ByDan O'Halloran, writer at Creators.co
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Dan O'Halloran

Fan enthusiasm for Overwatch has taken many creative forms, from a '21 Days of Overwatch' fan art competition to various intricate cosplays.

But by far, my favorite has been this fanfic in the form of chatroom interaction among the Overwatch heroes when Winston sends out his infamous call to reactivate the Overwatch team. Here are some highlights from the "Overwatch Emergency Communication Channel (I Swear, It's Emergency Only)" by user ArcaneAdagio.

WINSTON: Everyone, this is an emergency only channel. If you can't talk out loud or if other forms of communication but you must speak to the team, then you should use this channel.

[TRACER] reentered [OVERWATCH EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION CHANNEL.]

TRACER: blimey this takes me back!! how long has it been since we last used this?

WINSTON: Lena. What part of emergency only did you not understand.

As you can imagine, things only go downhill quickly from here for poor Winston as he unsuccessfully tries to corral the various personalities that make up the Overwatch crew.

[LÚCIO CORREIA DOS SANTOS] entered [OVERWATCH EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION CHANNEL.]

LÚCIO: sweet a chatroom!!

LÚCIO: hana and me are playing some rhythm game in her room anyone wanna join

WINSTON: Oh my god.

[REINHARDT] reentered [OVERWATCH EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION CHANNEL.]

REINHARDT: i remember when there were just five rhythm heaven games, none of this redux ten hd 2160 p nonsense

Artist: Hiwonoafu
Artist: Hiwonoafu

When the team isn't facing down the evil plans of Talon or complaining loudly about how overpowered Bastion is on a payload map, apparently they're debating the proper name of the emergency channel.

TRACER: i dont think this is a proper title for this whole shebang yknow?

TRACER: we should think of a better chat name!

[TRACER] changed channel name to [CHEEKY NANDOS WITH OVERWATCH]

MCCREE: what the hell are cheeky nandos

D.VA: ^^^^ ??

TRACER: yknow its when youre with the ol bird and your chums and its ten bong and youre all a bit peckish so your mate says "hey lets get a cheeky nandos with the lads"

MCCREE: is this english

76: christ

MERCY: Lena, not this again…

GENJI: Please do not start referring to your guns as "cheeky nandos" or "the lads" again

TRACER: wot makes you think i ever stopped

LÚCIO: hanging with lena and the lads

MCCREE: stop

D.VA: just saw lena blast a merc in the facewith the lads

MCCREE: stop

TRACER: cheeky nandos with the lads AND the lads!!

Artist: lonefirewarrior
Artist: lonefirewarrior

And, of course, it wouldn't be fanfic without a some slash romance, now would it? Extra credit for the gremlin D.Va shrimp chips reference.

D.VA: LENA WANTS TO KNOW WHAT OVERWATCH’S POLICIES ON DATING TALON AGENTS ARGSJDSHSJDJDJDBDHEHS

[TRACER] reentered [CHEEKYNAND0S WITH OVERWATCH]

TRACER: NO!!!!!! NO NO NO

[SOLDIER 76] reentered [CHEEKYNAND0S WITH OVERWATCH]

76: What exactly is happening here

WINSTON: What do you mean “Talon agents.”

D.VA: DIRECT QUOTE FROM LENA!!

TRACER: DONT YOU DARE

D.VA: “DOES MAKING OUT WITH AMELIE COUNT AS FRATERNIZING WITH THE ENEEMYBTIEHESBSIEHEJEJEJSTPPJRKKLENATHATSMYKEYBOARDHDHDN

TRACER: NOOOOOOOOO

MEI: Oh my

76: are

76: are you kidding me.

TRACER: HANA!!!!!

D.VA: >:3c

D.VA: THATS WHAT YOU GET FOR STEALING MY SHRIMP CHIPS

TRACER: I DIDNT KNOW THEY WERE YOURS!!

D.VA: THEY WERE IN KOREAN!! WHO ELSE WOULD HAVE THEM??

Artist: NextGenHero
Artist: NextGenHero

And, as happens in most forums, secrets and drama abound. If you've been following the backstory to the game, Jack Morrison (aka Soldier 76) and Gabriel Reyes (aka Reaper) led the old Overwatch together until they apparently died in an explosion at Overwatch's Switzerland headquarters. Letting the world think they were dead, they're now back and bitter rivals. And, of course, Reaper is a forum troll.

[GABRIEL REYES] reentered [JACK DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO TALK TO PEOPLE].

REYES: This is as chaotic and miserable as I remember it.

WINDOWMAKER: This is my personal communicator, Reaper.

[JACK MORRISON] reentered [JACK DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO TALK TO PEOPLE].

MORRISON: i heard yelling did i miss anything impo

REYES: HOW ARE YOU ALIVE

MORRISON: I COULD SAY THE SAME TO YOU

MORRISON: I'M GOING TO BREAK YOUR FUCKING SKULL REYES

MORRISON: YOU SOMEHOW SURVIVE YOUR OWN EXPLOSION AND NOW YOU'RE RUNNING AROUND LIKE SOME BATSHIT TERRORIST WITH THE AESTHETIC OF A TWELVE YEAR OLD AT A HOT TOPIC????

MORRISON: AND YOU'RE STILL THROWING AWAY YOUR DAMN GUNS DO YOU KNOW HOW EXPENSIVE BUYING YOU LIKE 100 GUNS EVERY BATTLE WAS

D.VA: what's hot topic

TRACER: REYES HOW ARE YOU ALIVE!!! WHAT HAPPENED

[GABRIEL REYES] changed name to [REAPER].

REAPER: Gabriel Reyes is dead.

TRACER: YOURE VERY CLEARLY ALIVE????

REAPER: Overwatch is a pathetic sham of a group of "peacekeepers," filled with out-of-control members and an excuse of a leader. It failed before and will fall again.

D.VA: oOOOOOoooOhh look at me a floating cloud of smog with ideals who types in BOLD because it's EDGY and WORTH THE EXTRA FIVE SECONDS IT TAKES TO FORMAT THE MESSAGE people should TOTALLY take moral advice from ME

[D.VA] changed channel name to [EDGELORD CENTRAL].

via Jess Draws
via Jess Draws

Finally, Ana shows up to play moderator, because, you know, it's grandma tea time and ain't no one safe now.

[REAPER] reentered [EDGELORD CENTRAL].

REAPER: Death comes.

ANA: Gabriel.

REAPER: QUÉ PEDO??????

ANA: I expected better from you than this, Gabriel.

MCCREE: Ouch

REAPER: I...

REAPER: I don't need you, Amari.

ANA: I'm not mad, just disappointed.

REAPER: ...

[REAPER] exited [EDGELORD CENTRAL].

MCCREE: yeah you better run

ANA: He'll be back.

ANA: Jesse.

MCCREE: y

MCCREE: yes maam

D.VA: aw, he's flustered

ANA: what are you wearing

MCCREE: i

ANA: i bought you that buckle as a joke

These snippets just give you a taste of the eight chapters of Overwatch team chat shenanigans as dreamed up by writer ArcaneAdagio. I'm pretty sure they're not done yet either, so keep your eye out for additional installments.

Looking for more Overwatch fan art goodness? Check out one artists retro rockabilly vision of the Overwatch team and another illustrators idea of what the heroes look like while off-duty.

[Image credits: Bengal, Hiwonoafu, lonefirewarrior, NextGenHero, Jess Draws]