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Eve's Lore

I was not introduced into the world of Dungeons and Dragons and Warhammer until I was in college. While it was a normal event for the people I wound up socializing with, in my part of the world such things were only heard of as vague news stories when something weird happened.

As an adult, I've found these worlds a bit hard to enter. I'm reading a Warhammer set right now involving dark elves. I've read some Dungeons and Dragons series and I've read some Warhammer 40,000. I enjoy the stories sometimes but other times the weight of the world the story must be carved gets to me.

Warhammer is big on this. It is so dark and grim that humor and character personality is so often lost in syncing the characters with the world. It sometimes makes it hard to care about the chracters because their path is predestined and scripted into the world.

I am a voracious reader. I read science fiction, fantasy, history, classics, true crime, and smattering of other stuff. This year I've been working to read a few new series (such as Discworld) and finish some that have been completed. I read an average of 1-3 books a week. Yet, I find myself struggling for the 4th or 5th time to work through the chronicles of Malus Darkblade.

That would mean little if I had not spent two weeks trying to create a work of Eve Fiction for the Pod and Pilot contest. I saw that it was going on and that I had time. I crafted a simple enough storytelling that draws heavily on my past game play and game interests. I started to write it and I found myself struggling with the same problem I have had every time I write Eve fiction.

Eve's world is hard for me to write about. The lore reminds me of the paintings on a cathedral ceiling. Complex. Beautiful. So far away I cannot sink into the details. I find that my ideas clash with the reality of Eve's world.

I hate pod pilots. I hate that the player is not the ship but that there is crew but they sit in this pod of goo. It seems so limiting. The pilot and the void vanishes against this backdrop and as I attempt to press my thoughts into shape they slither aside.

It is frustrating stuff.

Comments

  1. Why not write about the capsuleer outside of his pod? I know they're supposed to be wannabe psychos, but most capsuleers, even in game, are fairly neutral, even decent people.

    Admittedly I have ab interest on capsuleers as human beings, more than the hardware clashes where non-capsuleer lives are wasted for nothing.

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  2. A Pod & Planet link for the curious: http://podandplanet.wixsite.com/podandplanet

    I too find writing stories for EVE challenging but I also find myself continuing to try. Over the years I've discovered that I keep returning to similar theme - if one was an immortal demigod, how extraordinarily humane and/or inhumane would one become? My characters end up surprising me (since I never really know what they are going to do until they up and do it) both by their stunning kindnesses and astounding cruelties. It's not the only way to write EVE fiction but it's my way to write EVE fiction.

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  3. I rarely write about capsuleers. The bulk of the lore has nothing to do with them anyhow. Do you have a copy of EVE: Source?

    EVE: Source https://www.amazon.com/EVE-Source-CCP-Games/dp/1616552719

    Free resource - Lore Survival Guide: https://evetravel.wordpress.com/lore-survival-guide/

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