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Isabella Marie Swan ᗜ "Aegis" ([personal profile] autokinetic) wrote2013-02-21 09:09 am

i'm on fire

Flame's commander graduates. The next guy, promoted in from Salamander, doesn't get along with Brighteyes and trades him away for a girl, making Flame the only army with more than one girl in it. Everyone seems to expect Aegis to have some particular interest in befriending this girl, but she's not even in the same toon or particularly interesting. Aegis's new toon leader (a promoted second from another toon, not her) doesn't know what to do with her, but he's bright enough to know that he doesn't know what to do with her. She retains her nominal toon second position, which means that she takes over if he gets frozen - not often; he prefers defensive maneuvers - and otherwise she dances around alone, achieving higher level Flame goals as a one-girl formation-wrecker. She's good enough at this to sometimes lead opposing armies to decline to use formations at all when they're battling Flame, and then she's a sharpshooter, hiding herself behind human shields and holding her beam on everyone who gets in her sights.

Eventually command changes again. The new guy makes a lot of trades, but keeps Aegis, and makes her a toon leader at last when she's nine and a half. It takes this long for Brighteyes to make good on his promise to try to trade for Aegis, but the new commander knows what she's worth and won't part with her for any price he offers.

Aegis watches Sue in the rosters. He gets an army when he's just barely eleven: Phoenix. He makes a lot of trades too, but not for her. That's okay. She's got a toon, and she teaches them to throw her where she needs to go, to make formations that will stand up to all kinds of busting moves like the ones she knows, to freeze their elbows if they can't hold their arms steady like she can to shoot straight.

Everyone's rapidly terrified at Phoenix's hivemindy mutie kuso.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-21 05:26 pm (UTC)(link)
With good reason.

When he starts out, he only links his toon leaders and seconds, and a few key soldiers from the rest of the army. (Anyone who refuses to link, he trades.) He wins one and loses the other. But that's his first two battles. For the next, he puts half his army under the command of his best toon leader and links the other half, and his half-army of perfectly synchronized soldiers takes the enemy formation apart while he hides among the unlinked command. In the battle after that, he divides his army into ten groups of four, with two linked and two unlinked soldiers each, and with him as their communications hub they conduct a vicious guerrilla campain through the densely packed field of stars.

In his fifth battle as commander, someone gets in a lucky shot that freezes him five minutes in. Rabbit fights his unlinked army to a draw, with both commanders frozen and four damaged-but-not-disabled soldiers remaining to each side.

The hivemindy mutie kuso isn't the only thing they've got going for them.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-21 05:46 pm (UTC)(link)
He's still working on her castle, far downriver on a small island in the ocean. It's taking him a while, because he insists on doing detail work despite the fact that his avatar isn't really built for it. Rejected stones are forming a pile underwater that will probably be a land bridge to the island by the time he's done.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-21 05:51 pm (UTC)(link)
He waves back and breathes a streamer of fire into the air.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-21 05:54 pm (UTC)(link)
Sue caws a laugh and nods.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-21 06:04 pm (UTC)(link)
He studies the configuration, then nods again.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-21 06:15 pm (UTC)(link)
He watches her for a little while.

Then he shoos her away with a wave of his wing and sweeps sixteen of the forty-one pebbles into his best approximation of a neat little square.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-21 06:19 pm (UTC)(link)
With quick movements of his talons, he gets the other pebbles moving in patterns that more or less track with what he does in the battlefield: coherent shapes made of synchronized individuals, splitting and coaelscing as necessary. His own pebble occupies no special place in all this. The sixteen formed-up soldiers remain where they are.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-21 06:23 pm (UTC)(link)
He nods, then flicks several more pebbles out of the swarm and replaces them from the formation until it's down to three. Those ones he covers with his talon and presses into the dirt.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-21 06:26 pm (UTC)(link)
He nods, then touches another of the three and touches his own head and shakes it. No, these soldiers cannot or will not link up.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-21 06:33 pm (UTC)(link)
He tilts his head from side to side: kind of, more or less.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-21 06:38 pm (UTC)(link)
He giggle-caws and nods. Then he hugs her.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-21 07:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Mm, fake hugs.

He lets go, waves a wing, and logs out.

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