LNH: Hungry, Hungry Sabertooths! #ERR_19834_ASKDAFJKADSLF [17?]

Jeanne Morningstar mrfantastic7 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 21 10:00:23 PDT 2020

#ERR_19834_ASKDAFJKADSLF [17?]: "Plot Lost"
A tale of [FILE NOT FOUND] by Jeanne Morningstar


Masterplan Lad was not having a good day. There was a battle in going on 
in the LNHQ involving tigers, kiwis, LNHers, and members of both 
Brotherhoods, and he was desperately trying to keep the plot from 
falling apart. Between the intense complications of the timeline and the 
fact that the cascade's two most prolific Writers had gone from warp 
speed to Ludicrous Speed, this was not easy. There had, for a brief 
moment, been two Issue 14s. Masterplan Lad was able to resolve that 
quickly, but only after the second one had been posted, and this issue 
had come dangerously close to being numbered 16.

He was holding his Plot Device (a cosmically powerful artifact in the 
form of an umbrella) thrust up into the air, grimacing cosmically, 
collecting the cascading narrative energies like a lightning rod.

Right now, it seemed like the story had moved into the phase where there 
was a battle involving members of involving the LNH and the two 
Brotherhoods. But that couldn't happen until Dr. Stomper had developed a 
cure. But would that even be resolved until this storyline was over? Did 
this even fit into the way the cascade's plot was going to develop? 
Where on the timeline did this even take place?

Right now, power-armored kiwis were fighting it out with sabertooths 
and--because Captain Continuity was also struggling on his 
end--dinosaurs. Deathspork was fighting it out with Plotchopper, of the 
West Coast Brotherhood, while Token Girl was battling Plotchopper, of 
the East Coast Brotherhood. And there it was, the single biggest plot 
error in the whole storyline: having Plotchopper simultaneously be part 
of both Brotherhoods.

Unfortunately, Masterplan Lad himself was having to exist in two places 
at once. He had been drawn into two different plot threads that had just 
kept going and there was no real way to reconcile them. He was standing 
on the margins of this battle, struggling to hold the narrative 
together. He was also, simultaneously, helping his friends fight their 
own pitched battle in Net.Hell. [Liminals #8--Footnote girl]

"Are we really putting in references to issues that aren't out yet? 

[Well, those issues are partially written, so there's that, I 
suppose--Footnote Girl]

"Still, you'd think my Writer could exercise some restraint." He 
remembered the events of The Liminals #5, which had been substantially 
written and took place two years in the past and was substantially 
written but hadn't been posted yet, and winced from the irony of what 
he'd just said.

For now, though, what he had to worry about was Plotchopper.

Plotchopper was a longstanding net.villain, a member of the original 
Brotherhood. No one knew who he was originally. He had ritually 
sacrificed his backstory to gain his power.  His weapon, the Plot-Axe, 
allowed him to cut the strands of stories. It was forged from the teeth 
of the Shaggy Dogs of Glak Island, creatures that fed on narrative. He 
embodied everything Masterplan Lad had been raised to fight as part of 
the Knights Temporal, and even though he'd abandoned their teachings 
long ago, some of that still stuck with him.

He felt the narrative threads in his hands and tried to twist them in a 
direction that made sense. Maybe there was a time distortion; maybe he 
had a secret sibling and there were actually two of them like when Lady 
Mastermind was in different stories simultaneously in X-Men.

The two Plotchoppers stopped what they were doing and turned around. Now 
there was only one Plotchopper, but he was looking straight at 
Masterplan Lad. He charged in and swung his axe.

Masterplan Lad did his best to parry the axe with his Plot Device, 
charging it with narrative power. He furiously fenced with him, 
thrusting and parrying and dodging and weaving from the heavy strokes of 
the Plot-Axe, even as he was also battling in Net.Hell in another issue.

Something had to give.

The Plot-Axe swung in at Masterplan Lad's Plot Device and shattered it 
to pieces.



And if you thought this was wild, wait until you see what happens in 
Liminals #5-8...

This was one of the handful of things I knew from the beginning were 
going to go into the battle between the two Brotherhoods. I'm amazed I'm 
actually playing off some of my longterm ideas now.

Masterplan Lad, Deathspork: Jeanne Morningstar
Plotchopper: wReam
Token Girl: Tara O'Shea
Footnote Girl: Saxon Brenton

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