A Ponder Stibbons Fanmix
Rilo Kiley - Science vs Romance
Oingo Boingo - Weird Science
The Books - Smells Like Content
They Might Be Giants - I Should Be Allowed To Think
Dolly Parton - 9 to 5
Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Takin’ Care Of Business
Andrew Bird - Waiting To Talk
Gowan - Strange Animal
Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues
continuing in the fine tradition of making discworld fanmixes instead of going to bed
ahaha what did I just do: a ponder/rincewind comic
(does the title describe my feelings at having made this or ponder’s after he goes away)
(the answer is both, in my case with an additional layer of why did I expend two full days of my life on this nonsense)
I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the ship manifesto community on LJ, but it’s a community dedicated to collecting essays on as many pairings as possible. It’s largely dead, but I wanted to write a Ponder/Rincewind one, because it sounded like fun. Given that I’m unlikely to be able to post it on LJ any time soon, I thought I’d put it here since I had to put it somewhere after staying up till unreasonable hours writing it. My apologies for trespassing on your time, and I’d love to hear your thoughts if you have any.
Also, unbeta’d, so please be aware of the possible typos.
~1700 words of rough, largely-undirected Ponder/Rincewind rambling.
I was trying to pin down their dynamic a little. I don’t know if it helped. But here it is, because I have to put it somewhere after spending five hours on it. So. If you have suggestions for taking this and chopping it up and turning it into something more coherent, I might like to do that.
‘Well, Rincewind, I am impressed,’ said Ponder, while the Librarian looked perplexed. ‘I’d always thought of you as rather stupid, but that was a remarkable piece of verbal reasoning. If we put the globe down right on the Librarian’s desk, say, then the whole journey would take place inside the library, right?’
‘Exactly,’ said Rincewind, who was prepared to overlook ‘rather stupid’ in view of this unexpected praise.
Ponder Stibbons was one of those unfortunate people cursed with the belief that if only he found out enough things about the universe it would all, somehow, make sense. The goal is the Theory of Everything, but Ponder would settle for the Theory of Something and, late at night, when Hex appeared to be sulking, he despaired of even a Theory of Anything.
So my recent Avengers obsession has shunted my mind down its never-far-from-the-surface superhero track. And I was just thinking about how if Rincewind was a superhero, his power would definitely be speed, and now my brain has come up with this whole team of Disc superheroes and I want to write fanfiction and design them costumes help
Like, Vimes would be the leader, and sort of Batman-y; no real powers but a lot of training combined with detective work. Discouraged by the increasing level of crime in Ankh-Morpork, he would end up taking out the villains on his own. Although Vimes would be the last person you’d expect to go vigilante, but that would make him even more Batmanish. Very strict code of conducts. No killing, just drop them off at at the police station. His codename would be The Watchman (although Stoneface would be cool too but I don’t think it fits the persona as well). Sybil is sort of the Lois Lane, the one who keeps him grounded and whom he cares for more than anything else, but she’s like 3x more awesome than Lois because she fights off with dragons people who try to attack her because of Vimes.
Carrot and Angua are the only people he really trusts, aside from Sybil. Carrot is the standard Flying Brick, and would be called Captain Justice because he’s so serious about this stuff. And Angua’s werewolfness is obviously her superpower, and she’d be called Lady Lupine even though she hates it because Carrot came up with it and he’s so earnest.
Rincwind, of course, is a super-speedster, and he’s called The Wizzard even though it doesn’t seem especially relevant to his power. He insisted. An incidental fluke also left him with the ability to speak and understand all the languages of the Disc. He didn’t even want to join the team but villains kept attacking him in the mistaken belief he was already on it, so he thought it would be safer to join where he could be protected by other superpowered people. But now he’s got involved, and he kind of cares, even though he’s angry at himself for it. Besides, he turned out to be a rather good strategist, so Vimes lets him stay even though he’s a little suspicious of him.
Susan took over her position as the Grim Reaper(?) for her grandfather, who is now retired. When she first started people would goggle at her and say “but you’re a girl!” and she’d be like, “Yes, but I can still hurt you with this scythe.” Her powers are basically the same as they are in the actual books: live outside time, walk through walls, have occasional visions of the future, wield a mean scythe and also sword if need be. She mainly joined to see that things stay sensible.
Agnes has a split personality, like, Hulk-style, except sort of in reverse. She transforms from a fat girl with good hair and a nice personality into Perdita X. Dream, master-class assassin with a snarky, destructive attitude and a figure that can practically slink through prison bars. Perdita is agile, springy, and particularly fond of throwing-knives; her downfall is her arrogance. Agnes likes most of the people on the team, because largely they’re sensible, but Perdita despises everyone except for Susan, whom she views as stylish (even though Susan can’t stand her).
Ponder has a semi-sentient mech-suit he designed himself called HEX, also his alter ego, which stands for something complicatedly science-y. He joined pretty much to test the suit in actual combat; it’s not that he’s not interested in justice, it’s merely that it’s secondary to SCIENCE. He hangs out with Rincewind and Agnes a lot because all feel a bit misplaced among these dangerous people.
They have many minor enemies, but their biggest antagonist is an organization called the Auditors. No-one knows who their leader is. They all seem to be exactly the same: dressed in grey suits with short slicked-back hair regardless of gender, their goal is to exterminate all life except themselves. Some of the team think they’re probably androids.
And maybe the Lancre Coven is this other team they sometimes work with, actual witches, and Agnes used to be in it but she switched because she got tired of the bullying and knew Granny disapproved of Perdita. Magrat makes them all wear dramatic goth clothing but Granny wrestles her down to practical stuff, and she’s the leader and can intimidate villains by just staring at them. She’s being doing this a looong time.
Has someone else done this yet, it’s so easy to come up with. I could go on like this for almost every character, someone stop me ;_;