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The LIES of Chris Rabalais and AllSportsMarket

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A) This is a work in progress. (trying to make this neater and add things that people post) These things have been collected from forums / posts in various places (official forums, reddit groups etc)..and are here to be sifted through and examined to see which are true and which are not. Anyone is welcome to comment both agreement or disagreement.
B) ANY CORRECTIONS please send a message and reference the lie number *** I want to remove false info ASAP*** Or make a post in this thread. If there is anything in this list that shouldn't be here, it will be removed.
C) If you'd like me to add a lie, PLEASE make a post in this thread! Include something like ADD THIS LIE and make a short description
d) ASM /Allsportsmarket / the company means any or all of the proxies and identities of CWH , NSEI, Sportshares.net etc
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A while back, Chris claimed people on reddit were "lying" and that he would respond "point by point" to any "lies" told by redditors. I have begun to compile a list of all of Chris' lies from various sources.

To Chris Rabalais / Allsportsmarket.com : You are more than welcome to respond "point by point". Please include a lie number...and respond and explain how it isn't a lie....

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Lies of Chris Rabalais

1)This is and was an investment
He has always claimed this was an investment, and still does. He claims you will get a return...yet from the other side of his mouth, he makes sure to mention that this is a "donation." Not one of us would have donated to him without the chance of a return / profit. None of us. This was a donation....to Chris Rabalais...NOT an investment. Still to this day when askign for money he makes suree to put in DONATION but then out of the other side of his mouth he claims you will get a return..or profit..and says you are an investor / insider etc.....This is NOT an investment. This is a DONATION to a very inefficient "charity" claiming you will someday see a "return" on it.
2) Investors into ASM would get a return on their investment -- profit from it
He is still promising people a return...many people show a 'profit' on their account statement but are unable to cash out. Unable to withdraw etc...Chances are, If you have made a "profit" from this on paper, you cannot withdraw it.
3) He was in the process of registering the company shares with the SEC
The SEC has stated point blank he has taken NO STEPS to register the company shares. It is in the complaint.
4) The company shares were ABOUT to be registered, and once they did...they would have even more value and we would miss out unless we bought in
Not only did he say it was in process, he claimed many times they were very close to getting the shares registered and when they did, they would have more value..and investors would be sorry if we didn't jump in on this "rocketship".
5) Chris knows how to get the shares registered with the SEC or has any clue what he is doing in terms of registering the shares
According to the SEC , Chris Rabalais has no idea HOW to even get the shares registered...and that is in their complaint as well. Meanwhile for years Chris was claiming he knew what do do to get the shares registered.
6) "This may be the last chance to jump on this great opportunity"
How many times have we all heard this lie? This or that program is ending....you'll never get another chance at giving money to Chris Rabalais again...but then shockingly...there's another even better offer in a couple days/weeks...
7) If you don't give X amount of money right now , the lights might suddenly go out on ASM..and you'll lose your "investment"
Another lie they tell is that if you don't give money, they will go out of business and you will "lose your investment". Bullcrap , they're not shutting off their free money machine....until someone MAKES them. Oh and you have no investment. Two lies for the price of one.
8) This is not a ponzi scheme
Chris has addressed the ponzi issue only VERY briefly over the years. He recently claimed it isn't a ponzi because the "last guy in can still make money" but that would require MONEY coming in from others...so he gets around the truth by omitting that its not the "guy" its the "last money in " which is nearly the same thing... the people who put their money in last will lose....that is a ponzi. The Judge in the Seth Leon case said so...and I hope another judge says so soon. (See here: https://www.reddit.com/ASMEunfiltered/comments/e61nya/summary_of_the_seth_leon_case_with_update/ )
9) The sports shares have value
Chris claims they have value because they area "claim on future dividends" which is a lie. That is not any definition of real or intrinsic value...and even if it was (it isn't, IMO) the claim on future dividends is a LIE because every penny of that future dividend money relies on new money coming into the market...which is a ponzi...which is valueless
10) You would be able to cash out (sell your holdings, pay off your bonus margin and keep your profits)
He changed the rules when the market started imploding. For years he promised investors they could sell their shares, pay off our margin and take our profits. No one would've bought in if they thought they could never do this. Even after he froze people's ability to cash out...he kept claiming that we would be able to soon...and urged people to buy more margin because all of the profits would be able to be kept.
11) Chris would stop selling margin
Recently, there was a conference call where key members of the team called for an end to the margin offers..NOT because they were a scam (they are) but because it was no longer possible to ignore the implosion of the pilot market and the collapse was being blamed on margin....Chris agreed to end margin and made announcements to this end. In a short time, he realized that promising people money on margin profit was his only revenue...so he HAD to start selling margin again...He knows it is worthless, promised to stop selling it....and lied.
12) Different celebrities, politicians, business people were about to come on board and help us
XFL (paul has contacts with them!!), PHIL COLLINS' WIFE!, Mark Cuban, Jon Bon FUCKING Jovi, Roger Goddell, Snoop Dogg, Brian Austin Green, Trump (speaker at zero club), Labron James, meetings with MLB people, Jack MA / Alibaba.......god knows how many other names this guy drops as potential people who are going to help or who we are 'reaching out' to in order to get them to help us. (help me add to this list)
13) ASM would have a "liquidity event" and be able to make money off of our company shares
There was going to be some liquidity event where we could sell our company shares to other investors...of course it never happened.
14) The new york times ad was going to be about ASM or helping our investment
There was NO MENTION of ASM or AllSportsMarket in the new york times ad and it didn't do a single thing to help ASM become a legitimate company. The only thing it did (from memory) was bash gambling.
15) The trips to Israel, funded by the investors, were something worthy of doing with the money...
Chris bragged and posted pictures of his trips to Israel...but what did they have to do with ASM? How was spending "donations" (investments) for him to go to Israel supposed to help the company? Clearly this was a waste.
16) the Hero club events he goes to (more travel) help ASM in any way whatsoever
I have never seen any evidence that spending who knows how much of the investors' money has been wasted on this,yet chris continues to act as if his membership in the Hero Club is a wise way to spend money...I have seen no evidence that the Hero club has done anything bust waste money.
17) donating to ASM is helping anyone or doing anything other than putting money in HIS pocket...
Quite simply, Chris "donates" 10% of the money given him, if we are to believe that. So He has given (according to him) 150k+ to a hunger charity. They have (according to Chris) matched this 7x, so the 150k donation has turned into a millionish dollars worth of charity. Sounds good right? Well in doing so, Chris has just wasted 90% of the money. Instead of 150k, had we all simply given our 1.5 million to this same charity....and they matched it 7x...we would have turned our money into 10+ million dollars for charity. So essentially, even by Chris' own numbers...we have wasted 9 million dollars of potential charity....by paying Chris's rent..cars etc.. all so that he can take 90% and give 10% to charity....to me, this is wasteful and we would be better donationg directly to the 7x charity the entire 100% rather than wasting the 90%.
18) The ASM 'real market' was a real money market
Chris started the real market to fool us into thinking it was actual money. He later then changed the name to "pilot market" after taking people's REAL money..so he could have the excuse "HEY this is a PILOT market!!!" when you cant withdraw...otherwise why call this a "real" market then suddenly change the name to "pilot"?
19) the ASM pilot market was going to transition with your holdings to a 'regulated' or 'exempt market' and you would be able to keep your profit from the pilot market
So it has been promised to us that the pilot (which was the real market) market will transition to another market..where.....where you'll STILL be able to keep your profits...so..guys..KEEP BUYING BONUS MARGIN lol....
20) If there is a good enough plan, Chris will happily step down in January 2020 and let someone else change the direction of the "company"
Chris claims "give him till December" and if no one is happy he will step aside if that's what everyone wants...IF there is a plan he likes..LOL..we will see...but I am guessing he will not.
21) The pilot market is working
He has claimed the pilot market is working and proves that ASM is functional...yet the market has collapsed and he has frozen everyone's accounts from withdrawing..or paying off margin..etc...but the real/pilot market has been a disaster. Here is him contradicting himself and admitting that the pilot market does NOT work : https://vocaroo.com/bsbcnHWDF8z . This is an admission thatthe pilot market as it is now is busted and will never work without being completely re-designed (revenue sharing etc). The worst part of this is he KNOWS the pilot market is not working yet he is still selling margin to buy stocks on this market.....that to me is criminal. How can he do this?
22) The learning market is working and proves that the math and numbers are correct and functional
Claims have been made the learning market is working..LOL...anyone who has touched the learning market knows it is completely dysfunctional...and not any kind of advertisement or positive experience...
23) Bonus margin has some sort of value other than to put money in his pocket
He claims bonus margin has value. It doesn't. Its worthless. If he tries to deny this..ask him why he is selling it if it has no value? Ask him how he plans on turning something with 0 value into something with value. This is the core of his scam right now..selling WORTHLESS bonus margin with no value for real money...which he donates 10% of and the rest goes to expenses...and his salary & rent etc...
24) Chris "had alper" double check the math in 2009 , and the market math is fine..
Oh god...so in one of the videos, Chris claims he had Alper check the math in 2009 and alper told him the numbers work. This is such utter horseshit, and mainly designed to deflect responsibility for the failure of the market..so he can blame it on Alper. Chris knows the math doesn't work. Alper knows the math doesn't work..and Alper & Chris know that margin is worthless...and they know the market is a failure...they have to know this...
25) special clubs like "ASM Black", "Insider programs", "Advisory Councils" etc etc are anything other than him trying to get even more money out of your pocket
All of these programs are just designed to get you to give them more money..there is no real benefit to being a member in them. The insider program just basically stopped people from being able to withdraw sooner....who knows what ASM black was..and this advisory council...what was that? Give Chris 100$ to listen to more youtube rants? Ok...whatever new club or council they will come up with next is a bunch of crap designed to make you feel special as you give them your hard earned money.
26) The NDA he sent via email before spamming you with more ads is legally binding
We all know the NDA he sent via e-mail was worthless..it was hilarious.....and unenforceable....
27) They would provide investors with financial documents / audit / detailed information at the end of October 2019
Yeah so will we ever get to see the "audit" ? Doubt it...they are not transparent with any pertinent info. Who is paid what? Who holds what shares? What shares have been granted to who? What money was paid by NSEI to who , and for what? "Seal of transparency" my ass.
28) The SEC filing suit against him could be viewed as a positive in some ways
I forget how he worded it but he basically claimed the SEC suit was some sort of opportunity for something positive for him. The one positive thing I can think of is it stopped him from getting more money from suckers...
29) He didn't "really" lose the case against Seth Leon
He made all kinds of excuses and claims the only reason he lost against Seth Leon is because Seth Leon sent the papers to an old address....LOL (see here: https://www.reddit.com/ASMEunfiltered/comments/e61nya/summary_of_the_seth_leon_case_with_update/ ) Make NO mistake..Chris LOST the case. The court found "AMPLE EVIDENCE" of fraud by Chris Rabalais.
30) It was Trump's fault (Govt shutdown) that he didn't get paperwork done with the SEC
LOL...I hope this is what he tells the Judge
31) It was Jason's fault that "a letter" wasn't sent to the SEC regarding the NRHL
Blame it on a guy who doesn't work for the company any more...
32) It is alper's fault the math/numbers don't work because Chris asked alper to "check the numbers" in 2009
Blame this on Alper.....when he has known for YEARS the numbers do not work
33) there were "saboteurs" who tried to wreck the "deal" with NRHL, who came from reddit..*but luckily they saved the deal!
Remember the saboteurs? remember how they "saved" the deal with the NRHL? Remember how the NRHL was going to be huge for ASM? Yeah none of these things were true....MAYBE a guy (gregson?) tried to contact the NRHL to find out if they were even real.. but NO ONE thought the NRHL was going to be a good thing..and NO ONE wanted to transition their money to a market led by roller derby..because it was and is a stupid idea.
34) There were lawyers (zero club? friends?) who were going to help with the SEC defense for free
Chris had an army of lawyers, some of the best in the country and who had never lost...but yet he had to beg the court for a free lawyer because he can't get a lawyer to represent him...LOL
35) "secured by blockchain" - Chris claims this tech is in use now but what is it exactly other than bullshit?
On one of his latest videos he claims the blockchain technology is protecting the ASM market right now...BS. There is no technology that I have seen. There hasn't been anything said about what this even is or does. Ace hasn't even been heard from since around August has he? They can't even get an android app...the blockchain bullshit is just more jargon and buzzwords...trying to get you to give them money...there is nothing behind this "secured by blockchain" trademark...other than words...otherwise why not explain exactly what it is, and how it works ..etc...
36) Chris is going to counter sue the SEC and prove that he is a legitimate business
LOL.. with his free lawyer?
37) All cryptocurrencies are a SCAM
Notice he screams and cries FRAUD at many things, but he is a fraud himself. Typical tactic...accuse others of what you are doing. Also, there is some real value in some cryptos, like bitcoin...unlike a sports share on ASM. Its called 'proof of work' ...that has real value that can even be measured..by electricity use, processing power etc...I am not arguing it has a lot of value, or even that it is as valuable as the price....but it is above zero, unlike a share in a sports team on ASM. I'm also not an expert nor to I condone investing in crypto...
38) Gambling is more of a problem than ASM / NSEI
Again, he screams and cries about how dirty Gambling is...but at least legal gambling is regulated, and you have a chance to win. Unlike ASM...
39) They were working on an Android app , and needed donations for it
One of the reasons I donated early on was because of seeing the IOS app, and the promises of making an android app.In fairness this might not have been a lie....but if theyre not going to make an android app , then say so.
41) They lied by omission and did not tell investors about the SEC suit until August 2019
So someone else came and announced the SEC lawsuit on the reddit forum in August 2019. There is some strong evidence that Chris knew about this in April 2019 or even earlier like maybe Oct 2018...and if he knew about it before it was announced , then he witheld this information from all of us..
42) The NFL / MLS "Deals"
We very nearly had a deal with the NFL and MLS...or have / had a chance to make deals with them...its all bullshit. The guy cant even make a deal with roller derby leagues...and we are expected to believe he is making deals with major leagues?
43) Wefunder / Crowd Funding
We started the process to sell shares through we-funder....but they turned us down. Guess what Chris "forgot" to tell us all? THE REASON they turned us down...because ASM / CWH doesn't pass the "smell test"? What was the reason? It seems like maybe the reason was the UNREGISTERED SECURITIES? I mean there had to be a reason..what was it?
44) Share Buyback
They were going to buy back company shares from investors....and at times stated the shares were so valuable they would gladly buy them back for X amount because they were sure to go up in price...but when push comes to shove they NEVER will buy this worthless junk back......even for 1 penny. A lot of the 'tyes men' have stated they would also buy shares back from unhappy investors but of course they never do this in reality.
45) Telling the truth, even if it is harmful to Chris / ASM is some type of Slander or Libel
Chris would like you to think that calling him out on fraud and lies is some type of "libel" or "slander" but as anyone knows...telling the truth is not slander or libel. He is trying to scare people from telling the truth. Blowing the whistle on his fraud is NOT slander or libel. Period. He is the CEO of a company that he sold shares of stock in, fraudulently. He must and will be held accountable.
46) The market cap number is a legitimate indicator of the validity of ASM
Chris love to throw around market capitalization numbers (4 Billion LOL) as if they mean anything at all or indicate that this market is healthy. They include the learning market (fake money) and the margin (also fake money). If you subtract the learning market, the bonus margin, and the money "used" by chris for data, rent, cars etc...you have pretty much zero market cap in reality.
47) ASM has a way of checking if an investor is accredited: See here: https://www.reddit.com/ASMEunfiltered/comments/eacs69/new_lies_regarding_searching_for_for_accredited/ . In my understanding , one of the ways (in some cases) un-registered securities can be sold is if it is to an "accredited" investor. The SEC has said Chris has no means of checking this. I would personally believe the SEC at this point....and I will count this as a lie until it is proven that Chris / ASM actually does have a way of legitimately checking accreditation.
48) The reason Chris withheld the fact the SEC was investigating him and suing him was because the SEC told him he couldnt tell us.
BULLSHIT. In the audio Chris makes absurd claims that he couldnt tell "investors" of his problems with the SEC because they told him not to talk about it. Yet meanwhile he kept taking money from investors as if everything was fine..KNOWING that trouble was brewing and KNOWING that the shit was going to hit the fan. Show me a letter by the SEC that says he can't warn his investors of an impending action by them SHOW IT TO US. If you show this to us, I'll remove this lie. It doesnt make any sense because the SEC exists to protect us from predators like Chris , so why would they tell him he cannot warn us of problems with the SEC????? MAKES ZERO SENSE. Does not pass the smell test. This is a lie by omission..taking our money , pretending things are fine....but KNOWING problems are coming. The bottom line: Chris didnt say SHIT about this anywhere that I know of until AFTER it was posted publicly that the lawsuit was filed...I heard about this online before it was ever mentioned by chris in any conference call or statement by him.
49) Not sure if this is technically a "lie" or not but the guy / ASM has at least 10 twitter accounts...here are a few of them: 1) https://twitter.com/AllSportsMarket 2) https://twitter.com/rabalais_cva 3) https://twitter.com/asmclients 4) https://twitter.com/thesportsvote 5) https://twitter.com/SportsFolios 6) https://twitter.com/MySportsWiki 7) https://twitter.com/chrisrabalais 8) https://twitter.com/NuSportsEconomy 9) https://twitter.com/ASMFreeApp 10) https://twitter.com/ASM_Advisor (not 100% on this one but it looks fake) ..etc..... It looks as if this one: https://twitter.com/ASMFreeApp has a bunch of bots or paid 'farm' followers. So, while not a 'lie' exactly...very odd and shady behavior.
50) In the "Investors Q& A" found here: https://tinyurl.com/spbznmf They failed to disclose the Seth Leon case, the failed attempt at bankruptcy discharge of the fraud debt, and failed to disclose the debt owed to Seth Leon. So they lied in the sections about Legal Problems and they Lied in the sections about Debt. This is in a Q&A involving potential ionvestors so they are lying to potential investors about the risks.

51) Chris will "fact check" and respond to every accusation made against him and prove that these things are lies told by "known liars"
https://i.imgur.com/HaGfekN.jpg
So a couple of weeks ago, Chris said he would fact check all of the "lies" told about him...so I thought I would do him a big favor and make a huge list. His claim was that everyone saying all of these things are "known liars" and none of these things is true. He says they are all bogus "claims" made by "liars." He said he would refute these"claims." Well guess what asshole? Every songle person reading this is probably a victim of yours, and they KNOW all of these things aren't "claims" ... they are facts. I have done my best here to stick to things that are universal..that we have all witnessed as investors.
Now (shockingly) chris refuses to "fact check" any of these "lies." He says he will respond only if you sign your name and send him a private e-mail or make a post on his censored and controlled website where he has to approve any post before it is seen by the public... So I will add this as yet another lie. He will never refute SHIT. He is a thief and a liar. and a con man....and CAN"T refute anything said above. Period. More than likely if anyone posted this list on his forums, he would NEVER allow it to stand....so how is anyone supposed to get this list "fact checked"? The only Known liar here..well..I think we all know who that is...
You would think he might want to address these things publicly instead of making people ask via e-mail and leaving a cloud of suspicion for potential investors to see..and maybe he would rather answer one time,rather than a bunch of separate e-mails......but I guess when there are literally no answers to any of these things, the only solution is to try and hide it more...
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Part 462c - Force of Nature

"Easy there, Ben. You're not looking too good." I carefully keep one hand on his shoulder as we exit the bar. It occurs to me that I could easily erase the drunkenness from his body with Wordsmithing, as I did to myself, but Ben wouldn't want that. OMEN is already back at the castle by now, since we couldn't stand his chattering, so I had a guard escort him to my room. I'm sure Samantha will be delighted to see him again.
"Ah feel fine. Nebber vetter." He mixes up his words and stumbles forward a step, but I keep my grip firm, holding onto his armor as if my life depends on it. I'm more than strong enough to carry him by the back of his shirt with a single arm, so it's not an issue for me. Ben, still looking at the ground, waves his hand in front of himself, as if feeling for a wall. "Left m'damn keys somewhere. Can't get in the house."
"There's no house, Ben. I'll just teleport us to the castle; you're in no condition to be walking around at night." I glance up and realize the sun is peeping over the horizon. Shit, I've been out drinking with him and didn't even get a drop of sleep. Oh well, Wordsmithing can rest me up in a pinch if need be. I can't rely on it for long stretches of time, as I did in my youth, but the aftereffects of skipping one night's sleep will be relatively minor.
"Teleport."
Instantly, we appear inside the castle. Before I can make another move, Ben lunges forward, escapes my grasp, and falls to the ground, only to start heaving a moment later. It takes me a second to realize I just gave a drunk man motion sickness. In retrospect, changing his surroundings all of a sudden probably wasn't the best idea.
Ben vomits for a solid ten seconds all over the castle courtyard lawn, making me feel oddly relieved he didn't do that indoors. I have the most random thoughts sometimes.
Deciding that's more than enough vomiting, I aim my mind at Ben. "Sober." He won't be happy since he drank so much explicitly to feel nothingness on the inside, but it can't be helped. He's in a pitiful state.
After a moment of staring at his own vomit, Ben jumps to his feet and dusts himself off. "Great. Now I can feel my body again. This must be because of that Wordsmithing you told me about."
"Yup." I yawn reflexively, before muttering "Awake," under my breath. "You were starting to embarrass yourself, so I figured I'd stop you before you drew a crowd."
I smile at him, but he doesn't return the expression. "Embarrassment, huh? Emotions like that are reserved for humans. I'm a man of steel now because I have to be. I've long since had any sense of tragedy ripped from my body." Ben reaches up to slick his hair back, but he bumps his hand against his helmet. "Damn. This metal piece of shit. It's the only thing that makes me feel secure, after what happened when the Kolvaxians attacked. It's like a shelter for me, a refuge from those monsters. However, at the same time, it's also a coffin. It makes me feel secure, but also reminds me of how weak and pathetic I am. Not like you."
He gestures at me flippantly, and I raise an eyebrow. "What do you mean by 'not like me'? You punched me so hard that you nearly broke my jaw."
"Wasn't me, it was the suit. I'm only as strong as any other average guy. The Hypersuit enhances my strength, my speed, my defense, and all my other physical attributes to superhuman levels. It can monitor around me in a 360 degree sphere, and can even go into autopilot mode if I pass out, ensuring my safety. The difference is, you may be weaker than this suit, but only somewhat. I can tell by the energy readings Centurion gave me that you're way above an ordinary human, strength, and speed-wise. You don't have to rely on fancy equipment or gadgets to protect yourself." Ben shakes his head as a depressed look crosses his face. "There's only one thing this suit can't protect me from."
"Your inner demons," I say, nodding at him sagely. "Don't beat yourself up too much, Ben. Everyone has problems. Yours may be way more than the average person's, but-"
"Hey! Don't lecture me. You may have the face of an adult, but you're just a kid. You haven't even been alive a century." Ben grinds his teeth together and looks past me, toward the rising sun. "I'm not even a real person, Jason. I'm just a clone. A fake. So was Beatrix, and several other commanding officers. Someone woke us up from our cloning pods, and when we learned that we had been asleep for thousands of years, humanity was on the edge of defeat, and we had to piece it together... the pressure was unthinkable. I did terrible acts- things that no person should have, all in the name of ensuring the Terra's survival."
I'm surprised to see a single tear roll down Ben's face. "And for what? Why did I give up my humanity?! Why did I fight for so long, when the Kolvaxians turned them all in the end? Do you know? Do you have any insight into the machinations of the universe, Hero boy?"
His words don't sting like they should, perhaps because I know he's simply lashing out in anger. If it weren't me here, he'd be taking out his pent-up heartache on someone else.
"I'm not that smart, Ben. I barely know anything. What I do know is that I've made a lot of mistakes, and I'll inevitably make more as time goes on. You won't learn anything valuable in life without fucking up, so by that logic, the more you ruin things, and the bigger your margins are, the more you'll learn. In your case, you've unlocked a newfound hatred for the Kolvaxians, above and beyond anything you had before. You should turn your feelings of guilt and rage against them, and focus your mind on how you can save the lives of those you called friends."
For a moment, I feel a little proud of myself. That sounded smart! Wise, even!
Ben, however, isn't so easily impressed. "You can learn plenty of other ways, Jason. Books, for example. Getting the entirety of my crew killed, millions of innocent souls- that isn't a small setback, it's a colossal failure. Maybe I can move on and try and not mess things up again in the future, but they can't. My crew is gone." Ben pauses, and an odd look appears in his eye. "Though... you did cure my Kolpox. Maybe things aren't as hopeless as I thought. It might be possible to convert a fully turned Kolvaxian back to their original form, but only you could do it."
"I suppose anything's possible," I say, keeping my tone neutral since I'm not sure about that at all.
Realistically, it's probably doable. The future isn't set in stone, after all. The problem is, without a Kolvaxian test subject, I won't know for sure if reverting them to their original form is doable or not.
Well, I'm a Wordsmith. I can bend the universe to my will, so I'm probably just overthinking things, as usual. I need to stop doing that.
Ben reaches up and pulls his helmet off, catching me off-guard as he inhales deeply. "Ahh, fresh air."
It takes me a moment to respond. "What? You had the front of the helmet open. Couldn't you smell the flowers already?"
He shakes his head. "The suit is oppressive, in a way that's hard to put into words. The fragrance reaches me, but as long as my head and body are within the confines of the Hypersuit, it forms a solid barrier between Mother Nature and my perception of her beauty. After all, man created machines to bend nature to his will. As long as we use weapons of war and machines to till the soil, they will always be an artificial barrier between us and her glory."
I stare at him in silence. Shit. That was a lot more poetic than what I said a minute ago. Ben beat me, and he wasn't even trying, I think to myself. "Yeah. That's a smart way to put it."
Ben turns away from me to stare at a red flower his foot barely missed stomping on by an inch or two. "Sometimes, when I couldn't sleep at night, I would lie on my bed and stare up at the ceiling, wondering what the Kolvaxians were and from where they came. Their green skin, the way they absorb technology and flesh together into a single entity... what if they're..." He pauses and his breath catches. "...never mind. If the Kolvaxians are a force of Nature, a weapon wielded by the Mother herself as the final punishment for corrupting her body with our machines, we won't win. Even when Earth was around, a single hurricane could lay waste to millions of human lives all at once."
"A force of nature?" I gaze at Ben as he reaches down and plucks the flower, then brings it to his nose and inhales. "You're saying you don't think they're a sentient species, but an organism born to kill humanity, and tear apart our machines?"
With a shake of his head, Ben casts the flower aside. "I haven't the faintest clue, Jason. Nobody does. Anyone who says they do is lying. I can only hope that isn't the case, or humanity, the Volgrim, and the Demons are dead already." A wistful look appears on his face, and the corners of his mouth curl up slightly. "Wouldn't it be funny if my friends weren't monsters, but instead were living normal peaceful existences? What if the Kolvaxians have achieved perfect unity? Maybe they aren't all that bad. Perhaps I should have allowed myself to turn, after all. I could be missing out."
Oh boy. Ben just pivoted from rage at the Kolvaxians to debating whether he should join them. He's all over the damn place.
"Ben, if becoming a Kolvaxian is a good thing, you'll have plenty of opportunities in the future. I think that right now, your skills as a leader would be best put to use here, leading this remnant of humanity. We not only have Demons to fight but also Volgrim and Kolvaxians in due time. If you're willing to put the past behind you, you could help us out a lot. For my part, I'll do everything I can to find out more about the Kolvaxians, and try to see if there's a way to revert them to their human forms. We both have a role to play in this, but I can't do my part if you won't do yours. Understand?"
No longer content with just a faint smile, Ben's mouth contorts into a full-on grin. "Yeah, you're right, Jason. There's still a chance. Beatrix, Emily, everyone from the Terra might yet see the light of day. I can't give up hope."
The sun continues to rise behind me, and silently beats down, warming my back. "The first step is always the hardest. Come on. I'll show you to an empty room, and we'll work out what your new role is in this new human society later."
Ben nods, and as he turns to walk alongside me, he chuckles softly. "You know, I'm still annoyed you took away my drunkenness. I enjoy that aspect of drinking."
"Eh, I don't. I like to keep my wits about me. If you feel that strongly though, I'll make you drunk again when we reach your room."
"Hell yeah." Ben slugs me in the arm, and his punch feels like he hit me with a sledgehammer. "You're a good kid."
"Thanks, grandpa."
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"Elder Basil..." An Admiral from one of the forward fleets stares at me from the hologram in the center of the room. His serpent-like appearance is muted somewhat by the guilt strewn across his face. "...Perhaps you may recall the exploration pod we sent to the Outer Rim?"
I steal a glance at Elder Lozu. If this is going to be more bad news, I'm sure he'll be just delighted to see me squirm. "I do."
The Admiral's cheeks quiver as he sucks in a quick breath. "We lost contact with it seven hours ago. It transmitted the Emergency alert just before it turned offline, along with all of its data stores. The results were... unsettling."
"Ah, so it's more bad news. Just spit it out, Admiral Kresh. At this point, you can't shock me."
I hope. Thinking those two words to myself, I keep my mouth shut. Saying them out loud would be like begging the universe to prove me wrong.
Admiral Kresh keeps his hands clasped together in front of his stomach and bows his head ever so slightly. "I'll be blunt. To Elder Basil, and all other members of the Council... I don't see a path to defeating the Kolvaxians. Combined with the other scouting pod findings from across the Milky Way, we've confirmed that they have made landfall in nearly every system across the galaxy. We're encircled, and breaking through to flee the galaxy is likely impossible at this point."
Elder Lozu, ever the composed one, nods slowly. "So that was their goal. Encircle us, chew at our perimeters, and slowly hem us in. Thanks to that blunder with the damned Sentinel, we hardly have any reserves, and building new ships will take several years to replace the ones we've lost. We can't try and retake any systems, or else we run the risk of spreading our forces too thin."
Anger, sadness, resentment... none of those feelings enter my mind. I feel nothing. Looking at the faces of those around me, it's obvious that all the other Council members are thinking the same thing.
We can't attack. We can't retreat. We can't flee. We can't move slowly. We can't move quickly.
All options are off the table. At this point...
"We're just delaying the inevitable." The words slip out my mouth, but I no longer feel wrong about saying them. So what if the other Council-members think of me as weak for daring to admit the futility of our actions? We've already lost. Whether it takes the plague one year or a million, it will infect all of us eventually.
A sudden energy springs into Lozu's body. He jerks forward and pounds his fist on the table. "Fine! Fine! I will say it. Elder Basil, I was wrong!" He jerks his head back to glare at me. "They can't be bartered or reasoned with, nor will they listen to diplomacy or take bribes. Military might is the only way to crush them!"
Hah. Hahaha... what is Lozu even saying? Is he only now realizing the peril we're in? He's far, far too late. The time for action was a year ago, or ten years ago, or a thousand years ago. Too little, too late.
Still, I decide to humor him. I might as well get a chuckle out of the little pipsqueak, even if we're all going to be consumed in the end. "Yes, military might. Do tell how we're going to beat them after you dragged your feet for so long."
Lozu gnashes his teeth together. "W-we could bring the ancient technology back online! Unlock it and start the research once again!"
"That would take time. Even if we fight a war of attrition and focus entirely on defense and research to prolong the inevitable, it won't be enough."
Worthless scum. Lozu chooses now, of all the times, to grow a backbone? I've finally stopped caring about appearances in front of the others, and he's done the opposite. The folly of youth knows no limits.
Lozu jumps up from his seat and stumbles slightly, but jabs a finger at me. "The demons! We should demand their help! Send them off to die against the Kolvaxians instead of our soldiers!"
"You're assuming Diablo would allow such a thing. Despite his pretenses, he is no lover of our people. In fact, displaying weakness in front of him is sure to make him stab us in the back. That's what demons do, after all."
The courageous barrage from the idiot, Lozu, falters as he slowly lowers his arm. "What about that Sentinel? Surely it could-"
"The Sentinel demonstrated it was no ally of ours. We threatened the human, demon, and the angel, and their Sentinel displayed where its loyalty lay. Bringing a Sentinel here would surely kill us faster than the Kolvaxians would."
Finally defeated, Lozu crumbles back into his seat and sighs, before looking at me. "You don't want to try anything then? Have you given up already?"
What a loaded question. All this youth did was object to my insistence for millions of years that we should open up the ancient technology to be studied, and now he acts like I'm the coward in the room. "I'm a pragmatist, Elder Lozu. Long before you were so much as daring to make a move to be on the Council, I led the Volgrim alongside the first Elders to pacify the demons. It was a vicious, bloody war, but we won. You arrived here a fresh-eyed youngster, hoping to make a mark by opposing the most politically involved of all of us, and you built your career on trying to stop any of my goals, no matter the detriment to Volgrim-kind. Now you sit upon your coveted seat, as one of us, daring to hint that I have grown soft? I do not fear fighting the Kolvaxians, I simply understand that it is futile now that we've lost all our advantages. Or rather, you gave them away for free. Had you listened to my advice early on, we could have driven the monsters back to the void from whence they came, but it will never happen now. All we can do is prolong our suffering."
Every Council-member in the room, barring Lozu, nod slowly along with my words. Even Admiral Kresh has to agree, for my little speech is rooted in a timeless wisdom earned only by living and doing things the right way for such a long time. It's impossible to disagree.
Admiral Kresh is the first to speak, after several long moments of silence. "Elder Basil, there is another possibility. If we cannot flee the galaxy, and we likely cannot win, the ancient research may still be our salvation. If we begin working on it now, we might have a breakthrough. In the worst-case scenario, we could pass our research to the humans. The demons will not know how to use it, but the humans might. Better for them to outlive us and slay the Kolvaxians, than for the galaxy to become a utopia for those parasites to spread to the rest of the universe."
I lean back in my seat and nod approvingly at the Admiral. "A selfless act, from the one who has brought our people many victories against the Kolvaxians over the millennia. Coming from anyone else, I'd hardly entertain the idea, but your words have merit."
Heh, the more I think about it, the more I wish to laugh, as primitive as it sounds. The Admiral is effectively advocating petty revenge. If we can't defeat you; we'll make sure our enemies can! To think that the once-mighty Volgrim, above the demons and the humans, would fall so far... the Founders would spit upon the shell we've become.
Elder Lozu doesn't even offer a weak rebuttal. The anguish I felt only a minute ago has been heaped on his shoulders, and for now, it warms my soul. He deserves it, the worthless little runt. Our people will perish because of his incessant stonewalling, so he'd better be as miserable as possible when we reach our end.
"Do you have any orders, Elder Basil?" Admiral Kresh stares at me, ignoring the other Council members in the room.
"Do what you can to slow them down. We'll start our research at once. If we're lucky, perhaps there will be a miracle. If not... it'll be up to the humans and demons to purge the plague from the galaxy." I pause and look at the Admiral meaningfully. "One last thing. Consider this a new order, effective for all troops. Everyone must equip themselves with a killswitch. If a Kolvaxian is going to take us, all it will get is a corpse."
Admiral Kresh simply nods. "I contemplate, and I comprehend."
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Hey guys! New part yay!
SO, I'm currently working on a bunch of new things. Firstly, I now have a Bitcoin and Ethereum wallet address! You will soon find these on the sidebar in case you lose them. We'll add QR codes in the near future as well.
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Additionally, I have set up a MakerSupport page to potentially replace Patreon, located here. But wait! Don't pledge to it yet, because I'm currently talking with the Drip staff about getting invited early. I don't know if I will or not, but if I do, I'd rather be on a big site run by a company like Kickstarter than MakerSupport.
Well, sorta. You see, I've been talking with the developer of MakerSupport. As you guys may have realized, I like good customer service. I may not be the best writer of all time, but one thing I strive to do is read every comment, PM, email, and etc sent to me by fans of cryopod. I try to respond to as many as possible too, unless of course it's not directed at me or such.
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Don't sub to my MakerSupport page just yet, but do know that I've got a good feeling about it. I'm not in a rush just yet, but I'm planning to chooce between Drip and MS by the end of this week, depending on whether Drip accepts/denies me, and whether MS adds a few key features I really need.
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Subreddit Stats: CanadaPolitics posts from 2017-11-17 to 2017-12-14 21:55 PDT

Period: 26.92 days
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Rate (per day) 34.95 762.33
Unique Redditors 266 2329
Combined Score 32739 150061

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 3428 points, 60 submissions: _Minor_Annoyance
    1. Poll suggests majority of Canadians backs outright ban on guns in urban areas (395 points, 1213 comments)
    2. Ottawa to build 100,000 new affordable units, recognize housing as 'fundamental right ' (345 points, 113 comments)
    3. Justin Trudeau Is ‘Very Concerned’ With FCC’s Plan to Roll Back Net Neutrality (294 points, 79 comments)
    4. Harper Government Identified ‘Mental Health Issues’ as a Root Cause of Terrorism, Secret Documents Show (265 points, 100 comments)
    5. Conservatives accused of free speech double standard after Catholic university blocks abortion film (216 points, 143 comments)
    6. Federal government proposes changes designed to drop cost of patented drugs (173 points, 40 comments)
    7. Andrew Coyne: Tories can stop blowing smoke because there’s nothing suspicious about Morneau share selloff (144 points, 100 comments)
    8. Trudeau government wants to 'demystify' G7 summit by involving Canadians (132 points, 37 comments)
    9. Canadian workforce is more educated and sitting in traffic longer than ever before: 2016 census (104 points, 15 comments)
    10. Conservative party leadership advisor helped create anti-Islam organization (90 points, 54 comments)
  2. 1991 points, 109 submissions: idspispopd
    1. Video of starving polar bear in Canada's Arctic re-ignites conversations about climate change (209 points, 131 comments)
    2. Proportional Representation Will Provide Balance, Not Extremism (199 points, 145 comments)
    3. Manitoba gets failing grade for 'nightmare' rates of child poverty (124 points, 25 comments)
    4. N.W.T. residents can now choose 'X' as gender on IDs (87 points, 36 comments)
    5. Nunavut creates country food safety guidelines to boost traditional menus across territory (87 points, 40 comments)
    6. 'We want Nunavut to shine:' Territory's new premier looks to the future (82 points, 5 comments)
    7. B.C.’s upcoming referendum on electoral reform will stand, Attorney-General says (82 points, 50 comments)
    8. Jagmeet Singh takes shot at Jason Kenney in swing through Alberta (62 points, 28 comments)
    9. Uniformed police won’t be allowed to march in Vancouver’s Pride Parade (56 points, 85 comments)
    10. Thawing permafrost causes $51M in damages every year to N.W.T. public infrastructure: study (48 points, 4 comments)
  3. 1548 points, 14 submissions: steadly
    1. This Conservative Politician Said Weed Is Just As Deadly as Fentanyl (492 points, 176 comments)
    2. Prime Minister announces nomination of the Honourable Sheilah L. Martin to the Supreme Court of Canada (283 points, 146 comments)
    3. Liberals 41, Conservatives 30, NDP 18, Green 7 : Nanos (147 points, 79 comments)
    4. Bill Morneau says Ottawa has no plans for a Netflix tax (132 points, 46 comments)
    5. Prime Minister names the Honourable Richard Wagner as new Chief Justice of Canada (113 points, 48 comments)
    6. Singh launched NDP byelection campaign in wrong Scarborough riding (113 points, 75 comments)
    7. Trudeau government sets new record for vacant appointments (62 points, 23 comments)
    8. Prime Minister announces the appointment of two new Senators (53 points, 42 comments)
    9. Cabinet ministers don't resign nowadays, they just linger and then get shuffled (39 points, 1 comment)
    10. $100 million for gay purge victims as PM apologizes for LGBTQ discrimination (33 points, 6 comments)
  4. 1235 points, 19 submissions: MethoxyEthane
    1. Federal marijuana legislation passed third reading in the House of Commons, headed for the Senate (215 points, 96 comments)
    2. Trudeau says Canadians need a 'mindset change' to tackle sexual assault (191 points, 85 comments)
    3. PEI Green Party win their second seat in the Charlottetown-Parkdale provincial by-election (109 points, 28 comments)
    4. Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown releases full platform 6 months ahead of provincial campaign (104 points, 137 comments)
    5. Speaker kicks Tory MP Blake Richards out of Question Period (95 points, 31 comments)
    6. Premier Kathleen Wynne sues opposition leader Patrick Brown for defamation (90 points, 56 comments)
    7. Trudeau set to name new judge to Supreme Court of Canada on Wednesday morning (87 points, 31 comments)
    8. Kathleen Wynne calls $12B in savings in PC platform ‘ridiculous’ (83 points, 68 comments)
    9. Liberal government backs bill that demands full implementation of UN Indigenous rights declaration (55 points, 41 comments)
    10. December 11 By-Election Discussion Thread (49 points, 322 comments)
  5. 1094 points, 5 submissions: StrudleNudle
    1. Comparing marijuana to fentanyl is social conservatism without a clue: Opinion (723 points, 115 comments)
    2. Liberals rebound in polls, Nanos says women giving Grits lead over Conservatives - The Hill Times (161 points, 185 comments)
    3. Liberals 40, Conservatives 31, NDP 17, Green 7: Nanos (112 points, 116 comments)
    4. 'Charterpedia' launched by the DOJ today. Summarizes every Charter right and it's completely noted up. (87 points, 21 comments)
    5. Tory pit bull Poilievre looks for ‘vulnerability’ in attacks on Morneau (11 points, 13 comments)
  6. 894 points, 34 submissions: uadoption
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    2. Canada vows to aggressively defend lumber sector after duties confirmed by U.S. (207 points, 43 comments)
    3. ‘Keep our great country safe from all the weed,’ Conservative critic pleads in Parliament poem (115 points, 107 comments)
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    8. Watch China's efforts to influence as Canada pursues trade, says former envoy (15 points, 0 comments)
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    10. Refugee system isn't for those seeking better economic life: Trudeau (14 points, 2 comments)
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    1. Maxime Bernier reiterates opposition to Net Neutrality (352 points, 173 comments)
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    3. Nova Scotia announces pot will be sold through NSLC and online [NS] (72 points, 13 comments)
    4. Feds willing to give more pot tax revenue to provinces to help municipalities (60 points, 15 comments)
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    10. Former Dion human rights aide pans Ottawa arms-control plans (11 points, 1 comment)
  8. 765 points, 1 submission: GumboBenoit
    1. As US prepares to gut net neutrality rules, Canada strengthens them (765 points, 112 comments)
  9. 716 points, 5 submissions: BattlestarBattaglia
    1. Inside Bell's Push To End Net Neutrality In Canada (479 points, 91 comments)
    2. Fraud investigation casts cloud over Ontario PCs’ platform launch (78 points, 23 comments)
    3. Patrick Brown’s fiscally risky, economically dubious plan for Ontario (66 points, 49 comments)
    4. Wynne says PC leader Patrick Brown’s hope of finding painless cuts is ‘nonsense’ (47 points, 33 comments)
    5. Police sift through ballot boxes in Hamilton PC nomination investigation (46 points, 4 comments)
  10. 710 points, 31 submissions: scottb84
    1. As Canadians consume ‘harmful’ levels of sodium, officials urge chefs to limit salt but face resistance (157 points, 109 comments)
    2. University of Toronto contract academic staff vote 91% in favour of strike mandate (82 points, 9 comments)
    3. The Deadly Racism of Thunder Bay: A series of stalled police investigations reveals a city that’s indifferent to Indigenous lives (73 points, 52 comments)
    4. No, postmodernism at universities isn'€™t a vile, cancerous doctrine (64 points, 88 comments)
    5. Toss of the Bitcoin: Canadians have poured millions into blockchain, but many don’t know what they’re buying (51 points, 33 comments)
    6. Andrew Scheer’s dad jeans and awkward hellos are painstakingly deliberate (43 points, 64 comments)
    7. The Misguided Fight Against Sex-Ed Reform: Alberta’s proposed curriculum has been met with the same tired controversy—and it isn’t making kids any safer (36 points, 3 comments)
    8. Toronto rental vacancy rates lowest in 16 years (32 points, 3 comments)
    9. Booze, drugs involved in 73 oilsands safety incidents since 2013, Suncor says (20 points, 7 comments)
    10. Buzzkillers: A brief history of the LCBO (17 points, 0 comments)
  11. 707 points, 30 submissions: kingbuns2
    1. Map showing Post-Secondary Degrees of Canadian MPs | Created by CanadianHistorian (152 points, 78 comments)
    2. Inuit want free travel over international waters between Canada, Greenland (104 points, 18 comments)
    3. On the Rails: A Case for Renewed Leftist Infatuation with Transport (80 points, 44 comments)
    4. Trudeau says housing is a human right — what does that mean exactly? UN says such a recognition does not mean the government has to build all of the nation's housing stock (68 points, 29 comments)
    5. Poll reveals Canadians' view of residential schools (36 points, 41 comments)
    6. Cashing In On Trump’s War on Universities: Republicans are gutting U.S. education; Canada — with boldness — can reap the benefits (30 points, 2 comments)
    7. Activists say Ottawa should deliver housing funds over two years, instead of 11 (29 points, 3 comments)
    8. African aid can’t keep up with stolen wealth (23 points, 4 comments)
    9. B.C. needs a brisk boost to $15/hr minimum wage: No reason for province to take a slower road than Ontario or Alberta (23 points, 20 comments)
    10. Postmedia, Torstar Marching Toward Media Monopolies: Journalism suffers as corporations swap papers to end competition (18 points, 1 comment)
  12. 695 points, 3 submissions: floatingpaper
    1. Canada will not move embassy to Jerusalem, federal government says (378 points, 236 comments)
    2. Ontario passes Cannabis Act, will take effect July 1, 2018 | Toronto Star (273 points, 166 comments)
    3. I highly recommend the show Political Blind Date by TVO. (44 points, 7 comments)
  13. 583 points, 3 submissions: Savage_N0ble
    1. Canadians want Ottawa to ban use of tax havens, poll finds | Toronto Star (478 points, 125 comments)
    2. Ottawa pressed on new registry to flush out mystery corporations (66 points, 26 comments)
    3. When it comes to harassment in politics, powerful people are writing rules for themselves: Neil Macdonald - CBC News (39 points, 13 comments)
  14. 554 points, 8 submissions: ThornyPlebeian
    1. Canada Jobless Rate Falls to Lowest in a Decade on Hiring Surge (228 points, 93 comments)
    2. Liberal Gordie Hogg defeats former Tory cabinet minister in South Surrey-White Rock (179 points, 94 comments)
    3. Trudeau to offer formal apology for LGBTQ persecution (70 points, 76 comments)
    4. Liberal MP accuses Conservative James Bezan of ‘humiliating’ sexual comments (48 points, 56 comments)
    5. Feds table bill to expunge 'unjust' convictions of LGBTQ Canadians (16 points, 16 comments)
    6. New fighter-jet competition to have 'economic interest' requirement (10 points, 8 comments)
    7. PM Trudeau strayed too far from historic wrongs in LGBTQ apology: Tory MPs (2 points, 0 comments)
    8. Canadian Surface Combatant team, led by Lockheed Martin Canada, unveiled (1 point, 5 comments)
  15. 539 points, 21 submissions: CytheYounger
    1. Canadian hate crimes growing and more violent for third straight year (302 points, 300 comments)
    2. Big Oil abandoning Canada’s oilsands in quest for cleaner crude (48 points, 39 comments)
    3. Washington Governor Touts Vancouver-Portland High-Speed Rail (44 points, 8 comments)
    4. Alberta's Rachel Notley urges Trudeau to speak up for pipelines (43 points, 77 comments)
    5. Despite What Politicians Say, Hundreds of BC Gas Wells Leak Methane (30 points, 8 comments)
    6. How will Canada manage its wildfires in the future? (13 points, 2 comments)
    7. Firestorm: Fort McMurray wildfire is a warning, book claims (9 points, 5 comments)
    8. New UBC-led report finds alternatives to Site C creates significantly more jobs, produce electricity at a lower cost with lower risks, have a significantly lower environmental impact, and produce less greenhouse gas emissions. (8 points, 5 comments)
    9. Behind the Mask of the ‘Moderates’ (7 points, 32 comments)
    10. B.C. oil spill response times make Trans Mountain Pipeline 'a ticking time bomb' (6 points, 8 comments)
  16. 451 points, 13 submissions: gwaksl
    1. Andrew Scheer's Everyman image won't be enough to beat Justin Trudeau - Macleans.ca (104 points, 142 comments)
    2. Federal Poll Average: LPC 38.64, CPC 31.43, NDP 16.76, GPC 6.81, BQ 4.73 (61 points, 59 comments)
    3. Liberals 39, Conservatives 31, NDP 17, Green 7: Nanos (59 points, 37 comments)
    4. Andrew Scheer weighs in on Catholic university that banned abortion film | Globalnews.ca (49 points, 54 comments)
    5. Liberals reject warship proposal that companies said would save taxpayers as much as $32B (49 points, 26 comments)
    6. COMMENTARY: The NDP had better get their act together (for the Tories’ sake!) - National | Globalnews.ca (30 points, 56 comments)
    7. Canada’s global prosperity ranking slips to lowest level in 11 years, but we still beat the U.S. | Financial Post (30 points, 16 comments)
    8. The 'free the beer' court case shows Canada isn't a true economic union (30 points, 25 comments)
    9. Weighted Poll Averages Post Singh (25 points, 10 comments)
    10. John Ivison: New private member’s bill could mean end of the Happy Meal in Canada (6 points, 3 comments)
  17. 444 points, 15 submissions: sluttytinkerbells
    1. Globe editorial: Taking the ‘hi’ out of ‘bonjour-hi’ won’t save the French language (88 points, 106 comments)
    2. Legal marijuana deadline may be up in smoke as Tory senators stall bills (73 points, 48 comments)
    3. Employer who stole nearly $3M in wages from 157 workers fined $500 (54 points, 16 comments)
    4. Migrant workers’ group slams NDP’s Singh for online posts on farm visit (49 points, 20 comments)
    5. Canada should fight for open internet, says former head of FCC - Politics (47 points, 13 comments)
    6. 2 more Winnipeg police officers charged with impaired driving (46 points, 5 comments)
    7. Alberta man convicted of criminal harassment following Creep Catcher incident (29 points, 4 comments)
    8. North Korean defectors in Toronto worried they may be deported: ‘They treat us like garbage’ (19 points, 10 comments)
    9. Immigrant French lesson program a failure: auditor general (15 points, 4 comments)
    10. Hydro One’s prepaid meter proposal sparks criticism | Toronto Star (7 points, 3 comments)
  18. 434 points, 2 submissions: NeutralEvilCarebear
    1. ‘He said, No, no, no’: Trump tells crowd about trade disagreement with Trudeau (264 points, 102 comments)
    2. Here’s all the Canadian senators who just awarded themselves a medal meant to honour ‘unsung heroes’ (170 points, 32 comments)

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Part 462C - Force of Nature

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"Easy there, Ben. You're not looking too good." I carefully keep one hand on his shoulder as we exit the bar. It occurs to me that I could easily erase the drunkenness from his body with Wordsmithing, as I did to myself, but Ben wouldn't want that. OMEN is already back at the castle by now, since we couldn't stand his chattering, so I had a guard escort him to my room. I'm sure Samantha will be delighted to see him again.
"Ah feel fine. Nebber vetter." He mixes up his words and stumbles forward a step, but I keep my grip firm, holding onto his armor as if my life depends on it. I'm more than strong enough to carry him by the back of his shirt with a single arm, so it's not an issue for me. Ben, still looking at the ground, waves his hand in front of himself, as if feeling for a wall. "Left m'damn keys somewhere. Can't get in the house."
"There's no house, Ben. I'll just teleport us to the castle; you're in no condition to be walking around at night." I glance up and realize the sun is peeping over the horizon. Shit, I've been out drinking with him and didn't even get a drop of sleep. Oh well, Wordsmithing can rest me up in a pinch if need be. I can't rely on it for long stretches of time, as I did in my youth, but the aftereffects of skipping one night's sleep will be relatively minor.
"Teleport."
Instantly, we appear inside the castle. Before I can make another move, Ben lunges forward, escapes my grasp, and falls to the ground, only to start heaving a moment later. It takes me a second to realize I just gave a drunk man motion sickness. In retrospect, changing his surroundings all of a sudden probably wasn't the best idea.
Ben vomits for a solid ten seconds all over the castle courtyard lawn, making me feel oddly relieved he didn't do that indoors. I have the most random thoughts sometimes.
Deciding that's more than enough vomiting, I aim my mind at Ben. "Sober." He won't be happy since he drank so much explicitly to feel nothingness on the inside, but it can't be helped. He's in a pitiful state.
After a moment of staring at his own vomit, Ben jumps to his feet and dusts himself off. "Great. Now I can feel my body again. This must be because of that Wordsmithing you told me about."
"Yup." I yawn reflexively, before muttering "Awake," under my breath. "You were starting to embarrass yourself, so I figured I'd stop you before you drew a crowd."
I smile at him, but he doesn't return the expression. "Embarrassment, huh? Emotions like that are reserved for humans. I'm a man of steel now because I have to be. I've long since had any sense of tragedy ripped from my body." Ben reaches up to slick his hair back, but he bumps his hand against his helmet. "Damn. This metal piece of shit. It's the only thing that makes me feel secure, after what happened when the Kolvaxians attacked. It's like a shelter for me, a refuge from those monsters. However, at the same time, it's also a coffin. It makes me feel secure, but also reminds me of how weak and pathetic I am. Not like you."
He gestures at me flippantly, and I raise an eyebrow. "What do you mean by 'not like me'? You punched me so hard that you nearly broke my jaw."
"Wasn't me, it was the suit. I'm only as strong as any other average guy. The Hypersuit enhances my strength, my speed, my defense, and all my other physical attributes to superhuman levels. It can monitor around me in a 360 degree sphere, and can even go into autopilot mode if I pass out, ensuring my safety. The difference is, you may be weaker than this suit, but only somewhat. I can tell by the energy readings Centurion gave me that you're way above an ordinary human, strength, and speed-wise. You don't have to rely on fancy equipment or gadgets to protect yourself." Ben shakes his head as a depressed look crosses his face. "There's only one thing this suit can't protect me from."
"Your inner demons," I say, nodding at him sagely. "Don't beat yourself up too much, Ben. Everyone has problems. Yours may be way more than the average person's, but-"
"Hey! Don't lecture me. You may have the face of an adult, but you're just a kid. You haven't even been alive a century." Ben grinds his teeth together and looks past me, toward the rising sun. "I'm not even a real person, Jason. I'm just a clone. A fake. So was Beatrix, and several other commanding officers. Someone woke us up from our cloning pods, and when we learned that we had been asleep for thousands of years, humanity was on the edge of defeat, and we had to piece it together... the pressure was unthinkable. I did terrible acts- things that no person should have, all in the name of ensuring the Terra's survival."
I'm surprised to see a single tear roll down Ben's face. "And for what? Why did I give up my humanity?! Why did I fight for so long, when the Kolvaxians turned them all in the end? Do you know? Do you have any insight into the machinations of the universe, Hero boy?"
His words don't sting like they should, perhaps because I know he's simply lashing out in anger. If it weren't me here, he'd be taking out his pent-up heartache on someone else.
"I'm not that smart, Ben. I barely know anything. What I do know is that I've made a lot of mistakes, and I'll inevitably make more as time goes on. You won't learn anything valuable in life without fucking up, so by that logic, the more you ruin things, and the bigger your margins are, the more you'll learn. In your case, you've unlocked a newfound hatred for the Kolvaxians, above and beyond anything you had before. You should turn your feelings of guilt and rage against them, and focus your mind on how you can save the lives of those you called friends."
For a moment, I feel a little proud of myself. That sounded smart! Wise, even!
Ben, however, isn't so easily impressed. "You can learn plenty of other ways, Jason. Books, for example. Getting the entirety of my crew killed, millions of innocent souls- that isn't a small setback, it's a colossal failure. Maybe I can move on and try and not mess things up again in the future, but they can't. My crew is gone." Ben pauses, and an odd look appears in his eye. "Though... you did cure my Kolpox. Maybe things aren't as hopeless as I thought. It might be possible to convert a fully turned Kolvaxian back to their original form, but only you could do it."
"I suppose anything's possible," I say, keeping my tone neutral since I'm not sure about that at all.
Realistically, it's probably doable. The future isn't set in stone, after all. The problem is, without a Kolvaxian test subject, I won't know for sure if reverting them to their original form is doable or not.
Well, I'm a Wordsmith. I can bend the universe to my will, so I'm probably just overthinking things, as usual. I need to stop doing that.
Ben reaches up and pulls his helmet off, catching me off-guard as he inhales deeply. "Ahh, fresh air."
It takes me a moment to respond. "What? You had the front of the helmet open. Couldn't you smell the flowers already?"
He shakes his head. "The suit is oppressive, in a way that's hard to put into words. The fragrance reaches me, but as long as my head and body are within the confines of the Hypersuit, it forms a solid barrier between Mother Nature and my perception of her beauty. After all, man created machines to bend nature to his will. As long as we use weapons of war and machines to till the soil, they will always be an artificial barrier between us and her glory."
I stare at him in silence. Shit. That was a lot more poetic than what I said a minute ago. Ben beat me, and he wasn't even trying, I think to myself. "Yeah. That's a smart way to put it."
Ben turns away from me to stare at a red flower his foot barely missed stomping on by an inch or two. "Sometimes, when I couldn't sleep at night, I would lie on my bed and stare up at the ceiling, wondering what the Kolvaxians were and from where they came. Their green skin, the way they absorb technology and flesh together into a single entity... what if they're..." He pauses and his breath catches. "...never mind. If the Kolvaxians are a force of Nature, a weapon wielded by the Mother herself as the final punishment for corrupting her body with our machines, we won't win. Even when Earth was around, a single hurricane could lay waste to millions of human lives all at once."
"A force of nature?" I gaze at Ben as he reaches down and plucks the flower, then brings it to his nose and inhales. "You're saying you don't think they're a sentient species, but an organism born to kill humanity, and tear apart our machines?"
With a shake of his head, Ben casts the flower aside. "I haven't the faintest clue, Jason. Nobody does. Anyone who says they do is lying. I can only hope that isn't the case, or humanity, the Volgrim, and the Demons are dead already." A wistful look appears on his face, and the corners of his mouth curl up slightly. "Wouldn't it be funny if my friends weren't monsters, but instead were living normal peaceful existences? What if the Kolvaxians have achieved perfect unity? Maybe they aren't all that bad. Perhaps I should have allowed myself to turn, after all. I could be missing out."
Oh boy. Ben just pivoted from rage at the Kolvaxians to debating whether he should join them. He's all over the damn place.
"Ben, if becoming a Kolvaxian is a good thing, you'll have plenty of opportunities in the future. I think that right now, your skills as a leader would be best put to use here, leading this remnant of humanity. We not only have Demons to fight but also Volgrim and Kolvaxians in due time. If you're willing to put the past behind you, you could help us out a lot. For my part, I'll do everything I can to find out more about the Kolvaxians, and try to see if there's a way to revert them to their human forms. We both have a role to play in this, but I can't do my part if you won't do yours. Understand?"
No longer content with just a faint smile, Ben's mouth contorts into a full-on grin. "Yeah, you're right, Jason. There's still a chance. Beatrix, Emily, everyone from the Terra might yet see the light of day. I can't give up hope."
The sun continues to rise behind me, and silently beats down, warming my back. "The first step is always the hardest. Come on. I'll show you to an empty room, and we'll work out what your new role is in this new human society later."
Ben nods, and as he turns to walk alongside me, he chuckles softly. "You know, I'm still annoyed you took away my drunkenness. I enjoy that aspect of drinking."
"Eh, I don't. I like to keep my wits about me. If you feel that strongly though, I'll make you drunk again when we reach your room."
"Hell yeah." Ben slugs me in the arm, and his punch feels like he hit me with a sledgehammer. "You're a good kid."
"Thanks, grandpa."
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"Elder Basil..." An Admiral from one of the forward fleets stares at me from the hologram in the center of the room. His serpent-like appearance is muted somewhat by the guilt strewn across his face. "...Perhaps you may recall the exploration pod we sent to the Outer Rim?"
I steal a glance at Elder Lozu. If this is going to be more bad news, I'm sure he'll be just delighted to see me squirm. "I do."
The Admiral's cheeks quiver as he sucks in a quick breath. "We lost contact with it seven hours ago. It transmitted the Emergency alert just before it turned offline, along with all of its data stores. The results were... unsettling."
"Ah, so it's more bad news. Just spit it out, Admiral Kresh. At this point, you can't shock me."
I hope. Thinking those two words to myself, I keep my mouth shut. Saying them out loud would be like begging the universe to prove me wrong.
Admiral Kresh keeps his hands clasped together in front of his stomach and bows his head ever so slightly. "I'll be blunt. To Elder Basil, and all other members of the Council... I don't see a path to defeating the Kolvaxians. Combined with the other scouting pod findings from across the Milky Way, we've confirmed that they have made landfall in nearly every system across the galaxy. We're encircled, and breaking through to flee the galaxy is likely impossible at this point."
Elder Lozu, ever the composed one, nods slowly. "So that was their goal. Encircle us, chew at our perimeters, and slowly hem us in. Thanks to that blunder with the damned Sentinel, we hardly have any reserves, and building new ships will take several years to replace the ones we've lost. We can't try and retake any systems, or else we run the risk of spreading our forces too thin."
Anger, sadness, resentment... none of those feelings enter my mind. I feel nothing. Looking at the faces of those around me, it's obvious that all the other Council members are thinking the same thing.
We can't attack. We can't retreat. We can't flee. We can't move slowly. We can't move quickly.
All options are off the table. At this point...
"We're just delaying the inevitable." The words slip out my mouth, but I no longer feel wrong about saying them. So what if the other Council-members think of me as weak for daring to admit the futility of our actions? We've already lost. Whether it takes the plague one year or a million, it will infect all of us eventually.
A sudden energy springs into Lozu's body. He jerks forward and pounds his fist on the table. "Fine! Fine! I will say it. Elder Basil, I was wrong!" He jerks his head back to glare at me. "They can't be bartered or reasoned with, nor will they listen to diplomacy or take bribes. Military might is the only way to crush them!"
Hah. Hahaha... what is Lozu even saying? Is he only now realizing the peril we're in? He's far, far too late. The time for action was a year ago, or ten years ago, or a thousand years ago. Too little, too late.
Still, I decide to humor him. I might as well get a chuckle out of the little pipsqueak, even if we're all going to be consumed in the end. "Yes, military might. Do tell how we're going to beat them after you dragged your feet for so long."
Lozu gnashes his teeth together. "W-we could bring the ancient technology back online! Unlock it and start the research once again!"
"That would take time. Even if we fight a war of attrition and focus entirely on defense and research to prolong the inevitable, it won't be enough."
Worthless scum. Lozu chooses now, of all the times, to grow a backbone? I've finally stopped caring about appearances in front of the others, and he's done the opposite. The folly of youth knows no limits.
Lozu jumps up from his seat and stumbles slightly, but jabs a finger at me. "The demons! We should demand their help! Send them off to die against the Kolvaxians instead of our soldiers!"
"You're assuming Diablo would allow such a thing. Despite his pretenses, he is no lover of our people. In fact, displaying weakness in front of him is sure to make him stab us in the back. That's what demons do, after all."
The courageous barrage from the idiot, Lozu, falters as he slowly lowers his arm. "What about that Sentinel? Surely it could-"
"The Sentinel demonstrated it was no ally of ours. We threatened the human, demon, and the angel, and their Sentinel displayed where its loyalty lay. Bringing a Sentinel here would surely kill us faster than the Kolvaxians would."
Finally defeated, Lozu crumbles back into his seat and sighs, before looking at me. "You don't want to try anything then? Have you given up already?"
What a loaded question. All this youth did was object to my insistence for millions of years that we should open up the ancient technology to be studied, and now he acts like I'm the coward in the room. "I'm a pragmatist, Elder Lozu. Long before you were so much as daring to make a move to be on the Council, I led the Volgrim alongside the first Elders to pacify the demons. It was a vicious, bloody war, but we won. You arrived here a fresh-eyed youngster, hoping to make a mark by opposing the most politically involved of all of us, and you built your career on trying to stop any of my goals, no matter the detriment to Volgrim-kind. Now you sit upon your coveted seat, as one of us, daring to hint that I have grown soft? I do not fear fighting the Kolvaxians, I simply understand that it is futile now that we've lost all our advantages. Or rather, you gave them away for free. Had you listened to my advice early on, we could have driven the monsters back to the void from whence they came, but it will never happen now. All we can do is prolong our suffering."
Every Council-member in the room, barring Lozu, nod slowly along with my words. Even Admiral Kresh has to agree, for my little speech is rooted in a timeless wisdom earned only by living and doing things the right way for such a long time. It's impossible to disagree.
Admiral Kresh is the first to speak, after several long moments of silence. "Elder Basil, there is another possibility. If we cannot flee the galaxy, and we likely cannot win, the ancient research may still be our salvation. If we begin working on it now, we might have a breakthrough. In the worst-case scenario, we could pass our research to the humans. The demons will not know how to use it, but the humans might. Better for them to outlive us and slay the Kolvaxians, than for the galaxy to become a utopia for those parasites to spread to the rest of the universe."
I lean back in my seat and nod approvingly at the Admiral. "A selfless act, from the one who has brought our people many victories against the Kolvaxians over the millennia. Coming from anyone else, I'd hardly entertain the idea, but your words have merit."
Heh, the more I think about it, the more I wish to laugh, as primitive as it sounds. The Admiral is effectively advocating petty revenge. If we can't defeat you; we'll make sure our enemies can! To think that the once-mighty Volgrim, above the demons and the humans, would fall so far... the Founders would spit upon the shell we've become.
Elder Lozu doesn't even offer a weak rebuttal. The anguish I felt only a minute ago has been heaped on his shoulders, and for now, it warms my soul. He deserves it, the worthless little runt. Our people will perish because of his incessant stonewalling, so he'd better be as miserable as possible when we reach our end.
"Do you have any orders, Elder Basil?" Admiral Kresh stares at me, ignoring the other Council members in the room.
"Do what you can to slow them down. We'll start our research at once. If we're lucky, perhaps there will be a miracle. If not... it'll be up to the humans and demons to purge the plague from the galaxy." I pause and look at the Admiral meaningfully. "One last thing. Consider this a new order, effective for all troops. Everyone must equip themselves with a killswitch. If a Kolvaxian is going to take us, all it will get is a corpse."
Admiral Kresh simply nods. "I contemplate, and I comprehend."
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Part 462C - Force of Nature

Previous Part
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"Easy there, Ben. You're not looking too good." I carefully keep one hand on his shoulder as we exit the bar. It occurs to me that I could easily erase the drunkenness from his body with Wordsmithing, as I did to myself, but Ben wouldn't want that. OMEN is already back at the castle by now, since we couldn't stand his chattering, so I had a guard escort him to my room. I'm sure Samantha will be delighted to see him again.
"Ah feel fine. Nebber vetter." He mixes up his words and stumbles forward a step, but I keep my grip firm, holding onto his armor as if my life depends on it. I'm more than strong enough to carry him by the back of his shirt with a single arm, so it's not an issue for me. Ben, still looking at the ground, waves his hand in front of himself, as if feeling for a wall. "Left m'damn keys somewhere. Can't get in the house."
"There's no house, Ben. I'll just teleport us to the castle; you're in no condition to be walking around at night." I glance up and realize the sun is peeping over the horizon. Shit, I've been out drinking with him and didn't even get a drop of sleep. Oh well, Wordsmithing can rest me up in a pinch if need be. I can't rely on it for long stretches of time, as I did in my youth, but the aftereffects of skipping one night's sleep will be relatively minor.
"Teleport."
Instantly, we appear inside the castle. Before I can make another move, Ben lunges forward, escapes my grasp, and falls to the ground, only to start heaving a moment later. It takes me a second to realize I just gave a drunk man motion sickness. In retrospect, changing his surroundings all of a sudden probably wasn't the best idea.
Ben vomits for a solid ten seconds all over the castle courtyard lawn, making me feel oddly relieved he didn't do that indoors. I have the most random thoughts sometimes.
Deciding that's more than enough vomiting, I aim my mind at Ben. "Sober." He won't be happy since he drank so much explicitly to feel nothingness on the inside, but it can't be helped. He's in a pitiful state.
After a moment of staring at his own vomit, Ben jumps to his feet and dusts himself off. "Great. Now I can feel my body again. This must be because of that Wordsmithing you told me about."
"Yup." I yawn reflexively, before muttering "Awake," under my breath. "You were starting to embarrass yourself, so I figured I'd stop you before you drew a crowd."
I smile at him, but he doesn't return the expression. "Embarrassment, huh? Emotions like that are reserved for humans. I'm a man of steel now because I have to be. I've long since had any sense of tragedy ripped from my body." Ben reaches up to slick his hair back, but he bumps his hand against his helmet. "Damn. This metal piece of shit. It's the only thing that makes me feel secure, after what happened when the Kolvaxians attacked. It's like a shelter for me, a refuge from those monsters. However, at the same time, it's also a coffin. It makes me feel secure, but also reminds me of how weak and pathetic I am. Not like you."
He gestures at me flippantly, and I raise an eyebrow. "What do you mean by 'not like me'? You punched me so hard that you nearly broke my jaw."
"Wasn't me, it was the suit. I'm only as strong as any other average guy. The Hypersuit enhances my strength, my speed, my defense, and all my other physical attributes to superhuman levels. It can monitor around me in a 360 degree sphere, and can even go into autopilot mode if I pass out, ensuring my safety. The difference is, you may be weaker than this suit, but only somewhat. I can tell by the energy readings Centurion gave me that you're way above an ordinary human, strength, and speed-wise. You don't have to rely on fancy equipment or gadgets to protect yourself." Ben shakes his head as a depressed look crosses his face. "There's only one thing this suit can't protect me from."
"Your inner demons," I say, nodding at him sagely. "Don't beat yourself up too much, Ben. Everyone has problems. Yours may be way more than the average person's, but-"
"Hey! Don't lecture me. You may have the face of an adult, but you're just a kid. You haven't even been alive a century." Ben grinds his teeth together and looks past me, toward the rising sun. "I'm not even a real person, Jason. I'm just a clone. A fake. So was Beatrix, and several other commanding officers. Someone woke us up from our cloning pods, and when we learned that we had been asleep for thousands of years, humanity was on the edge of defeat, and we had to piece it together... the pressure was unthinkable. I did terrible acts- things that no person should have, all in the name of ensuring the Terra's survival."
I'm surprised to see a single tear roll down Ben's face. "And for what? Why did I give up my humanity?! Why did I fight for so long, when the Kolvaxians turned them all in the end? Do you know? Do you have any insight into the machinations of the universe, Hero boy?"
His words don't sting like they should, perhaps because I know he's simply lashing out in anger. If it weren't me here, he'd be taking out his pent-up heartache on someone else.
"I'm not that smart, Ben. I barely know anything. What I do know is that I've made a lot of mistakes, and I'll inevitably make more as time goes on. You won't learn anything valuable in life without fucking up, so by that logic, the more you ruin things, and the bigger your margins are, the more you'll learn. In your case, you've unlocked a newfound hatred for the Kolvaxians, above and beyond anything you had before. You should turn your feelings of guilt and rage against them, and focus your mind on how you can save the lives of those you called friends."
For a moment, I feel a little proud of myself. That sounded smart! Wise, even!
Ben, however, isn't so easily impressed. "You can learn plenty of other ways, Jason. Books, for example. Getting the entirety of my crew killed, millions of innocent souls- that isn't a small setback, it's a colossal failure. Maybe I can move on and try and not mess things up again in the future, but they can't. My crew is gone." Ben pauses, and an odd look appears in his eye. "Though... you did cure my Kolpox. Maybe things aren't as hopeless as I thought. It might be possible to convert a fully turned Kolvaxian back to their original form, but only you could do it."
"I suppose anything's possible," I say, keeping my tone neutral since I'm not sure about that at all.
Realistically, it's probably doable. The future isn't set in stone, after all. The problem is, without a Kolvaxian test subject, I won't know for sure if reverting them to their original form is doable or not.
Well, I'm a Wordsmith. I can bend the universe to my will, so I'm probably just overthinking things, as usual. I need to stop doing that.
Ben reaches up and pulls his helmet off, catching me off-guard as he inhales deeply. "Ahh, fresh air."
It takes me a moment to respond. "What? You had the front of the helmet open. Couldn't you smell the flowers already?"
He shakes his head. "The suit is oppressive, in a way that's hard to put into words. The fragrance reaches me, but as long as my head and body are within the confines of the Hypersuit, it forms a solid barrier between Mother Nature and my perception of her beauty. After all, man created machines to bend nature to his will. As long as we use weapons of war and machines to till the soil, they will always be an artificial barrier between us and her glory."
I stare at him in silence. Shit. That was a lot more poetic than what I said a minute ago. Ben beat me, and he wasn't even trying, I think to myself. "Yeah. That's a smart way to put it."
Ben turns away from me to stare at a red flower his foot barely missed stomping on by an inch or two. "Sometimes, when I couldn't sleep at night, I would lie on my bed and stare up at the ceiling, wondering what the Kolvaxians were and from where they came. Their green skin, the way they absorb technology and flesh together into a single entity... what if they're..." He pauses and his breath catches. "...never mind. If the Kolvaxians are a force of Nature, a weapon wielded by the Mother herself as the final punishment for corrupting her body with our machines, we won't win. Even when Earth was around, a single hurricane could lay waste to millions of human lives all at once."
"A force of nature?" I gaze at Ben as he reaches down and plucks the flower, then brings it to his nose and inhales. "You're saying you don't think they're a sentient species, but an organism born to kill humanity, and tear apart our machines?"
With a shake of his head, Ben casts the flower aside. "I haven't the faintest clue, Jason. Nobody does. Anyone who says they do is lying. I can only hope that isn't the case, or humanity, the Volgrim, and the Demons are dead already." A wistful look appears on his face, and the corners of his mouth curl up slightly. "Wouldn't it be funny if my friends weren't monsters, but instead were living normal peaceful existences? What if the Kolvaxians have achieved perfect unity? Maybe they aren't all that bad. Perhaps I should have allowed myself to turn, after all. I could be missing out."
Oh boy. Ben just pivoted from rage at the Kolvaxians to debating whether he should join them. He's all over the damn place.
"Ben, if becoming a Kolvaxian is a good thing, you'll have plenty of opportunities in the future. I think that right now, your skills as a leader would be best put to use here, leading this remnant of humanity. We not only have Demons to fight but also Volgrim and Kolvaxians in due time. If you're willing to put the past behind you, you could help us out a lot. For my part, I'll do everything I can to find out more about the Kolvaxians, and try to see if there's a way to revert them to their human forms. We both have a role to play in this, but I can't do my part if you won't do yours. Understand?"
No longer content with just a faint smile, Ben's mouth contorts into a full-on grin. "Yeah, you're right, Jason. There's still a chance. Beatrix, Emily, everyone from the Terra might yet see the light of day. I can't give up hope."
The sun continues to rise behind me, and silently beats down, warming my back. "The first step is always the hardest. Come on. I'll show you to an empty room, and we'll work out what your new role is in this new human society later."
Ben nods, and as he turns to walk alongside me, he chuckles softly. "You know, I'm still annoyed you took away my drunkenness. I enjoy that aspect of drinking."
"Eh, I don't. I like to keep my wits about me. If you feel that strongly though, I'll make you drunk again when we reach your room."
"Hell yeah." Ben slugs me in the arm, and his punch feels like he hit me with a sledgehammer. "You're a good kid."
"Thanks, grandpa."
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"Elder Basil..." An Admiral from one of the forward fleets stares at me from the hologram in the center of the room. His serpent-like appearance is muted somewhat by the guilt strewn across his face. "...Perhaps you may recall the exploration pod we sent to the Outer Rim?"
I steal a glance at Elder Lozu. If this is going to be more bad news, I'm sure he'll be just delighted to see me squirm. "I do."
The Admiral's cheeks quiver as he sucks in a quick breath. "We lost contact with it seven hours ago. It transmitted the Emergency alert just before it turned offline, along with all of its data stores. The results were... unsettling."
"Ah, so it's more bad news. Just spit it out, Admiral Kresh. At this point, you can't shock me."
I hope. Thinking those two words to myself, I keep my mouth shut. Saying them out loud would be like begging the universe to prove me wrong.
Admiral Kresh keeps his hands clasped together in front of his stomach and bows his head ever so slightly. "I'll be blunt. To Elder Basil, and all other members of the Council... I don't see a path to defeating the Kolvaxians. Combined with the other scouting pod findings from across the Milky Way, we've confirmed that they have made landfall in nearly every system across the galaxy. We're encircled, and breaking through to flee the galaxy is likely impossible at this point."
Elder Lozu, ever the composed one, nods slowly. "So that was their goal. Encircle us, chew at our perimeters, and slowly hem us in. Thanks to that blunder with the damned Sentinel, we hardly have any reserves, and building new ships will take several years to replace the ones we've lost. We can't try and retake any systems, or else we run the risk of spreading our forces too thin."
Anger, sadness, resentment... none of those feelings enter my mind. I feel nothing. Looking at the faces of those around me, it's obvious that all the other Council members are thinking the same thing.
We can't attack. We can't retreat. We can't flee. We can't move slowly. We can't move quickly.
All options are off the table. At this point...
"We're just delaying the inevitable." The words slip out my mouth, but I no longer feel wrong about saying them. So what if the other Council-members think of me as weak for daring to admit the futility of our actions? We've already lost. Whether it takes the plague one year or a million, it will infect all of us eventually.
A sudden energy springs into Lozu's body. He jerks forward and pounds his fist on the table. "Fine! Fine! I will say it. Elder Basil, I was wrong!" He jerks his head back to glare at me. "They can't be bartered or reasoned with, nor will they listen to diplomacy or take bribes. Military might is the only way to crush them!"
Hah. Hahaha... what is Lozu even saying? Is he only now realizing the peril we're in? He's far, far too late. The time for action was a year ago, or ten years ago, or a thousand years ago. Too little, too late.
Still, I decide to humor him. I might as well get a chuckle out of the little pipsqueak, even if we're all going to be consumed in the end. "Yes, military might. Do tell how we're going to beat them after you dragged your feet for so long."
Lozu gnashes his teeth together. "W-we could bring the ancient technology back online! Unlock it and start the research once again!"
"That would take time. Even if we fight a war of attrition and focus entirely on defense and research to prolong the inevitable, it won't be enough."
Worthless scum. Lozu chooses now, of all the times, to grow a backbone? I've finally stopped caring about appearances in front of the others, and he's done the opposite. The folly of youth knows no limits.
Lozu jumps up from his seat and stumbles slightly, but jabs a finger at me. "The demons! We should demand their help! Send them off to die against the Kolvaxians instead of our soldiers!"
"You're assuming Diablo would allow such a thing. Despite his pretenses, he is no lover of our people. In fact, displaying weakness in front of him is sure to make him stab us in the back. That's what demons do, after all."
The courageous barrage from the idiot, Lozu, falters as he slowly lowers his arm. "What about that Sentinel? Surely it could-"
"The Sentinel demonstrated it was no ally of ours. We threatened the human, demon, and the angel, and their Sentinel displayed where its loyalty lay. Bringing a Sentinel here would surely kill us faster than the Kolvaxians would."
Finally defeated, Lozu crumbles back into his seat and sighs, before looking at me. "You don't want to try anything then? Have you given up already?"
What a loaded question. All this youth did was object to my insistence for millions of years that we should open up the ancient technology to be studied, and now he acts like I'm the coward in the room. "I'm a pragmatist, Elder Lozu. Long before you were so much as daring to make a move to be on the Council, I led the Volgrim alongside the first Elders to pacify the demons. It was a vicious, bloody war, but we won. You arrived here a fresh-eyed youngster, hoping to make a mark by opposing the most politically involved of all of us, and you built your career on trying to stop any of my goals, no matter the detriment to Volgrim-kind. Now you sit upon your coveted seat, as one of us, daring to hint that I have grown soft? I do not fear fighting the Kolvaxians, I simply understand that it is futile now that we've lost all our advantages. Or rather, you gave them away for free. Had you listened to my advice early on, we could have driven the monsters back to the void from whence they came, but it will never happen now. All we can do is prolong our suffering."
Every Council-member in the room, barring Lozu, nod slowly along with my words. Even Admiral Kresh has to agree, for my little speech is rooted in a timeless wisdom earned only by living and doing things the right way for such a long time. It's impossible to disagree.
Admiral Kresh is the first to speak, after several long moments of silence. "Elder Basil, there is another possibility. If we cannot flee the galaxy, and we likely cannot win, the ancient research may still be our salvation. If we begin working on it now, we might have a breakthrough. In the worst-case scenario, we could pass our research to the humans. The demons will not know how to use it, but the humans might. Better for them to outlive us and slay the Kolvaxians, than for the galaxy to become a utopia for those parasites to spread to the rest of the universe."
I lean back in my seat and nod approvingly at the Admiral. "A selfless act, from the one who has brought our people many victories against the Kolvaxians over the millennia. Coming from anyone else, I'd hardly entertain the idea, but your words have merit."
Heh, the more I think about it, the more I wish to laugh, as primitive as it sounds. The Admiral is effectively advocating petty revenge. If we can't defeat you; we'll make sure our enemies can! To think that the once-mighty Volgrim, above the demons and the humans, would fall so far... the Founders would spit upon the shell we've become.
Elder Lozu doesn't even offer a weak rebuttal. The anguish I felt only a minute ago has been heaped on his shoulders, and for now, it warms my soul. He deserves it, the worthless little runt. Our people will perish because of his incessant stonewalling, so he'd better be as miserable as possible when we reach our end.
"Do you have any orders, Elder Basil?" Admiral Kresh stares at me, ignoring the other Council members in the room.
"Do what you can to slow them down. We'll start our research at once. If we're lucky, perhaps there will be a miracle. If not... it'll be up to the humans and demons to purge the plague from the galaxy." I pause and look at the Admiral meaningfully. "One last thing. Consider this a new order, effective for all troops. Everyone must equip themselves with a killswitch. If a Kolvaxian is going to take us, all it will get is a corpse."
Admiral Kresh simply nods. "I contemplate, and I comprehend."
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Hey guys! New part yay!
SO, I'm currently working on a bunch of new things. Firstly, I now have a Bitcoin and Ethereum wallet address! You will soon find these on the sidebar in case you lose them. We'll add QR codes in the near future as well.
BTC Address: 1KLokky8FRbEkdcqiG8EVNKNcLBwyAxG8T
ETH Address: 0xf743C88AF530CfE9A9f110F6ba12DD53405B5754
(If you donate any cryptocurrency, plz shoot me a PM on Reddit, since I don't know how often I'll be checking these! If you don't I might not realize you donated for a long while!)
Additionally, I have set up a MakerSupport page to potentially replace Patreon, located here. But wait! Don't pledge to it yet, because I'm currently talking with the Drip staff about getting invited early. I don't know if I will or not, but if I do, I'd rather be on a big site run by a company like Kickstarter than MakerSupport.
Well, sorta. You see, I've been talking with the developer of MakerSupport. As you guys may have realized, I like good customer service. I may not be the best writer of all time, but one thing I strive to do is read every comment, PM, email, and etc sent to me by fans of cryopod. I try to respond to as many as possible too, unless of course it's not directed at me or such.
One thing I hated about Patreon was that the site was huge, and I never felt like I had a voice. Shit would just change, and I had no say in what those changes would be. On MakerSupport, however, while it is a small site, the developer has added ten major features in just the last three days. I've spoken with him, and two of the things I asked for were implemented immediately. That's huge! The site has lots of flaws, but for raw potential, I'd say MakerSupport is in the lead. It's also low-fees, lower than Patreon by far, and that means for myself as well as my donors. You pay less, I get more, we all win.
Don't sub to my MakerSupport page just yet, but do know that I've got a good feeling about it. I'm not in a rush just yet, but I'm planning to chooce between Drip and MS by the end of this week, depending on whether Drip accepts/denies me, and whether MS adds a few key features I really need.
In any case, we've got BTC and ETH support up for you mining folks, and I'll probably make a litecoin wallet too because DAMN son, that jump! It doubled in value over just two days! Crazy!
Thanks for reading and being my fans! I love you guys!
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