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The Forgotten Heroines of 10,000 Dawns Big Takeover! was the first story in the 2020 Forgotten Heroines of 10,000 Dawns April Fools' Day event. It was written by James Wylder.

Plot

Pathway emerges into Dawn 5 out of a pile of trash, startling a passing Ashlyn Oswin. Before Ashlyn can get a handle on what's going on, Miranda appears as well out of one of her spray-paint portals. Tense banter about jumping into garbage piles is interrupted by the appearance of Shona, from Dawn 6, who relates that she simply happened upon a portal to another reality while out on a walk and decided to check it out.

Making their way to a café, the four women are headed off by the Tourist, an edgy-looking dimension traveller who reveals that she was the one who gathered them here today. The metafictional meddler explains that Pathway, Miranda and herself are escapees from the 10,000 Drafts, with Ashlyn and Shona also getting short-changed in the “narrative” created by “Mr Wylder”.

She invites them along on a rip-roaring adventure to make people remember them, whether or not they have to die trying, aboard the Black Pyramid, the Tourist's ship which can travel through narrative itself.e broadcasting center on the View

Characters

Mentioned

References

  • The Tourist describes herself as a member of a species called the Elders, whom she says are Draft versions of the Firmament. Another Draft variation on the same concept are the God fought by Miranda.

Continuity

  • The characters discuss PROSE: 10,000 Dawns itself, of whose existence the Tourist is aware due to her metafictional nature.
  • The Forgotten Heroines head for the View, whose broadcasting center they mean to highjack to make themselves known to the entire multiverse. The View first appeared in PROSE: Winter's View in 2018.

Behind the scenes

The Forgotten Heroines of 10,000 Dawns Big Takeover! was released on March the 31st, 2020 for free on the James Wylder, Writer website. It was the first appearance in any completed 10,000 Dawns media of Pathway, the Tourist and Miranda, all of whom were characters in early, unpublished drafts of the project that would become 10,000 Dawns.

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