Welcome to the twenty-fourth edition of the Unofficial Literary Challenge: "Mirror Wars"!
Prompt #1: "Mirrors of Love" by @takeshi6
During an encounter with the Mirror Universe, be it repelling another Terran invasion or entering the other universe to run reconnaissance, you meet the Mirror Counterpart of an old love interest, one who, in your universe, has died (either a long time ago or fairly recently).
How do you interact with this Mirror of your old flame? Are they similar to their prime counterpart, or vastly different? And when your encounter with the Mirror Universe ends, what happens to them? Do they join you, giving you a second chance at love? Do you go your separate ways? Or are you forced to watch your love die a second time, or worse, have to kill them yourself?
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Prompt #2: "Temporal Research" by @aten66
Due to the nature of Noye's behavior and subsequent betrayal of the Alliance powers, you've been dragged into the investigations. You're not leading the investigation though; no, you are being investigated by your respective faction's Temporal Investigative Officer for potentially being the cause of Noye's erratic behavior, leading up to what's been classified as the 'Butterfly Incident' by the Alliance's respective Temporal Investigation Departments. What do they drag up, what do you find out you didn't even know?
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Prompt #3: "Ruins of the Departed" by @starswordc
Your crew begins an archaeological dig, investigating ruins of a long-departed people. As you walk among the empty acropolises and fallen cities, do you learn new truths about your own existence? Could it be that the conflicts of today go back far further than you thought? Do you discover lost technologies that could improve people's lives or their ability to wage war? Does the reason the civilization fell still haunt the ruins?
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Prompt #4: "Social Upheaval" by @patrickngo
The temporary stability of the Klingon Empire has relied on a succession of external enemies ever since the Iconians took out most of the High Council. In the wake of the Iconian war, and without an obvious external enemy, it's time for the Klingons to debate their future as only Klingons would: with disruptors, blades, explosives, starships, and harsh words. How does your captain deal with a simmering Klingon civil war, knowing what you know is out there? Will you try to stop it, will you pick a side, or will you just hope to get out of the way?
As usual, no NSFW content.
The discussion thread is here
Index of previous ULCs:
- The Kobayashi Maru
- Time After Time
- The Next Generation of Tribbles with Darkest Moments
- The Return of the Revenge of the Unofficial LC of DOOOOOMMMMMM!!!!!
- Back from the Dead?
- Gods of Lower Decks in Wintry Timelines
- Skippy's List: Starfleet Edition
- Revisit to a Weird Game, One of One
- In Memory of Spock
- Redux 1
- Delta Recruit
- Someone to Remember Them By
- In A.D. 2410, War Was Beginning
- The Sound of Q-sic
- Stand for the Crew
- A Future That Many Will Never See
- STO Thanksgiving
- Winter Wonderland Celebrations II
- Once In A Lifetime
- Coming Around Again
- In the Darkness
- The Company You Keep
- Battle Scars
"Two ways to view the world, so similar at times / Two ways to rule the world, to justify their crimes / By Kings and Queens young men are sent to die in war / Their propaganda speaks those words been heard before"
— Sabaton, "A Lifetime of War"
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