Ever Wonder?
by Tokyo Rose

Did you ever wonder why Aurelia, that hooker in Ahta, had such a giant hate-on for androids?



Aurelia thrashed in the tangle of her silken sheets, fighting her way out of sleep.  Damp with sweat, the acid reek of her own fear souring the sultry perfumes of her bedroom, she lay panting and wide-eyed.  The softly colored light of the small, tinted glass lamps set around the room played over her body.  No darkness for her, no, never since she was a child.

In the nightmare, in the memory, she was a child.  Five?  Six?  It was hard to recall exactly, her entire early life muddied by a brief yet everlasting terror.  Wakened in the night, she had heard strange sounds, gone to seek the source.

Her first step out of her own bedroom had planted her bare foot in a patch of warm, sodden carpet, and the stench of blood and bowel had been choking.  Her eldest brother, twenty-four and visiting home from college, lay on the floor with his arms and legs flung wide.  His eyelids were open, but only empty sockets lay within, oozing thick dark fluid like tears.  Open, too, was his body, split from throat to crotch, his insides slopping over the clean edges of the slice.

She fled down the hall, seeking her parents, whimpering like a small animal.  The door of the master bedroom was open, and within, her mother appeared to be floating just below the chandelier like some strange butterfly.  Her limbs had been broken, twisted, bent with careful precision to form the "wings", her body bound into a smooth backwards arch and strung up by wire, strands of it laced artfully around her throat and cutting deeply enough to open the flesh in delicate lines.

Nearly mindless now with horror, the child fled again, stumbling down the stairs.  In the entry hall, her father had been pinned to the wall with long metal stakes that passed through every major joint of his limbs, his open mouth, his eye sockets.  His ribs had been cut free of the sternum and pulled through the flesh of his chest.

The thing which had done all of this turned away from its handiwork to stare at the girl-child with glowing amber eyes.  Blood drenched its razored fingers, clotted in its pale hair, was splashed over too-smooth porcelain skin, soaked into the dull black bodysuit it wore.  Its voice was the cold, dry, precise speech of a soulless thing, a monster in the shape of a human.

"An unexpected complication.  Intelligence indicated that only three persons would be in residence.  Vexing."

It reached out towards her, and she opened her mouth to scream.

That was usually when Aurelia woke up.

She had no real memory of how she'd ended up at the home of her best friend, a neighboring family--the overnight visit had been cancelled because her friend had fallen ill.  Sometimes she thought that she must have run there, somehow evading the monster.  Very, very rarely, she thought that perhaps the monster had taken her there.


Androids do dream, albeit not quite as humans do.  Sometimes it's an effect of temporary memory being written to permanent space; sometimes it's more like defragging a hard drive, bits of data being rounded up and collated into the proper sectors.

Noctis, whose name was almost a joke considering her cloud-white hair and sunlit eyes, dreamed.

Prince Valerius had been a good man, a very good man, who strove for fairness and decency in all his dealings.  There are people who will never appreciate a truly good man, however, and many times, a good man dies by the machinations of evil men.  Good men have trouble recognizing such antithetical beings.

That was why the Cassians continued to exist during his reign.  To deal with the evil.  To make examples of them.  To ensure that evil did not think itself beyond the reach of the Imperator, good and wise and kind though he might be.

Noctis dreamed of evil.  Of a man, his wife, and their adult son, all three engaged in a treasonous plot directed against the Imperator.  Kali had given the order, and Noctis, most senior among the Cassians save for Kali herself, had carried it out.

She killed them first, of course--quickly, cleanly.  Torturing them to death in private would have been pointless, a waste of time.  Their corpses, bearing all the hallmarks of a slow and agonizing death if not subject to the reality of same, would be a lesson to the Imperator's enemies.  The mutilations were performed with attentive care; as necessary, she had even reached into the chest cavity to manipulate the heart, to pump it by hand, in order to force the blood to flow as needed.  The stage must be properly set, after all.

Then there had been the child.

The child should not have been there.  Intelligence had indicated that she would be spending the night at the home of a neighbor.  Noctis had been annoyed with herself for failing to verify the information; if she had been aware of the child's presence, she would have taken steps beforehand to ensure there was no issue.

Still, the problem was easy enough to rectify.

The child was much too young to be part of her family's treachery.  There was no reason to add her body to the tally.  True, Kali might speak sharply to Noctis about her chosen course of action, but it would be after the fact, and there would be no reason to alter the decision.

Rendering the child unconscious with a jet of knockout gas, Noctis had simply taken the small creature to the neighbor's house and set her down on the doorstep.  When Kali's voice had echoed in her ear, requesting an update, she had spoken the pure truth:  "No living human remains within the domicile."

Cast List
by Centcomm



This is a proposed cast list for Data chasers and Luna Star

 New Troy

Lynn Taylor : Tara Strong
Calliope Tyalor : Kristine Sutherland
Dolly : Cate Blanchett Or Sigorney Weaver
Ceci : Andrea Libman OR Jenna Coleman
Ada: Alyson Hannigan
Teedee : Marla Singer OR Charlize Theron
Minx : Sarah Silverman
Cella : Liv Tyler
Marcus : Nathan Fillion
Veronica Silver : Emily Deschanel
Kyle : Danny strong / Elijah Wood


Miriko : Ming-Na Wen
Mira : Jewel Staite
Mister Black : David Boreanaz / Viggo Mortensen / Harrison Ford
Logrin Imbrus : Nicolas Cage

Gavin Goldwin : Neil Patrick Harris ( red neck accent ) Or Adam Baldwin ( same )
Dari Mccarthy : Lena Headley OR Emma Caulfield

Nova Roma

Decimus Livius : Anthony Steward Head OR Peter Dinklage OR Nikoloj Coster-Waldau
Acantha Livius : Emma Watson OR Chloe Grace Moretz
Maxus Valerus : Ron Pearlman OR Russell Crowe
Kali: Juliet Landau
Julia Willis : Morena Baccarin
Irene : Michelle Fairley
Sergia ( slave girl , Palace ) Christina Hendricks
Priest Agrippa ( COGP ) Sean Bean
Archpriest Setorius ( COGP ) Charles Dance

AIS systems

Cent Comm : Summer Glau Or Michelle Trachenburg ( Altered )
Aeneas: Matt Smith / Jim Carrey / Robin Williams ( Altered ) ( is allowed to Improvise lines or go in tangents. )
Deep Blue : Morgan Freeman ( NORMAL )
Tokyo Rose : Karen Gillan OR Sigorney Weaver

Cast of Luna Star

Galina : Scarlet Johansson ( Russian accent )
Jet : John Barrowman / Seth Macfarlane
Dr Cooper : Billie Piper
Base commander Jung Hyun : George Takei
Captain Kiku : Ming-Na Wen ( recast ) OR Lucy Lu
Lt. Col Taylor : Liam Neeson
May Tempest : Amy Acker
Edict : Synthetic - OR David Tennant
Doctor Granger : Mark Ruffalo

Darkcon 2014
by Centcomm


All in all it was a fantastic con .. special thanks to Mister Stackpole , Greg Ewald , Marcus of the Dark ones - The Dark ones in general , Celti , Klopper , Tori , Wilgar, Ozzy and all the rest!

Special thanks to Smoke for talking me into going and coming up with the idea for Bookmarks

Also Reyna Artist extrodinare  And more - ( ill add them in later. )

Discovery: Exposition
by Tokyo Rose

Since we've had some questions for details about the terms used in the current story and some background on the situation in Nippon might be useful . . .

Shinedo is the largest bastion of civilization in the former nation of Japan.  There are smaller enclaves (towns, villages, farming communities), scattered around, but Shinedo's the only real "city", and it occupies the region formerly known as the Greater Tokyo Area.  Outside its walls, the landscape's mostly recovering from centuries of civilization followed by centuries of post-explosion.  It got relatively few nukes dropped on it, but the biological/chemical weapons didn't make it a very friendly place to human life for a long time.  As noted above, there are settlements outside Shinedo, but they're inclined towards a lower level of technology.

It's worth noting that androids are treated with far more equality in Shinedo than in some parts of the world.  The nation's had a long-standing fascination with mechanical lifeforms, and even before open warfare broke out and decimated the human population, their androids were somewhat more advanced technologically and socially than they are in the Western hemisphere.  It's not unknown for androids to take "human" names and be treated as humans, right down to being accorded the same respect as any flesh-and-blood expert in a given field.  A stylized appearance is currently popular in android design, but the look goes in and out of favor on a fairly regular basis.  (That's why Jasper and Maddy both look the way they do.)

The Three Treasures--Kusanagi the Sword, Yasakani the Jewel, and Kagami the Mirror--are the linked AIs which oversee Shinedo and, by extension, the nation of Nippon.  Kusanagi commands the military and security forces.  Yasakani coordinates social services, public utilities, and other such programs.  Kagami acts as the executive branch and general administrator, maintaining infrastructure and diplomatic contacts.  Tokyo Rose is scarcely known even to the people of Shinedo; she works behind the scenes.

Chokushi and Shikome are rough equivalents of Cent-Comm's White Angels and Black Angels, respectively--purpose-built independent agents entrusted with particular tasks by the Three Treasures (and Tokyo Rose).  Chokushi aren't helpless by any stretch, but they're always partnered with a Shikome bodyguard.  The term "Chokushi" is literally translated as "divine messenger", while "Shikome" is meant to evoke the less-charming imagery of vengeful demons.  (To temper their fearsome reputation, and incidentally provide an object lesson in Why It's Bad to Underestimate One's Opponents, Shikome are deliberately designed to look like cute girls.  Chokushi can appear as either gender.)

How to Harvest Scythe Lizard Musk Oil
by Tokyo Rose

Materials Needed:
NBC suit (that's "Nuclear, Biological, Chemical", not a TV network).
Tranquilizer gun (or, preferably, Tranquilizer Shoulder-Fired Rocket Launcher).
An extraction device approved by all appropriate wildlife-protection agencies (in this case, that would be one crazy recluse who lives in a tree), or alternatively an industrial shop-vac you sincerely don't want any more.
An airtight flask.
A very strong stomach.
A complete lack of sense, or alternatively, total dedication to horrible practical jokes/SCIENCE!, whichever you prefer.

Step 1:  Find a scythe lizard.
Step 2:  Reach safety after it notices you.
Step 3:  Find a different scythe lizard.
Step 4:  See Step 2.
Step 5:  See Step 3.
Step 6:  Shoot scythe lizard with tranquilizer.
Step 7:  Put on NBC suit.
Step 8:  Make sure a reliable ally who does NOT owe you any money is sitting overwatch with the tranquilizer cannon.  (If at all possible, make sure YOU owe THEM money.)
Step 9:  Approach scythe lizard from the rear.  This is not a great view, but it's far better than the front.
Step 10:  Move scythe lizard's tail to one side to expose the anus.  Try not to throw up inside NBC suit, as the stink is all in your mind right now and you don't want to change that.
Step 11:  Insert nozzle of extraction device into sphincter of musk gland, which appear as small pits on either side of anus.
Step 12:  Pretend you are somewhere else while extraction takes place; the average scythe lizard musk gland contains as much as a liter of fluid.  Recommended happy places include wildflower fields, secluded beaches, and titty bars.
Step 13 (optional):  Repeat steps 11 and 12 for the second scent gland, if you're crazy like that.
Step 14:  Walk very quickly and carefully in a straight line away from scythe lizard.  It is going to wake up any time now, but you don't want to drop that fluid container and have nothing to show for your day of molesting horrible, horrible wildlife aside from the mental scars.
Step 15:  Decant contents of extraction device into airtight flask.
Step 16:  Wash outside of airtight flask up to fourteen times with grain alcohol, which will break down the chemical bonds of any musk oil on the outside of the flask and render it harmless.  Kentucky moonshine is recommended, as it can also break down some of the memories of what you've just subjected yourself to, you maniac.
Step 17:  Leave the area.  Take your overwatch guy along, unless you owe him money or don't like him very much.
Step 18 (optional):  Watch from safe distance as scythe lizard regains consciousness and instinctively charges at any- and everything in front of it for the next four hours.  There are few opportunities to see a scythe lizard in a state of greater-than-average blind rage.
Step 19:  Profit!

Uses for scythe lizard musk oil include personal defense, area-denial measures, riot control, legally-actionable practical jokes, and--hilariously enough--the perfume industry; after evaporative distilling, the stuff makes ambergris smell like sweaty armpits.

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