The Dichotomy Of Good And Evil

[21:27:59] <ProcyonLotor> Tyler, still sniffling, wanders in.
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[21:28:06] <padri> Laura walks in.
[21:28:11] <gumbal1> Harlan walks in
[21:28:18] <Turncoat> Bellard stumbles in, looking around.
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[21:28:23] <padri> She's never been to the basement before.
[21:28:27] <Riemann> Dr. Hilbert looks up from his work, then gathers his belongings, heading to the basement
[21:28:31] <lurkd> A wild Ivan appears.
[21:28:36] <ProcyonLotor> Tyler sneezes.
[21:28:46] <lurkd> He keeps to the opposite side of Laura.
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[21:29:27] <Turncoat> "Hello folks." Bellard quietly speaks, keeping his eyes off Laura. He knows she doesn't like his gaze.
[21:29:47] <lurkd> "Agent Bellard."
[21:29:47] <padri> Laura feels all the awkward.
[21:29:56] <TeslaTornado|Glitched> Serge is in the basement. He looks satisfied to be here, finally.
[21:30:12] <padri> So many people she's awkward with atm are there right now.
[21:30:34] <lurkd> "Agent Malliard."
[21:30:47] <TeslaTornado|Glitched> "Doctor Zakharov."
[21:30:48] <Riemann> Hilbert quietly observes the room
[21:30:55] <ProcyonLotor> Tyler nods at Ivan.
[21:31:05] <FlameShirt> The group is greeted by Michael Fulton, a floating red orb and a swanky looking machine that I would describe as looking like a stargate out of Stargate if that wasn't the worst anachronism.
[21:31:14] <lurkd> "Professor." He nods back.
[21:31:19] <FlameShirt> "Hello!", booms Michael.
[21:31:21] * TeslaTornado|Glitched is now known as TeslaTornado
[21:31:29] <lurkd> "…"
[21:31:32] <padri> Laura looks at the orb. There wasn't a red one when she saw them last.
[21:31:42] <Turncoat> "What's uh…up with the thing?" Bellard speaks, pointing to the machine he cannot see.
[21:31:47] <ProcyonLotor> Tyler quietly sighs when he sees the orb.
[21:31:49] <TeslaTornado> Serge salutes quickly, then drops his hand. This isn't the military.
[21:32:42] <FlameShirt> "For those of you how don't know, these orbs are from our good friends, the Commonwealth who have been a great help in providing materials for our burgeoning Foundation."
[21:33:03] <FlameShirt> "And now, they've agreed to give a demonstration of their technologies to us."
[21:33:12] <TeslaTornado> Serge glances at the orbs. He doesn't like where this is going.
[21:33:19] <gumbal1> "What will they be demonstrating?"
[21:33:22] <padri> Laura sees Serge's face.
[21:33:25] <Riemann> Hilbert's interest is piqued
[21:33:30] <padri> She's not sure she likes it.
[21:33:36] <ProcyonLotor> Tyler examines it curiously.
[21:34:02] <TeslaTornado> It's a mix of professionalism and anxiety.
[21:34:03] <FlameShirt> "You may credit Miss Wisniewski when you next see her. I'm told you will be going on some kind of ship in space to observe the effects of the technology."
[21:34:24] <Turncoat> "…Spaceship? Out in space?"
[21:34:24] <padri> Laura is surprised. "Space?"
[21:34:32] <gumbal1> Harlan blinks.
[21:34:40] <padri> "You mean like in the air?"
[21:34:40] <lurkd> "Again."
[21:34:44] <TeslaTornado> "No evil stars this time?"
[21:34:55] <lurkd> He lights a cigarette.
[21:35:03] <ProcyonLotor> "Probably something worse, Serge."
[21:35:20] <Riemann> Dr. Hilbert is already tired with the inane questions. He looks towards Ivan
[21:35:30] <TeslaTornado> Serge tightens his grip on his rifle slightly and nods. "Most likely."
[21:35:34] <FlameShirt> The red orb bobs into the front of the group. "This will not be like last time. You will be surrounded by security personnel who will take your safety very seriously."
[21:35:50] <lurkd> Ivan nods. "I do hopes so."
[21:36:18] <TeslaTornado> Serge almost dislikes that idea more than the star.
[21:36:28] <Turncoat> "What? Is there a safety issue here?"
[21:36:34] <padri> Laura nods. Security is good.
[21:36:46] <ProcyonLotor> Tyler does not say anything.
[21:36:48] <FlameShirt> "First, if you have questions, please let me answer them. Then we will go through. I believe your superiors would like you to report back any findings." Michael nods at this.
[21:36:49] <lurkd> "Safety is always questionable on assignments."
[21:37:11] <padri> "There is /always/ a safety issue here." Does that sound directed at Dr HIlbert? Mebbe
[21:37:13] <lurkd> "I'm ready. You can just open it already."
[21:37:23] <TeslaTornado> Serge nods. "Let's go."
[21:37:46] <ProcyonLotor> "Let's get this over with."
[21:37:52] * Sax is now known as Xiao
[21:37:56] * Xiao is now known as Sax
[21:38:01] <padri> Laura steps up to Serge, who happens to be the only one here that she knows and is not upset with.
[21:38:20] <lurkd> Ivan glances at the two and nods to himself.
[21:38:30] <lurkd> ~good pairing if something happens~
[21:38:37] <Turncoat> "Well, this is my first…assignment. This should be fun."
[21:38:42] <FlameShirt> A grunting noise comes from the orb. The machine activates, a blue circle appearing in the device's aperture. "Please." The red orb moves through the machine.
[21:38:47] <Riemann> "That's one word for it"
[21:38:53] <ProcyonLotor> "For a certain definition of fun, perhaps."
[21:38:55] <gumbal1> "They're always fun unless it's a clown."
[21:38:56] <TeslaTornado> Serge doesn't waste any time in stepping through.
[21:39:08] <gumbal1> Harlan follows.
[21:39:10] <padri> Laura follows closely.
[21:39:18] <ProcyonLotor> Tyler goes through.
[21:39:42] <Riemann> Hilbert examines it, scribbles down a note, and steps through
[21:39:57] <Turncoat> Bellard follows through, a weak smile on his face.
[21:40:49] <lurkd> Ivan is through.
[21:40:58] <FlameShirt> Walking through, you find yourself in the middle of a room filled with a large crowd of beings of all shapes and forms. Some look like near-baselines humans, others are tripedal with beaks, others have little to no set shape. There's tables and chairs facing a big stage.
[21:41:17] <padri> Laura is shocked. She just sort of stands there for a moment.
[21:41:26] <lurkd> He walks ahead to one of the tables.
[21:41:29] <padri> ~Katie would find this fascinating.~
[21:41:44] <TeslaTornado> Serge opens the bolt on his rifle and ejects the chambered round, then sits at one of the tables.
[21:41:50] <Turncoat> Bellard tries not to throw up with all the new aura's. They're….new.
[21:41:54] <Riemann> Hilbert sits down nearish Ivan
[21:42:00] <lurkd> *sit*
[21:42:00] <TeslaTornado> 4df+10 (Perc, tagged Wilderness Expert) Do any of these look familiar?
[21:42:01] <Glacon> TeslaTornado: (Perc, tagged Wilderness Expert) Do any of these look familiar?: 11 (4df+10=3+, 0, 3+, 4-)
[21:42:14] <gumbal1> ~Huh?~
[21:42:24] <FlameShirt> "Please, please, takes your seats!" There's one of the tripedal organisms is on the stage trying to calm the crowd which they slowly do.
[21:42:27] <padri> Laura goes over to where Serge is and takes a seat.
[21:42:39] <FlameShirt> Serge, you recognise several of the organisms from the last time you went out.
[21:42:41] <gumbal1> Harlan takes a seat near Ivan
[21:42:43] <ProcyonLotor> Tyler sits close to them, but not weirdly close.
[21:42:44] <Turncoat> Bellard sits down away from everyone, shaking a little.
[21:43:23] <FlameShirt> The crowd settles into their seats, the background murmur dying down.
[21:43:25] <TeslaTornado> Serge jots down a mental note and leans his rifle against his seat, patting Laura on the shoulder. "Welcome to Psi-7," he says softly.
[21:43:37] <padri> She smiles at him.
[21:43:47] <padri> "Certainly strange here."
[21:44:08] <lurkd> "I wonder if there are refreshments."
[21:44:29] <Turncoat> "I wonder if they're aware of their weird aura's…" Bellard mutters.
[21:44:37] <FlameShirt> "Today was made possible by a request from a member of our newest compatriots, the Foundation! Please won't you come up here?" The organism gestures towards the group with one of its three arms.
[21:44:50] <FlameShirt> Ivan, there's some weird food looking stuff on the table.
[21:44:54] <padri> Laura looks wide eyed.
[21:45:18] <padri> She wonders if she looks as strange to the others as they do to her.
[21:45:25] <Riemann> Probably
[21:45:31] <TeslaTornado> Serge looks dumbfounded. He grabs his rifle in one hand and Laura's wrist in the other.
[21:45:35] <TeslaTornado> "Come on, then."
[21:45:37] <FlameShirt> "Please don't be shy" Some members of the crowd and emit various sounds. The human-baselines gives a cheer.
[21:45:45] <gumbal1> Harlan wanders up to the announcer
[21:45:45] <padri> She nods and comes with Serge, smiling.
[21:45:48] <ProcyonLotor> Tyler stands up, and walks onto the stage.
[21:45:53] <ProcyonLotor> He waves, shyly.
[21:46:13] <Riemann> Hilbert stands and walks over to the stage, scanning
[21:46:26] <Turncoat> Bellard walks onto the stage, biting his lip nervously.
[21:46:40] <TeslaTornado> Serge takes the stage, smiling sheepishly.
[21:46:41] <lurkd> Ivan approaches the stage.
[21:46:52] <lurkd> He walks up with the group.
[21:46:55] <FlameShirt> The crowd cheers as the group gets on the stage. From the stage, you can see some of the red orbs, hovering at the back.
[21:47:19] <padri> Laura nods, smiles.
[21:47:28] <padri> ~This is awkward.~
[21:47:39] <TeslaTornado> 4df+7 (Perc, tagged anomalous) How packed is the place?
[21:47:40] <Glacon> TeslaTornado: (Perc, tagged anomalous) How packed is the place?: 6 (4df+7=0, 4-, 0, 0)
[21:47:42] <ProcyonLotor> How many orbs?
[21:48:28] <lurkd> Ivan glares at the cheers.
[21:48:31] <lurkd> <.<
[21:48:35] <lurkd> >.>
[21:48:44] <lurkd> "Be on guard."
[21:48:45] <FlameShirt> "Now! Here we go!" The tripedal creature gives a grand gesture to the the curtain just behind the stage. It reveals a glass window, which overlooks about six suns. Screens show various planets in orbit around the suns.
[21:49:05] <FlameShirt> Tyler, two, one in each corner at the back.
[21:49:06] <TeslaTornado> Serge turns, surreptitiously rechambering the round he'd ejected earlier.
[21:49:09] <Riemann> *scribble scribble*
[21:49:22] <FlameShirt> Serge, looks like a big award ceremony type deal.
[21:49:22] <padri> Laura is amazed. She tries to remember as much as she can to tell Katie.
[21:49:24] <ProcyonLotor> 4df+5 Anything notable (perc)?
[21:49:24] <Glacon> ProcyonLotor: Anything notable (perc)?: 6 (4df+5=3+, 0, 4-, 3+)
[21:49:27] <lurkd> Ivan observes.
[21:49:34] <TeslaTornado> 4df+4 Is that damn star out there?
[21:49:35] <Glacon> TeslaTornado: Is that damn star out there?: 2 (4df+4=4-, 4-, 3+, 4-)
[21:49:41] <Riemann> 4df+12 (science everywhere)
[21:49:42] <Glacon> Riemann: (science everywhere): 13 (4df+12=3+, 4-, 3+, 0)
[21:49:53] <gumbal1> 4df+3 What's up with this place?
[21:49:54] <Glacon> gumbal1: What's up with this place?: 4 (4df+3=0, 3+, 3+, 4-)
[21:49:59] <padri> Laura doesn't into space science! She's not gunna roll!
[21:50:17] <padri> However, if she can get these guys under a microscope …
[21:50:30] <Riemann> (And now Flame has to respond to everyone)
[21:50:35] <FlameShirt> Serge, none are neutron stars. Hilbert and Tyler, they looks mostly like mid-sequence ordinary stars. Two are aging red giants.
[21:50:51] <padri> Laura wonders how many of the others are thinking the same thing about her. This thought is a touch un-nerving.
[21:52:59] <TeslaTornado> Serge just looks balefully at space.
[21:53:18] <FlameShirt> "Now, we've mostly been showing you so far, our benevolence, our ability to construct. Make no mistake, that is our intention of how this shall continue." The organism gestures first to him and then to the group. "But we feel we must not like you carry on believing we are all good. Confess our sins."
[21:53:20] <ProcyonLotor> Tyler's impressed, and not actually peeved anymore.
[21:53:23] <gumbal1> Harlan waves to the aliens.
[21:53:35] <FlameShirt> The aliens cheer at Harlan's wave.
[21:53:50] <lurkd> "…sins…"
[21:54:04] <Riemann> The realisation that something is about to be destroyed dawns on Hilbert
[21:54:10] <TeslaTornado> Serge doesn't like the sound of that. He holds his rifle a bit tighter.
[21:54:11] <padri> Laura does not like the sound of this.
[21:54:12] <gumbal1> Harlan blinks.
[21:54:13] <ProcyonLotor> "Oh dear."
[21:54:14] <Turncoat> Bellard is curious on what sins they've done.
[21:54:15] <padri> This sounds scary.
[21:54:37] <lurkd> Ivan blinks and smokes the last end of his cigarette.
[21:54:39] <ProcyonLotor> Throwing them across the Hateful Star was a minor miscalculation, God knows what they consider a sin…
[21:55:02] <Riemann> Hilbert simply smiles. He looks forwards to observing their weapons
[21:56:15] <FlameShirt> Human-baselines wheel out three devices. One just looks like a missile. The second looks like a sphere made of the deepest black a few metres in diameter. The third is some complex polygonal object about the size of a person.
[21:56:49] <lurkd> "Interesting."
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[21:57:01] <padri> Laura examines them carefully.
[21:57:05] <padri> From where she is.
[21:57:08] <gumbal1> ~This is the setup for a terrible joke~
[21:57:13] <TeslaTornado> Serge stares at the polygonal thingy.
[21:57:19] <Turncoat> Albert is deathly silent as he looks them over.
[21:57:24] <gumbal1> 4df+3 Harlan examines the objects
[21:57:25] <Glacon> gumbal1: Harlan examines the objects: 3 (4df+3=4-, 3+, 0, 0)
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[21:57:37] <Riemann> Hilbert splits his interest between the sphere and polgon
[21:57:41] <Riemann> polygon*
[21:58:00] <Riemann> (Hey Flame, can I tag weapons and science together?)
[21:58:06] <lurkd> 4df+6 is that a black hole?
[21:58:06] <Glacon> lurkd: is that a black hole?: 6 (4df+6=0, 0, 0, 0)
[21:58:10] <padri> Are they still on the stage? Cause if they are, Laura feels awkward.
[21:58:13] <FlameShirt> Harlan, you don't get much. They aren't really giving anything away.
[21:58:16] <lurkd> (snake eyes!)
[21:58:29] <FlameShirt> Ivan, doesn't seem like to right now, you'd be sucked in!
[21:58:35] <Riemann> Flaaaame
[21:58:39] <FlameShirt> Riemann: Go.
[21:59:04] <Riemann> 4df+18
[21:59:04] <Glacon> Riemann: 15 (4df+18=4-, 4-, 0, 4-)
[22:00:03] <FlameShirt> Hilbert, that missile has a really weird looking warhead. Like, this that a stack of a bunch of things? Maybe something goes off and then another thing? Multiple stage?
[22:00:29] <FlameShirt> "Heh, I'm sure you're curious. Want some hints?", the triped offers.
[22:00:36] <Riemann> Hilbert nods
[22:00:39] <lurkd> "Please."
[22:00:45] <TeslaTornado> Serge just looks confusedly at the polygon.
[22:00:53] <padri> Laura doesn't want to know.
[22:01:00] <padri> She wants the weapons to go away.
[22:01:03] <Riemann> He continues to scribble, writing down new ideas
[22:01:10] <ProcyonLotor> Tyler kind of shuffles uncomfortably.
[22:01:18] <padri> Knowing how things go around Psi-7, they'll probably end up getting shot at her.
[22:01:36] <Turncoat> Bellard doesn't really consider this mission fun anymore.
[22:01:52] <FlameShirt> The organism walks up to the black sphere and touches it in a complicated fashin. It snaps out of existence, leaving some weird machine in the middle. A beautiful flower arrangement is in the centre.
[22:02:09] <FlameShirt> "Those flowers are thousands of years old." They looks fresh as the day they were picked.
[22:02:14] <Riemann> Hilbert looks disappointed
[22:02:18] <padri> Laura looks amazed.
[22:02:33] <TeslaTornado> 4df+9 Serge tries to compare them to Earth-flora.
[22:02:34] <Glacon> TeslaTornado: Serge tries to compare them to Earth-flora.: 11 (4df+9=0, 0, 3+, 3+)
[22:02:34] <lurkd> ~I hate theatrics~
[22:02:39] <ProcyonLotor> Tyler is curious, but somewhat disappointed.
[22:02:45] <TeslaTornado> (Perc + Wilderness Expert)
[22:02:46] <padri> She's curious about the machine.
[22:02:53] <FlameShirt> Serge, there's some roses in there, but a bunch you don't recognise.
[22:03:20] <TeslaTornado> Serge looks at the triped. "Some of those look like they're from Earth."
[22:03:33] <padri> "They're beautiful."
[22:04:07] <gumbal1> "That's pretty neat."
[22:04:34] <Turncoat> "They're alive still, so there's that. Or they look it."
[22:04:44] <FlameShirt> "This other device." The organism gestures to the polygon. "Is how our spaceships work. They rapidly increase in mass and then twist the universe, allowing travel between two points. I shall leave you to ponder how these two devices work together." The organism walks over to the missile.
[22:04:57] <TeslaTornado> 4df+9 Are the flowers still alive in there?
[22:04:58] <Glacon> TeslaTornado: Are the flowers still alive in there?: 9 (4df+9=0, 4-, 0, 3+)
[22:05:16] <padri> Laura doesn't understand.
[22:05:25] <Riemann> 4df+18 (How do they work together? Tell me Flame!)
[22:05:25] <Glacon> Riemann: (How do they work together? Tell me Flame!): 18 (4df+18=0, 3+, 0, 4-)
[22:05:40] <FlameShirt> Serge, they look super fresh.
[22:05:47] <gumbal1> "So, what happens? I'm afraid I'm not well versed in physics."
[22:06:00] <padri> Laura isn't, either.
[22:06:08] <TeslaTornado> Serge /definitely/ isn't.
[22:06:39] <FlameShirt> Hilbert, something that rapidly increases in mass and then is caught in some kind of time freeze? If you stopped that at the right point…
[22:07:04] <padri> Also, Laura is probably employing her willful ignorance.
[22:07:57] <lurkd> Ivan is a little impressed. It won't show however.
[22:08:18] <lurkd> He looks at the missle.
[22:09:03] <Riemann> Hilbert turns to Harlan. "It will make the worst weapons we have look like a slingshot."
[22:09:05] <gumbal1> "So, what does this have to do with sinning? The fact that you're able to preserve life so well seems to suggest otherwise."
[22:09:18] <gumbal1> Harlan blinks.
[22:09:29] <gumbal1> "How?"
[22:09:34] <TeslaTornado> Serge is really focusing on those flowers.
[22:09:36] <padri> Laura prefers to concentrate on the preservation of life.
[22:09:41] <padri> She likes that.
[22:09:46] <ProcyonLotor> "They're not mutually exclusive, Harlan."
[22:10:57] <TeslaTornado> 4df+0 (Academics) Serge tries to think of a possible connection between the flower-thing and the polygon-thing
[22:10:58] <Glacon> TeslaTornado: (Academics) Serge tries to think of a possible connection between the flower-thing and the polygon-thing: 2 (4df+0=3+, 0, 3+, 0)
[22:11:00] <lurkd> He looks back at the group. Then at the missile.
[22:11:14] <lurkd> Then at the crowd.
[22:11:15] <Turncoat> "Sinning isn't just dependent on death."
[22:11:26] <Riemann> Hilbert surmises. "With enough mass, in a given radius, independent of death… A black hole."
[22:11:30] <FlameShirt> Serge, flowers eat polygons mass or something, you don't know.
[22:11:35] <Riemann> Independent of time*
[22:11:50] <FlameShirt> "Now, this missile is based on some physics known even in your time. It projects a field around it that converts all the mass inside it into energy. This particular missile is two-stage. It will use the energy from the first conversion to increase the range of the second." The triped coughs.
[22:12:00] <FlameShirt> The crowd is quiet behind you.
[22:12:02] <padri> Laura is shocked. "They could make … ?"
[22:12:35] <Riemann> (Wait the 1950s didn't know about the Higgs field)
[22:12:42] <padri> Laura is shocked again. That sounds kind of terrifying.
[22:12:46] <FlameShirt> (E=mc^2, yo)
[22:12:56] <Riemann> (Nyerk, Flame)
[22:13:02] <lurkd> "You could potentially destroy a galaxy."
[22:13:12] <TeslaTornado> Serge understands that.
[22:13:13] <lurkd> *puffpuff*
[22:13:21] <FlameShirt> The triped nods to Ivan.
[22:13:33] <padri> Laura does not like these people.
[22:13:33] <lurkd> "What would be the point of that?"
[22:13:39] <lurkd> He turns to the creature.
[22:14:06] <Riemann> "The point of any civilisation, Dr. Zakharov. To prove their superiority."
[22:14:15] <Riemann> He says this so only Ivan can hear
[22:14:24] <FlameShirt> "Little. We control them, and we have no wish to harm." The triped doesn't seem to be convinced of this itself.
[22:14:57] <padri> Laura isn't convinced, either.
[22:14:58] <lurkd> "Then why construct the missile?"
[22:15:07] <lurkd> Ivan has no filter.
[22:15:13] <Turncoat> "Science demands many things to understand it."
[22:15:22] <Turncoat> "Even for you to make terrible things."
[22:15:44] <padri> Laura nods. "Unfortunately."
[22:15:46] <FlameShirt> "They were necessary of a time. The knowledge is made. Even if destroyed, it can be made again."
[22:16:00] <Riemann> Hilbert is /so/ not convinced
[22:16:11] <gumbal1> "…"
[22:16:31] <TeslaTornado> Serge is obviously not representing the human race well in terms of cleverness and intellect.
[22:16:39] <FlameShirt> The triped does not say these things like it justifies them.
[22:16:59] <Riemann> Hilbert has heard this speech before, at Los Alamos
[22:17:14] <lurkd> *sigh* "Alright moving on."
[22:17:19] <lurkd> Ivan turns his back.
[22:17:43] <lurkd> ~this is such tripe~
[22:18:10] <padri> Laura likes the sound of moving on. This thing is scary. It seems to her that it could destroy whole worlds.
[22:18:29] <FlameShirt> "This was a demonstration." The organism gestures to a screen, showing a rocky planet. A red orb floats onto the stage.
[22:18:43] <Turncoat> 4df+6 (Soul-Sight) Bellard tries to see if they have hostile intent with it.
[22:18:44] <TeslaTornado> Serge looks at the red orb.
[22:18:45] <Glacon> Turncoat: (Soul-Sight) Bellard tries to see if they have hostile intent with it.: 6 (4df+6=4-, 0, 0, 3+)
[22:19:07] <FlameShirt> Bellard, they seem more guilty and embarrassed than hostile.
[22:19:15] <Riemann> Hilbert, the smart cookie he is, realises that this is a "don't fuck with us" seminar
[22:19:16] <lurkd> Ivan looks at the screen.
[22:19:46] <gumbal1> Harlan turns to the screen
[22:20:06] <padri> Laura turns to the screen. She wishes she'd stayed at home.
[22:20:10] <TeslaTornado> Serge looks at the flowers. He doesn't think he wants to see what's going to happen.
[22:20:32] <Riemann> Regardless of his disdain, Hilbert looks towards the screen, his curiousity overpowering him
[22:21:38] <FlameShirt> The orb makes a noise like sucking in breath and vanishes. On the screen, a huge flash of light appears on one continent. A few seconds later, the screen turns to a total white out. Through the glass, one of the suns leaps is briefly outshone by a point of brilliant light.
[22:21:51] <padri> Laura would far rather see the flowers, but she's transfixed by the planet.
[22:21:55] <FlameShirt> The whiteout fades, showing empty space.
[22:22:08] <lurkd> "Obliterated."
[22:22:14] <padri> Laura pales.
[22:22:15] <Riemann> (Wouldn't it show distorted space?)
[22:22:25] <gumbal1> Harlan shudders
[22:22:28] <FlameShirt> The red orb reappears.
[22:22:40] <Turncoat> Bellard sighs, running a hand through his hair. At least they weren't planning on using it.
[22:22:44] <Riemann> "For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast, And breathed in the face of the foe as he passed; And the eyes of the sleepers waxed deadly and chill, And their hearts but once heaved, and for ever grew still!"
[22:22:55] <Riemann> Hilbert mutters to himself
[22:23:05] <TeslaTornado> Serge heard that. He shivers.
[22:23:15] <padri> Does Laura hear it?
[22:23:18] <lurkd> Ivan rolls his eyes. "No need for quoting biblical verses."
[22:23:20] <Riemann> (People can hear it, not the aliens)
[22:23:30] <padri> Laura holds her elbows.
[22:23:45] <Riemann> "Lord Byron, Dr. Zakharov."
[22:23:59] <gumbal1> Harlan says the Sh'ma under his breath
[22:24:11] <Turncoat> Albert trues to keep himself together. All that potential, all the aura…just gone.
[22:24:40] <lurkd> "Not familiar with either."
[22:24:50] <ProcyonLotor> "Always preferred Shelley myself."
[22:25:00] <ProcyonLotor> He frowns deeply at the image.
[22:25:31] <padri> Laura is very upset.
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[22:25:46] <lurkd> Ivan is the definition of apathy right now.
[22:25:47] <TeslaTornado> Serge steps back and puts a hand on Laura's shoulder.
[22:25:59] <Riemann> Hilbert's heart is as black as the region of distorted space that was once a planet
[22:26:19] <padri> Laura puts a hand on Serge's, gripping it tightly.
[22:26:57] <Turncoat> "This is not the ending of life, nor is it the continuation of life. It's a requiem, the funeral song…" Albert speaks lowly
[22:27:14] <FlameShirt> "Secondly, we will show how these two items are combined." The organism gestures to the black sphere and the polygon. "By freezing time at a point when the objects mass is extremely high, we can control many things. This combination has two settings, a passive and an active setting."
[22:27:17] <lurkd> "I swear if one more person quotes…"
[22:27:29] <ProcyonLotor> "Absolutely ghastly. I hope whatever blood money they're paying is worth it."
[22:27:54] <lurkd> "It's just a planet, Professor."
[22:28:00] <padri> ~Perhaps it would be best /not/ to tell Katie about this adventure.~
[22:28:13] <padri> Laura looks at Ivan, surprised he would say something like that.
[22:28:36] <Riemann> "I think it's the principle, Dr. Zakharov. They've obviously used this before."
[22:28:47] <gumbal1> "Just a planet. Aplanet full of potential life."
[22:29:09] <padri> "Ivan, Katie lives on a planet."
[22:29:13] <lurkd> Ivan concludes that this is not the setting to start an argument.
[22:29:28] <TeslaTornado> "Laura. Now is not the time."
[22:29:35] <lurkd> He looks at Laura… then the floor… then back at the screen.
[22:29:38] <ProcyonLotor> "I cannot think of a single weapon designed as a deterrent that has not been used. And the fact that they are willing to demonstrate it for the six of us is incredibly concerning. What would they destroy if we'd brought 12 more folks along?"
[22:29:38] <FlameShirt> The organism stands near the glass screen, waiting for the groups attention to fall on the suns. "I wish to point out that no life was present on that planet, nor was it likely to. We were as through as we could be in our checks."
[22:29:57] <ProcyonLotor> Tyler knows all about their "checks". He scowls.
[22:30:02] <lurkd> Ivan felt something with Laura's words.
[22:30:40] <padri> Laura doesn't care. The implication that life could have been on that planet is enough.
[22:30:41] <lurkd> *ahem*
[22:30:53] <Riemann> Hilbert decides to ask the triped about their techniques, later
[22:30:54] <Turncoat> Bellard is tempted to investigate, but chooses not too.
[22:30:56] <TeslaTornado> Serge also scowls. The last "check" the Commonwealth did put them in the path of a homicidal stellar body.
[22:33:24] <FlameShirt> "This first sun will demonstrate the passive setting and the second will indicate the active setting." The red orb vanishes.
[22:33:26] <FlameShirt> Initially, nothing happens.
[22:33:40] <Riemann> (Gasp)
[22:33:42] <gumbal1> He turns to the glass
[22:33:47] <padri> ~They're going to do something to a sun?~
[22:33:58] <Riemann> Hilbert knows. He /knows/
[22:34:02] <TeslaTornado> Serge looks back at the flowers.
[22:34:08] <ProcyonLotor> "God damn them." Tyler whispers, and he doesn't even know what they're going to do.
[22:34:23] <padri> She holds Serge's hand super tight. Super tight. This isn't fun.
[22:34:25] <FlameShirt> The first sun begins to slowly contract and decrease in size.
[22:34:42] <lurkd> "A singularity?"
[22:34:48] <Riemann> Hilbert nods
[22:34:54] <lurkd> Ivan tilts his head.
[22:35:02] <FlameShirt> "Yes. This is the passive setting.", confirms the triped.
[22:35:03] <ProcyonLotor> "Shit. Are they going to?"
[22:35:04] <TeslaTornado> "What is a singularity?"
[22:35:16] <Riemann> "A point in space, infinitely dense."
[22:35:26] <Riemann> "Nothing can escape. Not even light."
[22:35:30] <padri> Laura knows what a singularity is and she doesn't like it.
[22:35:36] <lurkd> "Imagine all mass contracting to a single one dimensional point, Agent Malliard."
[22:35:55] <TeslaTornado> Serge thinks about that for a moment, then shivers. He doesn't like the sound of that.
[22:36:10] <FlameShirt> By the time the first sun has become roughly half its original size, the second sun begins to do the same, much more slowly.
[22:36:14] <padri> Somehow, watching this from the safety of … wherever they are is scarier than getting abducted by MC&D was.
[22:36:53] <ProcyonLotor> "I'm going to have a discussion with the Administrator when we get back."
[22:37:06] <Turncoat> "…Doesn't sound too good."
[22:37:11] <lurkd> "About what, Professor?"
[22:37:31] <ProcyonLotor> "His choice in allies."
[22:37:59] <Turncoat> "Strange bedfellows in strange times."
[22:38:03] <gumbal1> Harlan is speechless.
[22:38:16] <Riemann> Hilbert smiles a cold smile. "Didn't we do the same thing, on a smaller scale?" He says to Tyler
[22:38:17] <FlameShirt> The first sun is practically gone by this time. A tiny ball of fading light.
[22:38:32] <lurkd> "When you are hilariously outgunned, it makes little difference what your ethics are. Agent Harkess, would agree."
[22:38:36] <TeslaTornado> Serge just gapes at the screen.
[22:38:41] <ProcyonLotor> "We did. That was quite large enough for my liking."
[22:38:56] <lurkd> Ivan is stating this as if it were factual than argumentative.
[22:39:18] <FlameShirt> The first sun disappears, the last rays no longer able to escape, all the mass sucked in. The second sun looks… angry.
[22:39:35] <lurkd> Ivan winces at the screen.
[22:39:39] <ProcyonLotor> "They're not doing this to be friendly. No matter how much applause, this is intimidation."
[22:39:43] <padri> Laura is white as a sheet.
[22:39:51] <TeslaTornado> 4df+4 Does that star look familiar?
[22:39:52] <Glacon> TeslaTornado: Does that star look familiar?: 5 (4df+4=0, 0, 0, 3+)
[22:39:59] <padri> She agrees with Tyler so much.
[22:40:01] <lurkd> "I'm not naive, Professor. I'm fully aware what this is."
[22:40:12] <FlameShirt> Serge, you're pretty sure you've never seen it before.
[22:40:36] <Riemann> (All that can be seen in the place of the first sun is… Nothing. Close observation might grant some odd distortion around the emptiness)
[22:40:52] <padri> Laura does not want to observe closely.
[22:40:53] <ProcyonLotor> "If they feel the need to do such, I am very concerned about our long-term prospects."
[22:41:12] <FlameShirt> There's a weird halo around the point at the centre of the first sun.
[22:41:43] <ProcyonLotor> 4df+5 Orbs' reaction to stellarcide?
[22:41:43] <Glacon> ProcyonLotor: Orbs' reaction to stellarcide?: 5 (4df+5=3+, 0, 4-, 0)
[22:41:51] <lurkd> "Then we have little choice but to obey." He looks at the Professor with a raised eyebrow as if he doesn't actually mean this.
[22:41:58] <Riemann> "I think they're just reminding us. Where we stand."
[22:42:08] <FlameShirt> The two red orbs are just bob at the back of the room.
[22:42:50] <FlameShirt> The second sun is barely half contracted when it suddenly turns a brilliant white.
[22:42:56] <Turncoat> "Honestly, they don't even like this thing.
[22:42:57] <padri> "We had no intention …"
[22:43:02] <FlameShirt> It's contraction begins to reverse.
[22:43:08] <Riemann> ~Supernova?~
[22:43:09] <TeslaTornado> Serge actually jumps at that.
[22:43:11] <Turncoat> "They look more guilty and embarrassed than anything to me."
[22:43:23] <lurkd> Ivan squints from the brightness.
[22:43:27] <ProcyonLotor> "These are not affairs we should be meddling in. We have far more to lose than to gain."
[22:43:29] <ProcyonLotor> Tyler winces.
[22:44:12] <padri> Laura is terrified of the commonwealth now.
[22:44:39] <gumbal1> "…why?"
[22:44:42] <padri> She starts to feel a little light-headed.
[22:44:48] <Riemann> Hilbert is beginning to draw parallels to America
[22:44:55] <lurkd> "Because they can, Mr. Cohen."
[22:44:59] <TeslaTornado> Serge gives Laura's shoulder a squeeze.
[22:45:09] <TeslaTornado> "Laura."
[22:45:10] <FlameShirt> The sun goes supernova, a brilliant shockwave drives outwards.
[22:45:16] <lurkd> Ivan looks at Laura.
[22:45:26] <Riemann> ~I thought so~
[22:45:26] <padri> Laura doesn't look entirely well.
[22:45:37] <lurkd> "Mr. Cohen… assistance."
[22:45:43] <lurkd> He snaps his fingers.
[22:45:59] <lurkd> *snappy*
[22:46:02] <TeslaTornado> Serge strategically moves his hand to Laura's mid-back. "Miss Moodie, I believe you may be fainting."
[22:46:07] <Riemann> "How many years behind are we… Project Crossroads…"
[22:46:26] <padri> Laura nods, leaning into him.
[22:46:27] <lurkd> (gumbal1)
[22:46:43] <padri> She's tryin not to.
[22:46:51] <Turncoat> Bellard sees a very similar scene, albeit one more abstract.
[22:46:57] <lurkd> "Cohen!" He snaps in front of his nose trying to get him to quit gawking at the screen.
[22:46:58] <gumbal1> "Hm?"
[22:47:09] <lurkd> He points to the fainting Laura.
[22:47:17] <TeslaTornado> Serge looks over at Ivan. "Just get over here, Doctor."
[22:47:22] <FlameShirt> The shockwave peters out, leaving a nebula of gas with a small white dwarf at its centre.
[22:47:26] <TeslaTornado> His tone is polite but commanding.
[22:47:26] <gumbal1> "Oh…oh dear. Terribly sorry."
[22:47:39] <FlameShirt> The crowd is utterly silent.
[22:47:39] <lurkd> Ivan pushes Harlan forward and follows.
[22:47:56] <gumbal1> 4df+5 help the poor woman
[22:47:57] <Glacon> gumbal1: help the poor woman: 7 (4df+5=0, 3+, 0, 3+)
[22:48:33] <padri> Laura is helped. She is probably sat down. She refuses to watch anymore.
[22:49:41] <lurkd> *sigh*
[22:49:53] <lurkd> Ivan pinches the bridge of his nose and refocuses.
[22:49:59] <Riemann> Others now know what Hill had seen, and why he went mad. It's up to them to piece it together, though
[22:50:13] <lurkd> ~an uncomfortable conversation is in my future‘
[22:50:15] <padri> Laura does not know. She does not know he was involved at all.
[22:50:20] <gumbal1> "Terribly sorry. I just…" He stares back at the white dwarf
[22:50:41] <lurkd> "It’s fine Mr. Cohen. Just stay focused."
[22:50:44] <ProcyonLotor> "Jesus Christ. Sickeningly cavalier…"
[22:50:50] <padri> Laura looks the other way. She clutches the table and stares at the funky food. Does any of it look recognizable?
[22:51:00] <ProcyonLotor> He's using all his $20 words to describe his horror.
[22:51:07] <FlameShirt> No-one in the crowd is speaking. All stare up at the group. The triped is avoiding looking at you. The red orb reappears.
[22:51:21] <FlameShirt> Laura, there's some small sandwiches.
[22:51:37] <TeslaTornado> Serge looks back out at the audience. He's the picture of awe and terror.
[22:51:48] <Riemann> Hilbert looks at the crowd, studying their faces.
[22:51:49] <padri> She just looks at the food. She finds it strange that they would have food that she would recognize.
[22:51:54] <TeslaTornado> Wide-eyed and purse-lipped, rather blanched.
[22:52:08] <padri> She tries not to think about being the focus of attention as they're being intimidated like this.
[22:52:19] <padri> If she did, she might faint anyway.
[22:52:40] <FlameShirt> The crowd don't look scary. They look more terrified of the group.
[22:52:57] <ProcyonLotor> Tyler averts his gaze.
[22:52:59] <lurkd> "…So what now?" Ivan looks at the host.
[22:53:07] <padri> Doesn't matter. That's still a scary reaction with all the implications.
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[22:53:28] <lurkd> Ivan does not partake in alien cuisine.
[22:54:24] <ProcyonLotor> Neither does Tyler. Probably made of ground kitten bones or something.
[22:54:45] <padri> Laura wouldn't be surprised.
[22:54:50] <gumbal1> Harlan isn'tt hungry. Besides, it probably wasn't kosher, anyways.
[22:54:54] <TeslaTornado> 4df+14 (Perc + Survival + Wilderness Expert) What's the food look like it's made of?
[22:54:55] <Glacon> TeslaTornado: (Perc + Survival + Wilderness Expert) What's the food look like it's made of?: 14 (4df+14=4-, 3+, 0, 0)
[22:55:04] <ProcyonLotor> Tyler sits down next to Laura, make sure she's fine.
[22:55:06] <FlameShirt> "I…" The triped stops itself and gestures to the red orb, which engulfs the missile on the stage. "No more of those devices exist within the Commonwealth anymore." The black sphere and polygon remain on the stage.
[22:55:11] <padri> Besides, after what she's seen, it's sickening that they would have food for them. Food is for your houseguests, not your enemies.
[22:55:37] <lurkd> "For good reason I presume. They are illegal yes?"
[22:55:39] <FlameShirt> Serge, chicken? Turkey? Smell like it. It's pretty familiar.
[22:55:42] <ProcyonLotor> Or at least they can smile at you while sharpening your knives.
[22:55:45] <FlameShirt> Smells*
[22:56:00] <padri> Laura is very scared, but she seems mostly fine.
[22:56:19] <TeslaTornado> Serge eats one of the bits of food. His hands are shaking a little.
[22:56:42] <Riemann> "They are weapons of the state. Only to be used in the worst of cases… Whoever decides what that is." Hilbert mutters to himself
[22:56:43] <FlameShirt> Serge, it's chicken.
[22:56:46] <padri> Laura watches Serge to make sure he's okay.
[22:57:01] <padri> She wouldn't be surprised if it were poisoned.
[22:57:06] <TeslaTornado> Serge blinks a few times. "…"
[22:57:10] <Turncoat> Bellard just looks uncomfortable.
[22:57:16] <FlameShirt> Serge is fine. They taste alright.
[22:57:26] <lurkd> Ivan slaps the sandwich out of Serge's hand.
[22:57:32] <lurkd> *swat*
[22:57:41] <lurkd> <.<
[22:57:44] <TeslaTornado> "We are taken to a planet millions of miles of home and shown weapons of mass destruction, and they serve us chicken."
[22:57:52] <TeslaTornado> Serge barely registers the sandwich swat.
[22:57:58] <padri> Laura will not be eating chicken tonight.
[22:58:05] <Riemann> "The banality of evil."
[22:58:19] <lurkd> Ivan doesn't say anything, just turns back to the host.
[22:58:22] <TeslaTornado> Serge understands the sentiment.
[22:58:30] <FlameShirt> "Can I… Ple…" The triped's voice is shaking so damn hard.
[22:58:35] <ProcyonLotor> "It's a level beyond evil. They just simply do not care."
[22:58:53] <padri> She turns to the triped. What's wrong with it?
[22:58:55] <TeslaTornado> Serge looks up at the triped. Something resembling pity comes through when he registers the guy's voice.
[22:58:59] <Riemann> Hilbert turns his attention to the triped, listening politely
[22:59:01] <FlameShirt> The most of the human-baselines in the crowd are crying.
[22:59:19] <gumbal1> (Is the missile still there?)
[22:59:21] <lurkd> "Out with it." Ivan's voice is about an octave lower and has little patience left for the host.
[22:59:22] <Turncoat> "This is getting out of hand."
[22:59:29] <ProcyonLotor> Tyler feels not a twinge of sympathy.
[22:59:30] <TeslaTornado> 4df+7 (Perc tagged anomalous) What's that triped's aura look like? What color?
[22:59:30] <Glacon> TeslaTornado: (Perc tagged anomalous) What's that triped's aura look like? What color?: 6 (4df+7=3+, 4-, 4-, 0)
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[23:00:32] <gumbal1> He turns to the Triped. "Why are you showing us this?"
[23:00:37] <FlameShirt> Serge, its some mixed of blues and greens and black. You get the impression it is deeply sad, but wishes to prove itself better.
[23:01:07] <TeslaTornado> Serge passes what he sees on to Albert.
[23:01:17] <FlameShirt> "Because I… We… Wish to not hide anything. But we hope to show you a better side." The tripeds voice becomes slightly smoother.
[23:01:42] <padri> Laura doesn't believe it.
[23:01:56] <gumbal1> "What makes up for a star destroyer?"
[23:02:04] <padri> They're just giving ice cream to make the humans less upset about the medicine.
[23:02:12] <Riemann> "Yes, how you've moved beyond weapons, to peaceful applications. There will never be such horror again, will there? Unless, of course, it's absolutely necessary."
[23:02:15] <padri> She's a mother; she can't be fooled by such tactics.
[23:02:24] <lurkd> "Precisley. Excellent retort, Mr. Cohen."
[23:03:39] <FlameShirt> "A star maker.", the triped says trying to sound triumphant, but mostly coming out as sad. It indicates a gas giant on one of the screens, which several moons around it. The red orb on the stage vanishes once more.
[23:04:04] <lurkd> Ivan watches.
[23:04:14] <TeslaTornado> Serge looks at the screen incredulously.
[23:04:16] <Riemann> "Life is not a fungible commodity…" Hilbert is on a muttering streak
[23:04:26] <padri> Although the triped is starting to remind her of a child, trying to impress the mother who's just seen it killing rats to learn things.
[23:04:58] <padri> She has a conflicted feeling of mother-mode. That would not be a pleasant child.
[23:04:59] <FlameShirt> The clouds on the gas giant swirl prettily. Small up-swellings begin to appear in the clouds.
[23:05:00] <lurkd> Ivan can't help but agree with Hilbert's comment.
[23:05:14] <ProcyonLotor> "This isn't a sum-zero game."
[23:05:28] <Riemann> Hilbert observes
[23:05:35] <Riemann> The sun, that is
[23:05:41] <gumbal1> "Bringing life into this world does not justify taking it."
[23:05:45] <padri> Laura watches, too, this time.
[23:05:54] <padri> Laura nods to what Harlan says.
[23:06:04] <FlameShirt> The bigger up-swellings accompany bursts of light.
[23:06:11] <FlameShirt> Hilbert, it's a gas giant right now.
[23:06:20] <padri> She knows what it is to bring life about, and it would be tainted by being balanced with life destroyed.
[23:06:23] <Turncoat> "Do these assigments have case-names?
[23:06:35] <Turncoat> "I have the perfect one for this."
[23:06:53] <TeslaTornado> "I've never heard case names if they have them."
[23:07:01] <gumbal1> "Are you absolutely sure you will never employ weaponry of that caliber in the future?"
[23:07:25] <Riemann> ~Can't the creation of a star be just as deadly?~ Hilbert thinks about thermonuclear weapons
[23:07:50] <padri> She wouldn't believe them no matter what they said.
[23:08:03] <FlameShirt> The triped ignores the questions, looking at the screen. The entire surface of the gas giant has become luminous.
[23:08:35] <Riemann> (Wasn't it already luminous?)
[23:08:39] <lurkd> "Hmmm…"
[23:08:39] <gumbal1> Harlan looks at the screen.
[23:08:42] <Riemann> (Being a star and all)
[23:08:43] <TeslaTornado> (MOAR LUMINOUS)
[23:08:56] <padri> Laura does not like this, either. They're cooking a planet. How is that better than destroying one?
[23:09:07] <gumbal1> [LUMINOSITY INTENSIFIES]
[23:11:14] <FlameShirt> The surface has transformed, resembling a mid-sequence small star. "Those moons will now warm and become habitable. We have created many new living spaces this way. Much more than have ever been destroyed."
[23:11:47] <ProcyonLotor> "Wasn't your decision to make," Tyler mutters.
[23:11:48] <padri> Laura isn't buying it.
[23:11:58] <padri> They destroyed a whole planet
[23:11:59] <Riemann> 4df+12 (Do the moons have an atmosphere?)
[23:11:59] <Glacon> Riemann: (Do the moons have an atmosphere?): 14 (4df+12=0, 3+, 3+, 0)
[23:12:00] <Turncoat> "You cannot replace lost potential."
[23:12:01] <padri> And two whole suns
[23:12:01] <TeslaTornado> Serge isn't okay with playing God like that.
[23:12:11] <padri> That's a lot of things that aren't livable right now.
[23:12:26] <FlameShirt> Hilbert, there's some hazing near the surface of the moons.
[23:12:32] <lurkd> "Interesting."
[23:12:51] <lurkd> Ivan observes the screen more intently than before.
[23:13:02] <Riemann> Hilbert nods. "They seem suitable. They have atmosphere, at the least."
[23:13:02] <lurkd> "Is this how /humans/ were made?"
[23:13:22] <TeslaTornado> "If it was, that would explain why they have chicken and roses here."
[23:13:29] <FlameShirt> "If it was, it was not by us." says the triped.
[23:13:37] <lurkd> "Noted."
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[23:14:53] <padri> Laura shakes her head. Humans were made by God.
[23:15:17] <Riemann> (Wait, there's a certain range of habitable celestial bodies in a sun's orbit. Do they all fit? And hasn't the gravitational pull of the sun changed?)
[23:15:46] <gumbal1> Harlan blinks.
[23:15:48] <Riemann> (Last one, I swear)
[23:15:58] <FlameShirt> You can't guess just by looking. That stuff is complicated. The triped seems to think it'll be fine.
[23:16:08] <Turncoat> Humans evolved. Among much messing around by other things.
[23:16:23] <padri> God was involved. Laura knows this.
[23:16:51] <Turncoat> Bellard doesn't know what god would have given him this sight.
[23:17:22] <padri> Laura doesn't know what Bellard thinks.
[23:17:31] <TeslaTornado> Serge thinks he was found under a rock in the woods at birth.
[23:18:02] <gumbal1> "Out of curiosity, does anyone here know Adonai?"
[23:18:07] <Turncoat> "What?"
[23:18:14] <TeslaTornado> "What?"
[23:18:28] <lurkd> "I do."
[23:18:33] <gumbal1> "I was more talking to the commonwealth."
[23:18:47] <lurkd> "Ah."
[23:18:49] <FlameShirt> The screens filled with planets fade. Scenes of busy urban centres in fantastical cities appear in their place. Vehicles speed through the cities. Injured and ill-creatures are shown being placed into small black sphere machines.
[23:19:02] <lurkd> "Now's not the time to be giving lessons though."
[23:19:23] <TeslaTornado> "That's a segue."
[23:19:58] <padri> Laura doesn't like it. All of this progress seems tainted by what she's just seen.
[23:20:05] <Riemann> Hilbert raises eyebrows cynically
[23:20:24] <Riemann> Putting lipstick on a pig doesn't make it beautiful
[23:20:30] <TeslaTornado> He looks around at the near-humans.
[23:20:54] <Turncoat> Hey. Lipstick on pigs is how medical experiments work.
[23:21:29] <padri> Laura looks at none of the non-humans.
[23:21:35] <padri> She does not want to see them.
[23:21:49] <FlameShirt> The triped gestures feebly. The near-humans are no longer crying. They just seem defeated.
[23:22:14] <Riemann> More icy smiles from Hilbert
[23:22:50] <lurkd> "And can you enlighten us with more context?"
[23:23:03] <padri> Laura also does not want to see Hilbert's icy smile.
[23:23:20] <padri> Laura wants no more context. She wants to go home.
[23:24:12] <FlameShirt> Some of the screens change to scene of vast starships trawling the void, a vibrant scenes of commerce and exploration.
[23:24:38] <padri> If they wanted her to be impressed, they should have shown this first.
[23:24:39] <FlameShirt> "What context would you want?" The triped's voice has turned icy.
[23:25:07] <Turncoat> "Can we not enrage the powerful organisms with super-tech?"
[23:25:21] <lurkd> "Is this the purpose of the commonwealth?"
[23:25:37] <lurkd> "Create, build, explore…"
[23:25:43] <Riemann> ~Propaganda is not to be questioned~
[23:26:42] <FlameShirt> "Yes. This is our purpose that we have given ourselves. Mutual co-operation and building a better life. Death is anathema. I understand if that is not convincing."
[23:28:00] <FlameShirt> The triped coughs. "We can show you why these weapons were built, if you so desire."
[23:28:05] <gumbal1> "Then if the commonwealth's agenda is against death, who built that superweapon?"
[23:28:18] <Turncoat> "Give them a chance to explain."
[23:28:24] <TeslaTornado> Serge /really/ doesn't like where this is going.
[23:28:49] <padri> Laura knows why they were built. They were built for something useful, like mining, or because there was some enemy. Why are weapons ever built?
[23:29:00] <lurkd> "Is it for… a dangerous enemy?"
[23:29:23] <lurkd> Ivan ponders if the commonwealth has an enemy equally powerful.
[23:30:35] <Riemann> ~Hilbert thinks of The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism~
[23:30:51] <FlameShirt> The triped gestures to a red orb which floats to centre stage. A portal manifests itself next to the orb. "The most dangerous." It gestures to the portal. "This will lead you several hundred years into our past. I cannot guarantee your safety if you wish to find out why."
[23:31:24] <gumbal1> "If there's any chance one of us could get hurt,I'm going."
[23:31:34] <padri> Laura looks at her colleagues. She does not, and she hopes no one else does.
[23:31:37] <TeslaTornado> Serge looks at his rifle and at the portal. "… Anyone else going through that?"
[23:31:43] <padri> She wants to get home to Katie.
[23:31:45] <ProcyonLotor> Tyler, perhaps because his spirit is utterly broken, heads towards the portal.
[23:31:54] <Riemann> Hilbert walks forth, curious
[23:32:21] <gumbal1> Harlan follows Tyler
[23:32:26] <lurkd> Ivan steps in.
[23:32:31] <lurkd> *whoosh*
[23:32:38] <TeslaTornado> Serge looks very seriously at Laura. "I am going to go through. If you want to stay here, stay. And if I don't come back…" He shrugs. "Tell my mother."
[23:32:40] <padri> She stays where she is, waiting until none of her colleagues are left before following.
[23:32:43] <TeslaTornado> Then he heads for the portal.
[23:32:45] <ProcyonLotor> He steps in behind Ivan.
[23:32:57] <Riemann> Before he enters, he turns to the triped. "One of these days, you'll have to teach me how to make these wormholes."
[23:33:00] <gumbal1> Harlan steps in
[23:33:01] <TeslaTornado> He's behind Harlan in the pecking order.
[23:33:09] <FlameShirt> Everyone that enters, roll mental defence.
[23:33:18] <lurkd> 4df+6 mental
[23:33:19] <Glacon> lurkd: mental: 5 (4df+6=4-, 0, 4-, 3+)
[23:33:19] <Turncoat> Bellard follows, completely regretting it.
[23:33:23] <padri> 4df+5 Laura stands. She looks panicky, but she follows. She does not want to be left alone with the aliens.
[23:33:24] <Glacon> padri: Laura stands. She looks panicky, but she follows. She does not want to be left alone with the aliens.: 3 (4df+5=4-, 3+, 4-, 4-)
[23:33:27] <TeslaTornado> 4df+3 Think, Serge!
[23:33:28] <Riemann> 4df+3 (Urg not Hill
[23:33:28] <Glacon> TeslaTornado: Think, Serge!: 0 (4df+3=4-, 4-, 4-, 0)
[23:33:28] <Glacon> Riemann: (Urg not Hill: 3 (4df+3=0, 4-, 0, 3+)
[23:33:31] <TeslaTornado> (FUCK)
[23:33:42] <Turncoat> 4df+5 mental
[23:33:42] <Glacon> Turncoat: mental: 6 (4df+5=3+, 4-, 0, 3+)
[23:33:43] <Riemann> ~Looks like we have another Sam~
[23:34:03] <gumbal1> 4df+5
[23:34:04] <Glacon> gumbal1: 3 (4df+5=4-, 4-, 0, 0)
[23:34:38] <FlameShirt> Everyone is completely blinded by the brightest light you've ever seen. You stumble about, the rocky ground is shaking.
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[23:34:48] <ProcyonLotor> 4df+6 little bit late
[23:34:49] <Glacon> ProcyonLotor: little bit late: 5 (4df+6=4-, 0, 3+, 4-)
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[23:34:56] <FlameShirt> Similar to above.
[23:34:57] <lurkd> Ivan puts his hands up to try and adjust his vision.
[23:35:22] <Riemann> Hilbert squints in the light
[23:35:23] <FlameShirt> A wave of noise hits you next, gunfire and explosions and distant rumbles.
[23:35:24] <TeslaTornado> Serge covers his eyes with his hands, peeking between fingers.
[23:35:40] <TeslaTornado> Gunfire. "*GUNFIRE! EVERYONE DOWN, NOW!*"
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[23:35:48] <Riemann> War.
[23:36:03] <TeslaTornado> His voice is… Very different.
[23:36:07] <padri> Laura flinches. She falls to the floor.
[23:36:25] <Riemann> Hilbert drops to the ground, drawing his guns. He checks his pockets to check that the octogen is still there.
[23:36:27] <lurkd> Ivan is still standing.
[23:36:33] <Turncoat> Bellard just tries to crouch and do what the soldiers do.
[23:36:37] <Turncoat> He doesn't like war.
[23:36:42] <Turncoat> Not after FRance.
[23:36:43] <gumbal1> Harlan scowls
[23:36:45] <TeslaTornado> Serge takes a knee and slams the bolt home on his rifle.
[23:36:54] <Riemann> He does.
[23:36:58] <gumbal1> Nuremberg was a shithole
[23:37:06] <FlameShirt> Blinking through the light, you see you're on the side of a mountian, looking down into a valley. The portal is gone from behind you. The air is filled with planes and sleak flying machines you don't recognise. Bullets and missiles fill the air.
[23:37:07] <lurkd> 4df+5 looking
[23:37:08] <Glacon> lurkd: looking: 4 (4df+5=0, 4-, 4-, 3+)
[23:37:24] <Riemann> 4df+18 War Science!
[23:37:24] <Glacon> Riemann: War Science!: 19 (4df+18=3+, 4-, 0, 3+)
[23:37:25] <TeslaTornado> (Do I get a perception bonus for having a scope or)
[23:37:36] <FlameShirt> Ivan, you see Foundation markings on most of the air machines.
[23:37:48] <lurkd> "Um…."
[23:37:57] <lurkd> "These are us?"
[23:38:06] <padri> "Us?" Laura is scared.
[23:38:06] <Turncoat> "What?"
[23:38:09] <padri> She looks up.
[23:38:11] <Turncoat> "Explain, Ivan!"
[23:38:13] <padri> "Why would we …"
[23:38:13] <lurkd> "Observe."
[23:38:21] <lurkd> He points to the symbols.
[23:38:25] <TeslaTornado> 4df+4 Serge pulls his binoculars and observes the shit out of everything.
[23:38:26] <Glacon> TeslaTornado: Serge pulls his binoculars and observes the shit out of everything.: 3 (4df+4=0, 4-, 4-, 3+)
[23:38:40] <padri> Laura is shocked.
[23:38:42] <FlameShirt> Down in the vally, you see a huge crowd of tripeds, thousands, making for a portal at the end of the valley.
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[23:38:58] <TeslaTornado> Serge points.
[23:39:03] <FlameShirt> Vast numbers of flying machines emerge out of the portal, over their heads, engaging the Foundation machines.
[23:39:04] <lurkd> "Hm… seems we have been stranded yet again."
[23:39:15] <Riemann> "…Fantastic."
[23:39:18] <lurkd> Ivan just watches.
[23:39:19] <padri> "How do we get home?"
[23:39:26] <Turncoat> "We fight on."
[23:39:28] <FlameShirt> You see ground troops, humans. They fire indiscriminately into the crowds.
[23:39:29] <gumbal1> "…what the hell?"
[23:39:45] <lurkd> "Ah… another iteration…"
[23:39:46] <padri> Laura shakes her head. She's a woman. She can't fight.
[23:39:46] <TeslaTornado> Serge draws a bead on the infantrymen, just in case.
[23:39:46] <Riemann> "Hm…"
[23:39:48] <lurkd> Ivan nods.
[23:40:06] <padri> ~I should have stayed behind …~
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[23:40:17] <lurkd> Ivan stands in front of Laura and quick draws, though there is nothing to shoot at yet.
[23:40:32] <padri> Laura is very glad of Ivan's actions anyway.
[23:40:39] <TeslaTornado> 4df+4 is there any cover around?
[23:40:39] <Glacon> TeslaTornado: is there any cover around?: 4 (4df+4=4-, 3+, 4-, 3+)
[23:40:49] <FlameShirt> Above you, bright steaks of light orbit around one another. Clouds of gas and purple explosions expand and contract between the orbiting squadrons.
[23:41:01] <Riemann> Hilbert has his guns ready, and his explosives aren't yet armed, but waiting
[23:41:07] <FlameShirt> There's boulders nearby, but mostly plains.
[23:41:25] <TeslaTornado> Serge gets behind one of the boulders and braces his rifle atop it. He's not taking any chances.
[23:41:41] <Riemann> "…This is in the past?"
[23:41:46] <FlameShirt> Bullets start to pepper the ground at your feet, coming from both the Foundation and triped machines.
[23:41:54] <Turncoat> "Or the future for us."
[23:42:00] <lurkd> "Alright… we've seen enough. Open the return portal.
[23:42:03] <lurkd> *"
[23:42:13] <FlameShirt> Ivan, nothing happens.
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[23:42:17] <lurkd> Ivan backs up.
[23:42:22] <TeslaTornado> 4df+9 (Stealth/Vive la Resistance) Serge attempts to hide from the shooters
[23:42:24] <Glacon> TeslaTornado: (Stealth/Vive la Resistance) Serge attempts to hide from the shooters: 8 (4df+9=3+, 0, 4-, 4-)
[23:42:31] <FlameShirt> Blue flashes appear in the sky.
[23:42:43] <FlameShirt> Serge, bullet fly all around you, but none hit.
[23:42:49] <gumbal1> Harlan quickly jumps back
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[23:42:58] <Turncoat> 4df+4 Bellard hides as well
[23:42:58] <Glacon> Turncoat: Bellard hides as well: 3 (4df+4=3+, 0, 4-, 4-)
[23:43:02] <Riemann> Hilbert is still low to the ground
[23:43:03] <lurkd> Ivan looks at Laura and grabs her hand. "Ms. Moodie… follow me to the this outcrop."
[23:43:14] <lurkd> He pulls her to the nearest boulder.
[23:43:19] <lurkd> >.>
[23:43:35] <FlameShirt> Streaks begin to appear in the skies, just below where the blue flashes occurred.
[23:44:32] <Riemann> (Be right back all. If I miss any rolls, remember, war science!)
[23:45:13] <lurkd> Ivan has her sit in the shadow of the boulder as he watches the battle nearby.
[23:45:21] <FlameShirt> Missiles from the flyers begin hitting the ground. A particularly large one chars in the middle of the triped crowd.
[23:45:38] <TeslaTornado> Serge prepares to return fire if anyone opens up on them.
[23:45:39] <lurkd> "…."
[23:45:48] <Turncoat> Albert holds his breath as the aura's disappear.
[23:45:52] <Turncoat> "They were…"
[23:45:57] <Turncoat> "Just there…"
[23:46:02] <lurkd> "Ms. Moodie… we'll be alright."
[23:46:05] <padri> Laura nods, runing with Ivan. She cowers against the boulder
[23:46:09] * padri is now known as padriscooking
[23:46:10] <FlameShirt> The streaks in the sky connect with the ground.
[23:46:10] <gumbal1> "…"
[23:46:15] <FlameShirt> The ground rumbles.
[23:46:23] <lurkd> "…."
[23:46:30] <padriscooking> ~I need to get back home to Katie.~
[23:46:31] <TeslaTornado> Serge flashes back to the Star.
[23:46:42] <FlameShirt> Distant mountains and cities flash-heat and melt.
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[23:48:02] <lurkd> "Where is the exit?"
[23:48:09] <lurkd> 4df+5 looking!
[23:48:09] <Glacon> lurkd: looking!: 2 (4df+5=4-, 4-, 4-, 0)
[23:48:23] <padriscooking> 4df+6 Looking for a possible way home again
[23:48:23] <Glacon> padriscooking: Looking for a possible way home again: 6 (4df+6=0, 0, 4-, 3+)
[23:48:31] <FlameShirt> Ivan, you see no exit, but a large flyer baring Foundation markings lands near the group, and the gunfire nearby abates slightly.
[23:48:36] <TeslaTornado> 4df+4 Serge helps look for the exit
[23:48:37] <Glacon> TeslaTornado: Serge helps look for the exit: 2 (4df+4=3+, 4-, 4-, 4-)
[23:48:41] <TeslaTornado> (redact)
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[23:49:13] <lurkd> "Excuse me! We need to be extracted!" Ivan yells.
[23:49:18] <lurkd> o/
[23:49:47] <Turncoat> 4df+5 Looks for a way out as well.
[23:49:48] <Glacon> Turncoat: Looks for a way out as well.: 4 (4df+5=4-, 4-, 0, 3+)
[23:50:16] <FlameShirt> Twenty-odd humans emerge from the flyer, clad in black armour and carrying firearms. They advance towards the group, weapons raised.
[23:50:32] <TeslaTornado> Serge carefully raises his Foundation ID badge above his head.
[23:50:38] <padriscooking> Laura looks terrified. They're going to be fired upon by their own men!
[23:50:41] <lurkd> Ivan quickly gets in front of Laura and produces an ID.
[23:50:54] <lurkd> "Calm."
[23:51:10] <FlameShirt> The men are running fast. Ivan, roll physical defence.
[23:51:24] <lurkd> 4df+4 not that sturdy!
[23:51:24] <Glacon> lurkd: not that sturdy!: 5 (4df+4=3+, 0, 3+, 4-)
[23:51:27] <padriscooking> Laura screams as Ivan gets hit.
[23:52:07] <FlameShirt> 4df+6 The lead solider hits Ivan in the jaw with the butt of his rifle.
[23:52:08] <Glacon> FlameShirt: The lead solider hits Ivan in the jaw with the butt of his rifle.: 7 (4df+6=4-, 0, 3+, 3+)
[23:52:15] <FlameShirt> -1 health, Ivan.
[23:52:20] <padriscooking> It's a really girly scream.
[23:52:28] <lurkd> *oomf*
[23:52:28] <gumbal1> "What the hell? What was that for?"
[23:52:46] <lurkd> Ivan tries to catch himself from falling completely on his ass.
[23:52:56] <lurkd> "…fine…"
[23:53:02] <Turncoat> "…Things are so out of hand…"
[23:53:03] <padriscooking> Laura goes over to him and freaks out over him.
[23:53:08] <FlameShirt> "GET IN THE FUCKING DROPSHIP RIGHT FUCKING NOW!" The lead solider fire several shots over your heads.
[23:53:10] <lurkd> Ivan cocks the hammer on his revolver.
[23:53:22] <lurkd> Or not.
[23:53:32] <TeslaTornado> Serge books it onto the dropship.
[23:53:33] <Turncoat> Bellard doesn't need to be told twice, running into the dropship.
[23:53:42] <gumbal1> Harlan gets in the dropship.
[23:53:43] <Turncoat> He's not a brave man.
[23:53:48] <lurkd> Ivan holsters instead. He grabs Laura and his shattered jaw and runs.
[23:54:15] <lurkd> He hustles, Laura in tow.
[23:54:27] <Riemann> Hilbert runs into the ship too
[23:54:40] <padriscooking> Laura bustles in with Ivan.
[23:55:09] <FlameShirt> As you bungling into the dropship, the soldiers look at you. If they didn't have masks, you'd see their grins. They advance on you, like fish in a barrel, placing handcuffs and black bags on your heads.
[23:55:13] <lurkd> Ivan secures Laura first. Then himself.
[23:55:24] <lurkd> redact
[23:55:48] <Riemann> If Hilbert's head could be seen, he'd be rolling his eyes in an annoyed manner
[23:55:49] <lurkd> (roll agility to break free?)
[23:56:09] <padriscooking> Laura is terrified of this. This is not how this is supposed to go!
[23:56:11] <FlameShirt> Go for it.
[23:56:13] <lurkd> 4df+2 "This is not necessary!"
[23:56:14] <Glacon> lurkd: "This is not necessary!": 4 (4df+2=0, 3+, 3+, 0)
[23:56:20] <gumbal1> ~Fucking military teaching me not to question orders~
[23:56:42] <Turncoat> 4df+6 To see if he can still see with his sight.
[23:56:43] <Glacon> Turncoat: To see if he can still see with his sight.: 7 (4df+6=0, 4-, 3+, 3+)
[23:56:51] <FlameShirt> 4df+6 The solider handling Ivan struggles with him.
[23:56:53] <Glacon> FlameShirt: The solider handling Ivan struggles with him.: 7 (4df+6=0, 3+, 4-, 3+)
[23:57:20] <gumbal1> 4df+5 fuck these bindings
[23:57:21] <Glacon> gumbal1: fuck these bindings: 4 (4df+5=4-, 3+, 4-, 0)
[23:57:35] <TeslaTornado> 4df+3 (Anomalous) Alright, has someone got my gun?
[23:57:36] <Glacon> TeslaTornado: (Anomalous) Alright, has someone got my gun?: 2 (4df+3=0, 4-, 3+, 4-)
[23:57:44] <lurkd> "We don't need to be subjugated you lummox!"
[23:57:50] <lurkd> *grunt*
[23:58:06] <FlameShirt> Ivan, you don't break free. You're strapped into the dropship. The solider prods you in the jaw.
[23:58:28] <padriscooking> "Stop that! We're foundation agents, too!"
[23:58:29] <FlameShirt> 4df+6 Harlan's struggle.
[23:58:30] <Glacon> FlameShirt: Harlan's struggle.: 7 (4df+6=0, 0, 3+, 0)
[23:58:30] <lurkd> *grumble* Ivan spits blood onto the floor. *poot*
[23:58:37] <FlameShirt> Harlan, you're stuck.
[23:58:43] <Riemann> "Would someone care to check our IDs? As outdated as they may be."
[23:58:51] <FlameShirt> Bellard, you can't see anything!
[23:58:54] <TeslaTornado> 4df+3 Can Serge get his ID out?
[23:58:54] <Glacon> TeslaTornado: Can Serge get his ID out?: 2 (4df+3=3+, 4-, 0, 4-)
[23:58:58] <TeslaTornado> (Agil)
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[23:59:02] <padriscooking> 4df+2 Struggling!
[23:59:03] <Glacon> padriscooking: Struggling!: 5 (4df+2=3+, 3+, 3+, 0)
[23:59:11] <Turncoat> Bellard cannot see with his soul-sight.
[23:59:16] <Turncoat> This is not good.
[23:59:16] <lurkd> "Laura, don't…"
[23:59:18] <FlameShirt> The solider takes an ID. He chucks to the ground.
[23:59:35] <FlameShirt> 4df+6 Laura's stuggle.
[23:59:36] <Glacon> FlameShirt: Laura's stuggle.: 8 (4df+6=3+, 4-, 3+, 3+)
[23:59:43] <FlameShirt> Laura, you're pretty stuck.
[23:59:43] <TeslaTornado> "I needed that for my lunch!"
[23:59:57] <Riemann> "How rude."
[00:00:08] <padriscooking> "Please! Why are you doing this!"
[00:00:21] <padriscooking> Laura's really scared and sad. She creys.
[00:00:23] <FlameShirt> "SHUT THE FUCK UP, KNUCKLEFUCKS!"
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[00:00:30] <padriscooking> You bastards. You made laura cry.
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[00:00:35] <Riemann> "Why else, but to secure, contain, protect?"
[00:00:36] <padriscooking> Laura cowers.
[00:00:38] <gumbal1> "You think I'm scared of you?! I faced electronic clowns worse than you!"
[00:00:46] <TeslaTornado> Serge shuffles over, putting his shoulder against Laura's.
[00:00:46] <FlameShirt> Laura, roll physical defence.
[00:00:47] <padriscooking> Laura's scared.
[00:01:03] <padriscooking> 4df+4 wimpy!
[00:01:04] <Glacon> padriscooking: wimpy!: 5 (4df+4=4-, 3+, 0, 3+)
[00:01:17] <FlameShirt> 4df+6 "STOP FUCKING CRYING"
[00:01:17] <Glacon> FlameShirt: "STOP FUCKING CRYING": 5 (4df+6=4-, 4-, 0, 3+)
[00:01:38] <FlameShirt> Laura, the solider smacks you in the face.
[00:01:45] <lurkd> "….."
[00:01:47] <lurkd> O.O
[00:01:58] <lurkd> Ivan unleashes the beast.
[00:02:03] <TeslaTornado> 4df+2 Serge front-kicks the guy who just did that in the kneecap.
[00:02:03] <padriscooking> What a good way to get her to stop crying! Actually, she tries, but it turns into more hiccupy sobs. Less tears, tho.
[00:02:04] <Glacon> TeslaTornado: Serge front-kicks the guy who just did that in the kneecap.: -1 (4df+2=4-, 0, 4-, 4-)
[00:02:15] <Riemann> (haha Serge)
[00:02:23] <FlameShirt> Serge, you just flail in your restraints.
[00:02:35] <TeslaTornado> 4df+2 Serge kicks some more.
[00:02:35] <Glacon> TeslaTornado: Serge kicks some more.: 4 (4df+2=3+, 3+, 0, 0)
[00:02:45] <lurkd> "GAAAAHHHH!" In russian: ["I am going to send your soul to netherspace when I get out of here!"]
[00:02:55] <FlameShirt> 4df+8
[00:02:56] <Glacon> FlameShirt: 7 (4df+8=0, 4-, 3+, 4-)
[00:03:01] <padriscooking> Laura is just more scared by all the yelling.
[00:03:06] <lurkd> Ivan is struggling like crazy.
[00:03:15] <FlameShirt> Serge, you hit against their armour. It hurts you like hell.
[00:03:23] <lurkd> *GRUNTING*
[00:03:32] <padriscooking> Laura shrinks back, falling to the floor.
[00:03:44] <FlameShirt> Ivan, you just can't get free. The straps dig into you.
[00:03:47] <Turncoat> Bellard just sort of shivers and stays still.
[00:03:53] <TeslaTornado> Serge stands near Ivan and Laura, defiant.
[00:04:10] <lurkd> Ivan don't care if his skin rips off. He's going to struggle.
[00:04:49] <lurkd> ["COWARDS!!! FUCKING COWARDS!!!"]
[00:04:57] <TeslaTornado> 4df+3 Serge tries to slip his restraints this time.
[00:04:57] <FlameShirt> The hoods come off. You're greeted with the sight of a world on fire.
[00:04:58] <Glacon> TeslaTornado: Serge tries to slip his restraints this time.: 6 (4df+3=3+, 3+, 0, 3+)
[00:05:08] <lurkd> ["YOUR LUCKY-…..]"
[00:05:12] <FlameShirt> More flashes occur on the surface.
[00:05:18] <lurkd> Ivan just stands there panting.
[00:05:32] <FlameShirt> 4df+6 Serge's struggling.
[00:05:33] <Glacon> FlameShirt: Serge's struggling.: 3 (4df+6=4-, 4-, 4-, 0)
[00:05:33] <gumbal1> Harlan blinks, then attempts to get out of his restraints.
[00:05:40] <gumbal1> 4df+5 FFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUU
[00:05:41] <Glacon> gumbal1: FFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUU: 5 (4df+5=0, 0, 3+, 4-)
[00:05:44] <FlameShirt> Serge, roll physical defence.
[00:05:51] <TeslaTornado> 4df+4 PDef
[00:05:52] <Glacon> TeslaTornado: PDef: 6 (4df+4=3+, 0, 0, 3+)
[00:05:57] <FlameShirt> 4df+6
[00:05:57] <Glacon> FlameShirt: 9 (4df+6=3+, 3+, 0, 3+)
[00:06:28] <FlameShirt> Serge, you break free and are immediately smacked to the brought by a solider from behind you. -2 health.
[00:06:32] * padriscooking is now known as padrieatsbrb
[00:06:36] <FlameShirt> smacked to the ground*
[00:06:52] * Riemann has left #homeimprovement ()
[00:06:54] <Turncoat> 4df+6 Bellard looks for life on the world with his Soul-Sight.
[00:06:55] * Riemann has joined #homeimprovement
[00:06:55] <Glacon> Turncoat: Bellard looks for life on the world with his Soul-Sight.: 6 (4df+6=4-, 4-, 3+, 3+)
[00:07:15] <lurkd> Ivan tries to fumble for his gun. (roll?)
[00:07:46] <FlameShirt> Bellard. There's life. There's evil and malevolent life. There's also kind and hopeful life. The good kind is dying. In so many numbers.
[00:07:59] <FlameShirt> Ivan, agility.
[00:08:09] <lurkd> 4df+2 Glacon please!
[00:08:10] <Glacon> lurkd: Glacon please!: 1 (4df+2=3+, 4-, 4-, 0)
[00:08:14] <lurkd> <.<
[00:08:19] <lurkd> (all of my hate)
[00:08:35] <Turncoat> "Oh dear deities…."
[00:08:39] <Turncoat> "They're all…."
[00:08:42] <gumbal1> (caps)
[00:08:56] <Turncoat> Tears come to his eyes, and he's trying hard to keep it togehter.
[00:09:10] <Riemann> "Dying? Welcome to war."
[00:09:19] <FlameShirt> Ivan, your rage makes you underestimate yourself. You actually manage to do it. You have your gun pointed at the lead solider. A red orb manifests at the end of the barrel.
[00:09:41] <Riemann> "Although from what we've seen, more of a geno-" Hilbert cuts off, watching Ivan
[00:10:24] <lurkd> "Move out of my line of fire!"
[00:10:35] <lurkd> Ivan adjusts his target.
[00:10:49] * padrieatsbrb is now known as padri
[00:11:10] <FlameShirt> The orb follows exactly.
[00:11:11] <lurkd> "Nobody treats my colleagues like this!"
[00:11:19] <lurkd> *ERG*
[00:11:29] <FlameShirt> "Enough have died." The orb expands, passing through everyone.
[00:11:37] <TeslaTornado> Do the others notice this?
[00:11:39] <lurkd> "Don't care!"
[00:11:49] <FlameShirt> You reappear on the stage.
[00:11:54] <padri> Laura is just sobbing in a ball on the floor.
[00:11:56] <lurkd> <.<
[00:11:57] <lurkd> >.>
[00:12:11] <lurkd> Ivan stomps his foot on the floor.
[00:12:25] <lurkd> *THUD*
[00:12:26] <Riemann> "That was theatrical."
[00:12:37] <padri> So terrified.
[00:12:42] <Turncoat> "…What was that?!" Bellard exclaims.
[00:12:47] <Turncoat> "All that death…"
[00:12:56] <lurkd> Ivan wants to shoot something so bad.
[00:13:02] <padri> Laura has never seen anything like that before.
[00:13:21] <padri> War. War is bad.
[00:13:30] <Turncoat> War. War never changes.
[00:13:35] <lurkd> *panting*
[00:13:35] <FlameShirt> "That was the year 41,697 AD on Gliese 445-C.", says the triped.
[00:13:36] * ProcyonDinner is now known as ProcyonLotor
[00:13:40] <FlameShirt> The crowd stares up at you all.
[00:13:47] <FlameShirt> They don't know what to expect.
[00:13:48] <padri> Laura wishes they wouldn't.
[00:13:56] <padri> She knows why they are so scared of them.
[00:13:59] <lurkd> "Bad year."
[00:14:04] <padri> She understands what this is all about.
[00:14:15] <padri> She wishes a hole would swallow her up.
[00:14:35] <lurkd> Ivan looks at his gun and releases the tension on the hammer. *click*
[00:14:36] <Riemann> There's a black hole visible
[00:14:40] <Turncoat> Albert is so confused, especially on his first field assignment.
[00:14:45] <FlameShirt> "You're nothing less than beautiful. No matter what you do or what you become."
[00:15:08] <lurkd> Ivan rubs his jaw. "Noted."
[00:15:18] <Riemann> That line seems to have an effect on Hilbert
[00:15:32] <Riemann> He blinks a couple of times, his eyes softening.
[00:15:52] <padri> Laura sobs. Her /daughter/ is in this organization.
[00:16:02] <lurkd> *sigh*
[00:16:13] <Riemann> He looks at the new star, noting how much it looks like an orange.
[00:16:16] <gumbal1> Harlan blinks.
[00:16:18] <lurkd> Ivan picks Laura up from the ground. "Ms. Moodie."
[00:16:25] <Riemann> ~Orange…~
[00:16:37] <padri> Laura bundles herself up in Ivan's arms.
[00:16:46] <lurkd> *ahem*
[00:16:53] <lurkd> He uncomfortably pats her back.
[00:17:03] <lurkd> "Are we done here?"
[00:17:05] <padri> She doesn't notice Ivan's discomfort.
[00:17:11] <Riemann> Hill shakes his head a couple times, then slowly puts on his glasses and takes some pills
[00:17:17] <gumbal1> "…I need something to drink."
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[00:18:09] <Turncoat> "I need to go stare at Dave for awhile….His aura is nice."
[00:18:10] <FlameShirt> "If you wish to be." A portal manifests. "We love you." The human-nearbaselines in the crowd look so goddamn hopeful.
[00:18:29] <FlameShirt> The inch to the edges of their seats, staring up.
[00:18:33] <FlameShirt> They*
[00:18:46] <padri> Laura can't look at any of them.
[00:18:50] <lurkd> Ivan leads Laura through.
[00:18:55] <padri> ~These are all people we destroy.~
[00:18:57] <gumbal1> Harlan can't either.
[00:19:02] <lurkd> He looks back at them after she is in.
[00:19:24] <Riemann> Hill looks particularly hurt. He knows he helped set that war in motion
[00:19:34] <lurkd> "…..we will… try… alright? We can't make promises."
[00:19:58] <Riemann> He is shaking too hard for the tears to be visible behind his glasses
[00:20:06] <FlameShirt> Most of the humans nod. They edge back slightly.
[00:20:09] <Turncoat> Bellard knows their fate. And for that his aura's becoming burning hot in his vision. It hurts. It hurts more than anything he's ever known or seen. He walks trough the portal, tears still in his eyes.
[00:20:28] <TeslaTornado> Serge just ignores the pain he's in. He puts a hand on Hilbert's shoulder and shuffles through the portal.
[00:20:50] <Riemann> (Hill now, big difference.)
[00:21:00] <TeslaTornado> (Hill, sorry, IRC glitched)
[00:21:01] <lurkd> *sigh* "…this is most irregular." Ivan walks in.
[00:21:06] <gumbal1> Harlan walks into the portal.,
[00:21:10] <Riemann> Hill hugs Serge quietly
[00:21:18] <padri> Laura's already been led through.
[00:21:30] <TeslaTornado> Serge hugs him back.
[00:22:05] <FlameShirt> Once everyone is through, you reappear in the Storage Area, in #origins-ic
[00:22:33] <Turncoat> "Anyone else hating themselves right now?"

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