Wildbow's Ward (Thar be Spoilers)

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Wildbow's Ward (Thar be Spoilers)

Post by Alkaloid » 2018-09-23 07:19am

So Wildbow's new project is a sequel to Worm, starring Victoria Dallon, who we all remember better as Glory Girl, aka Jesus Christ Amy what are you doing!?

I'm not sure that I like it as much as Worm, it's a different type of story but it has the classic WB flavour and I'm enjoying the new perspective on some familiar old faces.

https://www.parahumans.net/table-of-contents/

Link to the contents so you can start without spoilers.


I also highly recommend reading Glow Worm first, it's a brief interquel that explains some of how the world has changed and serves as an introduction to some of the characters, told as a series of interactions on Parahumans online.

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Post by LadyTevar » 2018-09-23 08:39pm

I'll check it out. By the last few chapters, Worm had gotten far too dank and dark. I only finished because I wanted to see if there was a way for the 'heroes' to 'win'.
I would not call that 'winning'.
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Post by madd0ct0r » 2018-09-24 04:01am

Pact remains my favourite.

Ward so far has been interesting. Vicky is moderately more socially aware, working through her own emotions and is a much less of an unreliable narrator then Taylor was.

The more vocal peeps of the comments section seem less enamoured of this. Vicki is a confident fashionable jock, and they find it harder to connect to that.

Ironically, given how much the setting has moved away from the present world, Ward, so far, has kept a tight zoom in on very human frailty and abuses. The Godzilla threshold here is and remains very human monsters.
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Post by Alkaloid » 2018-09-24 09:20am

Yeah, Vicky is the most likeable of his protagonists to date, largely because she acknowledges she's got problems and is trying to fix them.

That goes for most of the characters, they're pretty broken people, significantly more so than a lot of characters in Worm, but they're generally actively trying to be better.

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Post by Raw Shark » 2018-09-30 02:47pm

Pact is still my #1 pick, but I'm still a general fan. Now that my living situation is stable again I plan to finish Twig and start this. I always thought there was a little more to Glory Girl than Taylor readily depicts. She has a whole family full of superbeings and is the easiest one to put "be perfect" pressure on; there's going to be mad teenage drama. I can credibly see her thinking, "Why the fuck are these villain punks just fucking with my already-not-comfortable life for no reason and why can't I just punch them through a wall if I see them buying a coffee instead of committing a crime without joining their ranks in public opinion?"

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Post by LadyTevar » 2018-10-12 11:22pm

One bitch I have about Rain's backstory.

1. He wasn't the one who put the chain there and padlocked the door.
2. As far as I can tell, Rain also was NOT given a KEY to unlock the padlock and remove the chains.
3. Seir, who was the one who chained and padlocked the door, needed to use his powers to break the door open... but blamed Rain for leaving it locked.

So... unless I missed something where Rain was told to do more than "Guard this chained, padlocked door that I trapped a innocent girl by the hair in" -- Rain couldn't have opened the door. He couldn't have stopped this, anymore than anyone inside could have gotten out.
The hate on Rain seems really unfounded. :(
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Post by Alkaloid » 2018-10-21 05:41pm

From who? The general public or his cluster?

His cluster doesn't think rationally about him. Even if he wasn't involved in a terrorist attack against them, the kiss/kill effect pretty much means they will love him or hate him due to shard fuckery.

As for the general public, the Fallen are at best as likable as the WBC and at worst terrorists living in rape communes. He's admitted to being involved in a terrorist attack where children were literally trampled to death. Sure Seir set him up to fail, but most people 100% will not care about that.

Also bear in mind the Rain you know now is post therapy Rain. Fallen Rain was a pretty different beast.

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Post by LadyTevar » 2018-10-21 10:02pm

Alkaloid wrote:
2018-10-21 05:41pm
Also bear in mind the Rain you know now is post therapy Rain. Fallen Rain was a pretty different beast.
I get that now.
Now... I've seen what nasty shit was in Ashley and Kenzie's pasts. I knew shit was fucked up with Kenzie's parents, but SERIOUSLY that was messed up!
I'm afraid now of what Wildbow has in Chris' past to make him like he is. :(

Oh. And Teacher is back. One of the ones who really needed killing, imho.
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Post by madd0ct0r » 2018-10-22 01:41am

A valkyeri interlude: also known as "this is why she is not the pov".

So ridiculously overpowered she (and her team) beats an exponential s-class threat *between paragraphs*.

I think we'll see more of Cleo - the girl with acid tears and rampant neurotoxin spit, jumpers and body issues. Bulimic trigger?
. I feel sorry for Mushroom. He's got worse collateral damage issues then Sundancer.

More wildbow layered snark. Big things made about data storage and cape image overwriting dull personalities - the oldest and dullest coming back with costume merged into body. Clearly ties in with Ashley's shard based memories, the beautiful pool of the broken trigger, teachers gestalt and theme of identity that drives ward.

But also snark. Sitting at valk's table is a young black man with a skull on his face- in the skin.
Wildbow considers Grue resurrected and also to be very dull.
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Post by madd0ct0r » 2018-10-22 03:34pm

I just joined a discord server game. liteerally rolled Cape ally, shard magnet, monstrous and notorious serial killer for my perks and flaws. was aiming to be a simple indian heirtage cape, not jack slash!
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