So I’ve started writing a bit of lore for heroes already existing in Vainglory. Currently, I am focusing on heroes with little to no lore as they I feel are the ones that need the most representation.
However, I need help. On one part I want to keep the story elements and lore as grounded in the established canon as I possibly can. I also however want to add in my own interpretations to how I feel each character would be represented thematically.
This is hard since I also will always have a looming shadow of expectations from players who cherish the lore of Sugarvenom in the back of my head.
I have tried my best to capture the spirit of her writing but I personally always doubt I will ever match up to that especially alone.
Simply emulating the work and effort she put in would not do however since that would simply be a lifeless imitation without soul and therefore risked being treated as aimless fan fiction.
That of course is not what I had in mind.
The other problem of course is interpretation, it is hard to really figure out the full extent of each characters nuances and their stories by personal inferences as that tends to spawn bias assumptions which can be dangerous to make in hubris.
So far the most I have to work with is the voice lines which are not really much to go on.
My end goal is to create lore for those who loved the world building but can also be picked up by newcomers and attach them to a character. Without support from voice actors and SEMC that is a tall order.
The lore would be more than a retelling of the hero in action and what their abilities are in their world but rather an opportunity to expand the horizon of Vainglory’s world and tell the story each hero wants to tell to the writer and the reader.