ask-the-wintertrot-rangers asked: Inkwell: Ah my apologies, getting The Herd mixed up with the Legion in actual Roam. The wasteland actually has another Herd too, to add to the confusion. So you said the melee weapons are becoming more refined yes? Do you mean sharper and sturdier javelins? Or they've got better ones, like super sledges like up here in Wintertrot? Or energy weapons like Plasma Lances, Proton Axes or tools turned weapons, like autoaxes and thermic lances?
All of the above (except, what’s a Proton Axe? *shrug*). Also weapons that aren’t just scavenged and refurbished… like newly-forged broadswords. Cavalry lances. Horse-drawn artillery, particularly a weird kind of catapult that’s been used to throw various area-denial weaponry, like caltrops and clay pots filled with thick, burning sludge.
Anonymous asked: What's the largest weapon you ever used?
I’d have to say Thunderchild. Got it off a dead Diamond Dog. Not much bigger than your average battle rifle, but cumbersome as hell for a pony to work with the mouth, and it has a variable steam-pumped power setting to boot.
I’ve got a feeling that if I tried firing it at maximum power, it’d prolly take my head clean off. Might even bust a Diamond Dog’s shoulder.
ask-the-wintertrot-rangers asked: Inkwell: So Dead-Shot, what kind of weapons do the Legion normally use?
The who…? Oh, you mean “The Herd”.
Yeah, they’re a bunch of tribals and gangs who’ve banded together and adopted the ancient Zebra lifestyle. It makes a certain amount of sense: the Roamans were able to build an empire long before high technology existed, so it’s a system well-adapted to primitive conditions and limited resources.
To answer your question, they actually have a couple of Legions, which at first were armed with anything they could find or slap together. Clubs, spears, the occasional rifle. For years, they were dangerous mainly because they could throw raw numbers at us.
But now they’ve had time to train, organize, and scavenge on a big scale. What few NCR-born prospectors were working out of Mareizona and Coltorado have come back with stories about the ruins being taken over by dedicated recovery teams. There’s been skirmishes and probing attacks involving Herd units that all carry similar types of rifles, even some heavy-weapon squads showing up.
Most of the Herd still seems to specialize in melee weapons, but even those are seeing refinements and upgrades. And they’ve also gone from having little or no armor to speak of, to ancient forms of Roaman barding —- most of it looking brand-new.
No one’s sure what Incitatus’ next move is going to be, but I doubt he’s content to just sit on his flank all the way down there in Phoenix.
Anonymous asked: For Mod: What's your stance on editing earlier chapters of your story?
I’ve already done it on several occasions.
For example, my first several chapters were really short. There came a point where I decided to amalgamate them to create fewer, but longer, chapters which encapsulated the same essential events.
In another instance, I responded to changes in the show’s canon —- when I started writing New Pegas, for example there wasn’t any mention of “Las Pegasus”, so when it came out in the show I was happy. Especially when the show’s writers confirmed they were referencing Las Vegas. But later, the canon map of Equestria came out with “Los Pegasus”, a west-coast city complete with “Applewood” right next to it.
So in that case, I went back and put in a little extra blurb about how Las Pegasus voted to shorten its name to avoid confusion between the two cities. In my fic, “Los Pegasus” became “The Boneyard”, just as Los Angeles in the Fallout universe acquired the same name.
Mostly, however, I try to keep edits short and minor in scope. Writing a novel is like building a skyscraper: if you try to rework the first floor while you’re installing plumbing on the tenth, the bigger your changes the more likely it is you’ll miss something that collapses your tale’s consistency.
What we see through social media is a generation of ignorant social activists. Young men and women all too willing to care about and defend something they don’t truly understand and refuse to educate themselves further on because they assume the limited information they receive has been vetted by someone more knowledgeable than themselves. This happens on both sides of the fence, with both conservatives and liberals.
I’ve seen arguably intelligent young men and women stand up at banquets and rallies, demanding answers about things like healthcare, DOMA, federal military actions. Asking questions about things they’ve seen on Facebook, on twitter, things that they’ve taken little to no time to research for themselves, and they look like fools. No matter their age, they paint themselves with a red mark that announces ‘I’m not mature enough to be here, to discuss these issues’.
But even so, it isn’t truly about age. It’s about social awareness. You are not discounted until you make a mistake. Say the wrong thing or quote the wrong statistic. Until then, your legitimacy remains intact.
Tumblr is like this.
I’ve seen people furious over gay rights legislation that doesn’t actually exist. Wars that haven’t happened. Most recently text posts with tens of thousands of notes alleging that China and Russia are going to go to war with the US over Syria.
Blogs relaying damaging misinformation written by individuals who can’t seem to be bothered to read a newspaper or use google properly. This is a crippling trend, and no one sees it.
These people get untold attention and affirmation until one person with a large enough follower count points out the flaw in their argument. Corrects the mistake, and shifts the tide. But this doesn’t fix the thousands of people who liked and reblogged the original post. The damage is done.
If there is one thing I’ve learned from working on political campaigns, very little is more damaging than an activist who argues only one side of the story without recognizing the existence of the other; because your opinion, no matter how solid and seemingly factually based, is invalid the second your audience realizes they know more than you.
And the result of all of this is a generation of young activists who don’t understand why they aren’t being taken seriously.— I regret that I have but one heart to fave this post.
Anonymous asked: So any mare you have your eyes on?
Name’s “Ranseur”. Not sure if it’s an alias or what, but she’s a high-end thief in the New Pegas area.
I’d buy THAT for a pre-War bit!
Anonymous asked: Pink-E doesn't have any hidden weapons on or in her right. I mean only a strange pony would make a flying robot that shoots fire out its rear exhaust port as a secondary weapon.
Far as I know, just that Mesmer-Eye of hers.
ask-the-wintertrot-rangers asked: Inkwell: So Cherry, you ever see yourself entering politics someday? You seemed to negotiate a peaceful solution for the Vikeans and NCR pretty well. Assuming somepony else isn't playing their own political game.
Anonymous asked: I've heard rumors that the Steel Rangers in your region potentially control a giant robot. Do be careful if you run into any of them.
…I did mention that we’ve already run INTO a giant robot, right?
Well, a giant mechanical thingy piloted by Diamond Dogs, anyways. Half a dozen of one, six of the other…