/message GodsOfOlympus so this is how it's going to work.
/message GodsOfOlympus either you tell me what i want to know, or, sometime in the future, i'll leak one of your plans to your little coterie. i have my ways of getting information.
/message GodsOfOlympus fairly sure at least one of them is annoyed with you enough to put a spanner in it just by principle. also, if i find out you lied, i'll leak the info anyway.
/message GodsOfOlympus a hint of the kind of information i can get: i know why you chose that name.
/message GodsOfOlympus anyway, all i want to know is why you're really doing what you're doing. your choice!
/message GodsOfOlympus also, a headsup: panak is going to nuke Australia. just a freebie.
(12:34)GodsOfOlympus: Trying to alias yourself against an administrator isn't a particularly effective strategy. I know exactly who you are, and where you're transmitting from.
(12:34)GodsOfOlympus: I... have questions. I feel a pressing need for allies.
(12:34)GodsOfOlympus: I'm looking for a ship, and I have reason to suspect your puppetmaster wants it as well. I want to know why.
(12:34)GodsOfOlympus: In return, I'll tell you the real meaning behind my chosen alias.
/message GodsOfOlympus the alias was more for decoration anyway.
/message GodsOfOlympus i'm not actually interested in the real meaning; through my cynicism lenses, it's going to be something like 'the greek pantheon'.
/message GodsOfOlympus if you want allies, explain to me what you're doing and why you think it's the right thing to do. *then* i'll help you.
(12:35)GodsOfOlympus: As much as I'd like to continue the cryptic persona, that was getting frustrating.
(12:35)SansTheComic: why doesn't your chat client let people be in multiple channels at once?
(12:36)GodsOfOlympus: The underlying protocols are fantastically complex. Do you know why?
(12:36)SansTheComic: something something, etamnanki.
(12:37)GodsOfOlympus: How specific.
(12:37)SansTheComic: work with me here.
(12:37)GodsOfOlympus: The reason you should help me is simple. My organization represents humanity's best hope of survival.
(12:38)GodsOfOlympus: Not as such, no. Unichat is only one offshoot of the larger operation, though a highly visible one.
(12:38)SansTheComic: seems like everyone's trying to save the world in some cryptic way these days.
(12:39)GodsOfOlympus: Have you been taking sarcasm lessons from Arbiter?
(12:42)SansTheComic: no, arbiter's more like, "xeno, you, chuck censored norris, next thing you know pancake will be saying the world's under attack by a giant waffle and only i have the syrup reserves to sweeten it adequately".
(12:42)GodsOfOlympus: Chuck who?
(12:42)SansTheComic: never mind.
(12:42)SansTheComic: the point is, why should i trust you over xeno?
(12:44)SansTheComic: okay, how does a chat client help you save humanity?
(12:44)GodsOfOlympus: It doesn't, not directly. But widespread adoption of Unichat helps expose Gaian signaling into the local noosphere.
(12:45)SansTheComic: ...run that by me again.
(12:47)GodsOfOlympus: It's basically a man-in-the-middle attack. Gaia exists outside of any particular timeline; it needs Etamnanki communications to contact its material agents. Normally, that requires forcing its way through.
(12:47)GodsOfOlympus: The Unichat protocol allows Etamnanki signals to piggyback off it, and so it provides an easier way in. Much like electricity, Gaia seeks the path of least resistance - at least, in the absence of extenuating circumstances.
(12:48)SansTheComic: you're helping it.
(12:48)GodsOfOlympus: No, you misunderstand me.
(12:48)SansTheComic: okay, enlighten me.
(12:49)GodsOfOlympus: Gaia can get through no matter what, it's a question of how much processing power it needs to expend. We save it a miniscule amount - on the order of a tenth of a tenth of a percent - and in exchange we can read upwards of 90% of its communications.
(12:49)GodsOfOlympus: Of course, interpreting them is a different matter. >.>
(12:50)SansTheComic: i see.
(12:50)SansTheComic: what have you learned?
(12:51)GodsOfOlympus: One question at a time, please.
(12:52)GodsOfOlympus: I'm afraid there's nothing that can be done to save this timeline - "this" in the sense that I'm in it; as I understand it, you're merely observing. My hope, as always, is that my research here can be continued in another timeline.
(12:52)SansTheComic: so you're going to forward your findings to your alternate self?
(12:53)GodsOfOlympus: Not exactly. You see, there are a few of me running around, but I'm not as easily replicated as most people.
(12:53)GodsOfOlympus: And so I ask you again, Sans. What does Xenocartographer want with the Nauticus?