked by the dangers of the Nether and leaves. He tells Bdubs he wants to go to the Nether to collect resources - Bdubs refuses to let him go alone, and insists on them hiring a guide. Guude sends out an ad through MC/Good Morning Mindcrack. [Side Story 1: MC and Nebris' past history and current relationship, where they basically constantly dance around the fact that they like each other and Nebris is a merciless tease.]

Three offers: Etho, who asks for control of the area around the blaze spawners; Zisteau, who asks for permission for some of his brethren to be able to go through the portals regularly; Nebris, who asks for glowstone. When they hear the full details of Jason's plan and realize they have to work together, they're a little weirded out; Jason offers to teach them a secret for infinite Ender pearls with some effort.

The Nether is explored, and Blaze rods are had by the bucketload. Bdubs is starting to get suspicious. Nebris notices how all the portals are closer together in the Nether than they are in the overworld; initially thinks about abusing it for personal courier jobs, but Jason convinces him to consider opening it up to everyone and creating the hub.

Together, they go to Baj's, and convince him to let them dig under his house in exchange for the secrets to the Nether portals. Jason knows where to dig without throwing Eyes of Ender and that makes Bdubs even *more* suspicious.

There's room here for "filler" - more like "emotional exposition", as Jason delays going to the End to sort out his feelings. Somewhere here either Bdubs figures it out or Jason can't stop lying to Bdubs anymore, which starts its own sequence of emotions.

Eventually, everyone on the server - all 23 - meet to go to the End, and an epic battle is had against Glydia. Bdubs encourages Jason to take the egg and return - to reunite with his wife and daughter, who need him, and to bring Guude back to their world as well. Jason does, with a bit of a heavy heart, but he does - and he leaves Bdubs in a sequence reminiscent of the beginning sequence with his wife and daughter.

Finally, there's an epilogue which has already been written, an edit of the End Poem to suit Jason's situation, with a hint that Jason's world may be a little happier than he thought.

Rules of the Road/Fantasy World Notes

"Permadeath is on" - just like our world! It influences the Mindcrackers' opinions on things and gauging danger. People do have Nether portals and get glowstone and fight Ghasts and Blazes - just in extreme moderation. (Nebris likes insulting the Ghasts as well.)
Measuring time: "x days after y rains after z update": "It is the tenth day of the fourteenth rain since the cocoa grew!" Time significantly dilates in the Nether and the End.
"Guude, in Jason's body, will wake up in ten rainstorms".
Common jobs: acting as courier, building assistance, resource gathering. Mostly diamond based transactions, though bartering and service-for-service transations are common. Nebris always asks for glowstone instead of diamonds for some reason; similarly with MC and lapis.

Cookies and melons are delicious; fresh and addictive, can't eat just one.
Clothes magically appear on people as need be. Bathing does help keep a person feel decent, though.
"Thick Potions" act as lube. :P

Just like how in our world we simulate Minecraft experiences, the people in "the other world" have frequent lucid dreams of events in our world, so they're not completely unfamiliar with real world concepts. Still, it's imperfect, and even if the red dragon tries to teach Guude as much as possible as quickly as possible, if he wakes up he will not be in perfect shape to be Jason's replacement.

Relationships: OOG is canon; PauseUnpause is also PolyUnpoly with all of his boyfriends; many other ships are at that delicious "will they or won't they" stage (Doc/Etho, MC/Nebs, Single Malt).

Inside Jason's Head

Jason is not generally poly, and he's usually more attracted to women than men...but John gives him all the feels anyway, because, um, yeah. He's convinced that if he had met John back when they were both single things would be very, very different.

Sometime at Minecon, possibly while sober but certainly while not really thinking (potentially right after the "before the Minecon sex tape" vid?), Jason confessed to John that his feelings were not purely friendly in nature. John rejected him, in a sort of obscure and gentle way, trying very hard to let him down gently and preserve their friendship. While they're still close and still able to joke about things such as these occasionally, it's not quite the same as it used to be - because of this block between them.

Jason is also dealing with the complications of Youtube fame and generally getting older - the increasing uselessness of the comments, the rising trolling and hatred, the people trying to use him to jumpstart themselves. He also worries about his daughter's future, how to raise her the way he wants her to be, how to give her the education and future she deserves. His wife is sweet and does what she can, but doesn't quite understand everything he's feeling.

So this Minecraft world, as imperfect and strange as it is, is not difficult for Jason to understand and deal with - and he has the relationship with Bdubs, which he'd never get otherwise. So the decision to stay or to go is definitely a hard one.

Resources (mostly notes to self)
The map as of May 30:
Useful for semi-realistic estimations of overworld distances. Sadly, no sign of where Millbee would be. GenerikB is assumed to live in the shadow of the Arena.
Episodes worth finding for the main sequence: when Baj finds the Temple; when Guude and Bdubs move in together using the same portal; the fight against Glydia.
Stuff worth finding for Jason's feelings: "Sometimes I get sad" on the Reddit and related Mindcrack episodes; all of the Jason/John things at Minecon; the MineZ episodes where idiots try to advertise themselves in their chats; the Minecon episodes about educating his daughter
Episodes worth finding for the side stories: Mindcrack at Dusk August 8; Team Cupcake RFW
Non-Mindcrack things to find: a hardcore SSP (or even SMP?) Enderdragon run; people's old theories on the abandoned Sky Dimension and Red Dragon
Non-Minecraft influences: Steins;Gate episode 22: Kurisu's speech on what happens when one jumps between worlds; the End Poem
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[personal profile] guiltyshirts 2012-09-09 07:56 pm (UTC)(link)
I like the plot device of Guude in Jason's body being asleep throughout. It makes that part of the switch tidier.

Thick potions as lube made me giggle, but in a good way because it works, right? :p

How much, if any, would you be dipping into the side-stories of other relationships? Would there be any happy endings for them? I really like the theme of everyone being brought together and becoming more co-operative. I may have a thought about K/Z for you, dammit boys.

Possibly important; why does everyone agree to go to the End and do something so dangerous? Would more 'swaps' keep happening? Is their world in danger? And/or does the Red Dragon get involved in everyone's dreams somehow to convince them?

Just some random thoughts. :)
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[personal profile] guiltyshirts 2012-09-09 09:19 pm (UTC)(link)
*nods* I like that, and it is a fascinating concept.

I don't think it'd be too tidy, but then I'm a sucker for happy endings. *lol* Perhaps a few different degrees of 'being together', and some other happy resolutions - friends making up, stuff like that. MC/Nebris could be as simple as deciding to stop dancing around, with the actual 'together' part still to come.

Okay, this is what hit me over the head: how's K/Z going to work if Zisteau really is a zombie pigman? They're different races entirely, and other people probably fear Zisteau because he's from the Nether. They could be wanting to be together but unable because everyone would turn against them. (Not to mention the, uh, physical compatability would be questionable) Perhaps Zisteau used to be human, but was cursed and flung into the Nether. (By the Wither Boss for trying to steal the Nether Star? :p) The pigmen took him in, but he eventually found his way back to the overworld, perhaps when the first portal was made. He could have been in the Nether a long time, so nobody remembers him as human. Kurt has always been kind to him and is the only one who really sees past his skin. Zisteau could decide to go to the End both to help Jason, and because Kurt is going. Something happens during/after the last fight to break the curse, making him human again, so they can be together at last. (My over-romantic brain thinks sacrificing himself to save Kurt would be suitable, so he dies but is then restored to life as a human. Plus, head-cradling as he dies in Kurt's arms. Sappy and cliche, I know.)

The whole human/non-human thing does have possible repercussions for other pairings, like Doc/Etho and Pause/Millbee, depending on how non-human you want to make Doc and Millbee. And anyone else I'm forgetting.

Going to the End: could be a mix of reasons. Some of them want to help Jason because he's helped them, they might think it's just the right thing to do, they might want to save the world (see next bit), they might go just because their possibly newly-found loved one or friend is one of the above.

The 'more swaps' was more of a 'this will/could keep happening if you don't put it right', and would threaten the new friendships and bonds that they're starting to make. Although that might be too much weight on Jason to go back simply to do the right thing, as it were.

Sorry for the long stream-of-thought text there. XD
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[personal profile] guiltyshirts 2012-09-10 12:20 am (UTC)(link)
...I totally just realized my brain basically redid Beauty and the Beast with that whole K/Z part. XD Sorry, it's been a weird sort of day.

Defeating the Enderdragon is a pretty big thing, and the egg at least has some strange powers since moving it through the portal is the goal. So it makes sense if there are other repercussions too.

(Anonymous) 2012-09-11 01:59 am (UTC)(link)
Did you watch the podcast? They were talking about virtual reality and Doc mentioned not needing to leave the virtual reality - and then Guude goes 'Sign me up!' and I couldn't help but do a double take and think of this story! It's somewhere between 16 - 19 minutes in if you wanna hear it but it made me wonder if he'd really choose to go back after all...

(Anonymous) 2012-09-11 04:08 am (UTC)(link)
Ooh, .hack :D I have the Twilight bracelet manga and I watched that anime, never got around to any of the others but I do have one of the games lying around unfinished. I did enjoy .hack, so I'm delighted :D never touched Sword Art online though.

But yeah, do you think that one sudden opinion will change anything for you? Would Jason really decide to stay do you think? (I'm totally biased for yes but regardless, I've love everything you've come up with since I made the prompt ~<3 )

(Anonymous) 2012-09-11 05:51 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, that would be tough. There's so many issues to deal with. I suppose you could always attempt to write two versions of the moment he decides if you wanted to do something like that.

Him going home really is the best option for them all. Heh, imagine if he told a couple of the mindcrack folk where he'd been, maybe minus the things he got up to with Bdubs, they'd probably think he was crazy.