Metal Gear Solid ramblings

I mostly play Metal Gear for the story, so that’s what I’ll be focusing on right now.

Specifically: how, in my humble opinion, MGS4 screwed up. I could ramble on about the nanomachine BS and other things scrambled throughout the game, but if there was ONE thing I could change it would be the ending. MGS4 should have been the END of David’s arc. At the end, Snake should simply have shot himself through the mouth. HOWEVER, Big Boss would still be alive and well. In the epilogue, he and Ocelot (with a new, Deathlok-esque robotic arm in place of Liquid’s) would come across Snake’s body and discuss future plans. Then, MGS5 could go back in time again (since it worked so well with MGS3), except this would focus on Big Boss’ experiences between Snake Eater and the first Metal Gear game. The sixth game would explain how Snake actually killed Liquid, and in doing so restored Ocelot’s consciousness. Big Boss found him, cut off Liquid’s arm, pulled him out, and replaced his body with a fake before Otacon or the U.S. military could retrieve it (Snake would have returned to the Missouri – or whatever ship it was – on his own rather than having Otacon pick him up). Then it would be about their quest to restore their bodies to their prime (and make them immortal) and create Outer Heaven. Both would succeed, and pave the way for them to be lasting characters. In those stories, Otacon and Raiden would be the antagonists, Big Boss would serve as Snake, Ocelot would take Raiden’s role (sort of) and new characters would fill the other slots. Thoughts, anyone? Leave a comment and I’ll try to respond.

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A note about Black Magic

…and other things.

Those of you who have read FE:CSR should know that quite a few characters – not just from Gaiden – use black magic; those of you who have played FE2 know that in FE canon, black magic drains the user’s HP. Well, that’s not the case in my adaptation. Black Magic is basically a more powerful (and more corrupting) version of Dark/Elder Magic and game-mechanic-wise is the magical equivalent of a bow – it exists outside of the weapons triangle. Fic-wise, it is vastly superior to the forms within the triangle, grants the user nigh-immortality, and if s/he had not been properly prepared early in the learning process, heavily corrupts his/her soul. Even those who had been prepared tend to have their emotions partially subdued and, when using it, temporarily lose a bit of their sanity.

There is a form in FE:CSR that drains the user’s health, though – Demontounge, the Language of Hell. It’s really just a language in which every single word spoken could destroy something. Anyone can use it, so long as they have enough quintessence – if they are too low on health the magic will kill them. The only defense – and really the only non-holy weapon type that can deal damage to a Demontounge adept is Old High Divinetounge, the Language of Heaven. It has the same cost, only it is more akin to light magic rather than dark. Also, only the Gods can use it, so if demons escape from hell, and no Holy Weapons are available, human- and dragonkind would pretty much be screwed, as the Gods completely separated themselves from the mortal plane around the time of the Scouring/Schism.

Starlight has been made into a spell written in Old High Divinetounge; the tome’s in-game stats would be:Type: –
Rank: Prf*
Uses: –
Mt: 100
Hit: 100%
Crt: 25%
Rng: 1-3
Wt: 5
WEx: 2
Worth: –
Effects: Effective against Black Magic and monsters; negates enemy’s skills and weapon effects; makes user impervious to non-holy weapons.
*Preference: Gotoh

Since Demontounge and Old High Divinetounge are technically languages, they aren’t classified as weapons… and they would only be used (or even mentioned) in cutscenes.

Translation of the “Ereshkigal Incident” flashback in Tale 9B Chapter 10

SPOILER ALERT

You may remember that during the Council Meeting scene Yosef read what was on the back of Hanon’s Confession, and that it used two separate forms of archaic grammar. For your courtesy, I’ll post a copy of the original and a rough translation of it below:

ORIGINAL

And the LORD said unto Ereshkigal, “Thou who hast smotest thine own kin… thou who hast comest before Mine with similar intent… thou who hast naught but depravity manifesting within thy quintessence… I bespeak unto thee: thy end is anon, and a painful end shall it be. Thou shalt not know pleasure. Thou shalt not know respite. Thou shalt not know even contentment while I remain! To Perdition I banish thee; for all eternity shalt thou rot. Resist, acquiesce, it matters not, for no darkness can overwhelm the Eternal Light!”

As he plummeted unto the great inferno, Ereshkigal spat one last decree,
“This ae nighte thou hath defeated me, yea, but thou shalt never be rid of me. Alle shall fall from the brig of dread unto perdition low, and I shall receive their saules. Bound to my will they shall be; their quintessence shall become mine. When my strength is gathered, perdition’s flames shall rise. My servants six, my demons, crafted of hound, snake, wraith, man, dragon and flame, shall be made and from whence we came we shall rise.
“I shall be returned, and thine end shalt comest. That ae nighte, my darkness shall overwhelm thy lighte.”

TRANSLATION

And God said to Ereshkigal, “You who have murdered most of your race… you who intend to do the same to me… you who have nothing but darkness in your heart… I say to you: your end is near, and I will make it painful. You will not know pleasure, respite, or even contentment so long as I remain! I banish you to hell, where you will rot for all eternity! Whether you resist or not is irrelevant, for you will never be able to defeat me!

As Ereshkigal plummeted down to hell, he managed to shout one last thing,
“Yes, on this night, you have defeated me, but you will never be able to kill me. Every mortal will fall from purgatory into hell, and I will consume them. They will become my puppets, and I will add all their power to my own. When I reach my full strength, I will send hellfire all throughout the universe. My most prized creations – my six demons – a hound, a snake, an undead woman, a man, a dragon and a creature created out of pure fire, will rise and wreck havoc alongside me and together we will destroy the world.
“On that night, you will be destroyed. On that night, my darkness will cover everything you have ever made.


You may be wondering why I didn’t just write the section in modern English; I have four reasons:

  1. I wanted it to sound ancient and pseud0-Biblical.
  2. I may write the actual tale that includes the Ereshkigal Incident in Middle or Early Modern English
  3. I want to practice and improve my writing skill in early forms of English, and finally (albeit less legitimately)
  4. BECAUSE I’M ME.