X8T-121: Aerielle.   Posted by StarMaster.Group: 0
Lucas Wheeler
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Fri 18 May 2018
at 17:33
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
“Make ourselves useful? Why start now?” Lucky replied with a smirk and a poor semblance of a quick salute. He turned to Sannis and followed him. “Sounds good. You check the inside wall and I’ll check the outer wall too. Starting to think the locals like to hide stuff where ever they can.” He suggested as they started to walk their curcuit
Sannis Vektor
 SG-X3, 60 posts
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 Army Ranger SSG
Fri 18 May 2018
at 17:46
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
"True, true... cannon fodder is only useful when someone is shooting cannons at you," Sannis replies.


"I don't know that they hide things so much as they don't want them intruding on their everyday lifestyle... whatever that may be. My folks, for instance, have a Murphy bed in their office-slash-guest room. If they don't have guests, it's tucked up out of the way."

"Now, if you're hiding something... my great grandad had a speakeasy during Prohibition. It had a convoluted path to get to it. It seemed annoying to customers at first, but once they got used to it, it was part of the mystique."

"This stuff is only hidden to us. Heck, to the Dwarves here, it may stand out like a neon sign!"

Lucas Wheeler
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Fri 18 May 2018
at 17:53
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
“You keep talking like that and I’m gonna start thinking you’ve been spending too much time around the smart people back there.” Lucky replied with a mocking tone, even though he agreed what Sannis was suggesting.
Sarah Morgan
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Sun 20 May 2018
at 18:47
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
Sarah hadn't actually been talking to Kylie though she does ask in reply to her question, "You speak Futhark?" She's isn't being mean - she does in fact appear pleasantly impressed.  "No.  I was asking the computer what the weather was like in the hope that it had more than a simple keyboard interface.   I guess it does not."
Kianan-Meredy
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Wed 23 May 2018
at 02:39
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
Kianan-Meredy sat on the bed staring at the keyboard displayed on the desk. "The text up at the shrine was in all 4 of the ancient races languages, perhaps it isn't Futhark at all, but rather a dialect closer to Asguardian? If so, this rune would roughly translate to 'begin' or 'start'.

Tapping the 'key', an image became visible on the screen when viewed  through the thermal camera. "I think we may have been thrown by the use of Ancient technology in the boring machine. Sarah, can you do anything with that?"
Sarah Morgan
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Wed 23 May 2018
at 12:11
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
OOC: Sorry for the confusion here.  You replied to my question that I spoke in Futhark.  Which is why I asked if you spoke Futhark.   As for using the computer - waiting on the ST's input :-)

This message was last edited by the player at 12:12, Wed 23 May.

StarMaster
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Thu 24 May 2018
at 17:27
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
There's no response from the computer to Sarah's question. It does not appear to have a voice interface. In fact, there does  not appear to be any sound capability at all. The keys are not mechanical, so there's no sound when tapping them. There's no sign of a speaker.
Sarah Morgan
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Fri 25 May 2018
at 09:18
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
"No sound at all?   Where these dwarves deaf?  Most societies use auditory feedback as a subliminal confirmation process when not...."  She continues to consider the interface and trying out various key combinations in a bid to trigger action.
Kylie Nova
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Sun 27 May 2018
at 18:05
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
"Yeah, it does seem odd," Kylie agreed with Sarah. "I wouldn't go so far as to say that makes them really alien, but maybe they have other reasons. Living inside a mountain like this, for instance, maybe they are dependent on hearing the creaks and cracking of the stone. Or maybe they are just used to it, and the sounds from a computer would be distracting."

"Or maybe they are a much more sociable people... talking to each other all the time, singing to themselves, humming, whistling... that sort of thing."

"Although... you could be right. Maybe they are deaf."

StarMaster
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Wed 6 Jun 2018
at 20:15
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
Lucky and Sannis made a quick circle of the hallway just to make sure nothing had changed, stopping at the last door. Like the first one, it doesn't open automatically, but tapping the frame next to the door causes it to open, indicating it wasn't locked either.

The layout appears identical to the other living quarters... except, where the other one was neat and spotless, this one has a lot of personal belongings scattered all over the place.

One of the first things that you notice is the keg sitting on one corner of the desk.
Cormac McLane
 SG-X3, 162 posts
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Thu 14 Jun 2018
at 15:32
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
"Or maybe they just don't talk as much as you do," Cormac replies to Kylie.

It's unclear if he's being facetious or serious.

"I think it's safe to assume that these Dwarves don't think quite the same way as we do. Remember, according to our myths, a Dwarf never gets claustrophobic. I'm sure there's no such think as 'cabin fever' among them."

"On the other hand, they could easily have a problem with wide open spaces."

"One concern that I do have, though, is: how long have they been sleeping? As far as we've determined, they have had no dealings with the Avians above. Does that mean that they are extremely isolationist? Or perhaps the Avian settlement didn't exist when they went to sleep. We do know that the Avians branch out and form a new village once their population gets large enough. The anthropology team up top is probably delving into that even as we explore down here."

"I have two questions for you, Major: what do we hope to get from the Dwarves, and what do we hope to find in their computers? In the first instance, we have yet to see any technology that we haven't already mastered; they just do it differently. While the ability to form circuits in stone is certainly of interest, since it means that we wouldn't have to be overly concerned about taking a lot of resources with us to other worlds, we don't know what it takes to do that."

"Will the computer give us that answer? I'm thinking that the computer might give us some information on the creatures that scared them into hibernation. What were they called? The Degra? You'll have noticed the ending of the word. Is that significant? Or is it just coincidence?"

"Also, since we turned this facility back on, might that call attention to the Degra that something still lives here? Will turning it back off fix it?"

This message was last edited by the player at 15:12, Mon 18 June.

Lucas Wheeler
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Thu 14 Jun 2018
at 21:19
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
Lucky looked at Sannis and smirked, "They keep the beer fridge in their bedroom. Classy guys." He continued looking around. "Kinda reminds me of my quarters. Practical instead of immaculate."
Sannis Vektor
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Mon 18 Jun 2018
at 14:39
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
"Most definitely different from the last room," Sannis responds. "I wonder what it signifies? Did a neat-freak live in the other room and a slob live in this one? Or, maybe, the person in the other room had time to straighten up, but this one didn't."

"If the others were farther away, I'd say gather up anything that looked significant. As it is, I think maybe we should leave it all where it is. The others may find some significance in the location of each item."

"Okay, let's check out the last apartment."


He steps out into the hallway and after Lucky joins him, he waits to see if the door closes automatically. If it doesn't, he leaves it open.

Then he continues down to the final door.
Kylie Nova
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Mon 18 Jun 2018
at 15:26
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
"Was that what it was, Sarah? Futhark?" Kylie answers Sarah. "It sounded like Old Norse. I thought Futhark was just the written language used by druids."

"Just out of curiosity, are you looking for anything particular?"

StarMaster
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Mon 18 Jun 2018
at 15:49
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
Having established--apparently--that the computer does not have a voice interface, Sarah starts trying to interpret the various symbols... mostly by trial and error.

She soon discovers that the computer was used by someone named Thorok, and that there are only 3 functions on the computer... 3 programs, apparently.

One is simply a reading program. There are around 200 readable files. About half of them are 'technical' files; the other half are 'fiction'. As near as Sarah can tell, the technical files are more like training manuals for various 'jobs' in the habitat. The fiction is always about some Dwarf having heroic adventures.

The second program is something like Notepad. It lets someone make notes that are stored in the computer. There are around 10,000 notes, though most of them are only 3-4 sentences. The last entry is dated 163 years ago!

The third program is a drawing program... it has a number of techniques usable, but the only one that Thorok seems to have used was a doodle one. He's only kept a dozen doodles.
Sarah Morgan
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Tue 19 Jun 2018
at 21:11
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
Having fiddled with the computer for a bit and distractedly replying to Kylie with a: "Futhark... yes."  She finally finds something of interest, "Hmmm.  Looks like the owner called himself Thorok.   He seems to have used the computer to read books - training manuals: quite a few of those, and stories.  He's also kept notes, maybe some diary entries if we're lucky.   And if my translation of the numbering system is right, the last entry was some 163 years ago."

Sarah brings up the list of most recently opened files - what was he reading before he stopped using the computer?  It might give a clue as to what happened on what area of the environment failed (or needed repaired) before they left.   Similarly, she looks back over the last 30 or so notes and doodles to see if anything catches her eye about 'recent' events.  And finally, do any of the manuals or notes refer to this place by name as that too could give a clue as to its function or even a hint as to mythological significance as she's learnt in the Stargate programme that this too could very much be useful in unpicking mysteries!
Lucas Wheeler
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Wed 20 Jun 2018
at 13:27
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
"Unless we hit something of real significance, I think we should let things be until the brainiac have their look around. Last thing we need is pissing them off because we touched something of cultural importance."  Lucas replied with a mocking tone. He followed Sannis out into the corridor and waited for him to close the door before heading to the last room, "This certainly isn't what I was expecting when they pulled me out of retirement."
StarMaster
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Wed 20 Jun 2018
at 17:43
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
"You're a Marine, Lucky," Sannis responds. "Ain't no such thing as retirement. Once a Marine, always a Marine."

"Besides, we're just meat shields out here. This is the flyboys' operation. Though, I wouldn't mind a bit of 'starship trooper' action."

StarMaster
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Wed 20 Jun 2018
at 18:25
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
The door to the room that Sannis and Lucky were just looking at does not close when they leave.


Sarah finds that the last two things Thorok was reading was a training manual for brewing ale and a fiction novel about a hero named Chok who crash lands on the planet Degros and has to fight hordes of Degra. The novel describes the Degra as reddish-orange insect-like humanoids that lay eggs in living hosts that then hatch and eat their way out. Apparently, the story is the first of seven that feature Chok.

Nothing in the doodles except what may be a poor attempt to draw a Degra.

His last log was him lamenting how hard it was to brew ale. It ends with: 'The alarm! The Degra are coming! Must get to my station.'
Sarah Morgan
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Sat 23 Jun 2018
at 23:31
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
"Well... that's interesting."  She hmms.  "Thorok seems to have his head in the clouds so to speak.... and appears to be an amateur brewer of little renown.  But he does seem to have responsibilities and his last diary entry has him reporting on an attack of some sort?  This may or may not be related to the fact that this place is empty.   Oddly the attackers referred to were fictional though just in case there's an element of truth in it, Major, the fictional enemy are reddish-orange and insectoid-like humanoids."
Eric Brooks
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Sun 24 Jun 2018
at 00:04
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
"Maybe," Eric replied to Sarah. "Keep in mind, though, that if you'd read a story about the Goa'uld two years ago, you'd have thought they were totally fictional."

"The question is whether there was an attack or was it a false alarm? I get the impression that, by going into hibernation, the inhabitants here thought they couldn't be detected by the Degra. Since there's no sign of any attack, invasion or Degra, maybe it worked."

"Something then seems to have gone wrong with the hibernation process--it hasn't woken them up. Of course, it could have been set for 200 years. And we don't know how long a year for them is."

"As much as I think we should wake them up, I'm leaning more and more to letting a contact and tech team do that."

"In any case, there's no way we're going to check out every room on every level here. I think we just need to verify a few things before heading back."

StarMaster
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Wed 27 Jun 2018
at 23:24
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
Sannis and Lucky continue down the corridor to the next and final door. It doesn't open automatically either, but touching the right spot on the door frame causes the door to open.

These quarters are somewhere between the previous two. It's not as neat as the first, but certainly not as messy as the second. There's an art easel (it looks like one), and there are a dozen paintings hanging on the walls. The layout and overall design of the stone furniture gives the distinct impression that a female may have lived here.
Lucas Wheeler
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Mon 2 Jul 2018
at 11:22
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
Lucky stood at the doorway and looked in. "I guess this is a level for singles quarters?" He suggested, looking at Sannis. "Never saw any, but these aren't what I would expect in military barracks, so it makes sense there are at least some family units here, doesn't it?"
Sannis Vektor
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Mon 2 Jul 2018
at 16:14
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
"I can see that," Sannis agreed. "You could easily combine two of these into a duplex for a couple, even add a third or fourth for a family. All it'd really take is to punch a hole through the side walls."

"Does this one have a sort of feminine touch to it? Should we check the other rooms to confirm that? Or let the women do that investigation?"

StarMaster
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Mon 16 Jul 2018
at 17:22
Re: Return to X8T-121: Aerielle
After processing through the computer, Kianan and Sarah can't find anything else useful. It doesn't appear that the inhabitants of this place use computers the way the people of Earth use theirs.

It becomes clear after a few minutes that there is wifi set-up; the computer seems to be all hard-wired. That sort of makes sense, since there's no world-web. It's simply not needed. There also doesn't appear to any sort of social media.

Sannis and Lucky report back that the last quarters they visited appeared to have been occupied by a female and that Kianan, Sarah and Kylie should probably explore it. They are more likely to have any insights than the men.