X8T-121: Aerielle.   Posted by StarMaster.Group: 0
StarMaster
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Sat 9 Sep 2017
at 02:49
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
The glass plate doesn't open; it's just a viewport into the cylinder's interior.

This stone cylinder is still open; it was never closed after Tawaret was released.


It's a hollow stone cylinder which Kianan-Meredy is slightly baffled by. It is clearly made of stone, but she can detect no signs of stone-carving, no tool marks. Yet, it does not appear to be made of some type of concrete. It's almost as if the cylinder was made from a mold into which 'liquid stone' was poured. Although the seams are very tight, it would appear that a metal pin is used for the hinge, unless there is a way to reinforce the stone so that stone pins wouldn't break.

The interior surfaces of the cylinder are perfectly smooth, and the interior is lined with a soft pliant material... perhaps some sort of foam rubber. As can be observed in the other cylinders, the occupants are all dressed in what appear to be normal clothes.

With a magnetic probe, electrical circuitry can be detected and traced within the stone. The majority seems to be in the lid. For the most part, it resembles solid state circuitry. Somehow, the builders of the cylinders were able to duplicate ordinary components within the stone.

Kianan-Meredy can't really determine what the circuitry does, however, since it's like trying to lift herself off the ground. Without knowing what the components do, she can't tell what the cylinder's function is. Likewise, without knowing what the cylinder's specific function is, she can't deduce what the components do.
Lucas Wheeler
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Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 23:47
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
Reduced to watching, Lucky stayed by the door since the CO gave him no directions. The entire room gave him the creeps as much now as it did when they had first found it, so waiting near the entrance appealed to him anyways.
Sarah Morgan
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Mon 11 Sep 2017
at 13:30
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
Now that they are looking more closely at the pod, Sarah will remain close at hand should she be needed and will consider what she can see of the pod for any writing she may have missed earlier.
Kianan-Meredy
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Tue 19 Sep 2017
at 00:43
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
   Kianan-Meredy rested one hand on the pod while drumming her other fingers against it. "We can't tell what type of stasis dey are using. Upside, we know dey are using essentially standard power transfer systems." Squatting down, she rummaged through the engineering pack & pulled out a grease pencil. "Dese are the main power conduits for the system," she said while drawing lines across the exterior of the pod along the magnetic anomalies she found earlier. "But oder dan de fact dat dey exist, we can't say what dey are doing. Dere are more lines in de floor, but I can't be exact enough to say wheder dey are connecting to de pod or simply passing under it."

   "We can rule out a few types of long term hibernation - dey have been in de pods too long for anything dat does not essentially halt metabolic activity. De clothing dey are wearing and de pods demselves are not conducive to adding biologicals - water, nutrients, or oxygenation - or removing waste products." She begins packing all of her gear back in it's bags, "Having examined the pod, I am confident dat eider dey were constructed wid some form of molecular assembly system or de active components were assembled den encased in de rock matrix. Widout de proper equipment to be more conclusive, my best guess is eider a carbon or TiO2 crystal matrix wid a stone dust 'filler' to give it a rock like appearance."

   "We dink it's odd dat dere is no oder instrumentation here. Perhaps dere is a control room on one of de floors dat we have not examined yet." Picking up the P90 & her pack she turns to the Major, "Unless Sarah has finished translating de runes at de door, I don't dink dat dere is anyding more I can find out from dis floor."
Lucas Wheeler
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Fri 22 Sep 2017
at 00:51
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
Lucky listened, unable to hide the blank look on his face as Kianan spoke. Once she finished, he could not help uttering, "I hope I wasn't supposed to understand any of that." He cleared his throat as he realized he had said it out loud, and resumed his keeping watch.
Sarah Morgan
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Fri 22 Sep 2017
at 10:42
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
That's a good question.   Given Sarah's familiarity with the script and her ability (now) to see the text, did it include anything of interest?
StarMaster
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Sun 24 Sep 2017
at 17:35
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
The markings on the door, now that Sarah can see them, seem to indicate not so much who is in here, but where they were from. There is an arrow pointing left and designations that coincide with the elevator markings. There is a similar arrow and different designations to the right.

With Kianan-Meredy's little dissertation, she, as well as anyone else that has a science skill, realizes that the reason certain metals conduct electricity is because of the alignment of the molecules. The better and tighter that alignment, the more conductive the metal is. The molecules form a crystalline structure called a lattice that allows the electrons to transfer energy across the individual molecules.

Somehow, these people have learned how to force such a lattice in elements--at least in stone--that don't normally form them.
Kylie Nova
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Sun 24 Sep 2017
at 17:45
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
"You can't fool me, Lucky!" Kylie says as she lightly jabs Lucky in the side with her elbow.

"You're not as dumb as you look! You're just pretending you don't know what she was talking about. We call that the O'Neill Syndrome."

"Yeah, you are right, Kianan... Meredy... oh, whoever I'm talking to! The controls are on the level above us. It's a room a lot like this one, but not as deep, with large control panels that appeared to be directly above each section of cylinders down here."

"I don't know if there were names on the controls or not. Hmmmm. Now that you mention it, it does seem rather strange, doesn't it? I mean, if it was just a... um, room number, wouldn't you need some sort of index to locate a specific person?"

"Of course, that's assuming that there was ever any intent to be able to revise just one person. Tawaret was an anomaly... as far as we've found so far. Perhaps it was her different anatomy that caused her cylinder to... run out of power earlier? Or maybe it was a malfunction."

Kianan-Meredy
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Tue 26 Sep 2017
at 03:31
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
In reply to Kylie Nova (msg # 792):

Kianan-Meredy looked at Kylie for a moment before responding, "We will answer to eider name and will try to respond appropriately. However, be aware dat if we are working on someding, you may get a relayed answer - as only one of us can control Meredy's body at a time. Alternately, Meredy prefers 'Kianan-Meredy' if you are speaking to bod of us - as she feels it acknowledges bod host and symbiote."

"We are not certain of Tau'Ri culture, but if you are concerned about offending us by using de incorrect form of address, we assure you dat neider of us will take offence to honest attempts at communication. We only ask dat you do not forget dat bod of us are here."

"As to de matter at hand, we are not certain if dis Tawaret is an anomaly or not. De elevator appears to show 4 floors wid dis designation. If der is anoder control and occupant floor, der may be anoder chamber wid a single pod - making her part of a larger pattern rader dan an anomaly."

"Major, if Sarah is finished, we would like to see dis control floor."
Lucas Wheeler
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Thu 28 Sep 2017
at 02:43
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
"O'Neill syndrome? Sounds like some sort of Irish diagnosis, like a fear of leaving the pub." Lucky replied with a slight smirk. All right, would you believe I understand just enough to get us in trouble if I had to apply it?"
Sarah Morgan
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Thu 28 Sep 2017
at 12:51
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
"Or maybe she somehow manipulated it..." Sarah was still not convinced about Tawaret.  That said, she does explain the markings.

"It looks like they are showing where the individuals are from rather than who they were.  Oddly that would seem to me to imply that this place was more of a specimen container rather than a prison - if you know what I mean?   Prisons personalise crimes while science depersonalises." 

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Kylie Nova
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Sun 1 Oct 2017
at 14:27
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
"Oops! I got the sequence a bit mixed up," Kylie explains.

"The way the indicators in the elevator are arranged are kind of confusing. I suppose it makes sense to the Dwarves, but... well, I've rearranged them in a way that makes more sense... at least to me."

"So, the levels are grouped into blocks. There are 48 blocks. Each block has sub-blocks consisting of 12 levels. They have a different designation for each level within a sub-block, but we don't yet know what they mean."

"Then there are over-blocks. There are only four of them. Each sub-block appears to have 2 hibernation levels, and each over-block has one hibernation control level for all the hibernation levels in the over-block... located at the bottom of the block."

"We went up from the bottom, so encountered the lowest hibernation control level, indicated as J4. Then we went up another level to the lowest hibernation level, designated as H24. That's the level we are on right now."

"It made more sense to me to have the control level above the hibernation cylinders, but that's not the way it's set up. The control level is one level down."

"Anyway, I've rearranged the indicators on my computer... so it makes more sense to me, and will, hopefully, keep me from getting confused again!"



The two versions have now been uploaded to Map E! Enjoy!
Kianan-Meredy
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Sun 8 Oct 2017
at 01:01
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
ooc: Has everyone posted who's interested in posting at this point?
Sarah Morgan
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Sun 8 Oct 2017
at 15:54
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
OOC: I posted.  No one has responded to me directly yet :-)
Eric Brooks
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Sun 8 Oct 2017
at 20:13
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
"Just considering our options... and the ramifications. Remember, this is my first time down here," Eric speaks up. "I got briefed, but that's still not the same thing as seeing it first-hand."

"Trying to think if there's anything else we can do on this level... anything we haven't checked."

"There was clearly room for more cylinders, since there was only Tawaret's in this section. It would seem as if that was why she was placed here; they hadn't filled up this one. And she was... different."

"Have we checked to make sure that all the other bays are filled? Or that all the other cylinders actually have a body in them? And that they still appear to be alive?"

"I'm not saying we should do that right now... just asking. Although... Cormac and Sannis could do that while we go down to the control level. Right? Two levels down?"

Kylie Nova
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Sun 8 Oct 2017
at 20:31
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
"Yep. Control level is at the bottom, rather than at the top," Kylie replies to the Major.

"Don't know why they'd do it that way. And, no, I don't believe we completely explored these two lower suspension levels. I think we assumed that if there was something wrong with a chamber, it would have shown up on the control panels, like Tawaret's did."
Sarah Morgan
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Mon 9 Oct 2017
at 12:18
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
No one thought her observation was interesting?  It figured.  It was more a far more interpretive response and those about her generally stuck to 'facts'.   And so she shrugged and listened.
Kianan-Meredy
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Tue 10 Oct 2017
at 01:22
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
Addressing Sarah, "Der are many factors which may influence dat. Dis appears to be an outpost of some sort; as such, departments may need to be revived in a specific order so placing them togeder would actually be beneficial. For example, dis is de lowest section and is just above de engineering floors. It would make sense to awaken de engineers to restart the ventilation, water and waste water services before awakening the remaining staff. De markings on de door could be directions for people to more easily find dere section and den dey would use any available stasis chamber. A few individuals could den follow up & mark all of de identities on de controls below - or even have it automated like the RFID cards your SG command uses to track individuals.

"At dis time, we simply do not have enough information to do anyding more dan wild speculation. Turning to the Major "Major, if you feel dat de site is secure, I would like to suggest dat we work on remedying dat problem as quickly as possible." Holding up her hand, she began to tick off points. "First, we do not know if de sequences are identical. Second, we do not know if de levels in each sequence are identical. Third, we do not know if or how many of the individual cells are occupied."

"If you don't object, we would like to go to de control room for dis sequence wid Sarah. We can examine de control panels in detail. One person can do a more detailed survey of dis floor. While we do dat, de oders can check on de oder J levels. Dat way, Sarah and ourselves can, hopefully, come to understand de system while de oders gader a gross overview of de arrangement of de oder sequences widout wasting time."
Sannis Vektor
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Tue 10 Oct 2017
at 01:57
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
Was it just his imagination, or did Sarah seem a bit perturbed? No one had responded to her statements, but then he himself hadn't seen anything to comment on.

"How would Tawaret have manipulated the system?" he asked her. He wasn't a big fan of science fiction, but even he'd seen Star Wars as a kid.

"Do you think she had some sort of telekinetic ability? She could use it even while she was unconscious? Or do you think she wasn't really unconscious?"

"Why would you think this facility is a prison? There are living quarters on the upper levels. There are no bars, no locks."

Eric Brooks
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Fri 20 Oct 2017
at 21:02
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
Eric considered the information that Kylie had provided, and what Kianan-Meredy had said.

The place didn't have the feel of a prison, but it also didn't feel like anything else he was familiar with. He thought it did kind of make him think of a colony, like on the Moon or Mars, but since mankind hadn't managed either of those things yet, he was basing it on what little science fiction he'd seen. He made a mental note to start watching more scifi--now that he was out here living it, it was probably a good idea to get a larger information base.

"Okay, let's go down to the control level. Everyone back into the elevator."

"I'm not sure I see what we might learn from it, though. Unless Kianan-Meredy can coax more info out of those panels."


He led the team back to the elevator, and after everyone was in, pushed the button for the lower control level... and kept pushing it... so that the elevator dropped the two levels in about 3 seconds.

The door opened... he had his weapon ready, but there was no one there.

"Okay, here are a few thoughts... Do the lights stay on after we leave the level? Or do they go out? How can we test that?"

"And that leads me to another question. This facility is being powered by a single ZPM, right? The tunnel borer below originally had 3 ZPMs. Do we have any clue where the other ZPMs may have gone?"

"My real question, though, is this: how much power is left in the remaining ZPM? How long can it power this facility in its current state, and how long could it power it at full operational level?"


He stepped out and to the side, to let the others lead the way, since he hadn't been down here before.
Sarah Morgan
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Fri 20 Oct 2017
at 21:21
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
Sarah just shrugged when Kiana dismissed her speculations in favour of taking action and to be fair, Sarah couldn't argue her point so she wasn't about to try.

As she's heading back to the elivator (following Eric's orders) she suggest, "A camera would easily test that theory, Major."

She then focuses on Sannis since he'd speculated with her, "Well, the Goa'uld have certainly exhibited various traits which might be considered as such.  And who suggested she was unconscious.   This is something I mentioned a while back.  Her body might have been in slumber, but her symbiote might not have been - which could have driven it mad given the apparent time frames involved.   It might also have given her the opportunity to manipulate matters."

She shrugs then at the last question, "I'm not sure.  A prison or specimen container.  Both would refer to the elements by reference ID rather than name?   Both depersonalise their contents for fear of emotional attachment.   Sure, it might be a colony and maybe I have applying my own moral bias here, but I'd have suspect a more personal touch.  Also, we've never met a colony with such a diverse species range as this.  Ever.   I'm not one to believe in coincidence."

And then as if, out of the blue, she asks, "Does anyone recall the movie Demolition Man?"

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Eric Brooks
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Fri 20 Oct 2017
at 21:32
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
"Well, that's one of the things I was briefed on," Eric replies. "Although, truth be told, it was the negative side of encountering an alien culture. Just because they seem friendly doesn't meant they won't throw you into the stew pot."

"In this case, what you perceive as being impersonal might be something else entirely... efficiency, practicality... or just custom. Or maybe it had to with age."

"And, no, I haven't seen Demolition Man."

Kylie Nova
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Fri 20 Oct 2017
at 21:41
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
Kylie was the one that had pushed the button that had released Tawaret, so she led the way to where the control panel had indicated there was a problem, even though the button had been on the cylinder itself.

"Hey, that's a good question, Eric!" she said. "If the ZPM gets too low, maybe there's a safety function that will release everyone all at the same time!"

"Yeah, we could put a camera on the floor when we leave, and then retrieve it later and see if it went dark. There are sensors somewhere. The lights have come on when we entered an area. We didn't have to turn them on ourselves."

"Then again, wasn't it Cormac that turned the power on when we first got down to the mandala level?"

Sarah Morgan
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Fri 20 Oct 2017
at 21:57
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
"And yet, Major.  What other races have we come across that have been so devoid of personality?   I can count them on the fingers."  She shrugs again.  The team had her here to provide alternate viewpoints - if she was that badly wrong all the time, then she'd have never made the cut.   The rest though is up to Major.
StarMaster
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Sat 21 Oct 2017
at 00:26
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
At this point, the team has seen maybe 10% of the facility, perhaps less. It's hard to build a culture out of just that little, especially since some of the culture seems to have been influenced by the Ancients. Cultural cross-contamination.

For instance, the tunnel borer was made of metal and cerametal and plastics, and powered by ZPMs, yet nothing of the local culture supports that. If the Dwarves had built the tunnel borer, wouldn't it have been made of stone?

Nothing on the engineering level gave any indication that the Dwarves made the ZPMs.

And, while the mandala symbol might have been of Dwarven origin, the ring transporter probably wasn't. That would be an extraordinary coincidence of parallel development.