At 15:34 that day the Deadlock Jaeger
boots up for the first time and initiates the neural handshake with
its sole pilot, name and background unknown.
At 15:41 Lechuza Renegade is deployed
to take it down and prevent a mass murder in the urban areas of Santa
Lechuza Renegade arrives at 16:47. The
battle lasts three hours.
“It was a goddamn miniature mech
cobbled together in a garage by teenagers with too much time on their
hands! What the hell took you so long?”
Gabriel Reyes and his co-pilot take the
reprimand with quietly grinding teeth. They don’t say the smaller
size made it impossible to hit. It was in and out before their Jaeger
could react and its smaller weaponry allowed for aimbot technology
the likes of which their own can’t profit from. It was like trying
to squash a fly. A panicked fly with a gun.
They don’t say all that because it’s
in their report, the same the Marshall pokes at like it personally
“We did our best, sir.” Reyes says.
“And we brought in the mech for study.”
“For study, great! If you haven’t
noticed we have a full bay of the damn things, we don’t need some
scrap heap out of Deadlock gorge!”
Okay so @natcat5 and I ended up making up a fucking Hamtion/Pacific Rim AU and here’s what you need to know:
George Washington is the head of the Shatterdome.
The Jaeger The Federalist was piloted by A. Ham and Laurens until Laurens was injured in the line of duty and rendered incapable of field operations (he works communications now). They had to get a replacement pilot ASAP and ended up with fucking Aaron Burr.
They still argue/don’t get along/frenemy (even while IN THE NEURAL HANDSHAKE) all the time but they get shit done and well at that, so no one’s really separated them yet.
The other Jaegers on base are Democratic Republican (piloted by fucking Jefferson and Maddison) and Revolution Revelation (piloted by Angelica, Eliza AND PEGGY). (It has the nickname Schuyler Smackdown at the base).
Lafayette and HERCULES MULLIGAN are the Newt/Hermann of the team (Lafayette’s weapon/tech development so he can always make sure there’s enough guns and ships to go around).
That said, Herc is the one man hype squad for whenever anyone goes out or comes back.
One time there was an emergency call and Burr, Angelina AND PEGGY were out of commission for some reason, so Eliza was like “Well, lets see if we’re drift compatible enough to pilot your Jaeger,” to Ham and they try it out. (They get married two months later).
When it’s Ham/Eliza piloting, they change The Federalist’s name to The Burn.
Burr is JEALOUS AS HELL because yeah Hamilton is annoying and obnoxious and the worst, but PILOTING A JAEGER TOGETHER IS A SPECIAL BOND GODDAMNIT also like YOU CALL IT “THE BURN” WHEN YOU’RE WITH HER?? IT MAKES MORE SENSE IF WE’RE “THE BURN” IT’S A PUN ON MY NAME.
Cue Burr vagueblogging on the Shatterdome fourm.
Cue a 3 page long response from Hamilton upon seeing it.
Cue WASHINGTON HAVING TO STEP IN TO STOP A FUCKING INTERNET FLAMEWAR BETWEEN TWO PILOTS.
Honestly it was so much less dramatic when Hamilton/Laurens were the pilots. Washington thought Ham and Eliza’s relationship might’ve chilled him out but IF ANYTHING IT’S WORSE.
One time Hamilton tried to convince Eliza to have a threesome with Laurens because?? I mean she’s basically secondhand drifted with him at this point so why not.
Also one time after some SERIOUS SHIT TALKING Hamilton and Jefferson decide to resolve their differences in a mature, adult way…JUNKYARD JAEGER BATTLE, Eliza/Ham vs. Jefferson/Madison.
Burr tattles on them and they don’t even finish one round before Washington breaks it up.
okay, so I keep seeing that post about how “technically Harry Potter is drift compatible with Voldemort” and I’m– it’s– no! he’s not! the whole thing about drift compatibility is being synced up, being linked, and being able to share a headspace – this is like, LITERALLY the opposite of Harry and Voldemort!
(their ~neural handshakes~ are accompanied by searing pain on Harry’s part; when they actually manage to drift – share a headspace, or whatever – Harry is in AGONY. depending on the circumstances (Voldemort’s mood, usually), it can be anything from his scar aching to collapsing, vomiting or passing out from the pain. the only time Voldemort manages to force a ~drift~ (while possessing Harry at the end of OotP), it causes Harry so much pain he thinks he’s dying, and Voldemort’s only able to hang on in there for like 30 seconds before he has to get the hell out. he can’t bear being inside someone (ooer) who has the kind of emotions Harry does.)
they’re incompatible on a base level! drifting causes one or both of them immense pain! any jaeger they attempted to pilot would probably do itself an injury! they could not save the human race from the kaiju!