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/message reply Nnnnnnnnnn... ;^;
/message reply I'll of try...
(11:24)Seabiscuit: ;~~~~; M-my condolences... that's the worst most tragic thing I've heard in a long time
(11:24)Seabiscuit: B-buuut I'm your biggest fan and I'll totally help you in any way I can against Pancake I wanna sea him go down! B-but, I also want a guarantee I'll get that password...
(11:25)__RSPTN__: Oh, splendid! A rogue agent, beholden to no one but entrusting their services to me for their own mysterious reasons, is exactly the kind of intrigue I dreamed of as a child.
(11:25)__RSPTN__: Unfortunately, I don't know it.
(11:25)Seabiscuit: D: ?
(11:25)__RSPTN__: You want the authcode for the future wiki page on Gaians. I don't know it.
(11:25)__RSPTN__: "To know the future is to be enslaved by it." One of the few things Gods and I agree on is that that wiki is dangerous.
(11:26)Seabiscuit: O- oh...
(11:26)__RSPTN__: However, if you want to take the risk yourself... well, if anything truly disastrous comes up, I can always force a timeline fork. Or make Pancake do it. Hm, leverage...
(11:26)__RSPTN__: I could very easily be an "in" for you to get in contact with people who don't think as I do. There is, of course, the matter of reciprocity.
(11:27)Seabiscuit: What do you want me to do?
(11:28)Seabiscuit: This better not become some sort of cringey running joke, mister!
(11:29)__RSPTN__: The mere fact that you contacted me means you have some way of gathering information. Find out what Pancake's doing on the moon - perhaps pose as interested in supporting him; I've always had a thing for double agents - and report back to me.
(11:29)Seabiscuit: O- okay
(11:23)System: Incoming private message from Arbiter: If you attack the Сатирический, there's no way it goes well for you. You were right to think it was a trap. Gods doesn't want you to succeed, he just wants to play you and the other members of your little world domination society against each other. If you attack, you WILL encounter far more resistance than you were told to expect. And I wouldn't count on your shatterpoint protection, either. Did you really think the person you just ratted out to Gods would be a good choice to protect you?
/message Arbiter And who, exactly, are you?
(11:24)System: Incoming private message from Arbiter: There's another very good reason not to attack as well. You know your star programmer, the one who lives on the moon? If you attack that ship, you'll be hurting somebody who means a lot to one of her close friends. How eager do you think Sonja will be to help you with your little AI project once she finds out you were behind the attack? You know, the one that's supposedly for a video game? And she will find out, I guarantee it, because I'll be the one telling her.
/message reply Yet another pompous figure that likes to rant, apparently.
(11:24)System: Incoming private message from Arbiter: And right now, you need that AI more than ever, because you're not the only one of your friends who's got one anymore. You've got a spy working for you, and I can tell you exactly who it is and how much they've managed to do if you do the intelligent thing and leave that ship alone.
/message reply You could have lead with that and not run the risk of losing my interest.
(11:25)System: Incoming private message from Arbiter: Here's the deal I'm proposing. You agree not to attack the Сатирический and tell me absolutely everything you know about Gaia (never mind why that information is important to me, I have my reasons just as you have yours.) In return, I tell you exactly how Gods has been [censored]ing you over and who the spy is, and I DON'T tell Sonja or her friends what you were planning to do. Oh, and you get the added bonus of not making the biggest mistake of your life. How does that sound?
/message reply I would gladly not attack that ship, for I suspect that Gods is preparing to double-cross me. Unfortunately, as you have indicated awareness of, I have arranged for protections to ensure the attack succeeds.
/message reply Ah, you know less than you pretend.
/message reply Yes.
/message reply And, unfortunately, now that I've arranged that protection, I must follow through with the attack. Unless your understanding of time is as poor as yours of Rasputin, you'll understand.
/message reply Fair enough.
/message reply Frankly, I don't know if Rasputin can reverse what he's done, but if he can, he's unlikely to. He'll want to preserve the ambiguity.
/message reply That depends on what, exactly, he's done. I can't easily find out, but an autonomous agent with no apparent entanglement to anyone might stand better odds.
/message reply Depending on the specifics, there may be a loophole, such that we can both satisfy the requirements he's imposed on the timeline while leaving Gods' objectives unmet.
/message Arbiter -snerk-
/message bloodshoes Good day, professor. I must ask your forgiveness for my inexcusable silence in the weeks since our first chat, but the work for my research absorbs most of my free time, and I had to elaborate on the valuable information you gave me before asking for more.
/message bloodshoes I'm afraid what I've managed to conclude on Gaian history still isn't enough for my purposes, though your insight was certainly helpful. If it is at all possible, I'd like to have more information on Gaia, as seen by the lower strata of the organization (though if there's more that you feel you need to add on the upper echelon's views, you're quote welcome to do so).
/message bloodshoes I thank you in advance.
(12:04)System: Incoming private message from bloodshoes: the gaian rank-and-file, no matter what attitudes their leaders may have in private, believe that gaia is a welcoming psychopomp, sheparding humanity towards the next age
(12:05)System: Incoming private message from bloodshoes: their indoctrination camps are far more effective than they should be - i can give you an article about that if you want, fascinating stuff - but, fortunately, mostly bombed
(12:05)System: Incoming private message from bloodshoes: of course, there are the peaceful gaians who don't really buy into that ideology and are mostly regarded as posers, but they're not so interesting :P
/message reply Maybe, maybe not. It can't hurt to talk about them.
(12:47)DeepDark: This is, again, not a gift, nor is the help I give uninterested. My purposes require that you unlock the secret page and act based upon the knowledge within. My objectives, though, are time-sensitive, and I have other matters to attend to.
(12:47)DeepDark: I expect from you all a concerted effort, of which I know you are capable.
(12:47)DeepDark: Do not ask why. Some of you want to save the world. Others want to see an happy ending for the actors on stage. Others still have no reason at all.
(12:47)DeepDark: My purposes are mine, and mine alone.
(12:49)KittenLicks: So... any idea who the fur that was?
(12:49)Xenocartographer: Not the slightest.