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Pitch Black ([personal profile] timor) wrote2014-03-02 06:15 pm

a note on timelines

Pitch appears in both the film Rise of the Guardians and book series The Guardians of Childhood, which the film was based on. The fandom is divided on whether the books and the movie should be considered part of the same continuity or whether they're AUs of each other, particularly where Pitch is concerned (his backstory is markedly different in the film than it is in the books, though some players do find ways to combine the two). Personally, I'm playing Pitch as movieverse-only. I also use the movieverse fancomics by storyboard artist Johanne Matte as a headcanon supplement, the following of which Pitch appears in (arranged in chronological order, as best I could figure):

Pitch Black Takes place about 600 years before the movie. Pitch narrates the beginning: he talks about his origins, explains why he believes that fear helps people, and reveals that he once thought of the Man in the Moon ("a silent presence who quietly looks on") as his friend and companion. This leads in to the newly-formed Guardians (minus the Easter Bunny, who hadn't joined yet) requesting a meeting with Pitch at Santa Claus's request. Pitch-- who seems to already know the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman, but not Santa Claus-- is amicable at first. Santa says he thinks Pitch's work is "very effective, but a bit harsh", and proposes that they all work together and serve as balances to each other. Pitch is hesitant at first, but seems to consider the idea... until he finds out that the Man in the Moon had chosen Santa, Tooth, and Sandy to band together to protect children. They want Pitch to join them, but Pitch is highly offended-- his "old friend" has broken his silent presence schtick, and has formed a protection group that had excluded him. It doesn't matter to Pitch that the Guardians themselves want him to join them; the Man in the Moon clearly doesn't, or else he would have asked him to in the first place. He angrily rejects the Guardians, tells them to leave him alone to do his work in peace, and storms out. Later, he talks to the Man in the Moon (who, as usual, doesn't talk back), expressing confusion and wondering if he thinks that Pitch isn't "good for the world anymore". He vows to fight back against any changes in the world that the Man in the Moon-- or his Guardians-- will try to make. Unlike the others, this comic was officially released by Dreamworks and thus can be considered movie canon.

Light and Shadow: Pitch walks the streets of a European city during the 1500s, starting slight sparks of fear and unease about common superstitions of the day (witches, people with physical deformities, etc.) and enjoying watching how the humans make them grow and spread. He wanders into a city square where an old woman is about to be hung for being a witch, and is shocked to discover that her accuser is actually a demon in disguise. Displeased with how Pitch has been helping spread rumors of its presence, the demon attacks Pitch, who begs for mercy and swears he had no idea that real demons were involved. The demon leaves him badly beaten, and a little boy with a harelip comes across him; as Pitch recovers and goes to leave the city, the boy follows him, figuring that since they're both running from the demon they might as well go together.

First Movement: Fear Picks up right after Light and Shadow left off. When Pitch asks why he's still following him, the boy says that Pitch won't go near the demon, and so staying with Pitch will mean staying away from the demon. He calls it the scariest thing in the world, which angers Pitch; they argue a bit about whether or not death is scarier. They're then approached by a pack of wild dogs (something else the boy definitely fears), and the boy wonders if Pitch will help him out; instead, Pitch just keeps walking, and suggests he find a sturdy tree to climb.

Fourth Movement: Treasure: In a flashback we see Pitch and the little boy again, chatting and enjoying each other's company. Soon, though, Pitch leaves, saying that he's spent too much time away from his job and that it's time for his "detour" to end. That's about it; Pitch doesn't appear much in this one.

Second Movement: Battle: Still in Europe during the 1500s, Pitch has one of his first fights against the Guardians-- this time, Toothiana the Tooth Fairy. They feel he's coming on too strong and disturbing the balance of the world; he disagrees. Tooth tries to bring him around by telling him that the little boy who had followed him had died, and implies that the fear that Pitch brought about had caused his death (which is true, at least indirectly). Pitch looks somber for a moment at first, but in the end he doesn't appear to care-- he calls the boy insignificant and seems amused that, in the end, he'd had a death that hadn't scared him (because if he had died afraid, Pitch would have known about it). Then Santa Claus and the Sandman show up, and while the comic cuts off there, the reader is meant to assume that they defeat Pitch.

1914: Pitch walks the Western Front battlefields of World War I, musing about how the effects of this war seem darker and more widespread than those of wars in the past. He has a brief run-in with Santa Claus, who came for the Christmas Truce of 1914, and Pitch objects to his presence in "his" territory.

Intermezzo H.P.: Pitch finds H.P. Lovecraft and has a brief chat with him about writing and horror (it's implied that he at least partially inspired Lovecraft's work). He reveals a bit more about his past: spirits like himself existed long before humans, but when when people showed up, many of the spirits-- Pitch included-- found them fascinating. They started paying a lot of attention to them, even going so far as to take on their shapes. This caused the spirits to become more human-like (Pitch calls it a "corruption"), thinking like them and developing emotions. Pitch calls the whole thing a mistake, and expresses regret and anger that he ever get swept into it.

Third Movement: Depression: Pitch walks the streets of a US city during the Great Depression, lamenting the fact that, while fear is still very prevalent in the world, it's not based in superstition or fear of the Boogeyman. By this point, he-- along with many other spirits and supernatural beings-- has been growing less and less powerful for a very long time. He wonders what has happened to all the creatures and monsters like himself, now that people have stopped believing in them.

Coda Dream: This one gives a little bit more explanation for why Pitch has become more of the Boogeyman that kids hear about today (i.e. one that primarily goes after children, at night)-- he's a lot weaker than he used to be, and sleeping kids are easier prey. We also see how he created his nightmare sand purely by accident after accidentally touching some of the Sandman's dreamsand. He creates his first nightmare horse in this one too, and gleefully starts terrifying kids with it. At first he's nervous about retaliation from the Guardians, but when nothing comes, he starts to grow bolder, and begins to plot... leading to the events of the film.

All this said, if you're a bookverse player (or someone who combines the two) and you don't mind having a movieverse castmate, please don't think this means I wouldn't want you to join the game! You would be 100% welcome. Bookverse spoilers are also always fine to throw into threads.