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[LP CYOA] Epic

Discussion in 'Choose Your Own Adventure Land' started by treave, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. Baltika9 Arcane

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    And, just to be clear: this Observer at the center of the Universe is the Great Idea that's at the center of reality, correct? Or does every reality have a personal Observer?

    Edit: and since we are it's "terminal," can it, theoretically, "assume direct control?"
     
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  2. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    Also, have Ean and Sek witnessed the deaths of the Spheres and their Gods? The Spheres were alive and well when Sek and Ean were nearing their ascension, judging by the presence of Naram-Master. Then our duo had their consciousness greatly enhanced. It stands to reason they should have been aware of the fate of the Spheres. If so, what were the surrounding circumstances?
     
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  3. Kipeci Magister

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    I guess the domestication attempts for the spheres went and failed on us. :(
     
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  4. treave Arcane Patron

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    You don't have any more info on the spheres, though Senya's existence is entirely different from the spheres. They don't have access to the records of fate. They do, however, seem to have been dead for a very long time. Millions of years, that's what Sekh says. Obviously they did not witness their destruction.
    They were on a journey of knowledge and discovery, she said as much in the update. They've covered most of the galaxy and forayed into a couple of dimensions, searching for clues and hints to the nature of the universe.
    Cyber Jack's work was an inspiration but the principles were different. End result was similar though.
    Yes, you can assume the Observer is the Great Idea.
    It cannot assume direct control any more than you can assume direct control of your digestive tract.
     
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  5. Baltika9 Arcane

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    And all these "ghosts" are kind of like Agent Smith clones, then?
    And if that's the case, then there should have been an original prion/Smith that "infected" the system.

    Yeah, Senya's character (or rather, his perception of creation) kind of reminds me of Neo, I won't be surprised if he starts to see the world in binary (not to mention that both started as asocial hackers), so I'm wondering who our Smith/the original virus is. In the beggining, I thought it was supposed to be Rei, but I'm not all that sure now.

    This will be interesting. :bounce:
     
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  6. Wait did we ever find out who cyber jack was?

    Also: Loredumps! Glorious loredumps!
    ASSUMING DIRECT CONTINENCE
    I WILL DIRECT THIS ONE PERSONALLY
     
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  7. treave Arcane Patron

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    No, it's not like Agent Smith. More like zombies.

    Cyber Jack was Anna acting under Shulgi's instructions. He was looking at ways of immortalizing humanity via digital means.
     
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  8. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Dio's war on the Great Idea, maybe?
    Can't find the exact quote, but you did mention him retroactively becoming the founder of the Masters and imposing his will on creation.

    As for the zombies, since the Observer can't delete them due to formatting reasons, I wonder if Senya is subject to the same restrictions, being a "terminal," or if will we need to update our software with the latest antivirus packets.
     
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  9. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    This does not compute with Ean meeting the Spheres personally. And with Naram-Master busily producing one on Earth. Does Sek have any theories which might explain this discrepancy?
     
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  10. treave Arcane Patron

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  11. Baltika9 Arcane

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    I think this will explain it:
    On another note, I don't see the benefit of A. So we make fools out of their General Officers, Julia gets pissy and rotates them. Now we have someone competent in command, possibly one of the officers we can sway in C. The Fed counterattacks with a numerically superior force and we're forced to fight those same forces we could have converted in C. What, you think she'll counter us with some average Joes?
     
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  12. Kipeci Magister

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  13. Perhaps. Perhaps Marduk ate them. Perhap's Dio's war destroyed them. Corrupted their information. After all, if death creates more corrupt data ghosts, how much corruption would result in the repeated creation/destruction of entire galaxies and universes? Perhaps that was the point of the game to begin with?

    Anyway, this lore dump puts a whole new light on our previous conversation with the master:
    So he can obtain things that have been destroyed and search for identity? Is this because the Masters have access the records of Akasha?
    So things can exist without the observer...just not for very long it would seem...
    In that we could kill the Great Idea and allow the Masters to supplant him? Or in that our very existence means the system has already reached a high level of corruption and the observer may be dying already?
     
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  14. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Something relevant, hastily assembled from wikipedia: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akashic_records
    I suppose our Gentleman takes after that?
    Light body of conciousness, eh? Kinda like the pool of personalities that got sent to the Void?
    Miasma, anyone?
    That's all I could (be arsed to) do.

    Edit: and thanks to Kipeci, C now has the lead. Let's see if I was wrong about us having to sell out Sek. :lol: (But seriously, NEVER!)
     
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  15. treave Arcane Patron

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    Meeting in Kamabharata

    The meeting had been arranged for by one of the captains in the Autonomous Fleet, who still maintained links with his friends in the Federation. We were to meet at a specific bar in Kamabharata. The choice was a good one; even back in the earliest days of space colonization Kamabharata had developed a reputation for being a place where everyone could find what they need. What they need usually turned out to be sex.

    As one of the older colonies, the infrastructure of Kamabharata was starting to show its age. Here and there I could see hastily applied fixes to the colony wall where the walls had begun to come apart at the seams. Skirting around a slow-moving family of wide-eyed boys staring – and drooling – at the decadence around them, I stride quickly down the narrow streets. A few pimps try to attract my attention but I wave them away with brief apologies. For them, it seems that business has never been better. I suppose people do get more horny when tensions are running high. A few classier buildings were even advertising an “End of the World promotion, get your appendage of choice gobbled before the Emperor gobbles you!”. I file that sentence away for possible tactical use in the future.

    If I had to use one word to describe the bar that was to be our rendezvous point, seedy would be it. That makes a certain amount of sense if you don’t think about it too deeply, in a place where everyone looks suspicious, one more suspicious person in the mix would not stand out much. I sweep my eyes across the place. There’s a fire exit at the back – or at least the dirty, unlit sign says so. Given the disregard for building safety code I’ve observed so far, I would put good chances on it being obstructed. The open area has ten long tables set after Skanish fashion. The atmosphere is noisy; everyone is talking about the imminent arrival of the Empire. There is a private room near the back of the hall, reserved for regulars with the money to spare. I head towards that. There is a woman leaning against the wall, sharpening her dagger. She peers at me, and then flashes a crooked grin and waves me in.

    As I enter the room, its inhabitants turn to look at me as one. None of them are in uniform, but had any of them been I would have turned and walked out immediately.

    “You are right on time, and you came alone, as promised. Thank you for trusting us.” says the man closest to me. Tall, middle-aged, with streaks of grey lining his auburn hair: “No, thank you for being willing to meet with me, Major Miller,” I nod respectfully. Coming alone was slightly risky, but nothing I couldn't handle. I turn to look at each of the men and women seated around the table, returning their salutes as they introduce themselves. Colonel Kowaki. Captain Laresse. Lieutenant Colonel Torwick. Colonel Camna. Major Rothsen. Captain Antiokyes. Those present came from a smattering of ranks, high and low. We spend a few minutes engaging in polite banter.

    “Now, let’s get down to business,” says Colonel Kowaki, taking charge of the meeting. She peers at me with a serious look in her eyes. “I will be straight here. What do you want to accomplish by fighting the Federation?” I think for a while, and choose my words carefully. “I am not fighting the Federation. I am fighting its leaders.”

    “It’s the same thing,” says Captain Antiokyes. Lieutenant Colonel Torwick sighs. “Captain, I do not want to have to give you another civics lecture.” Antiokyes clams up with a frown, scratching his arm.

    “Clearly there is a lot of bullshit going on upstairs,” says Major Rothsen, scratching his beard. “I mean, we’re still not being deployed while the civilians try to sort out who should be in command and where.”

    “It’s a right mess.” agrees Laresse with a sigh. “And here we are talking to the enemy.”

    “Ah, but he doesn’t have to be the enemy,” says Miller. “This is why we are here.”

    “We want to find out what you want for the future of Earth,” says Kowaki.

    I look at the assembled officers and fold my hands together on the table. “I want to find out what the people of Earth want. Then, we shall see.”

    Kowaki gives a slight nod. “A legitimate viewpoint. I do think the president has been acting too rashly. We should have conducted a referendum on how to deal with the Empire.”

    “The sackings have gotten worse too. A lot of my acquaintances are out of their jobs and on the streets.She’s always been paranoid, but even more so lately. We can’t trust the Fed anymore.” grumbles Miller.

    “Wait a minute here, how is he any more trustworthy than the Federation?” blurts out Antiokyes, unable to hold his tongue. “The both of them are just as bad as each other, I reckon. Don’t forget that this guy was behind the events of Ankida. Better the devil you know, I say.”

    “Antiokyes raises a valid question,” says Torwick. “How do we know you can be trusted to uphold the interests of humanity any more than the Federation has?”

    I wait until Yua gives me the confirmation.

    “Well, the devil you know seems to be rather interested in your activities right now. Isn’t that right, Antiokyes?” I give him a practiced smile, one that tells him I know what you are up to. With the instincts of a cornered rat, he springs to his feet and bolts for the door. Before he can get there, however, two colonels and a major have already brought him down, sending him crashing to the dirty bar floor.

    “What are you up to, Antiokyes?” asks Rothsen.

    I speak up. “Left arm, right above the upper third of the ulna. You will observe a slight, tell-tale growth that indicates the presence of a micro-radio which can record and broadcast audio at a touch. The signal was just confirmed a second ago. Ladies and gentlemen, Federation forces could arrive here any moment now.” Of course, I could have stopped him before he began his broadcast, but where would the fun be in that?

    “Antiokyes, you rat bastard!” Laresse kicks the captain in the side. She proceeds to draw her pistol, but Rothsen holds her back.

    “How could I stand by and let the lot of you conspire to commit treason?” His grin is ugly and wide, as if he’s already won.

    “You’re acting as if you have already won.” I say.

    “Of course I have. Did you really think we would not pick up on a bunch of problematic officers taking a break at the same time? We have the colony surrounded. Surrender and the President will spare your life.”

    “Just listen to you, Antiokyes,” I laugh. “You’re talking like a comic book villain already.”

    “Say what you want,” he growls angrily, “there will be no escape.” I turn my attention away from him, inwardly thanking the Federation for this blessing. Torwick pulls out a blackjack from his pocket and bashes Antiokyes over the head with it, knocking him out. He catches my glance and shrugs. “Always wanted to do that, but just being annoying isn’t a good reason to assault your subordinate.”

    “We will have to get the word out to the ships,” says Colonel Camna, the first time he’s spoken in front of me. He calls together the other officers and they go into a huddle, whispering so that Antiokyes’s bug would not pick up their conversation. After a few minutes, they separate. Miller comes up to me. “Well, it looks like our hand has been forced. We may have to fight our way out of here. Again, thanks for trusting us, son. Better get out of here quickly, they'll treat you worse if they catch you here.”

    "I didn't expect the higher ups to be so far gone," grumbles Rothsen. "Goddamn generals playing politics."

    “If you surrender they might still take you back,” I say.

    Torwick shakes his head. “It’s too late. We have no other option now.”

    “Well…” I begin thinking. “There is always another option.”

    ***

    A. Turn this into an impromptu operation to lure me in for capture. Although they had not planned on it, when they were offered the meeting by my contact, they decided to covertly conduct a plot to meet and capture me, the elusive annoyance that has been plaguing the Federation. They did not report it because they were concerned I might have more moles and spies planted in the Federation, and doing so might tip me off and cause me to chicken out. As for Antiokyes, they did not know he would go over their heads in a greedy attempt to gain credit. This will help preserve their positions for a while, until we are ready to strike. I am ‘taken’ into their custody – I’m sure that the President won’t be able to resist meeting me to gloat…

    B. Same as the above, but I somehow ‘elude’ their grasp. This makes their position weaker but I would much rather prefer to spend my time back at the base preparing for the war to come.

    C. I help them to escape, though this way they will have no choice but to declare their defection immediately. I had not seen any warships or troop transports when I arrived; the garrison of the Kamabharata numbers at a hundred and fifty, so this will be the extent of the forces I am facing. There could be a couple of CFs in the mix, and a dozen armoured vehicles. I should be able to handle this easily, although it will attract more attention to myself in the future.
     
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  16. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Hmm, depating between A and C: we either go for the long term, but skip out on developing our forces and assisting/protecting Sek (sneak attacks are alwsys possible, and I do want Ean back ASAP, so that we can start schooling him on mechas and marksmanship; or we miss out on an assassination opportunity and a chance for tactical genius (honestly, killing the President and having the officers defect will demoralize the Fef heavily).

    To Ean, or to Creed, that is the question.
    :lol:
    Oh really? Now that I'd love to see: Ean and Senya, the ultimate trolling team.
     
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  17. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    C - I don't want us out of commission. We'll be jacked up on drugs and helpless, until our new found "allies" rescue us. We could instead be doing something else. We could try assassinating Julia with A, but it's far from a sure thing.
     
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  18. treave Arcane Patron

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    Good thing that you can kill the drug molecules inside your body if you want, not to mention the nanomachines that would probably alleviate the effects considerably. If there's a problem, it won't lie in being drugged or overpowered.

    On the other hand, flexing your powers against an entire garrison should be interesting.
     
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  19. Azira Arcane Patron

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    We can get Camna here. THE hero of the federation, the one accoladed by the Star League.
    Let's grab that treat and run. I too, am reluctant to leave the base unattended, though I have no doubt Sekh is capable. But we want Senya to contribute as well.

    I'm leaning towards C, could possibly be flopped.

    Floppity-flop! A
     
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  20. Baltika9 Arcane

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    This will require a proper soundtrack. Allow me to make a suggestion:
     
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  21. A - Let's just cut off the snake's head instead of fighting a useless war that will cost us precious time and leave the federation too battered to defend against Marduk's onslaught. Besides, Julia has been asking to be cut up since day one. treave, maybe this has been revealed, but what did we do to piss her off when we met her anyway?
     
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  22. treave Arcane Patron

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    She got insulting, you got sarcastic, and things have gone downhill ever since.
     
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  23. *sigh* Now millions of people are going to die, all for the pride of a sexually frustrated old woman. Bitches be crazy.
     
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  24. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Screw this, Senya can be devious. He could've pulled a nice one way back against Relius, if I'm not mistaken. Let's try our hand at this game. I've flopped.
     
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  25. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    Tentative C.
     
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