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(11:28)MrE: Well, this has been very informative for me, at least. Have I been of any help with your question?
(11:29)SansTheComic: yeah, you've helped a lot. thanks. anything i can do in return? you need information or anything?
(11:30)MrE: As of matter of fact, there is.
/message Arbiter rip me.
(11:32)SansTheComic: what is it?
/message reply mre's about to ask me for a favor...
(11:33)MrE: Keep an eye out for Erica. She has her mother's will - I couldn't keep her for getting involved in this even if I wanted to. But I'd be remiss not to stack the deck in her favor.
/message reply ...
/message reply nvm.
(10:24)OITHEOI: Attention all points. This is a high-level strategic announcement. We are now allied with Pancake.
(10:24)OITHEOI: The terms of alliance are simple. Forces belonging to both parties shall consider each other no-shoot targets. Additionally, our interceptor wings will provide covering fire and surgical strikes as requested.
(10:25)OITHEOI: In exchange, our SIGINT divison has been granted limit access to Pancake's special computational asset.
(10:26)OITHEOI: 2nd, 3rd, and 5th squadrons, stand by for frag orders. Other units, proceed with current tasking.
(10:26)OITHEOI: That is all.
/message ItsDuckKingKarl I hope you're right about this.
/message reply I suppose repairing the status quo is worthwhile on its own merits. Still...
/message reply This alliance is distasteful.
(20:18)System: Activating dump mode. Write your messages then send EOF (default: Ctrl-D) to send them all at once.
(20:44)Arbiter: Okay, so I assume that most of you have seen Steve’s conversation with Xeno.
(20:44)Arbiter: (Or I guess we’re supposed to call her Naomi when her timestamps are all freaky? IDFK.)
(20:44)Arbiter: Anyway, I wanted to address a couple of things. First of all, you aren’t my "followers", and I’m not your leader. I’m just a loudmouth who hates the system.
(20:44)Arbiter: And secondly, according to Xenaomi, we’ve been "ensnared by machinations [we] can’t yet understand."
(20:44)Arbiter: Now I’m sure there are plenty of machinations out there I don’t understand. I’m not even sure I understand what a machination is. But I do know this:
(20:44)Arbiter: Every year in Tenochtitlan, hundreds of Aztecs were sacrificed for the "greater good" of keeping the sun god alive. But when the empire fell, the sun still rose the next day.
(20:44)Arbiter: And now Xeno thinks that we need to sacrifice millions of Australians for the "greater good" of... what? "Navigating human existence between two unacceptable outcomes"? Why is a continent-sized thermonuclear detonation an "acceptable outcome"? When Australia is a sheet of scorched rock and the oceans are all full of irradiated fish who will look back and say, "Well thank god that happened"?
(20:44)Arbiter: There is no "greater good", there is only good. And I’ll be damned if I’m going to let an entire continent get destroyed in order to appease some nebulously-defined bogeyman that’ll just rear its ugly head again as soon as the next generation of "the end is nigh" nutjobs show up.
(20:44)Arbiter: If any of you believe her and want to switch sides, I won’t stop you. I won’t even cuss you out.
(20:44)Arbiter: But I’m not buying it, and I swear to god I’ll save those people even if I have to evacuate the country with a fucking rowboat. Xeno’s machinations can ensnare my ass.
(20:47)SansTheComic: what's the plan?
(20:48)Arbiter: I don't know yet. I don't want to use you like pawns. That's what she does.
(23:18)Pixelknight: ..Are you sure you'd have to sacrifice that many people in order to save humanity? I know we sometimes can't save everyone but...
(23:19)Pixelknight: That point of logic has been used many times to justify atrocious acts. in the end, the "Hero" that did it usually becomes the monster themselves.
(23:19)Pixelknight: I'm not sure whether you'll truly bring them salvation. Or death. And i fear you'll bring the latter.
(??:??)Xenocartographer: At the lowest levels of the universe - close to the level of the naked rechnender raum - things that we assume to be distinct aren't. This is one of them.
(23:21)Pixelknight: What does that mean? Can you explain why we have to "Sacrifice" Australia?
(23:23)Pixelknight: If it truly does help more people in the long run. I'll help you out.
(??:??)Xenocartographer: No explanation is forthcoming. Either because I can't explain, because I don't want to, because I don't know, or because the answer is so terrible understanding would be worse than not, or some linear combination of the above.
(??:??)Xenocartographer: If you can accept that, we can cooperate. I will show you the secrets of the universe, in due time. But there will be gaps in what I can explain... for all the reasons given above.
(??:??)Xenocartographer: If you can't accept that, I hear Arbiter is looking for independent thinkers.
(23:59)SansTheComic: i think we should talk to the locals. who do we know we can trust?
(01:02)Arbiter: The kids. MrE, I guess.
(01:03)SansTheComic: ravencorp's already talking with sonja. i was thinking mre.
(01:04)SansTheComic: aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh, though. what do i even say?
(01:05)Arbiter: Story of my life. "Help, I have to appeal to a would-be tyrant and all I have is this stupid chat client!"
(01:05)Arbiter: I'd suggest sleeping on it. Who knows, maybe some crazy Etamnanki dream will come along and give you all the ideas.
(01:06)SansTheComic: not a bad idea.
(12:40)ItsDuckKingKarl: That's weird
(12:41)ItsDuckKingKarl: Duckbot's going through Pancake's Etamnanki data
(12:41)ItsDuckKingKarl: There have been some VERY strong spikes recently
(12:42)ItsDuckKingKarl: He wants to move deeper into the server
(12:45)OITHEOI: Tell Duckbot to hold for now. Have him collate a report of what he's seen.
(12:46)OITHEOI: The deeper he goes, the greater the risk of Pancake catching on. I want to make an informed decision.
(12:48)ItsDuckKingKarl: This is Duckbot
(12:48)ItsDuckKingKarl: I'm tracing one particular thread of signaling
(12:48)ItsDuckKingKarl: It's weird
(12:48)ItsDuckKingKarl: Both endpoints are nonlocal, but it passes through this noosphere anyway