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04 April 2019 @ 11:28 am
I need a bad guy. I need an actual evil villian. Angry and unbalanced, just enough control to have a meteoric political career. Then totally go off the rails when he loses the election. I'll have to do a bit of retrofitting to get him into the story sooner.

But is he the real villian, or just the most visible one?

Edited to add:

Chapter Two, the Riot:

And watched the scene around the Palace—Government House—on a huge screen.

Mere normal sized screens covered other pickups, and a two separate commercial broadcasts. With tunable earbugs, he could listen to whichever view he was interested in.

At the moment, the big screen was showing the “Peaceful Assembly” in the grass-and-pavement plaza across the street from the Government House main entrance. The speakers were up on a truck, tricked out to serve as a platform.

“. . . This utter disrespect, this reducing the Prophets and the genes of the Prophets to a few chemicals, cannot be allowed to continue. These False Oner are NOT the descendants of the Prophets!”

Lucky Dave wrinkled his nose. Technically true, but since we’ve abandoned faith for fear of the One Hive Mind’s assassins, it hardly matters.

“And the proof is that they have no power! Simple adding the One gene does not give them the ability to touch the power of the One! These demands of theirs are preposterous!”

No power? Well Ra’d did say he didn’t know if I could use it.

Lucky Dave tromped hard on that doubt. “Who is that?”

Princess Feol answered. “Councilor Ycrw, from Naples. Three terms in the Council, a founding member of the One First Party.”

“A councilor is rabble-rousing?”

“Two of them. I see the Insane Idiot in the background, waiting to speak.”

A tsk from another Princess. Mayc, pronounced Mac. “That’s Councilor Insa of Al Cairo. Newly converted to the One First Party, just as . . . odd as ever.”

And a bit later:

“That we can see.” Lucky Dave frowned at the screen. “So . . . where’s Rael? She’s not on the steps anymore.”

Isakson chuckled. “Weasel! Find the feed from their speakers’ podium.”

And there she was up on the truck, handcuffing a man twice her size. And Scar and a couple of the other’s he’d met at the hospital were looming over several other people.

Yep, it looks like they have Ycrow and Insa. Not handcuffed. Probably to their disappointment, it’d make a better visual.
cnmckenney on April 4th, 2019 05:20 pm (UTC)
How about one or more of the college isolationists that got busted in Empire? Some of them must have gotten out of jail by this time and they have a serious reason to hate Embassy and the rest of the multi-verse.
(Anonymous) on April 4th, 2019 05:30 pm (UTC)
One of the power-hungry Priests in Unvu's clique? A disgraced External Relations person allowed to retire after the Granite Peak debacle? An Isolationist who escaped punishment over the "start a war with Comet Fall" plot from "Meet the Family?" A politician angry over his political decline following "No Confidence"? One of the people exposed by Ebsa and company during "Directorate School" and "Trouble in Paradise"?

(Anonymous) on April 5th, 2019 04:22 pm (UTC)
How about the Ex-governor from "Trouble in Paradise"? He got hit bad twice by Ebsa, Paer & co. He was a moron who let a bunch of people know he was behind Ebsa's kidnapping and anticipated murder, so he could think that he could get away with anything, the attempted assassination was of Paer's father so was certain to hurt her as well as the fact that he was likely involved in whatever consequences the ex-governor faced. Sounds like the perfect evil moron.
(Anonymous) on April 4th, 2019 08:25 pm (UTC)
Unvu and other priests or assassin princesses who want to control the Empire? The One went down like a soggy balloon popping. Lots of bathos, because it had been built up to be a great big hydrogen blimp.

How about a crisis of relevance? How does One First react to the breaking of the compass? Diuc and co are suddenly lacking purpose. Others who can no longer hear the One and want it back.

Pity you rehabilitated Agni so well.

You need someone rich and charismatic. How do Oners get rich if industry is despised? From transport and goods on the old colonies? Did he call afowl of the new justice systems? An Al Cairo patriarch who has seen too many of his clan lose power? Someone who actually worships the One? He traces his lineage back to Emre? Won't he be annoyed if he pushes against the new so-called Warriors and finds that Rael is actually Emre's grand daughter.

And what about the despised south Africans? What are they pushing for?
(Anonymous) on April 4th, 2019 08:34 pm (UTC)
... Cyborg invaders from Mars?
(Anonymous) on April 4th, 2019 09:23 pm (UTC)
I don't know, i just feel that whoever they appear to be.. in the end they should be revealed as Alexander (the traitor). Sorry, couldn't help myself
(Anonymous) on April 4th, 2019 10:01 pm (UTC)
Why would he want to prop up the One? He never liked it.
(Anonymous) on April 5th, 2019 12:16 am (UTC)
2nd times the charm, that wasn't a serious suggestion, just a reference to all the movies where the villain was always alexander. I suppose the proper interpretation would be that Orde is really Alexander in disguise.
(Anonymous) on April 4th, 2019 11:03 pm (UTC)
Whatever happened to Baal? He has lots of grudges, lots of collective subconscious magic and perversity to stir the pot just for kicks. He likes to rule the world! Come to think of it, Pax would move to rule the One World and he is a great villain. What a noise it would make if the force behind One First was found to be a non Oner, especially someone from Comet Fall.
matapampamuphoff on April 5th, 2019 01:18 am (UTC)
Baal, AKA Barry Virtue, has a short story in here: https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Multiverse-Wine-Gods-Book-ebook/dp/B07Q8YSZPL/

I've toyed with the idea of hooking him up with the Combat gang, and maybe adding Pax.
(Anonymous) on April 5th, 2019 12:14 am (UTC)
It wasn't a serious suggestion, it was a response to all the references to movies where inevitably the villain ended up being alexander
(Anonymous) on April 5th, 2019 12:33 am (UTC)
Ah! That's why Paer has some dimensionality!
(Anonymous) on April 5th, 2019 01:33 am (UTC)
How long does it take a "player" to move from low-level blind go-fer to somewhat powerful? One of the low-level people from the time of the original Xen-adventure has risen up in *some* party and now wants to strike back (at whoever he *thought* was responsible.)

I do like the thought of someone outside The One being the controlling agent for the dis-reputable mess.