the beginning of the end

5 12 2011

SEALED FILE 00a256c
PROPERTY OF THE HOUSE OF GEARS
AUTHORIZATION L0TF REQUIRED

DESCRIPTOR:
Assorted data fragments related to the events surrounding the start of the Second Age of Earthkind. Exact dating unknown; dateline tag “Stars Fall.”

Event reconstruction surrounding testimonials and Ascendancy accounts. All events transpired simultaneously. Time zone adjustment included.

8AM  Cairo (f001) DATALOCK RELEASE: 12AM DEC 12 2011
3AM  Atlantis (f002) DATALOCK RELEASE: 12AM DEC 13 2011
4AM  São Paolo (f003) DATALOCK RELEASE: 12AM DEC 14 2011
1AM  Atlanta  (f004) DATALOCK RELEASE: 12AM DEC 15 2011
6AM  London (f005) DATALOCK RELEASE: 12AM DEC 16 2011
12AM New Orleans (f006) DATALOCK RELEASE: 12AM DEC 19 2011
12:01AM–ERROR FILE C11!@#!$%UPTION
PROCESSING… FILE RESTORATION RELEASE 12AM DEC 25 2011

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23 responses

5 12 2011
Jen, Psycho Happy artist

Ooh, what a cool teaser. Great idea Stef! I’ll transcribe titles to here to kick it off…

8AM Cairo — Shout, Tears for Fears (mutants?)
3AM Atlantis — Cities In Dust, Siouxsie & The Banshees (Interesting, isn’t Atlantis already gone? They must have an arcology parked there still?)
4AM São Paolo — Cars, Fear Factory (zombies… uh… the Buick?)
1AM Atlanta — Holding Out for a Hero, Bonnie Tyler (GO CARRIE! :D)
6AM London — The Return of the King soundtrack (Edward!)
12AM New Orleans — The Trees, Rush (Susie going super saiyan? Emily helping, maybe?)
12:01AM–ERROR FILE C11!@#!$%UPTION — (eek?!?)
PROCESSING… FILE RESTORATION RELEASE 12AM DEC 25 2011 — Your Precious Moon (uhhhmmm…O_O)

How many Arcologies are there, does anybody remember? Does this cover all of them? Any ideas, theories?

5 12 2011
LoopyChew

It’s been established that there is still an Arcology over Atlantis.

So it’s all written, and being released piecemeal? Looking forward!

6 12 2011
Micheal

Re: Your Precious Moon:

Remember Anu?

5 12 2011
LoopyChew

Also interesting to note: What we originally perceived to be the Second Age, being the events from Emily’s inheritance of the crowns, is not in fact the Second Age, at least according to the House of Gears–they’re saying that the Second Age starts when the stars fall.

5 12 2011
Jen, Psycho Happy artist

Well, unless these are just some of the later files in a series, I suppose.

But yeah, perhaps you can argue [REDACTED] bonus story [REDACTED] really the [REDACTED].

We should go back and look at the second age prophecy and see how it fits.

Who’s LOTF? Lar ___?

5 12 2011
kamalloy

From the [REDACTED] bonus story: [REDACTED].

:P

5 12 2011
Jen, Psycho Happy artist

To unredact a bit…
“The Second Age calls for a time of upheaval, when all the old conventions shuffle around, and enemies become allies… but in the end, it’s what has to be, and it’s the only way towards a better tomorrow.”

You could argue that happened when the Faerie Queens crowned Emily and the Fae and humans made up.

But as we now know, there are even bigger shake-ups happening. First we have all the current citizens of this Earth essentially aligning with the crashed Orbitals, who were arguably their enemy before.

Now they’re up against the Ascendancy as an enemy — but Emily has already said “our enemy is not the Ascendancy in general.” Maybe it’s a stretch, but perhaps in the long-term they will become allies somehow, too?

5 12 2011
kamalloy

Actually, my [REDACTED] was about LOTF. This is what I get for thinking I’m being clever! ;)

6 12 2011
LoopyChew

…CRAP. I didn’t even THINK about that until now. That makes perfect sense, though!

6 12 2011
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

There’s also a reference to it at the very end of Forsaken Shores. Granted without the dashes between all four words, but it’s not retail only, at least!

6 12 2011
Jen, Psycho Happy artist

But… uh… she got eaten by Shub-Niggurath, so it’s curious that anybody ELSE would be using those initials. Hmmm!

More reasons to buy the book versions with bonus stories explaining all this, no doubt. :D

5 12 2011
kamalloy

Oh man, this is so exciting. What an awesome way to build up anticipation for the last parts of the series!

5 12 2011
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

Realized last night that dumping the entire pile of scenes in one blow would be a lousy approach — no fun at all for the reader, and difficult for the writer since the big “So! it’s over! What’d you think?” thread would be cluttered with “You spelled that wrong 27 scenes back”. This is way better all around.

5 12 2011
Jen, Psycho Happy artist

*headdesk* I was so focused on the links embedded in the dates, I totally missed that that is essentially the release schedule for each chunk of the story. XD

5 12 2011
Carlo

Neat!

Just one thing you should be aware of, it’s “Sao Paulo”. Don’t want to make those Brazilian fans mad.

5 12 2011
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

Huh. I thought I got that right — I did research to find the area I wanted for sf02, juxtaposed against a noteable cathedral with a large open space, and figured out the HTML code for the accent.

Fortunately, it’s a simple matter to do a sweeping search and replace on all instances of it. I’ll have it fixed with my next update.

5 12 2011
LoopyChew

The accent is right, just the “Paulo” bit.

Learn something new every day.

5 12 2011
Lirazel

So, the Cairo piece sound more to me like something to do with the Russians. (I know, Egypt is in North Africa, but all that shouting…)

And “satisfaction in the faintly flickering circle” is making me think of Anu and the “broken” circuit through the mirror-world. As is our last musical selection, obviously. She might even see the division of the crowns as poetic justice?

6 12 2011
Jen Gagne, Psycho Happy artist

Hmm, I don’t think Anu has any issue with the crowns or Emily considering she’s focused all her rage on Lar. So… moon refs definitely must relate to her, you’re right.

6 12 2011
kamalloy

On a musical topic, I’ve found that “England” by The National makes me think of Chloe and London’s Fog, albeit in a somewhat ironic way. (Famous angels did, in fact, come through England.)

6 12 2011
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

I’ll have to give it a listen. My only exposure to The National is the song they contributed to Portal 2, but I LOVE that song.

7 12 2011
kamalloy

I haven’t played Portal 2 yet (yeah, I know) but I checked out the song on YouTube and it’s really good. Thanks for letting me know about it.

12 12 2011
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