@Ramidel, I’m a huge RoTK fan myself, didn’t think I would meet a fellow fan here, that’s great! I definitely see what you mean, and I did plan to set the story in a free-for-all warring period, be it the TK period or otherwise. I just love the chaos and gray-and-gray morality that inevitably comes with wartime stories, and all it seems to mesh so well with the Choice structure-- any small event, any of the hero’s decisions can have a massive impact on the plot, and change the destiny of the Empire to come.
When writing, I tend lean towards a sandbox direction myself, but I agree doing that here would be skirting a little too close to CoKF, which is why I’m trying to plan things more thoroughly before diving in. A wartime period like this can have a definite goal (uniting the nation) while leaving the details up to the player (aiding the local warlord, taking the crown for yourself, using your connections with the world of Spirits to convince others to come under your flag, etc), but does close off some options that come with the “pure” genre. For instance, a common theme in both wuxia and Chinese fantasy is to separate oneself from worldly matters altogether focus on the self. This actually tends to be the “happy ending” for many wuxia heroes and mortals in myths who eventually reach enlightenment and become immortals, but seems selfish and difficult at wartime.
Another thing is balancing the two. In CoKF, I thought most of the supernatural elements were too negligible. Spiritual powers, which as I remember was only taught by Master Zhuge, and only in one instance, was a skill you could completely go without, and save for impressing the foreigners once there wasn’t much you could do with it. I’m very fond of mythology, so I do end up doing a hybrid, I’d like to really avoid sidelining it.
I’m still weighing the pros and cons myself, and would love your input.
@2Ton, Thanks!! I’m happy to hear that, and it’s very reassuring to know there’s still demand for this type of story. Chinese folk religion is packed with interesting and unique tidbits, and I’m glad you want to see more.
@Wyrmspawn, I see what you mean, but I think in this case, with these two specific genres, it shouldn’t be too bad. Wuxia by itself already blends the line between fantasy and reality quite a bit (a lot of tv/movie producers are fond of adding laser beam effects to sword attacks >_>), and adding mythological elements to modern wuxia stories seems to be a rising trend (e.g., the Chinese Paladin series). If anything, it’s more like an exaggerated urban fantasy.I don’t think execution should be too much of a hindrance here, since I’ve seen it pulled off successfully more than a few times and feel pretty comfortable with mixing these two specific genres on my own. In the end, it comes down to whether a classic wuxia or hybrid story would be more enjoyable for the reader.
Thanks for bringing it up though, I definitely understand your concern, and if you have plot or setting concerns stemming from genre blending, I’d love to hear your input!