I think Gamzee has an alter-ego. When he is off the sopor, he goes like Heath Ledger's Joker.
why so serious, motherfucker?
WHY SO SERIOUS? Do:
I think I need to write this now.
"It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag."
-Father Dennis Edward O'Brien/USMC
Courage is endurance for one moment more....
-Unknown Marine Second Lieutenant in Vietnam
Sadly we have not kept perfect track, but let's see off the top of my head.
-Terezi is presently undercover as Scales7 in the MC
-Senator Lemonsnout and Andrew Hussie have a past
- Andrew Hussie wasn't always insane
- Bro isn't dead
I probably should update the bios at some point. I'm not 100% up to date on what's going on with some stuff. :[ If someone is willing to compile it all so I can update things, I'd be forever in your debt.
I think I made too much citizens. I can't fit them anywhere in a good way. :c
I think the problem here is that the citizens serve no purpose other cannon fodder for fics. While this is nice, (it certainly opens current 'cannon' characters up for new adventures with 'newbies') it presents the problem that no one knows how to write for these citizens, and aren't necessarily willing to devote the effort it would take to cement them into the AU's cannon.
Citizens are an interesting idea from a narrative point, it COULD allow one to see the far reaching effect of characters actions (Someone losing their job due to collateral damage caused by Egbertman for example). But, I dont have the skill or the imagination to try such a thing. (Not that I am particularly skillful or imaginative))
Quotes: (Because we all have them.)
Originally Posted by Wigmund
But I'm a guy with little to no idea how that would actually proceed, so pudding wrestling and bar-room brawl for all.
Originally Posted by karmicOnion
Because whats more diplomatic than a clone of Abraham Lincoln and the screaming troll who hates him.
CURRENT extremeStupefier [CES] RIGHT NOW responded to memo.
CES: What if I put every point in wealth
CES: And trade the mansion
CES: for a car to tank the first dungeon
CES: And possibly every dungeon past then thereafter.
CURRENT draconicMachine [CDM] RIGHT NOW responded to memo.
CDM: I am not letting you tank the first dungeon in a car.
I probably should update the bios at some point. I'm not 100% up to date on what's going on with some stuff. :[ If someone is willing to compile it all so I can update things, I'd be forever in your debt.
SeppuCrow's (my) dA journal keeps a recap. I haven't updated it in two or three days, so it's missing the parts wherein Terezi is basically a Psychonaut.
I think sober Gamzee would be extremely aggressive but violently protective of his friends. The reason why he's always high/drunk is to keep his craziness under lock and key, because he knows what he's like when sober.
Karkat and Nepeta have only seen him sober once. They have sworn to keep that from happening again.
"No...ple8se no...I-I'm sorry...ple8se don't," Vriska begged as she backed into the corridor, trying to shield her daughter from the source of her terror.
"Y0u're s0rry? S0rry?" The woman leaned back in the air and cackled. The air glowed around her.
John stood confused in the middle of the room, looking back and forth between Vriska and the floating woman.
"Vriska? What's going on? Who is this? She looks like-"
Vriska curled around her daughter, terrified beyond comprehension.
"Yeah. Who are you?"
The cruel smile slimmed into a smirk, "Isn't it 0bvi0us y0u f00lish idi0t?"
"I am Aradia Megid0."
She then pointed at Vriska and glared at John. Her eyes twitched with rage.
"And I was murdered by that bitch."
John turned to look at Vriska, she was staring at them in terror. Cerulean tears streamed from her remaining eye. She clutched Portia to her chest, shielding the crying girl's body with her own in case Aradia came for her. She sobbed, "I'm sorry Aradia...I'm sorry...ple8se don't...I didn't me8n for th8t to h8ppen..."
"I know of your history as the Marquise, Vriska. I know what your pirates have done. I know what they did to Aradia."
Vriska stopped breathing. He walked up to her and he brushed back Vriska's hair so he could look into her eye.
"But, I'm not here to judge you. That can wait. We're here to save your daughter."
He smiled at her, a weak smile spread across Vriska's face.
Aradia screamed with rage behind them, "D0n't y0u dare ign0re me!"
"I'm not ignoring you, I was just reassuring Vriska that I won't let you kill her.
It's a hero thing. I'm a hero."
"N0, what y0u are is dead!"
Aradia pointed at John and a reddish blast erupted at him. He braced himself and absorbed the blast.
Holy shit that hurt.
"Gonna have to do better than that!" He turned back towards Vriska, "RUN!"
Vriska got to her feet and started running down the corridor towards the emergency exit. Aradia started to fly after her, but was stopped when John rammed her and sent her back into the machinery.
"Sorry, this fight is between us. Superpowers versus superpowers. You need to get through me to get at Vriska."
Laughter erupted from the pile of metal as bits of it floated into the air, suspended by the red haze of Aradia's telekinesis.
"H0w sweet, she's g0t herself a guardian angel. Did she manipulate y0u int0 this?"
"No, this is all of my own free will."
"Hmm, I believe there's s0mething else as well."
John blushed. Aradia's fists clenched and she smiled at John.
"I'm g0ing t0 enj0y this."
Vriska ran down the corridor, trying to not lose her grip on Portia. She tried not to cry as she reassured her daughter that everything would be alright.
"Ple8se 8a8y, don't cry. 8e a 8ig girl for Mommy."
"i'M SC8RED mOMMY! wHERE'S dADDY?" Portia wailed in terror.
Vriska gritted her teeth and ran harder as thunder echoed behind her as John and Aradia fought each other.
She nearly spun out and stumbled when the speakers cracked to life and a horrifyingly familiar voice emerged from them. Portia looked up and squealed, "d8DDY!"
"Indeed it is my, uh, little angel. It's Daddy."
Vriska started to run again, but the sound of Tavros' voice followed her.
"Umm, are you really trying to, uh, run away from me, my love?"
"I'm not your fucking love you piece of shit!"
"Goodness, could you please, um, watch your language around our daughter?
Irregardless, from your current position, I take it you have run across the surprise I had waiting for you."
"Wh8t? Wh8t are you t8lking a8out?"
"I have, uh, been waiting for this moment for years Vriska. It was why I employed that consort to control my urges. It was why I gave you that beautiful engagement ring."
"You me8n ensl8ving ring!"
"Whatever, but I assume you enjoyed your surprise."
"SURPRISE?! YOU C8LL TH8T A SURPRISE YOU FUCKING MONSTER!?"
"In fact, uh, I do."
Vriska bit her tongue as she continued to run down the corridor as Tavros explained to her what he had done after Aradia's 'death'. He told her how he spirited away Aradia's unconcious body after her mind was copied into the horrible robotic form that Dr. Zahhak had designed. He enjoyed killing that scientist for that abomination. Tavros then told her how he had his researchers design the healing chamber based on a ectobiology lab they found underneath the Lost District and used that to restore his lost love's body to health. It took years, but eventually she was well enough to emerge, but he held back so she could meet her killer face to face...and then kill the Marquise with her own hands.
"You are a monster Tavros!"
"So are you, uh, so are you."
Vriska's eye clouded and she bit her lower lip, "I know..."
"And right now, you, uh, have greater concerns," and with that, the speakers went silent. There was a loud crashing noise and John was propelled through the wall in front of Vriska into the other side, where he dented the metal paneling.
Aradia took a step through the hole and walked up to the prone superhero. She picked him up by the neck and looked at Vriska.
"Ah, there y0u are. I heard my l0ve speaking t0 y0u."
"You don't w8nt to do this Aradia! Ple8se, don't. I'm sorry for wh8t h8ppened. I deserve to die, 8ut not in front of my 8a8y..."
Aradia dropped John and looked into Vriska's eye.
"Y0u think y0ur pirates granted me any mercy after they sh0t me in the chest?
D0 y0u think they were merciful as they beat and stabbed me?"
Vriska looked away and clutched her daughter.
"Then why d0 y0u think I'd sh0w Y0U any mercy?"
Aradia reached down to grab Vriska's face, but her hand was whisked away with a gust of air that blew back Vriska's hair.
She opened her eye and looked around to see that John was up and had his hammer out. He was breathing heavily as blood coursed down his face.
"You stay the fuck away from her you bitch!"
Vriska turned and saw that Aradia had been slammed into the walls further down the corridor and was out. John walked up to Vriska, still keeping an eye on the prone body. He reached down and helped her up.
"I bought us some time, let's go."
Together the two ran down the halls, towards freedom. Eventually they reached the exit and Vriska gasped in terror at what she saw arrayed in the cavern in front of them.
Her pirates. All of them.
Tavros had them all murdered.
Vriska covered her daughter's face with her hair and she had John led her through the cave along the path lined with the bodies of her loyal followers. She closed her eye and wept in sorrow.
Tavros had destroyed everything she had. All she had left was her life and her daughter. She felt John reach around her shoulders and pull her in close.
"It'll be alright Vriska. You and Portia are alive. We'll help you. I swear that."
Vriska sobbed as he tried to reassure her. Eventually, she felt the sea's breeze on her face and she opened her eye to take in the view from the cliff base below Nitram Manor. She could see across the waters and see the warning beacons that lined the waters around the Lost District and to the south, the lights of The Narrows. She leaned against John in relief.
If she had looked up at his face, she would have seen him blush from his head to his toes.
"Shall we fly back to the base?"
Vriska nodded at John and shifted Portia so she had a better grip on her girl. John lifted her in a way so that she cradled Portia with her body and remaining arm. John gently lifted off and they slowly made their way across the city.
By time they reached the SEER base, Portia was asleep and John and Vriska had taken up the hour or so of travel time to chat with each other. He spent most of the time reassuring her that everything would be alright, while she told him about all the horrible things she had done, berating herself. He didn't care, he just kept talking about redemption.
Vriska Serket didn't deserve redemption.
But John believed she did.
They arrived at the SEER Base only to find the main hall crowded. Don Strider and his mafia, CrowBro, SpaceLass, The Magpie, Rose and Kanaya were all waiting for the two to arrive.
Don crossed his arms and glared at John, "Brought her back I see, I was hoping you drop her and that damned monster spawn of hers in the bay again."
"Shut the fuck up Dave."
Everyone's eyes widened. John didn't talk back to people like that.
John placed Vriska down gingerly and stood in front of her.
"John, Vriska's done horrible things as the Marquise Spinneret and as Vriska Serket."
"Her actions have led to the deaths of hundreds across the city. She allied with Mr. Pupa-"
"Only because he blackmailed her into working with him. He had some damned plot to revive Aradia and use her to kill Vriska."
Everyone stopped and stared at John.
"What Was That?"
"Mr. Pupa had Aradia in his basement. He revived her and was going to let her kill Vriska. I don't know all the details considering he was telling her about that while Aradia was pounding my head through metal walls with her powers."
Rose walked up to them and looked at Vriska, who was cradling Portia and had her eyes closed, expecting the next thing she heard to be the swish of a blade taking away her life.
"Is he telling the truth Vriska? Is what John said about Aradia's revival true?"
Vriska looked at Rose and just nodded her head.
"I want to help Vriska, Rose. She just needs help. Ask Kanaya, Vriska's had a terrible life. If someone actually helped her, she might change."
"John, that's horribly optimistic and a bit unrealistic."
"I know, but we've got to do something for her. I mean, Mr. Pupa did horrible things to her over the past three years. Her life has been little more than one miserable incident after another. We have to give her a chance, I want to give her a chance."
Vriska was crying again. So was John.
Rose walked up to her step-brother and looked into his eyes. That told her everything she wanted to know.
"Alright, we'll do that John. We'll help Vriska."
CrowBro and Don Strider both yelled, "WHAT!?"
Space Lass just leaned into Don and tried to calm him down, The Magpie pulled her helmet off and slammed it into the ground before storming off. Rose looked at the angry crowd and motioned them to move on. The room emptied of everyone except Rose, John, Vriska and Kanaya.
"Vriska, are you seeking redemption?"
Vriska nodded her head and clutched her daughter who was thankfully still asleep.
"Alright, if we help you, you must agree to certain things. First, you head back to work at the APD."
"They'll never accept me 8ack!"
"They will if I tell them you did everything while under the mental domination of Mr. Pupa and show them the ring he gave you.
Second, you will meet with Kanaya and myself weekly for psychological treatment of your many, many mental issues."
"I don't h8ve anything wrong with my-" Vriska stopped herself and then nodded in agreement.
"I'll probably think of something later. But right now you and your daughter need to get some rest. The medical room is waiting for you, Kanaya will guide you."
The trolls left the room, leaving John and Rose alone together.
She turned to face him, he smiled at her. She slapped him. Hard.
"I have no idea what the fuck you were thinking John, but I..."
Rose stopped and hugged herself as he rubbed his cheek.
"...I want to tell you how proud I am of you. You stood up for someone. You stood up for what was right despite the rest of us. I, I'm sorry John."
"Hey, it's alright. I probably deserved the slap anyways for acting so stupidly recently."
"No John, you're acting just like I'd expect you to considering the circumstances."
She kissed him on the cheek and started to head off towards the medical room. John rubbed his cheek and then stopped.
"Wait, what circumstances?"
Back at Nitram Manor, Tavros kneeled next to his bed where Aradia laid. He held her hand and stroked her hair. She opened her eyes, looked at him and smiled. She squeezed his hand.
"My angel awakens. It is good to see you my love."
"It's g00d t0 finally meet the 0ne pers0n wh0 matters in my life."
"I'm sorry you went through all of that Aradia. I'm sorry."
"It's alright Tavr0s. It's g00d t0 be able t0 m0ve again. I can't thank y0u en0ugh f0r bringing me back when every0ne else gave up 0n me."
Aradia propped herself up and hugged Tavros. She quietly sobbed on his shoulder. Tavros hugged her and smiled to himself. Everything was going perfectly.
He helped her up and led her through his mansion and down into the sea caves below it.
"I have a, uh, surprise for you my dear."
"What is it?"
"Y0u kn0w h0w y0u used t0 tell me ab0ut h0w y0u always wanted t0 be a pirate?"
Aradia giggled, "Yes."
"Well, now you can be one."
He waved into the cave below them and Aradia looked down upon the former Mindfang fleet...now her own fleet.
"Y0u can't be seri0us Tavr0s! I can't be a pirate!"
"Because...because that w0uld be wr0ng..."
"Why would it be, uh, my love? Because the city that turned its back on you said it was?"
Aradia looked down at the ships and their new crews sternly.
"Why should you care about those who abandoned you. Why should you listen to those who tore your soul apart and jammed part of it inside a cold metal shell?"
Tavros gripped Aradia's shoulders and looked into her eyes.
"Why shouldn't you take your vengeance upon them all?"
Aradia smiled at him and they kissed. They looked down at the ships as they held each other.
"I'll d0 it. We'll make them pay."
"We'll make them all pay."
Damn that was long. Now the city has someone new to fear.
The Dread Pirate Megido.
I'd explain more here, but I've been writing this for about 2 1/2 hours and I'm brain dead.
A Collage of the City - Part 1 (a civilian related fiction)
After such a deep sleep I arose from my slumber. I began my usual morning activities, eating breakfast and taking a shower. Walking out of my room, I'd usually strike up a conversation with my neighbor, Alyssa.
"Hey Nonnace, having a good morning so far?"
"I suppose so..."
"I think what you should do is attempt to draw everyone in this here city."
"Um, are you kidding me? If I asked them 'Could I draw you' they'd think I was a complete freak!"
"It's not like they don't think of you like that already."
You were going to talk back but you know yourself this is the truth.
"Come on Nonnace, enrichen your social skills a little! Do it or I'll force you to!"
"Yay! Okay, wait right here!"
She ran off into her room. Some objects were being flung out the door. She ran back with a camera.
"If I force you to do something, I might as well force myself to do something too."
If I remember correctly, in a past conversation, she stopped photography for some odd reason. I guess we all have to force ourselves to break fears or whatever.
The streets were dank and noisy. Cars honked. Feet stomped. People were talking loudly-- And did I just see a man with flashy red and blue eyes piggyback-riding a girl with a cane in cop suits? Yep. These were the streets alright.
"So, where do you think we should go first?"
"Um.. Hold on.."
Alyssa pulled out a map and started rolling her eyes all over it.
"Aha! The park is our first destination! There's bound to be a bunch of people there!"
The walk was pretty long. To me a 34 minute walk was hell on my feet. I cocked my head to Alyssa whom had put on shades and walked without stress. I told myself, "I need to get out more!" At the park we saw two bambling weirdos fighting over something. I went up to them and began to eavesdrop.
"WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT ELLIOT? EGBERTMAN IS OBVIOUSLY THE BETTER SUPERHERO!"
"Pshaa Samuel, Crow Bro is the better super hero. He's got shades, unlike Egbertman, who has lame glasses.
I was offended kinda and began to fiddle with my glasses. Alyssa was nodding.
"Um, Nonnace? Shouldn't you be doing something right now?"
"Wait, shush, I wanna hear what they're talking about! And besides it's rude to intrude..."
I kinda felt stupid when I said that but nonetheless you and Alyssa continued to listen to the mumbling idiots.
"HNNNNGH! I have had it up to HERE with you!"
Samuel had his hand right up to his highest hair.
"You wanna fight about it?"
"HELL YEAH I WANNA FIGHT ABOUT IT!"
Samuel and Elliot held their fists up high. Oh, looks like one is about to punch another---
Alyssa had taken a picture of them, which stopped the impending battle of the nerds.
"Samuel! You know better than to pick fights about superheroes!
Samuel took a deep breath and regained composure.
"Sorry you had to see that Alyssa... So, um, what are you doing here at the park?"
"Well, me and my friend here Nonnace--"
"--Are on a quest, er, a mission if you may, to draw slash take a picture of everyone in town in one day."
"Sounds neat! Did you get my good side?"
Alyssa slightly blushed and giggled.
"Well, Nonnace here has to draw you two. Is that okay with both of you?"
Both of the two enemies nodded, and marked a small truce for now.
"Okay.. just stand still for a moment, perhaps 5 minutes..."
The drawing was finished.
"You can see clearly the hate we have for eachother. Er.. Do I really look that?"
"Yup. And the facial expressions are good!"
"Well, thanks I guess!"
We said our goodbyes and continued on. We could hear them fighting again. We decided to leave as fast as we could before anything else happens between them.
"Well that was nice. Hmm, where to next?"
I apologize for such stiff writing, I just wanted to see if I could get the civilians to interact. Next one is coming up soon.
Last edited by Flamecannon; 01-31-2011 at 12:11 AM.
Just a quick headshot because I'm not good at drawing children but I felt like trying to design a reasonable merger between Tavros and Vriska. I wasn't sure whether to give her glasses or vision eightfold, though.