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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. 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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