I had to face a sobering thought. Perhaps my parents, and almost certainly some of my older relatives, will be dead by the time Animus: Rites of Passage comes to a close.
The structure of the Animus transmedia story goes as I describe it here.
Last night, I was asked if these represented two five year chunks for the ancient past of Animus history (Pellos' journey, the Expedition, etc), one five year chunk for the present (the age of the Alliance, the Sup're dynasty), and two more five year chunks for the future (the Latter Days, the Feno-Callytic regency). Tempting… …but I believe there's a lot more to it than that—and it's a lot more involved and complicated than that, but, suffice it to say, the characters will be visiting all those eras of history.
As different fictional ages are encountered in the story, other characters are encountered, each with their own story. For example, in the Sup're age, the explorers Kokono, Taraka and Jo-Bi (assuming they get there, or even survive that far) will likely encounter the Doth Knight Dokai, and the Här-Bownan Ranger Burnak both of whom have a shared story of their own meant to be told in either a trilogy of novels, an animated series, or a set of comic books on their own.
One of the young people I met at the Expo last weekend came up to me and gave me an interesting insight. He said, "You know what I hate? I hate comic book stories that have run for 15 years, and that make you have to read all of those back issues to understand the current story."
So I realized I'd have to have periodic reentry points. There'd need to be branches that lead in as well as out. Perhaps they all should. For example, a comic miniseries should do more than just tell its own story, but setting others up for the Rites of Passage main trunk story—and for them to re-enter it at whatever point (probably at the last five year act break) was most recent—so that new audiences are not floundering and have a way to re-enter.
Stories that branch in are ones that new readers and audiences can start on—having no previous experience with Animus. This will then lead them into the main Rites of Passage story and the larger Animus storyworld.
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