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(13:38)GodsOfOlympus: You have my attention.
(13:13)ThatOneVampChick: I wouldn't fault you. If you're right, maybe it doesn't matter what we do, so take the other assumption? It's a defensible viewpoint.
(13:13)__RSPTN__: No, it's not. We both know what's at stake. :(
(13:14)ThatOneVampChick: Hear me out.
(13:14)ThatOneVampChick: A) If we only have eight days left, we're out of time.
(13:14)ThatOneVampChick: B) We only have eight days left.
(13:14)ThatOneVampChick: Ergo, we're out of time.
(13:14)ThatOneVampChick: If we accept premise A and premise B, we may as well give up. I think premise A is pretty solid, so let's assume B is false.
(13:15)__RSPTN__: God dammit, V...
(13:15)__RSPTN__: I can't see a hole in your logic, and I still can't bring myself to accept it.
(13:16)ThatOneVampChick: Alright, let's see if we can figure out why. If you think the logic follows, you must disagree with one of the premises, right?
(13:17)__RSPTN__: I disagree with premise A. Or I'm not willing to accept it so quickly, at any rate. It feels like there's something we're missing, but WHAT?
(13:18)__RSPTN__: So you see my predicament? Either option is irresponsible!
(13:18)__RSPTN__: And why the HELL do I have to choose, anyway? I've put up with EVERYTHING life/Gaia's thrown at me so far without complaint. Why this on top of everything else?
(13:19)__RSPTN__: What right does It have to add this particular [censored] cherry on this sundae of terrible everything?!
Gods, I really cannot deal with your chat filter right now.
(13:21)ThatOneVampChick: Perhaps you should take a breather. C'mon, I'll cancel my appointments and spar with you.
(13:21)__RSPTN__: And do you plan to get halfway across the country?
(13:21)ThatOneVampChick: Er, right.
(13:21)__RSPTN__: We don't have time for taking a breather, anyway. We don't have time for this self-indulgent whining but here I am, bleeding valuable minutes.
(13:22)__RSPTN__: What the hell is wrong with me?
(13:23)ThatOneVampChick: You're human, Ash.
(13:23)__RSPTN__: God. That's just it, isn't it?
(13:23)__RSPTN__: Gaia. Etamnanki. Predatory memes. No room for humans in this ecosystem.
(13:24)ThatOneVampChick: That's... not quite true. As far as we know, memes rely on minds.
(13:25)__RSPTN__: So the whole ecosystem's out of whack, right? Too many prey animals, so the predator population goes up, hunts the prey to extinction, then starves.
(13:25)__RSPTN__: The end of the world kills even more than I realized at first. What a cheery thought!
(13:25)ThatOneVampChick: Oh come on, we've talked about this before.
(13:26)__RSPTN__: How does it help us, though? In the here and now, we're all going to die.
(13:26)ThatOneVampChick: Are we? Are you taking assumption A?
(13:27)__RSPTN__: I DON'T KNOW!
(13:27)__RSPTN__: I don't know what to assume AND I FEEL EVEN MORE [censored]Y FOR SHOUTING AT YOU, BUT I CAN'T STOP MYSELF!
(13:28)ThatOneVampChick: That's okay. Sometimes you just have to get something off your chest.
(13:28)__RSPTN__: It doesn't matter. There's nothing left to do.
(13:38)Xenocartographer: That was quick.
(13:38)GodsOfOlympus: And let's keep it that way. I've got back-to-back-to-back meetings with the Olympians in hopes of cleaning up your mess.
(13:38)Xenocartographer: My mess? I'm as blindsided about this as you are. I don't think anyone expected Delta.
(13:39)GodsOfOlympus: No one expected you, either, but here you are. It's awfully easy to say you didn't foresee this.
(13:39)GodsOfOlympus: And frankly, I'm not convinced Delta isn't just a convenient scapegoat. But I don't have time to assign blame right now.
(13:40)Xenocartographer: What exactly are you working towards? Maybe I could help. For whatever it's worth, I'd rather you come out ahead than... basically anyone save myself.
(13:40)GodsOfOlympus: Seeding myself in the next iteration without access to the Nauticus. You know this already.
(13:41)Xenocartographer: Yeah, I did, but I don't care to assume. Anyway, I think Rasputin is our best hope right now.
(13:43)Xenocartographer: That's the one. His shatterpoint's about to pop.
(13:43)GodsOfOlympus: Is that so?
(13:44)Xenocartographer: Yeah, it is. You can ask Vampire if you want evidence. I wouldn't ask him directly right now; he's not taking the news so well.
(13:45)GodsOfOlympus: So your proposed savior is off moping. Why don't I just write this off as another of your schemes?
(13:46)Xenocartographer: I don't think I can persuade you it's worth trying if you're not willing to talk to them. But...
/message reply What do you want me to do about it?
/message reply This particular genie's out of wishes, I'm afraid. All of my plans are long-term. I don't have much in the way of assets right now, nor anything to bribe anyone with.
(13:32)System: Incoming private message from ThatOneVampChick: Surely the three of us together have some pull with the others, and if there's anything that can bring the chess club behind one banner, it's not dying.
/message reply Have you tried contacting Delta?
/message reply I concur. Ugh...
/message reply I guess I have one option, but... I don't like it.
(13:47)GodsOfOlympus: Don't waste my time, Xeno.
(13:48)Xenocartographer: Okay, I guess I'm out of better options. I can give you the rogue administrator.
(13:48)GodsOfOlympus: You know who he is?
(13:48)Xenocartographer: You think it's a he?
(13:48)GodsOfOlympus: It has to be an instance of me somewhere.
(13:49)Xenocartographer: But you can't find where.
(13:51)GodsOfOlympus: No, I can't.
(13:51)Xenocartographer: That's because you're looking in the wrong places. Talk to Vampire, and I'll tell you more.
(13:52)GodsOfOlympus: I'm tempted, Naomi. I'm very tempted.
(13:52)GodsOfOlympus: But am I to take your word for it that you have this information? And will give it to me?
(13:53)Xenocartographer: Well, if you talk to her and I don't give you something useful, you'll have free reign to just ignore me. But I can offer Rasputin's location as collateral.
(13:54)GodsOfOlympus: Very well, I accept your terms. Send me that information, I'll have it verified by the end of my next meeting, and if it's legit, we'll have a deal.
(13:54)GodsOfOlympus: Though I do feel somewhat Faustian about all this.
(13:55)Xenocartographer: Comparing me to the devil? Flattery will get you nowhere~
(13:56)Xenocartographer: And, uh, do you mind if I send this encrypted? You never know who's listening in.
(13:56)GodsOfOlympus: Sensible. Transmit when ready.