User blog:ARB/Deciphering Tightrope
Hello and welcome to Tightrope Annotations. Literally can't be bothered to read The Tightrope Act because it's so obnoxiously long and it's pure torture? Don't worry, me too. I honestly don't know why I write stuff so long but alas, here we are. To aid me in organizing and you in understanding the tiny details of Tightrope, have this breakdown of everything you need to know about the story. This will be where I will be declassifying everything I have in my notebook, a certain Google document, and my head. This page may be used as a reference point in the future for writing any of the mentioned characters or in reading the story with some well... subtext.
While at it, I acknowledge that Tightrope is currently the longest story and article in the wiki, and with that, I am very honored to hold the title as that story's author. I know that some would want to know my styles and tricks in order to weave together a lengthy and complex story such as Tightrope. For that, I discuss here as well my process and creative thought, as well as give some little tops about how to go about writing.
As of January 12, 2019, this decipher page is in progress.
- 1 The Characters
- 2 The Public
- 3 Multiple Conflicts
- 4 Obtained Research
- 5 Chapter Breakdowns
- 6 Scene Breakdowns
- 7 The Flowers
- 8 The Music
- 9 The Cutscene Documents
- 10 Final Words
Of course, characters are your primary choice in getting a plot going simply because they are doers of action, meant to propel the plot through certain directions throughout situations they're stuck in. Diversity in your repertoire's characteristics is key if you want to have interesting dialogue, decisions, perspectives, etc. Unfortunately (but fortunately) for yours truly, I had to write out Tightrope with a good chunk of characters, most of which I had to flesh out or consult on heavily. Speaking of consultations, a big thank you to both Weez and Nick for helping me out on heavy details. You two have no idea how much fun it is fleshing out characters with y'all.
You'd think that since these are a bunch of intelligence agents, they would all follow some sort of formula as do all stereotypical spies and agents. The problem with this notion is the fact that it tries to make everyone bland and inflexible, which is not really the target of writing a story. While they are all somewhat like-minded enough to work harmoniously as a group in the Taskforce, there are factors and reasonings in their actions and personalities that distinguish them, as well as backgrounds that become underlying roots to their best and worst qualities. Digging deep and forging things from there is always an essential thing to do as both writer and reader, and my best-recommended method in understanding character development.
This section discusses mainly the personality, motivations, and brief backgrounds of each of the characters. Included as well is the commentary on how I want to work on them more and how to further explore them.
- Lydia Brandt (SSS)
- Initially born in Alemania, Brandt is the breadwinner of a family of three, with her mother stuck in a wheelchair following the incidents of one of the many GSWs, and her sister barely out of high school. Her father is one of the many casualties of the wars, hence her current position as the eldest born and most functional. Since Snowzerland basically annexed them in around the 2009/2010 time, she sought out work where pay would be good and employment is most stable: the government. It's best to say that she didn't necessarily finish college, what with the sudden annexation and all, and the country didn't exactly survive the sudden wars and conflicts that followed. Despite her mother's wishes, she joined the SSS in hopes of earning enough to comfort her family and see the world. It was surprising for everyone to see her shoot through the ranks seamlessly, unhesitant with whatever and whoever she's had to go through in the name of excellence and family.
- Brandt is, well, not your stereotypical execution of what an SSS agent is supposed to be. She's a seeker of information, knowledgeable of every method necessary to get what she needs to know. Strong-willed and inflexible to whims, she knows what she wants to do and how to execute it, regardless of the circumstances and the opinions of others. These characteristics make her frowned upon by the Taskforce as someone who cannot be trusted, especially with her affiliation with the empire and the fact that her organization's not exactly the kindest. Due to this, she constantly has to push herself, prove herself worth the trust, until ultimately wrecking herself in the process.
- What I'd like to point out is that she's meant to be a parallel to Tvarkov, except homegrown and designed to be more of a field agent rather than a caged bird. She's not your standard heterosexual character either, often blindsided by her undeniable crush on Dr. Ilsa Lindholm, one of the top neurologists in the empire. To write her out is more than just representation to me - it's not often we see awesome, kick-butt LGBT characters in media. I wanted to present her as a multifaceted character: a loving daughter, a fearsome agent, and a pursuant suitor.
- Mia Carter (UAN)
- Carter was born as the only daughter of a single mother in Polaris, who was a simple secretary in one of the many law firms dotting the country's capital. With the difficulty of raising a daughter at such a young age, her mother sought the help of her parents - Carter's grandmother and grandfather - so that she can work in the day without worrying over how her daughter's been. With that, Carter mostly grew up engrossed in the large books filling her grandpa's bookshelves and the vinyl in her grandma's little boxes. She eventually found her calling after jumping around interests for several years, finding her love in writing mid-college and having to shift programs for that. At the time of her hiring as a journalist, she was mostly a war correspondent who covered countless stories, especially during the GSWs. She was approached by the UAN afterward to become an observer and member of the Internal Integrity and Transparency Office, a position she happily accepted.
- The thing with characters like Carter is that well, constructing them to be a polar opposite of your standard characters is not easy when you're used to having a certain way around these people. She's more... emotional and normal compared to most of the characters on this list, though made of a rigid moral code that doesn't seem to grasp the Taskforce's lack of one. While primarily serving as an observing and narrative character, Carter fills in the role nicely as someone who's questioning the rigid standards that have allowed things like the Public to slip from political attention, making them resort to things such as intelligence agents to get the job done.
- Of course, putting a civilian in the midst of a bunch of hardened, clinical intelligence officers would mean entail some sort of reaction and a different opinion, doesn't it? She's already seen the aftermath of battle when she was still a journalist, it was high time she learned what it looks like to orchestrate one.
- James Cueva (Orion Initiative)
- Jian Liang Heng (MSB)
- I04 (SI:9)
- Not much is known about I04 for the UAN and its affiliates, beyond the fact that he's somewhere in his late thirties and he's been in Munijoch for as long as anyone knows. To us readers, however, he's one of the two known surviving Alphabet Squadron members, which was formerly used as experiments during the era of the WhiteBloods. He currently leads the Intelligence department of the SI:9, wielding multiple rings that are used to manipulate countless nanomachines to do what he needs doing. Aloof and unbothered by anything and everyone (Taskforce included), he's notorious for getting the job done with sheer accuracy and stealthiness no one can ever expect.
- You're most likely wondering why that first paragraph is so sparsely detailed when usually I'm so abundant with content and lore. What I appreciated most while doing heavy consulting and work with Weez is that his past basically comes out as irrelevant to the whole point of his existence despite it being the key reason why he's in this position. I04's a different sort of material to work with for me, it's much like a constantly shifting rubik's cube whenever I'm evaluating where to next put him. He's not the sort of character you can just play with unless you have a good reason to, making it more difficult to conceptualize him. This is also the result of working with a character you did not design or develop, especially since I04 is filled with blanks and shrouded in mystery and my usual "???". He's meant to be difficult to work with - both for me, the author and the Taskforce.
- So how do we remedy this? Well, I did mention about the heavy consulting work I had to do. The thing with characters like these is that you have to drown in them, sink yourself firmly into their story until you're sure of what this character is capable of and how they execute this and that. You gotta anticipate near everything they could possibly do in the story and then some - maybe the basics of their physical appearance, their strengths, weaknesses, what their childhood was. From there, we can progress to things like what keeps them up at night, what motivates them, what makes them burn. It involves excruciatingly building up a profile on them and picking carefully when to best use them until they're an effective component of the overall storytelling and mood.
- Mason Kowalski (SAD)
- Rogue Tvarkov (EPF)
- Robert Wolfe (SIA)
- Wolfe was born in the USA in one of the many villages along the southern parts of the region, the youngest out of five brothers. Not much is crafted out of his early days due to their sheer insignificance, since he was he did not do much but study, play with his four older brothers, and learn how to handle the ax whenever it was time to cut some lumber. His family eventually migrated to Shops Island with the promise of better opportunities, only to find themselves stuck in the island's Great Depression. While the rest of his family scrambled to find jobs that would keep them afloat, Wolfe joined the SIA as a soldier of the armed forces.
- Constructing Wolfe is a process I'm frankly proud of, consisting of reading Bro's stories and how he constructs his characters so I can get the general feel of a grouchy, stubborn Shopper agent. I can say with confidence that he can best be likened in behavior and appearance to Broseph, who also shares a similar background to him. Both are haunted by the horrors they saw during the conflicts they had to fight through, with Wolfe's latest nightmares consisting of the Frosian War, when he joined the SIA Special Forces after calls were sent out that they needed men. With years worth of trauma and sleeplessness building up, it eventually turned him into a live wire just waiting to be tripped.
- Wolfe's exact division is the SIA's Red Herring Division, set up to dissuade and manipulate enemy spies within his country. I think it's worth pointing out that despite this clear line of work, the UAN still sent for him. His heavy military background, combined with his skills in manipulation and persuasion, makes him the best bet in all matters concerning offensive measures and deflection. He can be brackish and aggressive at times, but he can be a fast solution to solve everything should the media attention become too extreme. Finally, I'd best compare him to a storm surge, the last thing in calamities you'd expect to cause the most destruction.
- Lyudmila Zarkova (NRR)
- Born in the seaside city of Vostok, Zarkova is the only girl of three children, squarely found in the middle of the lineup. Her father, a navy man who has strong aspirations for his sons to become part of the fold, tried to get them interested, with little results to show for. He was pleasantly surpsied to find, however, his only daughter taking interest and often begging to come with him whenever he went to the port to observe ships. With an affinity in marksmanship, Zarkova was put in the sharpshooting brigade and shipped off to multiple posts, eventually being brought to the site of multiple battles that the country participated in. Due to her eventual need to be protected, she was returned to the country and transferred to the NRR to do covert work for the agency. This would quickly earn her the callsign of Firebird, after the mythical bird that rebirths itself every few centuries or so.
- Now, Zarkova is unabashedly a historical reference to Lyudmila Pavlichenko, celebrated as the best female snipers in military history and one of the few most effective snipers in general. Listen to me, this is what happens when you're plotting a story and you have a big girl crush on someone, you end up writing about them in a shameless display of love and admiration for the person themselves. Pavlichenko's story can best be summarized and read about here, which is also the site where I get a lot of historical girl crushes. I really want to sit down and watch the movie she has, one day, and gush over how pretty she is and how awesome she is and how I want to be like her one day minus the bad trauma and all that.
- Anyway, to fashion a character out of a historical figure's something that requires a little bit of... finesse. Maybe a little bit of cherry picking, but that's to avoid having a direct parody of this person which is exactly what I'm trying to avoid. Zarkova's designed to be a military soldier who was suddenly brought into the intelligence community, learning how to distrust everyone after knowing traditional camaraderie values all her life. It's much like having a fish out of water, with this one being mildly uneasy while trying not to let everyone know about it. Zarkova can do her job just fine, but she is unsure with how to execute it when she's been made to learn different methods to her common tasks. She's a division between the military and intelligence, her military side appearing with her care for her peers especially in their welfare. She's the living embodiment of "no man left behind."
- a6 (SI:9)
- Dexter Hoffman (SSS)
- Piri Perez (EPF)
- Jack Reyes (EPF)
- Nick Tang (MSB)
- Nadir Valentino (SIA)
If you're gonna say that I'm gonna break down literally every single scene in this story I'm gonna start crying at you while laughing hysterically. There are only a select few scenes that will be mentioned here for the sake of my sanity and because those scenes are very, very vivid throughout my writing of Tightrope.
It's been a continuous motif throughout Tightrope that flowers are mentioned in passing as a side detail, not really given much attention unless you know... I do. What's not totally taken into consideration yet is the fact that all of these flowers have a meaning that reflects either the character associated with it or the mood. This table basically simplifies everything for your convenience.
|Red camellia (Camellia sasanqua)||Very rose-like, deep red with petals that curl inwards to each other to make its iconic circular form||Five: Ocean Deep, Irina flower vase||Excellence||Camellias in general are an Asian flower typically associated to tea due to its properties, so to have them in the flower vase of a Ruscan national is something that would most probably entail pulling lots of strings. Talk about extra.|
|Red dahlia (Dahlia pinnata)||Red dahlia petals are further curled inwards than camellias, making it more round and circular.||Five: Ocean Deep, Irina's flower vase||Betrayal and dishonesty||Now let's not forget this bit: this innocent little flower vase decorates the table of one of the most powerful woman in Rusca who is running one of the best agencies in the entirety of Antarctica. The red dahlia is trademark of the industry she's in: the primary tales of secrets hidden in secrets and lies running as smoothly as water would. To have it on her desk is both symbolic of her position and well... how extra she is.|
|Blue violets (Viola sororia)||Bright blue in its current context, small and clustered together with a small yellow dot in its center.||Five: Ocean Deep, Irina's flower vase||Modesty, humility||Native to North America. Here's the fun part since we're at the third strike: how does Irina Tvarkova have a whole vaseful of flowers from all parts of the continent? It's pure power, pure extraness, that makes her literally act like this. Blame it on the family, they're just very good at being extravagant.|
|Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)||Growing upwards, lavender-like in structure with white petals in the given context||Five: Ocean Deep, Irina's flower vase||Deception||Don't let the bright and innocent play of these flowers fool you, kids. They're remarkably named after the impression that they look like a dragon's snout. We have to remember that Irina is still pretty much running a spy agency that goes toe to toe with the EPF on a daily basis, so yeah, she can be a bit dangerous to be around with.|
|Gladiolus (Gladiolus × hortulanus)||Iris-like since they're of the same family so and so, bright white in the given context||Five: Ocean Deep, Irina's flower vase||Moral integrity||It's counterintuitive if you have one flower that means deception and another that means moral integrity, right? There's something multifaceted about Irina that needs to be acknowledged in the flowers she has in her vase. She can be every bit as virtuous as the ideal leader could be but can sting just as bad as any spy out there. I mean, she's still in the business, she gets to be this cool and all so yeah, kudos.|
|Yellow carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus)||Their petals look ruffled and are clustered together to appear rose-like in structure that it's adorable||Five: Ocean Deep, Carter's flower vase||"I am disappointed in you."||It's literally so funny because carnations are traditionally a funeral flower, so don't give this to anyone you're trying to date, kids. Let's not forget the fact that oh my god some loser gave Carter this flower? It may look pretty but it ain't the right message you want to convey. Thank goodness a6 knows what they mean otherwise the poor girl might have been swayed.|
|Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus)||Consisting of two parts, with white petals spread outward with an inside bell structure made of bright yellow||Five: Ocean Deep, Carter's flower vase||Unrequited love||I mean, let's give it to the suitor for trying and failing to keep up with the yellow aesthetic. I can applaud them for trying to brighten up her stressful work environment but this? Hilarious. They could have gone with I don't know, red or orange? You could have chosen something else but nah, you just wanted that yellow zest in her room. I've been laughing about this flower combo for months.|
|Hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla)||Clustered multitudes of flowers curled inwards in bright pink, violet, white, blue||Five: Ocean Deep, the Tvarkov dacha||Grace and beauty to the extent that it can appear vain and narcissistic||See, I really like hydrangeas because I see tons of them in the academy. They look graceful and beautiful in their own way, a kind of simple elegance that's sort of a humble brag. Now, to put it in its given context, you want the Tvarkov family to have them in their home? It's up for interpretation then, folks. Take your poison.|
|Iris (Iris sibirica)||Bright and luminous violet petals that are delicate and leaf-like||Five: Ocean Deep, the state dacha||Wisdom and valor||Oh, the iris looks pretty innocent and all but let's not forget that this is Rusca of all countries. Irises are poisonous if ingested and could cause vomiting and skin irritation, so do be careful with these things. It's noted somewhere in my notebook that the tea set with the irises are an old relic from the monarchy. The thing's holding history.|
|Magnolia (Magnolia × soulangeana)||Gentle petals that curl inwards, with white interiors and pink exteriors||Five: Ocean Deep, the state dacha||Nobility||Ooh, let's talk about the magnolias. These flowers are a key reference to the former royal status of the Tvarkov family because, well, they still grasp to that past of nobility. It's notable to have it planted in the scene because it's a faint assertion of pride, a form of reminder of the heyday when the family had an iron fist on the country's politics. Maybe one day they'll bring back the monarchy, though highly unlikely.|
|Pink dahlia (Dahlia pinnata)||Pale pink petals that slightly curl inward, circular structure||Six: Ashfall, sniper news report||Grace under pressure, inner strength||Let's take its meaning into context when it's paired with the marigold and the reason why it's being given. The interesting thing about tragedy is that one way or the other, it unites a community into caring for each other more or helping each other out. It's a thought to ponder on, why we only take action when something happens. To give these dahlias are a sign of solidarity with those who were affected, hoping to lend strength to those who were victimized.|
|Marigold (Calendula officinalis)||Ruffled dark yellow petals surrounding each other into a circular structure||Six: Ashfall, sniper news report||Pain and grief||But let's not forget, we are still human (or penguin, in this story's case). We are allowed to feel grief and anger towards what has happened and demand for answers when they are not being presented. The marigold in this context is sympathetic — meant to convey the feelings of others to those who were directly affected. It's a blunt display of clear emotion using something as innocent as a flower.|
|Phlox (Phlox paniculata)||Clustered together in multitudes in various shades of pink and purple||Six: Ashfall, Brandt courtyard walk sequence||Harmony, good partnership||Okay, so maybe the pretty pictures of phlox flower beds tempted me to utilize the flower in the story but please have you seen those things? Absolutely gorgeous. I needed something to replicate the flowerbeds you can find in the meadows of European countrysides while maintaining the whole unified motif of the country, and phlox just answered that thing for me.|
|Elderflower (Sambucus canadensis)||Multitudes of tiny, white flowers with stigma peaking out, rooted to one branch||Six: Ashfall, Brandt courtyard walk sequence||Zeal||Again, the motif of the United Provinces and their virtues had been taken into consideration while picking out the flowers involved in its symbolism. The elderflower is noted to surround the grand fountain, which had a bronze statue of maidens dancing and laughing with each other. The flowers are supposed to be complementary to the bronze since it's not a marble statue.|
|Lucerne (Medicago sativa)||Delicate, lavender petals that remain close to its stem, pointing upwards||Six: Ashfall, Brandt courtyard walk sequence||Life||The labyrinth was designed to be made up of hedges, just like those good ol' labyrinth gardens rich people have in the movies. For the design, I wanted to add lucerne to the mix as if they peek, greeting its visitors whenever it appeared. In addition to this, they were purple flowers, and the courtyard formerly belonged to royalty, so the color is a nod to this little historical fact.|
|Cedar tree (Juniperus virginiana)||Think a really big bushy looking thing that looks like a cone||Six: Ashfall, Brandt courtyard walk sequence||Protection, healing, cleansing||Listen to me, I wanted to insert a scene or two about Brandt and her relationship with the Cult of Hrastism for this story, but all sorts of hullabaloo came up that I ended up being dissuaded due to the messy policy rule-breaking that would follow. Instead, we have me referencing the cedar tree to present the scene I never got to write :(|
|Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)||Bright red petals that barely curl inwards with a black center||Six: Ashfall, a6 and the book sequence||"I am not free."||I've designated red poppies as the symbolic flower that can only be connected to a6. We can interpret red poppies in multiple ways, with current popular symbolism denoting them to be about death and oblivion. That's sorta why Canadian politicians (though forgive me if it's beyond Canada) wear poppies on their lapels during Veterans Day. Victorian interpretation of the flower is used to perfectly tie in a6's unconscious feelings towards themselves.|
|Purple hyacinths (Hyacinthus orientalis)||Multiple lavender flowers protruding from a single stem, petals curling outwards||Seven: Room for Negotiation, Reyes and his apologies sequence||Forgiveness||I am going to have to remind everyone that Reyes, despite his rugged looks and temperament, he is still a little softie for those he cares about. He could try and do everything in his power to get Gloria out of that situation, fearing for her safety more than anything because he won't be there to get her when something goes wrong. The flowers are a final act of apology, meant for him to say that he has nothing else to do but watch.|
|Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)||Oval lavender petals protruding downwards||Eight: Intermission Number, Carter ponders||Auspicious beginnings to new ventures||These flowers are supposed to depict whatever positivity is left within the organization. UAN in both the wiki and in reality is always striving towards international progress and world peace, a mildly idealistic dream to those who don't believe in it to come true.|
|Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)||Pale pink petals surrounding a yellow center||Eight: Intermission Number, Carter ponders||Order and prosperity||Again, the UAN is idealistic with its hope that one day it will achieve world peace and progress despite how plagued it is with politics and how sluggish it can be. It's a more solid flower rather than the wisteria and peony, both who have fragile-looking petals instead of the solidity of the cosmos. Again, a desirability symbol if you will.|
|Peony (Paeonia suffruticosa)||Multiple magenta petals curling inwards in a circular formation||Eight: Intermission Number, Carter ponders||Honor, respect, prosperity||Peonies are supposed to represent the desirable conduct the UAN wants among its delegation. They will always try to uphold their honorability as an organization (which is constantly trampled on by the Taskforce), respect for each other (in this Taskforce?) and prosperity (I'm glad the Council doesn't see their daily work). Again, the ideal.|
|Fritillaria (Fritillaria meleagris)||Checkered purple and white petals drooping downwards||Eight: Intermission Number, Carter ponders||Power||Listen to me, this is the UAN complex we're talking about. It's such a power move to have a fritillaria in the gardens because it's also known as the "chess flower" due to the cool checkered pattern on the petals. Chess has constantly been connected to all things politics in all mediums of writing so this flower? Innocent as it is, it's another reference to the sheer politics that plagues the organization.|
|Singapore orchids (Vanda teres x Vanda hookeriana)||Long pedals bending outward with a pink-purple to white gradient||Ten: The Sunken Forest, the getai concert||Love and charm||First, let's get it across that yes, this is the actual national flower of Singapore. That's just one of the two reasons why I picked the flower. Let's just understand that while Nick is a big sap for his girlfriend, he's also sort of a guy who doesn't want to give her just any flowers. Orchids are widely considered to be more difficult to cultivate simply because they're so finicky, therefore a little bit more expensive than your usual roses. Flowers wilt and all, but that added effort to get her something extra is a bit touching.|
|Flowering quinces (Chaenomeles cathayensis)||Small, slightly pink petals clustered together around multiple pistils||Epilogue, Jason explains||Rebirth||I've always designated the flowering quinces as something that was meant to circle back to Rogue. Her whole backstory's revolved around rebirth, with the multiple names she had to take up as well as the phoenix-like feel of her current arc. To be found with the flowers is supposed to not only hint at her whole story, but to also warn of impending rebirths.|
|White roses (Rosa)||Do you really want me to explain this||Epilogue, a6 and Hecate||New beginnings||You know, I really thought I was going to stick with red poppies with a6, but I keep backtracking on my own words and here we have this, the white roses. It was fitting, especially with a6 finally remembering bits of themselves and finally getting more of their freedom back, to have this flower to counter the negativity of their previous flower. This one is one of success and brightness, hope that they could eventually break free and be with their family once more.|
Currently used or music that's yet to make its appearance in The Tightrope Act with the additional footnotes of why they've been used for your convenience.
- Twin Crimes - Maximum Love : If we're being honest, the scene was built around this song rather than the other way around. It best portrayed the necessary attributes of The Hubris and the weight of the scene: finality, deafening bass, warped wording.
- Blast Doors - Everything Everything : I literally have no explanation to this besides that it's one of the many songs I run laps to, so a6 gets to rightfully use it.
- Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics : a6 utilizes classic rock for sonic incapacitation, so this was literally the first thing I had in the mind for the sequence. Also have you seen that redheaded man in the video? Literally screaming androgynousness, a6 is shookt.
- Che Vuole Questa Musica Stasera - Peppino Gagliardi : Literally lifted from "Man from UNCLE" though without the sinking boat scene with Superman eating a sandwich in the background, took a second interpretation of it being an intimate fireplace song to tap into Mia Carter's Ligurian roots.
- Undecided - Ella Fitzgerald : Mia Carter's music taste can best be described as incredibly old and laid back that even Cueva is surprised whenever she picks the music for the day.
- Neat Neat Neat - The Damned : Previously used in "Baby Driver", literally have you seen that sequence? It was so cool don't argue with me.
- Tightrope - Janelle Monaé (ft. Big Boi) : Y'all thought I wouldn't drop a song called Tightrope in this story but you were all mistaken. Also this is such a bop it's worth the chase scene.
- Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees : Because it's most likely that Rogue's never heard Despacito in all her life, she's probably heard this because the poor kid's old enough to know it. Also it's an ideal song for someone who's trying to survive a chess game.
- Ruby Rider - Charlyne Li (Steven Universe Soundtrack) : Alright so I picked this song both because it's so painfully "yeehaw pew pew cowboy" that Reyes would be crying in his seat, and because I love this episode of SU so much. I mean, Ruby getting to realize that being together with Sapphire made everything extra fun and better? That's why these two are my favorite couple ever, thank you.
- Mr. Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra : Listen to me, there was only one way I can cut scene and skip that fight altogether because I cannot be bothered to figure out how two Alphabet Squadron kids fight. Additionally, this has been requested per Weez since why not so we have this.
- What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong : Hey it's a globe/world/earth-pun to The Globalist and it's super calming, thanks for asking.
- Dream a Little Dream of Me - The Mamas & The Papas : You can come back to me when you're done reading Hang the Fool to understand the reference to this, thanks. But honestly, this song delivered as something so soothing and so terrifying that I had to put it in.
- 我問天 - 翁立友 : Per the request of Nick, I had to find something that would suit the cultural richness and atmosphere of a getai, a large concert occurring during the evenings during the Hungry Ghost Festival. After asking, I've found that this is a classic to be sung during the event and plays a nice good irony tone for me.
- Square Hammer - Ghost
- Fire - BTS : Listen to me I was discussing plot points with Nick and when he mentioned that character Nick would combust from the anger I cried for a solid minute because this popped in my head and I couldn't be bothered to not put it in. Also that sudden outburst of music in the start after the buildup? The time between Nick realizing what's happened then combusting and charging like a madman. I rest my case.
- In Our Bedroom After the War - Stars
- Till Death - Japanese Breakfast
The Cutscene Documents
The UN-Taskforce Interactions
Overall, this just proves how very extra and meticulous I am when I get down to writing stories. Any further questions are welcome in the talk page.