[In-Character Thread] Deciphering Tomorrow.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
GM
 GM, 229 posts
 Storyteller
Sun 4 Oct 2020
at 07:01
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
Paraton manipulates the controls, a series of glowing circles and lances illuminating across the transparent walls as they circle, pointing towards the crumbling mountain.  The lances brighten as they focus towards the cracks, and Paraton brings their hands together sharply.  A burst of energy flies from the underside of the vessel, crashing into whatever the mountain is hiding.  Something crystalline glints within, shards flying in the violence of the attack.

Before it can regroup, Attilisk circles the controls, selects the target from the list, and twists his hands, Delfino acting in concert, to power the vessel's energy up.  With a bone-jarring hum, the vessel goes dark for a moment, then feels like it is suspended as if from the apex of a leap, right before you start to fall.

Then you fall, the landing soft as moss, with a powerful shudder like a distant explosion thudding through your chests.  The light returns, silver and green as those in the control chamber see a silvery landscape before them, scattered with unusual buildings, all set beneath arcing domes of green crystal.  The vessel hovers directly above one of them, separated by no more than a meter, perfectly still and silent.
Attilisk
 Imaginative Jack, 195 posts
 who Talks to Machines
Sun 4 Oct 2020
at 15:14
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
Attilisk just takes in the scene with an appreciative whistle.  "Well, we made it somewhere."
GM
 GM, 230 posts
 Storyteller
Tue 13 Oct 2020
at 01:36
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
With a slight hum, a light illuminates on the vessel's control board, showing a spot of light on the lower middle.  Out in the corridor, Cube calls, "There is a door in the floor that is now outlined with light!"

This message had punctuation tweaked by the GM at 09:21, Wed 14 Oct.

Attilisk
 Imaginative Jack, 196 posts
 who Talks to Machines
Tue 13 Oct 2020
at 01:57
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
"I want to make sure that we have a good connection to the ship, even if we leave it.  I don't ..."  He smiles in wonderment.  "I don't want to lose her.  Him?  Them?"  He turns to Eleisai, although glances at the others as he asks, "Does it understand us when we speak?  Can we ... can we help it understand us better?"
Eleisai
 Empathic Nano, 109 posts
 who Works Miracles
Tue 13 Oct 2020
at 02:38
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
The older woman blinks in wonder as they rematerialize at their new location, and considers.

"I'm... not certain.  I have some type of mental link with it, but I do not know if it understands my words, or merely my emotions and visualized thoughts.  Give me a few moments..."

She closes her eyes, and reaches back through the mental link to the ship.

:: Can you understand me?  Do you need any more assistance?  Are we safe now?  Is it safe to leave the ship?  If we do, will you wait for us? ::

This message was last edited by the player at 02:40, Tue 13 Oct.

GM
 GM, 231 posts
 Storyteller
Wed 14 Oct 2020
at 09:53
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
Eleisai listens and hears another hum, and then her floating orb that marks her as one of the vessels crew makes a circuit of her body, all around her in a circle, then from top to bottom.  In her minds eye, she sees a glowing circle described around her by the orb, a slight shimmering haze within, the same haze that she sees fills the vessel.  She sees a vague figure leave the vessel, still surrounded by that haze, it traveling with them as the figure moves around outside.  The representative figure, Eleisai notes, seems taller than most humans she's seen, walks with a hunch, and seems to have at least three limbs on the upper portion of the body, with extra-long arms. The "legs" seem more boneless than humans, writhing along the corridor surfaces with little regard for gravitational pull.
Eleisai
 Empathic Nano, 110 posts
 who Works Miracles
Wed 14 Oct 2020
at 18:55
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
The older woman stirs, and opens her eyes.

"I think that it understands me, and that we will remain linked to the ship via these floating orbs even if we move around outside.  I believe that it regards us as crew members."

"I am going to try to find out more information about this place.  Please stand by..."


She closes her eyes again, and reaches through the mental link.

:: What do you know of this place?  What can you sense?  Is it safe for us to explore?  Is there anything here that would be useful to you or to us? ::

This message was last edited by the player at 18:58, Wed 14 Oct.

Attilisk
 Imaginative Jack, 197 posts
 who Talks to Machines
Wed 14 Oct 2020
at 22:26
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
Attilisk allows Eleisai the space she needs to communicate with the ship via her own means.  Attilisk takes the time to further study the controls and anything that looks like a readout, map, or other presented information about either the ship or their current whereabouts.
Paraton
 Resourceful Seeker, 112 posts
 a Resourceful Seeker
 who Delved Too Deeply
Fri 16 Oct 2020
at 12:40
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
Paraton has been utterly silent, enraptured by the view from the vessel's screens.

It's... It's...

It's so full of stars...


OOC: Paraton rolled 9 towards understanding what they see.
GM
 GM, 232 posts
 Storyteller
Thu 22 Oct 2020
at 08:42
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
Eleisai:
The older woman stirs, and opens her eyes.

"I think that it understands me, and that we will remain linked to the ship via these floating orbs even if we move around outside.  I believe that it regards us as crew members."

"I am going to try to find out more information about this place.  Please stand by..."


She closes her eyes again, and reaches through the mental link.

:: What do you know of this place?  What can you sense?  Is it safe for us to explore?  Is there anything here that would be useful to you or to us? ::


Eleisai sees the black void beyond the silvery landscape below turn, and as she turns her head to look out of one portion of the clear material of the vessel's control room, all of the vessel's crew can see an impossibly enormous orb "below" them, an orb with a neat, four-pointed star-shaped portion in browns and tans and greens, with streaks of black in broad swathes, and a large circle on one portion.  Surrounding it is a stretch of blue that extends around the edges of the curved globe, and over all is a haze of thin white that brushes across the surface here and there.

It is the large hollow circle that twigs everyone's memory - a circle so perfect and clean and huge that it could only be one thing: The Clock of Kala.  But now sees so small, so far away and below you... you are seeing the world, the whole world, at an impossibly far distance!

The silvery landscape the drifts below the vessel, the green buildings... this must be the moon in the sky, the one that ofttimes wears a streak of green across its face!  Somehow the vessel has taken you to the moon itself!
Attilisk
 Imaginative Jack, 198 posts
 who Talks to Machines
Thu 22 Oct 2020
at 11:36
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
"I always wanted to see the world," mutters Attilisk, half in jest, half to himself.  He studies the image, trying to align what little geography he knows with the world as it appears before him.

"So much has changed ..."
Eleisai
 Empathic Nano, 111 posts
 who Works Miracles
Fri 23 Oct 2020
at 01:47
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
The older woman stirs.

"The ship has memories of times when this place was inhabited, and of coming here to exchange speech and goods... but my impression is that such memories are from very long ago.  However, it could be that remnants of goods once traded could still be found here, if we wish to look."

She blinks at the stars, and at the nearby planet.  Already profoundly moved at the telepathic contact with the ship, the sight of the stars and the planet makes her blink back tears.

"It is written, 'For I see Thy heavens, a work of Thy fingers, Moon and stars that Thou didst establish.' "

"Thank you, Sovereign One."

Attilisk
 Imaginative Jack, 199 posts
 who Talks to Machines
Fri 23 Oct 2020
at 02:26
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
"If the craft is still intact ... What are we calling them again?  Their name?"  Attilisk shakes his head to refocus.

"If the craft is still intact after all this time, hopefully components and tools for maintaining it and improving it could be found in the domes below.  If we can explore in relative safety and be assured of a welcome return to this craft, I will welcome the opportunity to make this vessel stronger, safer, and more comfortable."
GM
 GM, 233 posts
 Storyteller
Tue 27 Oct 2020
at 08:19
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
Are we going to open the door?  Or are we going to try something else? Cube asks, sliding its body around the round lower hatch with a slow shimmer moving across its surface.

Delfino gives a shrug, but his eyes are shining with excitement.  "Take a step onto the moon itself?  Can't say any Form has done that before!  Shall we give it a try?"
Attilisk
 Imaginative Jack, 200 posts
 who Talks to Machines
Tue 27 Oct 2020
at 11:31
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
Attilisk nods and moves toward the door (hatch?) that leads to the green dome they are hovering over.  He will attempt to open it, if no one else does.  If there is any kind of display or readout or even odd behavior from his associated orb, he'll pay attention to that closely.
Paraton
 Resourceful Seeker, 114 posts
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 who Delved Too Deeply
Fri 30 Oct 2020
at 17:45
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
The seeker by now feels a very, very different person from the Paraton of only a few days ago. The changes to their body and spirit are vast. Order and chaos, balancing each other out, the void pulsing along the crystalline lattice.

They approach the exit, undaunted. We weren't born to live as brutes, but to seek virtue and knowledge, I think.
[OOC: Will Paraton's crystalline state protect them from the potential absence of air?]
GM
 GM, 235 posts
 Storyteller
Tue 10 Nov 2020
at 03:55
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
There are symbols around the lower hatch where Cube is, symbols that have begun to be familiar through Attilisk's study of the vessel.  With a little study, he finds the combination of symbols that allow for opening, and touches them with two hands (it seems the original users of this vessel were taller and/or had larger appendages).  The orb runs along Attilisk's right hand when he presses one of the symbols, humming and chiming slightly.  The hatch irises open, revealing a haze of sparkling blue that descends through a long, translucent shaft to the floor of the dome below you, some one hundred feet.  There air is still and smells faintly nutty, with a tang of ozone on your tongue.
Attilisk
 Imaginative Jack, 201 posts
 who Talks to Machines
Tue 10 Nov 2020
at 04:04
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
Attilisk looks at the long shaft hesitantly.  He pulls a shin from his pocket and drops it into the haze.
Paraton
 Resourceful Seeker, 115 posts
 a Resourceful Seeker
 who Delved Too Deeply
Wed 11 Nov 2020
at 13:06
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
Paraton, their quarterstaff propping them up, nears the exit shaft, and descends. They pick up the shin and make it twirl in the air.

So this is the moon. I never imagined.
Eleisai
 Empathic Nano, 113 posts
 who Works Miracles
Fri 13 Nov 2020
at 06:21
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
The older woman looks upon the scene with great interest, but hesitates at the threshold.

"Should I remain aboard to help ensure our continued access to the ship?"
GM
 GM, 236 posts
 Storyteller
Thu 19 Nov 2020
at 08:03
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
As Attilisk drops the shin, it falls, but slowly, as if through thick gel or as if gravity were lessened.

As it reaches the bottom of the shaft, nothing happens, but it is, after all, a very small thing.  However, there is some movement just outside the shaft, a shadowy shifting that's difficult to discern through the blue.  Its movement is very straight and rigid, suggesting some kind of automaton, and something no larger than a large human.  After a moment it subsides again into stillness.
Attilisk
 Imaginative Jack, 202 posts
 who Talks to Machines
Thu 19 Nov 2020
at 12:13
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
"I think we need to trust that the ship will let us return when we wish.  Whatever is moving down there may require your knowledge to ... safely deal with."

Attilisk looks at his traveling companions.  "Perhaps if Cube and Delfino remain here?  Cube can defend the craft, and Delfino is a mirror of myself, so that this wondrous vessel may find us familiar?"
Paraton
 Resourceful Seeker, 116 posts
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Tue 24 Nov 2020
at 13:27
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
I think it's a good plan. And... I think there's something here. Orbs, please help us.

I guess there's no use waiting, though.


Changing their stance to a guard, Paraton emerges from the shaft.
GM
 GM, 237 posts
 Storyteller
Sat 28 Nov 2020
at 01:23
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
Cube shimmers, which seems to be its version of a shrug, and Delfino nods.

"Sounds like a fair plan.  Perhaps there is some way to see more of the surface of the moon.  The front chamber can become transparent, so maybe other places can.  And I'll see what we can make of what's in the storage spaces," Delfino says.

That decided, Paraton takes the plunge, stepping into the shaft and sinking slowly.  There is no sensation of wet or dry, but there is a scent of ozone and spice that permeates the shaft and their senses.  As they descend, they can see the dome below through the thick blue.  It is a clear, thick substance that encases a broad terrace with an elaborate mosaic that brings to mind the night sky, though the patterns of the stars are unfamiliar, and there are lines and colorful splotches and orbs that are scattered throughout.  Three consoles are at three equal points around the dome, one of the turned over, objects scattered across the floor in front of it.  There are three other exits from the dome, as well as the shaft itself, though you cannot see beyond the gleaming synth doors.  Something scuttles away from the shaft and you are fairly certain it lodged itself behind one of the two standing consoles, something long and low and segmented, though further details are blurred by the blue.

Finally, Paraton touches down, a triangular opening twelve feet high in front of them, and no other visible barrier.  Unlike the other three exits, there is no solid door here.
Attilisk
 Imaginative Jack, 203 posts
 who Talks to Machines
Sat 28 Nov 2020
at 01:48
Re: [In-Character Threat] Deciphering Tomorrow
Having seen Paraton safely use the shaft to descend, Attilisk will follow, copying the cloaked one's movements and glancing in all directions as he is (hopefully) gently lowered.