I'm distressed that ignoring this story for 24 hours hasn't resulted in it spontaneously fixing itself.

Who do I file the complaint with.

@quietmoon So you have one of them, in his blindness, carrying the burden of having been responsible for all that horror and death, while the other has to live with the deliberate decision to exterminate his entire species if that's what it took to keep from spreading their war any further. While, you know, being the chosen avatar of their God.

And them understanding and forgiving this when it comes to each other is a whole different issue from settling it with the rest of their people.

@quietmoon Meanwhile OP didn't disagree with the Decepticon creed, but what the Decepticons were becoming wasn't a revolutionary army, but a predatory horror show. With Cybertron dark, they became increasingly content to murder and pillage their way across planets, stealing the energy they needed and doing what they liked to the inhabitants. And OP decided that if extinction was what it took, he'd pay that price to stop that plague.

@quietmoon When I was still following the series, I conceived of a notion of their motivations that goes like this: Megs committed to doing whatever it took to save his people from the tyranny of the Primes and the fundamentalist theocracy that had grown up around them. Seeing OP having taken the title and able only to assume that signified he was just as power-hungry as the rest, his strategy was to push OP as far up against total genocide as necessary to make him surrender.

@quietmoon In the series, Megs gets put on trial for it, and for him that's almost a catharsis or at least the beginning of one. OP does not, but you can see it weighing on him and poisoning him.

@quietmoon One thing IDW does really well after the war ends is paint Cybertron as a society defined by trauma. EVERYONE is traumatized both by what they saw and what they did, and it threatens to rip them apart as well as bring them together. But Megs and OP carry the responsibility for those billions of lives in a way nobody else does.

@quietmoon I have been wanting to write a post-war exploration of their minds and motivations through all that time. Why they made the choices they did, how they could have brought themselves to do so when they both started with such good intentions. How much horror they're both carrying.

@quietmoon So when they come together again it's after this history of dancing around both sides of a line they've both always straddled, and the knowledge that ultimately both of them are utterly devoted to Cybertron and have always been motivated by wanting to protect it (despite the laughably awful tragedy of having destroyed it in the attempt).

@quietmoon Another great thing about IDW was that the two of them set each other on their paths--almost switched places ideologically. OP took a screed Megs wrote about protest and sound government and made it the foundation of the Autobot creed. Meanwhile Megs watched what OP was going through and threw over the idea of peaceful protest in favor of violent, angry revolution.

@quietmoon Also there are some hints that never got followed through on about Megatron being a reincarnation of another of the 13 Primes (which is LOL because he would be so pissed off; alas we never got to see it).

@quietmoon So in the first IDW series (there needs to be a name to differentiate these), when OP gets the Matrix, it gives him a vision, where he sees all the sparks of every Cybertronian like they're a galaxy of soul-stars. And he *feels* all of them. I interpreted it as a very "This is the burden you're being asked to take on. Will you carry this much need and this much pain?"

And that just. Gave me SO many ideas.

Every time I set up an account, I come in swearing to stick to fandom, and inevitably branch out to , litgeeking and fandom/media studies.

I'm tagging parrots because I'm just going to surrender on that one right now. Give me your parrots. I want to stuff my nose in their fluff and goggle over their weird little feeties.

one thing which i think HAS changed is i used to think of works as a lot more active. i would listen to a song or read a book or play a game and i would think, "what is this work DOING".

i don't think like that anymore. i don't think works are doing anything. i think people are doing things with works.

The Garden of Gods
Had an interesting dream last night. Some godlike being or other was attempting multiversal domination by conquering all the other powers, in most cases capturing their souls and ensconcing them in a vast garden of glowing soul-orbs. There was a whole section for the various Zeuses, for example, along with various characters both from myth and contemporary fiction and video games.
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Overwatch Fic: In Traffic
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Inspired by Star's lovely art

Reaper76, nsfw. Tags for pwp, dom/sub, male lactation, exhibitionism, tit torture.Also on AO3: archiveofourown.org/works/1976

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Traffic was backed up as far as the eye could see. It hadn’t moved in 20 minutes. Gabriel leaned on the steering wheel and con
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told my sister that I used to read a lot of porn-without-plot fanfic bc that was the only way I could p much guarantee that the characters were going to have healthy, honest communication with each other without any stressful drama and she said that was the most asexual thing I've done in my entire life

“Lady said that the first time she met you, you killed Vergil,” Nero says from behind Dante. He sounds somewhere between casual and hesitant. Trying to pretend he isn’t asking if it’s okay to ask.

From the corner of his eye, Vergil watches Dante’s eyes squeeze shut and lips part for a quick, short breath. He doesn’t reply.

archiveofourown.org/works/1870

NSFW fairytale AU

Jack specializes in catering to the needs of magical entities. Some are easy, some are hard, but his motto is that no one walks away unsatisfied. The world is a difficult place for the supernatural, these days, and someone has to look out for the ones who struggle to make ends meet.
But the Wild Hunt?

archiveofourown.org/works/1804

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