sf01 comes in peace

26 05 2011

Don’t run! We are your friends!

And now everything starts going downhill. This is going to be darker than the usual adventurous romp, if it wasn’t obvious from, oh, destroying #A076 and knocking off four characters.

Still, hopefully I can avoid the “Darker and Edgier” sequel-itis curse. Once the ball gets rolling on fighting back against the darkness to come, there should be some hope for a bright future. After all, we KNOW humanity has one, right? Right?

Right?

Your reactions and feedback are most welcome.

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26 05 2011
loopychew

So, wait, did they bash on him so hard they managed to get to his heart, or…?

26 05 2011
loopychew

Also, Glowing golden eyes of rage, an awakening summer sleep. Potentially They will no longer lie down, after one falls.

26 05 2011
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

The first one will happen in sf02. The second is in sf04. They happen in the order Emily saw them.
As for his heart, they cooked him inside and out with weapons explicitly designed to kill him. That did the job.

26 05 2011
loopychew

Okay. I figured the first one could have been a reference to Emily using her Summerfae Goddess Powers to try and rescue Susie, and Scout being the “one falls.”

26 05 2011
kamalloy

“Hello! We are here to solve your problems by killing them!”
…yeah, that’s a hell of a way to make an impression. Destroying Los Muertos I can get behind, but not so much the destroying/stripmining the continent. Same with the mutants (who were at least still sentient people) and the kraken (dangerous, yes, but now they’re invading a sovereign nation).
The Ascendancy has done its research; it’s almost scary how quickly they neutralized Emily. It sounds like it’s plausible that they didn’t actually kidnap Susie, so that makes the message they sent even sneakier.
Also, while Scout is dead, I don’t forsee him staying dead, if only due to Emily’s Foresight (prophecy #2). It’s Winterhound time.
And Proctor Lar (nice reuse of names, there) asking for the sub-shift frequency of Emily’s cell? That could be interesting.
Also, Orbital culture questions: So Ascendancy Arcologies are named, not numbered? Also, how do Orbitals determine the numerical designations for a person?

26 05 2011
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

The Ascendancy has broken a lot of the commonly held Orbital standards, in an effort to establish themselves as a new path into the future. That includes the names of the Arcologies, which are now based on great logicians of their ancestry.
I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to work this in, but the key jumping point for the Orbital homeworld is that Pythagoras didn’t manage to completely wrap science in mysticism on their world, and it spread wider and faster than it did here. Discoveries like the shape and circumference of the Earth were not lost for thousands of years before being discovered again.
As for the numbering, uh… I’m assuming it’s something very complex and makes a lot of sense, but I’ve got no idea what it is. I kind of bungled that with “Una point zero one” instead of “Una zero point one” for a proper floating point value. So I’m going to assume it makes sense to THEM.

26 05 2011
kamalloy

Maybe it’s something special Ono and Lea picked out for her.
Also, upon another reading, tinysquee at the listing of the professors at the witching school!

26 05 2011
Anonymous

Weenie on a stick = meat impales on a weapon. YES!
Seriously, again, the funeral scenes were good. I like the survey of discussions during the reception, your description of Una’s becoming tired from accepting words of sympathy, while in another part of the room were discussions of the hunt to come.
I really like Nel’s conversation with Una, giving her permission not to punish herself for her wishes, and recognizing that those who have dies remain with us, regardless. She is a good friend and companion.
At last we catch up with the next generation! Camille is DEFINITELY Jesse’s kid! I;m not sure she needed to be called carbon copy of her mother. That’s clear from her very first line.
Interesting Moscow rep still screaming…
Nice entrance made by the Orbitals.
The gifts, given without permission. Lots of killing…for the suborbitals. Nice.
Oooh….
Uh…
Next update FAST please!

26 05 2011
Anonymous

The capture of Emily is like the scene with Grandpa’s car in Lost Boys. They get in the car, start it, listen a while…now we know we’re really gonna start rocking….then the engine cuts off and we do NOT take a ride….
Also, like failing to hit light speed in the Falcon during Empire Strikes Back.
Nice.

26 05 2011
kamalloy

Also wondering how the Ascendancy is going to spin the situation with Emily. Unprovoked attack by the Queen of Faerie? Lots of witnesses at the U.N. to her departure, although I don’t know how many of them heard her declaration about Susie being tortured before she went off.

27 05 2011
Anonymous

One thing that looks like a plot hole. At the end of London Fog the British Empire was going to run out of aetheric steam in less than five years, and its rulers were planning on converting back to an electrical power grid to run their industry. Now, building a continent-spanning power grid is an immense engineering project, even when the engineers know what they’re doing. I would have expected it to take quite a lot longer than the ten years between London Fog and Stars Fall for the Brits to finish converting back to electricity – so could they actually afford to export large quantities of machinery to Fae America? Shouldn’t they be recovering from a deep recession when Stars Fall opens, and be barely able to support themselves?
Similarly, since London Fog East USA has the most advanced technological base on the planet, outside of the Orbitals (who can’t duplicate their power cells) and India (which isn’t talking to anybody, and appears to be dead.) Was President Waller really shortsighted enough not to exploit that in his dealings with the Empire? Or did Petersen give away the store before Waller was elected, leaving Waller with nothing to offer?

27 05 2011
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

The transition from steam to electric was designed to be gradual; Chloe would continue to provide for the empire, in a manner that would taper off as more and more electric systems come back online. By this point they’re mostly electric but still use steam for some legacy technology that hasn’t been upgraded yet.
Britain’s strength is its industrial base and sheer bloody minded determination. Once they pick a direction they can throw ridiculous amounts of resources at the problem, putting the whole empire behind it. In this case, that’s the upgrade to electrics, internal combustion, and other power sources using technology purchased or copied from Eastusa.
As for Waller, his policies are a bit suspect; he’s highly isolationist, eschewing relations with other nations, and yet he immediately opened the doors to the Ascendancy…

27 05 2011
jengagne

I’d bet that from the point of view of most people in the room, and the way the Ascendancy might spin it, it went like this:
Ascendancy: We’re solving your problems! Look, we’re eliminating the mutant menace!
Emily then gets pissed, either because she’s a mutie-lover, or she’s using them as an excuse to try and preemptively strike the oh-so-innocent Ascendancy.
But I bet they won’t even get into that much detail, just “what an unprovoked attack! These superstitious fairy primitives clearly can’t allow bygones to be bygones.”

27 05 2011
jengagne

“immediately opened the doors to the Ascendancy” — oh, did he now! Interesting. (I must’ve missed that in my pre reading, or you wrote it in later.)

29 05 2011
loopychew

I didn’t catch that bit–re-read Lar’s speech and I still don’t see it–but now that I know that, and that the Ascendant (whom I’m assuming are responsible for the “sinister” portions of sf00) know that Carrie Lane can be exploited by love of country, how much of a jump would it to make that Waller, being an Ascendant much as Petersen is a Collector, uses his position as President to put Astro Gal into an easy spot for a Face Hell Turn?

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