…and it is rambly, be forwarned, this post is more about tying up lose ends than perhaps coherency but that happens! Last one then I’m moving on to new content, this is just to give some context behind the comic.
Never thought I’d be making an origin story for the universe of Recut that didn’t start in a bar, it sorta just happened!
I always knew I definitely wanted to do something with aliens, but I hadn’t quite nailed down what when I began writing Recut, so I left some strands open-ended, using alien technology to *occasionally* explain the explicable events in Mega Man when mad science falls short. Classic Rockman canon is chock full of aliens, and Ruby-Spears Mega Man really had no set consistencies with it’s universe’s logic…so, aliens? Why not. Who doesn’t love alien robots? :)
I combined the story lines from Super Adventure Rockman and Rockman 8, with the event of Rockman 8’s first cutscene taking place waaay before the events of the present. Ra Moon/Ra Thor play the part of the nameless evil alien robot who brought evil energy to Earth.
The crystals that Wily used for shrink rays are not related to Duo or Ra Moon. The chronitons from Future Shock are related to Duo; they are remnants left behind when robots of Duo’s kind travel through space, they use time travel to freeze themselves and slow the decomposition of their parts. Though he’s been around since the beginning of time, physically Duo is not billions of years old. (don’t force me to pin down the exact numbers, but physically he’s around only a few thousand years + the few thousand he was ‘sleeping’ in Earth). He still posses some time travel ability, as evidence with his ‘healing’ ability that he used in part 5 of The Mega Man in the Moon, but his ability to skip years was lost when Ra Thor attacked him.
Duo’s race of robots came from the end of time back to the beginning of time to correct the flaws of the universe. Duo and his kind were guardians, not originally sentient, but capable of evolving AI, similar to an advanced android. After nearly dying from decomposition and then spending some time with the Stardroids while he recovered, Duo began to develope sentience, and would go on to become lonely and unsatisfied with his original task of searching the vast universe, especially when life began dying out. Because the Stardroids guarded over our solar system, life on Earth survived through time and the first few humans came about, which was around the same time Ra Moon invaded the solar system (just when the life started to get interesting and able to choose between good and evil).
Ra Moon’s history goes about like the comic. My biggest influences for Recut’s Ra Moon are ‘Ancient One’ from Lovecraftian mythos and AM from I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream—but his personality/motivation is more like the Joker from The Dark Knight. He’s not a schemer, he’s more of the universe’s biggest dick; he exploits his phenomenal cosmic powers for evil for no other reason than he’s bored, he has no like peers, he’s the biggest bully in the playground, the torment of others amuses him, and no ones stopping him.
Skipping forward, Duo and Ra Thor head Robot Interpol. Duo has not revealed his alien origins to anyone. He does not feel guilty about this, bottom line is he strongly feels it’s for the best, and if you’d seen any science fiction movie with alien robots you might agree with him. I like to think Ra Thor, being Duo’s opposite/compliment, DOES feel guilty about keeping it a secret from the R.I.P. officers, who he considers friends, and tends to break his word to Duo by casually dropping alien references into conversations. The officers have yet to pick up the meaning. (Ra Thor: “We did a good job bringing in a jewel thief running amok in Eastern Europe, but now we need to concentrate our efforts into the robo-pirates in the Indian Ocean—oh, and by the way, Duo and I are aliens.“ Officers: “lol you’re so weird. So what are should we do about the pirates?”)
Someone suggested in the last art poll that I draw Terra, and that is a crazy excellent idea dunno why I didn’t think of him or the other Stardroids sooner, I will definitely be drawing most if not all of what was requested, especially Proto Man (Totally was not expecting Proto Man to get so many votes, and for Bass to not get any, but hey, I’m not complaining Proto is the greatest)