It was weird and a little bit of cognitive dissonance. Never before have I seen such a mixture of shiny new and worn-down old in the same location, with everything cleaned and polished and lots of older stuff replaced with newer things but some things being impossible to hide their age even after a cleaning.
Buuuuuuut, overall the pool was a much better environment, and our staff room is also neater and more efficient with more space available and instead of lockers we have bins which're actually much bigger than the lockers ever were and have the advantage of being easily removed.
It was a whole lot of good stuff, so the reorientation went well I think. Of course, there was a slight oversight. Inevitable given this was my first week back and I was bound to forget something. In this case, my lifeguarding shirt. Buuuuut, since I was bringing my stuff back, that meant instead of depositing my gear I got to wear my gear.
Specifically, two of the items I bought earlier. The V-neck was wonderful, and it was light as could be. Unfortunately, while it is a staff shirt it's not a lifeguarding shirt, so over it I had to wear my hoodie, which is a bit bulkier and heavier, but with some adjustments, was livable. I got to break them in, and when my shift ended, put them in my bin when I changed back into my civilian attire.
Soyeah, that was work. I thought of a fair amount at work, but the thing which most stuck out? One of my mega-universes, Mythe. You'd recognize it as being a setting which I largely imported into Red Hood Rider. You may also recall it started out as a setting which was basically ripping off Artix Entertainment just with my own little touches added here and there. (And every story within has absolutely terrible writing.)
But one of my favorite stories in that setting, the climatic final book of that universe that I have dreamt up anyway, is what I worked on a little bit today. The plot can be summarized as, essentially, this: a gathering of all the greatest at everything has been called, intent on answering a grim threat. And by greatest at everything, we mean everything. Every fantasy job, every fantasy race (that is on the heroes' side at least), and every fantasy class (that is on the heroes' side at least), sending representatives to a council meeting.
The protagonist, a necromancer and ruler of a land, was obviously not invited since he of course is evil to the core--but with the right half-truths and taking advantage of the better parts of good-aligned people (namely, he can't hide the land he is from but he can chastise anyone for assuming him originating from a land ruled by an evil overlord necromancer--him, but they don't know that--would mean he'd be evil, when it is quite correct that people anywhere can be good or evil him included), he manages to get to the meeting anyway.
He attended more out of curiosity than anything else, but when the nature of the gathering was revealed, he was forced to volunteer with these best of everythings thanks to a common interest: a threat capable of destroying the world was well on its way to doing exactly that. Our villain protagonist is evil--not stupid. He knows that promises of mercy, of living if aligning with that foe, are empty because he lives on the planet they are trying to destroy, and has a rather vested interest in avoiding death. (Basically he has a grudge against death thanks to meeting death as a young man when everyone he knew was killed yet death refusing to take him too.)
A potentially incomplete list of all the attending abilities/traits:
-Duelist (mixture of both pistols and blades, the latter which is also called a Fencer)
-Spellblader (part of what the protagonist is pretending to be)
-Merchant (is actually a class, yes)
-Mercenary (is actually a class, yes)
-Elemancer (can use magic of all eight elements but is limited to exclusively those)
-Pyromancer (the main thing the protagonist is pretending to be)
-(I need to look up the appropriate word for Energy)mancer
-(I also need to look up an appropriate word for Light)mancer
-Necromancer (what our protagonist actually is but not something which is supposed to be known)
-Mirror (copies stuff, aka Mime/Blue Mage etc but Mirror is my name for it)
-Nightslayer (Vampire Hunter/Lycan Hunter, and similar)
-Caster (special class I made up)
-Ichoromancer (blood master)
-Creator (special class I made up)
-Runesmith (just assume profession until told otherwise)
-A vampire (well actually, half-vampire)
-A werewolf (well actually, half-werewolf)
-Maybe a dwarf?
-Maybe an orc?
...The thing is. I'm not writing just about 100 characters to be on the heroes' side. I'm aiming more for 30-50: a notably large group, but a still passably small group. As a result. Multiples are possible, as in, one person being both the best vampire and the best of something else. And our protagonist--while specializing in necromancy--genuinely is a skilled pyromancer and can use it effectively in spellbladery, meaning he's both of those (secretly all three), for an example.
Another is that the telekinetic specialist isn't actually having their first specialist as telekinesis. They're firstly a cook. They use their telekinesis to effectively provide meals for an entire army singlehandedly, something impossible for anyone with anything less than absolute mastery of telekinesis.
So basically I want to eventually figure out the logistics of who specializes in what. I already know many of the main characters. The ichoromancer is a star in one of my other stories along-side the dhamphir. The lycan is also the caster and is a star in one of my other stories. Part of being a caster (which is similar to necromancy) is being tied to a partner and his partner is the best in one of the melee classes if not more than one. A few others were defined as well.
But I didn't get to narrow it down as much as I'd like. I did do a few things, such as the scholar being the bard as well and also being a scribe/accountant/historian/librarian (one of the most diverse skill sets), but for the most part these things are left blank right now even though they shouldn't be blanks.
...Oh and yes I actually can waste hours on research here especially with...distractions. I got pretty thorough but I'm pretty sure I could find more which I didn't consider duplicates or unusable if I did a little more digging than I've already done. Because, uh. Yeah. This only scratched the surface.
I love the setting and I like the story. Would require a massive rewrite to be usable but it's doable. The protagonist is one of my favorite creations of all time for good reason. (I wish I could explain more of the setting/world but I'm drawing blanks on what to say.) Good reason I imported him over into Red Hood Rider. (Admittedly he only gets a couple of cameos and references outside of the cameos but he's important all the same.)
On the very loosest of loose bases, in fact. The story that he appears in is thousand-year-old backstory for Red Hood Rider, in that events in his original source material of Mythe which his story was telling...have a very similar analogue in the Rubyverse's backstory. The funniest thing is, that wasn't even planned! It was just a funny coincidence. So in that regard, you could kinda sorta consider Red Hood Rider to be the sequel to this guy's story if not for the fact that it's in a different universe altogether. (The Mythe universe was imported into the Rubyverse, meaning that most things in Mythe happened in the Rubyverse, but vice-versa is not true in that nothing in the Rubyverse happens in Mythe unless it was originally from Mythe in the first place.)
So, in a sense, I could be said to be writing a prequel right now which also serves as a sequel to some of my other stories! Confused yet? I know I sure am!