Canals of New Mars: We're Not Going to Just Waffle by flavia49 ()
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"Sea, is this a secure line?" GOD asked.
"President Farnese wants to offer you a command in the EA army with a higher rank." she said.
"Last time my command was a bit too close to a next-to-be supernova," JS smiled. "Let me guess: I'll command the attacking spearhead against the Rogue fleet, right?"
A stiffening of GOD's jaw confirmed JS's educated guess.
"Smart of you!" JS grinned. "Is the EA striking back?"
GOD nodded. "The president is impressed by your action in Larir ..."
"And by my three cruisers." JS interrupted.
GOD hardened. No subject could dare to interrupt her, but she saw JS's lopsided grin. The man was no longer under her command.
"No, I'm the one interested in the cruisers. EA ships can't face the Bloody Dawn down, at least not yet. Does your ship make it?"
"Maybe!" Vickie mind-blurted out, "Positive, I am!"
"I know hon, but she must not." JS thought.
"Your country needs you, Sea!"
"My country is Pie, now. The S'skash are my people. I have no debts with the Earth. However, the Eartheners with me are free to come back."
"I've no need for a dozen soldiers!"
"This is your fault, one can make a difference." JS replied and cut.
On Pie, JS summoned the Eartheners and explained the situation to them: "If you decide to go, know that Vickie will erase your memory just a bit. Pie's position must remain a secret. Let me know in a couple of days."
"We have a situation." JS and Eve told Maurr and the other Rogues, including Puhrr, what was going on.
"Maybe it's better we stay in our quarters, tempers may overheat." Maurr proposed.
"Nonsense!" Puhrr exclaimed, "We are princes of the blood and we can't hide like thieves!"
Maurr rolled his eyes and Eve stifled a laugh.
"No," JS decided. "We are brothers in arms, everybody must accept it. Maurr, you'll become my advisor on Foreign Affairs, corresponding to a position as second in command. This will solve rank problems in the fleet."
The next evening in Pie's great dining hall Vasquez spoke on behalf of all.
"We stay, sir. Everybody agrees. This is also our people, now."
"So everything we did, was useless?" Laetitia said. "No offence, dear!" she added turning to Gila.
"Useless! We saved Jumble!" Jetsam cried.
"And myself and the others." Swamp added. "I may be self-referential, but it seems a capital deed to me."
"We discovered the Insectoid threat, and this concerns the whole galaxy." Maurr stressed.
"Yet the war broke out." Lee pointed out.
"Maybe GUN can help Maurr." Vasquez mumbled.
"GUN is a vipers' nest! They handed Lucas jr. and Adam over to the RATs!" Eve snapped.
"Shit! GNN is saying that Rogue citizens living in the EA had been interned, and the Rogues executed some Earthener captives. Skirmishes are reported." Matt announced.
"Maurr must denounce the GHOUL coup." Ishikawa proposed. "Maybe GUN will call a truce."
"Bullshit! Both GUN and the EA know Maurr is alive, but alone he counts for very little. He should form a government in exile!" Lee uttered.
"There are just four of us!" Puhrr cried.
"We're 54, with Sehrr and the others. Too few, I'm afraid." Maurr corrected her.
"No, it may work." JS said thoughtfully. "There's a successful precedent in the Earth's history. Hundreds of years ago, in a place called Indochina, they were only four and started an independence war, at least according to the memoirs of one of them, a chap called Giap, General Giap."
"You say it might work?"" asked Lee.
"Maurr has a birthright, and we supply the weapons. This is usually a recipe for success." JS smiled.
"Right! Maurr is the Blue Mantles' legitimate leader and Puhrr the designated future matriarch. Some of us are Red Mantles, therefore, we've both moieties. Maurr, I think it might work!" Kahrr said.
"You've a lot of hitches with this colour stuff, guys!" Laetitia remarked.
"At work, guys, we must organize a revolution!" JS grinned.
Image Comments (61)
AidanaWillowRaven () 12:33PM | Wed, 30 May 2012
That's quite a few people! Did you have to render it in layers?
magnus073 () 12:40PM | Wed, 30 May 2012
Amazing work once more Flavia, the scene is simply perfect and the story very dramatic.
Radar_rad-dude () 12:45PM | Wed, 30 May 2012
A magnificently imagined and well defined render and fine work of art, flavia! A another fabuluos addition to this story! Great job! Most excellent!!!!!
Jean_C () 1:10PM | Wed, 30 May 2012
Awesome scene with all these characters, poses and splendid expressions! Absolutely excellent!
Leije () 1:37PM | Wed, 30 May 2012
Incredible scene with all these characters watching a single person! A lot of work in this scene, poses and expressions are awesome!
daggerwilldo () 2:05PM | Wed, 30 May 2012
Incredible number of characters. Lotsa layers or, lotsa compute cycles? Well done either way.
barryjeffer () 2:06PM | Wed, 30 May 2012
Your scenes never fail to amaze me... such details and so many great looking characters. Another totally awesome piece of work.
Richardphotos () Online Now! 2:35PM | Wed, 30 May 2012
you always take poser to a higher level of sophistication
danapommet () 3:41PM | Wed, 30 May 2012
Doarte said it best - "A splendid collection of characters". I love the cast of characters in your image. Wonderful narrative in this chapter also. Both are very well done my friend!
adrie () 3:46PM | Wed, 30 May 2012
Amazing image and work with all those characters....great writen story to....excellent work my friend.
drifterlee () 4:30PM | Wed, 30 May 2012
FAntastic! I don't know how you get so many characters in a render!
Faemike55 () 7:42PM | Wed, 30 May 2012
Stunning work on the scene, Flavia the story/dialogue is great I cannot wait to read the next installment
adorety () 7:50PM | Wed, 30 May 2012
Excellent gathering of characters. Do I smell a revolution? Great story chapter.
blondeblurr () 9:16PM | Wed, 30 May 2012
All 'the knights of the round table' - or 'brothers in arms' ... well executed, BB
rachris480907 () 11:13PM | Wed, 30 May 2012
You are a brave woman, the way you take on the challenge of posing so many characters in so many of your renders! And you do it so excellently! Great scene, Flavia, with flawless posing and expressions, and outstanding lighting!
claude19 () 12:03AM | Thu, 31 May 2012
Extremely impressive! A beautiful scene! A little masterpiece!