LNH/HCC: Legion of Net.Heroes Volume 2 #59 [HCC48]
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Sun Oct 5 23:38:10 PDT 2014
Okay. Time to get back on the horse.
On 10/1/2014 1:17 AM, Saxon Brenton wrote:
> [LNH/HCC] Legion of Net.Heroes Volume 2 #59 [HCC48]
Yaaaaaay! More Saxon LNH is always appreciated. <3
> [There is *no* Silver Age-style roster of characters in the form of
> a series of mug shots in little circles running down the side of the
> title page]
> Alexandry ran for his life.
Nice to meet you, Alexandry. Run for your life!
> Even better in the gathering twilight, he could see
> no indication of the light from the literally burning-with-radioactive-
> fire eyes of the... whatever they were.
> But... wow. That was just like in the video games. Adventuring in
> the ruins around Chernobyl, sneaking around, fighting monsters, killing
> people and taking their stuff...
> Okay, okay, so in real life all it really meant was sneaking into
> the 300 kilometre Exclusion Zone around the Chernobyl reactor, avoiding
> the guards, camping out for a few days, and taking selfies in the ruins
> so that you could post them online.
> Ha! Talk about a whole 'nother world. Ever since The Tragedy at
> the nuclear plant, and the Exclusion Zone being set up, the farmlands
> around Chernobyl were in the process of rapidly and aggressively
> reverting back to nature. It was only a hundred kilometres from the
> capital of the Ukraine, but the place was now a forest nature reserve
> with a rebound in the amount of wildlife, and because of the fear of
> radiation civilization was too scared to encroach. It may as well be on
> another planet.
Which is pretty cool, no joke; real life or LNH. (Or Real Life Minus One.)
> Oh well. He moved inside, cleared out a space, and set about
> waiting. He wondered who would be the next to arrive. Boris? Vassily?
> But as the night continued still no one turned up. A prickle of paranoia
> began to weight on Alexandry. What if they'd been caught and killed, and
> no one was going to turn up? What if they'd been caught and killed and
> turned into nuclear zombies, and were even now on their way here to get
> him as well!?
Mwa-ha-ha! Having that level of paranoia will only ensure you a more
> There was a rumble from the south. Then, like some sort of CGI
> effect, the entire Chernobyl nuclear complex came into view above the
> tree line as the building lifted itself up on two legs, reshaping itself
> into something of a cross between a building and a human form and began
> striding across the countryside, it's crude features resembling enough
> of a face to be able to tell that it was looking about for something.
> The reactor room had changed. It seemed to have opened up like a
> vast bubble, with organic-looking pipes and conduits wrapped around
> the walls and floor and ceiling. Down towards the bottom of this area
> Alexandry could make out larger misshapen lumps, and despite the fact
> that these too were moving as if they were pumping organs a curiously
> detached part of his mind wondered if some of these might be some of
> the lava-like remains of melted reactor core from the original
Corium! (Actually tho, if you're close enough to see it you should probably
already be dead. I'm just going to assume that a lot of the radioactivity is
somehow getting sucked away to maintain the golem.)
> The youngster felt hot. Well, of course he did; obviously the first
> indication of radiation poisoning. But whereas the others weakly pushed
> against the semi-transparent before falling unconscious, Alexandry was
> hyped up and anxious to escape.
I wondered if this was going to go more horror or more superhero.
> The fighter jets arrived. Their missiles exploded against the
> Chernobyl golem, sending bits of masonry flying. The platform started
> to tilt. Alexandry tried to keep his balance, flailed about to also
> keep a grip of the guys heaped over his shoulders, and it was almost a
> minute before he realised he was flying.
That's a good moment, but it gets slightly lost in the way it's described. But
in a way where I'm not even sure how to improve upon it. Hrm.
> But even then I ended up making it complicated for myself.
> I was honestly planning on having the nuclear zombies ambush Alexandry
> at the village, at which point he would get proverbially bitten by a
> radioactive origin and gain superpowers. But then I thought: nah,
> that conforms to storytelling expectations, so I deliberately went for
> something unexpected. He still got powers, but the story took the
> long way around.
Hmmmmmm! But in a way, just being exposed to radiation is an even more
expected origin - even if it's almost never just done straight anymore.
> Meanwhile, notwithstanding the initial planning I did
> last night in bed with Alexandry running about in the woods, this has
> been written in under 12 hours - which kind of explains why it's run
> off in strange directions and then been tied off so quickly.
Yeah, it felt a bit structurally weird, but that's reasonable. Really, you
should do more get-it-done-NOW fiction! <3
Andrew "NO .SIG MAN" "Juan" Perron, and I should do more get-it-done-now replies.
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