The Road to PARTIZAN 05: Ech0 & Dusk to Midnight

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Episode Description[edit | edit source]

Welcome back to the Road to PARTIZAN. Today, we’re moving into a new trio of episodes that explore an era of history that would come to be called The Divine Clash. For over a century, the ever-growing Divine Principality would throw its might against the allied forces of the Orion Combine and the Divine Collaborate, the distant successor states of two major nations featured in our COUNTER/Weight season.

Next week and the week following, we’ll see the climax of the Divine Clash via Austin Ramsay’s Beam Saber. But first, we offer a pair of vignette one-shots via two games that were made for the Emotional Mecha Game Jam (which was organized by John R. Harness and Takuma Okada).

First, in Role Over Play Dead’s Ech0, we travel through the wreckage the war left behind, as children born over a generation after the war’s end try to reunite the memory core of a long dead pilot with her machine. Then, in Riley Rethal’s Dusk to Midnight, we define the early days of the Clash, and follow the careers (and the wavering resolve) of four of the pilots who would help to decide its outcome.

A couple of extra notes: First of, because one of the player’s files was totally corrupted, much of this episode had to be rebuilt via a backup recording. That means that there are a few times where you can hear breathing sounds heavier than normal. There are also moments where background noise is a bit more prevalent, and it was pretty impossible to untangle some crosstalk (especially since we were playing as children especially prone to crosstalk in Ech0).

You’ll might also notice that I say a few times up top that we want to play three of these vignettes. Due to time concerns, we couldn’t make that happen, but for the record, the final vignette I’d planned was EPITAPH by Dante Douglas, which is metal as hell and rules. You should check it out.

The Ech0 Map, drawn by Austin, Keith, and Art

Finally, because Ech0 is such a visual experience, I’ve included a screenshot of the map we drew below. You can find close ups of all of our sketches at the Mapmaker tier over on our Patreon (with a quick caveat that we’re currently catching up on much of our Patreon stuff, and we’ve been prioritizing new shows up rather than supporting material, but it’s coming soon, I promise!)

This week on the Road to PARTIZAN: Ech0 & Dusk to Midnight

////PARTIZAN PALACE DATE ENTRY | 1418 P.M. 05 22\\\\

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///OPERATION: CHOOSE SECTION: CRIME AND DEVIANCE && OPERATION: DISPLAY TOP ARTICLE\\\

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//VERGLAZ UNIVERSITY ARCHAEOLOGY ANNALS RAIDED, HOUSE LESON INVESTIGATORS POINT TO HERETICAL GROUP\\

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/OPERATION: IDENTIFY KEY SUBJECTS: SUBJECT (ROLE | EVALUATION)\

ELET VALERA (VICTIM, SCHOLAR | TRUSTED)

CARBIDE LESON (CHIEF INVESTIGATOR | TRUSTED)

SLOE UPLIGHT (WITNESS, EXPERT IN FIELD | SUSPECT)

THE FRIENDS OF GUR SEVRAQ[notes 1]” (████████ , ██████████ | ANATHEMA, SEEK ACCESS APPROVAL FOR FURTHER INFORMATION)

Opening[edit | edit source]

This is a message to you, who listens. You must trust me, because we are friends -- you just don't know it yet. The Divine Principality offers you progress, but imperial futures are only ever stolen presents. I offer you more: I offer you actualization.

My name is Gur Sevraq, and I have stolen the future.

With this Divine, I can finally answer an eternal question, asked eternally: Are we caught in a cycle? Is there more to us than there appears, or is there only this, our pathetic greed and violence, ever recurring.

We believe we have mastered history, learned to draw its shapes in beautiful arcs of our own design. We have spent eons changing our bodies, our minds, our culture. We made flesh into hard metal so long ago that the return to soft tissue became novel. We flattened the apparent heights of our hierarchies, we twisted time to our ends, we colored our skins into skies, turned skies into seas, made sea solid and thinking.

But from the wide perspective of the Future, each of these changes was superficial, a decoration on the line of history. Whether crystalline or chrome, towering or dispersed, whether drawn in gunpowder black or the blues of heaven: We only ever sketch one shape: The shape of Empire.

And God has whispered to me: Learn another, before I erase this one.

I am Gur Sevraq, and I have stolen the future. Walk the prophet’s path with me, or suffer God’s attention.


Plot[edit | edit source]

Ech0[edit | edit source]

Dusk to Midnight[edit | edit source]

Cast[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. The name Gur Sevraq is 'The Friend', passed through the ROT13 Cipher