A long time ago in a galaxy far, far... Fark this shit!
This is not your typical Superhero origins story - there are no radioactive spiders, no tragically murdered parents, no experimental programs, no mutations, no billionaire inventors, and no mysterious cosmic rays. This is simply the true account of the meteoric rise of a great and fearless leader, and those who were fortunate enough to follow him.
Cyrus mourns the loss of the two staples for a happy life: good MMOs, and good people to play them with...
Leadership comes in many forms, and can be carried out in many ways. Leadership through fear, power, coercion, inspiration, enlightenment or admiration. Yet they all have one thing in common: Minions. Without those brainless little puppets, no leader would be elevated to those glorious heights on their own. So in some small, maybe insignificant way, each legendary victory earned by those magnificent leaders is also reflected upon the tiny followers who vacuously followed their command and were pawns in his noble victory.
To the insignificants of Cyrus, I salute you!
This video tells the origin story of Cyrus, and is the culmination of much effort, embarrassment, alcohol consumption, creativity, learning and perfecting. What started out as a cheesy idea for a script soon evolved into a gruelling quest to carefully source each image used, splice and edit them, and then enhance them with special effects and animations. We tried to bring each image alive to help tell our story.
Re-abilitation, crunch mode, you got nothing on us! This video only took us about 6 months of solid work!
Our 'voice actors' did an excellent job too, especially Raffles. Without his willingness to go full ham, none of this would have been possible. The entire concept hinged on him being able to pull off the gritty warrior and epic finale convincingly, and he did an unbelievable job. Iselore also managed to play the perfect counter to Raffles in his comedic turn, and we hope his blood-alcohol levels have returned to normal following his tortuous ordeal.
Raffles at the weekend... And during the week. He is the most manly of us all!
Special mention must also go to Nostrau, Dia and (honourary member) Spotlights who worked extremely hard on the visual side of things. We knew we couldn't animate the story itself, and if we just used game footage it would have been quite average and unconnected. What we did come up with though works very well to highlight the impact of the audio, and has turned out much better than we ever could have expected.
There is no greater victory in gaming than a victory hard fought with friends. There is no satisfaction from an easy fight, and no glory from a cowering enemy. Cyrus is about hard work and discipline to achieve greatness, and there are no easy carries to success. The same can be said for the production of this video - it was a long, hard slog - but I hope everyone involved is satisfied with the outcome!
Oh, you want the link to the actual video? OK then, if you insist - here it is!