Originally posted by Gatac
Chapter 16 is here! It is entitled Benzin, after the Rammstein song.
Willst du dich von etwas trennen
Dann musst du es verbrennen!
Willst du es nie wiederseh'n
Lass es schwimmen - in Benzin!
(If you want to get rid of something
You have to burn it!
If you never want to see it again
Let it swim - in gasoline!)
I like to think that the presence of a Typhoon-class submarine shouldn't come as a big surprise, but then again I'm not sure if my readership obsessively googles every piece of technology I mention. If you do, you had your first clue way back when Dr. Krueger did his sales pitch to Rowena.
The mass fight with Algernon was exceedingly difficult to write - it's what held this thing up for more than a week. (Well, not just that, but it was the biggest missing piece.) In the end, I just gave up on choreographing it. The individual moves don't matter - he's moving so fast it all blurs together, Nightcrawler-in-X-Men-2 style. Why? Because Algernon is a badass, and I will fight anyone who disagrees.
(Yes, I know, eventually all the badass guys in trenchcoats kinda start blending together. I'm working on it, honest.)
The IFF part? You have just seen the bloodiest demonstration of bad security system implementation ever put to paper. Move over, Bruce Schneier!
I don't think the strawberry koan was intended to be used like this, but whatever works. And what is Algernon doing with the Gray Blades? I believe if you scramble this sentence just right, it spells "power vacuum". (Might have to translate it to Kiswhahili first, though.)
Suffice to say, do not be anywhere near a large gasoline tank when it goes off. City blocks have been levelled that way.
Next up: Mark and Rowena fight against...hunger. Seriously, they eat something. And talk. Riveting!