On the topic of Zarkon and memes, imagine them just sending "ZARKON YOUR STICKS"
‘ZARKON YOUR QUINTESSENCE’
The photo and its puzzling caption mocks Zarkon from where it’s displayed on his monitor. For a moment the ruler of the universe contemplates stabbing the offensive image, but the weight of Haggar’s gaze on him keeps his arms resting on his throne. He can’t afford to show weakness, even though all of his most trusted officers are also equally confused by the actions of those twice be damned paladins.
The photo in question is this: The Blue Paladin and Yellow Paladin are squatted in front of a few dozen containers of yellow quintessence. Both humans are wearing sunglasses and striking odd poses; the Blue Paladin has his arms hung at an awkward angle, almost like a scarecrow, with his fingers splayed wide. The Yellow Paladin looks like he’s mid sneeze, with his face buried in the crook of one elbow and both arms straight and pointing away from him. Their poses are bizarre; Zarkon had his cultural experts analyze the photo the moment his sensors picked up the transmission floating through space.
As he studies the picture, Zarkon recognizes the slightly blurry label on the sides of the containers- this quintessence is from his most recently attacked research station. The subtle insult stings.
Zarkon turns to his nearest officer. “Have we deciphered what this message means yet?”
“No sir,” the Galran reports, shaking her head, “whatever code they’re using… It’s not like anything we’ve ever seen before.”
Zarkon hmms and narrows his eyes.
(Meanwhile, at the Castle of Lions)
“’Zarkon your quintessence-’ seriously, Lance?” Pidge looks at Lance with a gaze that clearly reads Your memes are weak and will not survive the winter.
Lance stuck out his tongue. “Hey, don’t hate! It was a tie between ‘Zarkon your quintessence’ and ‘Zarkon your sticks’ because I mean, I had to decide if I wanted the meme to fit the situation or if I wanted to stick to the original. And you know I’m a firm believer in memevolution.”
“I don’t know Lance…” Hunk said, rubbing his chin. “I kinda agree with Pidge… ‘Zarkon you quintessence’ is pretty good but ‘Zarkon your sticks’ is soooo out of left-field. It would confuse them even more, y’know?”
“Damn… That’s true.”