So, you know this guy, right? The one proposing to Riela Marcellis from the Valkyria Chronicles series?
He's Blake, my Darcsen OC that's been my secretly obsessive project for years. He originally started out as a Halo character (crazy, right?), but Blake has gone through so many changes over the years to get to how he looks right now. I'm finally satisfied with how he looks, but now I've run into an even bigger dilemma; WHAT KIND OF STORY DO I USE HIM FOR?!
I will admit it to the world; I've always been a crossover nut, so I had come up with this wild idea to mix the XCOM and Valkyria Chronicles games together, due to their similar gameplay. I mean, both are about squads of people fighting overwhelming odds for their rights to exist, with characters you grow attached to (VC), or ones you build entire backstories behind that you grow fond of (XCOM). Both have humans with quasi-superpowers (Valkyria and Psionics), rare & valuable magic crystals (Ragnite & Elerium), and both series involve dealing with giant invasions by big bad conquerors out to grind our squads into dust for their own nefarious agendas (the Empire & the Ethereals). Why not a single PC fan has tried, like REALLY tried, to make a long story out of this has puzzled me greatly. So I thought I could be the one to give it a try!
But I ran into an issue pretty fast. I was adamant about keeping Blake as a Darcsen, due to the facts that I consider every Darcsen character in VC to be pure awesome in their own ways (ESPECIALLY dear old Lynn of Squad 7 & Imca of the Nameless), but also, as you can tell, I love the idea of a relationship between a Darcsen and a Valkyria. It's never really been used before, and on a personal level, I kind of thought of it as... well, tender & sweet in a way. Certainly a sharp contrast compared to how their ancestors were punching each other's lights out during the War of the Valkyrur two millennia back.
But if I'm trying to combine VC with XCOM, how would I include Blake in this? I'm not so such making him a dimensional castaway growing up in the XCOM 'verse would have worked out too well, not that the idea wasn't appealing in it's own right in some ways. It became apparent that Blake was actually fitting in quite well as a Valkyria character, although compared to some traditional Darcsens, Blake is definitely not average; he's more than willing to knock out a Darcsen-hater's teeth when they go too far, for one! But that left me racking my brains for a solution on how I was going to pull this crossover off.
Strangely, and most embarrassingly enough, the simplest solution came from another fanfic writer, The Incredible Muffin, and his two Star Wars stories centered around his mercenary OCs, the Outcast Blades. While his first story had been purely Star Wars, he pulled off a crossover with Mass Effect by simply creating a scenario where his Star Wars OCs found a way into the Mass Effect 'verse, simply by making it so that both series existed in the same shared universe, just separated into two different galaxies!
So, by following that example, the easiest solution turns out to be this: I can have my Valkyria Chronicles stories with my OC, and just set the events of XCOM in the VC world! A simple solution that others would tell me was completely obvious, but give me a break; Writer's Block is no joke!
(Not to mention that it's... like... 11 o'clock at night right now, and the creative side of my brain is running on fumes right now...so sleepy...)