Reading old fic from over ten years ago: everything is terrible and I’m ashamed of having written it.
Need help deciding what I should play next:
-Skyrim, new character, this time following the main quest so I actually remember what the story is
-Fallout New Vegas, replaying Sterling with adjusted stats and all the mods
Since I’m going to be reblogging things to my new art blog for easier finding, maybe I can start liking posts without being afraid of great references being lost in that blackhole of a ‘liked posts’ page.
Created a new blog, artlier, in which to put my development drawings, finished illustrations and also to make finding references easier for myself. Of course I decide to do this five minutes before I have to get ready for work so it’ll remain empty until I can futz with it tonight.
But feel free to follow anyway.
Heeeeeeeey, that family ski trip I’ve been looking forward to for the last three months may not happen. Fucking awesome.
I had a dream in which I dreamt I was wearing a pirate hat. Then I dreamed I woke up and was wearing a pirate hat. Then I actually did wake up and was, in fact, not wearing a pirate hat.
What a depressing way to start the day.
I don’t know what my dad was watching but in the recap portion some guy was talking about how they’d gotten a blackmail note meant for someone else and then there was the standard ~I have your wife~ threat and this dialogue just popped into my head:
*reading note* “Honey? Have you been kidnapped?”
"Not recently. Why? Is there somewhere I’m supposed to be?"
I was looking up reference pictures on Google images and found this instead.
Let’s assume there’s a dating service in the Mojave. Maybe it’s a local radio’s initiative, maybe it’s done through mail, maybe people just nail their profiles onto a notice board in Old mormon Fort.
If your courier was likely to post themselves, eitehr seriously or for a joke, what would their profile be? Or what would their asshole friends write about them as a prank?
Sterling would 1) not even notice if someone posted a profile to him, and 2) not understand what the point of it is even after someone explained it to him. He wouldn’t care if someone did so long as it doesn’t lead to him suddenly getting super aggressive (as in forceful, not just extremely flirty) hook-up-hopefuls.
I’d imagine, depending on how far the person(s) in question thought things through, his would say something along the lines of ‘pretty to look at but very hard to get’.
Reminds me of this one ‘verse I occasionally play around with where there’s two stations which basically act as trading outposts/transport hubs/general major government presence, one for the inside of the asteroid belt, one for the outside. Or maybe the couriers work on an orbital station for a planet like Uranus or Neptune that has multiple moons for people to colonize.
Oh! Or maybe they could have multiple types of ships for different kinds of deliveries. One could be larger, used for going between several different planets that would be more akin to a Futurama-type service, while another would be a single or double-occupant ship that’s made for short moon-to-planet type trips. The larger ship either goes out on a schedule or, for a not-insignificant charge, can be specially hired because it requires more hands on deck as well as tends to be gone for a week or so at a time while the smaller ones go out whenever someone wants a quick delivery.
(could possibly be the smaller ships can also be put into a much larger transport vessel if needed, but that’s also a not-insignificant charge because additional fees)
I really like the idea of there still being radiated planets or something to lend that Fallout feel, and also like a Wild West feel - maybe various empires have arisen in a post-war Sol system (or galaxy, idk how big it would be) and the lanes between are pretty lawless. It might be dangerous to travel around, because simply being in a certain place could be constituted a declaration of territorial loyalty (or human loyalty, if aliens are involved, or…)
I imagine in this case part of the appeal of using a courier service would that they would use smaller, faster (if those two things go hand-in-hand at this level of technology) ships that can avoid conflict rather than having anything to do with it.
I’m sorry, I contribute to Courier Faction so rarely, but, space!
I may have to research Jupiter’s moons more. *wiggles*
Planets/moons where it’s almost perpetually night and near freezing. Places where every city is built to float on a planet entirely made of ocean. A planet which once had a populated moon that has since been destroyed in war (because you know in a bad enough war, there’s at least one planet that’s done that but it’s too small its destruction made much of a difference to the planet itself) and became a ring in which people still live in sections illegally, possibly pirates, possibly people that had been born on that moon and refuse to ever leave it, government mandates be damned.
A lot of the couriers probably grew up in these lawless areas (since pretty much all of them had in fallout-verse anyway) so they probably know all the tricks to stay hidden- how to cloak their ships in background radiation, which asteroids make radar detection impossible, how to navigate using bursts of air to drift along invisibly.
Random detail: courier ship serial numbers all start with CF just because. Also they name their ships which probably means all of them are puns and they fight over which puns are worthy enough to use as a name.