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    212 KB H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)19:52 No.7546129  
    It’s Eight O’clock. H.A.N.A. Quest Time.

    You are Hannah. Also known as H.A.N.A. <A13> or simply as Thirteen, you are the product of Terran Empire biotechnology and designed to act as a living ship controller interface and as a substitute to Artificial Intelligence. You witnessed the destruction of the first extraterrestrial race Humanity encountered among the stars and saw Humanity retreat into the Void as the results of its arrogance began to destroy it. You rebelled against the Fleet to side with your friend, Six, as she and five other H.A.N.A. mutinied aboard the “Prime”, a Fleet Dreadnought. And lastly, your wrecked ship crash-landed on a planet called Thanela Prime, where you remained frozen in Cryostasis for 2000 years until an alien xenoarchaeologist team woke you up.

    You are Hannah, and this is the real beginning of H.A.N.A. Quest. Enjoy.

    If you’re new, or just want to catch up, the previous threads are here:
    1: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/7424814/
    2: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/7444513/
    3: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/7448063/
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)19:54 No.7546143
    How to survive in the world of H.A.N.A. Quest: (borrowed from Deathquest since I loved it)

    Use Common Sense – Please.

    Use Creativity/Cunning – Now that we are out of flashbacks, I’ll be doing my best to keep the quest railroad free, and if there are multiple ways to achieve a certain goal, then I’ll allow just about anything – even if it gets you killed.

    The Devil is in the Details – Say you happen to be wielding a power cable that’s heavily insulated so you won’t get killed by touching it – GREAT! Now just make sure that when you throw it at the baddies that the metal deck you’re standing on is not connected to them, or you are wearing some super-insulated boots. Otherwise…

    Use Planning – I encourage this wholeheartedly. Goes hand in hand with the first two points.

    Awesome/Rule of Cool – If it’s crazy enough to work, and looks awesome – and has only a slight chance of frying you to a crisp or launching you into space without a tether, well… I just might let you live after you do whatever it is you’re doing.

    Ask Questions: Straightforward, and useful in seeing Point 3. I encourage this, as it stretches me to visualize in my writing more.

    Roleplay Conversations: Good RP is very, very good, and will be rewarded accordingly. I mean, you guys turned Six back from insanity. So use those silver tongues!
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)19:56 No.7546167
    You awaken in a wide, brightly lit room. As your eyes adjust to the rather harsh light, you make out that the entire room seems to be hewn out of stone. The ceiling has a couple burning florescent tubes hanging from it, and you notice a couple black globes hanging as well. You’re lying on one very comfortable bed, with what seems to be an IV stuck in your right arm. Amazed that aliens seeing a human for the very first time know basic human medical technology and can thread an IV, you look closer at your arm. And that’s when you notice the telltale bruising and puncture marks. Apparently they didn’t do such a good job finding a vein after all. Gone is your skintight uniform, and in place of that is a plush robe. At least it’s a covering, and a warm one at that. At the far end of the room there appears to be an electronic terminal and to the left of the room there is a closed metal door.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)19:58 No.7546185
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)19:59 No.7546187
    Investigate the room. Then the terminal.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)19:59 No.7546193
    Call out; let them know that we're awake.
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)20:04 No.7546246
    "Hello? Anyone there? I'm awake now!" There's no answer. Only what sounds like a slow dripping from far off.

    You slowly get to your feet, and shakily stand. A tug on your arm notifies you that your IV is still attached, and you carefully remove the needle without too much fuss. The stone floor is strangely warm to your bare feet, and heading across the room to the terminal you notice that the door has no visible means of opening it. The terminal seems to be a standard Terran Empire one, and there are two cables of medium length lying on the floor near it, both connected to the terminal but unconnected to anything else on the other end.

    You notice the black globes on the ceiling beginning to turn to track and follow you.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)20:08 No.7546283
    You remember the conversation you had with the short bipedal alien, but nothing after that as you had passed out. Presumably they had used their limited knowledge of Human Medical Care to assist in your unconscious recovery.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)20:09 No.7546288
    Turn to black globes and wave. If terminal still has power, turn it on.
    >> Kemal von Hindenburg 01/11/10(Mon)20:10 No.7546296
    Can we remember anything from between when we left the wreck of the Shushan and now, as far as what was happening in the present?

    Also, will the terminal function?

    And is there anything in this room we could use to cover the apparent cameras, aside from tearing strips off of our robe?
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)20:11 No.7546309
    You turn to the black globes and wave, feeling rather sheepish as you do. The terminal does have power, and activates immediately. A small holographic keypad shoots out. Ugh... Typing is such a chore.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)20:11 No.7546316
    >> Kemal von Hindenburg 01/11/10(Mon)20:11 No.7546319

    Given what we are, do we have any more direct ways of interfacing with the terminal?
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)20:12 No.7546329
    You could attempt to cover them with the bedsheets that you were recovering in, if you so desired.

    Those two cables look promising.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)20:13 No.7546336
    Did that come from Deathwish Quest or Dreamscape Quest? I could have sworn I saw it in the latter, but it's been a while since I read Deathwish Quest.
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)20:14 No.7546346
    Sorry, Dreamscape. A fun read those two/three were.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)20:15 No.7546352
    Let us see what we can do with that terminal.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)20:16 No.7546363
    This scares me. It makes me not want to touch anything for fear that we die. Even so...

    Try to use one or both of the cables to interface with the terminal.
    >> Kemal von Hindenburg 01/11/10(Mon)20:17 No.7546368
    Well, let's use those cables to plug ourselves in.

    If we do so, I assume that we can have any images displayed directly to our optic nerves rather than having anything pop up on that terminal?

    And let's try covering one of those cameras after we're done with the terminal.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)20:17 No.7546370
    You could see if those two cables on the floor act like the cables in your pod do. You could also start typing in commands if you so wish.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)20:17 No.7546371
    Dreamscape Quest is still running. I was following it this Saturday night but severe lack of players made him end the thread early. I'm still hoping Deathwish Quest's OP will eventually continue the setting's story in another quest as he promised.

    Plug into the cables.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)20:18 No.7546381
    Do we have a firewall, if someone would start "hacking" us from the terminal?

    I think first we should type, not just plug ourselves into anything alien.
    >> Kemal von Hindenburg 01/11/10(Mon)20:18 No.7546383
    Let's take a look at the cables first, and make sure they do what we think they do.

    Then, >>7546368
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)20:18 No.7546386
    Quick FYI: the aliens have seemed friendly and peaceful so far.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)20:20 No.7546399
    You can put up a firewall before you connect if you wish.
    They are evidently not power cables, so its safe to assume that they are for the purpose of networking.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)20:20 No.7546403
    Plug in.
    >> Kemal von Hindenburg 01/11/10(Mon)20:22 No.7546414
    Firewall, then plug in.

    Put any images up on our eyes instead of on the screen.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)20:23 No.7546423
    Yeah, they were. And their space tecnhology improved a lot, when they reverse enginered a human ship wreck.
    But we need to be careful, who knows what their true intenions are? Perhaps gratitude? Perhaps curiosity? Perhaps thirst for knowledge? Perhaps they plan to use us for something?
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)20:24 No.7546430
    A firewall is fine too.
    >> Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)20:24 No.7546435
    You carefully pick up one of the cables lying on the floor and feel around for your neck socket implant. Locating it rather quickly, you line it up with the wire, and connect the two. You make sure to assemble a small firewall first, though. A small painful jerk later, and in front of your vision appears a small list.
    Wait a sec... what was that?

    "Ouch, wasn't expecting there to be a wall here..."
    You look around for the voice, but you are still physically alone.
    >> Kemal von Hindenburg 01/11/10(Mon)20:24 No.7546444
    Covering one camera after we finish with the searching is to show that we could have done so at any time, but chose not to.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)20:25 No.7546452
    >>literally running into a firewall

    Haha, well played.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)20:26 No.7546458
    Try to "feel" around. Who or what is there?
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)20:27 No.7546463
    "Hey! What are you poking me for? Rather rude, ain't ya?"
    Whatever it is, it seems to be alive, in a sense of the word.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)20:27 No.7546465
    Oh look, they've been practicing plugging into and interfacing with computers! How adorable! Poor guy must have hit our firewall. Let's take a look around 'inside' the terminal.
    >> Kemal von Hindenburg 01/11/10(Mon)20:27 No.7546470
    Say "Hello, I'm sorry about that. I've just had some experiences before that led me to instinctively put up a firewall before connecting to other devices. Give me a moment and I'll have somewhere to meet you."

    Quickly throw together some form of meeting space, with another firewall between that and any of our core functions and memories. Then we go into the meeting space and drop the initial firewall.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)20:28 No.7546473
    Point made.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)20:29 No.7546490
    "Well it was you, who ran into my wall. Coming in without a knock is what I call rude. No to mention, you should introduce yourself, before you start a conversation."

    Be on alert, whatever this thing is. Can we unplug ourselves if things get hot around here?
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)20:35 No.7546530
    Good thing I refreshed and saw that two people had asked for a firewall before finishing my post, eh?

    Manipulating the Virtuality, you craft together a small room with a couple seats facing each other.

    Your virtual representation of yourself takes a seat as you lower your initial firewall. Across from you appears a slim but tall man who bows to you and takes a seat in the opposite seat.

    "I'm sorry, I'm so used to running around in the Network here that when something new is connected, I can't help but take a poke around. Never expected to find something with a mind talking back, though. Curious by nature, I suppose. Please just call me Cam. My full name is Cybernetic Artificial Mind, a bit of a mouthful."

    There is a standard cutoff switch to the left of the terminal. One pull and the terminal will disconnect from its power source.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)20:37 No.7546556
    >seat in the opposite seat
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)20:39 No.7546572
    Well who wouldn't put up a firewall before interfacing with an unknown system? I figured it was like using a condom when having sex with a stranger; it's something that doesn't even need to be said. Still, I will endeavor to be a bit more specific in the future.
    >> Kemal von Hindenburg 01/11/10(Mon)20:39 No.7546574
    "My name is HANA. But please call me Hannah for short."

    Take his hand for a moment to be polite, then release it.

    "How long have you been in here?"
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)20:40 No.7546582
    Inside the terminal you bring up a list of basic functions. Those of interest are:

    -Secure Room Access
    -Floor Plan
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)20:41 No.7546599
    Oh, an AI. With a personality. Splendid.
    Humans long ago did not trust AI-s...
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)20:43 No.7546616
    Check Observations first.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)20:43 No.7546622
    The Devil is in the Details. I've GMed enough to be able to almost instantly spot something the players have overlooked that I can screw them over with. It's a balance that must be maintained between demanding every little thing be declared to the point of dickishness, and not spotting anything that the players forgot to do. OP's doing a fine job.
    >> Kemal von Hindenburg 01/11/10(Mon)20:45 No.7546636
    Can we multitask, in the sense that our main consciousness is here chatting with CAM while a secondary routine starts examining the terminal and downloading its contents to be accessed at our leisure?

    Also, does this terminal seem to be from our original time, or from before or after it?
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)20:45 No.7546646
    Yeah. Looks like I'll have to be more careful.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)20:47 No.7546656
    Sorry, sorry. I was a bit unsure if that was going to be the standard operating procedure or not. I think I remember someone asking for it to be in the first thread, but I forgot about it in the third. So I wanted to have clarification without skewing the choices for this specific conversation.

    The slim man shakes your hand with a slight chuckle.
    "Its nice to meet you, Hannah. I've been around, or at least earlier versions of me have, for about one hundred or so Earth years now. The Seekers created me to emulate human personality to further their understanding of your race, as well as to act as a translator of sorts. I'm fluent in the four known galactic languages, you know." You can see his little chest puff out with pride at that last remark.
    >> Kemal von Hindenburg 01/11/10(Mon)20:50 No.7546686
    "What languages might those be?

    And who are the Seekers, exactly? What are they seeking?"
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)20:51 No.7546694
    "Most impressive. Four you say? Mine and the Seekers as you call them make two; what are the others?"
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)20:51 No.7546702
    You select Observations and find yourself looking at, well, yourself. From a slightly higher up perspective, and at your back.

    You can multitask, but at the most two or three operations at once. Any more than that and you'll be taxing yourself mentally.

    You recognize the terminal from being from "your time". It seems to be in good working order for 2000 years.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)20:52 No.7546714
    So this guy emulates humans? And four known galactic languages?

    "CAM, could you tell me about the Seekers? And 4 known languages? What are they, and which species use them?
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)20:54 No.7546749
    Ok, now let's see those floor plans.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)20:56 No.7546773
    "The Knowledge Seekers, to be precise. They claim to be looking to expand their knowledge of the known galaxy, but between you and me, they have some of the most interesting cults. The two languages are those pertaining to the Architects and the Thickhides."
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)21:00 No.7546838
    The floor plans show a hallway extending from your room and eventually connecting with an elevator. Branching off from it are rooms labeled: Observation, Artifacts, Analysis, Communications, Dormitories, Sauna.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)21:00 No.7546842
    "Please, tell me about them. I would like to know what do they look like, what kind of culture they have?"
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)21:00 No.7546843
    Ask about those three species. Also ask about our own.

    Oh, and Supernova, can we assume that this is all running at accelerated clockspeed relative to real-time? If it isn't, let's speed things up so that this conversation isn't taking minutes or hours in real-time even if it is in here.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)21:01 No.7546849
    Ok, I'll be back in 10 minutes, RL calls.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)21:01 No.7546850
    "Oh now you have piqued my interest! Well, even more so than before. You simply must tell me about the Architects and Thickhides. And what of the Seeker's cults?"
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)21:02 No.7546866
    Pull in information on each room in succession.

    Also, let's get a look at the terminal's own data map. There may be stuff on there that we didn't know before.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)21:03 No.7546881
    Sauna? Perhaps they not only learnt better ways to travel through space from us...or they need it for other reasons, then recreation.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)21:16 No.7547000
    Or it was made for us specifically. They have been hoping to meet us for a while now.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)21:23 No.7547066
    This conversation is happening as fast as you can think it. A miracle of bio-integrated technology. But I can't just skip through it even if its in real time here.

    "Well, the Architects are an insect looking race, rather similar to grasshoppers almost. They tend to use Human tech for burrowing and creating rather tunneled structures - you'll find they love to create asteroid stations. The Thickhides, for lack of a better translation to the Human tongue, are a reptilian race. In the past they were rather warlike in nature, but once they were uplifted to the stars they quieted down. Mostly. The first of the two main Seeker cults strives to understand Humanity so that they as a race can prosper, but any means necessary it seems. The second, though they also strive to understand and use Human technology, fear that Humanity would destroy them if given the chance, and seek to defend themselves from that threat."

    Observation - recording and observing room linked to cameras throughout the site
    Artifacts - Where any artifacts yet to be tested may be placed
    Analysis - Artifact testing and recording
    Communications - Manages connections throughout the site as well as those to the outer space network
    Dormitories - Quarters
    Sauna - for Bathing purposes
    >> Kemal von Hindenburg 01/11/10(Mon)21:27 No.7547111
    Didn't want you to skip; just wanted to make sure that when we finish and go back to being in the room only a small amount of time has passed.

    Anyway, let's take a quick look at Observation and see if there's anyone else in this facility at present, while getting a look at the other rooms.

    As far as CAM goes, "So I'm the first human intelligence ever encountered?"
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)21:32 No.7547160
    "Oh absolutely. Rather exciting, to meet the race you were modeled after. I should call you Mother! Haha!"
    Cam rocked back and forth with laughter - apparently he thought his crack was rather hilarious.

    Observation brings up the visual of the cameras to your room. You attempt to access those cameras connected to the other rooms, but Cam's voice stops you.
    "Hey now, did I say you could go snooping around without asking first?"
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)21:33 No.7547176
    "Oh, sorry about that.

    ...May I go snooping around?"
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)21:34 No.7547183
    "...they may be right to fear us. You say the Architects use Human technology? How common is our technology these days?
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)21:38 No.7547237
    "And which sect of the Seekers built this installation?"
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)21:43 No.7547288
    "For space travel its the only thing there is, really. You guys had a remarkable setup with your Gate Ring thingamajigs, and your engine and weapon technology were top notch. Sure you'll see design modifications done on the ships themselves to suit the individual races, but the core components are the same as they were whenever you and your buddies were around."

    "On one condition..." Cam leans forward in a secretive manner. "Take me with you! Its so dull around here! I mean, I've been around for a hundred years! It's always 'Cam what do you think this is' or 'Cam what would they do if they saw this'. After a while it gets really friggin' boring! Hanging around with you, now... That seems like a lot more fun."

    "The first sect did. Lucky you, eh?"
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)21:46 No.7547320
    "Yes, if you are telling the truth...CAM, how can I trust you? And how can I take you with me, you would abandon your creators?"
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)21:47 No.7547328

    I want to say yes and take him with us but I'm afraid I've missed something or it's a trap. Agree to take him with us, but restrict his access to only our senses and whatever conversation we choose to hold with him; no perusing our memories, at least not now.

    Oh, and try to get permission first. They might get mad if we took him out without asking first.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)21:48 No.7547344
    "Its quite easy to make a copy of myself, you know. They will never know I'm gone! As for trust... Well, you'll just have to trust me, won't you?"
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)21:49 No.7547366
    "But then you're leaving... well, one of YOU behind right where you are now. That's hardly fair, CAM."
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)21:49 No.7547367
    Anyone else for this? Rather slow tonight, but things are going on slowly anyway.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)21:50 No.7547376
    Humanity as the ancient architect race.

    I'm digging this.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)21:51 No.7547384
    Wow, you're right. We're almost 2 hours in already. Where is everyone?
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)21:51 No.7547388
    I -just- got back so there's one more person at least.

    I say we talk with him some more. Also, is he going to be riding in our head, then?
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)21:51 No.7547391
    "Hey now, I understand me perfectly. I'm not going to get all jealous if one of me is going to have some fun! If you let him/me, we can even try to connect periodically through the network to check up on things! I'm not made out of flesh and blood you know."
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)21:53 No.7547413
    If the majority decides to do so, he may indeed be riding in our heads.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)21:58 No.7547477
    I'm curious as to how he's fitting there. What sorts of augmentations do we have to support this?
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)22:02 No.7547529
    The implants that run along your spine and up to your neck and brainstem have thousands upon thousands of micro-ram caches that aid you in managing, storing, and processing information from your connections. Cam would take up a portion of that micro-ram for his "living space", if you will.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)22:03 No.7547534
    Take him with us.

    Just make sure that if needs be we can quietly purge him from our system.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)22:07 No.7547579
    "Alright," you sigh. "Hop on in."
    You isolate an area of your storage space for him and make sure to restrict him to accessing solely your senses.

    "Sweet. Rather roomy in here, don't ya think?" Cam slides in quickly, and you swear you could see his face winking at you from the terminal.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)22:08 No.7547592
    New friend get! Now that we have let him in, it's time for him to uphold his side of the deal: Let's get more info on the other rooms.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)22:11 No.7547637
    Yep, find this out.

    It occurs to me that CAM couldn't necessarily have stopped us from exploring anyways, and is probably going to supply limited information about the facility. Still, a second opinion on things is always helpful, and he does seem to know about the galaxy and its recent history at least.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)22:12 No.7547647
    Well, time to take a look through the rest of the system. Start with viewing the camera feeds.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)22:12 No.7547648
    yay the hana quest! any way we can get CAM to tell us how exactly the computer systems work here? if the need arises we could use some ways to heck our way in
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)22:14 No.7547662
    "Well, currently there are two male Thickhides in the Sauna, six Seekers in the Observation room, and the Artifact room is rather empty at the moment - they haven't found much on this ball of rock besides you, ya know. There are twenty Seekers in the dormitories - resting for their standard sleep cycle, and two Seeker Xenoarcheologists in the Analysis room. If we go anywhere, we should stop by there first."
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)22:18 No.7547699
    Eh, sure, let's go the the Analysis room.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)22:18 No.7547704
    Before we head out, is there anything on this terminal that we didn't know before?

    For example, does it have the list of jump coordinates that high command tried to wipe last session?
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)22:25 No.7547785
    "They haven't deviated much from when they were first discovered - the boost to the Seeker's basic technology from that crashed ship acted like a cheat sheet, and they have found little reason to deviate from it. But they are fond of their barriers and their defensive AIs."

    It does not have the list of jump coordinates, as it is a standard terminal. "I don't think they'd have that type of information lying around like that - the best bet I'd say is to check with Communication - they'd probably have the information electronically stored there, or at least encrypted in message logs."

    The door to your room slides open quietly as Cam announces in your ear, "Looking to leave?"
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)22:29 No.7547820
    Interesting. That means that at least two of these races are at peace with each other, and then some. I wonder how relations are with the Ancients. Let's ask CAM.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)22:30 No.7547843
    "Hmm, so they make heavy use of AIs such as yourself? We weren't as trusting in them, explaining me. Not that I think you aren't trustworthy (though you did say that there wasn't really anything you could do to make me trust you), I'm just saying."

    "And yes, I was thinking of going to the Analysis room as you suggested."
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)22:31 No.7547845
    "Looking for answers, actually. And purpose. It's just that both of these will probably involve leaving."
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)22:33 No.7547868
    "The Architects tend to keep to themselves and are part of the Treaty of Three as a formality. However, one must not jump to conclusions about all three being at peace, since there always can be some factions that disagree with the main body."

    We set on moving on?
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)22:38 No.7547919
    "Generally a specialized installation may have a single AI watching over it - too many in one space and we may start to get feisty over living quarters, you know. Or simply merge into a single entity."

    "I've looped feeds of the main cameras, if you're wondering why no-one has come to greet you yet. If its a purpose you're looking for, then those Xenoarchaeologists might just have one for you. I certainly don't know what it might be though."

    Disconnecting from the terminal, you head through the doorway and start walking down the hall. The Analysis room is on your right, and further down is the Artifacts room, also on the right. Behind you now and on your left is the Sauna and Dormitories. At the end of the hall is the Elevator.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)22:38 No.7547920
    "Aha, I know all too well about the tendency for species to have multiple, sometimes conflicting, sects. Still, it is good to hear that no one is actively at war."

    Yes to move on.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)22:38 No.7547921
    Why haven't we asked what happened to the light of mankind?
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)22:38 No.7547924
    Do a quick check of the room to make sure nothing of use is there, including a sharp or blunt object that can be discreetly carried as a weapon.

    Better safe than sorry, and always be prepared.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)22:39 No.7547938
    Head to the Artifacts room.

    Well, first see if there's anything we recognized from the camera feeds, then head for there.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)22:40 No.7547946
    Go read the previous two threads. It is a big flashback and explains what happened to humanity.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)22:40 No.7547949
    well not too much is known. its liked 1000's of years ago or something
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)22:40 No.7547952
    The previous three threads will explain that.
    "Except for the Anti-piracy campaign going on currently, things are rather quiet."
    Besides the IV stand and your bed, nothing seems to be of interest.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)22:41 No.7547963
    Artifacts or Analysis first? There is no-one currently in the Artifacts room, and two researchers in the Analysis room.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)22:43 No.7547980
    Let's pull up the camera feed from those two and see what objects they have here.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)22:44 No.7547993
    Artifacts. no one is looking unless there are somehow hidden cameras but if you ever played games like Sly Cooper you know no one ever makes cameras!
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)22:44 No.7547999
    This. If there is nothing interesting in Artifacts then head into Analysis.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)22:46 No.7548029
    You do realize that any artifacts they find will be human in origin, right? We're the Ancient Civilization here.

    And we already know that they have cameras!
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)22:46 No.7548034
    You bring up the camera memory, and see that in the Analysis room there are two researchers working on a small device of some sort. In the Artifacts room you see some scattered weaponry and various suits from the Armory and Crew Quarters of your ship.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)22:47 No.7548056
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    damn so all those stealth games I played were too unrealistic eh?
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)22:49 No.7548077
    Unfortunately, that would seem to be the case. And look, it's just stuff from our ship anyway.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)22:50 No.7548085
    Enter Analysis room. Be sure to knock first; we don't want to make a bad first impression.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)22:51 No.7548095
    Artifacts room. I don't plan on attacking anyone but if we have to it's better to be armed. We might be good at unarmed combat but I don't think we're up to full strength yet. Plus we'd have to modify our style against aliens. So a gun or other weapon is best.

    Also, ask CAM what the device they're working on in Analysis is.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)22:52 No.7548124
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    steal some armor and weapons!
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)22:54 No.7548145
    Crap, just saw the votes tilt for Artifacts...
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)22:55 No.7548161
    I just took it off - want me to put it back or stick us in Artifacts? I'm making an exception this time since its so slow.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)22:55 No.7548164
    Ret-con time!
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)22:56 No.7548174
    Good with just snagging a discrete weapon from Artifacts and then going to Analysis. I'll delete my unneeded posts when we've got it figured out.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)22:58 No.7548201
    Go and grab a suit from Artifacts. It'll feel good to be back in our own clothes again.

    Then head for Analysis to have a chat with the locals.
    >> Internet Black Knight 01/11/10(Mon)22:58 No.7548211
    let's go with artifacts
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)22:59 No.7548217
    You walk up to the Artifacts door and it opens with a slight hiss of equalizing pressure. "Aren't you glad I'm here with you? At least one of me is, heh." Cam prods quietly.

    You step into a room lit with blue lights and filled with an assortment of rifles, pistols, a couple of silver-striped skintight worksuits that look like they might just fit you, and a couple environment suits capable of operating in a complete vacuum.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:03 No.7548263
    Let's nab the smallest pistol and stow it somewhere it won't be noticed. I'm loathe to suggest between Hannah's breasts but if we grab a skintight suit there's not much else for it.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)23:03 No.7548269
    You quickly slip on a silver-striped worksuit and snap on a shoulder holster with a small kinetic-slug pistol. To cover that up, you also step into an environment suit and seal it up to your neck, letting the collapsible helmet hang behind your head.

    Feeling clothed properly, you head through a side door into the Analysis room. Seeing you so suddenly, and fully clothed to boot, the researchers jump in surprise over their device.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:05 No.7548286

    Walk over to whatever device they have there.

    "Would you mind if I took a look at that?"
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:07 No.7548303
    Dammit, I was hoping to just put the robe back over the skinsuit. Since we've shown our hand this way we might as well have grabbed a rifle and slung it. Well, let's not retcon again.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)23:07 No.7548306
    Damnit, THIS is why I said to knock first!

    Apologize for our rudeness and ask them what they are doing.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:08 No.7548317
    I just realized that we all seem to be breathing the same air just fine. Huh.

    "Sorry to barge in!"
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)23:08 No.7548322
    We haven't shown our hand; the pistol is concealed under the environment suit.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:09 No.7548337
    is the pistol still quickly accessible? Would have been easier just to keep tehe robe on
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:10 No.7548352
    We've shown we were in the room. Intelligent beings can extrapolate, and might give it a check to see what's been taken from it. And find out that we nabbed a gun. Since we're not being discreet, we may as well have been overt.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)23:11 No.7548357
    I must be getting tired to screw up like this so often. And with the environment suit over your skintight, they can't see your pistol. It does make you appear a bit bulkier than normal. You can still excuse yourself and get the robe on, if you so wish.

    At your remarks, the device in front of the researchers gives off a series of short clicks and whistles.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:11 No.7548358
    That is, completely overt.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:13 No.7548377
    Too late for that now, they already know we've been in there and that we haven't just woken up.

    Take a closer look at the device, ask them and ask CAM what it is.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)23:14 No.7548390
    Oh right, the language barrier. Forgot about that.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:15 No.7548402
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    act casual!
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)23:15 No.7548409
    As you step up to the device, the researchers eagerly hold it up to you. They click and whistle a bit more, and from the device comes what sounds like "This is a personal translator. Capable of translating to and from Human into the Three spoken Languages."
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:18 No.7548444
    "How did you manage to build it?"
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)23:18 No.7548446
    "Wonderful! So what are you two doing?"
    >> Internet Black Knight 01/11/10(Mon)23:22 No.7548499
    Ask them what they would like to know about us. and ask what they plan on doing with us.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)23:23 No.7548505
    "Seeing that the first one, though large, was a success overall, we took steps to miniaturize it. You were out for a week, you know. We were all quite worried about you. We were working on finalizing this for you, as you will need it in the near future. Now that you are here, come with us - your arrival has been kept hidden to all those but the heads of the Council of Three, and we must move quickly to keep it that way."
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:23 No.7548517
    Say hello. Then ask them for any info on what's going on here. On what they know of what happened to us. On what they think about us, and what we've left behind.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)23:24 No.7548533
    Well, I'm inclined to follow them.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:25 No.7548538

    The one on the right is Hannah, the one on the left is Six.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:25 No.7548545
    Go with them quickly. When we meet the heads of the Council of Three, draw our pistol from concealment and shoot them all. Then proclaim ourself sole leader of the three species.
    ...I kid, I kid.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:27 No.7548578
    No, that's not how I see them at all, and I've had three threads to get a mental image made. You're free to imagine them that way though.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)23:28 No.7548593
    "We ask you to come with us to meet with the respective heads of our civilization first, the Council of Three, and then with the leaders of our interspecies alliance as part of the Treaty of Three."

    Cute, but way off.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:29 No.7548613
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    damn you!
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:30 No.7548623
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    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:32 No.7548632
    Go with them, it's not like we're the sort to pop these two and take the rest of the ship by gunpoint. Nor, as fun as it could be, the sort to neatly decapitate the leadership of of 3 species and instate ourself in their place.
    >> Internet Black Knight 01/11/10(Mon)23:33 No.7548641
    agreed. go meet the Three
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)23:34 No.7548656
    Well, let's go meet the people in charge.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:37 No.7548696
    Imagine the change in this quest if that's what we did. The loss of our friend 6 and the blasting of our own self by the H.A.N.A. B's turning us from idealistic into a cold & calculating person who will do anything needed to secure her safety.

    Who will see a trio of empires collapsed with her at the head of them, if it means finding her friend 6.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:40 No.7548725
    There'll be plenty of time for that later, given that we probably know how to use their stolen bits of our tech better than they do.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)23:41 No.7548739
    We'll find Six. Even if it takes another two thousand years.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:42 No.7548755
    Nah, I'm not advocating it. I don't think it's what Hannah would do, and I dislike having quest PCs suddenly act completely out of character. I'm just saying that it'd be quite the interesting change in direction.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)23:43 No.7548767

    You quickly agree to go see the folks in charge, and the researchers chatter among themselves in excitement. One rushes over to an intercom in the wall and informs the occupied sections of the site that you have awoken and agreed to come. They quickly usher you towards the elevator, and it opens slowly, revealing four armed guards in what looks to be heavily armored suits.

    From behind you comes the clatter of many feet on stone, as a small crowd from the dormitory rushes to see you. A small Seeker steps forward almost shyly, and you can see that in fact their skin is rather leathery in appearance. Their eyes are completely black, even if their facial features are rather flat and lacking in the lip department. The small Seeker clicks and clacks quietly, but Cam translates what your device does not pick up. "The little one is asking you if you'll take them with you. To the stars, that is."
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:45 No.7548786
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    ehh maybe if its not too much trouble. dont want to be too closed to them
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)23:47 No.7548809
    "Well, that's up to your parents and the Council. But if they are okay with it, then sure!"

    As an aside, is the Council here, or will we have to take a ship to wherever they are? I guess they might have traveled here once they learned that a live human had been found, but it seems kind of wierd that they would be able to put their work on hold just to come here. Unless this is where they normally are, but then wouldn't they have found us before now?
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)23:49 No.7548831
    You'd be taking a ship there, of course. As for the child, the question was meant to be figurative, as if you'd be taking their race up even higher. Remember the cults.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:51 No.7548846
    "We will go there together. I only wish the best for you, after all."
    >> Researcher Sam 01/11/10(Mon)23:52 No.7548860
    Oh. Well darn, and here I was hoping for the Adventures of Hannah and Little Seeker: IN SPACE!
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)23:55 No.7548892
    rolled 58 = 58

    The little one and the crowd seem to take this well, with all their nodding and murmuring. The elevator doors hiss shut behind you, and it begins to ascend to the surface.

    And here I was thinking you were a guy solely after Six.
    >> Dreamscape, who normally stays Anon !!SbnXxXER/Ds 01/11/10(Mon)23:55 No.7548895
    Despite really wanting to stay longer, I'm going to bed since I've an exam tomorrow. Thanks for running an enjoyable quest, Supernova.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:56 No.7548909
    Well, the two were going to be looking for 6 the whole time.
    >> Anonymous 01/11/10(Mon)23:57 No.7548919
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    damn that was what I was thinking :D
    Maybe a child as some symbol or something :D
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/11/10(Mon)23:57 No.7548922
    rolled 4 = 4

    As you reach the surface, you can see the flare of meteorites entering the atmosphere in the night sky.

    Glad you had fun, I'll show up for your thing next - I'll be trying to run this tomorrow night as well, same time.
    >> Dreamscape !!SbnXxXER/Ds 01/11/10(Mon)23:59 No.7548948
    I'll be there.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/10(Tue)00:00 No.7548966
    Well, let's do that.

    But first, let's ask if they found any evidence of human settlements on this planet. The escape pods from our ship dropped here, so I wonder what happened to them.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/12/10(Tue)00:02 No.7549000
    rolled 20 = 20

    A set of floodlights illuminate the Seeker craft, as you notice that it's as rust colored as the ship that had lifted your wreck, and slightly larger than the Shushan was. Several ion pulse turrets are on the top and sides of the craft, but no missiles are visible. The armed squad ushers you onto the ship, and with a flare of ion engines, you are borne once again to the darkness of space.

    The only interesting thing they found was you.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/12/10(Tue)00:05 No.7549041
    Well this would be the introductory arc. We travel with Little Seeker seeking (oh the wit!) Six. We'll find her in the big two-hour long season finale. Then for the rest of the series run it'll be called The Adventures of Hannah, Little Seeker and Six: IN SPACE!

    Yay, more HANA Quest tomorrow! Ask the Seekers with us about the meteors; is that normal, or could it be dangerous?
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/12/10(Tue)00:08 No.7549085
    rolled 14 = 14

    As you settle into your designated quarters with guards posted outside, you gaze outside into star-speckled blackness, shocked that you're flying through what used to be only yesterday a colored radiation field. With Six.

    The guards outside your cabin chatter to you that the meteorites pose no threat normally to ground functions, and barely any to ships exiting the atmosphere. Unless they are large enough.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/10(Tue)00:12 No.7549125
    Examine our quarters.

    And also examine the suits we took from the base.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/12/10(Tue)00:13 No.7549135
    Good to know. Where did they come from though? I'm assuming that as far as we know, there were no meteor showers like this; it it debris from the battle still falling, or did something happen to bring meteors into the vicinity of the planet? And I mean ask the guards and/or Xenologists about it.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/12/10(Tue)00:21 No.7549244
    In your quarters is a small personal terminal, a bed, a reinforced porthole, a closet with a self sealing space suit in it, several oxygen tanks, and a heavily reinforced door. The environmental suit you are wearing is capable of withstanding direct application to flames for ten minutes before overheating, is slightly resistant to electricity, and can serve to protect you in an absolute vacuum.

    "In the Thanela Planetary system there is an extensive asteroid belt that is mined by the Architects for raw resources, and occasionally they may deflect a few mined out rocks out of the belt and into a planet's gravity well. It helps with the useless clutter up there, and with not much found on Thanela Prime before you, it was a close by target for the rocks." A researcher chimes in from your Terminal to respond to your question.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/10(Tue)00:21 No.7549245
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    >in the Analysis room there are two researchers working on a small device of some sort

    Oh god dont be a bomb!
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/12/10(Tue)00:25 No.7549302
    If there are no further questions or actions, I'll move us along to the Gate for transit, and end the session. It's only been four and a half hours, but its moved along pretty slowly tonight and I'm getting more sluggish right now. Hate to be a jerk and all, since you all have moved along through a slow storytelling period quite patiently. Next session, I promise there will be more to look forward to. ;) So promises the dice.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/12/10(Tue)00:27 No.7549326
    Bit slow on the uptake ain't you?

    Good to know. Let's ask Cam if he has the specs on the space suit in the closet. It might be better than our current one. Oh, and ask if he wants to be deposited in the Terminal in our room/ leave another copy of himelf there.
    >> Researcher Sam 01/12/10(Tue)00:29 No.7549358
    >So promises the dice.

    Oh god those dice rolls from the earlier posts had meaning didn't they!
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/12/10(Tue)00:29 No.7549363
    Cam pipes up to inform you that the suit in the closet serves solely to function in an absolute vacuum, and that he'd rather stay inside you for now, as its a bit more interesting than some boring computer system. No offense.
    >> H.A.N.A. Quest Pt4 Supernova !FzAyW.Rdbg 01/12/10(Tue)00:30 No.7549371
    It took me awhile to set up that random table, but by God, I will USE IT!
    >> Researcher Sam 01/12/10(Tue)00:34 No.7549429
    Sounds good.

    When this is over (which will hopefully occur with us winning), I would like to see those tables.

    Good night, I can't wait to see what happens next!
    >> Anonymous 01/12/10(Tue)00:36 No.7549444
    Check whether we remember that asteroid field being there when we and Six fled to this system.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/10(Tue)00:38 No.7549468
    Hit the terminal and gather as much basic info about the world we find ourselves in, two millennia after our time.

    In particular, look to see if any system that might be the Sol system shows up in their databanks.

    Then we go and bathe and grab something to eat. We could probably use both.

    And then we can take some time to quietly contemplate the fact that we're lost 2000 years past our time, and we appear to be the only human left.
    >> Anonymous 01/12/10(Tue)01:09 No.7549801

    >Bit slow on the uptake ain't you?
    >> Researcher Sam 01/12/10(Tue)01:12 No.7549837
    I don't follow you.

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