Age of Wonders thread IV

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Sat Dec 14, 2013 11:39 am

Voltron64 wrote:Since they seem to be such a counterproductive nuisance, is One planning on subverting Princess Marie, Dreadstar and the rest of the Cyber-Corsairs?
Honestly, it's important to remember that dictatorship is an inefficient force of government as is totalitarianism. In this case, One is only barely aware of the goings on in the Star Kingdom of Camelot as he is forced to rely on countless brainwashed minions and fanatical hench-evil doers to manage the bureaucracy between him and his myriad plots. He's even less concerned about the Cyber-Corsairs and would only be so if he knew about their connection to Two.

Onee's actually left King Liam and a number of advisers in charge of the Star Kingdom of Camelot, not to mention a fairly prolific number of Cyber-Cultists with free-will despite the fact they're about as effective as Vidkun Quisling. He's aware they're idiots and will result in millions of unnecessary deaths but One's chief response is giving zero ****s.

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You can just feel the smug off One's face here.

One actually is more than a little prone to pursuing the LESS efficient action and employing Idiot Savants versus generally competent all-round minions. This is because truly brilliant and effective individuals would threaten his cyber-dystopian regime. Admiral Marie and the Cyber-Corsairs are a bunch of brutal evil thugs but that's the kind of hammer he's happy to bring down while he brute forces his way to domination over the Nexus.

Besides, it also helps enemies lower their guard as One's plans are brilliant but they get used to the almost Cobra Commander-esque incompetance of his minions.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Sat Dec 14, 2013 11:41 am

Voltron64 wrote:Also Charles, I'd put the Blofelds of the CCG being more along the lines of Hank Scorpio than anything else.
It's something of a common fact that many ultra-trillionaire CCG plutocrats start wondering about getting their own planet and when they can afford their own private armies and, literally, are able to buy anyone--it tends to create a number of wannabe dictators.

Sadly, the Blofelds are better than the WORST sort of CCG warlords who resemble Cecil B. Rhodes.

Those gives are the ones who the free-traders do their best to try and take down in their spare time.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Sat Dec 14, 2013 11:55 am

A Typical Look Inside Super Dragon Punch Zero's Mind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwc1Wi-mlCI

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Libra » Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:06 pm

If you're talking about the VERY worst, Leopold II seems a much more accurate model than Mr Rhodes (who was arguably smarter, although no more compassionate).

The idea of Arthur finally saying Screw It to Racist Evil Atlantean Society after they overthrow him for the fifth or sixth time and he starts fighting them (as well as those who would destroy Atlantis) would be fun.
To be honest I'd rather depict DC Atlanteans as being no more racist or evil than surface-dwellers, if only to separate them from The Sub-mariner (the EMPEROR of Atlantean Jerks and arguably a major reason The Marvel Universe regards super-humans with caution, rather than wonder), if only because the latter is so good at it that he makes any attempt to emulate him look like a copycat!

I will admit that I do think Atlantean politics should be hinted at, rather than depicted in DC publications (allowing us to focus on the Currys of Atlantis and their OUTRAGEOUS Adventures); although it occurs to me that one way of allowing Wonder Woman to stretch her skills as a diplomat without delving into serious political debate would be to show her keeping the various surreal political players in the DC Universe (Atlantis, Gorilla City, Thanagar, Olympus) from driving the rest of the World crazy ...
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:14 pm

The Free Brethren Alliance Council part 1

Pirate X: Pirate X is the swashbuckling, wise-cracking, refuge-in-audacity leader of the resistance to the Star Kingdom amongst pirates. He's a folk hero amongst the Star Kingdom's populace for his habit of freeing indentured servants (NOT slaves! Honest!), redistributing vast amounts of stolen wealth (while keeping a generous finder's fee so his crew doesn't revolt), and delivering a variety of epic taunts to the false King Liam as well as One. Pirate X is notable for being an absolutely abyssal star-mecha pilot, a marginal swordsman, and a somewhat skinny sort of fellow in real life. Which is why he more or less has to rely on guile combined with his ridiculously talented crew in order to pull his ass out of the fire.

As for Julius' part, his egalitarian dreams are contrasted with the fact that he's still an authoritarian figure who expects his orders to be obeyed without question and lives in a rather appallingly decadent star yacht. Old habits are somewhat hard to break after all and he is doing his best to distract himself from the fact he's suffering severe depression over his father's murder. The fact the Prime Minister also purged numerous other half-siblings of Julius, many of whom were close friends or loved ones, has only added to his somewhat quixotic desire to indulge the pain away.
Though, really, he's completely plasted after two shots of rum as Mister Cosmic and Missus Cosmic will observe.
Pirate X is also aware that he doesn't actually want to lead the Alliance either now or later. His successful destruction of three Sovius warlords and numerous fleets has consequences he's all-too-unhappily aware of--specifically, he's responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands now. He calculates that it will be many more lives before the Star Kingdom collapses and can be reformed into a democracy. The toll this is taking on him is tremendous and he is looking for someone he can pass along leadership of the Free Brethren Alliance to in order to retire to some island or simpy work on strategies that might minimize the war's bodycount.
Ironically, the one exception to the rule is Legendary as he is adamantly opposed to her becoming the new monarch. His rationale for this is something he's keeping from others but amounts to the belief Legendary's popularity would sore to deific levels if she becomes monarch--effectively ending Star Kingdom democracy through popular appeal.

It's not her he's worried about but the next few generations of their family.
Pirate X's romance with the Commandant is something that is a source of contention between the Star Kingdom-born members of the resistance and her own forces. Bluntly, Julius is just glad he has someone he can relax with who is a reasonable intellectual equal and Deliah likes him for the very fact he's a surprisingly soft heart. Their love affair is unlikely to end well, however, because Delilah fully intends to lead the new Empire she's building while Julius is already picking out tropical asteroids in the Cove.

The Commandant: Deliah Roshchin's Heel-Face Turn has caught the vast majority of the galaxy by storm as she has embraced genetic equality, democracy, and justice for all. The CommuNazi's CommuNazi has liberated slave camps, overthrown dictators, and done her best to establish that she no longer believes in the repulsive idealogy of her past. Bizarrely, she claims to have had it as a religious experience as she believes it was the literal Wrath of God which destroyed Sovius Prime as opposed to Columbia.
Her current attire is 17th century male attire adjusted to her rather, uh, buxom figure with a cross rather predominantly displayed.
Deliah's actions have lead to a popular overthrow of the regime on numerous worlds as the public has abandoned faith in its Draka-esque overlords en masse. Whereas Julius is disgusted by the necessity of slaughtering his former allies and countrymen, Deliah has lost none of her ruthlessness. The Sovius Empire's remnants has been harried to the point that there is no hope of its reconstitution with the next government likely to be either something entirely new, Deliah herself, or the Neo-Terminus Empire of Earth-000.

Not everyone is buying the Commandant's commitment to justice, however. Legendary is convinced the Commandant has murdered her brother and replaced him with a clone due to, well, her pure seething hatred for her enemy. The Commandant doesn't hold this against her and is determined to somehow win over her long-time enemy.
Which is awfully strange given the amount of Foe-Yay the two have long displayed. Doubly so since the Commandant, like all Sovius, was engineered to be bi.
The Commandant's strongest ally on the Alliance is, ironically, the Revolutionary who is the only man who genuinely believes her commitment to revolutionary values. He's also the person who recognizes the Commandant could very much end up being the Empress of a new Sovius-Star Kingdom superpower since charismatic military commanders from the bottom of the ranks forging empires after revolutions is a rather familiar story to him. It doesn't help the Commandant thinks very highly of Napoelon.

Bonnie Annie: Bonnie Annie is an amusing case of a girl who fits almost every imaginable Irish stereotype without any Irish ancestry to speak of and/or having never so much as heard of an Ireland. The daughter of Mister and Missus Cosmic, Bonnie Annie is one of their literal dozens of children left behind on Middle Zoth who were provided for extensively by their thieving parents but were barely known by them.

Bonnie Annie did the family proud when she decided that living in a gilded cage was no great thing and stole a horse, a chest of gold, and weaponry to go start her own adventurous career. A choice which proved to be extremely dumb when she was penniless within months and living as a con artist in the port city of Waterdelve.
Much to the annoyance of many a would-be-suitor who got themselves burned by her con games.

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Bonnie Annie's thievery backfired when she ended up trusting the wrong sailor who ended up selling her to slavery at the hands of Warmonger's secret army on Middle-Zoth. Bonnie Annie conned her way out of her chains and ended up somehow seizing the war ship before leading herself to freedom. This harrowing experience gave the con game a badly needed dose of reality and she decided to reform.

This lasted a week.

By the time that Pirate X came to recruit her fleet into his alliance, she was already (one of) the most infamous pirates in Asteroid Cove. Less interested in political revolution than the super-intelligent handsome prince, she provides a cynical and pragmatic voice on their council. The Commandant and Julius seem only barely aware of her designs on the latter, despite it being common knowledge amongst her crew. Mrs. Cosmic and Mister Cosmic are terribly proud of their daughter but she bears a tremendous grudge against them for their absentee parenting. This has, ironically, lead to her indulging in several half-cocked schemes to show up her parents' recent accomplishments.
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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:34 pm

All I know is that the Flash Gordon soundtrack is definitely going to be involved in the upcoming climactic liberation of Londinium.

Only it's possibly gonna be One who'll be impaled with a spaceship.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:38 pm

King Liam's ghost should somehow show up.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:45 pm

The Free Brethren Alliance Council part 2

Wendy Mitchell: The Grand Dame and Mother Figure to Pirates everywhere. Wendy was born on Earth-Greenworld's London as part of the conspicuously Darling-esque Mitchell family. During one of the many Blitzes the hellhole-esque world endured, Wendy and her siblings decided they would take matters into their own hands and attempt to find themselves a Narnia-esque refuge to escape the horrors around them. Unfortunately, her sister was more interested in the darker side of sorcery and offered her siblings as a sacrifice to a timeless Pied Piper-esque kidnapper of children.

Much to her annoyance, Wendy found herself in the decidedly American McGee-esque version of her childhood fantasies. Downland, as she named the location, was a place filled with all manner of horrible fairy spirits and lost souls from countless time periods. However, even at age eleven, Wendy was an exceptional girl and slaying Captain Peg Leg with his own sword--she assumed control over his ghostly pirate ship and proceeded to start the search for her siblings. After a long and terrible ordeal, she managed to track down the Timeless Boy and dispersed him long enough to rescue his countless stolen children.
The Timeless Boy, unfortunately, can't be killed and has returned to bedevil Wendy on numerous occassions.
Emerging as an adult back to her homeworld, Wendy found there was precious little remaining to her. Worse, an egregious misunderstanding with the Greenworlders resulted in her sibling labeling HER the evil one and she was forced to flee back into the Nexus to avoid an exceptionally groovy beatdown. Against her better judgement, she took up piracy to provide for her army-like brood of children. Over the next few years, this army of Lost Boys and Girls has since grown up to be her fanatical crew of piratical underlings.
This means that Wendy is the most circumspect amongst the pirate lords in terms of sending her crew to their deaths. After all, in a very real way, she is their mother.
The now elderly Wendy Mitchell has joined the Alliance rather reluctanctly but with an awareness it is actually better for her crews. Admiral Marie, joke to outsiders, is decidedly anything but to the locals as many longstanding associates and friends of the Maggie Smith-esque pirate lord have been murdered/hanged/enslaved or otherwise mistreated by her. The home she has built for the unwanted children of the Nexus has been most decidedly abused and her chief goal is less the overthrow of the Star Kingdom than the eradication of its chief exploiter in the region.

It should be noted she does have a rather personal motivation for the destruction of the Star Kingdom, however. Just because she had an adopted army of children underneath her doesn't mean she's lived a life completely devoid of love. King Liam, during his buccaneer free-wheeling youth, met Wendy and well--yeah. Julius would be most stunned to find they were briefly married and he has a number of other siblings close by.

Which she is anxious not to reveal, despite the amount of accidental mothering she does.

Goldtooth Roger: The Orcish Pirate, because let's face it, they're Orcs was born the exact opposite of the majority of his kind. Which is to say, on Middle Zoth, he wasn't a passive and philosophical sort. Whereas the elves and dwarves were a race of murderous snobs and industrialized psychopaths, the orcish race has always been more World of Warcraft Thrall meets Worf than Grom Hellscream. This lead Rog to believe racial equality had to be seized by force and this was best done, not through turning the other green cheek to other race's imperialist ambitions, but acute application of sword to neck.

Rog had an enormous amount of difficulty recruiting his fellow orcs to his cause, however, due to their natural passive natures and the fact there was no real selling point to his ambitions. Instead, ironically, it was Phoenix Force Seven which provided him his answer. Captured by the family who proceeded to assume he was a friendly Orc like the rest, they allowed him access to their vast holodeck library of movies. Much like Captain Kraken, he was inspired by Hollywood's depiction of the swashbucklers of yore and decided they would be his inspiration to the Orcish people.

Bizarrely, it worked.

Combining firebrand revolutionary rhetoric with the allure of 17th century piracy, "Roger" drew countless orcs away from their pacifism and into a life of banditry and brigandry. It seems even passive philosopher races can enjoy a good swashbuckler as much as the rest and both elves as well as dwarves grew to despise the mad pirate. Unfortunately, Roger's activities drew the ire of the Pax Concordians who despised how he was "upsetting the narrative" by making Orcs cool. An Odyssian series of disasters befell Roger and he only managed to survive by hoping a CCG vessel into Asteroid Cove.

The loss of his crew has undaunted Goldtooth Roger who has taken to cloning himself (with purely aethstetic changes) to provide for his pirating needs. Armed with numerous magical vessels created by Rozarak the Undying, who LOVES his style, Goldtooth Roger combines science and sorcery to--well, make himself rich. He's actually a member of the Alliance purely at the behest of the Lich King while having more or less forgotten about Middle-Zoth. As a result, he serves as their Token Evil Teammate and frequently leads to them having to clean up his bloody messes.
Goldtooth Roger's clones are decidedly un-Orcish in their behavior. Behaving, instead, like Warhammer 40K orcs with a dash of piracy. Julius has found the only way to keep them under control is projecting nonstop television feeds of soccer to their quarters as well as an endless supply of peanutsand ale. Roger wish he'd thought of that.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Sat Dec 14, 2013 1:09 pm

The Free Brethren Alliance Council part 3

Lord Stephens: Asteroid Cove has a royal family, of sorts, in the Stephens family who has a "We Do Not Sew" attitude regarding piracy. One of the founding families of the CCG, they control vast merchant fleets and shipping concerns but insist upon every member of the family engaging in sometimes pointlessly vicious flich and sack.

Lord Chester Stephens XIII, son of Lord Chester Stephens the Bloody, and grandson of Lord Chester Stephens the Psychopath, was the White Sheep of a family which loved to paint itself the deepest shades of black.

Chester 13 as he would be known in his Science Fiction Comics, Sci-Fi Pirates of the Space Carribean as published by Fuzion the Nuklear Wizard under one of his false identities was rescued by his adoptive mother and father after Big Ajax and the Repairman finally decided to put the raping and murdering band of blighters in their place.

Getting a fine education paid for by stolen treasure and wanting to live an honest life, he was cruely taken from this when it was discovered his fiance was actually none other than Lady Abigail Stephens, his sister in disguise. If this weren't traumatizing enough, she attempted to initiate him into the Hashishan Order before his OTHER siblings revealed themselves in various degrees to be a collection of psychopaths and ne'er do wells eager to avenge their parents defeat.

Mentally suffering a mighty case of PTSD he nicely passed off as a more pirate-friendly melancholy, Lord Stephens was dragged feet first into a swashbuckling lifestyle against his myriad relations and their allies. As unwilling patriarch of the family branch which desires to go straight, membership one, he's engaged in countless acts of piracy that are more properly adventures. He's defeated numerous other Pirate Lords, crushed many a slaver, overthrown a few evil chieftains, and avoided marriage with quite a few star struck maids.
Lord Stephens sexuality is a matter of some speculation with guesses ranging from sexual to gay to permanently off women forever thanks to his sister's trick. This is ironic given Lord Stephens has a ridiculously high charisma to the opposite sex that results in discredited stories of "love at first sight" and prolific fangirls amongst the Queens and Daughters of his many enemies.
Lord Stephens membership in the Alliance is primarily practical as his many relatives are decidedly less than eager to engage his forces while he's part of a gigantic army. The fact three of them have had their fleets completely totaled due to the fact Julius is a strategic genius and their strategies consist primarily of "Attack, Attack, Attack" helps matters considerably. His sister's pressuring to ally the Brethren with the Hashishan is not helping his perpetually dark mood, however.

The Revolutionary: The Revolutionary has taken a leave of absence from the Outrageous Order, and his eternal conflict with the Arbitrator and Justicar-Zero, in order to live out a fantasy of his youth. The chance to overthrow the corrupt and Imperialist monarchy of the Star Kingdom as well as play pirate is simply too good for the Frenchman to pass up. The fact pirates naturally gravitate to lawless anarchy and demagoguery has made him feel like he's finally come home.

The Revolutionary's motivations may not entirely be pure, however, as he has also recently wed and married his long-time sweetheart. The Black Beret, anti-Sovius partisan and guerilla-par excellence, has born his child and they have agreed to raise her together despite their long-standing apathy to the institution of marriage. Providing a safe environment for their children with the present upheavals in both the Grand Republic and other empires means, ironically, a pirate fleet is the best place for her.

The Revolutionary is the idealogical heart of the organization and only the fact Pirate X has the Commandant as well as many Star Kingdom residents support has kept him from seizing the group for himself. That and, well, the Revolutionary is a smug obnoxious git.

He can give wonderful inspiring speeches but the Outrageous Order is about the only group in the world which wouldn't want to murder him after five minutes (an appellation many of its members share). Ironically, despite the sincerity of his conversion, the Revolutionary does not trust Julius and believes he will revert to monarchical form if left unchecked. He (wrongly) believes he's less Lafayette and more King Washington.
This makes his delight in the Commandant's presence all the more perplexing. Except, well, the Commandant is a pretty woman and Julius is a born noble of the Grand Republic's eternal rivals. No one said the Revolutionary was without flaws.
He has recently had himself cybernetically enhanced and, ironically, possesses powers approximating Fades.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Sat Dec 14, 2013 1:43 pm

Libra wrote:If you're talking about the VERY worst, Leopold II seems a much more accurate model than Mr Rhodes (who was arguably smarter, although no more compassionate).
Sadly, the difference between CCG leaders and many RL monsters is the CCG's leaders have to be smart AS WELL as crazy.

Leopold would get fired for incompetence.

Presumably with a bullet to the head.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Voltron64 » Sat Dec 14, 2013 2:40 pm

Love 'em and look forward to the Cyber Corsair bosses.

Plus Charles, know any way we can homage this in Age of Wonders, not to mention who could we see doing it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AF-L8RLBo-w

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Sat Dec 14, 2013 3:05 pm

MightyDavidson wrote:Maria Tesla

Often an overlooked member of the Phoenix Force Seven due to not standing out as much as more flamboyant teammates like Iron Phoenix or Doctor Justice. Those who underestimate Maria Tesla for that, or any other reason, usually end up regretting it before they're finished however for she's far more formidable then some people realize.
Professor Peril's manga and anime portrays her fairly accurately however. Having met Maria a few times while arching Doctor Justice, he knows full well that she's not a woman to be taken lightly.
Many people look at Maria and dismiss her because she's not as good a scientist as her son Alexander, nor as good a martial artist as her Jonny. What they fail to realize is that she was the one who trained them both and is also the reason for the improvement in Doctor Justice's fighting skills since he joined the Phoenix Force Seven. In addition to that, Maria Tesla is is a capable scientist and fighter in her own right, though teaching other is one of her greatest joys.

She's also the best shot on the entire team and her children delight in telling the tale of that time when she thwarted an undead invasion force by sniping the enemy necromancer with her mana rifle. From the walls of the Martian palace, from almost half a mile away.
Iron Phoenix: Maria is also very protective of the children....and their friends. Actually, just refrain from harming children anywhere in her vicinity, you'll end up regretting it dearly.
When she's not adventuring with the Phoenix Force Seven, Maria Tesla teaches the various children of the Phoenix Institute members at a school set up by the Institute for it's members and any people who wish to donate to various charities the Institute works with. Maria is by far the most popular teacher.
It should be remembered that Marie Tesla was once SCIENCE EMPRESS of Mars and hasn't really lost a lot of the qualities that made her the most fierce intellectual savage who ever swung a shock-sword across the canals and deserts. If Aquaman is Conan the Barbarian underwater, Marie Tesla is very much a Deja Thoris (original Burroughs version) meets Belit the She-Pirate.

These qualities are not particularly well-known as the majority of the world assumes she's a more Sue Storm-esque figure since she avoids the spotlight. In actuality, this is mostly because the publicists go out of their way to cover up HER actions the most. It wouldn't do for science kung fu's matriarch to talk about cutting off a man's lips and feeding them to him.

(Which she did)

She's given up the involuntary experiments on political prisoners and criminals, though.

Reluctantly.

Marie Tesla's general savagery and warlord qualities are contrasted to the fact she really is one of the nicest women to her family and extremely mothering. Not only to her blood-born children but her adoptive ones as well, a contrast that can occasionally be a bit of a headspinner for those who didn't grow up in a family-focused Barbarian Age like Mars' Copper Wire Era.

Poor Sailor Cosmos has the worst of it.

"No, I won't need a death ray for Junior High!"

And

"We don't resolve bad calls at soccer with death matches!"
"It depends on the country, dear."

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by MightyDavidson » Sat Dec 14, 2013 3:11 pm

There is a reason that Dr. Justice and Sailor Cosmos treat Maria like an Aunt, even if she seems like a rather stern one to Justin sometimes. To Megan too sometimes, though that's more the way Maria acts to other people on Megan's behalf rather then the way she treats Megan herself.

They've even been known to call her Aunty sometimes.

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by Charles Phipps » Sat Dec 14, 2013 3:37 pm

Marie kidnaps Sailor Cosmos to go shopping!

For concubines!

"HELP!"

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Re: Age of Wonders thread IV

Post by MightyDavidson » Sat Dec 14, 2013 3:44 pm

Charles Phipps wrote:Marie kidnaps Sailor Cosmos to go shopping!

For concubines!

"HELP!"
Dr. Justice: "Damn it Aunty, stop trying to get my sister laid!"

Moonatic: "Yeah, that's my job!" *notices Dr. Justice glaring at him* "You're going to hurt me now, aren't you?"

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