I was at work, walking off a nagging pain in my left foot while thinking of my recent pictures when I had a flash. It's likely gonna be crazy, so take your time in reading this before commenting (and please do).
The flash I had revolved around something I started with Laurinya, Karyana, and Kaina respectively being the Id, Ego, and Superego. In other words, the three psychological "sides" of the same person. However, I also ended up having a couple of 'splits' during the story.
Here's how I break it down:
- Karyana: the Ego.
- Kaina: the protective Superego.
- Laurinya: the unrestrained Id.
- Melody: The darkness to Karyana's light (Yin & Yang)
- Panyus: The Crone
- Naksha/Ruby: The Child (the Child, the Maiden, and the Crone: the three divisions of womanhood)
However, when I started thinking of Yin & Yang, I had a flash of this picture:
Though the picture was inspired by the 'Dark Seraphim' form of Yuri in 'Shadow Hearts', there is also another name to it: the 'Divine Essence'.
This got me thinking about another split: The Creator, the Protector, and the Destroyer. Currently, story-wise, the Creator was said to be Progeny, while the Destroyer is Xelnos. The Protector in this? That's where the line became blurry. At first, it was Reveen, but every Chosen could also be a Protector. That's when I thought of another idea I had: Karyana meeting the past Reveen during his "exile"... in the Final Plains.
That's where things started to shift. One of the ideas I also had was of Melody stealing the powers of the Planars as part of Volkram's grand scheme. This got me to remember that at the end of "The Waiting Ones", Xelnos surrendered his title of 'Planar of Destruction', making Volkram the new Dark Planar... which brought the question: since only a Chosen can kill a Planar, who would be Volkram's 'Chosen'? The answer: Melothios. This would be a case of "Who's using whom?" as Melothios created the Pison duplicate and controlled the fallen body of Xelnos in 'Trials by Fate', when Melothios stormed Citadel.
I dropped out of that train of thought for a moment, remembering how the picture I had drawn shown the 'Divine Essence' pregnant. That got me thinking of Melody's death after giving birth to Alex... but it also got me thinking of an ending I had in mind, where Karyana used the collected powers of the Planars to recreate the world... but her last words at that moment were these: 'Reveen... it's my turn to dream.'
This also led to the reveal I had in mind where it was actually Reveen who created Medierth... and that part of him was still alive in the Final Plains. How? When he shared life-force with Demyan in 'Trials by Fate'.
Returning to the idea of The Creator, the Protector and the Destroyer, we end up with a switcheroo at the end: Reveen (the name coming from 'en rêve' meaning 'in dreams' in French) dreamed up Medierth as a way to protect his family from Volkram... though failed to do so, and created Karyana to become Medierth's 'Protector'. In the end, Karyana becomes the new Creator, and Demyan the new Protector.
This actually linked almost perfectly with the idea that Alex's story will take place in a different world, and makes the 'Sad End' (
) not such a 'sad end'. In fact, it would actually become canon.
This also brings up a few things of interest: what if Melody did not die from complications at birth, but from an attempted suicide because she did not want the child to be born (which would link to the legend of the Unwanted Child)? Another idea I had: Xelnos being Volkram's illegitimate son. What if that wasn't the case at all? What if Alex was actually Melody and Reveen's legitimate son... and that everything was a psychological defense?
Let me explain. Melody and Karyana's backstories are a near-match, except that most of Melody's experiences were reversed in positive/negative aspects (ie: terrible parents instead of great ones). What if Karyana (and her 'sister selves') was simply a defense mechanism (like a split personality) to keep Melody from self-destructing?
This brought a short role-play I had with XsargentwardX to mind, where Lupa showed Karyana what the old world (ours) looked like, and what kind of person Melody truly was. This also made me remember of two possible ideas I had:
a) Karyana taking over Melody's past self, thus triggering a 'Bootstraps Paradox';
b) Karyana appearing as Panyus in the early moments of Medierth's birth - before Melody gives birth - where she leaves a Soulstone with a note to use it should Melody have 'birth complications'.
Either way, either scenario would have Karyana making Melody understand that she was duped by Volkram from the start and that she had no reason to reject everything; a moment of catharsis to free Melothios from her strife.
I know that was a heck of a lot to read, but... Do you think that this makes enough sense to pull off? Do you think that this flash-brainstorm could become the canon plot to Karyana's "conclusion"?