LNH: Classic LNH Adventures #131: Infinite Leadership Cry.Sig Part Seven
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Wed May 20 21:23:22 PDT 2020
On 12/15/2019 4:24 PM, Arthur Spitzer wrote:
> "Maybe I should stay with him tonight."
> "Umm... okay," Master Blaster said and then looked
> around uncomfortably.
Yeesh there's an uncomfortable amount of "ha ha just kidding" queermisia in
Martin's stories. x-x Not surprising things turned out like they did.
> "Not like that," Frat Boy said. "It's just that we
> don't know if we are ever going to get these people
> back. I was thinking if it was me I would want to
> know that somebody cared. Somebody other than Doctor
> Stomper I mean. Somebody with actual feelings."
That's actually a really reasonable thing, tho, and I like it.
> "That's not the point, Stomper," Adamant
> Authority-on-Everything told him. "We can't afford to
> have you of all people disappear. You have to let
> someone more expendable take the position."
> Dr. Stomper gave a nod. "I know. You're right --
> the LNH does need me, but on the other hand it's also
> possible that the only way I'll find a key to this
> disappearing problem is if I vanish myself.
I mean, not unreasonable. And Stomper definitely isn't the kind of person who
would agree to the idea of other people being expendable.
> "This," Doctor Stomper said putting his hands on the
> control panel, "Is what I call an LNH Robot
> Duplication Machine.
DUN DUN DUNNNNN...
> "Umm," Adamant Authority-on-Everything said with a
> worried expression, "Are you sure we should be doing
> this? Keeping this info from the public and making
> all of these robo-duplicates?"
> "I think at the moment this is our best move.
Narrator: It was not their best move.
> Ultimate Ninja had been on vacation for two weeks
> fishing on the same river. He was getting a bit
> annoyed with the whole process of baiting a hook,
> lowering the fishing line into the water and waiting
> for the fish to come to him and take the bait.
> It suddenly dawned on him how unsatisfying a process
> this was, especially for a ninja! While it may suit a
> ninja to lie in wait stalking his prey, it was not a
> form of attack that required any special skills: the
> method consisted entirely of baiting a hook and
> waiting. It lacked honour.
> Ultimate Ninja decided that he should find a way to
> attack the fish that utilized his unique skills. He
> proceeded to pack up his fishing gear and head back to
> the hotel where he was staying.
You know, that's fun. <3
> "But that doesn't explain why you would want it.
> The Rung of Revamp doesn't make you all powerful or
> anything: if anything it just turns you into a cooler,
> more modern version of what you were all along."
That's a surprisingly good summary.
> Linguist Lass sighed. "Okay, I admit it. I want
> the rung for purely selfish reasons. Being able to
> speak various languages isn't exactly a cool power. I
> thought the Rung of Revamp could grant me a new set of
Selfish reasons are fine, but they should have something to do with the whole
story that's going on here? o3o
> Ultimate Ninja waded out into the water and then
> stopped. He concentrated first on slowing down his
> heart beat and then lowering his body temperature to
> that of the surrounding water. He, in effect, became
> invisible to the fish swimming around him.
> Ultimate Ninja continued to concentrate until he
> knew not only where all the fish were but also where
> they were most likely to move to next. When the time
> came... he struck! He moved so quickly that the fish
> he grabbed were not even aware of having been grabbed
> until he had broken their necks: thus the fish never
> so much as struggled and there were no tell tale waves
> in the water to alert the other fish. Ultimate Ninja
> had managed to grab a dozen fish this way before the
> remaining fish around him realised the danger and swam
> away in fear.
> Ultimate Ninja smiled with satisfaction. He would
> be eating sashimi for days based on what he had been
> able to catch in mere moments! But this still wasn't
> a great challenge for him.
> He looked up into the surrounding mountains and
> wondered if there were any bears he could fight.
Yeah, I like that. X3
> "Yeah." He sighed. "But mostly we all have to be
> there because it's only fair. I mean, if you're not
> there when your name is called out does that mean
> they'll pick somebpdy else?"
> "It would be a bit cowardly."
> "Yeah, it could be, but don't worry because not only
> did the Rung of Revamp make me wReamHack but it also
> instilled me with the ability to find again should
> anybody need it."
> "Since when?"
> "Since right now. Seriously, it sounds a lot more
> plausible than just saying we stumbled across it."
Sure, why not!
> Soon wReamHack stum^H^H^H^Hwas able to use his
> tracking ability to find the Rung of Revamp.
X3 Okay that's genuinely funny.
> "Wait," she said. Soon the Rung of Revamp began to
> glow. Linguist Lass's eyes widdened. "Using the
> power of the Rung of Revamp I now become... LINGUIST
> "Uh huh," wReamHack said, "and what exactly has
> "I have new powers," she said with a smile. "In
> addition to being able to speak several different
> languages myself I now can make others speak different
So, this is interesting. Traditionally, the Rung gives you a whole new heroic
identity and set of powers - and in fact, this story acknowledges that. Later in
the ILC, Fourth Wall Lass gets powered up without changing her identity - I
presume, inspired by this story; and still later in 58.5, the Time Crapper gets
powered up the same way. Later, Jeanne returned the Rung to its traditional
function of revamping, with Deathspork: The Terminator. What does this mean?
Well... I'm writing a story that will touch on that~
Drew "and hopefully I actually finish it at some point" Nilium
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