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Bitchin kewl dream--

I don't tend to remember my dreams. I also don't tend to have Impulse-Comics post-apocalypse robotic carnage dreams, either :) Now, normally my adolescent wish-fulfillment dreams tend to have more sex, but this one was all about the violence. It sounds video-gamey when I look at it, but so far as my dreams go, it was remarkably coherant and well-developed. I usually get little vignettes and wispy scenes, not full-length sequences with plot and back-history.

Scene: Post-apocalypse. Middle-eastern feel--desert sunlight, long halls with arched ceilings, about as navigable and as ornate as the Texas State Capital. Fill with a busy mix of people with exotic light desert costume, it's a bazaar.

The partial apocalypse was caused because humanity relied too much on robots, who were too close to sentient for anyone's good. When things went a bit Skylab, the robots went on a rampage, which humanity *eventually* stopped, but it was a victory that really regressed them several centuries.

Enter main character (Dream alternates first person and third person). He's the one in spandex, with ornamentation that looks like attachment points for grenades and stuff, with some grenades. Has a "Kabal" style tattoo over one eye (circle-starburst with lines drawn down into cheek.) At some point during a flashback, he's been given a beam weapon that causes machines to explode nicely, and does tend to kill humans, but not as dramatically. Main

The local government has two prominant groups of officers, both of whom have full privilege to get away with really whatever. One group, specifically created to kill renegade robots, is all cyborgy. The other group, inspectors, more inquistion-type, wears flowing white, like the main character at the end of the kung-fu movie once he's been enlightened. These look for dissident behavior, and report it randomly based mostly on how big a bribe they can get.

Over the course of the dream, a lot of robots get zap-gunned, it plays out a bit like a video game. One of the cyborgy officers attempts to get the zap gun, and his life is abruptly shortened. One of the inspectors tries to *imply* that he's going to be taking a similer action, but nothing seems to come of it, though it's an "I'll get you...later" thing.

This is all preamble--set up the "cold killer with a mission," a local group of ambassador-types (or church people? Or tourists? The dream was unclear) has invested heavily in some android-type, people-form and looking robots. Most of the machines encountered had been hulking metal creatures that just looked like robots. Of course, they're going to go insane, it happens often enough to make the main character very cynical, no matter what new safeguards have been put into place, but these look from a distance a lot more human.

Which is where I woke up, an hour early, but it was a lot of fun as dreams go :)

Comments

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hydrokid
May. 5th, 2005 07:21 am (UTC)
Love the apocolyptic dreams...
That's an awesome dream. You inspired me to posted one of my own that I had recently on my LJ. Product of an over active imagination. =P
guardian_lm
May. 5th, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
Now, that reminds me of many sci-fi video game plots.

Lots and lots of backstory, 15 minutes of actual action :-)

Have you seen "The One" (Jet Li)? No killer robots, but for some reason it's the second thing I thought of. (First was either Anarchy Online, or Neocron)
spottylogic
May. 5th, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...I've never seen that one. It looked a bit of a matrix ripoff.
guardian_lm
May. 7th, 2005 09:11 am (UTC)
It was a bit strange. Apparently there was a good Li, and a bad Li, due to some wierdness with a nasty looking time machine. Exactly when the superhuman strength, etc, came into it wasn't thoroughly explained. Fun to watch if you like kung-fu wirefighting with motorcycles in each hand, but as usual in these, there's not a lot of plot.
saltcellar
May. 5th, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
Makes me wanna paper&dice RPG.
spottylogic
May. 5th, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
Always :)
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