Yami: Hello everyone. We’re here today with Chaos
Yami: Why don’t you tell me a little about how you got started in Steampunk?
Chaos: Well, mostly you… I’d been interested in the, um, genre, but as far as actually wanting to go to Steampunk cons and sort of being immersed in it that’s mostly after I met you.
Yami: What are your biggest Steampunk influences?
Chaos: There was an old cartoon show called Big O, I don’t know if anyone actually remembers it, but, it had a giant steampunk robot.
Yami: Would you say you’re particularly interested in giant robots?
Chaos: You know, there is a– yes. I’m not going to do the joke where I simply say that there’s a slight chance, but, yes, I am. I mostly was into a lot more of anime stuff before I got into Steampunk.
Yami: Why don’t you tell us how you came up with the idea for the character of Lucas?
Chaos: Well, I originally came up with the character of Lucas because I remember, I believe… I want to say it was Romance of the Stone? It was an old — late 80’s, early 90’s — um, like, B movie. But the actual antagonists were these like, was this couple of pretty much business people who were just these almost amoral to the point of being funny. And I thought well, I was trying to come up with some villains for a couple of um, roleplay games we were doing, and I thought maybe I’ll go with someone who’s got more of a corporate angle. And it’s originally where I came up with the idea for Lucas.
Yami: So would you say Lucas is more of a villain character?
Chaos: Usually yes. I’m not– I haven’t really nailed down the character as far as this iteration as of yet, he’s probably not going to be exactly the, um, upstanding citizen, but he probably won’t be as, well, dark and manipulative as he usually is.
Yami: So you’re going for more of an anti-hero feel?
Chaos: Maybe not hero, but there’s definitely not a– maybe more anti-protagonist?
Yami: That’s an interesting new term. How do you see him relating with the other characters?
Chaos: Well, that would based be[sic] on what he had to gain from the particular interactions as well as what he could actually expect him to do when he actually gets the results he needs.
Yami: Were there any other interesting influences into Lucas’ character?
Chaos: There was actually the book that you had actually suggested that I read, which pretty much had– after I made the character, someone wrote a book about exactly that same character, and it’s like, ‘well that’s pretty much how that worked out’
Yami: Consultation with a Vampire?
Chaos: Yeah. And it was like, ‘oh, it’s a little short story. Oh, that’s exactly the character I made, like, two months ago. Oh, if only I could actually read books.’
Yami: Now, I understand from your blog column that you’re somewhat of an engineer?
Chaos: Well, somewhat, I’m still in school to be an engineer, so I guess I’m engineer-like?
Yami: Well, what drove you into engineering as a field?
Chaos: Um, mostly I’m very interested in being able to make things; most of the things that we’ll be seeing is… a lot of them, um, figures outside of being just interesting technology in general was, um, kind of an interest in prosthetics, seeing as how I’ve seen people have really interesting, um, prosthetics, and doing replaced limbs and I think that they work fairly well, so I’m kind of interested in being able to do.
Yami: Are you going to build us cyborgs?
Chaos: Not right now. Everyone keeps asking if I’m going to make cyborgs or, um, arms that shoot rockets. No. Maybe someday, but I have no idea how to even begin doing that kind of stuff.
Yami: Alright. So what sort of projects are you looking forward to doing?
Chaos: Well, there’s the airship, which actually now that I’ve started having some kind of idea how to make a gian– how to make an airship that flies around that I can actually control it’s going to be fairly interesting.
Yami: Cool. Anything else down the pipeline?
Chaos: Um, well there is one other thing, but I don’t want to talk about it yet, I actually want it to be somewhat of a surprise.
Yami: Alright, fair enough. If you had infinite time and resources, what would you build?
Chaos: Infinite time and resources… um… hmmm… a hovercraft.
Yami: A working hovercraft?
Chaos: It would be cool. A working hovercraft.
Yami: Alright. Now, before we wrap up, is there anything else you think our audience should know?
Chaos: I am really bad at talking about myself apparently.