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COTLOP: World Building and general history
I am pretty confident the things in this will not change, I have more to add than change after al.
This covers some history of the fictional universal of Chronicles of the Lord of Power/COTLOP.
Darkness a timeless being writhed in the nothing that was before. Time after time creation rose and fell like great fireworks within the darkness. But like all dreams they faded but the nightmares never ended until one day Darkness was at peace within his deep slumber light spread forth across the vast nothingness. Lightness felt sorrow for his other half but could not be stopped. Lightness had an uncontrollable urge to create thus began the first era of creation however it did not last long but the knowledge gained allowed Lightness to fight Darkness to a standstill, while most of creation laid in waste the old ones agreed to use pawns rather than fight for an eternity. After trillions and trillions of years their armies made up mostly of small planet sized creatures clashed, unsatisfied with the war Darkness raged and destroyed forcing Lightness to intervene. Save for a few survivors creation was in ruins, once again they agreed that no matter how they fought they would never best the other so once again they placed their bets on their own forces.. This roughly starts the 2nd war of creation around the time of the big bang.
2nd War of Creation
In the 2nd war for creation both sides are more organized both use creation as means to gain new members via odd tests and such, Dark Forces has trouble at times it’s easy to make mindless fodder, it takes them longer to build up a force comparable to Light Force mainly due to the void not being the best place to build stuff since everything is a bit out of order. Darkness wants to return everything like it was before, before the age of creation where Darkness itself can rest in troubled dreams yet with all the machinations of creation going on he can find no rest. Even within the dark ones rage and hatred he dislikes chaos from his time making his own forces he made an army that only desired conflict through un-predictableness and he feared that they would seek to sustain creation just to have something to play with and thus he destroyed them.
Dimensional space time
The fiction can place characters across time, space and dimension.
I have a loose idea of how to visualize it, think of a grid, each square represents a cluster of universes in roughly the same space time environment, click on a cluster you move to cluster view which shows a grid of universes. Click on a universe and you are in universe view mode.
In universe view mode move left/ right/horizontal on the grid you find yourself is a parallel universe the further away it is from the one you were in the more changes happen. If you move up/down/vertical on the grid you travel through time.
There is always a void zone outside a universe or universe cluster, tripping the void via long distance travel methods is tricky without a ton of probes to handle your landing location.
Creation, the void and existence.
Existence is everything and beyond existence in the white mists close to nothingness is where the old ones wait and play out their games.
Creation is a term used to designate well creation no matter the time, universe or dimension. It’s the domain of Lightness and Light Forces and the vast majority of life.
The Void is warped and damaged space, it was merely a place of Darkness’s choosing. It’s also pools things rejected by creation generally the leftovers from Light Force destroying parts of creation where heavily damaged matter winds up. It’s a toxic mix of primordial space and warped dark energy endlessly covered in thick dark clouds rich with meteorites. Those gifted by the call of the void are protected from the toxic environment. Most Light Force warriors can output energy to shield themselves from the void. Light Force ships have some difficulty traversing the void as their main energy source the Light Force energy network dose not easily connect to the void, ships can be daisy chained but that has its limits because of this all Light Force ships have 3 different mechanisms to power them, the Light Force Network, internal star drives and ambient energy from their surroundings. Light Force ships can absorb and convert enough dark energy from the void to move and use have limited energy shields.
Genetics; Kin and Kind, things that divide.
Kin: Is a generic term for most beings born during the current war of creation. Typically used to describe generic bipedal humanoids and some non and or multi-pedal races with more generic but compatible genetics.
Kind: Are a few organic life forms with rare genetic structures that are highly incompatible with everything. Inorganic life forms of randomly low compatibility and non-corporal life forms of various compatibility(going from energy to highly compatible advanced organic life form).
Kindred: Refers to those that were born in the previous war of creation. Like the Dragon of light, the Dragon of darkness or races like the Zii’irithi and Xai’raithi that have over whelming power and or technology.
I only have like 2 or 3 races in my notes and a large fleet of outcasted , kin, psionic, nomads. And a few one offs here and there like the Dragons and Light(DOL) and Darkness(DD).
Magic and Psionic’s
Generally magic is a learned skill and is treated as matter and energy shaped by willpower, chanting, words and saying a name of a spell can give it more power. Magic comes in many disciplines and forms and is very subdivided and sub categorized as higher life forms make pacts with lower life forms and so forth to increase the power output or lessen the willpower required to use the magic. The first book deals with a very simplistic spell system, using will power to gain more physical speed and power, high level spirits and enchanted weapons.
Psionic’s is a type of genetic based natural mental power that uses willpower to fuel and shape its various abilities. It covers all types of empathic, telepathic, clairvoyant and ‘kinesis abilities. Both magic and psionic’s share many similarities the only real difference beside natural innate ability is how the produced energy resonates differently. Psionic users can even learn the word/chanting empowerment skill magic users can use innately however learning it take a certain tact and mental dexterity.
Titles and Terminology
Lord of Power, LOP and Power Lord is the self-proclaimed title and quasi name of the main character he takes near the end of book 2. Power Lord is a semi common slur in Light Forces for those who misuse their powers and abilities inefficiently as Light Forces highly values efficiency and conformity.
Stranger/wanderer: is sometimes used as the main characters name.
Emissary: In book one this is the main characters primary name.
Emissary of Light: Primarily used book 1; those sent by creation to help fight against Darkness.
Orbs of Power: Is an archaic system once used to slot warriors into ability categories based on primary and secondary orbs. Each of the 5 orbs has a theme dealing with its element, abilities of the element, its adjective path or paths that shape personality. All warriors of creation trial worlds have themes revolving around them. In book one some of the main characters powers are based on a tattoo on his left arm that’s slowly filled out as he gains new orbs. I have a couple variants I am toying with else I would just post it here.
Light Force(s): Can be used as a general term for their personal, any previous power or ability they had in life is amplified all attain a sterile superior body and most gain a special new power from their warrior of creation trail.
Warrior(s) of Light: Antiquated term for Light Force members.
Warrior(s) of Creation: Is another “title” of the Lord of Power and an anarchic term for Light Force members.
Dark Force(s): Can be used as a general term for their personal, any previous power or ability they had in life is warped and amplified all attain a sterile superior body, all have altered personality’s from the call of the void which works as an empathic link between them all within certain range limitations.
Warrior(s) of Darkness: Can be used as a term for anyone loosely associated with Dark themes or Dark Forces.
Darkling: Is a term used for the weakest members of Dark Forces, typically they are mindless fodder which spread corruption and the call of the void. Darkness himself lovingly call’s the Xai’raithi ”My Darkling’s” They are an ancient kindred race of putrid psionic insectoid’s and his most favored race. As they mindlessly fight, devour and evolve from egg clusters that are deposited from their solid waste material to their bipedal adolescent and adult forms to even their most evolved forms dubbed Chaos Kings, will fight amongst themselves if there is no other prey to toy with.
Darkling King: A sentient being which rule and manage Darkling’s over large zones.
Dark Force: Essentially greedy nihilists with a goal.
All Dark Force members hear the call of the void and become sterilized immortals that share an empathic link and all have had their personality re-adjusted from the call of the void. Most are brutes that live and die by power. Some weep for the living for life is suffering and life must end quickly and mercifully. And some others just want to destroy in the name and glory of true darkness, their society leans heavily on tribalistic themes, albeit for the Dark Force Congress which is made up of the leaders of the strongest combined forces, using a dark priestess to interrupt the will of Darkness. A DF Congress member my control thousands or trillions of suburbanites, fodder and darkling’s, it’s all about their personal power and ability to charm, deal and threaten. They basically try and do whatever it takes to gain themselves more power in-between sending new armies out to pillage creation. The larger forces have control over the front where and whenever it is and they send out supplies and troops as needed to maintain it. Rarely do they when or lose a war front if lost they just pull back to the nearest point of control and work their way out from there.
Light Force: Basically its clean it’s safe, it’s boring as hell and sometimes you never know who you are sent off to destroy.
Light Force’s main goal is maintaining creation and destroying Dark Force they prune “unsalvageable” parts of creation via troops, bombing and galactic incretion. Once life is removed all energy is retched from the infected area damaging and warping matter and energy leaving the leftovers to fall to the void which pools outside universes and dimensions on the dimensional space time grid.
Light Force is structured based on a militaristic office setting where everyone is trained to fight but you wind up in either;
The Office (data management, engineering, maintenance, ect)
The Army (long periods of setting around on a ship doing nothing and short periods of fun LOL)
The Guard (police, thought police and body guards, ect)
The Administration (commissioned officers, Admirals, Judges and Adjudicators).
Light Force daily life is pretty much do your job, do your job some more go to parties to socialize and talk about how well you do your job.... And be randomly watched over by thought police, most adjust well to becoming sterilized immortals some do not cope as well, most of those who break down are remade and cast back into a peaceful part of creation.
New members are allowed to find equipment that they like or use well, over the course of training new members get more and more indoctrinated into Light Force society and its strict levels of conformity.
Main character: Lord of Power, Power Lord, LOP, Stranger, Wanderer, ect
And no I am not giving him a name….
Frist off you’ll have to forgive his appearance he is a deshelved overweight weight white guy whose style is basically what one could call hipster trash these days, a simple white shirt, suspenders ,a brown fedora, jeans and a brown trenchcoat....and much like Doctor number 4 it stores a lot of junk, plot depending of course…
I tired at times to mold him after most of the Doctors from Doctor Who, pretty much like the kind, somewhat funny, aloof , running away from everything/himself setup sadly though take any Mary Sue mix in Doctor Who and random anime male lead and you pretty much have my Lord of Power. Meh it’s a thing I guess it’s better than nothing but its best I can do. Also since most fiction is a wee bit generic I really do not feel the need to go out of my way to reinvent the wheel as that requires real skill.
Suffice to say he likes theatrics, naming and yelling his power moves and other somewhat annoying things. For the sake of people who can read and like reading the finished product power move names will be removed or watered down, then below that version of the document will be it in full nonsensical glory! There is no damn point in selling different versions of the damn thing and if I had it may way revisions/new editions would be free to current owners…. Though I guess a bridge not seen is a bridge not crossed….
The Lord of Power hates both Light Force and Dark Forces equally. Dark Forces mainly kills or converts, Light Forces pretty much ignores everything unless they need an example be made of someone or something or it gets in the way of them defending against or efficiently destroying Dark Force. Unlike Dark Force, Light Force does not go out of their way to destroy you unless you are going to be destroyed by Dark Force anyway. That subtly is lost on the Lord of Power who could not pass the training stages that involved wiping out uncorrupted civilians in mass via personal or bombing. Light Forces is prepared for anything and thus trains for anything but still the Lord of Power clings to his humanity.
During his adventures in book one he develops split personalities. Primarily he goes along to get along and mostly enjoys himself albeit shy around girls and much to the confusion of his friends immune to alcohol and most intoxicates. Sometimes under pressure he shows signs of an overwhelming hidden monotone personality. I’ve not really pinpointed who came first but somewhere down the line he develops an overprotective persona called Good , sometimes he has one way conversations with him. Good is a mute that shows no fear and is very kind and noble, he favors light based attacks. Eventually Good blends back into his conscious. Another more perverted and degenerate persona called Evil who is intoxicated by desire and lust shows up. Evil shows up under pressure to rend foes on the battle field and piss everyone off. Unlike Good Evil refuses to go away and continues to plagues the Lord of Power for the rest of his life. To the point much later on in the fiction Evil is a constant nag and every now and then the Lord of Power and Evil fight for dominance after the other recovers they go at it again. Using a hidden neutral power source Evil can fully emerge from the Lord of Power as a separate entity for a short period of time it dose however require their combined will to do it. The fully summoned Staff of Darkness temporarily merges Evil and his normal persona and he relishes every moment counting the time till the Lord of Power completely falls to corruption.
Powers of the Lord of Power.
His base power set is reality bending but the more he uses it the more insane he becomes and the more he wants to use it eventually forcing himself to blink out of existence (creation/void/everything). In order to control his powers he…
wait for it…
I said wait for it…
uses them by not using them….
Does it really sound THAT bad for ultra-soft, bear and all , Sci Fi?
After book one and most of book two he sets himself up to drive power from external sources like the Sword of Light that’s basically a multifunctional blade/vibro/energy sword and power source for some of his abilities. Be it psionic or magic or whatever he can create a copy of the ability or a device of random quality that can copy the ability but tends to focus on his own earth fiction derived stuff. In this multi verse magic is treated as energy and matter manipulated by a strong will. Chanting and words add to the power of the magic. In this the Lord of Power tends to call out the names of some of his spells and attacks.
With that said….
His power is limited by the energy he has on hand and what kind of energy it is, if its dark based energy or dark emotions its hell to convert into something useable outside of destruction everything else is more easily converted to dark energy. Natural energy and positive emotions can be leaned upon but in general he limit’s how much energy he takes from his surroundings to limit damage to them. He absorbs ambient energy via minions or the Sword of Light or the Staff of Darkness in imitation mode and manipulates as needed to build small things or store and compact the energy.
A.K.A: Assistant, secretary, partner, sister, Sandy or Sandra with the last name of Powers or Lords plot dependent.
I once tried to make an acronym out of her name…
Symbiotic. Artificially intelligent. Nanny. Droid. Yeti
It failed….badly…still its kinda funny but ya…bad….very…...
Sandy is pretty much the main recurring female lead of the fiction around book 3 or so , since a lot of my musings revolve around the older Lord of Power and his adventures it’s hard to not talk about her if I talk about the fiction as a whole. Sandy is an AI created from LOP’s personality only with a lot more positive stuff like confidence and intelligence, in ways they are polar opposites. She is smart, noble, witty and has a slightly energetic and playful personality at least in comparison with the Lord of Power. She tries to get him out his malaise but if humor and vague threats do not work heavy objects, threats of maintenance work or “trips” to the air dock generally do. She’s also a bit of a tomboy and it shows at times. LOP and Sandy treat each other as siblings and try not to mess around with each other’s personal life though LOP tends to randomly wander off or is “misplaced” somewhere, some when in creation via heeding the call of creation or be in long comas allowing Sandy to multi task which allows her to live a random life within a random civilization every now and then while LOP tends to be slowed down for a bit in between moving from place to place, he rarely gets beyond the vaguely girlfriend stage with anyone.
( I’d say something about dangerous curves but I would be harmed if I *smack*)
Sandy has had different bodies over the years sometimes she’s in floating orb mode to save energy or allow her to multi task to tag along with LOP on some adventures while she stays on the ship or someplace else. Her first body was a mismatched drone body cobbled from parts built by LOP. Her next bodies were a basic android body, an advance android body and a couple bio organic android bodies. Typically her body is based on agility and speed rather than raw strength unlike the Lord of Power who can tank and regenerate on the battle field Sandy is fussier about taking damage to her perfect form even if she is quick to discard pettiness for the sake of winning a fight. Much like the Lord of Power she uses energy via outside energy sources or plugged into a power source or and when they have a ship that does not need a tow she can use the power of the ship itself but primarily she uses internal energy reserves. Her overdrive mode is the same as his, it doubles power output by dissipating energy more quickly, and overdrive is stackable however for her if she runs out of power she will be teleported to a safe zone and turn back to power saving orb mode or transform into an orb on the spot. Later on she receives a piece of the Lord of Powers soul called a reality drive giving her nearly as much power as him.
As far as outfits goes she’s torn between elegant and functional, though between her warped sense of humor and having fun she can wind up in anything…. From Light Force caul ware, uniforms, formal ware to Dark Force formal ware(their casual is scraped together patchwork armor). Even Zii’irithi metal armored skirts and clothing are not out of the question. But normally it’s a jump suit of some sort, her favorite battle suit is a dark purple jump suit, the zipper pockets access small dimensional pockets. She can carry a wide variety of normal clothing and other small items but most of it holds her weapons and simple emergency tools.
And if you think any of that is bad the first design was a metal one piece ala Justin Bailey….which might not be that bad since it’s hard to over design the damn thing….
Sandy : Weapons, DD Hand cannon’s and Twin PSW’s
Her main weapons for medium and long distance are the Double D hand cannons, multi-functional large energy hand guns. The dual hand cannons are heavy pistols that can multi task using different energy types, rapid fire mode, tracking shots, heavy shots. They are able to link up forming a heavy cannon and fire heavy energy beams, special multi type tracking shots and other variations of energy based projectiles.
If it’s close combat she uses one or two PSW’s originally designed by the Lord of Power hence the sucky name. The PSW’s are small energy pistols with a half pink crystal barrel. The PSW can shift into hilt mode quickly for using energy whips and swords, in sword mode the crystal opens like a flower forming a guard.
( I suppose I need to introduce them at some point…)
And no not based on the lil yellow bastards….. try the spells from Dungeon Master 2….. yes I been at it a long long time ;_;
Red Dwarf pretty much made permanent their quirks while more loyal and dutiful they still are a pain in the ass at times.
Take Red Dwarfs scutters, Tachikomas from Ghost in the shell : Standalone Complex and these days Despicable me’s minions and you pretty much have one of lops minions.. Only it has energy beams, welders, small dimensional pocket for holding stuff, energy shields…oh shi…...
Summoned via a spell or released from a device they are basically floating transparent blue fireballs with a large cat’s retina for an eye for something to shoot lasers from. They pretty much suck at fighting but have the advantage of numbers most of the time. They are best used for maintenance, limited defense, scouting, healing and building. Like most of LOPs power their ability to “help” depends on how much power his can find to put into them. They are all locally connected either via where has the most minions to create a temporary network, a local network based in a device or via the minion archive that’s hidden deep in the mind of the Lord of Power and can only be used when he has the energy to do so, also suffice to say he relies on it to build more advance items because he is a loser without power, energy and or gadget’s…
Minion directives and personalities.
Their personalities derive from the same set of AI scripts that randomly generates each personality on the fly upon creation, they can panic and hide deepening on how they are organized in a location and the priority level phrasing first and second directives.
Their primary directives are
1. To protect innocent life.
2. Do the job assigned.
3. Protect not so innocent life.
4. “Help” innocent life preferably* as quietly as possible without them knowing.
5. “Help” not so innocent life preferably* as quietly as possible without them knowing.
6. Goof off until help is needed by someone.
* Preferably came about due to some getting caught is glitches and wandering off to “help”…. Both LOP and Sandy cringe at the thought of them editing their AI scripts so they had to help them by changing the script to fit their real world behavior routines….. yes its assbackwards and that is what the Lord of Power is best at!
Goof off mode involves various humorous idling sequences and them chasing each other firing harmless light beams and such. “Curious kitty that’s short a few screws.” is one of their favorites…. “Alcoholic something randomness.” Their 2nd favorite… And yes.. it was once XXX….. That got fixed quickly…. And I swear no minions were harmed…..least the ones that were not causing trouble……
Due to “issue’s” revolving around them being able to speak… sometimes dozens… at a time…. The Lord of Power pulled speech capabilities and gave them a chat network and the ability to create words on a holographic sign or windows. If unaware the Lord of Power can be overwhelmed by the windows since Sandy is smart, beautiful, perfect and a super computer (her words) she does not really have such issues.
Sword of Light
Introduced in book 2 the Sword of Light or SOL base design hails from the antiquated bastardized gun sword sub, sub category, its physical appearance is a golden brown shirasaya, an ornamental wooden scabbard and hilt katana wrapped in bandages(to keep it from falling apart heh). Its base technologies are common to Light Forces and other higher civilization, its functions as a portable high energy storage container and device that can manipulate energy, life energy and matter by proxy of precise energy control the cost of using it tends vary from headache, to sluggish movement and comma of a few minutes to a few decades or longer depending on how much power is used.
The early builds of the Sword of Light tend to fall apart due to his engineering skill being flaker than his personality, over time he gets better at it.
He tends to carry SOL on his back via invisible string or on hip or belt under his trenchcoat or it’s placed in a pocket dimension where he has to spend a few seconds fumbling around for it.
The Sword of Lights core has a single large energy reserve, various back up reserves of super compressed energy that dissipate quickly and a couple hidden reserves. Energy can be doubled using overdrive mode which boosts power at a loss usage time, overdrive mode heavily damages willpower forcing him to pass out most of the time. Overdrive is also stackable. As long as the core is not broken he can use the energy stores and overdrive ability. But like anything else the more he uses it the more he’s out cold or worthless for combat for a period of time.
LOP has a somewhat hidden energy reserve within his body that resides in his fat cells, it’s good for a last ditch burst of energy but practically worthless in a sustained fight needing any amount of SOL’s energy reserves.
The Sword of Light also has vocal commands to attain half of the sword of lights absolute abilities, think of it as an instant overdrive state that takes energy in a set amount instead of burning a whole tank for an across the board power boost that has more consequences. There should be 10 verses which unlock the swords maximum capacity. Verse 1-5 deal with attacks, verse 6-10 deal with protection and healing. And a few stagnant verses which are mostly one off’s rarely reused. Verses can be used with overdrive mode.
The SOL at max output with limits and reason off can take out a few solar systems or even restore them but the resulting energy feedback and coma would be him down for centuries. Yes its OP its meant to be OP so it can be limited later on but frankly just because he can dose not mean he should and in all my notes I have no need for such a power.
Staff of Darkness: Weapon A turns you into a vegetable. Weapon B drives you crazy….um yay?
Introduced in book 2 the Staff of Darkness or SOD base design comes from the changeling staff found in book 1. The changeling staff was a black hexagon staff that changed shape into other weapons and could change length and direction. In book 2 he rebuilt the staff from scratch doing away with its shape shifting abilities in favor of creating stronger binding chains. Darker in color and hue, made into 6 one foot sections that can subdivide a few times as well, it has etched runes that randomly change position and vibrate with dark energy. Essentially it’s a separating staff thus is able to change its length by creating chain in-between its staff sections with a small hidden multi positional scythe blade hidden in the top section that is able to heavily concentrate all of SOD’s abilities. As a magic based weapon built via rune layering techniques its main factors were absorption and entropy the staff itself had a limited range after rebuilding it from scratch a few times he eventually rebuilt it with a piece of his soul but a mistake grafted it upon his soul. Favored by his darker personality it quickly becomes a part of him, just another curse to bear.
This newer version sleeps in his left forearm ,the tattoo of the orbs of power is a ripped at times, skin is partly shredded, muscles torn, bones broken it constricts in its slumber feasting upon his suffering it seeks desire and despair always whispering dark things sometimes it’s hard to tell it and Evil apart. Due to his arm being a mess most of the time he uses imitation dark chain to brace the left arm and is wrapped in bandages, depending energy and will available he can create an unlimited supply of bandages to wrap around his left arm it rarely stops the bleeding though. Desire is something the Lord of Power runs from a lot as dark emotions tend to do mental damage even he gains power from it. Lust is the only negative energy that can be absorb and use to heal his arm if enough is consumed it can lock SOD into perfect stasis completely healing his arm. However due to his powers being what they are darkness is much easier to call upon.
As far as ability goes it mirrors the Sword of Lights, albeit it governs death and thus life, absorption/osmosis, negative emotions, shadow, entropy/decay, gravity.
Summoning imitation dark chains is easy even with SOD sealed he can summon them from under his feet or from the ground around him or from shadows. Summoning the staff it in its imitation mode is not too bad it’s released or grown from his left arm, the staff is hard and can absorb energy and life rather well, the range has a limit and the staff and chain created beyond the original staff is weaker. The scythe blade is a concentration of the staff’s powers, it cuts well and can deal out soul and volatile energy damage all the while absorbing any extra bits of energy to feed back to the Lord of Power. It’s used for simple mob control or intimidation tactics. It requires little dark energy and doses no real mental damage. It dose hurt but that will happen with or without using it. In this mode he can easily transfer damage and wounds between targets, at best it’s used to rebalance his ally’s health or heal someone who is heavily damaged at the cost of him being unable to fight for a while since his health constantly regenerates to a random minimal value then regeneration slows a bit. A simple trick for quick energy gathering is find a place with a alot of energy and use a web made of imitation dark chain over a large area this can push ambient energy gathering up a few percent and still be relatively harmless.
Another basic trick he learned early on was to create thin and super tough dark chain mail under his skin, it brows in power with SOD but does not lose power with SOD so its comes in handy, as Wolverine, Deadpool, and Lobo can attest it sucks to try and stuff your bowels back in your lower regions, however he does not bother protecting his left arm much if it gets cut off it will be rebuilt from chain links and regenerate completely after a day or two, though SOD amplifies the pain of the ghost limb enough to drive the Lord of Power into madness very quickly.
To truly break the seal on the Staff of Darkness he has to summon it. His favorite phrase is “Come ye old darkness, stay madness not another day and devour all before me.” It forms a rune pentagram at his feet where the staff comes out from if he has time for theatrics. This starts dealing out mental damage but he acquires a great boost in power and SOD’s own powers grow considerably and it can use more abilities, the scythe blade in this mode is a bit longer almost like a katana blade. A full release of the Staff of Darkness comes with mental damage that steady stacks madness, the up side he gains more and more destructive power the down side he may or may not control it well he may or may not kill everything around him. It’s generally “safe” to use for a few minutes then re seal it, the only down said other than hurting all over is a headache and temporary loss of some energy and willpower, in general its suppose be more efficient in terms of downsides than SOL at the same power output level. Modes beyond this get worse and worse winding up at him being a mini black hole of energy absorption taking the life energy of planets. To heavily use SOD means you fight till you drop then after you wake up you’re in a lot of pain, bouts of mental instability for a short period of time and almost insignificant long term metal damage(its not bad a few times around but multiply it an aeon and well…he is screwed….).
It’s not impossible for SOD to shape matter and or energy for constructive purposes but it’s easier to just fashion a scythe blade that’s able to cut through energy, matter, life, death and dimension, order up to the wielder whose probably lost himself to madness by the blades creation.
I am experimenting with 4 or 5 dark modes or breaking 5 seals, even tried named seals but that made less sense than seal 1, seal3, ect. I know it’s not sued in normal prose but we are not a normal kitty =^^=
I have some further musings on Light/Dark force immortal bodies, and Light/Dark Force ships and the metal used by Light forces, the Lord of Power and the Dark skin used by Dark forces, but I figure I hit enough on world building to give you an idea on WTF I am trying to cobbling together with my merger skills...