[ASH] REPOST: ASH #124 - City of Night Part 5: Between the Candle and the Star
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Sat Nov 13 22:45:38 PST 2021
On 10/11/21 1:33 PM, Dave Van Domelen wrote:
> Filling the doorway was the enormous frame of a muscular man with a
> bull's head, dressed in a very well-tailored dark blue suit that did
> absolutely nothing to help him blend in with normal humanity.
> "What are you...scratch that," Gerhard Hesse of STRAFE frowned, "HOW are
> you here, in this secure location?"
> Q'Nos, the original Minotaur against whom all others are pale
> imitations, chuckled.
> Just accept that I learned how to go where I need
> to during that time, and let us return to the rather more urgent matter that
> is on my doorstep."
> "Has Sable expanded her reach beyond the Berlin dome?" Arc asked,
> untensing very slightly. She and many others would be having some long and
> pointed discussions about site security, but LATER.
> "Not that I am aware of, I simply consider my doorstep to be rather
> larger than you might find comfortable.
> Q'Nos shrugged, and the talent of his tailor
> was evident in how the suit didn't even strain at the movement of those
> massive shoulders.
> But no, I'm
> actually familiar with Nyx from my old life as a government agent. My
> photonic tech was derived from the Light Lance used by Beacon in the First
> Age, and many of its aspects were built specifically to counter her power.
oooooh I see.
> Terrastar shook her head. "We killed all our gods long ago."
> "How Klingon of you," Daniel Tang smirked.
I've been thinking it. X3
> "She's right," Pasteur added, in a clear tone of "I am about to one-up
"I've been digging into some of the oldest writings I can find about
> the nature of gods and spirits, and one thing that keeps coming back to me is
> the idea that gods started seeking worshippers because they were splitting
> the conceptual energy too many ways.
Hmmmmm, I see.
> It's how we ended up stopping Rebus, after
> all. Broke his concentration so he lit up like a beacon, the rest of the
> godscape noticed the new player and immediately sucked him into the game.
> [More or less what happened in Capstone #3 - Ed.]
I think about that final scene, with the recitation of sinlessness, every so
often. Good and dramatic shit.
> "Good idea," Solar Max nodded. "We've tried light-based weapons, but
> now that we have one of the world's foremost authorities on photonics is
> here, maybe there's a nicely direct solution to just cutting through the dome
> that no one has picked up on yet but all of you could find together.
> Meanwhile, I think there's an angle worth exploring if this really is a
> primal god from another reality. Time to put in a call to Rhode Island...."
There we go. :D
> But I wasn't a complete monster
> yet, and I left my old friends' house alone. This is where Dragonfly and
> Ladyhawke lived during the Second Heroic Age, you see. And it's possible
> Dragonfly kept some pieces of useful technology related to Beacon, acquired
> in the service of improving his own weaponry."
Ohhhhhh nice nice nice. :D
> That was true enough, as Smith couldn't even pass all the way across the
> threshold of the portal.
> As the portal irised shut, Sarah took one last look at the stack of
> journals. Maybe once this was all over, JakZak would be interested in seeing
> what happened to the Dragonfly that he never met....
> Then her eyes flicked over to Daniel
> himself, and he suddenly felt even colder. "You are interesting," she
> "Um, I try?" Daniel demurred.
> "The others. Do you remember their names, or the name of your own god?"
> Contact asked. "All of your people have holes in their memories when it
> comes to names, but remember your own names and those of people with whom you
> escaped. Do you recall the name of your god?" Contact pressed.
> It had taken hours of intense concentration, but oh yes, M'emba knew the
> name of her god. And she knew that while Terrastar felt her god was in
> danger, M'emba had more faith than Terrastar could ever imagine....
> Daniel shook his head slightly. --Odin's high throne situation,
> Contact. My brain's not safe territory for a telepath, other than the very
> surface stuff like we're doing now. Sorry.-- The truth was more complicated
> than that, of course, but he was pretty sure Contact's lie-detecting skills
> wouldn't set off any alarms. Daniel devoted a lot of his power to hiding his
> true nature, but he had to make his telepathic blocks look like something he
> couldn't control.
Innnnnnnteresting. I totally forget what his deal is. X3
> While laser beams tend to be hard to see except in foggy or dusty
> conditions, the little extras Roger included on his ionized the air and
> created more of a cinematic "raygun" look.
> The front half was rather similar to Langridge's weapon, function having
> much to do with form. But the back end was a crystalline sphere in which was
> suspended a burnt out lasing element, with rainbow-hued lines of energy
> dancing about its surface. Looking more closely, the sphere was carefully
> engraged with various solar signs, from multiple mystic traditions.
> The silence stretched uncomfortably, before being broken by all three of
> their tablets chiming to notify them of incoming messages.
> "What the...?" Solar Max blinked. "I had mine on do not disturb."
> "I, also," Arc frowned, picking up the device.
> "Please let this not be from a god who has decided to involve himself
> and spare us the decision," Hesse also picked up his tablet, reluctantly.
That'd be hella creepy. X3
> Whether she intended it or not, Lady Sable made Berlin a deathtrap. All
> deathtraps contain their own solution, it's what separates them from just
> killing someone and being done with it. There's always a reason: a who, a
> what, a why? Ask yourself: WHY BERLIN?
...awwwwww shit :D I know who this is!!
:D :D :D
> "There's a whole lot of other questions there, 'DD,' like how you knew
> to send this to us, HOW you sent it to us, who you are, why do we even bother
> securing these locations..." Hesse's voice slowly raised in alarm.
> Yeah, so that "finish the arc before August 2019" prediction was wildly
X3; I know that one
I figured out the basic plot device years ago, but just having
> the heroes stumble across it blindly or having a convenient flash of
> inspiration didn't really grab me. Finally, I realized someone who might get
> them on a more useful track, leading to the final scene
> In case you didn't figure it out, "DD" is Doctor Developer. His
> specific status in 2027 is not yet revealed, but I cleared this idea with
> Utilitarian in case it might conflict with any plans he had kicking around
> (e.g. he can't have an open relationship with ASH by early 2027, has to still
> be alive in some fashion or have a successor who would identify themselves as
> DD, etc.).
Drew "looking forward to the climax" Nilium
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