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Long Way Down, page 59

12th Oct 2015, 7:21 PM in Long Way Down
Long Way Down, page 59

Author Notes

Zomburai 12th Oct 2015, 7:21 PM edit delete
I'll bet you forgot this story arc takes place in 2014 ....

(Not going back to once-weekly updates for main chapters ever again. Ever. Again.)

We finally made it to the epilogue ... and the trial of Nick! Stick around for the next couple updates to see how everyone from this chapter ended up!

Also, don't forget I'm just 12 days away from being in Artist Alley at Central City Comic Con! Hope I see you all there!

See you on Friday, all!


duLapel 12th Oct 2015, 8:32 PM edit delete reply
A trail!! o_0 on what authority... does this organization believe it is in the least sovereign!? My sweet ten-thousand gods, even Interpol drawing its authority and jurisdiction from its 190 sovereign member nations does not attempt to hold trails!!!

The Agency of the Unnatural which has only the authority due any NGO thinks itself a state that can try and sentence its members... I had thought the Agency was an organization of vigilantes dealing with supernatural villainy... It's actually a mafia whose agenda seems beneficent. I see why Nick was drawn to such an organization...

A tip of the hat to you Zomburai, the trail scene is a parallel in both intent and setting to The Twilight Zone episode The Obsolete Man...
"The Agency finds you Nicolas Michael Malphas Obsolete!"
Zomburai 12th Oct 2015, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
Huh! I've not actually seen that episode (not that I consciously remember, anyway ...). I'll always take a comparison to The Twilight Zone, though. Sixty years old and still some of the best TV ever made.

I detailed in this lorebook entry (don't worry if you don't remember, it's like a million years old) that the Agency does have a measure of sovereignty and the ability to try people (especially their own agents). Now, does that make the Council trustworthy, unelected and powerful as they are? That's a trickier question... and I don't think the upcoming pages will help their case with you, duLapel :P
duLapel 14th Oct 2015, 12:20 AM edit delete reply
That kind of state is called an Oligarchy and quickly de-evolve into Tyrannies--an oppressive government that wheels power in a cruel, unreasonable, or arbitrary fashion. That's not to say they do what they do with the best intentions... many SS claimed at Nuremberg... "I was following orders, Mein Herr, for the greater good of the people!"

So the Twilight Zone episode The Obsolete Man is politically relevant as well... hmmm... You didn't know you were writing such thought provoking stuff... 8D
Zomburai 12th Oct 2015, 9:30 PM edit delete reply
Wow, and I just looked at that clip and there's definitely some visual similarity there o_o (Funnily enough, I think the actual inspiration for this scene was the framing sequence in Brian Bendis's AKA Goldfish!)
Nesphandus 12th Oct 2015, 10:03 PM edit delete reply
Wow, holding cells must be pretty bad if Nick has had time to go full beard and still not have washed the blood off his hand.
Zomburai 13th Oct 2015, 5:48 AM edit delete reply
Nesphandus 14th Oct 2015, 6:35 PM edit delete reply
*slow clap*
Well played sir... well played.
Delta-v 12th Oct 2015, 11:51 PM edit delete reply
Interesting. It's still not clear to me why Nick felt that he had to go it alone. I understand from a literary point of view how his being a team player would have changer the Greek Tragedy (where the hero is, in the end, destroyed by his own flaws) that you had in mind into a police procedural (CSI: Chaos), but Nick hasn't explained the motive for his actions. From his attitude, it doesn't look like he's planning to do so, either. :)

RE: The Twilight Zone: Look at the author list. Serling was a genius both at writing, and choosing outstanding stories from other writers. :)
Zomburai 13th Oct 2015, 5:55 AM edit delete reply
For me, Lilith's "You were more concerned with being the one to save her than keeping her safe," is a pretty good summation (and some of Nick's dialogue supports that). If I did my job, though, I've left things open enough that there are other valid explanations.

(I hope I did my job right.)
Delta-v 13th Oct 2015, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
Hmmm. I think Lilith got it partially right as it was Nick's duty to protect his family (obbligo, and all that), but it was also his place to punish the kidnappers. I'm just wondering how Nick would put it.

And you did a wonderful job. :)
Zomburai 13th Oct 2015, 9:50 PM edit delete reply
Thanks for saying, Delta! :D
KarToon12 13th Oct 2015, 8:26 AM edit delete reply
What say you?


*banishes Nick to the Phantom Zone*
Zomburai 13th Oct 2015, 6:42 PM edit delete reply
Hmmmm. That's no good. Nobody ever stays in the Phantom Zone. :P
melaredblu 14th Oct 2015, 9:34 PM edit delete reply
Nick. Buddy. You really need to work on your diplomacy skills.
Zomburai 15th Oct 2015, 10:33 AM edit delete reply