Saturday, October 4, 2014

Reid Stories: Chrono Trigger Intro and Vecto: Vengeance Chapter 3.3

Below is the original preview of Chrono Trigger video game for the Super Nintendo that's played if you sit at the start screen. I thought about showing the animated version that was made for the PlayStation release but wanted to go old-school. This is one of my favorite games.

"Chrono Trigger (Japanese: クロノ・トリガー Hepburn: Kurono Torigā?) is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square (now Square Enix) for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1995. Chrono Trigger's development team included three designers that Square dubbed the "Dream Team": Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of Square's Final Fantasy series; Yuji Horii, a freelance designer and creator of Enix's popular Dragon Quest series; and Akira Toriyama, a freelance manga artist famed for his work with Dragon Quest and Dragon Ball. Kazuhiko Aoki produced the game,[6] Masato Kato wrote most of the plot, while composer Yasunori Mitsuda scored most of the game before falling ill and deferring remaining tracks to Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu.[4][7] The game's story follows a group of adventurers who travel through time to prevent a global catastrophe." - Wikipedia

Here's where you can buy the most recent version for the Nintendo DS: Chrono Trigger.

And here's my Vecto: Vengeance scene of the week:

(Previously: Streamline and Vecto are now wanted by the police. Now that Streamline has his Omega Blaster back, he and Crysilis leave to find Vecto, worried what he'll do to those trying to capture him.)

Meanwhile, Vecto and Chais conversed about the universe. They were bored, as they had traveled late hours in the night, and Vecto wanted to know more about Zendora, while Chais was curious about Earth.

“So you’re telling me that Earth used to have forests, oceans, and mountains like Zendora?” Chais asked as he lugged a bag full of Vecto’s weapons over his shoulder.

“If that is what Zendora looks like,” Vecto said, “then yes, old Earth has resemblances--like various parts of Acaterra.”

“And so the planet got destroyed?”

“Not completely,” Vecto corrected, shining a light from his chest so they could see. “Although the surface is scorched, the oceans desiccated, and the gravity overbearing, there are still people who reside there called Nagorians. They’re a formidable ninja clan and use Zero Point Energy for their survival. I had a teammate, Shadow, who is one of them.”

“What’s that zero thing?” Chais asked as they walked through an abandoned airshaft factory site.

“Zero Point Energy is the fundamental energy source that powers everyday technology and is used offensively in weapons such as these,” Vecto said, lifting his Blaster 3,000. It exists everywhere, is the absence of matter, and can be subtracted from its dimension for use.” To demonstrate, Vecto formed energy inside his gun and fired a blast at a nearby crate, blowing it up.

“And so you’re from Acaterra?”

“Negative. I originate from Planet Cubix, Icon System 532, Parallel Universe Geom,” Vecto stated.

“Parallel universe? What’s that? Another dimension?”

Vecto fell silent and lowered his head.

“Come on man, I’ve lived isolated on Zendora my whole life. What do you expect?” Chais reminded him as they walked alongside a molecularly charged fence.

Vecto resumed. “It is another massive plane of space other than the Central Universe we are in. The Dinishmen were the first to discover the existence of these planes and originally considered them as other dimensions. In addition to this universe, there are seven universes known to man rotating around it. The void space between the Central Universe and parallel universes is called the innerverse, and beyond that is the outerverse. They comprise of the omniverse, roughly 253 teraparsecs in diameter.”

“Whoa, really? The universe is that big?”

“You mean this does not bore you?” Vecto questioned.

“Naa, not at all, man,” Chais said. He adjusted the sack over his back as they walked across an empty parking lot. “So … who are these Dinishmen people you mentioned?”

“They are the genetically altered race of people who live on Cubix. They are known for their acute intelligence and innovative inventions. I was created by a Dinishmen named Vic. They are only this tall.” Vecto stops and floats his hand to only three feet from the ground.

It caused Chais to crack a smile. “Man, that’s awesome.” He yanked the bag of weapons over his shoulder some more to prevent it from sliding. “You know, when I came to this planet, I was shocked being on this whole new world, and to think there are even others out there with people living on ’em. But you know what gets me the most? That humans could create a planet of their own like this.”

“Not quite,” Vecto corrected him. “As uncanny as it sounds, a telekinetic race of blue humanoids called Asterites were instrumental in Acaterra’s construction--which consisted of asteroids from the main belt; dwarf planets Ceres, Pluto, and Eris; several planetary satellites, and the Trojan asteroid belt--lured by a massive gravity well. Thus their name, Asterites.”

“You mean these guys are blue?”

“Indeed, by skin pigment alone. They are one of the most noble and respected beings in the omniverse, and are even guardians of the Gateway.”

“The Gateway?”

“Yes, the portal of time,” Vecto said, lowering his head as they walked. “Perhaps I have told you too much.”

Not far off, an assassin clad in black was peering through a sniper rifle scope at Vecto in one of the dilapidated buildings.

(Will the assassin put up a match for Vecto? What will Vecto do to the person? Find out more in the next installment of Vecto: Vengeance!)

(Oct. 23, 2014, update: You can buy my Vecto: Vengeance light novel on Amazon here: Vecto: Vengeance.)

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