Prototype was the third story in the 2020 Forgotten Heroines of 10,000 Dawns April Fools' Day event. It was written by James Wylder in second-person perspective, and was written directly from an outline of the series bible for Pathway's version of 10,000 Dawns created by Wylder in high school. As such, rather than be set within the timeframe of The Forgotten Heroines of 10,000 Dawns, this story was essentially a glimpse of Pathway's adventures within her own world.
An individual simply referred to as “you” wakes up in front of a strange scenery: two pyramids in a hourglass shape, surrounded by an increasing number of prehistoric reptiles. They soon encounter a mysterious woman called Pathway who explains that an ideological war is being fought between the Infinite and the Numbered over the Creation Machine, which is now going out of control — and they recognise both Pathway and 789 as members of their own classroom back home! As they dodge the attacks of 789 and of a newly-generated T-rex, Pathway invites “you” to go save the universe with her…
- The Creation Machine is described as “a gigantic… thing, like two pyramids placed bottom to bottom, with a wheel of spikes sandwiched in the middle”. 10,000 worlds were created using the Creation Machine.
- Lady Aesculapius faced Lady Frostbite in the 10,000 Dawns in PROSE: Catching Frostbite, the Christmas special of Lady Aesculapius Series 1, and had earlier encountered the Numbered in an earlier episode, PROSE: We Were Summoned.
- Pathway later investigates a “potential Numbered connection” in Dawn 789 in PROSE: Remembrance of the Judicator.
Behind the scenes
Prototype was released on April the 1st, 2020 for free on the James Wylder, Writer website.