Before and during the writing of the Legend, there was a lot of storyboarding, a lot of good ideas, and a lot of planning. And, just like any good series...there was a lot of ideas that simply didn't make the final cut. So I wanted to dedicate this post to all the ideas (currently) that simply didn't make it into the story.
I've actually got asked this a few times, why I didn't make a Dragon of Air or Wind. The truth is, the original Green Dragon was going to be the Dragon of Air, but when it got to the whole 'unlocking' segment of the story, the Air Dragon just didn't make a lick of sense. There's not much TO Air, and there wouldn't have been much that it would've been able to do. So, Air was scrapped.
Again, this one came up a lot. The thing is, the Golden Dragon (Light) would've actually had his potential being that he could bring the dead to life, but that would make them undead, not living. It kind of fell into the realm of Necromancy and thus, I scrapped it.
This was honestly going to take the place of the Dragon of Earth, but it didn't. My reasoning is that it would only be able to control plants, not earth itself, and that being said, it made for a very large weakness to fire. Which would've been okay if one of the teammates wasn't literally the Dragon of Fire.
The original Dragon of Sound, the Dragon of Psychic would've been able to control things telepathically, alter thought patterns and even give people hallucinations, but I just simply felt it was too powerful. Not to mention, the "Dragon of Psychic" just didn't sound nearly as catchy...
This was certainly a mistake on my part. There was going to be a 9th Dragon created about a quarter or half way into the story, and originally, her name was Cindy the Candy Dragon. Her dragon (if you would want to call it that) was pink, much like her hair. Her powers would've been controlling things like liquid sugar, and her breath would've been liquid sugar as well, to gum up the guns and movements of their enemies.
You can see why this was a terrible idea.
Again, an idea I was not proud of. The character (currently unnamed) would've been completely human, with no real distinguishable traits about him/her, but their Dragon would've been a giant animated marionette puppet (w/o strings or puppet control bars), who would use other puppets to do the fighting.
Again, the weakness to fire and the sheer ridiculousness of the Dragon led to it's scrapping.
I was planning on having a Dragon of Time, a sort of Guardian to the Dragons. This fantastical being would watch them, altering time and such to aid the Dragons, but the idea was scrapped for two reasons: 1. It felt a bit too underpowered, and 2. It made the Dragon sound more like a god, not a teammate.
This would've been the Golden Dragon, and in a way, it kind of is, however, I renamed it. In the story, Tanner unlocks the ability to control electrical currents, but not actually harness the sheer destructive power. He can EMP things, make electrical devices perform differently, and hack computers, but past that, not much else. The original design for this Dragon was going to be a neon blue, with large tesla coils on it's back and the end of it's tail, but it ended up being replaced with the more regal looking Golden Dragon of Light.
Rolly and Catherine are Biological sisters.
Now, I know that the creators of said characters are, in real life, biologically related. However, the characters themselves are not. They don't even share similar physical traits: Catherine's hair is short and brown, but Rolly's hair is long and orange. Their body type isn't consistent, their personalities are not related, and over all, the two of them are more like...really close BBFs than sisters.
Tanner is American.
Okay, I never actually remarked about the nationality of all the characters. Tanner is of Asian decent, and the idea that he was going to be American was scrapped. Why? Well, for one it seemed to stereotypical to me. A whole bunch of white kids saving the world seemed to cliche and racist. I'll delve more into the nationality of the characters in a later post. And secondly, there are many things that kind of point it out:
He meditates and practices Tai Chi. His dragon is Gold (or metallic Yellow). He believes heavily in the power of the universe. He is well trained in (though not a master of) martial arts. The traits are just obvious.
Shay killed his best friend, not his brother, in the story.
I've always wanted Shay to have a brother, someone around for him to hang out with. The problem with this was large: Shay was going to be gone for days at a time, weeks possibly. His brother would've gotten suspicious, probably would've discovered the Order, etc etc.
Originally, he was meant to be there for him after the mysterious death of his best friend, and defending him when he was discovered by the Government. This was all scrapped however because of the problem stated above. This meant that the brother would take the best friend's place. This meant 2 things: 1. The story would become that much more tragic. 2. The discovery of the Order would make a bit more sense.
Chunky is very very Southern.
No. I'm sorry. But the truth is, I wanted this character to LOOK Southern, but not sound or act southern. Why? Because I felt it would be too offensive to real people from the South. Instead, he just wears cowboy garb and such, but actually has the deepened voice of a large pro-athlete.
Templa is American.
Again, scrapped for the same reason as Tanner.
The story takes place not in the US, but somewhere else.
This was scrapped simply due to my lack of knowledge about other countries, and the fact that my Government (as a Canadian) simply didn't make sense in the plot.
WARNING!! THE REST OF THE POST IS ALL SPOILERS!! READ ON AT YOUR OWN RISK!!
Sgt. Harper was never going to actually be a Harpy General.
My original plan for this character was going to be the one who took matters into his own hands, and that meant breaking the rules, which included the harming of civilians, the death of thousands of innocent lives, and the eventual death of the Sgt himself. This was scrapped however because of I felt the the Harpies, who have already proved to be able to disguise as humans, would be more interesting and add to the plot.
The Deaths of Shay's Parents
The army was originally going to be holding Shay's family hostage to get him to turn himself and the other Dragons in. Shay barged back into the facility to rescue them, but it only proved to be a trap. Shay and the others were then forced to watch the execution of his parents (and brother, but again, scrapped).
This was scrapped for a different ending.