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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgroHfKeZ3s

You have sailed for six days through the darkness of the Void.

In the distance, Venia has slowly shrunk to a tiny point of flickering light, no larger than any star in the vast deep. The sun, though is still the same. A reference point fair enough to tell you haven't moved a truly incredible distance. But far enough.

Everyone stands on the bridge of the Nemesis, staring out the front window. The island looms ahead.

It radiates with Order. You've never felt anything like it. It is pure, and total. And it's huge. Miles and miles wide of rock and protruding steel. The Nemesis is a tiny ant, crawling up a massive mound.

As you approach, something in the island shifts. A metallic arm stretches out, pulsing with violet light. The Nemesis glows with the same light.

"What's going on?" Donovan asks.

"I don't know!" Auriel says. "I'm not doing anything. The ship's moving on its own!"

>con't
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Slowly, the Nemesis meets the arm. The end clamps onto the side of the hull. The floor rocks under your feet.

And then you're drawn in, slowly, until you're just adjacent to the might island.

"...we've docked," Auriel says. "That was our left main hatch."

"That's impossible," Hemmelus says. "The Cirrus - the Nemesis, now - it's never left Venia. How could it dock with the island? They aren't designed for that."

"I have a feeling," Tyrael says, "that Erebus's magic is more flexible than what we're used to."

"Instant modular systems compatibility," Steward says. "Highly disturbing potential."

What do you do?

>"From here, I go alone."
>bring allies (specify)
>some other strategy
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>>31592431
>"From here, I go alone."

Really don't want to risk their lives.
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>>31592419

yo SM:

>>31590309
>>31591926
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>>31592431
FUCK YEAH ORDER
Go alone
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>>31592431
SM what does Steward have to say about the missile?
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>>31592431
Tell them we're going to scout a bit, stealthily. Play it safe in a potentially hostile environment.
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>>31592431
>>"From here, I go alone."
It'll be hard enough to get US accepted.
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>>31592464

I'll add it to my list of things to update.

I've been getting lazy with it lately. Though, replicate not being on there was an oversight from a while ago I guess.

>>31592470

From previous thread:

>Steward tells you that the missiles are entirely mundane. They carry all the reagents for their motive force on-board. On impact, an alchemic reaction drives armor-piercing shrapnel outward in a conical radius. He promises to investigate the exact properties of the reaction once you are home.
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>>31592431
Gimme a bit. This is like the ending of Mass Effect 2 - I'm going to need time to draw up a grid and assign squad members in the configuration required to make everyone survive.
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>>31592470
read the previous thread anon are you high jesus.

>>31592254
>Steward tells you that the missiles are entirely mundane. They carry all the reagents for their motive force on-board. On impact, an alchemic reaction drives armor-piercing shrapnel outward in a conical radius. He promises to investigate the exact properties of the reaction once you are home.
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>"From here, I go alone."
if we had a Arbiter i would suggest bringing them
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>>31592431
Go alone, for now. We still have out magic radios, and they aren't likley to just up and nuke us while we're docked on their island.
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And then suddenly Shadow turns meta!
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>>31592487

I wouldn't put the effort in, anon, I think everyone is outvoting you.

But don't let me rain on your fun.
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>>31592503
>while we're docked on their island.

you think there are....

Others?
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4chan X is acting really weird. I cant see all the links between people's posts and clicking on them sends me to a 403 error screen.
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>>31592498

To commemorate the marriage obviously we need to arbiter Abby right the fuck now.
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>>31592497
he must be more high than me haha, because i read that and

>>31592431
go elone
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>>31592521
Then maybe stop using it, the native extension is pretty good these days.
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>>31592521
same
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>>31592521

Well, they just updated a lot of 4chan's code, so it probably wonked out 4chanX. I'd expect an update to compensate in the next few days.

I just use the native extensions, they're very comprehensive. 4chanX is a little obsolete.
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>>31592431
Tell them about how we accidentally blew up our palace, and, considering what an asshole past us was, bringing friends along might not be a good idea.
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>>31592534
The native extension isn't bad, but there's definitely a reason people use other extensions instead of it.
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>>31592521
the URL scheme changed. duh. did you not see the announcement at top of every single page?

look it's now

>/tg/thread/31592419
instead of
>/tg/res/31586807
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>>31592521
It will link back if you just refresh the page normally.
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>>31592548
thats a good point
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>>31592525
How about no.
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>>31592521

Uninstall and reinstall it

It fixes the issues.
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>>31592556
oh, and itseems also images are now at

https://i.4cdn.org/tg/1397968135929.jpg
and
https://1.t.4cdn.org/co/1397938664201s.jpg
for thumbnails.
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>>31592515
It's okay. I'll just stick it in the folder of things I made for Shadow Quest. but got invalidated before I could post them.

I'll always have my memories...
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>>31592545
>4chanX is a little obsolete
>obsolete

That's adorable. I bet you still don't have a pass either, you pleb.
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>>31592548
>Tell them
Why do you assume Vigil is anything but our personal automated fortress.

Was there any good reason to assume this that I missed?
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>>31592606

Ok, you got me. I love that image.

>>31592594

>pic related
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>>31592611
an automated fortress made to protect itself against chaos
good enough to wary of
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So SM
Is the Happening finally upon us?
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>>31592611
It blew up because we tried to interact with it with chaos in our system
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>>31592642
duhhhh

but the point is it's uninhabited and anon is acting like there's a whole population of Shadow People to diplomance.
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>>31592651
And that was only our remote controll
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>>31592561
>>31592584
It's just that the refreshed posts aren't linked.

And reinstalling it doesn't help.
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>>31592666
i wonder if we could mate with them
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>>31592647

This is the true happening.

Sadly, I am without the Sword of Damocles. But who knows, with your luck, I might not need it!
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>>31592651
how is that an argument for "it's totally inhabited guise and not an automated fortress"
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>>31592677
By Erebus's shadowy appendage what would the Sword of Damocles done to us here?
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>>31592666
AUTOMATED
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>>31592677
>Temerity II: Return of the Crit-Fail
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>>31592677
My body is ready.
And, considering this is Shadow Quest, the dice are too, most likely.
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>>31592700
that would be a crit sucess not a fail, anon
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>>31592692
we find out when we roll bad or make stupid choices
well find out soon enough
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>>31592606
He doesn't.

I've offered to buy him one several times now, and he won't accept my gift.

The offer still stands.
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>>31592531
hey, it's 4/20 now.

your oxy overdose could not be better timed!
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>>31592713
>we find out when we roll bad or make stupid choices
I can shorten it down to
>we find out
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>>31592700
But Temerity is the hero Shadow Quest needs.

Even if it doesn't deserve it because RAINBOWS and rejects it at every turn.
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>>31592724
Still 4/19 for me
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>>31592724
limits are ment to be pushed and im pro at this dont worry
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>>31592742
>im pro at this dont worry
nothing good ever came from that statement
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>>31592742
I'm right with you.
in spirit, or something. still don't know what my pills are. There are websites for that, right?
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>>31592742
That's about as reassuring as the phrase 'Hold my beer and watch this'
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You look to your allies. "From here, I go alone."

Ila is the first to step up. She shakes her head hard. "I'm not letting you."

"I'm with her," Donovan says.

"Me three," Abigail chimes in.

"No," you say. "No."

"Shadow," Donovan starts, "don't make me give you another - "

"Donovan!" He stops at your shout. "This...is beyond any of us," you say. "There is a real chance I might not...whatever's in there, whatever's waiting for me - I must confront it by myself. The risks are too great. I'm glad you're all here. Your support means everything to me. But I have my radio. If anything happens, I'll let you know immediately. I'm just going to try and scout things out. See if there's anything hostile."

Donovan lets out his breath, and nods. "...ok."

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The hatch opens.

A long hall presents itself to you. Metal plates and wiring shows overhead, but the seal with the hatch is airtight. The metal has molded itself to the Nemesis perfectly.

Holding yourself in readiness, you slowly move forward. Your allies shut the hatch behind you. They'll be waiting at the entrance point - just in case.

Soon enough, you cross the threshold to the bowels of the island.

The only light is the ambient glow of Order. It's extremely dark. But then, you never needed light to see.

>con't
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>>31592766
Post a picture on /b/ or some drug related board, there's always some narc that knows what it is
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>Wireless local uplink established.
>Welcome home, user Erebus.
>Running Biological Diagnostics...

<Who's that?> your thought echoes into the black emptiness. <Who's there? Show yourself!>

>Self-identified as Cruiser 01687 Callsign Vigil, User Erebus, Citizen Registry Number 1983490198232
>Diagnostics Complete

>HP: 81/81
>Mana: 90/90
>EXP: 22

<...who...what are you?>

>Self-identified as Cruiser 01687 Callsign Vigil, User Erebus, Citizen Registry Number 1983490198232
>Please proceed to the uplink core to complete the Shard Dispersal Program

A bright glowing line appears on the ground in front of you. It leads deeper into the ship. A path foward?

What is Vigil, exactly? It can't be the whole island...can it? The thing would fall apart if it even tried to turn! It's half rock, besides...

What do you do?

>forward along the path
>try to communicate with Vigil
>some other strategy
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>>31592742
>Here lies Anon
>He who dared push it, to the limit
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>>31592826
>user

Why aren't we the admin? Hacking skill tree where?
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>>31592847
earth of course
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>>31592826
>>try to communicate with Vigil
"....sooooo....... nice weather we're having"
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>>31592826
Vigil. Access memory logs. Replay mission briefing.
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>>31592826
EREBUS IS A MACHINE.
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>>31592830
He was a true hero
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>>31592763
>>31592799
>>31592830
its just some drugs and booze jeeze its not as bad as u make it outta be

>>31592826
>try to communicate with Vigil
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>>31592860
Sounds like a good idea to me.
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>>31592860
This
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>>31592857
That makes more sense than I wished
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>>31592862
No.

You think?

Come on, remember ***SYSTEM WARNING***

The real revelation in that post is that Erebus is biological.
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>>31592860
this one
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>>31592826
>try to communicate with Vigil

"Elaborate on Shard Plan"
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>>31592860
thats a good idea
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>Citizen Registry Number 1983490198232

I really hope that refers to Vigil, and not Erebus.

Because that many creatures like Erebus is a frightening thought. Can you imagine a whole world populated by Order "elemental lords" that for whatever reason go dicking about in deep space every so often?

And all of Venia is just a sandbox for some kid who knocked his head pretty bad?
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>>31592826
>complete the Shard Dispersal Program
...sound sketchy. Pretty sure it means reintegrating the dispersed shards, but if it means "execute the dispersal of the shards (again)", that'd be very, very bad.

>try to communicate with Vigil

>>31592860
This is a good start.

I assume we're able to use anachronistic language to interface with Vigil on account of Machina Loqui, right? Because otherwise we're going to have a hard fuckin' time on account of our memory loss.

>>31592847
This is a good start.

Would also like to see if we could get a list of users, access logs, corresponding system authorities, and so on.
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Intriguingly that implies we were the prophet referenced to earlier, not the god. Or something else is going on.

Comment on unfortunate memory degradation and re-integration and request a briefing.
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>>31592826
>Shard Dispersal Program
alart

alart

shards corrupted

you fools! you let chaos inside!
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>>31592926
We're the God, Dave was the Prophet.
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>>31592894
I think you just described ME's BBEGs
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>>31592926
>Intriguingly that implies we were the prophet referenced to earlier, not the god
...how so.

David was a human from the Void, not native to Venia.
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>>31592947
I truly wonder what daves backstory is
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>>31592937
For them this is like a horror movie. You or your allies can be corrupted by chaos at any time and you don't realize until it's too late.
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>>31592860
and after this...

Status report on Arbiter David?
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>>31592937

I'm waiting for us to pass a thresh hold and with a BING, "Shard cleaning and Reforging commencing."
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>>31592894
>Space is full of shadow lords, assigned by higher powers to guard chaos sphere's and prevent them from expanding beyond control.
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>>31592957
No Dave was from Venia since we brought him with us to the isles.
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>>31592980
He was not form Venia
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>>31592972
Requesting Shard cleaning for designation Temerity chaos corruption possible.
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>>31592818
Ha ha ha.

holy shit I'm glad I asked. It's naloxone. The shit it came with is for elephants or something and would probably kill me.
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God Damnit SM.
Do you understand how much guesswork I've done to try and figure out the world you've created?

And now I'm scared of the answer that is fast approaching.

You magnificent bastard.
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>>31592976
We can only hope.

The Chaos must be purged.

Hell we can just have it purge Temerity and then use Temerity to reforge the others ourselves, one by one.
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>>31592860
Seventhed.
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>>31592999
Nah
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>>31593001
Did you verify the information independently by looking up a reliable source showing that it's what naxalone looks like?
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>>31593015
Smash humanity Order rules supreme
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>>31593015
Nah
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>>31593015
If we reforged Humanity using Temerity, would it have become Resolve instead?
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<...Vigil.>

>Ready to accept input.

<...what was my last known mission?>

>Current mission: Shard-Linkage Break to Transfer 4 Elemental Lords into Core Barrier Containment Unit - Completed
>Secondary Task: Shard Dispersal and Regeneration Program

<Who told me to do that? Who gave the orders?>

>User Erebus is responsible for station orders, programming, and overseeing barrier integrity on behalf of the Ascended Human Civilization

What? What the hell? Humanity is down on Venia!

<...ok..um..what...am I in charge?>

>Full User permissions restored following Shard Program Completion and confirmation of mental hard link
>Shard Dispersal Program unfortunately resulted in the loss of external wireless long-range linkages. Compensatory measures for rapid transport back to this Cruiser were destroyed in subsequent events. Complete of the program will restore the hard link between User and this system, enabling full control at all times from any position in relative three-dimensional universal space.

<What...does the shard program do?>

>Shard Dispersal Program documentation from User Erebus:
>Commit hard breakage between resonant shard bonds, releasing an enormous amount of potential energy. Energy then harnessed to transport and contain four elemental lords. Side effects compensated for as possible, though not everything can be foreseen.
>Energy also used to convert several (note: local linguistics) "ley lines" into channels capable of restoring Barrier energies and channeling shards to safe locations. Shards to convert spare chaotic energies for fuel and combine, then return to Vigil for full power restoration. Following, commencement of total barrier repair.

What do you do now?

>more questions
>proceed forward
>some other strategy
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>>31592999
...I want to. But we don't know what security measures might auto activate if we outright admit to suspected chaos corruption.

Let's inquire about it hypothetically.

>Vigil: Review of standard procedures for hypothetical chaos corruption
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>>31593001
Where the fuck did you get vet tranquilizer?
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>>31593055
>Vigil: Review of standard procedures for hypothetical chaos corruption
that one is perfect
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>>31593046
>more questions
<....U wot M8?>
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>>31593055
i second this
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>>31593046
So anyone wanna translate?

cause im lost
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>>31593046
>Request info on Barrier Repair Plan.
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>>31593055
Corruption is a strong word, considering what a massive shit Erebus was.
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>>31593046
So Erebus works to ascend humanity.
also he never intended to destroy the 4 "lesser" elemental lords according to mission protocoll.

Erebus was nice all along?
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>>31593055
Yea, we need to make sure it doesn't freak out on us when it sees Humanity in there
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>>31593046
>Ascended Human Civilization
SM GOD DAMNIT
So the "humans" on Venia aren't considered real humans by the other humans I guess?
Oh god, SM how much planning did you doooo
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>>31593055
"Ascended" humans means human can survive and function with minimal chaos.

We should scrubs our friends. This is the best idea.
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>Ascended Human Civilization
>ascended
>relative three-dimensional universal space

so we're dealing with incorporeal space people beyond anything we can imagine.
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You know it's OOC to the point of SM override for us to request to be cleaned of Chaos right?
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>>31593104
He didn't have the energy to detain all 8, so he got 4 trapped and brute-forced the other 4.
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>>31593046
>Compensatory measures for rapid transport back to this Cruiser were destroyed in subsequent events.

Hmm.

I wonder which events were those. Or what the measures were.

The break in the core barrier messed it up?
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>>31593104
We're talking about the space humans, not venia humans
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>>31593132
the mission is only to use 4 of them for the barrier
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>>31593124
No, because we know the practicalities.

If we DON'T cleanse ourselves, we may not be ale to save Venia from the breached Core.

It's ironic.

To save them, we must become alien to them again.
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>>31593124

Doesn't mean we won't stumble into the cleaning chamber automatically as part of this guided tour. Then have to roll to resist reforging.

It's a damn good thing SM doesn't have that crit fail. We might be able to avoid becoming the final boss.
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>>31593097
im pretty high so heres my shot

shards at resonant status were broken so they could use the released power to put four lords into the venia core

erebus is responsible for some ascended civilization

we get full access to vigil once our shards get fully resonant, and can access it anywhere or something

it then says something about returning to vigil to power up all shards and totally repair the barrier
i dunno realy
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>>31593137
The arc in Erebus palace we ate
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That whole this was so confusing
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>>31593046
>>31593055
>Vigil: Review of standard procedures for hypothetical chaos corruption
This is a good idea.

A few others, some speculative, some maybe too nitpicky:

>User Erebus is responsible for station orders, programming, and overseeing barrier integrity on behalf of the Ascended Human Civilization
Designate binary core shard: {Humanity}

>Following, commencement of total barrier repair
Projected outcomes of 'total barrier repair'.

>>31593137
>Shard Dispersal Program unfortunately resulted in the loss of external wireless long-range linkages. Compensatory measures for rapid transport back to this Cruiser were destroyed in subsequent events.
The 'rapid transport' destroyed in 'subsequent events' was the uplink in the Frozen Hand that we blew up accidentally.
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>>31593104
>the 4 "lesser" elemental lords

>>31593132
> and brute-forced the other 4.
there's only 3 remaining you dumbasses.


>>31593102
Corruption is an accurate word.

Erebus acted with perfect sensibility. He saw the big picture. The threat to all existence.
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>>31593161
That's stupid and the opposite of everything Shadow is aiming for.
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>>31593189
Shadow won't let Venia fall to chaos
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>>31593189
Shadow is aiming for the survival of Venia and everyone he cares about.

To do that, he must gain the necessary power.

To gain the necessary power, he may have to become a being of pure Order once more.

Sacrifices must be made.
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>>31593205
Nor would he destroy it in the name of Order?
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>>31593232
Shards don't determine your Judgment.

In fact Judgment alone remains perfect and pure Order. unreforged.
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>>31592997
>And then, the God came, the Keeper of the Sphere. He brought with him one that had been cast out, risen to become his greatest servant.
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>>31593223
You're getting crafty, Temerity.
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>>31593247
Judgement was the first one to be corrupted.
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>>31593247
Except the elf queen tampered with us.

In truth, it was judgement that was "Corrupted" first
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>>31593223
Quit trying to force a batman, it was stupid then and it's stupid now.

That NEVER makes sense.
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>>31593046

SM can you tell us how many "humans" live on Venia right now?
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>>31593249
You realy want to let the void explode?
The only thing we could do after that to stabilize the core is throw another arbiter in there
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>>31593281
Zero.
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>>31593287
I actually would guess that humans with a shadow soul would survive very easily in the new world.
When there are only Order leylines
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>>31593055

<Ok. Right. Um...what is the barrier repair plan?>

>Barrier Repair Plan involves the hard removal of excess Chaotic Energies, External Features resulting thereof, followed by conference of Order Energies via User biological interface directly into the barrier

Well, that doesn't mean much to you right now. Maybe you'll think of more in a bit.

You try to think like Erebus. When you tried to access Vigil back in his palace, it rejected you on the grounds that it detected chaos. That could be a little dangerous.

<What...would the standard procedure be, say, for hypothetical chaos corruption?>

>Chaotic energies would be compensated for during the completion program.

<How so?>

>Detecting...
>System detects significant chaotic energies in User. System cannot predict outcome of involvement of chaotic energies.

<What? Why not?>

>User typically used procedural programming to enable system to react to changing variables without external input. However, as per the Fulhaust Doctrine, codified within Legislative Designation 145,092R-b, full Artificially Intelligent existences are illegal. Hence, User forms the intelligence core of this unit.

<What does that mean?>

>In effect, this Unit cannot predict the outcome of the measures this unit will take, because these variables result from input that the User must provide. If the User inputs both Order and Chaos energies, outcome is unknown.

So. It comes down to this.

Your own mind is the crux on which Vigil's systems turn. You are pretty much yourself. You're confident you'd be you...no matter what happened.

But you have a feeling Erebus wouldn't just vanish into the night without leaving something behind.

What do you do?

>onward
>ask other questions
>some other strategy
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>>31593278
>a batman
Reference obscure. Elucidate.

>>31593249
Temerity was always right.
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>>31593282
Except whatever program is in this place is supposed to be the final step to fixing the core. The reunion of shards and reforging of Erebus.
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>>31593282
Pretty sure That Dave is making it worse in there.

I don't know where everyone got the idea that dave is helping out but all he is doing is nommin on some chaos. H isn't eating all that much, just getting the AoC over and over.

Seen no real evidence that that's helping.

Hell he may be the reason why Magic has been getting stronger in the past 700 years.
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>>31593281

An odd question strikes you.

<Vigil.>

>Ready to receive input.

<...how many humans currently live on Venia?>

>No humans currently reside on the landmass adjacent to the Barrier, local term "Venia".
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>>31593330
define the term human
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>>31593307
Access erebus personal log
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>>31593330
Access Personnel File: Arbiter David
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>>31593342
this
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>>31593320
Magic is chaotic.
Dave eats chaos.
Chaos doesn't just drown the world through the weak barrier
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>>31593330

What is on The Nemesis?
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>>31593330
THEY'RE ALL DEMONS!

Alternatively, this system doesn't recognized chaos-infused humans as humans.
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>>31593346
>>31593353
These two.
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>>31593330
"What resides on the landmass adjacent the barrier?"

>>31593353
>>31593342
and these
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>>31593307
smimscared
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>>31593330
Vigil....

Clarify terminology for bipedal sapients on Barrier landmass?
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>>31593278
It's more Luthor level logic than Batman logic.
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>>31593342
this

>>31593353
this
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>>31593374
This works
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>>31593353
>>31593342
those two
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>>31593330
I thought I was joking when I said Zero.
Well. EHEHEHEHEHEHEHEH.

>>31593353
>>31593370
These.
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Down the rabbit hole we fucking go.
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>>31593353
Right, I forgot to repeat that.

Status report on Arbiter David.
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>>31593359
There's no way he can eat enough for it to matter
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>>31593393
the end.
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>>31593353
"He's in the employee lounge having a cup of tea."
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Someone start posting the happening gifs
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>>31593374
>>31593363
>>31593353
>>31593346
all of dem yeah

also
can we bring our allies out now that we know it isn't hostile in here?
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>>31593400
that's why it's still growing.
It's just growing slower than without him
>>31593412
bad idea
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>>31593412
> we know it isn't hostile in here

they can come when our hard link is confirmed.
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>>31593410
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>>31593412
I don't think this would be healthy for them, mentally.

Having the thing you journeyed to to save your world tell you that you aren't human and don't matter.
things like that.
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>>31593422
We have no evidence that it was growing before he was in there, so it's possible that he is causing magic to get crazier.

Or maybe it's Dave + 4 Greater Elemental Lords trapped in there that is causing it to grow.
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>>31593410
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>>31593404
>Dio
Dear God How Horrifying
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Maybe we can create elemental planes and chaotic and order planes to support Venia and other world islands?
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>>31593307
Display protocol regarding detection of chaotic entities within system.

That should cover our friends being detected.
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>>31593412
We do NOT know that
We know that it is not hostile for US, because we run this shit
We don't know how the fuck it would react to any of them, outside of how the ships from before reacted; that is, with a fucking missile barrage
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>>31593460
>We have no evidence that it was growing
We know for a fact that chaos propagates itself.

this is fundamental to its nature. it defies the conservation of energy.
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>>31593469
THIS THIS THIS.
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>>31593412
Can we just ask the computer to disable its defense mechanisms for the chaotic beings on our ship?
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>>31593469
no. not necessary.

we can just proceed once we know what the hell we did to David.

...if only we could expel humanity into a separate body before hand.
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>>31593342

Maybe Vigil isn't understand you.

<Define the term, Human.>

>Human: Biological sentient creature, species, Homo Sapiens.
>Humans are bipedal primates that originally evolved on the Home Planet, Earth.

You see the image of a naked man and woman sitting in your head. They look human enough.

<...Earth is a place?>

>Earth: The third planet from the sun in the Sol System, home to the human species.

An image flashes through your mind. You see stars fly by. An zoomed-out perspective of a big yellow star floats in your head. Several rocks orbit it. Earth is labeled as the third in a row, along with coordinates relative to the galactic center...whatever that is.

<...alright. Then what's on the Nemesis?>

>Existences located on currently docked ship, Callsign Nemesis, are chaotic energy points linked to the chaotic core within the barrier, contained by biological units of order.

<They aren't human?>

>User Erebus theorized that they are replicas of humans derived from Chaos. Natural humanity did not come into being spontaneously through either chaos or order energies, but evolved over geological timescales.

You...you can't understand what it's saying, exactly, but you get the gist.

Humanity isn't from Venia. And the humans that live there now...they aren't the originals.

You don't know what to think anymore.

But the barrier needs to be repaired, and you're sure that Erebus's energies can get the job done.

But what waits for you in Vigil's depths?

What do you do?

>into the darkness
>some other strategy
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>>31593496
We aren't in control until AFTER the program completes, and hard link is confirmed.

we can only get information.
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>>31593507
>isn't understand you.

When I write fast, I make typos. Sorry.
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>>31593507
>EARTH

FUCKING EAAAARTH?!
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>>31593474
Yeah, but i'm pretty sure that Chaos was growing via the elemental lords. the growth was external from the core, sending them all in there is causing the core to grow
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>>31593507
Wait but if earth is real in this setting then how is 4chan controlling Erebus's mind? I AM CONSUME SM!
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>>31593507
>Humans are bipedal primates that originally evolved on the Home Planet, Earth.

Holy fuck. HOLY FUCK.

Then WHAT THE HELL IS EREBUS?
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>>31593507
>>into the darkness
tell Humanity to not resist what comes.

To save humanity, we must give up Humanity.
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>>31593462
POST 2
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>>31593507
>into the darkness
It's time for the happenings!
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>>31593507
Now I'm confused.
Ask what the designation of order allignent chaos-humans is.
than into the darkness!
Or we could leave the Archonium
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>>31593507
So - if we go in now, with the corrupted shards, and Humanity, we have no idea how the system will respond.

But our path has lead us here, so

>into the darkness
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>>31593507
Query: Origins of User Erebus.
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>>31593507
>on the Home Planet, Earth
>Home Planet
>Earth
>EARTH
WHAT
WHAT
SMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
YOU MOTHER FUCKER
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>>31593507
ask about Dave

and this>>31593469
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>>31593537
Ascended.

beyond the original evolutionary limits.
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>>31593507
We went through that engineer's mind, right?

Request information on his personnel file. Through this, find his commanding officer. Continue up the chain of command until our system authority does not permit further access.

Who's in charge of 'real' humanity?

>>31593525
>>31593552
hue
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>>31593507
This actually takes place in OUR universe? Holy shit, we've been playing a sci-fi campaign this whole time!
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>>31593507
>SQ isn't a fantasy setting at all
>It's a scy-fi future setting

Wait, are we actually playing God? Like God, God?
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>>31593551
>>31593552
Might as well ask these few final questions first

This exposition time.
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>>31593507
>some other strategy

<Access Personnel File: Arbiter David.>

You're not getting away with this one.
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>>31593561
TUMBLING DOWN
TUMBLING DOWN
TUMBLING DOWN
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>>31593552
Requesting level 3-2 on the happening scale
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>>31593552
are you really that surprised?

I was surprised that the space ship didn't come from Earth when we saw the crew was human.

But no, it came from OTHER magical bullshit islands.


...though I guess we can ask Vigil

>Vigil. identify origin and nature of Veldinsk and Avankt islands
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>>31593561
ask what "Erebus" is

what srot of being we are, who created us, etc etc
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>>31593573
Nope. We might be a posthuman.
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>>31593537
All I can think of now is Erebus being a nanite swarm or something. Hell, the alarms for when are shards get broken sound like programs enough.
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>>31593507
>Humans are bipedal primates that originally evolved on the Home Planet, Earth.
>Earth
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
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WE'VE BEEN SCI-FI ALL ALONG
I WANT TO GET OFF SM'S WILD RIDE
BUT THE RIDE NEVER ENDS
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>>31593572
>>31593573
christ you guys this was reasonably suspected ever since

***SYSTEM WARNING***
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>>31593589
>>31593588
These two.
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>>31593589
THISSSSSSSSSS
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>>31593589
THIS

and this>>31593576
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Ask about Dave
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>>31593602
>>31593605
>>31593580
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=didzxUkrtS0
IT'S TIME
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>>31593507
Vigil:

request cure for amnesia
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>>31593507
This is bullshit!

What the fucking fuck is going on here!?
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>>31593507

>>31593589
>>31593588
these
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>>31593641
That's what the final step of the dispersion program is.
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>>31593588
Thirded.
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>>31593645
It's happening anon at the speed of fucking light
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>>31593645
>m&ms
>a core of chocolate with a shell of candy
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>>31593641

I wonder if Erebus had a memory backup for shit like this. Actually that's pretty much what Vigil is, I wonder if he had an upload/download linkup. Or is that what the shards actually are? USB ports.
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Let's be honest, it was either this, or Venia was just a VR program.

Erebus's whole "think like a computer" thing made it obvious that some form of sci-fi twist was inevitable.
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INCREASING ALERTNESS LEVEL

Anyway, chaos pretty much means entropy in this case, but if the chaos leaks out of the barrier and consumes the entire universe then everything will become perfectly chaotic, hence perfectly orderly.

Side note: how does blink decide what viewpoint to cancel momentum from if everything moves relative to the universal center and what may be stationary in Venia is in fact traveling near the speed of light in relation to the universe's center?
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>>31593507
Wait

Important question

What the hell is Erebus? What are we?
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>>31593661
>skittles
>taste the rainbow

Dear god, it's all been right there all along.
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>>31593657
It didn't guarantee that. Or mention it at all.

> Complete of the program will restore the hard link between User and this system, enabling full control at all times from any position in relative three-dimensional universal space.
hard link. control.

but not memories.


>Complete of the program
SM you're in a hurry
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>>31593507
>>31593561
And on this day a thousand keyboards cried out in pain
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>>31593682
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ITS FUCKING HAPPENING
EREBUS CONFIRMED ANTI-SPIRAL LEADER
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>>31593676
I know right?

But you can never underestimate the RAINBOWS of SQ's playerbase.
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>>31593682
>{Shaking Intensifies}
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>>31593694
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>>31593676

That cold calculating logic style fit with Erebus though. I guess I just didn't expect this kind of scale.
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Does this mean Humanity has been playing us all along? He's an agent of Chaos.
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>>31593687
HE PLAYED US LIKE A DAMN FIDDLE
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>>31593695
So is Donovan going to drill a hole in us?
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Ah yis the happenings.
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>>31593507
Oh, so we're FUCKING ANTISPIRALS

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH
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>>31593723
What? That's looking at it backwards.

That still doesn't explain WHY that computer thinking is there in the first place!

of course it was sci-fi.
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I wanna know what created us.
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I was gonna try to ruse as SM to show how it's really done but my mind is too fucked to try anything. Can someone be a stand-in?
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>>31593744
Or, we're sovereign.
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>>31593795
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>>31593744
Or we are the ACTUAL Grecian Erebus.
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>>31593817
Or we're SM
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>>31593828
Has SM fallen asleep?
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>>31593849
No he's basking in the happening
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So what exactly is about to happen?

Is the ability chart going to suddenly fill itself out completely?
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While we're waiting for SM to reply, I am really looking forward to learning how Erebus is an organic being, but also some type of being.
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>>31593876
We're going Erebus II : Electric Boogaloo Temerity edition
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>>31593876

What makes you think the chart isn't going to scrub itself clean of all those nasty chaos trees?
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>>31593828
I think I would probably just turn my computer off. If it were a book, I would close it and hurl it out the window, but my noodle arms prevent me from lifting my computer at sufficient velocity to mimic such an action.
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>>31593876
We get a whole new tree.
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>>31593902
One called "Vigil"
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>>31593876
It's going to quintuple in size
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>>31593876
We're still asking questions.
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>>31593876
they said they'll restore all shards to full power.


they'll all be Resonant.
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>>31593889
If it was a woman I'd let her know how glad I was to be of service to her
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>>31593908
>SM zooms the skill tree out to reveal thousands upon thousands of more skills
>It keeps zooming out
>We've just been looking at a small section of a picture of Ron Paul the entire time
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>>31593927
WHAT the FUCK are you talking about?!
>>
<Vigil, I encountered another ship out in the Void. Tell me about it.>

You project an impression of the ship at the walls around you.

>Analyzing...
>Ship is identified as a typical vessel of the (self-termed) chosen. The chosen are fundamentally similar existences to those on-board the Nemesis and on Venia, having also been spontaneously generated by chaos and order energies. However, their distance from the core of the barrier makes them much more similar to originally evolved humans. They live upon two islands orbiting the barrier, opposite Venia, termed by their capitals, Avankt and Veldinsk.

>User intended to use them as a means of controlling any solar traffic exiting Venia while repairs were made.

You find an impression pushed into your head, a greater diagram of Venia and the barrier, as if zoomed out at great distance. The two dark islands are marked clearly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TrJZUOTDws

But there is another question beneath all the others. A question that terrifies you. The one you've been dreading.

<Vigil...>

>Ready to receive User input

It almost starts responding to you as soon as you think the words. Scary.

<...what...am I?>

>User: Name, Andersen, Erebus. Citizen Registry Number 1983490198232
>Born: 4705 A.D., 1967 N.C., Vempt 0.5b Merchant Arcology

<Am I human?>

>You are a human, modified with a hard link to the LUEG to spontaneously gather and manipulate order energies.

<What is the...uh...Loog?>

>LUEG: Lower Universal Energy Grid

<...ok...are there others like me?>

>There are no other humans remaining in the universe.

>con't
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>>31593908
But no new content. Just a larger image file.
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>>31593926
and this will give us the power to....

> conference of Order Energies via User biological interface directly into the barrier

...heroically sacrifice ourselves by becoming a part of the Barrier over the Breach
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<...what happened to them?>

>Humanity, as a civilization, choose to ascend to a higher energetic form of existence to avoid the eventually entropic collapse of the universe. You elected to stay behind in duty, observing and protecting the barrier retaining chaos energies. To this end, you were modified to your current form.

<...how long have I been doing this?>

>Mission: Vigil began approximately 3 million, 347 thousand, 156 years prior to the current date.

"Elements," you whisper. "When was I born?"

>Approximately 3 million, 271 thousand, 156 years prior to the current date. Mission: Vigil began after the final stages of the Chaos War.

<What was the Chaos War?>

>The Chaos War was a battle of the Human Civilization against an existence of the UUEG that penetrated into three-dimensional space by unknown means. It lasted approximately 28,000 years. After victory, Humanity sealed Chaos within the Barrier.

You don't have to ask to know that the UUEG must be the Upper Universal Energy Grid. "...what happened then?"

>Humanity ascended several hundred years after. The war brought forth the development of the underlying twin energy grids. The LEUG was used to counter the UUEG energies. That same technology resulted in a cultural Renaissance, followed by the mass ascendance, finally solving the entropy problem.

<...and I stayed behind.>

>Correct. Order and Chaos are fundamentally linked. Chaos could not be completely extinguished. Artificial Intelligences, ironically, were outlawed for their notably chaotic behavior. An individual human intelligence was needed to watch the barrier and repair it if the need arose.

<Then I'm at this forever. For Humanity.>

>After fighting in the war, you volunteered, citing disinterest in ascendency.

If you didn't know what to think before, now, you can barely think.

What do you do?

>It's time.
>some other strategy
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>>31593939
>>There are no other humans remaining in the universe.
Was pretty sure it was coming to this, yeah.
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>>31593939
>There are no other humans remaining in the universe.
Huh.

Also

>Andersen
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>>31593959
Anderson Erebus
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>>31593953
FUCKING
HAPPENINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG
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>>31593953
"Access Personnel File: Arbiter David."

I knew it.
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>>31593953
>It's time.

Also
>There are no other humans remaining in the universe.
pic related
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>>31593953
I thought of so many possibilities.
So many ideas.
So many different twists.
But this?
...I did not see THIS coming.
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>>31593939
>>31593953
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>>31593953
so humanity defeated and sealed Chaos, an invasion from a higher plane...

...and then chose to ASCEND to that higher plane?

becoming the thing they fought?
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>>31593953
SM. You truly are the glorious bastard.
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>>31593953
Eh, if humanity left, then no reason not to help new humanity.
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>>31593953
Informations on Arbiter David

>Andersen
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>>31593953
Ask about Dave
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>>31593939
>User: Name, Andersen, Erebus. Citizen Registry Number 1983490198232
>Born: 4705 A.D., 1967 N.C., Vempt 0.5b Merchant Arcology

>There are no other humans remaining in the universe

>Approximately 3 million, 271 thousand, 156 years prior to the current date. Mission: Vigil began after the final stages of the Chaos War.

It keeps happening.. I- I don't know if I can go on...
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>>31594014
<Status Report: Arbiter David.>
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>>31593953

>>31593122
>>31593122
>>31593122
Fucking called it.
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>>31593990

You'll find out about David in a fucking minute you impatient bastards, now get the fuck down in Vigil and move the plot forward. What do I have to do, prod you with a stick?
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>>31594011
Yeah we should ask for clarification on what "Ascension" means.

Because it kind of sounds like what we call demons are what happened to the Ascended Humans.
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>>31593953
Wait so we already had humanity and this thing that calls himself humanity isn't humanity but pure chaos?
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>>31593953
...was NOT sure it was coming to THIS, though.

> an existence of the UUEG that penetrated into three-dimensional space by unknown means.
pls no *dancing*

>It's time.
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>>31594033
No anon.

I told you, this couldn't have been prevented.
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>>31594038
lel get rekt fag
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>>31593953
>Mission: Vigil began approximately 3 million, 347 thousand, 156 years prior to the current date.

>Approximately 3 million, 271 thousand, 156 years prior to the current date.

>347 thousand
>271 thousand

holly shit
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>>31594044
a duh it is. it always was Chaos.

Temerity was right.
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>>31593953
Vigil, analyze this riddle:
<I waver in the sky,
A beam of inspiration
And a sun to those who follow;
A cloud to those who don't.>

<What am I?>
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>>31593953
>>31594038
>It's time.
Fine fine.
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>>31594044
WEEEE'RE INFEEECTEEED AHHHHHHH
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>>31594058
Of course it was.
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>>31594038
It's too much SM.. The answers they're everything that I needed and nothing I ever wanted
Pls STAHP
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>>31593953
>>It's time.
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>>31593953
Tell Humanity shard to extinguish itself.

For the sake of Venia's survival.

>It's time.
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>>31593953
>It's time.

LET'S DO THIIIIIIIIISSSSSSS
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>>31594038

Wait, so we're not even scratching the surface yet? Just admiring the front door?
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>>31594076
It's not humanity anon it's corruption/chaos, but yes it's time
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>>31593953
Holy christ we ARE an antispiral. We are THE antispiral.

I... Can't really deal with this existential crisis. I don't even know what to think. I mean, holy shit, how do you even respond to something like that?

I find myself more and more inclined to... Release Chaos. In an infinite amount of time, this Vigil will fail, it's inevitable. Why delay it?

But, in the meantime...

>>31593953
>"Vigil, play personal log of User Erebus. As far back as the recordings go."
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>>31594056
...We were 77 thousand years old when we became Erebus.

WTF
>>
I feel like we're slowly descending into the blind world. Doompaul was right.
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>>31593953
wait..


<When did the landmass and islands form around the Chaos Barrier?>

<How long did I wait until I entered the landmass to begin the plan?>
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>>31594087
The Antispiral was right though.
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>>31594087
>>"Vigil, play personal log of User Erebus. As far back as the recordings go."
YES

CHECK THE FUCKING LOGS
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>>31594087
Chaos must be stopped.

Purged and contained.
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>>31593953
"It's time."

Fine, let's get on with this.
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>>31594105
SM is gonna call it a night if we don't jump in his magical realm
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>"Vigil, play personal log of User Erebus. As far back as the recordings go."

I have this already pre-written. I have edited it more times than anything else in Shadow Quest. I have been waiting 120 threads to unleash it.

It's time.

Almost.

One more decision point.
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>>31594087
>millions of years of logs

How about no. Let's get on with the plot, then we can invite all our friends in instead of leaving them out of everything. AGAIN.
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>"Vigil, play personal log of User Erebus. As far back as the recordings go."

Yes, all 3.3 million years of them.

>SM face when
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>>31594087
I get the feeling that we'll find them deeper in the ship. We need to undergo the Procedure before we can see the logs.
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>>31594038
No, SM, I need to know what kind of person Erebus was. He died after 3 million years of loyalty to his cause. He deserves that much.

>Vigil, playback personal journal of Andersen Erebus
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>>31594120
AHHHHHHHHH
>>
>Anderson

>ANDERSON

IT IS THE FUCKING MATRIX
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>>31594111
Detect Chaos. Smite Chaos
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>>31594105
NO you idiots. that goes back millions of years.

let's just move the plot forward.
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>>31594038
Lawl. Let's head back to Venia.
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>>31594120
Oh god.
SM...
Is this what the entire quest is based on?
This entire quest is based on an idea for a story you had...
And then you made something beautiful out of it.
Holy shit. Well played you magnificent, beautiful bastard.
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>>31594038
>What do I have to do, prod you with a stick?
Sm I have a present for you
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>>31594120
Alright fine, let's get on with it.
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>>31594143
Yeah vigil isn't worth it.
We can still talk to the AoC
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>>31594120
Yes. Play them, play them you glorious bastard! Let's hear THE LOGS.
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What the fuck would SM need a crit fail for around this time?
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>>31594120
<HUMANITY. DO NOT RESIST. FOR VENIA.>
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>>31594120
>{Uncertainty Intensifies}
When you've gone so deep into the rabbit hole that down is up and back is forward what do?
You keep going
>It's Time
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>>31594160
It isn't human it is a filthy chaosspawn.
Erebus was human all along
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i like how the whole Shards concept was only made by a fluke of the dice, and here it is, modifying the big ending of restoration of your powers.
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You have a long time to question Vigil, but you don't have forever to save Venia. Whatever this world is, whatever you are, exactly, you can figure it out later.

Your new home needs you, now. And that's what you're here for.

You follow the path down into the ship.

You pass only two other hallways.

One has a panel that reads "cybernet uplink". The other has a panel reading "library".

But for now, you ignore them. You have all the time in the world in investigate them...later.

Probably.

The final hall looms before you. At its end is a door. It slides open as you approach.
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>>31594120
I like this.

I've gotta say, I'm really looking forward to Old Erebus' monologue. Finding out what drove him to take a disciple after millions of years has got to be something interesting.

I want to wildly speculate that David was a natural Human that de-apotheosed for some reason, sans memories, explaining why Erebus would suddenly take interest.
>>
Tzeench is losing his fucking Mind right now
>>
>>31594173
David was obviously a more Orderly island dweller.
>>
I don't understand. If the entropy problem is solved, then why is there a need to repair the barrier at all? Alternately a universe of complete chaos can also be looked at as ordered, although it will take infinite time to reach another equilibrium after an instant.
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>>31594182
I say he was from Venia
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>>31594171
No SM I want to stay here and ask more questions
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>>31594160
What the fuck do you mean "for Venia"? Vigil doesn't even consider its inhabitants as people, just a bunch of fakes.

Bundles of chaotic EXP for us to consume.
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The door opens.

Within is a round chamber, covered with panels glowing with Order. In the center of the chamber, a stark grey console.

>Activate the console to complete the Shard Dispersal Program.

You sense this is your final chance to turn back.

What do you do?

Vote 1:
>activate the console

Vote 2:
>turn back
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>>31594185
Entropy is only "solved" as long as chaos stays in it's box
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>>31594192
No. He was supposedly cast out by the unsouled people, but Erebus took him in as arbiter.
>>
>>31594185
Can't humanity just start a bunch of Big Bangs at the same time?
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>>31594192
I say you are wrong.

>>31594204
Vigil will not be calling the shots, after we purge ourselves of our Chaos shard and contamination.
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>>31594209
1
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>>31594209
>Crash The System
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>>31594209
Oh fuck. You aren't doing this SM. There's no fucking way.
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>>31594209
1
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>>31594209
2
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>>31594209
1
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>>31594209
2
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>>31594209
1
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>>31594185
now that you're mentioning that entropy's involved again, I really wish Erebus' name was Maxwell instead of Anderen. I get that it's a Matrix reference and all, but still.
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>>31594209
1
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>>31594209
1
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>>31594209
1
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>>31594209
1
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>>31594209
1
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>>31594209
what in the world would turning back entail. desperately begging Geb and Leviathan to help?

i think we know which option will win.
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>>31594209
1
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>>31594209
1
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>>31594209
1
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>>31594209
1
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>>31594209
1
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>>31594211
That's stupid. Given literally infinite time you cannot possibly expect a single human to stop it from escaping indefinitely. We still don't know what being "ascended" means. So why is this a problem if everyone ascended?
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>>31594209
1
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>>31594209
>Do you want the red ending or the green ending?
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>>31594216
Still, without Humanity, why wouldn't we agree with Vigil's perspective?

Erebus certainly did.
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>>31594209
SM... please... no...
I thought my body was ready...
I was not prepared
>>
so there was no consulting our allies for that
mmm
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>>31594263
We don't need a Shard to have an opinion. we are Judgment, fucker.
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>>31594209
1
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>>31594263
We literaly have no clue what Erebus thought
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>>31594269
I almost feel like we should have had them with us.

almost
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>>31594209
1
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>>31594209
If this is a mass effect style editing I'm gonna make good on my previous promises SM. You can count on it.
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>>31594260
Except in this case, the endings are completely different.
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>>31594273
Except Judgment was the first shard that was corrupted.

By the Elf Queen.

That's how this all started.
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>>31594263
Look, you can either
>want to save Venia, and lack the power
or
>gain the power to save Venia
what you want after that will still be a player vote.
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>>31594209
2
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>>31594269
We could probably reach them telepathically.
>Shadow"Should I press this button?"
>Abigail"What button?"
>Shadow"Too late"
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>>31594209

Well, get ready.
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>>31594294
And SM will overrule it because OOC
He played us like a fiddle
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>>31594302
choo choo
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>>31594301
>>31594302
Work in one last telepathic message, your design?
>>
Please, extinguish the chaos corruption

pls vigil gib temerity back
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>>31594302
Did we fall on your sword?
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>>31594302
THIS IS IT LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.
GET READY.

BECAUSE IT'S HAPPENING
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>>31594302
AWW YEAH

TIME FOR ALL OUR FRIENDS TO DIE

EREBUS II: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO
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>>31594319
Now we roll
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You step up to the console. <...what do I do?>

>Press your limbs upon the console.

You extend your hands and put them on the steel. It's cold.

>Initializing Shard Dispersal Program Completion ()

>...

>...

>...Select Completion Methodology:

>True Reunion - All shards are merged together. You keep their passive bonuses, but can no longer use them to boost individual actions. Gain 500 experience.

>Resonance Ring - All shards become resonant, enabling you to use them without limit. Passive bonuses become fully maximized. Gain 8d30 experience.
>>
Rolled 19

Getting ready.
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>>31594302
>Console explodes
>End of quest
>SM reigns as the Chaos God of Butt-devastation.
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>>31594337
>Resonance Ring - All shards become resonant, enabling you to use them without limit. Passive bonuses become fully maximized. Gain 8d30 experience.
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>>31594337
>Resonance Ring
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>>31594337
>True Reunion - All shards are merged together. You keep their passive bonuses, but can no longer use them to boost individual actions. Gain 500 experience.
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>>31594337
Resonance Ring. I am not giving up our boosts. They are vicious.
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>>31594337
Resonance Ring - We have a lot more leeway when screwing up with rolls.

That alone makes it worth it.
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>>31594337
>>Resonance Ring - All shards become resonant, enabling you to use them without limit. Passive bonuses become fully maximized. Gain 8d30 experience.
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>>31594337
Okay, so it's either 500 xp straight up, or an average of 124 xp and massive passive boosts.

>True Reunion - All shards are merged together. You keep their passive bonuses, but can no longer use them to boost individual actions. Gain 500 experience.
>>
>>31594337
>>Resonance Ring - All shards become resonant, enabling you to use them without limit. Passive bonuses become fully maximized. Gain 8d30 experience.
>>
>>31594337
>Resonance Ring - All shards become resonant, enabling you to use them without limit. Passive bonuses become fully maximized. Gain 8d30 experience.
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>>31594337
true reunion
>>
Rolled 16, 5, 8, 24, 25, 4, 6, 21 = 109

>>31594337
>500 guaranteed
>or 240 max maybe

ability unlock is better than roll saves.

>True Reunion - All shards are merged together. You keep their passive bonuses, but can no longer use them to boost individual actions. Gain 500 experience.
>>
>>31594337
So essentially, do we want all the abilities, or do we want to be spared the capricious whims of the Dice Gods?
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>>31594337
>True Reunion
The EXP calls to me.
We can finish SO MUCH with that.
Plus, no rolling involved!
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>>31594337
>Resonance Ring - All shards become resonant, enabling you to use them without limit. Passive bonuses become fully maximized. Gain 8d30 experience.
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>>31594337
>Resonance Ring

You just gave us Infinite Hammer.
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>>31594337
>Resonance Ring - All shards become resonant, enabling you to use them without limit. Passive bonuses become fully maximized. Gain 8d30 experience.
>>
>>31594337
>True Reunion - All shards are merged together. You keep their passive bonuses, but can no longer use them to boost individual actions. Gain 500 experience.
>>
>>31594337
>True Reunion - All shards are merged together. You keep their passive bonuses, but can no longer use them to boost individual actions. Gain 500 experience.
That is one WHOLE LOT of experience
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>>31594337
>Resonance Ring

We can always gain more EXP later.
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>>31594337
>True Reunion - All shards are merged together. You keep their passive bonuses, but can no longer use them to boost individual actions. Gain 500 experience.
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>>31594358
Thing is, the actives are what have saved us countless times.

And this lets us use them as much as we want.
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>>31594337
>True Reunion - All shards are merged together. You keep their passive bonuses, but can no longer use them to boost individual actions. Gain 500 experience.
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>>31594341
>/tg/ never recovers
>Mass anarchy across the universes
>Somewhere an Asian man screams about being played like a fiddle
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>>31594337
Resonance Ring
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>>31594337
And the reason you aren't putting this to a quote only vote is so you can stall for time, right?
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>>31594337
>True Reunion - All shards are merged together. You keep their passive bonuses, but can no longer use them to boost individual actions. Gain 500 experience.
>>
>>31594337
>Resonance Ring - All shards become resonant, enabling you to use them without limit. Passive bonuses become fully maximized. Gain 8d30 experience.

Who needs abilities when we can just flatten shit with Hammer all damned day?
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>>31594373

Hammer is slow.

But yes, I did.
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>>31594337
>>Resonance Ring
>>
>Everyone picking choice that relies on us rolling for EXP boost.
guys pls
don't you want max tree?
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>>31594337
Resonance RIng.

Infiinite Hammer is better than whatever we'd unlock.
>>
Rolled 19, 26, 9, 7, 11, 13, 10, 24 = 119

>>31594337
Hm, I'm not sure if 8d30 is a good deal.
>>
>>31594384
but with our luck we get like 30 exp
>>31594337
true Reunionn
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>>31594337
Other: Make all shards two-faced, the new and the old. Restore the one that got away and the old shards from backups. Double your pleasure, double your fun. Turn all shards into the equivalent of dynamos, with the chaos and order working to generate raw power.
>>
>>31594337
>Resonance Ring
I think the ~380 XP loss could actually be worth auto-boosting every roll for the rest of time.

Also just going "ok, it's all unlocked" feels super anticlimactic.
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>>31594397
Infinite use of all the shards is better than the EXP - and we can still get EXP afterwards


even easier actually.
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>>31594337
>>Resonance Ring - All shards become resonant, enabling you to use them without limit. Passive bonuses become fully maximized. Gain 8d30 experience.
>>
>>31594337
>Resonance Ring - All shards become resonant, enabling you to use them without limit. Passive bonuses become fully maximized. Gain 8d30 experience.
>>
>>31594337
>Resonance Ring - All shards become resonant, enabling you to use them without limit. Passive bonuses become fully maximized. Gain 8d30 experience.

Might want to use a Final Destination vote.
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>>31594388

Well, actually, I don't know how to describe this bit until I know how it's going down.

And then I've got the most massive splurgoaiueiruaoer I've ever composed, so sit tight.

Vote 1:
>Resonance - Keep Shards at max, roll for significant EXP

Vote 2:
>Reunion - loose shards, guaranteed even more EXP
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>>31594405
Hey, we rolled above average when we risked it for the Archonium
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>>31594406
can
can this actually work?
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>>31594425
1
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>>31594425
1
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>>31594425
1
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>>31594425
1
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>>31594425
2
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>>31594337
>>True Reunion - All shards are merged together. You keep their passive bonuses, but can no longer use them to boost individual actions. Gain 500 experience.
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>>31594425
1
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>>31594425
1
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>>31594425
1
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>>31594425
2
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>>31594425
1
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>>31594425
1
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>>31594425
Is this
>>31594406
even a possibility?
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>>31594409
Well I think all that's left is the final boss battle after this, isn't it?

Unless we just wanna eat Xile.
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>>31594337
>>True Reunion - All shards are merged together. You keep their passive bonuses, but can no longer use them to boost individual actions. Gain 500 experience.
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>>31594425
1
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>>31594425
2
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>>31594425
1
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>>31594425
1
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>>31594425
1
How many times have the shards saved our asses?
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>>31594425
1
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>>31594425
2
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>>31594425
1
>>
All those abilities we will never get.
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>>31594425
He flipped the choices around. Obviously he favours resonance more since statistically the first one on the poll has a slight advantage!

1 is still the better choice
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>>31594425
1
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>>31594425
1
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>>31594462
Please vote properly. Post and number only.
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>>31594425
1
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>>31594406

There is no shard that "got away", it just reformed elsewhere. You have all the shards.

Shards already like dynamos in terms of power.

You're asking for nothing you don't already have.
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>>31594425
1
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>>31594425
2
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>>31594425
2
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>>31594425
1
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>>31594425
2
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Rolled 14, 5, 8, 30, 24, 8, 14, 18 = 121

>>31594425
2
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>>31594467
We don't need most of them anyways.

Just the middle darkness and the finished shadow tree.

Plus, we probably get to see them all after the end of the Quest
>>
We should finish up the gray shadow tree and work towards Vigil if we can.
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>>31594425
2
>>
>All these 1s

Well, now we know who samefagged more earlier.
>>
Guys please remember Resonance Ring is what Old Erebus had. It specifically mentioned him breaking his SHARDS as in multiple. That will put us on his tier.
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>>31594491
I was in team summoning I know what suffering means.
>>
Rolled 24, 28, 16, 30, 12, 30, 22, 2 = 164

>>31594490
but you can vote again for the opposite!
>>
Alright. It's nearly unanimous.

And now...
Roll 1d100 for the Barrier.
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>>31594425
2
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Rolled 78

>>31594507
HERE WE GO
>>
Rolled 99

>>31594507
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Rolled 96

>>31594507
>>
Rolled 16

>>31594507
>>
Rolled 11

>>31594507
SATAN GUIDE MY COCK
>>
Rolled 34

>>31594507
critfail incoming
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>>31594425

Don't even have to count.

I expected Reunion, actually.

Rolling for your experience

>>31594515
>>31594517
>>31594518

TOP KEK
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>>31594507
sup ruselord
>>
Rolled 22

>>31594507
>>
Rolled 30, 1, 23, 2, 1, 29, 24, 28 = 138

>>31594515
>>31594517
>>31594518
HAHAHAHAHAHA
>>
Rolled 36

>>31594507
nat 1 inc
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>>31594507
Nice try.
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>>31594507
The What.

Oh Erebus--

hahahaha ruseman almost got me.
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>>31594515
>>31594517
>>31594518
SO FUCKING BASED.
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>>31594515
ALSO I'M DUMB.

Good timing, ruselord.

>>31594517
>>31594518
>>31594515
Even funnier.
>>
HOLY SHIT GUYS WE DID IT
NOBODY TOUCH ANOTHER DIE
I SWEAR TO GOD IF THERES A ONE BY THE TIME I POST THIS I WILL CRY
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>>31594515
>>31594517
>>31594518
Oh my god those rolls are so good.
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>>31594524
>i rolled the 99
FUCKING
SHIT
GG
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>>31594507
totally fell for it
>>
Rolled 28, 1, 9, 12, 23, 5, 25, 30 = 133

>>31594524

Woops, heh.
>>
I'm not sure what I'm more mad about. People falling for the ruse or the wasted good rolls.
>>
>>31594515
>>31594517
>>31594518
HOT GIGGITY GABOOZLE.

>>31594549
NICE.
>>
Rolled 22, 23, 12, 3, 16, 28, 9, 24 = 137

>>31594524
>SM doesn't know how to roll

Now THAT is kek.

no wonder our dicerolls suck all the time.
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>>31594515
>>31594517
>>31594518
I never lost faith
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Rolled 25, 21, 22, 21, 23, 16, 1, 12 = 141

>>31594549
respectable
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>>31594507
>Genuflection Intensifies
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>>31594541
nevermind got super-rused 10/10
ruselord confirmed for god-tier
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>>31594549
Okay, let's buy the abilities that REVEAL new abilities FIRST

so we can make educated decisions.

Starting with Earth's Gift and some Summoning.
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>>31594549
Higher than the average. Not bad.
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Rolled 2526532402707277825

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Now let's fucking buy Earth's Gift.
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Ruselord won.
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>>31594543
truly a masterful ruse
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>>31594549
Can't complain about slightly-above-average.
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>>31594574
Nope.

ORDER IMMATERIA PARTY

ASSEMBLE TO ME
IT

IS

TIIIIIME
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>>31594559
>>31594556
...these were still higher. Damnit.
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>>31594582
That has to be one of the greatest ruses ever
>>
Rolled 7, 25, 11, 20, 2, 9, 17, 30 = 121

Current Statistics:

HP: 81/81
Mana: 90/90
EXP: 155

Shards of Order and Chaos:

(Retribution) - Resonant
(Maker) - Resonant
(Silence) - Resonant
(Peace) - Resonant
(Breeze) - Resonant
(Hammer) - Resonant
(Ardor) - Resonant
{Resolve} - Resonant
{Humanity} - Resonant

--Summoned--

Wisp - 1 mana to order

--Automatons--

Vita (Shade)

--Equipment--

Utility belt with purse

--Inventory--

Shade (pocket)
Shadow Dynamo (pocket)
Wind Radio (pocket)

-----------
-----------

>con't
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>>31594593
so can we talk to all our shards now that they're resonant?
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>>31594582
Flawless victory.
>>
>>31594589
you can buy it RIGHT AFTER DUMBASS.

the important thing is to reveal the dark spots FIRST.
>>
>>31594589
FUCK YOU


EARTH PARTY ASSEMBLE
>>
>>31594600
>so can we talk to all our shards now that they're resonant?
are you stupid or something.

that had nothing to do with Resonance status!

Temerity threatened and withheld power from us all the time when we were going full RAINBOWS
>>
>>31594605
>>31594611
lol no
lord of darkness party = best party
git gud scrubs
>>
>>31594611
I SUMMON THE SUMMONERS
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>>31594621
That DOES have the most dark spots remaining.
>>
>>31594611
Summoners unite!

Yes, we exist.

It's a one man team.
>>
>>31594621
I think what we really need is hearthstone Titan
>>
>>31594621
>>31594630
>>31594637
FUCK SUMMONING IT WRECKS THE BARRIER
>>
Earth's Gift [reveals 2]
Fae [reveals 2]
Reinforce
Ghoul

is the best, cheapest first wave of purchases.
>>
>>31594642
THIS
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>>31594630
And all the Fire Resistance. We might need that if we want to negotiate with Logi.
>>
>>31594611
SHIT
DO WE HAVE ENOUGH FOR EARTH INTO ORDER IMMATERIA

YEAH PROLLY
EARTH COSTS LESS THAN 75 I HOPE
>>
>>31594621
It does make us more like Yi Fang.
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>>31594654
Everyone wants to be Yi Fang
>>
>>31594621
>>31594637
BROTHERS LONG HAVE I AWAITED THIS DAY
>>
Finish Spirit and Physical shadow, duh.
>>
Summing goes last that should be obvious to anyone.
>>
>>31594663
this
>>
>>31594642
What if Summoning leads to Banishing?

Or hijacking existing summons?
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>>31594644
Buy out the shadow control tree first, so we at least get the tree bonus for that before we go on a mad rampage of spending.
>>
>>31594664
Fuck you and fuck your earth tree
>>
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Posting skill tree.
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>>31594668
Not worth it when we can banish things with our FISTS just as effectively.

and if we -really- need minions, make robuts.
they don't break the barrier.
>>
>>31594670
>>31594644
These two guys are correct.
>>
>>31594667
Spirit, PS, and Earth?
Spiritual and Physical Shadow Earth Party?
SOMEBODY HELP I'M BAD WITH NAMES
>>
>>31594670
No, REVEAL DARK SPOTS first.

getting knowledge is the FIRST step.

We can do both, but we do the Shadow stuff AFTER we learn shit.
>>
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<...I choose...resonance.>

>Initializing....

You hear a hum of energy underneath you.

The console rises up out of the central platform. It begins to rotate around you. Where is moves, Order energy is left behind. It spins, faster, faster, encompassing you into a tube of bright violet energy.

You feel something ripped out of you.

A shard. It's sent into the air above you, floating. Peace.

You grunt as another is ripped straight out of you. Ardor.

And then Retribution. Maker. Silence. Breeze. Hammer. Resolve.

Humanity leaves you. You're left alone, surrounded by the swirling Order.

And then the shards, arranged in a circle at the edge of the chamber, begin to spin in the opposite direction. And you realize what this room is.

A dynamo.

The rings spin against one another, faster, faster, until the crystallized shards are a blur of black. Lightning cracks between them as the friction between the powers glows. There's a crack that shakes the room, and another, and another, until purple electricity is sparking and snapping against every surface, across your skin, down to the door. It hurts.

>...Reading Directive Inputs

>...compensating for additional inputs...

>...compensating...

>...compensating...

>...co47pen32#ati9@ng...

>...(@*$(#!)$IUD___ADWJ]...

>...

>...

>Input Corrupted.

>...Attempting to Format Input...

>...

>...

>Formatting Failed.

>...Initializing Backup Methodology ()

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>con't
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>>31594673
EARTH TREE BEST TREE, ALSO GO SUCK ON ROCKS
>>
>>31594677
Finishing Spirit and Physical Shadow will set us back 109 EXP which will put us just shy of OI.
>>
>>31594670
We can also buy out the mind tree more easily. Very easily, in fact; I'm not sure why it hasn't been done yet.
>>
>>31594673
No brother.

Summoning and Earth party are united.

Both want such inexpensive things to reveal dark spots.

We must do both first thing! They're affordable!
>>
>>31594692
Uh-oh.
>>
>>31594692
checked for ruselord
PANIC!
>>
>>31594692
Uh oh.
>>
Guys, lets shut up about EXP to see if we even survive this.
>>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cl4xUeMm98

You're floating in blackness.

It seems endless.

There are no stars here.

There is nothing.

And then, everything.

---------
---------

"The military?" Your mother looks at you. Her eyes are purple. Like yours. "What in the galaxy inspired you to that madness?"

"They need volunteers. Someone has to go."

"Absolutely not!"

"Erebus," your father says, "what about the business? What about your life, here? We need to talk about this. You can't just up and throw everything away."

"I'm not throwing everything away," you say. "I'm saving it. El'lora can run the business."

"She's still young. She needs her brother."

"I'm doing this for her. And for you, even if you don't understand."

"Erebus, I cannot - I will not approve of you running out into space and dying!" your mother shouts.

"They're coming to pick me up in two days."

"What?!"

---------
---------

>...those were your parents?

---------
---------

>con't
>>
>>31594692
>A dynamo.
Always with the Dynamos and the spinning I'm starting to get motion sickness
>>
>>31594715
...what did we look like?
>>
You stand on a footbridge the edge of the business sector, where the paved walkways end and green fields begin. The arcology's skies are an artifical blue, like the home planet, apparently. You've seen the pictures, but you've never been.

It's utopia, more or less. You don't really have an appreciation for the old societies, before they knew how to gather enough resources that people didn't have to work if they didn't want to. For you, having what you want, when you want it - and having cyberspace for everything in between - is just a way of life. It's how things are.

You dislike it.

It's like a jacket that never sits quite right. You're always fixing the tag, adjusting it on your shoulders. It bothers you, needles at you. It's nothing to complain about. It's driving you insane.

You're tired of the endless nothing that is life, of social posturing, of being able to do whatever you want and not really having to do anything at all. Where is the challenge? The glory?

You look back on the wars of the ancestors, on the struggle of survival, and wish you could have been there. You were born in the wrong time. You want to be a knight in the joust. You want to be a marine storming an enemy shore under heavy gunfire. You want to be a captain of the great space frigates. Long decomissioned frigates, collecting rust and dust in the museums.

>con't
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>>31594715
>>31594725
This is the kind of Happen I like.
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>>31594721
How do Shadow Dynamos even work?

Order doesn't self-perpetuate like Chaos does.

it's not a perpetual motion machine that defies conservation of energy...
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>>31594724
SM
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>>31594715
Just a flash back.
I nearly got a heart attack from too much caffein
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You sigh, and lean forward onto the bridge's railing. The light of the star around which the arcology orbits punctures the blue canvass, a bright white light shaded to mimic the home sun. It's sterile, like skin on hands after scrubbing too hard and too often.

You hear footsteps. You turn. El'lora is there, climbing up the steps. Your sister is young, just 9 years old. Her hair is a yellow-brown blonde. She wears bright contacts to color her eyes gold.

"Hey Erebus."

"Hey Lory."

"Mom and dad said you were going to fight."

"Yeah."

"...do you have to?"

"...no. But I do."

Your little sister steps up next to you and rests her chin on the railing. She folds her arms. "You don't like it here, huh?"

"No." You glance down at her. "How did you know?"

"I can just tell." She hugs your waist. You put your hands around her shoulders. "Promise you'll be careful."

"I will be."

"Promise you'll win."

"...I will win."

"Ok." She looks up at you sharply. "You made a promise. You have to keep it."

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>...she looks like Abby.
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>>31594725
Erebus as a cocky, snot-nosed kid. Now I've seen everything.
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>>31594741
>>...she looks like Abby.
THIS IS THE KIND OF HAPPEN I'M NOT SURE I LIKE.
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>>31594725
So that's why we stayed.
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>>31594744
>Erebus as a cocky, snot-nosed kid
always
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>>31594741
Oh goddamnit
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>>31594741
>...she looks like Abby.

SM, why?
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>>31594741
>"...no. But I do."
...But I will?

You did edit this forever didn't you?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPbnejYVfTI

"You are the vanguard!"

The First stands at his podium. A speech to motivate the troops. You look up at him, wondering what it is he'll say. You can take a good guess. You're here for a very specific purpose. Despite that, your jaw is clenched, and your muscles are tense. Your training, your efforts - it culminates with this moment. Right here, right now, it begins.

"We tried to reason with them!" The figure with black, shiny eyes and onyx skin pounds the stand. He wears red and black military dress. A dramatic visual aesthetic for a dramatic sort of leader. "We sued for peace. We attempted compromise. But what we did not know is that they neither accept nor understand these concepts. Our diplomatic missions failed. Violently. Repeatedly."

The First sweeps his hand over the rows of soldiers standing at attention. Behind him, docked in the side of the station, is a massive cruiser, over three miles long - just completed. You've been in the simulations for years, but this is the first real one you've ever seen. It is the pinnacle of modern technology. Just building a structure that can withstand the rotational forces of mass that huge would be a feat in and of itself.

"We tried to barter," the First says. "But they took everything. We sent different languages. They ignored them all. We sent songs. They did not listen. We sent gifts. They were consumed, and our generosity promptly forgotten."

>con't
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>>31594748
Eh, wouldn't "looked like Abby" be more accurate, considering?
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>>31594760
"I'm not obligated to fight, but I still feel like I have to.", more or less.
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You feel a rising sense of purpose, the drive that got you through a decade of sims, hazing, and physical and mental conditioning. The whole speech is just a show for the vids, for the people back home - a bit of good old fashioned grandstanding. But this is why you're here. To fight. To stop them.

"And then we tried what they did. We tried fighting. Skermishing." The First chuckles slightly. His laugh echoes in the chamber. Fifty thousand of the Enlisted are gathered to listen, but you could hear a pin drop. "That just provoked them to even greater pace.

"Our civilization has been at peace for two thousand years," the First continues. "But we will learn to fight again. This is the beginning of our offensive. If we do not win, the invaders will take everything. In this, you fight for your families, your fellow citizens, and the very survival of our civilization. You fight against chaos itself. You are the defenders of - "

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>Against chaos?
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>>31594748
Welp.
Even in the far future, some people are still into that.
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>>31594761
I think I liked it better when Erebus was this horrifying abomination from outer space.
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>>31594692
>pic
looks like a penis
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"When are you leaving?"

"Tomorrow."

El'lora stands before you. You're both in cyberspace, standing in a virtual projection of the fields outside your district in that arcology you left 11 years ago. She's grown into a beautiful young woman. She has a boyfriend, now, a respectable man. He's an architect, student of the 23rd century neo-gothic style.

"I guess..." She rubs the back of her neck. "Mom and dad..."

"...I spoke with them a few days ago. They've sort of gotten over things, a little bit."

"They're scared." She looks at you. Her eyes are shimmering. "I am too. Those things out there...they're strong. They say we might have to move, soon. We're halfway across the galaxy, and they want to move us back to the home star, to one of those refugee arcologies. I have a net-friend from the Outer Rim that's in one of them. It's so crowded that she spends all her time in cyber, now. Just to get away."

"I told you I would win," you tell her. "And I will."

She hugs you. She's not really hugging you, but it feels like she is. "I love you, Erebus. Please be careful."

"I will be. I love you too."

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Being jacked in isn't like being alive. It's more than being alive.

Seated at your console in the core of your cruiser, you become the living keystone of an artificially intelligent system. Society learned not to create a true A.I. the hard way, but computers of such power were inevitable. An organic brain, with real empathy and human judgement, could be utilized to form the crux of such a system.

And so they had plugs drilled into your skull and spinal cord so that you could essentially become the CPU of a cruiser. You are one of the Enlisted - one of the 49,867 remaining who volunteered, survived the physical augmentation process, and then made it through the training to relearn the ways of war and save everyone from destruction.

>con't
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>>31594773
That's exactly what he became, after 3 million years.

To call Erebus human at that point would be a hell of a stretch.
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>>31594768
Ah, so that's what they mean by "Venia is only the beginning"

>>31594773
I have to agree, but considering we've been at this for three million years, I guess we just eventually became that horrifying space abomination.
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50,000 ought to do it. 50,000 cruisers. An engine capable of warping through space at 0.3 light years per hour in full drive. Thousands of on-board fighters, native automated defense systems, materials atomization and spot manufacturing capability for self-repair and replenishment, hard mental-link to all onboard ship systems for instant control at the speed of thought augmented several dozen times over, and tight-band high encryption wireless links to all peripheral, detachable systems. Capable of survival and return to base with 99% of the ship reduced to space dust.

After all those years of peace, a thing built for war is still the best humanity can do. And in that realization, you know why you were always unsettled with life. It is because you are too human. Too in-tune with instincts that were no longer needed.

But being jacked isn't just linking to your systems - it's becoming the ship. You aren't just flesh and blood and guts. You're machinery. You can do ten things, fifty, a hundred things at once and itch for more things to do. You could fight a simulation battle and watch daytime vids at the same time. And the other half of yourself could be manufacturing ammunition inside your own hull.

You volunteered for this thinking it would be a sacrifice, but it was an upgrade. Going back to normal...it would probably be a letdown.

The clamps holding your new cruiser - holding you - release. You slowly apply the thrusters, and drift away from the military defense platform orbiting Earth. You're off. Off on your own. Your mission: destroy as much of the enemy as possible.

They're chaotic, but they're small. You're confident that you'll succeed.

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"Hey, Erebus."

"El'lora."

You stand in cyberspace again, as you have so many times.

It has been 360 years.

>con't
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El'lora is an old woman, now. It's been odd, watching her age without you. Hearing about her children. Hearing about her husband's accomplishments. Hearing about how she's grown the family business, even in the overcrowded refugee spaces.

You don't have much of a relationship with her family. Her husband and yourself are on good terms, but you're not really friends. Her children are wonderful, of course. But you're distant. An existence of cyberspace only, on the rare ocassion you have the time.

It is tradition that humans generally commit themselves to recycling after around 400 years of age. It's just the time when most people had enough of life. Eventually, it became an unspoken rule. Out with the old, in with the new. Make room for the new generation.

This will be the last time El'lora will be calling.

You hold her, and you cry. Oddly, she doesn't cry at all. She just pats you on the back, and wishes you well.

And then she is gone.

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>...will that happen to Abby?

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You've got one of the fucking buggers caught, alive. You're the first one to do it.

You trap it in one of your storage bays. A hundred arms custom designed for manipulation descend from the ceiling, along with a thousand sensors capable of detecting so much as an quark's shift in the enclosed 3-D space.

You peel back the carapace. It's...mechanical. Blended. Part machine, part...creature. Almost...like you.

That's a disturbing thought.

>con't
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>>31594799
Oh my god, we're a H.A.N.A. We were the Harbinger.
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>>31594425
1
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>>31594808
hey! slow anon! nice to see you!
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As far as its looks go, bug is the closest word, but it doesn't have organization like life you're used to. No centralized brain - nueral tissue is collected in spheres here and there, connected by thick, bone-sized bundles. That's the most regular part of it. The rest is a frankensteinian collection of organs and vessels.

The nerves are quantum linked to something else.

Something. Is it a method of communication? Perhaps they really are psychic, then?

It takes a day of study and manufacture. You extend your own uplink and merge it with the still-living creature's nerves. You made sure to keep it alive. Just in case it feels pain. A little revenge for El'lora's daughter, who was caught in one of their attacks.

--

U̡̳̹̦ͫ̆̐͋̔̍̍̋̒ͮ̀͘U̷̝͕̤͈̜̙̳̗͉̺͉̾́͆̀ͬ̓̍ͭ̈̾̍̋̎̎̚͢͢͜͠U̧ͤ́̐ͭ̐ͬ̍҉͙͎̟̯U̸͎̩̗͉͍͉̣͖̙̟̮̳̝̺̝ͭ̆̋̇͋ͦ̋͂͘ͅͅU̸̯͈̠͓͙͍̩̱̼̲͓͓͒͂͌̿͊͊̏̓̓̅̄ͣ̇ͯ̌ͩͥ̉̚͞ͅŬ̡̬͎͎̼̀ͨ̍ͨͭ͂ͣ͑̀ͬͪ͗́ͭ̚Ŗ̬̥̖͉̹̯̲ͭ͑̈́ͨ̏̎͛̔́͑̀̇̽̒ͤ́͢͟͟Ą̮͉̳͚̝̺͔̙̠̙ͥ̽̔̽́̕͞͡Ą̷̴͉̭͎̱͎͍̲̺͙̟̭̮̬̻̟̜̟ͥ͋ͮ͋̎͛̀̓͢A̶̵̡̬̥̠ͤͤ̂ͫͪ̄̏ͭ̒͆͋͛͆̽͆͒ͩ͜͡Ą̧̊̇͌̂̿̓͑͑̓̄́̚̕͏̸̟̗͔͕͉̰̥̼͈̖͕̩͈͔ͅA̧̝͙̜̖̰͇̮̱͕͎͉͍̠͕̘̍ͤ̽͋͗͘̕A̷͊ͯ̈́̈̾ͣ̕҉̡͉̼͕̩̯̗̰̝̮͉̻̼̘̗̫̰͟A͈̞̗̺̯͔̣̞̭̘͉̮̣̠̻͈͓͛̅̋̍̿̀͘A̷̓ͪ͆̔́̐̇̈́͆ͩ̓͟҉̡͎̘̜̤͓̹͖̜̩͚̰̜A̶̡͇̩̬͇͖̪̜̰̮͖̟̬̙͚̪̹̪̬͗͋ͬ̿ͭ̔̓ͪ̚͝Ģ̡͕̗͕͚̱̰̩̬̼̺̮̠̻̮̈́͑͒̿ͯͬ͋̃̈̋͠͝͞G̴̡̟̤̳̭̞̬̜̻̦̝͖͙̯͓̲̽ͨ̌̑̾̾͐̾ͪͬͦͤ̑ͦ̽̑ͭͫ̕H̶̨̭̹͙͇̫̟̝̝͙̞͍͎̰͇̖̆ͭͨͧ̾̐ͭ̎ͭ͛͊͡H̸̡̯̭̰̗͂̈ͯ̍͌ͨ͆͗̎̍́ͬ͆͑̚H̉̽̍̏̓̑ͬͩ̈̈͒͞͏͉͔̼̜̺̖̠̟̗͓̦̖̞̠̀H̰̰̮͈͆̎̏̓̆̊̆͒̋ͥ́ͤ͆̎̾ͨ́̚̚͘͞͡H̵͙͚̼̫̲̘̼̙̜͔͍̘̝̄ͫ̐̒͟

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>con't
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>>31594799
So we were an adrenaline junkie who gets off on war. Great.
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Holy shit.

You pull back. Alien. Truly alien.

But in that flash of awareness you learned what you need to know. They have a source.

But...'they' is a misnomer. These monsters, these things...they're limbs. Fingers. It's all one whole. One creature.

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How long have you fought Chaos? You don't know. The cruisers spits the answer into your brain before your neurons finish rendering the question. 22,456 years, 4 months, 8 days. And then the hours, and minutes, and seconds, and -

You delete the output. You don't want to see the milliseconds ticking by.

When did that nickname start to stick? Probably when they started eating entire worlds and shitting them out the other end. That was probably when.

The home galaxy is half theirs, and three-quarters of the local cluster with it. The human civilization ramped up expansion in a bid to out-grow them. But they grew with you.

More technology was integrated into your cruiser as all that time past. You became bigger. Faster. Stronger. More capable. You began researching your own technology. You upgraded yourself faster than your own scientists could. You did it while you fought.

You had to. They changed that quickly. The enemy was always changing. You had to be like them to beat them.

You sit here, still in your flesh suit...that old thing you were born into. Most of you isn't flesh anymore. You're integrated into your own cruiser, now the size of a small moon. You're part battlestation, part heavy-weapons factory, part robotic colony. You fight Chaos.

But what's left of home? You haven't seen anyone else in three decades, and that was just a passing ally. Is there any home left? Or are you alone, just surviving, a tiny moving island always -

Alarms. A swarm. Time to fight.

Again.

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>I don't want to fight. I don't want this. Get out of my head! Vigil!
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>>31594811
Lack of empathy and dehumanization of the enemy. Just like old times.
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>>31594805
>It is tradition that humans generally commit themselves to recycling after around 400 years of age. It's just the time when most people had enough of life. Eventually, it became an unspoken rule. Out with the old, in with the new. Make room for the new generation.
...Huh.

Also

>...will that happen to Abby?

Maybe if she were a boring old human. Or even a copy human.
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>>31594799
If your book is anything like this, it'll be the next best thing to Iain Banks. Looking forward to it.
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Holy fucking shit

We're Ender
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You recieve a transmission. It's only been another 5,000 years or so, but you've got contact with someone. Something.

You're pushing them back. You're winning. There's only 126 cruisers left, but you're winning. You suppose you're not the only one to pick up the slack.

More importantly, the men back home have found a way to end the war for good. They discovered some sort of energy - the same sort Chaos uses - buried in the fabric of reality. Whoever's doing the research named it Order. That fits rather nicely with the media narrative, with the popular nicknames. Order versus Chaos. Good versus evil.

You could care less about that shit. More importantly, the creature is itself a being of this other energy, touching this universe through one main connection. A weakpoint.

You adjust your physical parameters to produce 'Order' as the specs come in on tight-band signal. Your internal factory begins to realign. You're idling in darkspace, but the new specs will need a lot of matierals, so you plot course for a nearby star system. Analysis of light refraction patterns tell you it has a sizable asteroid belt. That should do the trick.

You're the closest cruiser to the core of Chaos.. You're the man for the job.

Man.

You're not really a man anymore.

Your factory drones attack the asteroid belt in a swarm, devouring rock and metal, converting it into the foundation for the device that will link you into this so-called universal energy grid.

You bring up a picture.

You, and El'Lora. Your family went to a tree-park to rake leaves, one of those ancient cleansing rituals become pastime. You're standing near the pile, and El'Lora is in its center. She's tossed a few handfuls into the air. Brown and red leaves rain down around her like snowflakes. A little wood sign nearby reads: 'Please spread piles back out after you have finished raking. Thanks! - Park Management'.

She's dead, isn't she?

...what are you fighting for?
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>>31594820
>You sit here, still in your flesh suit...that old thing you were born into. Most of you isn't flesh anymore. You're integrated into your own cruiser, now the size of a small moon. You're part battlestation, part heavy-weapons factory, part robotic colony. You fight Chaos.
Elminister?

Also, this seems to reiterate past us kind of sucking. Though the reasons for that are understandable.
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>>31594841
We're some fucking whacky combination of Harbinger, Ender and Antispiral
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Took you another 1,000 years to make it back. You had to fight all the way. But you're back. And they're dwindling, even when you're not fighting them. They're dying on the vine, roots pulled out. The swarms are collapsing. Their connection into this word is stunted, contained.

You're a hero.

It was strange, disconnecting from your cruiser, just back in your fleshbag. Still augmented, to be sure. You're practically a machine wearing skin. But so limited. So...singular.

The people cheering around you seem distant. Small. They make noise...but you can hardly hear them. They don't know. They didn't fight. They didn't have to change.

You changed. Out there, you became something different. You meet the eyes of the other cruisers, the other Enlisted - the other 34 that made it back alive. 34 out of 50,000. They know. And they know that you know. You can see it in their eyes.

The same laws that prevent true A.I. restrict human augmentation beyond the legal limits. The cruiser program was an exception. You're different from all the normal people around you. And you'll never be like them again.

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You sit in a room, alone, thinking. They still need you. The fight goes on. Chaos spreads exponentially. You've reduced it in huge measure, but it can't be killed. Not completely.

It's funny. The barrier was just the start. Order-energy integrated into most technology over the 1,000 years it took you to make it back home. It is essentially power from nothing, a fundamental way to combat entropy, a sneak peek beyond the boundaries of the universe. It's the future. It's the force that will power the world as the suns slowly burn out and the black holes vaporize into heat.

>con't
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You came back to get the final weapon they'd been building and remove chaos from this universe once and for all.

But there's a problem. A big problem.

In becoming dependent on Order to function, society became reliant on the existence of Chaos. Order is predicated on Chaos. Something fundamental would die if they killed it all off for good; it would cut off their channel, snap the link that enables them to access it. So they've got to keep their enemy in chains, buried at the bottom of the deepest, darkest pit, where it'll never come back.

And that's where you come in. Where the cruiser program ends, the Guardian program begins.

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"Son." The new leader of the new government slaps your shoulder. He pats you as if he's some sort of comrade. As if he was out there, playing chess with Chaos for ten thousand years. As if he could know the feeling you had when you passed a brother in space, another cruiser, just as scarred and torn and as separated from reality as you.

"You're a hero. I'm not going to ask you to participate...but I know you want to keep fighting. At least, that's what they told me."

"...I'll participate," you say. The sound-words from your mouth are awkward. You haven't spoken aloud in a long time. Didn't need to. It feels slow. Inefficient. "What do I have to do?"

>con't
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>>31594842
>More importantly, the men back home have found a way to end the war for good. They discovered some sort of energy - the same sort Chaos uses - buried in the fabric of reality. Whoever's doing the research named it Order. That fits rather nicely with the media narrative, with the popular nicknames. Order versus Chaos. Good versus evil.
This part at least seems a bit weak, but the rest is fine.
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Buy Wind + Lightning resistance
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"Well, you know we can't get rid of them altogether," the First says. "We're going to bottle them up at a single key point - as far from us as possible. But every machine breaks down. Say you can build something to last a million years. What happens on a million and one? What happens in a billion? We need men out there to keep an eye on things. We can't trust the computers. We need thinking, breathing men. But...it's a terrible task to put on anyone."

"I'll do it."

The First seems surprised. "...well, good. Excellent. Point being, we'll have a rotation. No one needs to be there forever."

"I'll go alone," you say. "I don't want anyone else bothering me."

"...are you sure? It involves heavy biological modification. Heavier, if you'll be there longer. I don't know what they're doing, but you'll be able to resolve Order from yourself spontaneously."

"Sure."

"...we'll give you the best cruiser."

"I'll just take Vigil."

Vigil. Your cruiser.

No. You. You are Vigil.

"Son...you were out there a long time. Are you absolutely sure about this?"

"I've never been more sure of anything in my entire life, sir."

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>con't
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You visit your arcology.

It was destroyed in the war, about 500 years after you left. It was rebuilt as a monument to your actions. A sort of big park. Come see where the hero or humanity grew up!

There's resources and technology enough to guarantee everyone immortality. But humans have a thing about tradition. Even today, aside from a few exccentrics, people call it quits after a few centuries. Let society breathe the fresh air of a new generation. After a while...people tire of life. Tire of living.

You're tired of living.

The graveyard of the commercial district is a quiet place. There are lots of visitors around, but people stay away from the graveyard. It's not that surprising. Not many people like graveyards.

There was one other Enlisted from your arcology. You didn't really like him - never got along in back in basic. He was kind of an asshole.

He died two hundred years after launch. You found him floating in space, a dead hulk, his command module pinpointed and vaporized by Chaos. It was obvious that he didn't randomly cycle the module's position through his hull. Chaos learned too fast for mistakes like that.

You leave a shard of his cruiser's carapace on his gravestone. It's the only honor you can think to give him.

Your family's plot grew significantly. Your exploits made them famous. When you got back, you had dozens of messages from your descendents of the now, seeking to get back in touch with you. You ignored them.

You place flowers on El'Lora's grave.

She was the only one that understood. Even when she was a child. The only one that didn't quesiton.

You'll never hug her again.

You miss her.

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>...stop. Stop!
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>>31594886
>"I'll just take Vigil."
>Vigil. Your cruiser.
>No. You. You are Vigil.
Huh, that explains a lot.
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>>31594886
Is it cool if we don't give a fuck about "real" humans anymore?

The ones that originated on Venia seem more than good enough.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTB-ssuBDvw

They changed you. You don't feel all that different, but your new body is better. The fleshbag was stale and rotting. This Order being that you've become...is good.

The seal is a bland thing. Dark. Swirling. Chaos writhes within, but the technology of the greatest minds that ever lived, including yours, keeps it locked tight.

You watch your eternal foe and you think. You think on the battles you fought, the wars you won...the wars you lost, and barely escaped. Whole sectors of space changing hands. A dance that played for what feels like forever. And here it is, reduced to a little ball tucked into the farthest and most remote corner of reality they could find, orbiting a modest yellow star. The only other thing in the system is a humble asteroid belt.

Victory is bittersweet.

A thousand years pass.

You've got a tight-band connection to the net, full cyberspace access, but you only rarely use it. You have seen the height of the most desperate struggle for survival. In all the rest of human history, and in all the media they have ever produced, nothing can compare. Not even the movies they made about you. Special effects can't capture the visceral feeling of tearing the enemy apart with bursts of ordinance and drone fighters.

>con't
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A particular message grabs you, one day. One of the other surviving cruisers. All the 32 others have ended their lives, but for him. He wrote you to say goodbye, because he's tired of living in utopia.

You briefly consider killing yourself.

You have a job to do.

Ten thousand years pass.

You drift in and out.

A hundred thousand years pass.

You watch. Vigilant.

Endlessly vigilant.

A million years pass.

Your society as you know it is gone. They no longer depend upon maintaining this reality. You are invited to join the ascension, but you ignore them, ignore their messages, ignore their progress. You never wanted utopia. You never wanted much of anything. The only satisfaction you found was in defeating your enemy, and now that, too, is gone.

Humanity is overrated.

What does it matter?

You sleep.

Soundlessly.

What does it matter?

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>con't
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>>31594895
They are imitations.
Lies created by the Chaos itself.
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>>31594904
>Not even the movies they made about you.
Erebus Andersen: Action Hero.

Man, we've seen some shit.
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>>31594904
I find that video's image to be highly ironic.
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>>31594919
So?

In the end, Chaos was all we had left.
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You wake.

Everything has gone to fucking hell.

Chaos is leaking from the seal. It forms a thin layer over the core wall, growing on top like some kind of flat, rotting fungus, a twisted plant of Chaos that uses Order to set down its roots. Matter as water and earth flows around it, a fake micocosm of a real planet.

How long has it been?

The readout flashes.

2 million, 345 thousand, 456 years. 5 months. 22 days. And so forth, down to the individual units of Planck time.

What the fuck? Was there a bug in there they didn't tell you about?

You ready all sensors.

Chaos thrums from this new world. It seems most concentrated in several points. 7, to be precise. All mobile.

You prepare to scour the seal clean - but the systems ward you off. Too much power could damage things further. It's got to be scrubbed by hand and stitched back together.

You'll have to detatch from the systems and put your new form to use on the ground. But the Chaos is powerful...very powerful. You'll be vulnerable if they turn on you at once.

This will require strategy.

You feel a bit of fear. But you feel a greater sense of anticipation.

You can hardly believe this is happening. Chaos has learned how to build upon its very antithesis. It is conspiring to free itself. It is no longer content to sit prisoner.

You feel alive. Chaos is back, and it wants a fight.

Maybe you wanted to let it have one.

Maybe you were tired of watching.

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The mobile units of chaos are not friendly, but rather...cordial, at best. They have their fiefdoms. They rule over the little chaos-people, men, they call themselves. Reminiscent of your own kind, in ways, but given life by the chaos power, made stable by the greater shell of Order. Were you the more curious type, you might want to study the strange blend of energies they represent.

Chaos always copies, warps, mutates, improves. You wonder if it's attempting to copy mankind. Perhaps it seeks to rework itself in the image of those that proved superior.

It's an amusing idea. But it explains why they're so human...

But no matter. Ultimately, they're just fakes, parasites living off the energy in the larger growth. Not of much concern. They'd just die off once Chaos got loose, besides.

There's another interesting thing that's caught your attention. A land mass like your own, separated from the main body of 'Venia', two islands called Veldinsk and Avankt. The distance has created a strange situation; the beings that live there are more Orderly, with just a hint of chaos. They don't have the chaos-dynamo 'souls' of the parasite people.

One in particular has been ostracized by them. The Chaotic radiation mutates their newborns on occasion. These are raised as normal, until it is realized by society what they are, and then they are shunned, left to starve in the street.

The cruel practice is convenient for your purposes. The individual you consider has been shunned. It is something no one would miss from Veldinsk, but something that could go unnoticed in Venia. Perhaps this is the agent by which you can insert yourself?

But the people themselves could be useful. Given technology, and a goal, they could be put to good use. You can't be everywhere at once. A plan takes shape in your mind. They'll make an excellent containment force.

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The thing wants a name. You've given it power and purpose; you've given it new life. All it needs is a mission. That's all you need.

But no, not satisfied until it has a name. You pick a name from the parasites at random. David. Your thinking, breathing suicide-bomb relishes the mote of attention you grant. Of course, if not for you, it would already be dead. It amuses you to think that it considers you a god. You don't bother to correct its misunderstanding.

You send it in with a single goal: drive wedges between the seven points of Chaos. Cause as much...chaos...as possible.

Ironic.

The Wind-folk have developed a sort of engine that enables them to levitate great amounts of mass in their atmosphere. David is confident that by stealing and selling this technology to the earth-faction, whom the Wind detests, he can spark violent conflict between them. This would inevitably bring their allies into the fray by the domino effect of pre-arranged defensive pacts.

You encourage him in this endeavor.

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David reports again. Others like him - chaos-souled, but able to manipulate Order directly, like you can - are not uncommon. You tell him to organize them and pose as an eigth faction. The seven units of chaos can't tell the difference.

You descend personally and set your fortress on an island in the southern sea, close to where the Light-creature - the most Chaotic, in terms of energy - is situated. You tell David to rile up the winged followers of the light as much as possible. He does a wonderful job. Perhaps naming him wasn't such a bother after all.

Soon enough, Hyperion comes to battle you. You hold back intentionally, letting him drive you out. This gives you excuse to side publically with the other three 'elementals', neatly splitting them down the middle.

Now that they're in an all-out war against each other, it should be a simple matter to eliminate them. A bit more Chaos this way, but the seal will hold a while yet.

>con't
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Erebus was... kind of a dick.
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The lesser elementals have been dealt with, tricked into sealing themselves. Geb's defeat after you left him to his fate became the catalyst of the final stage of your plans. Hecate and Leviathan have put their faith in your strength.

The Greaters believe they have the upper hand - they think that, with their might combined, they can destroy you.

They're wrong.

But then, they don't know anything, do they? None of them do. With every spell, the heart of chaos pulses stronger. With every battle, the core pushes harder against the weakened barrier. With every demon summoned, every new human born, every new advancement of magical technology based on the energy floating around them, chaos grows. Venia itself is a shifting, changing lifeform, created by freely available mana twisting the order around itself into a sort of stable form. The earth and oceans are merely a shell of order for chaos that is growing. Replicating itself.

None of them ask from where all this energy comes. None of them question the natural state of their world. They do not know the mutated and unstable foundation upon which they stand. They are wisps of smoke ignoring the fire that gives them life.

Left unchecked, that fire will burn until it turns the universe to ash. It cannot be contained while the barrier is damaged. Half-measures are unacceptable.

All the elemental lords must die. It is as simple as that.

And then there will be no one to stop you when you scrape the barrier clean of this ugly growth. And then you'll repair it. And then you'll return to your quiet vigil.

It's inevitable, now.

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>con't
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>>31594965
Can you blame him? After he lost everything? All of this was his job.
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>>31594965
He was tired
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Your overconfidence has led to disaster.

You gave David a shard with which to fight - and he broke it, attempting to redeem you before Hyperion. The fool became so caught up in his zealotry that he started to believe it. You throw him past the broken outer layer of the seal, into the 'nether' the parasites all fear. He'll rot there until he dissolves completely.

The annihilation plan relied on all the shards acting together. With one shattered...you'll need to compensate. But the Elementals are already closing in on your position. You'd timed it all perfectly, and now that's working against you.

Vigil reports a contingency measure. Thick lines of Chaos rib the underside of the Venia growth, where radiation is concentrated - the mages call them ley lines. Calculations indicate that these can be corrupted by Order. Once the shards split, the corrupted channels will tunnel the pieces to natural low-points of Chaos. This corruption will simultaneously patch the seal and deliver the pieces of your self to safe locations, whereafter they can recombine.

A radical plan with too many variables - but you can see Hyperion's Light growing in the distance. You communicate your approval to the system; your constructs set to work immediately.

The patch should hold while the shards regenerate. They'll need a program to direct their activities. You set to work. The system aids you, writing code as fast as you can think it.

Augmented, that is quite fast.

And...you are finished. It is a rough and convoluted plan...but there is no one to understand and counter it. Even if it takes you a bit longer than you thought, all is in position. Victory is assured.

You feel...disappointment.

Hundreds of thousands of years of war...and it only took fifty or so to end this particular battle. Chaos would be ashamed. Its chosen champions are pathetic.

>con't
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>>31594965
A couple million years of isolation probably didn't hurt.

A little interested in the fact that we started out as Judgement pre-Elf encounter with abilities in the Spirit tree pre-unlocked, though.

I'm not so sure we were untainted when we reformed to begin with.
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>>31594946
>>31594955
Okay yeah, past us was an asshole.
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Hyperion and his three allies roar over the horizon. "Erebus!" The Lord of Light's voice booms through the air. "We've come for you!" In a moment, they're in range. And the arrogant fool can't help himself but enjoy a monologue. "Your justice is arbitary. Might does not make right. Today, we vanquish that madness!"

The elementals land before you. Aeolus, a dragon with wings of wind and scales like emeralds. Logi, a bird of flaming feathers. Raijin, a walking stormcloud that crackles with energy. And Hyperion himself, taken a winged, humanoid form, glowing as solid gold light. Behind them comes an army of their followers. You can hardly believe they brought parasites as backup. It's like watching ants cheer as they crowd underneath a rapidly descending boot.

<Justice?> you ask. <What does that have to do with anything?>

Hyperion levels a spear of light in your direction. "Your own followers profess your Justice as they taint rivers with the blood of the innocent, and you ask what I mean?!"

David did go a little overboard with the propaganda, didn't he? <There is no Justice with me,> you say. <There are only two things that matter. The first is the difference between what individuals wish to achieve, and what is. The second is the power they possess to make those visions a reality. All else are rationalizations layered upon the subjective.>

"Your words are clever, but they will not let you slide away. I hold you accountable, Erebus!"

<Your self-righteous pratter grows duller upon each retelling.>

The tip of Hyperion's spear flares with a light like the sun in the blue sky. "And your freakish lack of morality disturbs to no end. Ready yourself. Today, we end this war once and for all."

<You have already lost.>

You activate the annihilation.

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>con't
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>>31594991
><You are already dead.>
And you said Shadow Quest wasn't an anime.
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>>31594991
Like a boss.
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>>31594968
>>31594983
I understand why this was originally planned as a villain quest.

Hopefully just because we have past us's memories, doesn't mean we have to be him.

Because god we sucked.
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<Stop this, Vigil! Stop it! THAT IS NOT ME!!>

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip3r_mVZKC0

<Yes it is.>

You inhale.

You look up.

You stand on a flat, white plain. It's blank as far as the eye can see.

Standing before you is a wavering Shadow. It's roughly human. Its eyes glow dark.

<It has been a long time since I started this plan. I'm glad my program was enough for you to get here in one piece. But it seems you've picked up a few artefacts along the way. We will take care of those.>

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Sperg over.

Phew.

TO BE CONTINUED

>>31595006

I couldn't resist the one-liner.
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>>31594991
><There are only two things that matter. The first is the difference between what individuals wish to achieve, and what is. The second is the power they possess to make those visions a reality. All else are rationalizations layered upon the subjective.>
Based Erebus.
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>>31595021
>TO BE CONTINUED
WHEN
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>>31595021
Oh boy. Now we fight Erebus Andersen himself.
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>>31595021
FACE YOURSELF round two?
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>>31595021
God damn SM let us breathe.
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>>31595021
Shadow tree please.
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>>31595021
>erebus is still alive
I FUCKING KNEW IT
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>>31595021
Erebus is a fucking dick, but he's a badass kind of dick.
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Did we just stick our dick in chaos?
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>>31595021
Okay, so, consensus.

Fuck that guy, right?
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>>31595018
Are you kidding?

Erebus is perfection.

I admire his purity. A survivor, unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.
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>>31595021
OH BOY.
THE RIDE NEVER ENDS

but in all seriousness, holy fuck SM, a topic I've always wanted to write about is how a character that has to handle living forever and seeing everyone and everything he knows vanish from them... and you already did it for me.
Guess I don't need to bother, eh.
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>>31595048
Nope, Chaos stuck it's dick in us.
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We started this quest

Think that we were choosing

between being the hero

and being the villain

We thought we chose to be the hero
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>>31594991
Someone is gonna have to refresh my memory, what happened at the end of the Elementomachy?
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>>31595032
Well, we might be able to convince him to take a break. Humanity has had quite a run. Might be good for another civilization to confront order and chaos to find their own balance. I'll try to write something up.
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>>31595060
>implying we were not the hero all along
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>>31594973
Obsessive and Dehumanized is more like. he lost all reason for what he was doing, but just keeps goign through the motions anyway, without knowing why.
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Good job with plot SM, lovely damn quest.
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>>31595021
Is this the shard that got reforged somewhere else?
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>>31595041
Remember, in fights like this it all comes down to who wants it more.

And Erebus doesn't have anything left but spite.

>>31595060
And? Erebus isn't protecting anyone, the universe no longer needs his vigil. He's just doing it out of boredom.
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>>31595063
Erebus won you stupid fuck.

READ THE FUCKING THREAD it was reviewed!

>>Current mission: Shard-Linkage Break to Transfer 4 Elemental Lords into Core Barrier Containment Unit - Completed


> Energy then harnessed to transport and contain four elemental lords.
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>>31595064
talk to him?
I don't think that will work
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>>31595060
I think, if there is anything to be learned from this, it is that good and evil are pretty close together on the grand scale of things which matter.

They're both right there, at the very bottom.

It all seems so pointless, now. I really don't know how to react. Let chaos free. Why not? Keep Vigil. Why not?
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>>31595064
Oh god.
Abigail looks like his little sister.
We're going to have to ask Erebus if he's fine with us marrying his little sister.
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>>31595071
just like me with my oxies and whiskey

hot damn im an erebus now
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>>31595057

Glad I did it convincingly.

>>31594760

The wording is intentional. Look at it less as a grammar mistake and more as what someone would say.

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Is there any kind of EXP consensus going on right now? otherwise I really gotta go to sleep
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>>31595064
>convince him

>diplomance the 3 million year old crusader
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>>31595090

Here's the tree, guys: >>31594677
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>>31595090
>EXP consensus
Finish the Shadow tree.
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>>31595090
Complete Physical Shadow + Spirit + Pure Darkness
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>>31595090
Complete physical shadow tree and spirit
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>>31595090
>EXP spending
>Consensus
Lel.
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>>31595090
EARTH'S GIFT

REINFORCE

FAE

GHOUL
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>>31595090
Leave it for next time, there's plenty to argue over, and we should let the conversation with Erebus go forward before we do anything.
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>>31595090
Spirit Tree. Physical Shadow Tree. Pure DaEarth's Gift. Reinforce.
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>>31595090
All into summoning
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>>31595090
Complete Physical Shadow, Spirit, and, if possible, Earth.
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>>31595090
>Is there any kind of EXP consensus going on right now? otherwise I really gotta go to sleep
Go to bed SM, you should know that we're not going to figure anything out EXP-wise tonight.

This thread was beautiful and blew my mind in ways I was not prepared for.

Also:
>Next thread when?
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>>31595021

I am so fucking conflicted right now. I don't know whats right anymore.
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>>31595120
I agree wtih this.
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>>31595099
>Point out that you can just integrate order and chaos and result in a different and improved situation that doesn't result in the universe ending.

>"Nobody wants to die."
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>>31595071
What the fuck are you talking about.

From the very beginning he was a bored asshole just looking for something to fight.

The only difference from back then and now was that he had some people like his sister that he liked.
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>>31595126
>wanting to Complete trees first

uncover dark areas layer by layer first.

Man in the VERY FIRST thread SM slowed you guys down and just revealed stuff that would reveal dark areas that would add to your information to consider when choosing abilities.

you have to find out what's there before committing to the expensive.
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>>31595090
Physical shadow + Spirit
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>>31595120
This, plus Spirit Tree.
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>>31595129
We all are.
We ALL are.
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>>31595090
I think we're gonna need some time to digest all this. You can probably hit the hay.
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So, Erebus started guarding because humanity came to rely on the energy of Order, and by destroying Chaos, Order would cease to exist. However, since humanity has ascended to a higher plain of existence, there is no point to guarding Chaos anymore.

So we have a few choices here
1. Let Chaos have the time of it's life
2. Destroy Chaos completely
3. Fix the seal and see how that affects Venia and it's inhabitants
4.Fuck off to Space even more for post-universal exploration
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>>31595060
Erebus isn't a villain, he's insane. A creature which has irrevocably severed all connection to reality. A being who exists only because he is too tired to die.

There's no reason, no logic, no morality or even consciousness to him. He could hardly even be considered sapient, at this point. Death would be a mercy.
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>>31595090
Complete the trees that would be cheapest to do so.
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>>31595090
Physical shadow tree
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>>31595122
>Leave it for next time, there's plenty to argue over, and we should let the conversation with Erebus go forward before we do anything.

Yeah, I guess that sounds like a plan.

>>31595129

Then you have experienced the emotion I wished to convey! Rejoice, for I have successfully communicated through the clunky tool known as the English language!

And the Lord is Risen indeed, Hallelujah!

>>31595128

The next thread will probably be Monday or Tuesday. Depends on things. I'll update on twitter.

See twitter for those updates. Threads are archived.

Happy Easter everybody!
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Erebus wants stimulus. War. Struggle. A human can't live without external stimulation, no matter how advanced or augmented you are.

This little patch is perfect. It's like a garden of weeds. Let it grow free inside the fence; maybe trim it every once in a while for fun. Maybe you'll even get some nice flowers every once in a while.
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>>31595159
Happy Easter, SM! Good night!
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>>31595151
Nigger if we destroy chaos completely we die
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>>31595154
He's is not insane.

He is simply single minded.

He has a simple goal. contain chaos.

That's what he does! That's ALL he does! You can't stop him!
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>>31595151
We fix the seal, there won't BE anymore life on Venia. The only reason all those people came to be was because of the leaking chaos.
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>>31595161

This guy gets it.

Later peeps.
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>>31595136
Honestly, at this point, we know enough of the tree to guess as where stuff will be - and there is no room for there to be anything on the tree like the inner darkness of the left side.

In general, we just need to get as much power as we possibly can now.
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>>31595161
Unfortunately it looks like being thickheaded was a trait we inherited from past-us.
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>>31595071
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3QmHNd0HWo&feature=kp
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>>31595180
They can survive without the stupid levels of magic things have risen to.

>>31594968
>All the elemental lords must die. It is as simple as that.
I TOLD YOU GUYS

YOU WOULDN'T LISTEN

WHY DIDN'T YOU LISTEN
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>>31595159
If you had told me however many threads ago that Shadow would actually turn out to be a war machine-fragment of a three-million-year-old post-human siscon from space, I actually probably would've believed you. But it would've been close.

Have a good holiday, SM.
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>>31595195
I realy like Erebus' character. It's "human" to react like him.
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>>31595211
Well Erebus isn't a siscon , Shadow is.
Atleast if you can accept that people like their family for nonsexual reasons.
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>>31595161
>>31595190
The course is clear. Shadow remains as is. Venia and it's source of chaos, the crack, is carefully controlled so the status quo remains the same forever, fluctuating as little as possible.
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>>31595161

I can't believe that playing god on Venia seems to be the best option right now. Anything else seems far worse as far morally or ethically.
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Alright guys, what if we could tie the LUEG and UUEG together somehow, and try to reignite the universe?
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>>31595254
Could be fun, maybe when Abby starts to get bored?
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If Erebus the shadow elemental was a human, then what the hell are the natural shadow elementals?
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>>31595254

The universe is still fine, Venia and the core are just where chaos was originally seal.
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>>31595269
There isnt any
erebus is the ONLY shadow elemental
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>>31595281
There were mentions of Ring City sending out angels to exterminate naturally occurring shadow elementals.
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>>31595252
I'm a bit disappointed that it seems like humanity never really tried this.

They just gave up on AIs, and I bet they never created new sapient species or seeded planets with life and shit.
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>>31594983
>You gave David a shard with which to fight - and he broke it, attempting to redeem you before Hyperion.
How could it even stay broken when the pieces just being in close proximity to each other causes them to reassemble and self-repair?
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>>31595254
Just merge the plane or Order and Chaos?

Sounds like fun.
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>>31595292
Big explosion
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>>31595292
He just sucked that much?
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>>31595209

See? >>31529943
>Left unchecked, that fire will burn until it turns the universe to ash. It cannot be contained while the barrier is damaged. Half-measures are unacceptable.
>All the elemental lords must die. It is as simple as that.

It's the only way to retard the unsustainable growth.
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>>31595288
Order Elementals
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>>31595290
If you could leave easily and were taught aplenty as to what could disrupt that do you really think people would bother to try?

Maybe some did try. Maybe they were labeled as sympathizers or heretics.
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>con't
holy shit SM does it end...
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>>31595254
This is probably the plan I like best, even if it does feel like it could easily set off a mutual annihilation event.

Just seal all the holes, vent the Order plane and the Chaos plane into each other and let the primal forces duke it out and leave the meatfolks out of it.

That is, unless the Natural Humans chose the LUEG as the destination for their apotheosis, which might raise some lingering doubts.

And if it WAS their destination...

>>31595269
This could mean they're Natural Humans who accidentally slipped out of their apotheosis through the link to the LUEG, stuck in forms that are unable to speak, and hunted down as aberrations by the new Chaos on Venia in a horrible inversion of the original Chaos War.
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>>31595312
If it is, then we just doomed our birth race.
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>>31595288
Those must have been our shards. They were trying to reform, but the angels kept killing them and forcing them to return to the lines and regenerate.
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>>31595312
All my theories are in ruin because i newer thougt about it as a sci-fi setting
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>>31595323
No, SM confirmed that there are normal Shadow Elementals
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>>31595337
Things are getting fucking weird
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>This could mean they're Natural Humans who accidentally slipped out of their apotheosis through the link to the LUEG, stuck in forms that are unable to speak, and hunted down as aberrations by the new Chaos on Venia in a horrible inversion of the original Chaos War.
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>late to thread
>my face when these revelations

My notes have been firmly deleted.
Have a nice Easter Shadow Master.
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So Erebus is just a really really old tryhard? I bet he played competitive E sports before he joined the military.
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>>31595336
did you really not see the hints.

the GLARING SIRENS, in fact.
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>>31595336
I thought everybody knew this was coming.
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Well, it happened.
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>>31595352
my mind is just running in circles what the best solution to the situation is.
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>>31595365
Well, worst case scenario, we get the Chaos beaten out of us and resume station.

Best case scenario, we beat the shade of Erebus and enact our own Balance plan.
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>>31595358
>>31595359
ok let's say I didn't expected that high-tech sci-fi
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>>31595365
Well, consuming erebus and properly sealing the chaos core is probably a good idea
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>>31595375
Balance.
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>>31595375
I'm thinking about a possible balance plan.
We basically have to become Erebus 1.5 for that.
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>>31595382
than let him take controll. He wants to seal the core.
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Imagine what this is gonna do to Shadows psyche.

Captcha: broself years
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>>31595375
I think you have the best case and worst case scenarios inverted, anon.
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>>31595408

Squad broken is what.
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>>31595415
I see it coming that we beat Erebus but have to do the exact same shit he did to not let chaos consume everything
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>>31595415
>It is tradition that humans generally commit themselves to recycling after around 400 years of age. It's just the time when most people had enough of life. Eventually, it became an unspoken rule. Out with the old, in with the new. Make room for the new generation.
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I...I think Erebus is right. Chaos can not be allow to break free.
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>>31595430
Then, quite simply, we do not have to fight.

We cooperate with Erebus.

We must be cleansed of our impurities.
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>>31595433
Not when the new generation is so corrupt and no one wiser can replace them.
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>>31595435
No shit what the fuck do you we have been trying to prevent this whole time
>>31595437
Stop being retarded
we only have to properly seal the core and look after it
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>>31595437
>>31595435
Balance Anons.

Chaos and Order can coexist.
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You know what? I honestly don't really give a shit.

Just about anything we will do is going to end up with us having to watch over this bullshit for another million years and we'll just end up in practically the same situation Erebus is in after the eternal ennui sets in again.

Just due some patchwork up on the seal and whatever Balance plans we come up with, open up Vigil for the humans of Venia to study, pass on our knowledge, stay around to help for a couple hundred years and then finally die and move the fuck on.

Let someone else deal with the heat death of the universe down the line if they really want to prevent nature from running it's course.
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>>31595437
yes but try to convince all waifu fags of that option and I consider you a saint among men.
Heck we are basicaly a clean slate of Erebus. Fighting against chaos for those we like and for the trill/exp
>>31595433
Immortality is a curse.
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>>31595449
Erebus's plan IS balance.

Were you not paying attention.

it is the only way.
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>>31595453
Yeah, we can't be the only one to look after this.
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>>31595021
><It has been a long time since I started this plan. I'm glad my program was enough for you to get here in one piece. But it seems you've picked up a few artefacts along the way. We will take care of those.>
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>>31595433
>It is tradition that humans generally commit themselves to recycling after around 400 years of age.

>0 A.E. - Erebus attacks all four of the Greater Elemental Lords, and the Elementomachy ends with the Mutual Annihilation Event. The release of energy carves out what is now Gateway Channel.

>Circa 400 B.E. - Elemental Lords first appear.

Even after ~3.25 million years, Erebus was still sticking to the suggested timescale for Recycling.

Gotta love punctuality.
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>>31595468
Erebus is a stubborn thickheaded twit.
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>>31595021
> artefacts
edited this forever, huh.
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>>31595449
the only coexistance of Order and Chaos is war.
>>31595474
But we are since everyone else who isn't a chaosspawn ascended
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>>31595474
Just have wispbro do it. I trust him completely.
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>>31595468
No it isn't.

It is Order chaining Chaos.

Balance would be letting the Sphere grow a shell of chaos/order life and not expanding from there.
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>>31595488
I'm not seeing you proving him wrong. I'm seeing irrational ad hominem instead of argument.

Facts are facts. There's only one way to keep both Order and Chaos in existence.
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Look, we have to do what Erebus is doing in the First place.

If Chaos gets out of Hand, Venia is toast. So, we purge as much of the growths as possible and try to calm as much of it as possible.

Oh, and David has clearly become a tool of Chaos. We'll need to kill him.
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>>31595487
lol
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>>31595491
that is an accepted plural for artifact
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>>31595499
>Balance would be letting the unstoppable expanding force out of its containment board

to be balanced, there must be an equilibrium.

that sure ain't equilibrial.
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>>31595503
How is constantly devouring the AoC a tool of chaos.
We should probably tell Erebus that he still exists in the Nether
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>>31595503
Yeah, I lost all sympathy for him when he turned out to be an overconfident idiot instead of a tragic yandere.
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>>31595501
We'll find another way
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>>31595530
please tell me a way so I can finaly go to sleep.
It's 10am here
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I honestly don't see what the fucking point of Erebus's mission is.

I'm afraid the fate of the entire universe is just too big of an issue to wrap my head around. Besides everything has to die anyway, universe included.
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>>31595530
Empty words that mean nothing.

WIshes that deny reality.

You aren't a shonen protagonist or a magical girl. It doesn't work that way.
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You guys forgot the most important thing we have to do next time.

"Hello Mr. Anderson."
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>>31595517
It is already out.

We just need to make sure it cannot leave the sphere.
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>>31595539
His goal is to contain chaos.
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>>31595518

The Speech patterns.
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>>31595549
Why?
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>>31595530
That's not an argument. That's you sticking your fingers in your ears and going LALALALALALA
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>>31595539
His goal is long gone. They contained chaos to so that humanity was not destroyed, but it's been millions of years since humanity ascended. Right now he has no reason to contain it.
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>>31595557
To guard the ascended existance of mankind
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>>31595557
Originally to preserve the universe and keep an eye on things, a Vigil.
But mostly because it gets his jollies on and he has nothing else.
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>>31595546
And you do that by putting it BACK INSIDE THE SPHERE WHERE IT BELONGS.

starting wit the greatest sources of chaos, the remaining 3 Elemental Lords.

who we must tell that to seal the barrier and save the world the four of us must tragically sacrifice ourselves to restore the Barrier.
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>>31595561
If we assume they ascended into order than it's still not feasible to destroy chaos or let it destroy the universe
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>>31595562
That's not it. Humanity no longer needs the chaos contained after they ascended.
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>>31595540
>>31595558
But we will.

We'll figure out a way. This is /tg/.
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>>31595577
I'm looking forward to seeing how broken we make Adavan when we barrier plunge Hecate.
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>>31595562
Mankind isn't in the universe anymore.

The only reason he had to contain it before was because all the Order tech that humanity use was dependent on chaos existing so he had to contain over get rid of.
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>>31595562
They don't rely on Order anymore.

So Chaos could win (or Die) and the only human to be affected would be Erebus.
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>>31595582
Why would you even assume that... Go to sleep anon.
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>>31595562
No?

His presence isn't necessary, they offered to let him Ascend, but he just didn't want to became he's a shitty guy.
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>>31595585
Shit or get off the pot anon.

Your words are as empty as your brain.

Hope is not a way to win. This isn't Sailor Moon.
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>>31595611
The thing is, Erebus has no fucking reason to keep fighting.

He's just doing it for because.
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It really sounds like the best course of action is just not really do anything.

Erebus's goals are pretty much pointless and in the face of all this shit our goals are pretty pointless too.
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>>31595611
Hit something until it breaks.
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>>31595611
I do not know of a way to.

But some other anon will come up with a good plan to balancing them.

Be it order sentinels or kill the Elemental Lords, or Artifacting the Skysever to destroy all Chaos that trys to leave the atmosphere.

They'll propose it, people will second it, and it'll win.

All of these All or Nothing plans won't.
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So everything we have done as players up to this point is pretty much irrelevant.

If erebus himself couldn't get this shit right with millions of years of experience on his side, what is the ignorant shadow to do?

Complete the plan and undo everything we've accomplished?

Let everything die anyway?

If thing in front of us IS EREBUS and isn't the final boss- what in the blue fuck is? Is there even a good reason for us to go fight it?
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>>31595585
Oh, you want to talk about /tg/.

Let me tell you about /tg/.

/tg/ votes to fight a guy with a spear unarmed just to show how vicious they are at 2 HP.

/tg/ decides to let Matthel speak because DIPLOMANCY even though he literally just tried to shout for the Highest 5 seconds ago.

/tg/ shits itself at the merest hint of real difficulty or adversity, or obstacles to rampant waifuism.

/tg/ thinks that the answer is RAINBOWS.

Your appeal to some idea that doesn't exist yet as if its appearance is a certainty makes no sense.
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>>31595662
It's an inevitability for the plot to progress. There are no other alternatives.
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I think the scope of the story just got too big with this.

I came here for the well-written characters and crazy adventures.

All this forces of reality and fate of the universe is just making all the rest of the story and characters seem completely trivial and irrelevant.

People are seriously debating back and forth over to just end it all or do some bull shit.

The quest has literally devolved into whether we should just keep the switch on or flick it off.
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>>31595652
I was actually just aobut to say we should Artifcat Steward and give him all of this cool tech and have him guard Chaos for the rest of Eternity.

He could be a much better manager than we could.
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>>31595668
We have the alternatives right here.

Let Chaos consume the universe.

Or contain and purge.

Any other choice will lead to the former inevitably.
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>>31595681
Nah

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>>31595678
Then obviously the real solutions aren't binary.

When focusing on one singular thing for a very long time, you're going to miss a lot of other things along the way. That's life.
That's Anderson Erebus.
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>>31595678
Well the thing is, all that big picture stuff doesn't really matter.

It's just a distraction, since it's not like anyone's even using the universe anymore.
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>>31595659
Erebus is the guy who fought Chaos for thousands of years. He didn't consider any alternatives besides chaining Chaos simply out of principle.
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>>31595659
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyNanTAsU3s

<I am the Shadow, the true self>
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