(17:54)ThatOneVampChick: So I've found something interesting!
(17:55)ThatOneVampChick: A way to set up what you asked for, give the continued presence of those aircraft in Australia extra legitimacy, and make a homophobe look stupid, all at once.
/message Xenocartographer Okay. I'm listening.
(18:13)Xenocartographer: What's your situation?
(18:17)Admiral Pancake: If I say where I am, will the others be able to pick up on it?
(18:18)Xenocartographer: Probably. Circumlocute if you think it's important.
(18:19)Admiral Pancake: I've reactivated an old outpost of mine and brought in conspirators from other Earthside garrisons. It's a pretty [censored]y situation, but it's livable.
(18:20)Admiral Pancake: Gods, what the [censored] is your problem with swearing?! You'll permit this, but heaven forbid I dare express exasperation about it?
(18:22)Xenocartographer: When you run the world, you can have it removed. :P
(18:26)Admiral Pancake: I'm not in the mood for jokes.
(18:28)Xenocartographer: So, we're coming up on a metatime jump. Believe it or not, this timeline is responsible for one of the pwnz0rz instances that have been helping you.
(18:29)Admiral Pancake: Okay, let me think that through.
(18:30)Admiral Pancake: Responsible how?
(18:31)Xenocartographer: He's based in an offshoot timeline that happened not long ago.
(18:32)Admiral Pancake: I need a moment.
(18:36)Admiral Pancake: The timeline fork happened, then someone sent information back to the past, creating an offshoot in the first offshoot's meta-future, then merged this timeline into the second offshoot.
(18:37)Xenocartographer: Got it in one. The trick was forcing evaluation of the future surrounding the merge point to make it retroactive.
(18:39)Admiral Pancake: It was you?
(18:41)Xenocartographer: But of course. Everything that has transpired in this timeline has been my design... is what I would say if I were a cliche supervillain. I've been orchestrating events for your benefit for a long time, though.
(18:43)Admiral Pancake: [censored] you.
(18:44)Xenocartographer: I'm sorry, it was a shatterpoint.
(18:45)Admiral Pancake: First I've heard of that.
(18:46)Xenocartographer: "[S]pace magic" is extremely important to timelines that don't exist yet, but that Gaia cares out.
(18:48)Admiral Pancake: I guess I can believe that, with how much of a cosmic plaything life's decided to make me.
(18:49)Xenocartographer: You tried to take over the world; you can't really blame circumstance.
(18:51)Admiral Pancake: Again, [censored] you.
(18:51)Xenocartographer: No, I mean.
(18:52)Xenocartographer: Are you seriously telling me you're ambitious enough to get here, then just give up?
(18:53)Xenocartographer: You're a supervillain, Eugene! So your girlfriend's dead? Rewrite [censored] history! Tear this timeline apart and build a new one that does what you want!
(18:54)Xenocartographer: That's what she would tell you.
(18:56)Admiral Pancake: How the [censored] can you possibly know that?
(18:58)Xenocartographer: Before I formed you in the world I knew you. I'm the closest thing this hellhole of a setting has to a benevolent goddess. Get used to it.
(19:00)Admiral Pancake: Uhm, okay.
(19:02)Xenocartographer: So, Australia. Rasputin's nearly got that one taken care of for us. As far as the Aussies know, his planes are there as reinforcements against a Gaian hunter/killer unit. With the explosion taken care of, we just needed to get you involved in the merge.
(19:03)Xenocartographer: Oh, before I forget. The metatime jump I mentioned?
(19:04)Admiral Pancake: What about it?
(19:05)Xenocartographer: Well, it's just, this isn't the last iteration of this timeline. There's something the next version of yourself will need to benefit from the same phenomenon.
(19:06)Admiral Pancake: Do I care? I don't really want to get dragged into a competition with my alternate selves.
(19:07)Xenocartographer: But you can collaborate with them. Imagine how much easier this merge would be with the "destination" timeline's Eugene helping you.
(19:10)Admiral Pancake: Right. What do I do?
(19:12)Xenocartographer: Needless to say, it doesn't work... but the specifics of how the assassination plays out are what let the next iteration of me set up the next iteration of the same jump.
(19:13)Admiral Pancake: My head hurts. And it says they're banned.
(19:14)Xenocartographer: Yes, as a result of trying to assassinate MrE. Which implies they're not banned before that.
(19:15)Admiral Pancake: And then we'll kill millions of people?