While reading thedeadlymoose's absolutely brilliant orientation on Magic, I asked myself what a full-on ground war in an interdimensional archive might look like. My brain's answer looked something like this.
Date: 18 Nov 2016 02:38
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This is one of the best things I've read this month.
Let me explain more why I adore this so much.
This works for me as a genuine portrayal of what an Occult War would feel like. If you have all the armies of the supernatural and the science-defying at your disposal, you're going to use them. And the aftermath is never going to be pretty. Clone armies, targeted nukes, giant mecha fighting against hulking behemoths from beyond space and time? This is exactly the kind of stuff a supernatural war would have as its anomalous bread and butter.
The thing that also gets me in all of this is how concise it is. You evoke the feeling of a proper interdimensional, balls-to-the-wall war of the gods in just over two screens' worth of text. The imagery is striking enough that every new event that gets depicted in these vignettes builds up to an impression. Namely, the dirty, gory and overall titanic feeling of a war on what lies beyond man's understanding.
Wait, who's the boy mentioned at the end? I feel dumb :(
Excerpts from executive historian Zachary Tillman's gathered testimonials
Oh. I kept re-reading it looking for some kid or teenage soldier or something I had overlooked. I thought it was probably the historian, but I guess I figured he was up to the task if he was executive level :)
There's also the relative age thing- to an 80 year old, a 20 year old might be just a kid.
See, my mental image of an executive historian was a dude in like his 70s! If he was, say, a "Junior Foundation Historian" I would have pictured much younger. That's all on me, though, and I'm certainly not looking for anything to be changed.
Anyway, sorry for the derail, A Vacuum, good job with this, I'm a sucker for oral histories, and I could have even read a bunch more.
It's my fault. I spent a few hours of grouch writing this and when I had finally finished, I couldn't be pissed to go through all that IRC crap before posting it. I'm glad you liked it, though; if you ever get a chance, I recommend World War Z by Max Brooks. That's a great oral history, fiction, thing.
Refreshingly good. Glad the WWZ vibes weren't just in my head. +1 with gusto! ;)
everyone keeps comparing this to that - oddly enough, this never started out as such. it was all originally one guy speaking about what he saw and remembered, but when I put quotes around each of the individual paragraphs, it seemed to work better, so I just went with it.
WWZ doesn't have a monopoly on this style. I honestly think it fits in perfectly with the SCP Foundation and I want to see more like this. It's not a negative comparison, just a comparison.
While I find it more than a bit implausible that the Foundation and GOC care to commit that much resources to wiping out the Library, the kickass bits in here more than make up for my disbelief.
"Then our seismic monitors picked up three more on the approach, and everything seemed to stop." - chills, man.
Not just the Foundation and the GOC, but the Hand is fighting the library as well. Just, damn!
Seriously, though. The Library is pretty much an endless, unimaginably powerful genius loki; with access to practically every universe through as many points as it wishes. Gods don't dare to break the rules there. If knowledge is power1, the Library is a contender for the most powerful thing in the SCPverse2. This is an excellent tale on it going Dark Side, and why isn't everyone reading it right now!?!?!
I want to make something clear before I bunk down for the night: the amount of positivity being thrown this bit's way exceeds any preconceptions about what I had written. I woke up several times last night in a cold sweat, with these vivid nightmares of a -17 rating and people writing about how much it didn't fit with the site's tone. The fact that this has succeeded on any level is quite frankly astounding. Thank you, guys.