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Thisavrou Head Mods ([personal profile] savmods) wrote in [community profile] thisavrou_ooc2017-06-29 10:59 pm
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June Ends Soon, July's Lookin' Fly (Plot Updates/New Plotting)


Hey, Savrites!


June's madness is finally coming to a close. We'd like to offer a huge thanks to everyone for their participation, particularly the players that ran or volunteered for plots of their own. In light of some recent feedback, we'd also like to offer two more things: a summary of June's events on Thisavrou, and a chance to plot for what comes next.




June: flesh goo redux

CONTAMINANT

  • During the month of May, Soldier: 76 called for volunteers to search for the "contaminant": self-directed lumps of flesh that came to Thisavrou in the bodies of some of its travelers. While Nihlus Kryik and Adrien Arbuckal both publicized, discoveries of their own, the next encounter came at the turn of the month, producing a strange fog through Regions Four and Five.

  • While most of the population was evacuated, Ana Amari, Adrien Arbuckal, J.M. Austen, Elsa, Natasha Stark, and Zer0 found their way to the heart of the fog: an underground passage, where a strange, glowing child crawled out of the flesh mass. She demonstrated influence over the nearby growths, as well as some psychic power. She also claimed that those present had everything wrong: that she had tried to help them, while "the liars" native to this place had killed those on the asteroid and made the player characters forget.

  • The arrival of the Savrii's biohazard teams produced a short-lived conflict. In the end, the girl was rendered unconscious, causing the growths infesting the area to quiet and go dead. The characters on-scene were taken off for decontamination, and thanked for their help in distracting the contaminant. Zer0, however, fled secretly with a recording. This record has not become public, though all characters will be aware that the fog receded on June 6, with all traces of the contamination gone.

THE INGRESS

  • Ingress Security has been stepped up twice in recent months: first, following the contaminant's arrival at the start of May, and second, after Chara hijacked the Ingress.

  • A third incident came at the end of June, when Neriel Lavellan and Marian Hawke were discovered in a restricted zone, engaging in an altercation. Damage had been done to the Ingress' delicate workings, some of it deliberately inflicted. Both combatants were taken into custody, though Hawke was released not long after.

  • While the names of the perpetrators were not publicly announced, the Department of Ingress Contingency Coordination made a broadcast informing the public of the attack, and stating that Ingress use would be restricted to authorized personnel while the damage is investigated. An investigation that will lead to...




july: a world without light

Too dramatic? After Hawke and Lavellan's magical altercation inside the Ingress complex, technicians thought they had everything under control as they examined the Ingress itself, which began operating in a kind of lower-power, backup safety mode following the main incident. They didn't. Not built to handle magical damage, particularly outside the protected area where new arrivals come through, the Ingress actually suffered a series of malfunctions that slowly cascaded through its systems, going largely unnoticed, until it is brought fully back online as a test. This surge of energy is more than it can handle, and after a mighty shudder, critical systems shudder to a halt. For all intents and purposes, the Ingress is broken.


WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME?

Glad you asked! As the locations page says, Thisavrou has no sun; the Ingress fulfills this purpose, maintaining the ability to sustain life on the twin planets. Immediately, the sky will go dark. Within 22 hours, the formerly pleasant weather will turn very brisk. By the end of the next day, it feels like early winter, and occasional snowfall begins. By the end of the week…well, you really don't want to go outside without being very bundled up.

Stored energy will allow utilities (electricity, heat) to continue operation, but the worse things get, the more the grid struggles, and brownouts in urban areas will become common. Strain on population centers will only increase as people flock there from the harder-hit areas. And residents from elsewhere in Kauto aren't the only newcomers; fauna from the wilder areas of Kauto will come seeking warmth and food. (More on this in the log!)

Full details will be found in the log, but as a regional breakdown is as such: Chioni will be evacuated, though if residents choose to say they will not be forced to leave; Regions 2 and 3 are the most affected by the unnatural cold; Regions 1 and 5 will be the destinations for most evacuees; Region 4, being largely underwater, will be partially insulated from the danger, though concerns about travel mechanisms will prompt many who live there to come to the surface, lest access be cut off by the time they need it. The Ingress Complex itself also has enough stored energy to remain habitable for life, but it will operate in low-power mode. Halls are dim, and honestly? Kinda creepy.

Speaking of the Ingress Complex...

TECHIES, COME FORTH

The Ingress is immensely complicated, and no being alive fully understands every aspect of all its systems. The breakdown of the Ingress and the existing technical team's failure to restore it makes one thing very clear: they need help. All scientists, engineers and generally techie people will be invited to come to the Ingress, put their heads together and fix it by any means possible.

How will this be accomplished? Peeking past the fourth wall for a minute—we don't expect you to puzzle out a specific technical solution that we have intricately crafted, because none of us here are intergalactic wormhole engineers. As far as we know. Instead, we want to invite all tech-minded people to come put their heads together, with this log from last November as one example of how to go about it.

Players of characters with specific and potentially helpful abilities are also invited to submit proposed fix-it plans here. For example, a character who can dive into computers and run around like a teeny anti-virus. Give us a brief rundown of what you'd like to try, and we'll provide an estimated level of success. (If you'd like your character to try something specific and definitely not succeed, for the sake of playing out the frustration or for whatever other reason, just say so!) No one person is likely to find a solution to fix the whole mess; remember, the Ingress is complicated and massive. But the more people pull together, the better the odds of survival.

DOES THIS MEAN EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON THE TECHS?

Yes and no. In the interest of not plunging immediately into endgame via double-global apocalypse, the main crisis will last for one week, after which point the Ingress will be restored enough to sustain life on the planets and allow some kind of travel. However, this does not mean what happens next is a foregone conclusion. The degree to which the Ingress is fixed will depend on character effort and player creativity. If everyone pitches in and attempts lots of different solutions, things will look up! If no one helps...well, the game will continue. But life on the planets will get rough. And while this group may be able to save the Ingress, everyone else will play an important role in shaping the crisis' aftermath.

One way or another, life will continue. But considerable damage has been done, fresh food is at a premium and tensions are high. The majority of permanent residents are upset and want something to be done about those responsible for the breakdown, but are more actively focused on putting their lives back together. Smaller percentages are ready and willing to focus on their anger, or to take advantage of the chaos to enrich themselves in a less-than-acceptable way. An even smaller number begin to actively resent the ex-Moirans and those who came through the Ingress after they showed up; isn't that when the trouble began?

Public sentiment at the end of the month will be influenced by the actions characters take. Will they come together to help everyone recover? Will they take a "forget you, got mine" attitude and maybe do some looting themselves? There is no right or wrong answer, no winning or losing conditions. But the world is watching.

A BONUS ROUND

Midway through the month, some of the research scientists who opted to remain behind in Region 4 will report that a piece of equipment typically used for study of the Ingress' effects under water may be useful for further stabilization of the Complex. However, access to the area in which it is held has been damaged, and friendly little native creatures have infested that section of the facility. Players may join a search and retrieval mission to bring the equipment back, with five players selected by RNG to face off against something a little...bigger.


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[personal profile] ascendit 2017-06-30 03:24 am (UTC)(link)
Item contribution: Nate has a device with a multiversal travel function. Obviously this was nerfed, but if mods approve of restoring it (we'll call it buildup of Ingress energy affecting it over time or something), he would be happy to let the techs reverse engineer/harness the magic/whatever from it for the Ingress!

(And if a mildly successful effort permanently and irreversibly breaks the function, I feel that could lead somewhere interesting for his development too. 👍)

IC offer!
Edited (adding in link to IC junction device offer!) 2017-07-06 10:24 (UTC)
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[personal profile] deal_me_in 2017-06-30 06:19 am (UTC)(link)
Cayde will look at it and be all, "Yeah. It's borked." But he's not really the techy sort, at least, in that department. His GHOST on the other hand, is pretty much unexplained tech even more beyond that of his own body, being created by this otherworldly entity, or rather even a part of it.

So long as no one has any problems with it scanning and maybe even disappearing into things, that's who Cayde will volunteer to help out.

The Ghost familiar with matter transport and a bit of warp tech, although the latter hasn't been given thorough study (since Cayde's always been stuck in the Tower while all the Guardians go play around with the crazy biotechy monster bots).

It can help run scans to assist in pinpointing problem areas, and might come in pretty handy if there's something that needs to be fixed but it might be risky or troublesome taking things apart to get to. As aforementioned, if Ghost isn't scanning things from the outside, it enters the computer/tech physically by phasing into it. This is also how it hacks into things, but there probably isn't going to be any need for that, unless some part of the systems have gotten disconnected from each other- so if you need someone in there to try to manually start something up...!

... *jazzhands*
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[personal profile] alan_1 2017-06-30 01:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Alan will mutter something about this looking more like his wife's area of expertise, but if the Ingress has any software that's on the fritz, he'll offer to take a look at it. He's more experienced dealing with damage brought on by malware rather than, uh, magic, but given the circumstances, he's willing to help in any way he can.

Speaking of malware, if anybody does want to digitize themself and beat up a virus, Alan can provide outside support.
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[personal profile] frostedplum 2017-07-01 01:17 am (UTC)(link)
So while Mei is a climatologist, she mentions in canon that "I think one of these equations is wrong," and if I had to guess based on context of where she is and who she's talking to, I'd think she was talking about physics. So while I personally have no idea what to do beyond having Mei work on some calculations and equations, she will have herself all up in this, trying to see if any math equations can be rewritten to fix this.
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[personal profile] beautifulspaceraptor 2017-07-01 06:04 am (UTC)(link)
Nihlus was one of the engineers aboard the Moira and has plenty of experience dealing Ingress tech bullshittery. While he's not a magic use of any sort, he has dealt with magic and magic users on several occasions by now.

Of course, the Moira also crashed despite everything he did, but you know, that was mostly because everything about the ship was being withheld from the crew.

Fun times.
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[personal profile] yorisearching 2017-07-10 07:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Yori's been working as an Ingress Technician since the crew's first month in this system, so she's learned a lot about how it's supposed to work!

Unlike her, I have not been spending months with crash courses in physics and Ingress tech. I can't think of any specific plans beyond getting everyone together and sharing data and figuring out all the ways it's not working. Analysis is her strength, and I haven't got the actual data.

But she'd definitely do her best to share her knowledge with everyone else who wants to help, Cliff Notes equivalent and all, which might give them a head start on those months of training. She's also driven to fix this and might manage to keep different groups working together more efficiently than usual, since she knows the NPC Ingress techs and might be able to smooth over personality conflicts.
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[personal profile] retrovirion 2017-06-30 04:03 am (UTC)(link)
let's go let's go
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[personal profile] arcreact 2017-06-30 09:21 pm (UTC)(link)
eyyyyyy
Edited (subject lines coming into my house and attacking me) 2017-06-30 21:21 (UTC)
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Re: RNG SIGNUPS

[personal profile] nyxus 2017-07-01 07:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Count me in!

[personal profile] witchweird 2017-07-03 06:16 pm (UTC)(link)
If this takes place on or after the 15th, then I'd like to sign up. Thanks!

[personal profile] witchweird 2017-07-20 02:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Hey, just wanted to note here that I just dropped out of the game. I'm very sorry about this thread, but hopefully you can let one of the other players who signed up in instead.

If you'd like, to make the thread work my suggestion is that Wanda can be distracted by not having realized that Tony Stark was close behind her and get knocked out by the creature they're fighting.