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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

    Mr Zoat Dedicated ragequitter

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    **[A mutant in heavy metal plate armour, spikes on his shoulders and a cybernetic replacing his right eye.]**

    I nod. "Attis."

    **[A force of Brotherhood of Steel paladins attacking a mutant force… Underground somewhere? They're gradually forced back and I see their leader get struck down. His helmet gets torn off and-.]**

    "No, that… Didn't happen. Rhombus beat Attis. He retired to be a farmer. The Texans have a memorial where he's buried."

    **Yes.**

    **[An elderly Rhombus guiding a plough behind a pair of brahmin.]**

    **[Attis taking a volley of gauss gun shots to the left arm and chest and being forced to retreat. Shale takes command, but the charge against Brotherhood lines fails a little while later.]**

    "I… Don't know if that was exactly what happened, but it seems more correct than the first version."

    **[Attis falls to his knees, the flesh of his body expanding to fill an entire arena.]**

    "Ah… I think we'd have noticed-."

    **Something changed.**

    "I don't think you can change something that didn't happen." I frown. "Unle-. Time travel?"

    **I don't know. We don’t know.**

    I wince as her voice changes, getting an… Echoey quality, with the echoes coming from different voices. The.. only thing I've heard like it was the way Crimson Acolyte psychics could speak in unison, but… But the voices here are far more human.

    "You're seeing different things and some of them didn't happen." I shake my head. "Could it be that the super mutants have their own psychic disrupting what you see? My people haven't really studied prognostication in the same way we have other psychic phenomena."

    **[An image of a ghoul-inhabited city-. Los, I know it all too well. Super mutants patrol the streets while the cloak-shrouded ghouls try to avoid drawing their attention.]**

    "Okay, but is that what's actually happening or what didn't happen?"

    **We don’t know!**

    Augh!

    **[Hundreds of people suspended off the ground in a cavernous room, tubes and wires connecting them to the floor and ground. All of them shouting the same words!]**

    I glare at the First Chorister.

    **Don’t do that. I can't absorb the shock without a network and I don't have one here.**

    **I am sorry but we grow frustrated! Things are not as we see them!**

    I…

    I turn to Dr. Saunooke.

    "Do they have access to the outside world without their psychic powers?"

    He shakes his head. "We haven't found a way to safely disconnect them. Their bodies just.. aren't used to doing things for themselves anymore."

    Which is… Fixable. Probably not here, but Vault City could fix it and so could I if we were back in Groom Lake.

    "Can you get a television in here?"

    "Not down here, no. This part of the facility is shielded against radiation, which includes radio waves."

    "Okay, no live broadcasts, but could you play tapes?"

    "Holotapes?"

    Yes, because instead of inventing CDs like back home or crystal rods like we use in Groom Lake, the people of this Earth invented a sort of ultra-high density laser readable magnetic tape for improved data storage. The first time I saw one it look me back to the long car journeys my family took during holidays to visit relatives, where my sister and I put our personal tape players on at the start and only took them off to ask for replacement batteries.

    "A cellulose reel would be fine if you've got any. The lack of variety is making them obsess over their psychic visions. I-." I turn to Mr. Entertainment. "You haven't reinvented cable television, have you? I'm pretty sure that my people can work out how to manufacture fibre optic cables."

    He shakes his head, his mood genuinely becoming more sombre for the first time since I met him.

    "No can do. Twenty third century America is nothing like stable enough for that kinda infrastructure project. And without infrastructure, there's no demand."

    I nod. Like electric cars: without charge points no one will buy them, and without electric cars to use them no one will build charge points.

    "But we can get a cinescreen down here in a couple of days, if the doc thinks that'll help the Choir." He brightens up slightly. "Heck, my singing voice might be a little rusty, but I wouldn't be much of a Tubehead if I couldn't set up an impromptu solo performance."

    "Thank you." Okay. **First Chorister, do you have any visions of the inside of Los that don't contradict what we know about history?**

    **[A miserable looking Shale standing in front of a computer terminal.]**

    **That's plausible, but I don't see-.**

    **[A vat of cancerous flash PAIN-.]**

    I stagger back, clasping my head in a hopeless attempt to block out the agony! I keep-. Trying to tell myself that these visions shouldn't involve telepathic contact as they're not happening now, but so far my brain… Really hasn't gotten the message.

    **Okay, now, this time, don't show me. Just tell me.**

    **It is easier to show-.**

    **It's really not.**

    **There are great vats under the city. The same substance that the researchers injected into us.**

    I nod. **FEV can induce telepathic abilities.**

    **Shale vanishes. The remains of Attis vanish. The machine vanishes. Something appears that we cannot clearly see.**

    I don't want to know. But I need to.

    **Show me what you can.**

    …king up.

    Uh?

    I blink-. Hospital, I'm in a… Hospital? I'm an FEV enhancile, I should-.

    I push myself up and Dr. Saunooke tries to push me back down. He's not strong enough to force me, but now I'm… I'm still in the Watonga Correctional Facility. Okay.

    "What happened?"

    "I-I don't know. You and the First Chorister were just staring at each other, then your-. Your eyes and ears started bleeding and you fell over. I was-. I wasn't sure that you would recover."

    "How long?"

    "Maybe an hour?"

    I nod. "The First Chorister tried to show me what we're going to have to face. I…"

    Screaming. Lots of screaming. And a… Chest with a mouth in it and tentacles all around…

    "I think we might need to rethink our priorities."
     
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  2. jasonh23761

    jasonh23761 Getting sticky.

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    Dang it, Calix! I knew that lovely avatar was too suspicious to trust.
     
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  3. Darko

    Darko Well worn.

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    'attacking'

    Either 'voice' or 'change'

    'all too'

    'injected or 'are injecting'

    'tries'
     
  4. Mr Zoat

    Mr Zoat Dedicated ragequitter

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    Thank you, corrected.
     
  5. NightmareWarden

    NightmareWarden Not too sore, are you?

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    This setting is quite messed up. It is like someone trapped forces from every Warhammer 40k faction on a planet (largely cut off from the Warp)... after fast forwarding hundreds of years, I suppose. So many projects abandoned, corrupted, or left to rot in the worst possible ways.
     
  6. Chojin Patriarch

    Chojin Patriarch Veteran Lurker, Rookie Proofreader

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    Boy, this guy seems to be the driving cause behind a lot of bad stuff in the region... And I don't doubt that he started out with the best of intentions for his kind... Yet the fallout is still raining down years later.

    Are they catching sight of different timelines? Because this sounds like something out of the campaign victory cutscenes posted earlier in the thread...

    A nice peaceful retirement? In this universe? :p Isn't that against the rules?

    Another possibility they're picking up? Did Krona's arrival and death knock the barriers between timelines lose, or is this something else?

    Yes, I rather suspect that wouldn't have gone unmentioned...

    Please, don't let it be time travel. Things are bad enough already.

    Calling in others to strengthen herself? Is she tired, or planning something? Or are they pushing their way in?

    I recognise the sound of that. The Super-mutant victory cutscene again?

    I bet that was loud enough for even non-psychics to feel. They sound like they're getting desperate.

    Which is the bulk of the Choir, I take it. Have to wonder how long some of them have been strung up there for...

    So, are they seeing a 'truer' timeline, without Krono's interference? Or, to borrow a metaphor, are they seeing someone else's playthrough?

    ...Not sure what that has to do with anything. Are you going somewhere with this, Krono?

    The hard part would be having the time to do so freely. Another reason to stop the Legion.

    Sensible. But a pain in the ass. Maybe a hardline could be run down the corridors?

    Not bad. A logical alternative to CDs, especially if they didn't have quite the same technological progression...

    Better than the inevitable arguing about seat space or playing handhelds? I wouldn't know...

    I doubt the cables would survive in the wild for long. Between rampaging predators, malicious bandits attacking work crews and downright inhospitable radioactive areas, it sounds more trouble than it's worth.

    A vicious circle. Short of pushing it through with legislation, I doubt they could swing it.

    Easier to see what matches than what doesn't? I suspect it'll be a depressingly small sample.

    But is that now or then? Or a time yet to come? I mean, Krono did ask for something that could be, after all.

    Yes, sometimes having impressive psychic powers isn't a good thing, eh, Krono?

    Like I said, getting hit in the brain by a big DVD box-set...

    Not nearly as powerful, I presume. A Psychic brute would be a scary thing indeed. hell, I remember a 'What If?' that asked what if Xavier had picked up the Ruby of Cyttorak and become Juggernaut. Like so many 'What If?' stories, It did not end well...

    This is gonna suck, isn't it. Hopefully you're tough enough not to go all Scanners...

    Well, you did ask for it.

    Heh, mild super-strength, eh? Bonus of all those buffs.

    Would be kind of embarrassing if your psychics inadvertently fried the brain of a foreign dignitary by accident.

    Not that bad, then. Bet you feel like you need an aspirin. Even with a healing factor, that kind of mental stress would not be pleasant...

    If that Super-mutant video a couple of days back was anything to go by, you're damn straight.

    So, Krono knows he has to lead a coalition to stop all hell breaking loose, then. Better get to diplomancing the forces needed. Yet, he'll have to avoid weakening battlelines against the Legion. This is going to get messy, methinks...
     
  7. Assblaster5000

    Assblaster5000 Know what you're doing yet?

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    Eh, it could work out. Most of the animals in the wasteland don't really seem to care all that much about any structures they come across, so that's potentially a non-issue.

    Raiders... if you've got the infrastructure to build this kind of infrastructure then you've probably also got the things you need to basically hit the delete button on them as a threat.

    The radiation issue could theoretically be solved with an altered version of RadAway, depending on how it works anyways.

    I... *shakes head* No, I'd rather not talk about Galactus and Aunt May finding The Magic Space Twinkie.

    Down that path lies only madness and tooth decay.

    Edit:Fixed a small mistake.
     
  8. Darko

    Darko Well worn.

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    I did not know that this existed, but now I do and my life has been changed forever.

    Thank you.
     
  9. Bramble Thorn

    Bramble Thorn Verified Silhouette

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    So remember when TimeTrapper!OL rewrote the local multiverse so temporal changes didn't overwrite the main timeline, but instead created new branches? Could the Choirs problems be related to that. They have been used to seeing under the old set of rules for a couple hundred years, and now they are starting getting problems because they never had to learn to tune their reception that finely.
     
  10. Vaermina

    Vaermina Versed in the lewd.

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    Ah, so it's one of the Great Old One's sleeping beneath the earth waking up.

    Well, you're fucked.
     
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  11. Mr Zoat

    Mr Zoat Dedicated ragequitter

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    What?
    Actually, they're seeing a cancelled Fallout game and how it contradicts Old World Blues and the actual reality they're living in.
     
  12. Assblaster5000

    Assblaster5000 Know what you're doing yet?

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    Welp, guess I'm talking about it after all.

    There was a "What if?" story in the 80's or something that had Aunt May turned into a Herald of Galactus, and she proceeded to feed him every Twinkie on Earth to try and sate his hunger. That sort of worked and since all the ones on Earth had been consumed they went off to find more in space for... some reason that made perfect sense to them I'm sure, which resulted in Galactus eating a giant space Twinkie and saying he wasn't going to need to eat planets anymore after that.

    I've probably gotten some details from that a bit wrong, but that was the story as I remember it.

    tl;dr Marvel did a Twinkie ad in the 80's or something and Aunt May was turned into a Herald of Galactus for it because comics.

    Edit:You can see a better summary of the story here.
     
  13. CTrees

    CTrees Chasing the ring

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    I'm just going to point out that tape drives are still in current, real-world usage for long term storage. A current LTO tape cartridge stores multiple terabytes of data. So Fallout's holotapes always seemed weirdly reasonable to me.
     
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    Well in Babylon 5 every species had a variation of a meatball, so I guess in Marvel every species has a variation of a twinkie.
     
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    Assblaster5000 Know what you're doing yet?

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    It was actually an artificial planet (also a moon, but no clue if Galactus ate that) made by one guy literally named "Dough Boy" who thought baking up a planet was a reasonable decision, so honestly I think I'd accept any explanation.

    Edit:Apprently Dough Boy went on to become the new Herald of Galactus after Aunt May found the planet as "Golden Oldie" because of how much Galactus liked the world sized pastries he could make.
     
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    Darko Well worn.

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    Of course.

    Now in my personal headcanon Dough Boy is an Elder of the Universe who dedicated himself to baking.
     
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    Assblaster5000 Know what you're doing yet?

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    Makes more sense then the story he comes from, so sure, I'll hop into this canon.

    Watching WarHams while talking about this was a bad decision.
     
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    Hope they still have some nukes lying around.
     
  19. Prince Charon

    Prince Charon Just zis guy, you know?

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    Probably. Also a lot less frustrating for the parents than an endless refrain of 'Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?' (My sister and I eventually replaced it with 'Will we be there soon?' which is probably just as annoying, but at least is a better question, as most places it would be obvious if we were there yet.)
     
  20. Mr Zoat

    Mr Zoat Dedicated ragequitter

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    Tlaltoc's in-game response to someone from outside Mexico invading Mexico is to nuke them until they stop.
     
  21. Prince Charon

    Prince Charon Just zis guy, you know?

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    Also, doesn't Liberty Prime have tactical nukes (or was that a weird fanon)?
     
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    Assblaster5000 Know what you're doing yet?

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    More large nuclear grenades than proper warheads, but essentially yes.
     
  23. nobodez

    nobodez Bringer of Context

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    Wasn't it that every species has a Swedish Meatball?
     
  24. Pinklestia

    Pinklestia Experienced.

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    Without the Warp... it still makes things a whole lot better.
     
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    Mr Zoat Dedicated ragequitter

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    Yees, but there's never really been an explanation for where the energy for psychic powers comes from.
     
  26. quietwhile

    quietwhile Getting out there.

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    So what you are saying is that there is a sort of Warp after all?
     
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    Impartial Panic Know what you're doing yet?

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    given the existence of aliens and implied existence lovecraftian horrors in fallout it's probably nowhere good.
     
  28. Mr Zoat

    Mr Zoat Dedicated ragequitter

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    I'm saying that a peson could write it like that without contradicting the cosmology of the setting.
     
  29. Coda

    Coda I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    I was talking about the place in California that I had given you a correction for a few days ago, which you did accept. No relation to that guy except that both are named after Saint Anne.
     
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    PDV The Revelation That Uncertainty is Itself a Answer

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    So, in the car for an entire hour? "Europeans think a hundred miles is a long way..."

    Poll: which setting is more batshit insane troll logic: Fallout, or 40k? I think it's pretty close...
     
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