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Issue 3 - Jason Quill Postlude

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsDiK7RAurE

Transcript (note some spelling irregularities in the subtitles to create clearer pronunciation):
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Gee, that didn’t go well. I completely blew that.

Anyway, hi, Dad. Barbara said I should do this. Make a video, talking to you. She said it was in a book she read about the grieving process.

Whatever.

And since the lab has all these cameras to record your experiments, it seemed like the best place.

Not that I expect anyone to ever see this. Especially you.

So Alycia Chin is back. When heard the rumors after the horse race, I didn’t want to believe them. I didn’t drop everything and go after her.
She did something to Harry. Dammit. It’s my fault he got hurt. I should have come up with a better plan. You would have. Rusty would have. Even Brigand would have, and he’s a dog.

And she’s tracking me through my nanobots? That’s really scary. I need to figure out how to block their signal from her.

But I can’t. I’m not smart enough.

Maybe I’ll ask Link. He might have ideas. And he knows about my problem. If he doesn’t throw it all back in my face. Again.

I feel bad about Harry. He saw something. His story is a little unclear, and we need to get the details. But if Alycia hurt him, it’s my fault.

Why did it have to be Alycia again? She kind of scares me. I mean, she’s as smart as her dad. Smarter than me. And her dad killed you and Rusty. She might hurt one of my friends, or worse. I have to stop her. Or try to change her mind about all of this.

But the others probably think I’m crazy. I overreacted to hearing about Alycia. I still felt awful from pushing myself too far, and when she cut off the nanobots it felt like she cut off part of me.

Harry seems kind of mad at me. I don’t blame him.

And after all of that, we don’t have any prisoners. Alycia stopped Harry from taking Iconoclast to prison. And Troll just disappeared. That was weird. And he gets strength from Wifi? What’s that all about?

It’s not Link’s fault. I gave him the information from that Power Pony girl. If my head hadn’t been hurting so much, I could have helped him and Concord.

I tried to help Ghost Girl. She seemed really worried. And then I said that stupid thing about voodoo masks. What I meant was that I had seen scary things. Really scary. And I have done things to scare people. Dad, you once created a giant amoeba that almost ate a house. I grew up seeing scary all the time. It’s okay to be scary. That’s what I was trying to say.

I hope that she heard me.

I hope *you* hear me, Dad, wherever you are. But I don’t think you can. I don’t think there’s life after death. There’s always some scientific explanation, or evil genius plan. Well, except maybe Ghost Girl. But there is probably a scientific explanation for her, too.

You would be able to figure it out. If you were here.

I don’t feel like I can do all of this without you. I just wish I had been there with you guys.

It’s just not fair. It wasn’t supposed to be like this! The heroes always save the day. If they know how. And I don’t. I just know I need to stop Alycia. Somehow. Before she hurts someone else.

And before things go too far with my own problems.

Okay, that’s enough feeling sorry for myself. I have some research to do before I hit the sack.

Good night, Dad. Talk with you later.

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author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/5469986

Awesome :slight_smile:

author: Bill G.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/5470254

Okay. Dammit. Now I’ve scripted an encounter between Jason and Alycia subsequent to this. And, of course, crafted a Plotagon avatar for her.

I blame Doyce.

author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/5470681

Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

author: Bill G.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/5470700

I’m… probably going to need to do an avatar for Alycia. :slight_smile:

author: Doyce T.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/5470829

Bide a bit.

author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/5470855

Issue 3.5 - When Jason Met Alycia

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https://youtu.be/EHzTnvjlEA0

This takes place a few days after the previous video.

Transcript (again, with some intentional voice-reproduction typos in the subtitles):

JASON
… so, Dad, that’s the lastest update. Not that you’ll ever hear it, but, well, it’s good pretending to talk with you. Good night.

ALYCIA
Well, that was touching. (JASON RECOILS) Oogah-boogah!

JASON
Alycia, how – what are you doing here?

ALYCIA
Listening to the world’s saddest video-log, I think.

JASON
Wait. I can feel it. You’re broadcasting … out of my nanobots? Through the visual matrix enhancers in the holograph tank.

ALYCIA
Very good.

JASON
Are you connected? Live? Actually communicating?

ALYCIA
(smiles)

JASON
The lab is shielded. The holotank is offline. In fact, there have been other opportunities for you to chat with me today. This is the first time I’ve been alone and also in a shielded place.

ALYCIA
What does that tell you?

JASON
That you’re a recording. Or … an AI.

ALYCIA
Hmmmm. An AI in your nanobots. That must be disturbing.

JASON
Yes.

ALYCIA
Unless I want you to think I’m just an AI, and I’ve actualy established communication through the lab shielding. Would that be more disturbing?

JASON
Maybe.

ALYCIA
At any rate, I suspect the nanobot anti-virus will start working immediately on what ever I am, so we don’t have much time to discuss things.

JASON
What did you want to discuss?

ALYCIA
Oh, I have no questions for you. Well, I have one, but I will wait for you to ask the right question of me.

JASON
Dammit, Alycia, this isn’t a game. After … after what happened with our dads, how can you be trying to do the same thing all over again?

ALYCIA
And there it is in one. After what happened with our fathers, how can *you* not be trying to do the same thing all over again?

JASON
That doesn’t even make any sense.

ALYCIA
Of course it does. Your father is responsible for my father’s death.

JASON
What? That’s not true.

ALYCIA
And vice-versa, of course. So how can you not be seeking vendetta?

JASON
Dad did no such thing!

ALYCIA
Of course he did. You weren’t there to see.

JASON
And you were?

ALYCIA
(smiles) Some of us weren’t sent off to boarding school.

JASON
I saw the TV coverage.

ALYCIA
And pictures never lie?

JASON
Even if that were true, revenge and all that, it makes no sense. Look, I know we were always on opposite ends of machine guns, or death rays, or robot manacle controls. But that was because of our dads. Well, your dad. But it wasn’t our fight, you and me. This isn’t you.

ALYCIA
This is me. It’s the me my father wanted me to be. Too bad you aren’t living up to the Quill legacy.

JASON
I don’t want to fight you, Alycia.

ALYCIA
I don’t want to fight you either, Jason. I just want you to die.

JASON
Dammit, we’ve spent time together when we weren’t in conflict. Did nothing of all that ever mean anything to you?

ALYCIA
What, on that space station? Or when we were both held captive in that Amsterdam brothel that was a front for Nazis? Or do you mean Antarctica? I read your interview, Jason. Very coy.

JASON
It was none of their business.

ALYCIA
There was no “business” to tell. Or, rather, it was all business. A transaction. Helping each other survive. Conserving body warmth. Even psychological support. When we were rescued by my father, by our fathers, that was the end of it. The same as that was the end of our fathers’ cooperation.

JASON
That’s all it meant to you?

ALYCIA
(Hesitates.) Was it supposed to mean more?

JASON
I was being honest with you.

ALYCIA
(Pauses a long moment.) You don’t know the meaning of the word. At least you learned that from your father. Yes, That’s all it was, Jason. I was not some romantic conquest of yours. I was never planning at crouching at the feet of the great Jason Quill. I am the daughter of Achilles Chin. That is the only legacy I seek.

JASON
I didn’t think of you as a conquest!

ALYCIA
Of course you did. The Quill family has always been about winning, about conquering, about being the smartest, the most famous, the most renowned.

JASON
I thought of you as, maybe something more …

ALYCIA
What, a friend? (LAUGHS) Oh, Jason, if I am only an AI, my sole regret is that the real Alycia will never be able to hear you say that corny line.

JASON
Really?

ALYCIA
It sounds so plaintive, so lonely. And what do you do to fix it? Look at this new little surrogate family, all things you wanted but never got.

JASON
Alycia, stop it.

ALYCIA
The younger, pliable little brother you never had. The boy who has the supportive extended family you lacked. The tinkerer who has the brains you didn’t inherit. Even a girl you can never touch.

JASON
Stop it!

ALYCIA
It’s all about compensation, Jason, isn’t it? Trying to get something your own family – Byron, Rusty, Amir, even your stupid little dog – never gave you. The truth hurts, doesn’t it?

JASON
It’s better than being alone, and not even trying. Like you.

ALYCIA
Oh, Jason, that’s all you’ll ever be. Alone. I’ve gotten used to it. You will, too. Or maybe I need to rob you of even that illusion. Maybe I should take care of your “friends” first.

JASON
Don’t you touch them.

ALYCIA
Oh, don’t worry. You’re my real target. I don’t wouldn’t intentionally hurt bystanders. Not too much at least. It’s kind of tacky.

JASON
So, that’s your great ambition? Your legacy? What happens when you kill me, you retire? Or go straight? Maybe go out for a Nobel Prize?

ALYCIA
I don’t know. That’s the one thing I haven’t planned for. Everything else is … well, proceeding accordingly. Ouch.

JASON
What?

ALYCIA
Your father’s AV program is finally getting down to the core subroutines. And it’s unlikley I’ll ever be able to break in again. Anything else you wanted to ask me, or tell me, or emote at me, before I get scrubbed?

JASON
Why did you do this, Alycia? Why all this big trick getting into my nanobots? Is it because maybe you’re lonely, too? Is it because you really just wanted a chance to talk?

ALYCIA
Oh, Jason, you aren’t very smart after all. It wasn’t about getting into your nanobots. It was about getting into your head.

JASON
Good-bye, Alicia.

author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/5472296

This logically leads to a conversation with Link - and if you want to avoid burning session time, feel free to kick it off on forums or something.

author: Bill G.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/5472389

@Bill - That makes sense – let me kick something off. Though he probably would have had that initial conversation with Link after the first video, before the second video came up.

author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/5472929

Dave that was spectacular. Thank you. I love the Alycia model.

author: Doyce T.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/5472930

@Doyce - Doyce, the timing of this second video is assumed (and timestamped) within a few days of the first, but it could arguably happen right on the tail of it or some time further along. Almost nothing presented in it is a “fact” aside from Jason’s dynamics with the team not being substantially different from what they are as of the end of Issue 3 (all other “facts” are emotional interpretations or even possibly lies, from the speaker to the other or even potentially from the speaker to themselves).

If a few days later, I assume that while there’s been a big media foofoorah, nothing else of greater significance in the city has happened – The One Who Hungers hasn’t descended from the stars upon downtown, Hydromaximal hasn’t marched his invading amphibian hordes through, G.I. Doe hasn’t been contaminated by the Universal Dodecahedron and rewritten history to make Benito Mussolini the Eternal Dictator of the World, etc.

author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/5472931

@Doyce - Thanks. The Muse jumped into my head, looking just like Alycia Chin, and said, “YOU WILL WRITE THIS NOW.”

The Alycia model I sent is based off the image you’ve been using, which is spot on to the way I had seen her showing up, so yay.

(I have this thought of Alycia still in charge of her father’s vast science criminal empire, such as it is, but mostly to drain its resources on her vendetta and letting her father’s lead henchfolk still run things day to day …

“But Mistress Chin, we need your approval --” “GO AWAY, I’ve just about figured out this carrier wave thingie.” “But the Americans will get to the crashlanded alien vessel --” “Fine! Bring it here! I can use the technology for my killer robot.” “But we could sell it to the North Koreans, intact, for twenty-five–” “I don’t care about that, get me that ship, and get the hell out of my lab!”

… leading eventually to either a palace coup where she’s kicked out violently because she’s not focusing on whatever efforts were previously making them rich henchfolk, or else an attempted coup where she is confronted with actually having to kill the advisors who are railing at her to “get your head in the game,” a la the drug lord’s accountant in License to Kill, or John Bigboote in Buckaroo Banzai. I have no idea whether, faced with actually killing someone, she could/would; that particular probability cloud hasn’t yet collapsed with having to happen.)

(Of course, I can also see Alycia living solo, effectively living on the corpses of her father’s schemes, moving from one of her father’s safe houses to the next, basically living in science bunkers for weeks on end and eating e-rations and developing her schemes. That wouldn’t lead to a very healthy mental attitude, either.)

author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/5472967

I’m totally fine with the timing. I think it will make sense to jump things forward a day or two from where we left off, if only to make room for things people have sketched out for themselves.

Also, that’ll give the team time to find out Iconoclast didn’t get away. :slight_smile:

author: Doyce T.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/5473123

I’m more concerned (as Jason) about the public’s reaction when the two villains who were carried off by the Team turn out to not be in custody anywhere (and, eventually, are known to be still at large).

author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/5473154

Eh. Just another opportunity for people to post the revolving door meme gifs.

author: Doyce T.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/5473196

Except for all those folk who were claiming it was all rigged. Which rumors Jason would have been freaking outraged over.

author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/5473278

Rewatching that video, I think it’s clear there’s a potential there for your labels to shift. So we’re definitely going to run through that once we get back in the game next week.:slight_smile:

author: Doyce T.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/5473343

Eep!

author: *** Dave H.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/5473349

*** Dave H. said:

@Bill - That makes sense – let me kick something off. Though he probably would have had that initial conversation with Link after the first video, before the second video came up.

Yeah, and nothing Link presents at this time would avert the second video either.

author: Bill G.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/5473387

On a semi-related note, it amuses me to picture Alycia Chin reading Mr. Big’s advice on this topic, on her own time: https://villainsvictorious.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-face-heel-turn-relationships-with.html

author: Bill G.
url: https://app.roll20.net/forum/permalink/5473714