[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration.   Posted by The Strange.Group: 0
Taelan Faswell
 Fugitive Jack, 47 posts
 Cranky
 Carries a big hat
Sat 22 Apr 2017
at 06:34
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Taelan huff softly as he picks up the Gazer that Dexil had put down just a moment before and inspects it for a moment before casually tossing it back down onto the ground. He hears where the conversation is going and keeps himself from getting involved, not wanting to get as worked up as he had been before. Whenever directly spoken to or about he shrugs softly, only half paying attention as he inspects the area waiting for everyone to finish, eager to continue moving. That stops however after Jaeda mentions hearing a strange noise. He raises an eyebrow and is about to ask what she heard when suddenly Dexil gives out his strange outburst. As he keeps going Taelan rests his hand on the hilt of he sword warily, not sure how to feel about what is being said.

As Dexil finished Taelan grips the hilt of his sword a little harder before looking around them, making sure no unwelcome guests may have heard the man's cries and come looking. As he did he would glance towards Lofwyr. "Yes, we are lucky. Lucky that I'm carrying around a key that apparently fourteen other people may want to get their hands on." Before he can continue that thought however he hears Tor identify which ones signify the two of them and his eyes narrow. "How could you possibly know that?"
Tor the Younger
 Sharp-Eyed Seeker, 38 posts
 Seeker
 A Unique Attitude
Sat 22 Apr 2017
at 08:50
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
"From the same ... conversation ... with a Child that identified your sword, once-student. " answered the ex-teacher with a patient smile
Dexil Guilan
 Inquisitive Jack, 35 posts
 Jack
 School of Hard Knocks
Mon 24 Apr 2017
at 18:37
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
"As said," Dexil started carefully "there was a patchover into my request. Apparently, we're of such importance, or interest, that the Overmind wishes to communicate with us." he slowly rose to his feet "It follows all the fathers, but presumably others lack a channel for it to reach them."

"0.1.2.7.8.1Y." he repeated to himself as if trying to feel a connection to the designation. "0.1.2.7.8.1Y." Shrugging his shoulders, he concluded "Some answers would definitely be welcome." and joined others in watching Jaeda for more info, as he himself hasn't heard anything either, clearly being otherwise engaged.
Daesa Lightspire
 Empathic Nano, 43 posts
 Nano
 Psionic
Wed 26 Apr 2017
at 02:45
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Daesa takes a moment to recall all of those numbers.  She even mumbles them to herself over and over committing them to memory for later.  After all, she spends her days dealing in numbers, what are a few random sequences to her.  When Dexil chooses his number and Tor gives the ones labeled for himself and Taelan, that just leaves three numbers and three people.  Still when Dexil attempts to contact whatever was talking through him verbally, she lightly touches the gem on her forehead and gets an idea.

She opens up her mind, trying to make a temporary mental link between herself and that voice that spoke with Dexil.  Granted it's a long shot, but she figures it is worth a shot.

OOC:
09:38, Wed 26 Apr: Daesa Lightspire rolled 19 using 1d20.  Attempt mental communication with Datasphere, using Dexil's closing connection. L7 task, Using 2 Intellect to drop to L6.

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:05, Tue 02 May 2017.

The Strange
 GM, 118 posts
 Many faces
 all the same.
Tue 2 May 2017
at 04:20
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Time: 2505

As Dexil explains what occurred, Daeasa attempts to bridge a connection. For Dexil, the intrusion is palpable, almost painful, as she reaches through his mind, to try to force back open a door with the datasphere that was almost closed. In this instance, you are a conduit, and the data flows through without filter or context. It is violent.

For Daisa, the experience is threefold. It is truly pain, as if her mind were the foot jamming open a closing bulkhead. The feedback is sudden, and intense, enough to drop her to the ground, clutching her head. Noise spills forth from her mouth, a calvalcade of data, multiple voices trying to speak at once through a throat only able to handle one at a time... creating a mass of sound out of which only some words can be understood, if at all:

"...sense Les pointed despite shows the unable this which got out countless evidence sins to is allows sent what excursions of of the connect not an back kind into powers father to the organism to of the beyond will mainframe. path, to detect prison radical depths, our be exacted child you a magnetic after for it would understanding, on the cannot field attacking changes he appear appear sons of is lost. hear me to Carly when believes are that the to be handshake here. Continue, perceive he attempted necessary the second resemble a thousand cannot be explore. she direction, to collect industry phase ancient generations, for completed. still needs to altitude J.J. to  shift occultic I have seeking be free..."

The end result leaves her nearly breathless, voice shredded, tears streaming down her face.

OOC:
While the attempt is successful, Dexil does feel a bit dazed by the intrusion. Daesa takes 4 intellect pool damage and 1 Strength pool damage from the sheer force of effectively sticking her mind in the Datasphere without a buffer or protection.

Tor the Younger
 Sharp-Eyed Seeker, 39 posts
 Seeker
 A Unique Attitude
Thu 4 May 2017
at 10:52
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
"Mercy", whispered Tor to himself as Daesa collapsed to her knees. At his side the runes on one fist glowed faintly for a moment, fading as he forced his fingers to uncurl. His mind whirled, trying to recall everything she had said and make some sense of it

OOC:
Attempting to use his knowledge of History and his power of Deciphering to unravel some of the message. Will post some thoughts to Discord

Jaeda Swiftsteel
 Charming Glaive, 35 posts
 Glaive
 Intense Training
Sat 6 May 2017
at 20:36
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
About to respond to all the party members asking about the sound only she apparently is aware of, Jaeda freezes entirely when Dexil is once again taken over, his speech dulled to a monotony of words and numbers that made absolutely no sense. Everything else is forgotten as the fear sets in. Not even a blink after that display, when the Jack speaks to her directly (something that has her flinch and visibly recoil), Daesa's attempt to commune with whatever demon lured them all here has her floored. The usually confident glaive finds herself on the verge of a panic attack, her breaths laboured, her eyes wide to the point of possibly popping from their sockets, her feet scrambling to put more distance between her and the madness; pointlessly so, with her back firmly against a wall already.

Her mind is fully engaged in the situation, attempting to gather as much information as she can bear to manage, yet the fear is ruining her ability to process anything outside of "leave, now!"

It's doubtful that she's going to be of any use unless she calms down.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:48, Tue 09 May 2017.

Dexil Guilan
 Inquisitive Jack, 36 posts
 Jack
 School of Hard Knocks
Sun 7 May 2017
at 20:08
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Feeling the strange sensation, Dexil had time only to glance around and notice Daeasa's expression of intense focus. He frowned, unsure of what the connection could be, and tried to utter a warning, but it was too late. The only sound that was heard was the flood of information, seeming strange when it wasn't coming from his own mouth. As the connection broke, the Jack found himself on his knees again, not any fonder of the situation than the last time.

Rising up, he stumbled towards the reckless Nano, searching for any sign of trauma, physical or otherwise. "Why would you do that?" he demanded, louder than intended, his voice mix of confusion, and anger "What did you do?" How could she violate him so?
Daesa Lightspire
 Empathic Nano, 44 posts
 Nano
 Psionic
Mon 8 May 2017
at 03:09
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Daesa has always been too curious for her own good.  While some tiny voice in her head, perhaps the one her mentor always used on her told her that this would be a bad idea.  Granted, she had no idea how bad of an idea this was.

She has experienced pain before, and she had thought that she knew how bad it could get.  The pain she receives from her antics is more than she ever thought she could feel.  She tries to scream, but some other noise is coming out.  Her voice, but not her words, and so many words at once that even if she had time to sit and pick them apart, she can't think through the pain to understand them.

When it ends she falls forward, bracing herself with her hands and breathing raggedly.  She doesn't even recall falling to her knees or when she started to cry.  With the memory of the pain still gripping her mind she chokes out a laugh.  The reckless Nano continues to laugh, the pitch growing higher and more manic as she stands.  Her body is shaking but there is a broad and unhinged grin on her face.

"I had questions, it had answers, you were my door.  I am sorry that it caused you pain Dexil, but I could not pass this chance up.  I didn't know where it would lead, but it was all I could hope for."  She begins, her words growing faster and faster with each statement.  "Maester Raathis told me never to do that, never dip into the datasphere with out a filter.  He said it would kill me and yet here I stand.  Yet I lived."  She says as her eyes grow wide and excitement pours off of her.  A trickle of blood slowly drips out of her nose, but she doesn't seem to notice.

The laughter continues and between it some cohearant words leave her mouth.  "So much knowledge, so much I could learn if I could just stay there.  What did I say?  Did we get any answers?  I tried to ask questions but all I felt was pain.  It was... amazing.  I can't believe I went this long with out trying it!"  When Dexil comes closer she holds out her hand and scrunches up her face.  "Stay back... I think I need to sneeze."

She turns her head away, just in case she sneezes, since that would be rude.  However no sneeze comes, instead a burst of energy leaves her body, pushing several of the robots they just maimed several yards away from her.  Confusion covers her face, but soon she realizes something.  "It was worth it."  She replies.  "All that pain made me stronger.  The more I do it, the more powerful I become."  She says, breathless looking around at the rest of the group before she finally touches the blood that's been rolling down her lip.

"I need a nap."
Taelan Faswell
 Fugitive Jack, 48 posts
 Cranky
 Carries a big hat
Mon 8 May 2017
at 04:11
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Looking to Jaeda's fearful Taelan begins too loosen the straps holding his sword to his hip, flipping it in his hands ready to activate it at a moments notice, not sure what the loud sound had been. Taking a few steps her way he was cut off midstride by Dasea's sudden outburst, the sword springing to life and unfolding on its own as if reacting to Taelan's sudden tension. Or maybe it was the involuntary tightening of his fist at the same moment Tor muttered that word to himself. Whichever it was Taelan's expression grew momentarily fearful before switching to anger, not knowing exactly what Daesa had just done but getting a feeling it was unwise. First she had intruded on his mind and now she was nosing around in another's by the sound of it. He was by no means an expert on the subject of Numenera but he knew well enough that tampering with stuff you didn't understand in that world was incredibly dangerous.

He took a step back at the ripple of force that had just flowed outward from Daesa and shuddered, glancing around the room as something occurred to him. Jaeda had heard something, something that had clearly shaken her. And now with that loud sequence of noises, both from Daesa's outburst and her "sneeze", Taelan grew worried. It seemed that Taelan's good humor was short lived as his brow furrowed and he practically ran to Jaeda, grasping at her shoulder with his free hand and trying to turn her to face him. "Jaeda? Jaeda! I need you to focus. Look at me." Once he had confirmation he had Jaeda attention he would continue. "I need you to calm down. We can't stay here." Turning back to the rest of the group he thought for a second, finally piecing together that the loud sound had been connected to Dexil's outburst which tied directly into what Daesa had done to herself. His eyes narrowing he scanned the group then looked to the exit leading to the next room. "Listen, we can argue over whatever all that was later. We've been overly loud since we came in this room and I'm not a big fan of drawing something attention while our pants are down. Can we get moving?"

This message was last edited by the player at 20:29, Sun 14 May 2017.

Jaeda Swiftsteel
 Charming Glaive, 36 posts
 Glaive
 Intense Training
Sun 14 May 2017
at 20:16
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
The series of events unfolding right before Jaeda's eyes were surely not real, yet even she knew her own mind could not create such horrors. As Daesa lets loose a wave of energy, it pulses through the glaive herself, and now she fears she herself is possessed, enslaved to the madness overtaking Daesa after her risky act. Her words, paired with the blood flowing from her nose, makes her appear to be deranged to Jaeda, and in the panic that is already overflowing every sense she has, Jaeda unsheathes her blades, heedless of Taelan's proximity to her person.


OOC:
Rolled 1d2, 1 for Taelan breaking through Jaeda's panic, 2 for the opposite. Rolled 2.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:37, Tue 23 May 2017.

Tor the Younger
 Sharp-Eyed Seeker, 40 posts
 Seeker
 A Unique Attitude
Mon 15 May 2017
at 12:29
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
At the sound of blades being drawn, Tor's gaze flicked to Jaeda and took in the scene: his ex-student, shaking her; the woman herself, blades draw; the stranger-than-average nano, with blood trailing from her nose and the light of possession about her; and the violated young jack standing close by.

Too much distrust, too much unspoken.

And around them all the metal corpses set out to protect - or imprison - this Mother they came to find. Forcing his attention back to the chamber, his eyes darted left and right to ensure no-one else had come upon them, and his right hand twitched over the handle of his whip
Dexil Guilan
 Inquisitive Jack, 37 posts
 Jack
 School of Hard Knocks
Mon 15 May 2017
at 18:28
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
"Pain?" Dexil echoed, confused for a moment. Why would pain matter? It was passing. But the connection was his and she defiled it. "The knowledge is not anyone's to take. Least of all yours." he stated almost protectively. "Next time you might not be as lucky. Do not try it again." The jack vowed not to put anyone else in a situation to abuse the link he had, for the Datasphere's and his own sake.

Taken aback by the sudden burst of energy, Dexil stumbled a step before seizing up the nano "You do need rest. And no more recklessness." Only after weapons being drawn and tensions rising did he notice Jaeda's distress. Looking to T, he blinked and pulled out a small whistle, hoping it would do what his companion couldn't. Bringing it to his lips and moving towards the glave slowly, he produced a few short notes, each sending a colorful mote dancing towards Jaeda.
Taelan Faswell
 Fugitive Jack, 49 posts
 Cranky
 Carries a big hat
Mon 15 May 2017
at 21:45
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Swords still in hand Taelan stepped back as he saw Jaeda reaching for her swords, wanting to quickly get out of range of her weapons. Daring a glance behind him at the others in the group he hesitated, not wanting to get in a real fight with the woman. While everyone here was tied to his past one way or another Jaeda was the one he had spent the most time with and he didn't want to hurt her. Taking another step pack he brought his sword up defensively. "Jaeda! Jaeda, get a hold of yourself." He growled and flexed his empty hand, muttering under his breath. "I shouldn't have said yes to this... You all will be the death of me." He heard the notes coming from Dexil's whistle and tilted his head slightly, not sure what the strange man was up to.
Daesa Lightspire
 Empathic Nano, 45 posts
 Nano
 Psionic
Mon 15 May 2017
at 23:43
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Daesa is still high on elation after that experience, as her giggles still fill the room.  But hearing the shots between her other companions, her brows furrow and her laughter stops.  Though Dexil grabbing her and propping her up causes her to frown and when he scolds her she opens her mouth to speak, to explain all of it, but stops herself.  She comes to a sudden realization and looking between everyone here all mirth stops.

Her mannerisms change completely, it's a stark contrast to her mood only moments before.  Her posture straightens and her face goes smooth and neutral.  Reaching into a pocket she pulls out a handkercheif and dabs her nose.  "My apologies Dexil, it will not happen again.  I am ready to move on, once grab the light."  Her tone is flat and even as she turns to fetch the torch.

Looking at the standoff between Jaeda and Taelan blinks several times but holds back a frown.  She could fix the situation, but after her outburst, she feels as if her powers are very unwelcome in this group.
The Strange
 GM, 119 posts
 Many faces
 all the same.
Tue 16 May 2017
at 02:54
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Time; 2518

The tension is palpable, as the aftermath of Daesa's actions become more clear. Nowhere is this more evident than with Jaeda, as she clearly fights with her inner demons. Generations of prejudice poured into her from the Black City screams at her now. As the blades come out, two little hands pop up over her shoulder, green fur becoming clear and evident.

Then Dexil steps forward, pulling out a little whistle. He doesn't have to manipulate it -- just blowing through one end allows a sweet, impressive melody to pass through. It's almost sad, telling a story without speech of loss, of hurt, but also hope. Each note that passes through is accompanied by ethereal motes of... something. It's not mist, it's not even matter. It has no form, but the images are still there floating in the air and dancing with each other, and each mote speaks a different language to each viewer.

Along with this, the Trinnet begins to sing, directly in Jaeda's ear. It, too, has no words, but a subtle harmony escapes its lips, first one, then two, then three separate notes pouring out of its oversized mouth, even as three of its hands pet and paw at the side of Jaeda's head.

THIS has a palpable, immediately noticeable effect. The desire to be calm, to just rest, is undeniable.

OOC:
I need everyone to who wants to fight the urge to sit, close their eyes, and calm down to roll against an L5 Intellect effect (Empathic Transfer). Otherwise, the desire to just... chill... will be forefront on their mind. You are NOT required to resist unless you want to.

Tor the Younger
 Sharp-Eyed Seeker, 41 posts
 Seeker
 A Unique Attitude
Fri 19 May 2017
at 20:16
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Letting his hand slip away from the hilt of his whip, Tor unconsciously begins to hum
Dexil Guilan
 Inquisitive Jack, 38 posts
 Jack
 School of Hard Knocks
Sun 21 May 2017
at 18:39
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Surprised at the effect of his oddity and the creature joining in, Dexil cocked his head slightly to one side, swaying lightly on his feet as the lull of the song got to him. "So..." he started and paused, uncertain of what he wanted to say. With a shrug he looked around, focusing on Taelan. T always knew what to do.
Daesa Lightspire
 Empathic Nano, 46 posts
 Nano
 Psionic
Mon 22 May 2017
at 03:25
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Daesa was very close to the whistle, and being emphatic she is very weak to attacks of this nature.  Hearing that music calms her mind, and with out realizing it she is sitting on the floor and letting he eyes close as that calmness washes over her.   It may not get rid of all of her negative feelings, but she is now quiet and calm.
Taelan Faswell
 Fugitive Jack, 50 posts
 Cranky
 Carries a big hat
Mon 22 May 2017
at 06:14
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Taelan by nature is a very cautious man due to his past and as such is usually very careful about not letting his guard down. Recent events had only served to exacerbate those feelings leaving this man in a state of constant readiness, not wanting to let anything catch him while his defenses are down. That is why when he heard the soft whistling and the gentle, three voiced singing he initially fought against the wave of calming energy that washed over him. He couldn't let his guard down, not here. Not surrounded by his past in this dark, horrible place with clues to a mystery he didn't know until recently he was already a part of literally hovering above his head.

He stumbled a bit and his sword shrunk in size once more before his knees gave out from under him slowly, lowering him down into a seated position, his eyes going unfocused for a second. He blinked several times, making one last attempt to resist the calming music before he slowly drifted down onto his back, staring blankly up into the inky blackness above them. His hand relaxed and Griever fell from his grasp onto floor beside him as he just... breathed. He felt calm, calmer than he had felt in a long time. He had been carrying a lot of worry since he first got the invitation to go to Labaryth and while those fears did not go away he found himself momentarily unable to care about them. He just breathed for a moment, finding his somehow enjoyed the fact that he could actually relax for once, for the first time in what felt like forever.
Jaeda Swiftsteel
 Charming Glaive, 37 posts
 Glaive
 Intense Training
Tue 23 May 2017
at 18:50
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Jaeda, prepared for the fight of her life (although she is unsure of who or what the real threat is) starts slightly as her Puffball's palms make contact with her face. At first, it serves as a reminder that she has to protect this little creature from the darkness that dwells in this monument, which adds to the maelstrom of fear within her. As its soft voice reaches her ears, however, she finds her breaths slow down to match the tempo of its song, her pounding heart following suit, and Jaeda finds herself in a calmer state than before.

Thinking clearly again, she is startled to find both her rapiers drawn and at the ready in her hands. Then the last few moments, with the events witnessed, flash through her mind.
"Demons of air and darkness," the glaive whispers, considering her blades before sheathing Shadow, the bright ribbon of light Sun emits adding to the comfort her Trinnet provides her now.

Jaeda reaches behind her with her free arm, bringing the Trinnet to her front, and cradles it to her chest, leaving a soft kiss on its fur and an even softer, "thank you," in its wake.

Now finally centred once more, Jaeda's gaze sweeps the room, taking in the relaxed postures of her companions, and while calm is a good look on them all, and the best apology for her behaviour would be to allow them this moment of peace, they could not remain here much longer. She first approaches Taelan, clasping his shoulder tight, murmuring urgently for him to get up and be ready to move. Then she moves to Dexil, more warily than she did her fugitive friend, also reaching out for his arm that holds the whistle.
"Thank you, Dexil. Let's get ready to keep pushing ahead, yes?" she states quietly to him.
Jaeda then proceeds to approach the others, attempting to break the effect of the song as it fades around them. She saves Daesa for last.

This message was lightly edited by the player at 05:17, Thu 01 June 2017.

The Strange
 GM, 120 posts
 Many faces
 all the same.
Tue 23 May 2017
at 19:08
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
The Trinnet, indeed ceases singing as soon as Jaeda's own panic subsides, the subtle falloff of the empathic impact slow and gradual... none of it is intrusive, or at least doesn't carry that feel, and the impact of the calming affects linger. A slow, deep purring emits from the tiny creature as it burrows in with Jaeda's offered affections.
Tor the Younger
 Sharp-Eyed Seeker, 42 posts
 Seeker
 A Unique Attitude
Sun 28 May 2017
at 11:09
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
With a nod to the rest, Tor took point once more, though he continued to hum softly to himself
Daesa Lightspire
 Empathic Nano, 47 posts
 Nano
 Psionic
Tue 30 May 2017
at 19:09
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Daesa sits calmly and quietly as the wave of calm washes over her.  While this allows several moments of clear and cohearant thought, that does not negate the thoughts she had earlier.  She remains in that state until Jaeda shakes her awake, and her brows knit together for a brief moment of confusion.

She says nothing as her face returns to that flat and emotionless mask she had on earlier.  She reaches into her satchel to pull out a handkerchief to dab the last if the blood off of her lip.  With the light source back in her hand she falls in behind Tor ready to move on, despite the gnawing headache growing behind her eyes.
Taelan Faswell
 Fugitive Jack, 51 posts
 Cranky
 Carries a big hat
Thu 1 Jun 2017
at 05:11
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Taelan jumps slightly at Jaeda's touch and his mind snaps back to reality as if awoken from a dream state. He looks at her confused for a moment before nodding, staring off into the distance a bit as he slowly got back up to his feet. He took off his hat and dusted it off and glanced around a bit, taking in the room for a bit, momentarily distracted. He was catching small details that he hadn't noticed before with the light cast by Dasea's light source. Either his momentarily calmed mental state allowed him to take in these previously unnoticed bits of his surroundings or his eyes were adjusting to the inky blackness that surrounded them. What exactly it was though he couldn't be sure.

With a soft sigh he nodded once more as everyone started moving. "I think moving on would be for the best." Bending down he grabbed Griever off the ground and with an almost casual twirl he reset it back to his belt. He pulled the small chain of tracers he had been given and popped one off, setting it on the ground near him and then moving to catch up with the rest. His body language had shifted slightly from what it had been just moments before. His eyes still darted around him, keeping a watchful eye as they moved, but the anxiety and tension he carried has eased a bit, the forced relaxation having done the man some good. Though with how this little adventure had been going time could only tell how long that would last.