Okay, it’s been a while since I started this WordPress. So, I thought I might go back to my older stories, compile the archives into a single post and give some little tidbits about the process that went into it. I’m starting with Omicron Squad since it was the first story I posted. We’ll start with the archives.
Okay, now let’s talk process a bit.
I started the story on Gamespot, hence why the version here has the early episodes combined. When I’d decided vaguely what kind of story I wanted to write, I asked my readers there to create characters, offering to let them make one male, one female. Originally, I wasn’t going to do an all female team. I was planning something more gender equal. However, the five people whose submissions I ended up using had far more interesting female characters than male ones, Sirvanna, Alena, Alexa, Yuni & Katelyn. The only male character who made it in was Asbestos, who shows up in the finale as someone they’re arresting.
I remember my buddy Sky came up with Alena and I loved the idea immediately. I don’t even remember what powers her male character had. The way her powers activate in darkness really gave me ideas. Especially in conjunction with Yuni and her light-based powers. Which is probably why I was keen on coming up with a way for them to combine their abilities and that whole process led to them getting really close as characters.
Inez was my own character. I’d actually used her in the first story I’d written for my GS blog and in my early writing that was really derivative and I’m really not proud of. Her character in that resembled the Inés of Grand Pilgrimage more than the Omicron variant though. Although, the proto version wasn’t nearly as interesting. The prototype was basically an angry, strong woman who loved to fight. In Omicron I gave her super speed because I thought the power set the group had would benefit from a speedster tossed in.
That aside, since the female characters were more interesting, I decided to connect the development of their abilities to the X chromosome and use mostly female super-powered characters in general. Which I thought was rather interesting.
Originally, the basic story was going to have one person in the group switch sides halfway through and end with the other five characters fighting to stop the “bad guys” from taking over in a final push. They were going to fail and at least a few of them were going to die in the attempt. I ended up changing it for two reasons. The first is that the ending was too similar to the one from my first GS blog story and, even though the blog was set up on a new site I didn’t want to do that. The second is that I made the initial antagonists too blatantly correct. To the point where there was really no compelling reason for Omicron to stay loyal to their government. So, it ended up with them all changing loyalties.
I started by giving them code names as kind of a joke. Since they barely used them and none of the heroines were particularly happy with them.
Fun fact, I actually walked around for a while talking like Zhao in order to get her voice down. She was an interesting one to write. A character with an exterior that doesn’t match her interior and who tries to compensate for that to an extent by deliberately drawing attention to the way she talks.
Macabre Song was an interesting addition. It’s actually based off of a poem I wrote where a little girl is dancing around a graveyard playing with dead bodies. And the song she sings is actually made up of words from that poem. I thought it would be interesting to have the squad take on someone who controls corpses and my weird, macabre poetry seemed a good basis for it.
So, I guess that’s it for tidbits about the Omicron Squad. I’ll probably do one for Purification next but I shan’t post that one for a while. I hope you guys enjoyed it.