This started as a comment to the chaotic reboot topic below but grew to something I thought was more than a comment. Like some of you I feel kinda cheated that the tv show didn't reflect the incredible story behind the cards and this is my opinion of how it should have been.
One of the biggest things that I noticed about chaotic was that everything was status quo: The tribes were all caught up in their petty squabblings, the search for the cothica, Danians hating midpedians, and the Overworlders and underworlders hating each other etc. But everything stayed like that. Nothing really happened until the humans got involved. I am of course talking about pre-marillian perim. Van Bloot doesn't try to usurp choar's thrown until Kaz does the battle drome thing. Choar only invades Kiru City when Kaz is there (Chaor's commandos.) Really if you look at it there are less than five instances of one tribe making a real move against the other in the whole series other than when humans directly intervene:
When Intress stops the underworld invasion of the passage (Stupid idea btw. I prefer the passage being depicted as a tunnel as is depicted in the Zalic and Cerbie cards.)
When Mudeenu sends Kolmo to kill illexia.
When illexia sends raznus to kill maxxor.
When Van Bloot tries to kill maxxor
When underworld radiers (Perhaps Cyreonox, perhaps Ultadur) destroy hoton's village.
The rest of the action in the series is tiny squabbles, or covert missions:
Antideon Versus Nauthilax
Mezzmar versus Nauthilax
Mudeenu and Siado stealing battle gear.
Chaor stealing battle gear (Chaor's commandos)
The only episode with Odu-bathax as a texan.
Blugon and raimusa versus pyrythion
These are all examples of petty fights that really have no consequence.
The only pivotal example of something so far as a greater story arc is ruined. "The map to the cothica." Maxxor Destroys it. Which is stupid. The only reason he destroys it is because something with Tom and maxxor needing to be the bigger man than mudeenu (Which he isn't. Let maxxor take the back seat to a snivelling teen crown prince and see if you aren't anrgy all the time searching for a higher power so you don't overthow him because he's a snot.)
And when rothar is trying to find the iparu jungle. (Which the kids interfere in.)
I am getting away from my point, my opinion is that humans are catalysts for change in perim. (Pre-marrilian remember.)
BUT AND HERE'S THE BIG BIG BIG BUT!!!!!!!!!!!!
It didn't used to be like that. Does everyone remember the first episode of with the warbeasts (I do, it was a disappointment. ) It talks about how war beasts were used to defeat a huge underworld army. (Before Chaor but after Kiru. Another stupid arc.)
My theory is that the above story is from Perim's more archaic past, when grand armies would fight one another and war would cover perim in a glorious contest for conquest.
But that all ended when the War for Perim ended. For those of you who don't know the war for perim was a massive war that threatened to engulf all of of perim and in essence destroy it. But when narfall (a spiritlander) ended the war duribg a battle between the four tribes at lake morn by sacrificing his powers over air water and earth (because he is heptadd's brother, and the look very similair) to end the fighting the tribes agreed never to let a total war engulf perim again.
This is why although Choar want's the end of the overworld he cannot just march an army there and storm kiru city. All he can do is have a pissing match with maxxor over who is better. It is also why the underworlders don't just blow up mount pillar and the other pillars and destroy both the danians and underworlders at the same time. It is also why there is no real war against the mipedians and danians, just hits on the leaders.
No one would risk open war on perim because of this peace treaty. And it is that peace treaty that unified the tribes when the marillians invaded. The tribes had unified to end a war before, now they had to do it again. They put aside their differences and made one army (with the exception of the brainwashed van bloot who made an army per AAunne's request.)
But once the marrillian arc is over there is a fragmented peace which ends when the underworlders try to take Kaizpheph, the city of the elements.
Essentially the world resets.
The only changes we have are:
Azil Replaces Illexia
The tribes without strong leaders (looking at you iflar and illexia) are given ones that can go head to head and most likely trounce maxxor and choar.
We are left with the chaotic arc in a perfect reset.
Now, what I think should be a proper chaotic reboot is to cut the kid's game aspect of it out completely. O agree with Chiodosin when he says that chaotic has an older fan base, that's completely true. We aren't 14 year olds playing online anymore. But my point earlier was that humans are catalysts for change, so we take that out. Wind the clock back to the war for perim and start with a whole set of new characters except for some muges who are mind bogglingly old: Najarin, Lore, Tianne, Enrehep, Kopond and. These guys would be more advisers to the warlords who control the armies, than actual warriors themselves. These guys and a few other familiar faces: Heptadd and Narfall (as brothers), Ikkatosh (a tree much older than anything else), Kiru (Who will be good, look like vlar and actually be the real founder of the overworld after the war, also maxxor's great great grandfather) Oblivitor (Chaor's anscestor), and the ancient Mipdean king Kehn-sep.
The tribes are still fighting lead by Kiru, Oblivitor, Kehn-Sep, and the first danian queen. This will give us a sense of familiarity with the newness of a more archaic and ancient age for perim. We also get to see younger, sprier forms of our favorite mugicicans as we see Lore, Kopond, Tianne, and Najarin as war generals who kick some serious ***. And in essence the main goal is still to find the cothica. But as we progress we eventually come up to the Stronghold morn battle which ends with narfall's sacrifice. We then have five generations of chaotic creatures until we get to present so there is a slurry of swash buckling and heartbreaking adventures to be had in this chaotic version where the focus is put on the better characters who we actually want to hear the stories of and not the problems of kids. Thing about it. EPISODES DEDICATED TO TANGATH TOBORN, MAXXOR AND INTRESS's SECRET LOVE THING, TAKINOM AND SKITHIA'S HATRED FOR ONE ANOTHER, THE BEGINNIGNS OF MAXXOR AND CHAORS HATRED FOR ONE ANOTHER, THE REAL REASON WHY THE DANIANS AND MIPEDIANS HATE EACH OTHER.
ALL OF OUR FAVORITE CREATURES GET WHAT THEY DESERVE: A CHANCE TO HAVE THEIR STORIES TOLD. Until we get to the marrillian invasion. ONCE THE INVASION STARTS WE HAVE SO MANY WAYS TO GO. We are emotionally invested in characters like tartarek so that we have our hearts broken when the true tartarek's will is broken when he sees the polluted riverlands, only then succumbing to erak'tabb's brainwashing.
We understand why lore can bear burdens that would break others, because he has a story.
We see tangath toborn being the runt of his litter, grown up as the small one and cannot become the warrior he wants and has to take a back seat as a strategists, but when the marrilians come he becomes the general and hero we all want.
We see that chaor really is a tyrant and that van bloot is the second in command helpless to do anything to save his people from suffering so that his betryal to the marrilans isnt a betrayal......its self sacrifice.
AM I ALONE IN THINKING THAT THIS WOULD BE PERFECT???????
AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO REALLY WANT HUMANS INVOVLED Eventaully after the marrillian invasion have humans come to perim and fight a war against our creatures. HAve humans be the bad guys.
SO that is my rant about how I would reboot chaotic.
Let me know what you think.