sf02 steps up and gets to work

20 06 2011

We’re 75k in and JUST got the mission out the door. I think this one’s gonna be long.

Having kind of a weird week. I think finally getting this extended “Let’s explain everything” scenario finished is going to help; I can get to the action now, the infiltration and exploration. I can start working on the bits I planned out to explore the Orbitals more, and show the depth of the Ascendancy. It took awhile, but we’re there. I dunno if I’ll have that next bit ready for Thursday, mind, but I’ll give it a go.

I am in need of a vacation. It’s not that I’m overly busy; I’m alternatively overly taxed and overly idle in response to being overly taxed. Can’t get anything done when your copious downtime is way more down than usual. I’ve got some coming soon, and I’ve got a GameFly subscription so I can expose myself to games I may-or-may-not have bought; new stimulus, new experiences, that’s what I need.

Enough babble. Here’s the second half of the Quantum Mermaid scenes. Let me know what you think. TL;DR there is hawt lesbian sex at the end which is apparently all Nel is good for according to some random troper, so hey, there’s that!

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20 06 2011
loopychew

Well, I guess I was wrong about Maria being the last surviving Muerta.
as if it was going to be the last time they had together. Not that Una would believe otherwise, being an Optimist at heart, down to her soul.
In other words, even Una’s Optimist doesn’t believe at least one of them will make it out alive. “Not that Una would believe it” is probably what you’re looking for in terms of phrasing.

20 06 2011
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

Whoops. Will fix that.

20 06 2011
loopychew

Also:
but we’re all that’s left of the Gatherers.
…Jim and Bob are gone? For some reason, that makes me pretty sad. ;_;

20 06 2011
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

I haven’t decided exactly what their fate was, but I doubt they’re dead. Any artifact archive that wasn’t corrupt enough to be taken over was destroyed by the Gatherers to keep it from falling into enemy hands, yes — but Jim and Bob were largely ignored by the rest of the network. Odds are they made a run for it to blend in with the locals and abandon their archive.

20 06 2011
Anonymous

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20 06 2011
jengagne

— “can’t fight it, because too much of me wants it.” — makes sense. Combine that with his totally out-of-practice return to the Wild Hunt… now that he actually has things he CARES about? I can see how that’d be a loaded combo. Poor Scout! And Emily, for that matter! I doubt she even knows how to make Winterhounds/Summerlions.
— friends faces — friends’ faces
— indian style — indian-style
— a light snore — D’oh! I can see why she’d be so relieved that they said yes, that she would finally doze off. Also, “cone of silence”, Get Smart XD
— unravelling — unraveling
— souped up — souped-up
— “Tricky is a fine word for it” — yeah, no kidding. Particularly since they can’t even run away without blundering into an entire continent of zombies.
— … “mysteriously vanishes oh wait I see your point very well then.” — XD
You seem a little frustrated with how exposition-heavy this has been, but I disagree. It’s been a very exciting chapter so far, and the necessary exposition doesn’t really take all that long.

20 06 2011
jengagne

I would bet that once the Ascendancy broke up whatever the Gatherers were using to coordinate and communicate, a lot of them escaped to melt into the woodwork.
Perhaps some even were able to save/evac their archives, but fat lot of good that does with no way to find the remaining Gatherers or coordinate them.
Plus, knowing there are Ascendancy moles and spies throughout… you couldn’t trust them even if you DID manage contact…

20 06 2011
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

To quote Fry from Futurama, “It took me thirty minutes to write it, so I assumed it’d take thirty minutes to read through it!”
Always feels longer on my end, since this took damn near two weeks to grind out between being ground down by RL.

21 06 2011
kamalloy

Actually, I thought Emily was the one who made Scout a Lion of Summer, right after she got the crowns and right before she passed out. So it wouldn’t be that it’s impossible for her, but that she can’t remember how, or maybe it was the Faerie Queens working through her as they passed her their power.
Also, cool turn of events with the Reality Engine. I thought that the Quantum Mermaid’s crew was developing what would become one, but they’re already out there. Interesting! ^^

21 06 2011
lirazel

For some reason, LJ is bouncing me to the Mobile App page instead of to the actual story.

21 06 2011
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

I embedded the mobile LJ on the page to try and encourage comments. It hasn’t been getting me any more comments. If it’s ALSO interfering with loading the page, I’ll consider that experiment a complete fail and remove it. Try now; should work fine.

21 06 2011
lirazel

Yes, MUCH better, thanks!
Also, sneaky self-promo there.
Also, also… Not a good thing to fight with your momma about medicine, yes?

21 06 2011
poet_ninja

Now I’m very curious where the hell the shift engine came from, and at what point it takes place relative to the Quiet Apocalypse.

21 06 2011
jengagne

It sounds like she knows how to un-Winterhound him… but doing so may kill him, and that’s not the kind of risk she wants to take.
RE: reality engine, yes, very interesting! It leaves me pondering how this must’ve come to pass.
WARNING, SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ Unreal Estate!
1) This must not be the same planet as the homeworld in UE. Presumably the UE-verse is another alternate Earth.
2) So if the UE-verse is an alternate Earth and this engine technology is here on the Anachronauts Earth, then the tech must have been shifted here during the Pandora event…
3) … which means that for an operative RealWare engine to be ON Earth to shift over circa ~200 years ago, ~200 years ago would be the time period just before the UE-verse people evac’d from Earth.
4) In UE they’d been living in pocket universes for a lot longer than 200 years. Therefore, Mallory et. al haven’t been born yet; UE must take place in the far future, relative to Present Day in Anachronauts.
THEREFORE: Maybe UE is roughly concurrent with the bonus story characters. Clearly we need a sprawling crossover series as your future project, 2f! XD

21 06 2011
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

A lot of the details on how the heck a Reality Engine for Mobiles ended up here will be left as an exercise to the reader.
Still, you might want to consider buying the London’s Fog retail book, coming soon, for a few more hints. Hint hint.

21 06 2011
jengagne

Yeah, it’s interfering. :( Every time I go to that page, it start loading the mobile LJ, then jumps down to it. I scroll back up to try and find my place, and it loads a little more of the mobile LJ and jumps down AGAIN AAAGH

21 06 2011
jengagne

Yeah, it’s interfering. :( Every time I go to that page, it start loading the mobile LJ, then jumps down to it. I scroll back up to try and find my place, and it loads a little more of the mobile LJ and jumps down AGAIN AAAGH

21 06 2011
jengagne

Sorry, didn’t spot your post first — I did some guessing about that up above. (just guesses though)

21 06 2011
jengagne

Sorry, didn’t spot your post first — I did some guessing about that up above. (just guesses though)

21 06 2011
jengagne

Sorry, didn’t spot your post first — I did some guessing about that up above. (just guesses though)

21 06 2011
loopychew

Continuing UE Spoilers:
From the first bonus story (a00), I’d say the Gatherers started before the Pandora Event happened, thus allowing the possibility of them having collected the RealWare engine much longer ago. It depends on when Reality Engines for Mobiles were first developed in the UEverse, since that’s what’s running the QM (and presumably they were developed after Reality Engines proper).

21 06 2011
loopychew

Continuing UE Spoilers:

From the first bonus story (a00), I’d say the Gatherers started before the Pandora Event happened, thus allowing the possibility of them having collected the RealWare engine much longer ago. It depends on when Reality Engines for Mobiles were first developed in the UEverse, since that’s what’s running the QM (and presumably they were developed after Reality Engines proper).

21 06 2011
loopychew

Continuing UE Spoilers:

From the first bonus story (a00), I’d say the Gatherers started before the Pandora Event happened, thus allowing the possibility of them having collected the RealWare engine much longer ago. It depends on when Reality Engines for Mobiles were first developed in the UEverse, since that’s what’s running the QM (and presumably they were developed after Reality Engines proper).

21 06 2011
loopychew

Continuing UE Spoilers:

From the first bonus story (a00), I’d say the Gatherers started before the Pandora Event happened, thus allowing the possibility of them having collected the RealWare engine much longer ago. It depends on when Reality Engines for Mobiles were first developed in the UEverse, since that’s what’s running the QM (and presumably they were developed after Reality Engines proper).

21 06 2011
jengagne

Ooh, good point — the Orbitals were moving from Earth to Earth and the Gatherers may have been hidden within their ranks even before Pandora.
So the Gatherers would’ve had access to artifacts from any pandimensional Earth they visited — it isn’t necessarily true that one would have to be delivered to this Earth as part of Pandora for them to THEN collect.
Even so, the only time they could have got their hands on a RealWare engine for Mobiles would be immediately before the UE diaspora into the various reality bubbles.
I don’t get the impression from UE that their their evacuation from Earth would’ve taken a long time — so there’s still a fairly narrow window between the development of Mobile Engines and when RealWare decided to up and [SPOILER REDACTED].
So whether they grabbed it pre-Pandora or mid-Pandora, either way, we still know it’s been far more than 200 years between [SPOILER REDACTED] and Mallory etc. showing up. That’s why I postulate that perhaps the events in UE are concurrent with the bonus story trio of characters.

21 06 2011
jengagne

Ooh, good point — the Orbitals were moving from Earth to Earth and the Gatherers may have been hidden within their ranks even before Pandora.

So the Gatherers would’ve had access to artifacts from any pandimensional Earth they visited — it isn’t necessarily true that one would have to be delivered to this Earth as part of Pandora for them to THEN collect.

Even so, the only time they could have got their hands on a RealWare engine for Mobiles would be immediately before the UE diaspora into the various reality bubbles.

I don’t get the impression from UE that their their evacuation from Earth would’ve taken a long time — so there’s still a fairly narrow window between the development of Mobile Engines and when RealWare decided to up and [SPOILER REDACTED].

So whether they grabbed it pre-Pandora or mid-Pandora, either way, we still know it’s been far more than 200 years between [SPOILER REDACTED] and Mallory etc. showing up. That’s why I postulate that perhaps the events in UE are concurrent with the bonus story trio of characters.

21 06 2011
jengagne

Ooh, good point — the Orbitals were moving from Earth to Earth and the Gatherers may have been hidden within their ranks even before Pandora.

So the Gatherers would’ve had access to artifacts from any pandimensional Earth they visited — it isn’t necessarily true that one would have to be delivered to this Earth as part of Pandora for them to THEN collect.

Even so, the only time they could have got their hands on a RealWare engine for Mobiles would be immediately before the UE diaspora into the various reality bubbles.

I don’t get the impression from UE that their their evacuation from Earth would’ve taken a long time — so there’s still a fairly narrow window between the development of Mobile Engines and when RealWare decided to up and [SPOILER REDACTED].

So whether they grabbed it pre-Pandora or mid-Pandora, either way, we still know it’s been far more than 200 years between [SPOILER REDACTED] and Mallory etc. showing up. That’s why I postulate that perhaps the events in UE are concurrent with the bonus story trio of characters.

21 06 2011
jengagne

Ooh, good point — the Orbitals were moving from Earth to Earth and the Gatherers may have been hidden within their ranks even before Pandora.

So the Gatherers would’ve had access to artifacts from any pandimensional Earth they visited — it isn’t necessarily true that one would have to be delivered to this Earth as part of Pandora for them to THEN collect.

Even so, the only time they could have got their hands on a RealWare engine for Mobiles would be immediately before the UE diaspora into the various reality bubbles.

I don’t get the impression from UE that their their evacuation from Earth would’ve taken a long time — so there’s still a fairly narrow window between the development of Mobile Engines and when RealWare decided to up and [SPOILER REDACTED].

So whether they grabbed it pre-Pandora or mid-Pandora, either way, we still know it’s been far more than 200 years between [SPOILER REDACTED] and Mallory etc. showing up. That’s why I postulate that perhaps the events in UE are concurrent with the bonus story trio of characters.

21 06 2011
jengagne

Ooh, good point — the Orbitals were moving from Earth to Earth and the Gatherers may have been hidden within their ranks even before Pandora.
So the Gatherers would’ve had access to artifacts from any pandimensional Earth they visited — it isn’t necessarily true that one would have to be delivered to this Earth as part of Pandora for them to THEN collect.
Even so, the only time they could have got their hands on a RealWare engine for Mobiles would be immediately before the UE diaspora into the various reality bubbles.
I don’t get the impression from UE that their their evacuation from Earth would’ve taken a long time — so there’s still a fairly narrow window between the development of Mobile Engines and when RealWare decided to up and [SPOILER REDACTED].
So whether they grabbed it pre-Pandora or mid-Pandora, either way, we still know it’s been far more than 200 years between [SPOILER REDACTED] and Mallory etc. showing up. That’s why I postulate that perhaps the events in UE are concurrent with the bonus story trio of characters.

21 06 2011
jengagne

P.S.: Or maybe the ‘verse we see in UE is just one of several that independently developed RealWare and reality engines. But I think it’s safe to assume he means “our” Unreal-Estate-verse.
You can also draw some interesting assumptions about how reality engines would save those particular humans from the depradations of the Orbitals. (see also: upcoming LF bonus story and how that ties in with… well… anyway, I’ll stop there. Buy the book, folks!!)

21 06 2011
jengagne

P.S.: Or maybe the ‘verse we see in UE is just one of several that independently developed RealWare and reality engines. But I think it’s safe to assume he means “our” Unreal-Estate-verse.

You can also draw some interesting assumptions about how reality engines would save those particular humans from the depradations of the Orbitals. (see also: upcoming LF bonus story and how that ties in with… well… anyway, I’ll stop there. Buy the book, folks!!)

21 06 2011
jengagne

P.S.: Or maybe the ‘verse we see in UE is just one of several that independently developed RealWare and reality engines. But I think it’s safe to assume he means “our” Unreal-Estate-verse.

You can also draw some interesting assumptions about how reality engines would save those particular humans from the depradations of the Orbitals. (see also: upcoming LF bonus story and how that ties in with… well… anyway, I’ll stop there. Buy the book, folks!!)

21 06 2011
jengagne

P.S.: Or maybe the ‘verse we see in UE is just one of several that independently developed RealWare and reality engines. But I think it’s safe to assume he means “our” Unreal-Estate-verse.

You can also draw some interesting assumptions about how reality engines would save those particular humans from the depradations of the Orbitals. (see also: upcoming LF bonus story and how that ties in with… well… anyway, I’ll stop there. Buy the book, folks!!)

21 06 2011
jengagne

P.S.: Or maybe the ‘verse we see in UE is just one of several that independently developed RealWare and reality engines. But I think it’s safe to assume he means “our” Unreal-Estate-verse.
You can also draw some interesting assumptions about how reality engines would save those particular humans from the depradations of the Orbitals. (see also: upcoming LF bonus story and how that ties in with… well… anyway, I’ll stop there. Buy the book, folks!!)

21 06 2011
jengagne

P.S.: Or maybe the ‘verse we see in UE is just one of several that independently developed RealWare and reality engines. But I think it’s safe to assume he means “our” Unreal-Estate-verse.

You can also draw some interesting assumptions about how reality engines would save those particular humans from the depradations of the Orbitals. (see also: upcoming LF bonus story and how that ties in with… well… anyway, I’ll stop there. Buy the book, folks!!)

21 06 2011
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

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21 06 2011
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

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21 06 2011
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

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21 06 2011
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

I removed it completely from the page. Not sure why you’d still be having issues; refresh the page?

21 06 2011
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

I removed it completely from the page. Not sure why you’d still be having issues; refresh the page?

21 06 2011
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

I removed it completely from the page. Not sure why you’d still be having issues; refresh the page?

21 06 2011
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

I removed it completely from the page. Not sure why you’d still be having issues; refresh the page?

21 06 2011
flyingcar

This story continues to be very compelling! I like the speculation about the RealWare engine and how it may be involved (aside from interesting transport for our heroes).
I stongly recommend the harcopy Anachronauts books, by the way. They look great, and the bonus chapters are well worth it!
Unreal Estate was also a very good book by Stefan!

21 06 2011
flyingcar

This story continues to be very compelling! I like the speculation about the RealWare engine and how it may be involved (aside from interesting transport for our heroes).

I stongly recommend the harcopy Anachronauts books, by the way. They look great, and the bonus chapters are well worth it!

Unreal Estate was also a very good book by Stefan!

21 06 2011
flyingcar

This story continues to be very compelling! I like the speculation about the RealWare engine and how it may be involved (aside from interesting transport for our heroes).

I stongly recommend the harcopy Anachronauts books, by the way. They look great, and the bonus chapters are well worth it!

Unreal Estate was also a very good book by Stefan!

21 06 2011
flyingcar

This story continues to be very compelling! I like the speculation about the RealWare engine and how it may be involved (aside from interesting transport for our heroes).

I stongly recommend the harcopy Anachronauts books, by the way. They look great, and the bonus chapters are well worth it!

Unreal Estate was also a very good book by Stefan!

21 06 2011
flyingcar

This story continues to be very compelling! I like the speculation about the RealWare engine and how it may be involved (aside from interesting transport for our heroes).
I stongly recommend the harcopy Anachronauts books, by the way. They look great, and the bonus chapters are well worth it!
Unreal Estate was also a very good book by Stefan!

21 06 2011
flyingcar

This story continues to be very compelling! I like the speculation about the RealWare engine and how it may be involved (aside from interesting transport for our heroes).

I stongly recommend the harcopy Anachronauts books, by the way. They look great, and the bonus chapters are well worth it!

Unreal Estate was also a very good book by Stefan!

21 06 2011
flyingcar

This story continues to be very compelling! I like the speculation about the RealWare engine and how it may be involved (aside from interesting transport for our heroes).

I stongly recommend the harcopy Anachronauts books, by the way. They look great, and the bonus chapters are well worth it!

Unreal Estate was also a very good book by Stefan!

21 06 2011
flyingcar

This story continues to be very compelling! I like the speculation about the RealWare engine and how it may be involved (aside from interesting transport for our heroes).

I stongly recommend the harcopy Anachronauts books, by the way. They look great, and the bonus chapters are well worth it!

Unreal Estate was also a very good book by Stefan!

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