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Inconsequential slice-of-life headcanons, pt2! (Credit to That Other Guy and Lonewolf23)

s/LaSH

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So Starlight Express is hip, right? Cybertronian-looking singers on rollerskates doin' races and romance and stuff.

I just have an issue with some of the lines towards the end (so, spoilers for a kid's musical from the 80s? They've changed a lot over the years, like the gender of some major characters; this is just from the original soundtrack).

The big race is over. It was supposed to be between diesel Greaseball, electric Electro, and steam-powered prior champion Poppa; but Poppa dropped out in favour of younger steam engine Rusty, who had previously lost the heats after Greaseball and Electro teamed up to sabotage him. Rusty, having found the power of the Starlight Express within him, has become the new champion. Electro, humiliated, has stormed off. Greaseball has fared worse; he's had an accident, and doesn't know if he'll ever race again. Comeuppance for cheaters.

Poppa makes Greaseball an offer of redemption: he can convert the diesel engine to steam. There ensues a musical debate about whether electricity might be a good alternative, but Poppa shuts down every point they bring up, in favour of steam power. At one point, they even bring up nuclear fission, but Poppa immediately rhymes it with "nasty emissions".

This seems backwards at first glance. Why would steam - a form of locomotion associated with burning large amounts of coal - be considered more emissions-friendly than nuclear - a form of power with NO emissions?

Answer, and this is my headcanon warming up:

Starlight Express steam engines aren't coal burners. They're fusion plants on rails.

This accounts for their animosity towards fission. It's a step backwards for them, and by comparison is a dirtier process. It also accounts for how steam trains are winning races against diesel and electric vehicles. Diesel has a comfortable margin over steam in the real world, and electric can go nearly three times as fast on the rails; a lightweight fusion reactor running an electric turbine off steam could rival or exceed these electric marvels.

But most important, fusion power is star power. Rusty had the power of the Starlight Express within him all along - literal starlight.

Go for it, Greaseball.


PS: There is a line from Dustin, the heavy aggregate hopper, which indicates that steamers still emit smoke. After Rusty chooses him as his partner for the finals, Dustin claims that his eyes are watering, but only because the smoke gets in his eyes. I submit that there is no smoke, and Dustin is just overwhelmed to be selected for a speed event.
 

BcAugust54

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So, a rather odd and I'm not quite sure I like it one...

In the Obsidian and Blood series, the main character routinely does feats of magic involving Death that amaze the other priests, has a far more personal relationship with his gods then the other high priests have with theirs, is routinely compared to a skeleton and pushes himself way too hard past human limits, and in the first and second books, has one of the major servants of his god know him by name and aids him casually. Also, this servant is noted in text as formerly being a human being who devoted himself and became something other.

So, yes, everything is pointing that after he dies(and/or before he was born, which is more interesting, considering), he's not facing oblivion like he expects, but in fact is going to become one of those servants that gets called on for justice.
 

DarkStarling

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So, a rather odd and I'm not quite sure I like it one...

In the Obsidian and Blood series, the main character routinely does feats of magic involving Death that amaze the other priests, has a far more personal relationship with his gods then the other high priests have with theirs, is routinely compared to a skeleton and pushes himself way too hard past human limits, and in the first and second books, has one of the major servants of his god know him by name and aids him casually. Also, this servant is noted in text as formerly being a human being who devoted himself and became something other.

So, yes, everything is pointing that after he dies(and/or before he was born, which is more interesting, considering), he's not facing oblivion like he expects, but in fact is going to become one of those servants that gets called on for justice.
So he was a Long and is becoming a Name? :p
/Cultist Simulator
 

DarkStarling

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Okay so, Star Trek: Insurrection

After the whole debacle with the Sonar and the official recognition of the Baku as a spacefaring civilization the Briar Patch was declared their territory as an independent power. Though they were distrustful of the Federation, given that the operation was actually sanctioned by the council, eventually a compromise was brokered. There is a very large research and medical facility on the other side of the planet, with the stipulation of no permanent residents. Federation citizens can get regenerative benefits on a limited basis without the full immortality, and research into producing the concentrated dosages artificially with no lasting damage to the environment. The exact prioritization for who gets access is an active topic of debate, but is focused on healing injuries or disabilities similar to Geordie's rather than life extension.
 

Sabermane

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Harry Dresden has a little old lady as an upstairs neighbor. She has lived there for every book. Her true occult knowledge is vast by association. Multiple parties have tried to cajole or force her to help attack Dresden but she has withstood all comers with a stubborn will, a belief in good, and a killer strudel.

For no other reason than I want to see Mr. Croup and Vandemar vs. Dresden, Neverwhere is in the same universe.
 

Olof Jönsson

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Okay so, Star Trek: Insurrection

After the whole debacle with the Sonar and the official recognition of the Baku as a spacefaring civilization the Briar Patch was declared their territory as an independent power. Though they were distrustful of the Federation, given that the operation was actually sanctioned by the council, eventually a compromise was brokered. There is a very large research and medical facility on the other side of the planet, with the stipulation of no permanent residents. Federation citizens can get regenerative benefits on a limited basis without the full immortality, and research into producing the concentrated dosages artificially with no lasting damage to the environment. The exact prioritization for who gets access is an active topic of debate, but is focused on healing injuries or disabilities similar to Geordie's rather than life extension.
That scans with Star Trek Online canon where the Federation has eventually managed to figure out how to artificially replicate/recreate the particles that cause that effect. It's the main mass-heal ability used by Engineers in the game.

Speaking of Trek...

The "prune juice is a warrior's drink" comes from the fact that when Worf was a little boy, his Klingon biology - more specifically his digestive system - didn't agree with the human food that was all his foster parents had access to. As a result, he was often constipated. He refused to drink the prune juice at first due to the sweetness, but the 'rents managed to convince the little boy that it was a "warrior's drink".

The irony of it all is that when he finally met other Klingons and they tried it (being curious), the results...actually backed his claim. Before this, no Klingon had ever had to interrupt a battle due to an acute case of the runs. Worf, being used to the effects, just grinned and beat the snot out of them in the fight that followed. The Klingon warriors were too pale and wan to put up much of a fight.
"You actually drink this thing? Regularly!?!"
"Every day." *evil grin*
"...truly a warrior's drink..."
 

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That scans with Star Trek Online canon where the Federation has eventually managed to figure out how to artificially replicate/recreate the particles that cause that effect. It's the main mass-heal ability used by Engineers in the game.

Speaking of Trek...

The "prune juice is a warrior's drink" comes from the fact that when Worf was a little boy, his Klingon biology - more specifically his digestive system - didn't agree with the human food that was all his foster parents had access to. As a result, he was often constipated. He refused to drink the prune juice at first due to the sweetness, but the 'rents managed to convince the little boy that it was a "warrior's drink".
Except that it was Guinan who introduced Worf to prune juice, in the pre-titles section of the episode Yesterday's Enterprise. It's the scene below:

There's also a scene in a later episode where Guinan mentions it to Worf's adoptive parents, who could never get Worf to eat human food:
 

Sabermane

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Honestly the fact that prune juice is basically non alcoholic wine? Can totally see klingons loving it.
 

Olof Jönsson

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Except that it was Guinan who introduced Worf to prune juice, in the pre-titles section of the episode Yesterday's Enterprise. It's the scene below:

There's also a scene in a later episode where Guinan mentions it to Worf's adoptive parents, who could never get Worf to eat human food:
I'm sorry Mario, your Canon is in another castle. (This is the head canon thread. As in "in our heads". Again. Why do people keep ignoring that?)
 
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