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  1. Regarding Pride and Politics, GoldGoth said: I'm writing this review just to say people into this kind of stuff really scare me. I'm with one of the previous reviewers, Samus would not be broken. The only reason something like this could happen to her is because she allows it, so I really hope for a happy ending. This woman has been through enough. It’s okay to find this scary and the people that are into it likewise. There’s kink, but this story – taken on its own – isn’t that. Non-con is rape, pure and simple. As a fantasy, it’s one thing and there’s going to be people that enjoy it for that, the same way people enjoy role-play and kink, but rape isn’t okay. The people doing it in this story are villains, about the most terrible people I can think of. Olsar himself is a callow coward, Salis is terrible, the others… the protagonists in this story are awful people. And it can be hard to tell who is enjoying it as fantasy and who is enjoying it as a reality, and it’s important to know it’s intended as the former and a condemnation of the latter. Pride is different than Bergman in that it’s not playing with Metroid tropes so much as just the concept of Samus herself – I’m aiming for a legend vs reality subtext and wanting to discuss questions of political perception and corruption. It has more in common with Reins than anything else I’ve written, and Reins touches on the Tomb Raider lore without doing the deep dive that something like Bergman was. Still, Samus the person has been broken in the past and could be broken again, and it’s one of the things that makes her interesting: Samus Aran is a fully realized character. She’s fascinating (Other M aside) because of it, but any single person can be broken down by trauma or technique. Here’s another couple things, and a reason that some rape survivors read and write fics like this one: there’s comfort in knowing that you’re not alone, and comfort in knowing that you can come back from being broken. Samus destroyed her enemies in Bergman and she’s going to destroy them here. The arc I was working on when life got in the way was where that started, Samus coming back to herself and getting ready to wreck a terrible revenge on the criminals who have done terrible things to her and everyone else. She’s a savior on a galactic level and the enemies in this story make the galaxy worse just be existing, corrupting whole solar systems and making billions of lives worse to slate their own greed and lust. They deserve what’s coming to them. I also want to make sure: are the tags showing up? Why do people read this if the tags are and they don’t like what’s in the tags? I’m genuinely curious on that front.
  2. I’m okay. Picked up a couple of intense contracts and it’s devouring my time. Exciting stuff, though – I’m happy, just swamped.
  3. I’m terrible at modeling – most of the stuff on dA was done by ComicCaptor and is being used by permission. Aksika did some fan art for me way back when, and I’ve since commissioned them to do some more and I'll probably end up reposting those chapters with his art, because I'm a fan of both. You're right vis a vis the catheters, especially in the case of Samus. With Lara, Drasha doesn’t even want her having the option until Drasha is ready to let her do anything. In the case of Samus, though, she’d be left in bondage for days or weeks at a time, so it only makes sense for a catheter to be installed. I’ll have to go back and fix that, especially with what I’ve got planned going forward this year. I was wondering what was going on with Fat Man and I know exactly what you mean when it comes to moving forward and trying new things and not liking them; I’ve done that a few times now with Mass Effect and Resident Evil fics, just ditching them outright. I know where they’re going, but getting there can be tricky. I cannot wait to see what you’ve got cooked up, though… and welcome back, man.
  4. Hmmm. I had plans for Sakura and Juri. Cammy and Chun Li could be fun… we’ll see.
  5. Regarding Pride and Politics, SailorNemesis said: chap 23 , no salvation for Samus, just no I wouldn’t worry about that so much. It’s getting better so it can get worse before doing something else entirely.
  6. Quick add for newenglandee, or anyone else: if you do want to talk about trauma or personal stuff, PM me. I’ll do what I can and I’ll keep your secrets. If you are having trouble or you’re hurt, you’re not alone and you will get through whatever it is. You can do this.
  7. Regarding Pride and Politics, newenglandee said: You want to know what I think could break her? Nothing. Because she isn't like most people. She's not weak. Not everyone is pathetic. Not everyone cracks. As Batman famously says in Alan Moore's "The Killing Joke" " Maybe ordinary people don't always crack. Maybe there isn't any need to crawl under a rock with all the other slimey things when trouble hits. Maybe it was just YOU, all the time!" Alright. There's a lot to unpack here, but before we get into it I just want to thank you for responding and criticizing the work and not the author. This stuff is clearly upsetting you, but I appreciate that you’re talking about the work and not the author; the characters I’m writing (Olsar, Salis, et al) are not good people and I don’t agree with them. They’re villains. They’re kinda pathetic. And Samus is going to wreck their shit because their shit needs to be ruined. A lot of people confuse the work with the author, for good or bad, so, thank you. Even if you think I’m a bad person for writing this. It takes a lot of courage to do what you’re doing. It’s recognized. The line you’ve quoted from the Killing Joke is a response to the Joker saying this: “You had a bad day, and it drove you as crazy as everybody else… only you won’t admit it!” I think the Joker is partially right; Bruce is a crazy person but he’s aware of how broken he is. Gordon is broken from his time as a soldier and the long path he’s walked, but he’s seen friends get injured or killed before and that’s not going to break him further. Bruce and Gordon have used their breaking to become better while the Joker just keeps breaking down further and further, because (and this is important) being broken doesn’t make you pathetic. The stuff that cripples you mentally doesn’t make you pathetic, and not being able to deal with it doesn’t make you weak. Suffering abuse that isn’t your fault isn’t your fault, and having symptoms or scarring from that suffering doesn’t make you weak or pathetic or less of a person. Sometimes you need help to heal from the stuff that happens, because life can be hard and shitty and cruel. And everyone cracks. Doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve been through: everyone has stuff that can cripple them. I think your assessment of Samus is right in that her cracks don’t come from being placed in combat situations, and it’s what made Other M ’s Ridley scene ring false – Samus’ panic reaction isn’t flight. When she’s scared she goes rabid, I think, and fights her way out of whatever danger she’s in. The Metroid Prime 3 scene where she starts wailing away on Ridley, or when she starts shooting after Gandrayda’s death? Those feel like much truer representations of the character. In this instance, Samus doesn’t have anything to fight because the ability to do so was taken from her. There’s no immediate enemy and no way to fight back, so that starts splintering her and the isolation and controlled sensory deprivation set in and down she goes. I’m writing a chapter right now called Lago Hunt that gets into this a bit and that I think you’ll appreciate much more than what’s come before. I am still curious as to why you’re reading my work when it doesn’t agree with you? Why are you forcing yourself to do something you don’t enjoy? You don’t have to answer these questions if you don’t want to; I get that they’re personal and they’re being asked out of genuine curiosity. Really, I just want to know – are you okay?
  8. Regarding Pride and Politics, SailorNemesis said: Chap 20, very hot stuff, well written. Hope she gets bred before the end. Again, no escape please. Weird confession? Chapter twenty was where this story began. I got this idea in my head of an utterly broken Samus and wanted to figure out how she got there. I’m glad you dug it. Breeding isn’t going to happen this time around, but I have in idea that might be a one-shot or, well, part of something else. That something else means she is going to escape, only to end up somewhere worse. We’ll get to that in the new year, I think.
  9. Regarding Pride and Politics, newenglandee said: Okay, I'll be blunt. The idea Samus wouldn't be able to handle any of this after literally YEARS of enduring stuff like seeing her parents die, going through the worst sort of environments to fight space pirates, AND having absolutely NO sort of plan if someone tried doing what they did is pretty unbelievable. This entire scenario's unbeleivable, AND she breaks too easily, AND it's unsatisfying seeing all this done to her. Hey, man. I was wondering if you were still kicking around, though given the content of my work I am mystified as to why you’re still reading me. You don’t dig my content and that’s cool. But… I’m aware of Samus’ history. I’ve read a lot of Metroid lore; she’s one of my favorite characters in anything ever, so I know what she’s been through and what she’s capable of. She’s a star-defining force of nature, a literal walking extinction level event. Her dad died; her mother’s corpse was eaten in front of her when she was a child. She works alone to fight the demons of her younger years, monsters that would give Chthulhu pause. The thing I was aiming for here was an enemy she didn’t see coming because Olsar is so far beneath her notice as to be irrelevant. Her enemies here were savvy enough to know they wouldn’t be noticed by her and they still nearly failed in capturing her. Olsar and his friends, for all their machinations, are kind of pathetic and self-serving; Samus at even a quarter strength would destroy them without really thinking about it. They’re the kind of people she catches before breakfast. And yet. Humans have a problem with isolation. It’s one of the reasons that solitary confinement is considered a form of torture. Throw in sensory manipulation/deprivation and you can break anyone (not get information out, but break? sure). That’s what Salis has done over a period of months, and the shattered mental ruin that remains is what Olsar owns (for the time being, anyway). So, blunt for blunt: why are you still reading my stuff, and what are you looking for? What do you think it would take to break her, and what would be more satisfying for you?
  10. Could be… I suppose we’ll find out this week.
  11. Regarding Pride and Politics, salarta said: Latest chapter is a good piece getting into a bit of tease for Samus' humiliation. It still feels kinda slow, but I think it's because it's a story spread out across a lot of chapters in small bites. It’s interesting – the action, I think, is there, but there’s a disconnect because of the narrator’s apparent distance that makes the story seem slower. At least, I think that’s what it is. The whole voice here was an experiment meant to act as a counterpoint to Reins and a deviation from Bergman, so I think I succeeded there and it’s taught me a lot that I’ll end up applying to the upcoming Mass Effect story and the eventual re-work of Fade Away. We’ll find out in a few chapters when the narrator becomes more of an active presence.
  12. Regarding Pride and Politics, SailorNemesis said: Have read through 15, have enjoyed all the rape and training. Took awhile to get started, first few chaps dull but that's over now. Hopefully she remains a slave, no rescue or rebellion please. Pregnancy always a plus. Cool, man. Glad you’re liking it – I wanted to do a slow burn in the early chapters to justify what was to come and build up the character of Olsar and his friends. The prologue was all context that I hope flavors everything that came after, so I hope it was worth getting through that to get to where we are now (chapter 20 got posted a little earlier today, and I want this story finished by the end of the month). I do have a bit of rebellion planned, stuff that draws from the prologue and from established Metroid lore, but all of that is going to lead to something else I’ve had in mind for a while (yes, that means this whole story is a prelude to that something). We’ll see if I can pull it off. Pregnancy has never been one of my fetishes, but I might do a one-shot in that direction as part of the larger thing. I’m still working out some of the finer details.
  13. Regarding Pride and Politics, AryaStarkNaked said: This has been amazing so far! My only hope is that you don't give her a happy ending! Too many good torture/enslavement fics are ruined by the heroine getting rescued at the end! I'd love to see her get knocked up, too! Thank you – big fan of your work, too. Glad you’re digging it. The ending I’m aiming for is going to be a fall, a false rise, and then another fall that leads to something else I’m putting together. There’s a bit of a false finish coming that I rather imagine will annoy some until I continue, so we’ll put it here, first: the narrator is going to claim that the story ends before it does and at the darkest possible time. Things will get better and led to… well, you’ll see. I hope you like it.
  14. Regarding Pride and Politics, salarta said: It's moving along well so far! These short burst chapters do a good job of allowing a person to feel like they can look through it quicker instead of like they have to set special time aside to devote to reading. The only downside is that it feels like it's taking longer to get to the "big stuff" to come. I also wish there was more of a public knowledge shaming element to it, but I think that's just because I like that sort of content. Thanks, man. I’m trying to keep the chapters short – makes them easier to write and read, I think, and I have a tendency towards purple prose and being way too wordy. The big stuff is happening now and should continue to move along at a brisk pace, and we’ll get to a public shaming aspect soon enough. I usually write and then let a chapter sit for a week, so I know there’s some chapters coming down the pipe that might be exactly to your liking. Bwa-ha.
  15. Regarding Pride and Politics, DrkVrtx said: I wonder if that last line is a little jealous hint; Salis after all has been doing the hard work, breaking down the once esteemed Hunter. Gotten to know her very well, I'm sure, so perhaps a personal sense of pride and possessiveness is warranted. Fear, too. That's interesting, and I wonder if Samus can use that moment of Salis' as a sort of anchor in the future to come, when the significance of her name and title have been grinded down to almost nothing. Almost, because it's clear Salis still has more work to do on that end. No doubt you'll make that quite the read. Salis is a creature of many passions and wants and none of them are good. She considers herself an artist and is taking a lot of pride in what she sees as her masterpiece, but it’s the sort of work she can’t really show off except in very special company. This only heightens her need for visibility on some level, which is something Olsar is smart enough to notice. I like the idea of these horrible people finding acceptance in high society and I want to play with that idea a bit, so expect to see that begin to happen a couple chapters down the line. I’m hoping ve made this worth reading and that the story pays off. We’re heading towards that Samus vs Olsar/Salis confrontation towards the end, so we’ll see if it pays off like I hope it will.