of the Week
12 - 30, 1999)
do have to say this is one of my favorite Xenogears sites, especially
since you all give more information than just the standard stuff.
And now on to the questions! Muahaha! Oops, ok here goes:
1. The Nisan mother: Alright, Sophia was the founder of
the sect and she was the first Mother, right? And we know there's
a tradition of the Nisan Mother marrying the Fatima prince/king.
Obviously Roni Fatima didn't have the chance to do that and the
tradition probably wasn't started then so any guess as to when
it started and who started it? How was the next Mother chosen
after Sophia went bye bye? When did it pass into the Fatima line,
or was it a coincidence that Marguerite was also a Fatima?
2. This one's about my favorite character, Id. Ok, when Fei becomes
"weakened" ("You wouldn't like me when I'm angry..."),
Id pops out. Any clues as to why his coloration totally changes?
By coloration, I mean the hair, eyes, skin, that sort of thing.
And the cute armor/spandex look..does he just create those? Are
there any limits on his powers really? How much of that comes
from the Gear and how much from him? Did he have any powers before
becoming the Contact (I mean Abel here)? I'd guess he uses the
Wave Existence to do all the stuff he does but I'm curious if
Abel would've had any powers if he'd never been the Contact,
if that makes sense. It also looks like the Id "appearance"
is something that the Contact does, because Grahf does it in
that scene that shows what happened after Sophia died. So it's
not just something that Fei made up to cope with trauma, or rather
it wasn't original to this incarnation. *listens as 'One Who
is Torn Apart' starts playing on the CD player* ! Not sure if
it's here or somewhere else who mislabeled it, but 'One Who is
Torn Apart' is usually listed as Id's theme, though it also plays
in Kislev after it's been blown up, which is kinda interesting.
Can ya guess it's my favorite song? ;)
3. Someone was asking about Xenogears anime/manga and I've got
one word for them: doujinshi. There's oodles and oodles of doujinshi,
some made by Clio Saga, one of the designers for Xenogears (she
designed Bart, Billy, Hyuga, and several others). She's got several
pictures from some of them on her site (http://www.harcourt-vega.com).
One of the doujinshi mentioned there is 'Liquid Sky' from Movic
Co., Ltd., as she puts it, apparently a story from the time period
when Hyuga and Sigurd were Elements. There's plenty of stories
that could be told about Xenogears without having to go into
the future or to the time period where Deus was created, like
how Hyuga and Yui met, about the dynamic between Roni, Lacan,
and Krelian, how the Gazel Ministry lost their bodies, and so
forth. And that's just off the top of my head. Anyhow, being
able to read Japanese would probably help ;) but Clio Saga's
stuff, at least, is so beautiful, I don't mind not being able
to read it.
...and finally (for now)...
4. Renmazuo...in a fairly recent Animerica, (or Manga Max) they
were showing pictures from a show that had a guy and his mech
as the main characters (not too unusual) except the mech was
wearing a cape and used guns, just like Renmazuo...it was even
shaped like it. Can't remember the name of the show offhand but
it was kinda spooky.
Well, that's all for now. I gotta go ink this picture of Id.
Hyuga: Whew, this is one
long letter Runey. And the mwahaha and on to the letters? Sounds
1. My guess to who had started the Fatima - Nisan tradition is
someone in the middle of the 500 years between that time and
current time. The new Mother of Nisan in my opinion would be
the second in command. So if Margie went bye bye, it would probably
be Sister Agnus who would become the new Mother of Nisan. About
Margie being a Fatima, I think it's just a coincidence. I hope
it is, because I don't want to get into a discussion about why
cousins will be parenting the next generation of Fatimas. Also,
the Fatima Mother before Margie was her mom, but that's an obvious
2. Fei does get all the sunlight doesn't he? Might be why Id
is so pale. It's probably due to the fact that in a way they
are totally different people living in the same body. The personalities
have talked among themselves quite often. I believe that the
bulk of Id's power comes from Xenogears, it being the ultimate
Gear and all. There are limits to his powers and his powers can
be stopped almost entirely with the right type of armor. Heck,
you had Citan and gang knock of Id as a human and as a Gear.
As for Abel, everyone has some powers, but Abel being the Contact
probably didn't hurt his strength. --- And 'The One Who Was Torn
Apart" is technically Id's theme, but it plays elsewhere
also. Same as June Mermaid, which is Emerelda's theme and my
favorite song. It plays in the Battle Arena when Id's theme plays.
It's your favorite song huh?
Nutz: Just a little side
note. I believe me and Hyuga have two totally different ideas
regarding Id's change of clothing and hair color. Here's mine:
Id doesn't draw his power from Xenogears, instead, the gear draws
its power from the Contact. Remember that Weltall seems close
to being a normal gear when piloted by any other person? (Evident
at that time when the pilot was thrown off during that first
encounter in Lahan). Id, being much aware of his powers probably
because he was under Grahf's wing for some time before Khan rescued
him back, knew a bit on how to control his "contact"
capabilities. The Contact uses the power as shared to him by
the Wave Existence, and Id usesit to his own purpose. The spandex
look, hair color, are probably from that time when he worked
as an assassin for Grahf. Grahf might be the one who designed
those skimpy outfits for him, or maybe it was from Id's tastes
too. Id also hates "The coward", and in any way possible
he strives to have his own color scheme and change his color
BTW, Weltall was designated as the gear of "The Destroyer
of God" mainly because it was Id's gear during that time
he was still with Grahf.
3. Yes, this site is a glory to all those looking for Xenogears
art in anime/manga styles. There's one that is a freaky picture
of the Ricdeau family
.. apparently I'm 12 and am the kid
at the bottom and the rest of the people died from a plague (?).
That one scared me.
4. Anime is very hard to find here, so I have little knowledge
of the stuff. But I'm not surprised you saw some art similar
to Xenogears. Game designers often get their ideas from things
that they see around. That would be kinda spooky.
5. Okay, so there's no question 5. But in a second email, this
guy mentions hearing about a Xenogears art book that is different
from Perfect Works. He was asking about rare Xenogears pics he
saw on Manga Max and a newsgroup telling him to be on the lookout
for 'Xenogears Memorial Album: Thousands of Daggers'. It is still
on sale on some site, and I did get the cover image. It's for
70 dollars, I think. Also, after searching a bit on the Net,
I did uncover another image that is the cover of a Xenogears
novel or art book that is yet unknown to me.
XG Artwork Book