Millennium Falcon.   Posted by Narrator.Group: 0
Tump
 player, 343 posts
 Relic Hunter
Sun 21 May 2017
at 23:38
Millennium Falcon
"I was thinking the same thing, but it may be too soon to tell for sure."

13:18, Today: Tump rolled 7 using 1d20+4.  Knowledge: Bot Logic.

Inarra
 NPC, 87 posts
 Human
 Relic Hunter
Mon 22 May 2017
at 00:14
Millennium Falcon
The droid continues for another 2 minutes.  "Something is definitely wrong.  He should not be repeating that pattern like that.  That's definitely some kind of loop."  Inarra frowns.  "We can't just pull him loose. It could fry his AI.  Someone's gotta log on and try to extricate him."
Django Blint
 player, 325 posts
 Human
 Gunslinger
Mon 22 May 2017
at 00:52
Millennium Falcon
"Well don't look at me t' do it. I jes shoot my problems away".
Tump
 player, 344 posts
 Relic Hunter
Mon 22 May 2017
at 01:22
Millennium Falcon
Tump furrows his brow. "Let me take a look." He saddles up next to the terminal and starts investigating.
Irin Adson
 NPC, 44 posts
 Human
 Relic Hunter
Mon 22 May 2017
at 02:56
Millennium Falcon
Irin finds a human interface next to Tump.  "Follow me in, Tump.  This might get bumpy."  She begins digging down into the computer core, looking for traces of Ayce.  Tump follows with his not quite as good slicing skills.  Together they find him at some kind of gateway, locked in and unable to free himself.  "Looks like some kind of anchoring code.  Ayce is still Ayce, but he can't withdraw his AI which means he can't physically disconnect.  We have to free him."

She examines the code for a few minutes.  "Tump, can you slice a primitive retraction call iteratively?  You don't have to be fast, you just have to keep doing it, even if you miss a few times.  While you are doing that, I'm going to have to attack the anchor code and try to open the gateway.  Since we aren't physically connected, we can't get trapped and two independent non-binary human minds can overwhelm a single binary processor no matter how powerful it is."

{The slicing roll DC for the algorithm she is asking about is 17.  You can also write an iterative app to keep retrying that while adding to Irin's efforts to get in (giving her a synergy bonus), but you'll have to roll for all that.  For every point above 18, she gets +1 synergy to her own efforts.  Also, you'll get xp for rolling, not for taking 10 on an autocomplete skill check.}
Tump
 player, 345 posts
 Relic Hunter
Mon 22 May 2017
at 03:57
Millennium Falcon
Tump starts clacking away at the terminal. "I'm on it..."

The algorithm itself doesn't take long, but the manual repetition could become problematic if not executed properly. While the first iteration runs, he begins work on a secondary application to run in the background. Occasionally pausing to run another iteration of the retraction override, he finishes up the automation protocol.

"That should do it." He looks up at Irin. "I've got it running on an automated loop. Let me know when you're in, and I'll shut it down."

22:34, Today: Tump rolled 25 using 1d20+8.  Slicing check.

Irin Adson
 NPC, 45 posts
 Human
 Relic Hunter
Mon 22 May 2017
at 12:13
Millennium Falcon
Irin types away at the keyboard, her face scrunched in concentration.  "That's...that's pretty good, Tump.  This is gonna...be...there, I'm in."
R10-AC
 NPC, 39 posts
 Astromech
Mon 22 May 2017
at 12:14
Millennium Falcon
As soon as she says the last word, Ayce retracts his manipulator.  "Thank you.  That was...uncomfortable."
Irin Adson
 NPC, 46 posts
 Human
 Relic Hunter
Mon 22 May 2017
at 12:16
Millennium Falcon
"Tump, you still in?  Look at this."  Irin has opened the gateway.  The flow of code behind it is enormous, definitely on the magnitude of AI.  "No wonder Ayce got trapped.  The complexity of this AI is...indescribable.  Do we even want to poke around further and try to find the light switch for this place?  Or maybe try to communicate with it?"
Django Blint
 player, 326 posts
 Human
 Gunslinger
Mon 22 May 2017
at 12:50
Millennium Falcon
"Might wanna ask Ayce bout its attitude before making first contact with it. If it hijacked our droid, it probably ain't friendly"
Tump
 player, 346 posts
 Relic Hunter
Mon 22 May 2017
at 13:24
Millennium Falcon
"Yeah, the subroutine is still running. I can shut it down if you're finished with it. Ayce, what did you make of that system?"

He looks over to Irin. "I don't think we have a choice. We're here because it's off Vex's radar. If we plan to do anything useful, we're going to need the inhabitants here on our side."

This message was last edited by the player at 13:40, Mon 22 May 2017.

R10-AC
 NPC, 40 posts
 Astromech
Mon 22 May 2017
at 14:06
Millennium Falcon
Ayce takes a few second to process the question.  "I cannot answer that question.  The trap I ran into was passive, what seemed like a regular precaution set up by the system to prevent intruder AIs from accessing the AI underneath.  Humans seem to have no problems, so it might just be a failsafe so that organics can access, but it overrides any droids programmed to come in and mess with the planet's systems.  I was not harmed, just locked in the loop.  I imagine a droid might arrive shortly to 'check' on me and safely remove me from the system if it is benign.  If it comes with intent to destroy, we will know that the system is more hostile."

The dome swivels to take in all six humans present.  "My database does not include more than cursory information on Mechis III.  I was relatively new when the last war happened and the Star Demons rose.  My information largely pertains to general knowledge of the galaxy and the 5 habitable planets of the Corellian system."
Vyctor Kerr
 NPC, 28 posts
 Human
 Relic Hunter
Mon 22 May 2017
at 14:07
Millennium Falcon
Vyctor snaps his head around.  "Did you say 'five habitable planets'?"
R10-AC
 NPC, 41 posts
 Astromech
Mon 22 May 2017
at 14:10
Millennium Falcon
"Yes.  And not all populations are human.  Two of the planets have species called Drall and one has a species called Selonian."
Django Blint
 player, 327 posts
 Human
 Gunslinger
Mon 22 May 2017
at 23:43
Millennium Falcon
Django arches an eyebrow and lets out a "Well I'll be" at the news of alien life, but says nothing more.
Tump
 player, 347 posts
 Relic Hunter
Tue 23 May 2017
at 00:27
Millennium Falcon
"The thought of more planets of intelligent oppressed by these cretins just ..." Tump doesn't finish his sentence. "We need to find a way, even if we have to do it ourselves. We can't be on a planet loaded with technology without a way to use it."
Django Blint
 player, 328 posts
 Human
 Gunslinger
Tue 23 May 2017
at 00:40
Millennium Falcon
Django looks over at Vyctor, then at Tump as he speaks. "Pretty sure startin' at least one insurrection was in the job description. What's a few more?.
Vyctor Kerr
 NPC, 29 posts
 Human
 Relic Hunter
Tue 23 May 2017
at 00:47
Millennium Falcon
Vyctor just shakes his head at all the new implications.  Then he takes a deep breath and exhales.  "One step at a time, gentlemen.  Let's see where this world stands and what we can do about it."  He turns to Irin.  "Try communication first.  Best to be non-hostile up front and let it make the first move just in case.  No reason to irk a planet-wide AI if we don't have to."
Irin Adson
 NPC, 47 posts
 Human
 Relic Hunter
Tue 23 May 2017
at 00:52
Millennium Falcon
Irin nods and types away on the keyboard again.  "I think I've got something.  I found a kind of standby mode that's been running...for a while.  It looks like," she pauses to peer more closely at her screen.  "There is a command application here that indicates that if no organic commands are entered-  No, that's not right.  If no orders are placed, then the planet goes into this standby mode to both conserve power and prevent wear and tear.  It should be a matter of-"  She frowns.  "Tump, give me a hand.  It's going to take both of us to clear the application and wake the planet up.  At that point we should be able to speak to the AI that runs this place.  It's simply called MECHIS according to this."

{Roll Computer Slicing - DC 17 to keep up with Irin and synchromatically issue the application kill and wake up command.  Take 10 allowed.}
Tump
 player, 348 posts
 Relic Hunter
Tue 23 May 2017
at 01:00
Millennium Falcon
Tump slides in next to her and starts typing away. "Almost like old times, eh?"

Occasionally he glances over her shoulder, making sure he is keying up the same commands and input.

Taking 10 on slicing: 18 total.
Irin Adson
 NPC, 48 posts
 Human
 Relic Hunter
Tue 23 May 2017
at 11:22
Millennium Falcon
Time passes quickly as the two slicers make there way into the mainframe of the planet's computer.  They aren't technically slicing, just issuing a series of preprogrammed protocols to let the planet know that organics are once again in control of the facility.  At last, Irin presses an execute and steps back.  "That should do it."
JR-VS
Tue 23 May 2017
at 11:26
Millennium Falcon
There is a whirring as the lights in the area come up to full strength.  Motion is suddenly all around as droids awake and begin routines.  A rather powerful looking humaniform droid comes around the corner right toward the group.  "Welcome to Mechis III.  I am JR-VS, human-cyborg liaison.  May I escort you to our reception area?"
Tump
 player, 349 posts
 Relic Hunter
Tue 23 May 2017
at 12:52
Millennium Falcon
Tump raises an eyebrow, looking rather impressed with himself. "Why yes, yes you may." He looks over to Irin, with a triumphant grin. "After you, my dear."
JR-VS
Tue 23 May 2017
at 13:46
Millennium Falcon
The droid escorts the group to a small, theater-style room with stadium seating.  A holographic menu pops up as each human takes their seat.  Ayce stays at the back of the room, taking everything in.  JR-VS walks smoothly to the bottom of the seats and gives a shallow bow.  "Please make your orders.  Refreshments are on the house to our honored guests.  Mechis 3.4 will be with you shortly."

The droid moves off through a side door.  There is no hurry to his step, but the precision of his movements mean that he is gone before anyone thinks to interrupt his exit with a question.

The menu has any manner of drink, alcoholic or not, and a vast variety of al a carte menu items as food.

This message was last edited by the GM at 13:47, Tue 23 May 2017.

Inarra
 NPC, 88 posts
 Human
 Relic Hunter
Tue 23 May 2017
at 13:56
Millennium Falcon
Inarra skips through the menu rapidly pressing several items in quick succession.  In less than a minute she is done.  The summary screen is a full list in a small font.

She looks around and shrugs.  "What?  I'm hungry and all we've had is ships rations for days."