This document lies outside my purview and my jurisdiction, but as it relates to the inciting incident that led to my current assignment, I saw fit to include this in my dossier. -- T.Q.
Declaration of Baraka Monster upon the destruction of ThingTown Station Look, I know you people think you’re just living your lives, innocently toodling along. Somehow you think that even in this grimly finite and inextricably interconnected world, shit’s not a zero-sum game – that your endless consumption isn’t at someone else’s expense. I know your little worldview makes you unable to even see this obvious cause and effect. I know it makes you unable to see your worldview itself. Not my fuckin’ problem anymore. We’ve tried telling you for generations, and you’ve kept eating my people without even a second thought. We’ve fought, and your stormtroopers have crushed us, and we’ve risen up to be crushed again, over and over and over. No more. Y’all say I’m insane, a terrorist, a Monster. Well “sanity” is just another domination game, a tool to crush those who don’t fit into your shitty mental boxes. So it doesn’t mean shit to me if you call me crazy, your world is sick, there’s no virtue in fitting into it. As for “terrorist,” if you’re scared, good – run the fuck away and stay away. (Though as the saying goes, “I think of myself as more of a horrorist,” heh.) “Monster,” though, you’re right: I am a monster A very very very scary monster I tore out the Pylon with my bare hands. I dragged it into the Otherworld, hauled it out onto the Plateau, and left it there. Meanwhile the rift reopened and devoured ThingTown Station and got your monorail the hell out of my neighborhood. No more easy access for you parasites. Good. You clutch your pearls and gnash your teeth over the people killed by the rift and the monsters that came through it. You call them “innocent,” these front-line foot soldiers of your invasion. You think taking our homes, calling down Monster Hunters on us, running over our children with cars is “innocent.” Well, I’ll agree that a peaceful resolution would have been preferable. Maybe you should have thought of that at some point during the century you spent devouring us. I’ll agree that I did kill some innocents in the mix – some of my own people did get eaten up by rift or beasts. I’ll answer for that among my own people. It’s for Wolf Town to reconcile. It has nothing to do with you, and your armchair opinion has no effect. Some say the rift could have destroyed the whole city. I call bullshit. Reality Patrol contained it and we all knew they would. Those who set fire to your construction sites know that the fire department will keep the rest of the block from catching. Tactics exist in context. Considering them out of context is nonsense. Don’t underestimate what I can do, though. Wolf Town has a nuclear bomb now. Something far more monstrous than the mere werewolves we had back in the day. Wolf Town has me, Baraka Monster. I tear your steel with my hands, devour your souls with my eyes, then vanish in the shadows. Your guns can’t hurt me. Your cuffs can’t hold me. Your surveillance can’t find me. Wolf Town is now off limits. No Monster Hunters patrolling our streets; we’ll protect ourselves. No new settlers, with your fixer-uppers and shitty boutiques; any who dare to linger will stay or go as the community sees fit. And most of all, Wolf Town is ruined for capital – no value can be held in a neighborhood beset by an immortal cop-killing monster. This is revolution. Your reign is over. Run the fuck away and stay away.
And so begins the Weird Luck novel Insurgent Otherworld.
Insurgent Otherworld has 63 chapters. We’ll be posting one chapter a week, expect on the weeks when we post webcomic pages or other Weird Luck material.
Just like with the webcomic pages, you’ll find these notes from me at the bottom of each chapter.
This first chapter of Insurgent Otherworld takes place about three months before the beginning of the Weird Luck webcomic, and about 24 hours after the end of Andrew’s short story “Monsters” (published in the Spoon Knife 2: Test Chamber anthology).
Baraka Monster is also the narrator of “Monsters.” This excerpt from “Monsters” foreshadows his destruction of ThingTown Station, which kicks off the events of Insurgent Otherworld.
See you next Wednesday,