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|The Feral Plains|
The Feral Plains
|Release date||May 28, 2016 (First Episode) (Lego.com Gallery)
|Previous||Dirge (As of now)|
The story follows major events on the remote island of Powai Nui, where the native Toa and Matoran (aptly called natives), of which there are few, fight back against a new wave of corrupted "colonist" Toa and Matoran, who are secretly led by Makuta Hysterix.
The story is not finished, and as of the time of this article around 23 episodes have been published onto the "Lego.com" gallery on the official LEGO website. Over 100 pictures have been taken, and the current total word count is just over 12,000 words.
Accompanying each episode are four-to-five pictures of the MOCs enacting the events of the episode, with nine-to-ten pictures in the case of two-part episodes. The pictures are taken outside, in the middle of a wilderness, with the intent being to create a unique world that can easily be identified, and to make the story less confusing.
Some episodes take place in CaptainLandr0ver's back yard, and area called the lower plains, while others take place far up a winding dirt road, in an area called the upper plains. Depending on where the episodes take place, taking pictures and writing the story can take from forty-five minutes to two-and-a-half hours. Additionally, some episodes have been planned weeks in advance.
The first episode of The Feral Plains was released onto the "Lego.com Gallery" on the official LEGO website on May 28, 2016. There will be a maximum of 30 episodes uploaded (currently planned with 26), with some multi-part episodes.
CaptainLandr0ver released parts the story onto the Custom Bionicle Wiki before the saga was completed. The episodes are combined into Volumes and regarded as chapters, and are being released on the Custom Bionicle Wiki in groups of 4-5 chapters, depending on relevancy to one another.
As for the pictures, many do not make it to the Custom Bionicle Wiki due to certain continuity errors or changes in the story, and most of all to avoid overwhelming the reader. Each chapter of each part will have at least one picture corresponding to it. The picture for the Volume as a whole is the title picture of the first chapter in the Volume, with "The Feral Plains" typed on.
While the period of time in which The Feral Plains occurs has not been decided, it will occur after certain events in the canon storyline which are required for the story to make sense, or are relevant to later or earlier stories:
- (Obviously) The Great Beings created the Matoran Universe
- Helryx was created
- The Brotherhood of Makuta became corrupted and Miserix was overthrown by Teridax
- Nuparu created blueprints for the Vahki
- The Dark Hunter organization was founded
It also takes place around a couple of months after the ending of the short serial Dirge. The Feral Plains is most likely to occur during the events of Legends of Metru Nui.
Volumes and Chapters
- Volume I (Released April 8, 2017)
- Glimpse, Salvation, Tremor, Return, & Greeting
- Volume II (Released April 8, 2017)
- Thievery, Nightprowler, Fading Part One, & Fading Part Two
- Volume III (Released April 13, 2017)
- Submerged, Alchemy, Demon, & Winning Forever
- Volume IV (Released April 25, 2017)
- Faith, Perjury, Infiltration, Medium, & Dark Side
- Volume V
- Aqueduct, Deluge, Morally Wrong, & Interlands
- Volume VI
- Reunited, Calidum Nasus, TDB...
In order of appearance
- Turaga Maroona
- Makuta Hysterix
While The Feral Plains will serve as the main focus of the storyline, it will likely not be the only story in the storyline to be as long as it is. Other stories will be just as long as it, with a lesser amount of importance.
During it's writing, other characters and ideas were planned to appear, which were eventually scrapped. The first was a Toa of Plasma named Logos who would serve as the third Toa survivor from Leskya Nui, who was cut out to simplify the plot and for being an unnecessary additional character. The second was another Dark Hunter, named something along the lines of "Razor", who served as "Alchemist"'s assistant. He was cut due to having little relevance to the story and being an unnecessary attempt to add another villain.
Additionally, a plot element was planned where a colonist Ta-Matoran named Cerbai created an army of automatons which could be given life and commanded using Lewok's Kanohi Vehere. This army and it's corresponding episode was scrapped, and Cerbai did not appear, although CaptianLandr0ver is not sure he will throw away Cerbai's character completely.
The final major idea to be cut was an aerial vehicle planned to make an appearance, piloted by Shensii and Arvos during the final battle against the colonists. Even though a foot-long model of the vehicle was created, the idea was scrapped, as the idea of an aerial vehicle didn't fit the series' rustic and natural theme. Additionally, it was terribly uncharacteristic of Shensii to pilot a war vehicle.
Other plot elements, such as Lewok or Detras dying, Wreshi betraying his friends, and Lewok becoming blind or deaf were thought about, but ultimately none made it in to the series. Detras' death was considered, as a very early idea for the series (dubbed "Lost Legends") involved his death, and Lewok's death was likely due to CaptainLandr0ver personalizing the character and having emotion. As of now neither are planned to die in the storyline as a whole.
- One of the most common problems is continuity, as the outside keeps changing due to weather.
- Makuta Tetradon was originally planned to be mentioned by name, however this will no longer happen.
- CaptainLandr0ver's greatest worry is the sheer number of characters, currently with 20 total, and no plans to add any more. If The Feral Plains has a sequel (which is planned,) most of these characters will not appear to simplify the plot and story. However, new characters will appear later in the storyline, mainly antagonists.
- CaptainLandr0ver will likely make some changes to The Feral Plains when it is released on the Custom Bionicle Wiki. On the LEGO Gallery, the descriptions have a 3400 character limit, meaning many episodes are cut down, removing some details. These details will be added back in, but few episodes will be combined.
- There is no main character of The Feral Plains, as it simply follows the events from many character's point of views, like a series of compiled serials. There are even plans to write a certain episode in the first-person view for effect. If a character were to be chosen as the protagonist, Turaga of Lightning Maroona and Ta-Matoran Arvos would be definite candidates.
- Arvos could be considered the title character or mascot for the story, as he appears in the title image of Volume I and on the image for the entire series.