Fizz’s basic plot idea. Just throwin’ it out there. Lemme know if I’m forgetting anything, or if things don’t make sense. All details are subject to change.
Long ago, in the time of the Dodos, the world prospered on a technology fueled by the power of the Phoenix, a mystical energy that could be harnessed into almost anything the Dodos could create. For generations the Dodos prospered, and the technology was spread throughout the world so that all birds could live in this “Golden Age”. However, one small group wanted to control society. The Owl Council, also known as the Owluminati, elected to use their wisdom to seal away the Phoenix that powered all, and purge the Dodos who had discovered it. They succeeded, and as all of Dodotech failed, society fell back to simple life. Ever unseen, the shadowy Owluminati could pull the strings...
Atticus Finch, our hero, lives in (INSERT HOMETOWN DETAILS HERE). He trains as a swordsman, always yearning for an adventure that never seems to happen. One of his best friends is Charlie, a scientist/archaeologist. Charlie has developed much machinery for the town, and while he too is satisfied with his life, he hides a passion for the legends of Dodo Technology. Every time he seems close to a discovery, nothing he does seems to work.
In another part of the world, a scroll is discovered in an old Dodo dig site. The scroll speaks of “The Prophecy of the Phoenix”; it seems the Dodos found a way to undo the Owls’ seal before they were driven to extinction, something the Owls lacked knowledge of. Gavin is a member of the team tasked with bringing the scroll to the bird capital (or something) where scholars can study it. As his formation is passing near Atticus’s town, the current Owluminati sends someone to retrieve the scroll, so the last loose thread can be taken out and the string-pulling can continue unthreatened.
Gavin’s squadron is attacked, leaving only Gavin alive guarding the scroll. Before he, too, is killed, [MYSTERIOUS FEMALE THIEF OOH I WONDER WHO] manages to snag the scroll for herself. Everyone seems to want it, after all. The Owls are FOILED AGAIN, and Gavin manages to get himself to the nearest town.
It is here that he runs into Atticus and Charlie. They listen to Gavin’s tale; Charlie’s interest is piqued as he hears of a Dodo Prophecy, and Atticus is raring to finally go on an adventure. So, with some pushing by Atticus and even by Charlie, Gavin decides to take them with him to go off in search of Maggie- I mean, [SECRET FEMALE THIEF] to recover the scroll. Also Ahere can come too. Maybe not yet. Dunno.
Even in the daytime, the Owls are always watching...
FIZZY NOTE: Jabberjay described the Phoenix as this: “The Phoenix is a cold-fusion reactor similar in function to the giant-floaty crystal in the Atlantis movie Disney did, but more SCIENCE and less magic and dead Atlantean souls. It wirelessly powers all Dodotech worldwide, big and small. Dodotech and copycat Dodotech (if it is in good enough repair to function or is built properly) can be powered by other means (ex. steam, internal combustion, windmill) but such means are usually either ungainly, provide insufficient power, or both. The owls want to get their private hoard of non-functioning Dodotech working and to seriously upgrade their functioning copycat Dodotech. The Carebird squadron/Swan Government wanted to claim the Phoenix for all birds, but they don't know what it really is. They think it is a real mystical bird that will somehow bring about a golden age without knowing how.”
My response: “Hmm, my initial thought was that the Phoenix was intangible, that the worldwide powering force field thing could be "released" and then everything would start working again. The Phoenix itself would be the sorta mystical form the energy took for moments at a time, especially when freshly unsealed.
Now I dunno which I like better, as having a material, solid Phoenix fits with the science theme more. So cold-fusion reactor with Tesla-beaconing is sounding pretty good.
There is another point I'd like to question; I thought the Owluminati were trying to prevent the Phoenix's release altogether? I figured they had mastered small-scale functioning of a few Dodo artifacts, and that was their edge in terms of power. If the Phoenix is released, yes, their artifacts would return to full power, but so would everything else, so they would rather the Phoenix remain dormant, which is why they sealed it in the first place.
The Titanis isn't the grand plan, but rather the Owls' contingency plan for if the Phoenix DOES get released. A god-golem brought to life by the massive influx of energy.
"You may have bested us and brought your precious 'Golden Age' back to the world... But you've unleashed something far beyond your control...! BEHOLD OUR GREATEST CREATION, BROUGHT TO LIFE BY YOUR OWN WINGS!! A-HOO-HOO-HA-HA-HA!!"
Just saiyan, I don't think the Owls would have sealed away the power of the Phoenix if they wanted to unseal it again later.
- Posted all this ‘cause I figured it’d be good to record the discussion.