The Starcon2 Secret Theater

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Current Zar note: The Secret Theaters are really more like a fanfic done with fake screencaps, a sort of multimedia fanfic if you will. So it's not really a true screencap adventure exactly, but it IS told through screencaps, so this seems like the right classification for it. They're called Secret Theaters because in one of the fancy versions of MGS2, I forget which one, there was a "Secret Theater" that'd let you mess with the cutscenes in the game and replace one character with another to great comedic effect, haha. I did this installment in 2007.

DAX APPEARS!!!




OKAY I was able to do this one without too much trouble. I don't know what it was about ZEX's file that caused it to flip out. VERY STRANGE.

So anyway, what does ZEX have to say when you come visit him for the...fourth time, is it? I think it is. :D LET'S FIND OUT.

But before we go visit ZEX, let's see what Commander Hayes has to say! :D Of course, this would only trigger if you've let ZEX have his way with you three times so far. AS WE CONTINUE ON, THERE WILL BE MORE.

HMM. COULD YOU...? NAH.

cough

Bukowski at the fore, all no nonsense and >( with his fake glasses. I should really put that fic somewhere or FINISH IT OR SOMETHING SOMEDAY.

So anyway, let's go visit ZEX!

Hi ZEX how are HEY WAIT A MINUTE

WHEEHA I never get tired of that. A NAME I CHOSE ON THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT NOW LIVES ON FOREVER IN THESE FAKE SCREENCAPS

I am SO OFFENDED OMG

>O

A reasonable question.

DAX: yeah, a human, whatever.

YEAH

!!!!

ATTACKED OMG

As a side note, it was very easy to do DAX's dialogue since most of it only took one screen. :D

FOR EXAMPLE

Things are really beginning to...cook.

Captain: D:

DAX to the rescue!

D:

I'M JUST CONCERNED. IN A FRIENDLY PLATONIC WAY. I'M NOT A XENOPHILE.

DAX's terse responses really amuse me far too much. 8D Don't mind me.

DAX does not condone your XENOPHILIA, CAPTAIN

Adurr, Captain.

When they were YOUNG, HOTSHOT CADETS, RECKLESS AND BRAVE AND TRYING TO FIND PURPOSE IN THEIR LIVES AND ZEX, ZEX'S CALLSIGN WAS...MAVERICK

Captain: DOES IT MAKE YOU GAY? :D

DAX: No.

Captain: JUST CHECKING. :D

DAX: >/

DAX: GET OUT.

Loyal to the cause of being a pervert

YEAH

DAX, one bitter cookie.

I'M FOR IT

Adurr, Captain. AGAIN.

BURN

>O

I was a bit careless with what dialogue choices showed up when in this conversation. I hope it's not too noticable. :O I didn't think it was TOO weird to throw in a new one here, but I dunno. Hmm. I may go edit that later.

Get used to him saying this because he'll say it a lot.

DAX: NO. >(

"Cause you're not being very nice to me right now and I'm hurt. D:"

Given how much they hate humans, I thought it'd be reasonable that ANY kind of human sympathy would get a VUX shunned. Maybe not to the extent that ZEX got, but still shunned.

I'm picturing ZEX like, blowing a Yehat Terminator out of the sky and saying off-handedly to some crewmates "You know what I really want to do? Make a big menagerie."

Woops, missed selecting this option here. OH WELL.

DAX, REALIST! To an extent.

NOT THAT I'M A XENOPHILE OR ANYTHING.

DAX is not amused by this entire human-screwing business. >(

Captain: STOP SAYING THAT

So ZEX formed OUTER HEAVEN no wait wrong game

I'D FOLLOW ZEX <3

This probably should have been an option for the earlier conversations, but I forgot about it until near the end, and I'm not sure where it would fit in. If this was an actual scenario though, you could say this at some point to go back to the main convo tree. Although thinking about it, it may be unnecessary. Hmm.

But that won't be the last we see of him! :D

I thought the idea of having conflict happen off-screen, and not in hyperspace or anything, was interesting, and I like the idea of the VUX on Cerenkov having varying levels of tolerance for humans, therefore why DAX is just ambivalent to them. I also thought it would be reasonable that there could be those on ZEX's planet that do NOT approve of his escapades with the Captain, and might turn on him. Although they could have been paid off by the High Council, like DAX suggested. I like hinting at various societal differences or individuals in a race, rather than just a collective whole, since I feel like there's a lot more chance for depth there. Man I am tired I am rambling.

BUT ANYWAY I thought this whole thing was interesting, plus the idea of ZEX not being prepared for an attack from the inside, since he would generally trust Cerenkov as being safe. 8D At this point I am REALLY drawing stuff from thin air, but it's still fun to play with.

DAX is pretty much completely my own construct, since we know literally nothing about him except that he's ZEX's Sub-commander, so I filled him out to provide a contrast to ZEX, like I mentioned before. I liked the idea of a VUX not hating or loving humans, therefore DAX's tolerance, and the idea of having a fairly unamused, serious, quiet counterpart to ZEX just appealed to me. It helps emphasize in a way how different ZEX is from other VUX, although DAX may be unique in himself as well.

I dunno, I'm just terribly amused at DAX being like "ARGH WHY ARE YOU BOTH BEING SO STUPID" about the Captain and ZEX. Hehehe.

The way I thought this would work is that ZEX would be in the hospital for a set amount of time, although I'm not sure how long. Every time you visited before ZEX was well, you'd speak with DAX, who progressively gets more and more annoyed at you pestering him. Heh. I've written out a few more encounters with DAX before ZEX comes back, and we'll learn a bit more about him as time goes on. I think he's kind of interesting and provides another insight into ZEX's life outside of lusting for humans, so.

BLAH BLAH BLAH I'M TIRED AND RAMBLING why am i still awake

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