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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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  1. Darko

    Darko Well worn.

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    I know that in the Good Omens TV show Crowley designed a highway to be in the shape of some evil symbol that was later on fire.
     
  2. Ngamer11

    Ngamer11 I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    That should be 'Lans' eyes'.
     
  3. Mr Zoat

    Mr Zoat Dedicated ragequitter

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    Thank you, corrected.
     
  4. Dur'id the Druid

    Dur'id the Druid Making the rounds.

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    Hmmmm. Mxyzptlk is looking..... here. Yes yes, here, he is investigating someone ELSE doing bad jokes.

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Dakkan Sall

    Dakkan Sall Random Encounter

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    Huh... that is a thought... Not necessarily anything related to the current arc, but considering the number of DC entities that have appeared in the story that were never even hinted at in Young Justice I'm actually surprised the 5d Imp hasn't popped his head in.
     
  6. Vaermina

    Vaermina Versed in the lewd.

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    Doubt it, Zoat doesn't really do the cosmic level characters since they could effortlessly kick Paul's ass.
     
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  7. Ngamer11

    Ngamer11 I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    Technically those levels of characters do appear, just not as antagonists. Maybe we could see Mr. Mxyzptlk as a one off encounter or something.
     
  8. CTrees

    CTrees Chasing the ring

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    Line of sight
     
  9. Old Knife

    Old Knife Know what you're doing yet?

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    American Gods TV show. I honestly haven't watched.
    But I have read the book long long ago.
     
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  10. Ngamer11

    Ngamer11 I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    Mr Zoat, random thought. Is there any chance we could see Destruction of the Endless, or someone/something related to him? I ask because, for some reason, I want to see a shout out to Dragon Ball Super, and more recently One Piece, with someone shouting "HAKAI!" and destroying their target with the power of pure Destruction.
     
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  11. Mr Zoat

    Mr Zoat Dedicated ragequitter

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    Thank you, corrected.
    Technically, yes, but it's a very small one. I don't know the character that well, and from what I remember that would be out of character.
     
  12. Dakkan Sall

    Dakkan Sall Random Encounter

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    While amusing in thought, Destruction doesn't care for destruction anymore, and 'quit'. He figures that it gets along without him needing to oversee things (though it never comes up in Sandman what the functional difference would be, unlike when Dream was trapped), so he just goes about wandering and being a poor... in skill, that is... artist.
     
  13. Sockmonkey

    Sockmonkey Not too sore, are you?

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    Maybe he should meet Kalmin.
     
  14. nick012000

    nick012000 Experienced.

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    I'm gonna guess that it's Hermes. This sort of prank seems to be within his trickster bailiwick, he's a god of travel and roads fitting the idea of associating himself with cars, and the Flashes model their superhero identities after his image giving him a reason to car about America. If this happened in Central City (home of the Flashes), then I'd say it almost certain is him.
     
  15. Hell's Razer

    Hell's Razer Passive Member

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    ...that pun was bad and you should feel bad. Have a like.
     
  16. nick012000

    nick012000 Experienced.

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    It was a typo, since I meant to write "care", but okay.
     
  17. Darko

    Darko Well worn.

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    I'm not so sure about that.

    Destruction kinda wanted to move away from destroying things, while Kalmin is all about destroying things.
     
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  18. Ngamer11

    Ngamer11 I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    I understand that Destruction doesn't want to destroy anymore. But maybe someone can tap into the power of Destruction, like how Paul is getting Atlanteans to study the Dream.
     
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  19. Cuchulin

    Cuchulin Versed in the lewd.

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    That happen in the book first.

    As I remember it wasn't so much that he didn't want to do it any more as he didn't see the point of him doing it anymore because of how good humans had gotten at it.
     
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  20. Rafin

    Rafin Know what you're doing yet?

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    Huh. I really thought that Vulcan would be running his own shop, in which he could have apprentices if he wanted to. How come he chooses to be ab employee instead?

    British people that speak decent Italian are relatively rare, but they really aren't enough of an oddity to make anyone suspicious enough to suspect supernatural/alien shenanigans. Brits have holiday houses all over the mediterranean and their children are likely to kearn the local language for life if they used to come and mingle with local children since early childhood.

    Is it attached to Rrab with some kind of elastic filament?
     
  21. Mr Zoat

    Mr Zoat Dedicated ragequitter

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    He wants to work with machines, not accountants. And he'd rather not come to wider attention.
    Yes.
     
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  22. Sockmonkey

    Sockmonkey Not too sore, are you?

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    But Kalmin has mastered the art of being creative about destroying, so he could show Destruction how to reconcile his nature as a destructive force with his desire to create. Plus, Destruction would be a much better deity for Qwardians to follow than the Anti-Monitor.
     
  23. Threadmarks: Common Sense (part 6)
    Mr Zoat

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    18th September 2010
    17:33 GMT -5


    "…concern that it was even practical to make the attempt."

    Batman closes the holographic windows showing scenes from the attempted mass break out from Belle Reve, leaving us with the diagram of the site.

    "The exercise for today will involve you studying the security arrangements for Belle Reve Penitentiary and suggesting improvements. These will be reviewed by the Justice League, and the best will be forwarded to the Department of Justice."

    Wallace -whose attention had been wavering when he realised that there wasn't a mission or a physical exercise planned- suddenly comes alert again and grins at Richard. Richard smirks back, already tapping the buttons on his arm computer which will call up the pertinent data.

    "If you require more information than is in the database, you may submit the requests yourself. Dismissed." Batman deactivates the holoscreen and heads for the zeta tube.

    Richard immediately connects his computer to the cave's holographic systems, generating a three dimensional model of the prison grounds as the rest of us form an arc to look at it.

    Kon shrugs. "I dunno. It all looks pretty solid to me."

    "Can't be that secure." Richard's eyes dart mischievously towards him. "Batman stuck you in."

    Artemis's eyes narrow. "Do people just not do fingerprints any more? Or blood tests? You're both aliens; they should have known that you weren't the Terrors."

    I raise my eyebrows. "Did Batman arrange things through official channels?"

    Richard shakes his head. "Couldn't take the risk of tipping someone off. Had to make the switch on-site."

    Artemis's mouth falls open slightly. "Seriously? So no one checked who-" She turns to Kon and M'gann. "-the two of you were between you getting arrested and being taken to Belle Reve?"

    "Well…" M'gann looks uncomfortable as she shakes her head. "No. I… Guess they just trust the Justice League to give them the.. right.. people..?"

    I nod. "I am reminded of the Parable of the Red Hood."

    Wallace blinks, then rolls his eyes. "You wanna explain that, Oh El?"

    Richard tries to work it out first.

    "The Joker started out calling himself the Red Hood. But he always goes to Arkham. Can't see a parable there."

    "The Joker started out as a failed comedian a pre-existing gang hired to be the fall guy. They stuck a red helmet on his head and called him 'boss' when the police were listening. He'd never fired a gun before that evening, and he wasn't even the first person they'd hired to act in that capacity."

    "tchk-Hah!" Artemis gasp-laughs in disbelief. "Seriously? That's how the Joker started out?"

    Richard tilts his head to the left. "So his first night out was the Ace Chemical Processing Plant theft?" I nod, and he grimaces. "I guess that explains why he thinks everything is a joke. But I'm still not seeing the Parable."

    "The police assumed that the one person in the mask was the main threat. The leader. They let their schema run without checking anything. The Justice League are honest, so there's no need to check that the people they hand over are who they say they are. Even in a world of shapeshifters, telepaths, mind altering magic and-" I raise my eyebrows at Kon. "-hair dye."

    Kaldur nods. "In Atlantis, the identities of prisoners would be confirmed with magic at each stage of their transfer. I do not think that the American prison system has enough magicians for that to be practical."

    Wallace looks thoughtful for a moment. "No, but there are some super-fast blood test machines that could check blood groups. And fingerprint and iris recognition scanners. Belle Reve could use those to check prisoners on the way in."

    That makes sense. "How expensive are those?"

    Richard brings up a new screen. "Not that expensive, actually. The fastest DNA analyser that exists can do a work-up in about four hours, but it's the size of a small building and costs…" He blinks. "They could probably build another prison. But the rest is easily under their budget."

    Kaldur nods. "And magic?"

    Artemis shrugs. "Where are they gunna find that many wizards?"

    I raise my eyebrows. "What is the dollar to Atlantean drachma exchange rate?"

    Kaldur bows his head slightly. "There is not enough trade between the two countries for a rate of exchange to have been established. But if we were to use the value of the metal, a single drachma is approximately four grams of silver."

    I nod. "About three dollars. Would Atlantis be willing to allow America to hire Atlantean wizards, assuming the Department of Justice could match their salaries?"

    "I cannot think of a reason why my king would have an objection in principle, though such an agreement would have to be negotiated at the highest levels."

    "Okay." Richard nods. "Better prisoner IDs. But that doesn't help with corrupt members of staff, power suppressors not working or just the fact that most of the prisoners are really dangerous."

    [​IMG]

    "Maybe… It just… Can't be fixed."

    Richard smiles. "I'll let Batman know. Good job, team!"

    "No, no, I mean… We can't make a prison completely secure. People can be corrupted or threatened. Computers can be hacked. Walls can be blasted down. Heck, if Mister J'onzz hadn't scanned Hugo Strange's mind he might have ended up as Warden, and that would have been a disaster. Short of creating a religious cult of prison guards who can't conceive of the idea of not doing their jobs with fanatical devotion, there's no decision-making body that can't be… Worked around."

    Kaldur looks at me. "Then what do you suggest?"

    "I read a story a while ago, where a space-faring race had to deal with fanatically violent prisoners of war. The prison camp they built consisted of a series of air tight cells built on an airless planet. There was an automated system for removing waste and bringing them food, and they could communicate via the computer network. But they were never face to face with other prisoners or guards. They couldn't escape because there was nowhere to escape to. If they broke out of their cell they would die of vacuum exposure within a minute or two. The only way to leave was for a space craft to dock with their cell."

    Wallace frowns. "You wanna move the prisoners off Earth?"

    "Their aim was to break through the concrete and steel of Belle Reve, then run for it in Louisiana. They worked around all of the security, which is…" I gesture at the screen. "Actually pretty good, for the most part. It wouldn't be all that expensive to build a system to send prisoners to… The surface of Mars? Or T-"

    M'gann frowns. "Hey!"

    "-itan by zeta tube. What, Martians don't use the surface of Mars."

    "That doesn't mean we want all of Earth's most dangerous prisoners sent to us!"

    "Alright. The Moon or Titan."

    "What about-" Kon shrugs. "-the gravity?"

    "What about it? They would probably get some muscle wastage, but honestly? By the time people are getting sent to Belle Reve-. Hang on." I call up the reoffending figures for people sent to Belle Reve. Yeah. "By the time people get sent to Belle Reve, they've pretty much missed the window for rehabilitating them. I don't see how them coming back weaker is a bad thing."

    "I…" Richard frowns thoughtfully. "Don't know. Zeta tubes draw a lot of power. And I don't think the DoJ is allowed to ship prisoners outside of the US. But they could use zeta tubes to move prisoners and guards around. With teleportation there's no need for individual cells to be connected to… Anything, really."

    Kaldur nods. "I believe this warrants further consideration."
     
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  24. Darko

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    An excellent observation Artemis.

    Well apparently in this case.

    In others, it's much less clear.

    'built'

    I have never been so happy to see an alternate view.

    Welcome back Common Sense Paul.
     
  25. Mr Zoat

    Mr Zoat Dedicated ragequitter

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    Thank you, corrected.
     
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    Idkusername Versed in the lewd.

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    Wow. Going full on Civil War, huh.
     
  27. Baladar

    Baladar Getting sticky.

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    For a second I thought he was describing the Birdcage from Worm.
     
  28. Cuchulin

    Cuchulin Versed in the lewd.

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    Phantom Zone 'em!!
     
  29. l---erddad---l

    l---erddad---l Wait, google can see this?

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    I mean, tbf it seems pretty similar similar, just with less physics-breaking technobabble and more good ol' fashioned metaphorical brute force.
     
  30. hance1986

    hance1986 Not too sore, are you?

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    snuck
     
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