>Previous threads can be found at: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Psion%20Quest>Einstein was hovering behind you.You knew you could check his data at any time: http://pastebin.com/CaAF0yS8>Also, my desktop's videocard is dead, so let's see how well I can do with my laptop! Even plugged in my monitor and keyboard into the laptop, so it shouldn't be much of a problem, it's just an irritation for me.Your name is Heather, and you're currently walking through the hall with a centaur that acts and sounds exactly like Sarvesh. He looked almost entirely different, other than the general centaur shape. His personacom was a bangle around his upper pincer, currently off, but with a strange cable and plate connected to the back of Sarvesh's headplate, against where you think his ears are."Yes, I still have these growths." He said, scratching at one of the small spikes between plates of his thicker carapace. "They're mostly chitin. I'll need to file them off later."Then he shrugged."The way Max explained things to me, they'll want to talk to each of us in turn. Right now they're interviewing Summer. Apparently her parents are here, too." He said, walking. Then he appraised you with a look."... Are you still angry at me about being stupid earlier? Or are you angry about something else?"
>>24379088...I'm still not happy that you wanted to do something like that, but I understand why. I'm a little more concerned about Anna; there's someone here today she doesn't like.
>>24379088What card were you using?"No, it's fine. It'll take a bit of getting used to your new look though."
something else. Anna isn't here right now because her ex-boyfriend is. One of the bodygaurds I guess. He invited her to 'screw around.' ...He must have hurt her very badly.
>>24379088"One of the bodyguards knows Anna. There's bad blood between them."
>>24379088"No, it's not you."
>>24379088"No, sorry, not angry at you. I miss your arm, though. Bad blood between Anna and one of the bodyguards. Promised to maim him, if I had the chance."
>an amd radeon hd 5570. It's a few years old, and the fan died. It didn't melt, but it throws up a 'checkerboard' of static and various artifacts whenever I turn it on."I'm still not happy that you wanted to do something like that, but I understand why." You say, and Sarvesh nodded sagely. "It'll take a bit of getting used to your new look, though.""I actually gained an extra finger." He said, and raised his lower arms - he had six claws rather than five on each hand, now. "And my mandibles are sharper. I have to get used to my own new look, too.""I'm a littlem ore concerned about Anna; There's someone here today she doesn't like.""That's what she told Max, if the gossip is correct." He said, walking.Eventually, you almost walked into Jilly, and saw two heavily armored men with rifles standing with their backs to a door."Summer's in there." Jilly said, brandishing a thumb to the door.
>>24379217<Can you describe the, uh, prick? To me, so that I get the right guy?> to Anna
>>24379217"Are Summer's parents really on station?""did you get interviewed already?"we never did ask Anna what Hound looked like.
>>24379217"Hi Jilly! Have you already been interwieved? If yes how did it go?"
>>24379241we can also troll through their stuff to find the one nicknamed hound.I have all sorts of interesting things planned for this guy. Suddenly finding his tech goes on the fritz at random times. His bank account freezing up. Getting hit by every criminal charge in the book.And I just had an ugly thought. Anna is pretty young. If this guy is older imma be real pissed.
>>24379217I'm still using a 4870, I had problems like that for a while. Reseating it, blowing out the dust and underclocking it stopped that."Is there a list of who's going when? What did they get you to do, Jilly?"
What's Anna's designation again?And what should we call ourselves?When we're demonstrating our technopathy, message should be something along..."Never even think about [Anna's designation], Hound, or the Drakeling will bring pain."
>>24379241We'll find out. Rho knows him, right?
>>24379297>That's what I tried. It's entirely possible that the fan worked until I took it out to blow out the dust. But now it doesn't. It is a sad day.>Also, as evident by my lack of proficiency in everything else, I don't into /g/ either."Are Summer's parents really on the station?""Yeah." Jilly said. "They're one of the people funding the institute.""Did you get interviewed already? How did it go?""Yeah. It's pretty simple. They asked me questions about my powers, and my transgenes, and stuff. It was all pretty simple."You close your eyes, and reach out to the wyvern not far from here.<Can you describe the, uh, prick to me? So that I get the right guy?><Yeah, here.> She said, and you caught an image- of an older man, roguishly handsome. He looked a little like Newt, in a strange way, with black and blonde hair, and a scar on his lower lip. <That's what he looks like.>He was about a decade older than Anna, at the least, based on his appearance.
>>24379283Holy shit. We don't even know what this guy did. 'Volunteering' him for a couple of painful demonstrations is fine but we don't want to just run in and ruin his life.
>>24379373... yes we do.
count one very deserved charge of pedophilia
>>24379372Grumble, mumble, we will hurt him. Oh yes we will.Blink, "Sorry. I'm a little... upset, at the moment. If you excuse me, I must... meditate before my turn."Technopathy ON.Find out which one is Hound.
>>24379372Just wait for our turn I guess. Try not to suddenly turn into a psychopath even worse than him.
>>24379472>Technopathy ON.Sit down somewhere before this.
>>24379372>http://www.playtool.com/pages/underclockvid/slowdown.html Worth a try!"Just questions? I'm surprised they don't want demonstrations."
"Just questions?" You ask. "I'm surprised they don't want demonstrations.""Demonstrations come later." Sarvesh said.Still thinking on Anna's mental image, you grumble and mumble to yourself, and Jilly and Sarvesh gave you a Look."Sorry, I'm a little... upset, at the moment. If you excuse me, I must... meditate before my turn.""... O-okay." Jilly said, and slithered away, taking Sarvesh's lower arm and leading him away as well.You sit down with your back to the wall, and close your eyes, still grumbling, and you focus... >Roll technopathy!
>>24379554cmon dice, a scumbag needs some punishing
Rolled 96>>24379590me, now with dice
>>24379372>decade older>ex-boyfriend, suggests a year or two back at least.Isn't Anna still quite young?That is creepy as fuck.
>>24379601Anna is 18 IIRC.
>>24379645I guess in space no-one can hear you scream statutory rape.
>>24379645>>24379688>>24379601>Anna is 19 years old, last you recall, though she looks much younger than that- no doubt due to her developmental problems. Rho's a bit smaller, and she's been artificially accelerated to 16, though she has similar developmental problems. Age of consent in UPA space for humans is 'at least 14', but almost every world sets their consent ages higher- usually 16, 18, or 20. Heaven's Jewel is 16 most of the time, 18 in some places.You open yourself up to the world, taking in all of the electronic information soaring through the air, and you pick something up, not far from you. Keirnan Valas, age 26, Male, 6'3 height, Exosuit is an MK-12 Artemis.He was standing... next to an aged old man, in your dorm, sitting on Summers bed. Next to him was Summer and Winter, the single exosuited soldier- Hound, it seemed- at ease, trying to stay out of the conversation between the 'three'.
>>24379715I'd imagine exosuits get a bit stuffy. They probably have to regulate temperature to stop the wearer sweating like a pig.Perhaps we should ask it kindly to stop.
>>24379715Messing with him will end badly I think. Let's just go for a walk and go to wherever they want us.
oh great, hes Summer's Father's, bodygaurd.>>24379765sounds perfect. nothing fatal, just a few degrees hotter that it should be confortable.
>>24379715What level of tech is this Exosuit?stay out of the conversation, that's non of our business.don't do anything to him, if we later on explain our psionics he might link it to us and figure out why we specifically targeted him.and then he'll pry for contact with Anna and he'll never leave us alone.
>>24379832>he'll never leave us alone.He'll leave us alone, in pieces.
>>24379832He'll leave us alone if he ever wants to operate anything more technologically advanced than a steam engine for the rest of his life.
>>24379715Grumble mumble, gleam everything possible about him.
>>24379765>>24379785Let's do it, nothing that screams "techopathy", just a slight alteration to make him itchy and uncomfortable in there.
>>24379903Fucking with him is a bad idea. It proves to the higher ups that the whole institution is dangerous.
>>24379903No, I'm pretty sure we can do steam engines too. We can already hydraulics, and that's effectively what all steam power is.
Kindly, you reach into the exosuit's heat regulator, and switch up the humidity a bit, making it warmer, a bit more humid... and then you kindly ask it to lock Hound out if he tried to change the controls. The suit, obedient as always, agreed easily. The suit wasn't incredibly advanced- it was two or three years behind, as were most of the bodyguards' suits, but it wasn't as ancient as the marines that occupied the station. His personacom was on, activated to check his messages- and the one he was currently looking at was the one titled 'fuck off' from anna. He sighed, and banged the back of his helmet up against the wall."Kier? Is anything the matter?" The older man asked."No sir." He responded. "Nothing's wrong, sir.""Alright. Please warn me if there is." The older man said, with a kindly, calm voice."Yes sir."
>>24379955>ask it to lock Hound out if he tried to change the controlsJust saiyan but no one suggested that
>>24379955No more fucking with him. Let's just pull out and wait for our turn.
>>24379955Well then, petty revenge achieved, let's rummage through his personacom.
>>24379997No. We don't want to spook the bigwigs.
>>24379955doing any more would be pushing it.reach out towards the ship they arrived on, feeling curious about it.maybe it has something cool we can make for our own ship.
>>24380007that sort of thing wouldn't spook anyone, its just looking at information
>>24379955lets just chill out in the garden till we are called.
>>24380007No-one has to know. We're not altering anything, just snooping.
>>24379955O god o god o god!!!Hound will recognize us as Dragon's daughter!Shitfuck!
>>24379997>>24380006lets not risk it who knows what kind of lewd pictures of Anna he has on there.
>>24380007Seconding this. The people who decide if the institute is kept going are around. Is petty indirect revenge worth it?
>>24380028It will spook them if they find out that one of the psions can easily dig through there personal data. Remember, the director was pushing to get us all locked up, and we don't want the bigwigs to agree with that idea.
>>24380028and if the personacom doesn't agree with us and sets off an alarm?we will be in no small amount of trouble.
>>24380058Why would he? Dragon had her daughter after she left the rest of them behind.
>>24380058Assuming he actually knew Dragon. And why is this so terrible?
>>24380079The other one recognized us immediately.
>>24380058even if he did, we can disavow any knowledge of what he's talking about
>>24380079it depends on how long He had been a member of blackreach.if he worked for Dragon he'll sure as hell recognize us, just as Newt did.we won't know until he asks us.
Also guys, we should downplay our Technopathy skills. Like, scrunch our face in a heavy attempt to get a personacom say "Hi" much. Because it's scary as hell.
>>24380084Newt recognized the similarity's instantly.Hound apparently betrayed Anna. While we don't know the nature of the betrayal, it is clear he no longer has any ties to their merc organization.
>>24380093we gave Newt verification of who we are with the hand shake, before that it was just a you look familiar scenario.
>>24379992>>24380090>Don't worry- anything I do something like that with, by my own accord, is just for 'effect', so to speak, and there won't be consequences for that sort of thing.You rummage through his personacom as best you can, looking through messages - there were ones from Newt, encrypted, and some more from blackreach, and a few from some buddies asking him to go out drinking. Finally, you find the message he'd sent Anna:Listen, I know that things ended up... not in a good way, between us, but I'd at least like if we tried to talk things out, he'd typed. Just blocking my messages hurts, and I think you're overreacting about things. But really, I'm actually headed up for a job on the Psionic Institute, and Newt told me that's where you're staying. I'd hope that there's some kind of chance we could talk, but... If you don't want to meet me, that's fine. - KiernanYou hear another sigh, and Kiernan reached for his humity settings- when his controls glitched for a moment. He just sighed, asked 'again' silently, and closed his eyes. Apparently this was a recurring problem that you'd exacerbated. You continue snooping, and you do find a picture of Anna- her backdrop nothing but space, a few months younger, wearing a slim black dress, cheeks pink. Standing behind her, an arm around her, was Keirnan, giving Anna bunny ears and the camera a charismatic grin.
So what's our animal name? We should ask Anna what she'd pick. (Actually quite partial to Drake, myself.)
>>24380135>Newt recognized the similarities instantly.Because Newt knew Dragon. None of the other Blackreach we've met recognised the similarities, because they never knew what Dragon looked like in the first place. We don't know how long Hound was in Blackreach.
>>24380143Guys... what if he's not so bad?
>>24380143back out now and wait for our turn.
>>24380182Subtype of dragon, dipshit.Would you prefer Wyrm?
>>24380143We should technopath a message to him: <Hi, I'm Heather. The technopath. Mind if I ask what happened between you two?>
>>24380192He was kicked from Blackreach for causing massive amounts of collateral damage and civilian casualties. Repeatedly.
>>24380216Let's not. Let's really really not.
>>24380135Never mind, my rampant paranoia was just getting our of hand again
>>24380216How about no?
>>24380216No. It's possible that we can get through this without interacting with him at all.
>>24380216Even I think that's a bad idea. It would tell him we might have read his messages.
>>24380143When are we scheduled for interviewing?
You back out of the controls just as Hound excuses himself and starts to remove his helmet, and then you open your eyes and climb to your feet. Summer comes out of the room- which meant that apparently the Summer and Winter in the dorm were manifestations, and she gave you a nod."They want you, now." She said.You entered the room, and sitting along all the sides were actually faces you'd seen on Tridvision and the news- one of the councilors from the UPA, a tall, brilliant white centaur woman, and a true, un-transgened nagala, with simply smooth skin on it's chest, and no face to speak of, other than the four eyes. Its speaker was implanted into its arm, and it nodded to you in greeting, going dimly yellow."Don't worry, Heather." Manus said, sitting next to Max. "It won't be a problem. Just try to answer their questions as best you can.""Heather Leery, correct?" A young woman asked. She was vaguely familiar, but you weren't sure why... You nodded. "Can you, in your best words, explain what exactly psionics is? What sort of things can you do with it? And how do you think it works?"
>>24380427"That's correct. Well, I suppose Psionics would now be a blanket term for the effect of the mind upon reality. I can utilise telekinesis in a number of ways, telepathy, and technopathy."
>>24380427"Psionic is someone who, as far as we know, simply ignores reality. I can do lots of things. I don't know how it works."
>>24380427"I think things, and they happen. Right now, I can lift 10 tons, talk to someone a klick away, and see technology two galaxies that-a-way."Finish with pointing to the left."I've got no clue how they work, but it uses our energy at a rate significantly lower than the standard Calorie would suggest for exponentially more effort than we exert."
>>24380498we can be vague and leave technopathy right out as it's "just' a subset of telepathy.
>>24380427"Yes, that is me. A psionic is someone who, as far as we know can ignore rules of reality to a certain degree. I don't know how. I can do many things, myself."
>>24380427"Psionics is... affecting reality with just your mind. I agree with Max's theory that nothing is impossible to do with psionics, but personally I am good with machines and telekinesis. I don't really have any idea how it works."
>>24380427"It's... Well I don't know what it is. The actual process is done subconsciously. I can lift something, but I can't understand how it's being lifted or what part of my mind is doing the lifting."
>>24380427"Psionics are mental powers which, as far as I can tell, allow one to ignore certain rules of reality as we understand it. I have used it for telekinesis, telepathy, precognition and technopathy. I don't know how it works, it just sort of feels natural to me now, like breathing."
>>24380427we have a wide range of Telekinetic powers as well as very basic manifestation, telepathy and Technopathy
>>24380427"Psionics can be divided into two subterms, Communication and Manipulation. Communication is for example telepathy it allows you to speak mentaly with another human.Manipulation is for example telekinesis. It creates a certain newtonic force in direction according to my will."
>>24380427"Ooh, tall order. I think psionics is a method of casually bending, twisting, and breaking what we traditionally understand as the laws of physics. It's power through perception and will.The things I can use well are telekinesis, technopathy, and uh, something I've been calling Void. It's these black spheres that just destroy anything they come in contact. I think it might be like a localized black hole or something, because when I used it on a huge block of concrete, I got a crystal of a new element out of it.To a lesser extent, I can also do telepathy, pyrokinesis, and manifestation. I'm not nearly as good at these as some of my peers are though.As to how it works? I'm not really sure, but that's mostly what the purpose of this place is, isn't it? But I suppose I think of it as working like...connecting my mind to places, things, and people."
>>24380534This, don't mention technopathy by name or even refer to it. Just telepathy.
>>24380636Yeah, technopathy's scary as hell for people like that.
>>24380665Gonna have to agree, here.
"That's correct." You say. "I suppose Psionics would now be a blanket term for... the effect of the mind upon reality. I think things, and they happen. I've used it for telekinesis, telepathy, precognition, pyrokinesis, and manifestation. I don't know how it works, it just... sort of feels natural to me now, like breathing.""Your papers here explain that you've also used Technopathy. what exactly is technopathy?" She asked. "Just a subset of telepathy." You say."That works on technology, I assume." She said. "What is that like? Is it like telepathy, where you talk to a person? Or is it more like you're looking into the ... source code of whatever you're technopathying with?"
>>24380683"I am talking to a person. Every single machine is a bit different like humans."
>>24380683It's a lot like talking to a very, very single-minded person.
>>24380683"It's... more like talking to them, I guess? Though it's hard, much harder than normal telepathy at least."
>>24380683it's like talking
>>24380683"At first, I tried directly controlling technology, but that didn't really work well for me. Now I... well, basically, I delude myself by projecting a personality onto machines. Then I just ask for whatever I want."
>>24380683"As I've understood it, from talking with Jilly, when I connect to a machine, my subconsciousness interprets what they say. So yes, it is like every machine has a mind of its own."
>>24380736>I delude myself by projecting a personality onto machines.False, Machine Spirits are real.And too much information for them.
>>24380683of course they know we have it."It's like talking to a simple mind inside a machine, one very dedicated to its function."
>>24380683we should make it clear that those machines aren't anything close to an AI.
>>24380683"It's like talking to a person. A charicature of a person usually, but definitely something with opinions and feelings.I think the ice cream machine in the cafeteria has a crush on me. It keeps dispensing for me whenever I go up to it, even when I don't ask it to."
"At first, I tried directly controlling technology, but that didn't really work well for me. Now I... well, as I've understood it from talking with Jilly, when I connect to a machine, I basically delude myself into projecting a personality onto machines. Then I talk to them like a very, very single-minded person.""That's called a... what were you calling it, Max?""A conceptual... I think we called a conceptual strut? Holding up various concepts to make certain actions easier.""Mmm, okay." She said."and her concept, we believe, is that what she's speaking to has a mind."The centaur woman raised a hand, and buzzed. Manus nodded to her."Can you understand what I say?" She asked, in centaur. You nod. "How does precognition work? Is it like... being able to sense something you otherwise couldn't, or is it something you... know without realizing it, or a mix of both?" Then she stuck her mandibles in her mouth and you heard her chuckle. "Or am I completely off here?"One of the aides started typing, sending everyone else translations of what the centaur was asking.
>>24380838not entirely true, we do ask it and it gladly gives us more than it should.
>>24380869"I... don't know, really. You'd have to ask Damien about that. Only time I had a precog... I... Don't like to talk about it." shiver
>>24380869"Well, I've only ever done it once, and that one time was a dream. And because of that I took different actions when I woke up and completely altered the future. From what I understand, the timeline is...flexible. It can be changed if you're aware of what's "supposed" to happen.
>>24380869"I can, quite clearly. Well, precognition isn't my specialty, and for me, it happens in my dreams. It's like living your life, but then you wake up to find everything back to normal."
Just reminding you guys, but these guys aren't necessarily all Lawful Good.
>>24380869"You ever have a dream that you thought was real and then you woke up? It's like that"
>>24380945They also probably have the details of our dream, since they no doubt wanted the justification for armed marines on the station.Which is probably why they're asking us instead of Damien.
"I can, quite clearly. Well, precognition isn't my specialty, and for me, it happens in my dreams. It's like living your life, but then you wake up to find everything back to normal.""And is clairvoyance similar?" She asked. "If not, then I'll simply copy my question for Clairvoyance. If that's... alright, Doctors?" The centaur asked. Manus looked down to his screen to read the translation. Max nodded."Then how does Clairvoyance work?" The centaur woman asked. "Is it being able to sense something you normally can't, or is it something subconscious, or something entirely different?"
The only time I can recall it was like I was living that future, and when I woke up I was in the past. However there were apparently a few times when I was younger I prevented accidents from happening to friends and family. I'm not sure what form it took then
>>24381020"it's... If it's subconscious it's just a vague sense that something is happening, and if it's used actively it's like having a whole new set of eyes and ears wherever I put them."
>>24381020"Definitely something subconscious. It's like having an instinct for something and turning out to be right about it way more often than not."
>>24381020"Well sometimes it comes just as a feeling. Like an instinct that something will happen."
>>24381020"It's just like I go somewhere else. I can see and hear and move around and use powers normally as if I was there but I'm not actually there."
>>24381020"Instincts turned up to eleven."
>>24381082this sounds the most accurate.
>>24381020>Clairvoyance>we only get that when is the sensory deprivation room right?it's like my normal sight but from a different perspective
>>24381020"I... don't know?"
>>24381020Clairvoyance = remote viewing?
"It's... if it's subconscious, it's just a vague sense that something is happening." You say. "It's like having an instinct for something, and turning out to be right about it more often than not.""And from what little we know about it, it's hard for a psion to realize when they're using clairvoyance. They usually don't notice.""If it's used actively it's like having a whole new set of eyes and ears wherever I put them," You say. "I can see and hear and move around, and sometimes use my powers as if I was there, but I'm not actually there.""Well, that's all we really have for you." The pretty woman said, looking down to her personacom for a moment. Then suddenly, the nagala stood on its tail, slithering closer to you. It was pure white, and almost felt... emotionless, as it slithered around the table in a quick movement, and gently touched your shoulder. You felt it zap your shoulder for a moment.<You can understand me, correct? If I recall.> Your mind translated its voice. <You were the one that located a strange alien species outside of the milkyway, correct?> It asked. <Not long ago, in fact.>
>>24381150yup>doing a psionics game. not understanding the difference between precognition and clairvoyance
>>24381174<Yes. Should this be a private conversation, or should I answer out loud?>
>>24381174<Yes, that was me.>
>>24381174<Yes that was me.>
>>24381174<I can. That was me.>
>>24381187>Actually, the difference hadn't ever been clear. Clairvoyance is remoteviewing, but it also has a passive component that involves knowing things without knowing how you know. Precognition is direct futuresight.
>>24381174<that is correct.>
>>24381174>You can understand me, correct?yup, that's a function of telepathy. yes I was the one that found those Aliens.
<Yes.> you say. <Should this be a private conversation, or should I answer out loud?><It's up to you.> It responded. <I just figured I should tell you that we've geared up a tug with S-doubleplus class drives, and it's going to go out there in the next few days. We sent out a probe, and Max told me personally to inform you how things were going. They're going fine, and we've figured out rudimentary parts of their language. They talk using light! We're going to bring a few ambassadors to UPA space, and we'd like to ask you if you wish to participate.>
>>24381272immediately reach out for the tug and the aliens.>>24381281<Of course!>
>>24381272<Ohmy! Yes! I would love to, thank you!>
>>24381272<I think I would like that. And it would help the talk too, since I can understand them perfectly thanks to telepathy.>
>>24381272<I'd love to!>
>>24381272<I have made several promises to my friends but I would love to participate, I can talk to the construct they have on their ship without a problem.>
<Oh my! Yes! I would love to, thank you!><Glad to hear it!> The nagala said, and flashed yellow, patting you on the head. <I'll come get you personally when it comes time, alright? It was a pleasure to speak to you, Heather.>Then he slithered back behind his table, and sat on his dais again."I, uh, anyways." The familiar said. "That should be it for now. Are you okay with us naming you on our papers, or would you prefer to be kept anonymous?" She asked, with a stylus and a tablet. That's when you realized where you recognized her from- she was a reporter.
>>24381343"Um, I think being anonymous would be better."
>>24381343"I prefer to remain incognito. If that's not too much trouble"
>>24381343"If it's okay, can you use a fake name, like [whatever that name from the movie was]? No pictures if that's alright too."
>>24381343"anonymous please." >"maybe mention i'm pretty?">and just to be sure, this is a joke.
>>24381343Anonymous and no pictures.
"Um, I think being anoynmous would be better." You say. "If that's not too much trouble.""Oh, it's not at all." She responded, marking something down. "Perfectly reasonable. The human man stood, and he shook your hand. "Thank you for coming to meet with us, and answering our questions."You gave him a nod and nervous smile, and the pretty woman continued. "Anyway, that should be it, unless you have any more information you want to offer. And if not, we're just looking to meet Sarvesh next, so if you could go get him?"
>>24381343"Oh, um this is after this weekend right? I promised my friend that I'd visit the centaur homeworld."
>>24381474"Okay. I'll go let him know.""Sarvesh, they want to talk to you next."
>>24381474"Sure. It was nice to meet you all."<Sarvesh, they want you next.>
>>24381474"sure thing, He'll be along shortly."telepath Sarvesh
>>24381474"No need."Close eyes and grin.<Sarvesh, they want to talk to you next.>"He's on his way."
>>24381474<hound, Anna is mine>
>>24381536Hound isn't even here.Just ignore him unless we have to interact with him.
>>24381536No. No interacting with him.
>>24381474To Sarvesh <Knowledge is power, hide it well.>
"Okay. I'll go let him know. It was nice to meet you all."You wave and leave the room, and meet Sarvesh outside. "Sarvesh, they want to talk to you next." You say, and he made his way into the room- by teleporting, of course.Summer was sitting down next to Jilly, and Damien was there, leaning up against the wall. His eyes were closed, and he looked like he was napping, standing upright like that."How was it?" Summer asked, lying there. "I was like, really nervous. All of those people are councilors!"
>>24381569"Yeah, they must be really interested in this project if they're coming here personally."
>>24381569"It was... different. Weird, I guess."
>>24381569"i was pretty nervous, I've never had to explain psionics like that.""the Nagala councilor asked me if i want to come along to the alien ship i found!"
>>24381569"It was alright. I tried not to think of them as Councillors though, and it went fine."
>>24381569"I just didn't think about that. They were friendly enough."
>>24381569"One of them was a journalist, which means the cat is probably gonna be out of the bag soon. Wonder how the general public will react now that there are people with Not!Magic running around."
>>24381569they all seemed nice enough and the nagala councilor invited me to come meet the light talking people I contacted outside the milkyway, when they get reddy to meet them.so I am going to work really had on telepathy so I can help before I go.
"I was pretty nervous. I've never had to explain psionics like that." You say. "The nagala councilor asked me if I wanted to come along to meet the aliens from the ship I found!""Oh, really? That's so cool!""And one of them was a journalist, which means the cat is probably gonna be out of the bag soon. Wonder how the general public will react now that they are people with ... Not Magic running around.""Well, I told them to keep me anonymous." Summer said. "And so they won't take any pictures or anything of me, so as long as our identities are safe, we'll be safe!"
you know what might be interestting? Trying to make a universal translator by imprinting a machine with telepathy. It could be our next project and give the researchers some hope about replicating psionics mechanically.
>>24381694"great minds think alike!"
>>24381694"Yeah, same here. Don't really want my name plastered all over the Extranet, y'know?"
>>24381694"Yeah I'd bet <That girl from Heaven's jewel with pink hair> will ask us about psions the next time we meet her and it will be really weird."
>>24381694>>24381759"Oh, man, you guys. Ellie's gonna flip her shit next time we visit."
>>24381694>The cat is going to be out of the bag>We were talking to Summer
>>24381775We were anonymous and we never told her what school we were going to. She'll only flip her shit if someone else opts to not be anonymous and she recognizes them (Assuming she even sees this on the news)
>>24381799The pun was absolutely intended
>>24381803She knows shit is happening behind her back when we're around, so if even one student forgoes anonymity, she's gonna figure it out.
"Yeah, same here." You say. "I don't really want my name plastered all over the Extranet, Y'know? And I'd bet that Ellie will ask us about psions the next time we meet her, and it will be really weird.""Nope." Damien says. "Once she sees the article, she'll realize. Send you and Alex a message angry at you about how you didn't tell her. Summer wasn't very good at hiding her manifestation, and there'll be a whole section of the article on manifestation.""... Oh." Summer said, and her head drooped.
>>24381857"Whoops. Oh well. We'll just tell her that we were trying to keep everything on the down low for Reasons."
>>24381857We'll just have to give her a super big hug to make up for it, then.
>>24381857"Oh crap. Maybe I should go tell her now then, before the article comes out."
>>24381857pat Summer sympathetically.We'll just tell her that we weren't sure how secret it was meant to be so we erred on the side of caution.
>>24381857"What happens if I send a pre-emptive apology?"
>>24381857"Oh. Oh well. We won't have to keep it secret the next time we all go to the beach!"
>>24381857"Better tell her ahead of time then."
>>24381857"You should get ready to see with your eyes again."
>>24381896I think she will be pissed so much she won't even remember she got an apologizing message a few days ago.
"Better tell her ahead of time, then.""That might work." Damien said. He thought about it, and then wiped his nose. "Yeah, it'll work fine. She won't be angry. She won't believe you until the article comes out, though.""You should get ready to see with your eyes again."He grinned. "Nope. You just changed things, and I can still see."
>>24381960Time to call her!
>>24381960would be best to tell her in directly, let's make a call.
>>24381960"Guess you only lose it when you get physical."Let's call Ellie!
>>24381960o my god I am so sorry did that hurt?well to late now to not do it....
>>24381960Send a message<Hey, Ellie, we didn't tell you before, because we weren't sure whether we were supposed to keep it a secret or not, but the school I'm going to is for people with psionic abilities! Which basically means we can mess with the world using only our minds! It's not really understood, but apparently there's going to be a news article about us or something, so I figured it must be okay to tell you about it.>
>>24382022ENGLISH, DO YOU SPEAK IT?
start writing that email then while these interviews go on. Something like:Hey Ellie.You know that school we are all going to? Its actually an institute that is researching these strange powers we all have. We've been calling them Psionics because we use our minds to effect reality. I think you noticed something was up with Summer last time. The reason we didn't tell you the truth then was because we weren't sure on how hush-hush the project was. But now its going public. Literally. Theres a news article going out pretty soon. Sorry for not telling you earlier!
"Guess you only lose it when you get physical.""Or it's getting easier for me to change things." He said. "Before, I couldn't change things at all. Guess I'm getting better at it."You pull on your sunglasses, and call Ellie. She didn't answer for the longest time, and when she did, you could just see her laying in bed in a bra, looking into her own hairclip personacom."... Heather, it's godawful early here." She grumbled, and rubbed at her eyes. "It's like... seven in the morning. On a saturday. That's like four in the morning on weekdays!"
>>24381960Send the following:"Hey, this is going to sound crazy, but don't delete this message. You're gonna read an article soon which will explain a lot of the wierd stuff you noticed when I bought that group of friends down to Heaven's Jewel.I wanted to apologise for keeping it a secret. Please don't be mad."
>>24382071"oh, um, oops. I didn't account for the time difference...""there was something i wanted to tell you, something about my new school it's... kind of a big deal."
>>24382071"Yeah, sorry, timezone difference. It's sorta important though.Did you happen to notice anything strange when I bought my friends down to Heaven's Jewel? Anything at all. Things moving on their own, things appearing out of nowhere, that sort of stuff."
>>24382071"I know! At least you didn't wake up to UPA councillors wanting to interrogate you.""Listen, I didn't tell you before because it was meant to be all secret, but now they're putting it in the news so I guess it's okay. My new school, is actually a school... for psychics!"
>>24382071"I know, and I'm sorry. But this was pretty important - like galactic headlines important.You're really, REALLY not gonna believe it until the article hits, but I want you to hear it from me first, okay? Me and my peers from the institute? We're all psychic. It was super classified until now. I can talk to machines, and Summer can manifest things from thin air, that's how she found that raft. And then Damien can see the future and the past, Sarvesh can teleport, Anna can set things on fire, and Jilly can read minds, and Alex is immune to everything the rest of us can do."
"Oh, um, oops. I didn't account for the time difference." You say."It's Kay." She said, and sat up herself, pulling her blanket over herself and looking into the com. "What is it?""There was something I wanted to tell you, something about my new school. It's... kind of a big deal.""Big deal how?" She asked."We're all psychic." You say."Buh?""It was super classified until now. I can talk to machines, and Summer can make things from thin air, and then Damien can see the future, and Sarvesh can teleport, and Jilly can read minds-""... It's way too early for this, Heather." Ellie said, and giggled. "So you're all psychic with superhuman abilities. Yeaaah, like that's not the plot of a thousand fiction books across the galaxy."
>>24382176yup, Damien told me you'd say something like that. Sorry again for waking you. See you Ellie!
>>24382176"Well, we're going to be on the news actually, so..."
>>24382176Turn her lamp on, and speak through her radio.
>>24382176shut the phone off<totally true>
>>24382176What machines are in her room? We can mess with something as proof.
>>24382176"Damien told me you'd say that. Well anyway, keep it a secret, and you'll see for yourself soon enough."
>>24382176>this news will live today?"Watch the news, they'll publish it soon."
>>24382176"Hold up your <technical device.>"
>>24382199>>24382206>>24382211don't just mess with her stuff out of the blue, ask her if she's okay with us trying to demonstrate it.
Should we tell her about our movie? That'd really throw her for a loop.
>>24382244Yeah"I can demonstrate it, actually."
>>24382176>"Damien said you wouldn't believe it until the article was released. No harm in trying, though."
"Damien told me you'd say that." You say."Yeah, because he can ~seeeee~ ~the~ ~futurrrreeee~." Ellie said, her voice taking on Ominous Tones. Then she giggled again."Well, anyway, keep it secret and watch the news. You'll see it for yourself soon enough.""Me? Watch the news?" She asked, and sighed. "Yeah, okay, I'll keep an eye out for it. Love you, Heather! And now I sleep."Then she fell facefirst back on her bed, and shut off her personacom again, going back to sleep.
>>24382257Nah. We need to talk to Max about that though.
>>24382270"Well, now she won't get angry with us."
>>24382270<but really Psychic all of us >
>>24382270oh well"I guess trying to change it further would need a more forceful approach""Damien, are you going to answer all their questions before they even ask them? seems like something you would do."
>>24382270"So what happens in the next five minutes Damien?"
"I guess trying to change it further would need a more forceful approach." You say. "Damien, are you going to answer all of their questions before they even ask them? seems like something you would do.""Hah, I didn't even think about that." Damien said. "That's what I'll do."Sarvesh came out of the room, and nodded to Damien, who went in."Well, that was interesting." Sarvesh said, and twisted his head from side to side.
>>24382390Watch Damien's interview through a camera.
>>24382390"How'd it go, Sarvesh?"
>>24382390"how did it go?"
>>24382390"Wait, you guys have got to see this."Hook up the camera in the interview room to a nearby screen so we can watch.
>>24382467Let's not do that. We can spy, but the councillors might get mad at us if we're broadcasting their interviews to everyone.
>>24382481Just the other people they've interviewed. What's the worst that could happen?
>>24382511>What's the worst that could happen?Oh, come on! Did you have to? "What's the worst that could happen?", that's almost as bad as "Nothing could possibly go wrong!" and "No turning back" combined!
>>24382551What about "When this is over, I'm retiring"?
>>24382551at least it can't get worse
"Interesting how?""Simply the questions they asked." Sarvesh said. "How did it go?""It went fine." He said. "I don't have any particularly strange abilities other than the teleportation, and that is quite straightforward, so they didn't ask much.""Wait, guys, you guys have got to see this." You say, and have Einstein project the camera in the interview room against the wall."Yes, my precog is free. I can see it from any perspective in the area, and reliably up to five to ten seconds in the future easily." Damien was saying. "No, they aren't certain. People change their minds and the future changes. No, changing things isn't as easy for me as it is for most- it takes a lot of deliberate movement. Yes, I can use other psionic powers, but I'm not as good at most like Sarvesh or Heather is due to my extreme specialization. No, I don't have any suggestions I'd like. And I don't particularly care if i'm anonymous or not, thank you."He nodded, and stepped back out."They didn't even get a word in." He said, and chuckled. "Now they would ask for Anna round now, but Max is telling them that she's staying out of the station right now. So it seems they're done with the interviews."He stretched. "Well. That was fun."
>>24382636"It looked fun."
>>24382636"Heh. When are the practical demonstrations?"
>>24382636turn off the visual"well, that takes care of your demonstration."
i think you can take it easy for the practical demonstration... you just did yoursThough Iguess they'd want to see how well you can do distance and the future.
>>24382636"Odd they didn't ask about the galaxy-annihilating-queen-thing."
>>24382712Then again, they probably just don't want to bring it up with a media reporter around.
>>24382712Speaking of the void bitch, we should probably get co-ordinates on those aliens planet from dad, so we can warn the UPA
You turn off Einstein. "I guess you can take it easy for the practical demonstration." You say. "You just did yours.""That's the plan!" He said, and chuckled."When *are* the practical demonstrations?""A few hours from now." Damien said. "So we have a few free.""We could try to finish up your spacecraft in the intervening time." Sarvesh said, turning to you."Or you could meet my dad." Summer said, excited. "He's in our dorm right now."
>>24382838"Why's he in our dorm?"
>>24382838"Sure, I'd love to. Lead the way, Summer."Crap, this means meeting Hound. Hopefully he'll just stay quiet, like he did when Summer and her dad were talking before.
>>24382838"Family, ship, family, ship, family, ship?"Ruffle own hair"Why must you torment me with impossible puzzles, universe?"
>>24382838"I'd like to meet your family."
>>24382838"...Can we meet him while we work on the ship?"
>>24382838>"Sure, I'd love to meet your folks."
"... Family, ship, family, ship... family... ship..." You say, and scratch your head. "Why must you torment me with impossible puzzles, universe? ... Can we meet him while we work on the ship?""Nope." Summer said."Why's he in our dorm?""Beause he wanted to see my room." Summer said."Sure, I'd love to. Lead the way, Summer.""Come on!"Summer led you back to the dorm, and inside there was the guard standing there, weapon held lazily, safety on, and a young, grey-haired man. He'd obviously been treated for his age quite a bit, maybe even with cloned organs."Hello." He said, with that sort of soft, soothing voice. He nodded to you."This is Heather." Winter said."Pleased to meet you." He said, and held out his arm. "I'm Laurence Grayson. Or Laurent, if you want to call me that."
>>24383013shake his hand, introduce our self
>>24383013"It's a pleasure to meet you, Laurent. What do you think of the station so far?"Shake hand.
>>24383013"Nice to meet you."Shake his hand.
>>24383013"Pleased to meet you too!"
>>24383013"No no, pleased to meet you, Laurent. How are you doing?"
"It's a pleasure to meet you, Laurent." You say, and shake his hand. "What do you think of the station so far?""I think it's very interesting, actually." He said, and then looked at the two summers. "Most of all, I can't quite get used to this. Which one of you is the real summer?" He asked, eyes darting from one to the other. He chuckled."You'll never guess~" Summer said, grinning.Winter pointed at one, and Laurent chuckled."So, how's your roommate-" He eyed Winter for a moment. "Roommates been, Heather? She hasn't been a nuisance, has she?" He chuckled.
>>24383106"Oh not at all. Summer is a great friend of mine. Right Summer?"
shall we be slightly dense and say Summer has been great?Or shall we not confront the man on his other daughter's death and tell him you love having them as a roommate
>>24383106"Of course not! When you can manifest anything you want, it's never a nuisance!"
>>24383106"Of course not!Summer makes an amazing pillow though."
>>24383106well... there was that one time she fell asleep on me before I was any good at Telekinesis. pinned me to the bed so I missed dinner
>>24383106"Nope! We get on well."Oh god we have to bluff Winter as our roommate and we don't even know what her personality is meant to be like.
>>24383106<Does he know about Winter?>It's really hard to be a nuisance when you are a huge fluffy tiger. Sometimes I just nap on her.
>>24383137>>24383147We should probably wait until we get a go ahead from Summer to do that.
>>24383171and sometimes she naps on me
"Of course not!" You say. "Summer makes an amazing pillow, though." "Oh, of course!" He said, and pulled the real summer into a hug.Summer giggled, and you noticed- he was essentially ... ignoring Winter. He chuckled.<Does he know about Winter?><N- no, he doesn't.> Summer said. <He doesn't know she's.. not really there.>
>>24383207<Im, not so sure about that. Unless hes the sort of person to ignore his other daughter>
>>24383207<Why's he being so cold to her, then?>
>>24383207<He seems fond of you, and not her. You told me it was the other way around, I'm confused.><Are you sure he hasn't worked it out?>Scratch Summer's ears.
>>24383207"It was lovely meeting you, but you'll have to excuse me, I'm going to go assemble some more of my ship."
>>24383305Don't leave quite so quickly, he'll think he offended us or something.
>>24383207"I uh... wouldn't be so sure of that. I think he doesn't want to hurt your feelings after trying so hard though."
>>24383207<I... think you should tell him. I'm sorry.>
<Why's he being so cold to her, then?> You ask.<Oh, he's always been like that to her.> Summer said.<You told me it was the other way around, I'm confused.> You say, and scratch Summer's ears. <Are you sure he hasn't worked it out?><I'm... positive.> Summer said- and her mind was confused. Disjointed for a moment. You scratch her ears some more, and turn to Laurent. "It was lovely meeting you, but I'm tempted to go assemble some more of my ship.""Oh, you have a ship?" He asked. "What are the specs?" He leaned forward, interested. You told him the Bubble drive class, and then your engine output, your expected ion thrust, and the size."Wow. What model is that? I've never heard of a model with that much thrust and C-plus speed." He said. "Or did you design it yourself?"
>>24383383"I'm designing it myself! With help from all the other students, of course."
>>24383383"Designed the whole thing myself! Well, I had some help from my friends, of course."
>>24383383"Designed it myself, with some help from an expert on the subject, acquired the parts through some contacts I found or friends of friends, we're putting it together now. The engine is beautiful by the way, I can talk to it and I'm considering marrying it."
>>24383383"I designed it myself. Although I got somebody who has experience designing ships to look over it and check it would actually work."
oh dear. I think Summer has some of Winter's memories. And we just called them out to her
>>24383383"I've had a lot of help, but yeah. It's completely custom. Summer in particular was a big help, she can make like a little pocket dimension where she can manifest anything she can think of without it draining her. We used that as a sort of testing area."
"Designed it myself, with some help from an expert on the subject, acquired the parts through some contacts I found, and friends of friends. We're putting it together now." You say."Well, from those specs, I'd say I'm impressed already." He said. "Do you mind if I watched you put it all together? Because if it functions, well, I might have a job waiting in the wings for you. Complete with the money to go through technical school, if you want it."
>>24383526"Sure, come on down! It's quite the sight to see the parts simply float their way into position as well."
>>24383526Sure! Summer, if you're not too drained, I'd love to have your help again. *Earskritches*
>>24383526"Sure, you can come and watch."
>>24383526"Well, given my rather rare and extremely useful talents I doubt that my financial future is in any jeopardy, but feel free to come with."
>>24383526"Well you can go and watch you can even join if you want to. But about the school.... well I already have a school and it already pays. But should the need ever arise I might contact you."
Rolled 46>>24383526"sure, come on I'm almost done with it too..."
>>24383526Paid to go to Technical school!?!?!FUCK YES
>>24383581Do you really think we'll be in school forever?>>24383577And why are we turning down free money? Now, not wanting to commit right now so we can follow in Dad's foosteps, I understand.
Rolled 62>>24383526talking to summer< and you said I couldn't do both>
>>24383526"That's a very kind offer, but I'll need to think it through."
>>24383675he hasn't offered yet, it's dependent on if the ship works
>>24383633hah yes>>24383526that sounds wonderful. If my life as a pirate doesn't pan out I'll be sure to accept!
"Well, given my rare and extremely useful talents, I doubt my financial future is in any jeopordy, but feel free to come with." You say. "That is a very kind offer, but I'll need to think it through.""Oh, of course." He said. "I just figured I should ask first, so that I have an advantage over all of the other people who'll want to hire you."You, Summer and Winter, Laurent, and Sarvesh all found their way in the mechanics bay. Hound followed behind, not saying anything as he locked down the hangar doors, preventing them from being opened remotely. Laurent ignored him."Wow, this is pretty impressive." Laurent said. "I can't wait to see it fly.""I'm almost done with it, too." You say."Hello, I'm Sarvesh." Sarvesh said, as Summer leapt up onto his back. Sarvesh seemed stronger and bigger now that he'd moulted, surprisingly."Laurence Grayson. But you can call me Laurent." He said, and held out a fist. Sarvesh did the same- it seemed almost ritualistic. Like... a centaur handshake?"Well, Laurent, we still need to add on the ion thrust and finish up the hull. We're still a little bit from completion. Omni, can you give me a little help here?"Omnissiah and the drones lifted up one of the plates, and Sarvesh started welding it into place.
>>24383708Stop making us look like a bad influence on his only real daughter!
>>24383752Let's finish this ship!>Sarvesh seemed stronger and bigger now that he'd moulted, surprisinglyWhy is that surprising?
>>24383752"Hey, Laurent, want a practical demonstration before any of the other councillours get to see?"
>>24383752I guess it's time to get crazy working on the ship!
>>24383752>Centaur handshake is a brofist.Badass.
>>24383752<You never brofisted me...>Get to welding!
>>24383752Start working on the ship, get in the zone, do our Disney Princess of the Drones act, sing as we work.
"Hey, Laurent, want a practical demonstration before any of the other councilors get to see?""Well, I'm not a councilor at all." He said. "I'm just the one who owned the yacht they wanted to use." He said. "So sure. I won't be able to see it during the demonstration."You focus, and will the hull plates onto the plating, as the drones weld them on. Summer manifested a generic workcrew as well, and the group got to work."So." Laurence said, once Summer was distracted. "She still has her... sister?" He asked, in a low voice. He sighed. "I'm worried about her."
>>24383910"Wait, you know?"
>>24383910"So you do know. She's only here for your benefit.""You really ought to see Summer's own manifestation, it's got awesome ruffley hair."
>>24383910<only because she thinks you don't know>
Rolled 68>>24383910what ever do you mean Laurent?
>>24383910<talk to her about it you will be presently surprised>
>>24383910"She doesn't think you know, it's not haunting her, it's for your benefit, she's stable and happy right now."
>>24383910"Was Winter ever...Real to begin with? She said that she only manifests her for your sake."
>>24383910< because she thinks you don't know>hey summer you can stop manifesting winter if you like, your dad knows
>>24383910<Talking to her would do a lot of good, you know.>
Rolled 42>>24383991make this telepathic and add<...or at least she seems so>
>All this reverse Calvin and HobbesI like it
>in b4 dad thinks Winter is manifesting Summer.
"Wait, you know?" You ask."That her sister isn't real?" He asked. "Yes, we do."Then his eyebrows met. "You know too? How? No, doesn't matter." He sighed again, and gave Winter a look."When she first said she had a human sister, her mother and I were rather confused. Then we were *really* confused when she just... appeared from thin air, when she was still a kitten."Your eyebrows met. "Was winter ever... real to begin with?" You ask."No. No, she was never real. My wife is sterile. Transgene gone wrong." He said.
I knew it. I knew it since we met her.SO CALLED.
>>24384048"...I'm kind of at a loss for words. She's thought Winter was real all along, she grew up with her. You should really talk to her about this."
>>24384048Well.Time to cry.
>>24384091Why? This is a good thing! She doesn't have to worry about her parents finding out Winter died in a car crash any more.
>>24384048"Oh wow there's a lot more than I thought was going on ... I think you two really need to talk about this and soon."
>>24384048WHAT??My mind is blown.
>>24384048"She can actually make it go away now. I'm still a bit worried about her though. The way she's convinced that she's fooling you, and stuff."
>>24384048"Summer is only Manifesting Winter because you're here, she doesn't think you know. I'm not sure if she knows that Winter was her own creation.Did you ever talk to her about this?"
>>24384048oh...oh dear, oh dearExplain to him 'Winter' apparently died in a car crash. Summer apparently remanifested her but thought she was dead. She thought she was real all this time. I don't know how shes going to take it.
>>24384112She's lived her whole life thinking she had a sister that died.
>>24384048"Maybe you should talk to her. She thinks Winter had an accident and she has to do a manifestation so you'd be unhurt."
"... I'm kind of at a loss for words. She's thought winter was real all along.She grew up with her. You should really talk to her about this.""It's... " He shook his head. "What do you do when your daughter has an imaginary friend that she... psioned into existence? I can't tell her, because I don't know what that would do to her. If she ever realized that Winter wasn't real... I worry about her."
>>24384048"She told me that the real Winter died in a car accident, so she manifested the fake one for your sake. A fake Winter died in a car crash, so she manifested another fake Winter?Either way, the Winter you're seeing now is being manifested conciously. She doesn't stick around if Summer doesn't want her too, anymore."
>>24384150She thinks Winter died. There was a car accident, and everything changed, Winter was no longer autonomous and Summer lost 'her' but kept manifesting the body on remote control. It took her a lot of training to be able to get autonomous ones.
>>24384150"She knows she isn't real. Just... trust me, you two need to talk to each other."
>>24384150"She thinks Winter died in a car accident. She knows the current one isn't real but she's convinced that she's fooling you with it."
>>24384150"Well, she knows she isn't real now, this Manifestation is one that is consciously maintained and she can Demanifest it anytime she wants, it's for your sake.She thinks that Winter died in a car crash a long time ago, then she made a fake one she couldn't get rid of, but she knew it was fake, and when she came here she was able to Demanifest it.Have a talk with Summer about this, both of you hiding this from each other is unhealthy."
we could always ask Damien what would happen if we convinced Summer Winter was never real.
>>24384196No she doesn't.She thinks real Winter died.
>>24384150"Well... In a way, she was real. Summer's manifestations generally have minds of their own although it can be draining in her to maintain very advanced ones. Still, I don't know what to do either."
>>24384150Well this is a dilemma. The easy route is just telling her that her parents know current Winter isn't real, so she can stop with the charades around them and maybe let go. This should hopefully help her, but it also means not being honest, and potential awkwardness when she's with her parents. On the other hand, telling her the truth could have far worse consequences.
>>24384213I didn't want to give too much away because those two need to work it out amongst themselves. Hence I left out that she thought the original Winter was real.
>>24384230>Yeah I'm sorry I kept a copy of her around after...>It's okay, I'm glad you've come to terms with her not being real>Wait what the fuck?
>>24384211Yeah, it's nice to have somebody to test these things on. We should check with Damien to see if telling Summer that Winter never existed is a good idea or not.
>>24384150well she thinks she "was" real and died now she need to keep up the manifestation because you dont know she died
"... She thinks Winter died." You say. "She told me the real winter died in a car accident, so she manifested the fake one for your sake. A fake winter died in a car crash... so she manifested another fake winter?" "I.. uh.. What?""Just... trust me." You say. "You two need to talk to eachother.""I... okay." He responded. You felt something... strange, behind you. Around you. Backwards. It was a powerful, powerful feeling... but familiar.
>>24384306"She's behing us isn't she?"
>>24384306Look behind us. It's the devourer, isn't it?
>>24384306Try to zero-in on what it is, on what makes it feel familiar, on what type of feeling it is.
>>24384306"Although we should probably peer into the future to see what will happen, we can ask Damien to do that for us."
>>24384306Well, shit. Better turn around.
You turn around- and there was nothing there. You focus, and think about it... It wasn't behind you in space, it was behind you in... in..In time.Your vision blurred.>"Nope!" Summer said, hugging you. "I like you too much for me to be imaginary. And I know what being an imaginary things is like, and I'm not it. so you're wrong. And stupid." Then she bumped her head into you, and giggled.>"That's exactly what a hallucination would say, Summer.">She stared into your eyes. "I'm real, heather." She said. "I'm sure of it. But I need to prove to you that *you're* real too. That none of this is a hallucination." >Somewhat meekly, she looked away. "I just need to figure out how, first." She said, quietly.And then you opened your eyes. You'd... seen into your own memory. In perfect fidelity. Like... like you had a photographic memory or something.
>>24384365Silent cry, go!
>>24384365ah fuck, doing this way is a BAD thing. Stop him from talking to Summer.I think we just had a waking version of our precognition
>>24384365"Woah, weird psychic stuff. Um, maybe I should talk to her first."
>>24384365"One sec Laurent, I think I ought to talk to Summer first, psychic business."
>>24384365Winter is rebelling in Summer's mind?Gah, I have no idea what's going on anymore.Let's sit Summer and her Dad down with us in the ship with some ice cream. Ice cream usually helps.
>>24384365Yeah, no, let her figure it out on her own. Telling her something she thought was real wasn't will just break her."
>>24384365"Laurent, I think...please, just let her approach you about it. It'll work out better that way."
>>24384365<Wait... no, hold that talk. I... I don't think she could take it.>Telepathy, because shit got serious.
"Wait, no, hold that talk." You say. "I... think... please, just let her approach you about it. It'll work out better that way."He was weaving and unwearing his fingers together nervously. "Well, um, if you think that's the best thing to do for her..." He said. "... If there's anything I can do, just ask."He met your eyes. "She's my daughter."
>>24384482i will, I can tell she loves you too.
>>24384482"Yeah. I'll do my best to sort this out. She's my friend."
>>24384482"I know, she loves you very much."Right, lets go visit Summer, see what's up with her, we'll have to be careful about how to talk to her about this.
>>24384482YOU! YOU! ICE CREAM. NOW. COME.
>>24384482"I understand. I'll talk to her, though. I just remembered something she told me once."
>>24384482>She's his daughter>She>is His>Daughter
>>24384482"No worries. I can tell you are a loving parent.Well back to work or otherwise I will have to finish it after the demonstrations!"
>>24384482"When you leave today, just...tell her you love her, okay?"
>>24384539I don't get it.
>>24384566Summer is Grayson's daughter.
>>24384539Just because he adopted a tiger doesn't make her any less his daughter. Hater plz go.
>>24384576And?We've known that she was uplifted as their daughter for quite some time now.
>>24384581>adopted>Summer's his biological daughteralso>mfw
>>24384482But why does Summer think you favored Winter so much?
>>24384612Where does he say biological?
>>24384615Because Summer didn't know she was the Biological daughter and thought that Winter was the Graysons' biological daughter>>24384619Where does it say adopted
>>24384631in the first few threads
>>24384631I don't think you can use human sperm to fertilize tiger embryos.
>>24384615It's obvious. She probably overheard them say something about regretting not being able to have their own child so she subconscionsly manifested a human daughter/sister.
>>24384631Biology.Biology says adopted.(and some early thread).
"I know." You say. "She loves you very much."He nodded."I'll talk to her, though." you say. "I just remembered something she told me once.""Okay." He said."When you leave today, just... tell her you love her, okay?""I will." He said.You make your way over to Summer, who was lounging on Sarvesh's back, while Sarvesh held up more hull plates. "Seems we're pretty much done with the hull. Then we install the thrusters, and that's that." He said."Hey, Heather." Summer said, upsidedown. "Look what I have!"Lil'summer climbed up onto Summer's belly, and meowed at you, before flopping down in the fuzz, purring.
>>24384641SUMMER said so.She's ignorant of the facts.
>>24384651>>24384662>>24384651Transgenes"Science, I aint gotta explain shit!"
>>24384673"Tiny kitty!" pick up Lil'Summa and give wear her as a hat.
>>24384682no you aremy father has never called me his "adopted daughter" he's always just called me his daughter
>>24384673"Baby tiger! Yay!""How close are we, Sarvesh? Thrusters, then any last pieces?"
>>24384693>Actually, cross-species reproduction is still mostly impossible. There are enough centaur/human couples that transgene scientists are working on it, but they haven't figured it out yet."Baby tiger, yay!" you say, and pick her up, setting her on your head. She started gnawing on your hair. "How close are we, Sarvesh? Thrusters, then any last pieces?""Nuts, bolts, then calibration." Sarvesh said. "And we'll have to wire up the thrusters from the inside, but Omnissiah said he'd have the drones do that."
lets try to do as many bolts n nuts simultaneously as possible with TK... it'll be a good exercise in control.
>>24384732"Good. Think we will make it before the demonstrations?"
>>24384755>Nat 1>We black hole our own ship
>>24384732Show Lil'Summer to Dad.
>>24384732"That might be good practice for my any fine TK skills!"Also, wear the tiger like a hat.
>>24384732"Awesome. It'll be magnificent."<Heya Summer. I don't know how to put this, but you don't need to keep Winter up for your Dad, he's sharp, but you should introduce him to Lil'Summer.">
>>24384832No saying anything like that until we've figured out exactly how to approach this subject with her, please.
>>24384832Let's not tell her at all. Just convince her to talk to her Dad.
"Good. Think we will make it before the demonstrations?""We should, yes." Omnissiah said, as Lil'summer purred on your head."This might be good practice for my fine TK skills!" You say, keeping the baby tiger on your hair as she tangled herself up more in it, rolling this way and that. There was a yank as she almost fell off, grabbing onto your hair at the last moment, and climbed back up again.Once Lil'summer was done messing around in your hair, you focused...>Roll TK finesse!
<Summer, you need to talk to your dad. About Winter. I can't tell you why, but it's really important.>
i think the best idea would be to get more stories about Winter from Summer. Then point out any inconsistencies we can find. Like we did with how her father treated Winter instead of Summer. Slowly lead her to realize she has been remembering what Winter has been doing like she does her controlled manifestations.
Rolled 74>>24384888Nuts and bolts into all the brains.
Rolled 67>>24384888Don't break the ship Don't break the ship Don't break the ship Don't break the ship Don't break the ship Don't break the ship Don't break the ship
>>24384896When we do something like that, let's have Jilly on hand. She can give us a mind's-eye-view of what's going on in Summer's head as it goes on.
>>24384888This may very well be the thread where we finally finish our ship.
nothing above 80 so we probably aren't breaking any records... still not bad
>>24385013This may very well be the thread in which we destroy our unfinished ship.
You focused... and lifted up all of the bolts and nuts, screwing them all into the frame, fastening components, and slipping underneath the hull to screw in the smaller parts that Omnissiah's drones would normally have done."There." You say. "Easy!""... Huh." Sarvesh said. "My brother would find you useful as hell."More time passed, as you, Summer, Sarvesh, and Omnissiah worked to fasten the ion thrusters on the sides, connect them, your TK easily utilized to connect the small, finicky bits... and then, finally, Omnissiah and the drones turned on their projectors, optically scanning the ship for any noticable damage, and the ship computer depressurized the ship, testing to make sure it was airtight."Ship looks intact." Omnissiah said.<Everything is airtight.> The ship computer said.You tilted your head, and appraised it.It was... Your ship... Your very own, unnamed, perfected ship, with an S-class bubble drive, enough room for every student on the station, and a power supply big enough to power a large facility... It was complete.>End of thread!>What're you going to name this thing?!
>>24385055The S.S. Buckle Your Swash Or I'll Buckle It For You
>>24385055I remember arguing about a name but I dont remember the outcome of it.
>>24385055> Errant Venture> Dragon's Daughter> Daedalus
>>24385055I WOULD LIKE TO INTERVIEW THE SHIP
>>24385055I think we agreed on our Extranet name. Arcturus.
>>24385091So, Omni? I can dig it.
>>24385104A bit unoriginal, but I'm fine with this.
>>24385104Sounds good to me.
If someone hasn't made the joke yet I'll go ahead and make it.>She's One of Ours, Sir!Incidentally Exabutt, how many ships have been named that by this point? If it's not hundreds I'll be disappointed.
>>24385210Any way you can make the 'Other' responses viewable? I can see it's got 6 votes.
>>24385347>gryphonthat's not bad sort of fits seeing as Anna has the wyvern
>>24385055The engine's called Helios, right, so why not Heliades?
I voted for the Batmobile.Because fuck you, that's why. Batmobile.
It's too bad you can't see the "other" responses.
>>24385459It seems as though Other has received 42 votes.I think something's afoot.
>>24385532We will name our ship Other then.
>>24385532I know I voted twice, but only because I wanted to see the results and messed up the first time. My second vote was "ignorethisvoteplz"
>>24385562Does anybody know what is the most popular "Other" name though?
>>24385598it's the gryphon
>>24385055I'm already excited for the next thread now. The suspense is killing me.
>>24385104>>24385195>>24385169>>24385197Looks like Arcturus is winning.Does anybody have any problems with Arcturus?
>>24386082Nope. We can always change it later if we come up with something better as well.
>>24386082It's boring and potentially confusing
>>24386082I'd rather have literally any other name
>>24386103>>24386097>>24386089Well, as the survey doesn't really work, what else do you guys want? Feel free to throw in tiered preferences if you want.
>>24386082I suggest naming ti Gryphon
>>243861251. Surya2. Arche3. Arcturus
>>24386125I suggest you take all the names then roll some dice to pick
>>24386125unsure, just not Arcturus
>>24386125Dragon's bounty was ok, if a little telling.Gryphon although generic is a good one even Errant Venture is better than Arcturus
>>24386125we're going to have Omni drive it right? if so I vote Void Dragon.
>>24386125Sered? Ariosti? Dargomizhsky?
>>24386204Omni went a bit crazy when we plugged him in. Plus, we want to drive it ourselves.
>>24386220nothing wrong with letting power go to your head the first time so long as you pull it back in, with he did.
Since consensus doesn't really seem to be forming, I'm thinking I'll just name it my own preference from what you've all been suggesting- Surya. Does anyone have problems with this?
>>24386266that's fine. I'd like a new name, no references
>>24386266>Surya>"the Supreme Light"works for me
>>24386266Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. It's kinda fruity.
>>24386597Well, it is the hindu god of the sun, similar to how Helios was the greek god of the sun.