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You don’t know who we are.  You don’t know our names.  Heck, you don’t even know if we have names.  You don’t know where we’re from, how we got here, how we keep going.  But what you’re here tonight to learn, to know, is why we’re here.  Why the government’s after our heads.  Why the robots are on constant alert.  Why, every night, we risk our necks for you ignorant masses.

I don’t mean to offend when I say that; it’s the plain and simple truth.  You are ignorant, and we are here to teach.  Let me tell you a story…of the time before the robots.  Before the world fell to the iron will and iron soldiers of one man.

Before the robots there was music.  And I don’t mean the monotonous political garbage they feed you on the loudspeakers every night.  I don’t mean the mantra you chant daily, brainwashing yourselves into submitting and accepting.  I mean music with feeling, emotions.  The steady pulse of drums, the drive of an electric guitar, the pure soul of a piano…heck, even synthesizers cranked out good music…It was all real, it enveloped you in glorious sound, and you were one with the music, the bass shook you to the core, hurt your eardrums, but you didn’t care it was so good, and…

E-excuse me a moment…

(God…I miss those days…)

…Before the robots came people like you were heroes. Men, women, even children all ready and willing to sacrifice their lives, if need be, for a just and noble cause. The key words being people like you.  You may know this already, but allow me to refresh your memories.

Even after the world fell under darkness, even after the cities blazed red with unending fire, we had a hero. Two heroes, in fact. Brothers. Both were machines…but in a sense, they were more human than we were. The first was built to save mankind, but failed. After his near-destruction he turned on us, joining with the government of his own free will. The second wasn’t built to fight for us, but he chose to. He fought hard and well. And as victory neared, he turned his back on humanity and walked away, leaving us to die.

And do you know why they did so?

It was us humans. We were just waiting for a hero, waiting for someone to come and save us. We wouldn’t lift a finger to help them or ourselves.  And they both decided, in their own way, that if we weren’t going to fight…if we weren’t going to try to stand for ourselves…we were better off dead.

It took me years to realize it. But…they were right. If we continue to do nothing, the cycle shall repeat, and all we’ll ever know is submission. The time is now. We need to stand for ourselves. And that, citizens of (city name), is why we’re here tonight. Why we wield these salvaged, stolen instruments, why we crank up our dusty amps to awaken the soul with music. Why we implore you to listen to this message.

People of (city name), freedom is in our grasp.

When you leave this underground concert tonight, when you go back to your homes, drown out the loudspeakers with the sound of your own voice!  Take the mantra and reverse it; you have control; you keep us safe; you are our hope!  Take anything you can find that’s sharp and carve defiant words into the walls! Citizens of (city name), stand for yourselves!

…By tonight, we’ll be long gone.  You will likely never see us again.  But what you must do, what the world must do, is spread the word. Tell anyone you can of our message.  Tell them we can fight, we can rebel, we can win if we try.  And tell them most of all, that if only one man is ready and willing…if only one man comprehends…if only one man cries into the night ‘I will not submit!’…

Tell them, then, that Hope Still Rides.
So. I got a random burst of inspiration at school and scribbled this down in a notebook. Then I typed it up when I got home.

I kind of wrote it so you don't have to be familiar with the Protomen or Megaman to understand it. But I know you guys'll get it, knowledge of the band or not. :)
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DragonLord1975 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
I gotta get into this myself! Being a Mega Man fan all my life, I have to keep up.
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sonicrocks57 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
This deserves a slow clap turning into applause. :)
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lalalei2001 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
:) Thank you!
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sonicrocks57 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
You too, for creating one of my favorite inspirational speeches right now. :)
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:iconlalalei2001:
lalalei2001 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Wow! :) Think you'll ever deliver it? XD
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Falling-Into-Blue Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Very good. :)
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:iconlalalei2001:
lalalei2001 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Thanks!
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Falling-Into-Blue Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
I'd be more eloquent, but I just listened to the first half of Act 1 back-to-back. It hasn't worn off yet...
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lalalei2001 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Act II, you mean?
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Falling-Into-Blue Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Act 1. I'm starting Act 2 now, and it's shaping up to be just as bad- still brilliant, but awful- you know what I mean.

I happen to be more affected by the battle between Protoman and Megaman's ideals (and eventually, the brothers themselves) than the agony is doctors Light and Wily. I'm just weird like that, I guess.

Of course, that could change.
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antiquityrose Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Student General Artist
This is written really well. :) It reminds me of an idea that I was thinking of with my gf for a game before (but the music part got scrapped) that I still kind of wanted to explore.

...too inspired by The Protomen, ahah. :)
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lalalei2001 Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
XD Yeah? What is it?
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antiquityrose Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Student General Artist
Not sure what it is going to be called, yet. Kind of a little project that me and her are going to work on in the future. Not music-inspired much anymore, though. We have a pretty good concept right now, though, but I'm waiting until she's done with her current project.
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lalalei2001 Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
:D Cool!
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TheSamus999 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
This is an awesome piece of work.
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:iconlalalei2001:
lalalei2001 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
:D Thanks1
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kilian777 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
I can't wait for act III. Hope Rides and Hope Rises!
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:iconlalalei2001:
lalalei2001 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
Me either--thanks for the comment!
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:iconrynsi:
Rynsi Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Awesome. Just awesome.
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lalalei2001 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
:) Thank you!
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Templarking Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Wait, this -isn't- something they say before the shows?
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:iconlalalei2001:
lalalei2001 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
Nope, though KILROY usually says something similar, if shorter. o.o Where'd you hear about this?
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Templarking Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I typed "Protomen" into the search bar and this was on the front page.
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:iconlalalei2001:
lalalei2001 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
Oh, wow! Didn't know that. ^^
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AkariMMS Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010   Digital Artist
It's only now that I realize that I never faved this =O;

*rectifies that* xD;
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:iconlalalei2001:
lalalei2001 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
XD;
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ShoySlayer Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
That is awesome literature! Faved!
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lalalei2001 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
^^ Thanks!
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PsychoInABox Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This actually kinda made me feel all funny inside and a tear dripped down from my cheek. Very...very good. I love it.
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lalalei2001 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Awww...Thanks. :) *hug!*
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PsychoInABox Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Seriously. :hug: It's amazing.
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lalalei2001 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
^^ Thank you!
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Kagalei Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
I think you captured exactly what the Protomen were trying to say. Good job.

And now here's a couple of questions from one fan to another: What do you thing would have happened if (when Protoman and Megaman were fighting) someone had stepped up to help in the fight? And, after he turned his back on mankind, if someone finally stood up and rebelled against Wily, would Megaman come back and aid mankind once again?

You don't have to answer them if you don't want to but I thought they would at least be great topics for a couple of fanfics.
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lalalei2001 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
What i wonder is what would've happened if Protoman had won the battle...
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Kagalei Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Woo... Good question.
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lalalei2001 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
I posted on Facebook that the Protomen should let Proto win a Sons of Fate battle just once, and they said 'NONSENSE!" I don't think they know either. XD
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Kagalei Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Phooey. Looks like it's fan-fic time again.
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lalalei2001 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
:O I can't wait! XD
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lalalei2001 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
Hmmm. I think it'd depend on who the humans helped. ;p I don't think EVERYONE supported Megaman, after all. If they helped Megaman, Protoman might help take Wily down at seeing humans willing to fight. If they helped Protoman and Wily, Megaman would probably be pretty demoralized. He might leave without killing his brother.

As for whether he might come back after leaving, he might. Once he saw they're sincere and wouldn't give up. And if they wouldn't just let him fight when he came back.

I wrote another Protomen story, if you're itnerested. :) This one's about their drummer, Demon Barber. It's called 'Hands: A Protomen Story'.
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lordofallkobuns Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember when I first read this in the Comm, I got chills.

Rereading it...I still get chills. Just superb.
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lalalei2001 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
:D Thanks. Act II being out, I think, only adds to it.
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protomyth Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
This gave me chills to read. I love it.
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lalalei2001 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
:) Thank you! I wrote it before Act II came out but I think it still applies, for the most part. What did you like about it?
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MMZeros-DarkAngle Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009
Nice! ^-^
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lalalei2001 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009
:) Thanks!
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MMZeros-DarkAngle Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009
No problem XD
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lalalei2001 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009
^^
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Rockwell-Light Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009   General Artist
That was amazing, it sends a message that people need to hear in real life too. I really wanna get up and do something. I don't know what yet but I'll think of something... also I'm glad to have found others who love The Protomen too!
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lalalei2001 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
You think so? :) Thanks! ^^ G;ad you like it. I've done a prose story about the band as well as some art and an art meme, if you're interested :)
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Rockwell-Light Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009   General Artist
Sweet i'll go check em out =D
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