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Ianto and the Stormtroopers Drabble #2

Title: Ianto and the Stormtroopers Drabble #2
Author: CrabbyLioness
Characters: Ianto, hapless Stormtroopers
Disclaimer: I'm not making a penny.
Rating: G, pure unadulterated crossover crack 
Based on that picture. 

Thanks to the UK Garrison of the 501st  Legion of Imperial Stormtroopers for their professionalism, Gareth David-Lloyd for being a good sport, and laliginfor sharing the picture.  My involvement with Star Wars fandom has been limited to watching the first four movies and reading the Alan Dean Foster novel.  I don't know the conventions for writing Stormtrooper fic, so I'm relying on a smattering of military history to get me through.  I apologize in advance.

Respectfully dedicated to Redshirts and REMFs combat and support personnel everywhere.

Part 1

"Are you sure about him?" The helmet concealed the face, but there was no mistaking the doubt in the voice as it's owner stared at the scowling young man in chains the squad had just brought in.

The Lieutenant sighed. "He's the only one we could find who fit the description. Cyber-maintenance skills, high-level butling skills, courage, discretion, proven ability to handle a high-stress work environment, astronomically high loyalty levels -- if he isn't good enough I don't know where else we'll find Lord Vader a new valet."

Part 2

The Sargeant looked the captive over again.  He stood passively now, but still-forming bruises and skewed clothing gave silent testament to the fight he'd put up upon his capture, and the murderous glare on his face promised another round if given the chance.  He took a deep breath.  "Sir, he's got astronomically high loyalty levels to his unit.  That doesn't mean he'll feel the same towards Lord Vader."

The Lieutenant's "Oh," was almost inaudible over the intercom.  After a moment he asked, "Would Lord Vader think that to be his problem or our problem?"

"He might consider it our problem, sir."

"Ah.  Thank you, Sargeant.  I'll -- take that under consideration.  In the meantime, get him stowed away and we'll see what we can do."   The Lieutenant retreated to the cockpit of the shuttle as fast as his dignity would allow.

The Sargeant was far too experienced to express a negative opinion of an order while in uniform and in front of a prisoner, but that didn't stop him from wanting to shake his head in disgust.  He was responsible for "breaking in" the young officer to the realities of field work.  He still held out a slim hope that this could be done without any Imperial Servicepersons actually ending up broken.

 

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badwolf36
Nov. 28th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
Heehee. Oh, these are entertaining. I wonder if the team will come to rescue him by dressing up as Stormtroopers. :)

Note- Should be "Sergeant", not "Sargent".
crabby_lioness
Nov. 28th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
Ah, thank you.
ladyfox7oaks
Nov. 29th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
"A little... Tall.. to be a Stormtrooper, aren't you?"
kickair8p
Nov. 28th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
::snicker!::





~
crabby_lioness
Nov. 28th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
Hee!
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crabby_lioness
Nov. 29th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
*g* The next one's going to be longer, yes. We find out where our merry band of Stormtroopers came from, how they ended up there, and where they're going next -- which is not where they think they're going. Some of it's fairly easy/obvious to write, but I've still got nine names and backstories to come up with. >:0
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crabby_lioness
Nov. 29th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
Please. I'm interested in how the Empire was formed, at least as seen through the eyes of the classes the Stormtroopers recruit from. Hordes of soldiers don't just sign up to die for the Evil Empire because they're evil. Historically it takes a fairly specific set of cues to convince that many people that Order is the most important thing in the universe, and that fighting for that Order is the best thing they can do for themselves and their families. I can fake a lot of it, but it would be nice to know thier lingo.
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crabby_lioness
Nov. 30th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
Thanks. That helps a bit.

The thing that comes through the clearest in Phantom Menace (aside from Lucas desperately needing a decent scriptwriter) is that there's a massive manpower shortage going on. Everywhere you look there's clones, droids, children working jobs; no visible prejudice; everyone's fully employed; no one's out of work; everyone's got lovely clothes; even the slaves are able to afford nice things = the economy is going full speed ahead and probably a bit too fast.

Now contrast that to A New Hope where you've got widespread unemployment, prejudice against droids for takng jobs, no clones or child workers visible, lower standards of living, and a widespread low-level xenodiscomfort except among the Rebel forces. It's pretty clear the economy's tanked. Factor in widespread civil war/rioting and you've got a timeless recipe for a totalitarian Empire to take over "until the Emergency is over with." And what do totalitarian Empires do with that unhappy, unemployed, underclass that's desperate to get out of the violent, dirty slums? Enlist them in the Army. Promise them that at the end of their service they'll have a guaranteed ticket into the middle class with land (Imperial Rome), a house and a college eductaion (WW2 American GI Bill), and greater civil rights for veterans (Nazi Germany). At that point you don't need clones. You own their souls (and if you throw in blood law like in Imperial Rome and Nazi Germany, the souls of their families.)

Damn, if Lucas put as much thought into the front of the story as he did into the backstory, those movies would soar.

How's that read?
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rogueguitar13
Feb. 9th, 2008 04:27 am (UTC)
The Master who commissioned the cloned army was Master Sypho Dias.

::Loves her Star Wars and has all of the books, yes even the NJO and LOTF series.::
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rogueguitar13
Feb. 9th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
Eh some of the books are quite shoddy I'll agree, but Legacy of the Force....now that keeps you on the edge of your seat! Lets just say that Jacen... well he's taking after dear old gramps.

The books of the Star Wars prequels are much better than the on screen version... Anakin sounded like a robot to me in the last two films.

I really like this drabble, it's quite amusing.
the_dark_side
Nov. 29th, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)
now I just can't stop staring at the picture....
crabby_lioness
Nov. 29th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
Inspirational, isn't it? :)))
the_dark_side
Nov. 29th, 2007 04:56 am (UTC)
sure...I'll go with that.
eumenidis
Nov. 29th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC)
Oh, those poor stormtroopers.
crabby_lioness
Nov. 29th, 2007 03:17 am (UTC)
The other shoe hasn't dropped yet. =0
eumenidis
Nov. 29th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
No, I'm anticipating; I haven't seen a face like that since Jack sicced Myfanwy on CyberLisa.
fangrrl_squees
Nov. 29th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)
*grins foolishly*
crabby_lioness
Nov. 29th, 2007 04:48 am (UTC)
*grins back*
secbeth
Nov. 29th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
hehehehe
crabby_lioness
Nov. 29th, 2007 04:47 am (UTC)
I feel so sorry for them. I really do.

*wicked evil grin* Nah, not really.
joulez217
Nov. 29th, 2007 10:35 am (UTC)
Heeheee looks like you are on a roll with these fics! Keep up the good work!!

*Flails a little at seeing that picture again* heehee is there a possiblity of more to this??
crabby_lioness
Nov. 29th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
*g* I've written 201 words of backstory that's going to come out in Part 3. I just need to decide if it's going to come out as exposition or dialogue. Normally I'd choose dialogue, but I'm not sure if that would be appropriate this time.

Arrgh! I've never written for 10 characters at once before, 9 of them original.
joulez217
Nov. 29th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
Ww 201 words eh! You really are on a roll! :P I'm sure which ever you choose folks will still love it!:P

Well considering 9 of them are original, you are doing really well. Keep up the good work. :D
crabby_lioness
Nov. 30th, 2007 05:48 am (UTC)
337 words of story, 285 of background. I've got more story in my head, but I haven't had the time to figure out where and how I want it to come out.

Once I decided to focus on the people in the picture, the story just fell out.
joulez217
Nov. 30th, 2007 09:13 am (UTC)
Heehee it's still a lot of words though and you are doing really well with it! :) heehee.

Strange how most stories just fall onto the paper/word document and write themselves.
laligin
Nov. 29th, 2007 12:17 pm (UTC)
What can I say, except:

Squee!
crabby_lioness
Nov. 29th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
It's fun. I thought about starting off with Vader and Jack, but that didn't seem fair. They weren't the ones who actually posed for the picture. I want to give the spotlight to the guys who did the work.
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crabby_lioness
Nov. 29th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
Hint: the shirt is navy. ;)
tiggerbrasilf
Nov. 29th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
*rolls around on the floor* its fantastic that one image can be so inspiring!
fififolle
Nov. 29th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, excellent! I had no idea that Stormtrooper garrison existed, although I did wonder when I met one or two of them (presumbaly) at Collectormania the other weekend. Hearing a stormtrooper laugh is a bizarre and wonderful experience ;) Thanks for the fun! And what a great picture!
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