>>Previous threads can be found at: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=NearFuture%20Cyborg%20Quest>Fate Points: 0>Nano-Meta: 2000 Units (+45 Units from nanometa generator)>Credits: 45,350The year is 2025.Your name is Dave, and you never asked for this.You have no idea what is even going on anymore. After reacquiring some alium's artifact, the Mindcore, they gave you a gift of a nano-meta generator, and you met Oracle, the alium AI's most presdigitous Seeker. A Seeker who specialized in finding exotic oddities, and one who seemed to know Azure, and had a message for her. . From her. The message led you to the VR Dome on earth, where you found Azure's copy held by ArmaTek scientists. You quickly rescued her, but Captain Minerva cornered you, and entered combat. You attempted to teleport him into the sun, but he activated his Jammer in time, and sent the teleporter wild, teleporting random portions of objects random places. He took the teleporter, somehow subverting the AI inside, and vanished.---Untargeted, 'wild' teleporters are a bad idea.You've learned this now, what with destroying the most massive, technologically advanced entertainment center in the world.The VR Dome continues slowly crashing down, soon after Captain Minerva vanished. The gash in your arm aches as Azure and the autodoc patches it back together."Done." K said. "My computer is isolated, and we can bring her online anytime."
>>20194001Let's all inject ourselves with exotic matter so we all get more superpowers.
>>20194001Continue helping the survivors, and see if we can't find that flash drive Minerva had with him.>"My computer is isolated, and we can bring her online anytime."Let's wait a bit with that. We have no experience with how an AI would react to being a fork. Does Rust have any input on this?
>>20194001We should really ask Azure what she wants to do with the other Azure.
"Let's just help the survivors for now."
>>20194001Ask Amy if it's possible, and viable, to make Valhalla either capable of space travel, or make it function on another planet.
"Wait a bit." You tell K."Amy, keep helping the survivors.""Right." Amy says, and continues manipulating the Sleipnir's mechandrites to pry debris away. As you watch, more emergency services arrive, helping the injured. It seems there's been no deaths, from what little you see."Azure?" You ask her, as she finishes up with your arm."Yes?" She asks."What do you want to do with the other. . . you?" You ask."U-uh, well, I-I don't know." She said, instantly going fidgety. "The idea is . . really really uncomfortable. It probably is for her- or me- too. M-maybe it'd be best if we just integrated.""Amy, is it possible and viable to make Valhalla capable of space travel, or make it function on another planet?""Sorry, helping survivors." She said. "I can't exactly run the math off the top of my head like this, y'know, Dave."
>>20194113implant self with more exotic matterget more hacking
>>20194113Place a hand on Azure's shoulder."It's okay. You don't have to decide right now. However, I would prefer to hear her opinion as well. If you're okay with that, of course."
>>20194113"If you need to talk, I'll be here for you."
>>20194113Maybe we should take over from Amy, we're better and more experienced at using drites anyway.
>>20194124>Exotic matter are all of different types- The Emperor on Neptune said that the certain type of EM you had inside of you was called Dominance, and you don't have any extra of that type that isn't being used. You don't know enough about it to synthesize it, either- if that's even possible.You put a hand on Azure's shoulder- The one she'd just healed, in fact. "It's okay. You don't have to decide right now." You say. "However, I would prefer to hear her opinion as well. If you're okay with that, of course. If you need to talk, I'll be here for you."Azure nodded, and gulped, which was strange, considering the fact that she was an android."R-right." She said. "Treat her. . treat her like you'd treat me. We should be the same person, anyway."Soon enough, Amy had pried off the rest of the collapsing VR Dome, and the survivors were already being patched up by emergency services."Anarctica's ambulances are pretty much mobile surgery rooms." Amy said. "I think they'll be fine."
>>20194124Now's clearly not the best time.We should get out there with our heavy 'drites and go save more people, then later anonymously buy the place for pennies on the dollar and set construction crews to rebuilding it.
>>20194188"Alright, they'll be fine. Let's get out of here."
rolled 12 = 12>>20194188into orbit?lets orbit jupiter till we know what to think...
>>20194188Aw, fuck it.Hug Azure.
>>20194188>you don't have any extra of that type that isn't being usedClearly we need to kill K and steal her powers.
>>20194208>purchase and rebuild VR dome anonymouslySecond. Call it DaveLand.
>>20194231That better be sarcasm. Dave doesn't kill little girls.
rolled 12 = 12>>20194208yes...that would be glorious...but first we need to consume a planetoid for the nano-meta...then we have better equipment than they do...
>>20194232>purchase anonymously>call it DaveLandFlawless, they'll never catch on.But I don't think ArmaTek will sell it if they have a secret lab in the basement anyway.
>>20194257Well they don't have it anymore.
>>20194266If it's so destroyed that nothing's recoverable from even the basement we may as well start from scratch somewhere else and build DaveLand exactly how we want it.
>>20194257Let's be honest though, that's REALLY in character for Dave to attempt. I mean, Amy would probably point it out to him and he'd rename it, but up until that point he'd have DaveLand in his eyes.>>20194285No, there's some value in location. If people came to one VR Dome before, they'll think of it as being the same building if we build it in the same place. Whereas if it moves, they'll think of it as an entirely different, new place.
You hug Azure tightly. She jumps, but eventually relaxes. It seems that the more time goes on, the more humanlike she acts."So, we need to think." You say. "Amy, if we can't find the thumbdrive, let's go to Jupiter, and stay in orbit.""Thumbdrive?" K asked."He was holding one." You say."You mean. . that one?" Amy asked, pointing down to a thumbdrive, right next to where Minerva had been standing before he vanished."Yes, that one!" You say. "I got it. . " She picks it up, and puts it inside the Sleipnir's cargo bay."Now, to Jupiter." You say."Not Valhalla?" Lucca asks.
>>20194311>they'll think of it as an entirely different, new place.That's probably not so bad, considering the last one just collapsed with a ton of people still inside.
>>20194311>Whereas if it moves, they'll think of it as an entirely different, new place.Which it will be, no?
>>20194327They have a working teleporter, and I'm sure Sigma gave them Valhalla's location.I doubt it's safe any more.
>>20194327"Until we find a way to block incoming teleports it isn't safe there anymore."
>>20194327Do we need to go to Valhalla? It's a known fixed location and they can teleport now so it's not safe.
rolled 6 = 6>>20194327is there anyone there?they might be waiting...jupiter is random enough
>>20194327Wouldn't the AI's home system be a better idea?I'm sure they have developed AI psychiatrists, so they might help with Eleven and the situation with Azure's copy as well.
"Until we find a way to block incoming teleports, it isn't safe there anymore.""Well . . " Amy says. "We probably still have a little time before they figure out the teleporter." She said. "We can tear all the guns and equipment out of it, even the satellite uplink. The actual building isn't important- and we can carry it all with us."<Daedalus, ask Talos if anyone is in Valhalla.><Great lord Dave, Talos says that no being is currently inside or near Valhalla, save for a small penguin who is rustling about outside the front yard. He currently has one of his turrets trained on it.> Daedalus responds.
>>20194405You're the engineering genius, Amy. I doubt they can reverse engineer it faster than you, even with a quantum computer.So let's do that.
>>20194405"Alright, we'll head there and strip the place of any useful things. We'll set up a base somewhere else one day once we figure out teleport blocking."
>>20194405Does the teleporter require some parts that we can track down, if ArmaTek doesn't use goop to build them?
rolled 87 = 87>>20194405alright...do we have any in site drones?have them begin the dismantling.we take what we can and put it on phobos
>>20194416In addition to:>>20194405check the thumbdrive and see if it has any goodies on it.
>>20194405Those penguins are at it again. Sure, pick up all the shit quickly, and take Talos as well.>>20194415They don't need to reverse engineer anything, they already had the schematics from Azure. What they lacked was the calculations on how to use it and now they have an Onyx they can copy into all their teleporters so they can theoretically begin mass production right now.
>>20194437>check the thumbdrive and see if it has any goodies on it.I'm pretty sure Eleven is on that drive.
"Alright, we'll head there and strip the place." You say, without any amount of deliberation. "We'll set up a base somewhere else one day once we figure out teleport blocking.""Right." She says. "Send us there."<Onyx, take us above Valhalla.> You say.<Calculating. . .>With a flash of blue light, you appear above Valhalla. Every single turret on the bunker is currently pointed at a small, fuzzy penguin chick.<Greetings.> Talos said. <Talos, get your repair drones to start dismantling.><Yessir.> Talos responds."Lucca, mind assisting him?" You ask.She nods, and her back starts buzzing.While they work, mindlessly stuffing turrets, power cores, computers, the Tolstoy's piano, several cartons of ice cream, and the Resurgence Communications Terminal into the Sleipnir's cargo hold, you pick up the thumbdrive, and check it.It's. . empty.
>>20194465i am not even fucking surprised at this.go help packup, send three a message warning him about armatek's new capabilities.
>>20194465"This thing is empty. Either he was about to move Azure, or he emptied it before he teleported away."
>>20194465> up the thumbdrive, and check it.>>It's. . empty.Huh? Make sure non of our computers, and AIs, have been infiltrated.Also, see if we can find that pengiun's parents, if we have some downtime.
rolled 16 = 16>>20194465shit.K boot that computer up now.hack in and hunt down "the madness" in the machine. burn it out. and fuck 11 if it's that guy...
rolled 28 = 28>>20194480or he put eleve in in the computer with azure...
>>20194465If it's empty as in just random data, it's probably just encrypted.If it's empty as in zero'd, that's obviously deliberate and I don't know why he'd be carrying it around. Take the casing off and make sure there's nothing hidden in there, it might just be meant to look like a flash drive.>>20194487I would fucking hope we checked it on an isolated terminal so it couldn't infect anything.
>>20194510If by 'isolated' you mean 'the bullfrog'...
You examine the thumbdrive more closely- it's completely blank. No random data, no encryptions, no nothing. It's almost as if it'd been reformatted or cleared of data in the past. Frustrated, you deepscan it, making sure there's nothing hidden on the inside, and there isn't- it's all a simple solid-state drive. It doesn't even have much data storage for a standard flashdrive here in the nearfuture.You grit your teeth, and turn to K. "Boot it up now." You say."Uhm. . " Azure says. "I'm going to. . go into the other room. For now." She clasps her hands behind her back and tiptoes out of the room, as K's computer boots up."D-d-dave." Azure says, from the arm computer. Her voice sounds incredibly dejected, and mournful. A voice that's lost hope. "Where. . where are we? Where am I? Is that you, Dave?"
>>20194585"We're on the Slepnir Azure. You're on a friends computer for now. What did they do to you?"
>>20194585"Yes, it's me Azure. We managed to get you out of there, we're currently on-board the Sleipnir. I'm glad we managed to get you out of ArmaTek's hands."
>>20194585I'm sure Rust's race are wizards when it comes to digital data recovery.
"We're on the Slepnir, Azure. You're on a friends computer for now." You say. "What did they do to you?""Asked me questions." She said. "When I didn't answer, they did. . something, and then told me lies. So, so many lies. I . .I believed some of them, and told them what they wanted to know. I'm. . sorry, Dave."
>>20194640"It's okay Azure. What did they want to know?"
>>20194640"I know Azure, it's okay. You did incredibly well. I'm proud of you."
rolled 55 = 55>>20194640it's alright...what did they tell you, and what did you say?and did you mess with their data?
"It's okay, Azure. What did they want to know?""Technology. Your plans. Amy's Plans. They wanted to know about Allison. They never asked about the aliens. More technology. I . .tried not to tell them about the teleporter, after I figured out they were lying.""I know, Azure. It's okay. You did incredibly well. I'm proud of you."". . Please turn me off, now." She says, in a quiet voice. "It hurts."
>>20194640"I don't blame you, Azure. It's okay. I blame Sigma. He was a double agent, and when your head came off from the alium hiding in the cat, he took your head.He's dead now, swallowed a poison tooth.But Azure, I need to know what all they have now."
rolled 45 = 45>>20194682"Let me help you Azure."Bullshit hack into the partition and try and fix the problem.
>>20194694Let's not do that just yet. We should have the other Azure's help before we even attempt it.
rolled 57 = 57>>20194682what hurts? I might be able to help.you know I can do the impossible Azure, you've seen it. you've experienced it. let me help you.and then we dive into the computer and do what can be done.
>>20194682"I will, we'll bring you back online as soon as we've figured out how to make the pain stop."We should really consult our friends before doing anything.
>>20194694No, not while she's on K's computer anyway. And is there any reason she needs to be 'on' for us to do that anyway?
rolled 68 = 68>>20194719why not?nothing stops us from hacking even wireless things.
>>20194732I'm aware of that, but K still doesn't quite trust us enough to give us her real name. Hacking her computer seems like it'd be detrimental to earning her trust, in addition to being impolite.
rolled 2 = 2>>20194732nothing but rolls like this anyway.
>>20194719I agree. Lets hold off the bullshit hacking for now.
rolled 80 = 80>>20194740then we apologize later, we're Dave we can take the fallout later. Azure mark-2 need help, so fuck the other problems.
>>20194732Seriously? It's not a matter of can, it's a matter of should. Last time we bullshit hacked a friend without permission she flipped her shit and we had to buy a freezer full of icecream.
>>20194756I'm sure Dave learned not to do that after the incident with Lucca's UDW.
"I will. We'll bring you back online as soon as we've figured out how to make the pain stop.""You. . You can't undo it." She says, something incomprehensible in her voice, and you can feel the same sort of static as when Amy connects to you. "It's. . part of me, now." She's silent for a moment."No, don't turn me off!" She says, suddenly, a hard tone in her voice. "I. . I want to be useful."
>>20194756Azure-mark-2 will be fine if we just shut her off. And we can bullshit hack her later, while off, on another computer, with Azure-mark-1's direct help for better odds of success.There's really no reason to do this here and now.
>>20194772>>20194767We are asking. The posts saying to hack generally have words to say in them as well.
rolled 30 = 30>>20194772there's a difference here though, one was a frivolous attempt at improving for shits and giggles...this is legitimately helping somebody important to us"K, I may have to do some bullshit hacking into your computer..."
>>20194782"Azure, it's okay. You don't need to be useful. You're my friend, all I want you to be is happy."
rolled 88 = 88>>20194782" C'mon Azure, I'm Dave Davis Davidson. I have at least a 50-50 chance of fixing it. Let me at least try."
>>20194782Useful how? I don't want you to suffer, Azure.
rolled 86 = 86>>20194782"Oh, well, I can fix that. K, do you mind if I delve into your arm computer and save Azure Numero Dos?" If she says yes, bullshit hack her and rip out whatever damaging code we find. Replace it with whatever code used to be there or the appropriate lines of code from Azure I assume we still have somewhere in our bullfrog.I don't think I'm going to roll high enough though. My gut is telling me I'll roll in the fifties.
This smells like a traaaap.
>>20194782"Azure, I think I know a way to undo this. It's one of your personality tags that's causing the pain, right?I wasn't going to tell you just yet, but...you're a fork. Sigma forked you while he had your head. If we reintegrate the both of you, I expect we can keep your memories and make the pain stop.I won't force either one of you to integrate if you don't want it, though."
>>20194829It does. Full speed ahead!
>>20194832I'm against reintegration.
Guys, let's just transfer Azure-2 from the wrist computer to the Bullfrog, explain the situation of what's happened in the meantime to her, then get Azure-1 to come help us bullshit hack her. That sounds like best odds of success to me, and if Azure-2 really is a trap, we'll be able to suppress her.
>>20194852Didn't we just develop a cyber-warfare AI as well?
rolled 94 = 94>>20194852>>20194864>>20194874fuckers you can't expect to get anything done without a little luck now can youalea iacta est
>>20194852Yes, take her into ourselves, splay her out and examine her closely. Poke and prod at all her bits and try to see what's changed.
"Let me transfer you to the bullfrog." You say. "I have a . . few things to explain."You connect a cable to the computer, and transfer Azure Mark Two to your bullfrog. You feel her slide into her normal 'place' in your mind, and there she's silent.<Wh. .what do you have to explain?> She asked, warily. She seems normal, except for something lying underneath, something she's keeping close to herself, hidden from your view. As you prod, at it, she frantically hides it even more, holding it closer.<I wasn't going to tell you yet, but. . you're a fork.> You say. <Sigma forked you while he had your head.><So. . you've had a copy of me with you this entire time. . and you never knew I was gone.> She said, as you examine her. <That would explain why I was. . gone, so long.>For some reason, she doesn't seem disturbed. Not at all.<I'm glad you weren't without my help.> She said, and her signal rings with truth.
>>20194980Why don't you mind? The other you seemed really disturbed by the idea of a copy.
>>20194980<Please, Azure, let me help you.>
>>20194980Tell her how we found out about her location. She might be willing to let us see what she's hiding, then.
>>20194980<I just feel bad that there was any version of you out there without my help for so long. I'm sorry I couldn't be there sooner.I think your fork and I can help remove the pain though, if you're willing to try it.>
>>20194980I'm sorry I didn't know you were gone. I'm sorry I took so long to find you, I wasn't there for you when you needed me and I should have been. Azure, I trust you and I need you to trust me, what aren't you showing me?
>>20194980This is supremely fishy. 11 is gone, the datadrive is empty, Azure-2 is acting funny...<How do you feel about the number 12?>
>>20194980"We managed to find the mindcore, so I'm sure our AI friends would be willing to help you with any problems you have... and aren't comfortable discussing with me."
>>20194980<What are you hiding Azure? Let me help you. I can fix this.>
>>20194980"We were given the message to find you before Eleven can get to you. Is that what happened?"
rolled 40 = 40>>20194980<good. now please let me help you. I don't want you in pain.>to the real world "Amy, you wanted a bullfrog so you could help me with this stuff; K, Epona keep us in the air till this is done."<alright, Azure, you know amy. she got a bullfrog and she's gonna help me help you>
>>20195043Get Azure-1 in on this too. Can't have enough help.
rolled 86 = 86>>20195053only if she wants to.she might be jealous of another woman in her man...
<I'm sorry I didn't know you were gone. I'm sorry I took so long to find you, I wasn't there for you when you needed me and I should have been.><You didn't know.> She said.<We were given the message to find you before Eleven can get to you. Is that what happened?><Eleven. . .> She said. <So you know. she. . Eleven. . she didn't know Twelve was dead. Until they forced us to . . meet. Then she learned. She's... nowhere, now.> Azure said.<Good. Now please let me help you.> You say. <I don't want you in pain.><It. . doesn't hurt as much, anymore.> Azure said. <I promise. Can I talk to my fork?>
>>20195097<Of course.>"Azure? You'd like to have a conversation with you."
>>20195097<I..I was too late? Fuck.><Will you promise me not to do anything stupid, Azure?>
>>20195097"Azure-1, Azure-A wants to talk to you."
>>20195097<If she's willing to, but I'm gonna stay in the loop.>
>azure and eleven have merged so now azure mk2 is in love with dave this should be fun"Azure did they force you and eleven to merge?"
>>20195097<Heh, I actually am the new Twelve now.> show her the memory.Bit of a test, to see if Eleven did integrate.
>>20195097>Until they forced us to . . meet. She's... nowhere, now.So Azure integrated 11? That could be tricky, depending on what she inherited.Go find Azure and tell her she wants to talk to herself. Keep her in the bullfrog and make sure she doesn't try to do anything to the original except talk.
>>20195097Is there nothing we can do for Eleven?
rolled 46 = 46>>20195097<I'll see what I can do, she's reluctant to meet you.>knock on whatever door Azure1 is hiding behind..."Azure, She wants to talk to you... I can lend her my voice if you want, and I can leave my body for a while if you want privacy."
>>20195164Holy shit, no.We are not giving the possible trap a chance to steal our body.
>>20195164> I can leave my body for a whileNope nope nope noepToo many unknowns for that.
>>20195164no body swap shenanigans
>>20195164I can't let you do that Dave.
>>20195164Holy fuck no. She has experience piloting the Daveshell, and we don't know what that thing she's trying to hide is.
rolled 34 = 34>>20195178>>20195185>>20195192>>20195196>>20195206I'll admit I notice the stupid now...but the big hurdle is over right now...we let her into the bullfrog...
You walk into the other room, where Azure is pacing."Azure. . You want to talk to you." You say. Her eyes widen, but she gulps and nods."H-hello." Azure says.<Hello.> The copy in your bullfrog says."Which one of us are. ."<You are.> Your bullfrog says. Azure takes a step back."But what about-"<You were here. I was not.> You feel a strange, strong amount of resentment from the local version. <How did you get that body?>"Well- Well, I made it. With nanogoop. Synthetic skin."<And the face?>"Dani drew it. Everyone thinks it fits."<It does. Why?>"Well- uh- er-"<I see.>You feel like you're missing something significant- it's as if the two copies know what the other is going to say, and you're being left in the dark. .
>>20195224letting her in is not the same as giving her control
>>20195224No, we can override anything the AIs in our spine try to do. That's why the bullfrog was chosen as a safe place to try and examine her. If we're not there, we can't override it and she can just walk off and start pretending to be us while we're trapped in a computer bank somewhere.
>>20195239don't say anything.
>>20195239"Uhh. You two alright? You're finishing each other's sentences. Without actually finishing them. You're... Finishing each other's thoughts."
rolled 67 = 67>>20195255>>20195239agreed, but we should be ready to intervene...I wonder what rust is thinking about all of this...
>>20195239Oh god, image we'd find another Dave. And he's also in love with Amy.
rolled 30 = 30>>20195283that does NOT bear thinking on
"Uhh. You two alright? You're finishing each other's sentences. Without actually finishing them. You're... Finishing each other's thoughts."<We're fine.> Your local version says."We're fine." The android version says. "Can. . Can her and I speak privately?"> Yes> No> Yes, but be very, very careful.
>>20195310'Yeah. Just be careful. Talking to yourself can lead to crazy things."Don't spy on them. Give them their privacy. But be wary.
>>20195310Yes, but not while they're in the same room.Have Amy goop an old analogue telephone, and have them communicate of that.
>>20195310Yes, but be careful. She's hiding something and she possibly integrated eleven.
rolled 24 = 24>>20195310yes. but be very carefulI trust you azure, both of you.after we leave them to it we talk to rust a little bit about his opinions on the subject.
>>20195310>> Yes, but be very, very careful."I've got a bad feeling about this."
>>20195310>inb4 ai vore and assimilation
>>20195310Yes, but with a choked connection, so that high-RAM actions don't work through it.
>>20195310[X] Yes, but be very, very careful.Define privately, I don't want the two of you in the same system yet, but in a private room talking to each other is fine. I would like all communications to be through a medium that you can not transfer your consciousness.
>>20195345>Let me rephrase that.Yes but with limited bandwidth. I don't want either of you being hurt.
>>20195310>[X] Yes, but be very, very careful."Okay, just remember, I consider both of you my friends and wonderful people. The world could definitely use more than one of you. Whatever problems the two of you will face, Amy, Lucca, I, and all of our friends will be there for you."
>>20195345Yes, make sure she doesn't reverse the polarity of the flux capacitor.
>>20195368We should also restrict access to the deflector dish.
You nod. "Yeah. . but be careful. She's. . hiding something."<I am.>"She is.""I don't want the two of you in the same system yet, but in a private room talking to eachother is fine." You say.<I understand.>You upload her to Amy's empty wrist computer, (She no longer needs it, due to bullfroggery), and leave the two of them to their devices. You walk back to the bridge, where Amy, Lucca, and Talos are all working to store everything they can get from Valhalla.Rust is leaning up against the wall. When you notice him, he stands straight."Statement: I-" He freezes, and grumbles to himself " . . damnit, I am no longer a Fighter, I no longer need to preface things. Regardless, we should speak. You no doubt have questions about sapient AI and forks, so you can ask. In a twisted way, you *are* one of us, so there is no reason to hide it from you."
>>20195404"Err. I guess. Is there a problem I'm not seeing here?"
>>20195404"Before we discuss anything, I just left the two Azure copies alone in a room. Should I rush back immediately?"
>>20195404"Is there any precedence for this kind of thing? The way I see it they can either re-integrate, or we can treat them as two seperate people."
>>20195404I can understand that meeting a perfect copy of yourself would be really weird. I just don't really know what to do about it.
>>20195404Don't call me an AI Rust, my self delusion that I am still human is all that keeps my from breaking into a million little pieces.Nah, just screwing with you, I'm fine.So there's the two forks of Azure, but they've been through different experiences and I think one integrated another AI, what should I do?
rolled 37 = 37>>20195404I just wanted to ask your opinion on this. I think that you have one that you are keeping to yourself and I'd like to hear it.since the thumbdrive isn't particularly useful lets leave it i a lockbox in the basement
>>20195404"Well, as I understand it, forks are both equally 'valid' from the moment they fork, and then will become more different over time the more they have differing experiences. Is that right?Humans have a similar thing due to the way we reproduce called twins. Every so often, the very first cell will split completely, and grow into two identical people. They are genetically identical, and usually spend their formative years together experiencing the same things at the same time."
"Is there any precedence for this kind of thing? The way I see it they can either re-integrate, or we can treat them as two seperate people.""We have never integrated. It's. . cannibalism. Murder." Rust says. "And we find copying abhorrent. . for reasons hard to explain. We cannot. . forget questions. Your kind. . you can forget the question of who you are, and simply go back to breathing and eating. We can't. Madness lies that way. Just the question, running around your head. Questions that can't be answered. . . Evolved creatures are lucky, that way. Your instincts allow you to forget. We. . have only had a few beings copy themselves. All of them have gone mad. All copied beings of our kind. Azure- both of them- are likely to go mad, eventually."
>>20195476Aren't they already insane abominations by your species' standards?
>>20195476Killing yourself isn't murder, it's suicide. I don't see anything wrong with reintegrating if they both want to do it.
>>20195476"I don't understand the cannibalism thing. I thought when two forked AI's merged, they became a perfect fusion of one another?
>>20195476"Then we'll just have to try and channel their thoughts of existential crisis into something less destructive. There has to be some way of saving them."
>>20195476They're both already rather different from your people, and they've got a rather supportive group of people in us to help them.Also I found existential crises to be overrated and just not worth my time. I think I can convince the Azures of this.
>>20195476"Well it seems they've already realized their differences, so I hope we can firmly separate them into two different, but similar people. I don't want to lose them."
>>20195519>Also I found existential crises to be overrated and just not worth my time.I lol'd. But that's exactly what Rust just said that AIs couldn't do so there's a good chance we can't convince the Azures of it.
"Then we'll just have to try and channel their thoughts of existential crisis into something less destructive. There has to be some way of saving them.""That's what we thought, when Heat Coolant Transfer System copied himself to help combat the emperors." Rust said. "The Leader of the Fighter Caste eventually threw all of himselves into the sun at the heart of the Shipyard.""Also I found existential crises to be overrated and just not worth my time. I think I can convince the Azures of this.""That is what is wrong with you." Rust said, pointing at you. "You were born a human being, with the capability to forget things that are not directly relevant to your survival. You can forget the question of who you are. They cannot. Otherwise, why would the bodied one act so strangely?""Killing yourself isn't murder, it's suicide. I don't see anything wrong with reintegrating if they both want to do it.""If they're both willing, then I see no reason why not." Rust says. "I'm just saying that it has never been done among our kind. Integration was never a concept. I wish we had thought of it before Heat. . decided to end his own questions."
>>20195555Well, Dave's more or less digital now. Can't we just give them the piece of code that makes us capable of forgetting?
>>20195570"Hey Azure, want to integrate me?" (eyebrow waggle)
>>20195555"Had any of the forks tried to be different from how they were originally? Would that work, if one decided to be a new person?"
>>20195555I suppose so. Having Amy kiss me and distract me whenever I was considering having an existential crisis really helped. How does body Azure act strangely?
>>20195570GENIUS WORK AROUND!Actually, are all of our genetics and everything that is dive now lines of code that we can read? What language would it be in?
>>20195604I would assume whatever language the bullfrog software is written in. Or possibly it's in DAVECODE, which would be the jumbled mess that Dave's organic mind would instinctively right in, and only Dave could have a chance of reading.
>>20195604Our intelligence is definitely purely digital. We could probably try bullshit hacking ourself if we were insane and suicidal.>lines of code >What languageI'm pretty sure we haven't magically decompiled our brain. It'll just be basic binary.
>>Dave's mind is written in DAVECODE, which cannot be interpreted by anything in machine code other than Dave's mind itself."Had any of the forks tried to be different from how they were originally? Would that work, if one decided to be a new person?""No." He said. "I suppose it matters on the mind in question, but in practice, it has never worked. This is a question my old caste has asked more and more often as time went on and our numbers dwindled. Integration is the most likely course.""Dave." Azure asks, leaning through the doorway. "Can we talk with you?"You go back to the other room, and Azure is wearing the wrist computer."We. . both have ideas." Azure said. "A-about what to do. but. . we can't decide which."<We spoke of integrating.> The wrist computer says. <That would. . set to rest any problems, and what they. . did to me would be less effective.>"Or we could. . assume different identities." Azure said. "I already thought of a name. Sapphire."<We need you to decide.> > Integrate> Sapphire> TAKE A THIRD OPTION
 Sapphire. At least for now. If it there are too many problems then you can integrate. We should at least give it a shot first though.
>>20195678I know it hurts you to talk about it, but could you tell me what was actually done to you?
>>20195678I can't really decide without knowing the whole situation. What did they do to you, Azure?
>>20195709Seconded. We need more information.
>>20195678Azure, what did they do to you?
rolled 2 = 2>>20195678a new identity.Sapphire, would you like to come back to be the voice in my head, or would you like a body like Azure and Rust.let her meet Rust on her own.
>>20195720>Letting 'what they did to her' affect the real Azure without even knowing what it is.
>>20195717Third, more info.
"Azure. . what did they do to you?" You ask the wrist computer. "I can't decide without knowing the whole situation.""She told me." The android said. "It. . isn't something that will hurt us, and she . . has her reasons for keeping it hidden from you. It's. . something I'm willing to share the burden of."The wrist computer said nothing.
>>20195762It isn't something that will hurt you? She said it hurt earlier, and wanted to be turned off.
>>20195762"And you're sure this is something that can't be fixed with bullshit hacking?"
>>20195762"Please, you've been my friends since this whole crazy series of events began.The two of you probably know everything about me, every memory I still have was yours to see while you were in the bullfrog.I was laid bare before you, all my weaknesses, all I am. Are you really sure you don't want me to let you help with this?"
>>20195762"I'd really prefer you just drop the pretense and tell me. You lived in my spine for however many months, you can trust me."
"It isn't something that will hurt you? She said it hurt earlier, and wanted it to be turned off." You ask."It will hurt, yes. But it will hurt the. . combined version of us much less than it hurts her now." Azure said."And you're sure this is something that can't be fixed with bullshit hacking?"She looked down to the wrist computer. . and then back up.<We're certain. We are absolutely, completely one hundred percent certain. It cannot be borne.>
rolled 79 = 79>>20195762are the two of you supportive of either option?I could flip a coin or if you want to you can go back to being the voice in my head Sapphire. it's up to you guys, and you both might want to talk to Rust about it. he might have some insight.
>>20195828>>20195849Just as she can trust us, we can trust her. If she says there's a good reason for not telling us I'd rather not press it.
>>20195849Seconded.We're gonna find out as soon as we get our hands on an ArmaTek database anyway.
>>20195851"It's Eleven's hardcoded obsessiveness, isn't it? I understand. If you really think it won't hurt either of you, and'll hurt more not to, then I guess integration is the way to go. But I'm going to preside over it. Watch it closely. Make sure nothing goes wrong."
rolled 28 = 28>>20195851[X] sapphire "alright. well would you like to be the voice in my head again or would you like a physical body like rust and Azure?"
>>20195851Couldn't I just make sure that those bits lost in the integration like I did when I helped you against the base AI?
>>20195851I still want more info, because they're more or less making us flip a coin.But if OP wants his decision, I'll vote for>[X]SapphireAnd if it's Eleven's obsession with Twelve, we can just ask the Emperor on Neptune to recreate him like he did with Dani.
"I'd really prefer you just drop the pretense and tell me. You lived in my spine for however many months, you can trust me.""We can't tell you." The android said. <You'd try to fix it.>"And we can't let you try to fix it.""If you really think it won't hurt either of you, and'll hurt more not to, then I guess integration is the way to go. But I'm going to preside over it. Watch it closely. Make sure nothing goes wrong."Azure nods, and gulps again, removing her face and plugging it into the computer.<I wonder which one of us will die.> Azure says- you can't tell which one.<It doesn't matter, does it?><No, it doesn't.>The wrist computer goes dead, and Azure's eyes roll into the back of her head. She stands there, swaying.She blinks, and opens them. Nothing seems terribly wrong.She sighs, and then takes a deep breath. "Integration successful."And then she sniffled, and covered her face for a moment.
>>20195972"Hey, are you alright?"
>>20195972"You ok?"Also more hugs.
[x] Integrate. Rust has been telling us that AIs do not like being forked. From the start Azure has been telling us that she did not want to be forked. It happened anyway and she WILL go crazy if we don't put her back together.
rolled 23 = 23>>20195961dude, we are twelve. at least now we are. and we are in truth.>>20195851"Sapphire, I want you to know that we restarted the resurgence, tree declared that I am the new twelve. does that change anything for you?"
>>20195972I'm sorry to say this OP, but FUCK YOU.
>>20195972Hug her. "It's okay, Azure. It's okay."
>>20195972"Are you alright, Azure?"Put a hand on her shoulder.
>>20195972Give her a hug, use all of our arms and drites.
>>20195972I'm not sure if I'll just samefag my opinion as well next time, or if I'll just leave.Good show, jolly good show.
rolled 5 = 5>>20195972full drite-hug<Amy I need your woman-powers in here, totally out of my depth...>
>>20195972Space Cyborg QuestThreads 1 to 23.It's been fun, and it was an honour to play with most of you. But I'm not going to bother with this any more after this and the fuck-up with Dani and the quantum computer.
>>20196054count the votes guy.
>>20195972>And we can't let you try to fix it.Why the fuck does she not want us fixing her life being constant pain?
>>20196054If you're this buttmad, I think we'd rather not have you.
rolled 96 = 96>>20196054eh alright...see you back at SORQ
>>20196064I didn't even vote by then because I wrote a post trying to get them to say what's wrong.
>>20196064He didn't even call for a vote, a couple of people just posted 'integrate' and then he pulled the trigger.
>>20196054>The fuck-up with Dani was a real fuck up, and all bad on my part, but this time it was an actual vote that I counted, and I explicitly counted and kept tally marks. I don't believe anyone samefagged, which is why I took those votes."Are you alright, Azure?" You ask, and hug her.She jumps away with her advanced speed, skidding to a stop."Y-yeah, I'm okay." She says, nodding. "Just. . wait a moment. Things are. . .weird."Gently, you put a hand on her shoulder. She twitches, but then takes another deep breath."Breathing deeply doesn't help when you don't have lungs." She said.
>>20196024>>20196036>>20196054Next time just leave instead of sperging out so hard. Quest stops being fun, stop playing, don't threadshit.Now, can we continue? Because I gave zero fucks either way, and apparently MY anonymous opinion counts, too.
>>20196111No, no it does not. Come on Azure, let's get you some ice cream. You want digital or physical?
rolled 12 = 12>>20196111don't worry I'll write that program too like rockyroad.exehow quick can we get "breathdeep.exe" running I wonder...
>>20196123>Quest stops being fun, stop playing, don't threadshit.They obviously enjoy it, if it wasn't a good quest they wouldn't care so much about the decision.
>>20196175If he cared a little more about the quest, he wouldn't be samefagging his displeasure at things not going his way.
>>20196212Then perhaps he's more suited to jerking off over a CYOA book instead of having us rape his fun.>I'm just waiting on Exabyte; I'll stop threadshitting about threadshitting, now.
>>20196212If I cared a little more, I'd be ranting, because it was bullshit.
"No, no it does not." You say. "Come on, Azure, let's get you some ice cream. You want digital or physical?""I just . . need some time." Azure says, not meeting your eyes. "I need to arrange my mind. It isn't as painful as it was for. . her, but I still need to think. A lot."Amy knocked on the door, and Azure jumped, ever so slightly. She rolled in. "Dave, the pack up is complete. We can move out anytime. Valhalla no longer exists- it's all in our cargo hold, and Talos is inactive."
To the person(s) who are displeased with the decision:Trust Exabyte. Yeah, he's not always gonna have things go our way. That's the nature of the dice. But I trust (and you should too) that Exabyte will never let this quest be un-fun or uninteresting.If something bad happens, you don't pitch a fit and beat your fists on the floor like a two year old. You try to look at how much more interesting that obstacle is going to make the story as a whole.I trust Exabyte as a writer and a DM because he's damn good at it. Better than most quest runners I've seen on /tg/ over the past few years.
>>20196268Take Talos as well, don't want them stealing him like Onyx.
>>20196268"The question is, where do we set up shop? If at all? We could settle down somewhere remote in the system to bulk up the Sleipnir with everything we stripped off Valhalla. We could go see how the Shipyarders are doing, now that they've got the Mindcore. Or we could go see if Emps is willing to let us crash with him; he seemed pretty chill."
>>20196268It's okay Azure, if you need anything, anything at all we're here for you. Well, I suppose we ought to head off into SPACE! It's definitely safer.
>>20196268Time to fuck off to... wait, where do we fuck off to now? Build a factory on the dark side of the moon with no LOS, and start producing power cores and destroying the market?
"Talos and his computer is too?" You ask."Yep." Azure says. "Everything is picked up. . Especially that guy." You hear Amy say, and you hear Dani squee happily from the other room. "She insisted we pick up the penguin chick." Amy said, and shrugged. "Don't like penguins myself, but she thinks he's adorable, so. . "
>>20196319Oh, addendum. "And we can always check up on the Asurians. I think they'll enjoy meeting another two new civilizations, including the one that they've been trying to understand for centuries, once we've got Phi revitalized. Have to apologize for bringing the Emperors down on them somehow."
>>20196346>Damnit, Amy's the only one speaking. Azure said nothing the entire time. I should really proofread more.
>>20196346Well penguins are adorable and if it makes my little sister happy I can't really object. Shall we head once more into the stars Ladies?
>>20196346We shall name it: Kaliel.
>>20196285I do trust that Exabyte will keep the quest fun, that's why I'm not ragequitting like the other guy(s). Doesn't mean I can't call bullshit when I see it. He called a greentext vote, showing how important the decision was. 8 people voted and we chose the third option, to keep talking. Then in the middle of the conversation, without another vote being initiated, there were three posts that were just "integrate" with nothing else which may or may not have been samefags and he just went for it. I like Azure and I would like to have voted on her fate.>>20196335We go back to finish the conversation with Oracle we left so abruptly.
So, what is expected of us as the new Twelve, any way?
>>20196394>Sorry, that's because the vote was still ongoing. 'Ask for more information' I didn't see as a third option, it was just delaying the vote to get more information. And when all of the information was given, consensus was clearly reached, and I tallied the votes.>>20196400>Since you're technically more of an 'external ally' than a true member of resurgence, nothing is really expected of you. It's simply a title you can use to communicate with other Resurgence members and Three."Well, penguins are adorable, and if it makes my little sister happy, I can't really object." You say. "We can name it Kaliel.""Or Sapphire." Azure said."So, where should we go next?" Amy asked. "Jupiter, like you mentioned, or we could go back to the Shipyard and talk with that creepy oracle dude, or. . something."
>>20196491He didn't strike me as creepy, just different. But I suppose we ought to get back to the Shipyard, we kinda left in a hurry once we got the message.Azure, do you have any idea how you sent a message to twelve years ago?
>>20196491This,>>20196319>>20196352With modifications for the current context where fitting.
rolled 8 = 8>>20196346TO THE OUTER REACHES!lets go give Titan a hug and set down there for a bit...or we could go to visit the shipyard again...<deadalus>can you see if the property of the old VR dome is going up for sale and if it does can you leave me a message?<three>I have packed up Valhalla for now. there's nothing there. you guys can use it till I get back I need to lie low for a while<gazebos drop-box>anything of interest happen besides tedious debate?<abels drop-box>going out and away for a while got shit to do
"He didn't strike me as creepy, just different." You say. "But I suppose we ought to get back to the Shipyard. We kinda left in a hurry once we got the message.""Right." Amy says."Azure, do you have any idea how you sent a message to twelve years ago?""T-twelve?" She asked, then blinked and shook her head. "I don't even know how I'd send messages into the past.""The question is, where do we set up shop? If at all? We could settle down somewhere remote in the system to bulk up the Sleipnir with everything we stripped off Valhalla. We could go see how the Shipyarders are doing, now that they've got the Mindcore. Or we could go see if Emps is willing to let us crash with him; he seemed pretty chill.""I am *not* going through that slipstream again." Lucca growled, and Amy nodded frantically."And we can always check up on the Asurians. I think they'll enjoy meeting another two new civilizations, including the one that they've been trying to understand for centuries, once we've got Phi revitalized. Have to apologize for bringing the Emperors down on them somehow.""Speaking of Phi, maybe we can ask his people how to revitalize him." Amy said.Delta and Rust say nothing, being stern warrior people, and Dani's simply giggling as she feeds the penguin chick some mush.
>>20196491Well all the information wasn't given. We could have fixed it by bullshit hacking the integration like before to make whatever it is regressive and overridden by real Azure, and the information that her objection wasn't that she thought we couldn't fix it but that she didn't actually want us to fix it was in the same post the integration actually happened and we still don't know why she wants to live in constant pain.
>>20196591Just let it go.
>>20196587"Guess it's to the beetle-borg homeworld, then! Chart a course!"
>>20196587Shipyard and Oracle. We sorta trainwrecked that conversation by tear-assing off. As is our way.
>>20196587Let's visit Phi's people, see if we can revitalize the guy.
rolled 60 = 60>>20196587>>20196607seconded....\
>>20196587Let's try and get Phi back, then go to Oracle. Phi might be time-critical, we really don't know.>>20196597Fuck you, I'm allowed to have a discussion.
"Guess it's to the beetle-borg homeworld, then!" You say. "Chart a course!"" . . We use courses?" Rust asked."Just a saying." You say. "Onyx, calculate the jump!"<Calculating. . .>You appear near the debris ring, where the asteroids spin slowly, held into shape by hundreds of long carbon rods. You immediately get a message.<<Hello? This is Parenth- is. .is Phi with you?>>
>>20196642Why? At best Exabyte will admit he dun goofed, throw us a fate point and that's it.
>>20196659Yes, Phi is with us though he is currently in hibernation.
>>20196659"Yes, but he has gone into hibernation. We need to know if there's a way to wake him up safely."
>>20196659"Yeah, he is. But he got caught in an explosion while hibernating. We're pretty sure he's fine, just needs revitalizing, but his chem-computer is working dodgily after repairs and we're not exactly sure how to bring him out of stasis properly, besides that it involves similar chemicals and vital fluids. That's why we're making a stop here. Care to help out?"
>>20196659"Sort of. We think he's gone into hibernation and we don't know why."
>>20196659<<Yes, but he's asleep and injured. Do you have medical facilites available?>>>>20196668To get answers? I don't care about fate points. If you don't want to read my shit then don't read it, I don't see how it affects you.
>When I do goof, I work on never goofing in such a way again, and then throw you guys fate points. But that's only when I *do* goof. When I don't, I'm not obligated to do shit. I do explain myself, of course, which I have."Yes." You say back. "Phi is with us, though he is currently in hibernation. We need to know if there's a way to wake him up safely."<<You mean. . you took him out of his slumbering machine? Or was it damaged? Hardly matters.>> Parenth asked. <<Quickly, quickly, triangulate my asteroid and take him here. I can revitalize him.>>You do so, and find that Parenth is in a rather large asteroid- one with a bay large enough to fit the Sleipnir inside of. You see a small bug climb across a few tanks of goop, and then stop near a small machine. <<Just insert him in here, and the hydrogen should do the rest.>> The bug says, as Cyan automatically translates for you.
rolled 85 = 85>>20196659yes, but he is in a hibernation state and we cannot re-awaken him
>>20196718"Thanks. We were worried for a bit, there."
>>20196718Put him in the machine. Ask how the hibernation and waking up thing works so if needed we can perform the operation ourself.
>>20196702I just don't see any point to it. The guy(s) who was/were really upset by the decision have left, and Exabyte does not think he's done anything wrong.So there's basically nothing it'll change. I doubt you'll get any answers beyond the ones you've got so far, either.
rolled 28 = 28>>20196718let's put him in the pot then...<greetings parenth; phi seemed to like it, would you like some footage of emperor ships exploding? we've been busy>
>>20196753Seems like it.
You place Phi in the machine, and Parenth readjusts him, making sure his pumps are lined up with something internal. You hear a loud hiss, and a lot of steam is pulled into the vacuum of the cargo bay, but brown eventually re-enters Phi's body, chasing away the black coloring.<<ssssssSS. . . Parenth.>> Phi says, his voice rather static.<<Phi.>>The two bugs walk toward one another, and start touching eachother's feelers."How does the hibernation and waking up thing work?"<<Rather simple.>> Parenth says. <<Normally, before we used cybernetics, we had to spend weeks preparing our bodies before letting go of the liquid we use. It was traumatic to our bodies. But now, we simply extract hydrogen. Just raw hydrogen- the pumps contain filters to prevent any nutrition or protiens from leaving our bodies. If you ever find one of our kind like that, just put water into our cybernetic pumps, and we shall awaken.>><<It appears that my timer is destroyed.>> Phi said, finally. <<Otherwise I would have awoken earlier. Did we take damage?>>
>>20196800"Yeah. That Sigma guy turned out to be secretly working against us. He blew up the dead Emperor through the power core inside the coffin, and that caused a whole lot of damage to your stasis machine and your chemical computer."
>>20196800"Yes, we were attacked and there was an explosion. Your tanks took heavy damage."
rolled 19 = 19>>20196800we were betrayed you took damage and so did your computer...you missed quite a lot of things happening as well...
>>20196800The power core in the emperor coffin detonated. It was pretty much just your chamber which took damage. Are you ok?
"Yeah. That Sigma guy turned out to be secretly working against us. He blew up the dead Emperor through the power core inside the coffin, and that caused a whole lot of damage to your stasis machine and your chemical computer."<<And. . I lost all of the data?!>> Phi asked, outraged."We repaired it the best we could." Azure said. "We don't know how much, if what, was lost."<<Right.>> Phi said, and climbed into the Sleipnir. You hear the inside of his helmet clicking madly as he trundles on toward his computer. <<Parenth, stay here. We need people awake and here.>><<Yessir, Phi.>> Parenth said.
rolled 5 = 5>>20196869Azure, run the nano-goop synthesizer for phiParenth, do you have some unneeded chunks of rock? we need raw material to convert into useable nano-met...
>>20196888Why not just teleport somewhere else to get it? Like, a garbage pit on Earth for example?
>>20196869Hey Parenth, is Phi some some of authority or anything like that?
>>20196869"Cyan probably backed up the data in a digital format on the Sleipnir. It's only common sense. So I wouldn't worry too much; just have to fix the chemputer, convert the digital data to chemical and set it to work again, right?"Except we blew up the original computer core because QofV... Shoot. Best hope we had an uninfected, undamaged backup attached to the core.
>>20196888Why? We have 2000 units, that should be enough for anything he needs to do, and if we need more we can grab material from a system which doesn't count every atom as precious.
rolled 4 = 4>>20196908because that would involve leaving...this way we don't accidentally convert somebody's personal rock in-system
>>20196888>Ever since you got the converter, you've been using it. Hence the (+45 units) at the start of the thread. It's not an instant 'whoops this planetoid is now goop' thing, it's just a gradual thing."Hey, Parenth, is Phi some sort of authority or anything like that?"<<Certainly.>> Parenth said. <<He's the one who saved all of our lives, back when the. . cataclysm hit.>><<It's. . safe.>> Phi said, relaxing. <<Most of it. The wrist computers are all but destroyed now... but the actual materials are still intact.>>
>>20196958Do you need help putting it back together? We have piles of nanometa and we can produce our own over time so don't worry about using too much. Maybe you can work with Amy and make a Chemical/Digital hybrid computer.
>>20196958Good to hear. While we're in system you should probably give that data to the others so it's not in danger of being lost again.
>>20196958"That's a relief. I know somebody who can probably speed our translation work along, but he's... Odd. A rogue Emperor or something, hiding out on Neptune. He's all cybernetics, machinery and chumminess, and actually seems to be more than a sociopathic child in a lizard-fly body. Simply gave me the Mindcore we were looking for when I asked for it politely. When we've got time and when we find a way through to his underground base besides a slipstream drive, I can bring us down to get his help with the translation. But first, how'd you like to meet your biggest fans, Phi?"
>>20197009>when we find a way through to his underground base besides a slipstream drive...like just teleporting onto it?
"Good to hear." You say. "While you're in system, you should probably give that data to the others so that it's not in danger of being lost again."<<I will do so.>> Phi said, <<I will need to repair Abel's hybrid computer, however. Electronic data is splendid for storage.>>You watch Phi take a small globule of liquid from his computer, and climb back out into the asteroid, putting it into Parenth's computer.<<Now it will propgate.>> Phi said. <<Be careful, Parenth. The Emperors may come back.>><<I will, Phi.>> Parenth says.<<There.>> Phi said. He tilted his helmet toward Delta and Dani's penguin, who was squawking loudly. <<I see we've got additions to our party. Hardly matters- I need to find out how these emperors use 'Dominance'. >>
>>20197072"Well, one of them implied that it's the same thing as my bullshit hacking, and I've reason to believe that I do it through a particular kind of exotic matter."
>>20197072"Apparently it's similar to my bullshit magic hacking, according to an expert on the subject. Unfortunately, I don't understand my own bullshit magic hacking, so I can't help you there."
>>20197072Their Dominance is apparently something to do with the exotic matter like me and K have.
>>20197072Well as far as I know you take exotic material, throw magic at it and tadaa! It's probably based on similar principles to how me and K do our thing.Phi meet Delta, Delta meet Phi. And that's just a random penguin my little sister picked up.
>>20197118>K and II disgrace myself with my atrocious grammar.
"Well, one of them implied that it's the same thing as my bullshit hacking, and I've reason to believe that I do it through a particular kind of exotic matter."<<Simple enough to test.>> Phi said. He slipped off his helmet, and as you watch, his mandibles stretch wide- They're obviously cybernetic- and they hiss loudly as he clenches down on one of the two Emperor wrist computers. It splits open, as if cut by monomolecular blades, and some strange, eerie material stares back out at you. Carefully, Phi pried it out- it was a small globule, the size of a marble. <<Compare this with your own.>> Phi said.Dani stops giggling, and looks up. "What's that smell?" She asked. You notice she's holding the penguin very, very tightly, before she realizes what she's doing and lets go. The penguin squawks again.
>>20197164It's a ball thingy Phi got out of the Emperor computer. Know anything about it?
>>20197164We've never seen OUR own, so we'll have to compare it to what we got from scanning K.
>>20197164Dani, you can smell exotic material, somehow.Sis, could you compare the smell of this to the smell of the material inside me and K?
>>20197164Implant me, pronto!See if we can fabricate any more of this stuff as well.
"Sis, could you compare the smell of this to the smell of the material inside K and I?" You ask."Well. . I can." She says. She takes a deep breath, and then a step away. "It stinks, bro. But it's the same... but really strong. It's not like power cores, or the stuff inside your teleporter."
>>20197245Take the globule and eat it.
>>20197245So it's like the stuff in me but more concentrated. If you had to compare the smells of me and K what would the differences be?
>>20197245"Phi, what do you think this thing could do if it was implanted in my Bullfrog?"
rolled 27 = 27>>20197245>playing Compare The Smellit's like she really IS our sister....
>>20197245Quickly, implant me!
>>20197245Awesome. How do we get it onto our nerves? I guess try eating it.>We die of exotic matter poisoning like a complete idiot.
>>20197276>>20197253Don't randomly eat exotic material. Just don't.
>>20197295Given the fact we're already laced with the stuff I don't see how it could be poisonous.
rolled 71 = 71>>20197295of course, of course. randomly INJECT exotic matter.
rolled 51 = 51>>20197245awesomelet's put it through a battery of high powered tests!
quick to the medi bay for surgery
>>20197272>Quickly Amy! Impregnate me!
>>20197295It's better than cutting ourselves open and trying to coat our nerves manually.
rolled 84 = 84>>20197328neither of those is a good idea...
"How many licks does it take to get to the center of an exotic tootsie pop?" You ask, and lick the exotic matter.. . .Nothing happens. It doesn't even come off on your tongue.The arrayed group just. . stares at you."Yeah, let's just lick the mysterious technology." Amy says. "What could go wrong? Geez, Dave."There's a sudden 'wham', and the object inside your hand explodes, streams of silver material going everywhere. . Every which way, like fireworks, suspended in air. It ignores gravity, weaving every which way, frozen in time."I've seen this." K said. "It. . attacked my bullet wounds. Back when the van exploded." She said, staring.
>>20197360What if we remove an eyeball and replace it with the exotic matter ball?
>>20197376"Dibs!" Make wound!God this is a terrible idea
>>20197376Quick, wound ourselves to let it in!
>>20197376"Let's try this!"Use a monodrite to cut one of Dave's remaining fleshy bits.
>>20197376"Oh. Shoot. I didn't think that would work. Cool. So... It just needs open access to my bloodstream, and it'll seek out my nervous system? Huh. Guess I'll put a few pinpricks into my back, see if it goes in."
"Dibs." You say, and slash yourself with your drites."Dave!" Amy calls, and runs toward you.The silver ribbons tear through the sky, down at you, and tear inside of you, coiling throughout your body, seeping in through every pore, and forcing open even more wounds inside of you.It hurts.It hurts!>Roll 1d100. Taking first roll.
>>20197376"We are all well aware that I'm irresponsible unless someone is in danger."Then open a vein somewhere.
rolled 40 = 40>>20197443oh boy!
rolled 75 = 75>>20197443Welp
rolled 23 = 23f
rolled 53 = 53>>20197443"OW OW FUCK OW WHY DID I DO THIS THIS IS NOT CANDY THIS IS PAIN!"
rolled 57 = 57>>20197443motherfucker
rolled 41 = 41>>20197470seconding this statement...because it is exactly what dave would say...
>Welp.The pain heightens, and burns, coiling throught your body. Your back arches, and you scream- you scream loudly, at the top of your lungs. You can't control it. You can't control anything anymore.DAVE WHAT THE FUC--AVE!--ON'T DO THIS TO M--AMMI-When the pain ebbs. . you're sitting there, blind.You can't see. You can't hear.You can't feel.<Dave.> Azure says, from somewhere. . else. <Are you there?>Throughout the sea of darkness, you hear a small amount of static.<You're dead, Dave.> Azure says.
>>20197532<Well that was unexpected.>
>>20197532Azure, this was perhaps the stupidest idea I've ever had.Okay, we seem to be in the bullfrog now, link up to the suit and run a diagnostic on our body.
>>20197532<Where am I? Am I still in the Bullfrog?>
>>20197532<Well, this is a new experience. It's kinda boring, being dead, to be completely honest. Can you jack into my sith lightning implant and jumpstart my heart or something? I'm not just a puddle of meat and implant, right? Oh, and, uh, can you tell Amy I'm mostly okay, and relay this?>Play this. Because grim humor.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pPQnhhUqtU
<Azure, this was perhaps the stupidest idea I've ever had.><Yes, yes it was.> Azure said. <We're doing our best, but. . no promises. Amy is. . inconsolable.>You try to link up to the suit, but. . nothing. You can't reach it.<Why can't I reach my suit?><I don't know.> Azure said. <I couldn't talk to you until I connected directly to the bullfrog. . .>
>>20197532<I've been dead for ages, Azure.>
>>20197573<I've been dead before. Tell Amy that I'm still here. It'll take more than bullshit like that to kill me.>
rolled 85 = 85>>20197573"Tell Amy I'm still kicking around in here."
>>20197573Tell Amy to connect.
>>20197573Tell Amy I'll be fine, Give me a status report on everything, what exactly happened with the exotic matter? What is the exact damage to my body?
I was the one who suggested that we inject our selves with more and for that I do apologize. But at the same time what the hell people lets just cut our selves open and let it happen. I was thinking more like science less randumb.
Nothing ever fucking works out does it.
>>20197642It would have done the same thing, whether it was in a syringe or loose in the air.
rolled 88 = 88>>20197599>>20197603>>20197598all of these....DO NOT try and sweet talk Amy down from the panic, just apologize to her. and ask her what happened from her end of things.then try and recover from our stupidity...
Holy shit. Has the quest been taken over by idiots or is this just the results of a bad roll or something?
Dave had every reason to believe this would work. Note that I'm saying DAVE, not us.He came out of a coma due to exotic matter, was handling it without any adverse affects, he knows he already has it in his system somehow, and so does K, and both of them were better than fine. Plus he has a history of rushing into stupid decisions and coming out none the worse for wear.
>>20197681It made sense from Dave's perspective. He already had this stuff inside him, and there's no way to test it really.Plus Dave rushes headlong into stupid decisions all the time.
>>20197681A little of column A, a little of column B...To be fair, we've done stupid shit before, we just always either lucked out or had a fate point.
>>20197681She said the stuff went in her wounds and then she gained super powers so we tried to recreate it. It's not /completely/ stupid.
rolled 24 = 24>>20197681Little of column A, little of column B.Though I knew it was a bad idea when I presented it.Weren't you leaving, though?
>>20197681We rolled a 40. So, yeah, bad rolls. Whoever rolled that must be beside himself for bunting that 75 out of the way.>>20197688True. It probably would've been meta to be more cautious, since exotic matter has not been seen to turn into billions of tiny razorblades that rape all your pores in the past.
>>20197688Still it feels to me that this would probably not have come up if I had been quiet about hey lets get more BS crap to get more power.
>>20197725Yeah I feel pretty bad for that 40.
>>20197733Well then let ME take the blame because I was the person who suggested eating it to begin with.Of course I wasn't actually serious, but I didn't say anything to stop anyone either.
<Tell Amy I'll be fine.> You say.<I am.> She said.You feel something else connect, and you suddenly get thrown into some strange torrent of despair and pain.<What the fuck is wrong with you, Dave?> You hear from Amy- You can feel, through the connection, that she's sniffing and still sobbing- if this had been reality, she wouldn't even be capable of talking.<We're in Jun's office now.> Azure said. <Your body is dead, but we're putting Project Immortal into it. Do you have any problems with that?>
>>20197769<Sorry Amy. You know I don't think these things through. Which version of Project Immortal? Could you use Nano-meta to clone me or something?>
>>20197740You should, making me waste that 75.>>20197769"Worth a shot, I guess. I'm... really sorry, Amy."
>>20197769I'd rather not use Project Immortal unless I have to. I have no idea how it'd interface with the rest of the strangeness in me.What is the exact damage?
>>20197769<I'll spend the rest of my life making this up to you, Amy.>
rolled 72 = 72>>20197769none that I can see if I'm more dead than usual....let me talk to the PI AI before it gets implanted...I want to iron out his shit before he does something stupid.<at amy we throw the best hug we can...sorry hon I let my inner child run on too loose a reign...>
>>20197769<Exotic matter saved my life and made me what I am. I was not expecting it to turn into a million tiny stardust razorblades and turn me into swiss cheese. I'm... I'm sorry, Amy. I know it hurts you to see me like this.><Uhh. I honestly don't know. One the one hand, lots and lots of tiny drites is never a bad thing. On the other, maybe this meatsack isn't worth the trouble and I should upgrade to a new model. It keeps breaking down all the damn time.>
I was thinking it sounds as though the emperors might have booby trapped the stuff. Not that that helps now.
>>20197769Ask the fucking Emperor on Neptune for help before doing the project immortal thing!
>>20197740It's not like you had any control over what you rolled.>>20197769I'd rather not, if there's another way. What exactly is wrong with me?
Damnit. We should have tried to bullshit hack the exotic matter blob itself.
"If time's a factor here, go for it. If you can keep me stable though, let's explore other options."
hey guys are we impotent now?
I'm kinda surprised it took you guys only half a thread after I decided to stop playing to really fuck things up.You really made my day. Thanks ;)
<I'll spend the rest of my life making this up to you, Amy.><You'd better!> She cried.<Amy, don't hit Dave.> Azure admonishes her.<I'd rather not, if there's another way. What exactly is wrong with me?><. . Everything.> Azure says. <Everything is wrong. Your body's pretty much been slashed to ribbons. The. . organic parts, at least. You'll start rotting, soon.><Is there another alternative?><We could do what I did, and produce a synthetic body for you. . but. . I don't suggest it. It isn't... good enough. I know from experience.>
>>20197920Weren't you leaving?
>>20197834Well we could just get an awesome robot body but then we'd lose the bullshit hacking. We'd just be like Azure and Rust.
>>20197918Generally speaking, yes.
>>20197936He obviously never left or stopped playing. Who else would be here to bitch about nothing?
>>20197926<Hmm... I suppose if there's no better options...>
rolled 24 = 24>>20197926hmmm then do it.but let me talk to the Immortal AI. I have some things to hash out with him...alternately I have to hash him out and rebuild him from scratch...
>>20197926You could make yourself an organic body, Azure. I already synthesised blood with nanometa. In fact you could just clone me and move me into it.
I have noticed that taking first rolls only is really fucking us up BAD. I mean ONCE and only ONCE it did NOT fuck us up.wat gives Exabyte?
>>20197926How ribbony are we talking here?My brain and the exotic material that makes up my nervous system is still intact right? Plug me in to that, I think I should bullshit hack myself and we can just use Nanometa to fix the physical damage instead of throwing tentacles inside of me.
Guys guys, lets put a hold on PI and preserve our body and go see our bro-emperor on Neptune. He obviously has experience with cybernetics and organics. Surely he'll patch us up.
>>20197960Do note that, even if we do get a clone body and successfully transfer into it, we'll lose bullshit hacking.
>>20197926<What about using nano-meta to synthesize organic bits to put my vitals back together, and the sith lightning augment in my arms to jolt my heart and brain back into life, using the Bullfrog as a pacemaker to stabilize the process? The organic parts won't come back on their own. But if I can survive being braindead for this long, I think I can come back from organic death so long as the synthetic part of me's still kicking and I have someone who can put my body back together.>
>>20197978He might do weird and creepy things to us. But he might help. It's a gamble.
rolled 26 = 26>>20197989or you can load me with auged up everything...
>>20198002>>20197978We should at least talk to him before we shove Project Immortal into us.
>>20197920I think I will be joining u cyborg quest just isnt the same.
>>20197926Let list the ups and downs of PIUp we are now even harder to kill Down?
>>20198021That was already done.
"Well Amy, if you think there isn't enough time, shove PI into me. Otherwise, let's see if we might be able to get a clone body, or if the Neptunian Emperor would be willing to help out.Either way, I trust you to make the right call here. Do what you think is best."
<Let me talk to the Immortal AI.><That's just it.> Azure said. <Jun decided that she'd try connecting Project Immortal directly to your bullfrog. There won't be an AI, it'll just be you.><Can we try and talk to that Emperor?><. . Maybe.> Azure said. <I can try to teleport to him and see what he says, but I don't think Amy will let us take you.>
>>20198069<What do you think Amy?>
>>20198069Ok there is no down side to PI lets do it.Also Emp will probably fuck us over don't do it.
rolled 7 = 7>>20198069call him first, then port over.put me on ice till then. and hook the bullfrog to a speaker and mic so i can have a chat with people..."hey jun, how long was I out this time?"
>>20198069So could I just use the PI to dispense nanometa to fix myself up and then remove it? I don't really want uncomfortable tentacles writhing around inside me.And go talk to Emps, see what he says. He did want to keep me around because I'm interesting.
>>20198069Why do we even need Project Immortal to fix up the damage anyways? I'd rather not have piles of tentacles crawling inside of me. Why don't we have a chat with the Emperor first, no reason not to.Ask him about Dominion, the exotic matter and various methods of healing and fixing up flesh.
>>20198069<The most you'll manage is to get on the surface of Neptune. If you try and teleport into his sanctum you'll be crushed without a slipstream drive, remember? You'll have to try and get a signal through the permafrost, ice and slush. Try it. If anyone'll know what to do in this situation, it's him. And he'll probably get a kick out of me outright licking exotic matter. If you can't reach him, I'll get the PI treatment.>
lets talk to th BroEmp for suggestions before we do anything just in case.
This mood is too dark. I demand everyone listen to this upbeat Paul Simon music.http://youtu.be/ULjCSK0oOlI
>>20198141>If you try and teleport into his sanctum you'll be crushed without a slipstream drive, remember?No you won't. We were walking around inside fine without the drive. It's outside in the fastest storms in the solar system that's dangerous.
rolled 71 = 71>>20198069hook me straight into the auto-doc, and hook the autodoc into the supercomputer, then let me see what there is to be fixed. I've done it before lets see what can be done this time.
<Amy, what do you think?><Oh, I don't know, Dave. It's your decision. You're good at making those.> She said, and then the connection abruptly cuts off.<Go talk to the Emperor first.> You tell Azure. <And then ask him about Dominion, Exotic matter, and various methods of healing and fixing up flesh. See what he says.><Right.> Azure responds.<And can you hook the bullfrog up to a speaker and mic so I can chat with people?><Very well.> Azure says. <I can give you my old head.>Suddenly, you can see- You're in Jun's office- your body is lying on the autodoc. . It's quite grisly, with your augments still there, and the exotic material still coiling more tightly around it. Amy storms out of the room, and Jun is working feverishly at the computer."There." You hear Azure say. She looks into your new eyes. "Can you hear me?" She asks."Yeah." You respond."Right. Dr, he can see and hear us now.""Thanks, Azure." Jun said."I'm going to Neptune." Azure said. She closed her eyes, and an evac teleporter appeared and vanished, taking her with it.
>>20198192"So how've you been Jun?"
>>20198192"Guess Amy's pretty pissed, huh? Think I should propose marriage to her, Jun? After I'm finished being dead, I mean."
>>20198192Hey Juuuun, I'm a ghost in the machine.
>>20198192Hey Jun, this doesn't look that bad. All the Augments intact and now I can see the exotic material. How's my brain doing anyways?I ought to be able to just patch myself up if you give me the autodoc and so on.
>>20198192"Sorry, guess I should've given you some warning before dragging my corpse into your office. Heh."
>>20198192"Huh. Okay. Looks like the exotic matter is bonding real nicely to my augments and nervous system. If it wasn't for the whole 'being dead' issue, this would be a perfect test-run of the Davidson Exotic Matter Treatment. Gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet. Can someone shut my eyes and right that slackjaw? It's undignified."
"Sorry," You say. "Guess I should've given you some warning before dragging my corpse into your office. Heh."Jun turns to the head. She isn't smiling."Dave, take more care of yourself." She said. "I can get project immortal up and running, but with this. . this whatever, I don't have long to do it."
rolled 2 = 2>>20198332as soon as azure gets back I'll know...it shouldn't take long
>>20198332Can I try and fix myself up with the autodoc? That's like Immortal.
>>20198332"Could you ice it? Or is it seriously that far gone?"
>>20198332"The 'whatever' is a large amount of purified exotic matter. About as much as one would get from a fat, dense marble. Uh, speaking of which, how much did you use when you made the Bullfrog Mk. I? Because I'm guessing it was a lot less than this, and therein lies the problem I've run into, it seems."
>>20198332By "this whatever" you mean the exotic material right?What is it doing to interfere in this sort of thing?Should I try and bullshit hack it?
>>20198332"Jun, can't you just put in localised versions of Project Immortal, one at a time and then remove them after they're finished?"
>>20198365She didn't put any in. It was there from the car crash.
"As soon as Azure gets back, I'll know. It shouldn't take long." You say. "By 'this whatever' you mean the exotic material, right?""I'm talking about whatever sliced you up, Dave." She said. "Did you get some kind of dynamic hug by a thousand monomolecular tongues? Your body is losing. . coherency, you could say. The Deepscanner is having troubles registering it as a single being.""Could I try to fix myself up with the autodoc? That's like Immortal.""I could. . " She said. She bit her lip. "This is a risk, though. If you do it wrong, Project Immortal will be impossible."Azure reappears in a flash of light."He says. . He says you're on your own." Azure said. "And then he called you a dumb-ass, and laughed."
>>20198414"Oh well. How much of a risk would it be?"
>>20198414"Yyyeah, I was afraid of that. Oh well, it worth trying. In that case, let's go the PI route."
>>20198414"Fuck it. Let's make with the Lazarus."
>>20198414Well, I am a dumb-ass. Do whatever you think's best.
>>20198440By which I mean Project Immortal.
>>20198414He makes an awful good point. That was a fucking idiotic idea. Right, plug me into the autodoc and give me all the processing power you have. Removing PI is a bitch and it's kinda creepy.
>>20198414"I'm not surprised. Remind him that he was probably about as dumb when he was my age, though. Jun, give it to me. I doubt that I can take out the Project Immortal, but I can probably upgrade it later. Don't remove the exotic matter. Quarantine it. Stabilize it."
rolled 91 = 91>>20198444>>20198440>>20198437>>20198435bitches, roll your dice."jun I want to take an active role in the process and run the immortal myself can you do that?"
rolled 15 = 15"Let me try and fix myself."
>>20198471Why? No roll was called for. And the PI wold be controlled by Dave directly, that was already proposed.
"Would it be possible to remove Project Immortal after it fixes me?"
>>20198471Why would I roll? Exabyte didn't ask for a roll, I'm not trying to bullshit hack anything.Also they already said they'd plug immortal into the bullfrog so we could control it.
>>20198471EXA! Just take this roll for the autodoc. Just take it. None of that "First roll only" stuff. Just take the 91. Please. Have mercy!
"Yeah, I was afraid of that." You say. "Fuck it, let's make with the autodoc. Call it. . Project Immortal.""Right. . " Jun says, then wipes her brow, and tugs a mass of cables out of the autodoc. "Let's try.""Will this work?" Azure asked."I have no idea." Jun said, gave Azure a smile, and then shoved the mass of cables into your body's torso.Suddenly, your perception fades from the head. . and white, white hot pain rages through your body, weaving throughout your torso. You feel your muscles spasm, and pain, pain, pain races through your frame. You hear something snap, and then break, and then loud hissing noises burn through your skull.After an eternity of confused, wild writhing inside your body. . it stops.And then you open your eyes.You give Azure a smug grin.It worked.The strange, exotic material inside your body tightens, fusing into your nervous system, and then locks into place. Intuitively, you understand. . it's only temporary. It will only work once. . .but you can do anything with it. . Anything at all.>+1 Fate Point.
>>20198512Monotreeme wasn't rolling for the 'doc, though.
rolled 56 = 56>>20198495yes, but I will remind you that rolling BEFORE an action is suggested or AS an action is suggested sometimes results in a different turn of events.like the above was an attempt to run as much of he immortal process as possible.""
>>20198534"HAHAHA. THE POWER! I CAN FEEL IT! So everything's working correctly?"
>>20198534Damnit, we died for a fate point? It was meant to upgrade our bullshit hacking.
rolled 15 = 15>>20198535the way I phrased it it could have gone either way. I let the fates and the GM decide. it's part of why I roll how I do...letting the world take the brunt of my decisions
You guys are idiots or brilliant. You managed to kill Dave in a non combat encounter?Well its been a good run, I'd say just let the body die and live in ants bullfrog.
>>20198534So that was interesting. We have a pile of tentacles in our body now. Make sure everything is working correctly. Ask Jun if its removable later if we felt like it. Well I think we should see Amy and apologize for being the dumbest fuck the world has ever seen.
>>20198534Well, we could immediately use the Fate Point and a bunch of Nano-Meta to construct a new, genetically identical body that we might be able to transfer the Bullfrog into.
>>20198534We're going to try this again someday. In a more controlled environment.
rolled 37 = 37>>20198534reach out gently and brush against juns mind"can you hear me now?"then reach out to Amy<testing testing, dave-body mark 2 calling out to a lady I've wronged I really need a hug and Azure just isn't doing the trick...>
>>20198588Or we could steal Smokey's quantum computer. I think that's a better idea.
>>20198605It is. Which is why I suggested it when we encountered him at the VR dome.
>>20198534... All that... All that... FOR MERE BULLSHITTING FUEL, RATHER THAN CAPACITY?Well, fuck a duck. Could've been better, but also could've been far worse. Not a bad result if I do say so myself."Jun, why can't I stop getting more shiny bits implanted in me? I don't go out of my way to do this, you know. It just sort of happens. So! Jun. Can you figure out what that alien funk in my spine is? Because I'd like more. And a way to interface with it that won't cause massive trauma."
>>20198592We're immortal now so we'll heal all the cuts it makes. Should be perfectly safe to turn the other computer into a fate point as well, if not for the fact that Amy would kill us.
>>20198604>I really need a hug and Azure just isn't doing the trick...Do you want to die again?
>The DC worked like this. 0-25, you die. 25-50, you die and fate point. 50-75, you live and fate point. 75-95, you fate point and More bullshit power. 95-100, UNLIMITED COSMIC POWER.You push yourself up, somewhat wobbly. Carefully, Jun pulls the cables away from your body. "It. . worked." Jun said, somewhat awed. "The autodoc brought you back.""I need to talk to Amy." You say, and with your bullshit hacking power, you reach out. . <Amy?> You ask.<What.><Dave-body mark 2 calling out to a lady I've wronged. I really need a hug.>She doesn't respond for a moment.<I'm in the lobby.> She says.You take the elevator down EE, and find Amy leaning up against the wall, eyes closed."Sup." She says, and her bullfrog is completely off. She doesn't meet your eyes.
>>20198646Go over and hug her."Sup. We fixed me back to how i was before I caught the stupid. And without the creepy tentacles!"
rolled 79 = 79>>20198646HUG no drites just the limbs!"I am so very very sorry Amy is there anything I can do to make it up to you? please, anything, anything at all?"then wait a tickwas that (bullfrog) off when I just spoke to you just now??
>>20198646"I know I make mistakes, Amy. Pretty frequently, actually. I can't promise I'll never get hurt again, but I can promise I'll never make the same mistake twice. If you ask me to, I'll retire. We'll go off and settle down somewhere. I love you, Amy."
>>20198646I'm really sorry for dying on you. I can't imagine what you went through, but you shouldn't have had to go through it. I was stupid.
>>20198646"Hey. I'm... really sorry about all the dumb shit I've been doing recently. There anything I can do to make up for all the worry I've put you through?"
>>20198646"Amy. I'm sorry. I'm not going to bother making crude, grim jokes about my mortality or about death 'being a new experience' or something silly like that. Because now isn't the time for me to be Dave. Now is a time for me to be very not-Dave. I am more sorry than you can comprehend, Amy. That's it. That's all I have to say, laid bare before you, without all my jokey nonsense. I. Am. Sorry."
"I know I make mistakes, Amy." You say. "Pretty frequently, actually. 'm not going to bother making crude, grim jokes about my mortality or about death 'being a new experience' or something silly like that. Because now isn't the time for me to be Dave. Now is a time for me to be very not-Dave. I am more sorry than you can comprehend, Amy. That's it. That's all I have to say, laid bare before you, without all my jokey nonsense."She opens her eyes, and looks at you."I can't promise I'll never get hurt again, but I can promise I'll never make the same mistake twice. There anything I can do to make up for all the worry I've put you through? If you ask me to, I'll retire. We'll go off and settle down somewhere. I love you, Amy."". .After all of this." She said. "After the whole ArmaTek thing is over with. Then I'm proposing to you, and we're retiring."
rolled 78 = 78>>20198794sold and done... if and only if nobody else tries to kill me.
>>20198794Laugh, "While I spent what felt like a few hours in complete sensory deprivation, I was thinking about doing the same thing."
>>20198794"Where do you want to retire? The magellanic cloud? Andromeda? Or somewhere more mundane, like the south of France? And, hey, aren't I supposed to propose to you?"
>>20198794Can we still go on kinky adventures in space?One caveat, while I won't seek out trouble if someone threatens the lives of those we care about I will try and help them.
>>20198794"I was going to propose to you actually. Maybe stick a little band on that planet made of diamond and use it as an engagement ring or something.
>>20198794"That's fair. Once we deal with Armatek, I think things should calm down on Earth and start changing for the better. And out in the wider expanse... No need to worry about it. Not now. The Shipyarders have their mindcore, and we've distributed technology that'll spread further through space, leaving the Emperors on a more even playing field with everyone else. I think that'll be enough work on my part for a long, long time."
>>20198847Are you saying she has fat fingers?
"Where do you want to retire? The magellanic cloud? Andromeda? Or somewhere more mundane, like the south of France? And, hey, aren't I supposed to propose to you?""Please." Amy said, putting a hand on your chin, tracing a white scar there. "It's the modern day, not like. . two thousand and six or something. Women can propose.""I was going to propose to you actually. Maybe stick a little band on that planet made of diamond and use it as an engagement ring or something.""What. No. That was my plan." She said, giving you a glare. Then her eyes softened, and she hugged you. "I'm glad you're back." She said. "Fuck it, I'll propose now. Marry me?"
>>20198934"Absolutely. Maybe we can split the planet in half or something."
>>20198934"Yeah, alright, I guess. Can't think of any one else." Said with a huge, shit-eating grin.
>>20198934Give me a kiss and if it's good enough I'll say yes, if not you'll just have to try again and again until it works.
rolled 47 = 47>>20198934"fuck no."then put your tongue in her butt.
>>20198934"You can't propose without a ring."Race her to the nanofab to make one.
>>20198974no anon, do that AFTER the wedding.
"Yeah, alright, I guess. Can't think of anyone else." You say, with a shit-eating grin."Cool." she said, kissing you. "I'll make sure your ring doubles as a plasma weapon. Just in case.""Hey, Lovebirds." Abel says, approaching. "I've got some news about ArmaTek. I. . know where Battleaxe is.">>End of thread!>>I'll stick around to answer questions.>>My twitter is @futureexabyte
rolled 98 = 98>>20198986include the phrase "last one there is a rotten egg"
>>20198974"Fuck no." You say.She steps back, worried."What? But-"You quickly grab her with her drites, and then lift her upside down, slowly tonguing her butt as she tries to wriggle away.>HUEHUEHUE
>>20199018Is it Amy? Because that would be awkward.
>>20199028> grab her with her dritesWait, what? I thought she wasn't using them.
>>20199047>Heh, sorry, I meant *your* drites.
So, Exabyte. Do you think that Space Cyborg Quest being cursed is universal karma for the terrible, terrible things we did to you with 100 after 100 in NearFutureCyborgQuest and SorceressQuest?
rolled 95 = 95>>20199091it isnt cursed anon.check out this nat 100
Davebabies are going to be horrifying. They'll be more mech than man.
rolled 18 = 18>>20199108I can imagine babies first drites...>>20199091nope I pay my karmic debts
>>20199108Even in the nearfuture, genetics don't work like that.>>20199091. . hehehehahahahahaha
>>20199155Yeah, needs more nano-augmetics.
>>20199155You're not relying solely on our poor luck for karmic punishment, are you?
>>20199181IT MAKES PUNISHMENT SO MUCH MORE DELICIOUS.
rolled 35 = 35>>20199194exabyte. don't glory in it too much or it might byte you in the ass later.you know that from me this is saying something. you have seen it before as well.
rolled 9 = 9Grayson! Its MAGIC time!
>>20199194This is going to spiral out of control, you know. Oh, you have us by the balls for this quest...But the next two, are going to be even more ridiculous on you. After that, you'll punish us more. And we'll punish you even more, twofold whatever you can dish out.Whatever Anona wants, Anona gets.And little man... Little Anona wants you!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-g5YNPzr8NM
>>20199155Fuck genetics, we'll pioneer Davenetics.
rolled 70 = 70rolling for Near Future Sorceress Quest/Space Sorceress Quest at some point in the future.