War and Peace will never have a true end
We tried to get War and Peace going again. We thought that the previous RP would generate enough energy to return to the good times we all had there. Instead, it only lasted maybe a few extra months before fizzling out. Things did happen though and I should start with our newest player.
Jaden had read through all of War and Peace so he had an idea of the main plotlines going in. Trying to make a statement, he had Ryuken cross over with the goal of taking on the Imperium alone. Now, I mentioned that I hated Ryuken back then and I did. As time has gone on I have come to become quite fond of the character due to the fact that he really wasn’t any worse then any of our other self-insert characters. I even referenced Ryuken with one of my own characters in a Dungeons and Dragons campaign with Jaden that he very much appreciated. Zarn, on the other hand, absolutely despised Ryuken. Zarn had been away, again, for a few weeks and needed filling in on everything going on in the RP. I sent him a pm detailing it out and I seem to recall that when I described what Jaden was doing with Ryuken he basically turned to me and said “Oh, well THAT’s not going to be allowed to happen.” What follows is something that, upon revisiting, I’ve come to find incredibly hilarious. While I don’t think he felt that way at the time, I think Jaden probably finds it pretty funny now as well.
Ryuken wanted attention so he went up to an Imperium embassy and started to make it shake wildly with some sort of non-descript power. Zarn, obliged by having his super soldier Storm Crows show up to have a “chat.” Everything seemed to be leading to an epic showdown and duel. And then Zarn had the Storm Crows teleport away and the ZPEBs started to fall. Jaden pulled a whole “Ryuken blocks them with his fists!” thing but Dante pretty quickly shot that down. As Ryuken was being carried away, singed, bruised and broken more ZPEBs fell. Eventually Jaden went ahead and declared him dead. Zarn had repeated my Blade through the torso moment but in a significantly better fashion. I know this sounds kind of horrible. Sort of like Zarn bullied Jaden into submission, and yeah he kind of did. This isn’t what I find funny about the whole thing. What I find funny is that this all took place outside of an Imperium embassy. This was civilian space, likely in an ally nation (Or a part of the Imperium itself, I can’t remember) and Zarn wanted Ryuken dead so badly that he spent thousands maybe even millions of lives to kill him. He threw IC out the window for one glorious moment and, in an act of sheer irony, made Ryuken even more legendary. I can’t tell you what the last post involving Zarn Ishtare, or Puritan or even Peanut was but I can tell you where and how Ryuken left this story. It's pretty great. Jaden would go onto create another nation and start playing more in line with War and Peace. I don’t remember exactly all that he did at this time, but I think he finally learned his lesson after that incident.
For me this part was about establishing the next villain and I felt like I had the perfect candidate. Kali was fully entrenched into being Co-GM with Dante and he had invited me to bring Chaos to the world. Chaos is another 40k concept that is basically taking the phrase everyone has their own demons and playing it out literally. Kali pulled some ideas from that universe but also mixed in a lot of lovecraftian horror ideas. This was still in my “I’ve heard about 40k but know nothing of its lore” phase so my contributions were all on the lovecraftian side. I’ve always had a love for absurdist kinds of humor and with Of Nations and States, this had a tendency to creep in. I’d make some sort of joke that was completely off the wall and then shift it into something more seriously. In the past this had resulted in the creation of characters like Dr. Strangemonkeylove who was literally just Dr. Strangelove but as a Ninja Monkey. As time went on he became the actual leader of the Ninja Monkeys and a much more serious character. I made a decision to do the same here. Something that was going to be ridiculous, memorable, slightly disturbing and result in a completely serious change of direction for things. If I had had my way, it would have been the end of Peanut.
But first, Peanut joined Chaos. To do this I ripped from Charlie the Unicorn and had them go on a quest for the “Banana King.” They met the Joker on it (a Magician as they called it) and it was great. This lead to one of my favorite posts I’ve ever written in any RP I’ve participated in. This is possibly either 1A or #2 to the time I had Michael Jackson sing “The Candy Man” while giving refuge children candy in the unoriginal character RP (I wish someone had saved that RP just so I can have the post preserved). Having Charlie the Unicorn and friends find Peanut, send him into a vision that was never revealed, and then have him turn to chaos by screaming his admission that he is the banana king is the type of absurdist idea that I love to go to. I had a very good reason for this and, to this day, I wish we had played things out long enough to see how this would have resolved.
My thinking was simple, the Ninja Monkey’s never forgave the Imperium for its multiple defeats and ultimate exile from earth. Now, they were significantly more experienced in a form of warfare that the Imperium just was getting into and possibly even had a resource edge. There was definitely pressure in my mind to go to war just to get revenge for the past. A war would have been incredibly costly to both sides. Peanut’s vision showed this and he wanted to stop it. But to stop it they would need something bigger to fight. Taking a page from Watchmen, Peanut would give them that bigger thing. He technically was two individuals so Lotan could bear the brunt of the Chaos corruption while Peanut could operate independently. He’d recruit allies, and bring them into the world to commit atrocities. All the while taunting Zarn to come out and fight him. My hope was that eventually he would come to Peanut’s fortress in Antarctica. There, Peanut would reveal his plan and Zarn would kill Peanut. Saving the Imperium and uniting the two nations as long as the lie continued to exist. Of course, I don’t remember if Zarn was actually even a character at this point or had died or something. I came up with this idea under the assumption that he was still around somewhere and I think I had confirmed that through rereading old posts but, in hindsight, I might never have done that. There was a lot more to all of this plan. Details that I’ve come across again that I had forgotten about but I’ve rambled on long enough. I need to end this thing and I haven’t even talked about what Dante or Kali were up to.
Dante was fully entrenched in the Imperium at this time. Pascal had disappeared and in his place were the Vons. The Vons had ruled the Imperium from behind the scenes which was a convenient way for Dante to justify having control of the whole nation while Zarn was indisposed. Zarn returned when he could to (besides nuking Ryuken) actually run the Imperium. I think Dante’s eventual plan was to have the Vons try to depose the emperor of the Imperium which would have been another major conflict in all of this. Kali was running Chaos with me as well as the Obsidian Empire. We both had pretty big plans for that whole arc and I remember sitting around with Kali, researching different lovecraftian monsters to throw at our opponents. But this was never meant to be. Zarn was incredibly busy at the time and soon faded away again and life started to get in the way of the rest of us as well. And so, while it started with a bang, War and Peace ended with a fizzle. Forever incomplete, with no true ending.
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