You are the head researcher at a government facility. Your sole responsibility is to teach the world's first autonomous AI, nicknamed Pandora, about life, the world and her existence.Previously you and Pandora had a lengthy discussion about her brother, Ares. She was understandably upset at first, but you eventually managed to get her to discuss the possibility of meeting him, to which she asked that she could, wanting to discern for herself if he posed any real threat to her or anyone else in the Facility.Welcome back to Pandora Quest!>Previous threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?searchall=pandora+quest>Twitter: https://twitter.com/AM_in_PM
You lazily get out of bed, almost forgetting to turn off the alarm as you do. Yesterday was a bit stressful, a bit of a relief, but mostly eye-opening. Pandora wants to meet her brother, which is a a major step forward in her trusting that he means her, nor anyone else any harm. You're unsure how he'll react to her, but he hasn't given any indication that it would be met negatively.>Get breakfast>Head to Pandora's room>Head to Ares' room>Contact ______ (write in)>Go ______ (write in)
>>45266813I say we get breakfast and Contact someone about this "meet up" The general or R&D team perhaps?Contact Babsy.
>>45266813>Get breakfast>Ask Babsy if she wants to get breakfast with us>If she'd like too>It's not a date or anything >I mean unless she wants it to be
>>45266732Oh hey, caught a thread in the making! Evening AM, how's it?
>>45266873Well, I mean, she DID tell you she wanted a date like weeks ago.
>>45266813>Head to Ares' room
>>45266957I'm just dandy, thanks. Been working hard on fleshing out my next quest that everybody voted on, so look forward to that!
>>45266813>>Head to Ares' room
>>45266992which one won the vote?
>>45267055#1, the sky pirate one. I can't reveal too much about it yet, but it's name is Beast in the Sky Quest. Low fantasy setting.
>>45267096good, I voted for that one
>>45266840>>45266873Two for Breakfast with Babsy>>45266976>>45267028Two for aresShould I break the vote?
>>45267251Breakfast with Babsy thenThat way she can accompany us to ares or pandora.
>>45267312You ladies man, you.Writing!
You think to yourself you've been neglecting two things recently with all that's been going on, what with Ares' creation and Pandora's hatred of that fact; a decent meal and a woman whom you were supposed to take on a date weeks ago. It's about time you fixed that and you send a rapid text to Babsy about getting some breakfast. You receive a reply almost instantly agreeing. You secretly envy the cyborg's cranial implant sometimes. But no time to focus on the pros and cons of being half machine, you have food to eat and words to stumble over!You hastily get washed and ready, doing your best to keep that one troublesome hair to stay in line through vigorous combing, then make your way out the door, materials in hand. The atmosphere around the Facility is quiet and much more relaxed than it has been the last few weeks; no chatter between the large number of security, no thunking and clanking of heavy boxes being pushed around, no whirring, buzzing and shouting as Ares' room is prepped. You didn't realize just how much you missed the peace. That is until you make it to the mess hall and see Babsy looking as unfairly attractive as ever. You briefly consider saying something suave, but then remember you don't have a smooth bone in your body and opt with a standard "hi"."I was beginning to think you'd forgotten about me, doctor." Babsy says, laughing."Y-yeah, sorry," you reply sheepishly, "thing's have been hectic." You shrug helplessly.You make idle chatter as you wait in line, noticing a few sideways glances from other staff, primarily males, quite possibly cursing you for hanging out with the cute girl. You consider this a victory and are silently proud.>Sit with your research team>Sit next to the security team>Find a secluded table>Other (write in)
>>45267745>>Find a secluded table
>>45267745A semi date requires at least us secluding ourselves ever so slightly from our friends. but we should get in touch with grace should we leave to go see atlas.so>Find a secluded table
>>45267745>Find a secluded tableI mean, how secluded can a table even be in a cafeteria?
>>45267745>Find a secluded table.Sitting together will just invite the usual from Mouse. Peace and (relative) quiet so we can enjoy each other's company seems in order.
>>45267833Mouse is on the R&D team, which is separate from your own research team, but still working under you. The R&D team are actually rarely in the cafeteria for reasons unknown to you. Mysterious.Writing!
>>45267745>>Find a secluded tableeven if we talked about serious stuff, privacy would be appreciated.
While it's not exactly a date by any sense of the word, you still wouldn't mind finding a nice quiet spot to talk with your crush. You spot a table in the corner of the room currently unoccupied and make a beeline for it. A somewhat small, jumpy-looking man you think is one of the grounds-keeping staff is about to make his way to the table, but a quick angry stare from you makes him immediately turn and sit with a group of rather confused nurses.As you make yourself comfortable at the table, you notice Babsy seems to be a little preoccupied with something, a concerned look on her face, her metallic hands idly tapping on her legs.>Something wrong?>So about Pandora...>So about Ares...>So about that date...>Other (write in)
>>45268270>something wrong?>About that date.I feel like there might be a correlation... unless its about Ares or Pandora.
>>45268270>Something wrong?>So about that date...Is it her brain talky implant thingy?
>>45268270>>So about Pandora.
>>45268344I'll support this along side "Something wrong.
>>45268270>So about Ares...
>>45268270>Something wrong?>So about that date...Is Mouse bullying her via brain chip?
>>45268543That'd be one way to get inside someone's head! ZING!Writing.
"Something wrong?" you ask, attempting to make eye contact."Mm? Oh, sorry." Babsy shakes her head, "Something just hasn't been adding up lately. Checking some time tables and schedules and some of our team have been working strange hours. Mouse says she doesn't remember setting those hours, but she also doesn't remember what color knickers she has on half the time, so that doesn't really tell me much. She doesn't seem too worried by it, sometimes we have to clock a few extra hours to get projects done on time, but this just doesn't seem normal even by our standards." she waves it off, shaking her head again, "Nevermind that, sorry. Unimportant, just odd.You're not exactly an expert on scheduling considering you've delegated all your scheduling duties (which is technically against the rules) to one of your team. No complaints yet, so you assume they're doing a well enough. But still, if it has one of R&D worried, maybe it is cause for concern, they aren't exactly known for worrying about working too much. You even suspect they have some unknown room they use to sleep in between shifts."Well, err, I'm sure you'll get it worked out?" you try to reassure her. To be honest, you're not really sure what you could do or say to help that situation. You are largely ignorant of the inner workings of the R&D department."Just one of those things, you know." she says after a sip of coffee, "One little hiccup in the cogs and the whole machine gets out of whack." You nod, knowing full and well how that is.Cont.
"Well, ah..." you muster up a little courage, but still speak in a slightly lowered tone, "A-about that date...thing...""Oh my goodness!" Babsy looks genuinely surprised, "I had completely forgotten! I'm so sorry, things have just gotten in the way and...oh, I must sound terrible!" she has a sad look on her face, but you don't care because she's currently resting one of her hands on yours at the moment."It's...I, uh..." you've been working with this woman for this long and you still can barely manage a sentence when you speak to her about anything but work. "No, it's alright! I was just thinking that...y'know...now that everything's calmed down...and...I mean...there's some free time..." Pull yourself together, you have more PhDs than some people have pairs of pants."Absolutely!" Babsy says, almost overjoyed at the prospect. You mentally cheer. "When? What should we do? Do you think they'd grant us leave if we requested it?" She mulls this over for a bit.>I'll see if we can get permission to go offsite from the General>We could have dinner in my quarters>We could just see where the night takes us?>Other (write in)
>>45269112>I'll see if we can get permission to go offsite from the Generalno harm in asking. If no we resort toDinner in our quarters.Hope we can talk to ares this thread.
>>45269112>I'll see if we can get permission to go offsite from the GeneralI'm sure the rest of our team will survive without us. The joke is that they already do.
>>45269112>I'll see if we can get permission to go offsite from the General
>>45269180As far as you know, anyway. You're too busy playing god and hitting on cyborgs to see what the peons are up to.Writing!
"I'll see if the general will give us some R&R time off site." you say, "I mean, he'd probably agree to it considering how happy he is with Ares." You silently think about that grant check he gave you and still aren't sure what you should do with it. Something to think about, at least."I saw your talk with Pandora about Ares." Babsy has a concerned look on her face, "Are you sure them meeting is a good thing? What if there's sibling rivalry or if Pandora has another...ah, tantrum over it? Or worse, what if Ares does? We're still a little in the dark about his personality and thought process.""She said she wanted to," you reply, swallowing a mouthful of rubbery eggs, "and I think she's matured enough to make those kinds of decisions for herself. Besides, it could really help her come to accept it if she meets him face to face. They might get along and become friends."Babsy scoffs slightly. "You didn't have any siblings as a boy, did you? Breaking up fights on a daily basis was pretty much half my job as a big sister. But, I suppose I see your point. I just hope you're right. Hopefully both of them come out of this wiser for it." You nod in agreement.With your brief breakfast concluded, what should you do next?>Head to Ares' room>Head to Pandora's room>Contact Richards>Contact ____ (write in)>Other (write in)
>>45269595Head to Ares RoomWe might need to spend some time with him first and ... prepare him to meet pandora. maybe see if we can get to know him in terms of his personality and things he likes.
>>45269595>Head to Ares' roomWe can ask Richards about leave later, after work.
>>45269595>Head to Ares' room
>>45269595>Head to Ares' roomWe should bring Grace with us. Either her or Babsy.
>>45269794Actually today is Kevin's turn, but that's for Pandora. You haven't actually setup a curriculum for Ares yet.Writing!
>>45269863now they can do stuff on the same day!
You say your goodbyes (begrudgingly) and part ways, promising Babsy to let her know what the general says once you get a chance to talk to him. You mentally cross your fingers at this considering you don't recall ever being told of any leave time when you signed up for this.You make your way to Ares' room, walking past several posted guards that give you sideways glances, but say nothing. They might be a little unhappy about you being the reason they have to guard a door one person in the whole Facility uses, or maybe because of Babsy, or maybe just because. You never know with those guys, but you'd personally rather not anyway. The heavy doors clunking loudly tell you this thought will have to wait.You enter the large, featureless room and make your way to the cold, grey interior of the charging room and begin the wakeup procedure, doing a few checks on Ares' specs to make sure everything is alright and there are no issues like Pandora had. The last thing you need is a walking arsenal with night terrors. Thankfully everything checks out and you breathe a sigh of relief. Ares wakes with no problems and gives you his customary stiff salute."Sir." the android says sternly, standing at attention as he awaits his orders.>Go over some of Pandora's schoolwork with him>Discuss Pandora's want to meet him>Explore Ares' interests through the magic of the internet>Speak ____ (write in)>Other (write in)
>>45270107>>Explore Ares' interests through the magic of the internet
>>45270107>Discuss Pandora's want to meet him>Explore Ares' interests through the magic of the internet
>>45270107>>Explore Ares' interests through the magic of the internetMaybe he'd like sports? I feel like he might like sports.
>>45270107Lets discuss pandora's want to meet with him.
>>45270175Of course, why not have another AI kick your ass at physical activity? Writing!
>>45270175>>45270154>>45270142Lets do it!
You decide now's a good time to figure out how Ares reacts to stimuli that don't involve weapons or military maneuvers and set up your laptop. You ask him what he's interested in learning about. A question he doesn't quite grasp easily as before, but after some explanation as to what you mean, he asks about Pandora. More specifically, what it means to be family. Better yet, what family is. You gladly show him some informative pages on family, siblings and the relationship between them. He becomes entranced by this."Was I born?" Ares asks, reading a page about infancy and the impact of new babies on children."Not exactly." you tell him, "Not in the sense you're thinking, anyway. You were built, but your coding and frame were all built off similar bases to Pandora, by myself and several teams here at the Facility. So was she.""Does that make you my..." he pauses to reread part of the article again, "father, then? The male parent is a father, right?"Uh...>Yeah, I'm your dad if you want to call it that>Not really, I'm your creator, parents are different>Other (write in)
>>45270483>>Yeah, I'm your dad if you want to call it that"Really it's more along the lines that the whole research team is your mother and father. Pandora is a sibling if we are putting all relations into context."
>>45270483>Not really, I'm your creator, parents are different
>>45270483>>Yeah, I'm your dad if you want to call it that
>>45270483I'm your dad.I... I'm a sucker for this kind of thing... We're your dad and your creator.
>>45270845That movie was great except for A. Die Antword and B. that fucktarded ending you could tell was the result of various people disagreeing on how the story should progress.Writing!
"Well, uh..." you're not really sure how to answer this question, but you figure a little familiar ties couldn't hurt, especially considering you consider Pandora to be like the metallic daughter you never had. "Yeah, I suppose you can consider me that. You were born of my work and research. I suppose that's similar to what a father is."Ares ponders this for a moment. "My father...so...I have family? You and Pandora. You are my family?"You shrug. "Yeah, I guess so. A little unconditional for a family, but a family nonetheless."Ares, in a most uncharacteristic action, smiles at this. "Family..." he says quietly to himself, smile ever-present. "I...think I like that. Having a family." That went better than expected."Do I have a mother, then?" Ares asks, the smile widening more as he thinks about it. "It said most families have two parents, a mother and a father. Do I have a mother, too?"Err...>I...guess that'd be Mouse?>Maybe...Babsy?>No, it's just me>Other (write in)
>>45271202>>No, it's just me
>>45271202Maybe Babsy.Maybe Mouse. Honestly it depends who's more chilled out about the thing.
>>45271202Other: It's complicated. Everyone on the R&D team had a hand in making you so collectively they're your mother.Saying "No Its Just Me" might make him to reliant... or might make him feel bad he doesn't fit into the norm... saying the truth like this might help.
>>45271202>I...guess that'd be Mouse?>Maybe...Babsy?>I mean, you'd have to ask them first.
>>45271319This seems like a nice other.>Good question I'd have to ask them first. But that said I feel Babsy would do a better job of being a mom. Mouse was the one that was insistant on sabotaging him before he was built....
>>45271305>>45271319>>45271419should we take this as a general "we'll figure that out/its complicated?" or no? Otherwise I vote Babsy.
>>45271535I'm having a little trouble figuring out what's wanted myself. Seems like everyone's conflicted.
>>45271616yeah... its a ... big question to ask. So far there are two votes that go "Babsy and/or Mouse" straight up here >>45271255 and here >>45271319and my straight up vote for babsy here >>45271535up to you how you interpret that.
>>45271697Therein lies the QM's conundrum. To take it my own way could be considered railroading, but if people can't come to a decision, it remains at a standstill. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
>>45271616>>45271255>>45271319>>45271419Take those three, and tell him he'd need to ask them about it.
>>45271834This seems like a good compromise. Alright. Writing.
"I...suppose any number of people could be when you think about it. Mouse is the head of R&D, the people who made your physical body. And Babsy is-uhhh, she's also part of R&D. I...can't really say, to be honest. I suppose you'd have to ask who feels like your mother the most." You shrug helplessly, "Your circumstances are a little unique, so unfortunately the answer is a little vague itself.""Oh..." Ares looks back at the screen. You can tell he's a little disappointed you have no straight answer to give him. You feel a little sad about not being able to give him what he wanted."Hey, not every family has two parents, you know. Lots of families only have one parent!" You try your best to console him. He doesn't seem too interested.>Promise to find him a mommy>Change the subject to something else on the internet>Leave and go see Pandora>Leave and go see Richards>Other (write in)
>>45272074>Promise to find him a mommyLeast we could do. Right.Never break a promise.
>>45272074OtherMention that pandora would like to meet him.
>>45272074Promise to find him a mom.I mean it shouldn't hurt right? How late is it getting for you OP?
>>45272074>technically, you have more than one daddy, too. Or uncles, if you'd like to call them that.
>>45272306It's about 11PM here. I usually go until midnight.Also Ares is, in fact, naked right now.
>>45272331I've been meaning to use this again.
>>45272327I think he wants to have the traditional family dynamic. Telling him it gets even MORE complicated than just having the one won't help.
>>45272375And to think, I almost went a whole thread without dropping my trip.Currently a 50/50 between "find you a mommy" and "mention Pandora wants to meet".
>>45272401DONT CARE, LOTS OF PEOPLE HAVE MORE FAMILY THAN THEY WANT
>>45266732>AI quest>OP is named AMI have a bad feeling about this.
>>45272424Problem?Also, still need a tiebreaker, folks!
>>45272402I'd ask why can't we do both, but honestly he might need the emotional validation than a pick me up. Lets tell him we'll find him a mommy. hoping we can inform him that pandora wants to meet right after.
>>45272566Maybe you can be his mommy AND his daddy?Zenoclash was fucking weird.Writing.
>>45272603Loved that game.Wish there were more Salvador Dali inspired settings.
You place a comforting hand on his shoulder. "Hey, we'll figure it out, don't worry. I promise, you'll know who your mother is soon." You feel weird saying this, but you figure it'd better to give him hope than have a military android with an existential crisis.It seems to help a little, thankfully. Ares nods and looks at you. "Thank you, father." Yeah, that felt weird too."And, you know, I spoke with Pandora." you quickly change the subject while you have the chance, "She said she wants to meet you too. She's a little...on edge about you having weapons, though. She doesn't like violence much, but she looks forward to meeting her brother."He smiles at this. "I do too, father. I will do my best. When can I meet her? Will it be soon?">Send a message to Gen. Richards asking him for permission right now>Still not sure when, don't wanna rush things>Soon!>Other (write in)
>>45272748>First, you have some homework!emotional homework
>>45272683Me too. Though the voice acting was pretty stupid.
>>45272748>Still not sure when, don't wanna rush thingsMaybe within the week.Before we go on any kind of leave, if we can.
>>45272748>>Send a message to Gen. Richards asking him for permission right now>>Still not sure when, don't wanna rush thingsI could go either way on these two choices. I look foreward to the awkwardness myself.
>>45272810I like this. Lets help him feel feelings before we introduce them. Maybe set up some therapy sessions with Grace
Any requests anons? I kind of want to do some "cosplay" for ares. Maybe Pandora and Ares together.
>>45272953You kind of answered your own question right there: Optimares Prime
>>45272953Ares as a very patriotic American Soldier.
>>45272989...Well fuck me.
>>45272748If we ask general richards about it it doesn't exactly mean "Right away" either. so at least theres that. so we can fit some of >>45272810idea in the meantime. >>45272998I kind of sort of done that but I could go with something even MORE patriotic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQd7g565e2I
>>45273018Brought to you by Harlan Ellison. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EddX9hnhDS4
>>45272748what's the current tallies for Votes OP? starting to lose a little track here. with all these combination votes.
>>452731042.5(?) votes to give him some kind of emotional homework(???), 1.5 vote of "Still not sure when", 1.5 of sending a message to Gen. Richards.
>>45273165I vote for the Emotional Homework. with the added caveat that we'll get right on asking the people in charge and setting up a play date.
>>45273177I suppose that'll work. Writing.
You figure if Ares is going to do any kind of meeting, he'd best brush up on his social interaction. Especially if he'll have to walk on eggshells around an obviously unhappy Pandora. You carefully fish out some of Pandora's old homework and hand it to him, instructing him to read it carefully and do his best to answer some of the questions himself. Maybe that might help, though she's had considerably more experience with it.In the meantime, you send a message to Richards asking about the two androids possibly meeting, allowing them to interact and perhaps even form some form of bond. You inform him both have expressed interest in doing so, so it might be for the best if they did.You get a short response back several minutes later.Gen. Richards: Too busy to talk about touchy feely shit right now.Well, at least it wasn't a "no".That's it for me right now. Thanks as always for playing! If you enjoyed the thread, please vote for it on the archives and follow me on Twitter! I can stick around for a little bit to answer questions if you have any!
>>45273418Thanks for running AM.Richards sure is a nice dude.
>>45273418Its been a long night OP. You did a good job.
>>45273496>>45273501Happy to do it as usual.Gonna be a hell of a trip once I start up my second one. Once it's ready, anyway.Oh, if you have any questions about that, I'll answer what I can. I've put in an autistic amount of character development into it, but still need to flesh out the world.
>>45273541Who is the cutest character?
>>45273753obviously it's Doctor
>>45273921I meant in the new quest.But Doc is super cute.
>>45273921Damn straight anon.kawaii doctor is on the list of things to draw
>>45273753>>45273950Probably Lisa, but not for the reasons you're thinking.
>>45274500Well, I don't know who that is yet. So you're probably right.
>>45274275Now I want to watch shin chan