SW10: New Bosnia #5: The Land of Plans and Castles

Scott Eiler seiler at eilertech.com
Sat Jan 17 19:43:30 PST 2015

Part 5:  The Land of Plans and Castles


Catalogue of Universes:

- SW10 (Superhuman World 10) plus variants MW01, MW02, TW03

- LNH (Legion of Net.Heroes / Looniverse) plus variant Tooniverse, 
incorporating elements of the Charlton Universe

- MV (Marlo Vivo / Super Wizard from Space)

Dramatis Objecta et Personae:

- Scott Stiles, a.k.a. the "Super Savior", from Earth-SW10 ("Superhuman 
World 10").

- Psychovant the Duck, from Earth-SW10.  Current location unknown.

- The Sultan Hope Springs VII, resident on Earth-TW03 ("Earth-Turkworld").

- Two "Kubrik's Kubes", cosmic artifacts from the "Looniverse" 

- Atomic Rabbit / Atomic Bunny, from the "Charlton Universe" circa 1955, 
via the LNH Tooniverse.

- Gavrilo the Super Hermit Wizard Monster Bee from Beyond, from the 
universe of the Super Wizards From Space ("Earth-MV").

- Tor the Monster Bee, originally from Earth-MW01 ("Earth-Tyrmj"). 
Stung by Gavrilo.

All characters and items are now on Earth-TW03 ("Earth-Turkworld") 
unless otherwise specified.


What Has Gone Before:

The superhuman former basketball player Scott Stiles, also known as the 
Super Savior, has led 144,000 religious refugees from his 
famine-stricken Earth to an alternate Earth whose leading power is 
Turkey.  The Turks were ready for them.  They were captured near New 
York City by the army of this universe's Sultan, Hope Springs VII.

A hermit wizard monster-bee from yet a third universe was sucked along 
with the refugees.  He used his wizard powers to resist capture, stung 
one man, then saved Scott Stiles and flew away.  The stung man became a 
monster-bee and followed.  They hide now in a warehouse in Bayonne, New 
Jersey - known as New Bosnia here.

Mr. Stiles went out exploring, and heard about the True USA - which only 
goes as far west as Denver.  Meanwhile, the bees captured a bunny and a 
duck - Atomic Bunny and Psychovant the Duck.  Those were depowered, 
though Psychovant could still speak.

The Sultan began planning against the invaders.  He has many consultants 
with many plans to deal with bees.  One plan began with an artillery 
barrage.  In the resultant combat, the monster bees and Psychovant the 
Duck (with powers restored) all broke loose from Scott Stiles' party. 
With nearly nothing left, Scott hooked up with a True USA agent.

Then the bunny spoke.

Previous Episode:  New Bosnia Part 4:  The Land of Guns and Women 


Wednesday 25 May 2011


Scott woke up in a bed.  A nice human bed.  In a bedroom.  He'd stripped 
to his boxer shorts.

"Oh, right.  The safe house."

He'd left his clothes in a pile on the floor.  The bunny was sleeping on 
them.  Scott said quietly, "That's okay, li'l guy.  I've got other 

Soon he was dressed, and down a stairway.  In the kitchen, the woman 
from the night before was talking into some sort of headset, cabled to 
the wall.  She looked at him, gasped, said, "Must go now", and hung up 
the headset.  Then she asked, "What happened to *you*??"

"Oh, right.  I got *shot* in these clothes."

"What?  Just now?"

"No, the other day...  What kind of spy gear is *that*?"  Scott pointed 
at the headgear.

"It is a telephone.  Do you not have those where you come from?"

"We do, but they look different...  Your name is Natalie, right?  Where 
exactly are we again?"

"Sorry.  I am indeed Natalie, but location is need-to-know basis only."

"If we're working together, I need to know."

"Fine.  Rahway."

"Thanks..."  The word Rahway meant nothing to Scott.  "Might as well get 
to business.  What do you want with me?"

"Want with you?   ... Oh.  Want *from* you."

"That's one way of putting it."

"You speak weird English.  Anyway...  You were with the prisoners in the 
Meadowlands.  We would set them free."

"Who's 'we'?"

"I am an agent of True United States of America.  Southron USA is 
working with them too.  Turkish takeovers of New York Free City and 
Russian America have them *all* worried."

"Them?  What about you?"

"I am Kurdish.  We are..."

"Say no more.  We have Kurds too."

"Thank you.  If we arm your prisoners, will they fight?"

Scott thought for a second.  "A bunch will.  We brought a small army. 
But the New Sentinel's there too.  He's even better than an army."

"Fine.  We sneak in with supply convoys tomorrow."

"No!"  Scott and Natalie both turned, as a voice squeaked from the 
doorway.  The bunny was awake.  And he said,  "Get... cubes!"

Natalie was stunned, but Scott wasn't so surprised.  "So you *do* talk, 
li'l buddy...  Cubes of what?"

"Kubrick's... cubes!   Power objects!"

"What?  Stanley Kubrick has power objects?"

Natalie shook her head.  "You two make no sense.  But Turkish Embassy in 
New York has two cube-shaped artifacts of some sort."

"So, storm the Embassy for some power thing?  Or free an army?  I vote 
for the army."

"Now you make sense, Mister Scott Stiles Super Savior From Beyond."


Meanwhile in the Turkish Embassy...

In a makeshift lab, technicians were analyzing two cubes.  One had 
scattered colors and the other all black, but both were inactive.

A young bearded man in sunglasses and a turban entered the lab.  A 
technician blinked, and then bowed.  "O my Sultan!  We were not notified!"

"I visit in secret.  This is common in war zones."

"Yes, O Sultan!  We have heard of the artillery battle yesterday!"

"Indeed...  Might I examine that cube?"  He pointed at the colored one. 
  The technician handed it to him.

"I shall have to guess at the rules, but..."  The Sultan started moving 
the faces of the cube, faster and faster, until his hands were moving so 
quickly they were blurs.

He stopped.  The cube now had one color on each of its six faces.  And 
it was glowing.

"O Sultan!  Your agility and wisdom are amazing!"

"But of course.  Sultans have secret powers."  He put the cube in a 
pocket.  "But you may serve too...  Please direct me to a secret exit."

"Yes, Sultan!  I live to serve!"


Outside the Embassy, the Sultan removed his glasses.  His eyes spouted 
flame.  He grew wings, then took flight.  Then he grew a duck beak, 
laughed gratingly, then said, "Decisions, decisions."

He was really Psychovant the Duck, using his shape-changing powers.  And 
he was on the move.


To Be Continued in New Bosnia Part 6, The Land of Blood and Honey!


Author's Notes:

Psychovant is a cyborg from a world where Rubik's Cube puzzles exist. 
So he has programming which lets him solve that puzzle.  And he has 
motivation to help move stories along.  Which I appreciate.

Of course I concentrate on Powernaut stories. 
(http://www.eilertech.com/stories/powernaut/index.htm)  But I am working 
*nine weeks* ahead of Powernaut deadline now.  That means I have just 
finished one series, completely drawn another such that it is ready for 
coloring, and started drawing the one after that.  And that doesn't 
count my traditional one-week break between series.  So I should really 
channel my obsessive-compulsive energies in another direction, at least 
for one afternoon.  So I have driven this story *one day* forward.

(signed)  Scott Eiler, 17 January 2015.

Atomic Bunny / Atomic Rabbit is a 1950s character of Charlton Comics and 
is now public domain.  All other characters in this fiction are 
copyright 2015, Eiler Technical Enterprises.

(signed) Scott Eiler  8{D> -------- http://www.eilertech.com/ ---------

When you *are* the leader... whatever goes wrong... whether you did it
or not... *you* are held responsible. - Barack Obama

I know. - Archie Andrews

- from Archie #617, March 2011, scripted by Alex Simmons.

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