Two years ago, on a cold winter’s day, a man named Phil Smith had an idea. A grand idea. He would gather a group of like-minded (that is to say, nerdy) people and write a story. And not just any story. A story featuring characters from some of the most beloved videogame of all time weaved together by good storytelling on a mass scale. But where would Phil go to recruit willing candidates to bring his ambitious idea to life? A place called Wiichat, the biggest unofficial Nintendo online community. And so, what is known today as The Alternate Plot was born unto an unsuspecting world. Back then, Wiichat was at its’ peak, and it had still seen nothing like this before. A fully structured, story driven roleplay was new here, and thanks to the talent of the writers involved, The Alternate Plot became widely known and read in the forums. People involved were even known as “Plotters” by the rest of the community after the title of the story. And, after five months and over one hundred pages of hard work, the groundbreaking story was finally complete. Despite an ending that, in retrospect, did not live up to the full legacy of the tale, the plot finished on a satisfying note that kept both the people who had worked on it and the people who had read it talking about it for months. In the wake of its’ success, many other story-driven roleplays began to crop up around WiiChat, including Realms, The Pokemon Roleplay, and Seekers of the Lost Treasure. While these were met with varying levels of success, all pay the respect to the original Alternate Plot that it is due. The original creative team, plus some fresh new faces, even began work on a follow up to the story dubbed The Alternate Plot: The Majestic Twelve. However, despite a decent run, the sequel didn’t deliver on the same level the original did and was scrapped midway through. Despite this disappointment, people still looked back on the original with fond memories. But then came the WiiChat Apocalypse. In the aftermath of the unfortunate event, the plotters still around were dismayed to discover their prize work gone! Sadly, The original Alternate Plot was one of the many threads destroyed in the Apocalypse. And for a while, all despaired of ever laying eyes on the original tale ever again. The Alternate Plot had become but a memory, never to be truly seen again... ... or so it seemed. What I recently uncovered is that one of the original collaborators on the project, Blue Man, has kept most of the pages taken directly from the original story. He also edited a great deal of it already and condensed it slightly to make for a more readable story that flows better. He has given me these pages, and now, with just a few editing tweaks, the Alternate Plot will be readable once more. Since this thing is huge (over 100 pages in Word, that's quite a bit) I've decided to split up the postings into chapter sections. I'll post sections of a chapter until the chapter is finished, then take a short break, then continue. It is my hope that, come March, the full plot will be available to read here. Until then, I do hope you'll join me in re-reading one of the best RPs on this site as it goes up. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you... Super Smash Brothers The Alternate Plot: The Rise of Nefirus Enjoy. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Writers: WMBQ, Blue Man, GigaRidley, sorabrawl, Disturbed, lbu, and many more! Thank you all! Edited by Joshua Larrabee (Blue Man) and finished by Bryan Berg (GigaRidley) PRESS START Chapter One: The Return of the Shadow Bug Link woke up late one morning on the Island of the Ancients. It had just finished being rebuilt from leftover Subspace matter about a month ago, and he, along with the rest of the heroes and heroines who saved the world from Subspace just over a year ago were living there peacefully with the ROBs. Still, something didn't seem right to him... It was raining outside again. It had been raining every day for a week. Disappointed at the lack of good weather, he climbed down the ladder from his house. It was cold out because of the rain, but something still seemed eerie. The air had a strange, unnatural, purplish, blackish hue to it. He could've sworn he had seen it somewhere before. Suddenly, his heart racing, he realized what it was from. Shadow Bugs! From Subspace! In a state of panic, he ran to the Master Hand's Temple. Link arrived at the temple panting. Inside it was very dark, illuminated only by a spotlight over Master Hand. The walls were white, but difficult to see because of the darkness. It wasn't very big inside, but it wasn't small either. The whole temple was composed only of the room in which Master Hand lived, only the size of an average classroom. Master Hand turned to Link. Though he couldn't see Link, he could detect the Hylian's presence. "What is it, Link? It must be urgent, as you arrived panting." Master Hand's voice erupted from nowhere and everywhere at the same time. It echoed off every corner of the room, and was very low and dramatic. “Master Hand, I- I saw- Outside- subspace," Link answered, breathing heavily at the same time. Master Hand thought for a moment. It's not like Link to lie... I'm going to believe him, though it is very grave indeed. "Is it actually Subspace, Link, or is it Shadow Bug?” “Shadow Bug,” Link panted. “There must be a viable explanation,” Master Hand answered, “Though all evidence points toward the return of Tabuu,” he finished gravely. “What should I do?” Link asked. “At the moment, nothing. Shadow Bug itself is indestructible, only when it takes form can it be destroyed.” Link nodded. Disappointed, he left Master Hand's temple, went back to his house, and lay down in his bed worried. OOC: Surprise! Obviously, the normal chunks of plot I'll put up here are going to be much larger than this, I just wanted to put the prologue up for now. Please post and tell me what you think!