The power of dank memes sustains me...also PsychoBilly gave me a job sorta before I completely faded off the face of the Wiki so yeah that kinda gave me reason to stay. But yeah I'm pretty much dead...inside at least.
Yeah, just rummaged through 36 threads most of which were in dire need of a strict eye but nice to see that the board has been running pretty smoothly in the week I've been away. Good work Jeff, Trica as well.
Well I've been working on debunking all of Ferret's FNAF Theory Shorts and FNAf Theoretical Shorts. I've so gone through and debunked Soul Eating in FNAF, How Springsuits Really Work, FNAF 2 in 1992 (not really a debunk but more of a complaint post), and Shadow Freddy in FNAF 1. I'm currenty working on debunking the Summer Paradox, but I decided to take time off from it to debunk all of Ferret's FNAf theoretical shorts, so I'm currently debunking Purple Guy is a robot.
Also I plan on making a post, probably tomorrow, about how William Afton is definitely a sociopath.
Cool, I look forward to it just remember to keep the debunking informative and objective and keep personal bias or appeal to emotion fallacies out of it. Outside of that you've got the green light and thumbs up from me.
Starscream1998 wrote: Cool, I look forward to it just remember to keep the debunking informative and objective and keep personal bias or appeal to emotion fallacies out of it. Outside of that you've got the green light and thumbs up from me.
I've done my best for that. I stick to evidence and don't dive into insults and personal bias. I'll probably post them on the Wiki once I refine them.
So, while this story mainly focuses on William and Beverly’s younger son, Lucas Afton, as an adult in the aftermath of his Bite incident, I was thinking about your opinion of William’s character in the games, which is sorely lacking in development. Keeping this in mind, I wondered if I could somehow avert this with my story’s version of William. His role would have eventually been at a minimum, only serving as the one responsible for the majority of his son’s insanity, but I feel tempted to elaborate on William’s backstory a bit more. And in a different way than the Midnight Motorist theory, though parental abuse is still part of it. Here goes:
William Afton was born as the son of James and Evelyn Afton. However, William’s conception wasn’t a loving one. Evelyn, 16 at the time, eventually formed a relationship with James, who was 7 years older than her. Evelyn’s parents didn’t approve of the relationship, though this didn’t stop them from eloping. However, whenever James was angry, he became physically and verbally abusive towards his wife. One night, James came in, and after throwing a fit, he raped Evelyn, conceiving William. The reason Evelyn stayed with him after this was because she didn’t have the proper education and James was the only to make ends meet, especially since she was going to be a mother, and she certainly couldn’t go back to her parents.
James’ physical abuse of Evelyn shifted to his son, though he still yelled at his wife for anything she did wrong. Evelyn had a love-hate relationship with her son; as much as she cared enough to raise him initially, she also began to see him as the reason for all of her misery, since having enough money to raise him was the reason she stayed with a man that abused her, seeing William as a chain that binded her to James. It didn’t help that William already expressed symptoms of psychopathy (which actually is due to James raping Evelyn), which is a reason why both of his parents are abusive to him. His mental disorder made James ashamed of his son, and saw him as a “freak”, leading to a lot of merciless beatdowns at his father’s hands. Evelyn was also a religious zealot, and stuck to her Christian beliefs, viewing her son’s existence as a sin, due to his conception being the result of her being raped (forgive me if Evelyn’s depiction of zealotry is inaccurate, I’m not a religious person). William’s psychosis only fueled Evelyn’s resentment towards her son even more, to the point of both physical and psychological abuse. Essentially, William became a punching dummy for both of his parents whenever they felt angry. Evelyn, in particular, also had a tendency to punish William by crucifying him. To paint a picture of William’s childhood while under his mother’s care, think of Margaret White from Carrie. Eventually, William decided to return the favor and murdered both James and Evelyn on his 12th birthday for revenge.
After James and Evelyn’s deaths, William was transferred to an orphanage. Due to his mental disorders, he was often bullied by the other orphans, much like his father, and due to his status as a child by rape, the nuns at the orphanage also hated William, much like his mother.
There were only two other individuals that saw William as a person, and not just a psychopath: their names were Henry Emily and Beverly Schmidt. I’m sure you know what happened afterwards: William marries Beverly and starts a family with her, while also opening Fredbear’s Family Diner with Henry as his business partner. However, since Beverly’s acceptance of William’s mental disorder was what made him infatuated with her in the first place, William tried to suppress his psychotic tendencies and remain “normal”, as long as his wife was happy. In a way, Beverly acted as a nullifier for William’s insanity. After Beverly died of cancer, William was unable to let go of her, and then he remembered something: after he murdered his parents and became an orphan, there were several instances where the shadowy figures of his parents would appear outside the window of the bedroom. Through this, William came to the conclusion that immortality was possible. This leads to him developing remnant and killing Charlie, and you already know the rest of everything that happened after that. As for Beverly, she eventually possessed Grace when William created the animatronic for her, though since William didn’t have it in him anymore to resist his psychological issues, this caused him to program Grace in a way that corrupted his wife, much like his daughter when she possessed Baby.
Why am I telling you all this? Well... because I have no idea how I would be able to convey all of this to the reader in DoTM’s present story. So, I figured I would tell you and see what you thought, since I might not be able to incorporate all of this into DoTM. Opinions?
Perhaps a bonus chapter would be better suited. It was either that or the story would’ve been told to the protagonist via Shadow Freddy... but I doubt Lucas would even have any knowledge about his grandparents.
William renders Evelyn unconscious by drugging her with rohypnol in her tea (it's prescribed to James for his insomnia). He stabs James in the stomach several times with a glowing knife (1000 degrees). He then dismembers his limbs with a circular saw from the tool shed before stabbing him in the forehead. Evelyn wakes up and finds herself strapped to crucifix. William stands in front of her with a lighter, and actually lights her on fire. He sits down in front of her, waiting for her to stop moving. He then cleans off his father's blood, and leaves the house as the fire used to kill Evelyn spreads around the house and burns it down. By the time authorities arrive at the Afton residence, all they can find is Evelyn and James' charred corpses. William returns after the police arrive, and feign innocence, pretending to be unaware of what happened to his parents during the time he was gone.
Keep in mind that James is still alive while William is dismembering him. Although, I could throw in something like William castrating him with his knife before sticking the flaming-hot blade down his throat for extra cruelty. As for cruel dialogue, this one is inspired by Life is Strange. Specifically, William’s dialogue towards Evelyn would revolve around religion, and he recites the Bible passage Proverbs 21:15 (When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers), before telling his mother to get used to the flames, because it’s only a taste of what awaits her in hell.
Hopefully, I’ve managed to expand on William’s character a bit. It isn’t just Evelyn and James’ abuse (though it did contribute a lot), but also his love for Beverly, which resulted in an inability to let go of his wife that made him resort to murder before devolving from a sympathetic killer to the mad scientist that went crazy with remnant seen in the FNaF games, now that Beverly is no longer capable of suppressing his psychotic traits. In a way, almost anything good about William revolves around Beverly’s influence. In fact, Evelyn’s fanatical obsession with Christianity does factor into why Beverly possesses Grace, an animatronic angel, which is due to William’s twisted way of honoring his wife.
“My father started all of this because he loved my mother, and couldn’t bear to say goodbye to her when she died. Then he decided that death would never be the end for her, or for any of us. Beautifully tragic, yet hideously selfish... Elizabeth, begin the soul transfer process. Miss Hartmann has outlived her purpose.”
Elizabeth’s presence in the story actually comes from your idea on how the Toy animatronics are possessed; they contain parts of the Withereds, who have remnant inside them, allowing the MCI victims to simultaneously possess the Withereds and Toys. Specifically, Elizabeth’s Nurse form and Circus Baby in this universe are two separate animatronics. DoTM occurs between FNaF 1 and SL. Sometime prior to FNaF 1, Lucas visited the CBE&R facility with the intention of making a new animatronic for Elizabeth to possess. He took some of Baby’s endoskeleton parts that were removed by the Scooper, which he knew injected remnant. Using those parts, Lucas created the Nurse, allowing Elizabeth to roam outside the facility while appearing as a normal human (albeit with clown makeup). After her Nurse form is killed in DoTM, her spirit returns to Baby, which causes her to come up with her plan when Michael is sent to the facility during SL, in order to gain back her freedom after her little brother’s plans failed.
I also needed to get Amanda (don’t mind me changing her name) in Lucas’ testing facility under Afton Robotics. Elizabeth, without her clown makeup, appears on the road after Amanda has finished her last night shift at FFP before it’s set to close down the next day (Amanda actually takes up the night shift after Michael was fired at the end of FNaF 1). Amanda is driving home when she sees Elizabeth holding out her thumb, attempting to hitchhike. Amanda lets Elizabeth get in, and she starts creepily recanting the incident she was killed by Baby, before her split personality starts to show. It’s revealed that Elizabeth has a tracking device that allows the Twisteds to come to her location. The Twisteds emerge from underground and ambush Amanda in her car. She struggles with Twisted Chica before Elizabeth uses Funtime Foxy’s Variable Scent Release (which Lucas implanted into her systems, as well as Funtime Freddy’s Voice Mimic/Luring) to dispense a gas that knocks out Amanda (she could have done that before the Twisteds got involved but she wanted Amanda to be afraid for her life out of sadism).
Elizabeth is also the final confrontation after Lucas is dispatched. Instead of making him suffer, I wanted to make his death more... somber. As much as Lucas is broken inside, he still wants to make his father proud, even if he himself wants to die. When Lucas chases Amanda down, she’s in luck when she finds a Spring Bonnie head and wears it. When Lucas breaks down the door, his brain injury combined with his insanity causes him to think that Amanda is his father, due to his mental instability causing him to hallucinate and actually see William. Lucas drops his weapon... and bows down to her. With everything she knows about the Aftons up to this point, she, pretending to be William, actually tells Lucas that he’s made her proud, and that he’s allowed to let go and be free from his suffering. With this, Lucas thanks who he believes to be his father, and does something unprecedented with remnant. Remnant traps a spirit in a vessel, and can only broken down with heat, but Lucas doesn’t require a fiery death. His objective in life is complete, and he just... smiles while tears run down his face, and then he drops dead. In my story’s universe, a new rule about remnant is established; remnant keeps a spirit from moving on, but only if the spirit desires to stay on the mortal plane. If a spirit has absolutely no will to live anymore, the effects of remnant can be overridden simply by pure will instead of requiring heat. That’s right; Lucas is so willing to die that not even remnant can hold him back, and is just content to pass on, though not before he and Shadow Freddy fuse back together. He dies happily believing that his father still loved him as his son.
But with the more likely interpretation that Elizabeth said “I will put you back together” to Lucas, this introduces a new dynamic between Lucas and Elizabeth. Both William and Elizabeth tried to revive Lucas, but because they were unaware of the other’s involvement, Lucas’ spirit was split in two. Elizabeth realized she was interrupted and didn’t expect it. When Baby saw Lucas visit CBE&R, she realized the mistake she made. Knowing a lot about spirits due to being one herself, Elizabeth was able to correctly assess that Lucas and Shadow Freddy were two halves of the same person. Since the living version of her brother exhibited signs of insanity and wanted to support his father’s plans, she assumed that Shadow Freddy contained Lucas’ innocence, which had Elizabeth correctly assume that Shadow Freddy was against their father’s experiments. Because Elizabeth knows Lucas is broken inside, she knows that if Lucas finds out that Shadow Freddy is his other half, he’ll want to fuse with Shadow Freddy, and Elizabeth doesn’t want that. So, to sum it up, Elizabeth is deliberately withholding the true nature of Shadow Freddy’s existence from Lucas, because she wants her brother to remain an evil sociopath that desires to continue trapping innocent souls in animatronics for their father. It’s especially jarring when Lucas’ reason for creating the Nurse was out of gratitude for Elizabeth’s attempt to revive him.
And while Lucas is content believing that his father still loves him, he still has his vendetta against Michael for causing his predicament, which Shadow Freddy addresses in the same black room CC and his plushies appeared at the end of FNaF 4. Amanda wearing Spring Bonnie’s head was the first step in Lucas’ redemption, but Shadow Freddy still needs to purge Lucas’ hatred for his brother. Shadow Freddy projects a flashback in Lucas’ head. Lucas’ spirit is able to walk around, but unable to interact with anything or anybody. He ends up in the hospital he was admitted to after the Bite. He walks into the hospital room and sees his comatose past self and his brother. When the heart monitor flatlines, Michael starts crying, and screaming for help, much to Lucas’ shock, because he actually thought his brother didn’t care about him and didn’t expect him to care when he was on his deathbed. After that, the scenery fades around Lucas, and he’s back in the purgatory setting. He hears what he recognizes to be Michael’s voice as an adult, and sees his brother in front of him, before he’s pulled into the darkness, screaming for help. Lucas chases after him and hears his pleas for help overcrowding his head, before he can’t bring himself to hate Michael anymore, and screams...
“I FORGIVE YOU, MICHAEL!“
With Shadow Freddy proving that Lucas still cares about Michael, a young version of Lucas extends his hand out and reveals himself as his other half. Lucas takes his hand, and the darkness engulfs both of them.
Alternatively, I could omit that last part and settle for Amanda’s little gambit being enough to tame him, but I feel like for Lucas to truly redeem himself, his refusal to forgive Michael must be addressed. It also stays true to what is arguably the moral of FNaF, as violence and hatred is never the answer, but instead forgiveness and the ability to move on.
Well, Lucas’ death is mostly a redemption arc for him, but the ass-kicking is reserved for Elizabeth when she chases down Amanda, trying to shoot her down, before her rifle runs out of bullets. However, instead of Elizabeth dying in a fire like she will eventually in FFPS, remember how I said Amanda took up the night shift after Michael was fired at the end of FNaF 1? His paycheck lists the date as November 12. Amanda’s last night shift before FFP is set to close down is in December. By the time Amanda attempts to escape, Elizabeth is attacking her in the snow. It’s also worth noting that VDC Chica is present in the facility, and she tackles Elizabeth while Amanda runs away. She was brought in by Lucas and Elizabeth into the facility, planning to refit her into a new Twisted. Elizabeth manages to temporarily subdue her. When Elizabeth is chasing Amanda outside, VDC Chica has reactivated and is pursuing Elizabeth. She catches up when Elizabeth corners Amanda at the lake. When Elizabeth is strangling Amanda, VDC Chica rushes at Elizabeth, crashing into her. She runs at Elizabeth and mauls her to death and then body-slams her into the lake, cracking the ice and creating a hole. VDC Chica realizes that her programming means she’ll eventually forget about Amanda and attack her because she’s an adult. She dives into the lake before that happens, essentially killing herself.
(In case you were wondering why Elizabeth couldn’t use the Variable Scent Release when she was strangling Amanda, it was broken when Amanda attempted to attack Elizabeth when Lucas ordered her to knock out Amanda for the soul transfer process. She was still knocked out by the gas, but she was able to partially damage Elizabeth before she lost consciousness.)
In the climax, Susie saves her sister, Amanda, from Elizabeth.
Eh, I let one half of the Big Bad Duumvirate off easy. Elizabeth doesn’t redeem herself until FFPS (presumably), so I might as well give her a brutal death in preparation for her role in SL, since she’s returning to Baby.
It helps that Chica is possessed by Susie, and there’s VDC Chica, a defected model that has the same parts. You already know how that logic works, since the same applies to Baby and Elizabeth’s Nurse form. Elizabeth might have succeeded in killing Amanda... if she and her brother didn’t make the mistake of bringing her sister in. And while the dead do forget, as William says, Susie remembers Amanda when she has her pinned to the wall... but also sees a drawing she made of her and her sister with Chica in FFP, which is just one of several drawings from FFP that decorate the facilty’s walls. In fact, Lucas and Elizabeth are rather sadistic, so they brought her in because they enjoyed the prospect of Amanda being killed by her own sister... but that would eventually prove to be the downfall of Nurse Elizabeth, when Susie realized what was going on.
To be fair, they weren’t counting on Susie regaining her memory, but just like their father, they took a reckless decision that later bites them in the ass, because that level of cruelty was just too much to pass up. Not that Lucas remains alive long enough to see Susie’s wrath, but still.
Well, Lucas’ plans failing is the reason why Elizabeth comes up with her plan in SL. After her Nurse form was destroyed, her spirit was immediately transferred back to Baby. Her brother gave her a taste of freedom after so long, so it’s hard for her to adjust back to being trapped in CBE&R. However, I suppose that most of the fanfiction would revolve around the Funtimes being assigned to parties and trying to kill children. Kinda like an animatronic version of Hitman. There would also be scenarios where the Funtimes are like “oh, crap!” when trying to hide corpses of children that Elizabeth/Baby kills, or when trying to eliminate witnesses. Some of it could also detail how the Funtimes feel when entering the Scooping Room or being shocked. The ending would be Night 1 of SL, where Elizabeth sees Michael entering the facility, and she enacts her plan.
It’s not out of the question.
And a little bit of a justification on how remnant works with Lucas; remnant seems to only react to metal, so just in case, there’s one little detail I threw in: if there can be advanced security A.I. during the 80s, it wouldn’t hurt if a hippocampal prosthesis existed at that time as well, just in time for Lucas’ lobotomy for his damaged brain. Since the artificial hippocampus is well, made out of metal, I’m sure you know how remnant works with him now.
And while VDC Chica being brought in to the testing facility may seem like a dumb decision, but it wasn’t purely out of sadism towards the Hartmann sisters. Lucas and Elizabeth also wanted to refit her into a new Twisted Animatronic, and they assumed that the killer A.I. would brainwash Susie’s spirit. And the reason why the Twisteds were made by Lucas isn’t just to experiment on people. The reason why Amanda is being tested on is because Lucas and Elizabeth want to see how intelligent the Twisteds are with their programming, to see if it’s possible for her to survive them. Lucas’ true objective is to have the Twisteds hunt down and kill Michael, because he’s aware that his brother is trying to undo their father’s experiments, and wants to stop Michael in his tracks. Michael has a lot of experience with surviving against animatronics, which is precisely why Lucas is testing to ensure that the A.I. is advanced enough so that Michael can’t outsmart them.
-James and Evelyn’s spirits still remain, so they might be able to pose a threat. Their son is still possessing Springtrap, so that’s why they’re still here. James and Evelyn, much like their son and granddaughter, want to kill children, though they do so for different reasons. They’re aware of William’s immortality process, so they seek to replicate this process for their own ambitions. James is more concerned with having a second chance at life after his son took it from him, though he wants to kill children out of just pure hatred for kids in general; he’s pretty much just an asshole. Evelyn, on the other hand, wants to kill children because in her insane mind, she believes she’s preventing them becoming “sinners” when they grow up and letting them “ascend to the angels”. As for what animatronics they would possess, I don’t know. They would possess variants of Foxy, because William is represented by Spring Bonnie, and foxes are predators to rabbits, alluding to their abuse towards their son. For Evelyn, she’d probably possess a “Holy” variant of Foxy. I don’t have a clue for James. The main protagonist of this arc would either be Henry or Charlotte/The Puppet, and James and Evelyn would preferably be dispatched before FFPS actually starts, so William and Elizabeth will never meet them.
-William escaping the fire from Fazbear’s Fright, and his thoughts up until he ends up in the alley.
-Elizabeth traveling to Lucas’ facility in DoTM to use parts and turn herself into Scrap Baby. The only ounce of humanity she has left is sadness when looking at her brother’s remains.
-Detailing what The Puppet’s thoughts are when she’s captured by Lefty.
-After Scrap Baby’s destruction, Elizabeth’s spirit isn’t ready to move on until both Shadow Freddy/Lucas and Beverly convince her to come with them. The sad part is when she asks her mother “Is Daddy coming with us?” Deep down, Elizabeth knows her father is a monster, and finally accepts it, but the last thing William sees as he’s burning is his daughter telling him that she still loves him, no matter what. Beverly, Elizabeth, and Lucas stay behind and accompany Michael in his office. As the fire destroys the whole entire simulation, every single member of the Aftons has moved on to the afterlife.
Yeah... Elizabeth is aware that her father’s an evil psychopath... but she’ll always love him no matter what person he is.
As for James and Evelyn, would it be preferable if they just appeared as ghosts, or had their Foxy variants? Their animatronic forms would be:
James (Demonic Foxy): A black-colored Foxy that’s broken and tattered and has a pentagram on his torso. His hook is replaced with a trident, and there are even goat horns protruding from his head behind his ears.
Evelyn (Holy Foxy): Has a worn-down version of Funtime Foxy’s head but with one of the snout’s plates missing and the damages filled in with marble. She wears a white priest’s robe with a golden crucifix attached to it, and removing her robe shows that her torso is just a tangled mess of wires with Funtime Foxy’s arms and tail attached.
I did put more love into Evelyn’s animatronic form than James, because... well, can’t really get anymore demonic for Foxy without ripping off the Nightmare or Twisted designs, though I might add some drool to his mouth. And alternatively, Evelyn, instead of believing herself to be purifying children, could instead be sacrificing children to show her um... faith in God. Depends which goal makes her look more like a crazy religious zealot.
My main concern is... where are James and Evelyn even going to be located? They need to be at an operational restaurant in order to carry out their plans to kill more children. What location would they be in?
One idea I had for the plot is that the Emilys were basically formulating a plan to stage a take down of the Afton Family: Michael isn’t a threat, Beverly and Lucas have already been incapacitated, and Henry is in charge of taking down William and Elizabeth... while his sister Jen is in charge of eliminating James and Evelyn.
Even if it’s not quite important, I imagine Jen attended high school alongside Henry, Beverly, and William. She was good friends with all three of them, although she and William were often rivals for Beverly’s attention (a bit of comic relief for you).
Okay, so I can see you approve of Jen Emily being the one to take down James and Evelyn Afton. But the problem of which location of where James and Evelyn will meet their fate. I’d rather not have Jen replicate her brother’s simulation plan... so instead of the Aftons coming to the protagonist, the protagonist will come to that Aftons. Instead of limiting it to a pizzeria or an underground facility, this story takes place in the neighborhood that the Afton grandparents lived in before their son killed them. Don’t have much in mind for James, but when Holy Foxy is destroyed at a church, Evelyn’s spirit is actually exorcised and sucked into hell. Yeah, I think I’ve jumped the shark, but this is really the best I could come up with for the setting.
I can just imagine Michael as the sort of guy who is just 110% done with all the BS thrown at him and he's be like "that's cool bro, you still wet the bed until the age of 6 and you're no William Afton."
And Michael and Lucas would probably have an axe to grind with them, since they’re the reason they have a shitty father. Hell, Lucas’ reaction to his grandparents would make his hatred towards Michael look tame in comparison.
James would be more of an outlier in his Demonic Foxy form, while Evelyn would have a whole entire church-themed version of the Fazbear crew, with also a completely new animatronic in control.
Hence why I didn’t place them in Henry’s trap, because if I did 1. that would be repetitive and 2. pretty much every single other Afton would just kill them, and that would have been a rather anticlimactic end.
Excellent, do send me a link I wouldn't want to miss this step in the right direction to return to the status quo (you know before PBE, Bossi, Nam and Ezorde and pretty much all of the old crew disappeared)
I'm planning a fanfiction where CC is revived and then continues his father's experiments as a young adult, including those involving remnant, as the story's main antagonist. His way of going about this is residing in the Afton Robotics facility's underground area, and using the Twisted Animatronics to abduct people and transport them to the location, as a survival test. It is theorized that Lucas (that's my headcanon name for CC) became Shadow Freddy after his death, and the dialogue in FNaF 4's ending minigame gives off the indication that the Puppet is speaking to him. Since I may be trying too hard to keep everything from contradicting FNaF canon (it's honestly inevitable given how much the story changes), I could easily say this is an AU where Lucas survived his bite injury and being lobotomized (which would mean retconning Shadow Freddy's existence at that point), but the rest of the series still plays out as normal.
An alternative I had was to explain that the Puppet's process of turning Lucas' spirit into Shadow Freddy was cut short and that William had managed to resurrect him via remnant while the Puppet was doing her thing. This is somewhat bordering on one of Ferret's theories (no offense, Ferret, I respect you), the whole "soul horcruxes" thing. Basically, Shadow Freddy is Lucas' positive qualities, his "good half" that has intentions to undo what his father started, while all of Lucas' malevolence, hatred, and resentment still remained within his body. Does this work at all, or is it simply too convoluted for even FNaF? All in all, if I'm going to have him as the main antagonist, I need to have Lucas' revival done right.
And, another thing... while everything we do know about CC in FNaF 4 can easily make him sympathetic, Lucas' actions in the story, as an adult, can outweigh any sympathy that was previously provided by his debut game. How can I establish him as a tragic villain if he's so much like William? He doesn't have Elizabeth's corruption... though his insanity mostly stems from physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father, much like his older brother, Michael. Sorry for the lengthy post, by the way.
Go for the full on AU route, fuck canon trust me you'll have more creative freedom. Go for the Shadow Freddy horcrux idea and as for the characterisation of Lucas have him play less like a generic bad guy like his father but as a deeply upset and angry young man. Remember that this isn't someone who is psychopathic but rather someone who has been metaphysically torn apart and in the agony of his own metaphysical unnaturalness desperately tries to find a solution to repair his soul in an almost childish sense of desperation. That can be his motives for his crimes and make him a sympathetic villain who just wants to be whole again because remember that this man is the same as that scared, innocent and sensitive boy from FNAF 4...well half of him anyway.
Make sure to have Shadow Freddy be very active in the plot acting perhaps as a sort of leader for the group of survivors and make that group likeable as it's good story-telling to flesh out your own characters instead of relying on pre-existing characters that exist in the FNAF canon already. Make full use of the setting and don't feel limited by canon and you should be fine. I hope this helped.
Thank you for your help! I was originally going to have Lucas inherit his father’s motives from the novels (which, in this case, stems from William’s abuse), but him wanting to feel whole again may actually be able to evoke more sympathy. And, one thing worth noting about Lucas is that a lot of his character centers around his hatred towards Michael, who he blames for his misery due to the incident in 1983 being what led to his spirit being split between himself and Shadow Freddy. When you really get down to Lucas’ actions, who’s presented as this mad scientist following in his father’s footsteps, in actuality, he’s really just an extremely wounded boy who’s lashing out, not unlike what his brother did to him after Elizabeth died. So, if I’m fleshing out Lucas as a tragic villain, perhaps one thing that’s beneficial for his character development could be him eventually letting go and forgiving his brother for what he did, as he and Shadow Freddy become whole.
I came up with the name of the protagonist: Lindsey Hartmann. If you’ve played or watched Kirby: Planet Robobot, then not only will you get the reference, but you can guess which character from the FNaF canon she’s related to.
A bit shy... she’s personable and friendly to talk to, but she does struggle with depression after Susie’s death. She’s also quite resourceful in tough situations, and often tries to think her way out of Lucas’ tests.
“Susie isn’t truly dead, Lindsey. She’s still trapped with the others. And she suffers every night, wishing she hadn’t followed my father into that room. They all scream in the darkness - Gabriel, Fritz, Jeremy, Susie, Michael, Charlotte - in a place where no can acknowledge their pleas. At the end of the day, they are nothing but test subjects, reprogrammed to a new purpose against their will, waiting for that special day that will never come.”
-Lucas Afton to Lindsey Hartmann, over the intercom
Have him fuse with his better half and make him go out in a heroic sacrifice maybe saving the crew from his own creations destroying his work and stopping Afton's evil legacy from continuing in a way that would make Michael proud.
Aside from the Twisted Animatronics, I was planning on integrating a new animatronic that is... a bit more important to Lucas than the others. This animatronic is Grace, the Angel of Mercy. That could be the creation that Lucas saves them from.
However, as for Lucas’ death, I wanted Lindsey to either take advantage of his fear of Fredbear, or convince him to let go of his animosity towards his brother. Specifically, Lucas ends up in the same black room he was trapped in after his coma as a child, but instead of his plushies, his better half is here, and he switches forms; from the shadowy bear, and into the boy that Lucas once was. Lucas and his younger self converse with each other before the latter convinces him to forgive Michael. After that, the darkness engulfs Lucas, both as an adult and a child, and Shadow Freddy is whole now.
Lucas’ corpse is left behind while Shadow Freddy returns to the survivors, though it turns out the aforementioned Grace was activated and sent by Lucas before he and Shadow Freddy fused together. Shadow Freddy manages to render Grace vulnerable by entering its body and wresting control of the animatronic, before killing her.
As for who Grace is possessed by: well, I’m afraid to say who because this idea might be cringey, but this story’s purpose was to give all of the Aftons a chance in the villainous role, excluding Michael. William is the main antagonist of the franchise, Elizabeth was the main antagonist of SL and FFPS, and Lucas is the main antagonist of this story. I think you can guess which Afton is left, but is this a bad idea?
Grace is possessed by Mrs. Beverly Afton, William’s wife, and mother of Michael, Elizabeth, and Lucas.
The only flaw I could see with Beverly possessing Grace is... how? The AU gives me more freedom, but I don’t really know how to make it possible for Mrs. Afton to possess Grace.
My options are either William created Grace for Beverly after she died and Lucas took Grace with him when he became an adult, Lucas created Grace and dug up his mother’s remains before stuffing her inside Grace, or Lucas created Grace in his mother’s likeness, and programmed Grace to emulate Beverly’s personality, but is otherwise not actually possessed by Beverly herself.
Oh, and as for why Beverly is malevolent as Grace; same case as her daughter. Just like how Baby’s A.I. corrupted Elizabeth, Grace’s A.I. has corrupted Beverly.
Grace’s purpose in Lucas’ tests is to serve as an executioner when he no longer has any use for his test subjects, as well as extract their spirits and contain them for Lucas to manipulate later on with his remnant experiments. In Beverly Afton’s warped mind as the Angel of Mercy, she genuinely and wholeheartedly believes that her younger son’s experiments are a gift, hence why she kills people who step out of line; from her perspective, these scared victims that are frightened for their lives are seen as “bratty children” who must be “punished” for being “ungrateful” for refusing her family’s “gift”, though she seems to be apathetic towards the fact that this immortality process is more of a curse rather than a blessing. Grace has the same face and hair that Beverly had as a human except made out of marble, though she wears a white dress with angelic wings on her back, which actually flap when she moves. Grace also moves in a similar fashion to the Puppet; by hovering above the ground. Her room in the underground testing facility is a church-like setting adorned with crucifixes, which all turn upside down when she’s activated. Grace herself also stands in a podium at the end of the room. And, even though it’s not important, I imagine Beverly was a nurse before she died, which makes her title even more fitting now that she’s trying to kill her son’s lab rats.
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