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@  TheMightyMol... : (14 August 2020 - 02:47 AM)

Fake news, no shinobi.

@  Sabrblade : (13 August 2020 - 10:31 PM)

Turns out the President set the whole thing up as a publicity stunt. Very rude.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (13 August 2020 - 08:11 PM)

The ninjas will go away, it will be fine.

@  Paladin : (13 August 2020 - 08:02 PM)

listen; i'm sure there were very fine ninjas on both sides.

@  TheMightyMol... : (13 August 2020 - 07:50 PM)

My thoughts and prayers go out to the ninjas.

@  Cybersnark : (13 August 2020 - 06:36 PM)

Can we just let them have him?

@  Bass X0 : (13 August 2020 - 06:18 PM)

The president has been kidnapped by ninjas. Are you a bad enough dude to rescue the president?

@  Otaku : (13 August 2020 - 03:08 PM)

At first, I obviously thought I was correct.  Then I thought perhaps the spelling had changed for some reason.  Copyright/trademark law is weird, ya know?  Now I just accept I goofed. XD

@  Otaku : (13 August 2020 - 03:07 PM)

See, that one directly applies to me.  Apparently, I'd been misreading and mispronouncing it wrong for over 30 years... and I still slip and do it the wrong way much of the time.

@  Paladin : (13 August 2020 - 07:37 AM)

for the Internet age its the "Berenstain" Effect.

@  Bass X0 : (12 August 2020 - 01:49 PM)

Can you root for what The Rock is cooking!?

@  -LittleAutob... : (12 August 2020 - 10:35 AM)

sOmEoNe NoTiCeD-

@  wonko the sane? : (12 August 2020 - 07:37 AM)

I am the only one rooting for the rock these days?

@  Maximus Ambus : (12 August 2020 - 12:37 AM)

Sour grapes for the next decade until Apophis hits.

@  Hg Dragon : (11 August 2020 - 11:26 PM)

Thank yoo for vatching hydroolic pthress chan-nel.

@  Hg Dragon : (11 August 2020 - 11:19 PM)

Hey, do you have any grapes?

@  Otaku : (11 August 2020 - 05:18 PM)

I dunno... it sounds kind of quackers to me.

@  -LittleAutob... : (11 August 2020 - 05:17 PM)

That would be nice....

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 August 2020 - 04:36 PM)

I wish I could just sit by a pond and watch ducks for a while.

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 August 2020 - 03:52 AM)

Others say Joe sat down at this pond next to these ducks but really there's just no place in this world for an old man and his ducks.

@  Nevermore : (10 August 2020 - 06:48 PM)

Even worse when I can produce those verifiable facts at a later point, and then the other person simply claims the argument was the other way round (as in, I was actually arguing their position and vice versa).

@  Nevermore : (10 August 2020 - 06:47 PM)

I can argue with people about my versus their memory of events when verifiable facts are not readily available, though, and I get really annoyed when I'm capable of presenting a precise, step-by-step summary with multiple key points that can be used for future verification, and the other person just goes "nope, wrong" without going into detail.

@  Nevermore : (10 August 2020 - 06:45 PM)

I forget things, and I misremember things. But when presented with verifiable facts, my reaction is more like "Huh, could have sworn it was like that", not "this reality is not my own".

@  Nevermore : (10 August 2020 - 06:43 PM)

I have an extremely good memory (which I have proven time and again), and even I can be mistaken.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 August 2020 - 06:40 PM)

Might be worth pointing out that it only became "Mandela Effect" and not just "I remembered this wrong" when a conspiracy theorist insisted it was proof of alternate timelines.

@  Otaku : (10 August 2020 - 06:29 PM)

Incorrectly remembering Nelson Mandela's fate may be uniquely American... but is it really that strange to get South African political history wrong when you're no where near South Africa?

@  Otaku : (10 August 2020 - 06:29 PM)

I always assumed the Mandela Effect was a "human thing", not an American thing.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 August 2020 - 02:03 PM)

Then there are people who outright manufacture memories for whatever reason.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (10 August 2020 - 01:13 PM)

The human brain is so flaky that it is extremely unlikely that a given person does NOT have any false memories.

@  OverDrive73 : (10 August 2020 - 01:05 PM)

Perhaps it's simple word association the movie Sinbad and then our minds apply the same memories to a man named Sinbad.

@  OverDrive73 : (10 August 2020 - 01:04 PM)

The Mandela Effect is the same as people remembering Sinbad in a movie where he played a genie... Of which he never did.

@  MidnightFox : (10 August 2020 - 09:36 AM)

People that believe Mandela Effect things would rather come up with any number of reasons as to why their version doesn't have any actual evidence(like alternate timelines collapsing into our own) than just admit they remembered something wrong

@  MidnightFox : (10 August 2020 - 09:35 AM)

Sort of. It's more that when presented with a verifiable fact, they double down because it's what they believe instead of changing their minds

@  ▲ndrusi : (10 August 2020 - 09:25 AM)

"I could have sworn that ______."

@  ▲ndrusi : (10 August 2020 - 09:25 AM)

I'm not arguing with either of those two statements, but they're not really connected. Mandela Effect is, to oversimplify, people being widely mistaken about what they think *is* a verifiable fact. Nothing to do with opinions.

@  MidnightFox : (10 August 2020 - 08:52 AM)

Pretty sure the Mandela Effect in general is an American thing. Opinion > Verifiable Facts is sadly a pretty American thing

@  Nevermore : (10 August 2020 - 04:27 AM)

Ask these people how Apartheid ended according to their recollection, and I'm sure they'll draw a blank.

@  Nevermore : (10 August 2020 - 04:25 AM)

You got two black anti-Apartheid activists who were imprisoned by the oppressive regime. One died, the other was Nelson Mandela. It's not a far stretch that Americans who don't know many details about the history of other countries would mix up the two.

@  Nevermore : (10 August 2020 - 04:24 AM)

My own theory is that these people are simply mixing up Nelson Mandela and Steve Biko, another South African anti-Apartheid activist, who did indeed die in police custody in 1977. There was an Oscar-nominated movie about his life starring Denzel Washington that came out in 1987, the same time frame these people claim remembering Mandela dying.

@  Nevermore : (10 August 2020 - 04:17 AM)

I met a few people from South Africa, and they either never heard of the phenomenon at all, or only know of it from the internet. Apparently, it's completely unknown in South Africa, and it might even be entirely limited to the United States.

@  Nevermore : (10 August 2020 - 04:16 AM)

So does anyone remember the "Mandela Effect"? I'm talking specifically about the original case where many people vividly remember Nelson Mandela dying in prison in the 1980s.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (10 August 2020 - 03:16 AM)

Crisis of Corona.

@  TheMightyMol... : (09 August 2020 - 06:16 PM)

Which crisis crossover are we on now? I lost track.

@  Rycochet : (09 August 2020 - 05:18 PM)

Much of the past decade has been the part of the comic series where less than stellar authors have driven the series into the ground and the editors are getting ready to either do a big multi issue crossover, leading to a reboot.

@  Bass X0 : (09 August 2020 - 02:28 PM)

At this point I've just decided to consider 2020 "not canon."

@  TheMightyMol... : (09 August 2020 - 02:18 PM)

'member Pepperidge Farm?

@  Maximus Ambus : (09 August 2020 - 02:10 PM)

Before the 'member berries there was Pepperidge farm. Pepperidge farm remembers.

@  OverDrive73 : (09 August 2020 - 12:21 PM)

>>>Shameless Plug<<< FYI. posted the last part of Quest for Tires in Allspark Pictures

@  SG Roadbuster : (08 August 2020 - 01:53 PM)

@Nevermore yes.

@  Nevermore : (08 August 2020 - 09:11 AM)

Is $30 a good deal for Subscription Service Breakdown?


Transformers colony worldbuilding - Aquatron

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#1 Broadside



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Posted 21 August 2018 - 07:02 PM



- abridged from the works of Cybertronian historian Lancer
The ancient Titan named Hydrax, a loyal servant of Quintus Prime, once rested atop the Hydrax Plateau on Cybertron; but that changed when the followers of the Primes departed the planet to explore and colonise the galaxy. When Quintus ordered her followers to seek out a deeper understanding of the universe and its mysteries, Hydrax took flight with a crew of theoretical scientists and quantum engineers, pledging to bring knowledge and insight back to Cybertron. What the Titan and its crew didn't know was that their journey would be cut short before they could return to their homeland.
A mere few hundred years after their voyage began, Hydrax's systems - including its engines - were damaged by a quantum flare while investigating a rift in the Benzuli Expanse. Phyophore, the head overseer of the crew, ordered that the Titan set down on an uninhabited nearby world; but the crew was unaware that their scanners had also been damaged. When Hydrax breached the planet's thick cloud cover, rather than setting down on rock and earth as they expected, the Titan's crew found themselves hitting seawater - an endless expanse of ocean. Realizing their mistake too late, and with Hydrax's propulsion systems compromised, the populace was unable to do anything to stop their city-ship from sinking to the ocean floor, falling ever faster as it took on water and was subjected to the crushing pressures of the unfathomable depths.
In the aftermath of the crash, the Hydraxans struggled; huge amounts of the Titan's infrastructure had sustained catastrophic damage, and much of their leadership had been killed in the crash. It was Hydrax itself that provided them with hope: the Titan ignited its own inbuilt hot spot, producing the sparks of new life, and unfurled great metal tentacles to anchor itself into the seafloor. Coming to understand that life, especially for Cybertronians, requires change and adaptation, the Hydraxans worked to rebuild; they began to excavate into the rock and metal beneath their city, and started to modify and upgrade their bodies in order to survive in the inhospitable ocean of the planet, which they named "Aquatron".
In the years since the inadvertent founding of their colony, the Aquatronians' settlements grew; they expanded Hydrax outwards with newly built structures around the Titan, and dug out the caverns and tunnels under the city to create a maze-like warren to house the newborn Cybertronians born from the hot spot. Others set out in immense city-like watercraft, propelled on treads, legs or hoverfans - and some even founded new settlements, such as the Gulf, a city of bridges and hollows in rock faces built across the span of an impossibly deep crevasse. A few would try to "go it alone", but this rarely ended well; the most "successful" of these ventures would evolve over millenia into the Sharkticon tribes that hunted on the seafloor.
In adapting to life in the depths, the Aquatronians' bodies - both those original settlers, and those born from their Titan - diverged significantly from their original Cybertronian frames. Where the majority of Hydraxans had before converted into sleek, advanced spacecraft, they now changed to specialised alternate modes for the purpose of sea exploration, taking forms that blurred the line between vehicle and beast as a matter of necessity. So, too, did their robot forms change, taking on wildly alien appearances compared to the Cybertronian standard; from incredibly squat, dense frames to spindly, skeletal and fragile-looking bodies.
Many had unconventional body-plans; missing or additional limbs were common, as were unusually-articulated ones, including fully prehensile tentacles. Transparent or translucent body-plating and photoluminescent paintwork were frequent sights. Their faces were strange even by Cybertronian standards; additional eyes, lenses that moved around the face, wide and unmoving circular optics, and articulated mandibles are only a small selection of what could be found on an Aquatronian. Some had no apparent facial features at all, and some even lacked head units entirely!
The adaptations were not merely cosmetic. As a result of the immense pressures in the ocean's depths, Aquatronians were extraordinarily resilient, with incredibly strong mechanisms and tough but lightweight armor that made any of them a match for the most powerful Transformers of other worlds. Their optics were adapted to see huge distances through the water with very little light to see by, though a side effect meant they could be stunned or blinded in bright light; on top of that, they had exceptionally high radio- and electro-sensitivity, to the extent that many of them could read surface-level thoughts and emotions.
When Cybertron made contact with Aquatron during the attempt to reunite the colonies, their initial encounter was with the lone above-water civilisation on the planet, the outpost city of Guyot, which perched atop an immense undersea mountain. First contact proved uneasy; the pressure of both air and water at the bottom of the ocean were debilitating to Cybertron's ambassadors, and in turn, the vast majority of Aquatronians lacked experience with existing on the surface. Eventually, through a combination of specially-resilient representatives and selective depressurisation, Cybertronians were able to be introduced to Hydrax; the diplomatic process was enabled by Aquatron's representative, an elderly triple-changer named Agonizer, though he preferred to be known as "the Curator".
Despite this effort, relations between Aquatron and the other Cybertronian worlds have since been rather frosty. Aquatronians are notoriously terse, rarely elaborating on their thoughts; and though they are naturally curious, this makes for a poor combination with their lack of understanding of (or regard for) other cultures' etiquette - many a would-be diplomat has been made uncomfortable or unnerved by Aquatronians staring at them blankly, invading their personal space, or "reading their minds". All this gives Aquatronians a rather poor reputation among other Transformers, and though many Aquatronians would jump at the chance to experience other worlds, they rarely have any interest in getting to know their cousins.
A last, more disturbing element of Aquatronians is a side effect of their electro-sensitivity, which gives them a greater-than-average vulnerability to mental manipulation by outside forces. Though it's rare that any are ever effected by this, it may have something to do with the legends and rumors from the Gulf about the whispers of "the one beneath"...


So it's not exactly a fanfic, but I spent enough time writing this that I decided to give it its own thread. Because.


#2 SoS

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Posted 23 August 2018 - 10:30 PM

This is great stuff. I really enjoyed this, I hope you continue to do more of these.

Also, I think things like these deserve their own threads in Chronicles. :)