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Salem gave up on her plans of conquest because she got addicted to playing Fortnight. Being immortal, she can play it without stopping. Her greatest online rival is unknowingly Ironwood, aka MetalDong69.

// Cause even an obsessive omnicidal immortal needs hobbies.- lilac 

Title: MetalDong69

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1. Emergency Meeting

“The Grimm have been oddly quiet,” Ozpin frowned into the camera, staring at the faces of those he trusted the most. 

Glynda. Qrow. Leonardo. James. Theodore. 

“Vale’s extension into Mountain Glenn had been met with zero resistance,” he continued, “given this anomaly, I’m concerned that the Queen must be planning something. Something big.” 

“Have any of you noticed anything strange?”

Numerous shakes of the head and comments came from the participants of the call.

All except one.

James seemed oddly distracted, his face schooled in perfect attention, but his eyes would occasionally dart on the screen. He could faintly hear the repetitive clicking of his keyboard and sliding of his mouse. 

Was he working on something? 

“James, are you okay? You’ve been awfully quiet.”

———————————-

Loud keyboard clicking can be heard in the background.

With a small amount of guilt, James Ironwood pressed his microphone to speak into the trans-continental Zoom call. 

“Um, yes. Everything’s…fine.”

———————————–

Elsewhere:

[MetalDong69 has eliminated you!]

[You have placed #2!]

[KillAllHumans]: Who the hell camps in a barn with a shotgun?!

MetalDong69′s avatar starts crouching up and down on her corpse. 

[KillAllHumans]: You dare corpsehump me?! Just you wait you pre-centurian piece of shit.

[KillAllHumans]: I’ll put all my energy into destroying you and everything you love!

Bang bang bang bang. 

[KillAllHumans]: Stop shooting my dead body you asshole! 

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2. One Month Earlier

FortKnight had been released onto the CCT for a week now, the first MMO that joined all the continents together. The gaming company that developed it had close ties with Atlas due to the involvement of the CCT, so when they noticed something really strange, they reported it to Atlas - and in turn eventually reached the top. 

The top that also happened to be their top beta player, Ironwood.

“So wait, you’re telling me there’s an account accessing from an untrackable location AND has been playing 24/7 non-stop without any breaks whatsoever?” Ironwood said, his eyes bugging out.

No way.

“Can you bring up their profile?”

Several lines of profile information immediately popped up on Ironwood’s scroll.

“So she put her name in as Salem,” the company representative said, “She isn’t too great at the game, and we’re actually planning on banning her because of her extreme flaming and death threats to other pla-” said the company IT person. 

“No no no. Just keep her in. In fact, keep her account access unrestricted,” Ironwood continued, “If this is who I think it is, you might’ve done Atlas, no the whole of Remnant, a great service.” 

——————————————————-

[MetalDong69 has eliminated you!]

[You have placed #22]

[KillAllHumans]: You fucking hacker! You can’t get the sniper scythe that early! 

[KillAllHumans]: You must’ve cheated! I’m reportin-

[KillAllHumans]: Stop shooting me! Those are sniper bullets! You barely get fifteen of them in a round, and you’re emptying the magazine on my corpse!

[KillAllHumans]: Fuck you! Fuck your mother! Fuck your dog! Fu-

——————————————————–

A couple days later….

“There’s no need to ban this person, “ Ironwood said, “In fact, I’ll fund your company so long as you develop more games dedicated to capturing the attention of this one player. ”

“Uhh, why is this player so important, sir?”

“That’s a military secret. Just know you will be rewarded for doing so.”

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3. Teamwork

Somewhere in the Land of Darkness:

“Cinder, Tyrian , join me. Together we will crush MetalDong69,” Salem ran out of the grand hall as she clenched her fist angrily. 

“Yes ma’am,” Cinder said obediently, “Who dares to oppose your might?” 

“We’re going to destroy him,” Tyrian said excitedly before following Salem going back inside the hall, “Wait why you’re heading back inside?”

—————————————————— 

[KillAllHumans]: oh my god why are all of you feeding?!

[StabbingYourMom]: WHY IS THIS METALDONG69 SITTING ON MY HEAD? IF I HAD MY TAIL RIGHT NOW

[KillAllHumans]: SHOOT HIM SHOOT HIM

[ImOnFire]: I’m trying! 

[KillAllHumans]: NO THAT’S A GRENA-

[ImOnFire has eliminated you.] [ You have placed #13 ] 

[ImOnFire has eliminated herself ] [You have placed #12 ]

[ImOnFire]: WHY IS HE CROUCHING UP AND DOWN ON MY FACE.

[KillAllHumans]: I’m surrounded by feeders!

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∞: 

Ironwood slowly walked into the elevator, his hair with bits of white now. Penny, his daughter, and Ruby, her wife, followed behind him curiously.

“So what’s this secret you’re going to show us?” Penny asked.

“Yeah, what sort of secret needs a pair of pro-gamers?” Ruby grinned, an ex-Huntress-now-Gamer now that the Grimm threat had regressed. “And requires us to keep it from Mr. Ozpin?” 

“It’s nothing bad,” Ironwood comforted her as he placed his keycard into the elevator, the motion triggering, ”It’s just that I think Ozpin’s finally enjoying life now and shouldn’t be bothered by something like this.”

“But it’s still important. Because behind these doors is the reason why humanity’s had over a decade of peace.”

——

A bunch of men and women are at a bunch of computer stations, clearly working and designing video games. A large screen showing match-ups for a large game design timeline.

Current: FortKnight 3

In Development:  FortKnight 10, GrimmCraft, World of Remnant

“It’s here where all the magic happens. These are the men and women who have kept Salem at bay for more than a decade,” Ironwood proudly said.

The pair could only look at the man in confusion.

“You’ll see soon,” Ironwood said as he sat down onto a computer station clearly designated at his. He turned his head to one of his trusted men, “Clover, is she on?”

“Isn’t she always?” Clover laughed, “She’s about to get out of a game. Won it actually. I’ll put you in her matchmaking group right now.”

“Good,” Ironwood said with satisfaction.

——–

[KillAllHumans]: IT’S YOU. METALDONG69. YOU CAN’T KEEP BEATING ME FOREVER. 

[KillAllHumans]: You’ll die someday, you fucker, and then I’ll be the number 1 in FortKnight!

———

Ironwood turned down his speakers a bit. 

“That is Salem, the Queen of all Grimm and the number one negatively-reported player in all of Remnant. She is why I’ve brought you two in,” he said solemnly,  “One day, I’ll pass on, and Salem will become the number one in this game and lose interest based on our analysis. When she does, the world might end up going back to the way it was. It’s up to you two to stop that from happening.”

“You will be Remnant’s silent protectors. Two pro-gamers joining forces to stop this threat. Just an hour or two of your time every day. And you’ll allow Remnant to continue having peace. ”

“Now if you’ll excuse me, the game’s starting.”

———–

[MetalDong69 has killed you.]

[You have placed 100 / 100. ]

[KillAllHumans]: METALDONG69!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

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So what if salem is cinders fairy godmother and the stepmother. Like she helped her escape a messed up situation and gave her magic and stuff. But like now she’s the evil step mother. And neo and emerald are the step sisters, I mean their semblences are very similar….

problem is she snuck out now and needs to be home at midnight. What happens in this time period? In Cinderella she goes to the ball, dances, loses glass slipper, and loses her magic. So she goes to Amity, fights Penny, loses what not sure. And returns to the whale and as punishment, salem removes the magic. Idk

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So, there’s really only two options with Salem and Cinder here.

Option 1: Salem has dramatically miscalculated. 

This isn’t impossible–she’s done it before, when she underestimated how shaken Cinder had been by her brush with death at Beacon and failed to take into account how badly Cinder would need to soothe her own sense of vulnerability by winning rather than simply succeeding. Her need to pull off another massive victory, not just execute someone else’s plan.

Because here’s the thing, it tracks perfectly that Salem, who controls Cinder primarily via Cinder’s own desperate hunger for power, would punish her by slapping her down hard. Rubbing her nose in her own powerlessness and inability to chase the things she wants–to remind her what it feels like to really have nothing, and sharpen her fear of losing what power she already has. Keep her in line. Because frankly, Salem is clearly getting tired of Cinder’s shit.

So, Salem doing that and it backfiring spectacularly because she failed to take into account that for a long time Cinder’s response to people making her feel powerless has–helped along by Salem herself, clearly–has been less ‘terrified fawning’ and more along the lines of ‘murder’.

(Salem doesn’t have to worry about murder, obviously, I’m just saying that as we just saw, Cinder’s response to powerlessness is NOT to fall at Salem’s feet but rather to…show her teeth…and do something to highlight her own agency.)

Here’s the thing, though, and I’ve been saying it since volume 4: Cinder has always been at her best when she feels powerless.

As an underestimated, anonymous underdog? Cinder is in her element. Cinder didn’t actually use any of her stolen Maiden powers in the actual Fall of Beacon. Oh, sure, she burned Midnight (and isn’t THAT symbolic, Cinderella setting fire to the arbitrary limitation placed on her own freedom and power?) to intimidate Adam…but that effect could have been just as easily achieved with clever application of Fire Dust.

No, she did that with a smile and a drawl and her own skills. She used the Maiden powers to augment her fighting style, sure…flash-heating sand, etc. But she didn’t need Maiden powers to execute Amber in the first place, did she? 

So.

Option 2? Salem knows this. Salem may in fact be regretting giving Cinder demigoddess powers so soon, since they’ve clearly given her tunnel vision and an obsession with the Maidens over her previous focus on getting revenge on the world.

The Fall of Beacon wasn’t Cinder storming in by force and taking what she wanted. That was the work of an abused underdog slowly, quietly, with a smile, burning the house down around her because she didn’t actually have the raw firepower to just do a smash and grab.

And if Salem wants Fall of Beacon Cinder back…

Option 2: Salem knows exactly what feeling powerless is going to drive Cinder to do, and she’s doing this on purpose.

I genuinely don’t know which is more terrifying.

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