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"Star-Crossed VI: The Moral High Ground"
 
   LAST EDITED ON Mar-14-10 AT 08:51 PM (EDT)
 
[139] I very much enjoyed the interactions between Vido and Relkan. I would never have figured, going into this scene, that Vido Santiago would end up being something of a comedic character, but that's how it came out, and who am I to blow against the wind? Besides, he's still an evil asshole. He's just an evil asshole with some comical mannerisms.

[249] I used to work in a network ops center where all the monitors were enclosed in fancy mission-control-style cabinet things with polarized glass windows. They cut down on glare a lot? Except that everybody else who worked there was a screen toucher. People would point things out on the big network map screen, or a particular line item in the trouble ticket display, and they'd poke the glass in the process. I'd get in for work on the night shift and have to spend five or six minutes just Windexing the finger marks off of all the screens, because otherwise it would drive me crazy all night. Having something like this happen is probably the quarian equivalent.

[280] My favorite line from the original Crow comic series. I had to.

[289] Like I'm-trying-to-give-up-smoking gum, except with more amphetamines.

[364] Somewhat less effective precursor to Miraculon.

[405] "Vladof! You don't need to be a better shot, you just need to shoot more bullets!"

[475] Carl Sagan, albeit the fictional Carl Sagan in Atomic Robo and the Shadow from Beyond Time.

[503] Mordin is making ironic reference to the NewU® line of cosmetic gene mods by Crey Biotech (A Wholly Owned Subsidiary of GENOM Corp.), which were sold out of shopping mall boutiques and whose iconic advertising campaign, still in full swing when Mordin and the other colonists left Known Space, exhorted pseudo-rebellious teens to adopt a hair color or skin pattern that their parents wouldn't like under the slogan NewU: Because It's Your Genome.

[535] To be honest, he wouldn't have been all that sanguine about taking himself into space with nothing but vacuum outside his visor, either.

[682] Not the first time I've referenced one of my very favorite Dragnet 1967 lines, "Flinch and you'll be chasing your head down Fifth Street," uttered by a very ticked-off Joe Friday from behind a shotgun.

[733] This sort of developed all at once; I originally introduced Millandra as an entirely original character, but as the story went on, I began to realize, more than decide, that she was really Miranda Lawson in disguise. Her backstory just fell together at that point (more on this later), and away we went. Also, it gave Gryphon the vector for this great moment of... sort of cosmic indignation. He's put up with a lot of crap from the universe, but this, as Winston Churchill said, is the sort of nonsense up with which he shall not put.

[797] Probably the best - certainly my favorite - invocation of Chandler's Law I've ever done.


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  RE: Star-Crossed VI: The Moral High Ground A Vile Gangster Mar-11-10 1
     RE: Star-Crossed VI: The Moral High Ground Matrix Dragon Mar-11-10 2
  RE: Star-Crossed VI: The Moral High Ground SliderDaFeral Mar-11-10 3
     RE: Star-Crossed VI: The Moral High Ground Apostate_Soul Mar-11-10 4
         RE: Star-Crossed VI: The Moral High Ground Gryphonadmin Mar-15-10 6
             RE: Star-Crossed VI: The Moral High Ground Apostate_Soul Mar-19-10 9
  RE: Star-Crossed VI: The Moral High Ground Angryoptimist Mar-15-10 5
  RE: Star-Crossed VI: The Moral High Ground SliderDaFeral Mar-19-10 7
     RE: Star-Crossed VI: The Moral High Ground Gryphonadmin Mar-19-10 8
         RE: Star-Crossed VI: The Moral High Ground A Vile Gangster May-22-10 11
  international iconography in the 24th century Gryphonadmin May-21-10 10
     RE: international iconography in the 24th century A Vile Gangster May-22-10 12
         RE: international iconography in the 24th century Zox May-22-10 13
             RE: international iconography in the 24th century Gryphonadmin May-22-10 14
                 RE: international iconography in the 24th century Nathan May-22-10 15

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A Vile Gangster
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1. "RE: Star-Crossed VI: The Moral High Ground"
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   >[139] I very much enjoyed the interactions between Vido and
>Relkan. I would never have figured, going into this scene, that Vido
>Santiago would end up being something of a comedic character, but
>that's how it came out, and who am I to blow against the wind?
>Besides, he's still an evil asshole. He's just an evil asshole with
>some comical mannerisms.

I think it's awesome that Vito's a mug-flinger. Nothing can concentrate, into a single gesture of disapproval, all of the frustration and temple-throbbing disappointment in one's underlings quite as succinctly as a coffee mug to the head.

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2. "RE: Star-Crossed VI: The Moral High Ground"
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   >I think it's awesome that Vito's a mug-flinger. Nothing can
>concentrate, into a single gesture of disapproval, all of the
>frustration and temple-throbbing disappointment in one's underlings
>quite as succinctly as a coffee mug to the head.

Personally, I'm quite fond of the scene where Ralkin reveals it's G on Halo. "Lemme have my moment of drama, for fuck's sake," still has me snickering.

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3. "RE: Star-Crossed VI: The Moral High Ground"
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>[733] This sort of developed all at once; I originally
>introduced Millandra as an entirely original character, but as the
>story went on, I began to realize, more than decide, that she
>was really Miranda Lawson in disguise. Her backstory just fell
>together at that point (more on this later), and away we went. Also,
>it gave Gryphon the vector for this great moment of... sort of cosmic
>indignation. He's put up with a lot of crap from the universe, but
>this, as Winston Churchill said, is the sort of nonsense up with which
>he shall not put.

Outstanding. Now all we need is Jack, Garrus Vakarian, and a bar, and the effect will be complete.

-- Slider Da Feral


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4. "RE: Star-Crossed VI: The Moral High Ground"
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...and the bartender took one look at them, and said "Is this some kind of joke?"

"It's difficult keeping up with the cross-continuity, but I think Cosmouse just gave The Saturnian Scraphunter his Ultimate Pacifier to use against Galactapuss..."


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6. "RE: Star-Crossed VI: The Moral High Ground"
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>
>...and the bartender took one look at them, and said "Is this some
>kind of joke?"

To paraphrase the great Bill Bailey, "An escaped test subject and a turian cop walk into a pub. One of them is a bit psychotic and the whole episode unfolds with a tedious inevitability." :)

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9. "RE: Star-Crossed VI: The Moral High Ground"
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Inspiration!

Jim Brass looked over the table at the two sheepish and somewhat bruised interviewees. The Turian, in particular, was not wanting to meet his gaze. "It is my sad duty to inform you," he began, noting the look of resignation begin to form on the Turian's face, "That come the winter solstice these statements will be passed around the IPO Intranet as part of the standard celebrations. Even for here, this chain of events is unbelievable. You even capped it off with the Lovely Angels Excuse."

"It's difficult keeping up with the cross-continuity, but I think Cosmouse just gave The Saturnian Scraphunter his Ultimate Pacifier to use against Galactapuss..."


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5. "RE: Star-Crossed VI: The Moral High Ground"
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   >[405] "Vladof! You don't need to be a better shot, you
>just need to shoot more bullets!"

Yes.


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7. "RE: Star-Crossed VI: The Moral High Ground"
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   Ok, I reread this again, and I simply have to ask, since nobody else has:

What exactly was Zaeed doing that made him nearly blow himself up?

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8. "RE: Star-Crossed VI: The Moral High Ground"
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   >What exactly was Zaeed doing that made him nearly blow himself up?

Going off the script a bit at the Blue Suns expeditionary depot on Zorya. Guy's like a greyhound. Show him a rabbit, or Vido Santiago, and he's off to the races.

There'll probably be a sidebar mini, like Prescott's Bluff for Manhunt, about this one of these days.

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11. "RE: Star-Crossed VI: The Moral High Ground"
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   YES. Moar Zaeed is required. UF: Zaeed is Epic, Win and Awesome, in equal parts.

Seriously. His in game content is absolutely hilarious and you've given him such a nice depth of character here in the UF-verse...As always, if you write it, I'll read it.

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10. "international iconography in the 24th century"
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   In this part of Star-Crossed I mentioned that deep space waystations like Zelfina (where we see Zaeed enjoying coffee, pie, and healing accelerants) are marked with enormous holographics signs announcing the availability of the Cosmic Trinity - fuel, food, and repair services.

However, I was remiss in not actually depicting what those signs look like - although, with the possible exception of the repair one, you've seen them before if you've spent any time traveling on an American Interstate highway.

And yes, if you're thinking that these are extremely anchronistic, you are correct! But then, they are today. When was the last time you saw a gas pump that looked like that? And yet they're still shown that way on the signs, and everyone knows what they're supposed to be; the icon has been around for so long that it's transcended its original meaning and simply become an abstract thing that people recognize to mean "fuel". And so it is in UF's Future.

(For a similar real-world example, take a look at the oil pressure warning light in an average car. Chances are, if it doesn't just say OIL, it'll have an icon on it which depicts an old-timey steam-age oil can, of the kind you pretty much never see any more, and certainly aren't likely to encounter in an automotive context any time soon.)

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12. "RE: international iconography in the 24th century"
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   I find the usage of the anachronistic Fork-and-Knife sign even funnier, because, c'mon, with all of the various and sundry species in the UF-verse, I figure a healthy number of them do not(...and due to their appendages, may never have!)use forks or knives for eating.

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13. "RE: international iconography in the 24th century"
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   Humanity grew up with hundreds of languages in use on the same planet. Most other worlds (both in UF and generally throughout sci-fi) seem to be monolingual, or at least far less diverse in language terms.

Given that, we may have been the only ones who found a compelling need for "international" signage.

And when others needed it (if only for the stupid human tourists exploding out into the Galaxy after First Contact), it was easier to borrow ours instead of creating new.

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14. "RE: international iconography in the 24th century"
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   Also, the fork is one of the defining hallmarks of sapient civilization. Not every nation of people on a given planet develop it, and those who don't aren't by definition savages, but sooner or later, on the road to interstellar travel, at least one society on any given inhabited world is going to come up with the fork.

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15. "RE: international iconography in the 24th century"
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   So, it's the Swedish Meatball of cutlery?


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