I don’t know what you mean, I’m just doing what I always do, chronicling the adventures of Linkara Kaname. I hope he can defeat Wapurgisnacht!
Linkara has a terrifying dream. In a city wreaked by devastation, a man with long blonde hair fights alone against an unstoppable evil. The next day, Linkara is confronted by Jaeris, who asks him if he truly cares for his friends and family. When Linkara responds in the affirmative, Jaeris cryptically warns him not to change who he is, or he could risk losing everything.
Later, Linkara and 90s Kid go to the comic book shop, but Linkara hears a voice calling out to him for help. He follows the voice to find a badly-injured Cybermat being attacked by Jaeris. Jaeris insists that Linkara hand the Cybermat over, but Linkara refuses. 90s Kid attacks Jaeris with a fire extinguisher and escapes with Linkara and the Cybermat.
As they flee, they find themselves trapped in some kind of illusion and surrounded by strange creatures. They’re rescued at the last second by Harvey Finevoice, who destroys the creatures and dispels the illusion. Jaeris arrives on the scene and Harvey tells him to hit the bricks. Harvey heals the Cybermat, and the Cybermat tells Linkara and 90s Kid that he wants them to make a “contract” with him.
I’d love to help you but honestly, I haven’t really followed any of the speculation regarding the puzzle. I just see a bunch of numbers and some crap about the Babylonians and I go all cross-eyed and decide to play video games instead. As far as I know, no one has solved the puzzle yet. And since Lewis has not revealed the solution, I think it’s likely that the puzzle is relevant to the upcoming storyline.
Some people just want straight-up reviews without all the bells and whistles. Review storylines also risk going into self-indulgent Mary Sue fanfic territory, which alienates some people. This is especially true when it comes to Linkara, even though Lewis has obviously been trying to move beyond “Linkara is awesome and always right and he beats up all the bad guys!!!!” with stuff like the fight with the Entity and the “Gun and Sorcery” storyline. (And speaking as someone who has read Lewis’ ACTUAL self-indulgent Mary Sue fanfic from when he was younger, he’s improved a lot.)
I feel like there’s been a big shift in the attitude towards storylines, at least in the case of AT4W. Like, a few years ago, particularly during the “All That He Sees He Conquers” storyline, I remember there being a lot of complaining in the comments any time any kind of story crap happened. But looking through the comments nowadays, you hardly see that at all! In fact, you’re more likely to see someone getting ANGRY because there hasn’t been a storyline update in a while. Go figure.
…Oh by the way, I just noticed I have 500 followers.
During an EXTREME!!! segment, two strange messages can be seen: “the caelestis won’t come home” and “IN THE COURT OF WORMS WE ARE ALL DEAD.”
I watched the DVD a while ago and decided not to add the origin bits to the guide. Partially because I didn’t really know where to put them, and also I just felt they were cute little fanservice scenes that didn’t really need a whole summary written out, nor is viewing them necessary to understanding the storylines as a whole (as far as I know). But I’ll list a few key points here for anyone who is interested.
- Linkara received the Magic Gun out of nowhere from a man who appeared to be mentally unstable, presumably driven mad by the Dolorem.
- Linkara originally built Pollo to do the reviews, but decided against it when he was having difficulty giving Pollo a voice.
- Iron Liz features prominently in these flashback scenes, implying that the characters were friends before the show even started.
- We learn that the reason Linkara doesn’t suffer drained life force when he uses magic (as established by Malachite in Suburban Knights) is because he uses his hat as a special charm against it.
- Iron Liz helped Linkara pick his reviewing outfit which is a good ding dang thing because personally I feel that blue fedora is a sometimes hat.
So there you go! If I’ve misremembered or forgotten something important I apologize, unfortunately I’ve lost my AT4W DVD so I can’t refresh myself on the storyline bits.
AT4W Plot Guide turned 2 today!
Over 400 followers later I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your support. I never expected this guide to take off like it did and for so many people to find it useful, so thanks again. :)
Lord Vyce has possessed Comicron-1’s systems. Linkara asks how this is possible and Vyce explains that when he was stranded in space in their last fight, he found that his transmitters still worked. Since Vyce is living data now, capable of transmitting himself to mechanical forms, he began transmitting himself into Comicron-1. Because the ship was far away and always moving, he could only do it a little at a time, but eventually he was able to affect the ship’s system and override Nimue’s commands, replacing sections of her artificial intelligence. Finally, Vyce was able to take control of the ship’s flight controls and pilot it into space. Thanks to Linkara shutting down what was left of Nimue, Vyce was able to take complete control over the ship’s systems. Linkara realizes with rising anger that it was Vyce who drove Nimue insane. Vyce say that Nimue fought him every step of the way and it is little concern to him if she lost her sanity in the process.
As Vyce speaks, Linkara sees Jaeris out of the corner of his eye. Vyce says that while he wants to make Linkara suffer and die for all the indignities he’s suffered, he’s beyond things like revenge and plans to leave Linkara on Earth and resume his quest to destroy the Entity. Explaining that the Entity is dead is pointless, so instead Linkara says that he doesn’t think Vyce actually has control of all the systems. He loudly explains that there are safety systems on the ship that are completely automatic, like the fire-suppression systems. Jaeris takes the hint and fires his gun at the ceiling, triggering the fire suppression systems and distracting Vyce.
Jaeris tells Linkara they need to get off the ship but Linkara is determined not to leave the ship to Vyce. He leads Jaeris towards Cargo Bay 1 and Jaeris asks why they’re not going to Engineering. Linkara explains that Vyce is in every system Nimue was in, which includes Engineering. He goes on to explain that before Nimue took over, there was a basic computer that followed voice commands, but they can’t trust that interface either - they need to go somewhere where Vyce can’t follow them. Linkara and Jaeris enter the Auxiliary Control Room…which looks exactly like the bridge from the original Star Trek.
Linkara tells Jaeris to take the helm. Linkara says they have a little time before Vyce figures out what’s happened and finds them, pointing out that if Vyce had really been in full control of the ship, he would have seen Jaeris coming - some sections of the ship must still be tied in with Nimue’s core program. Linkara plans to use the time they have to reactivate Nimue. Jaeris is shocked, but Linkara explains that Vyce said Nimue was fighting back - if Vyce was so powerful and in control, why not just delete Nimue? Linkara concludes that Vyce needed Linkara to shut her down, that he couldn’t delete Nimue on her own. Jaeris asks what reactivating Nimue will accomplish, especially considering she’s still insane, but Linkara just says he has a plan and orders Jaeris to set a course for the sun. He explains that if his plan fails, Vyce will get full control of the ship, and he will destroy the ship before he lets that happen. Jaeris points out that they’ll be destroyed too and Linkara assures Jaeris that if it comes to that he’ll teleport him to the scout ship so he can escape. Jaeris is still highly skeptical of Linkara’s plans but does as he says as Linkara settles into the Captains’ chair to do some rerouting…and review a comic, to Jaeris’ chargrin.
As the ship gets closer to the sun, the room becomes hotter and hotter. Suddenly the room’s lights turn red, signaling that Vyce has finally located them. He notes that this room was not on his internal schematics but he is already slowly gaining control of its systems. Linkara sics his Cybermats on the ship’s systems and they begin draining power and causing malfunctions throughout the ship. Vyce manages to turn the ship away from the sun, saying that he will kill Linkara, but Linkara interrupts to ask Vyce if he know what a “ghost” is. Linkara explains to the bewildered Vyce that Ghost is a program used to backup hardware. He goes on to explain that while Pollo was against having backup copies of himself, Nimue wasn’t. Vyce claims that Linkara can’t put in a backup copy of Nimue because Vyce has closed off all access to his data core, but Linkara says that there was one access port Vyce didn’t close, and points out that he didn’t delete Nimue, he simply shut her off, meaning he can also turn her back on. To Vyce’s horror, Linkara does so, and now that he knows that Vyce corrupted Nimue’s data files so that she couldn’t think rationally, he’s able to patch the files with the backup of Nimue. Linkara asks Nimue how she’s doing and she answers that she is operating much more effectively than she has in a long time. Now that she is aware of Vyce, she is able to combat him.
Within Comicron-1’s systems, Nimue and Lord Vyce face each other. Vyce say that he has studied Nimue’s strengths and weaknesses and that his infiltration of her systems proves how weak she really is. He seemingly destroys Nimue and attempts to cut off the ship’s oxygen, but Nimue denies him access, looming large and threatening over him. She cooly explains to the shocked Vyce that at full operating capacity, she is capable of thought and calculation many thousands of times faster than a living mind. She has already deduced 329 methods of destroying Vyce, and begins to enact method #28 - erasing Vyce from existence. Vyce rages at Nimue, claiming that only he can stop the Entity, and Nimue shames him, saying his quest to destroy the Entity is nothing more than a delusion to feed his ego.
"Are you afraid?" Nimue asks.
With a scream of rage, Vyce’s disappears.
Later, on Comicron-1’s bridge, Nimue finishes her diagnostic and reports that all systems are at full operating capability. Pollo confirms that there is no trace of foreign entities inside Nimue. Sierra is skeptical, pointing out that they found no trace of anything before either, but Pollo explains that they didn’t know what they were looking for before. Suddenly an alarm sounds and Nimue reports that one of the Shades has gone missing from the ships storage. Nimue says that data suggests that Vyce transferred into the Shade and teleported to Earth. Jaeris speculates that Vyce is going to want revenge and asks Linkara what they should do, but Linkara is strangely silent. Suddenly he orders Nimue to teleport him back to his apartment.
At the apartment, Linkara makes a beeline for his closet. Jaeris teleports in and asks Linkara what the hell he’s doing. Linkara angrily rants that for 5 years he’s been sitting around while villains come pick fights with him, and it’s time for a change. Jaeris and Pollo wait while Linkara rummages through the closet and eventually he comes out wearing a brand new outfit. The dramatic reveal is ruined by the sudden appearance of Allen, who cheekily asks if he could get a report on the Lord Vyce situation.
Later, Harvey Finevoice enters the apartment after being gone for months on a concert tour, but is disappointed to find no one to greet him. Suddenly he’s shocked by something and he falls, unconscious. As he lies on the floor, a voice whispers:
“A King of Worms sits on a throne of sorrow,
A King of Worms eats up a man’s tomorrow,
With a platinum mask your soul he’ll borrow,
And a clockwork solider is born and hollow…"
A Cybermat skitters away from Harvey’s body.
Jaeris is enjoying leisure time on his ship when he’s interrupted by Sierra, who informs him that they’ve received a distress signal from Comicron-1. Jaeris tells Sierra to set a course for the ship.
On Comicron-1, Linkara is still in the process of shutting Nimue down. He notices that it’s become very cold and Nimue explains that she’s shut off the ship’s oxygen. Eventually Linkara will suffocate. Linkara says that Nimue’s systems are hardwired into every system of the ship, and he’s determined to shut them all down. Nimue whispers: “Clockwork soldiers can’t say no, the dead men whisper from the Court of Worms…” Linkara tries to make sense of Nimue’s words and asks if the King of Worms is responsible for all this, but Nimue has no straight answers to offer.
Some time later, Jaeris catches up to Comicron-1 and teleports onto the ship. He cautiously makes his way thorough the ship’s corridors. Meanwhile, Linkara has been disabling and ripping out various parts of Nimue’s systems. Linkara grimly tells Nimue that he’s nearly finished, he just needs to pull some wires and Nimue will be shut down. He isn’t sure if he’ll ever be able to bring Nimue back. He reaches for the wires but Nimue rocks the ship, ranting and raving. Linkara manages to rip out the wires and Nimue’s voice suddenly becomes very small and weak as she whimpers:
Nimue’s interface cuts to black as she shuts down completely.
Wearily, Linkara restores the ship’s life systems and stands on the darkened bridge in silence. Suddenly the green lights of the ship turn red. Linkara nervously calls out to Nimue, but the voice that answers him is not Nimue’s.
"Your computer is dead, Champion. Tell me, are you afraid?”
Nimue continues to ramble, speaking in riddles and non-sequiters. Linkara tries to reason with Nimue, telling her she’s malfunctioning and that he wants to help her. Nimue growls that Linkara doesn’t care about anyone but himself and claims that he wants to kill her. Linkara tries to convince Nimue to let him look at her circuits so he can help her, but she calls him a liar and says she’s going to kill him.
Comicron-1 comes to an abrupt halt and Nimue announces that they’ve arrived. Linkara asks where they are but Nimue responds with “Do you hear the whispers of the King of Worms?” Linkara makes a move for the control panel in an attempt to take control of the ship, but he’s knocked back by an electric shock from Nimue. With a heavy heart, Linkara tells Nimue he’s going to have to shut her down and makes preparations to do so.