planetary defense

Assist Me (Part 3)

Summary: With little to no experience and no approval, you are secretly trained to be an Avenger.

Pairing: Bucky Barnes x reader

Word Count: 1248

Warnings: none

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Originally posted by kingsebastian

You avoided Bucky, Sam, and Steve the next few days. Avoiding them was easier than you thought because Tony had asked you to help him with a multitude of tedious tasks. When you would finish with those tasks, you would stick around to see if he needed help with anything else.

Whenever Steve walked into a room you were in, you pretended to be occupied with something. It was so obvious you were and Steve felt bad. He never said anything though. He was just trying to protect you and follow the rules. After Bucky had reminded Steve of himself before the serum, he thought about a lot. If anything, Steve thought you could have a role like Maria. Maria was trained to fight and also helped with missions – she just was not able to contest the enemies unless they came to her. She was not an official avenger, but she worked for them as planetary defense and under intelligence service. Yet after reflecting on it, he still came to terms that it would be best if you just remained an assistant.

Sam finally caught you on your way to Tony’s office. Telling him you were busy, you walked faster.

“Y/n, I’m sorry that it didn’t turn out well,” Sam stood in his place. You stopped in your tracks and turned to face him. You had no valid reason to avoid Sam. Nor did you have a valid reason to avoid Bucky. They didn’t do anything wrong. In reality, they were helping you and putting themselves at risk. They should be avoiding you.

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The Battle Barge is the largest Space Marine warship and is configured for close support of planetary landings. Battle Barges were originally a simple designation during the Great Crusade to refer to Battleships under Legiones Astartes control. Today, most chapters control two or three Battle Barges designed to deploy a fighting force to planets in a rapid fashion. Each of Battle Barge capable of deploying 3 Space Marine Companies plus supplies and support. Large amounts of space are designed to hold launch bays for inter-system craft and drop pods allowing up to three companies to deploy simultaneously. The vessel is extremely heavily armored and well-shielded for breaching planetary defenses while also protecting its cargo. It is also a dangerous enemy, especially with boarding actions but also contains enough firepower to destroy all but the most powerful of warships. Battle Barges are some of the most powerful ships the Imperium has at its disposal, due to both the power of the ships and their contents.

The Victory I-class Star Destroyer, also known as the Victory I-class Destroyer and Victoria I-class Star Destroyer, was a warship designed for planetary defense, planetary assault, ground troop support, and ship-to-ship combat. It was used by the Galactic Republic during the mid-Clone Wars, the Galactic Empire and the Corporate Sector during the Galactic Civil War and the Confederation during the Second Galactic Civil War.

Secret Empire #0 Thoughts (Spoilers)

Previously: The Red Skull used Korbik (a sentient cosmic cube that sometimes takes a child’s form) to turn Captain America into a bad guy. Captain America is now a loyal agent of Hydra an evil organization that is sometimes Nazi affiliated and sometimes not depending on who is writing. Captain America planned a bunch of bad stuff behind everyone’s back.  Captain America turned on his evil master.  Red Skull desperate to make Cap stop admitted that Captain America that his new history (that we saw in extensive flashbacks over many issues) was all lies he made up. Captain America doesn’t care because he’s EEEEVIL! He kills Red Skull and sets out to take over the world… his way! This took 15 fricking issues to get to.  Meanwhile we learned that Nick Spencer should really stay off twitter.

Notes: Despite the bad reaction Spencer’s Cap run has gotten I’m actually a fan of most of Nick Spencer’s work. Superior Foes of Spider-Man is of one the best comics of the last decade and the The Fix is hilarious. His run on the two Captain America runs are really mixed bags.  The first two arcs of “Captain America: Sam Wilson” are really good but Spencer struggled trying to deal with real life politics in the later issues. As for the eeeeeevil Captain America book well… it’s better than painful fever dream of Rick Remender’s Captain America book. I’m going to try to be fair and optimistic going into this one.

  • Our story opens with a World War II flashback in of Hydra Cap in the mountains of Japan meeting with Kraken an obscure villain from Jonathan Hickman’s Secret Warriors. Hydra’s secret base looks like the Legends of the Hidden Temple set. Kraken tells Captain America that the Allie will use the Cosmic Cube (not Korbik but another one) to change reality so that Hydra doesn’t take over the world. He says they’re going to change his memories and no matter what he must not forget he’s a Hydra Agent. Of course we know all of these new World War II memories are bullshit so… they’re either illusions or maybe Kraken was manipulating Steve the whole time or… uuuugh. I am three pages in and I have a headache!
  • We now have a flow chart of characters. I know Secret War did the same thing but… hoo-boy. That’s a bad sign.
  • We cut to modern day.  Cap is at S.H.I.E.L.D command with Sharon Carter.  We learn that a Chitari (those aliens from the first Avengers movie) invasion is headed towards Earth.  But the Planetary Defense shield is down.  Wasn’t there a whole other organization called S.W.O.R.D that handled this? Where is Abigail Brand?
  • We see the Guardians of the Galaxy and The Ultimates fighting aliens in space.  I am wondering why most of the focus isn’t on this and is instead on S.H.I.E.L.D HQ?  Daniel Acuña draws pretty fight scenes. Let him do that!
  • Meanwhile a boatload of supervillians lead by Gravitron are attacking New York and the Defenders are fighting them.  Unfortunately more of the focus is on S.H.I.E.L.D headquarters. So we’re mostly watching EVIL Cap and Sharon watching all the action.
  • Meanwhile Hydra has invaded the country of Sokovia the country that Ultron completely destroyed back in Kurt Busiek’s run.  I know it’s played a role in Specer’s run but shouldn’t it just be all empty space and dead Ultron drones now?
  • The narrator is REALLY going out of his way to tell us what a brilliant strategist Hydra Cap is and how all of these couldn’t have happened by coincidence.  It’s sort of like how every three pages in Avengers Arena someone says “gee Arcade is really a clever villain now. He sure thought of everything.”
  • Back in space Quasar is eaten by a space whale.  I should be upset at the apparent death of a new superhero but like… this HAS to be a set-up for her to punch her way out of the belly of a space whale an issue or two later. Right? I mean why would you waste an opportunity for an awesome action scene?
  • I just realized that Hydra Cap planning his scheme while the heavy hitters are in space is a LOT like the plot of Infinity.  Also the whole novelty of an EVIL Captain America story would have been a lot more at home in Axis.  Remember how Tony Stark was eeeeeevil for a year and no one cared?
  • Now Nitro shows up while the Defenders are fighting and Jessica Jones throws him high into the air while he triggers an explosion that looks like a homage to the opening of Civil War.  This comic is turning into a greatest hits album of other comic crossovers.
  • The Secretary of Defense gives Captain America full control over the U.S. Military and Law Enforcement thanks to a new act of congress so everything bad from here on out is caused by an ill conceived piece of legislation… just like Civil War!
  • The defense shield is turned on locking aliens out and the Defenders get backup from the Uncanny Avengers. Things are looking up for the heroes.
  • Suddenly a heli-carrier crashes into S.H.I.E.L.D HQ and a bunch Hydra mooks show up. Only the S.H.I.E.L.D guards aren’t fighting back because Dr Faustus is brainwashing everyone.  I should have mentioned before this whole mess started that the Red Skull had psychic mindscrew powers and dude whose sole power was brainwashing people working for him.  If you really wanted to do a Captain America is EVIL story the whole cosmic cube and prolonged elaborate false history flashbacks are kind of superfluous.
  • Captain America orders the Hydra Guards and the mind controlled S.H.I.E.L.D guys to take Sharon Carter prisoner.  Sharon is not under Faustus’ control despite the fact that if I had a drink for the number of stories where Sharon Carter was mind controlled I’d be drunk.  Sharon thinks Cap is being controlled by Faustus but…

  •  A Hydra guy is just standing there and has this slackjawed look like “I can’t believe this shit.”  I’m going to pretend he’s Bob from Deadpool. Bob’s presence is the most entertaining thing about this book so far.
  • I could be reading “The Button” right now.  That comic has Batman fighting Professor Zoom AND Flash fighting Samurai Robots… Samurai Robots!  And it doesn’t have walls and walls of exposition text…
  • Iron Men Riri Williams and Force Ghost Tony Stark (it’s a long story) discover someone has sabotaged the planetary defense shield and Hydra guys attack them. Just as it looks like we’re going to get a good fight it cuts away.
  • On Space Skype Captain America reveals to Captain Marvel that wave after wave of Chitari are coming and he’s keeping them walled off outside with fierce alien warriors to their doom.  Cue Cliffhanger #1.
  • Tony Stark and Riri Williams just beat up all the Hydra Guys OFF CAMERA!  We’ve got like a bazillion action scenes going on and NONE of them are given any time to breath under these unending walls of exposition text.
  • Hey it’s HELMUT ZEMO!  Which Zemo is it… the morally complex anti-villian/anti-hero from Thunderbolts? Is it the Cobra Commander-esc idiot from Avengers Undercover? A combination of the two? I don’t know because he has all of three panels in this issue.
  • Zemo and a guy named Blackout (not the Ghost Rider Villian) have stolen the book of Darkhold.  Does anyone remember Darkhold: Pages from the Book of Sins?  It was like this early 90s quasi-horror comic about this cursed book whose pages granted evil monkey paw wishes and the people who made those wishes usually turned into monsters. Plus there was an evil dwarf.  Like that you should be revamping that into something so if you wanted Peter Dinklage to be a villain in a Marvel movie.  Oh and there were people called The Darkhold Redeemers who were trying to stop the Dwarf and one of them was a lesbian and this was like long before LGTB representation was anywhere near common in comics.  Dude I want a Darkhold Redeemers comic.
  • So Zemo and an obscure Avengers villian named Blackout (who looks like the poor man’s Electro) use the Darkhold to banish New York City isolating it under a Dark Force dimension dome.  It’s like when the Hand sealed off Hell’s Kitchen in Shadowland but bigger.  ANOTHER crossover callback.  Cliffhanger #2.
  • Tony deducts that the next target of attack is going to be Washington DC he calls for The Avengers (several teams worth), The Champions, and Spider-Man (who I guess wasn’t in New York.)  We get some big epic hero arrival poses that would look great if they weren’t crammed into TINY… TINY panels.
  • Back in Washington an army of Hydra Helicarriers loom ominously over the White House. Hey do you remember the C-Plot from Fear Itself.  When Skadi’s Army attacked Washington but no-one cared because the rest of the book was about fighting monsters with Evil Thor Hammers? ANOTHER CALLBACK!
  • This the B-side of a Marvel Comics Crossovers Greatest Hits Album. Side A is about 70% tracks from Secret War, the Worthy stuff from Fear Itself and a trio of tracks from Civil War, Secret Invasion, and House of M. that were popular at the time but doesn’t hold up.
  • The nicest thing I can say about this comic is that Daniel Acuña’s art is really good and if anything this is one of the best looking bad comics I’ve ever read.
  • Despite the involvement of Hydra and the 40s flashback EVIL Cap doesn’t really come across as a Nazi at all and just a generic “take over the world” badguy.  On one hand that kind of seems to be Marvel backing away from the obvious “Cap is a Nazi” angle that was making people uncomfortable and angry and yet on the other hand it’s also backing away from the “America is more messed up than we thought” allegory that could actually make a point this time.  Spencer isn’t the guy to be doing that kind of project though.  Not sure who I could see doing that and making such a gut punch work. Grant Morrison or Kyle Baker maybe?
  • If this is any indication it’s going to be a loooooong six months.  Maybe I should be polishing off my “Rikki Barnes: The Winter Soldier” pitch.

anonymous asked:

Hello my Emperor I bring grave news, the hospital I work at has been infiltrated by a chaos worshiper and one who follows Nurgle at that. He is a vile man who smells of rotting live stock carcass. My question is what should I do to get rid of him? I seem to be the only one who knows what he is and if I act against him I will be arrested.

Inform your local Inquisitor, barring that, your local Adeptus Arbite, barring that, any member of the Imperial military or Planetary Defense Force. If none of these are available for any reason, then you have my permission to act however you feel necessary to deal with the threat.

Chaos must never be allowed to gain any foothold in our planets.

anonymous asked:

that's a fact or your thoughts? can mon-ew be gone forever?

It’s a fact.  He was literally sent off into space and the earth’s atmosphere is poison to him and all of his kind now.  Daxamites that is not Dude Bros sadly.  Winn and Lena made a lead based planetary defense weapon.

Forever I don’t know about.  It is a comic book show.

The creation of the Imperial Stormtrooper corps was a brilliant move in terms of coherent nation-building. During the Clone Wars, there was the Grand Army of the Republic, manned primarily by Jedi and Clone slaves, and various volunteer planetary defense forces. These planetary defense forces were a lot like U.S. National Guard units. They were citizen-soldiers with less training who all came from the same community and mostly worked to defend that community. During the war, they really didn’t interact much with the Clones or the Jedi.

In the Stormtrooper Corps, people from all over the galaxy might be stationed anywhere with other folks from all over the galaxy. They’re not invested in protecting the patch of land where they’re assigned so much as the whole Empire. The fact that each individual has so little in common beyond their identity as an Imperial soldier re-enforces the Imperial identity. It helps to create a more homogeneous Imperial culture where individual planetary cultures are minimized in service to the whole. It also makes it easier for soldiers to oppress unruly subjects because they aren’t people they know and grew up with. By the same token, the fact that the person under the armor could be your kin might make it harder for rebels to go around shooting them.

Index Sororitas - Order of the Abyss

“May all that is lost, be found” – Sister Adriana Oldrich

The Battle Sisters of the Order of the Abyss are a Lesser Order Pronatus that split from the Order of August Vigil subsequent to the events that followed the destruction of the imperial oceanic mining planet Nahmu. Born out Despair, the Order protected the ancient space station known simply as the Ark. The Order is now charged with discovering and retrieving the Ark of Truth so that it may reveal all that is lost from the Imperium.

Origin

“She who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” – Sister Nina Marian

M37.207 The Order of August Vigil of the Order Pronatus were asked by the Ecclesiarchy to investigate whether the large battle station sized saviour pod currently laying on the ocean floor of Nahmu is from the Ark of Truth and whether it contains information on how to find it.

Nahmu, was once one of the finest oceanic mining worlds in the Imperium. In lower gothic the name translates as ‘Old Mother’ it was characterised by unique hive cities that would submerge onto the ocean floor to mine for precious minerals during slack water and would then process them above water during the rest of the time.

The Ark of Truth according to ancient scripture is supposed to be the resting place for some of mankinds long forgotten, finest relics, as well as an archive capable of locating of trove more. Under the command of Canoness Abeni Aingeal, sisters from the order of August Vigil boarded the space station submerged deep below one of Nahmu’s many oceans, to find life support fully operational but, incapable of self-sustained flight. Deep within its vaults laid the ancient; Vengeance Engines in full working order. While it was an exceptional discovery and warranted further investigation in the name of the emperor, it could not locate the Ark of Truth, with it only containing the last known location before it separated. Without a name they simply started referring to it as the Ark.

In the years following the sisters tirelessly continued to research and study the Ark in hopes in one day returning it to the Ecclesiarchy that was until M37.212 when the planet Nahmu started experiencing freak geological activity, so violent that it began tearing itself apart. Before the final cataclysmic event destroyed the planet for good Canoness Abeni Aingeal diverted all power to the stations shields in hope of it surviving the event, the result, the huge amounts of energy hurtled the Ark into the black void of space.

The Order of August Vigil assumed their fellow sisters dead and the Ark lost. For those upon the Ark, they had nothing but the ships automated life support, artificial environment, and trajectory. So until the surviving sisters gained control and reinitializing offline systems they were left hurtling uncontrollably into the empty vacuum of space. As they floated in the blackness of nothing it was not long before they came to the attention of roaming Ork Pirates. Sisters from the Order of the Valorous Heart who had been assigned as a protection detail as part of their penance for their sin of pride. These sisters would go on to repel the first attempted boarding action and then onto training the Sisters of the August Vigil the important combat tactics in order to survive. These lessons would prove to be invaluable, as under the command of Canoness Abeni Aingeal,over the next dozen years they were assailed multiple times from Eldar Corsair, and Rogue Trader but they survived and eventually were able to return home.

Early History

Returning home to the Order of August Vigil having been declared untainted, their sisterhood struggled to recognise them, they were far darker, they had gone into the Abyss and returned. They weren’t Sisters of August Vigil any more, their journey had turned them into something far darker. It was clear to command that they weren’t able to reassimilate, so it was decided that the survivors were to form a new convent on the Ark. This would not be enough to ease tensions for on Lethe, the survivors would disobey orders and break rank. Within the private museum of the planetary governor, laid the Red Necklace of Chirosius, the bloodstained chain with which Apostate Cardinal Bucharis bound Confessor Dolan with. Sisters from the Order of August Vigil had intended to negotiate and trade for it, but the sisters upon the Ark would have none of it. Launching a brutal and bloody assault, slaying all in their path the survivors took the necklace by force. Upon investigation into the incident, the Inquisition would clear the sisters of any wrong doing having discovered the governor had been a mutant and agent of Slaanesh. By this point the tension between the Order and the convent upon the Ark was untenable and with the rather begrudging blessing from the Canoness’ of both the Order of August Vigil and the Valorous Heart, Cardinal Halfleikr Pomorac authorized the convent to separate and form a new order. The new order was named the “Order of the Abyss” and took Nahmu as their home planet in name only, for the Ark would be their mobile convent and their flagship. The order was tasked with unlocking the Arks secrets, so that they may find the Ark of Truth.

Notable Sisters

In their relatively short history, the Order of the Abyss have an astounding recording for remarkable individuals

First Canoness Abeni Aingeal

“In the depths of despair, I found him” – Abeni Aingeal, First Canoness of the Order of the Abyss

First Canoness Abeni Aingeal from the Order of the Abyss, formerly from the Order of August Vigil prior to M40.212 would have been considered an understated leader among her sisterhood. The events that followed Nahmu, in the face of extreme adversity Abeni transformed all of that. As a leader she maintained the Emperors light among her subordinates so that they would not face the despair alone. She showed incredible ingenuity to solve the challenges thrown at them. Having led her sisters for so long in confinement, she was eventually able to led them in battle where she revealed a fiery passion, that her sisters follow without hesitation.

Current Canoness Superior Eliska Ludmila

“Now, Emperor be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.” – Eliska Ludmila, Canoness of the Order of the Abyss

Orphaned when her father was press ganged into service of the Imperial Navy, she was sent to the Schola Progenium of Gabchik Kubish, at Bohemia, where she grew recognition as a steely eyed servant of the emperor, with a nerve of steel and an unrelenting desire to serve. The Narva offensive is the largest operation her Order has committed too and it has seen her tested. Lord Inquisitor Alexei de’Ossmann is wary of her, as she is not who he had hoped she would be when he approached the order to assist in the battle against the Tau Empire.

Gabchik Kubish was a member of the Bohemia Planetary Defense Force. When the Daemon Prince Reinhardrik manifested within the planetary governor’s palace, Guardsman Kubish participated in efforts to reclaim the palace and execute any heretics present. The Daemon Prince’s powers forced technological devices to fail- including the loyalist guardsmen’s weapons,, which allowed Reinhardrik to slaughter them at his leisure. In desperation, Guardsman Kubish used a Holy Orb of Antioch- a gift from a Space Marine of the Black Templars Chapter, mistaken for common jewelry and displayed in the palace for millenia- to exorcise the Daemon Prince, giving his life in the process.

In death, Gabchik Kubish was named a martyr, an Imperial Saint, and namesake of Bohemia’s Schola Progenium. Shrapnel from the Holy Orb was recovered and then inlaid into the guide bar of an ornate chainsword, which was named Beastbreaker. Bohemia’s planetary governor granted Eliska Ludmila the honor of bearing the weapon in battle, after the Order of the Abyss returned to the Imperial fold; every day, she fights to prove herself worthy of it.

Beliefs

Due to the nature of the Orders missions and tasks, they encounter many a tale of heretical crimes, all of which is recorded within the Testament of the Martyrs of Faith, so that once the Ark of Truth is discovered they may take up retribution against those that defile the name of the Emperor. Having constant contact with artefacts and relics has made the Order particularly lax about the worship of the god emperor through totemic representation. This has caused some friction with other more conservative Orders. This belief has held them in good stead, not being dragged into ideologically charged retributive campaigns and has allowed them to stay on their mission.

It is not the only belief that has caused controversy among other orders. Other orders commonly distain the blatant relationship between them and the Adeptus Mechanicus, for it is usual sight to see Techpriest accompany sisters upon missions to authenticate technological artifacts.

The founding sisters of the Order passed on their incredible will to survive but, over time sisters of the order have grown to believe that mere survival is not enough. One must not only endure the toughest of trials but also better them. To be a Sister of the Abyss, one must learn that lesson well and truly – to strive against all odds to win, and to be prepared to throw away victory and even their very lives for the ideals they will spend the rest of their lives fighting for. That way no sisters death is in vain and the dozen years trapped upon the Ark will have had a purpose.

Combat Doctrine

“We return light to that left in the dark” – Sister Ludvik Vit

All sisters from the Order of the Abyss have a wide range of individual specialisations when it comes to the study, investigation, and research into ancient relics and artefacts. On the battlefield the order has become specialised an a few polarised aspects of conflict due to the nature of the tasks. They are specialised in lightning raids and drop assaults in order to secure information or items, as well as rear-guard operations in order to defend and guard them.

Due to having the unique access to the vaults upon the Ark, the Order is able to deploy numerous ancient machines to aid in their missions. Reports have stated seeing Vengeance Engines upon the battlefield. An ancient machine resembling somewhere between that of a Penitent Engine from the Ecclesiarchy and that of an Dreadknight of the Grey knights. All indicators point to the fact that these machines are the same as those being deployed by the Order of the Desert Rose.

Confession suits have been seen marching and deploying alongside the sisters of the order. These exo suits originate from mining the mining equipment used to extract artifacts deep underground. The Order saw promise in these suits as did the Adeptus Mechanicus who quickly sought to strap an array of heavy weaponary onto them, making them walking tanks with formidable firepower; mass-collapsing grav-weaponary, infantry shredding heavy bolters, or armour piercing lascannons. Confession suits get their name from the belief that they are able to engage their enemies from such a distance with such ferocity that by the time they have reached you, if you are lucky enough still to be alive, you will confess. They are indeed one of most powerful assets that the Order has available, an asset many orders wish they had. More recent reports have spoken of an unidentified machine that bares similar resemblance to that of the Adeptus Astartes Dark Angel Chapter’s Nephilim Jetfighters providing air cover for the order, further investigation is needed to confirm

Notable Engagements

“There is no Artifact not worth shedding blood for! ” – Sister Tamara Vratislav

Since its establishment, the lessons learnt from the dozen years trapped upon the Ark have stood in good stead.

The 2nd Red Crusade

M38 in the Grail Abyss, the Grail had gone missing. Centuries of requests to examine this grail in the belief in contains clues to the whereabouts of the Ark of Truth had been denied, if the order could recover it before the Grail Wardens, they hoped to unearth a vital clue in their quest.

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Battle for Sirens Gate

M39.273, Sedlec Ossuary, at the battle for Sirens Gate, the Order of the Abyss became bogged down against swathes of heretics. The heretics forces must be broken and the gate taken for within the masonry of the gate the order believed laid a clue to unlocking the silent vault within the Ark. Order was given to deploy the Confession suits. The suits strode into battle and from a far they pounded their enemies positions. Bloody havoc was bought upon their enemies that day. Their fiery rain hastily destroying the heretics so that their fellow sisters could secure the gate and the vital information could be secured.

Krakens Mouth

In return for information regarding the Ark of Truth, Lord Inquisitor Alexei de’Ossmann required that the Order dispose of the traitoris planetary governor of Vitus held up in the palace at Krakens Mouth. The Order determined that they best way to achieve this would be through an orbital assault, led by their Vengeance Engines. The understanding was that the orbital drop would enable the Engine to quickly unleash its dual heavy flamers and engage in the close quarters fighting that would inevitably ensue. Its smaller profile would allows it to negotiate the tight passageways around the palace that a regular armoured vehicle would be unable to navigate past. At the east entrance to the palace, sisters were ambushed by the remaining troops loyal to the governor, they overran their position. Supported by a Vengeance Engine with its additional mobility it was able to engage the enemy and push back the assault, had it have been one of the rhino chassis based vehicles available, it would have easily have been destroyed, leaving the sisters vulnerable and most likely lost.

The Narva Reclamation

999.M41 at the request of Lord Inquisitor Alexei de’Ossmann arrive on Narva to assist in combating the Tau Empire and retrieving the Magma-core Syphon the former auxiliary power supply to the Ark of Truth and currently under investigation by the Earth Caste of the Tau Empire

anonymous asked:

Your Obi-wan/Satine are wonderful. I have a small idea but it's perhaps a strange one: I was looking a book about art and found the painting of The Coronation of Napoleon by David. Would you think of making , one day, Satine putting a crown on Obi-wan's head, in reverse of Napoléon doing it for his wife? For example in your UA when you designed a consort costume for him??

I’ve been mulling this over, anon.

I kind of concluded that, in the Royal Consort AU, even best case scenario, Satine having a formal coronation for Obi-Wan would be pretty unpopular - both with the Mandalorians (who just fought to overthrow a foreign tyrant, Maul) and with Obi-Wan himself (who is, after all, very humble). I think the Clans would be sensitive about the concept of any Off-worlder, let alone a Jedi (/former Jedi), ruling them, and would make it clear to Satine that she can call him husband, but they’re never calling him Lord. I assume that Obi-Wan would have his responsibilities and spheres of influence - palace security, planetary defense, galactic diplomacy - but wouldn’t really participate in government.

And, to be honest, I think this would suit Satine too - she is pretty stubborn and uncompromising when it comes to how she does things, and after a decade and a half, I’m not sure how she’d handle a co-ruler. I’m sure in their marriage (and future family??? if they have babies he’s so the stay-at-home dad) they would be equals, but in terms of Mandalorian sovereignty, Satine is still The Duchess.

And this would probably suit Obi-Wan as well, as we know how he feels about politics and politicians (with some notable exceptions).

HOWEVER,

in the best case scenario in which Obi-Wan becomes very popular with the Mandalorians as a war hero, I can possibly imagine some of the Clans presenting him with ceremonial Mandalorian armor as a sign of acceptance and inclusion?

I think Satine would have some seriously mixed feelings about seeing her beloved gentle knight in the symbol of everything she rejects about her own culture? But in the interest of not massively offending anyone, and understanding what a profound gesture it is, she’d make her peace with it.

Long story short! Here’s a modified version of your idea:

Obi-Wan being formally presented with Mandalorian armor by Satine:

So it occurred to me while re-watching the G:KND animatic...

We never actually hear what fate Nigel Uno is choosing for Earth.

Sure, he’s essentially going to press a big red button and Chad is horrified, so we all assumed he was choosing something like planetary annihilation (or at least I did, don’t mean to speak for anyone else), but it could just as well be Nigel launching some sort of biological weapon on Earth to subdue the entire population. Hell, he could be providing his booger to disable the KND’s planetary defenses and allowing the G:KND to swoop in and occupy the planet.

There’s also the whole business of C:KND being no stranger to milking melodrama and humor out of mysterious misleading openings and otherwise laughable “anti-kid” things. Remember how “Operation: BUTT” began with a super serious interrogation scene? Or when in “Operation: TEETH,” how “horrible” it was that the floss net that Abby and Hoagie were tied up in was “slowly cleaning their teeth, and there was nothing they could do about it?”

Hang on. Ignore the strange syntax and stay with me for a moment.

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Forsaking the Stars ch.2

Ten years after Weirdmeggedon: After all these years, one would think Mabel would have learned to look with her eyes, not her hands. But what trouble ever came from touching a statue?

Chapter 1

Luckily, the bus stopped right in front of the Mystery Shack before heading into town. Mabel had initially planned to hike all afternoon and then go shopping, but in light of recent events, namely the demon in her backpack, Mabel figured groceries could wait until after the noon rush.

A group of tourists hung in front of the shop, being introduced to the wonder and mystery by none other than the great Sooster himself. At his heels was a young child, only about five years old, who took notice of her before Soos did. “Auntie Mabel’s here! She’s back! Auntie!” The boy squealed and came running up to Mabel and hugged her legs.

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Solar System: Things to Know This Week

Learn about Earth’s nearest neighbors, the moon, near Earth asteroids, and more this week.

1. Cosmic, Man

The fifth International Cosmic Day will take place on Nov. 2. This event will bring students, teachers and scientists together to talk and learn about cosmic rays, energetic particles from deep space. Participants will learn more about cosmic rays, and can also carry out their own measurements and get in contact with groups all over the world to compare and discuss their results.

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2. Meet Our Neighbors

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Small Asteroid Is Earth’s Constant Companion

A small asteroid has been discovered in an orbit around the sun that keeps it as a constant companion of Earth, and it will remain so for centuries to come.

As it orbits the sun, this new asteroid, designated 2016 HO3, appears to circle around Earth as well. It is too distant to be considered a true satellite of our planet, but it is the best and most stable example to date of a near-Earth companion, or “quasi-satellite.”

“Since 2016 HO3 loops around our planet, but never ventures very far away as we both go around the sun, we refer to it as a quasi-satellite of Earth,” said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object (NEO) Studies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “One other asteroid – 2003 YN107 – followed a similar orbital pattern for a while over 10 years ago, but it has since departed our vicinity. This new asteroid is much more locked onto us. Our calculations indicate 2016 HO3 has been a stable quasi-satellite of Earth for almost a century, and it will continue to follow this pattern as Earth’s companion for centuries to come.”

In its yearly trek around the sun, asteroid 2016 HO3 spends about half of the time closer to the sun than Earth and passes ahead of our planet, and about half of the time farther away, causing it to fall behind. Its orbit is also tilted a little, causing it to bob up and then down once each year through Earth’s orbital plane. In effect, this small asteroid is caught in a game of leap frog with Earth that will last for hundreds of years.

The asteroid’s orbit also undergoes a slow, back-and-forth twist over multiple decades. “The asteroid’s loops around Earth drift a little ahead or behind from year to year, but when they drift too far forward or backward, Earth’s gravity is just strong enough to reverse the drift and hold onto the asteroid so that it never wanders farther away than about 100 times the distance of the moon,” said Chodas. “The same effect also prevents the asteroid from approaching much closer than about 38 times the distance of the moon. In effect, this small asteroid is caught in a little dance with Earth.”

Asteroid 2016 HO3 was first spotted on April 27, 2016, by the Pan-STARRS 1 asteroid survey telescope on Haleakala, Hawaii, operated by the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy and funded by NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office. The size of this object has not yet been firmly established, but it is likely larger than 120 feet (40 meters) and smaller than 300 feet (100 meters).

The Center for NEO Studies website has a complete list of recent and upcoming close approaches, as well as all other data on the orbits of known NEOs, so scientists and members of the media and public can track information on known objects.

tvproducer02  asked:

There is some stuff I don't really want to get into a discuss about the movie until I seen it a second time, but Tony Stark not getting in trouble/arrested yet is something I just can't hold back. Really. How is he allowed to roam free.

Oh, yay, accountability in movies.

It’s a hell of a topic. Sometimes literally.

So there are a couple reasons. First off is that he’s an audience favorite, that the movie is already really long, and that he’s visibly sorry about it. Those are the reasons that people will give you if they like the movie and don’t think too hard on things.

Now let’s get into the actually relevant/slightly deeper stuff:

For general purposes:
Tony Stark is a very rich, very white man. He’s one of the cornerstones of potential world peace and planetary defense as far as a lot of the world is/was concerned, and has a very large amount of weaponry and money at his disposal. He owns a very large company that, without him, would likely drop stock a lot, and most people don’t trust Pepper to run it (we know better, but movie-verse), and assume that if Tony is arrested or brought to trial again, Stark Industries would collapse and take a large part of the market with it, possibly triggering another recession. He’s a threat, and one that most people want to keep happy. He’s also likely to be able to escape any arrest attempts, especially since he has invisibility tech and has probably included it in his suits, which makes tracking him difficult. He also finances and supplies the Avengers and keeps their tech ahead of HYDRA’s and to make taking out aliens easier.

TL;DR he’s worth a lot, very useful, and they’re scared of him.

For Ultron:
No one except the Avengers and a handful of other people know that he was responsible for Ultron. They like him and need him (see above), so they’re keeping it quiet. SHIELD probably took care of the media, telling them he was a rogue HYDRA experiment that was reactivated before Tony and Bruce could figure out what it was for.

For Seoul:
Part and parcel of Ultron. SHIELD brushed it under a rug.

South Africa:
Partly isolated to a scrap yard, which no one cares about. The rest was a Hulk Incident. There’s a good chance they’re putting the blame on Bruce for that, or even just lumping it into Ultron.

Sokovia (current):
Again: blaming Ultron. It’s a decent strategy, and mostly true.

Sokovia (past):
BECAUSE THE UNITED STATES AND EVERY OTHER FUCKING COUNTRY IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE HAS A HISTORY OF MESSING WITH THE BALKANS AND LEAVING THEM TO ROT WHEN THEY’RE DONE.

Okay, a bit longer and less angry and with a little more history:

The Balkans are a historically messy area. Because of the location, a lot of the world’s old trade routes would pass through whenever they needed to go by land between Asia, Africa, and Europe. This means that people really liked conquering it for a really long time. The Ottoman Empire was one of these places (and their takeover is the reason there’s such a high population of Muslims in this part of Europe), and held the place for five centuries, doing the usual oppression schtick that conquerors tend to do. They weren’t the first or the last.

Now, most of the Balkans were merged into Yugoslavia for most of the twentieth century, first as a provisional thing under the Austro-Hungarians, and then as a country in its own right as a cousin government to the USSR during/after World War Two (they tried to make us part of their actual puppet countries but it only sort of worked). While Tito was in charge, everything was more or less stable, but when he died, it caused political upheaval (1980s) and a couple of wars (1990s), which started mostly because some countries wanted to stop being all one country and others did not. Then religion and ethnicity got involved and people started committing atrocities on all sides and everything was awful.

During those wars, the US got involved, for differing reasons each time. There were two major bombings by NATO, mostly carried out by the US: one during the Bosnia conflict in 1995, where they hit Sarajevo to get at some Serbs, and one during the Kosovo conflict, where they hit Belgrade and other Serbian cities like Novi Sad for several months in 1999, also to get to some Serbs.

They got a slap on the wrist from the UN Security Council for killing a couple hundred civilians and causing untold amounts of long-term damage with that second one, but that’s about it.

So there’s a precedent for the US bombing cities in the Balkans, often without understanding whatever’s at play, and not getting held accountable for it. It’s a shitty situation, but that’s what it is. A lot of the movie-goers are acting as though there must have been a terrorist group that got some Stark Tech or whatever, but given the approximate date of the bombings (assuming the twins are about the same age as their actors, and thus twenty-five, those bombings would have been circa 2000), I’d bet those bombings were by NATO.

Which means that as far as most of the world was concerned, Tony did jackshit wrong in that particular situation. As far as the Balkans are concerned… well, most of them are probably more concerned with blaming Clinton or Bush and NATO than Stark. But the twins kind of associate him with the worst time of their lives due to staring at one of his bombs for three days under rubble, so yeah. That’s a thing.

Ask if you need clarification on anything.