This is a collection of short in-character fiction pieces about Awakened Industries, a group of capsuleers and their crews living in the enigmatic and dangerous regions of Wormhole Space in EVE Online. None of the protagonists are actual characters or corporations in-game. All similarities with persons fictional or real are possibly coincidental and only sometimes intentional. - Emergent Patroller

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: The stories on this blog contain mature themes involving sexuality and violence and are not suitable for minors or sensitive people.

29 Apr 2012

OOC Entry 21 - A guide for new readers

While I know there are a handful (at most) of people who have read my stories from the get-go, I seem to be getting new readers recently. (I wish more of you woud write comments or send me emails so I get some feedback. Please do)

If you are one of the two or three people who have faithfully followed the whole narrative, you can skip the rest of this, except if you feel you need to be reminded of something.

For the rest of you, here are some references to previous stories that make it easier to understand what is going on:

So, in the most recent story, Sylera was brought to Syndicate for experiments. There is also a reference that this happened to her earlier. The beginning of that lies within the story Equal Measure where the crew first find Sylera. The back story to her being brought to Syndicate by the Amarr begins with the third chapter of The Wrong Crowd. Also, the whole chain of events that takes place in Turning the Tide is a consequence of what happens in the other stories.

Hey, I just realized that this poor Amarr girl is my main plot driver. I actually never planned this.

An Angel in Hell opens with a scene told from the perspective of the Caldari trader Mikkai Aluvetti. He makes a few references to the past too. All the background on this can be found in the story A Trader's Woes.

The other characters, Cedrien, Keram, Alira, Sandrielle and Shisei are central protagonists of the story. Look up their character pages (on the right in the list of Dramatis Personae) and find references there to stories that feature them.

In the most recent story there is an allusion that Sandrielle and Sylera shared a sort of teacher-student relationship. This begins in The Wrong Crowd part 2, and finds it's continuation in Shattering Tranquility. Previously in Angels and Demons Sandrielle reveals her motivations about why she is so interested in the young Amarrian.

There is a hint at the end of one of the earlier stories that all might not be as coincidental as it seems. I leave it for you to find that.

So basically those are the main back references in the latest story. The short one before referred to Cedrien having to choose between a lover and a crewmember. Well that tragic story is told in Dreams of the Past.

I think that is enough now to provide a guideline for new readers so they can find their way backwards in the storyline to understand what is going on.

Be aware though, that I am constantly making small references to things that happened in the past. Also, there are certain traits that characters have which are much more elaborated on in earlier stories, and so they are basically implied knowledge in the more recent ones.

There is also a lot about the capsuleer experience, technical details, supporting characters and the background of Awakened Industries in the older stories too. So if you care, and if you don't want to feel lost and/or disconnected from the story, I would just recommend reading the whole thing from the beginning or, if you can't be bothered, ask me a question in the comments.

Addendum 03-2013: When I wrote this I had just started my thirteenth story. Now I have just finished my 20th. Everything above is still very valid (apart from phrases like "latest story") but also things have changed quite a bit. Sylera has lost her ties with home for good. Keram's past has caught up with him in unexpected ways and Sandrielle has revealed some of hers. If you are new to this story series, you can still just jump in anywhere and the same things apply as I wrote above. I still think it's worth reading some of the older stories as well.

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