(10:24)Admiral Pancake: Report!
(10:25)bouncyconspirator: I've brought the base's net back up. Cloning vat diagnostics in progress.
(10:25)Admiral Pancake: What have you found so far?
(10:26)bouncyconspirator: It's too early to be sure, but it looks like this facility's shielding held. With any luck, we're back in business.
(10:27)Admiral Pancake: Well, I suppose something going right is better than nothing. Beep me if anything changes.
(10:27)bouncyconspirator: Of course, sir. And sir? May I just say, this place really is pretty ingenious.
(10:28)Admiral Pancake: How so?
(10:28)bouncyconspirator: Who would think to look for cloning vats in Nevada?
(10:29)Admiral Pancake: Heh. The best part is, as far as the rest of the world's concerned, they're automated radiation monitors. Gods probably knows about them, but the rest of the chess club thinks they're a Pancake Industries philanthropic work.
(10:30)bouncyconspirator: So you could hide something no one would look for in an irradiated wasteland in an irradiated wasteland because the wasteland's irradiated?
(10:31)Admiral Pancake: Exactly.
(10:31)Admiral Pancake: ...that was back when being evil was fun.
(10:32)bouncyconspirator: Aww, don't be like that, sir. I'm sure someone as bad[censored] and sexy as you will have the world back under your heel in no time.
(10:37)Admiral Pancake: Maybe. In the mean time, keep an eye on those vats. And if you get the chance, delete the sucking-up heuristic from the personality seed.
(10:37)bouncyconspirator: The what, sir?
(10:40)Admiral Pancake: Never mind.
(10:43)Admiral Pancake: Report!
(10:44)zygoteconspirator: Good morning, sir. Core integration proceeding nominally.
(10:45)Admiral Pancake: Good, good, keep that up. I don't want a repeat of last time.
(10:46)zygoteconspirator: It's difficult to say, sir. We might have got the last of the physical damage, we might not have.
(10:46)zygoteconspirator: If you don't mind me asking, sir, why are we trying to mess with this kid's dreams?
(10:49)Admiral Pancake: One part of a contingency plan in case nuking Australia doesn't go off correctly. I'd rather not say more, since recent events have lead me to believe this isn't as secure a platform as I'd have hoped.
(10:50)zygoteconspirator: I see, sir.
(10:50)Admiral Pancake: Come find me in person later.
(13:02)Arbiter: Oh, [censored], they're catching on.
(10:54)Admiral Pancake: Report!
(10:55)pwnz2much: what do you want to know
(10:55)pwnz2much: i haven't been working on anything for you afaik
(10:55)pwnz2much: is that just a thing you say at people
(10:56)Admiral Pancake: Apparently.
(10:56)Admiral Pancake: Xenocartographer has informed me that I need to send an assassin after Androcles 15 years ago for some reason. What do you make of that?
(10:57)pwnz2much: did she say why?
(10:58)Admiral Pancake: She said it would help myself in the resulting timeline, with the implication that we could merge the two together later.
(10:59)pwnz2much: so the implication is you did the same thing in the timeline that this one forked off of
(11:01)Admiral Pancake: Does that mean that message caused this timeline in the first place?
(11:02)pwnz2much: maybe? that's the thing about forks, they carry over if you fork again
(11:03)pwnz2much: not a great explanation sorry
(11:03)pwnz2much: so if you somehow send a physical object into another timeline and it forks, the object isn't duplicated
(11:04)Admiral Pancake: Right, rule 12. Why is that?
(11:05)pwnz2much: it's complicated and not that interesting, no one's sure it's even possible to send stuff between lines
(11:05)pwnz2much: it's theoretically possible, no one knows of a mechanism for it
(11:05)pwnz2much: the point is
(11:05)pwnz2much: information doesn't work that way
(11:06)Admiral Pancake: Go on.
(11:07)pwnz2much: so let's call this timeline A, and the timeline it came from B
(11:07)pwnz2much: the information transfer that created the fork, let's say that's AB
(11:07)pwnz2much: maybe AB is yourself in B telling this assassin to assassinate whoever androcles is
(11:08)pwnz2much: but it doesn't have to be
(11:08)Admiral Pancake: Androcles Khouri is a retired world-domination type. His goals didn't extend much beyond stopping anyone else from winning, though.
(11:08)pwnz2much: maybe there's a third timeline, C, that B comes from, and the assassin message is event BC
(11:08)pwnz2much: unless AB somehow stops that message from happening, A still incorporates BC
(11:09)pwnz2much: in other words no, that isn't necessarily the event responsible
(11:10)Admiral Pancake: My brain itches.
(11:10)pwnz2much: want me to try again? it's not like i have anything better to do
(11:11)Admiral Pancake: No, just passing curiosity. It doesn't actually matter.
(11:12)Admiral Pancake: Still, I have to wonder...
(11:13)Admiral Pancake: What does failing to kill Androcles 15 years ago have to do with any of this?