The day is finally here. The day I finally, officially, share Overpowered with the world. After years of rewrites, genre changes, lack of confidence, and more, I am finally ready to release the first chapter this weekend. So, what is Overpowered?
Well, I’ve prepared a back cover synopsis of the story:
“Miranda Reinhart is special even for the world she inhabits! A world torn apart by war, where the United States is nothing more than thirteen cities guarded by massive walls, and supernatural abilities are commonplace. Miranda is just one of millions of espers living in the joint San Diego-Los Angeles city, a powerful electrokinesis, she can control and manipulate electricity. But her esper abilities are not what they seem. There’s something special about them and the scientists of San Diego-Los Angeles, both the light and dark side, want to know what it is.
But thwarting attempts to turn her into some lab rat is now the least of her worries. As the civil war between the twelve cities and Denver begins to escalate and inch ever closer to home, an old friend turned enemy returns to town, and a telekinetic boy appears and claims to be from San Francisco, an area in ruins and sinking into the California Strait after the apocalyptic Second Korean War. And, the place where Miranda’s parents vanished after an expedition gone wrong six years ago.”
But that’s just something meant to entice you to read the story after your eyes were drawn to the cover (you know, if this ever becomes a novel (like I someday hope it does.) This post is where I’m going to really share my plans and a little more for the series.
So, let’s begin!
- How many story arcs do I have planned?
I’ve managed to think up about seven or so major story arcs, with a handful of smaller arcs and side stories in between. Some of these plans could still change, but much of the overall story is set in stone and just needs some fleshing out.
- How often will a chapter be expected to be released?
Hahaha oh… I have no idea. Now that I’m properly launching the series I’m going to be working on it a lot more than I used to (I used to take three month breaks at times.) Given how it took around two weeks to write this chapter, I’d say around that time. Some maybe a week or two longer. Of course this could easily change due to being in college.
- How long will the chapters be?
I honestly don’t know how to answer this right now. I want these chapters to be longer than they currently are, but I’m having trouble finding ways to do that. The three prologue chapters are short on purpose, but I do hope that when I get to the real story, they’ll start to get longer.
- Will there be any visuals to accompany the text?
I do want to commission some portraits of the main cast, as well as create a logo/pretty title for the series, however due to financial issues I am currently unable to.
- What was the inspiration behind Overpowered?
The two largest sources of inspiration came from A Certain Magical Index and RWBY. In fact, when this series became a science fiction story it was almost a Index clone, minus the magic. I’m very happy to say that I think I’ve created something unique and interesting thanks to essentially mashing a ton of stuff I love together. I’m also very shocked to say that Halo had a very minor influence on the series.
- Who is this aimed at?
Anime fans. From the beginning I’ve had dreams of seeing this become a light novel series, maybe even get a manga or anime series. Hell, sometimes I wonder if this series would be better as a manga and not a light novel, but I can’t draw for shit so it’s going to be a light novel.
- Why did it take almost six years to get the first chapter out?
Oh where do I begin on this one. I guess from the beginning? Overpowered wasn’t always a science fiction story. And it wasn’t even close to what it is now when I first wrote it! And that’s because it started as an assignment back in eighth grade.We had a simple assignment, to write a story using the vocabulary words we were provided. The vocabulary words centered around avalanches and the story had to be at least a page long. I wrote nine. And I turned it in about a week later than it was due. It was far more complex than it needed to be but I didn’t care. It was the first time I had written something and enjoyed it so much.And the characters in that story, along with their designs, are the same as the main three characters of Overpowered. While they lacked last names at the time, Vincent and Miranda Reinhart (back then unrelated and merely friends), as well as Hayley Adams, have been present since the beginning. They have gone through some changes however, for starters their personalities. Miranda’s is perhaps the largest, with her originally being written as this shy, frail, girl who was basically afraid of everything, but a super genius. Meanwhile Hayley was a tomboy and prankster, usually teasing Miranda. They were good friends and Hayley cared about Miranda a lot. And finally there was Vince. He was originally based on Kyon from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. He was one who kept the group together and basically acted as the leader.
After writing that assignment, I decided to continue their adventures. They were pretty tame, slice of the life stuff. The group goes to the beach, another time they got lost in the city, and a handful of other stories existed. At one point Hayley got struck by lightning, survived, but lost her memory. This is when I introduced Serena and Nick. While Serena has stayed pretty much exactly the same as she did way back then, Nick was originally an antagonist. I made him a huge and manipulative asshole.
I must’ve written at least eight different stories over the course of the next few months. Sadly, I lost them all when my old laptop broke and instead of fixing it, we got a new one. But that didn’t stop me from writing. I started over, rebooted the series in late 2013. This time the cast were in a dorm, with Miranda somehow ending up in the same dorm as her brother, Vince, and Nick. Hayley and Serena were still around and I introduced yet another character who’s still present in the current version, a younger girl named Alex.
This is also when Miranda began to develop her new, short-tempered and prideful personality. She also became an anime nerd purely so that I could fill the story with references to anime and video games, along with Nick who had developed into a more comic relief character. She also had narcolepsy. I do not remember why I gave it to her, but she had it.
I don’t remember too much more from this stage. I barely worked on it and I never wrote a complete chapter. I do know that this stage lasted for about a year. There was another series that I had also started working on as well. It took a lot more from A Certain Magical Index than Overpowered. Unnamed, it was set on an artificial island city in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. A city of science, it told the story of a normal human male and his two female esper friends. One of them lost their memory and, due to a misunderstanding in which the male groped her breast (because the laws of anime delays this shit,) hates him. The other girl and the guy then try to get her memory back, not much else had developed beyond that. I went nowhere with this series either, however it start to make me wonder what my other work would be like if the cast were espers. As I continued to watch the Raildex (a combination of the two anime in the A Certain Magical Index franchise, the other series being A Certain Scientific Railgun) anime, the thoughts continued to grow. Eventually, Miranda and everyone was given esper abilities and they were in a futuristic world. And I even went and brought back the three espers from the first story and added them to Overpowered.
Connecting the dots yet? Yep, late 2014 was when the early stages of Overpowered in a recognizable form was born. The characters had been granted esper abilities and they still have them to this day, a ranking system based on the one from Raildex had developed, and a lot more characters had been introduced, and the name for the series had been chosen. Some of the story arcs I’m planning even have their earlier forms here. There were just a few things missing from the Overpowered I’m about to debut. Overpowered wasn’t always set in this near apocalyptic world. It was set in 2054, but it wasn’t in a country where thirteen cities remain and San Diego was guarded by massive walls ala Attack on Titan (even though the idea for that actually came from RWBY’s four kingdoms.)
Then volume four of RWBY aired. Beacon had fallen, the cast was scattered, and team RNJR had set out on a journey to Haven. It was these elements that lead to me making one final change to the world of Overpowered. Instead of simply a world set fifty years in the future, it was a world torn apart by war. The planet ravaged and in ruin, where a desperate attempt by what was left of the United States lead to the creation of massive walls around thirteen of the country’s cities to protect the population from the dangers that lurked outside. I don’t want to say anymore because there’s some seriously spoiler heavy stuff here, but this was Overpowered. This is what I would work with for a year. And now, here we are. Ready to post the first chapter.
Some of you have just recently been introduced to this story. Others have known about it for years, watching me struggle to find the perfect first chapter, changing this over and over again. I shared Overpowered with you guys at several different points over the course of its development and you guys have had such a massive impact on the story. Thank you for helping me make one of my dreams a reality. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed finally getting around to writing it.
You can read Overpowered over here on my DeviantART account when the chapter goes up this weekend: https://monkeysxmoo35.deviantart.com/