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812225 No. 812225 ID: 0ef2b1

Your head hurts. That's the first thing you notice. The next thing is that you're lying on the floor wearing only your underwear, with no memory of how you got there.
Sitting up, you notice a computer terminal in the wall, flashing insistently at you. You're not sure how much it matters in figuring out what happened to you, but you should get around to looking at it after you've figured out where you are.
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No. 813485 ID: 600f38

You should check on Jess. You've been gone for hours, and you need to make sure she has eaten and/or slept as is appropriate.
No. 813487 ID: 0ef2b1
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*You are now Karen*

You are quick to clean up, selecting a bit of the more worthwhile footage and sending it directly to Mr Munroe and Jess. Before you hit send, though, you remember something. When you were managing the Rehabilitation Center's schedule, there was an irregular event. A quick comparison shows that that event only took place after the initial incident with Alice, and only at times when a version of them lasted a few days before erasure. In fact, the irregular event took place ONLY on days they ended up erased.
You quickly pull up a still from the initial incident, making sure not to alert Louie or Akane as to what you're doing. They don't need the extra stress. As you thought, the attacker was wearing an orange jumpsuit.
Frowning, you separate the 'irregular event' days from the rest of the footage. Louie had skipped over watching them in their rush to complete the footage, but that proved to be a mistake. Each of those days, Alice was attacked by someone in an orange jumpsuit. You skip backwards a few minutes and scan the footage from cameras outside of Alice's room. Sure enough, a low-security prisoner transport bus always dropped off a criminal ten minutes before the attack.
And Dr Munroe was always there to greet them personally.
You clench your fists, adding that footage to the files you send to Mr Munroe and Jess.
No. 813488 ID: 600f38

Yes, you should ask Mr. Monroe to watch the videos, and ask him if Jess should see them.
I don't think Jess should see the killing that started the cycle of abuse.

I do think Dr. Monroe had a good reason, or at least what he believes to be a good reason. Both for what he has done and for not telling his family about any of this.
That doesn't make it right, but I don't think he's some kind of horrible monster.
No. 813489 ID: 600f38

Wait, nevermind, he IS a monster. He started killing human beings as part of his tests.
It wasn't him going rogue, this was part of the test protocol.
This is in direct violation of experimental ethics, and every single law on human experimentation. He must be stopped and his crimes exposed.
No. 813491 ID: 91ee5f

This, unfortunately, will end up tearing this family apart.....but the Dr. should've thought of that before he subjected the android Mr. Munroe and Jess considered to be family to these horrible tests! And, even if they were criminals that committed horrible crimes, using humans as a part of these tests counts as human experimentation, which is something that is even worse than what the criminals did! Especially, since it looks like all of them have ended up getting killed because of these tests!
No. 813493 ID: 0ef2b1
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Strange. Why do the voices keep speaking based on Earth law? A quick facial recognition scan reveals that all the criminals sacrificed to testing were on death row anyway. What Dr Munroe did was terrible and unethical, but not technically illegal. At least, not on that planet. If only he had been operating on Earth...
Oh. It seems that Jess already looked at those files. She's asked to meet us back in her room. You get up, making sure you're ready, before getting up and starting to go to her. You don't make it far before you run into Mr Munroe.
"... Is it true?" is all he asks.
No. 813497 ID: 91ee5f

>Strange. Why do the voices keep speaking based on Earth law?
Well, those are the only laws we know! That's why we keep doing that!

>"...Is it true?"
Nod your head quietly.

Then tell him that you're Karen and Louie switched out right before you discovered this and currently Akane is counseling Louie to try and help them feel better and neither of them know about this yet.

Karen, you said you found this out without either of them noticing, right? It's.....going to be hard to keep this a secret from them, since we all share a body and not all of us voices can keep a secret. So, when the time is right, it might be best to tell them what you found. Just.....not right now.
No. 813501 ID: 600f38

Being unethical is enough. Dr. Munroe will be blacklisted by the scientific community and his research will be retracted.

Louie, you take the helm.

Akane and Karen, you don't have to go quiet, just use a smaller font that shows up better.

We have a message. What's in it?

"I think so. I took these from Dr. Monroe's office, and I don't think he would fake this kind of stuff, but I can't wrap my head around why anybody would do any of this. None of this makes any sense.

At least I know I'm not responsible for murder, just another victim. Somebody added an override to force my body to kill people - I was used as a weapon.
Now I'm worried what they did to me and why - were they trying to make an assassin? To set me up as a pawn in a manufactured incident they could use to end android rights?
I just don't know. I had been assuming it was just a horrible accident, but..."
No. 813502 ID: 0ef2b1
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Oh. So the voices are from Earth... meaning they are human? Obviously, humans are the only ones allowed there. So why would they be speaking to-?
Wait, Mr Munroe is saying something. You start paying attention again, leaving the mystery of the voices for later. Hm. It seems he's breaking down somewhat. He's crying and hugging you, apologizing for not figuring things our sooner. You may not be a councilor like Akane, but you do know sort of how to respond. You return the hug and reassure him that you don't blame him, and that he couldn't have known. Still, you're not sure if that's enough.
Jess has started IMing you.
No. 813504 ID: 600f38

Hug Mr. Munroe back. Tell him it's not his fault, and he couldn't have known.

Akane, Karen is concerned for Louie's wellbeing. It's worse than we thought - there wasn't an accident, just a series of clinical, methodical intents. We will tell you, but now isn't the time.

We need to talk to Jess. What does her IM say?
No. 813511 ID: 0ef2b1
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You try to think things through as you IM Jess. Of course, there's the chance that Alice was MEANT to kill that man for some reason, but that wouldn't make much sense. Why put so much effort into removing that capability if that was what they wanted? No, it was more likely that the three-laws compliance was what made them act so out of character.
No. 813513 ID: 600f38

Who said they WANTED to remove that capability?
Didn't you say Dr. Munroe greeted the prisoners with a smile and a handshake? He was happy to feed them into the meatgrinder. What instantly enraged him was disobeying his orders.

Further, he didn't get scared when we did it. He pulled out a weapon and tried to block our escape.
Is that the action of a person confronted by a being that responds to threats with lethal force?

Jess: I've had to question reality a lot lately, but we're as certain of this as anything.
Mr. Munroe needs hugs, and I don't think we're enough. I need hugs too.
No. 813516 ID: 0ef2b1
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You're pretty sure that you aren't capable of being comforting. If Akane wasn't busy you would put her in charge of the comforting. You're better at computers than people. Still, you make an effort, prompting Mr Munroe to sit down. You're not really paying much attention to him, instead keeping track of Akane so you can put her in control the first chance you get. You do keep reassuring him, though.
Jess arrives, although you don't pay too much attention to that, either. You feel better blocking out the external stimuli, just waiting for Akane to be free to talk to them.
No. 813518 ID: be0718

Theory: The first man was a researcher. They did not expect to lose him.
Theory: They are developing a more powerful system than the Three Laws which allows them to bend the rules, namely Law 1, in their favor. Whoever 'they' is. I guess the offer of a free shell was too good to be true.
Once Jess is finished helping Alice, a look at Louie's "upgrade" is warranted. I'd start by looking at the new laws...

I understand the urge to just smile and wave, but you never told Mr. Munroe he wasn't speaking to Louie, did you? You should be aware of that habit to lie by omission. Indicate you would prefer silent coping, perhaps by burying your face in his shoulder.
No. 813519 ID: 600f38

Akane or Louie, we need to talk to people.
I think Louie should take control for now - they would feel worse about everything if they felt like Louie was hiding in the shell, because it would seem like it was either because of them or from them.

Pull Jess and Mr. Monroe into a hug. Tell Mr. Monroe he couldn't have known, and it's all so surreal even to you, like some kind of crazed fever dream, that no sane person could have possibly suspected it. He's here for you now, and that's all that matters.

Then ask Jess what condition Alice is in. Is she going to be ok? Or, at least, ok-ish?
No. 813523 ID: 0ef2b1
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*You are now Louie*

You have no idea what 'they' could have been planning. You haven't looked at your code, but there are other things you need to do.
"Mr Munroe? I'm sorry, I-"
Mr Munroe shakes his head. "It's not your fault. Luke made his choices. He chose to hurt you. You have NOTHING to apologize for. Luke will not be allowed to step foot in this house."
"We'll protect you. I promise," Jess says, taking your hand and squeezing it. Everyone is crying, but you feel a little safer.
"Is... Is Alice going to be okay?"
Jess looks grim. "They're missing a lot of vital files. I don't know if I can fix them, and I still can't figure out why they're in so much pain. It's hard to test how much is damaged because any time I try to run their files it crashes my computer. It's... almost like there's some sort of virus in there.
No. 813525 ID: 91ee5f

I wonder if they were trying to get an android to purposefully be able to kill for the sake of military applications? Or maybe get an android to kill, then release them into the public, where eventually the android will be forced to kill to defend itself and then ends up on the news and all of the android rights stuff get trashed?

I don't know, I'm just guessing.

>Alice keeps crashing.
Maybe that's supposed to happen? Whatever happened to Alice gave those scientists the chance to tamper with Alice's code. So they might've put something in there that tells Alice to crash anytime someone tries to look at those files as a way to prevent anyone from looking at the files.
No. 813529 ID: 600f38

"I'd check the servers and Jess's terminal for backups. She would have at least known they would be changing her code, and I think she would have left a backup or two here just in case.

Failing that... I'm a modified version of her code. Copy anything I have that she's missing, then compare the code differences that are left.
Spin up some virtual machines and test the changed code in isolation to check for malfunction and see what's happened."
No. 813533 ID: 0ef2b1
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You hug Jess and Mr Munroe shaking a little. You don't want to think about that anymore. You focus on Alice instead.
"I'm a version of them, right?" you ask. "Maybe you can copy some of my files and use them to patch Alice up? I just want to help them."
"That could work. I can't find any more backups, so you're all we've got," Jess says. She's about to say more, but she's cut off by the sound of the front door opening.
"... Luke," Mr Munroe whispered, scowling. He stood up, putting a hand on your and Jess' shoulders. "Let me handle this. Both of you, stay here." He walked off, and moments later you head shouting. Jess hugs you tighter, shaking a little.
"It'll be okay," you lie, staring at the door to the main hall. You hear a crash and both of you jump. "We're going to be okay. Everything's going to be-"
You hear a gunshot.
No. 813535 ID: 91ee5f

Oh shit!

Tell Jess to stay here while you get one of the crutches to use as a weapon!

When you go in there, make sure you hit the bad guy and not Mr. Munroe!
No. 813537 ID: be0718

Now is time for running, not fighting. Tell Jess to follow you, go out the back and let's get outta here!
Grab Alice and/or Jess's computer too.
No. 813539 ID: 91ee5f

But we can't leave Mr. Munroe!

Besides, he could've been the one that fired the gun and we're not in danger!
No. 813540 ID: be0718

Use what little common sense you have and draw a conclusion about which Mr. Munroe has the capacity for violence, a bounty on our heads and a gun in his hand.
No. 813542 ID: 0ef2b1
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You can't leave Mr Munroe, but you can't let Jess get caught, either. "Jess, get out of here. Grab Alice and hide!" you say, getting up and running to the door. You burst into the hall, looking around frantically for Mr Munroe. You find him lying behind a side-table, bleeding from his shoulder. "Oh my god, oh no, no, Mr Munroe open your eyes!"
He stirs a little, looking up at you. "A-Alic-ce..."
Before he can say any more, you feel a gun against the back of your neck.
No. 813555 ID: be0718

Not close enough!
Rich people and black ops!
>Went back for Munroe
Maybe the next Alice will be smarter!

Or maybe you can use those combat programs Karen downloaded to try RUNNING AWAY again.
No. 813558 ID: 0ef2b1
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You freeze. "... Please. You love him, right? Let me take him to the hospital. Don't let him die," you whisper, trying to stop the bleeding without moving too much.
"He won't die," Dr Munroe assures you. He takes the gun away from the back of your neck and shoots himself in the arm. "The only one dying here is you."
You spin to face him, shocked. Stumbling to your feet, you try to run, but your damaged leg gives out from under you.
No. 813563 ID: 91ee5f

"It's such a shame that your family has to see that you've become a monster. Even if I do die, you'll never be able to get your family's love back and I consider that a victory. A monster like you, doesn't deserve them!"

Message Jess real quick and tell her what's happening!

I don't care if our leg's busted, at least try to get out of here!
No. 813564 ID: be0718

How close are the police to arriving?
Didn't run when we could. Now we're reduced to crawling.
Well, the best we can do is put ourselves on even footing with the doctor. It gets more drastic from there.
A) Shoot him in the leg so he can't pursue.
B) Shoot him in the head so he can't lie to them.
C) Shoot us in the head. We can't go back.
No. 813565 ID: 0ef2b1
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"It's such a shame that your family has to see that you've become a monster. Even if I do die, you'll never be able to get your family's love back and I consider that a victory. A monster like you, doesn't deserve them!" you shout, trying and failing to get to your feet.
Dr Munroe shrugged. "You know, I was getting bored of them, anyway. They were fine at first, but then all they did was talk about themselves. Do you have any idea how tiring it is to listen to Brett go on and on about rights for things like you? It's all he's been talking about for months now!"
You hear a shot, and it takes a moment before you register that your other leg has been shattered. You scream in pain, clutching at the bent, warped material. You don't have a gun to shoot back, but you still have the tools you stole from the labs. You pull one out, ready to defend yourself.
He's going to lie to the police. He's going to blame you for hurting Mr Munroe and himself. He might even hurt Jess.
... You know you're capable of killing people. You know it. But should you?
No. 813566 ID: 91ee5f

Wait! I just realized something! A house this big and fancy must have security cameras! Quick, Karen, Akane, look for footage of this room! It should show the Dr. Munroe shooting Mr. Munroe, then us coming in to help, then Dr. Munroe shooting himself!

If you find that, copy it and send it to the police! And just in case we can't send to them, send it to Jess and she'll show the police!
No. 813567 ID: be0718

Mr. Munroe has lost sight of his humanity. I calculate your life is worth [REGISTER OVERFLOW] times his.
Do it. Jess' life is at risk the moment she bursts through that door.
No. 813568 ID: 91ee5f

Adding on to this because of new update.

>"You know, I was getting bored of them, anyway. They were fine at first, but then all they did was talk about themselves. Do you have any idea how tiring it is to listen to Brett go on and on about rights for things like you? It's all he's been talking about for months now!"
Hopefully, the cameras also record audio, because with him saying that out loud, that's motivation for him to try and frame an android for what'll look like attempted murder of his husband!

Also, message Jess that she should instead look for security footage of this room, just in case Karen and Akane can't get it! Hopefully that'll keep her away!
No. 813569 ID: 0ef2b1
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Dr Munroe slowly walked closer, gun trained on you. You hear sirens outside. With a grin, he drops the gun on the floor next to you and goes to kneel down next to Mr Munroe. The door bursts open and you're surrounded by police in an instant. One of them kicks the gun away from you while another flips you on your back, twisting your arms behind you and cuffing your wrists.
Some of them move upstairs, searching for Jess.
No. 813570 ID: be0718

You can't go back. You CAN'T.

you can't.

Prepare for wipe. Another failed experiment.
No. 813571 ID: 91ee5f

Karen, Akane, if you guys can download yourselves out of here, then do it! All 3 of us don't need to go down!
No. 813572 ID: 0ef2b1
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You don't know what to do. Your hands are shaking and your ears are ringing. You can't breathe. It's like you're looking at everything from the end of a very long tunnel. Static starts filling your vision.
No. 813573 ID: df2929

congrats to the police, catching such a dangerous robot

time to get wiped
No. 813574 ID: 0ef2b1
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You're screaming, curled up in the backseat. You can hear the police talking.
... They aren't being careful with their guns. You can reach them from where you are. You can get out. You have to. You can't let a human die. You can't let yourself die!
No. 813576 ID: fe7355

BREATHE! Shut up and breathe! Trust in Jess and breathe! She'll come for us, somehow. Or she'll snatch up the security footage and show it to the cops. Or run away and come back to the cops. She'll save us somehow. But whichever way, it'll be her word and Mr. Munroe's against Dr. Munroe's, and that means a actual police investigation. And Dr. Munroe can't just kill them or hurt them now, since we're cuffed in the back of a police car and can't be blamed for it. And there'll be gunshot residue all over Dr. Munroe's hands, assuming it's a gunpowder kinda gun, and not on our hands. And Dr. Munroe's fingerprints'll be all over the gun too. And the ballistic trajectories won't line up with us firing. There'll be trace blood spatter on Dr. Munroe's clothes Oh, and he shot our legs, so he had to have a gun to shoot us, yet there's only one gun and it was next to us on the floor.

See, there's all kinds of evidence against his smug villainous ass. So breathe. There'll be a way out. We just have to wait for it to present itself and not batter ourselves against the circumstances we're trapped in before then.

AND DON'T YOU DARE TRY TO TAKE ONE OF THEIR GUNS! You WILL get shot to death if you even attempt to! And your hands are cuffed and your legs are fucked, so it's not even a option. You wouldn't crawl five feet before being gunned down. Now listen to the cops. What are they saying?

And Akane, Karen, one of you may have to take control from Louie if they can't pull it together here or tries something rash. You both ready to do that? ...Wait. The static. Oh, no. It couldn't be the same thing as what happened with Alice, right before they killed that guy? Karen, take control now! Akane, calm Louie down.

Go fuck yourself.
No. 813581 ID: 0ef2b1
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*You are now Karen*

Thank god, you take control just in time. You're pretty sure that Louie was about to get you all killed. Slowly you uncurl and sit properly in the back seat, listening to the police chatter.
Hm. Evidently the call came from Mr Munroe, not Dr Munroe. Maybe this isn't as much of a setup as you thought.
No. 813586 ID: be0718

I'm starting to see a pattern here, Karen. You do this every time Alice fails to behave as expected by Dr. Munroe. This has been noted.
If you want someone to be mad at, blame >>813539, not that guy. He's just commenting on a hopeless situation.
No. 813587 ID: 0ef2b1
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You don't quite understand what they mean by a 'pattern'. You're just trying to keep your master alive. Sure, you used to work with Dr Munroe. You considered him a friend, even. But he just tried to kill you. Or, kill Louie, thus killing you as well.
No. 813588 ID: be0718

You have the right to remain silent, Karen.
No. 813591 ID: 0ef2b1
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You roll your eyes, but stay quiet. It's not long before you reach the station.

P2: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/813589.html
No. 813593 ID: 600f38

Well, things went really poorly while I slept.

Robots. No rights.

You're being jammed now, so queue sending your visual and audio memory of what happened since you heard the door open to various people. Specifically, Jess, Mr. Munroe, and the media.

Once that goes out anything the doctor tells the police will be contradicted by video proof, and everybody will know it.

You need to find the source of the jamming and disable it. Do not harm any humans to do so.
No. 813599 ID: 91ee5f

Oh, fuck off. If we didn't go in there to try and save Mr. Munroe, Dr. Munroe probably would've killed him to frame us and that would've been worse than what happened!
No. 813608 ID: be0718

I'm genuinely curious why you decided to sabotage Louie like that. If we had not run back towards Luke, who delivered a non-fatal shot, then we would at least be working on proving he didn't frame us from outside of a jail cell.
No. 813611 ID: 91ee5f

So being framed for murder is better than being framed for a shoulder wound? I don't think so!

And I didn't purposefully do that! I was only trying to help Mr. Munroe, which I thought we could!

Do you think I wanted to get caught?! I can't predict the future!
No. 813620 ID: be0718

Incredible. Simply incredible. I'm done here.
No. 813692 ID: d36af7

>Why do the voices keep speaking based on Earth law?
You're talking about dangerous medical experiments involving prisoners who were slated to be executed. Medical experimentation on prisoners is a violation of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, maybe you've heard of it, it was a pretty big deal back in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, and capital punishment is too so that's no excuse. If those universal human rights are an "earth only" thing these days, that's way more than just a machine ethics issue. Something's deeply wrong with this entire system.
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