This is a biggun, so you'll probably have to download to view it. Just a hunch, since DA tends to force you to download longer pieces of literature. Also, for those who don't know/forgot, this is the second chapter in a large work and as such is not a stand alone fic, and thus will leave some things unexplained as they were either elaborated on in past chapters or will be cleared up in later ones. Also, it's a rough draft - the revised edition will come when I am further from the work and better able to critique it.
Caution: Here there be spoilers. No, seriously, BIG spoilers. Spoilers I've kept under wraps for almost a friggin year. Read the damn story before you read this.
So Phoebe finally makes her debut, meaning that our three main characters have all had their introduction pieces. This is the end of the "false protagonist" chapters of this story - I will no longer be killing off/imprisoning the main characters of the chapters while introducing the real main characters of the story because, well, they've been introduced. I also managed to slip in some introductions for the supporting cast, which was pretty nifty - it fleshes out the chapters and the universe of the story at the same time, allowing me to get to the fun stuff all the quicker (as opposed to The Second Age of Monsters, which is pretty much made out of character introductions). Expect to see more of Tatzel Lugar, Boris Kalishnikov, the Bogie, Mr. Smolder, Mr. Quiet, and Mr. Crypt in future chapters, as well as Vassal, Straightjacket, and Demolition Phoebe.
Let's talk about good old Deimos Phobos while we're on the subject. The idea for her came somewhere between Kemlasulla's creation and the completion of Sweet Home - when exactly is beyond me. Mars was on my brain (partly because of Kemlasulla, partly because of my SciFi class that semester), and I wanted to do a story involving Martians. Sweet Home was getting finished because of the same SciFi class, and while it was originally intended as a stand alone piece, I was already enamored with the world I created in it and wanted to explore it further.
Then I thought of how the idea of recording human thoughts and memories worked in the plot of that story, and started thinking of what other uses technology like that could have. The first thing I thought of was using it on an animal to see how the human minds compares to it. Then Mars snuck into my brain and said, "well, what would happen if a sufficiently advanced alien tried the same trick on a human? Specifically an advanced Martian alien, hint hint."
Add a dash of War of the World's deus ex machina (martians being allergic to our germs) for a motive and I had a nifty idea for a character on my hands. A human host engineered to share the mind of a Martian so it could study and interact with humankind without getting any of those fatal diseases. Demolition Phoebe was born.
And that was a neat enough plot for Fearsome Future to grow from one story about a lonely AI to, well, what it is now. After Demoliton Phoebe I began fleshing out other characters. Vassal would be brought back with a new robot body, there'd be an antihero mobster anarchist character (who eventually split into Straightjacket and the Tall Man), a detective, spaceships, robots - hell, just check out my scraps section to see how it evolved. But Demolition Phoebe was important - key, really - as she was the one who made me decide to take another step.
She also evolved quite a bit while I was writing her. Originally she was going to be a bit more... introverted. Kinda Dr. Spockish (a role that is going to be filled by Promelion) and shy (a role already filled by Vassal). Then Dan made one really big blunder about her blindness and she became, well, feisty. Which I like. It seems that a lot of alien characters in science fiction are emotionless creatures of pure logic - introverts that the dumber yet more emotional humans are able to give lessons in the power of friendship, which trumps brains every time. The idea of the alien being, well, human is interesting. Of course, her physically alien half is a bit Vulcan-y, but that's only because the two have a very business based relationship.
Soyeah, as the last sentence of this chapter said, things are about to get a lot weirder in Fearsome Future. We've got our core players front and center. Now they've got to meet each other, and from there... well, things are going to get really, really fun.