!!eE/jNVoHXjn 03/20/11(Sun)20:00 No.14308818|
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Anyway, as for the actual 'calamity' that caused the setting to be viable in the first place, I think it should have something to do with science. For the two reasons that 1) so far we've kept actual magic or divinity, or other unnatural sources of power, totally separate of this setting, and I think we should keep it that way, and 2) because given the near-futuristic setting, it would be feasible to explain thing with science.
As for the actual event itself, my original concept was some type of foray into abstract physics by scientists. Essentially to see if they could make people's associations with things produce an actual effect. In this case, how people felt about something, to actually make that something imbued with what people believed.
So they just picked shoes simply because most everyone in the world, has shoes and knows at least something about them. Cue the experiment producing a real effect, but with the associations and feelings towards footwear having a more drastic effect than expected.
Simply, with X number of people on the planet thinking/feeling that their Nike shoes are special, cool, or unique, the related shoes in that way, are empowered to match the feelings and beliefs of so many people. At having an effect, the process is only further increased when people see that their shoes give them powers, and it creates an exponential curve. Normally one person would not be able to affect this process, but with everyone on earth contributing in their own way a little bit, it produces an effect.
The global ban halted the process at where it was, but shoes from the day still possess that quality people associated with them, as well as the types and brands (hence the shoe companies being disbanded or having to change to some other kind of business).