Read the fourth chapter of the Chronicles of Yugoha here.
For 200 million years, ever since the Precursors left for the Realm of Chaos, the galaxy knew nothing of the ways of Chaos, but Chaos always finds a way to show itself. This is the story of how the first Yugohan space travelers discovered the ways of Chaos.
Also, I’ve created a Chronology of the Chronicles of Yugoha page that will list all of the episodes of the Chronicles of Yugoha in chronological order.
Back when I first came up with the concept of the Chronicles of Yugoha, I knew this was a chapter I was going to have to make. It all goes back to a comment made by Ottiuk moments before he is destroyed by Yu-Gi-Oh. Since Ottiuk was created from the Chaotic Void by separating his Darkness from Empyrean’s Light, the only possible way to destroy him would be to recombine the two, thereby destroying the Yugohan Lords in the process. Ottiuk warned Yu-Gi-Oh that if he did this, he would be hated by his own people as a slayer of their gods. Regardless of his warnings, Yu-Gi-Oh knew it was a choice he had to make. This chapter explored the fallout of Yu-Gi-Oh’s choice. Ottiuk was right. The people of Yugoha may have created the Yugohan Lords, but over the course of their million year history, that was forgotten, and they became the gods of Yugoha, the gods that hand-selected the empire’s rulers. Yu-Gi-Oh destroying them was obviously not going to be viewed well by the public, and whenever something isn’t viewed well, there are extremists willing to do whatever they feel needs to be done to fix it. Those extremists took the form of the Soldiers of Versal.
In addition to telling a story that needed to be told, the big purpose of this chapter was to explore the world of Yu-Gi-Oh post-Millennium. The chapter showed where many of the characters ended up once the series ended, and the state of affairs for the newly reborn Yugohan Empire, setting the stage for future post-Millennium episodes.
This episode had several purposes. One was to draw in fans of the original series who wanted to see Yugi and his time frame. Another was for those who like to read duels. The third was to show that Chronicles of Yugoha wasn’t limited simply to stories that are set in Yugoha itself. Making this episode come second was done purposely. The contrast between the sci-fi/action-heavy plot of the first chapter with the more traditional fantasy/card game-based plot of the second was meant to demonstrate the wide range of topics and themes that can be covered by this new series.
An interesting note is on the deck of the episode’s antagonist. The Nameless/Nameless Entity deck was actually a left over deck concept from Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium. There are many fun/crazy deck ideas that I wanted to work into Millennium, but wasn’t able to by the time the series ended. I particularly upset by not being able to do the Nameless deck, because the idea of having a deck based around the manipulation of names just seemed like such a great and fun idea to me. I’d love for cards like that to exist in the real card game. That’s the reason that it was the first deck I created for the Chronicles of Yugoha.
Warning! The following review contains minor spoilers for the Dark Side of Dimensions
As I expressed before, I am so happy to finally be writing this series. It took a lot to get me to this point, but I’m finally here. And as it was the Dark Side of Dimensions that inspired me to finally begin this series, it only seemed fitting to have the first chapter tie into the movie. When I left the theater after watching the movie, my head was abuzz with ways I could tie it in with Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium. The most obvious point was that Kaiba’s special Duel Disk easily could have been a prototype for the Duel Gauntlet, it even replaced the traditional physical deck of cards with a virtual version and connected straight to the users mind. Looks like Kaiba may have been 5,000 years ahead of his time. Anyways, one of things that intrigued me the most was the Plana. Despite being so important to the plot of them movie, we were left knowing so very little of it. All we knew was it was some sort of magical power that could be used to change reality itself. I realized while watching the movie that the Yugohans were no strangers to reality altering powers, as Versal, their greatest god/creation had the very same powers. And of course, it has been a trend so far that what is traditionally considered magic in the world of Yu-Gi-Oh is actually forgotten Yugohan technology, so the Plana would be the same. One of the most interesting things about the Plana, at least in my mind, was that it seemed to exist as a network between all of the students of Shadi. The Plana linked them together, and as a whole they would manipulate reality. I quickly realized how reminiscent of a computer network this was. That’s what the inspiration was for making the source of the Plana a system of quantum computers linked to a network of human (or Yugohan, in this case) minds. Of course, the Plana we see in this chapter is not yet exactly what we see in the movie. Among other things, this chapter did not have any hint of Diva’s “Millennium Cube.” I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what else Yugoha has in store for the Plana. On one last movie-related note, I also wanted to point out a potentially missed character trait, the character Shadu was meant to be the Yugohan incarnation of Shadi and Shada, hence the name and similar descriptions. This was done because of Shadi’s link to the Plana.
Spoilers end here.
Aside from just connect to the movie, this chapter was designed to serve as a crux for much the following series. It served as an introduction to Yugoha for new readers and a reintroduction for returning readers. It brought in several familiar faces from Millennium, such as Thoth and Xenox, showing both of them as they were before we knew them 16 years later, during the Yugohan Civil War. In both cases they had yet to reach their true potential, but were well on their way. This chapter also served as a basis for the series, as it was our first in-depth look at Yugohan life, especially before the war.
Surprise! It has been nearly exactly a year since I released the last episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium, and ever since then I’ve been planning and debating with myself about a new series known as Chronicles of Yugoha. The idea for the series first came to my head when I was still writing the second to last season of Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium. It would allow me to write something even once I completed Millennium. However, I then started Cosmic Quest, and decided that writing that was more important than starting a new series. Ever since then I have debated back and forth with myself on whether or not to write this series. There have been times, such as around the Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th anniversary last September where I got really close to deciding I had to do it. But I would always back down because I felt I was too busy to take on two stories. In all honesty, I probably am too busy to write two stories, so I can’t promise episodes for The Chronicles of Yugoha will come out all that often, but I figured something was better than nothing. What put me over the edge in the end was seeing the movie Dark Side of Dimensions. That movie was absolutely great, and it made me realize that if I didn’t write Chronicles of Yugoha now, that I never would. So here I am.
The concept of the series is that Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium left a whole lot of history behind in its lore, and the only way to truly explore that lore is through its own story. The Chronicles of Yugoha is what I like to call anachronistic, meaning in this case that it has no specific order. Every chapter will be its own self-contained story, and could take place before, after, or even during the time frame of the previous chapter. Of course, just because the name is Yugoha, doesn’t mean it will focus entirely on the Yugohan Empire. It will also explore concepts such as Chaos and Order, other civilizations such as the Tyrian Empire or the Precursors, and maybe even have some episodes that take place during the other Yu-Gi-Oh! series. What this series really is, is a grand celebration of the entire universe’s history, with a special focus on Yugoha, and the way it shaped it.
Many times before have the twin princes Yu-Gi-Oh and Seto faced each other in battle, and just as many times have those battles been inconclusive. The time has finally come for a verdict to be reached. One way or another, an emperor will be decided, and the future of the Yugoha and the entire galaxy will finally be set. It’s the end of a 20,000 year old adventure.
This is it, the beginning of the end! The first part of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium series finale is here!
It’s over. Ottiuk is defeated, the Balance of Chaos is safe, Yugoha is ready to return, and everything seems right for once. But one question still remains. Yu-Gi-Oh or Seto, who is the true heir of Yugoha? The time to find out has finally arrived.