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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. BlueMangoAdea

    BlueMangoAdea Alive. For now.

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    I think normal lanterns will usually have warship support?
     
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  2. Vaermina

    Vaermina Versed in the lewd.

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    Might we be about to see the rarest of the rares? Paragon actually loosing for once?
     
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  3. moralrelativity

    moralrelativity Recovering pendant.

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    Nice to see OL having to work, REALLY work hard to get the upper hand. But part of me still wants him to get a power-up soon that will nullify the construct draining effect.
     
  4. FreeGod

    FreeGod If you see a God on the road fuck it!

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    He likely will sorta it's the next logical step in Paul's power armor. So he might not use a Scarab, be he is likely to steal every bit of the design worth stealing and add it to what he has.

    After all with the Reach throwing construct draining weapons around all over the place Paul is going to have to focus on improvements besides his ring.
     
  5. Handlewithcare

    Handlewithcare I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    I'm still fuzzy on the Reach strategy here.

    Are these fleets just for PR? Is it another Paul trap? Are they meant to lure in survivors of their various races?

    Guess seeing where the fleets will move to might clear some things up.
     
  6. RichardWhereat

    RichardWhereat Aia airëa Fëanáro.

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    Do you ever take holidays? Because, apart from four instances that I can remember, you've been posting every single day for years. Or are they pre typed, and posted even on your holiday?
     
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  7. Chojin Patriarch

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    Likely not to be too useful, given they can probably redirect the firing point around the blind spot created by the friendly. Still, sticking close to the Scarab will interfere with their ability to target you properly. And they almost certainly know that...

    I have the feeling this is going to be a theme for this fight. Duck, dodge and maybe try to fight back.

    Good thing you don't have to stand still to make constructs, like a rookie. That sort of mechanics is a pain in MMOs with area attacks.

    Ooh, fabricating real weaponry? That's one way to counter the anti-Spectrum weapons. But now you have to deal with things like rail damage and charging times. Yay, balance.

    Dang super-tough materials. And going into melee would be damn risky given it's strength and ludicrous range of weapon options.

    Why can't it be both? Still, any chance of it getting hit is low...

    Heh. Probably a coincidence. I doubt they tailored it specifically for OL, given they couldn't have known he'd be hitting them...

    Gah, like a boss with environmental allies. So frustrating.

    One upside: the Scarab Warrior is still limited to having to actually traverse the space between him and you. And I doubt he can move faster than light as easily as a lantern...

    Yes, that's proving rather difficult, isn't it? I rather think they don't want that, don't they. :p How rude, being all obstructive...

    From the primaries? Ouch. At least that gives a good reference for damage. It takes a fair amount to break constructs as strong as his are...

    Time for a swarm approach? Can the anti-spectrum guns actually affect more than one thing at a time?

    I presume the Hellwraith is running amok aboard ships, trying to damage fire control or helm functions...

    There we go. Give them more targets than they can shoot.

    The old shotgun approach, eh? The Lantern equivalent of buckshot.

    Problem is, there's more than one kind of gun involved...

    :mad: Oh, great, they sent multiple Scarabs out here?

    Just too many damn things to keep track of, isn't it? Powerful as you are, you're still human, and you're still only capable of thinking so many things at a time...

    A slow grind, eh? Thankfully, they can't replace destroyed turrets as fast as you kill them. So it's just a matter of time...

    ...The problem is getting that time, with so many things trying to kill you.

    Oh, and now he's got an incoming call too? Hoo-bloody-ray...

    Oh, yeah, the ships can make short-hop teleports too, can't they? Gah, like dodging mobile land mines. That shoot at you.

    And given that most of their desires probably align with the fleet's there's not going to be much oomph involved.

    That's if you get time to break off. Yes, I know, Greediporting is instant, but as soon as he disappears, the fleet will be making repairs. Assuming they don't already have damage control teams in place...

    Need more pellets. Too many for them to get them all.

    There you go. Volume, not quality.

    ...Well, shit. Looks like they decided to use 'summon bigger fish'. Multiple times over.

    Time to leave? Hopefully without leaving a smoking corpse?

    Hoo boy. This is one hell of a 'rock and a hard place' situation. Or maybe more like Scylla and Charybdis. At least OL has a lot more options than Odysseus had in that situation. It's just going to be a matter of how quickly he can run through them to find something that works... And that's assuming he has time before their backup arrives, which I assume the other fleets are moving for. Looks like this attempt is a failure.
     
  8. Ngamer11

    Ngamer11 I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    Mr Zoat, exactly what and how many Construct-Lanterns do Paul and the Renegade have at their disposal? Cause unless Paul went to those other fleets and immediately assimilated their near brain dead crews, he shouldn't have that many. Related to this, how many other Orange Lanterns have Construct-Lanterns in either timeline? I only remember Komand'r having a single Citadelian Construct-Lantern.
     
  9. Grimnar

    Grimnar Versed in the lewd.

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    If it is, it's because Dox (and by extension Zoat) has no idea what the fuck they are doing.

    "Yes, the enemy is gathering forces to attack" "Let them... then we can fight them."
    "What if we just destroy them piecemeal as they gather, thus dealing maximum damage and reducing loses"
    "That doesn't make a good story."

    That's literally what is happening right now.

    At this point I want the reach to win, because they arn't a bunch of children fucking around.
     
  10. Old Knife

    Old Knife Know what you're doing yet?

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    I'm kind of interested how the reach would have dated against the time traveling race harvesters
     
  11. Mr Zoat

    Mr Zoat Dedicated ragequitter

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    No, that's correct. Mkaing him leader is one thing.
    BACK TO WORK, SLAVE EDITOR!
    Thank you, corrected.
    Yes, power rings have instant detection.
    No, you're not boring at all. You're slicing ships apart, not drilling holes through them.[/QUOTE]
    Dohohoho!
    Thank you, corrected.
     
  12. Mr Zoat

    Mr Zoat Dedicated ragequitter

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    I generally write two segments Saturday and Sunday, and one on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. So, Tuesday and Thursday I guess.
    I don't have a particular number in mind. I assume the SI has about five or six. The Renegade has Ra's and Savage.
     
  13. Ngamer11

    Ngamer11 I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    I remember him also assimilating Brain and Klarion. Also, is Nabu still a construct that teaches Zatara?
     
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  14. Caerwen

    Caerwen Know what you're doing yet?

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    Soo... Anyone else remember that Dr. Morrow is among his constructs? Paul was letting him hang around with Red Tornado. I just pictured him getting panic dumped with the rest of the constructs in this fight.
     
  15. Mr Zoat

    Mr Zoat Dedicated ragequitter

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    I certainly hadn't forgotten about him. No.
     
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  16. RichardWhereat

    RichardWhereat Aia airëa Fëanáro.

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    Do you have a spreadsheet somewhere where you've recorded everything he's got? Or is it all just memory?
     
  17. SaltyWaffles

    SaltyWaffles I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    Zoat, every instance of “flack” should be flak.
     
  18. CTrees

    CTrees Chasing the ring

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    This feels rather like the first time I tried playing a Touhou game on Lunatic difficulty. Went right back to Normal for a while... I realize the fight genre is closer to Gradius, but that's series isn't nearly bullet-hell enough to be a good comparison.
     
  19. Mr Zoat

    Mr Zoat Dedicated ragequitter

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    If I had a spreadsheet I wouldn't keep forgetting stuff.
    I think you missed the boat on that, but if you can point to one I haven't corrected yet I'll do that right away.
     
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  20. moralrelativity

    moralrelativity Recovering pendant.

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    But who the flack cares?!? *jk*
     
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  21. moralrelativity

    moralrelativity Recovering pendant.

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    Of you could do what I do... start using a spreadsheet and then forget to update it.
     
  22. ForeverShogo

    ForeverShogo Not too sore, are you?

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    Kind of surprised he doesn't just teleport inside one of the ships and blast it from the inside out. Even if what the Reach did to these thralls means they don't have strong desires he can lock on to, he kind of solved that by forcing the desires of others on them.
     
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  23. RichardWhereat

    RichardWhereat Aia airëa Fëanáro.

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    Or we could just update the wiki, and Zoat could use that.


    I had a thought.. What if Paul's surname is 'candles' just because they give light, like a lantern? And it has nothing to do with Zoat's last name. It could all be a long con for a stupid pun.

    I hope it is. I love stupid puns, and I love long cons even more. Just the thought of them makes me shiver, with antici-
     
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    Of course it's possible that if the SI brings one of these anti-construct guns back to the Controllers/Dox/Sivana they'll poke at it for five minutes, go "eh" and upload a patch to orange power rings that fixes the issue.
     
  25. Mr Zoat

    Mr Zoat Dedicated ragequitter

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    Sorry, my name has already been in this thread and it wasn't that clever.

    Blame my ancestors.
     
  26. Coda

    Coda I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    Sure, I'm not saying it can't be done, I'm pointing out that it's an exotic active scan. Those Lantern-scan alarms are probably going bananas.

    There are a whole bunch in the latest update. I didn't even bother quoting all of them. Here's one from the post just so you can have a link:
     
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  27. Aelyx

    Aelyx It is I, Q, who are you?

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    I mean there are Tanners, Smiths, Boots, Millers, etc. There are worse names to be named.
     
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    Mr Zoat

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    25th August 2012
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    Okay, that's not necessarily too bad.

    Through the rent in the shields I get a better scan of the interior of the ship, marking out the rupture emitters, shield generators and the location of the crew. A heartbeat later and the shield is back up, but I got what I need. And it's a little weaker now.

    Dox wouldn't have sent me now if it was a last minute thing. If the other fleets are attacking that means that they're doing so early. Something that was causing them to remain where they were hasn't been dealt with as their Reach overlords would have preferred. I hope. If they were literally just hanging around to act as a distraction to me… Then as LIIVI said, I'm performing the useful action of tying up a significant quantity of enemy materiel.

    This ship doesn't seem to have a dedicated self-destruct system. Probably because if it comes to it then its primary weapon system can tear it apart easily enough. Power generation is also decentralised. There isn't anywhere where I could score a knock-out blow with one hit. Other than by rupturing the entire hull, but… Yes, even then, individual sections might well maintain power and be able to operate their guns. We don't really have ships like this in L.E.G.I.O.N. because our member worlds wouldn't be able to build them, not because they're not good enough.

    I

    move

    to the outermost ship and repeat my-

    Dodge!

    -trick with the construct crumblers. There's a slight hesitation in the tracking system and I exacerbate it by firing a couple of physical crumblers as well-. I've hit the shield envelope just fine, but the flak took out a few of my constructs rather than just ignoring them. Flak turrets destroyed-.

    This time I spot the Scarab Warrior before they can attack, my lance of orange energy forcing them to break off their charge and evade. Another new one. Three Scarabs represents a significant expenditure of resources, Reach resources that they actually care about. Ordinarily they'd be a higher priority target than this fleet. But I suppose that we've proved that we can beat Scarabs; the jury's still out on this fleet.

    The Scarab Warrior hangs back, their overdeveloped thruster array keeping them mobile enough to avoid anything short of a dedicated attack on my part. Their actual weapon appears to be a scaled-up version of the construct nullifier, so the counter would appear to be a physical barrier. Straightforward enough.

    If I've worked out a way around their flak defences, the next step is piercing the hull. I know that Threllian recommended avoiding gravity weapons, but I want to see-.

    Ship! I

    leave

    at once, a new target on the other side of the fleet finding itself the object of my assault. This time the flak targets and destroys almost all of the oncoming attack constructs, apparently prioritising time-to-target.

    Okay, I can work with that.

    Illustres?

    I-.

    And there the ships are again and I'm

    moving

    again. I think the crew are recovering. And if the other fleets are moving then the solution is obvious. I

    follow the thread

    into a command centre inhabited by aqua-skinned humanoids with minor cybernetic grafts, lashing out and pulling

    and moving

    to empty space, the ships matched to the known profiles of a scaly-skinned humanoid species accelerating away as I pull their desires and

    then

    pink blobs with numerous pseudopods appear for a moment before losing all motivation

    as I return

    to the fleet I was fighting moments before and pushing the desires at them. The closest ships vanish, reappearing a moment later much further away, presumably as the drive to move overwhelms them. That gives me a clear view of one of the Scarab Warriors who appears to be.. jerking around aimlessly. I

    head

    towards them, car crusher construct appearing around them and ramming closed.

    Now the ships, and this time a little faster.

    Illustres?

    Comparing primary weapons fire now to primary weapons fire immediately before I left… Yes, slower and the prediction is less good. A bit of a surprise that they're doing manual targeting but I suppose that it could be like the Coluans: they don't really need computers to speed up their decision making.

    "Here."

    And that's the turrets on this side of the ship gone. Armour plates behind me and crumbler ram!

    "Busy."

    I keep pushing the ram forward, sundering the hull and smashing into the meat of the ship. There's a flare of purple as I hit one of the fracture generators, and a section of the ship's interior evaporates. Relatively weak internal armour, probably not worth knowing. Ring, find me biology.

    Compliance.



    Oh.

    It seems that while the Reach might have considered the brains of Threllian's people to be top notch, they weren't anything like as impressed with their bodies. They're directly integrated into the ship. Their life support is directly connected so I can remove them and stow them… Or wreck the ship around them and come back for them lat-.

    The ship before me comes apart as it's impaled by purple lances. They don't seem to have specifically aimed for the crew, but-.

    Something hits me, my constructs collapsing and my armour shuddering at the impact. What was-?

    A brain. The Scarab-. From the Warrior I just killed, it survived and attached itself to one of the spare brains. It visibly reconfigures as it loops around, generating some sort of energy field that.. my ring is struggling to analyse.

    I respond with rapid pulses of destruction, and… They hit home, but are visibly drained of power as they do. Right then. It may have a shield but it doesn't have a gun, and there's enough ship hull around me to shield me from flak from the other ships. I generate a singularity projector construct and take a shot… Which bends away from the target and.. sort of stays there. Right, they're familiar with gravity-based weapons. And they're small and mobile but I'm pretty sure that a construct-generated laser would-.

    And they're gone. Gravity teleport…

    I'll keep my guard up, but there are still a lot of ships here.

    "Okay, I've got a moment. I've got a method for destroying these ships but I don’t think anyone else in the Corps could do it. Does Dox have new orders for-"

    Dodge.

    "-me?"

    Not as yet.

    "Then I've-."

    A ship on the far side of the fleet vanishes. Then another. Then-.

    Gravity stabiliser!

    A ship shakes, then is reduced to drifting, its fracture cannons going dead. The other ships manoeuvre slightly, then-.

    Fuck!
     
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    Belenus I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    Oh my. Is this the first time OL has dropped an F bomb?
     
  30. Darko

    Darko Well worn.

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    'material'

    'in the'

    'the crews' or 'crew is'

    Because they can do it themsleves.

    I'm reminded of this Star Wars species called the Givin.

    They're basically math geniuses and expert ship builders, but they don't install life support or navigational systems because their natural skills at math and their ability to survive in the vacuum make those things unnecessary.

    'support is'
     
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