SW10/HCC: Superhuman World 2004: Big Business #2 of 2: Yamashita's Gold
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Fri Feb 8 22:14:02 PST 2013
On Sat, 12 Jan 2013 20:10:47 +0000 (UTC), Scott Eiler wrote:
> The Japanese moved a lot of plunder through their Greater East Asia
> Co-Prosperity Sphere during World War II. And due to naval hostilities
> at the time, some of it got stuck in the Philippines. The Japanese
> General Yamashita is supposed to have buried it there, in between
> dodging the American counter-invaders.
Oooooh. Is this a Real Thing?
> I'm hunting the gold now. Julie Wolcott knows I can hunt things, because
> I hunted her once.
Well that's fair enou-- whaaaaaaa?
> - Rival militias from America, Japan, and Germany. Each country's
> nationals in dangerous foreign countries are banding together for mutual
> aid nowadays.
Right... why's this now?
> - It seems any superhuman in the world is eligible for this
> force, as long as he wholeheartedly supports his homeland ahead of the
> world. With the United Nations assuming real power nowadays, this
> concept is becoming more popular.
> - There's some technical support for this force; it comes with a
> command infrastructure which some nations find useful. It also comes
> with brainwashing techniques, including an implanted receiver which
> whispers motivational slogans in the soldiers' ears. I've said it
> before, and I'll say it again: How do they find these people?
Wait wait what. How is this consistent among different countries?
> - An earthquake. The Philippines lie on a fault line. Too bad for
> cultists in caves. And for most of Yamashita's gold by now, too, though
> the earthquake briefly reveals some gold before it all came tumbling down.
> I did snag the damsel - and one old document, because I needed some
> proof I was there. But then I had to escape.
You know, this old format really doesn't work for climactic action scenes.
> - I'm an honorary mercenary now! My old co-conspirator Yon Schmidt,
> Scheiss Hauptmann, had been hired to lead a commando team to liberate
> the hostage. He says he's the world's leading hunter of superhumans. I'm
> not superhuman, but he recognized me anyway, and sent people to rope me
> in to his own scheme.
Well that's... good?
> - The mission almost blew up, when one of Yon's team made a Jewish
> joke. (Apparently he'd hung out with the U.N. hero "SuperJew" too much.)
I see. O.o
> - But then one of our operatives, who looks kind of like the TV-show
> Diana Prince but older, got captured by two pilots who look like the
> some preacher friends of mine.
Well I-- huh? Is this a reference? @-@
> And I was part of this... because thanks to recent
> modifications, my car is now a hovercraft! That must be why Tater
> arrived with instructions saying, "Fuel with premium gas, or with jet
> fuel if possible."
> - I rode shotgun... literally! They had to talk me out of blasting my
> own windshield, but then I talked them out of me shooting my weapon
> toward the hostage.
> She calls herself
> "Target", because she can make people attack her at just the right
> time... and then shock them unconscious. And so she did with her
> pilots... after they were on the ground.
> - It turns out, the document I grabbed is one of General Yamashita's
> general orders - an original copy from his scribe's own Kanji
> typewriter! It may not be gold, but it's a worthwhile antique.
> - The American woman is an heiress - of ice cream! It seems she's one
> Cindy Baskin, from the Baskin-Robbins families.
> - As part of my reward, I got to go visit the flagship
> Baskin-Robbins store and make my own ice cream cakes! And I make it
> death's-head-shaped. Cool!
That's... adorable. XD Is this a real person who exists?
> - The FERG might actually make some money on that! It seems
> Baskin-Robbins is interested in marketing my cakes in Mexico for Dia De
> Los Muertos this year. And I get the same bonus they give their own
> designers. Cool!
> Bossy Ms. Wolcott wanted more. For one thing, she thinks I should have
> copyrighted the concept of death's-head ice cream cakes, before
> revealing it to Baskin-Robbins. But still, as adventures go, I'll take
> it. (19, 20, 21, 24, 27 August 2004)
Andrew "NO .SIG MAN" "Juan" Perron, Julie I do not think copyright works
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