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How I Saved History (Fate/Grand Order SI)

Discussion in 'Creative Writing' started by Charles Flynn, Apr 22, 2020.

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  1. Charles Flynn

    Charles Flynn Not too sore, are you?

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    Yep.
     
  2. EVA-Saiyajin

    EVA-Saiyajin Well worn.

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    Well...that’s a thing. Good thing there was a forest around for Robin Hood...but it absolutely SUUUUUUCKS that you skipped the meeting with Merlin.
     
  3. Darko

    Darko Experienced.

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    I was honestly hoping that Fou came back when he mentioned a cat.

    Still sad.

    At least it wasn't a jellicle cat.

    I am sorry if I reminded you of the movie Cats.

    We may get to see them interact when they're about to leave.
     
  4. Threadmarks: Chapter 153
    Charles Flynn

    Charles Flynn Not too sore, are you?

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    I can see the explosion from where I’m standing.

    Enemy terminated, Master.’ Robin sends over the mental link.

    Excellent. How’d Yan do as my body double?

    Eh. He hammed it up a bit, but otherwise, he kept things smoothly on the rails. Took my place as Gorgon’s target seamlessly when the Berserker Toxin kicked in, then switched disguises to your appearance when she used that Noble Phantasm of yours. Did a good job of distracting her, all in all.

    So, passing grade?

    Yes.

    I turn to Gilgamesh, who’s watching me appraisingly. “Your majesty, Gorgon has had her connection to Tiamat severed, and been terminated, as per our agreement.”

    “So I can see.”

    “Has this succeeded in lulling Tiamat to sleep?”

    “Yes.” He sighs, and then tosses Galahad the Grail. “And now you’ll leave, abandoning us to deal with the last two remaining members of the Alliance.”

    It isn’t a question.

    “I’m not surprised that you knew,” I say with a nod. “They’re well within your capabilities, and SHEBA predicts that you’ll succeed in resolving the Singularity on your own, now that we’ve lulled the Primordial Mother back to sleep.”

    “And so you’re running.”

    “We need time to recover the resources expended in this Singularity, and prepare for Solomon’s next move. This is the most efficient move to accomplish that.”

    “And the people of Uruk? What of my people? The ones who would have survived if you had stayed?” Gilgamesh glares at me, his eyes harsh and accusing.

    “Uruk is your responsibility, King Gilgamesh. Reversing the Incineration is ours.” I resolutely beat down the shredded fragments of whatever compassion and decency I may have once possessed, as they scream for me to stay, to help my fellow man, to be the hero.

    He laughs. “I should be furious with you. But then, I doubt I could ever hate you as much as you do.”

    I wince. Oh, he’s going to make this personal.

    “That’s-“

    “How does it feel, Flynn, to betray every ideal you’ve ever had, all because you’re too scared to try and imitate the heroes you so admire? How does it feel to-“

    I punch him, and then promptly begin jumping around waving my now-broken hand. He just laughs.

    “Goodbye, Master of Chaldea. I’ll wish you neither weal nor woe, since you’re too broken to be admired, and too pathetic to be hated.”

    Merlin bursts past him as he strolls out of the clearing, leaving me shaking as I stare at his back.

    “Oh, thank God! Listen, I’ve been trying to get a word with you, but you kept dodging me! Listen, whatever you do, you can’t-“

    The Rayshift bears us away before he can finish that sentence.
     
  5. EVA-Saiyajin

    EVA-Saiyajin Well worn.

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    Damn, that was a missed opportunity to say something like “Yet, I still have friends. Do you?”

    His tongue is his greatest asset and he missed an opportunity to use it to poke at Gil's greatest failure.
     
  6. Charles Flynn

    Charles Flynn Not too sore, are you?

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    Gil hit a little too close to home with his parting shots.
     
  7. Darko

    Darko Experienced.

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    Pretty sure Gil would crush his skull if he said that.

    Oh and, how dare you leave out any interactions with the dick wizard!?

    And giving Yan a passing grade?

    Pretty sure he deserves an A++ for that.
     
  8. EVA-Saiyajin

    EVA-Saiyajin Well worn.

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    Well yeah, but...he did it to Ozymandias.
     
  9. Nadassar

    Nadassar Getting out there.

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    Wasn`t Yan killed by Kingu while he was infiltrating Quetz`s village?
     
  10. Darko

    Darko Experienced.

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    Ozy also didn't exactly have Gilgamesh level of being pissed off when someone offends him.

    Plus Charlie may have wanted to not chance it again.

    I don't remember that happening, but if it did they could have just summoned him back.
     
  11. Charles Flynn

    Charles Flynn Not too sore, are you?

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    Yeah. They resummoned him back in Chaldea using one of Flynn's Command Spells.

    Death is cheap for Servants, especially considering how they're basically undead.
     
  12. Doctor Blood

    Doctor Blood The horror! The horror!

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    80/20 Merlin's doing it for the lulz vs trying to get a message across. Actually, what am I talking about - Merlin's definitely doing this so that Charlie stays up all night in worry as petty revenge for ducking out on him the entire time they were in Babylonia.
    Gil drops some pretty heavy lines here. I'm sure this won't have repercussions.
     
  13. Me. Joka-r

    Me. Joka-r Making the rounds.

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    Say... what was the situation with time relation between the singularities and Chaldea? Was it linear or not?
     
  14. Darko

    Darko Experienced.

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    Merlin can try to get a serious message across and be a petty little shit at the same time.
     
  15. Saturn White

    Saturn White Getting some practice in, huh?

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    That's gotta hurt. That probably hit him harder than any noble phantasm.
    Most of the time he's been making do by playing dirty and resorting to tricks. I wonder how that will help with Goetia who is just going to bombard him with sheer power. Maybe he'll use the fact that Goetia seemed to imitate whoever it interacted with (like it did with him and Saint George) in order to create some sort of plan.
    That's pretty ominous. Is it about Fou? In canon, Ritsuka showed the fluffy side of humanity, so Primate murder wasn't a problem. Here though, Fou is seeing the uglier side. So, that might really fuck things up for Chaldea.
     
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  16. Silver W. King

    Silver W. King King of Adventures

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    Why was Charlie doding Merlin? Heck, did Gil not tell him that was Merlin? Did Merlin not fucking introduce himself!?

    Seriously, not taking a few seconds to go "Hey, I'm Merlin and you fucked up with Fou!" seems too heavy-handed.
     
  17. Princess Celestia

    Princess Celestia Supreme Ruler of all of Equestria.

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    ...You know I actually forgot about Fou in all this drama, guess he didn't like Flynns aggressive friendship "Be my friend or die."
     
  18. ArKFallen

    ArKFallen _____

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    If Charlie does fail in the final fight with Goetia I really hope a version of Gilgamesh is there who remembers this conversation so Charlie can get off a "Thank you" to him for this shit. I mean it isn't like deliberately hurting a "broken, pathetic man" who is stepping up to save your people because you won't be assed to(why didn't YOU use Rule Breaker GILGAMESH?? YOU HAVE ALL THE ITEM BASED NPs!!!!!!!!!) is a bad play, per se. It just means you want to see all your works and reality blended into a bland non-existence.

    GG no Re Gil. Also Merlin.... is this really the time, place, and person to play at being the Anti-Christ with?
     
  19. K70Amam()to

    K70Amam()to Legion of Badassitude Member #24601-Coom Raider

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    I have a feeling that the plan that was enacted was the plan that merlin was trying to warn against... oh boy.
     
  20. thefinalwraith

    thefinalwraith Your first time is always over so quickly, isn't it?

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    Honestly, I feel like with Gorgon gone, Charlie's right that he doesn't need to stick around since, y'know, Quetzalcoatl was conning her fellow members and was as benevolent as the myths say, and she now has no reason to keep pretending to be evil, so it's really just Ereshkigal that's technically a problem.
     
  21. Threadmarks: Interlude: Mash Kyrielight
    Charles Flynn

    Charles Flynn Not too sore, are you?

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    I wake up in the morning, and then I’m up. I brush my teeth, shower, get dressed, and then head out to go about my day, doing my best to help Chaldea!

    …by helping Senpai as his personal assistant.

    You could do so much better.

    I ignore Galahad being an overly critical ass as I make my way to Senpai’s room. He was drinking again last night, so he’ll probably be a bit late in getting up.

    Yes, my point exactly! Why are you helping this shambling wreck of a human being cover for his own vices while he drinks himself into an early grave? You could do so much more than just following him around as his sidekick!

    Senpai is a good person! And he needs my help!

    Yeah, if you were actually trying to help him, you’d get him to stop with the drinking! You and I both know that between the alcoholism and the poisoning attempts, he has maybe a year before he drops dead of ciirhosis.

    You’re exaggerating. Now be quiet.

    The door slides open, and Senpai emerges, purple bags beneath his hollow eyes. His cheeks are covered in stubble, so he stopped shaving again, and he looks like he hasn’t been eating.

    So, in other words, typical Senpai.

    “Senpai!” I have my clipboard ready, and today’s task list on the front page. “Do you want to get straight to the meat of things, or do you want to get breakfast first?”
    He’s probably going to skip breakfast again. The longer the Grand Order has gone, the more he’s been missing his meals. I don’t think he even notices it. He just keeps moving forwards.

    “No. We have work to do. I’ll grab myself something later.”

    I try not to sigh.

    “Well, then, our first task for today is visiting Sir Gilles again, followed by board games in the Berserker Lounge.”

    “Belay that. Medea and I are submitting a proposal to Roman today. If successful, we could fix our Master shortage, and give ourselves enough backup to manifest Chaldea’s full Servant complement when Solomon finally shows his ugly head.”

    He- He had something planned? And he didn’t tell me?

    “Senpai, why didn’t you tell me? I’m in charge of keeping your schedule, and-“

    “I mean, you kind of appointed yourself my scheduler,” he says, heading towards Roman’s office. “Look, I keep telling you, find something you want to do, don’t just follow me around. I feel bad enough for taking up your time in the field, I don’t want to waste your free time, too.”

    He… I…

    See, Flynn agrees with me! Following him around like a lost puppy is a complete waste of your talents! You could do so much more if

    I feel tears start to leak from my eyes as I stare at Senpai’s back.

    He doesn’t need me. I just wanted to help him, and he doesn’t need me, and I’m useless, and I should just let Galahad have the body full-time, and-

    Oh crap, Mash, Mash, I’m sorry!

    It’s fine for you, you get to be useful, but when I try to help as best I can, you get all critical, and I’m not even doing anything, and-

    Mash, no, that’s not what I’m trying to do here! You’re a brilliant, incredibly talented person, and I just think that hanging around Flynn and trying to be his personal assistant is a waste of your abilities! Both because you’re not actually doing much, and because you’re wasted on him.

    All I had was being a Demi-Servant. Now, you’re doing that, and you do that better than me anyways, so why do I even bother?

    Then try something else! Try helping the chefs, or working with Da Vinci, or…

    “Mash? You doing okay?” Cu (I think it’s the Caster one) asks, as he materializes. “Did Flynn do something?”

    “I’m fine,” I say, quickening my pace to catch up with Senpai. Cu follows, matching my pace.

    “You know that if he’s giving you trouble, I can set him straight.”

    Listen to the man. He can help you. But don’t let him into your pants.

    “I’m fine, it’s just, do you ever feel…” I stop, feeling like an idiot. This is Cu Chulainn I’m talking to. Ireland’s Child of Light. The greatest hero of the Emerald Isle, whose name is remembered even millennia after his death. Why would he ever feel like I do right now? “Never mind.”

    For Christ’s sake, TALK TO HIM! He’s trying to help!

    “Look, Mash…”

    “I have to go, Cu.” I dry my eyes and jog off after Senpai, who’s eating up the distance like a man possessed, same as ever. He’s always more intense than usual when he’s hungover.

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

    “If you ever need my help, just ask.”

    I hurry on after Senpai. Even if I’m worthless, I’m going to help as best I can.

    Stop thinking about yourself like that!

    I ignore Galahad as I catch up with Senpai. Medea is waiting for us outside Dr. Roman’s office.

    “Apprentice.”

    “Teacher.”

    Oh, joy, it’s the crazy infanticidal bitch.

    Be nice.

    “You brought your tagalong?” the witches’ eyes shift to me, and I suppress a shiver. I never really got the sense that she liked me. She stares at me with a vicious intensity, as if she’s always thinking of just how many steps she’d have to take to slit my throat.

    “She likes to follow me around. God only knows why, I’m terrible company.” He shrugs. “But I don’t see what harm she could do. Do you?”

    “I suppose she can stay.” Medea turns and opens the doors, and Senpai and I follow her inside.

    Roman looks up from his paperwork as we enter. “Oh. So, what’s this all about?”

    “Medea and I had an idea for how to solve our Master shortage, strengthen our forces for the final battle against Solomon, and massively cut down on our overhead.”

    Dr. Roman sighs, leaning back in his chair and pinching the bridge of his nose. “This is going to be a horrific human rights violation of some kind, isn’t it?”

    “Oh ye of little faith.”

    “I think I’m displaying exactly the appropriate amount of faith for one of your proposals. I haven’t forgotten your little suggestion that we be prepared to conduct a systemic purge of the Mage’s Association after we stop the Incineration.”

    “Roman, they are not only a hidebound and dangerous organization who tolerate numerous breaches of human rights for a really stupid cause, but they also pose an active threat to humanity’s safety! I’ve read their records, and they have got to go! Or at the very least, be subjected to U.N. oversight!” Senpai slams his hands down on Dr. Roman’s desk, and then seems to realize what he’s doing. “And they are… not what I’m here to talk to you about. Take it away, Teacher.”

    “Gladly.” Medea raises her hand, and conjures up a glowing diagram. “Now, then, how acquainted are you with the process of animating deceased bodies as familiars?”

    “Oh, this is off to a splendid start,” Roman says with a sigh. “Yes, I’m aware of the process.”

    “Well, I noticed that it possesses some similarities with the bond shared between Chaldea’s Servants and the mana reactors.” She points to the diagram. “Now, I was wondering, would it be possible to direct some of the reactors’ energy to animating a master candidates’ corpse? To serve as a component in the fate system? I believe I’ve worked out a viable method by which we can accomplish this feat.”

    I stare at her in mute horror as Senpai steps up. “I would recommend we use the A-team for this. They’re both the best Masters Chaldea has, and they’re functionally dead in every way that counts. Freezing them is just a stopgap to delay the inevitable, and quite frankly, we shouldn’t waste time and resources on dead men any longer. I personally recommend we start with Zemlupus for our first subject. He’s easily the most expendable in the event that something goes wrong.”

    And now I can only stare at Senpai, unable to say a word. He’d really do something that horrible?

    I’m legitimately surprised that you’re in any way shocked by this. This is completely up Flynn’s alley.

    SHUT UP, GALAHAD!

    Dr. Roman breaks open a bottle of aspirin as he massages his temples. “So, let me get this straight: Your proposal is that we kill the A-team, and then reanimate them as our undead slaves?”

    “Undead conscripts.”

    “I don’t care what you call them, I’m still vetoing this.”

    “Fine. That brings me to my secondary proposal.”

    “Oh dear God, not another one.”

    “In the event of my death, I want you to use the reanimation procedure on my corpse.”

    For a moment, the room is completely silent. Even Medea looks shocked.

    “What- No! I’m not going to desecrate your corpse with necromancy just to get another Master, Flynn!”

    My Master stands stock-still, completely silent. Then, he starts to speak, never raising his voice. “As it stands, I am Chaldea’s last master. I am our greatest point of failure. If I die, no, when I die, because I’m not stupid enough to believe that I’m going to make it out of this alive, our hope dies with me. If Chaldea, by some miracle, outlives me, and you secure my mortal remains, and instead of using them to ensure you’ll have a Master on hand to fix things if this happens again, you instead go and waste them on some stupid, sappy shit like a proper burial? Well then, Roman, if you waste my last gift to you on something that fucking stupid, I will claw my way out of the fiery pits of Hell to haunt your ass.”

    Roman sighs, and then nods. “Right. I forgot who I was talking to for a moment.”

    As did I. I suppose that Flynn’s dedication to the cause will always be his most admirable quality.

    I turn and run.

    Senpai… Senpai really thinks we’re going to lose?

    It’s not exactly a baseless assumption. Having come face-to-face with Solomon, I can tell you that we’re still seriously outgunned here.

    I shove Galahad back into the deepest, most distant corners of my mind.

    He doesn’t care. He announced it in front of me, and he didn’t even care how it would hurt me. He barely even thought of me at all.

    Galahad was right.

    And why would he care about me? I’m useless, now. Even Fou left me.

    I find myself a corner, curl up into a ball, and cry. I let myself break down, finally stop holding it together. It’s almost liberating. I don’t have to pretend it doesn’t hurt, because he doesn’t need me anymore. And he hasn’t needed me for a long time.

    Galahad rages, trying desperately to escape from the corner I trapped him in, but I don’t want to hear it from him. He’ll just say it’s all Senpai’s fault, but it’s mine.

    I should’ve been better. I should’ve-

    “Fou?”

    I look up.

    Beady little eyes stare back at me, surrounded by white fur.

    “You came back?” I start crying again, and then I grab my dearest friend and pull him into a hug. “YOU CAME BACK!”

    “Fou.”

    He buries his little wet nose into my neck, as I cry into his soft white fur.

    Maybe Galahad is better than me. Maybe I am useless, now.

    But for now, though… this is more than enough for me.
     
  22. EVA-Saiyajin

    EVA-Saiyajin Well worn.

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    Ouch...yeah, I got nothing.

    Flynn means well in the bit about her finding something to do herself as opposed to living by the standards of “serve Chaldea”, but he completely failed to get it across in the right way such that it stuck.

    And Fou is back...right after Merlin was about to say to NOT do something.

    Edit: Wait, I do have something. Fuck Gilgamesh, this is at least partially his fault!
     
  23. K70Amam()to

    K70Amam()to Legion of Badassitude Member #24601-Coom Raider

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    reads mash's interlude...

    fou returns...

    we might see a potential beast!mash and not the suit meme...

    primate murder!fou might just merge with mash because he sees someone else at rock bottom...

    seriously if we even get to the lostbelts we need to work on flynn's self esteem and other issues because the way i see it two future problems have now been created by the wrong person hearing the wrong thing at the WORST time...
     
  24. Darko

    Darko Experienced.

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    It was nice to see Galahad act like a brother figure to Mash.

    Hopefully she gets better, because after everything she deserves some happiness.

    Nice to see Fou back.
     
  25. K70Amam()to

    K70Amam()to Legion of Badassitude Member #24601-Coom Raider

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    I'll be honest here Charlie might have been the type of master that would have done well with chaldea's original plan... a team of masters tackling the singularities. put Charlie on a team with say most of the crypters (except that backstabbing sociopathic werewolf) and things might have turned out different.

    P.S. Charlie actually having most of team a survive and healping charlie might be a good idea for an AU of how I saved history when you think about it...
     
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    K70Amam()to Legion of Badassitude Member #24601-Coom Raider

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    UM... in this case fou coming back is VERY BAD NEWS!!!!!!
     
  27. Luciel Ars

    Luciel Ars Know what you're doing yet?

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    Oh God
    Flynnnn!!!
    You don't do that
    You don't hurt the cinnamon roll, you enjoy it!
    Don't fucking bully her!

    Seriously though we need counsellor for Mash.
     
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    K70Amam()to Legion of Badassitude Member #24601-Coom Raider

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    you always hurt the one you love to quote the song.
     
  29. Mquz

    Mquz Versed in the lewd.

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    Shouldn’t they have some sort of healing np by now? Maybe some water from the fountain of youth that reverses a body’s time, or Avalon and some version of Saber? Why not heal the other Masters?
     
  30. Darko

    Darko Experienced.

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    At least he will comfort Mash for little while.

    They haven't summoned Artoria yet and I think they only summoned Excalibur and not Avalon.
     
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