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With This Ring (Young Justice SI) (Thread Fourteen)

Discussion in 'Creative Writing' started by Mr Zoat, Jan 27, 2019.

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  1. Old Knife

    Old Knife Not too sore, are you?

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    So the Reach are going for the Malthusian weapon Cache. Hope whatever's inside doesn't eat them.
     
  2. Z000

    Z000 If this is trash, then find me in the dumpster

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    Earth isn't Hard Mode

    it the dev own personal test room, everything is in there

    the poor lab rat that is humanity just learn to live with it everytime a new update need to be tested
     
  3. NightmareWarden

    NightmareWarden I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    You’re focused on the way Paul originally could not handle traditional currency when you say disgust? Or the extreme urges he accepted while gaining enlightenment? Listen, the Yellow light technically does not include courage and the Orange light technically does not include disgust like you’re imagining it. Avarice is flexible enough (“I want this to cease,” “I want this to be ruined and useless…”) that an Orange Lantern is not “lesser” for lacking disgust-based constructs.
     
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  4. Z000

    Z000 If this is trash, then find me in the dumpster

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    wouldn't disgust be more Red base then orange
     
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  5. NightmareWarden

    NightmareWarden I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    Wrong planet. The Ascended are refugees from a ruined world. This is the ruined world, not the Maltusian warehouse with a black hole acting as guard dog.


    I realize Renegade!Paul updates are rare, but does anyone remember if anything came of this? Hawk and Dove have potential.
     
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  6. Rafin

    Rafin Not too sore, are you?

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    we've
     
  7. Mr Zoat

    Mr Zoat Dedicated ragequitter

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    Thank you, corrected.
    DON'T GO TOWARDS THE LIGHT!
    Thank you, corrected.
    BABYLON 5!
    No. That's a light speed weapon. The speed of light is just really slow.
     
  8. Chaoswind

    Chaoswind Lord of nonsense

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    Cold beams are a particle weapon (high fraction of C), not a light speed one, at least that is the case in most DC media I am aware off.
     
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  9. BartlettMagic

    BartlettMagic peekaboo, you fucks you!

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    my goodness. i haven't been this aroused since that time you teased me with Lobo.

    one of the things i love about this fic is the focus on examining and developing all of these exotic power sources and tailoring them to the characters. the development/expansion on the Emotional Spectrum, the Green, and the Hellenistic Pantheon have been my favorite ongoing subplots.
     
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  10. Darko

    Darko Connoisseur.

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    It'd probably take you years to just leave the solar system.

    Nice to see you offering them a ride.

    Yep.

    Seeing the Ascendant again is making me wonder what happened to the new Titans.

    Are they still in comas, or are they awake, and what happened to their Seeds?

    What's Sparta up to?

    And what's New Othrys?
     
  11. Windona

    Windona Beetle Queen of Crackshipping

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    Well, there's a good chance the Ascended will be drawn into fighting the Reach. (Or they may provide the solution for the Anti-Life issue)

    Well, this might interest the Reach in the same way the missing 16 hours did in canon. (I forget if that played the same way in this fic or not). Though they would again have to do the subtle approach given it has so many GLs and is protected. (...hopefully Jaime Reyes survived the Anti-Life. And Sheeda. And everything else)
     
  12. Coda

    Coda I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    best move

    installation

    our

    I'm not certain if "overhauled" is the word you meant to use here. It might be fine.
     
  13. Mr Zoat

    Mr Zoat Dedicated ragequitter

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    Thank you, corrected.
    British
    overtake (someone), especially in a sporting event.
    "Jodami overhauled his chief rival"
     
  14. Prince Charon

    Prince Charon Just zis guy, you know?

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    Huh. That makes a whole lot of sense.
     
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  15. BR549

    BR549 This is filth! FILTH!!

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    "I see a light!"
    "WALK TOWARDS IT!"

     
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  16. megrisvernin

    megrisvernin Connoisseur.

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    So I think I got linked to a superman fic where he sells off his labor as advised by a foundation, stuff like rescuing planes going down and putting stuff into orbit. Luthor was an advisor can anyone link me to it?
     
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  17. thebishop8

    thebishop8 Umm, ackchyually...

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    This?

    https://archiveofourown.org/works/30351690
     
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  18. Wivk

    Wivk Getting sticky.

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    Earth is still having an anti life problem and right now their best bet is people taking on the roles of new gods to manage the victims that have become lowlies. Here are a bunch more suitable people you could supplement those efforts with.
     
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  19. Threadmarks: Fleet Traction (part 7)
    Mr Zoat

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    "It's… This is the last of our people in this system. The very young and old. They.. cannot really… Help."

    Their ships begin moving away from the larger asteroid base, accelerating hard. A moment later their secondary weapon systems activate, tearing the base apart.

    At the same time I see tiny mushroom clouds erupt from the surface of Karrakan.

    And as ever, everything about the Reach just aggravates us. We distort space once more and fire the cold gun. The time to target is even smaller this time, and the ship on the edge of the sternguard formation actually cracks. The whole frozen and brittle front quarter of the outer armour splits off from the rest, numerous systems struggling to remain functional.

    "The planet. Is there anyone still there?"

    "We tried to evacuate, but… Sparta's way was the only successful attempt at instilling any sort of unity. They would not hear us."

    Darn. Looks like… Kinetic harpoon? Or I suppose it could have been one of Rhea's descendants throwing their weight around; I never found out what sort of power level they topped out at. I mean, the Reach could have shot them from where their ships are now using a graviton accelerator, but...

    But you don't need a fleet this big to destroy a planet no one is defending. So… Capture? The Reach are good at mind control. New Gods are resistant to chemical and exotic manipulation… A Scarab? Occupation or destruction?

    Okay, the Reach dreadnoughts will… Based on my estimate of their primary armament's effectiveness, be in a position to meaningfully bombard the planet in… Six minutes. Although given the sheer number of guns here they could start firing sooner, it would just be inefficient. The sternguard… Aren't moving towards me. If anything they appear to be accelerating away from me. More slowly than the rest of the fleet, but it's a change in behaviour. I suppose now that they know that I can shoot them there's no longer any reason to poke me.

    That flotilla is pulling away from the main fleet, diverting towards the Ascendants' ships.

    "I assume that your boom tubes are out."

    "Yes. They use hyper-inflated-."

    "Gravitons, yes, I know. I thought that New God technology could be enhanced by you putting your spiritual effort into it."

    "It.. can, but that is most effective when the Ascendant has some skill, and… Most of the Ship Masters remained near Minosyss. Those of us here, we… We cannot push through."

    Their small flotilla of six ships… Three aren't warships. They're heading for the asteroid belt around the system's first gas giant. At current speeds… The Reach ships pursuing them will get in probable weapon range before they arrive. And… Honestly, a standard gas giant won't do much to disrupt Reach sensors.

    "What are your guns like?"

    "Inadequate."

    Of course I've got a spare orange ring, but she's an Ascendant and she's needed to keep the ship functioning. And to keep the mortal Karrakanians calm. And she hasn't studied Lantern combat. Against some fleets I'd just grab some likely looking local and give them a ring anyway, but the Reach are well-used to fighting Lanterns and an untrained Lantern would simply be killed out of hand.

    "One moment. Ring, switch channel to Mister Unnamed Assimilation Specialist."

    "Compliance."

    "So what exactly are you planning to do, here?"

    "Spread the Writ of the Reach to all parts of the universe."

    Space bends with our need and the back tenth of a battleship in the middle of their formation suddenly experienced extreme thermal shock. Doesn't look like any of the vital systems are destroyed, but the crew in that part of the ship will be looking at severe frostbite.

    "I mean, specifically. We're in a three way war here and if Grayven's really giving you that much trouble I'm fine with just letting you arm up on anti-New God weapons. I just want to help their ships evacuate."

    "The ships are one of the things I want from this system."

    "Alright, but-"

    We bend a larger area, getting a better feel for their efforts to stop us. The desires of untold numbers of physicists whisper their dreams to us, and we increasingly make them reality. This time our attack envelops the same battleship, causing cracks to appear all over the hull. Its size makes it unlikely that a attack like this could kill it quickly, but with the majority of its weapons compromised it is more or less 'mission killed'.

    "-how badly do you need all of them? Ah, were you on that ship?"

    "I see no reason to compromise. As much as you're straining our ships' self-repair systems, the data we're gathering on your weapon is far more valuable. And, no."

    "End. Signal… That dreadnought."

    The one in the middle of the formation. Reach commanding officers we've encountered to date have been utilitarian in their positioning, neither eager for combat or afraid for their own safety. The most logical place for the senior officer to be therefore is in the largest class of ship in the centre of the formation, where they're best able to direct the response to attacks from any vector without unduly exposing themselves.

    "Hello hello?"

    An acknowledging 'ping', but that's all. It's not actually possible for most Lanterns to identity theft someone via a com signal, but the Reach don't like taking chances with that. Because…

    Hm.

    I don't think I can, but I could probably use it to home in on someone through the Honden.

    "Don't know how much of that you heard, or how much strategic decision making authority you have. But I'd like to take the Ascendant's ships and go, and you can have the rest. How about it?"

    "That is uncharacteristically-."

    I roll my eyes.

    "Really? A little girl voice? I'm entirely too psychotic for that to work."

    "That's useful information too! But your offer is uncharacteristically generous, implying that there is something of value here that we don't know about."

    "No-. Well, sort of. I'm trying to be a bit less kill-happy. In order to improve my relationship with my colleagues on my homeworld. They're not involved in the war, though you are welcome to travel to my homeworld to confirm that for yourself."

    "Do you really expect us to believe that you'd make a deal with us to make your friends happy?"

    "I gotta try, you know? I mean, I don't want to kill that Scarab Warrior who thinks I can't see it because they're phased… No, not phased, something else. Jumped out of your sternguard when I started shooting them? They've made good time. But when I kill it all I'll get is mild satisfaction. Having Alan or Kal-El tell me that they like the way I've altered my approach would make me feel far better. And it's not as if I have any sort of good feelings for Grayven and Company."

    "That's a good point! But we're gunna kill you anyway!"

    "We're going to make Scarabs an endangered species like this." I cut communications. "Alright, clever bug. Let's see what you've got."
     
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  20. hance1986

    hance1986 A pitiful excuse for a man.

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    ' Most of the Ship '
     
  21. Vaermina

    Vaermina Experienced.

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    He really should be asking why The Reach keeps sending Scarabs at him one at a time instead of sending a hundred or a thousand to just bury him.

    Because there's probably a dangerous reason for that.
     
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  22. Handlewithcare

    Handlewithcare Versed in the lewd.

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    Another enemy I just want to see humbled and killed. She is seriously getting on my nerves.
     
  23. Chojin Patriarch

    Chojin Patriarch Veteran Lurker

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    No turning back, after all. Their world is burnt, their people fled to another. Nothing holds them to this world anymore, now they have their goddess' remains. A total cutting of the last threads, a symbolic shedding of childhood. ...Or I'm just reading too much into it. :oops:

    Crunchy. I wonder if the Reach will think the spatial warping is part of the Cold Gun's effect, or realise it's him doing it...

    They've made their choice, then. I suspect there weren't that many left anyway.

    Ooh, there's a nasty thought. A Scarabed-up Ascendant, fully indoctrinated into the Way. Not a pleasant idea, especially if they send them after him.

    Yeah, not such a fun idea when the target can shoot back, isn't it? Let's hope the word spreads and others are reluctant to attack him... :rolleyes:

    I doubt they'd still be here if they could just jump away.

    There are limits, OL. Their force of will, their metaphysical oomph... Probably not enough to overcome this obstacle.

    So unless someone aboard can literally throw rocks at the Reach, they're hosed.

    Of course.

    So the recruitment option is out. Deception? Diplomacy? Intimidation?

    I mean, besides being arrogant conquering assholes?

    Surprisingly weak effect. Though Cold Guns aren't really that much of an area weapon, are they? Short of arraying an entire battery and trying multiple warps at once, he's not going to do a lot of damage to the bigger ships.

    Well, then. There's one theory confirmed, more or less. They want the Ascendants, and/or their divine-empowerment systems.

    Unless they want to try and ram something. Even as brittle as it is now, that much mass will hurt if it hits something.

    No doubt they hope to develop a countermeasure before long. Probably not in time to be useful right now, but in a few weeks, the next Lantern to try a Cold Gun might get a nasty surprise?

    Logical enough. But no doubt the Nemesis is also aboard, in the safest place aboard the ship.

    Heh. Brings a new meaning to 'reaching out and touching someone', eh?

    Oh, I'm sure you Nemesis thinks they're protected against tricks like that. Perhaps that can be a nasty little surprise for them someday.

    Like I said, there's probably not that many left on-planet, and they'll likely not take well to any attempt to conquer them. But good luck to you, Reach assholes.

    Also, what little girl would use a word like 'uncharacteristically'? :confused: ...Besides someone like Hermoine Granger?

    Of course, the fact that OL will happily kill them if he sees them in Earth space doesn't need to be mentioned...

    Oh, look, another bug to bait into self-destructing...

    My guess: Not nearly enough. Of anything.

    I do like that OL and his Nemesis are being so civil to one another in their conversations. Just because you're at war and likely to try and kill one another is no excuse to let standards of polite behaviour slip, you know. :D A pity you can't subvert said Nemesis, but I'm sure they're quite happy as they are. Now, to see how long this Scarab lasts. Can OL set a new speed record, I wonder? :p
     
  24. Lord Ernest

    Lord Ernest At the End...

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    I get the not really being worried and knowing he can take them, but seriously, what's with the constant gifting of information, Illustres? Did they need to know Alan or Kal-El's names?

    And I'm a bit curious, can the Reach's ships block his orange sight? Because if they can't, could he not use it to try and identify the Unnamed Assimilation Specialist? Not by name, obviously, but by emotional make up or something like that. Do a bit of the scry and die that unfortunately on Earth is no longer possible.
     
  25. BR549

    BR549 This is filth! FILTH!!

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    He's goading them. At this point he low-key wants them to go to Earth with angry intent.

    Either they all get Anti-Lifed and that solves that, or they run head-on into Home Of The Life Entity Bullcrap and die screaming.

    Either way, NEMO wins.
     
  26. Rafin

    Rafin Not too sore, are you?

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    Paul can Honden teleport and survive his own death. The Reach are patient and still in the information gathering stage. Once they feel like his fights against single Scarabs and other assorted novelties is getting same-y they'll probably try a mass assault once or twice, but right now the probability of that working is low and there are still many more cost-effective ways with which to gain info on Paul.
     
  27. Lord Ernest

    Lord Ernest At the End...

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    That sounds like asking for trouble. There is no situation on Earth that can't be made worse. May it be by sudden and subtle alien invasion to gain information, or by petty Reach elements deciding to just carpet bomb the place or use it as target practice from the edge of the system.

    Unless I'm mistaken, until now I thought the Illustres was hiding in audacity. As in, telling the Reach how much of a death world Earth was so that they would be cautious or think twice before trying to plot something when (not if) they find out his homeworld. I don't think he actually wants them to find out where Earth is, but probably already has taken into account that they will find out eventually.

    All I'm saying is, why give more info than necessary? Now his profile has a couple of tabs with names of possible allies/victims/elements of note, when it did not need to, yet.
     
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    Mr Zoat Dedicated ragequitter

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    Thank you, corrected.
     
  29. rkyeun

    rkyeun Cabbitus Maximus

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    Also Earth is under Guardian protection, so Reach attacking it gets them swarmed by greens.
     
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    dxdragon Versed in the lewd.

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    A little girl voice as the enemy rival?

    Why am I suddenly picturing we have been fighting Tanya the Evil this whole time?
     
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