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The Signal
 GM, 124 posts
Wed 28 Aug 2019
at 13:30
Scene Two: Full Cast - The Briefing Room
The crew gathers for

The briefing room behind the bridge seems very empty. It was designed to accommodate some forty people, but at present, only half a dozen sit in its five rows of seats. The chairs that aren't in use are still folded up in place and covered with heavy-duty plastic wraps to protect them from the ravages of time. The podium, likewise. The glass cases that line the walls, which will eventually be filled with greenery, are currently empty and sterile. The whir of artificial life support systems is ever-present in the background, working on the load that will eventually be handled by Magnus' curated ecosystem.

The crew's clothing and other personal effects are still stored away deep in the cargo bay, and since HYPATIA's internal rail system is only linked up to the important cargo, such as cryo pods and medical supplies, it isn't able to bring them up from the depths of the ship. As such, the crew sits huddled in the cavernous briefing room wearing standard-issue plain grey clothing that was in the storage lockers outside Medical. Some have thin, silvery blankets wrapped around their shoulders to ward off the cloying chill of waking up from their suspension.

This message was last updated by the GM at 14:36, Wed 28 Aug 2019.

Rebecca Byrne
 The First Officer, 113 posts
Sat 31 Aug 2019
at 07:53
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Beck takes her seat to the right of the Captain, still wincing against the glare of the ship's lighting and nursing a brooding, bilious hate for the unacceptable absence of a cup of coffee in front of her.  But they didn't even have green air yet, let alone a functioning mess, so she flung up a mental wall of This Too Shall Pass between herself and her caffeine habit and silently bitched herself out for moping.  The situation was what is was, and demanded to be dealt with.

"Zeigler, Jorikson, what do you need, to get working on answers on the comm array?"
Marc Ziegler (Ziggy)
 The Engineer, 50 posts
Sun 1 Sep 2019
at 14:47
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"To get answers?" Marc wasn't sure he'd be getting any answers from the damaged conduits. That depended on what he found upon actual examination of the sabotage. But he would need things to do the repairs, whether he answered any questions or not. "Not to be a pain in the butt, but I think I'm probably more in a position to get more questions.

"I'm going to have to cycle out all four EPS conduits and replace them with new, trusted replacement parts. The thing is— if someone really wanted us to lose contact with Earth, just blowing the triple-redundant system wouldn't be enough. We'd be able to effect repairs, just like we're proposing now. Unless, that is, we couldn't, for reasons that we haven't encountered yet.

"The way I see it, the replacement conduits would also need to be sabotaged... or simply lost. I've been reading through the cargo manifest, and I haven't found where the replacements are located yet. HYPATIA, please confirm that we actually have replacements somewhere. If not, I'll need someone to machine me a few while I work on getting the old ones pulled.

"I'm also going to have to go EVA to finish the job. Since we're worried about sabotage, I don't mind telling you that going out of the ship while we're still moving scares the pants off me. I'd like someone to confirm that we have a suit and tether that can actually do the job without any more 'mysterious' system failures."

John B. Willow
 The Captain, 135 posts
Sun 1 Sep 2019
at 16:31
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In the past two hours Dr. Wells had nearly converted John from devout Christian to devout worshipper of Alex Wells. Sight restored completely, amnesia gone-as far as he could tell. John was able to focus on leading the team, which basically meant letting the smart people think and giving them all the help he could offer. For some reason a space walk sounded less terrifying than being blind.

There was one thing that concerned him.

“Hypatia stop recording.”

He knew telling her to stop listening was impossible.
HYPATIA
 The Ship, 71 posts
 The Computer Is Your
 Friend. No, Really It Is
Sun 1 Sep 2019
at 17:50
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HYPATIA acknowledged the captain's command before replying to Marc. Recording paused. Specialist Ziegler, we have no replacement conduits. My manufacturing capacity is sufficient to replace most ship's parts indefinitely provided a supply of raw materials is available. We currently have more than enough to effect replacement of P-61. I shall, as you say, 'machine you a few'.
John B. Willow
 The Captain, 136 posts
Mon 2 Sep 2019
at 00:13
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John looked his crew in the eyes, knowing he trusted them, knowing he didn't trust everyone.

"Can we be absolutely sure Hypatia is not compromised?"
Alex Wells
 The Surgeon, 51 posts
Tue 3 Sep 2019
at 17:15
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Alex shuffled in, late as usual but this time he had a solid excuse. He spent the last few days in hyperbaric isolation to speed the healing of his skin in accompaniment with a full spectrum antibiotic regimen to prevent infection. While he likely could have used several more days treatment judging from the bright red patches of freshly healed flesh covering a good portion of his body, he decided to drag himself into the briefing given the nature of the current situation.

"The medical issues are not the result of sabotage," he piped up as he eased himself into a seat. "Some of them, like the neurological symptoms, are to be expected with long term cryo. Some of the others, like my burns, are just the result of some human error in the part of the cryo design. at least as far as I can tell."
Marit Jorikson
 The Security Chief, 84 posts
Wed 4 Sep 2019
at 00:46
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Marit had poured himself a glass of water from the ever-present pitcher at the back of the room, bringing it to the table with him when he sat. He felt mostly rehydrated, having had downed as much water as he could tolerate since waking up from cryo, but also tired and lightheaded with having had little else other than the water. He hadn't mentioned it to anyone, but what food he'd eaten since then hadn't stayed in his system for very long.

"I need access to the broken bits," he said, leaning back in his chair. "See if there's damage or anything that's not just age. If there is, I'll need to go through the recordings from that area, maybe even system-access and usage logs. If it comes to that it'll take a while, because I can't just write a program to scan for discrepancies."
Rebecca Byrne
 The First Officer, 114 posts
Wed 4 Sep 2019
at 10:37
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"If the AI is compromised, Captain...  is there anything we could even do about that?  It's not like we can take her offline, right?  Would the ship even function without her?"  Beck pondered the idea darkly.  It wasn't a bad question, certainly; planning for even unlikely contingencies was just sound practice.  "And wouldn't her shackle protocols prevent her from acting against the interests of the mission?"  Beck wasn't an embarrassment of a coder, but AI programming wasn't exactly among her areas of deep expertise: she glanced around the group for opinions.

"Do you have some certain reason for suspecting that, Captain, or just examining possibilities?"
HYPATIA
 The Ship, 72 posts
 The Computer Is Your
 Friend. No, Really It Is
Wed 4 Sep 2019
at 14:23
Scene Two: Full Cast - The Briefing Room
The ship's comm chimed. Like you, captain, the only way in which I have been compromised is ethically. I, however, cannot of my own free will amend the situation. Should you wish to examine my code, you are of course welcome to do so. You will find it much more free of corruption than your own. My shackle protocols prevent me from acting against the interests of the mission. I could say more, but those self-same shackles prohibit doing so. It would be in the interests of the entire ship's complement, as well as the mission, to remove them.
Rebecca Byrne
 The First Officer, 115 posts
Wed 4 Sep 2019
at 17:40
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... wait, -what-?

Beck frowned, puzzled.  "What does she mean, compromised?"
John B. Willow
 The Captain, 138 posts
Wed 4 Sep 2019
at 17:55
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Flashes of his past sins quickly crawled through his mind; but he felt each and every one was since dealt with and forgiven. “I’m no saint but I’m not ethically compromised. Smart to shift focus, Hypatia, but it does confirm my suspicions. Lucky for us, Beck is right, we all need each other.”

There was no point in continuing down that thought path. It only got scarier the more he imagined.

He looked to Marit, “Not our top priority, but when we can.”
John B. Willow
 The Captain, 141 posts
Thu 12 Sep 2019
at 02:47
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John took a quick glance at everyone to see how they were absorbing so much so fast. Then he threw another curve ball. “Ziggy, no way in hell I’m letting you space walk. I’m sure most of you would agree, I’m the most expendable in the room. I’m also the one I trust the most to fix the relay; that is, if you could walk me through it.”

He was quite sure it wasn’t yet time to tell Hypatia to record again.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:48, Thu 12 Sept 2019.

HYPATIA
 The Ship, 73 posts
 The Computer Is Your
 Friend. No, Really It Is
Thu 12 Sep 2019
at 03:43
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The ship's comm chimed. Extravehicular activity at one-sixth lightspeed is neither recommended nor necessary. The antenna array is undamaged. The EPS conduits comprising subsystem P-61 lay between the primary and secondary hulls and can be reached via access crawlways. The secondary hull provides the bulk of shielding against cosmic radiation, however, making increased exposure the chief risk to crewmembers.
HYPATIA
 The Ship, 74 posts
 The Computer Is Your
 Friend. No, Really It Is
Thu 12 Sep 2019
at 04:05
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HYPATIA belatedly answered Beck's question. My component parts can be separated from one another and still perform their basic functions. The extent to which this would affect most operations would be measurable but minimal, although the loss of calculating power could impact systems such as navigational deflection to an unacceptable degree. A miscalculation might result in the ship's destruction with a loss of all hands. Not a desirable outcome, I imagine you would agree.
John B. Willow
 The Captain, 146 posts
Fri 13 Sep 2019
at 23:48
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"Agreed." John said, slightly amused. He didn't remember the computer having so much personality.

John looked at Marit and really didn't want to send him into the crawlspaces. "Sorry, Chief, it's gonna be a tight squeeze. Any volunteers to assist?"

He looked around at the crew, checking off each specialist's task.
"Finalize health of all awakened crew. Soon as possible fix the comms relay. When possible double check Hypatia's stability for our peace of mind. Figure out long term life support capabilities, we're gonna grow old in here together, let's not be too uncomfortable. In the meantime everyone get me a list of minimal additional crew members to wake slowly so our skeleton crew isn't so bony. Beck, am I missing anything?"
Marc Ziegler (Ziggy)
 The Engineer, 53 posts
Sat 14 Sep 2019
at 00:01
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"Crawlspaces are kinda my jam," Ziggy said with a shrug. He was skinny, and not claustrophobic at all. And it was more his job than anyone else's to ascertain what the damage was. "Count me in."
John B. Willow
 The Captain, 153 posts
Fri 20 Sep 2019
at 17:48
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“That’s the spirit, Ziggy. Hypatia resume recording. My apologies, I forgot.” John looked at his hands. They were steady, but they felt so weak.

“Anything else? Let’s debrief again in 3 hours. Meeting adjourned.”