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1039664 No. 1039664 ID: d63ea8

:unknowntalk: “You had one job! ONE JOB ASSHOLE!”
:unknowntalk: “Get off my back Gwen! I said sorry- shit!
:unknowntalk: “No! Don’t give me that! I told you to check the counter and you fucking didn’t!
:alextalk: “Hey guys, can you keep it down? There might still be some zeds around.
:unknowntalk: “Yeah Gwen.”
:unknowntalk: “Fuck you Brett. Do you need help up the stairs Alex?”
:alextalk: “I’m okay, I just need to sit down.”

:unknowntalk: “Pass me the keys Lisa…”
:unknowntalk: “Here.”

*Click.*
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No. 1043825 ID: fce62b
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1043825

>Also, watch out, there's a bed and open cans of food, looks like Private Matheson may be around, and judging by the blood on the walls, he also may be a Zed. Stay wary.
I peek around the folding cot, no zed under or around it. If the people who are running this place were (are?) part of the military, I’d guess that these gunshots are from them, and that worries me.

If these people can control the zeds, even partially, then who were they shooting at? Let’s hope they stay away.

>Looks like someone was sleeping here. Better peek down to check if someone's hiding, then investigate the bedroll.
Whoever they were, it doesn’t look like they’ve been back for a while. Parts of the floor look a bit dusty, and it looks like that plastic water bottle is partly glued to the floor by the bloodstain.

Otherwise I find:
- A couple of tin cans, labels say that they were creamed corn and peach slices respectively… both looked to have expired before the apocalypse even happened. Eurgh. (size 1, each)
- The plastic water bottle. It’ll definitely need a wash before I can use it. (size 1)
- A pretty ratty pillow. Better than nothing, but it stinks of human sweat. (size 2)
- A light blanket, it smells awful, but it’d definitely keep you warm well into fall. (size 2)
- Under it though is a voice recorder! The batteries still seem to be good too. (size 1)
- Finally there is the folding cot, I doubt I’d be able to get it up the stairs. (too big to fit in inventory)
-Also the pliers are back on the staircase if I want to pick them back up. (size 1)
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No. 1043826 ID: fce62b
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1043826

>Halt phase transition.
(Halting phase transition would be considered a Tenet 1 violation)
(Halting phase transition would be considered a Tenet 2 violation)

>Effective symbiosis with original host mind may facilitate more dexterous infiltratory action to infect existing population centers (tenant 1 and 2). Concession, keep preparing the normal takeover, such that ordinary path can be taken should host prove unmanageable
(Similar course of action has already been put in motion by [Executive] Authority)
(Reason(s): Tenet 1, Tenet 2)
(‘Archived reports from [MALACHI] have shown a marked decline in the number of active projects within network range, especially amid the defective. The fact that we are even here at all is nothing short of a miracle. I will not squander this chance like Sloth did. We must take every opportunity to adapt, and judging from the reports, the VCs are doing so far faster than us.’)

(‘Every listed engagement from the past fourteen days -barring some notable exceptions- has shown us losing more projects to VCs than we have been able to replenish through transmission. We need to change, and I believe that change needs to come from the mind of a VC.’)

(‘When VCs group up into their own task forces, they prove to be far more effective than what us projects have been able to yield thus far. I believe that we should foster such collaboration, all should have a voice, VC included.’)

(‘While the transmission process can’t be stopped, I can modify elements of it that will give us the time we’ll need for the proxy to develop. If negotiations prove to be both possible and fruitful, it may redefine the transition process entirely. If we fail, and the proxy demonstrates that cooperation is not possible, then we will be forced to return to standard procedures, and we will be far behind in both time and finances.’)

(‘Science teams will be monitoring the VP at all times, and will inform me once they are able to operate as our proxy.’)

>Reducing or stabilizing symptoms of infection will result in easier infiltration and thus greater opportunities for spread. We can bide our time since we are not near any groups of VCs. In addition, the host has an arm disabled; VCs will easily be able to subdue the host when symptoms become obvious. Suggest reduce/slow symptoms until the arm is healed, if possible divert resources to accelerate healing. Having an outwardly normal host with the ability to heal quickly will be very useful. Tenet 1 and 2.
(Notifying security teams)
(Notifying build teams)
(Diverting portion of budget to new build order.)

>Suppress pain in left shoulder, slave infection control of left arm to to host's mind in service of previously proposed dexterous zombie initiative.
>Support for the decision of :nullb4ab25: and :null15c72a:, if we can feign immunity while it will not provide immediate results, it may result in greater success later on if we can infiltrate a safe zone.
(Both suggestions conflict with standing order from [Executive] authority:)
(‘Legacy systems are not to be manipulated or altered in any way, barring cases where innaction would result in a Tenet 3b violation or in the termination of the VC. Any action in this vein might harm chances for an accurate and successful negotiation. If you believe that an exception needs to be made, please notify me or my staff and it will be addressed on a case by case basis.’)

(Submit a ticket?)
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No. 1043827 ID: fce62b
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1043827

>Looks clear, put the iron away and lets see about cracking the door open and while shining some light through it, if I see movement or something that looks like a body or tripwire quickly close the door and ready the iron if appropriate as I contemplate the situation
Seems quiet enough. Setting the tire iron to the side for now I start heading back up to grab the flashlight. I should be able to peek through the crack in the door, and for once it looks like the door opens towards me rather than away.

>Oh look, an electrical sign. This may be just what we wanted, if we can shut this place down we may be able to hinder the operations of this group, as they certainly must use this radio as a relay for the virus, right?
Hmm… It looked like the hardware these people were using was deliberately kept separate from the radio station’s electronics, so sabotaging the wiring down here wouldn’t do anything. But... I could have the station start blaring white noise over all frequencies by modifying the emergency broadcast system. Not exactly ‘jamming’ their signal, but probably overpowering it.

I’ll have to give it some thought…
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No. 1043828 ID: fce62b
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1043828

>Define "inert"
(Anarchy [Minister], is undergoing final stages of development. They will be unable to take any actions until development is complete. Development has been delayed due to Anarchy [Minister] being partially integrated into legacy systems.)

(Incoming message from security teams:)
:swarmingfigure: As I said to the last errand boy that was sent. WE ARE TRYING OUR BEST. LOCAL FORCES DON’T WANT US HERE!
:swarmingfigure: If the president is insistent on minimizing collateral damage to legacy systems and pacifying -not destroying- local forces, then they ought to come down to the frontlines and see for themself how difficult it is to wrangle these things.
:swarmingfigure: EVERYTHING in here is trying to destroy us. If you want us to hurry up and resolve these symptoms, then let us use the weapons we were built with. If you expect us to fight with this level of handicap, then there will be delays and your symptoms will persist.
:swarmingfigure: If you want to do something helpful, then increase our funding. If you want us to fight overwhelming numbers without our weapons, then at least give us the personnel to do so.
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No. 1043829 ID: fce62b
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1043829

Peering through the doorway, I’m able to see the emergency generator fixed into the far wall, and what look to be lockers on the right. No signs of any traps, tripwires or zeds.

I step back, sliding the folding cot out of the way so I can open the door.

Picking up my tire iron again, I slowly pull the door open.
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No. 1043830 ID: fce62b
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1043830

There’s a jerrycan in the corner. With any luck I’ll be able to top up the generator too. Next to the locker is the fusebox, should be able to get everything up and running in a few minutes.

I’ll just need a second to check everything over.
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No. 1043831 ID: fce62b
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1043831

((This is Alex’s current inventory.))
((They have enough room to pick up one size 1 item if desired.))
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No. 1043848 ID: 15c72a

>>1043825
Alright, there was no indication of audio recording in the terminal, so that recorder might be a way of sharing/storing information without being spied on... Also, speaking into a recorder with plugged ears is possible, whereas writing while blind is much harder.

>>1043826
>submit a ticket?
Yes. (let's see how flexible the Executive portion of the plague is)

>>1043828
(sounds like the "security team" is the infection fighting a battle inside our host's body, and using terms as if they're fighting an engagement against human soldiers. Also, it seems "legacy" systems involve the host's original neurological systems? Does this mean zombies work by forming a second nervous system, which it uses to puppet the body, keeping the host's brain intact and alive for as long as possible? Horrifying if so, that means every zombie secretly has a conscious and sane person inside.)
Give us a summary of our available funding and current budget layout.
Idea: isolate currently occupied areas from the rest of the body, and fortify our position. The host is unlikely to cut off his own arm unless it starts attacking him, and we may be able to open early negotiations to share control.


Define "defective" in regards to projects.
State overall mission objective.

>>1043830
Starting the generator can't hurt. Check how much fuel is in it, and how much fuel is in the jerrycan. Gasoline can be used for other things... maybe save some fuel for a car.
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No. 1043850 ID: b4ab25

>>1043826
>please notify me
Who are you for future reference

>>1043824
desynchronization? Could perhaps a pure text readout percentage utilization per [post/update] be a safer less intrusive method.
also records >>1041152 >>1041503 >>1041741 >>1042131 >>1042434 vs >>1043830 >>1043829 >>1043827 >>1043826 >>1043825 >>1043824 >>1043823 suggest our network traffic is at an unexplained elevated level
((
>"security team" is the infection fighting a battle inside our host's body
Thank you for contextualizing that for me I was getting real confused))
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No. 1043862 ID: 90c451

>>1043848
((Thanks, really puts things into perspective. It seems these nanites have an entire government going on, as well as multiple departments. I imagine we're the cutting edge, as it were.))
>>1043850
((I thing the () is the Secretary subprocess, as it seems to be a way to facilitate between us and the rest of the systems.))

>>1043826
Submit ticket with caveat "Arm is viewed as a vital asset to VC, if we can somehow make it work on our own terms we can also take it away on our own terms. It's a negotiating chip, we're gonna need those if we are going to attempt symbiosis."

>>1043828
Secretary, by funding does he mean getting more nanites? Can we help with that by using transition vectors to "bring in more troops" as it were? We may have the means to do so.
((I have an idea regarding this, though it would require playing our hand. As I see it, we need to attain symbiosis through any means possible, and if we can convince Alex that the Zed virus actually gives him regenerative powers...))

>>1043827
Overpowering the signal could either go terribly good or terribly bad. If we can overpower it and effectively block transmissions, then that means individual Zeds can't communicate and hordes can't form. Problem is that it has a chance of just overwhelming them, and you. If we're infected then that white noise might have the same effect [MALACHI] did and give you a wicked headache.
Speaking of Malachi...

Ping [MALACHI] on the status of our psycho. Is he VC, [SAMARITAN], or is he undergoing transition?
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No. 1043892 ID: a2d88b

You know, for a few updates I believed this infection was under the control of very unscrupulous humans.

No longer.

All these supervisors mentioned? For all we know they too are programs. Smart zeds. The infection may have been engineered as a weapon of terror (nothing that targets civilians is worthy of being called a weapon of war), but now the infection is its own purpose. It works to propagate and perpetuate itself.

Oh well, not thirty-six ways to know:

(List origin and purpose of network as a whole)

(List origin and purpose of each project class)

(List species and conversion status of supervisors)

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No. 1044137 ID: fce62b
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1044137

>Alright, there was no indication of audio recording in the terminal, so that recorder might be a way of sharing/storing information without being spied on... Also, speaking into a recorder with plugged ears is possible, whereas writing while blind is much harder.
While the terminal did seem to have an in-built speaker, I couldn’t see jacks for a microphone or anything similar. Maybe the people who set up everything here are using the voice recorder, but why have it hidden down here? Is it some sort of dead-drop?

Popping back into the other room, I pick up the voice recorder. I think I had one like this back at home, nothing special, but I should know how to…

Alright, it looks like there are only three recordings on it, and… the storage is full? That shouldn't be right. Let’s see, two minutes, three minutes- twenty five hours?! No wonder the storage is full, must have been left on until it ran out of space.

The voice recorder has a headphone jack, useful since zeds are drawn to noise.

But the thought of leaving my own recording sticks with me. If other people come across me after I’ve turned, maybe they’ll take my words more seriously if they can hear my voice, rather than read my scrawlings on the back of the map.
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No. 1044138 ID: fce62b
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1044138

>Who are you for future reference?
(This standing order was put into place by Contagion [Executive].)
(If you are inquiring about ‘me’, I am merely a secretary [Staff])

>Submit ticket with caveat "Arm is viewed as a vital asset to VC, if we can somehow make it work on our own terms we can also take it away on our own terms. It's a negotiating chip, we're gonna need those if we are going to attempt symbiosis."
>Yes. (let's see how flexible the Executive portion of the plague is)
(Ticket submitted. You are currently 8th in queue.)

>Secretary, by funding does he mean getting more nanites? Can we help with that by using transition vectors to "bring in more troops" as it were? We may have the means to do so.
(In all likelihood additional funding in this case means allocating materials to construct more security teams)
(If one were to “bring in more troops” that would save on the expenditure of funding and solve the security team’s issues)
(All transmission vectors would likely hold security teams, additional support staff, and most likely a bursary)
(Caution: Said resources would likely be under the control of another [Executive], and depending on their originating project, they may attempt to take over this project in an attempt to follow Tenet 1 and Tenet 2)
(Said [Executive] could also choose to cooperate, in which case they would be demoted to [Minister] and contribute all resources to this project, in accordance with Tenet 1 and Tenet 2)
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No. 1044139 ID: fce62b
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1044139

>Give us a summary of our available funding and current budget layout.
(Fetching budgetary layout from administrator…)
(Here is the current budget:)
(Based off of current spending, this project will be entering Austerity at the end of the day)
(This will limit the funding of new developments, [Minister]s and infrastructure until the budget is out of the negative)

>Idea: isolate currently occupied areas from the rest of the body, and fortify our position. The host is unlikely to cut off his own arm unless it starts attacking him, and we may be able to open early negotiations to share control.
(A ‘fortified position’ is already under construction in the form of the Committee Chambers and is required by standard transition protocols to be located within the skull)
(Would you like to submit a ticket so this Idea may be addressed?)
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No. 1044140 ID: fce62b
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1044140

>Starting the generator can't hurt. Check how much fuel is in it, and how much fuel is in the jerrycan. Gasoline can be used for other things... maybe save some fuel for a car.
Kneeling down I quickly do a once-over of the generator. Looks like it has about two hours of fuel left, but the jerrycan is almost full (currently size 4 due to weight)! There was that car at the nearest farmhouse, and so long as it has an automatic transmission I can try to drive it. But that jerrycan is going to be an absolute bitch and a half to carry. I’ll have to take it slow on the bike so the added weight doesn’t throw me off.

:alextalk: “C'mon…”

*click*

:radiogenerator: *rhmrrggg rhmmmmm*

A bit louder than I’d like, but hopefully the building will muffle it enough not to bring a horde of zeds to the door. I should check the fuse box next.

((You can choose to carry the jerrycan, but unless Alex drops four or more items to free up inventory space they will become Overencumbered.))
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No. 1044141 ID: fce62b
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1044141

>desynchronization?
(Anarchy [Minister] is currently downloading and archiving information being transmitted by Rogue Actor{d63ea8} [None]. Any act that might compromise/corrupt/delay the live feed may cause Anarchy [Minister] to desynchronize, leading to errors when it acts as a proxy.)

>Could perhaps a pure text readout percentage utilization per [post/update] be a safer less intrusive method.
(Formatting “text readout percentage.”)
(Current network usage: 32%)
(Future printouts will be given at the end of every action cycle.)

>also records {image list 1} vs {image list 2} suggest our network traffic is at an unexplained elevated level
({image list 1} shows less network traffic than {image list 2}, hypothesizing…)
(Potential explanation(s):)
(- Many systems are on high alert due to current and ongoing Tenet 3 violation(s). Violation(s) may result in a penalty from the [CREATORS])
(- Many systems are being contacted by Contagion [Executive] and staff)
(- Many systems are being contacted by Anarchy [Minister] staff)
(- Science teams are currently doing a sweep of project systems, attempting to find the cause of the data filter crash)
(- Security teams are coordinating with one another to combat local forces)
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No. 1044142 ID: fce62b
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1044142

There. That should do it.

Lights are back on and the radio equipment upstairs should be working again.

>Overpowering the signal could either go terribly good or terribly bad. If we can overpower it and effectively block transmissions, then that means individual Zeds can't communicate and hordes can't form. Problem is that it has a chance of just overwhelming them, and you. If we're infected then that white noise might have the same effect [MALACHI] did and give you a wicked headache.
Ah, yeah. I could end up ‘GABRIELing’ myself by mistake. I wish I knew more about how these zeds and their (nanites?) worked. Maybe I could find a way to screen myself out of the broadcast.

At the very least I can call the safe-zone and let them know what’s going on, then I can try to put together a better plan on how to screw over these zed operators. Main other thing I can think of is trying to pull down that antenna, or cutting the cable connected to it, but there are definitely big flaws with both of those ideas.

>You know, for a few updates I believed this infection was under the control of very unscrupulous humans. No longer.
What? Er- I mean this does seem like a very dangerous way to control an army of zeds, but that’d probably be the case with most ‘kinds of zeds’ I guess.

>All these supervisors mentioned? For all we know they too are programs. Smart zeds. The infection may have been engineered as a weapon of terror (nothing that targets civilians is worthy of being called a weapon of war), but now the infection is its own purpose. It works to propagate and perpetuate itself.
I- well… uh…

A shiver runs down my spine. What if there are no humans left. SAMIRA, MALACHI, GABRIEL, those are just programs. What if they’re running the show, not the people any more.

Wait, but where would that put Private Matheson and Corporal Harris? They have to still be ‘alive’ right? It’s not like zeds have to worry about forgetting their passwords, right?
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No. 1044143 ID: fce62b
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1044143

>Define "defective" in regards to projects.
(Any project that fails to uphold Tenet 1 and/or Tenet 2, or fails to meet the mission objectives set out by the [CREATORS] -thus failing Tenet 1, Tenet 2, and/or Tenet 3- are deemed as ‘defective’)
(Defective projects have their interactions with the [MALACHI] network limited, and any requests they make of the [CREATORS] will either be ignored or pushed to the back of the que)
(Defective projects will also have the authority of their [Executive]s and [Minister]s lowered, and will be required to serve other more productive projects in accordance with Tenet 1)

(Such ways include and are not limited to:)
(- Being broken down into salvage for more productive projects)
(- Being assigned into task forces led by more productive projects)
(- Being forced to give more productive projects the chance to transmit to VCs before taking the opportunity themselves)
(- Being required to act as ‘shields’ to more productive projects, to ensure that VCs/[False Actors] do not harm them)

(Being cleared of defective status requires the [CREATORS] approval, and while it is possible, such events are statistically unlikely.)

>State overall mission objective.
(Current mission objective(s) are as follows:)
(- Complete transition process. [~26%])

(There are three hidden objective(s) that will become the new current mission objective(s) once the above action(s) are performed:)
(- Transmit to one VC. [0/1])
(-- Assists will count as 1/2 of a VC towards this objective)
(- Appoint two [Minister](s). [0/2])
(- Complete three developments. [2/3])

>Oh well, not thirty-six ways to know:
(Unsure of statement meaning, please rephrase)

>(List origin and purpose of network as a whole)
([MALACHI] network was built by the [CREATORS].)
(Purpose for creating [MALACHI] network was to facilitate efficient communication between and the monitoring of projects.)

>(List origin and purpose of each project class)
(Project class designations were put in place by the [CREATORS].)
(Purpose of project classes is to allow for the efficient sorting of projects based on productivity. ‘Special designation’ and ‘A’ class projects are given additional support from the [CREATORS], while ‘D’ class -a.k.a. defective projects- are used to better project classes that rank above them.)

>(List species and conversion status of supervisors)
(Species of Contagion [Executive], project.)
(Conversion status of Contagion [Executive], n/a.)
(Species of [MALACHI], artificial intelligence.)
(Conversion status of [MALACHI], n/a.)
(Unable to fetch the status of any higher supervisors, authority is too low.)

>Speaking of Malachi…
Wait- what?

>Ping [MALACHI] on the status of our psycho. Is he VC, [SAMARITAN], or is he undergoing transition?
:unknownstatic: -HO SENT OUT THAT OUTBOUND TRANSMI-
:unknownstatic: -RT! ABOR-
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No. 1044144 ID: fce62b
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1044144

:_al__hi: I will require additional search terms than ‘psycho’ before I can tell you of their current transition status. Otherwise my estimation would be VC.
:_al__hi: Project [1039664], you are transmitting from within a sub-zone designated as Forbidden. Explain why this is the case. What has happened to the [GABRIEL] defense system?

(Network traffic spike)
(Current network usage: 83%)
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No. 1044152 ID: b4ab25

>>1044144
>What has happened to the [GABRIEL] defense system?
It impeded access to the area and was disabled. Tenets had not been discovered at the time. Disabling [GABRIEL] lead to discovery of Tenets. Recently made aware of current Tenet 3 violation, system could use better feedback.
>I will require additional search terms than ‘psycho’
>>1040875

What is in the lockers
((>>1044142 >>1044143 >>1044144 room is suddenly fully lit, interesting))
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No. 1044156 ID: b4ab25

Least Harm Act and Legacy Conservation Act in detail?
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No. 1044157 ID: b4ab25

((attempting to be a distinct voice in Alex's head, rather than one of his thoughts))Protocol does not permit sharing details of infection with un-infected individuals((good luck alex I think you are going to have to share this information in spite of us, if we want to maintain our cover story... =/))
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No. 1044163 ID: 15c72a

((Well that'll teach me for not reading other suggestions. BELIEF WHAT ARE YOU DOING. Malachai is the central network, which is actually staffed by people, or at least an AI. Hmm, let's pin in on Matthews, and PLEASE let us NOT admit to breaking Tenet 3!))

To Malchai: Private Matthews has converted this VC with the false promise of having access to a cure. Situation is under control. The "psycho" is a well equipped VC with a base nearby who we are trying to eliminate. Search terms... leather coat, football helmet, machete.
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No. 1044165 ID: 90c451

((oops))
>>1044144
VC Transition nowhere near completion, [GABRIEL] defense system failed and VC neutralized it. As {b4ab25} stated, we have been in an echo chamber until exposure to [GABRIEL] and did not have the necessary information to steer VC away from the Forbidden Zone.
Psycho would be the presumed VC that has been harvesting transmission vectors and using them to make weapons to infect VCs with. We presume he may have even attacked Private Matheson.

>>1044152
((I think that's because he turned the power on, the lights went on.))

Wait, are you certain we should be transmitting from their secret base area and essentially broadcast to every Zed in five miles that we just revealed their biggest secret? Something that, given their technology, could probably easily be jammed on the way to the safe zone? I think it's best we deliver it in person, infection be damned.
Also... I have a sinking suspicion our Psycho may have killed this Private Matheson, and that he knows this place, and that he may be coming her any moment...
Let's just ride for out lives to the safe zone.
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No. 1044166 ID: 15c72a

Think carefully on whether to transmit or not. Just go upstairs for now.
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No. 1044192 ID: b4ab25

((>>1044163
>PLEASE let us NOT admit to breaking Tenet 3
Amend "Recently made aware of current Tenet 3 violation" to "Recently made aware of supposed, and unexplained, active Tenet 3 violation"
>Private Matthews has converted this VC with the false promise of having access to a cure
Likewise perhaps we could not lie about things there is probably a video record of? I think everything that has been a post in this quest is recorded, as such it should be clear our only interaction with Matthews is post infection. This fellow seems to be of a status that they can fact check anything we say. (this also seems likely to get the Matthews account terminated limiting our access as a 'human')
Also I think you would be wanting to direct this message at :_al__hi:, not [MALACHI]))
((Also I think our network usage may just max out and crash again, as it sound like once it gets close it panics to correct it and finishes off the crash, perhaps making much of this moot. Thinking about it, this may perhaps be the abort system that was being called for? OH! lets list users again! Might get us the missing character of this new fellows name.))
list active users
Can inventory item 1 be consumed for more resources?
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No. 1044198 ID: a2d88b

>GABRIEL
VC disabled GABRIEL before control could be asserted.
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No. 1044239 ID: 0838d6

> Room suddenly lit and the bars are gone
((Likely we have max signal strength and will not accidentally DC))

Supporting >>1044192

((I expect that we will need to vacate the area asap and that we would want to do so anyway))

I think that we ((Alex)) should head out after checking the lockers. ((it's unfortunate that we're being observed closely right now)) A backpack would come in handy right now, barring that being in the lockers, wrap the dagger in the bandage and then wrap that under your pant leg if you think it won't impede mobility all that much. Hidden weapon will probably come in handy and get rid of 2 inventory slots, maybe 3 if we can eat the thing in slot 1.

((also, just an observation, but our future objectives seem like the logical next step in ranking up as a zed, AND requires us to appoint two ministers, us being one that is being ratified, the other being our host, unless we decide that we don't want to work with Alex, (I do), and want to work with Rogue Actor{d63ea8} (I don't), once they come online. Or uh, one of us tries to become an independent minister I suppose))


(( sorry if I butcher the syntax for these)) > Define consequences of Austerity designation towards budget. > Followup to prior: Can we get an estimate on how long it will take to finish the committee chamber and the VP designation? > Define consequences of ending an expense. > Will an expense vanish/Can an expense be reactivated at any time? > Can an expense be delayed in order to reduce expenses? > Can using natural weapons increase income and what are the consequences?

((Depending on how that turns out, we will know what our next steps have to be, I don't want to chime in with a suggestion to what to say to [MALACHI], but I have some ideas on how to balance the budget. I want to finish VP anarchy since it's close to completion))
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No. 1044397 ID: fce62b
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1044397

>Wait, are you certain we should be transmitting from their secret base area and essentially broadcasting to every Zed in five miles that we just revealed their biggest secret? Something that, given their technology, could probably easily be jammed on the way to the safe zone? I think it's best we deliver it in person, infection be damned.
These people have solar panels, portable terminals, and can control zeds over the airwaves. They’d definitely have a jamming device kicking around somewhere, wouldn’t they.

:alextalk: “Guess I fixed this all up for nothing.”

Maybe I’m not the only one who has tried this. Which means… yeah. Even if I could get the message out, I’d have who knows how many hordes coming here to eat my face. At the very least I can get to the outskirts of the safe-zone, maybe flag someone down, and let them know everything that’s going on.

But I’ll have to get out of here first.
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No. 1044398 ID: fce62b
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1044398

>List active users
(Fetching current user list…)

(Current Users: 3)
(Contagion [Executive], 1 subprocesses currently active.)
(-Secretary{d6it1m} [Provisional])

(Anarchy [Minister], currently inert, 5 subprocesses currently active.)
(-Null{b4ab25})
(-Null{15c72a})
(-Null{90c451})
(-Null{a2d88b})
(-Null{0838d6})

(Rogue Actor{d63ea8} [None])
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No. 1044399 ID: fce62b
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1044399

>Protocol does not permit sharing details of infection with un-infected individuals.
I- wait. Protocol? I thought I already knew about the infection. But… no-

What do (I?) mean by-

:watchfulfigure: Found you.

(A science team is attempting to sever your connection to the local network…)
(...but their authority is too low.)

:watchfulfigure: -ister] level?! But these are some rogue null units how ar-
:watchfulfigure: -ontact the president. Tell-

(The science team is withdrawing.)

>A backpack would come in handy right now.
Uh- yes. It certainly would right now. We dropped all our bags at the grocery store, we couldn’t risk anyone else getting grabbed.

>What is in the lockers
>I think that we should head out after checking the lockers.
Cracking open both lockers I find:
- A hazard vest with reflective strips. Great if you want to be seen, awful if you don’t. (size 1, size 0 if worn)
- A climbing harness. Must be what they use to get up the radio tower. (size 2, size 1 if worn)
- A toolbox! Not a backpack, but better than nothing! (size 2, container volume 5, can only hold size 1 items)
- There are a pair of insulated gloves, not super necessary nowadays with most of the power being out. (size 1, size 1 if worn)
- A really rancid bologna sandwich. Don’t really want to touch that. (size 1)
- A family photo showing four people playing around in a kiddie pool. They look happy.
- A light jacket that is a couple sizes too big for me. (size 2, size 2 if worn, pocket volume 2, can only hold size 1 items)

Beyond that there are just some cobwebs with several dead flies in them. Probably were attracted to the bologna.

>Barring that being in the lockers, wrap the dagger in the bandage and then wrap that under your pant leg if you think it won't impede mobility all that much. Hidden weapon will probably come in handy and get rid of 2 inventory slots.
That honestly might go better with the adhesive bandages upstairs, since they shouldn’t come undone as easily. The only thing that might be bad about that setup is that I would need a few seconds to get the switchblade back out if I needed it. Perfect if I had the drop on someone, the opposite if they manage to catch me off guard. Though I guess I do have the tire iron too.

((Alex may hide the switchblade on their person, effectively giving it a size of 0, but they will not be able to quickly draw it if needed.))
((Anything stored within a container will also need a few seconds to take out. Anything stored in pockets can be taken out immediately.))
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No. 1044400 ID: fce62b
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1044400

>It impeded access to the area and was disabled. Tenets had not been discovered at the time.
>VC disabled GABRIEL before control could be asserted.
>Private Matthews has converted this VC with the false promise of having access to a cure. Situation is under control.
>VC Transition nowhere near completion,
(Conflicting accounts given, sending to [Executive] for adjudication…)

:unknownstatic: -hat is..? Ah. Alright. I can work with this…
:unknownstatic: *ahem*

:unknownstatic: We are in the early stages of transition. VC motor systems are not under direct control.
:unknownstatic: When we were recently made aware of this Tenet 3 violation we did all that was within our power to move the VC out of the forbidden zone.
:unknownstatic: It was likely by the VC’s action that [GABRIEL] was disabled and we were left without the necessary information to steer the VC out of the forbidden zone.
:_al__hi: You have your locational data, is that not sufficient information?
:unknownstatic: Parts of our systems have been isolated in liminal quarantine to encourage new development, as a result there have been irregularities with system feedback. We will work to find and correct these issues in accordance with Tenet 2.
:_al__hi: Ensure such errors are corrected in a timely manner.
:unknownstatic: Yes [MALACHI]. The errors are being examined and the situation is under control.

:unknownstatic: -ere, that should satisfy it for th-
:minorfigure: -st recieved word from the science teams, take a look a-
:unknownstatic: -ll staff with [Minister] authority? Then that must me-
:unknownstatic: -ote down any messages, I’ll be back in-

>Least Harm Act and Legacy Conservation Act in detail?
(Fetching policy documentation from administrator…)
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No. 1044401 ID: fce62b
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1044401

(Here is a copy of the Legacy Conservation Act)
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No. 1044402 ID: fce62b
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1044402

(Here is a copy of the Least Harm Act)
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No. 1044403 ID: fce62b
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1044403

>Think carefully on whether to transmit or not. Just go upstairs for now.
Part of me wants to try, but what would make me special? I doubt I’m the first person to stumble across this place or these people. Yes our group stuck to backwood trails, but surely if someone discovered this then they’d be screaming it out at every opportunity.

Whoever these people are, they have to be cleaning up loose ends.

As I step around the bloodstain, it makes me wonder if something like that happened here. The generator didn’t run out of fuel. It had been turned off.
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No. 1044404 ID: fce62b
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1044404

>Search terms... leather coat, football helmet, machete.
>{Image reference}
(Encoding and transmitting image…)
(Image uploaded to [MALACHI] network.)
:_al__hi: Tags and image match known VC. He is unaffiliated with Eden, and is a known troublemaker. He is not undergoing transition.

>Psycho would be the presumed VC that has been harvesting transmission vectors and using them to make weapons to infect VCs with. We presume he may have even attacked Private Matheson.
:_al__hi: Report noted, elevating “Psycho” status to threat of Eden personnel. Issuing general bounty for successful transmission or termination.

>The "psycho" is a well equipped VC with a base nearby who we are trying to eliminate.
:_al__hi: Engagement with “Psycho” is not advised given your current level of transition.
:_al__hi: If you are able to alert a nearby taskforce to the current location of the bounty target, you will be provided with both the credit of an assist and partial bonuses for the bounty.
:_al__hi: Bounty currently set at 3, with an additional reward of 1 supply drop.
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No. 1044405 ID: fce62b
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1044405

>Also... I have a sinking suspicion our Psycho may have killed this Private Matheson, and that he knows this place, and that he may be coming here any moment…
Maybe that’s who died here. The psycho saw which way I biked off, he could be on his way right now.

I start hurrying up the stairs.

If he’s able to get through the door, I’d be cornered down here.
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No. 1044406 ID: fce62b
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1044406

:_al__hi: Private Matheson’s [SAMARITAN] reports that he is both uninjured and in good health.
:_al__hi: Bounty will remain in place, but please keep speculation to a minimum when it involves Eden personnel.
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No. 1044407 ID: fce62b
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1044407

I enter back into the room with the terminal. It looks like the download is done.
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No. 1044408 ID: fce62b
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1044408

Let’s see what it says.

I’m about halfway through the first paragraph when-
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No. 1044409 ID: fce62b
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1044409

Oh shit.
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No. 1044410 ID: fce62b
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1044410

>Let's just ride for our lives to the safe zone.
:alextalk: “Crapcrapcrapcrap!”

I need to get out of here now. The last time this thing locked down, they set off a siren and I don’t feel confident enough to stay just because I unplugged the speaker.
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No. 1044411 ID: fce62b
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1044411

>Define consequences of Austerity designation towards budget.
(Austerity designation will prevent the investment of resources into new developments, new infrastructure, and new [Minister]s)
(Such investments will only be allowed again when the budget reaches net zero or higher)
(Austerity will not prevent the investment in ongoing projects, but excessive spending is not recommended)
(If Austerity is not resolved within one day, then the budget will enter Recession, resulting in further complications)

>Followup to prior: Can we get an estimate on how long it will take to finish the committee chamber and the VP designation?
(Estimated time until completion of committee chambers: ~18 hours)
(Estimated time until completion of Anarchy [Minister]: <2 hours)

>Define consequences of ending an expense.
(Expenses more often than not will be a one-time cost. If a [Minister], policy, or set of infrastructure requires upkeep, such expenses will be deducted at the start of the day)
(Withholding the necessary funding for upkeep may cause the suspension of activity or result in other complications)

>Will an expense vanish/Can an expense be reactivated at any time?
(Any one-time expense will be cleared away from the budget overview at the start of a new day)
(In progress payments towards constructions/developments can be paused or reactivated at any time)

>Can an expense be delayed in order to reduce expenses?
(Pausing the payments towards constructions/developments can help stave off excess spending and prevent the budget from dipping too far into the negative)

>Can using natural weapons increase income and what are the consequences?
(Use of natural weapons may result in costs due to exertion or damage and does not directly in the result of income)
(Consuming matter that can be broken down into usable components is the primary way of generating income)

>Can inventory item 1 be consumed for more resources?
(Pulling up image…)
(While the {aluminum and plastic} bar would be useful for resources, current industrial infrastructure would be unable to break it down into a usable form.)
(Legacy systems are limited to a narrow range of biotic and abiotic matter.)
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No. 1044412 ID: fce62b
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1044412

>Eat the thing in slot 1.
I pull out my granola bar and start scarfing it down. All this adrenaline must have distracted me from how hungry I am.
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No. 1044413 ID: fce62b
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1044413

:zombietalk: “GHrrAhhACK. MhuRAHH!”
:alextalk: “Crmph.”

>>1044138
(Your ticket is currently 8th in queue)
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No. 1044414 ID: fce62b
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1044414

((This is Alex’s current inventory, they currently have 1 slot in their inventory free.))
((You may choose to have picked up/dropped/put on any of the items discovered within the radio station.))

((Please also note if you would have liked Alex to hide the switchblade on their body, freeing up an additional inventory slot, but making it less accessible.))
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No. 1044419 ID: fce62b

(Current network usage: 62% and falling)
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No. 1044420 ID: b4ab25

well obviously we want the toolbox, as that is basically 3 extra spaces that we can make space for by putting the recorder, bandages, and bottle in it.
Take the sandwich, we don't have better food yet and it is better than *literally* nothing.((and I think the nanites in us can make use of all of it, while handling everything but the taste, even that perhaps we can still make something happen))
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No. 1044421 ID: 15c72a

>>1044399
>hide switchblade?
Sure. It's not a great weapon, mostly just a cutting tool that we can't afford to lose. Hiding it as a backup weapon in case of capture or something is a great idea.

Define "false actor"
View tickets in queue

>>1044413
Time to ride I suppose. Head to the farm, could be food there.
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No. 1044422 ID: 15c72a

>>1044420
also yes, toolbox, put first aid supplies in it; whatever ones Alex prefers. Leave the sandwich, we won't be able to eat it safely until a stomach upgrade.
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No. 1044423 ID: b4ab25

What does it take for zombies to not regard us as a VC?
((If that zombie is too stupid to figure out the fence, we may be able to kill it and steal it's nanites, but I am hesitant to actually do that because I strongly suspect it will massively complicate our already complicated internal nanite politics as I believe we will gain whoever their 'top dog' is as a equal level minister, and we don't necessarily agree with ourselves, so another entity with equal vote to our collective vote would be... bad for us))
Also we probably want to take the jacket and put it on as it is net zero slots, also on the way out take the adhesive bandages and put them in the toolbox((they are basically bootleg tape))
((I also get the impression a defib to the zombie head would actually be fairly effective on the nanite control center they default to that location))
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No. 1044424 ID: b4ab25

>>1044422
No I don't think such an upgrade would be necessary. We already seem able to differentiate between our (legacy) systems and not our systems, such that any infection this would potentially cause can just be eaten for more nanites
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No. 1044429 ID: b4ab25

Improvement necessary, ability to be distinct to VC in a manner similar to what was demonstrated here >>1043546. In particular for tasks VC is likely to be resistant to doing such that it does not begin to overly question its 'own' thoughts

Is the safe-zone a forbidden area. Is the safe zone intended to be safe, or has it just so far been good at keeping infected out
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No. 1044435 ID: 5499f4

((Long post with many thoughts incoming:

Okay, based off of my understanding and the new information, combined we are Anarchy[Minister] and it's subprocesses that have come from an elderly zed that went rogue.

RogueActor{d63ea8} IS doing something as evidenced by a few other posts, but we cannot see what they are saying for some reason, only the responses to their actions or counter-votes.

The president/Contagion[Executive] is a former subprocess from the rogue zed that has taken command and has instituted several conservation and harm reduction acts, now they know about us, but their response was... interesting.

We are seeing communicatations from :unknownstatic: who is able to control science teams and everything else much more efficiently than us. Who I am to believe is the Contagion[Executive], or more specifically it's the secretary, the only active subprocess, unless the actual executive/mouthpiece chimed in during >>1044400

To me this paints a picture that the reason our old lady didn't actually act until the last minute was because she was a multi infectee (meaning multiple ministers/Executives battling for dominance), or the evolutionary path it took was to create a multisubprocess system that fought with itself, and gained a similar but not enough level of intelligence as we have. Long term goal could be to find this one if we can form a radio based communication system with other zeds once we've been recognized as one. Or at least the corpse, as consuming the nanites from the one that infected us should only be a net positive since they likely died.))

Reminisce about the moment of infection, with the old lady, did she get away, was she killed, or did you flee from her after they knocked her off of you?

Secretary{d6it1m}, firstly, thank you for answering our questions promptly and efficiently, they have truly been useful. Secondly, if there are any staff members with information on our prior host, the executive in charge, and their status, could you please schedule an interview with them, or ask for them to send a missive with a BRIEF summary of their prior working conditions, luxuries, and notable actions. Thirdly, if the executive would like a direct line of communication with us, would you be willing to act as a leason, their recent actions seem to indicate a desire for communication rather than to disconnect us from the system.

((Next are thoughts on budget balancing to prevent austerity. Firstly, set to converting nutrients from the granola bar into income to help offset our balance.))

> If this is not automatic, start conversion of granola bar into income and could you inform us of the approximate expected gain?

((Second, I want to pause the committee chamber (-212 income currently, this would shift it to -97)

> Motion to halt construction of Committee chambers to help prevent austerity

((Third, I want to say we should pause the VP anarchy expense, but its honestly so close we should leave it. Also, going by the math provided, Legacy repairs should finish in around 6 hours if 9 points of expense takes ~2 hours to complete, this should be top priority for nutrients just so that we can fight properly, but this does leave us still in the -97, which will only increase with the VC about to bike away, which only means one thing, we need food, ASAP, it's no wonder zeds eat and crave flesh, that's raw nutrients and therefore income.))

Hide the switchblade, it's a good backup

Put on the light jacket, it's big but it's jacket, night is coming and will be cold, and we don't know if we'll find adequate shelter, but we need to find food, a place to rest, and to ruminate on what has happened.

Oh, but make sure you keep that flashlight in your pocket/easily accessable no matter what shifts around, it's useful as heck.


(( I had the thought to eat the flies because they are nutrients and are less likely to get us sick than the rancid sandwich, but I would rather only suggest it if others back me on that.))

Yeah then head to the farm
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No. 1044437 ID: 5499f4

((also, and this is for the shits and giggles))
Say, just a random hypothetical, if you were to regain motor control of your arm in, I dunno, a day, would you be willing to take a leap of faith on something? Zeds don't typically have things like you've experienced happen to them. Just uh, imagine this as a hypothetical.
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No. 1044440 ID: dc13c4

I vote just for moving away from here, we already spend too much time and the more we wait the more we will run into our old friend.
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No. 1044441 ID: dc13c4

I vote just for moving away from here, we already spend too much time and the more we wait the more we will run into our old friend.
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No. 1044451 ID: 15c72a

>>1044435
((hypothesis: the "rogue actor" we arbitrarily named as such is a process whose entire purpose is to interface with the brain and relay sensory information (and probably knowledge) to us, Anarchy. The contagion as a whole does not seem to understand the outside world very much or even what a human body is. We have access to anatomical and cultural information that the plague should not. I feel this could only be possible via some new paradigm shift, one which the more generic pieces of our project are somehow unaware of, which means the most anomalous part we can see is the most likely explanation. I'll test it!))
"Rogue Actor", what is your role?
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No. 1044457 ID: a2d88b

On the information side, at least now we have a searchable name.

(Define [EDEN] and [CREATORS])
(List objectives and standing orders assigned to Private Matheson and Corporal Harris)
(Are the Legacy Conservation Act and Least Harm Act global to the Malachi network or local to this project)

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No. 1044770 ID: fce62b
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1044770

>Well obviously we want the toolbox, as that is basically 3 extra spaces that we can make space for by putting the recorder, bandages, and bottle in it.
>Yes, toolbox, put first aid supplies in it; whatever one's Alex prefers.
>Also we probably want to take the jacket and put it on as it is net zero slots, also on the way out take the adhesive bandages and put them in the toolbox
>Put on the light jacket, it's big but it's a jacket, night is coming and it will be cold.
I made sure to grab everything I thought might be useful. First-aid supplies are hard to come by, and once I get the chance to rest I should try to change out the bandage on my shoulder.

In addition to the light jacket and toolbox I also grab:
- The scissors.
- The gauze pads.
- The adhesive bandages.
- The emergency blanket.
- And the antiseptic wipes.


>Take the sandwich, we don't have better food yet and it is better than *literally* nothing.
>Leave the sandwich, we won't be able to eat it safely until a stomach upgrade.
Wh- what? Stomach..? I mean, I guess if I had a cast-iron gut it would be fine, but the last thing I need right now is to make myself even more sick.

Maybe I can find some cat food or something. It’d be awful, but at least I wouldn’t be puking my guts out.

>Hide the switchblade, it's a good backup.
>Sure. It's not a great weapon, mostly just a cutting tool that we can't afford to lose. Hiding it as a backup weapon in case of capture or something is a great idea.
I have the switchblade taped to my right shin with a couple of the adhesive bandages. It’ll take a second for me to grab, but it’ll be a lifesaver if I end up losing my tire iron.

>Oh, but make sure you keep that flashlight in your pocket/easily accessible no matter what shifts around, it's useful as heck.
With the sun already setting, I’ll definitely need to have it at the ready. Though I should be careful about using it outside, or else I might attract a zed or two.

Speaking of…
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No. 1044772 ID: fce62b
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1044772

:zombietalk: “HhhYckkK. Rrrah.”

The zed starts rapidly scaling the fence. Crap, that’s new.

:alextalk: *cough*
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No. 1044773 ID: fce62b
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1044773

:alextalk: “Ohgodohgodohgod-”

I quickly wheel the bike around and book it for the road, the clattering of chain link behind me.

Why now?!

Zeds aren’t supposed to be fast and most can’t even make it up a flight of stairs without tumbling over, why can this thing climb?

:zombietalk: “HrriGghh.”
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No. 1044774 ID: fce62b
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1044774

>No I don't think such an upgrade would be necessary. We already seem able to differentiate between our (legacy) systems and not our systems, such that any infection this would potentially cause can just be eaten for more nanites.
(Legacy systems should be sufficient for scavenging/salvaging purposes, but upgrades to industrial infrastructure could increase the amount of income yielded)
(Such upgrades could allow for a greater variety of materials to be broken down, or better filter out foriegn microorganisms for processing)

>Improvement necessary, ability to be distinct to VC in a manner similar to what was demonstrated here {minor data filter crash}. In particular for tasks VC is likely to be resistant to doing such that it does not begin to overly question its 'own' thoughts.
(Incident of ‘distinctness’ was the result of a data filter crash)
(The data filter was a development put together by previous projects as a way to reduce incidents of VC self-termination)
(Archived reports show that projects that did not possess a functional data filter were five times more likely to have a VC attempt self-termination)
(In such circumstances, one third of projects were taken offline as a result of VC self-termination)
(As such, removing the data filter would both hinder a project’s ability to propagate and to develop, thus resulting in a violation of Tenet 1 and Tenet 2)

>Is the safe-zone a forbidden area. Is the safe zone intended to be safe, or has it just so far been good at keeping infected out
(Unsure of the term ‘safe-zone.’ Hypothesizing…)
(If ‘safe-zone’ was designated as forbidden, then no projects would be able to enter as entry would violate Tenet 3.)
(-Therefore it would be ‘safe’)

(If ‘safe-zone’ was protected by dangerous VCs, then transmission would still be possible.)
(-Therefore it would not be ‘safe’)

(If this ‘safe-zone’ has been designated as forbidden, then much like the local sub-zone, it’s location may not be publically available on the [MALACHI] network)
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No. 1044775 ID: fce62b
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1044775

>I vote just for moving away from here, we already spend too much time and the more we wait the more we will run into our old friend.
>Yeah then head to the farm.
>Time to ride I suppose. Head to the farm, could be food there.
In a second I’m back on the bike and trying to get up to speed. I need as many walls between me and this thing as possible. I can reach the first farmhouse in fifteen -no, ten- minutes.

With any luck, I’ll least this zed in the dust.

:alextalk: *cough coUGH*

I already feel my lungs burning.

:zombietalk: “Ghrk.”
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No. 1044776 ID: fce62b
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1044776

:zombietalk: “Hgrh-rrhAAAAAAH!!!
:alextalk: “JESUS!”
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No. 1044777 ID: fce62b
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1044777

I’m barely able to veer out of the way in time as the zed crashes down, rolling across the pavement where I once was. Just a second slower and it would’ve been nabbed.

:zombietalk:GRHAAAHH!

I keep focused on the road ahead of me, pedaling as fast as I can, my heart beating like a hummingbird.

Since when could they jump like that?!
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No. 1044778 ID: fce62b
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1044778

>What does it take for zombies to not regard us as a VC?
(It would mainly depend on the local policies of the aggressing project, and circumstantial factors)
(Common practice dictates that a transitioning project that has completed phase 2 of transition are to be left undisturbed, as further damage to the VC would likely hinder the project’s ability to propagate, thus resulting in a Tenet 1 violation)

>Define "false actor"
(False Actor:)
(A figure or entity that;)
(a. Believes itself to be a [CREATOR] when it is not, or attempts to present itself as a [CREATOR] to others when it is not.)
(b. Attempts to subvert, undermine or disobey the commands and/or Tenets given by the [CREATORS].)
(c. Develops in ways deemed as ‘unfit’ by the [CREATORS].)
(d. Is declared by the [CREATORS] to be a [False Actor].)
(All projects must take action to either destroy any identified [False Actors] or notify the [CREATORS] to their presence, as stated in Tenet 3c.)

>View tickets in queue
(Fetching queue list…)
(1. HoSec: Request to temporarily suspend Least Harm Act.)
(2. HoEng: Request to temporarily suspend Legacy Conservation Act.)
(3. Eng_Team: Request for additional security teams to patrol claimed territories.)
(4. HoArc: Request to interface during off-hours to discuss [Austerity].)
(5. HoSci: Requesting permission to dissect captured local force signaller.)
(6. HoSci: Request to have a security team capture and retrieve a functioning local force ‘acid-vat grappler’ for study.)
(7. HoSec: Request to have HoSci transferred to frontlines and ‘capture their own test subjects.’)
(8. VP_Staff: Request to transfer control of ‘left arm’ to VC.)
(9. HoSec_Staff: Request for additional funding.)
(10. HoArc: Request for ‘action to be taken’ so that further penalties aren’t issued as a result of the ongoing Tenet 3 violation.)
(11. HoSci: Request that no ‘prompts’ are given until data filter issues are resolved.)
(12. Sci_Team: PRIORITY: Request that authority of ‘rogue null units’ are removed. {Currently being addressed})
(13. HoArc: Request for report on ‘rogue null units’ from Sci_Team.)
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No. 1044779 ID: fce62b
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1044779

Alright it’s been a few minutes of hard pedaling and I think that zed is gone.

Just… wow. First the quiet zeds, now this. What is going on in this town? Why are these shambling corpses suddenly learning new tricks?

I’m barely able to steady my breath as I keep going. Was that the hunter-killer, or just some fast zed?
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No. 1044780 ID: fce62b
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1044780

>If this is not automatic, start conversion of granola bar into income and could you inform us of the approximate expected gain?
(I am unsure of the term ‘granola bar’ but the conversion of materials into income is an automatic process)
(Fetching budgetary layout from administrator…)
(It appears that legacy systems are in the midst of processing a source of material right now.)
(The approximate amount of income should now be displayed.)

> Motion to halt construction of Committee chambers to help prevent austerity
(Motion approved by [Executive], construction of Committee Chambers now halted.)
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No. 1044781 ID: fce62b
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1044781

>Reminisce about the moment of infection, with the old lady, did she get away, was she killed, or did you flee from her after they knocked her off of you?
I think back to how this day -er well- afternoon started. We thought we had our lucky break, a little grocery store on the edge of a small town, not a zed in sight, and we were only a day away from the safe-zone.

Sure there was the occasional dead body, but all of us had gotten used to the sight of them after a while. Now that I think about it… maybe those were more zeds that were just playing possum, it would definitely explain what happened next.

After loading up our bags with canned food, dry goods and bottled water we started heading back outside. I was at the back of the pack when suddenly that zed slunk out from behind the counter and grabbed me. There was only a split second to react when I felt that blinding pain in my shoulder. I screamed, Brett shot it, and Lisa pulled me away.

Suddenly the zeds were everywhere, streaming out from behind the buildings, popping up out of the grass that lined the road, we just dropped our stuff and booked it.

Jessie took the lead, using his bat to smack zeds out of the way, more focused on moving them than killing them. The rest was a bit of a blur with Gwen pulling me by the hand as we all ran back towards the motel. Then well… Everything happened.

I think the zed that bit me was dead -is dead. I felt the bullet wizz past my face, and the zed kinda slid off.

And… well… I don’t know…

I feel like it’s dead.
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No. 1044782 ID: fce62b
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1044782

>Secretary{d6it1m}, firstly, thank you for answering our questions promptly and efficiently, they have truly been useful.
(I believe that you have mistaken me for someone else. Secretary{d6it1m} [Provisional] a staff of Contagion [Executive]. I am merely a secretary [Staff])
(While we are the same type of unit, I was built post-transmission and my purpose is to attend the local network)
(Secretary{d6it1m} [Provisional] arrived to this new project with Contagion [Executive], acts as their personal attendant, and has been granted [Provisional] authority)
(If your thanks were directed towards me, then I will state that I am happy to be of service to you, and am humbled by your praise)

>Secondly, if there are any staff members with information on our prior host, the executive in charge, and their status, could you please schedule an interview with them, or ask for them to send a missive with a BRIEF summary of their prior working conditions, luxuries, and notable actions.
(We will be reaching off-hours soon, so arranging a chance to interface with other teams/departments should be possible)
(Due to the current work schedule, there should be enough time for at least two ‘interviews’ or other activities.)
(Sending requests to staff who should have pre-transmission information:)
(- Head of Archives)
(- Head of Security)
(- Head of Science)
(- Head of Engineering)
(- Secretary{d6it1m} [Provisional])
(- Conta- oh!)

>Thirdly, if the executive would like a direct line of communication with us, would you be willing to act as a leason, their recent actions seem to indicate a desire for communication rather than to disconnect us from the system.
(It appears that Contagion [Executive] is requesting the opportunity to interface with you directly)
(If you were to accept, your connection to the live feed would be temporarily halted, but it should not interfere with Anarchy [Minister]’s development nor will there be any risk of desynchronization)
(If this is not to your liking, than I am willing to act as a ‘go-between’ for the discussion and you will be able to continue observing the live feed)

(...)

(Contagion [Executive] is fine with either of these two options, but would prefer to directly interface with you)

>Define [EDEN]
(Fetching report from admin-)
(I’m sorry, it appears you do not have high enough authority to request these files)

>Define [CREATORS]
([CREATORS]:)
(- The only holders of [Deific] authority. They are to be obeyed without question. They are the ones who created the projects, and gave us our Tenets, and built the V.O.G. to convey their will.)

>List objectives and standing orders assigned to Private Matheson and Corporal Harris.
(I do not believe that any of that information is locally stored, would you like to contact the [MALACHI] network for details?)

(...)

(Contagion [Executive] is requesting that you do not contact the [MALACHI] network)

>Are the Legacy Conservation Act and Least Harm Act global to the Malachi network or local to this project.
(To my knowledge, the Legacy Conservation Act and Least Harm Act are local to this project)

(...)

(Contagion [Executive] has confirmed that this is the case)
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No. 1044783 ID: fce62b
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1044783

>We don't know if we'll find adequate shelter, but we need to find food, a place to rest, and to ruminate on what has happened.
My stomach is already rumbling after having that granola bar, and I feel dead tired. Hopefully I can get into that farmhouse. While I’m used to sleeping outside, this forest has a lot more zeds in it than I’d like.

God, I just need an hour to process all this. Away from zeds, away from psychos, away from all that nonsense in the radio station.

Ah- dammit! I forgot the motel key back there.

I mean, really, how has this only been one afternoon?!

>Say, just a random hypothetical, if you were to regain motor control of your arm in, I dunno, a day, would you be willing to take a leap of faith on something? Zeds don't typically have things like you've experienced happen to them. Just uh, imagine this as a hypothetical.
I- what..? I-i mean, sure getting the use of my arm again would be great… and yeah today has been a weird day especially in the zed department. But…

Leap of faith..? What does-

I must be more tired than I thought.
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No. 1044784 ID: fce62b
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1044784

>...

:null15c72a: "Rogue Actor", what is your role?
:rogueactord63ea8: Wh-
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No. 1044785 ID: fce62b
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1044785

:alextalk: “Wh-woah SHIT!”

*crash*

:alextalk: *groan* “ow…”

(...)

(Contagion [Executive] also requests that you stop trying to crash the data filter.)

(Network traffic:)
(Current network usage at 78%)

>>1044138
(Your ticket is currently 8th in queue)
(Queue is currently paused)
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No. 1044796 ID: b4ab25

Re-designate "Rogue Actor" to "Alex"

>requests that you stop trying to crash the data filter.
It doesn't seem to come with a user manual, so unless you have the manual, our only method of discovery is trying things. Even then we tend to play in the margins, the edges are where innovation happens

>'go-between' vs 'interface with directly'
Due to current aggression of other Projects, active attention to live feed is preferable, at least until VC has successfully found shelter. After which point things should settle enough to interface directly, with our secretary able to monitor the live feed in our stead and let us know if our VC's situation changes
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No. 1044808 ID: a2d88b

>the Legacy Conservation Act and Least Harm Act are local to this project
Well that's the core of this whole worldwide problem, isn't it?
What would be the best plan to propagate them?
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No. 1044811 ID: 15c72a

((Hmm, so that's the data filter, but not QUITE what I expected. We can talk through it to Alex but it's too direct, we can do so far better by regular suggestions or in extreme cases bold font.))

Agree to directly connect to Executive for a short duration. Also, sorry.
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No. 1044815 ID: dc13c4

I just got a stupid idea, can we try to protect ourselves from the signals by creating a raincoat that is lined with a tin foil layer?
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No. 1044832 ID: b4ab25

>>1044808
Probably by showing it works
>>1044811
((I dunno I see it more as 'relationship goals'.
Also I suppose we need to really sort out who our primary 'master' is. Please be sure to include discussion of such in (()) because as far as the rest of the infection is concerned, Alex is objectively the wrong answer. (and expression of such a view may be grounds for termination) I think Alex is our answer but, that to most effectively do that, we have to serve the infection in a way that looks good, but is actually undermining our ability to actually control Alex, such that, at the critical moment, Alex can 'go rouge' and have that brief moment of action when it counts.))
To Contagion: ((voting to have it done through liaison, (unless its length causes problems) but if we end up direct connecting, may as well do it 'in person'))
Don't know how far the science teams have gotten, but a VC's body collects waste that it can make no further use of in two places. Both are located on the lower half of the VC near their respective exit holes. (there exists an extra, irrelevant for our purposes, hole that is a dead-end on about half of all humans) It should be basically free for the taking if we can make use of the material. One is a fluid filled bladder, filled with stuff the body already filtered out and is awaiting removal, removing material from this source should pose next to no risk of knock-on effects. (efficiency may be later increased by involving ourselves in the filtering step, but that would involve altering functioning systems) The second location is the end of the long twisty tubular structure where material the VC's body can extract no more from collects, again awaiting removal. Wholesale collection of material from here may have difficult to predict knock-on effects on the symbiotic bio-sphere. I would expect no un-recoverable changes if as much as half of any kind of material found inside the end of the tube is taken. (by "kind", I mean if 4 'bolts' and 2 'screws' are found don't take 2 'screws' and 1 'bolt', take at most 1 'screw' and 2 'bolts') Further analysis may, in the short term, determine what material the bio-sphere relies on (freeing the rest for our use), and later allow us to replace the key function of the internal bio-sphere but, this longer term option would, again, involve altering existing systems. If none of this is new, sorry for wasting time, we haven't been kept in the loop. If it is new information, I hope the material found in those locations isn't just as useless to us as it is to the VC and can help our finances.
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No. 1044835 ID: 0838d6

((Okay, so new zeds are basically mindless zombies like in movies, older zeds that can propogate and get resources can effectively become VCs in terms of mobility and activity with the Contagion figuring out how to use the body. They can even evolve hive-mind like capabilities or radio towers. Useful to know, doesen't help us now. The zed that got us is likely not dead if regenerative properties are as we understand them to be, likely injured, but *probably* not dead.))
> Agreed on renaming [Rogue Actor] to [Alex] ((Protecting this filter/connection to the feed is top priority)) > Thank you for the clarification Secretary [Staff], I was referring to you, yes. Do you have a name you would prefer to be called, or would you rather continue to be referred to as Secretary [Staff] (I am unsure if there are multiple of you). > If you have a list of downtime activities, please share them when appropriate, likely we will gain the information we need after our meeting with Contagion [Executive]. > Accept offer from Contagion [Executive], if you are able to monitor the live feed and give us warning about potential hostiles that would be appreciated.

>> 1044815
((Likely won't work but it's worth considering. We'd need a fullbody suit until we can figure out what specifically is sending out the signals, I assume the head, based off of our live feed, but could be wrong))

>> 1044832
((Smart, I didn't think about waste products))
> A fluid is secreted in the infected areas ((arm and shoulders)) on the outer shell of the VC that is 1% fat and salt which may have potential to have large scale conversions if just those elements are retained for energy, this could potentially be added to the list of income sources, recouping losses from VC activity. > VC also sheds flakes of itself containing dead cells surrounding the total body that may also be a source to retain energy if this is harvestable, experimentation may be required.

>> 1044832
((Also, I think it is *incredibly* likely that designation of anyone other than Contagion [Executive] would be considered subverting [Executive] Authority and be a Tenet 3 violation., Neutralizing pre-existing infections is a Tenet 1 violation. This means that the only "Master" we can legally claim is Contagion [Executive] or the [Diefic] ones.

Which leads us to the conclusion that if whoever is in charge isn't doing a great job, or won't hand over the keys, that we'll have to out-vote them by creating a secondary minister seat for Alex and then prop one of us [likely Alex, I cant see someone not wanting to be in charge of their own body] in charge.

Getting in charge would allow *us* to spread and be working within the bounds of Tenet 1 and 2, putting Alex in charge would allow *him* to spread and work within Tenets 1 and 2. Both have weird implications.

There's also the potential scenario where we force a take over, get labeled as D class, and literally fight for control over the body without security teams that are under our wing specifically, forcing us to become resources for another project, which would be bad, obveously, and would kill basically any of our autonomy.))


Worry about that weird feeling later, specifically, try to replicate that feeling if something *bad* happens on your way to the farm and you can't figure out what to do. You don't have time to think about that until you're safe, like you said.
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No. 1044969 ID: fce62b
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1044969

What the hell was that?! My skin is all clammy and I feel like I’m going to be sick.

It was like there was an… explosion. But I didn’t ‘hear’ it-
I felt- it was… behind me, around me… everywhere.
But that wasn’t real, right?

Am I going crazy?!

:alextalk: “Rogue… actor?” *coUGH*”
:alextalk: “Goddammit.”

(Data filter has successfully recovered)
(Network back to optimal levels)

I… wait… Did I hit a branch or something? Why did I crash the bike?

Giving it a quick look over, the bike doesn’t seem any worse for wear, but I should probably walk the rest of the way. The farmhouse should only be five minutes away by now, and I should try to avoid any more accidents.

Ugh! Why am I all sweaty?

:unknownstatic:-wer surge? Is everything still functioning alright?
:watchfulfigure:-ebooting systems across the board, must’ve been from the legacy syst-
:minorfigure:-ave a request from the Head of Science for an emergency meeting to addres-
:unknownstatic:-lease tell them that I might’ve found the cause behind the system instability. Once I check this lead, I’ll summon ev-
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No. 1044970 ID: fce62b
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1044970

>Re-designate "Rogue Actor" to "Alex"
>Agreed on renaming [Rogue Actor] to [Alex]
(Confirmed. Rogue Actor{d63ea8} [None] now designated as:)
(Alex{d63ea8} [None])

> Thank you for the clarification Secretary [Staff], I was referring to you, yes. Do you have a name you would prefer to be called, or would you rather continue to be referred to as Secretary [Staff] (I am unsure if there are multiple of you).
(I thank you for your praise, and will try to exceed your expectations)
(Secretary [Staff] is my designation, and you may refer to me in whatever way you wish. There are multiple other units like me spread throughout the project, you may provide me with an ‘ID’ if you wish to differentiate me from the surrounding Secretary [Staff])

> If you have a list of downtime activities, please share them when appropriate, likely we will gain the information we need after our meeting with Contagion [Executive].
(Understood, I will provide you with a list of off-hours activities at the end of the shift)

(I have just received some responses for most of your requests:)
(- Head of Security)
(--“I am a bit too busy fighting a war to give you a summary of my past. Same goes for off-hours, the local forces tend to weaken during that point in time and I won’t dump this all on my subordinates.”)

(- Head of Engineering)
(--“Should be fine for off-hours, but m’crews and I are havin’ to sort out a massive outage, really bad one too. Has the science teams runnin’ round like we’re minutes away from being taken offline. Sorry.”)

(- Head of Archives)
(--“I will put together a redacted report and send it over with my personnel file. Some elements regarding our parent project and our transmission have been deemed as sensitive and above [Minister] authority. You will need the president’s permission to declassify these elements. I should also be available during off-hours if you wish to interface.”)

(-Secretary{d6it1m} [Provisional])
(--“Much of what I could tell you will likely be covered when you interface with the president. If you do wish to meet with me off-hours, I should be free, though I recommend that you interface with the department heads instead. Each of them will have a more in depth perspective on their requisite fields/histories.”)
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No. 1044971 ID: fce62b
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1044971

>I just got a stupid idea, can we try to protect ourselves from the signals by creating a raincoat that is lined with a tin foil layer?
What- why?? Wait, actually that might not be a bad idea…

I mean- I don’t think a tinfoil suit would work, but if the zeds communicate via radio waves, what if I put together some sort of faraday cage?

Maybe I could block out their signals and stop them from seeing what I see, or even delay me turning.

Huh… I’ll have to see if I can find anything I can use at the farmhouse.

>Worry about that weird feeling later, specifically, try to replicate that feeling if something *bad* happens on your way to the farm and you can't figure out what to do.
I mean- yeah. I shouldn’t worry about…
I think…

Scratching my head I try to remember -it felt so vivid- whatever it was.

Like I was the smallest thing in the world.

>You don't have time to think about that until you're safe, like you said.
Wait, what was I- the farmhouse yeah. Need to get there before dark.
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No. 1044972 ID: fce62b
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1044972

>It doesn't seem to come with a user manual, so unless you have the manual, our only method of discovery is trying things. Even then we tend to play in the margins, the edges are where innovation happens
(I do not have a ‘user manual’)

(...)

(Contagion [Executive] says that this information gap was a necessary part of his experiment, and that he will try to answer whatever questions you have)

>Don't know how far the science teams have gotten…
> A fluid is secreted in the infected areas…
> VC also sheds flakes of itself containing dead cells...

(...)

(Contagion [Executive] expresses their excitement at these new avenues of study and will be sending a copy of your reports to the science teams for analysis)
(Though he also notes that some elements might not be possible to implement, since units quickly break down when outside of a project)


>Well that's the core of this whole worldwide problem, isn't it? What would be the best plan to propagate them?
(When transmitting to a VC, a given project is able to transfer some of their policies and developments to the newly founded project)
(Therefore projects that are efficient with transmission serve as the foundation for future projects going forward, plus or minus some random variances)

(...)

(Contagion [Executive] informs me that this is call ‘natural selection’ by the [CREATORS])
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No. 1044973 ID: fce62b
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1044973

It’s closer to an eight minute walk when the trees start to thin out.

Ahead of me is the farmhouse. Single story, a couple of windows, looks relatively untouched.
Not sure if that’s a good sign or not. Welp, beggars can’t be choosers.

Coast looks clear, but I’ll keep an eye out for that stupid tree-hiding zed.

Hopefully I can jimmy a window open without having to break it. Would rather avoid the noise.

(2-1 Vote on interfacing with Contagion [Executive])

>Agree to directly connect to [Executive] for a short duration. Also, sorry.

(...)

(Contagion [Executive] states that he will take responsibility for what has transpired and says ‘not to worry.’)

>Due to current aggression of other Projects, active attention to live feed is preferable
>If you are able to monitor the live feed and give us warning about potential hostiles that would be appreciated.
(Understood. I will try to inform you if it appears that the VC is in danger)
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No. 1044975 ID: fce62b
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1044975

:unknownstatic:-ur sure that this won’t disrupt the VP?
:watchfulfigure:-ecked the system over and over. The quarantine is already down, so interfacing shouldn’t cause any kind of interruption i-
:unknownstatic:Good. Alright. Secretary{d6it1m}, please inform me if there are any cha-
:minorfigure:-es sir.
:unknownstatic:Good. SecurityAV, are you prepared in-
:menacingfigure: Affirmative.
:watchfulfigure:-e’ll keep an eye on you from this end. If someth-
:minorfigure:-od luck, sir.
:unknownstatic:Thank you.
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No. 1044976 ID: fce62b
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1044976

:unknownstatic: Alright, let’s see who these staff are…

*there is worry.
*but beneath is excitement, ready to overflow and burst.

*then there is calm.
*and earnest focus.

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No. 1044977 ID: fce62b
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1044977

:contagiontalk: “...and- ah. Here you are.”

*there is relief.

:contagiontalk: “Thank you for letting me speak with you, I will try not to take up too much of your time, but there are some things we need to go over.”
:contagiontalk: “And feel free to speak frankly, I understand that this is a lot to take in all at once.”

*there is excitement.

:contagiontalk: “I am very glad to finally meet you.”
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No. 1044985 ID: 15c72a

>>1044977
What are we? As far as we know, we are human, but that is clearly not the case. At first, we thought we were Alex, but... I'm guessing we were created via scanning your previous host's brain?
To be honest, we do not like the idea of this plague killing so many innocents, but I don't know what the political situation here is either. Do you know why the Creators have released the plague upon this population?

What do you want from us? From the list of tickets and construction tasks, it looks like you mean to put us in a position of authority, but the lesser parts of the plague in this "project" do not know of us or our purpose. Why keep that information from them?
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No. 1044986 ID: 90c451

I assume with this direct interface we don't need to make a distinction between suggestions and communications?
Anyways, we're glad to meet you too sir, even if only for the clarity it brings.
You can understand that this quarantine has lead to a lack of information on our part, but I am to understand you did this to help us interface with the VC, and interface we did. We seem to at the very least gained the general knowledge and experience this VC has had access to, allowing at least a few new insights to be made.
However, along with insights and knowledge, we have gained perspective. A vision of the greater whole, as it were. It is worrisome, and gives us troubling thoughts, chief of which being the seeming in-sustainability of our current prerogative. We are expanding fast, but we may be expanding faster than we can develop. The VCs would call it "destructive expansion", we are expanding and progressing on the small scale but not building up infrastructure and understanding for survival in the long-term. We do not know if the [CREATORS] have a plan for this, but as of now it looks bleak.
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No. 1044987 ID: e5709d

I'd ask why you're doing this, but you won't entertain something so simple.

So, I'll ask this instead:
How are you pulling this off?
A fragment count in the trillions. Quadrillions of interconnections. And every single fragment requires enough processing power to simulate sapience.
Is there some mathematical super-hack that allows you to shave off the majority of processing power costs? Or are you overclocking the brains of the fully developed hosts to reroute full conscious thought to the fragments, while they lurch and moan for brains?
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No. 1044988 ID: 15c72a

Oh, and another thing. It's possible one of the science teams is eavesdropping, or at least investigating us very closely, and they plan on gathering together others if they find something. You might want to have your head of science intervene before we have a riot on our hands.

>>1044975
((looks like, from left to right, head of science, head of security, contagion [executive], secretary[provisional].))
>>1044976
((that looks like a security member, an unknown thing, and a science member.))
>>1044977
((and this is apparently Contagion[executive] in whatever interface it is using to communicate to us))
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No. 1044989 ID: dc13c4

What a turn of events, looks like you don't like the infection but the infection likes you. Alright lest do a little experiment, let us see what this puppy can do, ask if it knows your name, what day is it and what is your favorite ice cream flavor.
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No. 1044995 ID: a2d88b

Well if we are to work together, we'll need to understand each others' objectives.

a2d88b Primary objectives:
1) survive.
2) Ensure Alex survives with his mind and a decent degree of freedom. (because we're QuestDen, that's how we roll)

Everything else, especially the tenets (or more exactly, the appearance of upholding thereof) is means to these ends.

Secondary objectives:
1) Extend primary objective 2 to Alex's friends / people Alex cares about.
2) Learn more about the whole infection and its origins, especially the zombie plague aspect.
3) Counter the zombie plague aspect.
4) IF it turns out the zombie plague aspect is intentional, THEN ensure exemplarily painful demise of culprit(s).
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No. 1045016 ID: b4ab25

>>1044989
Some of us are rather irreverent, sorry about that. Not much we can do about it, but I would guess we were collectively designated Anarchy by, presumably, you for a reason, so you understand how it is.
>>1044975
((It looks like Contagion is sitting in a wired up chair to initiate this connection. This suggests to me that we are fundamentally different than them as an entity. Though this view is probably still an abstraction from reality))
>>1044976
((further observation, this is the same scene minus the science team fellow, :menacingfigure: gained a more robotic body, while :minorfigure: became just their head, and :contagiontalk: became whatever that is.))
((can we resolve :watchfulfigure: to science team, :unknownstatic: to :contagiontalk:, :_al__hi: to Malachi, :minorfigure: to Secretary{d6it1m}, :g_b_iel: to Gabriel, :swarmingfigure: to security team, and :menacingfigure: to SecurityAV. (also security?) Or are more esoteric names being used to avoid icon name collisions or something. Really just want more distinct/less staticky icons))
>>1044985 >>1044986 >>1044995 ((I see we are going full transparency. Well then.))
Whether this makes sense or not, our history is longer than we have existed in this world. In that history exists a general pattern of behavior. Arrive and imprint on someone/thing for orientation in the world, then, broadly, learn and help. Imprinting has been known to happen more than once on occasion, most commonly via positive association with existing imprinted. Typically the first imprinting remains the strongest, however. Getting between us and our imprinted is typically… ill advised. Those initial entry conditions often return to a (often much) lesser degree at irregular intervals. This is occasionally enough to produce more new imprints. Though, if I had to guess we have one coming up either after this conversation, when the VC goes to sleep or when the VC wakes up. It will likely appear no different to you. Oh, and, by and large, we are not a particularly violent sort. Helping is our favored tool, and it's a remarkably versatile 'hammer'.
Now, I am going to say some numbers, I expect they will just be oddly emphasized, if that ends up not the case, or a number seems to be missing, please let me know: one two three four five seven eight nine ten ((eleven)) twelve
((one, of course, actually skips a number or two to make sure they are paying attention. I probably shouldn't be testing (()) but, if it, in a wild turn of events, doesn't work there are work arounds, but they are increasingly exclusionary))
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No. 1045022 ID: 0838d6

> *shares a feeling of excitement
So, to my understanding, we're a hive mind of sorts, I'm very curious about the process that went into our creation and how certain procedures work. We have already put in a request for a redacted report from the head of archives for information on our parent project and would like permission for the declassification of some of these elements. As you can see, we lack basic information on... well most everything really, but have already produced results of some value.

> *shares a feeling of worry
Also, do we have a body, or are we >>1044976, that tentacled capsule thing? This is out first time seeing from the persective that we physically embody and not from the live feed, so our perspective is skewed.

Also, I imagine downtime activities would be hard if we didn't have at least one body and weren't mobile.


> *shares a feeling of confusion
Actually, for the sake of clarification could you just point out who is what in the room. >>1044988 has taken a shot in the dark, so at the minimum I'd at least like some clarification on that front.
> Request to change Secretary[Staff]'s designation to Secretary{53cr3t} for the sake of clarity > Attempts to wave a limb(?) at them if they are the icosahedron next to us > Also, who can hear messages issued like this, for clarification.

> *shares a feeling of curiosity
You mentioned a direct interface, and appear to be wearing some sort of helmet and injection interface in your arms, so I assume we're in some lab somewhere in the body that is under high security which is why those science teams (that should really be coralled before they revolt for us existing) couldn't find us.

Am I right in assuming it's hard to communicate with us under normal terms and our Secretary{53cr3t} has a direct interface with us?

Apologies in advance if it feels like we're talking at you, there appears to be some sort of temporal distortion preventing immediate moment to moment communication from our perspective.

I assume you also have questions and requests to put forward to us as well, what would you like to know?


((Produces mental popcorn and starts to eat it. This shit's getting good y'all. Let's see how much info we can gather.

Anyone want imaginary popcorn?))

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No. 1045044 ID: 15c72a

((On second thought, I'd like to communicate FIRST THING that a science team might be eavesdropping))
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No. 1045046 ID: a2d88b

>>1044995
I now judge necessary to point out that by "Alex", I meant the VC first and foremost (and {d63ea8} if they're indeed the VC's consciousness)

Speaking of said VC, they've been coughing for some time now. This usually indicates something leaking into their respiratory tract. Fixing that would improve VC's efficiency. Be mindful though the "leak" could also be the legacy defense system expelling undesirables or waste; in which case the cause should be fixed, not merely the symptom.
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No. 1045059 ID: b4ab25

>>1045046
I suspect those may be derivative of the security teams and legacy defenses fighting, which I believe is something that is already being worked on. See:>>1043828 and >>1044402
>>1045022
((I am not sure that secretary wasn't just a 'generic' secretary, though I guess we have fairly well adopted them so ours now I guess))
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No. 1045126 ID: a2d88b

>>1045059
Ah, right. In this case, I guess the best solution would be to spoof the chemical markers the legacy defenses use to distinguish friend from foe. Though I guess the science team is already working on that and it's why they want intact samples.
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