…in which Moaning Myrtle is moaning for a whole different reason:)
And that’s as close to HP slashfic as I’ll ever get:)
More on the Time Travel theme
After having received a couple of thoughtful comments on my time travel post, I’m in a mood to write a bit more on the idea. Timewise, let’s say this all starts just about the time World War II ends. As for the date I’d be leaving, well, let’s say 2020.
After a bit of thought on the subject, I’m thinking that the way to start the whole history changing ball rolling would be to sow worldwide chaos and panic via the use of bioweapons, economic tampering and just generally scary messing around. This would do two things right off: badly disrupt the flow of Business As Usual and create an atmosphere of fear and paranoia that would leave much of the human race ripe for manipulating.
The bioweapon use is pretty much self explanatory. I reckon I’d start it in Russia (making sure I wiped out their atomic program early on) and China, but in fact, all countries would get a dose. Of course, I’d immunize a bunch of people beforehand, either because they would need to live to further the cause or (mostly) in case the bioweapons worked a bit too well.
Economic chaos would pretty much naturally follow the above, but I’d give it a helping hand. A crop failure here, some really bad stock tips there, the odd factory closing due to sabotage…pretty soon, the greedheads wouldn’t know what to do.
As for the generally scary messing around, well, you could go with a few “alien encounters” in small towns. Given the ability to use technology and 21st century makeup effects, you could put on a pretty good show. In a similar vein, why not make use of the superstitions held by many religious people and stage a few sightings/encounters with “demons” and “devils”? Mix into that a few monster sightings and unexplainable events and you could really stir things up.
After things were good and chaotic, you would want to start placing your loyal minions (AKA people firmly under your control via any number of means) into positions that allowed them to control certain things. Politicians, military personnel, fundamentalist preachers (this one being especially good for mass mind control), business leaders, scientists (easily lead about once you gave them the merest glimpse of knowledge from 2020), people in the entertainment industry (easily controlled given their vanity and generally low intelligence) and people in the news media…all of them would be doing their subtle or not so subtle bit to aid the cause.
I’ll write more on this later, but to clear up one question, let me say this: I would never let anyone see my real face…I would reward loyalty generously and punish disloyalty severely (and make sure all other minions knew about it)…I’d use my technology and skills to always be in several places at once…after initially contacting people and getting them on my side, they would never see me in person again. Effectively, I’d be The Shadow:)
Now, showering, eating and working.