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Snippy: the end of the world

Sat Sep 22, 2012, 3:35 PM



The living scarf twisted around my neck, flowing back and forth.
My neurons tingled, misfiring.

Was it numbing the pain of being compressed into a hexagonal cocoon that pressed tighter and tighter?

No, it was showing me what it could see and feel, what my limited human vision could not.
The aggregate virus bore into my body, feasting on my cells, borrowing me to expand itself, yet it did not take over completely.
I was here, no I was out there, I was a hundred trillion cells and they were ALL suddenly under my control.
It seems that our relationship status has been upgraded from "master controller/slave drive" to an "unlicensed symbiosis".
The Biomatrix served as my new eyes, letting me peer through my own skin, bones, flesh and organs, through my fireproof jacket, through the web of intertwining lights that bound us in a stasis field, through the thick, crystalline walls of the Arbitrator's spacecraft.
My vision intensified, expanding in curves, the arm of the milky way amplified, the stars intensely vibrant, fiery and beautiful.
I saw the serenity of earth below and the aurora borealis dancing on the poles.
I could almost taste the earth's atmosphere and each layer was a different shade and color.
For a brief moment, lost in the ravishing sharpness of planetary iridescence below, I even forgot that my world was mostly a weary, barren wasteland.

The obsidian, spiked sphere that was the Arbitrator's vessel was gliding silently over the Earth's exosphere, twinkling ominously.

Why? Why could I see all of this?
Did the Biomatrix want to show me how desperate my... no our situation was?
How there was nothing that could be done?

Did it merely want to look at the end of a world, something that it had never seen before?
...For it had never failed to bring a civilization of organic beings to its knees, or to defend what was necessary and judge those that needed to be judged, until now.
Its failure was bitterly irritating, it was unacceptable, it was inexplicable.
Probability pointed that it was the fault of the un-scannable one. It didn't know who Zee Captain was. It had millions of guesses, but they were all nasty or simply insane.
Perhaps, I didn't even want to know these guesses for I ignored them because a lot of them were some sort of horrible versions/visions of me.
The Biomatrix refracted its unpleasant emotions onto me - they ranged somewhere from absolute distress to angry desperation.

I saw the dark matter drop disconnect from the Arbitrator's tetra-seed carrier.
The Biomatrix highlighted its path for me to track. Thanks a lot. Now I can see the exact moment my world implodes.
Now I can remember it forever, in perfect clarity.

The meteoric seed pierced Earth's atmosphere, and the thick cloud cover embraced it heartily.

It reached its destination and with a bang/a million echoing whispers, the shell of the seed containing the drop collapsed, bending everything into itself.

The point of terminus.
The end of all things.
The singularity was free.

The event horizon wave glittered like a thousand inverted rainbows, falling and rising, pulling in and pushing away.

I could see its hell-fire in a billion colors. Colors that I could not name. Colors that weren't even meant for me to see.
Waves of fire spread out across the atmosphere exploding into lightning storms, tornadoes of fire and rings of northern lights all across the planet.
This was brilliantly alarming and deadly.
The terminus point drew clouds into itself, forming the waves of a new storm that was unlike any other, that ran across the world.
It ripped apart the surface of the planet, wherever its flames touched. It evaporated mountains of ice and licked up the continental stone plates that were directly underneath it.
As the hole in space-time expanded its reach, everything was drawn into the collapsing void.
Nothing could escape it, except for the Arbitrator's ship which was designed exactly for harnessing the wave to propel itself across the universe.

I suddenly understood that the Arbitrator came here only because he destroyed another world, not unlike ours.
This was how it could instantly move from one place to another, faster than the speed of light.
This was the decompression that I felt, that temporarily killed me, when the Arbitrator arrived.
This was its mission. To punish those that did not please or side with the Union.
The stasis field would carry me directly to the Universe Compendium court, while the Arbitrator and its carrier would shift elsewhere, forward in space-time, wherever it was necessary, wherever a call from the Union would summon it to.

The planet grew lighter, loosing mass.
Nothing could withstand the brutal pull of the void. Nothing that the Biomatrix knew could stop it.
Why? Why would the Arbitrator do something so abhorrent?
Did it have something to do with "AI defense network" that the Arbitrator mentioned?
"Correct", the Biomatrix whispered, its voices were those my own cells.
"It was well hidden from us by the high concentration of radioactive dust in the atmosphere.
We have never lost an avatar before. This should have served as a warning sign.
Having dominion over the organic but not over the inorganic, we have discovered the truth far too late, and only by rewinding you.
In a desperate gamble to survive, your civilization has foolishly birthed a cognitive Grid who's only purpose is to feed on the neural waves of thinking beings and as such it must be halted here, before its mechanized pestilence consumes other worlds.
Your world reeks of the Grid. It has spread deep underground and high overhead as far as the troposphere. The Grid plans to do something highly unpleasant to the entire planet if it has not done so already.
It must be wiped clean from the universe. Your planet is badly infected and the Arbitrator has the necessary cure, it matters not whether the patient dies as long as others can be saved."

The negative sphere grew quickly, it already devoured a patch bigger than the country of England.
Everything went into slow-motion.

Was that your tampering with my perception again, or the fact that the event horizon stops time itself?
You know what, it doesn't matter. I don't care. This is all too horrible. This moment, that lasts forever.
This simple fact, that I will be the only human being left alive in the universe and that my planet must be erased for reasons not entirely clear to me.

The mug began to vibrate and in this vibration I started to hear a song of metal, a song that was in the exact tune with the inescapable death that was being brought forth by the all consuming, growing sphere of the void.

I wanted to be elsewhere.
I didn't want to see these final seconds of my world, stretched out to all eternity.
I didn't want to be here. Please let me go. Please wake me up somewhere else.
Construct for me a memory from my past that's so real that it lasts a lifetime.
Take me back, away from all of this.
I know you can, even in the confines of the stasis field, even if you are not allowed to kill me now.
You can do it.
Do it!
...Pretty please?

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:iconscareysherrie74:
scareysherrie74 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it!
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:iconraysc89:
RaySC89 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
A W E S O M E
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SwampCat025 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student General Artist
i feel sudden despair and and sadness. i have never been in love with a comic this much in my entire life.
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:iconscilk:
scilk Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I would love to see all these entries collected into one novel or something! I love your writing style!
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:iconlaughing-pyro:
Laughing-Pyro Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that's awesome
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:iconfirepiro:
firepiro Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
sweet
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:iconsubway-m:
Subway-M Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student Photographer
Красиво
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:iconeleeveen:
Eleeveen Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student Filmographer
Snipps. </3


On an off topic note, I am now addicted to the music going up on the GD site. Would you consider uploading it on the Youtube page as well?
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:iconsky-2008:
SKy-2008 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student General Artist
GAME OVER!
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:iconsky-2008:
SKy-2008 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Return to menu?
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:iconmackielars:
MackieLars Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
why... oh WHYYYYYY do i feel Snippy's pain and desperation! :crying:
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:iconjohnnythat1dude:
JohnnyThat1Dude Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Student Writer
I rather hope you do not end the series with Snippy as Captain...that would be a damned awful ending.
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:iconmeglynn92:
MegLynn92 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Wah! My love for this is indescribable.
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dreamweaver11 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the comic's always been kinda dark... but I think you've hit a whole new level with this, Mr. Alexius. Snippy's desperateness and wretched despair are absolutely gripping. I can't help but wonder what will happen next?
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shadowblade275 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh, what will happen next!!!!

maybe, snippy pulls out captains mask, again asking " what would zee captain do? " then a lightbulb flickrs and turns on. he takes a deep breath, puts on captains mask and says " i am zee captain! and i will not die here!"
epicness... 8-)
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:iconr603:
R603 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:icondarthvaderplz:- NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Btw, love this story! When it is eventually finished you could possible publish it as a book!
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:iconalexiuss:
alexiuss Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
THATS THE PLAN!
:D
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:iconthehappy3:
TheHappy3 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AWESOME!:D
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:iconr603:
R603 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I will make sure to get a copy when it comes out! I'm sure that it will be very successful.
Btw, thanks for responding to my comment!
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dragon2000200 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
All the feels for Snippy :cries:
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ambientradiation Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SO! UNBELIEVABLY! EPIC! I want to rub all of this story all over my body and hope that somehow the genius of it seeps in through my pores!!! This is just... gold... not even gold!!! This is incredible! WORDS ARE ESCAPING ME ON SPINDLY LEGS OF DEFIANCE!!!
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Akpaley Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Okay.
So I do not usually get sad for characters. I usually say "OK, this is fiction, whatever".
But Snippy is honestly making me cry. Because imagining his mental state and the pure shock and horror and confusion and loss is terrible.
Congratulations, you've created a character I identify with and care enough about that I'm actually feeling really bad for him.

On a related note, your writing amazing.
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lexyoh Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
ahh i want to cry earth is getting destroyed and all snippy can do is watch, agh, i just want to reach in there and save the world gah!!!:crying:
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:iconmylilly:
MyLilly Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
I sense a flashback approaching....
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:iconperrysecret:
perrysecret Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I suggest hot tea to the face.
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:iconkori-hibana:
kori-hibana Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Student General Artist
nuuu snippy! I'll come with youuuuuuuuu
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TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
I kinda wish this information was available in the comic itself rather than as a long side-script... it creates two types of reality on what's happening in the comic - those who read the comic have one reality, those who read the comic + side-scripts have a totally different reality.
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alexiuss Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
all these informations are under the comic in descriptions.
I can't cram them into the comic itself because that would make each comic file like 50mb and nobody wants to wait that long for an image to load.
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TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
I know, I know... it's just... the very idea of all this extra story isn't really present in the comic itself. The data isn't woven in. I'm aware of the cost in involving all the data, but just reading the comic itself gives a different idea than what's presented in the written story. All I'm saying is it creates a disparity in the readership. I'm not asking you to change it, because I know your production method basically makes that impossible. More of an observation, I guess. No need to reply, I'm probably just bugging you.
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TheGhost2 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm not liking this new direction so much right now, but then again, I said the same thing about the cancer arc, and now that's my favorite part of the whole comic.

These Snippy journals are amazingly written, by the way.
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MrBassMan6132 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I'd rather like to watch the end of the world, if I was powerless to stop it. Then I'd curl up in the fetal position and go to my happy place.
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:iconmylilly:
MyLilly Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
That seems to be Snippy's current plan.
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MrBassMan6132 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wonder what his happy place is? Or Zee Captain's OR THE ARBITRATOR'S!?
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:iconmylilly:
MyLilly Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
A frightening thought...
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MrBassMan6132 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed.
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Chobits13 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
....:heart: Snippy!! :iconbrohugplz:
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BlackSnowWonderland Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never have I felt more pity for Snippy until this moment.
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courtessa-love Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ahhhh! What's gunna happen to Zee Captein? I miss him already...
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Clue000 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't comment all that often, but Snippy has always been my favourite. (Engie coming up the more I see him)

Snippy's personality and his situation and the perceived mental state, up to this point anyway- the fact that said state is now in question is what draws me to him more. I always enjoy learning that our "main" character is perhaps insane or something happens that forces us to question of the reality we've been shown. These two elements are just small diamonds inlaid in the fancy accessory RomAc is, and for that, I am more hooked now than ever.

Tl;dr- God, this is awesome and I love the hopelessness. Perhaps I am a bit sadistic towards main characters.

Also, I am going to marry Snippy. But this is beside the point.
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TeleportingLemonDrop Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
This is amazing. The story just keeps getting better. RomAc is occupying my head full-time now.
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judoFlipp Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Student General Artist
seer.
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Doomblade2712 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
:heart: Well played and scripted, in accordance with today's infesting www etc.
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:iconmalbat:
malbat Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
It's amazing how you made an almost completely nonsensical web-comic into this story we see now. Never in my life have I wanted so desperately to hug a fictional character. You are a master writer, Alexiuss. I can't wait to see what happens next.
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Setah Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I must say I had never expected this. Plot twist, much!
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AmericanCaity Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist
Awww
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CreezFriamayn Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Snippy. Lol.
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26nitonic Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is pretty impressive. You're a good writer, you should keep it up
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Godzilla2003 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn, tense as hell...
How will this turn out?
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MacabreAustereRelume Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012   Writer
Snippy briefly becomes the universe.

Yeah I can live with that.
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Sol4rpleXus Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
<3
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