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132511 No. 132511 ID: d63ea8

>Ask Questions,
>Offer Comments,
>Express Thoughts.

I hope you are all enjoying the quest thus far, and I'm very excited to be running it.

Feel free to answer questions here and I will try to answer them as best as I can.

Unfortunately, due to the quest being centered around exploration and discovery, I can't afford to reveal absolutely everything.

But as I had said to a friend of mine:

"If this quest had a thesis statement, it would be 'why not ask?'"
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No. 133939 ID: d63ea8

But where are my manners!

Avenue, entrepreneur extraordinaire!

For all things communication, information, or recreation, look no further than the ‘System Itself.’

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No. 133940 ID: d63ea8

It’s good to finally meet You.

Sadly, I think that I’m
Errant’s only friend at this point. And I’m at the end of my (proverbial) leash.

If I interfere any more then the URC might think that I’m-

*Dramatic Gasp*

Complicit!

But seeing as
You want more options-

Wait- sorry, let me get back into character.

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No. 133941 ID: d63ea8

To relay Your message directly to Lovely, please press [1].
To discard and re record
Your message, please press [2].
To inquire about our locations and hours of operation, please press [5].
To inquire about payment options and current deals, please press [6].
To speak to an operator, please press [7].
If
You know the extension of the person or Being You’re looking for, please press [9] and enter in the extension.

To hear these options again, please stay on the line.

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No. 133945 ID: 87a01c

assuming our message is: Lovely please stop trying to intrude on a mortal named 'Ashley''s abode, an old mutt doesn't want to be found. I am fairly certain no other Beings I know's influence looks like parallel, variable length, horizontal line segments. Your continued interference jeopardizes your relationship with me((in the 'this fragment sense')) and by extension with the Vessel. I feel he would not approve, particularly since our side of the story would, almost certainly, reach them first, and be from the perspective of the scared mortal, among other things. "1" Otherwise re-record the message to be as such and send.
Regarding '7' aren't you the operator? I would love to know all about "5" and "6"
Regarding '9' might I inquire as to your extension as to better understand the format?
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No. 133947 ID: d63ea8

Message Sent.
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No. 133948 ID: d63ea8

Our systems indicate that there is ONE storefront near Your location. Please take THE HOLE BENEATH THE BED and then turn RIGHT, LEFT, LEFT, RIGHT.

Our hours of operation are ANYTIME THE DRAWER IS MISSING with the exception of WHEN THE URC ARE BUSY WITH SOMETHING/ONE ELSE.

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No. 133949 ID: d63ea8

We offer plans on a monthly, yearly, or pay as you go basis. Once You have set up an account at one of our many locations, we will set You up with a trained service associate who will walk You through the many data and information plans we have available. We pride ourselves on our flexibility and would love to take the time to figure out which pricing standard best fits You , and accept credit, INFORMATION and/or LIFE-FLUIDS equally.
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No. 133950 ID: d63ea8

We are transferring You to one of our many trained operators. Please stay on the line.
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No. 133951 ID: d63ea8

“Hello, you have reached the Office of Urban Restoration and Civility, Amanda speaking.”

“How can I help you this morning?”

>Regarding '9' Might I inquire as to your extension as to better understand the format?

“I’m sorry. I didn’t quite catch that first part. You want to know about the format for extension numbers with the URC offices?”
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No. 133954 ID: 87a01c

Rude Avenue. That wasn't even quite Yes in character for a automated system, you did them out of order.
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No. 133957 ID: d63ea8

>Yes.
“Alright. In order to better meet the needs of our many citizens, we have divided up our representatives based on city and districts. You can check for these numbers under the ‘my documents’ tab of your URC Announcement app, once your device has been legalized with your personal information.”

“When calling in, press nine and then enter in your three digit city code, two digit local code, and finally the four digit personal code of the individual you're looking for. The numbers of our call-in staff can be found on our websites, or you can ask by name here. If you are part of our Public Housing program, your local code will be the first two digits of your tenant ID. ”

“Is there someone you wish to talk to specifically?”

I was answering in order. Numerical order!

Besides, most people hate talking to machines.


“I’m sorry, what was that? I couldn’t quite make that out.”
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No. 133958 ID: 87a01c

Just background noise, sorry, thanks. Avenue wait till they hang up or hang up for me or whatever, so I can stop talking like mouse.
For all that you may be 'the system' you are still a Being, clearly one with thoughts of its own, and knowledge that most mortals don't have, nor should have it seems. In the automated system what would a Being's extension be like? or is that purely applicable to mortals. Also what is the proper way to send a message to a specific Being, as trying to 'call' Grey Gash back reached you instead, and it would be nice to be able to reach you or Grey or Garden or Knot on purpose as it seems everyone else can do to me.
Youmentioned that it was nice to meet me, but my understanding is my name already has history did you not meet me then? or did Errant tell you about my recent 'reset'?
For all that Compression Knot may be a brick wall I still wish to send them a "hello" message. I will hold off on Hanging Garden as I have little of value to offer at the moment

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No. 133965 ID: d63ea8

“Thank you for calling in. Have a good day.”

*click*
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No. 133966 ID: d63ea8

That was a shorter call than I thought it would be.
Oh well.

As for your assertions, yes, I am still a Being in addition to the system I’ve created.
And it is my business to stay very well informed.

As much as I would love to add a catalogue of numbers for Beings I do business with, many of them thoroughly reject the idea. Therefore I must remain as an intermediary of sorts, and the URC have provided me a whole lot of business.

I imagine that
Grey Gash would’ve answered You herself, if She wasn’t already occupied with certain… obligations.

There are only a handful of ‘big title’ Outer Beings that can occupy more than one space at once. Myself being one of them, and my “
Rival” being another.

Though,
She rarely leaves her domain.

Usually if you wished to contact or meet another Being, such an affair would be organized by me, as I would set up a ‘neutral ground’ for talks to take place.

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No. 133967 ID: d63ea8

Of course, if You were to ‘reach out’ Yourself , then it would be easy for that Being, or perhaps someone else to commune with You directly.

There can be risk involved with such chance encounters, thus there is a need for those to ‘go between.’

Though I can certainly think of
One who is able to slip into places He shouldn’t.

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No. 133968 ID: d63ea8

But I’m afraid that I’m a businessman, not a charity worker.

You have questions.
I have answers.

You want contacts.
I have connections.

Let’s make a deal.


Don’t worry about Grey Gash, I’m on retainer for the URC, and thus all associated costs will be waived. But they are also able to decide when You are no longer worth talking to.

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No. 133969 ID: 87a01c

There are many things I don't know but also don't have the questions for.
Those obligations of Grey Gash are almost certainly the self same as the ones my message was addressing. You say helping Someone anymore might leave you Complicit so it isn't necessarily that you don't want to help so much as your proverbial hands are tied. But one of your jobs is to get messages from one Being to another, yes? If so rushing receipt of a message from one Being to another should be well within your 'leash' yes? The goal of that message is to help a certain Someone. I would like to at least get my message read by them before they finish, if not start a dialog.
I too like being well informed, though not as a broker of information, typically. How confidential can we expect our discussions to be? I am guessing all but. I would like to "make a deal" but unfortunately do not know what I have that you might want or what the worth of anything either of us have is, and that seems like a terrible place to start bargaining from. I'll try to stick to information cheap enough to be worth giving to aid my continued existence so I can be a more lucrative customer later.
When it comes to life fluids is there any difference between a rat, dog, cow, human, or being.
When it comes to secrets what gives them value, and given that they are secrets, if you are buying how can you be sure you are not being scammed, or, should value be determined by the receiver, that they are not scamming you by undervaluing it.
Interesting that the URC thought I was worth talking to in the first place
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No. 133972 ID: d63ea8

You are correct.

In this theoretical scenario, I would be obligated-
Nay-
Required to send this message post-haste.

Especially if it were to a…
valued contact.

So much so that I might be willing to overlooks some fees, it were to help that theoretical
Someone immensely.

As for-

Oh! You have a reply.

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No. 133973 ID: d63ea8

*Ahem*

I’m afraid that my hands are tied in this case. Though I am surprised how quickly you’ve learned of it.

I do know know this ‘Ashley’
and I doubt She cares but I have certain… responsibilities to my… cohorts.

The ‘mutt’ has been a persistent thorn in our side, and a disappointment to our kind.

Hiss… Boo…

If it is truely a matter or importance to you, I will spare the mortal, but if she stands in the way…

There will not be much left of her.

But I will remind you that I wish to remain mundane in the eyes of the mortal.

If you pass, undue influence upon them…

I will be deeply cross.

And here’s a friendly bit of advice.

Do Not Threaten Me.

I do hope that we are able to chat ‘in character’ soon.


I will say from… second-hand knowledge… that the URC’s enforcer should not be trifled with.

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No. 133974 ID: d63ea8

But to get back on topic.

As for confidentiality-
I would ask for a premium, as
You would effectively be giving me something I would be unable to sell.

But seeing as you are lacking in some basic knowledge, let me clarify the pricing, for no cost of course.


Some have tried and failed to feed on the life-fluids of less sapient creatures. The results are… unpleasant to say the least, and most do not even attempt doing so because of the wide abundance of life-fluids present in Numara. Unlike the Beyond, Outer Beings are not required to feed on one another, even with other dangers present.

Though to me, the life-fluids of a mortal and a Being are of equal value.

As for the validity and/or value of secrets… I usually expect a Promise of honesty and discretion when relaying the information, and I fully understand if that same Promise might be required of me.

If you are uncertain of a secret’s value, I would have you ponder the… amount of disturbance... that information might impart upon the world if it were to come to light.

And if information and life-fluids are too precious to you, then I might be persuaded by a favor or two.

From what I can tell, the URC might’ve… underestimated a little ‘problem’ of theirs.

Anything else?

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No. 133975 ID: 87a01c

Outer Beings. This suggests the possibility of Inner Beings?
Is there something he uses instead, if you are at liberty to tell?
I only know the consequences of breaking a promise are 'bad' but would like more specifics. Additionally what sort of effect does including something subjective, say 'a fair price', in a promise as a conditional when applied to one's self or someone else?
Who is the user of the darkest color. I want to guess URC, but the URC has had many names, or so I am told.
What kind of costs can be made against a Being. We know of Life-fluids, and it seems Potency would also be possible to deduct from. But it seems likely that more are possible, though what they are remains unknown.
We have a Power, but have been hesitant to use it because of an unspecified cost, and not knowing what the power is, can you tell us what our power prior to our 'rebirth' was? as well as common Power costs? Or even better what our power is now, should you somehow know.
I have reason to believe that Grey Gash's 'one hit' effect may be a hex of some sort. Anything you can share regarding that?
Do you have any experience with the spheres?

To Grey Gash:You and I both know this isn't about Ashley, though her death would certainly make things worse. This isn't a threat, I can promise you that: I can not safely promise that anything I learn in this situation will not be transferred to the Vessel upon his awakening. Our conversations here should be exempt from the situation. The fact that you are the drawer has yet to come to light in the situation and should be safe, but your attempts on Ashley and the 'mutt' thus far... well I don't think either of us can undo what has already happened, only what we decide to do about it. As of now I will make no attempts dissuade the Vessel from any attempts to find connections between the attacker here and anything else. My mind could likely be changed either way, depending on what you say and do. Changing it based on what you do will happen either way. Changing it based on what you say would be a minor favor to you, and I'm happy to do minor favors at no cost, right up till they run counter to the interests of those I care about. For instance not immediately sharing your identity with the Vessel was one such favor, it was small enough and I saw no reason not to. Now I understand you probably got someone telling you 'the dog is old' and 'needs to be put down' to 'end its suffering', but there is a difference between 'It got away [before I could pull]/[as I pulled] the trigger' and 'I didn't have the heart to pull the trigger'. As I understand it, that second one just isn't a problem you have, and I wouldn't expect it to suddenly happen now, however convenient that would be for me.
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No. 133976 ID: 87a01c

((can we get a quick map of Ashley's apartment?))
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No. 133978 ID: d63ea8
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133978

((Here's the map!))
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No. 133979 ID: 87a01c

((Wait where is TV and mirror right now?))
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No. 133980 ID: d63ea8
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133980

((Of course, here you go.))
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No. 133990 ID: d63ea8

Message sent.

I suppose in a sense there are such things as ‘Inner Beings,’ but I don’t think it will be replacing the term ‘mortal’ any time soon.



Anyways, the consequences of breaking a Promise tend to be quite severe. While I can't get into exact calculations, since the effects tend to vary based on the Promises themselves and the Potency of the Beings involved, I can give general outcomes.

The most likely outcome is that the breaker of Promise annihilated outright, akin to death in the eyes of mortals, even though this ‘death’ for Beings tends to be more… total. Though there are times when the Being involved is merely crippled instead, fewer still are able to come back from it, but it has been done.

All subjective aspects should be excised from a Promise when both given and offered. As their presence might lead to a Promise being broken even if both Beings had the intention of carrying it out.

I’m afraid that the ‘Darkest Colour’ is confidential, and so are the identities of the URC.

But I imagine one who is as inquisitive as
Yourself may be able to piece such things together.

As for other costs… Potency is something I would be willing to trade in, but
You ought to understand that it cannot be restored as easily as Life-fluids. Potency often requires centuries of immense focus to cultivate on one’s own, and if it is properly given to or taken by another Being, it will not return.

There is sometimes the call for personnel or resources, depending on how well situated
You are in a world like Numara. I for one have often partaken in the ‘buying,’ ‘selling’ and ‘leasing’ of mortals within my sphere of influence.

One such transaction taking place very recently.

Beyond that,
You could offer Your service in exchange for goods. Providing temporary, or perhaps more permanent labour, in exchange for such actions in kind.

She is ever the fan of such ‘patronage.’

As for what Power might have, that is for me to assess and for
You to market.

And I imagine that
Her Title would explain such questions themselves. Unfortunately I cannot share more.

Unfortunately I have not had much business with those two,
It/It prefers It/It’s own company.

And if my hypotheses are right, then I might have some information regarding
Your past. But that would have to be purchased.

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No. 133992 ID: d63ea8

As for…
Your other question…

no…

He hasn’t found a working substitute.



He...

...has just continued making
Himself... sick.

Despite the wishes of… some others…

It’s…

It’s…

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No. 133994 ID: d63ea8

ITSHARDTOSEEHIMLIKETHISEVERYMOMENTWORSETHANTHELASTHEISANNIHILATINGHIMSELFSLOWLYANDFORWHATACONSCIENCEAPRINCIPALITHURTSTOWATCHHIMPOISONINGHIMSELFBITBYBITQUIETLYWONDERINGIFIDIDTHISTOHIMDIDIGROWSOLARGETHATIINMYARROGANCEECLIPSEDHIMANDFORCEDHIMINTOTHISCYCLEOFSELFDESTRUCTIVEBEHAVIORWHYAREYOUDOINGTHISWHYDOYOUSUFFERWHILEICONTINUETORISEIMSORRYIMSORRYPLEASEJUSTSTOPTHISIFNOTFORYOUTHENPLEASEDOITFORME







*Ahem*

...sorry.

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No. 133995 ID: 87a01c

Is he willing to accept life fluids offered willingly and knowingly? Has he tried sexual fluids? Why is he wanted dead when he is already killing himself. He doesn't need to kill to gain life fluids, and mortals make more over time, right? It is possible to harvest just a little. Same way it doesn't make sense to cut down a pear tree just for the fruits.
I feel your pain.
He was the first to do anything for us, well our Vessel anyway, we didn't know we were separate from the Vessel yet.
He is the only one that I truly care about besides our Vessel in this world so far. Which of course isn't to say there are not others we care about, We are rather conflict adverse by nature, much preferring love to war where possible, but priorities.

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No. 134003 ID: 1a8428

>>133994
Don't make lines that long without a break in them, please, you're making the page side-scroll.
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No. 134004 ID: d63ea8

>>134003
((Understood, I'll try to segment it next time so this doesn't occur.))
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No. 134005 ID: d63ea8

I haven’t kept up with His most recent exploits…

I find them too painful to hear.

I just know that
He is using my electrical grid to starve
Himself .

Using it to override the basic survival instincts we
ALL have.

I…

I just wish that
He would be more selfish.

Even back then, I could tell that
He cared. Even if He was loathe to admit it at the time…

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No. 134010 ID: d63ea8

Some see Him as a threat. Others are still holding onto old grudges. And many others see Him as an ‘embarrassment’ to our kind, or a cautionary tale about not adapting to the times.
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No. 134011 ID: d63ea8

But that is enough of picking over old wounds.

Are there any scraps of knowledge or resources
You’d wish to purchase?

Or something
You’d wish to sell in exchange for ‘store credit?’

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No. 134012 ID: 87a01c

The URC seems to have enough power to implement systematic blood harvesting, but given life-fluids still have value, this mustn't be the case, if it were anything small it would almost certainty have been circumvented... =/
That was a lot of colors I didn't recognize, I got Greater Sphere but these colors have no names, can I get some sort of names for them for free? Do Being symbols have value? Would the iconography of a dream key? A summoning/calling/how we got their attention enough that they came to our Vessel's abode for the spheres?

This in particular seems similar to Ravenous Delights same with this and this but less so.
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No. 134014 ID: b1b4f3

To Grey Gash: I would like to add that we know you are dangerous, and obviously much stronger than we are. I think it is unlikely that we will act against you, both out of self preservation and for the sake of the Vessel. Yet by attacking Ashley you are making it very difficult for us to want to help you. We asked the Vessel to give you things before; we obviously won't be doing that anymore.
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No. 134023 ID: d63ea8

Unfortunately I cannot speak on Them or It as they have bought their privacy.

As for the remainder-

Oh!
You’re getting a reply.

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No. 134024 ID: d63ea8

*Ahem*

While I do not expect perfection, I do require some degree of cooperation.

The same level of cooperation that I am attempting to extend now. This mortal shows no sign of cooperation, and while I won’t seek to end her life, I will if I must.

But
You are failing to understand that I am pursuing this task by requirement, not desire. I want to annihilate the mutt on my own terms, when He is thoroughly crushed and broken-
...
-under the weight of His own failures. I want Him to beg for it.
...
But my colleagues think otherwise, and believe now is the best chance to remove this ‘Errant Signal.’

Therefore, if my target were to wander directly in front of me, I am obligated to do what I do best.

Be grateful that I am exhibiting an uncharacteristic amount of restraint.
And that I still believe ‘w
e’ can be helpful to one another.

Uhg. I was starting to taste the vitriol near the end there.

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No. 134025 ID: d63ea8

Again, I cannot offer those questions for free… but I can think of a favour You could do for me if You’d like to hear it.

I can also say with some certainty that the ‘hypotheses’ I previously mentioned are now most likely correct, given that last interaction.

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No. 134026 ID: d63ea8

Although...

I would accept the design of one of
Her keys, as payment for…

Let’s say three questions of little to no worth.

Titles, gossip, basic moment to moment Being activities. That sort of thing.

Unfortunately one’s symbol is more useful in the hands of a mortal, than it is in the hands of a Being.

How about this:
If
You get Your Vessel to summon me, I will answer one of his questions, free of charge.

Seem fair?

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No. 134027 ID: 87a01c

If I am to give you the key, I would need your promise that this would not impede the function of the key for our mortal. Our mortal already summoned you, but we will keep that in mind. I would love to hear your proposal.
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No. 134029 ID: b1b4f3

>>134026
How do we summon you? A ritual, with a sacrifice? Something like that?
Here's a question that should be mundane enough to be public knowledge: what are the goals of the URC as pertaining to Outer Beings? I wonder if we are actually enemies.
You say titles are of little worth, but wouldn't knowing Grey Gash's title help us know what she is capable of?
What is the favor we can do for you?

>>134027
((but we explicitly do not want the mortal to find and use the key!))

To Grey Gash: Fine, I believe you. Orders are orders, after all. Let us both hope he escapes.

((I think it is interesting that Grey Gash values our relationship, even beyond the Vessel. I hope we can afford Avenue's information about our past.))
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No. 134030 ID: 87a01c

((>>/questarch/969106 and >>/questarch/961248 would suggest the mortal already knows about it. Furthermore, I think the mortal already does, as that is how the dreaming works. It is why we can come and go. See >>/questarch/961680. I believe the key is what lets the mortal do this sequence. I suspect, based on >>133209, that the Beyond has been a common source of 'inspiration' for our mortal, Abbot. Of the resources a Being can use, so far we have Life-fluids and Potency. >>/questarch/969355 suggests our mortal produces Potency, which >>133990 suggests is ordinarily quite difficult to obtain.))
((>>/questarch/961574 symbols I had not noticed before. More isolated >>/moo/5081. I don't know a good way to brighten them.))
My guess for what happened is we broke a Promise, but it didn't entirely obliterate us, that this 'new us' came out of ashes of our former self left behind by that broken promise. Is that similar to your hypothesis? I would hate to buy a hypothesis I have already made. Even if they match up, the evidence and reasoning behind how you arrived at it would likely still have value to us. If you had/knew a way to verify or disprove one or both of our theories, that too would have value to us.
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No. 134031 ID: 87a01c

((>>/moo/5081 My guesses, in reading order, are:
Binds (Could be swapped with mirrors, placed here by elimination)
Beacon (We know this one)
Feathers (It is the most feathery to me)
Surge (It seems to have a electrical ark)
Compass (4 pointed star with possibly a 2 pointed 'star' behind it, one more layer behind that that seems green, appears asymmetric and is too obscured guess at it's shape)
Mirrors (two circles make me think mirrors, though could be binding loops or something, neither explains the teardrops around it. combined with binds, is my most unsure pair.)))
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No. 134033 ID: d63ea8

That Promise seems reasonable, but I would like some amendments to it. Namely ‘I will not take any action nor reveal any kind of information that will in any way damage the function/integrity of Your mortal’s Key so long as it remains within his possession.’

The alterations mainly create an expiry date of sorts, and protect me from any sort of fallout in case
You or someone else were to reveal the information. Albeit it still has the caveat of if that someone else caused damage with information that I provided, then I would still be liable.

Seem fair?

I enjoy keeping a ‘shadow ledger’ of
Her current clientele, and a Key is a rare honor from her. You’d best avoid mentioning me around Her, otherwise She might grow suspicious.

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No. 134034 ID: d63ea8

Message Sent.

As for my proposal… seeing as
You have an influence of sorts over what is happening with Him...

I ask that
You do what You can to ensure that He survives this encounter with Your current ‘conversation partner.’

Once
He is in a safe position, I will contact You and I will provide an answer to one question You have, irregardless of significance.

But I will still be bound by previous Promises and agreements, so I may not be able to answer some questions.

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No. 134035 ID: d63ea8

And of course I would be willing to throw in my hypotheses as a singular bundle, if You’d wish to hear that instead. And I will say that the contents are more centered around who You were/might-have-been before this supposed broken Promise.

As for the summoning, as much as I would enjoy a sacrifice, it isn’t strictly necessary. All that is required is for
Your mortal to do is paint/inscribe my symbol onto a surface, peel apart something that has been woven or braided, and then blindly take a step backwards.

Usually there would be more steps, but
Your mortal’s dwelling is already primed for such rituals.

A question about the URC’s “public” goals, would certainly be considered ‘little to no worth.’

But I suppose as another freebie…


Grey Gash’s Title is Grey Gash. She is not only old, but old fashioned and hasn’t really seen any need to develop a Name for Herself, beyond ‘Lovely’ of course.

And while
Her Title does give an indication of what She is capable of. It would be foolish to assume that Her abilities only cover physical interactions.

So sometimes Titles, and even Names, can be a bit of a bit of a misnomer.

What do
You think the Title ‘Avenue’ or the Name ‘System Itself’ say of my capabilities?

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No. 134036 ID: 87a01c

>>134034
This Named Fragment Promises that the preservation of Him is currently, as of making this Promise, a primary goal. and we accept the deal.
>>134033
On the condition that giving you the image of the key does not count as our mortal losing possession of it and that your proposed Promise does not demand contiguous possession from time of making to be valid, I think we have a deal.
In other news, regarding her, she mistrusts us because of the actions of our predecessor, but has stated willingness to give us a fair shake due to our new Being, old body, status, but we are to do some cleanup of our predecessor's work before we talk again.
Now for something you may not know unless she or he shared it: >>133213 >>133215 She is likely upset with him to some degree. It may just be gossip of "little to no worth", but I provide it to you for you to determine yourself.
Can a single Promise be broken more than once? Can the consequences of violating a Promise be defined in the Promise itself? For instance 'I will cause a cookie to be consumed or else half my Potency shall be forfeit.' Obviously this, as a Promise, would be pointless as there is no time limit on the task to be performed, and could only be invalidated by the task becoming impossible, but that is irrelevant to the question.
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No. 134038 ID: 87a01c

In an earlier communication with Grey Gash, she asked for our name before we knew it. We have since figured out our name. Our Title. Do you already know our name, or would sharing our Title with you have some value to you?
These titles seem to typically make sense more in retrospect, always hard to tell how metaphorical or literal the Titles are, our own Title hardly helps us.
Your name and Title suggest you are well tied to infrastructure.
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No. 134039 ID: b1b4f3

>>134030
((yes, the Vessel knows about the "key", but that's just the symbol of the key on the bed. The genuine article is hidden somewhere that's hard to reach, because something bad would happen if he were to get it and use it, according to ES.))

>>134034
All we can do is talk to Grey Gash, and she has made it clear that she is acting under orders, so I don't know what we can actually do here. I don't know if distracting her is possible, and she will likely catch on to what we're doing. Send Errant Signal useful information, maybe? I will Promise to try to help him survive this encounter, regardless.

Hmm, "Grey Gash"... a wound, but grey, which means it's rotting. Her abilities revolve around rot and wounds, then. Rot has association with corpses and general decay or accelerated passage of time. That's actually strange, because other Beings have complained about rot and time; maybe her abilities circumvent what's normally anathema about those concepts. Wounds can mean literal injury, or merely openings. She also has affinity with mirrors and the image of a blue ocean, but I'm not sure why. Maybe that's just because it's part of her symbol.
Oh, do the symbols of Beings have value? Because we have a small collection of those, most of which we have clearly paired to titles, and I'm 90% sure about who the rest are paired with.
Why has Errant Signal abandoned his true title? It's true that his new one is a descriptor of what he's been up to lately, but his old one is also relevant. Is it normal for a Being to be able to take on new abilities and themes? I realize these questions might have value, but I feel understanding Errant Signal is needed if we are to help him.
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No. 134044 ID: 87a01c

>>134039
I already asked about Being symbols, the answer was 'to mortals', a better question is why.
Are clocks good or bad for Grey Gash, more specificity their ability(s)? It would be useful to know what tools a mortal might be able to use against her toolset while stuck in a bedroom behind a door. Thinking of doors, wooden ones are basically just a carefully maimed tree.
((Can you link the post where that is mentioned? Good catch on the connections of Gash's Title))
Our fragmented nature is showing, and this is just two of us agreeing, imagine having 10+ who don't and want to weigh in on something.
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No. 134046 ID: b1b4f3

>>134044
(( https://questden.org/kusaba/questarch/res/960828.html#969523 ))
((I may have misunderstood, however... the Key of Umbra and the second key that unlocks the lockbox are most likely two completely different things. I wonder who the orange Being is? My guess is Compression Knot, since we've seen the colors of every other Being in our list aside from Hanging Gardens))
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No. 134048 ID: 87a01c

((>>133958 we already have their color >>134046
also you forgot to (()) your >>######
It is fine if the >>###### is relevant to stuff not in (()) but when the entirety of the rest of the message is in (()) it is suspicious))
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No. 134050 ID: d63ea8

Those amendments seem fair.

I accept
Your Promises, and… thank You.

And seeing as we’re trading in idle gossip, let me share some of mine.

I’ve heard that
She is gathering some of Her most subservient ‘loyal’ clients together. While the exact reason for this is still unknown, I can say from past trends that it’s usually to deal with ‘problems’ plaguing the ‘community.’

Especially since
Her main ‘attack dog’ Screaming Edge will be there. I would be careful around any invitations You receive.

As for that little tid-bit between
Him and Her, I’d say that it is worth at least a moderate question, seeing as You don’t strike me as someone who would lie to my face.

As for
Your questions on Promises:
Mercifully, a Promise can only be broken once.
No,
You are not able to define the consequences of a Promise, they are always severe.
And the reason why
You need to be especially careful about curating Promises is the fact that You can be given a Promise with no proper conclusion. She has fooled many a young Being into becoming a permanent client.

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No. 134051 ID: d63ea8

But seeing as we are getting back into business, let’s talk trade.
I would say that
Your Title and Symbol would be worthwhile to buy, as they would help iron some speculations I have.
Taken together, I would value them as Moderate.
(Worth a more substantial question in return or perhaps a minor errand You’d need me to run.)

(You’d also be correct in the assertion that I’m tied to infrastructure, but that is one of my more ‘modern’ connections. One of the Names I used to go by way before was the ‘Unwinding Thread.’)

(Rather sobering to realize how things change.)


As previously discussed, and now properly Promised, I am willing to accept the design of one of
Her keys.
As noted, I would pay in three questions of little to no worth.

And in exchange for
You doing what You can in protecting Him from an immediate threat…
I will give
You an answer to a question, regardless of significance.
(Though this will be paid to You once He is safe.)

So before You commit to Your choices, I’ll give you a rundown of the prices for some of Your questions:

‘Of Little to No Worth’:
- The names/titles of other Beings.
(Barring some who have bought privacy.)
- The “Public” goals of the URC.
(I would bundle both their messages to mortals and Outer Beings under this question.)
-
Her capabilities. (Because She is old and relatively unchanging.)
- Cross-referencing
Your theories with the information I have available, and saying whether or not it has some measure of accuracy to them. (It would cost one question per theory.)
- My own history or the history of my business.
(I will warn You that it is rather boring.)
- On Clocks, Time, and Space.
(And how they mainly do not work well with us.)
- Other questions
You can think up of course. (So long as they are relatively inconsequential.)

‘Of Moderate Worth’:
- My history with
Errant Signal. (And that is Errant Signal specifically.)
- A more in depth synopsis of a particular Outer Being
You had in mind. (Barring Him for personal reasons.)
- A possible answer to why the URC hasn’t re-implemented their blood harvesting program.
(This would be speculative, but I would like to note that I’m very accurate with my assertions)
- The upcoming plans of a particular Outer Being or organization.
(Again, subject to speculation and my privacy list.)
- The current political relations between Numara, the Beyond, and other ‘distant places.’
- Other questions of somewhat sizable import.

‘Of Significant Worth’:
- Certain exploits I see within the URC itself.
- Certain exploits I can discover from within
Her or Her realm. (Such information might be time-sensitive.)
- My theories on who
You were and why You were VERY dangerous. (Judging from the information You provided, I am almost certain that this theory is correct.)
- Other questions whose answers would be very hard to come by.

Currently,
Your balance sits at:
3 questions ‘Of Little to No Worth.’
1 question ‘Of Moderate Worth.’
(2 if You throw in Your symbol and Title.)

Your question ‘irregardless of significance’ will be provided upon the completion of our agreement.

Of course I can also convert these questions into other services for
You; i.e. Life-Fluids, favors, errands, labour, credit, etc.

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No. 134052 ID: d63ea8

And…

While I have not Promised
His privacy, I would ask that You not pry into His past…

It is a story for
Him to share. not me…

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No. 134057 ID: 87a01c

>>/moo/5091 Key
As for our Title and symbol, could a Promise not to volunteer them to others for a time (would get linguistically awkward if it was forever) be able to improve their value? I can Promise that we have not, to our current knowledge, shared it with anyone else.
Clocks, Time, and Space.
Her abilities.
The Names, Titles, and Colors of Beings you can share
Probably wait on the Moderate question.
Regarding that "tid-bit" I Promise that I believe I relayed their words faithfully.
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No. 134058 ID: d63ea8

I thank You for Your Promise of honesty.

Hmm…

If
You haven't been introducing Yourself (more or less) to everyone You’ve met, then a new… scarcity of information could prove to be valuable…

If
You make a Promise to ‘not knowingly share Your symbol and Title with anyone else (Being or otherwise) until we meet the fourth time,’ then I would be willing to throw in another question ‘Of Moderate Worth.’

Just be careful,
You mentioned that You were ‘fragmented’ in a way and I would rather not see You break a Promise.

I’ll wait to hear what
Your other piece(?), ally(?), half(?) has to say first.

Best to make sure that all of my client is heard.

Feel free to haggle further, I enjoy this.

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No. 134059 ID: b1b4f3

Hmm. Looks like our past is more valuable than I thought.

I have a question. Can we give you *everything we know* that we have not been sworn to secrecy about, and use part of that value to purchase privacy/secrecy so that what we told you does not get relayed to our enemies? There are multiple mortals involved, two of which you already know of; I am not sure if we need to extend any privacy to them, or Errant Signal... or the Spheres, but I am definitely concerned for their safety(maybe not the Spheres'), partially because they could be used as leverage against us.

I'm hoping the lump sum would be enough to purchase our past, or there are pieces of information in it that are particularly valuable and would work for the exchange.

((Thk, feel free to weigh in))
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No. 134064 ID: 87a01c

>>134058
There are currently 2 particularly prominent fragments of which I am one, the other would be the one offering the entirety of our known past I will note our collective memory is exceptional, even if our component fragments can be forgetful. Sharing all of it would take some doing on our part but is entirely doable. A small handful of other fragments occasionally show up to make their opinions and desires known, though much less often here.
Our Promise for this would require some scope modifiers that will likely not make sense to you, additionally some inter-fragment chatter may be literally invisible to you, though we will still be able to see it on our end in the format we would send it in and would thus be included even if you can't access/see it.
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No. 134065 ID: d63ea8

Hmm…

To purchase the (near) entirety of a young Outer Being’s encounters..?

Albeit one that suffers from amnesia... Might damage the volume.


And I can certainly see why
You would wish for some of it to remain private…

Getting involved might be dangerous, but when has that ever stopped me?

I will say that most mortals are entirely inconsequential, and I doubt you know the ways of fostering acolytes…
(Another question ‘Of Little to No Worth’ if You’d like.)

He doesn’t really trust Them, should I really be interfering?

Hmm…

Yeah, this is too valuable to pass up.


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No. 134067 ID: d63ea8

If You share with me everything You know, (barring information that You have agreed to keep secret) then I will Promise to ‘not knowingly share that information with anyone else (Being or otherwise) until such a time where You deem otherwise or if I receive said information from another source.’ Therefore I will be able to sell certain parts if it appears to be (more or less) common knowledge.

If
You were to make this deal with me, then I would answer a question ‘Of Significant Worth.’

Let me know when
You are ready to transfer the information, and I will ensure that no one overhears us.

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No. 134068 ID: 87a01c

>>134067 If I can deem just specific parts and not always the whole thing, then
I Promise to relay to you everything we have experienced till now within the domain of 'questden.org' regarding the universe we know of as 'A Game of Worlds' in threads created by 'Doors' outside of 'Moo'. (The odd scope limits)
((b1b4 can you handle the interlude thread? I'll handle the first thread, then we can tackle this thread.))
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No. 134069 ID: b1b4f3

>>134067
Hold on, you're assigning a value to our knowledge before you receive it? I thought it would work the other way, since it's an unknown package. Heck, *we* don't even know how much it's worth.
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No. 134072 ID: 87a01c

>>134069
Well I am bound, individual fragments can suffer individually, but we don't yet know if we are making Promises as a whole or as individuals.
Also yes, typically in information deals you advertise it vaguely, come to an agreement of price, then reveal it, to reveal it first would put one in a terrible negotiating position
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No. 134073 ID: d63ea8

Technically, I have not accepted Your Promise yet, so there is still time for negotiations.
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No. 134075 ID: d63ea8

((The actual transference of information can be handwaved, so the thread doesn't get blown up.
All you need to do is state the intent to do so.))
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No. 134076 ID: 87a01c

((>>134075 That is nice cause I got half way though the first thread.
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No. 134077 ID: 87a01c

Wait a Promise must be accepted by another Being before it is binding?
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No. 134080 ID: d63ea8

Yes.

((Information conveyed.))

Well, well, well.
That is both less and slightly more than I expected.

Ask your question.

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No. 134082 ID: 87a01c

>>134081
What kind of question would 'what was more than you expected?' be?
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No. 134083 ID: d63ea8

‘Of Significant Worth,’ I imagine.

And no, that won't count as
Your question.

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No. 134084 ID: b1b4f3

>>134083
I vote we get your theories on who we were and why we were very dangerous.
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No. 134089 ID: 87a01c

Do you agree with my low value question selections fellow fragment? ((b1b4)) I see little issue with that as our first high value question.
What is the conversion rate between various question values? How many low values to get one medium value and how many low values would a medium be worth? Likewise with high and medium, and high and low.
>>134058
>Just be careful, You mentioned that You were ‘fragmented’ in a way and I would rather not see You break a Promise.
Less likely than you might expect to be a problem. Most fragments probably didn't notice we figured out our Title or what it is, though it is true most fragments are remarkably short sighted, that would work both for and against us in this case. Additionally there is record of suppressing another fragment's bad, impulsive decisions, and should a handle become necessary we can create a name to call ourselves, though I seem to remember something about self names echoing the original or something, I can't find the source. ((Actions such as demonstrated here >>/questarch/966182 >>/questarch/966187 >>/questarch/966235 will continue to be possible, yes, Doors?))
>>134083
>And no, that won't count as Your question.
I should hope not. Would strike me as particularly bad business sense to charge for pricing queries.
Now to try something; Resonance of Avenue: Does this do anything?
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No. 134096 ID: b1b4f3

>>134089
I agree with your low value questions. They could be especially useful for helping Errant Signal, and will be useful in the long term too.
For the moderate question I'm torn between asking about the URC or our dark-colored enemy.
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No. 134098 ID: d63ea8
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134098

Seeing as You both agree on this, let’s start with the theories.

*Ahem*

The following is in regard to an operation undertaken in the spring of last year.

Codename:
<Blood Crisis>

The following report is taken together from URC correspondence, transcripts of Communing between
[CENSORED], {CENSORED}, ‘Lovely’, as well as the accounts of various Contractors.

As per
{CENSORED}’s orders, elements of the URC’s housing division had been restructured in order to provide an alternative revenue stream for project <Grand Work>. The restructuring would divert 15% of all inner-city populations to designated <Red Sites> under the guise of ‘gene-therapy’ and ‘reintegration into the workforce.’ Populations designated as ‘Contracted’ or ‘Circle-Class’ were to be left untouched, with the <False Light> issue to be addressed at a later date.

---

Three weeks into restructuring, a security breach was detected in <Red Site> #3189. Contracter SI was brought in for consulting, and was to be supervised by
{CENSORED} at all times.

Results indicated that the formally integrated asset, hereby referred to as <Subject A>, had left their post at
*time code scrubbed*, discarding all tracking devices, including <Star Shoulder>. <Subject A> then disabled all cameras, sensors, and at-time spatial feedback defenses (ATSF). Automated security alerts were immediately sent to surrounding OSU outposts and forces arrived at <Red Site> #3189 in *time code scrubbed* minutes.

20L of Liquid Assets were recorded as stolen.

Further consultation with Contractor SI revealed a CCTV recording of a grey-panel van seen speeding away from <Red Site> #3189. Additional cameras then tracked the van for
*spatial measurements scrubbed* blocks until it entered into unintegrated territories.

{CENSORED} put all current and future restructuring on hold until <Subject A> was located, detained, and properly examined by Contractor Twin.

Main anomaly of event:
<Subject A> had been provided with Delta LEVEL passcodes to disable all of <Red Site> #3189’s security systems. Contract tracing records of <Subject A> show no encounter with Delta LEVEL assets nor Delta LEVEL sites. Internal digital sweeps show no sign of tampering.

Contractor SI was not brought in for additional digital analysis,
{CENSORED} citing that Contractor SI holds a conflict of interest and should not be allowed onto sensitive systems.

‘Lovely’ noted the distinct presence of a <Outer Threat> but was unable to match it to others She had encountered. The <Outer Threat> was codenamed <Puppet> as it appeared to hold to capabilities of repossessing claimed assets.

---

Over the next several weeks, further break-ins were recorded at other <Red Sites>, first beginning locally, and then quickly spreading across all URC controlled territory.


{CENSORED} quickly purged all assets of Charlie LEVEL or higher, and consolidated all security passcodes and site location with a central set of dossiers, hereby referred to as the <Tower Keys>.

Covert infiltration attempts dropped dramatically, but were soon followed by direct attacks on URC holdings. Enemy movements reacted in real-time to URC deployment and action, regardless of radio-silence.

While
{CENSORED} would not fully discount <Old Shadow>’s involvement, the wide scale of activity did not match up with previous encounters.

<Puppet> was elevated to a Gamma LEVEL threat, and bounties were issued to all present or prospective Contractors.

---

In the following month, intelligence provided by a Contractor
+CENSORED+ led to the interception of a suspected <Puppet> plot. ‘Lovely’ was the only other URC executive provided with the intelligence as {CENSORED} suspected that the majority of URC assets had already been compromised.

Supplied with mercenary assets from Contractor Oak,
‘Lovely’ engaged <Puppet> forces at *location data scrubbed* Water Treatment Plant.’

<Puppet> forces were reported to be dumping large quantities of both stolen and recently harvested Liquid Assets, into the town’s water supply, and were quickly dispatched.

Onsite investigation by
‘Lovely’ revealed the presence of <Puppet> within the Liquid Assets of the enemy forces and the water supply itself.

Oak’s forces were quickly dismissed and all URC executives were called for an emergency meeting.

---

Following the meeting, Contractor
+CENSORED+ was brought onboard for additional consultation and profiling of <Puppet>.

Initial evaluation and interrogation of hostile assets revealed that <Puppet> showed the capability of directly controlling multiple subjects as a singular consciousness, as seen in audio record <P-I-2036>

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No. 134099 ID: d63ea8
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134099

*click*

V1: -said to tighten the-”

V1: “You know what? Just-”

*sounds of a struggle*

*shlick*

*thud*


...

*Ca-click*

V1: “There. Was that so hard?”

*creEeak*

V1: “Finally. Subject is all yours. Sorry for the mess.”

V2: “Of- *ahem* Of course.”

*sound of footsteps*

*slam*


V2: “This is Dr. Patrick Vauluss. Filling in for uh… Doctor Crane.”

Dr. Vauluss: “Or at least what’s left of her.”

Dr. Vauluss: “Subject seems agitated, and I was informed that they’ve been kept awake for nearly *static* hours.”

Dr. Vauluss: “Subject has shown extreme aggression to all staff, and before being muzzled, uh bit into the face of one of our aids.”

*grrhirhrr*

Dr. Vauluss: “This will be the um fifth such attempt to communicate with this subject, now with added safety measures.”

Dr. Vauluss: “Alright, you can disengage the jaw restraint!”

*bzt*

V3: “Of course Dr. Vauluss.”

*bzt*

Dr. Vauluss: “Hello Brian, are we-”

V4: “I told you that I am NOT this ‘Brian,’ I am a Vessel!”

Dr. Vauluss: “er And uh what does being a vessel mean to you?”

V4: “Not vessel, Vessel! And I will not speak to heathen like you!”

Dr. Vauluss: “I see from your file that you used to be a nurse, is there-”

V4: “Brian, was the nurse. I am a Vessel!”

Dr. Vauluss: “And uh what made you into a Vessel?”

V4: “Come closer and find out.”

Dr. Vauluss: “Well- uh moving on. Can you explain…”

*shuffling of papers*

Dr. Vauluss: “This? You had drawn it in your cell uh-”

V4: “In BLOOD.”

Dr. Vauluss: “-and it er is near identical to the drawings of-”

V4: “It is I. I am it. You need guidance.”

Dr. Vauluss: “Er- well.”

V4: “You need mORE!”

*bzt*


V5: “Alright. I’ve heard enough, destroy it like the rest. Stop recording.”

*bzt*

Dr. Vauluss: “Wh-”

V4: “You know nothing! You try to cut me down and I will rise again!”

V4: “The blood makes us human!”

V4: “Makes us more than human!”

V4: “Makes us human n-

*click*
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No. 134100 ID: d63ea8
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134100

Contractor +CENSORED+ believed that <Puppet> was still very young for a <Outer Threat> and could be easily provoked. Further interrogation revealed the town of *location data scrubbed* was likely to be the stronghold of <Puppet>, and Contractor +CENSORED+ believed that preparing the right bait could draw out <Puppet>.

The ensuing mission was codenamed <Blood Crisis>, the mission held three distinct goals.

To weaken or neutral <Puppet>, to destroy all their infected assets, and remove all the Liquid Assets that could allow for further contagion.

Contractor
+CENSORED+ would attempt to draw out and entrap <Puppet>, and in doing so either distract or neutralize <Puppet> themself.

Meanwhile
[CENSORED] would paralyze the populations in infected cities, allowing for ‘Lovely’ to eradicate all life present.

{CENSORED} would remain at URC High Command, and ensure that all Liquid Assets were reclaimed and either processed or destroyed.

All actions were carried out perfectly, save for one issue. Due to interference from <Old Shadow> a small percentage of the populations were not affected by
[CENSORED] and were able to avoid eradication.

Fortunately, upon the neutralization of <Puppet> all infected assets returned to regular functionality.
[CENSORED] quickly fabricated the cover-story <Iron Mist> and has now galvanized the remaining unintegrated populations to further expand URC territories on Numara.

Under
{CENSORED}’s order, all previously infected assets would be kept in ‘low-risk’ position, where they could be monitored, just in case.

Contractor
+CENSORED+ was awarded with *data expunged* and was promoted to a Preferred Contractor, due to their results.

//End of File//

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No. 134101 ID: d63ea8

Given the vast amount of information You’ve relayed to me, I’d say that the resemblance is compelling.

As for exchanging questions… I would say that it would be a 5:1 ratio.
i.e Five questions ‘Of Little to No Worth’ can be exchanged for one question ‘Of Moderate Worth’ and vise versa.

And it is good to hear that
You have some level of self-control(?), discipline(?), mastery(?). I was worried about the longevity of our relationship.


>Attempted Mimicry. Improper Resonance.
>(Return to regular tone?)
>(Relay in banked tone?)
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No. 134102 ID: d63ea8

((As for counter-manning other suggestors, I will try to handle it on a case-by-case basis. If a decision is unpopular or unhelpful to the story, I will likely disregard it. Though I do try to take what I can even then.))
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No. 134103 ID: b1b4f3

>>134101
That is... yeah, that must have been us. A massively reckless version of us with vast ambition and no social skills or regard for the minds or lives of our Vessels. Even ignoring that Outer Beings must not value the lives of mortals very highly, we acted like a psychopath. We didn't even try to negotiate?!
I wonder what happened to make us calm down? Whatever it was, you know the timeframe better than us... it must have been before we met our current host considering how highly we value him, which means it was before we lost our memories. You also know now that we made a purposeful choice to become more empathetic. If it comes down to it, you can vouch for us now. You could even put in a good word to Errant Signal, though maybe it'd be better if we earned his trust on our own.

I have a question now: is the URC open to negotiations with us? At this point they must know we are still alive.

((There is Ruinous Light and False Light, that means there's a True Light? The Light that we seem to have contacted must be different from the light-based Being associated with the URC, so I'm guessing that's the "False Light", and the Being Ashley saw is what the URC considers to be the True Light. Unless they ARE the same Being, and the URC considers us "contained" and potentially worth helping with our struggle against our enemy?))

((I noticed that the various censored names are marked differently. At some point we can refer back to this and figure out who did what. By the look of things, +CENSORED+ may be Avenue.))
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No. 134105 ID: 87a01c

>V4: “The blood makes us human!”

>V4: “Makes us more than human!”

>V4: “Makes us human n[o more]

This showed up for us before here: >>/questarch/969350

This is what makes me all but certain we were once this. It also explains our initial position in the body, would have been much more useful for controlling hosts if they didn't really know they were being controlled.

The darkest color may be <Old Shadow> and our Vessel is afraid of the outside because of the eradication attempt, which the darkest color protected them from.

Now you have our Symbol and Title, and know who else might have it, I feel confident to Promise to ‘Not knowingly share our symbol and Title with anyone else (Being or otherwise) until we meet the fourth time or you cease to exist, provided we do not knowingly cause such an event’ as well as permit the dissemination of our Symbol and Title to others.

Can you tell us if the darkest color is related to/part of the URC?

Also Outer Threat vs Outer Being?

((Relay in banked tone))
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No. 134107 ID: b1b4f3

>>134105
Oh, hey you're right, the memory of fleeing through the labyrinth then being saved by that thing matches what likely happened at the end of the incident with the URC. If the darkest color protected us on purpose... then... maybe it's trying to take us over in order to use our infiltration powers for its own ends.
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No. 134111 ID: d63ea8

Reckless or not, You managed to challenge and slightly terrify the strongest faction on Numara. That in and of itself is a high achievement.

But no,
You didn’t try to negotiate, though I doubt the URC would’ve entertained the notion. They desire supremacy, not alliances.

If I were to guess the reason of this decidedly positive change in
Your demeanor, I would guess that being taken down several pegs might’ve changed Your perspective on things. Or perhaps something has fundamentally changed about what You are.

And… if
Errant Signal starts asking about You then I will try to convey that You appear genuine. Even if I cannot relay the specifics on why until later. Promises are binding after all.

But it is interesting... now that
You mention it. From my, extensive understanding, the URC does not know that You are still alive. Even though She ought to…

I think I have a theory, but I would like the opportunity to develop it further and check other sources before offering it.

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No. 134112 ID: d63ea8

Unfortunately, this ‘darkest color’ You are referring to has already bought their privacy, and it is wide-reaching.

What I can say is… the URC has not accepted any new executives, preferring to set up Contractor positions for those they deem ‘useful.’

And that <Old Shadow> is the codename that the URC uses to diagnose unusual electronic errors. Seeing as these files might find their way into the hands of… less initiated personnel, many codewords are used in place of proper terminology, in order to keep said personnel blind to the larger picture.

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No. 134113 ID: d63ea8

But let’s move onto Your other questions, shall we?

First the ones ‘Of Little to No Worth:’

>Clocks, Time, and Space.
We Beings are native to the Beyond, a sort of ‘place between places.’ It never really had any form or boundaries, nor any way to properly ‘define’ it. Things just sort of happened. The only element one could use to track our history were events recorded in relation to other events. A ‘moment by moment’ record, if You will. Events like when a new Being formed, or when another was annihilated, would be cobbled together into a ‘flow’ of sorts. I’m afraid that I can’t really give You much on those moments because I had formed at a much later point.

Needless to say, at some moment before I had formed, other Outer Beings had found ways to Infiltrate other worlds. Results were usually mixed.

Occasionally a Being found a world so suited to their needs, that they would claim it and bar others from entry. The Abyss being the most historic example.

Numara on the other hand was a world rich with mortals and other resources.

It was far from the first world to be discovered with sapient life, but Numara was the most developed by far, as many other worlds were claimed while their ‘Inner Beings’ were still in infancy, and could be sculpted to suit their new master’s needs.

What Numara had, that other worlds did not, was advanced mathematical and navigational techniques.

Even if they were ‘rudimentary’ by modern standards, the fact that the mortals on Numara created vast carefully measured structures that could chart the motion and distance of the heavens themselves provided a much greater barrier than other worlds had. Back in those times we Outer Beings had to worry about hourglasses and water clocks, as they could precisely and consistently track the flow of time.

Because when time and space are properly recorded, we as Outer Beings cannot exist.

In most scenarios, being around a working clock, even if it does not display the correct time will hurt
You, because even then it is recording the passage of every second.

Worse yet, if a mortal is there to observe its record, then the effects are magnified ten-fold and the mortal themself will be very difficult to interact with. If
You are Potent enough, then You will be able to endure for a while, if not…

Well, there is a reason why Numara hasn’t been fully claimed, and the URC aren’t the first to try.

Precise measurements of space can have a similar effect, but it is harder to pull off.

If
You aren’t careful You can be annihilated by either force.

I am told that it is a very slow and painful process.


>Her abilities.
She is very old by Outer Being standards, and the main ability She has been perfecting is extending Her reach from the Abyss into other worlds.

She does so through wounds.

Be that the physical wounds of a mortal, wounds in architecture, or a wound in one’s self.

It’s why
She favours the mirror so greatly.

Mortals often inflict the worst wounds on themselves when looking into it. Any doubts they might have in themselves, their abilities, appearance, etc.

Any can be made into a doorway for
Her if the wound is allowed to grow and fester.

And if
She is not impeded by space, time, or other form of interference, She can make even the most minor scrape rot and widen.

While this ability is somewhat lessened when used on other Outer Beings,
She will win any struggle if it comes down to attrition. And Her vast age has made Her very Potent especially in Her domain.

There are only a handful of Beings that have been able to properly match
Her in a confrontation. But most of those Beings are either elsewhere, or… different.


>The Names, Titles, ((and Colors)) of Beings you can share.
Hmm…

I can probably give you an outline of the major players here on Numara, if
You don’t have a particular individual in mind:
- There is myself of course; Avenue, though I also go by the names ‘System Itself,’ ‘Contractor SI’, ‘Avalon Utilities
and subsidiaries,’ and on rare occasions ‘Unwinding Thread.’

((color=#128e58))

- You of course know Grey Gash. She has started to go by the name ‘Lovely’ recently, Her very first name if my sources are to be believed.
((color=#8d8d8d))

- Then there is Hanging Garden, better known by the name ‘Warden Oak’ or ‘Contractor Oak.’
((color=#128e58))

- And of course one cannot forget the most popular Being (that I’m allowed to talk about) among mortals. Kind Eye, or the name He is more commonly known by ‘Aldemire.’ Though before that name He primarily when by ‘The Light’ or just ‘Light.’
((color=#f5ac0b))

- There is also Memoria, a more recent player that is starting to make headway under the name ‘Contractor Stone,’ but I’ve also heard Her go by the name ‘Last Twilight.’
((color=#ffffff))

- Finally there is also The Wrong Step, a Being about as old as me, but He came to Numara a long while after I did. He goes by the names ‘Wrong Foot’ and ‘Other Word.’ Bit of free advice, don’t trust a single thing He says.
((color=#3cff30))

There are others Outer Beings present in both Numara and the Beyond that I know about, but if I were to list them all now, then we’d end sitting here for all eternity.

If I’m not mistaken, that leaves
You with three more questions ‘Of Moderate Worth.’

But feel free to save them for later, if
You’d want to do Your own investigations first.

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No. 134114 ID: d63ea8

>((Relay in banked tone.))
Does this do anything?
>>
No. 134115 ID: d63ea8

Wh-

W-what?

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No. 134116 ID: b1b4f3

Oh, was that our first successful mimicry?
Could you not tell it was us? I'm wondering if it would be useful for spreading misinformation... I'd want to ask you to not share that we can do it, if it did work well enough to fool you. I suppose we'd have to pay for that privacy, wouldn't we.
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No. 134119 ID: 87a01c

>>134115
We don't know either! Experimenting is fun! Neat idea, you know Errant well, could you tell, at all, that that wasn't Errant. If not, can we, posing as Errant, Promise, to Grey Gash, that we are not actually there? (because We aren't)
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No. 134122 ID: b1b4f3

>>134119
I feel like that's unlikely to work; Lovely is a very perceptive Being, as shown by the information given to us by Avenue.
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No. 134126 ID: b1b4f3

That is, she would be able to tell that Errant is still there. It would confuse her greatly, and she might even realize that it was a false voice.
...we *could* try mimicking someone who gives her orders, and tell her to call off the hit. It would delay her for longer, at least?
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No. 134127 ID: 87a01c

((>>134126
we don't have anyone else's voice I don't think, well quick way to find out which voices we have))
((send these to ourself rather than to Avenue))
test test test test test test test test test
((any ones we do not have just use our normal voice instead))
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No. 134128 ID: d63ea8

I-if You weren’t before me right now I-



This… this is something that will cost a lot to keep secret.
And
You should keep it secret.

The fact that
You can-

...so perfectly…

And
You don’t know how You did it?!

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No. 134130 ID: d63ea8

No.

Your scheme wouldn’t work because all She would need to do is ask who sent the message.

And
Your ‘mimicry’ would be found out immediately.

...

I’m starting to see why
She has Her eye on You.


>Attempted Mimicry. Improper Resonance.
>(Return to regular tone?)
>(Relay in banked tone?)

((test test test test test test test test test))
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No. 134131 ID: d63ea8

Oh!

Speaking of
Her...

You have a reply to that last message, but it wasn’t really a verbal one.

It was more of a stern look followed by a sigh.

Not really a friendly gesture, but for
Her it was very restrained.

And
She has stated that ‘This conversation has run its course.

I don’t believe that
She will be Communing with You any further at this moment.

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No. 134134 ID: 87a01c

It is like we got this big-ass switchboard, but none of them are labeled and they are all interconnected. (switch one and it could make all the other switches do different things) Occasionally I like to try flipping some randomly to see if something neat happens! Apparently I found the 'copy ((Mimicry))his((/Mimicry)) voice' combo. ((Though some part of me feels like the power is somehow tied to me as a Fragment, If someone else could try I would appreciate it.))

Also what do you mean by 'here' you said most Beings can't be multiple places very good, but I think we are here and with our Vessel, is that normal? I don't feel we are very physically 'here' but we are physically with the Vessel, as you know it was a whole deal.
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No. 134136 ID: d63ea8

Alright… I think I understand.
Whatever caused
Your amnesia, be it a broken Promise or not, has also overwritten whatever basic instincts You had.

Though it seems like some of those instincts returned when
You became separated from Your Vessel.

I imagine this ‘mimicry’ would’ve been vital to
Your survival in the Beyond after You first formed.

I wouldn’t think that it is a new ability, but
You’ve been defying a lot of my previous expectations.



And if I were to guess what
You mean by ‘here’...

I am an Outer Being that is fully capable of existing in multiple places at once, physically or otherwise.

You on the other hand…

It’s more like
You are ‘reaching out’ in a less physical manner. Though I can certainly imagine that You were once able to exist in multiple physical spaces as well.

Whether
You still can…

Well, it would require some experimenting on
Your part.

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No. 134137 ID: b1b4f3

We can't fool Lovely and she doesn't want to talk anymore, which means all we can do is relay information to Errant.
...or maybe we can do something with our strange connection to Ashley? I don't get why we can see what she's doing but are unable to communicate or interact. How would we even make the attempt...? (it's not like we have a standard format for actions, and in the disthread everything seems to be directed at other Beings instead of the area around our body)
Wait, what about other Beings...
Can you send messages to Aldemire? I'm wondering if he would be willing and able to help. Relay this if so:
"A friend of ours is being pursued by Grey Gash, can you help us?"

...can we afford to buy secrecy about the mimickry? If not, I guess we'll just have to hope nobody asks about it. I presume we don't need to pay you to prevent you from immediately telling the URC about it, since I don't think you want the URC to know we're still alive (they would likely kill us)... I guess only Lovely and the darkest color are a concern. How much would it cost to keep it from them, specifically? Or just the darkest color?
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No. 134138 ID: 87a01c

Well I was hoping to wait on this one a little longer till I could more directly prove the potential threat, and then offer this deal as a show of peace, but now with us paying you on the table when I feel we should hold the leverage...

In exchange for a Promise from you not to knowingly reveal this capability, we can Promise not to knowingly attempt to use this 'Mimicry' to cause you to unintentionally break a Promise.

You are a clever Being, I am sure you realize the existential threat this ability could pose to you specifically. I would guess protection against a credible threat of assassination would have... rather high value to you. Enough that I could probably attach a number of additional demands to this Promise, but I am not. I do, however, request, (not demand) if it can be told, what the terms of your Promise(s) of privacy to the darkest color are.

Also when relaying messages you seem to talk in other's colors, how is that different from our 'Mimicry'?
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