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The Architect

Reminiscing 03/10/2011

by Joe

I brushed the dust off the PS3 that’s lying under my desk and powered it up. I looked at the list of games and remembered that I had downloaded Final Fantasy Tactics off PSN a long time ago. One of my favourite games!

FFT is one of the inspirations for The Pocalypse (especially the art style, of course). It also inspired a game that my cousin and I started many years ago that we never completed. Here’s a little screenshot:

It was called “Cardkeeper” and it was going to be a turn-based tactical RPG, much like FFT and other tactical games. The player would traverse dungeons and collect cards from fallen enemies. These cards contained magic spells and summonable monsters that would aid the player in battle.

I rummaged through my computer and I found the backstory that went with it! It went like this:

Thousands of years ago in the world of Pannotia, there lived an ancient, wise and pure-hearted wizard named Olgahm. One night, the night that Olgahm had been waiting for his entire life, he opened a portal to another world. He hoped to share magical secrets with a kind, mystic being from a foreign land. Alas, the being that came through the portal was neither kind nor willing to share any magical secrets. Olgahm was attacked by the portal-traveller who called himself Rekharsem.
A great battle between Olgahm and Rekharsem ensued. They both had incredible magical abilities and it seemed as if they were evenly matched. After forty-four long days of heated battle, both fighters were exhausted. Olgahm knew that he could not defeat Rekharsem by force, but perhaps he could defeat him through wit and cunning. As they were both recovering their energy, Olgahm proposed a deal to Rekharsem. “I will grant you immortality, if you would let me live in peace,” said Olgahm.
Rekharsem’s greed was aroused by this proposal. He knew that Olgahm was the kind of wizard that would not go back on his word. Rekharsem, on the other hand, was exactly that kind and he planned to kill Olgahm once he had the gift of immortality. He accepted the deal with a malicious grin on his face.
Olgahm began the ritual, but not the ritual that Rekharsem had in mind. Rekharsem did not realise until it was too late. When the ritual was complete, Olgahm held a Card in his hand. Sealed in this Card was Rekharsem himself. “Here, you shall live for eternity.”
Olgahm returned home and rested for one year. During his long slumber, Olgahm had terrible nightmares. A great conflict plagued his mind. Even while sealed inside a Card, Rekharsem’s power influenced the vulnerable sleeping mind of Olgahm. Rekharsem wished to control the mind of his enemy. He succeeded.
Olgahm awakened and did not recognise his own body. He was now Rekharsem. He felt a new power flow through his fingers. With the knowledge of the magic of two worlds, Rekharsem set out to enslave the people of Pannotia. However, before he could harm any living being, he felt the unstoppable force of Olgham’s mercy and kindness. All of Rekharsem’s offensive magic was silenced by the unconscious will of his host.
Enraged by his weakness, Rekharsem opened a portal to his world. He summoned his minions and hoped that they would help him carry out his evil plans. Powerful creatures entered Pannotia through Rekharsem’s portal. Rekharsem beckoned his soldiers to obey him. However, not recognising their master and sensing his lack of offensive magic, they attacked Rekharsem, accusing him of blasphemy.
Defenceless, Rekharsem fled into a deep cave, where he was soon trapped. His soldiers had him cornered until he frantically began the same ritual that Olgahm used to seal him within a Card. He successfully completed the ritual and then held the Cards of his sealed minions. Fearing the immense power emanating from the Cards, Rekharsem used his remaining energy to divide the powers into multiple Cards, splitting the creatures’ spirits and separating them from their magic. Now with each Card containing a fraction of its original power, Rekharsem banished the Cards from himself and they were spread throughout Pannotia. He no longer had the fear of any of his minions entering his mind. These acts had depleted all of Rekharsem’s energy. Clinging to a thin thread of life, Rekharsem entered a deep slumber that would last hundreds of years.
The kingdom of Kalini was built around Rekharsem’s Cave and all memory of Olgahm faded into the dusty pages of history. Not long after Kalini was established, many treasure hunters, adventurers, and even villagers stumbled upon the Cards that contained the magic of Rekharsem’s army. Accidentally realising the power held within each Card, the people of Kalini quickly took advantage of these strange artefacts. Harnessing the magic within the Cards, the people of Kalini now had new magical tools to aid them in their daily lives. But like any great power, some people abused the privilege and used the Cards as weapons. Many conflicts broke out between those that wished to obtain more Cards and more power. The Cards were collected by many people, some good and some bad. These people came to be known as Cardkeepers.
One day, inside a small cottage on the outskirts of Kalini, a young Cardkeeper held a new Card that she had just found on her most recent journey. This Card was different from the others. It had a strange aura about it that separated it from her other Cards. Deep down, she feared this new Card, but her sense of adventure and curiosity compelled her to use the Card, regardless of the consequences. After all, didn’t the first Cardkeeper fear the first Card too?
After summoning the Card’s power, the young Cardkeeper was astounded. Unlike the others, no spell spewed forth from the Card. Instead, a living being stood in front of her. The large, reptile-like animal stared down at its summoner and spoke, “Command me, master.”

Haha, it’s funny reading old stuff :D

Enjoy Scene 38 – “Sentinel in Need, Part Two”! (Yup, I went the Bernie route. Chapter 2 is almost done!)

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woot! Arbiter! awesome!…

Your game sounds pretty awesome too btw, the card aspect is the only part im like >.< but the entire premise of the game sounds cool, I really enjoyed reading about it.

Curator on March 10, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I am the Arbiter: bringer of worlds, and I bring you the world of the Nether, created by the great Notch for abominations such as yourself. Here, you burn for eternity and hide from vicious demons who will hunt you have been thoroughly obliterated from existence. You have overstayed your welcome here, and I banish you henceforth.

I am the Arbiter, and you will remember that name forever.

Yoinkinator on March 10, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Jet car hey….? Thats cool!!! Might want to look into that Joe, like the bat-moblie…. =D

Overload on March 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm


Riou on March 10, 2011 at 3:56 pm

NICE!!!!!! Arbiter is epic!

Blackwolf359 on March 10, 2011 at 3:57 pm

You put those episodes too rarely for anyone to guess that Arbiter’s gonna come.
Glad to see him back as well, gj. :)

freshmeatt on March 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Hahaha love the scene especially the BTTF 3 reference Joe ;-)

Hillbo on March 10, 2011 at 8:47 pm

@Curator – Thanks! The younger me would be happy to hear that, too!
@Yoinkinator – “And you will remember that name forever.” I like it.
@Riou – The scope of Cardkeeper was just too big back then. Maybe one day! :D
@Hillbo – Woohoo! I’m glad someone got the reference!

Joe on March 10, 2011 at 8:53 pm

WAS THAT EVEN BERNIE????? He sounded like a completely different person!!!!!

I wonder how he’ll react when Joe tells him Cross is wearing what’s left of Stinger…

NeoPhantom, Mirage Warrior of the Netherlands on March 10, 2011 at 11:33 pm

By any chance, are those things in Arbiter’s back jetpacks? The fire propulsion for speed is between them, so it’s not what causes his speed…

NeoPhantom, Mirage Warrior of the Netherlands on March 10, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Awesome Arbiter

Ashendant on March 11, 2011 at 12:39 am

Arbiter is the OMEGA! way to come up with a new suit! :D

Makenna Ray Parker on March 11, 2011 at 1:04 am

i am replacing all “Arbiter’s” with “Retribution’s”

lukesf on March 11, 2011 at 2:08 am

Arbiter wasn’t my first choice for name, but whatever. It’s not that big of a deal really. The suit is awesome, that’s what counts.

Aulos on March 11, 2011 at 2:54 am

ok make pocalypse the game, then make “Cardkeeper”. and i will be happy.

oh i am coming to japan on the 28th i will be in the yokosuka.

oliver on March 11, 2011 at 3:42 am

Actually… Arbiter goes well with his Scifipolice-like look… Retribution would have gone well with another suit… Though Joe could’ve made Arbiter in reference to his name…

NeoPhantom, Mirage Warrior of the Netherlands on March 11, 2011 at 3:49 am


As for Cardkeeper, that might be something I’d be glad to pick up. My only question is the language it’s in.

The Stick on March 11, 2011 at 5:16 am

@Hillbo You’ve gotta love BTTF, it’s such a kickass movie series
And of course Arbiter is so f’ing awesome, especially when he let that vampire run, in my head I was thinking big mistake, but then he shot her, so f’ing AWESOME!!

SpiritOfAdventure on March 11, 2011 at 5:55 am

YES YES YES! Arbiter pwns all! I love the suit and the way he looks in via the face panel thing also I love the line he makes: thats it keep running give me a challenge *shoots* dead vampire!

sykes on March 11, 2011 at 7:01 am

Running in a line is very smart Genovera…

Ashendant on March 11, 2011 at 8:19 am

Arbiter looks BADASS!!!

Zerotech68 on March 11, 2011 at 8:25 am

@oliver – Heh heh I don’t see Cardkeeper in the cards, so to speak, but it’ll always be a possibility :D Awesome! Enjoy Japan!
@The Stick – I think it was in JavaScript (I think?), but it didn’t get far enough to be “pick up-able”.

Joe on March 11, 2011 at 10:13 am

I can’t say I am a fan of tactical card games in the least, there isn’t any tactics in having a deck of cards randomized and influencing a major aspect of your battles.

Jeremy on March 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Finish the game. Post it. I want it!

Kaz on March 11, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Just heard about the big earthquake in Japan! Are you guys okay?

Snerky on March 11, 2011 at 8:46 pm

@Snerky – Yes, we’re okay :) Thank you for your concern! I’m going to blog about it next update in more detail, but it was pretty scary! Thankfully, we live far from the hardest hit areas that the world is seeing on the news now.

Joe on March 11, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Phew. It was the first thing I heard when I woke up and you et family were the first people on my mind. Glad to hear you’re okay!

Snerky on March 11, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Oh and of course, awesome episode, hard to introduce somebody in a cooler way than that.

Snerky on March 11, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Oh, thank goodness. I was gonna check on that myself when I just saw the news and the pictures. It’s good to know you’re alright. Now I have to go check on all the people I know who live in CA and on the coast.

Tsumeken on March 11, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Water can be frightening. When I was young I saw a car slide completely off a bridge trying to cross a flooded river. The water over the bridge was only 2 inches deep.

angrybirds on March 12, 2011 at 3:41 am

Its good that you and your family are safe, it didn’t eally register at first but once I put two and two together I felt it only right to say something, stay safe

SpiritOfAdventure on March 12, 2011 at 6:37 am

Awesome suit Bernie has there, Arbiter will kick freaking ass!!
@Joe I hope you guys are well out of harms way with that earthquake and tsunami, hope no one you care for is hurt! Its a tragedy…

Timmy HarleQuin on March 12, 2011 at 8:19 am

You guys really lucked out… It seems like it was a huge catastrophe… THIS is why coasts are so dangerous!

NeoPhantom, Mirage Warrior of the Netherlands on March 12, 2011 at 11:00 am

Yoinkinator, that sounded really awesome. As for the rest of them, I must agree, Joe, that that game DOES sound really awesome. Maybe you should see if you can finish that one once you get done with The Pocalypse Defense 2! :D

illeatyourself on May 24, 2012 at 11:20 am