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934774 No. 934774 ID: 482fee

It's been a while, here's the previous chapter: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/res/745119.html

Hey guys, I know you wanna tell me some shit, but be quiet first. I'm watching the vids.

INA Today: Iagn's 2nd Skip Continues to Deteriorate
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No. 948388 ID: ce39da

"Less scared, more coveting. The reason they aren't moving in is because they're arguing over who gets dibs. I'm told that greedy bureaucratic paralysis is common for these guys."
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No. 948415 ID: 907720

"200 million Rocket. Do the math. Because I can't but I bet that's a lot."
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No. 948449 ID: 0fae41

Yes. And to find some neat Primogen toys in the process. Imagine what Primogen cupholders must be like.
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No. 948513 ID: 482fee
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948513

:ty:"Well yeah. I mean it can't be that bad. Maybe they've got an incurable species-specific disease and we'll all be fine. Or they got some rebels or something. The reason they aren't moving in is because they're arguing over who gets dibs. I'm told that greedy bureaucratic paralysis is common for these aristo-nerds."

:rocket:"That still doesn't mean."

:ty:"200 million Rocket. Do the math. Because I can't but I bet that's a lot. And we get to keep whatever neat Primogen toys we find. Imagine what Primogen cupholders must be like."

:rocket:"...fine."

:ty:"See? I knew you'd agree, this is a great idea you won't regret-"

:rocket:"Shut up and plot a course before I have a chance to think about it."
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No. 948514 ID: 482fee
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948514

"It's already done."

:rocket:"What? How?!"

"You're technokarver. She crunched all the numbers for me. I dunno how, but she did hours of calculations in seconds, it's insane!"

:karunboxed:"I told you I can process large amounts of data. Plotting jumps aren't too hard."

"You just removed the most annoying part of my job, I LOVE THIS GIRL! WE'RE KEEPING HER!"

:karunboxed:"These are a lot firmer than they look."

:ty:"So does that mean I can go then orrrrr"

:rocket:"Get out and do something before I do something we both regret."

:ty:"Right going!"

That went well. You know I think Rocket is upset about something. You think maybe she's still adjusting to Basmati?
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No. 948515 ID: b1b4f3

It was probably the interrogation and loss of contract payment.
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No. 948526 ID: 9876c4

She wants you to want her.
Ya (p=m/V) goof.
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No. 948528 ID: ce39da

Yeah, she's probably still sour about the twists the last job had, and about how reckless your decision making in general is.

As for how to kill time, how about we debrief with the people we took with us to the pirate base and perhaps brace them for the possibility that if this is another pod shuttle job, they'll be sitting it out this time.
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No. 948543 ID: 0fae41

I think she wants a hug from our pilot too.
Let's go check up on Mako!
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No. 948741 ID: 482fee
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948741

Hey yeah, I've seen everyone around the ship this whole time but not Mako. She's always underfoot, so it's kinda odd that I don't even see her one ti

:tymad:"WHAT THE FUCK?!"
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No. 948743 ID: 094652

QUICK SEVER EVERY WIRE THAT DOESN'T LOOK EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE, NOW!!!
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No. 948744 ID: ce39da

Check the readout to see what's happening while you scream for your technocarver and engineer to both get in here and tell you what's happening.
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No. 948746 ID: 9876c4

Are we doing murder mystery on a closed spaceship? Is that what we're doing now?
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No. 948750 ID: 33056f

Check the screen first! How long has she been like this?
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No. 948773 ID: 28dc04

Looks like someone has been snorting robo-drugs. Whether it's an overdose remains to be seen.
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No. 948784 ID: de4006

>>948741
bet you that what's-his-name asked her to look up illicit pornography for him and it bluescreened her with malware
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No. 949014 ID: 482fee
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949014

:tymad:"Rocket! Get down to your workshop! Someone strung up Mako like godsdamn hazard signal!"

I-I have no idea how to read this technobabble. The fuck does a 'Reg_Seq.log' even mean?!

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No. 949015 ID: 482fee
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949015

:mako:"T-t-t-t-tty?"

:tyuhh:"Mako? Mako! Can you hear me?"

:mako:"T-tybalt. What are you doing?"
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No. 949018 ID: b1b4f3

>>949015
Show her the thing, ask if it's safe to just yank it off.
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No. 949038 ID: 9876c4

We're trying to fix you, and this is a non-smoking vessel except on designated poker nights
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No. 949043 ID: 33056f

"Uhh... Vibe check?"
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No. 949056 ID: 094652

"There was smoke coming out of your crown."
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No. 949057 ID: e2aa43

You were BSOD-ing and I was troubleshooting your brain
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No. 949059 ID: ce39da

“I don’t know! What is this thing, and how to I disconnect it safely?!”
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No. 949200 ID: 482fee
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949200

:tyuhh:"Your eyes were red, there was smoke coming out of your crown, how am I supposed to take that?"

:mako:"O-oh. Sssorry. I was-hold on. I was attempting to interface with my Primogen matrix. Nothing on this ship can directly comminicate with it so I had to improvise..."

:tymad:"But why? You were BSOD-ing and stuff!"


:mako:"It's not a perfect system. I'm working with technology that was never meant to interface with this thing. And then you said we were heading into Primogen space and well...I'm concerned."

:tyuhh:"Concerned? What do you have to be concerned about?"

:mako:"You really don't know? Captain, until Janu spoke to me, I didn't even know I was running off Primogen tech. I don't know what this thing is capable of doing, or what it is doing to me if it is doing anything at all. I don't know how I'll react when in the presence of a live Primogen, or if they'll be able to take control of me. And what's worse? Janu was right in a way. There's more to this matrix than I thought."

:tyuhh:"You mean-"

:mako:"The interface was partially successful. There's someone else in here. I can't access them, but they're in here. And that scares me as well. Can the Primogen bring them out? What will happen to ME if that happens? There's too many unknowns. I know I shouldn't be. I don't even know if this is really fear I'm feeling because I'm copying someone else's brain or just a really advanced Primogen simulation of fear. It's messing me up inside."
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No. 949201 ID: b1b4f3

>>949200
Alright. This sounds like a job for our karver. Also tell Rocket the situation's fine.
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No. 949212 ID: ce39da

>>949201
At the very least, there's nothing on fire. Not sure if she's completely "fine," so let's work on helping her fix that. Let's get Basmati down here, and get her mask out while we're at it; this might be a no-face-clawing mask task. Stress that this is going to be a read-only mission at first; she can't screw around with anything until we can be sure that she can put stuff back the way it was if she breaks something.
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No. 949240 ID: 86bf0a

>>949212
>>949201
Woah woah Mako just said she dosen't know what'll happen if she screws with her matrix. Sending Basmati in sounds exactly like "screwing with it"
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No. 949246 ID: 9876c4

In future, try to play with yourself in a way that doesn't cause neural damage.
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No. 949308 ID: 29988a
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949308

:tyuhh:"Basmati are you sure this is gonna work? I mean I saw Mako's wiring and that was all messed up and stuff."

:karverbox:"Mako was attempting to jury-rig an interface with herself. A lot of workarounds and looping back. This is just me accessing her matrix directly. Much simpler."

:ty:"Okay I understood none of that. How long until you finish tinkering with-"

:karverbox:"Done."

:ty:"What? That fast? So is Mako fixed? Is there like a second person or something? Did you get it out?"

:karverbox:"No."

:tyuhh:"And now I'm lost again. You just said you were done."

:karverbox:"There is a second personality dormant in there. I made contact. It is keyed to a specific genelock. The design is Primogen itself but the gene-key could technically be any race if someone else had their hands on the matrix."

:tyuhh:"er-But you got the algothingies right? You can crack it open?"

:karverbox:"Not gently master. The genelock is on a limited timeloop, I spend too many cycles on one iteration and I get booted out and the cipher resets. I could brute force it-overload each iteration with every possible entry at the same time and overload it; but this is Primogen technology. I might...break it if I do. I don't know what will happen to Mako's existing personality or the dormant one if that happens."

:mako:"It's alright. I don't think I'll accompany you on this mission captain. I don't think I should be on this ship when you enter Primogen space actually. There are too many variables and too many risks to myself and the crew."
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No. 949310 ID: 094652

Right, we'll look for Primogen security AI-Keys while we're down there. But keep Mako on standby in case we need Primogen tech that isn't trying to kill us.
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No. 949317 ID: b1b4f3

>>949308
Alright Mako. Let's set up somewhere safe for her to stay while we're out there.
I wish there was some clue as to who has the key to this thing. ...wait, can we change the genelock?
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No. 949321 ID: 0fae41

I don't like the idea of leaving you alone when Janu knows about you and might try and snag that crown again. Maybe we can ask a Primogen for help with the tech. Our contact seems willing to talk, at least.
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No. 949328 ID: 9876c4

Unfortunately we still need a medic on standby. Remain on the ship inconspicuously.
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No. 949333 ID: d3cb99

Okay, what safe locations off-ship do we know?
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No. 949340 ID: ce39da

"Is there a way to safely shut her down for a little bit, or at least cut off enough access and transmission that there's nothing for Primogen to connect to while we're there? I'll talk to Rocket about any physical solutions we might have, but anything that doesn't require Mako to sit in the time-out corner of empty space in an escape pod or something would be excellent."

"Also, Imma go ahead and just order you not to refer to me as "master." Call me Ty. Or if you gotta use a title, I'd prefer something less formal, like uh... boss, maybe? "Boss" might be fine."
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No. 949350 ID: 9876c4

>>949340
But 'Master' is cute, and lets us know who's speaking in big conversations...
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No. 949422 ID: 29988a
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949422

:ty:"Okay first off Basmati, last time I'm saying this. Stop calling me master. I'm sick of this. Call me boss, captain, I don't care, as long as it isn't master. Alright?"

:karverbox:"Daddy?"

:tyuhh:"Okay now you're just fucking with me.:ty:As for you Mako, no can do. We don't know any safe off-ship locations and we need a medic."

:mako:"But cap-"

:ty:"Look I know this whole crown thing is freaking you out, but we'll get help. Heck maybe this Primogen will even help, we don't know what'll happen. Till then, you stay on the ship. Just...inconspicuously. Alright? Don't start preaching doom before we even get there okay? You're my crew, I look after ya, remember?"

:mako:"...thank you."

:ty:"Uh...yeah."
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No. 949423 ID: 29988a
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949423

:tyuhh:"Uh I can explain."

:rocket:"Yeah I'm sure you can. I just don't care. Get out of my workshop."
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No. 949424 ID: 29988a
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949424

:rocket:"Ty, are you sure these are the right coordinates?"

:ty:"Course it is. It was right the last time."

:rocket:"Yeah but this is null space, nothing is out here."
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No. 949425 ID: 29988a
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949425

:rocket:"Gods dammit..."

:tyuhh:"Oooh that's big"


This is The Fury of the Martyred Saints Knows no Equal in the Honored Halls of House Sallastra speaking to the speck to the starboard side of my vessel.


:rocket:"The hells?! They just hijacked our commlink! I didn't even turn it on yet!"

:tyuhh:"Um. This. This is Tybalt of"

I know who you are. I am Second Vastus Mastula of Sallastra. Our mutual contact has arranged our meeting. You shall dock in Bay 2 of my vessel and shall we shall meet in two hours and two minutes time as tradition dictates. Additionally, as you are the guest, you are required to bring your second aboard as tradition dictates. I shall await you both.

Uh captain? Del here. I'm at the gun controls and, well I just got locked out. Everything's shutting down. What's going on up there?

:karverbox:"We're getting pulled into the ship's docking bay."

:rocket:"Ty if this is a trap where they kill us, I'm killing you first!"
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No. 949426 ID: b1b4f3

If this was a trap where they'd kill us they'd have done so already. They could have opened all the airlocks or something.
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No. 949440 ID: 094652

>>>949422
Call him 'onii-chan':P

> Second Vastus Mastula, Bay 2, two hours and two minutes, second aboard...
Someone's a control freak...
Or maybe his mother is 2!

> What do
Start covertly hacking into THEIR systems and build an escape route as plan B.
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No. 949443 ID: 0fae41

Please don't threaten to kill me while we're meeting with them, okay Rocket? Because they're asking for you. To come aboard their ship. Full of working Primogen technology. Focus on that instead.
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No. 949498 ID: b330e4

>>949425
Haven't even met the guy and it's obvious he has an ego that can swallow planets. Bring Toikani along. Mastula won't be able to tell who our second in command is and I'm sure Toi will love the 'culctural enrichment'
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No. 949740 ID: 482fee
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949740

:ty:"If this was a trap where they'd kill us they'd have done so already. They could have opened all the airlocks or something. Please don't threaten to kill me while we're meeting with them, okay, I don't think that would make us look good in-WOAH! That hat is like a penis!"

"I greet you honored outsider, as is tradition for meetings such as this. As it must be done, so it has been done. I am Second Vastus Mastula of Sallastra, owner of this vessel, host to your ingress, and Tolerant to your presence. As is must be done, so it shall be done outsider you shall now declare yourself and your second so as this meeting shall be properly conducted. You have already failed in this regard, though I am not surprised as you are an outsider. For I see more than two, I see mutliple additions to two. This cannot abide. I request that the captain declare the second so that we may continue this meeting."

:tyuhh:"What?"

:rocket:"He wants your name and to tell him which one of us is coming with you aboard."
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No. 949743 ID: 9876c4

I'm Tybalt, prince of Catface, scion of the house of Mohrs
This here's my adjutant and machinist, Jamraca.

We expect your utmost hospitality.
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No. 949744 ID: b1b4f3

You should probably introduce yourself seriously, and bring Rocket.
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No. 949752 ID: ce39da

Yeah, we can make fun of these guys behind their back all we want, but we should avoid fucking around when they're right in front of us, except when we're deliberately trying to piss them off, but especially when the Primogen in question is the one that's supposed to be paying us. Introduce yourself by full name, along with Rocket.
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No. 949772 ID: 094652

I say bring Basmati along. She can get a sample look at their tech.
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