Since we are discussing story already, I decided to give mine "two cents" (as Firebrand usually sais), and tell how I see the possible Strife-like introductory cutscene, or movie even (if it is possible to make one).
Here's a rouph scenario. This could be either sequence of static images with some animated characters maybe or movie like Rolls did for his mod, with text or recorded voice, whatever possible/fits best.
Copy of this in a text file:
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[Scenario for first intro cutscene (shown before Main Menu)]
[Scene 1] A planet of Cronos in the space.
The World of Cronos...
A trifling piece of materia floating in the enternal depths of the Ethereal Void... It could have existed in obscurity, but Fate decided it shall become a victim of Serpent Riders.
[Scene 2] A picture of Korax; perhaps two other SRs on background, dimmed. Some chaos flames on background, or something
The Second Serpent Rider - Korax has arrived on Cronos, eager to put the world into chaos and set his throne on its ruins.
[3 kneeled figures appear before Korax]
Three leaders of Cronos succumbed to Korax'es power and became his slaves. The destiny of this land was almost sealed...
[Scene 3] Three heroes stand, facing three directions (see our KA logo); maybe some monsters around and ruins on background with a bloody-red skies.
...That was then three heroes arose. Baratus of the Legion, Parias of the Church and Daedalon of the Arcanum, - they decided to keep the faith to their land instead of loyalty to their corrupted leaders, and fight minions of chaos. To rush through the dark legions, to crush most unholy servants of Korax, in reckless attempt to meet The Serpent Rider himself.
And they succeeded.
[Scene 4] Three heroes battle Korax and his minions in a throne room.
That battle will stay incused on the pages of History forever. The Fighter, the Cleric and the Mage fought for the future of their homeland versus a child of Chaos.
The time seem to halt its pace and Gods watched intently as combatants exchanged their mighty blows.
And the minute came when Korax got his final strike! [A picture/animation of dying Korax and spirits fly around him]
[Maybe some extra Scene 5 here about Baratus and Parias perished and Daedolon met the Chaos Sphere, or something; or maybe not]
[Scene 6] Some peaceful pastoral image, maybe a road with some travellers/caravan walking or peasants; with ruins of some
town/castle on background and maybe some workers building/repairing something.
The next morning Cronos woke up from a nightmare. The world lied in ruins, but winds carried breath of hope.
The restoration begun, and new life grows, but as time passes the future does not seem so serene anymore.
[Scene 7] Some shady characters speak about some secret things in a cavern or dungeon.
Without the protection of Legion criminal world strengthen and flourish.
Without the holy word of Church the sects and cults spread like locust.
Without the power of Arcanum forbidden magic is being studied.
[Scene 8] A city in the valley and a long creepy shadow lies on it.
Meanwhile the remnant of Korax'es minions come to their senses after their master's death...
Shadows of the past terror stretch on the ground...
And the evil, scattered around the world of Cronos, commences to gather once again!