These are links to embarrassing old images I made between 2006 and 2007 and their upload descriptions. I was young, very into anime, and learning to write. I still have some of these characters and the ones I still use look better and have exceedingly better stories. The reason I'm making this thread is to tell a story about some experiences I had since making these characters.http://viethra-schepherd.deviantart.com/art/Ship-WIP-53178547http://viethra-schepherd.deviantart.com/art/Yay-1000-pageviews-39709390#comments
The two main factors I want to highlight, are a series of robots, in particular the 7th, and a fictional organization, Cerberus.
The Symphonies, numbered sentient robots corresponding with Beethoven's works, are an integral plot point in my long time project Seraphim. The most prominent one is Nr.5 then N5. The one with the most sway in the world of the story is Nr.7, then known as N7. He runs an operation similar to Lockheed Martin, dubbed appropriately enough, N7. Between 2004 and 2005, N7 was just a name I used for random stuff. Xeth, a forgettable character, was associated strongly with the term long after I'd Made N5 and N7's company.
Cerberus is an UNA (Think NATO) initiative tasked with removing supernatural entities from a UN research base that started as an abandoned Nazi research base. N7 supplies them with equipment and their logo is on many items used by the protagonists, members of Cerberus.http://viethra-schepherd.deviantart.com/art/Ship-WIP-53178547http://viethra-schepherd.deviantart.com/art/Yay-1000-pageviews-39709390#comments
Anyway, when Mass Effect came out, it sounded cool, but I didn't play it for a while. A few years later I heard there was something called N7 in it. Since it turned out to be important to their story, I changed N7 to Nr. 7 and so on. I thought nothing of it. Just a coincidence.
Then I learned more about the games, and heard about the Illusive Man's Cerberus. That got me thinking, was it a coincidence? Why would professionals making a science fiction rpg in 2006 use ideas they found on my online galleries and stuff. I was just some kid. They certainly weren't garnering the kind of attention that lends itself to plagiarism. Anyway, I had mailed myself an early show bible with postdates and everything already by 06. I had physical proof that I'd come up with that N7 name before I saw it in Mass Effect. I could totally publish material using the name, and defend it with those documents. To this day I wonder, should I really back down? Was it really a coincidence. My strongest instinct is to say it was a total fluke. It just kinda happened. Nobody stole anything.
The point of this is to ask a question. Have any of you out there ever felt like some big wig took your idea, even though you're certain they couldn't have known? People imagine similar ideas all the time. The bow and arrow were invented simultaneously. Still, small time writers and artists have their materials appropriated by corporations and other creators all the time. If you have any anecdotes, please, share your experiences.