Issuu on Google+


Midian Dark TImes

October

The Midian Dark Times Editorial Staff Leor (Tobias) du Plotte - Editor in Chief David Valentino - Forum Correspondent/Contributor Photographers: Collins Carver, Elise Capalini, Catrin Finesmith, Echo Josephina, Ghandi Kamachi, Leor Tobias, Marius Tremmor Elise Capalini - Reporter W.H. Ever - Reporter Poet Lament - Reporter Audrey LeBlanc ((Phoebe Scribe)) - Reporter Myya Loire - Reporter Madison Fitzgerald - Reporter Criss Reifsnider - Reporter Kryta Obrians - Reporter Dr. Charlotte Downum - Contributor EricF McCauley - Contributor Anna Newall - Contributor Nicholas Sandell - Contributor


Midian Dark TImes

When is it time to move on? This is

October

Sitting at my booth during Midwhat I have been struggling with this ian Freetown Days it occurred to me month. My mother bought me the pa- how very unnecessary any one indiper for my birthday last year with the vidual is in a community. It will keep going with or without you. But the caveat that I make it a profitable pacommunity is something. It has been per. That being done, I now have my quite an adventure being part of the trust fund and no reason to linger in Midian Community. One mayor is Midian. I’ve seen the streets grow bright with new talent and I wonder if murdered another steps in, like gears there isn’t some writer, dreamer, edi- to a mechanical toy. It makes one sad tor out there with a vision for the Mid- to look at it that way, our expendability. But it also humbles us. I am ian Dark Times that he or she is just aching to try. I do hope so, and I hope humbled these days to know that what efforts I have put forth were perhaps they contact me when they read this.


Midian Dark TImes

worth only the sweat and tears I spent. As with any great labor of love, when the honeymoon is over, the fat lady will pack her bags and look for another place to hang her metaphoric fur coat. We are a community of individuals here. The building of our community has been something the Midian Dark Times has taken pride in documenting. The current administration and those working so hard to make Midian a more exciting, versatile and diverse place to live need to be given the support they deserve. But the kudos for work done,

October

for that documentation of the growth of Midian must be given to the staff at the Midian Dark Times. It is with that in mind that I created the Woody. Please read the piece on the Woody and contribute your vote and show of support for the Midian Dark Times. It has been a privilege and an honor to serve as the editor of the Midian Dark Times. When the moment comes that someone comes to take my place, I will say to them “Good luck sucker. Just remember, if it’s not fun, don’t do it.” ~Leor du Plotte ((Tobias))


Midian Dark TImes

October

THE MIDIAN DARK TIMES WOODY AWARD Best Article and Best Cover

On the morning of June 5th, 2XXX, Woodmere Proof went on assignment. It was a dangerous undercover assignment to expose the prostitution ring being run out of the then mayor’s office, with his approval and to his profit. Woodmere Proof was a journalist’s journalist. Willing to go in where the story was, even if that meant he had to pose as a client in every single brothel in Midian. His body was found bound to the boardwalk. According to witnesses, the women and men who worked for the mayor’s prostitution ring had each taken their turn on his prostrate body. In order to make his death more delightful for his murderers, they had forced Woodmere to consume a toxic mix of Viagra and mouthwash. Woodmere Proof was fucked to death. A special coffin had to be constructed due to the permanent state of arousal after death.

Not one to miss a deadline, Woodmere had already written his now famous expose on the prostitution ring and he was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer. It is to honor the spirit of Woodmere Proof that we humbly dedicate this award to the integrity and tenacity, the spirit of journalism in Midian. Please vote for your favorite article and cover from those nominated by the editorial staff of the Midian Dark Times. ((Go to the Collection under this Flickr Photostream http://www. flickr.com/photos/midiandarktimes/ collections/ and vote by leaving a comment on the page or send Leor Tobias a notecard with the article and covesr you would like see win the award.)) The winners will be announced October 17th, 6 pm SLT at an awards ceremony at the Snake Pit. Please come and show your support for the paper.


Midian Dark TImes

October

MIDIAN’S FREETOWN FESTIVAL

PR BONANZA FOR ACTING MAYOR By EricF McCauley PR Director, Mayoral Staff

auctioned off for willing purchasers to enjoy a date for the evening. The acting mayor, Silua Mills, Rumors were swirling that the acting mayor, Silua Mills, was either pulled off a major public relations coup over the last weakened in Sep- auctioned off or was dancing with tember when she successfully staged nearly the whole town depending on the source. All in all it was a grand Freetown Days, a festival that honevent that was a great celebration of ored the status of Midian City as a Midian’s Freetown status. Free City. The events were kicked The Freetown Days events was off with a hugely popular Pancake Breakfast held at the Snake Pit, one wrapped up the next day with a flag design contest, won by Alpha Indusof Midian’s fine establishments. tries, and a beach party to which all Word is that none of the batter was poisoned and that all of the residents Midian was invited. The turnout was who attended left with very full bel- spectacular and all who attended cellies and thoughts of going back to the ebrated as Silua Mills presided over Snake Pit for more. However, it left the party. The acting mayor was quoted as saying, “It is clear now that for a few surprises at the pie eating contest since a great number of resi- the events of the past two days shows dents didn’t have room for dessert. It the strength and support that the residents and citizens of Midian show was, however, well-attended. The evening’s events wrapped for their City. This is a great time for Midian City and a great event for up with the Freetown Days Ball, us all to celebrate. I look forward to which was filled to the brim with such celebrations for years to come.” people as the Mayoral Staff was


Midian Dark TImes

October


Midian Dark TImes

October

UAC TO HELLFIRE: EVEN LAW ABIDING WON’T SAVE YOU By Madison Fitzgerald

documentation and asked them numerous times to state their business. LEVIATHAN -- One city, Midian, The soldiers refused, not even identihas been labeled by the government fying themselves, and demanded that as a place of lawlessness and chaos, Finesmith accompany them outside. where criminals walk the same streets In order not to disturb the club’s busias law-abiding citizens and no one is ness, she eventually complied. safe under the guise of freedom. What happened then defies logic Leviathan, by contrast, is supposed to and flies in the face of the propaganbe a place of structure. If one follows da the UAC would have us believe. the rules, then there should be nothOne UAC member, out of uniform, ing to fear. There are laws and conse- remained inside, either condoning quences; Protection by those in power; or turning a blind eye to the events A clear order. Apparently, no one unfolding outside. He was, in fact, bothered to inform the UAC. enjoying the VIP privileges that had On a recent Thursday evening, heretofore been offered all UAC ofone of Leviathan’s most prosperous ficers by Ricks, as a voluntary gesture businesses, the Hellfire Club, was in of good faith. A status that, incidenfull swing. The proprietor, Sebastian tally, that has been revoked by Ricks. Ricks, was not present that evening, Meanwhile, outside, Ricks rebut all in attendance were inside, fol- turned to his club and asked the lowing both club and city rules. With no warning, at least three fullyarmed soldiers entered the establishment, under feeble pretense of a weapons check, which by all accounts they did not perform. One of the managers, Catrin Finesmith, after seeing to the safety of patrons and slaves alike, presented the soldiers with proper


Midian Dark TImes

soldiers to state their business. It would seem two civilians, armed only with knives for self-defense, posed a serious threat to the soldiers with armor and assault rifles. The soldiers must have feared for their lives. Certainly that had to have been the case, because by the time the bloodbath was complete, both Ricks and Finesmith sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Both were left bleeding in the street, after only a feeble attempt at assistance by one of the soldiers involved in the attack--identified later by one of the Hellfire Club’s slaves as a medic, Caine Foxtrot, also caught on video. As the soldiers ran off, the club’s patrons stepped in to secure medical help and see to their safety. When witness and regular patron Rena Mayne was asked what she saw that night, she said, “I saw a hell of a lot of civilian blood, that’s what I saw.” Another regular patron, Guinevere Fouroux, added, “It was a senseless attack and utterly without provocation. The UAC crossed the line.” Fortunately, both survived the attack and will recover fully. However, the club had to be closed for a week, losing revenue. The slaves, when later asked to comment on the evening, seemed traumatized. And, at last check, no apology or explanation had been issued by the UAC. “As a business owner,” Ricks said, “it’s simple. I want

October

the Legion out of Leviathan. They’re obsolete.” Apparently, the Hellfire Club isn’t the only legitimate establishment to suffer from the UAC’s unwanted attention. The manager of the Basement was recently detained and released, only to be picked up again, without explanation. As citizens, that leaves us with the question of what we should believe, when even following the rules in Leviathan can leave one shot and bleeding in the street, by the very people sworn to protect. What, one might wonder, is the point of compliance? Why follow the order set forth by the UAC, when they themselves do not adhere to it? Why should they be in any position of authority, or granted any benefit, when events such as this suggest they are not doing their jobs? “Was a time I’m sure [the UAC] was needed,” Ricks said. “People were scared, places like Midian spilling out all over. But that time’s past. Leviathan is growing. Prosperous, yeah? Businesses like mine, the Basement, the Hotel... but they’ll all leave. Pull up stakes and get the fuck out of Dodge if shit like this keeps going on. And the Legion will be guarding a ghost town.” What stands between the Legion and this dire prophecy? Only the citizens themselves.


Midian Dark TImes

October


Midian Dark TImes

October

UAC AND MPD LOVERS SPAT

By W.H. Ever

With the recent happenings around

the city it is of little wonder that all eyes are focused on the UAC. After all, there’s nothing like a few explosions to catch your attention. It’s natural to think that in times like this you can depend upon your local law enforcement to keep you safe, but recent events are enough to make one wonder if that is really the case. Many of the people here in Midian saw a Humvee -- filled with none other that the UAC’s own fully geared soldiers -- park in front of the police station. It sat there for a long, long while as its soldiers prowled the streets and harassed the slowly forming crowd. This, in itself, is not too odd, after all, who isn’t used to the UAC pulling random shows of power at this point? In this writer’s opinion they seem to cause one type of havoc or another on an almost daily basis. The real shocker would be that they waited out there until a plainly dressed, red-headed female—none other than Detective Ember Ronas-- stepped out to greet them. They argued back and forth about some fight both parties had been involved in, and even brushed on proper battle field manners. This does leave one to wonder what fight had happened that the UAC would be displeased with the way the MPD handled it. Seeing as this

conversation happened right before the church was bombed can it be the MPD had a part in this? Are the two wellarmed groups that are currently enforcing a type of martial law across the city teamed up in making sure it’s people are cowed before them? We all know that the MPD has a reputation of filling their “bails” with less than customary practices. I don’t think police violence even begins to cover some of the stories that have walked out of that station limping, bloody and bruised. There are no lawyers or courts in Midian, and most of the time the police move without even having so much as a warrant for arrest. They seem to take who they want, when they want and for whatever reason they see fit. It is more than a bit unsettling to think the very people we should turn to for help in these situations might be the ones causing the problem. Perhaps it was due to bad temper on the MPD’s part that these bombings started. After all, who wouldn’t want revenge on the UAC for such a public humiliation? They have the means and the talents to both make the bombs and get them placed. Add in a bit of purposely abandoned evidence, or some notes and you have them framed perfectly. After all, who’s going to investigate it? I can think of one Detective who probably couldn’t care less.


Midian Dark TImes

October

CATWALKERS FISHMONGERS OPENS TO ATTACK By W.H. Ever

quisition of the bar by one of the city’s gangs, does this mean violence The sushi bar near the Midian City Po- larger in the area will increase? Cho had no lice Department is under new managecomment on sushi bar security himself, ment. Word comes that the Catwalkers but many of the Catwalkers pointed have once again acquired this outpost me toward the large security camera of fish and noodles. When asked about which hangs overhead and the MPD it, Matron Elise Capalini said they got across the street. Did the camera catch the bar for a steal. “The place was a a glimpse of the Mad Sushi Bomber? little rough around the edges; Cho was No one is telling this reporter. scaring off more people than he was Shiitake and Sake is the new serving. We hope we can make the suname of the joint, seeming to advertise shi bar what it once was.” What it once mushrooms and booze. A good portion was, the matron didn’t say, though this of Midian will no doubt feel right at reporter has heard rumors of drug deals home in such an atmosphere. I tried the and black market traffic at the seemtuna and the noodles, and have to say, ingly innocent fish hot spot. both were fresh and cooked right. Cho, As we went to press, late word no matter his lack of manners, really came of an attack on the sushi bar, does know how to roll that fish. something we haven’t seen the likes Four stars out of five of while the place sat empty, with Cho Last health inspection: unknown scaring off the masses. With the reac-


Midian Dark TImes

October

GIVING MIDIAN HOPE by Elise Capalini

The first Midian City Parish Charity

Auction drew crowds to the auction house at the Outpost. In the weeks leading up to the auction, the church and cloister both brimmed with boxes and bags of donations. The charity drive was the brainchild of Sister Lisbeth Dollinger, who tirelessly worked to secure donations from Midian’s populace. The funds raised from the auction will benefit the orphans cared for by the parish; they will also support the community works provided by the church, and the newly opened parish school. One auction lot, containing a pink bicycle, went for an astounding 10,000 credits. Over all, 101,110 credits were raised thanks to the kindness of Midian. Father Eamon Cale presided over the evening’s events, with other volunteers helming the podium to rustle up bids as the evening wore on. In addition to the charity auction, there was a raffle. Generous business owners throughout the city contributed prizes for those attending the auction. From dance lessons to shopping sprees, there was something for everyone.

“It felt awesome!” said Ravi Karu when asked about her raffle win. “I didn’t expect to win...although...what in the world am I going to do with ten thousand credits worth of clothes...?” whereas young parish orphan Conor Nitely, said, “So yeah, I’m learning to dance and stuff. First I thought it was gonna be dumb and girly but is actually kinda cool. Burlesque is like a boy dance too ‘cause it even has the word burly in it. Kinda. I learned how to peel my gloves off already and next is the shimmy. Soon I’mma move like water!”


Midian Dark TImes

October

GEOTHERMIC EXPLOSION ROCKS MIDIAN PARK

by Audrey LeBlanc In the early morning hours of Sep-

tember 6th, a loud explosion rocked the Apocalypse district and centered within the Midian Park. Dark, acrid smoke billowed up from the stables centered in the park. Speaking with the park’s owner, Fenris Skall, he provided additional detail on the situation: “The newly constructed subway connection between Leviathon and Midian collapsed the natural venting to the magma bed.” The damage the park sustained was severe, in total cost of life as well as property damage: horses, other livestock, exotic plant types, as well as several park employees lost in the blast. There was little to no warning that the powerful explosion was coming, only a warning that dangerous gasses were building up within the stables, at which point it was too late for man and beast alike. When asked if there would be a remembrance for the human toll of this tragedy, Park Manager Ar-

gent Asbrink suggested not littering in the park as the best way to commemorate their lives. “There is no need for such a thing. The remains of those who perished have already been put to good use. They will be remembered, come spring, when the trees are once again green, and the grass high and lush. The public can best remember those lost by ceasing to litter in the park.” Research in the past has shown little seismic or geothermic activity on the island, so the Dark Times asked Skall if he had a theory on the cause of this unusual event. “This is expected when the city leases out engineering projects to amateurs. The current distraction is more interested in cheap and quick, rather than the extra expense that quality research brings.” When asked if there was continued risk for the stabilization of the park, he seemed to be less than concerned, though warned of future activity elsewhere on the island. “I do not see future problems for the park as far as the


Midian Dark TImes

magma bed is concerned, though I would not be so hopeful for Midian’s main street itself, should City Hall continue to act with out consultancy on any further major engineering works.� Upon revisiting the park just before press time, the stable doors appear to be rebuilt, and progress is

October

clearly afoot. When MDT revisited Manager Skall, he confirmed that progress in rebuilding was on schedule, and replacement horses and livestock would be arriving soon. The tragedy of human lives lost cannot be undone, but there is hope this sort of event will be avoided in the future.


Midian Dark TImes

October


Midian Dark TImes

October


Midian Dark TImes

October

ANNA NEWALL ON THE MAYOR The following was reprinted with permission of Ms. Newall.

people of this city have mixed feelings about me. A recent Midian Dark Times article questioned My fellow Midianites, this is a Damian’s claim to the Mayorship. long message, and I know that many Specifically, it claimed that Damian “lost the election to [Jade] Steele by of you won’t read all of it. I hope, a sizeable margin.” It also contains though, that the people who care quotes from one former candidate about our city will take the time to look at “the other point of view” on for Mayor, and it claims that he was the only candidate that the Midian several topics that have come up Dark Times could reach. recently. I want to set a couple of things These are hard times. Of straight. course, we are no stranger to hard According to the official electimes. Many of us can’t even remember a time when life was easy, tion results, over which Damian had no control, Jade Steele won 35% of and there are even some among us who make a living off of hard times; the votes, Damian Rigaud won 33% of the votes, and I, Anna Newall, they depend on the misfortune of won 32% of the votes. Anybody others for their livelihood. With that in mind, we should be careful to who was present for the election consider the source of the informa- undoubtedly remembers that the results were so close, it triggered tion that is presented to us before an automatic recount. Jade Steele we accept it as truth. didn’t defeat anybody by a sizeable The people of this city have margin. In fact, nearly two thirds mixed feelings about Damian. That’s true of every prominent fig- of the votes were against her. As for the claim that her Deputy Mayor ure in this city, especially the ones should have taken the position in who ran for mayor in the last elecher absence, I would like to know tion. The people of Midian have if anybody can even name Jade mixed feelings about Jade. The


Midian Dark TImes

Steele’s Deputy Mayor. If she had one, we saw even less of the Deputy than we did of the Mayor herself. Midian’s first choice disappeared and left *nobody* as a successor, so Midian got its second choice. Look at those election numbers again. No matter which of the top three candidates had become Mayor, roughly two-thirds of the city would’ve been upset about it.

October

No candidate would’ve pleased a majority of the voters, and the top candidate was only 3% away from the bottom candidate. Where is that “sizeable margin” that the Midian Dark Times mentioned? Regarding the claim that Ghandi Kamachi was the only candidate that the Midian Dark Times could reach for a comment, I have to wonder how hard the Midian Dark


Midian Dark TImes

Times tried. Since Mayor Rigaud’s disappearance, I have stood within fifty feet of Leor DuPlotte herself more than once [editorial note: the article Ms. Newall refers to was not written by Leor du Plotte. The reporters responsible for that article claim to have attempted contacting Ms. Newall prior to publication.] Of course, in this digital age, it isn’t necessary to track a person down in order to speak with her. I do have a cell phone, and I’m sure Leor has my number. She managed a great deal of my mayoral campaign. Speaking of my campaign, my name came up as one of the potential candidates who might run if there is another election soon. Let me be frank with you, Midian. I wanted to be Mayor. If I didn’t want it, I wouldn’t have run. I was beaten, though. No matter how narrowly I was beaten, I *was* beaten. I am not the Mayor, but as I said in my statement immediately following the election, being Mayor isn’t everything. Positive change can come from the bottom or the top or any point in between. I work for the current administration as Chief of Security now. This isn’t because I’ve given

October

up on my ambitions or because I’ve “turned coats.” It’s because I wanted to be Mayor for Midian, not Mayor for myself. I wanted to make a positive change, and if I can’t do that from the Big Chair, I will get as close to the Big Chair as I possibly can. Shouldn’t any of the former candidates who wants to make a difference do the same? Your city’s government isn’t made up of one man or woman. It’s made up of a collection of men and women who all influence what happens, and those men and women derive every ounce of power they have from the people. That’s the difference between rulers and representatives. I’m surprised that more of the defeated candidates haven’t tried to make themselves part of this administration. If you can’t be the Mayor yet, you might as well be a voice in the Mayor’s ear, helping add your vision to his in order to help shape Midian’s future. Sure, it lacks the glory and prestige of the Mayorship, but glory and prestige aren’t why we ran for the job. Right?

Yours, Anna Newall Midian City Chief of Security


Midian Dark TImes

October

DAVID VALENTINO’S REBUTTAL

Upon reading Anna Newall’s

very intelligent and well-written statement, I found myself troubled that it still didn’t address many concerns I, and others, have regarding our future. Anna, an able civil servant, as her days as the Chief of Midian’s Police Force can attest, tells us that she became part of the administration to do what she could to help. How noble, though it seems an odd coincidence that she didn’t take this step until murmurs on the street perhaps put pressure on our new “acting” mayor, who is filling in for our missing “acting” mayor. One wonders if this wasn’t just more political maneuvering to keep the present “acting” administration in power. Sadly, there are facts that seem to be ignored or swept quietly under the thread-bare carpet. One of these facts is that our elected Mayor, yes the one who won the open election, went missing shortly after re-taking office, in a mysterious, and clearly violent manner, judging by the bloodstains

found at the scene. And Damian stepped into her then vacant seat while the rest of us were still trying to figure out what had happened. One could say he had moved into the Mayor’s office before the pools of blood at the crime scene had cooled. Another fact is that Midian should be represented by their chosen officials, and not by whoever squats in the Mayoral offices. I can certainly understand Damian filling in while things were investigated and matters cooled down. But hasn’t enough time passed for a new election? Hasn’t enough time passed without Midian having a truly chosen representative? The third, and most important fact, is that things haven’t changed in Midian for the better under the “acting” mayor’s extended term. We have no court system and thus any citizen can disappear off the streets for any reason the MPD or UAC sees fit, with no chance of a defense. Our police force is struggling, as has been seen in the past, and is all too susceptible to


Midian Dark TImes

October


Midian Dark TImes

corruption. Our Community Center, a place that truly did reach out a helping hand to all of Midian’s children, not just those with the hard cash to bribe and sway, was closed and forced to move into a dank, dark and unofficial hovel near the sewers, in large part because of the “acting” Mayor’s actions. Our health care is almost non-existent, and no actions have been taken to upgrade our medical facilities or bring in more able medical professionals. But what has changed? The UAC and World Union stronghold can now be easily traveled to, thanks to our working tram system that ties us more closely to Leviathan than ever before. We see the UAC soldiers presence increasing. Unethical corporations such as Ashagi and others have been invited to use the city as their personal playground and laboratory. Wealthy private enterprises have been coddled, and offered the city’s poorest as a near slave-like labor force. And yet the hungry are still hungry... the lost, still lost...and hate crimes and persecution of hybrids continues unabated.

October

Worthy citizens have stepped forward, as Anna urged, and helped in the streets as they could, such as the people in the Parish, the continuing efforts of the Community Center, and the hard struggle faced by a few untainted MPD officers, as well as just heroic citizens that have stopped heinous crimes when they have stumbled upon them. None of these actions have been supported by, or helped, in any way by our now missing “acting” mayor. So while Anna may indeed be trying to help, she is facilitating in Midian taking yet another step backward, instead of a bold step forward. Isn’t it time we have an elected Mayor that acts, instead of an acting Mayor that does nothing? In closing, I would suggest that Midian’s citizenry stand and be heard, despite their views. Perhaps, in these dangerous times, a Town Hall meeting would open the lines of communication and clear the air a bit. If nothing else, it might help to unify us against a common threat. A concerned citizen, David Valentino


Midian Dark TImes

October


Midian Dark TImes

October

BIOMECH EDITORIAL

Midian is a city of accidents

waiting to happen. Falls, gunshots, muggings, and explosions seem to occur if not nightly than weekly. Most folks are lucky, get cared for by the talented professionals at the MCMC. Others, such as myself, are not. We get chopped in one way or another and we loose a little something. Could be a hand, could be an eye or it could be most of our lower bodies. Thing is, we’re working class stiffs. We don’t have a lot of money for any of the biosystems Ashagi promises will make humanity better. So if we ever want to walk, talk or see again we go see a Cyberdoc. He patches us up with whatever he can scrounge or steal so we can lead a functional life again. Who would begrudge a person the desire to see out of both eyes? Or use two hands to play with his child? Apparently a lot of folks do. They call us ‘Mechs, after the UAC Biomechanical project during the war to rebuild broken soldiers. Like somehow we’re less human because we have less human parts. You jackasses in the media hype up every kind of crime perpetrated by anyone with a bit of the metal in them, fuel people’s fear that we’re sacrificing our flesh

like some insane cultists to the great Machine God. Most of us have to hide who and what we are for fear of being chased out of public places, leading to feelings of alienation and self-loathing. Oh sure, you say. What about the Mechs who do it willingly? Who go under the knife to purposefully gain the advantage over mankind? I say let them. Let them get any kind of cybernetic ‘upgrade’ they want, it’s their body after all. Are you going to start regulating body piercings that glow in the dark? Or maybe tattoos that look too offensive. Most clinics that supply cybernetics (and those are few and far between) don’t have the ability to give people dangerous war gear hidden under their thumbs or eyeballs! It’s crude, it looks brutal and that’s what some people want to go for! These Cyberpunks are no more a danger to the public than teenagers with skateboards. In conclusion, leave us Mechs alone. Most of us didn’t choose this and those of us who did; it’s their own damn choice. And since when did Midian become about regulating free choice? - Nicholas Sandell, Biomech


Midian Dark TImes

October


Midian Dark TImes

By Kryta Obrians

October

blood and semen wherever he goes. It stands to reason that some have Its that time again boys and girls, escaped the back alley abortions that seem so common in this town. the month has come and gone and now we’re at a place where its time Are some of the precious little twits this writer reveals what secrets have his? Is this a plot to take over the Parish Orphanage one baby-left-oncome this way. Lets start with what was once a-doorstep at a time? While we’re speaking of Faman unusual sight, and has become ily, and unusual sights… How about disgustingly more common in the the appearance of MPD’s own John recent months. Sprogs. Bairns. Kids. Children have become com- Bernard’s supposed Grandpa? Reports have come in to this writer mon place, and the little brats are that Bernard’s grandfather found running amok in the streets. him in a bookstore. The problem? Who is to blame for this uptick in teacup grownups? Well the Bernard’s grandfather is younger looking than he is. How can this be, Bravin Clan for one. The family you ask? He claims Army preserboasts at least Seven. Count ‘em vatives. Hell, we’d like to get our Seven miniatures, and those are only the ones that we know. Could hands on some of that face cream. Another interesting topic is some of these parentless wretches the Mayor’s arrest. Could it be that actually be those of the Patriarch the Little Miss Prim Lt. Mayor and his brother? And what about Midian’s Most had ambitions? Did she and her Hunkahunka Burnin’ Love and Deranged? Forge leaves a trail of


Midian Dark TImes

“grandpa” sell the mayor down the river? This writer is sure that it’s something that MPD will want to investigate, especially considering the Timing of Hadrian Tenebaum’s arrival. Maybe Bernard’s predecessor is the one who carted the Mayor to the UAC on Silua Mills’ orders. Perhaps this concern for the mayor’s well being is simply a smoke screen for her real intentions. War Profiteering, theft of government property, transporting military grade weapons and aggravated assault of UAC personnel? Trumped

October

up charges? Will the Acting Mayor be able to give up her power and have the people decide who governs them? Or will she keep it by fraud and force and intimidation? Speaking of Fraud, Force, and Intimidation, Midian’s possible Father Of the Year, Forge Tomorrow, was seen bruised and injured and being interrogated by an MPD detective. What could the sweet gentle Forge have Possibly done to warrant such a thing? Is it possible that Forge has finally met his match? Did one of the women he


Midian Dark TImes

October

on Video saying she was “..raised to be a whore,” be ended. The talk that the Editor was seen slumming around with the aforementioned Bernard and Forge, the rumored Pirate Leader Chi, and the entirety of the UAC personnel is simply slanderous. So is insinuating that Leor duPlotte gained control of the paper by fucking the former editor, Click, to death. And that the reason the paper seems so Pro-Forge, ProUAC and Pro-Chi is that Leor is forced to bear his children go crazy crawling in bed, or any back alley, and try to kill him? Time will tell, with them. We here at the gossip readers. Time Will Tell. column want to end these mutter Readers, there is someone here ings once and for all by not repeatat this paper, someone who can con- ing them. trol everything you see and hear in As for the mentioned business the Midian Dark Times, someone that Ms. duPlotte was seen enterwho brings our ever so amusing col- ing, owner and operator Alisanne umn to you. We at the Gossip Sec- Landrieu reportedly refuses to tion find some things we’ve heard show her face on camera in any of absolutely deplorable. What lies her own productions though the are being spread about our Editor dark haired woman doesn’t mind in Chief Must not be repeated, and whoring around. What is it she’s we feel it is our place, no, our duty afraid the cameras will catch? Is to say so. Rumors that Leor duthere something shady about the Plotte was seen entering Midian’s Doll’s past? Maybe she’s got somenewest business, one Midian Porn thing to hide? Enemies? A teeny Center, should be discredited. So weeny? No, nothing would fit unshould talk that the Editor was seen der that whore’s skirt.


Midian Dark TImes

October

MIDIAN PORN CENTER YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME By Criss Reifsnider

and jet black frizzy hair. We asked her about the center. “Business has The Midian Porn Center is more than meets the eye. It is a three been slow and steady ever since we’ve opened. The bulk of our work story porn mecca that is part adult so far has been Custom Porn, where book store, theater and porn studio all under one roof. If Midian has the the buyer requests actresses and the best of something in this God forsak- subject content.” She continued as en world it is The Porn Center. You we strolled past the rows of porn DVD’s, sex toys and condoms in all will find it in the area by the beach, shapes, sizes and flavors. “The botat the end of Main Street, across from the Peep Show. This part of the tom floor is the sex shop. We sell sex toys, bdsm equipment and DVDs. city has become our very own redlight district. Approaching a porn venue might have you looking over both shoulders but the staff is both friendly and cordial. Once you go through the doors you can browse, relax with a bucket of popcorn in the theater, or even star in your very own porn movie. Alisanne Landrieu is the coowner, along with Kirk Moleno, of the Midian Porn Center. She is petite and pretty with engaging green eyes


Midian Dark TImes

On the second floor is the studio, where we film a good deal of the DVDs we sell. Above that is the theatre. It shows the movies our stable of actresses and actors make here. We’re very proud. We’ve even installed a concession stand.” Alisanne has other ties to the Midian sex business and works with partners who seem to have a monopoly in Midian “My partner and I own the place. I help manage the Peep Show, and I’m half owner of Midian Porn Productions.” Amateur porn is one of the fastest growing segments of the business

October

and Alisanne shed a bit of light on how to make your own. “We encourage people to wander in off the streets and use the equipment. The entire building is under constant surveillance, and anyone using our stuff has the possibility to star in their own Amateur DVD.” Fetish porn is also a rapidly growing niche of the porn industry and they do cater to different taste. “We don’t shy away from things”. Our crew had the opportunity to explore the cavernous porn palace on our own. We saw a professional studio on the second level with


Midian Dark TImes

multiple view cameras, Saint Andrews Cross (one of the wicked saints we supposed), and a spanking bench. Feeling frisky, we decided to check out some of the equipment and make our own amateur fetish DVD. Special thanks to Seraja Seriman who is cast as our victim in “Bad Brats Get What They Deserve.” Alisane later informed us that the porn has to be cut and processed and put on a DVD, which takes a few weeks. So, we will be returning to watch it on the big screen! More interesting is what Alisanne said while we finsihed up “We sell a lot of Dildos. Apparently the women in Midian have needed sexual satisfaction for a long time.”

October


Midian Dark TImes

October


Midian Dark TImes

October

DUPLOTTE FAMILY TREASURE By Leor du Plotte

witch woman. When they were old enough to marry the suitors came calling. Growing up in the du Plotte They were all lovely and, what more, family we had our share of family wealthy. The night before the elstories and myths, but the one that dest, Elizabeth, was to marry, howalways captivated me most was the ever, Corbin murdered her fiancé. story of my great great great great The hearing revealed the reason great great great great grandfather, behind Corbin’s fury as all three of Corbin du Plotte. Corbin had been his daughters were pregnant with a gun runner for both sides of the American Civil War. He wasn’t one the man’s bastards. Corbin was exonerated and life resumed. Suitors with morals, willing to turn a profit continued to come calling, uncowed on misery, and turn a profit he did. by Corbin’s fury, but oddly enough However, when the war was over, many disappeared, or were found he had to flee the east coast and so found himself eventually in Midian. face down in the canal. Eventually the men of Midian were more inter The local witch woman’s daughter was a reported beauty and ested in preserving their lives than in pursuing wives with fortunes. it was with this woman that Corbin The girl’s grandmother grew ill fell madly in love. They married and Corbin built his bride a grand home and died. But on her death bed she on the shore. They were a passionate made Corbin swear an oath that he would see his daughters marry or pair, their mad couplings produced lose his life within the year. Corbin three daughters in the span of two took the oath seriously and so decidyears, the third took her mother’s ed to hold a ball to draw all the men life. Corbin wandered Midian defor miles around to come calling. In spondent, frequenting the whore houses and growing richer as his pre- order to entice them further, he had cious daughters grew up wild under his fortune brought to the house in a mountain of gold which he piled the care of their grandmother, the


Midian Dark TImes

high in the ball room. But something happened that evening. Reports were unclear, the daughters themselves could not say. But in the morning the gold was all gone and the daughters were all once again heavy with child, having been offered, as some claimed, or raped by all the men at the ball. Corbin’s cries for justice went on deaf ears and the man died within months of the infamous ball. His daughters gathered around their beloved father to comfort him in his last hours, but with his last breath Corbin confessed. He had taken the gold from the ballroom himself and buried it. He died before he could tell his daughters where. The family legend of Corbin’s treasure buried in Midian has been handed down from generation to generation, though many of the details were lost. The name of the city where Corbin had lived was lost for many generations until recently. Confirming the location as Midian has been my all consuming task these past few months. I have excavated around the location of a family grave yard mentioned in my great great great…. great Aunt Emma’s

October

journal and discovered a tomb stone with the name du Plotte on it. In digging around the archives in the church I found records of births and deaths of du Plotte family members. The photograph here was a family heirloom and shows Corbin with his three daughters. Where the treasure may be buried, I can not say. But I welcome all who seek to do so. I do not seek any treasure more precious than the truth. The gold is yours for the having.


Midian Dark TImes

October

DR. DOWNEM DOES MIDIAN

The Midian Dark Times is pleased to offer this premier edition of Dr. Downum’s advice column. Dear Dr. Downum, My girlfriend has a thing about shoes. She insists on wearing them, but I mean all the time. In the shower, when we make love, when she’s goes to sleep. It’s not like they’re not sexy as hell... but... they’re starting to stink. Help.

Dear Fun Guy, Really? There is nothing sexy about stinky shoes, and or feet. Have you told her that her feet stink, and discussed the situation as a whole with her? Communication is the key to a successful relationship, and if there is a problem on either side and there is nothing done about whatever the problem is, it will fester, and obviously stink and eventually be the demise of a relationship. Communication is the key to success. Let her know that they are starting to smell funny, and that this is something that bothers you.. Don’t let her know right away ‘Oh god your feet stanky...’ This will automatically send her into defensive mode, but If she starts to get defensive and tells you her feet could not possibly stink then stick a shoe in her nose and make her smell for herself, this of course being the last resort. You always could go with the approach that her feet are beautiful to you and you long to bathe them in perfumes and to massage them... this sensual approach could help your girl understand the situation better


Midian Dark TImes

October

really—if all else fails, you can always buy odor eaters. They make feet smell sweeter after all.

and cherish him, and forget about your past… After all what is baggage anyway? Typically baggage gets lost.

***

***

Dear Dr. Downum, I have a problem. I just met this wonderful man and we’ve been sorta scoping out each other. I’m afraid to go ahead. I have a boyfriend, well, more like had. He’s gone, up and left on a business trip and hasn’t come back. Our relationship was on the rocks before he left. And now with this new guy, I just feel so torn. I want to be with Mr. New but I feel I still have to deal with Mr. Baggage. Please help.

Dear Dr. Downum, I was recently attacked by two women. They tore my clothes off and tried to make me do things I didn’t want to. If it hadn’t been for my man walking in, I may have been raped. Thing is, he doesn’t believe that I didn’t want any part of the hot, juicy sex. What’s a girl to do?

Dear Torn to Pieces, If your lover does not trust you, and does not see the concern in your eyes for the situation, then why are Dear In Transition, you with him? Trust is just as impor If you say that this man is gone, tant as communication in a relationand he has not come back and the ship. You cannot love somebody if relationship was a rocky road from they do not trust you. You and your before his disappearance, then why lover need to have a talk, and flat out worry? People would be much hap- ask him if he loves you, and if he pier if they were selfish here and trusts you. If he cannot answer that there, and thought about themselves question within three seconds, then for once. you need to evaluate your current What would make YOU happy? situation. Again, one’s own personal If this new guy is as wonderful as happiness is paramount. you say then take him into your arms


Midian Dark TImes

Dear Dr. Downum, When I look in the mirror I see a pretty girl with a sweet smile and long flowing blonde hair. But I’m the only one who sees that. Everyone else sees me as this tough, insensitive biker dude. I put on airs of machismo but inside I need to bathe in perfumes and wear silk lingerie. How do I balance these two parts of my soul?

October

only person you need make happy is yourself and you don’t need to share everything with your friends. It’s so important to keep a little bit of joy just for ourselves. ***

Thank you all for your submissions, and I hope that the responses are a bit helpful. If you need to come Dear Good Girl, in for a one on one therapy session It would be hard to balance the please contact me and we can set two but not impossible. there is also up important. Again, I cannot stress nothing wrong with having a sepaenough how for any relationship rate private side of you that you keep trust, communication and happiness only for yourself to keep you happy. for one’s personal being is the key to It’s also possible for you to integrate a successful, long happy life. some of the private with the public Thank you, Dr. Charlotte Downum but only if you are comfortable. The PhD. MD.


Midian Dark TImes

October

by Myya Loire Aries 21 March - 19 April 22 Electricity is your worst enemy. Something awful and probably scar inducing will happen and may involve your privates. Avoid plugged in sex toys for the month and no matter how tempting, don’t eat the candy corn. Taurus 20 April - 20 May Stop everything! If you do not stop everything right now, I guarantee you will eventually regret it. On the other hand, if you do stop everything, you’ll be dead and have nothing to regret.

Gemini 21 May - 21 June If you have three vowels in your name, the stars say you are destined for a pie in the face. If you have two vowels in your name, oral sex is coming you way. If you have one vowel in your name, bend over and prepare for the cosmic cock shoved up your ass. Cancer 22 June - 22 July Clothes are so last century. Embrace the inner nudist and let it free. Walk around Midian without a stick of clothing on and see who friendly folks suddenly become. I recommend you visit the MPD in particular, Officer Jones is always happy to see you and help you when you bend down.


Midian Dark TImes

October

Leo 23 July - 22 August Killing all your former lovers has left a trail of bodies that is sizable indeed… and admirable, because really, those fuckers didn’t deserve to live. However, the MPD were mighty put out by the recent collection of snuff films you sold to the Porn Center. Maybe… wear a mask next time? Virgo 23 August - 22 September If you mis-use the word literally once more today (“I *literally* laughed my ass off”), you’re going to feel what it’s like to be hit “upside the head.” It literally hurts.

Libra 23 September - 23 October Hope will always get you through your problems. Yes, “hope” your doctor is mistaken, “hope” the pregnancy test was wrong, “hope” you didn’t just lose your life savings in the vending machine, “hope” your lover didn’t really just say that about your ass. Hope will get you through your problems… but denial will set you free. Scorpio 24 October - 21 November You may have managed to get your hearts desire in your line of fire, now all you need to do is squeeze the trigger. Easier said then done, I know, especially with all the pressure, the noise coming from the people next door, the need to pee, but keep your focus and squeeze that trigger nice and slow. Good luck. Sagittarius 22 November - 21 December Can you be held responsible for everything you *don’t* do? You didn’t listen to me last time, did you? You didn’t check the birth control… and now… low and behold, 8 months from now you’re gonna have a baby. Well, maybe you can’t be held responsible for everything you don’t do… but you sure are gonna feel this one.


Midian Dark TImes

October

Capricorn 22 December - 19 January A terrific thought will enter your brain at around lunchtime in the next couple of days. You’ll be unable to suppress the giddy feeling that you’re soon going to be emotionally elevated to heights you’ve never before dreamed of being able to reach. All will be right with the world. Then lunchtime will be over and it’s back to the shit. Aquarius 20 January - 18 February The richer they are, the more money they have to spend paying you off. Remember that. So, get them good and drunk and into as many compromising positions as you can handle. Three your limit… take the damn Viagra… this could be the opportunity of a life time. Pisces 19 February - 20 March You are being lied to by the person who you trust the most, your accountant. Withdraw all your money for the bank and send it to me. I promise I will keep it safe. I know a guy who knows a guy and it’s a sure thing. Send all checks payable to cash to the Midian Dark Times office.


Midian Dark TImes

LOOKING TO PURCHASE Forge Tomorrow will pay a handsome fee plus a few extras to purchase Marina. No questions asked-- no names revealed. MPD agnostic. PERSONALS Hot on a Tin Roof Kitten seeks tomcat for scratching, yowling good times. Let’s make the neighbors throw shoes. Tail color unimportant. In heat for the next few days, will consider all comers. Touching Encounter You: Grabbed my ass at the Snake Pit the other night. Me: Smacked you and told you I’d cut your arm off. I want your number. Tough Love Tender, sensitive military man, 32, brn/ brn, 6’2 200, is looking for ltr. I enjoy firearms, poetry and long conversations. Looking for a lady 25-40, fit and clean. My dream woman can field strip a rifle in under 30 seconds, bench 100 pounds, and drop and give me 50. Be my muse. Desperate M seeks anything. Fat, ugly, scarred, amputee, you name it - I’ll give it my all.

October

To the drunk bastard who left his arm at the bar: I’m holding it until you give me that $20 tip you promised. You know where to find me. HELP WANTED duPlotte Industries is looking to fill to position of cyberneticist Duties to include : Management and Support of the DPI clinic for Robots and Bio-mechs Advancement of pre existing DPI products, Development of new technologies Interested in a position that will challenge you ? Join the duPlotte Family Duplotte Industries “We bring Battle to the bleeding edge” Entertainers Wanted The new management of The Snake Pit, soon to be THE hot spot in Midian, is looking for entertainers of all types. Musicians, actors, dancers, comedians or more unique acts are welcome to apply. The more imaginative the better. Please stop by the club, or contact David Valentino or Deets Carroll.


The Midian Dark Times October