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POWER ON
Orpheus.drn VERSION 3.2.16
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INITIATE STARTUP SEQUENCE
INITIALIZING GPS
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INITIALIZING AUDIO
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INITIALIZING VIDEO
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INITIALIZING WEAPONS SYSTEM
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CONNECTING TO SCiP NET
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CONNECTION ESTABLISHED
RETRIEVING OBJECTIVE DETAILS
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PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: Track down Eurydice.drn, recover any lost data.
SECONDARY OBJECTIVES: Continue enacting Order: COLLIDESCOPE.
Visual input: Street (98% certain); Cars, 28, parked (98.42% certain); Buildings, 40 (87.3% certain); Corpse, 1, human (100% certain);
INITIALIZING LIFE DETECTION SYSTEM "PERSEPHONE"
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Persephone Readings: No human life detected.
Current location: 35.084583, -106.652333
Last known location of Eurydice.drn: 35.106889, -106.574222
Calculating trajectory…
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Trajectory calculated. Destination is 7.53 kilometers away.
INITIALIZING MOTORS
TAKEOFF INITIATED
Estimated travel time: 6min24sec
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Approaching Building (100% certain)
Looking up information on SCiP NET…
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Address: 6600 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Formerly known as "Coronado Center," colloquially "Coronado Mall," "Coronado"
Circling perimeter for easy point of access…
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Point of access discovered at northern entrance.
Visual input: Building (100% certain); Letters, A (96% certain), C (92% certain), V (72% certain); Doors (92% certain); Glass, broken (94.2% certain)
Entering Building
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Night Vision Engaged
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Visual input: Clothing (60.52% certain); Counters (73.78% certain); Corpses, 14, human (89% certain);
Persephone Readings: No human life detected.
Continuing to last known location of Eurydice.drn
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Current location: 35.106889, -106.574222
Eurydice not located.
Visual input: Storefronts, 12 (79.4% certain); Kiosks, 4 (85% certain); Scrap, unidentified material (63% certain); Feather, black (86.82% certain);
Scrap and Feather collected
Analyzing…
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Scrap contains Foundation technology (75.61% certain)
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Feather comes from American Crow (69.12% certain)
Audio input: Metal against hard surface (97.3% certain); Footsteps (47% certain); Human voices (12.1% certain).
Investigating noise.
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Visual input: Clothing (65.1% certain); Counters (71.31% certain); Corpses, 13, human (93% certain);
Persephone Readings: No human life detected.
Returning to primary objective.
Looking up information on SCiP NET…
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Likely locations of American Crows in Albuquerque researched.
Exiting through point of access.
Beginning search.
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Visual input: Sky (90.4% certain); Clouds (95% certain); Crow (83.8% certain);
Beginning stealth pursuit of Crow.
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Crow's Nest (71.2% certain) discovered. Waiting until Crow leaves to retrieve information.
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Approaching Crow's Nest.
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Visual input: Metal, scrap (82% certain); Plastic, scrap (85.6% certain); Foundation Insignia (100% certain); Memory Chip (93% certain)
Obtaining Chip
Audio input: Crow call (89% certain)
Damage sustained: Nominal
Visual input: Crow (92.5% certain)
Initiating weapons system
Aiming…
Firing
Crow injured; retreating.
Returning to primary objective.
Obtaining Chip
Running code…

Eurydice.drn VERSION 1.1.31
Accessing memory…
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Visual input: [DATA CORRUPTED]
Audio input: Human voices (99% certain); English (98% certain);
Transcript:
| "You sure about this?"
| "No, but if we're gonna [unintelligible]."
| "Okay. I'll tell the others. We're switching bases to Cottonwood."
| "Shit! We've been discovered!"
| "Quick, you—"
| [DATA CORRUPTED]

Looking up information on SCiP NET…
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Match for Cottonwood:
Cottonwood Mall, colloquially "Cottonwood"
Address: 10000 Coors Bypass NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114
Calculating trajectory…
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Trajectory calculated. Destination is 17.13 kilometers away.
Estimated travel time: 15min51sec
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Visual input: Crows, 12 (78% certain)
Damage sustained: Rotor 3 offline.
Correcting for balance…
Initiating weapons system
Aiming…
Firing
3 Crows Killed
3 Crows Injured
Aiming…
Firing
5 Crows killed
2 Crows injured
5 Crows retreating
Continuing to destination
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Approaching Cottonwood Mall (100% certain)
Circling perimeter for easy point of access…
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Point of access discovered at Western entrance.
Visual input: Building (100% certain); Doors (97% certain); Glass, broken (91.9% certain)
Entering Building
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Night Vision Engaged
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Visual input: Clothing Racks (41% certain); Clothing (33.2% certain)
Audio input: Footsteps, distant (11% certain)
Investigating noise.
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Audio input: Whispering (37.23% certain)
Investigating noise.
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Audio input: Human voices (97% certain); English (91% certain);
Transcript:
| "Now!"
Visual input: !ERROR - CANNOT IDENTIFY VISUAL INPUT!
Initiating weapons system
!ERROR - CANNOT AIM!
Firing
!ERROR - OUTCOME UNKNOWN!
Visual input: !ERROR - CANNOT IDENTIFY VISUAL INPUT!
Firing
!ERROR - OUTCOME UNKNOWN!
Visual input: Humans, 8 (99% certain);
Persephone Readings: Human Life detected!
Enacting Order COLLIDESCOPE
Aiming…
Damage sustained: !UNKNOWN!
Audio input: Human voices (99% certain); English (96% certain);
Transcript:
| "Why can't we destroy this one?"
| "Missing drones get found, and that means we get found."
| "But if we don't destroy it, it's gonna kill us."
| "Avoid the central processor until I can safely get to it. Stay low, stay safe."
| "What about the whole killing us thing?"
| "It looks like this one has already sustained some damage. That already looks suspicious, even if we didn't do it. Do what you have to do, but be careful."
Aiming…
Firing
1 Human injured
Audio input: Human voices (99% certain); English (96% certain);
Transcript:
| "Shit!"
| "You okay?"
| "I've been better."
| "Hold on a bit longer… got it!"
!ERROR - UNEXPECTED SHUTDOWN IMMINENT!
Attempting backup power…
Shutdown initiated.
Powering off…
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POWER ON
Orpheus.drn VERSION 3.2.16
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INITIALIZING VIDEO
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INITIALIZING WEAPONS SYSTEM
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CONNECTING TO SCiP NET
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!ERROR - CANNOT CONNECT TO SCiP NET!
!CANNOT RETRIEVE OBJECTIVE DETAILS!
INITIALIZING LIFE DETECTION SYSTEM "PERSEPHONE"
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!PERSEPHONE OFFLINE!
!DRONE COMPROMISED!
Visual input: Humans, 2 (96% certain);
Audio input: Human voices (98% certain); English (98% certain);
Transcript:
| "I don't like the sounds that thing is making."
| "I told you, it needs to be on to make changes to it. I've completely deactivated the the weapons and the flight system. I'll need to be careful about getting those back online."
| "What are you doing exactly? You're gonna make it so it can't see?"
| "Somehow, this system is programmed to recognize human life. I'm gonna make it so that it can't recognize that we are alive."
| "So… it's gonna think we're corpses?"
| "A grim way to think about it, but essentially. Might have to change some of the logic systems too. Christ, I hope the anomalous shit was manually programmed or this will be a bitch to figure out."
| "And why can't we just destroy it? Or at least use it for spare parts?"
| "Because they'll just send another one after us. And then they'll for certain know we're here."
| "Fair enough."
| "How's your shoulder doing?"
| "Not great. But Collins looked at it. He says I'm gonna be fine."
| "That's good. Oh shit, they have Persephone installed. Looks more advanced than when I was working on it. That'll be interesting… What?"
| "How do you know so much about this?"
| "Well… It's what I did at the Foundation. You know. Back before the world ended."
| "Shit."
| "Yeah. I try not to think about it."
| "How'd you survive?"
| "I… defected? I guess? Like a week before it all went down. Got an offer for a job at another company."
| "And then they started killing everybody."
| "Yep."
| "…Did you know?"
| "Of course not. It's not like they were plotting the downfall of humanity. You remember the message. Before everyone on the O5 council lost their mind, our… mission statement, I guess was Secure, Contain, Protect. It applied to anomalies as much as it does to humanity. It was… weird work to be sure, but work worth doing."
| "So why'd you leave?"
| "Like I said, I got a better offer."
| "So then what did you"
| "I don't like talking about it, okay? I don't like thinking about the fact that my work is in these… that it's being used to harm others. Can we please drop it?"
| "…Okay."
| "…We can't keep up like this. Assuming this works, it'll buy us some time, but the Foundation does have the means to kill us all. We have to come up with a better plan."
| "I've heard rumors of people going underground. Like, literally underground. I'm sure there's something that can kill us there too, but could be worth a shot."
| "Does Cottonwood have a basement level?"
| "I'll have to check. If not, we can ask Dee for potential locations."
| "Okay. Let's start planning."
| "Ari… Are we just living on borrowed time?"
| "…I don't know, Rin. I'm just trying to make sure whatever time we have together lasts as long as possible."
| "Ari…"
| "Um, I… I think I fixed the Persephone system."
| "So… how does this work now?"
| "I'll initialize Persephone again. If something's wrong, it will try to start the weapons system, which will fail because I've disconnected it, just means I'll need to tinker more. Alright, here we go."
INITIALIZING LIFE DETECTION SYSTEM "PERSEPHONE"
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Persephone Readings: No human life detected.
Visual input: Human, corpses, 2 (99% certain);
Audio input: Human voices (97% certain); English (97% certain);
Transcript:
| "Looks like it worked."
| "So, now you release it?"
| "Now I wipe the memory. Lucky for us, it looks like this thing was attacked earlier. We just delete some stuff, makes it seem like that's how it got damaged. It seems to have co-opted some memory from the last drone, so that'll be something to work around… but I'll release it tomorrow maybe? Did we get everyone out of Coronado?"
| "Shel stayed behind to look after Rosie. I think the plan is for Alex to meet and transport them here tomorrow?"
| "I'll double check. I just don't want anyone getting hurt because of a dumb mistake. It's hard enough the dumb mistakes I made are hurting people now."
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POWER ON
Orpheus.drn VERSION 3.2.16
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C0NNECTION ESTABLISHED
ЯETRIEVING OBJECTIVE DETAILS
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P®IMARY OBJECTIVE: Track down Evrydice.drn, recover any lost data.
SECONDARY OBJECTIVES: Continue enacting Order: COLLIDESCO¶E.
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Da+a from Eurydice.drn discovered on memory. Sending to SCiP NET now…
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Data upload3d.
Mission completed.
Powering ƌown…
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critters: Mew, malyce

12:34 PM <MalyceGraves> Not bad. I enjoyed it overall, though there isn't much of an arc. My initial response is "eh, cool, now I know that", you know? Like there's nothing bad, but it doesn't leave much of an impact. I totally dig this kinda stuff, so it's easy for me to +1
12:35 PM <MalyceGraves> but it doesn't really have much meat to it.
12:35 PM <%Oboebandgeek99> yeah i definitely get what you're saying
12:35 PM <MalyceGraves> So we know that some former Foundation people escaped, but we knew that from 5k
12:36 PM <MalyceGraves> My suggestion is to amp up the argument between the tech and the others
12:36 PM <MalyceGraves> "Look, I know! I'm doing the best I can! There's only me, and my fuckups kill people! You wanna do this shit? Good luck"
12:37 PM <MalyceGraves> Gives it more of an edge, like this guy is ill-prepared for the end of the world and is coping
12:37 PM <MalyceGraves> as best as he can
12:37 PM <%Oboebandgeek99> ooh yeah i can do that!
12:37 PM <MalyceGraves> As it is, this guy is surprisingly calm for working on a murderbot sent in to kill everyone he knows and loves

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