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 on Pandora Quest you and one of your researchers, Grace Zheng, installed new software and hardware onto Pandora, giving her the ability to "touch" things via haptic feedback sensors on her fingertips, as well as the ability to "dream" during her recharge sleep cycle. After a successful day of tutelage, you decided to once again practice your dance moves in the relative privacy of the mens room, only to be caught by the ever-solemn Snowglobe of the R&D department. Though he said nothing, his silence was worth a thousand words and you retired to your bedroom immediately. Welcome back to Pandora Quest!>Twitter: https://twitter.com/AM_in_PM>Previous threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?searchall=pandora+quest
>>42729285Oops, dropped trip.You awaken to the buzzing of your alarm, your arm shooting out to clumsily turn it off, grumbling and yawning as you pull yourself out of bed. You take a moment to scratch, then stumble into the bathroom as you perform your morning rituals. Another sunless day in the Facility.What to do first?>Breakfast. More importantly, coffee>Meet up with _____ (write in)>Skip breakfast and head straight to Pandora's room early>Get some more sleep, no one will know>Other (write in)
>>42729367>Breakfast. More importantly, coffee
>>42729451>>42729623Isn't Kevin's day with Pandora we should meet up with him.
>>42729367>Skip breakfast and head straight to Pandora's room earlyANOMALY ANOMALY ANOMALY
>>42729736...ehhh... Did we actually confirm that it's a day on day off thing? Or was that a nebulous idea?
>>42729820Consensus was to have Grace and Kevin on an alternating schedule Mon-Fri with Sat-Sun being their days off.
>>42729820It was confirmed in the last two chapters, we want Pandora exposed to a variety of personalities to give her a balanced view of things.
>>42729367>Breakfast. More importantly, coffee>Meet up with Kevin
Looks like breakfast it is. Writing.
You get dressed and slog through the halls, an orchestra of shuffling footsteps all around you as other staff slowly migrate toward the mess hall like a heard of cattle. Several people, "morning people", briskly make their way to the gym for a jog, greeting others as they pass cheerily. You loathe them.Arriving at the mess hall, it's a long, slow line to the counter and an even longer line to the coffee pots and you fall asleep standing no less than three times while you wait. Eventually your tray is loaded up with an assortment of donuts, toast, some eggs and a sweet mug of liquid give-a-fuck. You scour the room for places to sit, seeing a few of the usual seats.>Take a seat with your research team>Take a seat at the empty table next to the security team>Other (write in)
>>42730000well done on the quads>>42730122>Research teamenough said
>>42730122>Take a seat with your research team
>>42730122>Take a seat at the empty table next to the security teamDrink coffee before attempting interaction
>>42730132Also we need to check in with Kevin and then get a move on, there was an anomaly with Pandora when we woke up. I hope she didn't have a nightmare because of the new software update. If she did someone is due a very serious dressing down, you don't mess with our robodaughter.
You decide that the only real choice is your research team, as you don't feel like listening to the security team talk about which of the other staff they'd "take to pound town".You set down your tray and are groggily greeted by your team, several of which simply make grunting noises into their cereal. Kevin, one of those annoying "morning people", greets you curtly, placing a large folder of no doubt meticulously planned work for Pandora to do today. You lazily look through it in between sips of coffee and bites of toast, marveling at how boring he managed to make subjects you willingly studied for years in college sound. Still, it's thorough at least.>Go over the lesson plan and try to make it less dull>Speak to _____ (write in)>Take your time to wake up and eat>Head to Pandora's room>Other (write in)
>>42730374>Go over the lesson plan and try and make it less dullPandora is effectively a genius 6 year old. Boring will not work here
>>42730374>Go over the lesson plan and try to make it less dull
>>42730396Seconding, highly suggest we present the lessons in as entertainingly as possible without sacrificing the core lesson. She hasn't shown to be quick to boredom, but I'd rather she continue looking forward to lessons. Learning should be fun.
>>42730474As your body grows bigger, your mind grows flowered, it's great to learn!Writing.
You set aside some of the needlessly wordy bits, sorting through all the painfully boring parts and try to reason will Kevin over the majority of the things he has planned. He's none too pleased and is fighting you every step of the way.Roll 1d100 to convince him to stop being so square. Best of 3.
Rolled 38 (1d100)>>42730608
>>42730533Sounds like something Might Guy would say. Let's go Flame the passion of Pandora's Youth, it'll put a Spring in her step. Puns a' plenty this Time.
Rolled 29 (1d100)>>42730608Blessed are the dice gods for they smile upon thee.
>>42730641Or not. . .
Rolled 33 (1d100)>>42730608
>>42730610>>42730641>>42730670well we're shit at this
>>42730608You know what? We are the head honcho, we can simply use executive privilege to liven up the curriculum. Fuck the haters.
After easily a half an hour of arguing over every single detail, a raised voice or two and numerous heads in hands across the table you finally concede to let him teach his boring lesson on nothing interesting. You can already tell it's going to be hard to get Pandora to pay attention to any of this. This is what you get for wanting group participation. Oh well.Shortly you receive a ping on your PDA informing you R&D has a delivery for you.>Head to R&D to retrieve the package>Head to Pandora now>Speak (write in)>Contact _____ (write in)>Other (write in)
>>42730807>Head to R&D to retrieve the package
>>42730807>Head to R&D to retrieve the packagealso>Tell cpt. boring to go and see if his plan works at all with Pandora
>>42730807Retrieve the package. "If you turn her off of science and mathematics because you make them boring to her, I'll see to it personally that you get a transfer of assignment I'm you're boss, don't go getting a big head."
>>42730851"Basically don't fuck up, no pressure though."
Writing. Errbuddy loves R&D.
>>42730910R&D has all the presesnts, why wouldn't we.Unless they laugh at us again.Bet they can't even dance.
>>42730934inb4 they're actually insanely good dancers
>>42730945Wouldn't mind if Babsy was a good dancer though. If she is we should ask for lessons.
>>42730934Who said they can't?You head to R&D, Kevin in tow talking your ear off about the purely technical aspects of Pandora; hertz this, terraflops that, quantum processing so on. He's like an episode of CSI: CQC with all the technical jargon he's spewing and frankly, even though you understand it all, he's still annoying.You arrive at the cold, steel door and see him visibly recoil, instructing him to wait there much to his obvious relief.You enter into what can only be described as the R&D dungeon to see Mouse in her usual spot, her prosthetic mutli-tool arm working on something on the table while she reclines, muttering to herself in what is primarily cursing. You decide it's for the best and head into the back room. The others are there, Babsy and one of the Bobs greet you, the others continuing their work."Good morning doctor," Babsy says in a honeyed tone, smiling softly. "I trust you're having a pleasant day." You grin like an idiot and nod. Smooth. She places a small box and a USB stick on the table in front of you with a light "thud". "For you!">Speak (write in)>Thank her and leave>Other (write in)
>>42731079>Thank her and leave
>>42731079We have an aanomalous reading on the andriod to figure out. Maybe once Kevin Mc'Killfun meets Pandora he'll see what we were talking about. If not we can always replace him. Is a Neal De'grace Tyson analoug the government could tap for thos program?
>>42731167Is there a*
>>42731167That'd pretty much be you.
>>42731195Have we achieved consensus, or are we waiting?
>>42731354>>42731376Now we have. I usually try to wait for at least 3. Sorry for the confusion. Writing.
You thank her and quickly hurry out, passing Mouse as she angrily drums on the arm of her chair and shouts "AH C'MON, YA FUCKIN' CUNT, PASS IT! PASS IT, YOU FUCKIN'...AAWWWWWW! WANKSTAIN!" You decide to ignore it and leave. Better to let sleeping dogs lie.You collect Kevin, having him carry the box, and head to Pandora's room, only to find a pushcart full of various supplies for art, a TV, game console and other bits and pieces you requested. At least acquisitions know what they're doing. A few grunting pushes, card swipes and pivots later you manage to get it inside. Kevin carefully sets the box on the table and begins readying his lesson. Now, should you set up Pandora's new entertainment now, or wait until after the lesson?>Set it up now before waking her for a surprise>Set it up later so she won't be distracted>Other (write in)
>>42731540>Set it up later so she won't be distractedI know how this will go if we set it up now
>>42731573Second, lets limit the number pf distractions, If she bores quickly of Professor Nofun we can set it up as means to relieve the pent up boredom. Also let's not forget to ask aboit her dream journal, as well as general check to see how she's holding up.
>>42731646or maybe we can check the dream diary while Dr. Fuckinteresting is ranting on
>>42731540>Set it up later so she won't be distracted
Writing. Slow night.
>>42731540>Other>Play the X-files theme to wake her up.She'll grow up interested in aliens and shit if we do that.
>>42731788I'm presuming you're AM, but yeah.
>>42731799We should do that most definitely. Also hook her up with some Carl Sagan. If professor nofun can't make science, Sagan definitely can. Also Bill Nye and any other educational but fun programs we can think of.
You head into the charging cradle room and begin wake-up procedure. Everything goes smoothly until she actually wakes up, which is ushered in by loud, shrill screaming on her part, arms desperately flailing and thrashing, feet kicking and head shaking violently. She scurries off the charging cradle and huddles in the corner, covering her face, more screams fill the room as she pleads for someone to help her, to go away and to stop. Frankly, she is absolutely terrified. You and Kevin are quite taken aback. You decide you need to calm her down and quick before she hurts herself.Roll 1d100 to tell her it's okay. Best of 3.
Rolled 83 (1d100)>>42731917Mother fuckers, I called it who do we get chew out for this mess I want names, but first we've got an andriod that needs comforting.
Rolled 8 (1d100)>>42731947Whoops mistype
>>42731949Rightous parental anger is a go with aside of robodaughter hugs and comforting.
Rolled 65 (1d100)>>42731917coming in for the third
>>42731949>>42731955>>42731991Sometimes I hope you guys roll a 1 just because critical failures are fun to write. Writing.
>>42732009we weren't far off with the second one
You hurry over to Pandora's side and kneel down, carefully taking one of her hands in yours and softly telling her it's alright and that she's safe. You tell her she's okay, almost instructing her to breathe before realizing the folly in that. You run her fingers along your face, hoping it will snap her out of it some. Thankfully it does, and a few whimpers and shakes later she is once again looking at you. She is visibly shaken and her eyes keep darting around the room as if looking for something. Her grip isn't very strong, but she's squeezing your hand with all her might."The bad man..." She begins. "What happened to the bad man?" "What bad man?" You ask her, placing your other hand on her shoulder. "Did you have a bad dream?" "Bad man, he..." She doesn't seem to be able to find the words to describe it. "Scary fingers and mean teeth and... I saw him! He was trying to break me! I ran but he followed and I couldn't get away! Where did he go?!" It sounds like she's trying to describe a figure in her nightmare.>Ask her to draw the "bad man">Ask her to describe more of what happened>Explain what dreams are to her>Other (write in)
>>42732144>Ask her to draw the "bad man"This is a potentially key plot point
>>42732144>All three.>Hug her and tell that it's alright the bad man can't hurt her that you'll protect her.
>>42732144>Ask her to describe more of what happened>Explain what dreams are to her
>>42732144>Ask her to describe more of what happenedAsking her to draw it might make her believe it's real.
>>42732208 (You)Also seconding>>42732178this guy.
Looks like there's a split between asking her to draw him and simply asking her to describe what happened and explain what dreams are.
>>42732313well those are the three options.I'll toss my vote into describe+draw rather than just draw
>>42732313then one vote for draw+explain
>>42732313Ivote for drawing.
Hey guys, so guess who's computer has decided to start acting all fucky? Hint: It's mine. I'm unfortunately gonna have to call it tonight until I get this shit sorted (posting this via tablet). I apologize for this, I'm super sorry. I'll hopefully pick it up again tomorrow if I can get shit fixed. The thread has been archived. Also, fuuuuuuuuuuck.
>>42732507THE BAD MAN BROKE OP JUST AS BAD AS HE BROKE PANDORAWE ARE THE BAD MAN
>>42732507It happens.Also, I thought this was borderlands quest when I went into this thread. Can't say I'm disappointed.
>>42732569Well welcome to the quest, I hope you enjoy it. It certainly has enough dancing, at least.
>>42732628Thanks for trying to run at least. Let us know if the situation changes.
>>42732657Will do. Follow my Twitter for updates, I'll try to keep you guys in the know.
>>42732740page 10 bump
>>42735234and another one
>>42737389Why are you bumping this?
>>42729285Feel a tad bad about missing this. But I hope to do a buttload of art later.