For All The Marbles is an ongoing story written by William_Dellinger on AlternateHistory.com that can be found hereOne hundred and sixty four of Earth history's greatest generals, statesmen, inventors, artisans, and religious leaders are pulled from across time and space for the sole purpose of creating a functioning government on an alien world. They have been pulled from their afterlives by Marvin, your typical Alien Space Bat, a player in the intergalatic game of myox.For the first three months of their journey, they must learn to work together to face the impending trials. There are many conflicting egos, old rivalries, and general disagreements for them to work through.The story is currently in its second draft, which is linked to above.According to Word of God, something along the lines of 16-20 books are planned.
Almighty Janitor: Aboard the Hub, the place where the Opening Ceremonies for myox take place, the bartender, named Ian, virtually runs the entire game
Always a Bigger Fish: Kind of the point of the whole game. Once you finish off one faction, there’s plenty more to take their place.
Anyone Can Die: Due to many of the general’s being lead-from-the-front types, and the tactics that have to be used in the early days, expect many of the mid-ranking officers to get promoted pretty quickly.
Applied Phlebotinum: The cloning technology that enables Marvin to bring back the great men and women of Earth.
Kit turned his attention back to the one with the sword. He could guess the man’s strategy just by looking at him. Accustomed to overpowering opponents. He’ll lead with an overhand strike. Move left, hit second man with foot to sternum. Strike first man at right temple. Take sword, cut throat. Block partner’s wild swing. Right foot to instep. Sword through solar plexus. All of these thoughts passed through Kit’s mind in a fraction of a second.
Back-to-Back Badasses: Attila the Hun, Leonidas of Sparta, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Christopher Marlowe when they flush out Theodore Roosevelt’s assassin.
Badass: Virtually all of the Terran pieces have their moments, though several do stand out.
Theodore Roosevelt takes on not one, not two, but three assassins alone, killing two.
Leonidas of Sparta vs. Spartacus of Thrace in hand-to-hand combat against each other.
Christopher Marlowe could probably take on the rest of the cast, being sneakier than just about everyone.
Socrates stares down Alexander the Great, outwitting him nonchalantly.
Colin Powell threatens to break Nathan Bedford Forrest’s spine if a certain word comes out of his mouth again.
George Patton facing off against Lord Mavra’s champion.
Badass Boast: Patton’s speech to Mavra’s champion, when asked “Who is this little man?”
“I am Colonel George Patton, commander of the 9th Cavalry. I’ve commanded armies that shook the Earth when we went into battle.” He stepped slowly toward the Mavra brothers. “I’ve faced down Mexican bandits, fought in the trenches of France, and wiped an army of evil from the face of the Earth. My army advanced farther, captured more enemy prisoners, and liberated more territory in less time than any other army in military history. That’s who the fuck I am. Now draw your sword, you bastard son of a whore, and prepare to be run through.”
Badass Bookworm: Nikola Tesla stands out, especially when he finally faces off against Lord Mavra.
“I suppose I should say something witty. But nothing seems to come to mind.”
Boom, Headshot: How Kit Marlowe takes care of Theodore Roosevelt’s assassin.
Character Development: Many of the characters have their own arcs over the story, but Alexander’s stands out more than most. His growth from arrogant, petulant child to humble cog in the machine allows his absolutely terrifying military genius to soar to new heights.
Christianityis Catholic: The Imperial Catholic Church consists of Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant members, though it eventually expands to include the Muslim, Jewish, and pagan characters as well.
Clarke's Third Law: The attitude of many of the pieces to Marvin’s technology. Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, and (surprisingly) Archimedes of Syracuse are about the only ones to really come close to understanding Marvin’s technology.
My Country, Right or Wrong: not an actual instance of this happening, but when Patton asks Rommel why they (the Germans) chose to follow Hitler, Rommel says that Hitler seemed to be the only one that could bring Germany out of the darkness, and for many of the Germans it was a matter of Germany first.
The Mutiny: The Terran pieces take matters into their own hands after finding out what exactly they’re supposed to do on this alien world. It fails, due to rebelling against an almost omnipotent Alien Space Bat, but the principle is still there.
Nerd Gasm: Stephen Hawking has one when he realises that Sir Isaac Newton is asking him to lecture both Albert Einstein and him (Newton) on the advancements on physics since the latter died.
Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: seen in a very negative light here. One of the other contestants, Irving, is always mentioned as someone who constantly cheats but always manages to cover his tracks.
Red Baron: They don’t get much better than Charles the Hammer.