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28 April 2018 @ 08:53 am
_Marooned_ part 23  

Chapter Seventeen

“While the situation is under control, I want to explore northward. The pattern of all of our arrivals argues for one more arrival point a hundred kilometers to the north. I want to see if there’s any sort of beacon there. Or, of course, anyone who might have been transported before I got here.” Xen eyed the others and noted the lack of panic on any faces.

Good. They realize they can take care of themselves.

Rael eyed him. “May I come?”

Yes! Or oh, no! Or . . .

Snickers from the other guys.

Xen glared. Rael giggled.

“Certainly.” Xen tried for casual, knew he was failing.

Jiol smiled. “It’s so fun to watch you try to not melt in Rael’s presence. When we get back we need to try harder to recruit her.”

Xen fished his scrambled pheasant eggs and tossed a moderate selection of food in his pack and headed north. Rael at his side.

“Sorry. I . . . didn’t mean to, umm . . .”

Xen just shook his head. “I think it’s pretty obvious that I utterly adore you.”

“Really? I think you’re trying to resist me. Why?” She trotted to keep up with his longer stride.

“The joy juice’s fertility effects linger for about three months.”

Rael stopped . . . then caught up again.

“Three months?”

“Yes. And . . . I’m almost sure I can deal with it . . . except I’ve got the assembler as well, and that stuff is just flat scary, some of the things it does.” Xen veered over to a copse of young trees. “This is far enough. Let me throw a corridor.”

Rael trotted after him.

Be strong Xen. Instead of being an idiot around her.

A warm hand on his arm, and he was turning around scooping her up and kissing her. Glowing at her. Resistance melting.

She pulled back and stared him in the eye. “Xen. I know I was drunk when I said that. But I’ve wanted a baby for years, I just keep chickening out. I’m, I’m . . . Xen. May I have your baby?”

“Yes. But I think we should wait at least another month and make sure that nasty stuff is absolutely totally out of our systems. And I ought to check up on Q’s progress on the gates . . .”

He rested a cheek on her hair and let himself look at the blue. Reached out . . .

“Ohmygod. She’s reach Xin Zhong.” He grip slipped and Rael dropped to the ground.

“Xen, she’s been an emotional shit storm for months. If she’s there, she’s in trouble!”

He thumped down, cross-legged.

Deep breath.

Relax and let the tension go.

Look for a cone. Grab a bubble and bump it.

No, you miserable piece of shit, get your sorry excuse for a multi-dimensional existence right over here and . . .

He slammed the cone down near the other gate and held the tail while he looked for another cone. This one scurried to obey. Twist tails and pull it to him.

“No people in sight, you’re at their gate facility. Their capital city is a hundred kilometers west.” Rael was standing behind him.

“Right . . . Oh hell, we’re only a few miles form the village. Rael. Stay here. Watch. If they try to come through, a shield across this die should change their minds. If they get through, lead them away.” He pointed east. “Across the river and cut south. They’re welcome to Poobah.”

“Right. Be careful, dammit!”

He turned and jumped through the gate.

On to roughly mowed grass beside a towering concrete wall, forest on the other side, and a painfully bright magic battle . . . yeah, about a hundred kilometers that way.

He closed his eyes and felt . . . recognized here . . . and Q he should be able . . . Pyrite! He pulled out the teleportation spell, powered it, pulled up shields and stepped forward . . .

Into chaos, bright explosions of artillery, brighter splashes of magic.

Q spinning, a slice spell . . . dropped. “XEN!” She launched herself at him as he hastily threw up a dome shield as hers fluttered.

A vice grabbed his shoulder and shook him—gently.

Xen freed one arm from Q’s embrace and hugged the horse.

“Horsie, can you hold the shields for a minute?”

Pyrite’s shields took over.

Q’s teeth gleamed in the flashes of power all around them. “What are you going to do to them?”

Xen glanced at the rainbow goats and long haired fluffy purple bunnies running about out side the shields. “Is there anything left to do?” He closed his eyes, recognized this spot, his gate site and pulled them both with him.

“Hey! I was waiting for the top echelon to show up! I’m. Not. Done!”

Xen picked her up and jumped through his gate. “Yes you are. Now let’s close some gates.”

“Close them! Xen, those people are a menace to the Multiverse, and they . . . Rael!” Q leaped to hug her and Xen sat.

No cones in sight. Xen glared at his gate. Stop it. Get!

Tails untwisted, cones detached and spun away. He looked at Q’s last gate. You, too! Scat!

They did.

He opened his eyes to find Q staring down at him.

“You know, the long term effects of that shemofazing are going to be interesting.”

ekuah on April 28th, 2018 02:21 pm (UTC)
Shemofazing ???
What is this?
Google found exactly two hits for the phrase "shemofazing"

_Marooned_ part 23 - Pam Uphoff's Planet - Pam Uphoff - LiveJournal
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matapampamuphoff on April 28th, 2018 02:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Shemofazing ???
Si(with a rising tone on the i)wang(rising tone on the a) is death

Sixing means death penalty.

mofa is magic.

I've bashed them together. Bastardized the spelling and lost the tonality. And need to get rid of the h.

se mofa zing. The Death of Magic is a punishment.
Re: Shemofazing ??? - pamuphoff on April 28th, 2018 02:48 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Shemofazing ??? - ekuah on April 28th, 2018 02:58 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on April 28th, 2018 04:30 pm (UTC)
Ahhh,but Xen,AK would have looked cute as a fluffy purple bunny.
Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on April 28th, 2018 04:58 pm (UTC)
If Q's goat spell includes a trap, AK may shortly be in goat-form.

Or if Q was feeling smart, the goat-spell trap makes a purple bunny and the purple-bunny trap transforms to goat.
(no subject) - (Anonymous) on April 29th, 2018 12:31 am (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on April 28th, 2018 04:32 pm (UTC)
So Master of the Multiverse picked up some new teeth? Can a god change aspects? We've seen Eldon do it by world-hoping. Be rather shocking for someone to yell for God of Spies and get, oh, say, Arno, instead of Xen! Here's hoping for Xen, Rael, and the possible baby's sake that he can shed the spy cliches. (Spies don't get to raise kids, after all. Kids become plot devices, often dead ones.)

(Anonymous) on April 28th, 2018 04:57 pm (UTC)
Spy Kids
Tell us you are not recreating the movie. You already have two spies on opposite sides falling in love. Her parents are even also spies. They are now apparently going to have kids. Hilarity and terror should ensue.
Re: Spy Kids - Michawl Dolbear on April 28th, 2018 05:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on April 29th, 2018 06:32 pm (UTC)
I think Q has changed archtypes from "The Nerd Girl That Can't Get Laid", that Xen called her in Empire of the One, to basically the Goddess of Science. Notice that in the next chapter here someone is interested in Q something she never had before and she seems to get interested in all forms of science not just one specialty.
(no subject) - (Anonymous) on April 30th, 2018 01:50 am (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on April 28th, 2018 05:08 pm (UTC)
Q had no reserves? No-one to carry a message back about what she found and/or what happened to her? Her dad is going to give her such a lecture about invasions 101 when she gets back.
I don't know if I hope that they get back before Rustle goes looking for both her kids (with many scary friends) or not.
(Anonymous) on April 28th, 2018 10:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Reserves
Hopefully there is a witch triad, several old gods, some wizards, and an action team or two a gate or so back up the chain. Sure, Q likes being a lone scout, but I just can't see everyone letting her stomp off on a mission of vengeance all by her lonesome, especially after the bad guys scooped out that nice divot.

Anyway, the first order of business has to be to disable the Xin Zhonggou transporter. Given its power requirements, that should not be difficult.

Re: Reserves - (Anonymous) on April 28th, 2018 10:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
matapampamuphoff on April 29th, 2018 01:45 am (UTC)
Re: Reserves
Yeah, she was just going to keep slogging along, opening gates. "It'll take months!!!!"

So they checked on her a few times, and she may have come back, but then she found a line of obvious algae worlds, took no time at all to be sure there were no people, and suddenly, there it was. Go home (three day trip) gather a team, return . . .

I know I had her lose it a bit and yell about Helios escaping the dino world, but this long term stress and anxiety is new to her. She did not make a wise decision.

In fact, I need to show an occasional spontaneous fire around her, like when her was seven and preciously grabbed power.
Re: Reserves - (Anonymous) on April 29th, 2018 07:19 am (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on April 28th, 2018 11:04 pm (UTC)
Something is bothering me about the implanted ID. It is very simple and easy to counterfeit even without magic and yet knowledge of how to counterfeit it causes immediate transportation with no investigation. The ID does not even have a checksum let alone a CRC which no experienced technological civilization would put up with (OK Social Security did, but that was in the 1940's before information science had pointed out what a bad idea that was.). It seems that there is a large level of stupidity (yes I mean stupidity not foolishness) in the population or at least 10% of them would know how to fake an ID and preventing the spread of that knowledge would be moot.
matapampamuphoff on April 28th, 2018 11:21 pm (UTC)
Re: ID
Funny how AK sent Rael away so quickly. Temper? Or did she have a reason to get her gone before anyone realized what she was, and where she was from.

The police certainly wanted to investigate.
Re: ID - Michawl Dolbear on April 29th, 2018 12:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: ID - (Anonymous) on April 29th, 2018 12:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on April 29th, 2018 12:14 am (UTC)
If the gate gets closer, what happens with the many colonies in their empire? Will their be chaos and lamentation? Or is there some lying going on? The parsity of gate use and the associated energy blackouts is confusing. Earth and One manage to run multiple gates and service a high population without brownouts. Why is their grid so unstable in a technology sophisticated enough to have gates? If they are low on resources, surely they could import some kind of energy resources from their many colonies? I smell a scam.
(Anonymous) on April 29th, 2018 12:38 am (UTC)
Are their colonies necessarily across? With their low numbers, the colonies could just be on other continents, or even on the other side of this one.
(no subject) - pamuphoff on April 29th, 2018 01:55 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - (Anonymous) on April 29th, 2018 03:04 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - pamuphoff on April 29th, 2018 03:53 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - (Anonymous) on April 29th, 2018 07:11 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - (Anonymous) on April 29th, 2018 04:06 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - pamuphoff on April 29th, 2018 04:18 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - (Anonymous) on April 29th, 2018 07:22 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ekuah on April 29th, 2018 07:47 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - pamuphoff on April 29th, 2018 12:42 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on April 29th, 2018 03:59 pm (UTC)
The parsity of gate use and the associated energy blackouts is confusing. Earth and One manage to run multiple gates and service a high population without brownouts.

The Xin Zhonggou gate technology has significantly different characteristics from all other gate technologies we know of. All other powered technologies (Earth, The One, Drei Mächte Büdniss) use magnetic beacons for precision steering and create a 3-meter ring that you can drive stuff through in either direction for as long as the ring is powered. Comet Fall is similar but unpowered and permanent and steers via dimensional vision without needing a beacon.

The Xin Zhonggou gate transports a 30m (50m, 100m ?) sphere apparently without needing a beacon. The magic carpet refinement presumably limits the volume of effect to a 10m half-dome over and just including the carpet, which makes it possible to transport people without scooping out huge piles of dirt.

The Xin Zhonggou gate can move lots more mass and volume more quickly (at once) than a ring gate, but it apparently comes at a huge energy cost. On the other hand, we have records of two mass immigrations (Eden, Mike's mom) that must have been tricky to arrange with the transporter flicking back and forth. A ring gate would have let the people funnel through as in Outcasts and Gods.

(no subject) - pamuphoff on April 29th, 2018 04:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - (Anonymous) on April 30th, 2018 12:57 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - (Anonymous) on April 30th, 2018 01:47 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - pamuphoff on April 30th, 2018 02:07 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - (Anonymous) on April 30th, 2018 10:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - pamuphoff on April 30th, 2018 11:47 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - Michawl Dolbear on April 30th, 2018 09:13 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - pamuphoff on April 30th, 2018 09:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)