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It took me a few seconds to realize that Senter was shouting into my brain. Suddenly having the floor yanked out from under you and then catching a wall in the face kind of has a way of grabbing your attention to the exclusion of anything else.
As I’m sure everyone reading this knows by now from watching the holovids, being stunned hurts. Quite a bit, in fact. See the way a stun works is by overloading the nervous system until it essentially “blows a fuse” and shuts down, resulting in unconsciousness. I personally favor it over the potentially more lethal alternatives, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t without its drawbacks. The most relevant to this situation being the fact that as a result of the nervous system going haywire nearly every muscle in your body rapidly contracts simultaneously, essentially giving you a full-body cramp. As you can no doubt imagine, that doesn’t exactly feel pleasant and makes involuntary unconscious seem pretty appealing.
Generally speaking, an ideal job is one where you don’t cause too much of a scene. Get in, subdue any threats with a minimum of violence, get who you came for, and get out. The most desired outcome is one where you don’t need to use violence at all. Needless to say, this sort of outcome does not generally involve running for your life with two aging fightercraft on your tail.
I was not achieving the most desired outcome on this job.
Work continues on Hunting Ground and Shining Armor, but in the meantime here’s a bit of filler: a story I began in 2004, never finished, and then didn’t touch for the next ten years.
Tyrant King just wouldn’t be Tyrant King without forums. They’ve been a TKP fixture even before it was TKP, when it was just Gondolend and a fairly well known online community for paleontology enthusiasts. Though attendance dwindled over the years as the forums went through their various incarnations, there has never been an extended period of time when there wasn’t any venue for visitors to get together and interact.
People love to romanticize outer space, and I will admit it can be quite beautiful, but by and large it’s actually very boring. With literally nothing in every direction, sometimes for light cycles, it presents a unique combination of agoraphobia and claustrophobia and travelling even relatively short distances at sublight speeds can seem maddeningly slow. With nothing outside to gauge your speed against, no matter how fast you’re going it looks like you’re standing still.