Shogo: The Aftermath
Shogo: Mobile Armour Division (called Riot during development and sometimes called Heavy Metal) is a game by Monolith Productions that was created back in 1998 (Common Era, I would like to see a game made in the Before Common Era). It featured an anime theme as well as Japanese "mecha". Now normally that sort of stuff would not have interested me, as I was not a fan of anime, but there were two things that got me to play:
When I did play it, I rather liked it. The gameplay was memorable, the story was good and the characterizations were excellent.
It has enough anime to interest fans, but not enough to have turned away people like me (notably the graphics were more like a lower detail Blood II, which was good as it did not have too much of the freaky anime visualizations). Though I was not happy with the ending, just a single text screen and a rather silly (and murderous) cutscene, no matter which path you chose. That is what brought me to undergo this project, this piece of fan fiction was written to make a more detailed and pleasant ending for my favourite Shogo path (Option 2, Selection 1). For more information, read the author's note at the start of the story. The story also takes a lot of inspiration from the truly great collection of Blood fan fiction; if it was not for those I probably would not have written this story. It may be unlikely that Monolith will ever make a Shogo 2 (despite consistent rumours even now), but you may at least take the time to enjoy the work of the Shogo community. If you have never played Shogo then my story will make little sense, however I can provide help as there is a detailed description of the plot on the Blood Wiki: Shogo Sub-Section. These stories are not a constant and may be edited to improve spelling and grammar at a later time.
Oh, I should also mention that these stories contain traces of coarse language and violence. What did you expect from first-person shooter fiction? Actually there is less than you might think. More might appear more in later stories though.
Now this is for all you modifiers out there, the GNU Free Documentation License 1.3 version of the "The Aftermath". I give you full permission to use this text under the terms of the GFDL. This version is different from the original as I replaced all of Monolith's property with new stuff, as well as removing the author's notes and disclaimers. Enjoy!
You may notice that the replacement names are rather anglicized. Heh.
Simon Michael (Sanjuro Makabe).
Thomas Michael (Toshiro Makabe).
Catherine Anderson (Kathryn Akkaraju).
Kate Anderson (Kura Akkaraju) (GFDL short for Katrina and not Katherine!).
Norman Anderson (Nathaniel Akkaraju).
Bill O'Brian (Baku Ogata).
Sophie Sanderson (Samantha Sternberg).
Harry Jameson (Hank Johnson).
Ryan Ignazio (Ryo Ishakawa, new last name is Spanish for fire!).
Cara (Carla, a minor character in Shogo and my story. I ignore that Sanjuro apparently blew her up in during the end credits. ;-P).
Graham (Gabriel, say where did I get that name from? ;-P).
Chthonic (Cothineal, new name derived from a collection of Greek gods).
Lt. Denver (Lt. Dussault).
H.ydrolic A.ssault S.uite or HAS (Replaces MCA or Mobile Combat Armour).
C.orporate C.ontrol A.uthority + D.efense F.orce or CCA+DF (Replaces UCA and UCASF)
The Forgotten (Replaces the Fallen).
C.ronium M.ining E.nforcement F.orce or CMEF (Replaces CMC).
Okay, a few days after I begun writing "The Aftermath" my twin brother wrote "Caleb on Cronus", a Shogo/Blood II crossover.
It was actually uploaded as part of the "Tome of Blood" a few weeks before "The Aftermath" (the first story to start being written). Later, while being kept up late by a rather nasty cold, he also decided to pen, well, keyboard a Shogo short story that was a prequel to both "Mobile Armour Division" and "The Aftermath". That same night I also started a story set before "MAD" in which Kura finds out about Gabriel's identity; it took me forever, but I did eventually release it. Another story, written about a month after I started "The Aftermath", called "Military Academy", was written over a few days by my brother. Later in May 2008, Hamish wrote a sequel to "Caleb on Cronus" titled "Return to Cronus". Soon after Hamish wrote "Looking for the Next Best Thing", which is also a tribute to the musician Warren Zevon. In early February 2009 I found an old Shogo short called "The Fall of Gabriel" from 1999 on a small abandoned fan site which I then read, adapted and uploaded (and then later wrote a review of). It follows the other playable path so it adds a continuation of that plot line. After searching through the Planet Shogo and ShogoMAD.com forums (for Shogo Sub-Section archiving purposes) I came across a decent novelization of the earlier parts of Shogo on May 10, 2009, which I have adapted to proper formatting (for archival, not readability's sake I have included the original unformatted version). The edited version also has a novelization of the first Shogo level I once wrote. More tales will come eventually; my brother Hamish has some really good work at various stages done in private and I too have a big one brewing, featuring an action oriented plot (all will be released "when they're done" as 3D Realmssaid). All stories below may get GFDL versions at a later date (except for "The Fall of Gabriel" and "Shogo Novel" as we do not control those; technically reposting them without permission is iffy - of course I would be very surprised if the original authors would come here to complain), though only in open document (.odt) format (which is only appropriate).
The following stories are part of the Expanded Canon "Alternate Universe" series. A place for any number of cross-overs anyone wishes to write.
Please note that these are not to be considered as actual parts of either the official or expanded canons.
Got a new story or just a comment: send it here or here!
It is also worthy to note that one of the probable reasons that the stories involve a lot of insomnia (mostly on Sanjuro's part) is due to them being written in the middle of the night, so we are familiar with it. These stories break the adage "write what you know" as they are mostly a product of our fertile imaginations and have little to do with our actual lives, maybe someday one will involve cows but none right now. ;-P I have also looked through various pages on Shogo mods and no one has seen fit to make any storylines for them, so this page is the only source for more Shogo story that I know of.
Shogo: Military Academy
Shogo: Looking for the Next Best Thing
Shogo: Life After Death
Shogo: Hidden Life
Shogo/Blood: Caleb on Cronus (Alternate Universe)
Shogo: Mobile Armour Division (Official Canon)/Novel (Fan Recreation)
Shogo: The Fall of Gabriel (Other Path)
Shogo: The Aftermath
Shogo/Blood: Return to Cronus (Alternate Universe)
Shogo: Expanded Canon History Time Line (CE)
September 30, 1998: Shogo: Mobile Armour Division is first released for Microsoft Windows by Monolith Productions.
January 19, 1999: Ron "eclip5e" Adams writes "The Fall of Gabriel", he was a member of the OTAKUdeathmatching clan.
Early 1999: "Blood Runner" a Blood fan fiction piece is written, it mentions the game Shogo: Mobile Armour Division.
2001: Hyperion Entertainment releases Shogo for GNU/Linux, AmigaOS, and Macintosh OS X.
2003: May 20, 2003 9:04 pm: CyHunter releases his partial novelization of Shogo on the ShogoMAD.com forums
Early March 2008: Hamish Wilson installs the GNU/Linux demo of Shogo: Mobile Armour Division, first introducing Hamish and Graham to the game.
Mid-March: Hamish and Graham acquire the GNU/Linux full version and complete the game, with Graham feeling unsatisfied with the endings.
Late March 2008: Graham starts work on the first begun piece of Expanded Canon fan fiction: "The Aftermath".
Early April 2008: Hamish writes the Blood/Shogo crossover "Caleb on Cronus".
Mid-April 2008: Hamish writes "Life After Death" and Graham begins work on "Hidden Life".
April 25, 2008: "Caleb on Cronus", the first new work of Shogo fan fiction, is published on the web by the Blood Wiki.
Early May 2008: Hamish writes "Military Academy".
May 7, 2008: Hamish begins the second Blood/Shogo crossover: "Return to Cronus".
May 10, 2008: Graham finishes the fan fiction website and uploads "The Aftermath" (plus GFDL), "Life After Death", and "Military Academy".
May 11, 2008: Graham creates the "Life After Death" and "Military Academy" GFDL versions with Hamish's permission.
May 17, 2008: "Return to Cronus" is uploaded.
May 18, 2008: Hamish begins writing "Looking for the Nest Best Thing", he later loses the first draft.
May 19, 2008: Hamish finishes "Looking for the Next Best Thing" after rewriting it. The GFDL version was created that evening.
February 6, 2009: Graham finds, reads and uploads "The Fall of Gabriel".
March 8, 2009: Graham publishes a review of "The Fall of Gabriel".
May 10, 2009: Graham finds, edits and reads CyHunter's novelization.
May 11, 2009: Graham finishes editing the novelization, adds some text he wrote, and uploads it to the website.
June 8, 2009: Graham finally releases "Hidden Life", after more than a year of putting it off.
Summer 2009: Graham's old host at Fateback screws him and corrupts his account somehow!
Feburary 25, 2010: Graham experimented with posting this as a Blood Wiki page, but the wiki look does not fit its retro feel so he lost interest.
May 7, 2011: The now DeathMask-hosted Blood Wiki finalizes its FTP account - giving him a good place to put this back up! We are back baby!
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