In the end, it all depends on how skilled you are in terms of story-writing when introducing a new element to the Suikoverse. Before the release of S2, if you would’ve said you want to create characters with wings of a bat and eagle talons, and they’re supposed to share a town with kobolds, I think everyone would’ve advised against it. Or before the release of Tactics, if you had told people you want the hero to be the son of a half-goat creature from another world, people would’ve probably advised you to never write a Suikoden story. I should add to the latter example that people actually complain about the multiple-worlds concept (while at the same time ignoring that Dragon and Gate Rune rely on it) and the turn-to-fishman element in Tactics, but I haven’t read complaints about Kyril’s identity.
Every game/story has introduced new elements and concepts, and most of them were taken and modified from other stories. Transferring these elements to Suikoden in a way so that the player/reader accepts them and wouldn’t think of the original legendaries all the time is a big challenge. None of the Suikoden authors have succeeded 100%, but likewise, none of them has run from that challenge. If you’re in love with your idea and you’re confident in your story-writing, do it.
Suikoden has obviously taken concepts from Tolkien: forest-elves-with-bows concept, mountain-dwarves-with-axes/hammers concept, elves-and-dwarves-hate-each-other concept, etc. These have all become a fixed and accepted part of the Suikoverse, because the authors have done a good job. Then there’s the Tolkien concept of rare-relationship-between-elf-and-human. Now, you can’t accept some of these concepts while abandoning others arguing they’re not part of the Suikoverse, because none of them originally were. You have to treat all the same way and wait for the implementation. And then, if you can’t avoid thinking about Tolkien or a D&D game when reading the half-elf Suikoden story you can still criticize it, but first give it a chance, like you did with all the other concepts.
Pyriel wrote:Although, I think I have access to the PHPBB's database. So if I can figure out the schema, I can technically do both of those things anyway.
Fine, as long as you don’t abuse your power to globally replace “Suikoden” with “masturbation”, and “rune” with “f#ck”, and this kind of stuff…
sticky-runes wrote:The Greek myths, on the other hand, were not shy about how certain human-animal hybrids came into being.
Yes, Zeus banged everything that couldn’t get out of his visual range in time. Others were cursed: Medusa, a beautiful temple maiden loyal to Athena was raped by Poseidon within the temple of Athena. Afterwards Athena appeared and cursed Medusa for having sex in her temple, turning her into the monster we know. Greek Gods are much worse than True Runes.