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Posted - 2010.11.15 15:40:00 - [1]
 

An imprisoned Amarrian doubts his faith as he undergoes awful tests of body and spirit. Darkness, though, holds not only terrors and suffering, but sometimes salvation as well.

"King Slaver" is a new Chronicle written by CCP Abraxas.

CCP Abraxas

Posted - 2010.11.15 15:46:00 - [2]
 

And with respect to recent discussions, let me just add for any who wonder: This story has a happy ending. So did Hona is Three, Rust Creeps and Burnt. We really are a gentle, lovable people, we devs. Very Happy

Alara IonStorm
Caldari
Posted - 2010.11.15 15:52:00 - [3]
 

\o/ First

/Reading Glasses.

Borgh Brainbasher
Saint Industrial Services
STEEL BROTHERHOOD
Posted - 2010.11.15 16:10:00 - [4]
 

Edited by: Borgh Brainbasher on 15/11/2010 17:09:07
Originally by: CCP Abraxas
...We really are a gentle, lovable people, we devs. Very Happy


oh gods, eve is doomed.

read the chron and despite liking it (yay minmatar are not saints after all) I was mildly confused by everything but that probalbly is a good indication the whole "madness" thing was written well.

Nikita Alterana
Kumiho's Smile
Posted - 2010.11.15 16:34:00 - [5]
 

I liked it, but it was...odd

Mashie Saldana
Minmatar
Veto Corp
Posted - 2010.11.15 17:23:00 - [6]
 

To see Amarrians suffer brings a smile to my face.

Shandir
Minmatar
Brutor Tribe
Posted - 2010.11.15 18:10:00 - [7]
 

Edited by: Shandir on 15/11/2010 18:20:04
Prisoner 47 - Hitman reference?

Good to see the slavers get a taste of their own - but maybe we should walk carefully lest we become like them.
Especially with the mind games displayed in this story - the slaver king here isn't a savior - he's a trick to seperate, confuse and disorganise any kind of rebellion - it's a very thorough job they do, not enough food to have a fight in them, abused on every level to strip the feeling of their own humanity, random violence and monotony making it seem futile to care - it's also not the way *we* should be.

Leave faith to the god-bothering slavers, and mind games to the soulless conglomerate. We represent freedom and this taints us.

Now if only they'd given us the coordinates of the colony }:D


daqor
Caldari
Posted - 2010.11.15 18:28:00 - [8]
 

Quote:
Freedom was an important concept, apparently. The Minmatar found it so important, the prisoner thought, they wanted to keep it all to themselves.


That neatly sums up my view of how a lot of Minmatar, and for that matter Gallente, seem to act.

Also: Good job to Abraxas on another great story, confusing though it was.

Rustpunk
Minmatar
No-Mercy
Posted - 2010.11.15 19:18:00 - [9]
 

Minmatar grimdark. Excellent.

dtyk
Posted - 2010.11.15 20:40:00 - [10]
 

Originally by: CCP Abraxas
And with respect to recent discussions, let me just add for any who wonder: This story has a happy ending. So did Hona is Three, Rust Creeps and Burnt. We really are a gentle, lovable people, we devs. Very Happy


The fact that you have to afterwards state that the ending was happy says something great about the stories:P

Orion GUardian
Caldari
Posted - 2010.11.15 20:49:00 - [11]
 

Originally by: daqor
Quote:
Freedom was an important concept, apparently. The Minmatar found it so important, the prisoner thought, they wanted to keep it all to themselves.


That neatly sums up my view of how a lot of Minmatar, and for that matter Gallente, seem to act.

Also: Good job to Abraxas on another great story, confusing though it was.



Exactely...

Great Chronicle....

Istvaan Shogaatsu
Caldari
Guiding Hand Social Club
Posted - 2010.11.15 20:51:00 - [12]
 

Delicious. Truly fantastic. I like how it echoes with modern day... there is a contemporary culture which I will not name, whose identity is synonymous with suffering a great evil, then turning around and inflicting said same evil upon others. The parallel is fantastic.

Abraxas: you are one kick-ass writer.

Genki SG
Scapegoats
Posted - 2010.11.15 22:19:00 - [13]
 

Originally by: Shandir
Edited by: Shandir on 15/11/2010 18:20:04
Prisoner 47 - Hitman reference?


Or just 42+2+3... OMG the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything, plus a "23" for the illuminati LaughingLaughing

Graelyn
Amarr
Wolfsbrigade
Posted - 2010.11.15 22:20:00 - [14]
 

Ugh, don't take this thread down that road.

Bomberlocks
Minmatar
CTRL-Q
Posted - 2010.11.15 22:42:00 - [15]
 

Thanks, Abraxas. If they ever make an EVE movie, I want you to write the screenplay. It will almost certainly bomb, like Serenity bombed, but suffering for one's art is the mark of the true artist, non? Very Happy Also, you'll build up your own cult following.

Yennefer VanCiri
Amarr
Last Wish Industries
Posted - 2010.11.15 23:01:00 - [16]
 

Originally by: Bomberlocks
Thanks, Abraxas. If they ever make an EVE movie, I want you to write the screenplay. It will almost certainly bomb, like Serenity bombed, but suffering for one's art is the mark of the true artist, non? Very Happy Also, you'll build up your own cult following.


I couldn't agree more! That was a great read!

Xaviar Onassis
Gulfonodi Bay Fishing Club
Posted - 2010.11.15 23:29:00 - [17]
 

Great story, love it. Not sure I can agree that the ending qualifies as "happy" though...

Also, really minor point, but "tired revelries"? I think you meant "tired reveries" as the former means "party" and the latter "thinking about stuff from the past".

Great writing though - just wish they were more frequent.

Rustpunk
Minmatar
No-Mercy
Posted - 2010.11.16 01:10:00 - [18]
 

I'm a steadfast Minmatar roleplayer, and one of the things I love about EVE is that we have no good guys. Not on a large scale, anyway: like every single other government that has ever existed IRL, and like every single other person, we are capable of great good and great evil. Sometimes at the same time.

The US, 1930s Germany, Costa Rica (no military), the USSR... none of us have completely clean hands, yet we can find positive actions by every government.

I like CCP showing (again) the darker side of the Minmatar. Just like I like seeing them show the compassionate side of the Amarr, despite the fact that on the whole, that nation supports a policy of great evil.

IL'kahn Rohtaga
Posted - 2010.11.16 01:43:00 - [19]
 

Are you trying to plumb the depths of the depravity of the Eve player base? Whats next feeding fetuses to their parents?

I see in the unwritten end of this story the beginning of the film '300' where the hardened boy fearlessly slaughters the wolf with an understanding of 'kill or be killed'. The protagonist could never return to the camp having learned what he needed to trancend his situation, 'liberty or death' is the only logical next step.

In my mind he killed the slaver hound and returned to possibly take out a couple guards before acquiring a weapon and going down in a blaze of glory.

This is why I quit the Minmatar and have been accepted by the truely enlightened race the Caldari and will deny my racial heritage three times and work to build the Caldari up with my last efforts which btw are achieved using modern machinery.

Roga Dracor
Caldari
Mental Disorders Inc.
Posted - 2010.11.16 02:31:00 - [20]
 

Thumbs up.. I agree, love to see these like once a week..

Slaver
Posted - 2010.11.16 04:00:00 - [21]
 

I approve this Chronicle. On his deathbed, my grandfather whispered to me a similar tale.

Nathan Jameson
Talocan Vanguard
Talocan United
Posted - 2010.11.16 04:08:00 - [22]
 

Hail to the king, baby. Cool

Enya Sparhawk
Posted - 2010.11.16 04:48:00 - [23]
 

Damn good story! I especially loved the ending!

When plunged into the icy depths of darkness, could looking back only reveal your shadowy reflection slowly sinking away; one must ask, as only a number can ask, was this man truely a King of straw, or just merely a scarecrow?


Ian Luxor
Caldari
Posted - 2010.11.16 06:54:00 - [24]
 

Maybe i just don't get the end ? This could only be a happy ending for the slaver hound in my point of view Very Happy .

That guy is slaver hound food in the end, right ?

Elisa Vilerum
Posted - 2010.11.16 07:11:00 - [25]
 

don't see much point in these camps/prisons they are not there to be of any benefit to republic
they sound to me more of personal sick amusement of some influential ol' war fart general,those prisoners are wasting food and space they occupy seems to me much better way to go is to open cargo bay mid space and let them meet the good of theirs

non the less i liked the writing as always

Rip Minner
Gallente
ARMITAGE Logistics Salvage and Industries
Posted - 2010.11.16 07:57:00 - [26]
 

I'm from the United States. But I have traveled around to more places then the one I was born in. Keeping in line with what I know of differnt countrys first hand and not the p*ss poor lies forced feed though Corp media. Add in the last 20-30 years of current events. And yes I would have to say United States would be the first pick to that one.

The great evil spoken of is the Greed of the Corps/Rich faimlys that have all but taken over power of are country as we stand by and let them poor out pain and suffering around the world for mony.

Well that would be my first guess.ugh

Quotes removed for political discussions. Zymurgist

Nathan Jameson
Talocan Vanguard
Talocan United
Posted - 2010.11.16 08:02:00 - [27]
 

Originally by: Ian Luxor
Maybe i just don't get the end ? This could only be a happy ending for the slaver hound in my point of view Very Happy .

That guy is slaver hound food in the end, right ?


Originally by: King Slaver
He turned and found himself looking at a slaver hound, realizing in that moment what a terrible joke, what a perfect fulfilment of this life it was to have these beasts here to guard the faithful, diverted from their original purpose of guarding and attacking Minmatar slaves back in the Empire. He could hear the hound's hoarse, deep breathing. Puffs of air wafted from its hungry face.

He stood still, calmly looking back at it. And in that animal face, with its sharp teeth dripping saliva, and the eyes red-rimmed and unblinking, he saw no longer a hunger, but a fellowship.


If anything, this scene reminds me exactly of a similar scene from Chronicles of riddick, where Van Deisel's character is almost attacked by a similar creature, but instead befriends it. When asked how this was possible, he answers something to the effect of it sensing a kindred spirit. Which is almost word-for-word how it was described in the story.




Auwnie Morohe
Posted - 2010.11.16 11:36:00 - [28]
 

Anyone else see some parallels with Apocalypse now. Also this was not a happy ending whoever comes out alive.Confused

Hamilcar Gisco
Amarr
The Graduates
Morsus Mihi
Posted - 2010.11.16 12:18:00 - [29]
 

"Freedom was an important concept, apparently. The Minmatar found it so important, the prisoner thought, they wanted to keep it all to themselves."

Irony and contradiction through the Amarrian spectrum, priceless...

Lost Greybeard
Gallente
Posted - 2010.11.16 13:17:00 - [30]
 

The english was a bit awkward at the beginning, but it tightened up a lot at the end. Good story arc, too, simple Aesop, avoiding the temptation to go for being purposefully obscure like some of the other chronicles. And presents the characters as people, instead of transcendent mystics or total monsters like some of the other stories are unfortunately prone to do.

The hint of back-story on how the slaver-hounds were domesticated and how they are tied to Amarr specifically was a nice touch, as well.

I like it, I think this is one of my favorite ones.


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