Now that I'm no longer living in abject misery, I renew my work on my cartoon. as I was brainstorming last night, the question pops into my head, "if this is going to take place on a double post apocalyptic earth, where in the world is the story going to take place?"
Given that the world looks very very little like the world we know, and since it takes place in what would be around year 4500 AD, trying to match up local cultures is meaningless. Some things DO persist (I've turned almost the entire North American continent into a wild west setting :P) the "races" we know are more or less gone, thanks to massive interbreeding and the mutations brought on by Ethereal Radiation thanks to one intrepid adventurer inadvertently discovering what happened to magic (It was sealed into a jewel and buried in a pyramid by a very very greedy Pharaoh) without the ethereal radiation magical beings ceased to exist but when the adventurer, the "guy with a really awesome hat" finds the jewel and tries to have it made into a ring for his woman, the bottled up magic is released all at once. He takes the jewel to a world renouned jeweler in Israel. the force of the release is enough to turn the middle east into a wasteland.
the rest of the world become irradiated by it. The radiation does not kill, but it does transform the world. eventually man learned to harvest the radiation and use it for a power supply. from it many inventions that were formerly impossible become possible, like giant robots. man invents robot, then pilots learn that these giant robots make great athletes and the Mechanized Sports League is formed.
of course, some people learn that they can naturally manipulate the radiation for various effects and thus, "magic" returns to the world, which after a few hundred years, a king rises to power, raises his own mage army and decides that those with the talent are inherently better than other and should thus be subjugated. the ensuing war ravages the world and brings an end to high technology and magic alike.
thousand years later, the story begins, some technologies have been restored (like television, video games(though 16 bit is the best thats been achieved), and trains, but many things, (like guns, aircraft, and the internet) either do not exist or are very very rare. at one point in the series, our, uhh, heroes, discover a Mechanized Football robot, Linebacker, and the elf (who i ditched his name because I felt it sucked) end up recharging its power core and reviving it... turns out the robot hates non Americans (yeah racist robot, go figure),
later in the series the elf ends up going head to head with a fully armed gunship helicopter and brings it down :P
I'm still on track for it to be a nutty crazy kind of show full of things that don't quite make sense, but at the same time, kinda does... all the while being a very, very serious plotline.