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With This Ring (Young Justice SI) (Thread Fourteen)

Discussion in 'Creative Writing' started by Mr Zoat, Jan 27, 2019.

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    Mr Zoat

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    3rd July 2012
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    Jay smiles as we approach the flag ship of the L.E.G.I.O.N. flotilla. "It's beautiful."

    I nod. "I was surprised that they turned out like that. Clarissi Dox doesn't have much of an aesthetic sense."

    Jay frowns mildly in puzzlement, then shakes his head. "Ah, no, no. I was talking about the Earth."

    He gestures downwards, and yes, there it is. Blue and green and grey and white and brown. The current extent of the white patches at the north and south means that it doesn't quite match up with the various pictures of the Earth that I remember from Earth Prime, and the surge of greenery enveloping South America means that a good deal of the grey and brown there has been beaten back. There's a similar patch in North Africa where Adrianna's doing something similar. From this height I'd say that it improves the way they look, though I know perfectly well that it's a mess at ground level.

    "Guess if you see it enough times it loses some of the appeal."

    "It's more that it's nice to be home after a while away, but once you've been back for a day or two you remember that the garden waste bin is overflowing because you missed the pick up and there's a crack in the paint in the guest bedroom and the carpet's getting worn in the study."

    "You're saying that whenever you come back, you start seeing all of the problems."

    I point downwards.

    "See Brazil?"

    "Ah. I see what you mean. What's it like at ground level?"

    "We're lucky that it's summer. Euanthe isn't keen on creating original plants, and the Accala don't value modernity. There's no economy and the people in charge have no interest in trying to even have a currency."

    "If they don't have a currency, how do they trade for things?"

    "Barter, or they just don't. Isolated agricultural communities don’t really need a lot of things. And the things they do need… Did you see on the news that spokesman for 'Viva! Water' complaining about the tribes stealing their property?"

    "I think I caught that."

    "Agriculture does require water, so anyone messing around with access to water is going to get turfed out. Anyone who owned land that a tribe had a claim on is going to get turfed off. And of course there's no way that the Accala are going to take on the Brazilian government's debts, so anyone lending money to anywhere in South America is in trouble because they're not going to be able to recover it."

    "And I guess they're not going to want to borrow money themselves, because they're self sufficient, so the usual penalties aren't any sort of disincentive."

    "Yep. So we're looking at a total collapse of the modern banking system."

    "Because of Brazil? How in debt were they? And why did people keep lending them money?"

    "Everyone likes it when governments spend money on them, but no one wants to pay for it. And now even countries that are still functioning can't pay. Poor countries can't pay because everything they've got is going on reconstruction, and rich countries can't pay because no one can buy their stuff and they can't transport it to the few who can and they were all running a deficit under the assumption that there wouldn't be any major fundamental shocks to the world economy. Combine that with a radical economic shift like arcane primitivism suddenly going mainstream and suddenly what everyone was sure about isn't true."

    "I thought America made out alright."

    "Oh, sure, America as a country made out alright. The Sheeda killed a relatively low proportion of the population and didn't cause much infrastructure damage. And America has a big enough internal market that it doesn't need international trade, so… If you're being optimistic you might see a return of manufacturing. But the financial mechanisms that would usually lend the money for that sort of development are about to fall apart."

    "Oh."

    Alan drifts closer, smiling sympathetically.

    "Bet you're glad that you asked."

    "I wouldn't say glad. But if I learned anything from the thirties, it's that being ignorant of economics is no defense."

    "All I remember learning is that people will still buy radios when the economy's in freefall. And that gambling's for idiots."

    We turn away from the Earth and accelerate towards the flag ship's shuttle bay. L.E.G.I.O.N. ships have teleporters, but they're not designed for bulk transportation. We could have come up like that, but I thought it might be nice for Jay to fly up. Flying still hasn't quite lost its-.

    "Oh? Is that Lantern Coutara?"

    Alan peers at the shuttle bay as an orange light flies out to greet us.

    "No, that's her daughter, Lantern Taranna. I'm a little-." A second orange shape heads after her. "And that's Lantern Yat. I'm glad he's here, actually. This will be a good learning experience for him."

    "Because Earth's crazy?"

    "Because there aren't a lot of kryptonians left, and even fewer good sources of information on kryptonian culture. Hello!"

    "Illustres." / "Illustres."

    I take a closer look at both of them. Yat's put on a little muscle and looks a little less anxious. Taranna looks much the same, aside from one rather noticeable change.

    "I see you've switched to organic eyes."

    She smiles, shaking her head. "No, the physicians just made me cybernetics that look more like organic eyes." She looks at Alan, taking in his blue glow. "Who is that?"

    "Hey there, little miss. I'm-."

    I hold up my right hand. "Ah."

    Alan frowns, but stops talking.

    "What do you do when you want to find out who someone is?"

    "Ignore polite social convention and ask my power ring?"

    "Yes. Because while I know that Alan and Jay are nice men, for all you know they're mind controlling me. Earth is a conflict zone, and you shouldn't treat it as a safe harbour."

    She nods, mildly chastened. "Yes, Illustres."

    A large blue hand shoves me aside and Alan floats forwards.

    "I'm Alan Scott, Earth's Blue Lantern."

    "Hello, Alan Scott. I'm Taranna re'Coutara, and this is my friend Sodam Yat."

    Alan nods. "Hi there."

    "Hello."

    "Paul tells me that you're kryptonian."

    "Well, kinda? I'm a lot like a kryptonian inside, but I grew up on Daxam."

    "Most of the kryptonians on Earth grew up on Earth, so I doubt that you'll have any trouble on that account."

    "Your mother said there was a message for me?"

    "Yes, but Clarissi Dox only told it to her."

    "Rightoh. Could the two of you give Alan and Jay a tour of the ship while I go and talk to her about it?"
     
  2. Vaermina

    Vaermina Versed in the lewd.

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    Well then it's a good thing America doesn't need those financial mechanisms anymore since they can just switch to Sterling's nano-forge technology.
     
  3. jmartinez8089

    jmartinez8089 Getting out there.

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    Needs orange quotes.
     
  4. SpiritualSlacker

    SpiritualSlacker Nurse God of Mischief

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    I think that’s Alan talking, not Paul.
     
  5. jmartinez8089

    jmartinez8089 Getting out there.

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    Alan says the sentence in between the two I quoted.
     
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    Darko Experienced.

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    Alan says this.

    Jay says this.

    Alan says this.
     
  7. Chojin Patriarch

    Chojin Patriarch Veteran Lurker, Rookie Proofreader

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    Now, I doubt Jay is talking about the ship, unless he's been hiding a secret love of science fiction and futurism,...

    :rolleyes: Ah, OL. Always focusing on what's in front of you, to the detriment of all else... It's practically the source of all your current problems, really.

    Like a duck or swan. Looks graceful, elegant and serene on the surface, but when you look below, it's frantic motion and desperate activity...

    :rolleyes: Making a not-so-subtle point, OL. Both men can get your drift without over-extending the metaphor...

    Time for an object lesson in the problems everyone expects him to be dealing with. But because OL is OL, he's letting people blunder their way through their own shit...

    That bad, eh? Especially with Brazil one of the hardest hit nations by the Sheeda? Because the favela slums would be prime targets, at least until they ran into super-powered tribesfolk...

    :D Badly? But seriously, I expect the tribes have a much stronger position now that the rich people's money has turned out to be worthless.

    And yet corporate entities are still bitching about having a hard time? Some things never change.

    Only natural. But that's going to have knock-on effects, no matter what Ploûtus can do to mitigate it.

    Economies don't operate in a vacuum. International trade is dependent on lots of things being bought and paid for, and after an alien invasion, I doubt there's much concern about keeping the lifeblood of trade flowing...

    So the world is going to be in financial dire straits for a couple of years until things recover. And recover they will, as countries adapt and shift economic gears. Especially with a God of Money working behind the scenes. I bet Greece's economy will be a lot stronger in the years to come.

    But, again, international trade. There are still things America gets from outside. Oil, for one, unless someone pushes Cosmic reactors (hint, hint, OL!) I suspect it'll start to be less of a powerhouse as the breadbaskets and factories of Russia and China start seeing more profits...

    Heh. Benefit of these two being as old as they are: They remember the last big global economic downturn. You might remember it, too: The Great Depression...

    Of course the man who worked in radio broadcasting would be interested in that.

    I'm guessing the teleporters are used for long-range or emergency drop operations. And the scenic route is always more fun, if less efficient. But sometimes, you need to relax.

    Ooh, I wonder if he plans to go looking for Kal-El. I bet the latter could use something like this to pick his spirits up a little.

    Divergent as it is, Daxam is still a Kryptonian colony. Let's just hope Sodam Yat is smart enough to check for environmental issues he might have before he learns of his people's lead allergies (assuming OL didn't give him that info earlier.)

    And they're just about the right age... Wonder if there's been any fraternisation going on amongst the Corps.

    Hey, who'd go back to the old Mk. 1 eyeball when you've had bionics? After all, can regular eyes see in the dark? See through walls? Okay, besides kryptonian eyes, that is. Seriously, there's a reason cybernetic eyes are a popular first step in cyberpunk games' upgrade paths...

    Ah, OL, ever the teacher. Reminding them of a little habit they've probably gotten out of around so many familiar faces.

    Discreetly, please! Why make it obvious? To be honest, they should have made an initial scan well outside visual range.

    Still, it is reasonably safe, if you ignore the super-science, super-powered being and... Okay, maybe it's a good idea for off-worlders to be on guard. Especially after, again, an alien invasion.

    Not quite a dope-slap, but Alan's polite like that...

    And at this point, they should have discreetly accessed their ring's databases for information on both Alan and his ring. OL's going to have to work to get them to be properly paranoid. :p

    With one notable difference: Their bodies react poorly to Lead, rather than exotic isotopes of their ancestral birthworld. Because why have a bunch of pseudo-kryptonians running around without balancing them via weak-sauce weaknesses and Xenophobia? Are we sure Boss Smiley's only at work on Earth?

    Back on topic. Ah, OL. No time for social niceties when work calls, eh?

    At least he's sensible enough to realise that the others might have different ideas on priorities...

    Well, then. It appears we have to wait until tomorrow to find out what Dox wants. Or the day after, depending on how sidetracked OL gets. Still, good to have more data on Earth's situation right now. And it looks a little tense, from the sound of it.


    Double space here. Maybe because of the Exclamation Point, but just checking.
     
  8. Darko

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    No, that was Alan talking to Jay.
     
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  9. PJCG

    PJCG Getting out there.

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    Thanks, just realised that. I've deleted my post.
     
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  10. Darko

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    OL did release some Bleed tech, and the Cosmic Convertor was released.

    Kal would know most about Krypton, and there's Jor-El.

    He does have a ring, so he should be fine.

    I doubt the OLC discourages that, so long as it doesn't interfere in their job.

    Smiley is more of a social engineer than a genetic one.
     
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  11. jmartinez8089

    jmartinez8089 Getting out there.

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    Yeah I realized that once I reread the chapter. Since Alan didn't say anything and wasn't even mentioned until the part I quoted and since Jay wasn't introduced to the others at the end I thought OL was only with one person the whole time.
     
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  12. Mr Zoat

    Mr Zoat Dedicated ragequitter

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    Yes.
    Oh, no no. If I deleted every post where I made a mistake there wouldn't be any story here. In situations like that I'd suggest just putting 'Edit: it was actually X' at the bottom, so future historians know what we were talking about.
     
  13. Handlewithcare

    Handlewithcare I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    So the Sheeda shattered the South American markets and the Accala keep them from recovering?

    I'm guessing that will lead to a lot more people wanting to join them once hunger sets in? What's the Accala's stance on newcomers?
     
  14. Mr Zoat

    Mr Zoat Dedicated ragequitter

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    It's more that the Accala don't care. They don't really use it. If someone wanted to rebuild Rio they wouldn't stop them.
    People can join the tribe, but they don't need to in order to live in formerly Brazilian territory.
     
  15. Sockmonkey

    Sockmonkey Not too sore, are you?

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    I find it hilarious that Daxamites are vulnerable to the very thing 99% of all the bullets on Earth are made of.
    It's like being a vampire in Italy. Every house has a crucifix and smells like garlic.
     
  16. Ngamer11

    Ngamer11 I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    How is Fire faring in whatever Brazil is called now?
     
  17. Rafin

    Rafin Know what you're doing yet?

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    Who is that again?
     
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    Ngamer11 I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    That's Isis, wife of Teth Adom.
     
  19. Mr Zoat

    Mr Zoat Dedicated ragequitter

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    In this story, much like kryptonite radiation hurts kryptonians but kryptonite is just a radioactive crystal, a lead bullet won't pierce a Daxamite's skin.
    She's crime fighting in Rio.
     
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    So Kryptonite bullets can't pierce kryptonian skin in your story?

    Would a Daxamite be weaken in the presence of lead, even if it can't pierce their skin?
     
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    Mr Zoat Dedicated ragequitter

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    It can, just not any easier than an equivalent crystal in the presence of an equivalent amount of kryptonite radiation.
    Just sitting there on the other side of the room? No. Swallowing a fleck of lead based paint would harm them a lot, however.
     
  22. Senevri

    Senevri Know what you're doing yet?

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    Oh yeah, nano-fab started working with magic cooling? Wasn't there still issues with what manufacture it was suitable for, plus it'll probably take a couple of decades to propagate.

    I mean, electric cars have been decent for about 5 years now, but even in a city, adoption is probably around 1%,+-0.99%. Of course cars are expensive, so I'd expect adopting to explode once you can get a good used EV at around 3000€ or less.
     
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    Stsword I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    According to some wikipedias lacking citations for me to double check, supposedly the Eradicator altered them so that the Daxamites would be vulnerable to lead, one of the results of the programming it got from Kal-El's crazy xenophobic ancestor.
     
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    Old Knife Know what you're doing yet?

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    I'm betting those three races you have guide books to have been bothering Doc Dox.
     
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    Agent Orange Versed in the lewd.

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    Romantic advice. Georgia is getting serious and his big brain is drawing blanks on what to do about it. Choice paralysis.

    What? Why else would he need a messenger for? He always just rings (heh) OL when he needs something but in this case he knows Sivannas have the tech to intercept ring calls ;)
     
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    Alexcorvin Ran All Out Of Fucks To Give

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    ROFLMAO Old man BURN!
     
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    DaftTechno Your first time is always over so quickly, isn't it?

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    Is there such a thing in comics as Depleted Kryptonite? Kryptonite that has gone through significant radioactive decay and is now close to inert?
     
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    Impartial Panic Know what you're doing yet?

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    So Large Portions of the world are wrecked, the global Economy is about to collapse
    and if the tech can get out in time America can stand alone without needing anyone else.

    Well Depending on who else is still able to stand Paul's got a new series of speed bumps towards his uplift humanity plan.
     
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    Maxx Crowley I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    Oh man, I forgot OL poached the "Chosen one" green Lantern in Sodom Yat.

    Now I'm getting Superboy-Prime flashbacks.

    So wait, am I understanding that its being claimed that the Super strong tribe down is Brazil is wrecking the ENTIRE world's banking system? I'm a bit confused on that.

    Also, if that were true, I'd expect them to start taking heavy artillery fire and carpet bombing. I can't see a single country in the world allowing such a thing. The entire world? I'm guess the old men in charge of countries would decide real quick on what they were going to do in that meeting.
     
  30. DrThoth

    DrThoth Not too sore, are you?

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    Last time I remember Roquette and her nano-forge being mentioned was Paragon suggesting cooling runes to her (I'm actually a bit surprised Renegade doesn't seem to have kept in touch with her, especially because she was an attractive intelligent woman and he was single when they met- though I guess that was also the incident he met Jade). Has she come up at all since then? I don't think she's working for Kord or anything, though maybe I missed it.

    In terms of the global economy, Ploutos is still around; all of this might encourage him to be more public, especially since the biases against magic are fading somewhat due to practical necessity. If he felt inclined to cooperate with Thana, there could be a Hellenist revival that could empower him (or allow his power to influence reality more, depending on the arcane/theological mechanisms of belief in this setting).
    I'd be worried about how Lex (and by extension the Light) would take advantage of the situation. Paragon might be hands-off but the League shouldn't be.
    Actually, is Circe a full-fledged member of the Light? What did they offer her to come on-board, or just cooperate with them in general if she isn't?
     
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