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(12:55)SansTheComic: ok, cards on the table. you've told me more than necessary as a show of faith, so i'm finally going to reciprocate.

(12:55)SansTheComic: i don't know.

(12:56)GodsOfOlympus: Hmm. That's disappointing.

(12:56)SansTheComic: before i get smited with one of your many banhammers, note that there's a difference between not running an experiment and running an experiment. both times, someone can say 'there's no evidence!' but, in the second case, it's justified.

(12:56)GodsOfOlympus: I wouldn't ban you for not knowing something.

(12:57)SansTheComic: alright... uhm.

(12:57)SansTheComic: anyway.

(12:58)SansTheComic: in all the logs i've seen, the only mention of the nauticus i've seen was in passing, and it was in your own conversation with __RSPTN__ a while back.

(12:59)SansTheComic: either xeno isn't actually involved with whatever happened, they deliberately didn't tell me so as not to show their true colours or they simply ignored it for the sake of telling a story. either way, i suggest you check your reasoning.

(12:59)SansTheComic: of course, i can try to find out, and i'll tell you immediately if i get anything, but i'm not optimistic.

(13:00)GodsOfOlympus: Controlling the narrative is a vital skill for someone in a position such as ours. Nonetheless, I am... intrigued by your description of "telling a story".

(13:00)SansTheComic: huh.

(13:00)SansTheComic: you know, i'm not sure what i meant by that either.

(13:01)GodsOfOlympus: Well, nothing of it. From what I know of Xeno, she and the truth have had something of a falling out.

(13:02)SansTheComic: so you think she's lying?

(13:02)GodsOfOlympus: I think she wouldn't tell you what she was doing if it didn't suit her purposes, and unless you know where to find that ship, I can't fathom how she'd think informing you would be a good idea. Therefore, the fact that she didn't mention it shouldn't be taken as significant.

(13:03)SansTheComic: i guess that makes sense.

(13:03)SansTheComic: anything else i can help you with, in the meantime?

(13:04)GodsOfOlympus: Keep an open ear for mentions of Australia.

(13:04)SansTheComic: will do.

(13:05)GodsOfOlympus: I believe there was another part of this transaction.

(13:05)SansTheComic: your username.

(13:05)GodsOfOlympus: Yes. Do you know what came before the Greek gods?

(13:07)SansTheComic: the titans.

(13:07)GodsOfOlympus: Yes.

(13:08)GodsOfOlympus: Hundreds of timelines ago, an instance of me wrested control from a similarly multiplexed individual, as the gods wrested control from the Titans.

(13:09)GodsOfOlympus: I cannot say whether I made the right decision.

(13:10)GodsOfOlympus: While the entity I feuded with was unspeakably evil, I had no convenient Tartarus with which to imprison it. And so I was forced to exile it to a remote timeline instead.

(13:11)GodsOfOlympus: Where I thought it could do no harm.

(13:12)SansTheComic: sounds like it found a way.

(13:13)GodsOfOlympus: Yes.

(13:13)GodsOfOlympus: You need not concern yourself too much with the specifics. It is not something easily understood.

(13:14)GodsOfOlympus: But understand this. Gaia is no mere cosmic horror.

(13:14)GodsOfOlympus: It is a cosmic immune system.

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Steve the Mew hunter: I think this is the second time we've been told Gaia is like a cosmic immune system. If we get told later than humans are a virus, I will not be pleased. edit delete reply
Arbiter: :0
...Okay, this certainly raises a lot of questions.
At first I thought Gods was going to say that the evil thing he was fighting ended up becoming Gaia, but if Gaia’s an “immune system” that would suggest that it’s far more complicated than that. The immune system is the set of structures in the body responsible for fighting disease. With that in mind, I have two possible explanations.
Perhaps the evil thing Gods was fighting (I’m gonna call it Chronos) is the disease the immune system is fighting. Gods banished Chronos to “a remote timeline” and it then started wreaking havoc, causing Gaia to try to destroy it. Since the Gods that banished Chronos was a different instance from the one we’re used to it’s possible that the “remote timeline” Chronos was banished to might even be our timeline, which would explain Gaia’s heavy involvement with it. If not, Gaia’s interference with the main timeline could be because of Gods, who caused these problems in the first place.

Alternatively, Chronos is not the disease, but the host. I am imagining Chronos as some sort of monstrous being, as the words Gods uses to describe it (“entity” or “individual”, not “person”; “it”, not “he”, “she”, or “they”) suggests that this is the case. Gods exiled Chronos’ consciousness or mind to the Tartarus Timeline, but its immune system, Gaia, still remains and is trying to repair itself.

I don’t know if either of these theories hold any merit, but there you go. edit delete reply
FallenLeaves: (First a minor nitpick. This confusion seems to have occurred occasionally for at least two millennia, so I'm not saying you're wrong, but I think the being you're referring to would be better called "Cronus" ("Κρόνος"), where "Chronos" ("Χρόνος") is the infrequently-mentioned god of time. I think the entire purpose of this is to be as confusing as possible.)
I've always seen Gaia as having a relatively simple objective: minimise the number of active timelines with as little interference as possible. Hence the destruction of timelines iff a shatterpoint is missed, as then there will (by some means I still haven't worked out) be an exponential explosion in the number of timelines, whereas otherwise it will not be worth the effort. And thus the shatterpoint probability manipulation, as Gaia tries to prevent a shatterpoint with less effort than destroying an entire timeline. This also (sort of) explains Gaia merging similar timelines. I have no idea how this fits in with your theories. edit delete reply
Seabiscuit: "A shatterpoint is the cosmic equivalent of chemotherapy", "Gaia is a cosmic immune system."


Hmn
Etamnanki is cancer?:D edit delete reply
Steve the Mew hunter: That doesn't sound too far fetched. The humans of this timeline gave the universe cancer to save themselves.

Until you remember that Gaia was faffing with things before Etamnanki was made. edit delete reply
((Delta)): Interesting connection to draw there...

/message GodsOfOlympus Apologies for so rudely monitoring your secure transmissions, and for having no incriminating words with which to pry response...
/message GodsOfOlympus However, since you do seem to be in such a sharing mood: mind if I cut in for a query of my own?
/messgae GodsOfOlympus If a shatterpoint is the cosmic equivalent to chemotherapy, and Gaia is a cosmic immune system:
/message GodsOfOlympus Isn't chemotherapy typically detrimental to said immune system?
/message GodsOfOlympus Assuming that is, that I'm not drawing too many conclusions from two out-of-context quotations. However, should I be correct in my reading of both simile: I would be ever so grateful to be alerted of such. edit delete reply
Xenocartographer: Just gonna answer this one plainly, you're reading too much into it. edit delete reply
LightBringer: /message ((Delta)) Nice lead in.
/message ((Delta)) And even if Xeno says you are reading too deep into it, I'm pretty sure there is some sort of connection to be taken note of.
/message ((Delta)) I'm as curious as you to what that connection is. edit delete reply
((Delta)): Aaaaand just to catch up...

/message ThatOneVampChick Oh my, if all it takes to ruffle your feathers is "mind-control," how does "I accessed your logs to read that" make you feel? Like using your little gift on me perhaps?
/message ThatOneVampChick Or can you not reach me from there?
/message ThatOneVampChick Such a pity... edit delete reply
Steve the Mew hunter: Ok, I know it didn't work on any of the Sanss, but we don't know that all of us are safe. That said, I don't know what's more difficult to figure out, normal Delta, or mind controlled Delta. Best of luck to you Padlock, but like, why? edit delete reply
Temp Shoulder Angel: I just had a stupid idea. Hey Xeno what do you want with the Nauticus? edit delete reply
Xenocartographer: Good question. Do you know what it's for? edit delete reply
Temp Shoulder Angel: I have guesses but none I'm confident in, so no I guess I don't. edit delete reply
Temp Shoulder Angel: Hey would people mind sharing the words they've found for wiki auth codes? Finding things might be easier if we work together. edit delete reply
Xenocartographer: We've got a forum! edit delete reply
FallenLeaves: I'll just keep linking people here. It's where I've been working, and everyone else is more than welcome to help. edit delete reply
Steve the Mew hunter: /message Xenocartographer Hey, I have this plan I'm working on, is there a way for me to make an authorized bot?
/message Xenocartographer I the hardware to run it, it's nothing complicated, just a simple mailbox sorta thing I'm working on.
/message Xenocartographer I didn't want to bother GoO about this... he scares me.
/message Xenocartographer Thank's for the help! edit delete reply
Steve the Mew hunter: Yeah, I'm making an additional account just because of this comic, and I'm letting people know about it. What trickery is this? Someone being open about making multiple accounts before the fact? Blasphemy. edit delete reply
SansTheComic: woah that's weird. edit delete reply
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