It’s slightly complicated. See, for characters like Seeker, or Forlorn or Aki, it doesn’t change much, since their situations are more personal (Seeker’s attachment to Victoria and the fact that he’s basically a volcano at the verge of eruption, Forlorn’s war trauma, Aki… spoilers), but for others such as Ignis (who’ll soon be nicknamed ‘Princess of Destruction’) and Mars, uh… let’s just say I have had to revisit some of my lore for the Coltello family, and while Mars’ endgoal is still set in stone, there are some steps which look a decent bit murkier than they used to.
There’s also a lot of background lore that while not… changing, per se, is going to need a lot more ‘word of God’ to remain valid. For example, Russia was supposed to play a part in Crete’s story, but, uh, the past 8 months or so have kind of shot the whole ‘Russia is a credible rival to the US’ take to bits.
Another thing is sanctions, look how quickly Russia’s economy has melted after the US and the EU went to bat with sanctioning it. This is part of why I have changed a bit of my wording regarding Crete and its commercial partners. Originally, my goal was simply “pit stop between the Middle East and Europe that is mostly concerned with the Eastern Med”, and while that’s still its political view, you’ll note I have now made at least a few comments on how commercial trade between Crete and France/Italy/Spain/etc is ‘vital’.
That’s not to say it’s all been bad, and while it feels a bit callous to say this, the war in Ukraine I guess serves as a bit of vindication in something we’re going to explore (a people’s determination to defend their homeland, and how invading/imperial powers are actually liable to go mask off ‘let’s pull off a genocide, why not?’), but the global events have definitely added a certain tier of complexity to the story that I wasn’t accounting for, and, not going to lie, part of my slowness to update has been because I’m having to re-weigh certain parts of the narrative now that so many new things are coming to the forefront.
One thing that I can say was a net positive, though?
After the past ~2 or so years of the Republicans, Trump, and the general far-right craziness, I now have zero fear that my plans for Stratton will have anyone going “wtf, no President would do that!”.