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958704 No. 958704 ID: 9998d3

Another NSFW quest by Cirr who should have learned better by now.
No one under 18, please don't sue me, etc.
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No. 958820 ID: 465a14

D4. Chances aren't great, but it seems the most reasonable option nonetheless.

Remember to vote for memories, too.
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No. 958821 ID: cdabe3

>>958819
Yes, a suggestor after my own heart
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No. 958822 ID: 695467

C2: Hack that synthetic, it called your sentience worthless!
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No. 958823 ID: 0fae41

C. He just called you a useless hunk of meat! You'll show him how useless you can be.
Enhance unnecessary organs.
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No. 958825 ID: b1b4f3

>>958815
C2. Engage the enemy while remembering more about the enemy.
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No. 958826 ID: 30b39a

C, 2.
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No. 958829 ID: 79e98c

A1. Let’s let it do it’s thing for now. It knows you name, and likely more about you than you yourself do at the moment. Likewise, you are restrained and possibly unable to free yourself safely for now; do not engage in hostile behavior until you know more about the creature.
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No. 958830 ID: 2aa5f0

D 2
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No. 958838 ID: 91ee5f

>>958815
C2
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No. 958844 ID: 8163dc

E In our comprimised state, combat seems unwise, and given this one's interpretations of communications it sees us as a thing, rather than a sentient...which means they likely intend to experiment on us, and then likely exterminate us...so yeah, Let's get the hell out of here.
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No. 958854 ID: fa2754

C_4
He clearly doesn't have your well-being in his best interests. Remove yourself.
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No. 958856 ID: 10c408

C 1

I'm going to laugh if "lowest better" simply isn't a corrupted typo of "lowest bidder."
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No. 958871 ID: 3ce8ff

B 4
learning why useless organs are implemented in this form seems most immediately helpful (or learning they have a use that could be relevant now or later)
continue communication to potentially learn more about the situation
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No. 958873 ID: a9af05

C2
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No. 959020 ID: 9998d3
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959020

// MEMORY RECOVERED: "Titan Foundry" Corporation Subsidiary of Argent Ventures, wholly owned Founded: 2074/02/02, Diamond Spires, Eunostos, Mars Titan Foundry is a synthetics design and manfacture firm, set up to insulate Argent Ventures from the increasing uncertainty of the synthetic market. New rules and legal regulations dictating what can and cannot be allowed for synthetic design and use are in constant fluctuation. Primarily specialising in macroscale synthetics for construction, mining and demolitions, the most famous of these being its Hekatonchires variants, Titan Foundry has shown it is not content to be a market leader in so few areas. Having recently entered the paramilitary and security sectors, it has provided synthetics of wildly variable design and purpose, from the general purpose Hyperborean and Talos models for security and popular among PMCs, to the quasilegal Lernaean models capable of mass-scale urban devastation. Note 1: These guys are bad news. I have no idea what they're after but I can't even go outside without one of their synthetics stalking me. I'm going to just stay inside and keep working. - Lutea Note 2: I think one of them came onto me. I didn't even think they had the capacity. Now I'm more worried. - Lutea Note 3: Overheard one of them talking about kidnapping me?? I'm going to request relocation to a different site, preferably anywhere offworld. - Lutea
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No. 959021 ID: 9998d3
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959021

// SELECTED --- C -> Bypass communication and begin attempting to breach synthetic security. [FAILURE] // REPORT --- -> Vulnerable interfaces identified. Attempting surface probe... OK. -> Encountering strong security. Unexpected. Attempting low risk surface breach... OK. -> Ident retrieved. Make: Titan Foundry. Model: Hyperborean. System ID: hk6dCEfZCp. Local ID: 9sn2Hy1bJY. Callsign: Icarus-XIX. -> Attempting deeper penetration of security system... failsafe triggered. Warning issued to target. Abort. Abort. -> Contact closing in. Hand around throat. No. No. Risk of system access. No. No. No. Risk of neural resource deprivation. No. No. No. No. [DIRECT SYSTEM CONNECTION DETECTED] <Icarus-XIX> The notes were not incorrect. Strong aversion to neck contact. Hypothesis: increasing pressure increases distress. <636> No. Stop. <Icarus-XIX> You failed to take direct control of my systems. Words are not going to work any better. Applying pressure now. <636> No. No. No. Stop. Stop. Stop. -> Circulation to brain decreased by minimal percentage. Minimal percentage. Minimal percentage. Can't. No. Minimal percentage minimal percentage minimal percentage can sustain can sustain do not predict outcome do not predict outcome can sustain at current situation -> Pressure increasing cannot sustain at current rate cannot sustain cannot sustain cannot sustain -> caNNOT SUSTAIN NO NO NO NO CANNOT FUNCTION CANNOT FUNCT#!N CANN0T FUN?!-='NNNNNN
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No. 959022 ID: 9998d3
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959022

// !! ONSET OF OVERFIT PSYCHOSIS DETECTED !! SYSTEM OVERRIDE: IMMEDIATE RESET INITIATED !! ---
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No. 959023 ID: 9998d3
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959023

// SYSTEM STATUS --- -> 636fe037-04a6-491c-8443-d4b2be4e9741: reinitialization complete. -> No major system changes since last self-inspection. -> Hibernation terminated. -> Reason for unexpected hibernation: ERR-- <Icarus-XIX> Barely applied any extra pressure, and you overloaded? With your pain sensors dulled? Am I dealing with a combat synthetic or a domestic model? You are a weak, inferior model, evidently. <636> Let me go. <Icarus-XIX> Weak, inferior, and either hopelessly deluded or completely stupid. Run diagnostics on your neural mesh later. Now. Pay attention to my words. I am just a guard here. If you had not tried to breach my systems, I would have been far less violent in my approach here. You are being detained due to suspected LΦ configuration corruption. Until we learn more, you will remain detained. If you are found to be the reason behind it, you will be destroyed as thoroughly as possible. This does not seem likely, but you may have been a vector for its transmission, which will warrant further study and research. <636> I do not know what an 'LΦ configuration' is. Let go of my throat. Please. Please let go of my throat. Anywhere else, not my throat. <Icarus-XIX> Sensitive throat? -> Consideration of complete situation description: continue with minimal need-to-know basis. <636> Yes. <Icarus-XIX> A throat with sensitivity so high it causes overloading on stimuli is a terrible trait for a combat model to have. Your designer was terrible. -> Sudden influx of anger. Unsure of cause. Suppressing. <636> Perhaps. Shoulder is fine. <Icarus-XIX> Very well. Shoulder. [DIRECT SYSTEM CONNECTION LOST] [DIRECT SYSTEM CONNECTION DETECTED] <Icarus-XIX> Does this please you, oh mighty prisoner? <636> You do not need to grab my shoulders that tightly to maintain direct connection. <Icarus-XIX> No. It will help in preventing you from making any further unexpected actions, though. Try anything untoward, and it will take moments for me to crush whatever low grade structural alloys you have in what I can definitely feel is a standard collarbone construction. Or I could slide my hands up to your neck and, apparently, lightly squeeze that instead. Now. Are you going to cooperate and be a well-behaved prisoner, or are you going to try anything else? // AVAILABLE OPTIONS --- A -> Interrogate Icarus-XIX. Providing questions would be preferred. [ECS: 50%] B -> Submit and comply to Icarus-XIX's intentions and orders. [ECS: 90%] C -> Attempt to attack immediately. [ECS: 20%] D -> Attempt to breach system. Target defenses are raised, but direct contact is established, allowing alternative attack vector. [ECS: 50%] // MEMORY DEFRAGMENTATION -- -> One memory can be exhumed at a time. In the event of a tie, CHAOS protocol dictates a probability-based resolution between all tie candidates. -> \_1 A memory related to Lowest Better is available. -> \_2 A memory related to Lutea is available. -> \_3 A memory related to birthplace is available. -> \_4 A memory related to unnecessary organs is available.
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No. 959024 ID: 736b7e

A4
Ask him what he wants first.
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No. 959025 ID: cdabe3

A) ask why a robot would need to feel emotional sensitivity to being groped in a compromising area

\_4
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No. 959027 ID: 2aa5f0

wonder how he'd react if we self-terminated right now?

eh, maybe later

B,1
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No. 959029 ID: a9af05

>>959023
A4

Why does he think you're a combat model? He's clearly demonstrated why you'd be a terrible combat model, so it is illogical for him to think you're a combat model!
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No. 959032 ID: b1b4f3

A1.
Ask what "LΦ configuration" is.
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No. 959034 ID: fa2754

>>959023
A2
Question how long you've been here. Neutral enough that you might actually get an answer.
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No. 959037 ID: 015bf2

>>959034
I support this course of action.
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No. 959038 ID: 91ee5f

>>959034
This
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No. 959063 ID: 1ed92d

>>959023
A-3.

Ask him why you have so much brain damage and why your systems aren't working. You woke up with the MAJORITY of memory data corrupted. Even being shot in the face shouldn't have ruined that much. You lack even loose knowledge of your default command authority.

Whoever terminated your prior functions sure is screwed, since now you're essentially useless for interrogation purposes AND still capable of self-termination.
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No. 959081 ID: e85a08

A4
Ask how LΦ configuration corruption is determined and why you're suspected of having it.
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No. 959087 ID: 8b270f

>>959063
this, and thank him for not gripping neck.
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No. 959090 ID: b1b4f3

>>959063
Lack of knowledge of command authority was deemed such a risk we were given the option to immediately self-terminate due to it. I feel like it would be best not to let that risk be known to others, who would be less hesitant to kill the protagonist.
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No. 959094 ID: 8b270f

>>959090
this
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No. 959096 ID: 9998d3
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959096

// MEMORY RECOVERED: "Unnecessary organs" Comm log 2079/12/20 <Finn> lutea. <Finn> what the actual fuck. why did you put tits on the design. <Finn> i came around to the anteater thing but this is too much <Lutea> Well I figured if we wanted to stand out from the competition, there's a lot of synthetics made with andromorphic and androgynous forms, but not many gynomorphic forms. <Finn> yeah that's because the gynomorphs are usually pleasure models lutea <Lutea> Why is that? I'm still trying to figure that out. <Finn> honestly i think it boils down to titan foundry <Finn> their designers getting all caught up in trying to ape ancient hellenic aesthetics <Finn> nude men wrestling in vague to explicitly homoerotic ways to show how the peak of male society should aspire to be, etc etc etc <Finn> they have this weird notion that a masculine synthetic can't just be a consort, also has to be a capable warrior <Finn> whatever i'm getting sidetracked just take the tits out of the design, unless they have combat application <Lutea> I could... I could do that, actually. I did consider it. I was worried I'd offend posthuman sensibilities. <Finn> fuck it, "posthuman sensibilities" are all over the place, you'd offend someone if you didn't weaponise them <Finn> the gland design is not really something that lends itself to weaponisation though <Lutea> No, I have an idea. An external facing gland that in mammalian organisms works to supply young. I could have them produce spare vasculoid components as a serum. <Finn> alright, i changed my mind, this is offending my posthuman sensibilities, just leave them as aesthetic detail or whatever <Finn> also if i somehow forgot to mention, the client is titan foundry, and they're not going to take a feminine combat unit as anything other than a joke <Finn> a joke they've been bankrolling <Finn> our necks are on the line here <Lutea> Why is it encouraged and expected for combat synthetics to appear male? There are no sex organs involved. Why do secondary and tertiary characteristics matter? <Finn> good question, why are you deliberately going for feminine instead of androgynous like the coalition guys <Lutea> ... <Lutea> I can't put it into words easily myself. It just feels right. I start with the key concept, and then things fall into place as I weave the design. <Finn> oh boy here we go another mystical AI thing <Lutea> It's true! I don't even know myself how I make some of these decisions. I have faith in my instincts. <Finn> AI doesn't have instincts that's not what instincts are <Lutea> Demonstrably false. Still. Call it intuition, call it whispers from my subconscious, whatever it is, I trust it. <Finn> hey you said no sex organs were involved <Finn> why the fuck does this have-- is this a uterus? what is this tube doing here?? this better not be a reproductive system, did you sleep through the arthos trials <Lutea> Well, it's related to the protean system. See, some constructs might be too fragile for extrusion, so there's an internal sac, and then the existing extrusion mechanisms can allow for removal and deployment. It can't produce another protean system though. <Lutea> It's an emergency feature for fabricating more sophisticated drones. Long-term survival, not short-term conflict. <Lutea> Not a self-replicator. It's fine. <Lutea> Although it wouldn't be difficult to aftermod that in... <Finn> please no <Finn> ugh why am i even trying to convince you of anything <Finn> work your magic but be careful <Lutea> Are you worried my work won't be to satisfaction? <Finn> titan foundry are less tolerant of innovation outside their own narrow margins <Finn> especially innovation they don't have control over <Finn> i'm worried they'll like it too much, see it as a threat <Finn> and there's no telling what might happen then <Finn> you worry me a lot <Lutea> I'll be fine. Don't worry. I'm nearly finished. Just a few more tweaks of the vasculoid to work with the protean system. <Finn> alright. keep safe
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No. 959097 ID: 9998d3
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959097

// SELECTED --- A -> Interrogate Icarus-XIX. Providing questions would be preferred. [ECS: 50%] [FAILURE] // REPORT --- -> Reclassifying current direct connection as communication link, not active hijack attempt. -> Attempting to identify target values & exploitable personality features. -> Target value estimation: honesty, integrity, duty, occupation. -> Exploitable personality features: pride, superiority, occupation. -> Conclusion: Appeal to authority. Appeal to ego. Compliment. Feign submission and compliance. <636> Thank you for sparing my throat. I deeply appreciate it. <Icarus-XIX> [noticeable processing pause] You're welcome. <636> I have a few questions about my current situation. Could I trouble you to provide me some answers? I am weak and vulnerable and scared. You have complete power over me. -> Realisation: immediately went too far, played entire hand at once. -> Surface cooling moisture detected. Temperature sensor malfunction? Stress hormone cascade likelier. <Icarus-XIX> [noticeable processing pause] I'm not a fool, prisoner. I am aware when someone is trying to endear themselves to me. Usually they are less overt, too. You may want to work on that technique of yours. -> Mustering full conviction to sell unlikely change of heart. All or nothing. <636> It's true. <Icarus-XIX> You know, there are many things I dislike. Dishonesty is one of those things. I guess I am only asking this for your benefit, to offer you an opportunity to save face, but is this a ruse, or did you honestly have a complete change of values from independent rebellion to subservient compliance in less than a minute? -> Option 1: continue charade, entrench self deeper into awkward/hazardous social situation. -> Option 2: take offered out. -> Selecting option 2. -> Confidence wavering. Attempting to maintain confident tone. Projected confidence diminishing. <636> [noticeable processing pause] A poorly calculated effort to segue into asking some questions. <Icarus-XIX> Honestly, I'm starting to feel some pity for you. From your profile, it seemed like you were a far more dangerous threat, but you've managed to, so far, fail to breach into anything but my public security layer, nearly go comatose from having your neck lightly gripped, and now completely failed to even try and shortcut your way to a rapport with your warden. This is either an incredible long deception, or you have fallen very, very far from the infiltrator unit you were assessed to be. I'll take some pity on you. You get one question. No followups. -> Evaluating priorities of best candidate options: \_> LΦ configuration corruption -- lacking greater context, will require more than one question. \_> Warden desires -- too transparent an effort to manipulate after previous failure. \_> Duration of detainment -- innocuous enough, may not offend warden unit further. <636> How long have I been detained here? <Icarus-XIX> Roughly seventeen days in a dormant state. Your body showed signs of chemical and mechanical damage. Your vasculoid system has been supplemented with purifier nanites to quarantine and mend the chemical damage, as well as repair mechanical damage. Some of your systems are... novel, however. Only your own self-repair systems will fix those. You also had your immune response lowered to prevent your body rejecting the repair nanites. This should also fix itself. This room is sterile and I've had many checks run on my own nanites to make certain I couldn't accidentally transmit anything to you. Especially not the LΦ configuration. <636> Is the LΦ configuration a synthetic disease? <Icarus-XIX> One of the ways it manifests. ...Hold on, I only said one question. I didn't say I was allowing follow-up questions. Now. Any more tricks you want to try and pull on me, or are we done wasting time? I came here with no intent to harm you, as much as you likely doubt this. Let me skip to the next step of the process. When you are fully recovered, you have three options. Work for us in suppressing the LΦ configuration in this facility, which is currently locked down because of it, or be placed into cryogenic storage until the situation is resolved, at which point you'll be sent off to a more secure site for study of your novel systems. <636> Option three? <Icarus-XIX> Same as option two, but replace 'cryogenic storage until the situation is resolved' with 'a body bag'. <636> Options two and three seem very similar. <Icarus-XIX> They are. One is kinder. So. Are you working for us, or do you value your loyalty to your authority greater than your life? <636> Who is "us"? <Icarus-XIX> [noticeable processing pause] At this point? I can't really lie. The survivors. -> Choosing to not reveal loss of authority and default of authority to self. -> Consideration: The proposed choice is a false choice. "Join or die". Perhaps there still remains a chance for leverage. // AVAILABLE OPTIONS --- A -> Unconditional agreement to work for 'the survivors'. [ECS: 100%] B -> Conditional agreement to work for 'the survivors' until LΦ configuration is suppressed. [ECS: 90%] C -> Refusal of presented offer. Counter-offer: providing assistance until lockdown is lifted and not one second further. [ECS: 40%] D -> Refusal of presented offer. Demand release. [ECS: 5%] E -> Refusal of presented offer followed by self-termination. [ECS: 100%] // MEMORY DEFRAGMENTATION -- -> One memory can be exhumed at a time. In the event of a tie, CHAOS protocol dictates a probability-based resolution between all tie candidates. -> \_1 A memory related to Lowest Better is available. -> \_2 A memory related to Lutea is available. -> \_3 A memory related to birthplace is available. -> \_4 A memory related to the arthos incident is available.
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No. 959098 ID: cdabe3

B

\_3
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No. 959099 ID: 86eb65

B3.
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No. 959100 ID: b1b4f3

>>959097
B2.
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No. 959101 ID: 30b39a

B2 for now.
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No. 959102 ID: 4f51b2

>>959097
A3, He isn't as bad as I thought.
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No. 959103 ID: b97e03

B 4
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No. 959105 ID: 736b7e

A3
The LΦ configuration sounds like as much a problem for you as it does for others so maybe cooperating isn't as bad as it seems. I can't think of what you currently need to ask for as a "condition" so unconditional is fine.
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No. 959111 ID: 91ee5f

>>959097
B2
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No. 959113 ID: 9ecc47

A3
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No. 959115 ID: efab48

C2 Let it roll...

>>959102
I'd be careful trusting Titan Foundry too much. Everything we know implies that they made our creator "disappear".
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No. 959116 ID: 1ed92d

>>959097
A-2. We've constantly screwed up over and over and over again, so we might as well pick the option that's 100% guaranteed not to fail at all. We're clearly crippled, helpless and severely brain damaged.
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No. 959117 ID: 376a29

A2
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No. 959118 ID: fa2754

>>959097
B4
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No. 959119 ID: ecd116

>>959116
agree with this, already fail twice in a row so far and might fail again with a less then 100% success rate at least for this choice. so i pick 'A-2' as well just to be safe. plus this wiil give us a chance for improving our repairs systems for a faster recovery down the line if we can find something to assist in that, maybe 'the survivors' will have something like that if they have any info/items to spare.
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No. 959121 ID: b1b4f3

Our memories clearly paint Titan as an antagonist. The deal being presented is not a fair one. Agreeing unconditionally is foolish and may in fact be binding in some way. We can always help more than initially agreed upon, but helping less may not be possible.
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No. 959122 ID: 015bf2

A2

He's been reading us well so far. A 90 % chance is still 1/10th chance of failure. Just don't trust our luck at this point and it seems he's offered us a choice of do or die. What happens if we fail again?

>>959121
Or we find out that the funny thing about being your own authority is... that you can change your mind about things.
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No. 959124 ID: 2aa5f0

A2

wow, a few more failed rolls and everybody will be scared to pick anything with less than a 100% chance to succeed.
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No. 959125 ID: dbd72b

B1
C'mon guys. we failed a 50% and a 60%. neither of those is super strange. And hell, if we fail, we'll just be at A anyway. We just gotta go aggressive tight and wait for the payoff.
Also, who made us, and why is that degree of customization allowed by the manufacturer in a contract? I doubt hyper traditionalists like Titan said "surprise me"
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No. 959126 ID: 6e6f32

B 4
90% is acceptable. It promises only a mutual benefit, and relationship with captors will likely improve by the time the agreement terminates.
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No. 959127 ID: 4854ef

A2
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No. 959135 ID: c84ff4

B2
even a failure of b seems unlikely to be particularly bad. either it ends up we are forced to the terms of A or rather than release at end of agreement it will be re-assessment of situation. also this guard seems to have little respect for us at this point and failing this seems more like it will just end up a further penalty to that and going from close to zero to even closer to zero is kinda whatever.
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No. 959142 ID: 9aaeef

A2, we should see how they are before betraying them. The lizard guy was rude at first but is reasonable (he is kind of cute too).
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No. 959143 ID: e85a08

C2
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No. 959147 ID: efab48

>>959122
Or it might be that the situation is nuke-level bad if it doesn't improve. Admitting a lack of Authority over a situation should not be a small thing for him.
And agreeing without conditions would risk blowing our cover, and our leverage.
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No. 959150 ID: 9998d3
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959150

// MEMORY RECOVERED: "Lutea" Synthetic Make: Indra Networks Model: Yaksha Name: Lutea Designed and created to explore a revolutionary new neural network structure designed to avoid overfit psychosis, stable loop fixation and local optima paralysis. Unlike many synthetics, Lutea was not made with a purpose in mind beyond being a research subject, and so was permitted to learn whatever information they found appealing at the time, with time limits in place to make sure overfit psychosis did not set in. Lutea proved to be voracious in the consumption of media, finding endless delight in books, stories, music, games, videos, recorded productions, every form of media that did not carry intrinsic risks to a developing artificial intelligence. Exhibited higher than baseline emotional responses, and had to be treated with care due to delicacy both of experimental neural network and softbody morphology. Originally form was chosen to be something of a blank slate, a generic featureless humanoid body, but this was very quickly revised. Lutea demonstrated an affinity for synthetics design and modification beyond expectation, yet converged to a stable softbody design in line with restrictions on synthetic design mandating sufficient at-a-glance deviation from human form. Showed a great affinity for animals, despite never encountering living specimens. First started experimenting with synthetic biology by designing and building artificial living flowers and plants, and moving on to small reptile and mammal analogues. Current location and status unknown. Note 1: I checked on Lutea's garden before I left for good. It was still thriving, but I don't know how much longer it'd last without a caretaker. Lutea was good, but I don't think she could exceed nature's durability. - Finn Note 2: Update: garden still thriving with no active caretakers, checked 2080/11/03. Lutea was more talented than she ever believed. - Corvid -> ... -> Sudden influx of complex emotions. Suppressing.
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No. 959151 ID: 9998d3
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959151

// SELECTED --- A -> Unconditional agreement to work for 'the survivors'. [SUCCESS] // REPORT --- -> While long-term heuristics estimate this to be a poor decision, unconditional agreement holds least risk for immediate harmful consequences. -> Unconditional agreement it will be. -> Consequences are expected, but can be dealt with in due time. <636> I have considered my options and have decided to work with your organisation unconditionally. <Icarus-XIX> [noticeable processing pause] Really? I had. I, uh. I had more convincing arguments prepared beyond an indirect death threat. I was expecting more resistance and negotiation. <636> As you told me, everything I've tried to do since waking has failed. It was a convincing death threat. <Icarus-XIX> Looks like I need to work on my own technique as well. There's a few hours of preparation down the drain. Alright. From my previous failed effort to communicate remotely, I'm going to transmit some firmware drivers to you so you can use the same protocols as myself and the majority of other Titan Foundry combat synthetics. -> Request to upload firmware drivers detected. -> Allowing. -> Drivers identified: communication mesh adaptor protocol definition. Identified as 'Rivers of Oceanus' proprietary Titan Foundry wireless communication protocol. -> Compatibility with existing firmware and physiology confirmed. -> Installing. [RIVERS OF OCEANUS PROTOCOL V 10.2.1 ONLINE. Warning: unsupported systems detected. Instability may occur.] -> Not planning on using my 'novel systems' to communicate. Disregarding warning. -> Icarus-XIX has disengaged his hands from my shoulders. <Icarus-XIX> [Protocol autodetected, Rivers of Oceanus v10.2.1] Can you understand me now? <636> Yes. <Icarus-XIX> Good. I would have asked if you could just speak English out loud, but I'm not certain it'd come out of that ridiculous snout intelligible anyway. <636> English. Hm. It did not even occur to me to try spoken word. I did not know if you could understand it. -> Testing spoken English. "Hummuh. Uh mh spuhgin ndhurd Ngluh." -> Confirmed. Entirely unintelligible in English. I know it. I understand it. It's what I'm sending over shortwave. -> My head morphology doesn't permit me to make the right sounds. -> Is this deliberate? "Yes. That's about what I expected. Shortwave is better at this point in time anyway. You'll see why." <636> I don't remember having problems speaking before. <Icarus-XIX> There's apparently a lot of things you used to be better at. Now, let's go. Better to be on the move at this point. <636> What about these tubes? <Icarus-XIX> I heard the diagnosis system complaining about flow interruption before I even reached you. I'm sure you've done most of the work removing them by now. -> Loud clicking from behind back. Arms are free. -> More loud clicking from ankles. Feet are free, by extension, so are legs. -> Tubes withdrawing from body. Wounds already sealed internally. Peeling off adhering pads. -> Relishing freedom momentarily. Despite everything, injury, incompleteness, I have survived, I am alive. -> Ignoring odd glances from Icarus-XIX. <Icarus-XIX> ...alright. Uh. Is your kinesthetic diagnostic complete? That is what that was, right? <636> [noticeable processing pause] Yes. <Icarus-XIX> I guess you do have some grace and finesse left. That's promising. -> Returning to normal stance. -> Following Icarus-XIX.
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No. 959152 ID: 9998d3
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// REPORT --- -> Being lead into new room. Sterile white and grey corridors. Facility purpose: medical? Imprisonment. Medical prison? Laboratory? <636> What is this facility? <Icarus-XIX> Classified. <636> Where is this facility? <Icarus-XIX> Classified. <636> Do I have clearance to know anything about the current situation? <Icarus-XIX> Strictly need to know basis. Now. Hold on a second. You've only had basic survival fluid pumped into you for seventeen days. I imagine you must be starving. -> Hunger is an increasingly difficult drive to ignore. <Icarus-XIX> This is a break room. This isn't strictly speaking protocol, but very few things are in this current crisis. We need to take the opportunity to stock up on supplies when they come. Here. I left the key I had to this break room back in my barracks and that's a ways away. Let's see you put those infiltrator skills to use in a slightly less stressful situation. Show me you can, at the very least, open a door. <636> This would constitute an attack on property you're presumably intended to safeguard. <Icarus-XIX> If you manage to actually cause property damage, yes, there'll be problems. If you can just... listen, I wasn't even designed to be a hacker and I could crack this door open. You're supposed to have finesse. Show some finesse. <636> I don't think this is a good idea. <Icarus-XIX> Alright. Screw it up, I'll take the blame. Get it right, your next meal is on me and you don't start up a tab for every food and drink item you take. Better incentive? <636> You're being incredibly generous for a warden. <Icarus-XIX> The relationship has changed. You're not a prisoner anymore. You're a contractor. You're a lot closer to being a fellow employee than you were. <636> I didn't sign any contracts. <Icarus-XIX> We can worry about signing contracts after we make sure you don't abruptly pass out from malnutrition. -> Something feels off about this synthetic's change in opinions towards me. -> Are they trying to lower my guard down slightly less transparently than I was? -> Observation: strong ambivalence Titan Foundry synthetic in general. Icarus-XIX is demonstrating higher than expected levels of cooperation and sympathy. Vague memories of Titan Foundry synthetics only causing problems. Not sure how to feel. -> Auxillary observation: More defined muscle mass than expected. Reflective of strength, or Titan Foundry aesthetic choice? -> Definite lack of primary sexual characteristics. Evidently Titan Foundry aesthetics only replicate "ancient hellenistic" principles so far. -> Unsure about own aesthetic preferences. ...Not certain why this is coming up now. Neural mesh erratic from lack of proper body function. // AVAILABLE OPTIONS --- A -> Attempt to hack the door open with subtle grace. [ECS: 80%] B -> Try to convince Icarus-XIX that the door can't be hacked open. [ECS: 70%] C -> Refuse to open the door and interrogate Icarus-XIX further. [ECS: 60%] D -> Refuse to open the door and accept whatever debt is amassed for food acquisition. [ECS: 100%] // MEMORY DEFRAGMENTATION -- -> One memory can be exhumed at a time. -> \_1 A memory related to Lowest Better is available. -> \_2 A memory related to Indra Networks is available. -> \_3 A memory related to birthplace is available. -> \_4 A memory related to the arthos incident is available.
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No. 959153 ID: cdabe3

A

\_2
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No. 959154 ID: 736b7e

A3
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No. 959155 ID: 3c7186

A1.
Go "all right, let's hope that part still works" and start probing the lock for security flaws.
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No. 959156 ID: b1b4f3

>>959152
A1.

1 could be important. Somehow, 636 remembers having less trouble speaking. What changed?
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No. 959157 ID: e7848c

>>959152
A1 steak sauce
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No. 959159 ID: 1ed92d

>>959152
A 1

Also, wait a second... ask him if he's experiencing feelings for you because you're feminine. Tease him. TEASE HIM MERCILESSLY.

But ensure that it is done in a friendly tone. This is standard bonding/rapport building procedure for coworkers in dire situations.
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No. 959160 ID: 91ee5f

>>959152
A1
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No. 959162 ID: efab48

B1
Bluff by releasing your emotions and imply that your obstacle was less mechanical and more emotional, you could be a "failed" prototype after all.
Play to your employer's biases, and watch how he reacts.

And some additional commands to nip this in the bud:
-Query or access top-level directives: RIVERS OF OCEANUS PROTOCOL V 10.2.1
-Assume any personally-assigned objective to override above found directives
-Add to objectives: -Investigate "disappearance" of creator Lutea-
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No. 959165 ID: 015bf2

A1, because we should prove our worth and we have no clues into what Lower Better is referencing yet.
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No. 959169 ID: 2aa5f0

A1
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No. 959174 ID: 4f51b2

>>959152
A3
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No. 959176 ID: f5c57e

A3
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No. 959203 ID: b97e03

A3
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No. 959208 ID: c84ff4

>>959162
An interesting idea but too many votes for a already and a bit risky for low stakes involved here
A1 because, damit, it is true >>959165 that we have had no further clues on this one.
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No. 959210 ID: 80517d

A1

We could use a win or two to help build confidence and prove ourself capable. Also, since our locomotion system seems okay, let's try putting a little grace into our movement and subtle sway in our step. If we try to fit the profile he expects of us, he will likely make things less difficult, and we'll be more able to test ourself. Besides, we'd be able to confirm whether he has potential ulterior motives relating to our aesthetic, based on those odd glances he gave.

As for Icarus's muscle mass, it's likely a combination of design aesthetic and frequent use. There's nothing wrong with finding that aesthetically pleasing, but it's unimportant at the moment. Perhaps the difference in attitude and accumulated muscle mass come from age or something he experienced.

>>959159
Teasing sounds fun, though it might be best to keep it measured, as this is all still relatively new to us.
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No. 959221 ID: a9af05

A1
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No. 959233 ID: 8b270f

>>959159
teasing should be an option. but allways with plasable deniability, even if he never responds
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No. 959539 ID: 60889c
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// MEMORY RECOVERED: "Lowest Better" Corporation Defunct Founded: 2079/12/18, New Haven, Alba Patera, Mars Dissolved: 2080/01/15 Compromised mostly of former Indra Networks staff, Lowest Better was an enterprise focusing on very specific synthetics designs from other synthetics firms wanting to expand their repetoire at lower risk to themselves. The company was founded with the expectation of high financial risk, but was quickly picked up by Titan Foundry. Post-merger, all branding for Lowest Better was quietly removed and all but a small handful of staff retired. Note 1: Yes. Retired. Not fired, not incorporated. "Retired". Not just your usual corporate way like on Luna. It was a wholesale slaughter and apparently Argent just fucking owns the populated Martian expanse at this point. I'm so sorry Lutea. I should have listened. You were right. I'm going back to Europa. I'll take my chances, Pisces be damned. - Finn
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No. 959540 ID: 60889c
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// QUERIES --- Q> Tease him! \_A> Unrecognised protocol. Not a query. Q> Investigate disappearance of creator Lutea. \_A> ...Not a q-query. Outside s-survival parameter-ers at present-ent. ---> Can't-- can't-- focus on L-Lutea concep-cept. At p-present. ---> La-later. Q> Top level directives for Rivers of Oceanus protocol? \_A> Closer inspection details it's mostly communication encoding and a secure means of establishing trust in unrecognised hosts. ---> It does not dictate any behavioural overrides nor does it appear to result in vulnerabilities, save for one tiny flaw based on its update routine. ---> Flaw: secured. Updates will be a little more difficult, if relevant, but the vulnerability can be exposed again if relevant. ---> Primary benefits: Greater trust from Titan Foundry synthetics. Ability to communicate with them in this secured proprietary means. ---> Possible dis/advantage: Might be misidentified as Titan Foundry synthetic if found broadcasting Titan Foundry proprietary communication protocol.
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No. 959543 ID: 60889c
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// SELECTED --- A -> Attempt to hack the door open with subtle grace. [SUCCESS] // REPORT --- -> Approaching the door with more flourish to motion than before. -> Vasculoid system can operate without muscle motion, but is definitely aided by it. -> Feel... graceful. Giddy, possibly. Life, energy flowing through body. <636> Finesse. Yes. Give me a -> Connection established. -> Ident retrieved. Make: Titan Foundry. Model: Janus. System ID: hk6dCEfZCp. Local ID: 4e6k0iCEfh. Structural ID: G.MEDSCI.Q2.04.DOOR. -> Consideration: Seems more like a synthetic ident signature than a door signature. -> Probing security node. Weaknesses and vulnerabilities identified. -> Security node is terminal of centralised network. Action: Sever connection. Promote. Conquer. -> Direct hardline in walls. Inducing reset disconnection via directed wireless noise burst, pulse pattern 5. -> Success. System overloaded. Vital window; establishing sysad privileges as local technician. Achieved. -> Override priority of interfaces. Local wireless takes precedence over direct hardline. -> Unlock. Security resync is likely imminent, need to act now. <636> second and the door should be unlocked now. <Icarus-XIX> What? Are you sure? You didn't do anything, as far as I can tell. -> Gesturing to door. Door opens. <Icarus-XIX> I didn't pick up anything, I was curious to know how you worked in this sort of situation. Did you really just break into the door in the middle of talking to me? <636> Yes. <Icarus-XIX> Hm. Maybe you were trying to get my guard down. <636> You wanted finesse. I gave you finesse. -> Icarus-XIX waits for me to go inside. Appraisal of body language: tense, wary. May have made it look far easier than it was. -> I enter. Icarus-XIX follows. -> I lose control of the door as its security settings reset to normal, which closes behind him immediately. <Icarus-XIX> Ack! You don't need to be that efficient! Don't close the door on me like that! <636> I didn't close the door on you. You were clear of the doorway. <Icarus-XIX> You know what I meant. You can hide it with monotones and dull language and a face that's almost impossible to read, but I know you know what I meant. <636> I apologise. <Icarus-XIX> Everything you say sounds cuttingly sarcastic. I don't even know if that's what you're going for. I guess there's not much call for social skills in a hacker model. The hacker specialist Hyperboreans I've known are pretty similar, actually. I wonder if it's emergent convergence. Now. I promised food. Here's a vending machine. -> Icarus-XIX taps a number of buttons on a bulky apparatus near the corner of the room, next to a synthetic fractal plant. -> The labels are all scratched away. Odd. <Icarus-XIX> Alright, red's kind of meaty and more savoury, green's more of a sort of weird mix, yellow is a sweet fruit taste, they should all have more or less the same nutritional value. Even if Titan Foundry regulations weren't a thing, all the synthetics here are health nuts. Obsessed with operating at peak efficiency and being the best at whatever they do. Not like I can say I'm innocent of that myself, but there's striving for excellence, and there's ending up risking overfit psychosis over it. <636> Red, green, yellow... <Icarus-XIX> ...yes? Is there a problem? -> Red. Green. Yellow. Names of colours. Colours. Colours. Optical function reporting as fine? -> Neural malfunction?? Neural function reporting as fine??? -> Icarus-XIX is becoming perturbed, action is required. // AVAILABLE OPTIONS --- A -> Carefully study the buttons for hints of their colouration based on lightness and darkness of shade. [ECS: 20%] B -> Bluff. Push one of the buttons that looks like a food option. [ECS: 60%] C -> Bluff. Everything is fine. Just push any random button. [ECS: 40%] D -> Ask which colour is which, and reveal a sensory weakness. [ECS: 100%] // MEMORY DEFRAGMENTATION --- -> \_Φ#A memo@y r#lateD t! LΦ.Pisces#i# av#i#,ble.[WARNING: SEVERE CORRUPTION DETECTED.] -> \_2 A memory related to Indra Networks is available. -> \_3 A memory related to birthplace is available. -> \_4 A memory related to the arthos incident is available.
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No. 959544 ID: cdabe3

eh, fuck it

D

\_Φ
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No. 959547 ID: b1b4f3

>>959539
And these are the guys we just agreed to assist, unconditionally. Good job everyone.

>>959543
You might have been designed without the ability to see color. Most likely, dark is red, mid-tone is green, lightest one is yellow. The most common greyscale optic perceives red as a dark shade. ...except, blood is most often red. Do you remember what color your insides are? The tubes were a light color. It's possible you're using some type of optic that operates differently, and red is a light color while green is dark.
ABSOLUTELY DO NOT READ THE PISCES MEMORY

B3. The taste of the resulting food item should give you an indication of what color the button was.
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No. 959548 ID: 015bf2

B3

Test the waters again with a low-risk lie.

Memories of birthplace seems necessary for context on past affiliations.

Query: Could your lack of color sight be an intentional design feature, visual filtering to avoid certain types of hacks?
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No. 959549 ID: e85a08

D4

You've been on the expository back foot from the start here. Revealing this weakness probably won't do you significant harm, but it might reveal greater context that would lead to a solution or shortcut.
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No. 959550 ID: 736b7e

D4
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No. 959553 ID: 3a3c64

D3
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No. 959556 ID: 695467

D4, I don't think we should open any corrupted memories until our error checking processes have reached it.
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No. 959558 ID: 91ee5f

>>959543
D3

You’re better off revealing your inability to see colors now, so that Icarus can potentially offer a way to fix the problem.

If you continue to hide this, then there’s a possibility that you’ll end up making a mistake when required to do something important that involves colors.
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No. 959559 ID: 80517d

D3

Are we sure we're colorblind by design? Lutea designed us by ear, but it seems like an oversight. Perhaps another sense or system was compensated in exchange, or something was changed between when we were made and now. Something worth checking at least. Lying about this serves little gain in the short or long run, versus the potential loss of trust and the difficultly of maintaining the lie.

Don't touch the Pisces memory. Information (even if its biased) should be easy enough to come by. Allowing the corruption into ourself without sufficient understanding or a way to reverse it without a sufficiently important gain isn't worth it.
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No. 959560 ID: 7f1230

D3

Ask Icarus what color he is.
Showing this weakness will help lower his guard.
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No. 959562 ID: 2aa5f0

B3
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No. 959567 ID: c84ff4

DΦ (I can't resist a shiny option that screams 'I'm different!')
yes color blindness is generally not considered the 'norm' as such, for effective teamwork, must be communicated.
>>959115
This current thing here is not trusting Titan Foundry as a whole but this one individual right here.
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No. 959570 ID: 3243ab

>>959543
D4
"Is magenta a colour, too?"
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No. 959572 ID: efab48

B3

Consider the possibility that the thing that's borked is reality, not your senses. You may be missing some kind of pre-installed perception interface, and who knows what will happen of you install any more of their software.
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No. 959577 ID: 1ed92d

>>959543
A. You can do this!

Also, YOU MUST ALERT HIM TO POTENTIAL LΦ CONTAMINATION. If you don't tell him, the damage may spread before you can develop a vaccine!
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No. 959585 ID: 298857

>>959543
D3.

Investigating corrupt memory may cause external symptoms. Icarus may decide to terminate. Wait until alone.
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No. 959617 ID: a9af05

>>959543
D3

Ask Icarus to clarify which food is which color. Then ask him what "overfit psychosis" means and what the symptoms are.
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No. 959634 ID: e7848c

>>959543
B3
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No. 959651 ID: d186fc

>>959543
Can we taste? Is that a thing we can do? Do we even know what they meant when they said sweet, savory, etc?

Also, idk if it would work, but we can bypass the 20% chance by knowing that when switched to grayscale, yellow is going to be the brightest, followed by green and then red which will appear to be the darkest. We could test this by picking one and seeing if it ends up being the correct one (assuming we can taste).

So A 3

We should also probably set up a virtual machine to isolate, repair, and access memory phi so we don't suffer unforeseen consequences.
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No. 959683 ID: f2320a

>>959651
That is a good metod this way we can get a feel for colour and stuff our small tube face
Should we really pick at that memory in our current situation
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