Session 5 12

The rest of the day is, thankfully, non-eventful - save for any events the crew initiates. The refugee lago pilots get along well enough, though there is considerable rumor and gossip and anxiety and fear flitting about.
What does the party do with this time?
[OOC] Ingenue: Does this mean that the Warrens are now space-worthy and/or that the process no longer needs Nue's personal attention?
[OOC] Abraham: That.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: I suppose now would be a good time to make a few of the designs Elles provided me with. And some of those heat rejection fields. And a bunch of the bombs badger supplied.
[OOC] Abraham: I mean, obviously if we have to work on the warrens then warrens will be worked on.
[OOC] WC GM: The Warrens can be made space-worthy, and it will require some personal attention - but the bulk of the labor is being done by Zinda's fabricated workers.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Yeah.
[OOC] WC GM: So - this happens, and it doesn't take all of your time. What else do you do?
[OOC] Abraham: So just to be sure, we have a bit of free times, but not so much that we can just bugger off to White?
[OOC] WC GM: Yeah, you have to remain in-system, even aside from the limited amount of time.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Can I put a reactor mind in the warrens, deeper down, for basically humanitarian reasons?
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: I mean, there's some institutional oppression, so uh…I mean, help them get some working hydroponics, don't let upper levels bomb them to shit.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Don't arm them, of course.
Abraham organizes a free jazz concert to help take the Lago's minds off…well…Elles.
[OOC] Abraham: Captain. Happiness Officer. I wear many hats.
[OOC] WC GM: Define "reactor mind".
[OOC] Spyboy: Secondary intelligence for her slitherers?
[OOC] Abraham: Was wondering about that my own self. AI's in charge of nuclear reactors leads to bored AIs, which is always entertaining.
[OOC] WC GM: If you mean what I think you mean, first you'd have to get a reactor. The Warrens don't have a power source.
[OOC] WC GM: *power
[OOC] Abraham: Wait… the Lagos don't have the power of rock?
[OOC] WC GM: At least that you've seen - though you're pretty sure there is one in the mid levels somewhere.
[OOC] WC GM: Probably multiple.
[OOC] Spyboy: They have the power of planetary heat….for now.
[OOC] WC GM: But no easy-to-get-to reactor you can plant an AI around.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: The planet is a literal god damn mine. Just…mine the fissiles and plant a tree fort.
A quick survey of the Warrens' mineral content shows that, yes, it is a mine. That has been mined. The radioactive content of the rock is far lower than would be expected of natural, untouched crustal materials.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Uuuugh I wish I knew more nuclear chemistry right now.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: OK, uh, the warrens upper levels had that reactor in academies right?
Abraham's concert is well-attended - extremely so, including virtual audiences. You get the suspicion (easily confirmed by those with neu-comms) that, although the Integrated can share experiences, for the pilots this is the first taste of culture - or even music, aside from the music of factories and purpose - they have personally experienced, and they are lapping it up.
[OOC] WC GM: Yeah, you're pretty sure there are reactors there. Getting to them is another story.
[OOC] WC GM: You have many workers. They are guarded by many lagos, with entrenched, well-prepared defenses.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: They don't exactly have the resources to stop me, but might be better to pick my battles here.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: What about the old industrial base? The copy Oldziey designs would of run off of fissiles.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: There's probably some left, and it's well within my sphere of underground influence.
The fissiles for the industrial base appear to have been shipped up from the core. There are indeed some remaining - it takes several hours of gathering, but a makeshift reactor or two can be assembled from that.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Eh, only need one. Maybe longer term it can serve as the warren's ship's-AI.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Worst case scenario we can scrape some out of the inner mantle later.
[OOC] Spyboy: I find it hilarious that Zinda is so GRAR GRAR GRAR ELLES and is planning on creating a new AI right in the Warrens.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: It's not AI.
[OOC] Ingenue: There is nothing wrong with AIs.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: It's organic, first off.
[OOC] Spyboy: Totally artificial, though =D
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Eh, it doesn't have a prime directive that'll cause it to start paper clipping.
[OOC] Abraham: Interesting question: Does that mean vat grown babies, like in Paranoia, are AIs?
[OOC] Spyboy: Totes
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Zinda more views Elles as kind of a long-term threat to human survival.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Like, if Durandal of Marathon fame desired only to dig.
[OOC] Spyboy: This despite the fact that Elles has a better conception of the infinity of the universe. If she leaves she's not coming back.
[OOC] Abraham: Right. Note to self: Do not ask Elles if she dug my concert.
[OOC] Spyboy: =o We never thought about trying to stop Elles by teaching her the Power of Love
[OOC] WC GM: …which sense of love?
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: She knows love. She loves to dig.
[OOC] Spyboy: Memories of Macross, why have you failed me now!?
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: She also Alfred, I guess.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: But Alfred is getting eaten.
Abraham makes a note to himself to study Lago and other species's range of hearing. It would be interesting to create songs that have layered melodies and harmonies that you could only appreciate if you were the appropriate species.
Studies have been conducted on that. In short, lago hearing is on average better than terran, both in sensitivity and in range, though the worst lago is worse than the best terran.
[OOC] Ingenue: brb
[OOC] Abraham: I figured. This would be more to bone up on the current state of the study rather than to do original research.
[OOC] WC GM: So, what else is the party up to?
Spyboy is working on the catch, finding places to put the refugees when the Warrens' launch window comes around again.
The process can get started, but it is manifestly clear that it will take months, possibly years, to build enough living space that the Warrens can be completely evacuated. Even that is assuming all the lagos will want to leave the Warrens.
[OOC] Spyboy: That's fine. By that time the Warrens will be capable of long-term space habitation.
[OOC] WC GM: Anything else, or fast-forward to the next Warrens launch opportunity?
[OOC] Spyboy: Not from me….and I can't think of anything from Heggy, either.
[OOC] Abraham: FF
ExecutiveOfficer: "Elles isn't even bothering to broadcast, but energy signatures are rising. Estimate launch in 30 minutes. Your orders?"
[OOC] Ingenue: back
[OOC] Ingenue: Launch, yes.
Spyboy: "Sir, if it's alright, I'm going to take a crew of Integrated over there and try to maintain stability within the Warrens when they launch."
Abraham: "Once the Warrens are clear off Mu Cephei, we dock with the warrens to make sure that everything is all right and working properly."
[OOC] Abraham: Unless I'm dramatically misunderstanding the size of the warrens.
ExecutiveOfficer: "Physical integrity of the Warrens can be scanned from outside. Everything…uh, sir, surveying billions of lagos will take more crew than we have, to do in a reasonable time."
Zinda Tegram stretches and checks the progress of her new heat-rejection field and explosive manufacturing program.
Zinda Tegram: "$Almost go time.$"
They are just finishing up now.
Zinda Tegram: "[Elles, which core is Alfred on?]"
Abraham: "It's a bit callus, but that's not what I meant. We did a lot of complicated work in a very short amount of time, and that's a recipe for mistakes. This will be to make sure the machines are working, seals are holding, and the like."
Zinda Tegram: "[Relative to shaft.]"
Ingenue keeps an eye on the Roland's sensors.
Zinda Tegram: "$That just leaves my escape plan…$"
There is a pause, then…
Elles: "[In the time that it takes to send this message, Alfred has spanned 7 cores.]"
Elles: "[She is dogfighting. Mentally.]"
Spyboy: "[Elles, how many Lago intelligences are there in your cores?]"
Elles: "[Zero, not counting myself.]"
Zinda Tegram: "[Hmmph. So, that's how it's going to be. Tell her…]" Zinda gulps. "[Tell her that I killed her once…and I'll do it again if I have to. If she wants to come along for the ride, she should pick a core and tell me.]"
Zinda Tegram: "[But I can't live my life for her anymore.]"
Elles: "[Thank you. Alfred has stopped moving. Anomaly removed.]"
[OOC] Spyboy: I recall that when we left the Shaft the first time, Elles 'catching' minds when they died was a Thing.
Zinda Tegram: "[Which core?]"
[OOC] WC GM: Indeed. And now there are none.
Spyboy: "[I think she's gone.]"
Zinda Tegram: "[You think I'm stupid? Which core!?]"
Spyboy: "[If she wasn't moving, then Elles could kill her. And did.]"
Spyboy: "[And in answer to your question….sometimes, yes.]"
Zinda Tegram: "[I'm not asking you, punk!]"
[OOC] Abraham: If you don't want to know, don't ask.
Zinda Tegram gulps and grits her teeth.
There is no further immediate response from Elles.
Spyboy sighs. Attacking Elles will be a lot harder without someone on the inside.
Zinda Tegram: "[Figures.]"
Zinda Tegram: "$All forces. Dive!$"
Geoffrey: "$Roger that. Following your lead.$"
Zinda Tegram hops in Sterne Lanze, and takes off.
Zinda Tegram: "$Geoffrey, you remember star wars?$"
Geoffrey: "$Yeah?$"
Zinda Tegram: "$Well, the target's no moon. Following the launch my, uh, extra limbs with start digging to place a series of a high-yield explosives. But, the organic carriers are going to get burnt to shit. Someone's going to need to deliver the detonator.$"
Zinda Tegram: "$If I die…I need you to be the backup.$"
Alfred: "$You got it.$"
Geoffry: "$Aff-$"
Zinda Tegram: "$Knew it. So, you're in?$"
Alfred: "$You bet I am!$"
Alfred: "$No mere planetary superintelligence gets rid of me so easily.$"
Zinda Tegram: "$Perfect. Which core will I need to disconnect?$"
Alfred: "$None. Elles has been offloading. Downloading. Making use of the bodies.$"
Zinda Tegram: "$So, you hitched a ride?$"
Alfred: "$Kinda weird being in lago skin, 'specially after so long without a body.$"
Zinda Tegram: "$Tch. Damn bitch. So, basically she's calling the planet quits huh?$"
[OOC] Spyboy: Heh. If by 'hitched a ride' you mean 'got slid down the trash chute…
Zinda Tegram: "$You're in the Warrens?$"
Alfred: "$I am now, yeah. Got a good view of the engines. It's getting a little warm down here; I'm heading up.$"
Zinda Tegram: "$Meet up with my, uh…extra head down in level 5.$"
Zinda Tegram: "$She might need some, uh, guidance.$"
Alfred: "$I'm on level 5 now. Which way?$"
Zinda Tegram: "$Follow the green things.$"
Zinda Tegram: "$Talk to her, she should understand Oldziey. I think.$"
Zinda Tegram: "$Might not be very chatty, but…$"
Alfred: "$…my, my. Zinda, you're a big girl now, aren't you?$"
Zinda Tegram: "$I…$"
Zinda Tegram: "$J-just get yourself safe OK!?$"
Zinda Tegram gulps.
Alfred: "$Zinda. You said it yourself. The organic carriers're going to burn up.$"
[OOC] Abraham: BRB
Zinda Tegram: "$You can't be thinking of…$"
[OOC] Spyboy: Haha, no, Zinda CANNOT get a break =D
Alfred: "$Make sure one of us reports back to Oldziey. Ta~.$"
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Nooooo hahaha
Zinda Tegram: "$Bitch!$"
Zinda Tegram: "$Argh….$"
Zinda Tegram: "$You freakin…I'll be the one to kill Kali you know!?$"
[OOC] Spyboy: Now, the implication is that Alfred is in a flash-grown Lago clone…but it seems more likely that she's in a humanoid frame, like Mephis.
[OOC] Ingenue: Metis?
Zinda Tegram starts ascending out of the shaft.
Zinda Tegram: "Abraham, I swear to god you better start warming the lasers on the Roland."
Zinda Tegram: "Because you are never going to get a better shot than the one you're about to have."
[OOC] WC GM: So - the plan is to let the Warrens launch, then sabotage/shoot the exposed section to damage Elles?
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Yeah.
Spyboy: "[Zinda, you have anything that can keep my bird safe down in the core?]"
Zinda Tegram: "[I…what are you, Oldzieyan?]"
[OOC] Abraham: Back
Zinda Tegram: "[I mean, I've got some heat rejection fields rated for core temperatures but those're just to keep the bombs stable until they get into position…]"
Spyboy: "[Obviously not. But let's be honest here.]"
Spyboy: "[She's made her computing cores out of the planetary core.]"
Zinda Tegram: "[You want to hack the planet.]"
Spyboy: "[That means she has six septillion tons of raw materials to work with, and she's DONE with this planet.]"
Spyboy: "[All the bombs we can find or make will literally just scratch the surface.]"
Abraham: "Ready the guns. Soft target the warrens. Once the Warrens are free, target the spot they were at on Mu Cephei. Our goal is to disable the engines if possible."
Spyboy: "[We can probably disable her engines - but that's a temporary solution.]"
Zinda Tegram: "[If the internal pressure systems are disrupted then maybe….!]"
Spyboy: "[Maybe. I wouldn't expect her to miss such an obvious engineering flaw - and the materials she has available are damn strong….]"
Zinda Tegram: "[Then what the hell would you do!?]"
Spyboy: "[But I'm not gonna be able to do any software attacks without physical access. I know that for sure.]"
Zinda Tegram: "[Even if you get down there how do you plan on interfacing with it!?]"
ExecutiveOfficer: "Target locked. Relaying to the fleet - we'll time our bombardment to hit after the Warrens are clear."
Abraham: "This is most likely a very temporary solution as Elles made the volcanoes so she can make more, but it will hopefully buy Spyboy time to…engineer…a more permanent and peaceful solution."
Abraham: "Excellent, XO."
[OOC] Abraham: I refuse to call him Numbah one.
Spyboy: "[….Well, Zinda, now you know how the rest of us feel.]"
Zinda Tegram: "[What's that supposed to mean?!]"
Spyboy: "[You're a smart girl, I'm sure you can figure it out.]"
Zinda Tegram: "[Go to hell!]"
[OOC] Abraham: Please remember that Spyboy said it, not me. I just thought it and put it on billboards.
Spyboy: "[So, any chance you have a spare heat rejection field around, or will I have to wait till we see what happens next?]"
[OOC] WC GM: Science, Engineering, or any other sensor-using skill from anyone examining the planet right now.
Ingenue: "[Zinda is correct, Michael. You lack a method of physical access. Even should you manage physical access, you lack the processing power necessary to compete with the one who created me. What is your plan?]"
Spyboy: "[Defeat in detail. Subtlety. Subversion.]"
[OOC] WC GM: Alertness, even.
Spyboy rolled up 4dF: - - - 0 (Base: 3 Total: 0) (Science!)
Abraham rolled up 4dF: - + - 0 (Base: 5 Total: 4) (Science for Science)
[OOC] Abraham: Wow
Ingenue rolled up 4dF: 0 + - 0 (Base: 6 Total: 6) ((Alertness))
Spyboy is too distracted by the viruses he's making to be paying that much attention to Mu Cephei Prime.
[OOC] Ingenue: Chessa is clearly not on our side, so she must be on Elles'. Can we defeat Elles and the dicebot?
[OOC] Abraham: "Never give up! Never surrender!"
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Machine's about to crash H/O
[OOC] Abraham: "Zinda! What did I just say out of character?!"
Ingenue: "Registering multiple energy signatures under the surface of the planet. LaGOS has full access to this communication channel and sensors at least as effective as mine. There is little chance that LaGOS is unaware of what is planned."
Ingenue: "I will attempt to identify the source of the energy signatures."
[OOC] Ingenue: Another percep roll?
Abraham: "No, I suppose surprise was too much to hope for."
[OOC] WC GM: Engineering or Tactics for analysis.
Ingenue rolled up 4dF: + 0 0 - (Base: 5 Total: 5) ((Engineering))
Spyboy rolled up 4dF: 0 + - 0 (Base: 6 Total: 6) (Tactics)
Once the network is pointed out…it takes a bit of thinking, but Heggy happens upon superimposing a tectonic map of Prime over the identified spots.
The hotspots would be ideally placed, if they are explosives intended to shatter the planet - or perhaps to use it as one giant burst of reaction fuel. Though there seems to be more than just that; some of the energy signatures are similar to Hotel Cannon. But what would Elles want with that?
[OOC] Spyboy: That's a silly question.
[OOC] Spyboy: Especially as we have now demonstrated that we can interfere with her digging, which means that we ARE a threat she needs to neutralize.
Zinda Tegram: "[Oh, finally taking us seriously are you?]"
Elles: "[Negative. Preparing to further primary directive.]"
Zinda Tegram: "[Hmmph.]"
[OOC] Ingenue: How scattered are the signatures? Do we have sufficient firepower between the fleet and Zinda's slitherers to significantly damage the network within a reasonable span of time?
[OOC] WC GM: The signatures are all over the planet, and sufficiently deep beneath the crust that damaging any one of them would be a significant effort.
[OOC] Spyboy: For the next few minutes, anyway.
Zinda Tegram rolled up 4dF: - 0 + 0 (Base: 4 Total: 4) (Tactics)
[OOC] WC GM: Even after the Warrens launch. That just exposes the area that was under the Warrens.
[OOC] Spyboy: Oh, I was referring to the time when she fires the explosives and digs through her crust.
[OOC] WC GM: Ah, yes. But by then said explosives will be fired.
Zinda Tegram begins thinking. If the entire planet were to be a station, then the inner mantle and core would be…
…launched toward the jump point, along with a stream of energy similar to Hotel Cannon's.
Zinda Tegram: "She's not going to use the planet as a thruster."
Zinda Tegram: "She's going to turn the jump point into a wormhole."
Zinda Tegram: "[And physically eject the core using the internal pressure created by the explosives.]"
Zinda Tegram: "…Huh…"
Abraham sits upright at Zinda's realization. "We can not allow that."
Zinda Tegram: "Took you long enough."
Zinda Tegram: "I told you she's a threat…"
Abraham: "Hrmph. So you did."
Spyboy: "For the record, the methodology is different but the basic plan is the same. Why can't we allow it?"
Zinda Tegram: "And she's offloading data because the bandwidth would be…"
Abraham: "Because it would result in the destruction of the jump gate, isolating this sector."
Spyboy: "Would it? It happened before, and the jump gate reverted to normal."
Spyboy: "And she could be offloading data because the minds within her only have meaning around the still-living Lagos. And humans, in Alfred's case."
Abraham: "And it's happened before, and the jump gate did not."
Spyboy: "Where?"
Zinda Tegram: "Chandley…"
Spyboy: "That wasn't the wormholes."
[OOC] WC GM: Chandley's jump points are still open.
Spyboy: "That was the goddamn supernova."
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Derp.
Spyboy: "The jump gates are fine, it's just that anything which transits them dies."
Zinda Tegram starts furiously doing mass. If she pools all of her boom at one side of the planet, can she knock it off orbit?
Not with her boom alone.
[OOC] Abraham: Okay, should I do a science check to see what effect turning the JP into a wormhole could have?
Zinda Tegram bites her lip. Short by…
[OOC] WC GM: You have no data from which to compare - other than that one time, before, after which the jump point did indeed return to normal.
[OOC] WC GM: Fiddling with jump points is yet another of those things previously believed to be impossible.
Spyboy: "Metis, how much crust matter will be knocked away by the blast? Will I be able to get hardware access?"
Zinda Tegram: "You won't need hardware access. You'll have access to a datastream."
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: …Mu cephei prime is a big planet right?
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: What does it have….in the way of moons?
Abraham: "True, it's only happened in the lab and simulations. The one time it did occur outside the lab it did indeed revert to normal."
[OOC] WC GM: No moons.
[OOC] WC GM: Or rather, no *remaining* moons.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: …What about other planets in the system? No, wait…how intact are the Hotel Cannon remains?
Ingenue: "[Processing…if you are in the proper location - between the planet and the jump point - before the explosion happens, your chance of gaining physical access is high, presuming you are not irreparably damaged or destroyed in the process.]"
[OOC] WC GM: Hotel Cannon's pretty busted up, and in many pieces.
Spyboy blinks
Zinda Tegram: "Can't block it, then…."
Zinda Tegram: "From a pressure induced fluid projectile to the jump point…with that much mass…"
Zinda Tegram: "Elles has a pretty small target to hit."
Zinda Tegram: "So…."
Zinda Tegram: "We don't have anything we can really block the shot with, so…move the target, or move the shooter."
Zinda Tegram: "Abraham, I have a plan. The Roland will be dead in the water, but…"
Zinda Tegram: "We'll stop her."

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