Shogo: The Aftermath
Shogo: Mobile Armour Division (known as Riot during development) is a game by Monolith Productions that was created back in 1998 (Common Era, I would like to see a computer game made in the Before Common Era). It featured an anime theme as well as Japanese mecha. At the time that would not have intersted me, as I was not yet a fan of anime (Shogo partially helped convince me, before my first taste of Evangelion four years later; ironic given I stayed away from anime thinking it was weird), but there were two things that got me to play it anyway:
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 intersted in only shooter conventions. 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 over the years), but you may at least take the time to enjoy the work of the Shogo community. If you have never played Shogo than 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, and indeed many have been revised at least once already.
The story was first written in OpenOffice.org Writer 2.3 on Fedora 8 GNU/Linux during late March, April, and early May 2008.
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, save I suppose for Stragglers, Adauchi, and Never Too Late later on.
Okay, a few days after I began 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 (though I contributed a key part of the finale). 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 PlanetShogo 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 with more proper formatting (for archival rather than 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. These were all that were released in the original run of The Expanded Cannon, though they have now all been revised as well.
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.
It is also worthy to note that one of the probable reasons that these stories involve a lot of insomnia 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: The Further Expanded Canon
Writing on The Expanded Canon did not cease when the uploads did, as Hamish in particular remained well motivated towards writing Shogo stories for quite awhile afterwards. Why many of these were not released earlier is a bit complicated. As Hamish developed his ideas further he started to deal with more mature sexual content (though none are even explicit), and he did not yet feel comfortable enough to release these newer stories (while "Stragglers", completed from June 18-23, 2008 and is more in line with the original stories, just fell through the cracks). As time went on, the structure of his character-oriented Trilogy ("Sex & Violence" completed from June 5-11, 2008 and "Thanks for the Memory" from July 5, 2008 to July 25, 2009) began to take shape and with momentum on the side of continued public stasis (indeed with the loss of our original host in the summer of 2009 all of the stories were down until May 7, 2011) it was decided that they would all be released together when eventually completed. On July 29, 2009 I began work on an idea for a sequal to "The Aftermath" I first had in May 2008, an action oriented story called "Adauchi", which I did not finish until August 14, 2011. Hamish finally finished "Never Too Late", the final part of Trilogy first started on February 6, 2010, on February 2, 2014 following numerous forced rewrites of portions of it due to file corruption. We were then left with the, by that point, rather hefty job of cleaning up our earlier drafts and getting ready for our new re/release and public push onto more websites which was finally completed on October 7, 2014 with its launch on the site.
As one can see by page and word count, all of our entries steadily grew far larger than the originals, eclipsing the realm of short stories into novellas and then full length novels (with both "Adauchi" and "Never Too Late" nearing or topping 150 LibreOffice pages; though our varying styles of formatting make word count comparisons difficult). It was with these stories that both Hamish and I progressed from learning or novice writers into something of a proffesional quality (indeed, I am now reguarly published in a political paper, and Hamish is a principal game reviewer for GamingOnLinux). Furthermore, it is from this fan fiction foundation that we are both aiming to spring board into the world of original fiction, having already written a large amount of my first original novel and Hamish well into the planning stage of his own once he finishes "Scroll", his final peice of Blood fan fiction. So without further ado, here are the expansions to the expansions!
Stragglers: violence flares up again on Cronus, but from an unexpected source; an action story (By Hamish Paul Wilson). Download: Open Document, Word Document, Text.
For those unwilling to read through the above mountain of text: this is a trilogy of character-oriented fiction by Hamish Paul Wilson written between June 5, 2008 to Feburary 2, 2014. The first two are novelettes and the last expands out into a full novel. Incidentally, the second title is a reference to the Red Dwarfepisode from Series II, while the last homages the Warren Zevon song "Never Too Late For Love" from The Envoy.
Sex & Violence: Kathryn attends a communications conference on Earth, a situation Kura plans to take personal advantage of. Download: Open Document, Word Document, Text.
Thanks for the Memory: Kura faces a bitter proffesional rival, Baku's girlfriend no less, as Kathryn is haunted by recollections of the past. Download: Open Document, Word Document, Text.
Never Too Late: hoping to bring closure for himself and his family, Nathanial Akkaraju tries to correct his greatest personal, rather than proffesional, mistake. Meanwhile, Toshiro prepares to wed in a diplomatically charged ceremony aiming to bind togather more than just his he and his spouse, while Kura and Kathryn have an adventure of their own. Download: Open Document, Word Document, Text.
The second ending for the Canon written by founder Graham L. Wilson, drifting off from "Thanks for the Memory" and bypassing "Never Too Late" (as the two were written congruently), the following is a action oriented Shogo novel and ultimate epilogue. The title is Japanese but I will not translate it here.
A surprise insurrection brings the U.C.A. to its knees and only the Leviathan stands a chance of preventing the galaxy from falling into chaos. Events quickly take the form of a battle of wits between Sanjuro and an old foe both up in space and on the ground of U.C.A. High Command on Terra, with Sanjuro increasingly feeling at wits end, having suffered through too much war already and taking on more responsibility than he can bare.
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 Trilogy: Sex and Violence
Shogo Trilogy: Thanks for the Memory
Shogo Trilogy: Never Too Late (Hamish Paul Wilson's conclusion)
Shogo: Adauchi (Graham L. Wilson's conclusion) Shogo 2 (merger/third track)
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.
May 20, 2003 9:04 pm: CyHunter releases his partial novelization of Shogo on the ShogoMAD.com forums.
Early March 2008: Hamish Paul Wilson installs the GNU/Linux demo of Shogo: Mobile Armour Division.
Mid-March: Hamish acquires the full GNU/Linux version and completes the game, with Graham L. Wilson 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", detailing themes later returned to in Trilogy.
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", "Life After Death", and "Military Academy".
May 17, 2008: "Return to Cronus" is uploaded to the Internet.
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.
June 5, 2008: Hamish begins work on "Sex & Violence", the first entry of his eventual Trilogy.
June 11, 2008: Hamish completes "Sex & Violence", the first story not to uploaded immediatly to the website.
June 18, 2008: Hamish begins work on an action oreinted peice known as "Stragglers".
June 23, 2008: Hamish completes "Stragglers", but like Trilogy it remains unreleaesd until far later.
July 5, 2008: Hamish begins work on "Thanks for the Memory", the second portion of Trilogy.
February 6, 2009: Graham finds, reads and uploads "The Fall of Gabriel" to the website.
March 8, 2009: Graham publishes a review of "The Fall of Gabriel" to the website.
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!
July 25, 2009: Hamish completes "Thanks for the Memory", the second part of Trilogy.
July 29, 2009: Graham begins work on "Adauchi", his conclusion to the Canon.
February 6, 2010: Hamish starts work on "Never Too Late", the final entry in Trilogy.
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!
August 14, 2011: Graham finally finishes "Adauchi" after a flury of writing that summer.
February 6, 2014: Hamish finally finishes "Never Too Late", the final part of Trilogy and bringing The Expanded Canon to a close.
October 7, 2014: the complete and fully revised collection of stories is uploaded to the website.
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