Characters, Part I: The Authors
Welcome to the big fat Mugen Guide. As I promised, this will be the thread for clarifying plot and character points of the fanfic.
Let's start with the so-far most mysterious of the characters I have introduced: the Authors. As you can guess, these are parodies of actual authors of several works of fiction. Their role in the story should be kind of nebulous: except for Nabeshin and Smith (AKA Silent Bob) most of them would be behind the scenes players, rarely showing themselves to other characters. I think we shouldn't overexpose them, since they have too much of a tendence to become walking plot devices. So, unless a plot device is really needed, I'll keep them out of the main picture.
Authors, except for Koshi Rikdo, are never identified by their full names, mostly to avoid us lawsuits :D . They talk to each other using only their last names. They sometimes claim to be the real creators of the Omniverse, but they rarely show any real power themselves, prefering to relying on hired help. Silent Bob and Nabeshin are exceptions, choosing to use their gifts in the Tournament, and as such, they are pursued by the other Authors as renegades.
The Council of Authors really wants to regain full control over the story. They feel the MUGEN story has slipped out of their control, and they are puzzled as to why. Sometimes, their actions can seem 'evil' to the rest of the characters, and sometimes they can look like they are in the side of 'good'. But as a matter of fact, they only care about taking the story along the way they would wish it to be.
They try to remove certain players out of the picture and manipulate certain events to their liking, through the Mercenary Team (B.B. Hood, Naga the Serpent, Deathstroke the Terminator and Deadpool), the Special Assault and Rescue Team (Mongul, Mr. Hyde, Clark Steele, Ralph Jones, Leona Heidern, Miroku and Misaki Matsuya), and the not introduced yet Black Ops Team (Gerhard Von Faust, Tiger, Panther, Luchs, Sango, the Invisible Man and Captain Cold). Regardless, for one reason or another, most of their attempts fail miserably.
Other than Silent Bob and Nabeshin, the most seen members of the Authors include the stoic, enigmatic Moore (based on an Alex Ross image of Alan Moore as a giant, ghostly floating head surrounded by his creations in a Wizard Magazine, actually), the polite, sometimes cold and distant Takahashi (taken from a Rumiko Takahashi mini-manga about her own work as a mangaka), and the dumb as bricks Koshi Rikdo, often retaking his Excel Saga role of introducing episodes along with Nabeshin and others. Some other Council Members who will cameo through the story are 'Byrne', 'Miller', 'Claremont', 'The Man Lee', 'Okuda' (based on Hitoshi Okuda, author of the Tenchi manga), 'Kanzaka' (based on the author of the Slayers novels), 'Akamatsu', the Dr. Slump-esque 'Toriyama', 'Takeuchi' (Naoko Takeuchi, author of Sailor Moon, in her usual selfdepiction as a SD bunny), and the CLAMP Animal-Eared squad.
Despite their apparently important role, they won't be a big influence in the story's course. They won't even be able to make a big difference in the final conflict, which will make them to realize they truly have lost all control over their so-called 'fictional world'.