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(23:12)EntropicPhantom: S- so
(23:12)EntropicPhantom: Uhm
(23:12)EntropicPhantom: How does one become a space wizard?
(23:13)SonjaOfTheMoon: It's a long story.
(23:15)EntropicPhantom: ...
(23:15)EntropicPhantom: Sonja, you can't just steal a man's clothing and leave him hanging.
(23:16)SonjaOfTheMoon: I can only presume the innuendo was intentional.
(23:16)EntropicPhantom: You know me well.
(23:16)SonjaOfTheMoon: You may have noticed I've been out of contact for a few hours?
(23:18)EntropicPhantom: A few hours? Sonja...
(23:18)SonjaOfTheMoon: Hmm? How long was I gone for?
(23:18)EntropicPhantom: Well, last I heard from you was Friday, after we lost at Asphodel.
(23:19)SonjaOfTheMoon: So it's not Friday.
(23:19)EntropicPhantom: Monday!
(23:20)SonjaOfTheMoon: Oh, [censored]. I need a second.
/message --multicast --channel=heuristic-rpg --alias=Theo
--user=LieutenantCordova --alias=Dad
--user=CmdrCordovaOfficial --alias=Mother dearest
[alias], sorry I've been out of contact. I'm fine, I promise. Shoot me a PM if you want.
System: Message delivered to three (3) recipients.
(23:24)SonjaOfTheMoon: Right, sorry about that. Uhm. It's really been four days?
(23:24)EntropicPhantom: More like three and a half, but yes.
(23:24)SonjaOfTheMoon: [censored]. Pancake sure does like his psychological manipulations.
/message SecundaSonja How long do you think we were gone for? Alex says four days.
System: Incoming private message from user SecundaSonja:
(23:24)SecundaSonja: I thought ~12 hours.
(23:24)EntropicPhantom: Pancake?!
/message reply Damn.
(23:25)SonjaOfTheMoon: Yes, Pancake. Remember when we talked about Intel's Nova Initiative?
(23:25)EntropicPhantom: Yes.
(23:27)SonjaOfTheMoon: Mhm. Well, Pancake had done some pretty impressive research into using that stuff - and not for faster computers. He had a good start on a library for it, but...
(23:27)SonjaOfTheMoon: For whatever reason, he couldn't finish it. He kidnapped me instead. I'm not sure why.
(23:28)EntropicPhantom: And you could. Which is why you're a wizard.
(23:28)SonjaOfTheMoon: Honestly, "sorcerer" sounds more my style. Or "sorceress", depending on how much of an old-timey feel I want to evoke. I haven't decided.
(23:29)EntropicPhantom: Tbh, "sorceress" makes me think of semi-naked cultists on old fantasy novels.
(23:29)SonjaOfTheMoon: "Sorcerer" it is, then.
(23:30)EntropicPhantom: That was the opposite of the intended reaction.
(23:30)SonjaOfTheMoon: Do not meddle in the affairs of sorceresses, for they are on a power trip and liable to strip you naked.
(23:30)EntropicPhantom: Please don't.
(23:31)SonjaOfTheMoon: Anyway, yes. I guess Pancake's a [censored] programmer, because it took me and Athena all of a few hours to master his code.
(23:31)EntropicPhantom: Athena?
(23:32)SonjaOfTheMoon: What I've been calling my AI. She was a massive help, let me tell you.
(23:33)EntropicPhantom: Could that be why he wanted you?
(23:34)EntropicPhantom: Pancake, I mean.
(23:35)SonjaOfTheMoon: Maybe, but then going after me seems like a tactical error. He had security in place so she couldn't betray him, at least until we got subtle and figured out a way to talk around it. If I hadn't been there, his plan would have worked.
(23:35)EntropicPhantom: Ugh...
(23:35)EntropicPhantom: So, then what? How'd you get away from him?
(23:36)SonjaOfTheMoon: I sunk his space station.
(23:36)EntropicPhantom: WHAT?!
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Xenocartographer (Official Note): Not the most... dramatic of pages, but I'm curious if anyone has another theory about why Sonja in particular.
Arbiter: “I’m curious if anyone has a theory about why Sonja in particular”

Because she lives on the moon, which is scarcely-populated, has shit security, had a good deal of its tech built by Pancake Enterprises, possesses presumably rather ineffectual law enforcement, and has a much lower escape velocity than Earth?
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What, not all my fan theories are exciting or far-fetched. edit delete reply
Turquoise: That still all stems back from that mmo theo and friends were making. Which could mean that waffles had the knowledge, but theo had the tech, which failed (?) When Karl tried it. Pancake probs just needed a third party to manipulate in order to get said tech. edit delete reply
CONNECT 1200: Two pints say it was escape velocity (but you'll have to come to Siberia to collect if I'm wrong.)

Lifting a body to a space station from Earth is quite an endeavour. The Moon's gravity well, OTOH, is comfortably shallow. edit delete reply
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