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Ah, darn kids, they made me forget what happened again!

- The Mechanic

The Second Borealis Galactic War was completely rewritten beginning 2016, and many events were retconned compared to the original version. This will list the more notable retcons, and the reasons for them. Note that this contains spoilers for the war, so please read either the war or the summary first.

OverarchingEdit

  • The vast majority of events are re-ordered.
  • The Borealis News Network Report sections in most parts are new. Originally, these news reports only appeared in the Business of War. They were added to every chapter of the war, beginning with the Rise of the Xi'Arazulha, to establish the lore behind the setting more and give more insight to how the rest of the galaxy would feel about the war's events as opposed to just during the Business of War.
  • Several characters were added:
    • Durzhan is a completely new character introduced in the war, as originally it was only Zargoth and Kolossus who conspired to spark the war. Durzhan was introduced for continuity with the retconned Ottzello wars beginning with the Great Blyro War, and also largely to add more mystery to Zargoth's character.
    • Xeron was added to give more back-story to the character that would later be a Polar Crystal Alliance councillor.
    • Vyutrin is a completely new character introduced in the war, made to serve as an actual military commander to the Indoctrinate Collective who were previously led in the war by Baptarion Light, an archaeologist.
    • The Devourer's Chosen's Acolytes Finkaron, Kalorun and Yagaran were added to give the faction a more sensible chain of command, as previously, Nai-Ar'natl was the sole character with that title.
  • Similarly, certain characters were removed:
    • The Kicath as a whole are not present in the rewrite, as in the current canon, their race does not inhabit Borealis.
    • Tyraz, who had moderate involvement in roleplayed parts of the original war, is not present in the current canon.
    • The Nexus Grox were allies of the Borealis Grox Empire in the original war but are not present in the rewrite, as their canonical status is dubious and it makes no sense for the latter to ally with anyone to begin with.
    • Tul and the United Lanat Empire were introduced late in the original war, but have no involvement in the rewrite.
  • Many characters were written slightly differently:
    • Zargoth was written as a less one-dimensional character, by showing more of a personal inner struggle.
    • Volzara was showcased more as a motherly character, and given less of a role.
    • Falrik Zaarkhun, while well received in the original war, was also far too powerful. For the rewrite, he was made less powerful, by showing he could sometimes make calculation errors when stepping ahead of himself.
    • Ref'kolar the Laugher was written with purely Loron speech, rather than a mix between Loron and "normal" speech.
    • Sollow was significantly rewritten, as his original character's smugness and invincibility earned him the ire of readers. In the rework, he is still a smug antagonist, but now suffers from ego problems and is often comically injured during fights.
    • Hachiman and Kalcedia Myran had a hostile relationship in the original war due to the former's penchant for innuendos. They treat each other much more amiably in the rework, as it made little sense for Kalcedia, a character who normally likes children, to hold visible disdain for a child.
    • Arkarixus was notoriously speciesist and rude in the original canon. While he remains unpleasant in the remake, it was toned down significantly in order to better display his more noble and troubled side.

Prologue: Rise of the Xi'ArazulhaEdit

  • The Prologue and the Rise of the Xi'Arazulha were originally two separate, far longer sections. The Prologue was a long drawn out list of events leading up to the Rise of the Xi'Arazulha, of which only the Unified Nation of Ottzello finding the Vida'Rranlora and Da Rogue Boyz meeting Grak'tona were left in.
  • Grak'tona's introductory section was much longer in the original war, but reduced heavily to cut out filler. Originally, a Vyro'Ralza appeared in this section to destroy the AI to foreshadow their involvement; it was decided that this was unnecessary, and Kal'kuir forgetting he had a weapon to destroy the AI would add more comedic value.
  • Zargoth meeting Maktanshatin to propose a partnership is a completely new section, designed to add more character to them both.
  • The Zoles Imperium and the Niaka Special Forces were introduced simultaneously, and much later in the war than in the original. In the original, both had sections in the cut pre-Xi'Arazulha prologue, but a shorter section introduced both while still establishing their character more.
  • When meeting the Mechanic, the scene and the scenario were completely redone. Originally, involved the Zoles and Niaka as well as UNO and the Rogue Boyz, though it was decided only the latter two were needed. It also involved damaging the Cold Relay to make it inoperable, after which only the Grand Troopers of Foreign Origins' arrival allowed them to escape; this was considered far too unrealistic and poorly written, therefore the section was redone. Da Rogue Boyz being trapped in the Relay also made for comic relief that would be useful later.
  • After the Mechanic was met, in the original war, a subplot began where the galaxy needed to reactivate the Grid, to slow the Xi'Arazulha down as they attempted to reach the galactic core. This was removed completely, partly as it added filler to the war, but mostly because it was incompatible with the Borealis Grox Empire in more established canon.
  • The section in which General Volim received the Iron Fist was redone. This originally took place over two sections and was at first the result of evading a Xi'Arazulha attack. It was decided the Devourer's Chosen were more realistic threats for the ship to still survive, and that it could be resolved much more quickly.
  • Falrik Zaarkhun attempting a heist to rob from the Borealis Grox Empire is slightly rehashed from the cut prologue of the original war. Originally, this insane heist was successful, though it was decided it was far too unrealistic and so was retconned to be a failure instead, being used as an opportunity to showcase the power of the Borealis Grox.
  • Originally, the Xol'Etra aided the Vyro'Narza when defeating the Xi'Arazulha. They were left out of the rewritten war as their involvement was considered overkill, but Volzara still referenced them.
  • Canonically, the original Rise of the Xi'Arazulha took place over two years. In current canon, it only lasts a few weeks. This is because it made very little sense, as the Xi'Arazulha in two years would easily destroy the whole galaxy.

Part 1: Coming of the VagueEdit

  • Da Rogue Boyz bickering after still being trapped in the Relay from the prologue was a comic relief section added, since it followed a series of many much more serious sections.
  • Originally, Thr'aloy never met Dalverat until after joining UNOC after his incident with the Vague. In updated canon, Dalverat was responsible for saving Thr'aloy, which explained their connection later on in UNOC as The Skull.
  • The section introducing Venoriel and Indricarron is completely new; in the original canon, the latter had already been turned into a minion of the Devourer's Chosen before the events of the war, while in the rewrite, the events of how it happened are elaborated on while displaying more of their characters and that of Geltastra.
  • In the original war, Ref'kolar was alive and serving Da Rogue Boyz up until the Coming of the Vague, and joined the Devourer's Chosen after they sent him on a fool's errand to fight them, and he lost. In the updated war, he was offered to Geltastra as a gift, after Durzhan found him floating in a time vortex.
  • The Seagon Empire in the original war were close allies with Volim and were enthusiastic about working with them. To keep with the theme of the Wranploer being a universally despised race, when the Seagon are introduced, their relationship with the Wranploer is much more strained in the updated war and they are shown to have their own intentions in mind from the beginning.
  • The story arc involving the Grand Inquisition's crusade against the Devourer's Chosen is longer in the rewritten war, now showing off more of High Inquisitor Arsac's character and introducing Acolyte Kalorun as a direct antagonist to them.
  • In the original war, before destroying Dakster's mothership, the Borealis Grox prevented them. In the updated version, Durzhan with a Devourer's Chosen fleet did instead, using the opportunity to reveal himself to UNO.

Part 2: Business of WarEdit

  • Falrik Zaarkhun's ability to stir anti-government uprisings around the galaxy was originally given little explanation. In the updated version, more emphasis was placed on propaganda and on the war economy forcing people to adapt.
  • In the original war, the Thugz Fer Dosh replaced Da Rogue Boyz entirely during the Business of War. This was scrapped as it made little sense, and the Thugz Fer Dosh simply became a subsidiary of Da Rogue Boyz. This retcon was referenced during the updated war by Brag'klogga.
  • Gol'thabex was not originally introduced until the Wrath of Gods. In the updated war, he was introduced immediately once Thugz Fer Dosh was founded.
  • Vocrillon Mine, a.k.a. Hyposirius, is now introduced in this story, to better emphasize its importance in the current canon, as it did not exist at the time of the original writing of the war.
  • The Lanatharch are a new addition to the war, introduced to serve as Regnatus' minions outside of the Borealis Grox and Alvino and who would later appear in the stories beyond this one.
  • In the original war, several shards of Chronoscopic energy were created from an exchange between Zargoth and Dakster. This no longer happened, and only a single boulder was present, that the Loron obtained.
  • It did not make sense in the original war that all the villains were able to so easily escape. In the updated war, Zaarkhun, Genrai Nal and Sollow were imprisoned.
  • In the original war, after rejecting their offer, Zargoth went into a fit of rage, while Kolossus was fearful. It was decided this was too out of character for Zargoth, an emotionless character, especially given that he had other plans for the galaxy. Instead, Kolossus went into a fit of rage while Durzhan was initially fearful.

Part 3: The Wrath of GodsEdit

General
  • Each section was far shorter than the original version, and was not focused around a team of Zoles, UNO, Niaka and extragalactics. Instead, the characters present shuffled depending on who best fit the section.
  • Antagonar appears alongside Kolossus to taunt the allied forces after they defeat one of the villains, while in the original, only Kolossus appeared.
Loron and Seagon arc
  • In the original war, there were seven Chronoscopic Shards that the teams had to acquire. This was considered to be an unnecessary plot device, and thus, only a single Chronoscopic boulder was given to the Loron, while the rest of the villains were fought in succession.
  • In the original war, the Rogue Boyz made a pop culture reference to Spongebob Squarepants when gathering around the campfire and singing the "Campfire Song Song" as a joke. In the updated version, this joke was turned into a legitimate plot device, with the song being used instead as a Loron 'ritual' to summon the godz' power of the Chronoscopic boulder (replacing the Shard from the original). This better explained why they gathered around a campfire and sang.
  • In the original war, the Cognatus Empire's attack on the Eaglartin happened over the course of multiple sections. In the rewrite, it is all condensed into a single section in order to reduce filler.
Roshisiz arc
  • The arc featuring Roshisiz as the central antagonist was completely rewritten. In the original war, it would be revealed that the Kralgon Emperor was his clone/brother rather than son, though this was considered unnecessary in the rewrite. The original also had Falrik Zaarkhun being primarily the one responsible for Roshisiz's defeat, which is not the case in the rewrite where the former is no longer involved.
  • Zelfron's role was significantly reduced, as in the original war, he was a fairly major antagonist who was ultimately defeated by his ancient foe Genrai Nal. In the rewrite, Zelfron is defeated offscreen by the Blyro'Tralzica and killed by his clone, Zelfron III, who he did not even encounter in the original canon. Zelfron's defeat also occurs significantly earlier in the rewrite when compared to the original, where it only took place in the Regnatus arc.
Devourer's Chosen arc
  • In the original war, the Devourer's Chosen Champions had the ability to come back from the dead, leading them to die and come back many times over the course of the story. This was scrapped entirely as it made fights have too little at stake and cheapen the effect of death when the enemies would simply return unscathed afterwards.
  • In the original war, Ref'kolar the Laugher was defeated by Torrent during an attack at a Borealis Consortium Network world. In the rewrite, he is instead defeated by Fre'kloar in a Rogue Boyz planet, as he is the character he has beef with. Raj'liko, the Dark Loron counterpart of Jol'kiar, also makes a cameo in the rewrite.
  • In the original war, Stolithik the Sorrowful and Kernax the Striker were said to have survived the story and later joined the Dominion of the Xhodocto afterwards. In the current canon, both characters are killed off permanently in their climax battles due to the previously mentioned no more reviving after death.
  • In the original war, Nai-Ar'natl was defeated by the fleets of the protagonists above the Chosen homeworld's atmosphere and then brought back to life as a servant of the Chaos Lord Anzilanarus. This was no included in the rewrite as it was deemed that Nai-Ar'natl is too beneath the notice of a Chaos Monster of Anzilanarus's status, and he instead meets his end at the Collective capital of Kurithora.
  • Project Void's introductory section is much shorter in the rewrite; originally, the planet housing it was fought over between the Chosen and the Borealis Grox with the Seagon having no involvement. It was changed into a Seagon-controlled space station to expand on their role and because the Borealis Grox are too much of a match for the Chosen.
  • In the old war, the homeworld of the Devourer's Chosen went unnamed. This was fixed in the rewrite, where it was given the name of Nirosia; it made no sense for a former colony of the Indoctrinate Collective to simply have no name at all, and it having one also emphasized its nature as a Corruptus Overworld.
  • In the original war, Arberkul the Cruel was killed by Kithworto in an attack on the Kicath's Borealis capital. As the Kicath are no longer canon in the rewrite, Arberkul is instead faced at Nirosia (to emphasize his nature as the Champions' leader) and is destroyed by Admiral Vyutrin (to emphasize his nature as a fallen soldier of the Collective).
  • Murangon Nal was originally defeated through a team effort. In the current canon, he is defeated solely by Falrik Zaarkhun and Genrai Nal in order to emphasize the emotional links between these three characters.

Part 4: Xiyara RisesEdit

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