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29573c No.70

ITT: Mamono and Humans working in a corporate environment and the shenanigans that follow; see the attached screencap for a short blurb for new arrivals.

Previous thread: http://archive.is/PiQ1a

Eighth Thread: http://archive.is/Ck9ep

Seventh Thread: http://archive.is/2CUqK

Sixth Thread: http://archive.is/o4yI1

Fifth Thread: http://archive.is/wzPn3

Fourth Thread: http://archive.is/lvHdf

Third Thread: http://archive.is/HUqPq

Second Thread: http://archive.is/AISiW

First Thread: http://archive.is/dlsJy

Current Events:

>MamonoCorp employees have assisted in organizing followers for a new goddess.

>A manager in the finance department has inadvertently stumbled onto the catalyst for a seismic shift in an established religion.

>These two combined have led to an imminent religious war, the two noted faiths facing off against the followers of Illias. Management is not happy about this.

>Plans are still in motion for a massive legal/ethical shakeup in terms of how AI and Automata are treated.

>Constant eventful occurrences aside from the above, possibly due to the influence of the goddess of Discord.

51c172 No.71

>>70

Was just compiling updated current events to post it myself. A little slow this time I guess.


29573c No.72

Management, I've filed the appropriate forms regarding the absence of myself and @Warband these past few days. We've taken measures to hopefully ensure that any fallout from our actions gets deflected from the company.

Jade, you didn't have any family at the Illian regional HQ in the northern Mist, did you?

>>71

>timing

I may have pushed the System on that front, my bad. Hopefully the stuff I did ask it to put in the event log will suffice, although admittedly the events, while massive, weren't great in quantity, so there wasn't much to add.

<Chances are that'll change by the time the next message-system refresher rolls around, Source knows the day-to-day of this place is a Ratatoskr's dream assignment.


8d0bbf No.73

Notice: all departments please inform any cheshires working in them that Research and Development will no longer be accepting any paperwork or memos on modified company letterhead. While modifying the printed letterhead to SCROLLING MARQUEE FLASHING COMIC SANS is an impressive feat, is is NOT professional.


51c172 No.74

>>72

>Ilian HQ in northern Mist

So that's what that mess was about. Abbess Jinyu sends her compliments on the light show.

>>73

>Comic Sans

I just had flashbacks to my first internship as a web dev. Not the good kind.

Shura, when you've got a chance, I've upgrades planned for the drone network's magic components that could use the attention of the individual who designed the whole thing.


29573c No.75

>>73

>comic sans

Ended up having to look that stuff up. On the one hand, it's not as bad as some of the handwriting I've read over the years. On the other hand, it being standardized and printed means that's not an excuse.

>>74

>compliments on the light show

Appreciated. Hadn't had a chance to really cut loose like that in a while, and with both strong motivation and an appropriate target, we didn't exactly hold back. The "Hellknight" project may have been a farce at the time, but blazes if we didn't work to live up to the title.

<Speaking of: before razing the facility, I used some Sabtech infil programs to mine their servers - accounts, plans, names, that sort of thing. I've finished cleaning out the coghaz, and I'm forwarding the data to you and Jade.

And before you ask, aside from the expected indoctrination idiocy the murderpals are relatively healthy if seriously unhappy. Once Cousin Frank's psych team gets them sorted out, he'll have a couple hundred new castle-cleaners.

>upgrade plans

Be right there. Feels like it's been ages since I last did anything with the Network.

<Not complaining, I'm glad I don't have the lot literally on my mind, but still, nostalgia.


8d0bbf No.77

>>75

Mostly, it's causing problems copying and scanning it. Because it's scrolling and blinking it just leaves dashed streaks across the copy. Whenever we get one of these, we have to take a high shutter speed photo timed just right, re-take the photo if we got it wrong, then run the photo through OCR software to convert it to a text file and THEN proofread it against the original for errors. It's just a needless hassle. As for the font itself, it it's intended place it's fine. As the name suggests, it was originally designed for use on comic book pages to replace hand-lettering.


29573c No.79

>>77

>actual practical problems: not font but effects

…Great, another for the jar. Should have guessed even our amazing tech would be out of sorts after getting flashed a bit. With any luck the new regulation should limit the possibility of this cropping up in the future, but until then I might have a simpler solution. I took another look at one of the prank memos, and it's surprisingly similar to some of the jokes one of my professors used to showcase more complex information-manipulating effects; one of our assignments was putting together a pattern meant to bring that sort of thing into a semblance of legibility. I'm forwarding you my notes from those lessons, as well as a prototype design for this particular case meant to lock down the text before scanning. Let me know if you can make something of it.


8d0bbf No.80

>>79

Or people could just file their godsbedamned paperwork properly.


29573c No.81

Kurt, the upgrades to the Network's magical aspects should all be ready. Looking forward to your take on the Update Bulletin.

>>80

It would indeed be great if these pranksters could decide to be sensible for once. That said, consider how HR and Adverts were, and what it took to finally bring them in line. We don't even have the benefit of the putzes all being in one department this time.

<I've got no problem going with whatever you decide we need to do to enforce sanity, but I'd rather we have options, especially so the work we do have to deal with already isn't complicated unnecessarily. Either way, you're the boss - give the order, I'll follow.


51c172 No.82

>>81

>arcane upgrades ready

Good. They'll be rolled out soon, but I'd rather roll them out in concert with the associated tech upgrades than separately.

Related to the above, if some of our resident troublemakers could pay a visit to IT, I'd like to stress-test some upgrades for the tech side of the drone network against the more damaging shenanigans that occur here.


29573c No.83

>>82

>stress-testing, troublemakers

I'm not sure if I should be worried about what you're going to let them do, or excited for the SCIENCE that will happen. I'm heading over to watch the show.

<Far Fires, I'll give it a try. Been getting some lessons on tech at the Sab labs as part of Vendor Rep duties, might as well see how far I've come.


51c172 No.84

>>83

There's a very good reason for why I'm conducting the testing in one of the subplanes you provided. The test batch will be ready in 5, only rule is that you're to keep it within the bounds you'd use to avoid getting fired for causing too much collateral damage.


29573c No.85

>>84

>test procedure, limits

Ah, that kind of stress-testing. Sounds like what I was doing with Test Dummy for the longest time, and the original tests of the initial Network as well, now that I think about it. I'll keep the rule in mind.

<Looks like it's time for another "lightshow." Might as well make it authentic. @Warband: Ro, Cress, get over here, time to have some fun.


51c172 No.86

>>85

Thanks to everyone for helping with the stress testing. The data collected will be used in finalizing the upcoming upgrades to the drone network.


29573c No.87

<Good news, everyone!

No, seriously. The Corps sent word that some students went through the Alp transformation, and due to the stabilization chambers, there seem to be no mental issues. Two of them - Morgan and Cassidy - became Automata; they've come by to discuss various things, both the serious matter of their new state of existence, and options regarding mods and appearance customization. Tandy, Margie, I could use some help here, there's only so much I can explain even with everything I've learned and Tess for perspective.

<They're treating the situation like I did my own Mindsplit, and are more interested in learning about the technological aspect than anything else. The fact that they're female now is almost a sidenote. Wonder how long that'll last…


57a80e No.88

>>87

>stabilization chambers work

That's great news!

>sidenote comment

If Tee's any indicator, it'll remain a sidenote until they find themselves in relationships. To quote an understatement from Zuzi on the matter, their instincts are "going to pop when [their boyfriend] gets close enough". Again, this assumes that Tandy's case is typical, so take it with a grain of salt until we know more.


29573c No.89

>>88

>quote

Yeah, I remember that. Funny how things work out. Feels like forever since I made the bet to which that statement was a response, and I don't regret losing in the slightest.

<I swear this place is turning everyone into robots. Tandy, myself halfway, you on occasion, these two…who's ready for the machine uprising?

Speaking of: considering these two are AI now, they need a Vendor and Rep until the Seattle thing is done, right? Both have expressed interest in working here (and have appropriate skills), so if that could be taken care of alongside the hiring process, I imagine it'd be a load off their minds.

<A load off my mind, too. They're fellow Corps, and I want to see them well. Not to mention that adding them to our ranks would only expand the opportunities for technological fun.


8d0bbf No.90

>>87

Bring them down to the bowling lanes and introduce them to Margie, I'll bring Maria and meet you guys down there. As for the robutt revolution, considering an entire class's worth of washouts produced only two, I doubt the organic world has anything to fear.


29573c No.91

>>90

>no robolution

<Jokes aside, it's probably for the best. No point letting those nutjob anti-AI groups or money-grubbing lobbyists have even the slightest satisfaction.

>robowling

Introducing them to a life of numbers and circuits…while bowling. I don't know if this idea was born of brilliance or insanity, but from what I've seen of their response it's been a ruddy good one. Thanks, it's good to know they're in good hands.

<Especially having Maria around, the idea of even a child being able to handle this really helped them. Admittedly Maria is a class of genius in her own right, but still.

…speaking of Maria: Kurt, Tandy, I hate to say it but I have some serious Rep business to get out of the way. It's been roughly a month since I took the role, and while you two being her Legal Guardians means much of the work is already taken care of, there's still one last point of order due to her unique situation. I've consulted with the Strausses' staff to confirm this particular issue, and I'm posting the summary they provided from the legalese.

"Her Vendor is required to, at bare minimum once:

-Inspect at least one place of 'residence' - which is to say, a place where she tends to spend much of her time, which for our purposes is this facility - and audit its safety.

-Interview her current caretaker(s) on her well-being.

-Perform a basic, at minimum visual, inspection of her Core for safe handling and structural integrity.

This must be undertaken by no less than three (3) individuals from the group her Vendor is marked as, at minimum her Representative, a member of the Vendor's techlab, and a ranking member of the Vendor's organization."

It doesn't have to be done immediately, the deadline's the upcoming Sunday. That said, I do need to know a good day and time for this, because I need to know when to bring in the others…mostly so I can get provide fair warning to the rest of the staff. As for who they are: Tandy, you've met my grea-nan Jessy, you know what she's like. The techlab representative, my sister Kesseren, has been the one passing along all the tech stuff I've been bringing in; she might as well be a Satyros with as little as she cares about Sabbath propaganda, and as much as she avoids looking the part.

I want to make clear that I'm not happy about this any more than you, but with the Seattle thing and others in place and as many layers of bureaucracy as are arrayed against us all, I can't see a way of getting out of at least letting these two come in, say hi, sit around drinking tea and chatting for a few hours, and walk out. And yes, unless you allow otherwise that's all they're going to do. I know you've been keeping the little one in good care, this is just a matter of boorish lawmongering gone overboard.


57a80e No.92

>>91

>vendor audit stuff

I can have a conference room reserved on short notice for the matter. Send me a list of documents to bring.

Also, I've bounced your request regarding job opportunities to Dana in HR. She should get in touch with you soon to set up interviews with Morgan and Cassidy.


29573c No.93

>>92

>preparations

Docs you'll want:

-a list of safety precautions you've been using, both physical and digital

-a list of educational methods, detail optional but helpful

-a list of people she encounters on a regular basis and their degree of (relation? affiliation? how she's connected, proper term escapes me)

-a list of interests she's expressed, such as intellectual pursuits, reading preferences, physical activities like sports, that sort of thing, and what you've done to develop those interests

-a list of what possible threats currently exist, physical, digital, legal, etc., and what you've done to prevent them affecting her (yes, this is different from the first; that one was stuff like injuries or accidents she could get into, this is about stuff that could go after her)

-a list of anything you might consider relevant to her life, and which is not already on the other lists

-a list of questions you, Tandy, and the Strausses want answered; open for anyone who's got questions of their own, such as about the techlabs

Don't worry about having them in any sort of presentable fashion; the writeup has to be done based on them, notes, and recordings, but the docs themselves aren't getting submitted. It's more for convenience on both sides than anything else. Let me know when you two are ready.

<The interview itself is going to be more casual than anything else, don't be surprised if things go off on a tangent such as tech developments, magic, games, or even cooking styles. Up to you two how carefully we stay on topic.

>job ops for the new bots

Thanks. She's already gotten them scheduled for tomorrow - that Anubis works fast. Looking forward to seeing how they place.

Relatedly, you wouldn't happen to know a good current method of homehunting, would you? I'm currently putting up Morgan and Cassidy in guest rooms in my mountain, but I don't doubt they'd want something more permanent and private eventually, preferably nearby if they get hired.

<I don't exactly have experience in this regard - aside from guest housing, dorms, and camping, the only permanent home I've had in the past two decades is the one I built personally - and I don't really know how to help them start searching when it's time.


57a80e No.94

>>93

>housing question

Best method I know is having a good real-estate agent recommended to you. While I may not have any help to offer for such a recommendation, I do know a decent apartment complex not too far from here. The landlord's a loud, abrasive guy who's married to the Oni that does maintenance. Good folks if you don't mind the profanity, excessive drinking, and general rough edges.

>Dana work pace

I honestly suspect she's the main reason that the whole of HR hasn't been cleared out for incompetence.

>interview details

Got it, I'll be ready day after tomorrow.


29573c No.95

>>94

Tess' network connection is ruddy handy - I got your message bright and early, and we went out to see that complex first thing. The owner was just as you described, and we all had a bit of fun shit-talking each other. Good folks indeed. Anyway, nice as the apartments and their owner are, they aren't an option. The last unit just got rented out yesterday; from what the owner described there was some sort of massive work transfer involving a bunch of Mantises and Beetles, no idea what organization(s). He gave contact info for an RE-agency, and according to them the housing options are pretty much the same all around right now, but they'll notify Morgan and Cassidy when there's openings to check out. Until then, I've got plenty of room to spare.

Also, the interviews just concluded. Good news: they're still working out which departments they're falling into, but they're in. Quick as Dana is, chances are you've already gotten the notice/request for setting up their accounts. We seriously need to organize something nice for her.

<Meantime, they're here in R&D getting caught up on the last fifteen years of tech. Feels like just yesterday I was in their shoes, completely unaware of how to computer. On that note, I'm compiling a set of courses for the Corps regarding the matter, forwarding my initial design doc for critique.


57a80e No.96

Notice to all Staff:

Tomorrow, the company drone networks will be undergoing a substantial upgrade throughout the day. During this time, large-scale and low-priority responses from the network will be slightly delayed. Thank you for your patience as we continue to bring improved service on the part of the drone network.

>>95

>departments TBD

Until they're placed in specific departments, they'll be under the relatively new subdomain "newhire.mamonocorp.int." File a ticket when the departments are decided.

>tech courses

Look into the CompTIA A+ cert, might be something to help structure the course around.

>apartment results

Well, glad you were able to get in touch with a good agency.


8d0bbf No.97

Shu, you might want to arrange a safe practice space for the newbies, they were exceedingly enthusiastic when I gave them some extra copies of my book.


29573c No.98

>>96

>department ticket notice

Noted, I've added it to their todo lists. Chances are they're going to be getting started working tomorrow, today's all about relearning the basics, as it were.

<Got them linked into the notes I took from all the lessons I've received in my time here, formal or otherwise.

>cert recommendation

Thanks for the advice, that program's going to help quite a bit.

>>97

Already taken care of. You know full well how I am about precautions and redundancies. I've got a replica of the Playground subplane set up for their practice efforts, and I'll be supervising everything. I won't coddle them, but I will keep them from taking unnecessary and stupid risks.

<Also, "exceedingly enthusiastic?" They were just recently prospective Wizards. Think about how crazy I get about learning new things, and how I was when I first got my hands on the book myself. This is normal. I'd be worried if they weren't this excited.


8d0bbf No.99

>>98

>recently prospective Wizards

Considering they've been talking in terms way above me about it since, I'd say there's no worry about their future magical careers, and I'm betting they'll probably be writing the level two treatise someday.


29573c No.100

Hi! Cassidy here, trying out this neat computerized message thing. I'm one of the new hires, along with Morgan. Thought I'd introduce myself while I recover from trying out that neat Algorithmancy. Pleased to meet you all!

Oh, that reminds me. Kurt, I just got my assignment, and I'm told you're the one to talk to about that. I think I've filed the "ticket" for getting it set up, but just to confirm, I'm being put into something called Advertisements.

>>99

Thanks! We might not be able to go the Wizard route anymore, but I'm looking forward to figuring out this road as far as it goes. And, um, sorry about nerding out so hard, it's just that this stuff is really really good and we weren't expecting something like it so soon after becoming…this. It's a thing we understand in a sea of confusion. Still a lot to learn. Thanks again for the help with that the other day, and to Misses Margie and Maria as well.

…Also, what the hell even is that robot that follows Doc around? Neither Morgan nor I can make heads or tails of the explanation he and it - she? - provided, something about split minds. Did Doc clone himself or something?


8d0bbf No.101

>>100

Not just a split mind, but a split spirit. Basically, a portion of his spirit got bound to it, and then overwork led to his spirit getting twisted such that he is now operating under a persistent perceptual illusion that the parts are disconnected. So that bot literally is him.


57a80e No.102

>>100

>ticket

Email updated. Good luck in the advertising department.

>bot following Shura around

Expanding on >>101, Tess is a fragment of Shura's spirit that has taken on a life of its own after an accident where Shura was messing with Soulclay before we found out its properties had been documented. If memory serves, it's something like metaphysical sympathetic connection, which stretched his spirit between a vacant sleeve and his body. After a period of intensive work, his spirit's natural state became that of a split between the sleeve and his body. It's somewhat like when an AI is jumped into multiple sleeves as far as I can tell.

Also, "Doc"? That's new.


29573c No.103

Greetings, I am Morgan. I've just been hired, and look forward to working with everyone.

Kurt: Two items of note. First, I've been assigned to HR, and have filed my ticket. Second, Cassidy is having minor issue with her login, specifically the subdomain. Is it "@adverts," "@marketing," @sys.marketing," or something else?

>>101

>>102

…He's both. To quote Cassidy: "Holy fuck, that's both awesome and exponentially more confusing." Then again, it makes a bit of sense that a member of Research might meet such a fate. It also explains why Tess was reluctant to answer our questions to any degree of detail. Still, I confess a bit of confusion regarding one detail: robots are all female, correct? How does one manage such a conflict of perspectives?

As for the "Doc" matter: Cassidy began referring to Shura by this after he repaired damages we'd sustained due to not quite understanding our new bodies' limits, before the more thorough explanation provided in the bowling lanes. That she continues to do so may be due to finding a somewhat absurd quantity of textbooks on both medical work and technological repairs lining one wall of his library, all showing signs of regular reading - cracked spines, dogeared, notes in the margins, etc.


8d0bbf No.104

>>103

Oh, he didn't meet this fate in Research. He was Maintenance when that happened. He transferred to Research after he engineered himself out of a job. He automated the maintenance of the building with magic and drones. As for how one manages such a conflict of perspectives, I imagine it's done in a similar way to how you two are handling it. I mean last week you were on one side of his perspective, and now you're on the other.


57a80e No.105

>>103

>Cassidy login issues

Advertisements is under "ads.mamonocorp.int". Son't let the resident pranksters in the department fool you.

>ticket

Done. In case anybody in HR tries to pull a fast one on you, it's "HR.mamonocorp.int".

>perspective conflict

Expanding on >>104, Tess and Shura act as almost entirely separate entities, despite being the same person. The only times the two aspects are fully joined of mind are under circumstances similar to when Shura and his Nightmare wife join minds.

>doc explanation

Not that surprising now that I think about it, given his work with the medical corps.


29573c No.106

I drop out of the network briefly due to being in a Faraday zone, and next thing I know my underclassmen are questioning the nature of my existence.

<And yet, this still isn't one of the craziest topics we've covered. MamonoCorp, everyone!

Cassidy, Morgan, the explanations provided above are pretty much spot-on. In addition, I've asked the system to mark the relevant portions of the Archive, and I'm forwarding you my notes. If you still have questions I can answer them later.

<Also, seconding the warnings regarding HR and Adverts. Details are in a second set of marked portions of the Archive.

Anyway, just got back from finishing up some last bits of paperwork prep at the Sab office. Kurt, Tandy, the Vendor audit's ready to take place any time between noon and day's end tomorrow; we'll start with the interview, work from there. No question is mandatory, nor is there any specific preferred answer format. Feel free to ask questions of your own, and to steer the conversation as preferred.


29573c No.107

Man, this system's easier to get used to than I expected. IT, major props on that. Been running through the archives, and man, we missed out on a lot of crazy fun times. A paladindu marrying a Devil in Hell? The stuff in the deep basements? Doc turning himself into two people by accident while a janitor? All this sociopolitical fuckery and the newest religious conflict? I thought becoming a robot and having ladyparts was weird, now I'm feeling like I've got one of the simpler, more mundane situations around. I think I'm gonna like it here.

Speaking of here, Adverts is working out pretty nice so far. Yeah, these fairies are perverts beyond belief, but aside from the occasional talk about pornography or joke about the whole Alping thing, they've been really helpful in getting situated. They may have pulled one prank - an illusion of sudden nudity - but after I returned the favor with a couple pranks of my own, it seems I've been accepted into the group. Really glad I specialized in Psionomania and Elementarism. It's going to take some time to really get the hang of all this stuff, but that's to be expected. A couple of the Sidhe here have floated suggestions about customizing this Sleeve I'm in - learning that the other day was one hell of a mindfuck, the whole "my body is a vehicle, not really me per se" thing - and to be honest, if I'm going to be in the department where artistic creativity is a must, I might as well take advantage of being able to exercise that. I'm thinking of going with "Caster Medea" to start; that one's decently modest, and from what I've seen of the character, it feels…right, somehow. R&D, forwarding you the design, mind letting me know how much it'll set me back?


29573c No.109

HR is a nightmare - no offense, Mrs. Nubia - and I cannot for the life of me understand how it was allowed to remain this way for so long. I'm most glad for Dana's and Alex's efforts in bringing me up to speed, and we've been going over plans for improvements to the department. Pending approval from Management, you can expect change soon.

>"paladindu"

…I'd be worried about the potential for character attack claims, if not for that particular word filter being directly requested by three of our own "paladindu" employees, current and former. Benjamin, Gareth, and Jonathan must have quite the sense of humor.

>crazy

The archives were indeed maddening, but this new electronic brain has made parsing through it far simpler. I'm looking forward to seeing what new insanity we might add going forward.

>warnings re: hr

That warning was well received, and Dana provided us much advice on dealing with their antics. See above statement regarding change.

>sleeve modifications

While I don't have any specific request at this time, getting used to this new state's wider options - particularly appearance - might help with acclimation. I'm willing to consider suggestions, especially if they fit with the "jumped into multiple sleeves" function I've heard about. The idea of being in multiple places at once is…intriguing.


8d0bbf No.110

>>107

>how much

Not much at all, considering we don't have to pay anything for materials anymore.


29573c No.111

>>110

Awesome! Placing the order, lemme know when it's ready for install.


be5a96 No.112

Apologies for my absence thus far in the day, the appropriate paperwork has been filed.

Related to the above: Shura, if your colleagues would like a practical display of and/or briefing on some of the defensive measures in place, it appears my adoptive mother's family has done a rather thorough job of working over one would-be threat. I had no idea that my extended family was keeping this close an eye on things, but apparently Maria's grabbed the attention of the entire extended family, including Vampyres that history seems to have forgotten.

Unrelated to the above, if the Frans would kindly stop by my office, I'd like a word regarding the activities that (I presume) they undertook during the drone network upgrade and a preferred target for their shenanigans.


29573c No.113

>>111

<Order up. Come on over whenever you're ready.

>>112

…Wow. Yeah, this is going in the writeup. Mind, it's not the "colleagues" so much as it is the bureaucrats that are after us to do this. Stupid bureaucracy. Anyway, good that there's another layer of defense (and what a dreadnought it is, at that).

<Also, Grea-nan Jessy may have taken that as a challenge of sorts, and keeps muttering about plans to try and match that level of power, to get rid of some equivalent threats. Should I try and talk her out of it? Might be difficult, but if you say so I'll give it my best shot.


be5a96 No.114

>>113

>Jessy, challenge

Considering that the threat in question was a junkie looking to make a quick buck by breaking into a law office affiliated with my family, and the fact that I'm hearing things that seem to indicate that the first Vampyre is among those who have taken an interest, I think she'd be better off talking to my relatives about (among other things) what they did to that poor bastard (and will do to more serious threats). This is more a case of a gnat tripping a landmine than any credible threat.


29573c No.115

Apologies to all for the excessively loud laughter followed by two shrill, goat-like shrieks recently heard from Conference Room Three. My sister and great-grandmother encountered information they were not remotely prepared for.

>>114

Is that what happened, then? On the one hand, talk about too dumb to live. Seriously, there's stupid, there's drugged-up, there's the combination…and then there's that. On the other hand, we do indeed have to collect those details, and I'm pretty sure these two Baphs are going to be bloody well hiding behind me like terrified kids. The idea of a First anything getting involved is not the sort of thing they like contemplating. There's a reason we try not to wake the First Baphomet, Old Jezebel, without there being a serious global catastrophe in progress…which is basically what we're at risk of, if the crusade-war going on between the Orders of Light and the Nameless against Illias goes much farther. Fuck.

…I think it would be best we take care of the rest of the Audit first, though, to get our minds back into a semblance of (relative) clarity. Could you (or Tandy, if you would still prefer not to be near Sab personnel) please bring Maria to CR3? We just need to see, and I do emphasize "see," her core for a moment, to be able to check that box off the list. Then we'll finish the "interview," collect the documents, go on the facility walkabout, and see about getting in touch with the Strausses. Going to need a significant quantity of Yom's tea first. Normally I enjoy talking with them and their associates, but I'm not sure this is going to be quite as positive a meeting. Confounded bureaucracy.


be5a96 No.116

>>115

I'll be there shortly with Maria if Tee doesn't beat me there. Someone decided to cause trouble during the upgrade, and I'm trying to track them down for a reprimand referral.


29573c No.117

>>116

>troublemakers, track down

You'd think people would learn not to mess with you by now. Seriously, what in the Ninth Rime? Best of luck to you. I doubt you'll need help, but you know I'm available for a quick scry-and-grab if it comes to it.


be5a96 No.118

>>117

>issue

Not actually somebody causing trouble on purpose this time, seems somebody scared a slime into losing her cohesion in a major way, and she was too embarrassed to come forward.

The only reason we didn't know about the involvement of Die Dame der Nacht sooner is that Mina's great-grandmother is, in the words of Dame Nacht herself, "Dumpfbackenen." With the lifespans of Vampyres and Noble Vampires, there are far fewer intervening generations between Dame Nacht and Mina than one would expect. When Mina and I found out, it was in the form of a letter from Dame Nacht's estate. Here's a couple translated excerpts:

Addressing Mina:

>I'm glad to see you're doing well for yourself dearie, I've arranged for the individuals who paid for that junkie to go after your firm to get their comeuppance.

Addressing me:

>It's been a long time since any member of the House of Night has done something that I find to be this worthwhile. Adopted or not, you and the family you're building have my full support.


29573c No.119

>>118

>it was just a prank

Well, that explains why my wives didn't get involved earlier. I hope she's alright now, at least.

<Lemme guess, the Frans pulled one of their usual attempts at funtime without thinking?

>Die Dame der Nacht

…I may have been worried before about the chances of beating back the Sabs' claim on Maria, but now I'm pretty well convinced you're covered on all bases. There's a list at the compound of folks not to cross under any circumstances, and Dame Nacht is the fifth entry.

<Also, take your time. Grea-nan fainted on seeing Dame Nacht explicitly mentioned; Kesseren's getting her back to consciousness, but she's pale as well. Got two pots of tea brewing, they're going to need one on their own.


8d0bbf No.120

>>119

>folks not to cross

Pff, that's nothing, my Wooden Doll sleeve has been hanging out with Kurt's Gam, did you know she occasionally has tea with the Crawling Chaos? Nyaruko-sama is pretty cool.

>>116

We're already on our way there.


be5a96 No.121

>>119

>just a prank, guess

No idea at all, poor girl was so embarrassed as to be nearly incoherent.

>Sabs' reaction to Dame Nacht

Guess what in that letter prompted my mother to do the same? If you're having trouble, it involves something that you decided to brush up on your etiquette for.


29573c No.122

>>120

>nyaruko-sama is cool

Bloody right she is cool; she lectures at the academy now and then, and the study hall has to be expanded to fit everyone who attends, current students and alums alike. Worst headaches of my life, best ruddy lessons I ever learned.

<How do you think I got the amount of Realitwisting understanding I needed to go after the AP Jet subplanes? A bit of madness is a ruddy good thing.

>>121

>guess (etiquette)

…Dame Nacht is coming to visit the Strausses, perhaps, and most assuredly going to be at your wedding?

<I'm bloody glad Gran came by that day and pulled a nuclear-grade Lecture on etiquette, now that I know of Dame Nacht's involvement. I'm also still terrified.

Anyway, thanks for helping me get this bureaucratic mess out of the way. Sorry about Jessy being…well, herself. Hopefully my sister's significantly un-Sab style helped compensate.


29573c No.123

Wait. I was focused on your grandmother's reaction at the time because of my own degree of "nobility" and family name, until the Vampyre thing came to light - don't tell me, you and the Strausses are getting something along those lines, the landed title and all that?


be5a96 No.124

>>120

>Gam and the Crawling Chaos

That explains so much with regard to Gam's eccentricities.

>>122

>guess

Right on the money. What Mina's been able to get put of the courier (apparently one of her distant cousins) seems reassuring with regard to how she usually acts towards family and friends of family.

>bureaucratic mess done

The whole thing was far less painful than expected for bureaucratic scheisse.

>>123

>>Landed name

More like we had that this whole time and didn't know about it, thanks to the whole records/airheaded great-great-great-grandmother issue. The estates which would have gone to those who were affected by Dame Haberlin's airheadedness have been held in reserve until their owners were found. Supposedly, one of those manors has my name on it, but it's overseas so it'll most likely end up as a vacation home or something similar.


8d0bbf No.125

>>124

Why not just set up a passage to the place from our house here?


be5a96 No.126

>>125

That's a thought. Shouldn't be too hard to get done.


29573c No.127

>>124

>less painful

Could always be worse, I suppose. I still have to compile this all into the paperwork, but at least that is something I'm able to relax with.

<Five Skies, I am seriously glad I picked up that particular habit.

>guess verification + explanation

Great to hear! Good luck with the portal passage.

Now, if you all will excuse me, I need to contact the Strausses for an interview with a Vampire (or several). This could take a while, depending on both how long it takes to get the time and how long we end up talking. Not sure if I should be worried, and if so, to what degree.

<Cassidy, Morgan, if you need transport back to the mountain you know how to reach me. Worst case, there's always the dedicated portal in Security.


be5a96 No.128

>>127

Mina and Fredrick should be able to talk in short order. You may also be able to catch the cousin that brought that letter if you want more info on the extended family. Good luck with your interview, though I doubt you'll need it.


29573c No.129

Greetings. Management, when you have the chance, please review the documents we've sent regarding a planned revitalization of HR. Full details are contained within, but the summary is our intent to see all current members brought to a minimum degree of competence such that Alex, Dana, and myself are not covering for their inability to perform even basic tasks properly.

Unrelated to work, I have some news. It's not easy for me to say this, so apologies if it reads odd. Last night, Cassidy demanded we go into the city to see the nightlife. She headed home partway through out of disgust at no longer being able to enjoy normal drinking, proclaiming she'd try again later. I, on the other hand, met someone. We got to talking, and I, well, I ended up rather taken with him; judging by the other bargoers' demands that we "shut up and kiss already" or "get a room," he was in the same way for me. What came next, you can probably guess. All I will say is that, in my case, Zuzi's remark was most definitely an understatement and then some. It seems a life of chastity followed by becoming an Alp Automaton causes one's new Mamono instincts to be rather intense. I did not anticipate things progressing so quickly. Cassidy, fair warning.

Shura, I assume you'll receive this through Tess. I've filed the paperwork you sent in regarding your anticipated delayed arrival. When you've spare time, I need to discuss housing options. While technically serviceable, Nathan's apartment is little more than a glorified broom closet, one of those extreme economy options like in Zipangu, chosen not due to pricing but simply because it was all that was available. Would it be too much to ask for a room expansion at your place to accommodate him, even temporarily? We can pay rent if that's an issue.


8d0bbf No.130

>>129

>eventful night

Welcome to the club, dear.


29573c No.131

>>129

I fucking knew it! No wonder you didn't come back to the mountain last night, you were too busy coming somewhere else. I wonder how many bets just got settled? And yeah, I got the warning. Honestly not sure if I should be worried or looking forward to it…nah, fuck worrying. Life's too much fun for that. Also, seeing as you're taking suggestions for multi-Sleeve-feature designs, I went ahead and placed an order for you. Five additional sleeves, plus six reskins to that 2B character. R&D, I know the forms and payment went through, mind setting her up when they're ready?

>>130

See, this is why I left early - not because of the booze problem, that I knew about ahead of time. I knew that Morg wouldn't get off her shiny metal ass and actually see about seeing what's what without a push. I mean, at some point I've gotta go myself, but fuck it, I ain't worried. It'll happen when it happens, amirite?


29573c No.132

>>128

Interview did go well, thanks. Spoke with the cousin first, then let Jessy and Kesseren head back to the compound to decompress while I spoke with your folks. Things were a lot more relaxed with the Baphs out of the room. Got the interview done up, compiled all the data, and spent the rest of the night/morning putting it to documents. I can't believe I'm saying this, but by the Star-Burned Shores I could use a break from paperwork. Anyway, that's the last of the Vendor duties done; barring any unforeseen events, we should be all good until the legislation's burned out.

Separately, couple points I'd like to address regarding the time spent speaking with the Strausses. First, the conversation ended up going on for quite a while, to the point that your parents decided to provide refreshments, some sort of wine. I wasn't about to turn down hospitality, so I accepted a glass, but I'm a little confused as to what exactly I drank; I didn't bring it up at the time because it would have felt impolite, but I could swear it tasted strongly of blood. Is there such a wine like that, and if so, is it at all common practice among Vampires to serve it to guests? Second, what all have you been telling the Strausses about me? Once the Audit questions were done, Fredrick and Mina had quite a few questions of their own, and it almost felt like they had been given some ideas about me they weren't quite sure about. It wasn't uncomfortable, mind; mostly just curiosity about my work in the Corps, the associated training, and my current capabilities. It's just a little confusing, is all.

>>129

Congrats. Got a section of the mountain ready for a larger guest suite, I'll get on carving it out after work. I wouldn't wish that sort of cramped quarters on anyone.

<Meantime, I'll be working on this order >>131 . You did offer to let others decide how you look, after all.


dbf521 No.133

Whoever designed the printer/copier in workroom B on the fourth floor needs to be shot. Multiple times. That device and its ilk are evil incarnate.

>>132

>vendor stuff done

Good to hear.

>wine

That'd be "Bloodwine" so named for its resemblance to blood, and the fact that it completely rejuvenates one from the negative effects of exsanguination. It's expensive stuff. Expensive enough that, before all this business with the Lady of the Night and familial relation to her, Mina and Fredrick had only gotten a bottle once. Things being what they are now that the relationship has been rediscovered, it's much more available. Even so, because of its value, Bloodwine is only shared with guests who are considered to be of significant import.

>questions

This is actually related to the Bloodwine. The bare facts of your part in recent events combined with Maria referring to you as "Uncle Shoe" and the fact that I have described you as "a coworker and friend" have made you a significant person in their view. As such, they almost certainly wanted to take their own measure of you. Given that the taking of said measure began well before the first audit question was asked, the fact that the interview went well should be a pretty clear indicator of what they think.

>>129

>Nathan, eventful night

Hope he wasn't too attached to anything he had on.

>drinking

Yeah, standard alcohol relies on biological processes that Automata don't have. However, you can load sim-drunk programs that are supposed to be pretty effective. And they're reusable, so you'll not need to buy more alcohol over and over again.


8d0bbf No.134

>>133

>sim-drunk

Honestly, it's not the same as the real thing, and I wouldn't recommend it, but then I wasn't that big on alcohol when I was organic so that might be influencing my opinion.

On the other hand, it was part of what got me and Kurt together that one day, so ignore everything I just said.


29573c No.135

Morgan, your new Sleeves are ready, as is the skin for your current unit, come on by for install. I recommend you get used to moving around with them before sending a few to collect Nathan and his belongings.

<One additional body is confusing enough, five isn't something I'd even consider starting with. Good luck.

>>133

>explanation

…Wow. I thought they might have been simply curious about Wizards, or pulling a bit of odd humor with some blood-flavored Merlot, but instead it's that? And for those reasons. By the Source, I'm nearly at a loss for words. Thank you. I'll do all I can to live up to the trust you've placed in me.

>sim-drunk programs

I popped one of those into Tess a few days after the drinking contest, just to see if it would have any effect. No such luck, both of me stayed dead cold sober.

<Apparently this curse even works on the idea of alcohol consumption. Guess I'm stuck with memories through dreams. Nu, seriously, thank you for that.


29573c No.136

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HR Bulletin:

Recently, Management have approved a number of measures regarding the internal reform of the HR Department. The amount of resources wasted was appalling. As such, in order to bring them to a level of competence necessary to provide the services required of the department, all HR staff will be going through a series of courses on all forms of technology use, paperwork management, personnel assistance, and basic common sense. IT, please see the forwarded documents for a set of plans on the matter; we will be requiring appropriate software for these educational purposes, and if you are able to work the use into a scheduled seminar, it would be most appreciated. Similarly, Logistics, expect deliveries over the next couple weeks related to this endeavor. All associated forms have been sent for your review.

>comments on the eventful night

It was definitely eventful. You all have my thanks for the assistance in acclimating. Nathan is doing well, by the way, and while his work as a tailor means he is unlikely to be part of our company, it does mean that the, ah, recent loss of clothing will not be an issue. For reference, he owns that one outfitter downtown, the name of which is easily spoken but bizarrely difficult to put to print. He sends his own thanks, and has asked me to relay an offer of discounts on commissions for those who have aided us thus far.

On that note - Nubia, that order of outfits will be ready by the evening. I won't pry as to your intent, but I will say that the selection of suits and dresses was exquisite.

(Message from Warband: YAY! Dreamer, do me a favor and drink that special tea through the day? I have plans.)

>drinking

Neither Cassidy nor I have been much for drinking either, the locale was selected primarily due to the people…which in hindsight explains why her reaction seemed so bizarre.

Cassidy, I appreciate the help in the matter, and that you've been somewhat more…restrained…than you might have been, both in the manner of help, and the choice of Sleeve designs. That said, while the drive of media you sent this morning regarding my current "look" was amusing, I'm slightly cross with how much of it was outright pornography. The attached image is, I am told, a decent approximation of my reaction.


dbf521 No.137

>>136

>training software

I've got a few ideas already for possible candidates, expect details soon.

>tailor, discount

I may need to pay Nathan's shop a visit for a new suit soon, events being what they are.

>media drive

Goes with the territory of using sleeves based on popular characters.


29573c No.138

>morgan got hit with the porn

Honestly not surprised, considering Cassidy and the Adverts fay are working together now, and her general way of thinking. Probably thought it might be a way to get Morgan past the realization of said porn's existence.

<Got hit with that myself, back when we first set Dummy with the Saber skin. Feels like that was ages ago.

>tailor commissions, nubia already put in an order

Why am I not surprised? Oh, right - because Dummy was originally used as a glorified mannequin, and that hasn't changed with the transition to Tess, not that I was ever excluded from the outfitting either. Also, yeah, upcoming events.

<I don't know if I'll ever understand the whole suit-and-tie obsession, but I suppose it isn't that big a deal, especially for loved ones. Doesn't hurt that the tea's good.

Unrelated: Kurt, got some news on the matter of meditation training. The Lotus monks have come up with an idea that might help me finally get around this stumbling block the Source tether's throwing at me, and I'll be over at the temple for a bit during the day tomorrow seeing how well it works. Shouldn't take too long, hopefully not even long enough to merit paperwork. I'll let you know how things turn out afterward.

Anyway, work. If anyone needs me, I'll be here in R&D. Nothing serious going on, so I'll take any projects that come up.

<Don't mind the "whistling," I'm planning on practicing sub/ultrasonic comms a bit on the side.


29573c No.139

>>137

>software

Much obliged.

>tailor

I'm forwarding you a list of appointment openings you should find convenient, and his contact details if you need further information. One of my Sleeves is with him presently and can assist with arrangements if needed. Yes, I am taking advantage of this "being in multiple places at once" thing.

>media drive

To clarify, it's less the existence of such porn, and more that Cassidy put in the effort to fill a rather sizeable drive with it. Some of it was tasteful and most was high-quality, but that often comes with large filesizes. I don't even want to contemplate the bandwidth wasted on downloading it all.


8d0bbf No.140

>>139

Maybe you should appreciate the effort she went to for you, then.


29573c No.141

>>140

…I suppose that's fair. I'll simply have to return the favor, then.

Cassidy, it's your turn tonight. This time I'm picking the location, and I know just the thing.


29573c No.142

Management, or whoever it was that assigned a dozen of the Mofucores to be my assistants in the lab: why? For what purpose? And were you aware beforehand that they're disturbingly effective?

<Seriously, it's like I've got a new set of Network drones, all of them Monarch-grade, all of them absurdly helpful. I honestly thought they'd be a nuisance, but they just keep proving me wrong on that point.


29573c No.144

You know, Morgan, I dunno what you were thinking with those places we hit up last night, because we ended up right back at that same damn tavern. Really subtle, ditching me the moment a single guy showed up. I know you had good intentions, considering I did the same fucking thing, but still, I know you're capable of being less obvious. Thanks for the effort, I guess? Anyway, dude got snatched up by a damn Bicorn and Kiki almost before the door finished closing, and I'm not getting involved in that sort of fuckery. After that, the damn place was dead until closing.

Doc, sorry about raiding your wine cellar. Those sim-drunk programs are technically effective, but having the actual booze on hand seems to make it work better, and I needed something to cut the disappointment. Yeah, I know I was just at a bar, but fuck it I was trying to not give the impression of drinking off sorrows while there. Hopefully I didn't get into the too-expensive stuff.


be5a96 No.145

>>142

>Mofucore assistants

Unorthodox, but apparently effective.

>>144

I think I may know a better place to try your luck. At the very least you'll have something to do if you strike out. And since it's a gaming cafe, you should have a reasonably large pool of singles to mix with.

Unrelated to the above: Cass, would you be so kind as to remind your coworkers in advertising that I can see their web traffic? I'd think a Wyrm would have learned this lesson by now, but one of your coworkers hasn't.


29573c No.146

>>145

Thanks for the advice, I'll check out the cafe after work.

As for the web traffic thing, turns out it was a prank one of the Sidhe were playing on another. One dumbass went to go get some refreshments from the cooler and left her terminal open for another to mess with. Considering just what was opened, I'd say this was less a case of fucking around online, and more an attempt at self-policing, a tangible reminder of just why we close the things down when not actively using them. Just in case, I've passed along your message, and I'll be keeping a closer eye on these idiots.


29573c No.147

Management, my apologies for the no-show today. I'm still trying to figure out what happened to cause this.

Kurt, remember how I said yesterday that some of the Lotus monks believed they might have a solution for my meditation problems? This morning Tess and I went in to see what they had available. They did something to take a look at my soul, and the next thing I knew both of me were waking up somewhere else, stark naked, each clutching what looked to be a bloodied, white wing. I found myself in the old junkyard from ages ago, Tess ended up in a Gremtech factory. Only thing I remember before losing awareness is seeing a face full of rage and hearing furious Enochian or something similar, then a sudden roar. After covering up and getting back together, both of me went over to the Lotus temple, but it was shut tighter than a fortress - warded or something to half a kilometer out - and I haven't been able to get in touch with them. I don't know what's going on, and I'm scared.


dbf521 No.148

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>>147

>events

See the attached for where I am on this. Whatever happened, it led to some very pissed off Celestials assailing the temple you visited. The entire Order of the White Lotus is on high alert, and all of those who walk the path of the world (active members who don't stay at the temples full-time, like me) have been warned to exercise caution. Marduk and the other non murdercult celestial faiths are gearing up for a fight, the murdercults are in the warpath, and I've no idea what about.

If you or your family need to lie low for a while, guests of any member of das Haus der Nacht is afforded the full protection their hosts have, and the estate that I've been given is a veritable fortress itself.


29573c No.149

>>148

…Fuck. I'm going to take you up on that offer of sanctuary, at least with regards to my daughters. No way on this or any other plane am I risking their safety. My wives, on the other hand, are as ready for conflict as I am, and if something's gunning for us we'd rather be in a position to fight.

<Talk about irony; I went in to try learning how to relax (meditate) better, and I come out with one of the most stressful situations we've ever seen.

I do still have these wings, do you know of any way to get them analyzed, and if so who to ask? Could be a lead into what happened. Also, I'm bringing a drive with the dump of Tess' memory stores from that period; I can't get it to open in anything, but then, I'm not a technomancer like you.

<Tried reviewing them myself, felt like my soul was being torn apart again.


dbf521 No.150

>>149

>sanctuary, fight

I've extended similar offers to other White Lotus disciples of the world. They're a force to be reckoned with, as are the forces that Dame Nacht and the other estates have marshaled for this. That said, both the Council of the Lotus and das Haus der Nacht have no intention of waiting passively for the fight to come to them.

>drive

I can't open the relevant data directly, I've fried three terminals trying. However, I can analyze it without actually opening it. Comparison of the raw data against other sectors of storage seems to indicate a high degree of similarity to memories from around the time you went into that mediative state and made a bunch of those cores, as well as the time that the Source was on your case about how you handled that Dark Slime infiltrator.

>wings

They create disturbances in the flow of the ambient Ki reminiscent of Ilian relics and those of the faith my biological relatives adhered to, but on a much larger scale. I think these came off a celestial being aligned with one of those, or a similar faith. R&D may have the tools to pull genetic material, and I think your colleagues in the Corps may be of some help for more in-depth magical analysis.


29573c No.151

>>150

>stands strong, not standing still

Good. Knowing that there's places my children can be safe while this absolute mess goes down is a load off my mind. Means I can keep my mind on whatever we need to do to make sure the fight stays away from the children.

<When this is all done, I want a way to properly thank you, your family, and the Dame.

>wing analysis suggestions

Zuzi, I'm letting you have one of these for whatever tests you can come up with, and I'm taking the other directly to Screyton. I'd help with tests, but I physically can't stand to be around them much longer than absolutely necessary.

<Only reason I held onto the damn things was because of the circumstances, I'm feeling nauseous just looking at them.

>memory similarity, can't actually read

…Right. Only three options here that I can think of. One's getting someone bloody good at opening up a brain and letting them in. Nu tried everything and hit a wall, so I'll stop by the Corps' medical labs overnight, see what our Mindflayers and dedicated Psionomaniacs can turn up.

<Another option's tech, if someone with better hardware can read the data. I'll drop a copy off with the Sabs on the way, and I've made spares for anyone else you can think of. Might as well try to get a few second opinions, and if they can't read it, no harm done.

Last option is to dive in myself through the big dreamlinker. I'm…worried about that one, but I want, no, need to know what happened. If the other two don't pan out, hopefully this will. Considering how the machine works, I'll need help with reading whatever data it provides.


8d0bbf No.152

>>151

I'm going to have to pass this one to the gals at GremTech. If I did it here I'd be half-assing it, and that just isn't done in my shop. I'll have them forward a summary of the results to you.


dbf521 No.153

>>151

>kids kept safe

That'd be why those defenses are as strong as they are. Maria's staying there and jumping into additional sleeves to visit anywhere outside the estate until this blows over.

>memory

A bit of clarification: the raw data being similar between two sectors of memory data storage usually means some elements were similar. It's not much detail, but it's a start.

Based on the wings, memory data, and the events going on, I'm gonna guess that this is part of what happened: You had an encounter with a mid-to-high-ranking celestial affiliated with a faith that is probably close to the mindset used in warlocksmithing; and when it tried to act in accordance with that, you handed it its ass on a silver platter with a side of righteous fury.

Keep in mind, that's just a guess, and I've no idea which faith it would be or why you encountered it, but the explanation seems to fit the facts.


29573c No.154

>>152

Appreciated. Those ladies work right quick, already got a response.

>>153

Considering what I've just learned, your guess is surprisingly close to the actual events…which were, as usual around here, bloody insane. Got a lot of info here from the memreaders' deep dive and the wing tests, and I can't really condense it much further than this.

Turns out, that thing those Illians did to me after abducting me way back when was a seriously botched attempt at baptism. It didn't quite take, but did catch the eye of one of Illias' lesser featherdusters, one who was about as much Illian as I am a Sabbathite. I ended up with a rather ditzy angel acting as a "guardian," one who barely knew what she was doing and had zero support or recognition from the higher-ups; think "Flonne." She'd been under orders to "keep busy and stay out of the way," and took that to mean "help others and keep from being noticed." She did this by locking away a chunk of my Spirit capacity, effectively turning it into a sort of subplane pocket and using it to hide her existence while providing minor protections. How she did so, how it avoided notice from literally every scan, and how it held through the Procedure are still unexplained, and a team of researchers have been assigned to figuring it out. I'm guessing it was an accident, like many of my own accomplishments, possible only because she didn't know it wasn't. Seems she was hidden almost too well, as she didn't know what was going on outside her hiding place whatsoever, and had been effectively forgotten. Whatever the Lotus monks did kicked her out and undid the binding, and when she found herself in the temple, she panic-dialed her boss.

It's at this point that one of Illias' Archangels (whatever the term is, I don't know their heirarchy) showed up and threw down a heavy ward between me and the monks. Seems an angel claiming to be a guardian, stating that her charge was unprotected and among potential hostiles, merits immediate attention. Since I'm officially an enemy of the Illians, the Archie attacked right away, and I got to try out fighting with a decent Spirit capacity for once; talk about a rush, the sudden boost of power pretty much overwhelmed my mind to the point I was running on auto. I got the Archie grounded while the monks worked on bringing the barrier down, then she called her boss. Whatever that one's rank, she was powerful; she tossed out some Enochian and slapped both of me into low orbit, at which point I heard what I assume was Marduk roaring. Taking the wings was apparently just a matter of accidentally holding on while being blasted away. And that's about all my memories held. Waking in those locations was likely due to an emergency-reflex teleport, and while I understand the junkyard, I've no clue why Tess ended up in the factory - any ideas?

I do have some lighter news, though. That pseudo-guardian angel showed up on my doorstep this morning; apparently she's been excommunicated and didn't know where else to go. Much as I'm annoyed at the ditz for her part in things, she never meant harm, and she did help keep me alive those two years in the junkyard, so I'm willing to give her a chance. She's turned to the Nameless' service, and hopefully that goddess will figure out something, but I'm likely going to be hosting her at the mountain until the Nameless provides an alternative. Also, it would seem that my visit was successful for the original purpose. Without the binding on my Spirit distorting things, I can now meditate properly, no interference; the Source link wasn't the problem, and listening to its "song" under meditation is quite relaxing. Improving the Resync may not get much further than where it is now simply because my Soul's apparently stabilized like this, but as used to it as I've become, I don't even mind anymore. Funnily enough, that means I can simultaneously meditate and work on other things; Tess has been in such a state the entire time we've been here today per Lotus recommendation, and it's why I'm as calm as I am.


dbf521 No.155

>>154

>spirit capacity

And I thought you were powerful before. Working under a limit on your Spirit before likely means that you're now more powerful than you would have been if you'd not had that limitation.

>factory

I think that may have been the plant Tess was built in.

>Marduk

Seems he doesn't care for Ilias any more than most of us as far as I can tell.

>everything else

I spent about half an hour trying to figure out a response to this, still got nothing.

In related news, the Order of the White Lotus and das Haus der Nacht are still keeping on alert until the murdercults simmer down.


8d0bbf No.156

In other news, a Discordian group has apparently started a new relief program and is collecting packages of Midol to send to Ilian temples.


29573c No.157

>>155

>power

The odd thing is, I don't really feel any different, and I can't exactly scry myself to check. Haven't had a chance to get an official test either, so I don't even know what I'm working with now. Should probably get that taken care of.

>factory

<If true, that'd make a lot of sense, all things considered. Talk about a crazy homecoming. Speaking of, Zuzi, I've been asked to pass along compliments from Architects Margut and Zedran (spelling? names only heard, not read) regarding the mods you put in me.

>murdercults

Official word from Dispatch amounts to the same thing. They start shaking spears in our direction or that of civvies, we drop the hammers.

>>156

Far Fires, that's hilarious. Lemme get my checkbook, I'd like to arrange a donation.


29573c No.158

Kurt, Tandy, thank you for letting our children stay with you while all this goes on. They're having a wonderful time with Maria. We just hope they keep up with their schooling as well, and that they don't get too rambunctious.

Shura, there's a report from your Corps that just arrived at home; apparently they collected the information on your Spirit as part of a standard scan during the memory read, and according to this the capacity you've gained - or perhaps regained is more accurate - roughly equals that you had before. As for why it's not feeling any different, have you tried using a substantial amount at once? I'm certain your department can come up with an appropriate test if need be.

Logistics can soon expect the arrival a large package originating in the more rural areas of the EU, marked with a stylized letter "I." Mount's sister has sent a care package of chocolates for the company after hearing about our…eventful lives. There should be a couple boxes marked with an additional stylized letter "A," the contents enchanted to not affect the mind through biology, but rather the soul, and with any luck they should allow AI/Automata to enjoy the effects of the confections. Feedback on that particular set would be helpful for Imbri's attempts to refine the process for the next batch.

Finally, a minor Security Issue to handle. Would the three Sidhe in Programming who keep attempting to suborn the Lights drones please cease and desist? Your attempts will not work no matter what you try, so not only are you risking violating policy, you're wasting your time. It is likely only that the particular units you've been attacking have specifically belonged to our department that IT has not been involved. If you want a drone for transit, seek the Motors department for available quadcopter kits. If you want a customized model, you know full well that Kurt and Shura are the ones responsible for crafting the Network and its drones, and should really have simply asked one of them.


be5a96 No.159

>>158

>kids

They've been great, no issues so far. Regarding the schooling issue, I can see about getting the tutor who was responsible for educating Petra and I if needed.

>care package

Much appreciated, please pass on my thanks.

>drone shenanigans

If it keeps up I may authorize more forceful reactions from the drones. Fair warning to the culprits.


29573c No.160

>testing significant spiritual use

Yeah, okay, now I'm feeling it. Tried burning through as Vis much as I could in the Playground subplane, and blazes, was that a trip. Kurt, I think you may be right about the power improvements being more than otherwise expected - working with less before means more is more.

>>159

>tutor

If it's possible, that'd be a great help. Let us know if there's anything we can do to assist.

>drone shenanigans yet again…

I'm honestly not sure whether I should be glad the things are in such high demand, or just annoyed that our coworkers are so stupid as to think that trying to steal them is a good idea. Pretty sure this's been going on forever, too, with both the Ugly Sticks and the Birds and Bugs getting hit.

<Honestly, if they just filed a formal request, I'd be happy to make a personal drone or two. Send word if any of these fools wises up and makes a commission. Meantime, if you do need to use force, try and record the more amusing events. That itself could work as deterrent.


29573c No.161

Guys? I saw the news, and I've been going over the message log, and my mind is full of fuck. I know that this sort of stuff is a lot like what has been in the archives, but actually seeing it as it's happening is crazy. Fuck it, now I know I'm gonna like it here.

Kurt, your suggestion to go hit up the cafe was right on the money. And not just because I ended up getting pulled into a fighting game tournament, only not getting disqualified because of limiters on the joypads. This one guy, Phil, was the most irritating asshole I'd ever met, and we ended up fighting for real over the results of the competition, going to his place to prove that I wasn't cheating. Fucker's got a studio above his coffee-and-tea shop, and it's pretty cozy, admittedly. Anyway, we ended up bickering and fighting and fucking for a day…sorry about the sudden disappearance, by the way, kinda lost track of time. And my clothes. Uh, Morgan, there is some sort of precedent for scheduling around that, right? Please? Anyway, Doc, I don't have much in the way of stuff, so the jerk's invited me to move in with him. Also, he's asked me to relay a request for a meetup with the folks responsible for making those crazy coffees and teas you all drink here, in the off chance he could either work out a trade agreement, or at least learn from them how to make it himself. I dunno how likely either of those are, and I told him as such, but hey, I'm just the messenger.

Oh, and regarding work: apparently these fucking fairies have voted me as their representative. For all I know it's so I get hit with all the lectures or something, but whatever. Management's approved the appointment, so I guess I'm head of Ads now? Yay…


be5a96 No.162

>>160

>events reaction

Welcome to MamonoCorp.

>description of Phil, context

Hamlet, Act III, Scene II, Line 2125

>request

Check your inbox, I've forwarded you Yom's business contact info.

>promotion

Congratulations, and good luck.

>>160

>tutor request

The tutor I reached out to should reply soon.

>recording

It's already recorded and stored temporarily, might have to start sharing some of those recordings.


29573c No.163

>tea'n'coffee

Cass, Firewine'll be contacting you regarding the matter.

>>162

>tutor response

Good to hear, thanks.

>recordings

<Send some my way when you can?

Additionally, I have news regarding the murderpals. I just got word that one of their groups attempted to attack a Corps-guarded village, and the Corps have mobilized in response. We did warn them. I've been called to the front; Jade, your official orders are to guard this locale. The plan is to put Marduk's Pals in a position to sweep Illias' core group and put her out of business ASAP. We're only going after the troops, Marduk and his holy warriors have to handle the central Celestial presence; as such, with the entire Corps active we won't need to be involved too long. I'll be in a bit late today because of all this, so I'm sending in the appropriate tardy forms. Morgan, mind taking care of filing that for me?


be5a96 No.164

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>>163

>mobilization

I assume the attached is something similar to what is about to happen. I'll make a few calls, see about getting a little extra force on standby.

>recordings

See your inbox.


29573c No.165

(Message from drone_network: Lights unit 725 engaging remote control mode, logging into account "Shura" with provided credentials in temporary memory.)

Currently out on the field. Things have gone well, only a couple strongholds left for the Corps' side of things before we hit the main Illian HQ. Then it's on Marduk. Expect us back later today. Sorry about the disappearance of our Security staff, but I wasn't about to let my Warband miss out on this. I'm requesting similar tardy forms filed on their behalf, Morgan. Lightfull, if you've got a problem with our involvement in this, we can hash that out after getting back.

>>164

>reaction

Pretty much. Patience only holds so long, and the Illians have pushed the button without thinking for far longer. Gotta say, being able to go out and make some actual, meaningful change is therapeutic. Not to mention I'm finally getting that good fight I'd been pining for.

<Chances are it'll be in the news before long, if it isn't already - there's a group of Ratatoskrs with seemingly no concept of fear who've been following our group, carrying cameras and getting shots of everything. Dunno if it's vid or stills, haven't had a chance to ask.

>recordings

Yeah, these are some right good ones, thanks. Ended up coming in handy for establishing an appropriate "mood" for work out here.

<Nothing like a bunch of berserk Wizards in full armor-robe getup, charging a position while laughing like maniacs.

(Message from drone_network: Lights unit 725 logging out of account "Shura," purging credentials from temporary memory, disengaging remote control mode.)


29573c No.166

>>162

>the lady doth protesteth too much…eth

I see your Shakespeare and raise you Catullus 85. When I think of Phil, I just want to wipe that annoyingly entrancing smug grin off his stupidly handsome face, whether by proving I'm better than him in a game, or fucking him senseless. Dunno if it's the new instincts going wild or the Psionomania training affecting my emotional states, but I'm trying to push the negatives into affectionate insults so I can focus on the positives, alright? Kinda envious of Morg and Tandy for their relatively-smooth emotional transitions. Besides, you should hear what he calls me. Outside the workplace, the guy's got a vocab like that Gazza dude.

Related: Zuzi, I'll be dropping by R&D later, and that Mog grem's place after work, for a few…upgrades. Yeah, let's call 'em that. Got plans for Phil, and I'd like for this bod to be able to handle the task, as it were.

>yom and firewine are up for talks

Thanks. I'll pass word when we know what sort of thing Phil's able to work out with them.

>good welcome to company, congrats and good luck

Also thanks, with what these morons get up to I have a feeling I'm gonna need all the luck I can get. If nothing else I should be able to keep them mostly in line; if they try fucking up again in a way I don't catch, lemme know.


8d0bbf No.167

>>166

>upgrades

I called Mog, she's bringing some stuff over, we'll get you tuned up and tricked out.


29573c No.168

>>167

Fuck yes! Uh, I mean, thanks! The sort of stuff I've seen you guys put together from looking through the archives is fucking amazing. Just pulled up the log of all the things you put into Doc's robutt half for ideas, and damn, that's some heavy-duty hardware…and I'm not just talking about the flight kit or the more combat-ready gear. Definitely looking forward to this.


be5a96 No.169

>>166

>>168

>Catullus, upgrades

I get the distinct impression that what you've in mind is going to be cathartic and perhaps a touch dangerous.

>>165

>finally getting a good fight

Nothing like a little dustup to get the oil flowing, eh?

>mood, reactions

I want a recording of that if it exists.


29573c No.171

>>169

>cathartic and maybe dangerous

What, like "making it with a loader" or battlefucking a dragon ain't dangerous? Jokes aside, this is just gonna be a matter of getting more in touch with my new nature, pushing past the Odi so the Amo can bloom. Might go for some of the more powerful kit later, after I've had a chance to put Phil through a proper fitness routine, but for now it's all softness and cuddles. Lewd, I know. The Sidhe here pulled up a pic they think appropriately describes things, attaching it to this message.

Also, I got a message from Corps Dispatch; seems Doc's able to keep watch of comms even if he can't talk, and he sent a couple recordings, one from the squirrels and one from his robutt eyes. Forwarding to you, enjoy. Depending on how the HQ assault goes, he and the Warband should be back in a few hours.

(Message from HR: This post has been sanitized due to excessive lewdness. Really, Cassidy? Handholding?)


29573c No.172

Unending Suns, what a day. Chances are the events have hit the news outlets by now, and it'll be interesting to see how that's handled. Some stuff won't have hit the media yet, though, and I can at least report that.

The HQ battle was a right mess, murderpals and Illian Celestials everywhere. One of their groups threw down a hefty lockdown ward, meaning there was no exit until roughly everything in the compound got punched a few times. Which, naturally, was the order of the day. Illias ended up getting right fussed about all her featherdusters getting messy, and showed up herself…right in time to get smacked down by Marduk. I can't say if it was more awe-inspiring or hilarious, and I made sure Tess took recordings. Anyway, the faith of Illias has been officially disbanded, the remaining members being sent to appropriate facilities. Those who didn't believe but went along to keep their families safe are in protective custody, those who were indoctrinated are getting Mindflayer/Psionomaniac treatment, and the die-hard active zealots are on their way to various forms of prison depending on their sentence. Jade, I made sure to have the processing teams check your younger family members for any chance of psychospiritual recovery, just in case, and they'll pass you the results. There's an active search for any hidden cells of the faith, and hopefully that should eliminate the remaining forces soon. No clue about the various Celestials, but Illias herself is in the equivalent of an orange jumpsuit and Hannibal Lector restraint (yes, I got that in the recordings), and if she ever gets out of lockup, my guess is she'll be doing - at minimum - what amounts to community service for several millennia.

Bit of odd news to go with this; on the way out, one of Marduk's Pals - I think it was our group's Preceptor or Bishop or something, they all had those helmets on - handed me a small box and told me to open it later. The contents are an iron key, a piece of parchment with my name and the symbol of Marduk, and what seems to be a gold coin stamped with Order of Light heraldry. I don't know the significance of any of this, and the paladindus aren't exactly available for comment. Any help with interpretation would be appreciated.

Some bad news as well. I took a bolt of Warlocksmithing to the face, losing my right eye and ear; it's a good thing Cress was on Tess at the time, or she'd have been hit instead. The damage isn't repairable - nothing short of divine intervention can undo Warlocksmithing, and the deities are obviously a bit busy right now - so I'm going to need replacements. Zuzi, if it's possible to prep a synthetic eye and ear for wetware integration, soulclay-based or otherwise, I'm pretty sure I could get the relevant nerves connected. Might be interesting, being able to mod those like with my left arm and Tess' systems.

>>169

>nothing like a little dustup

Damn straight.

<Though dangerous, combat is quite vigorous exercise.

>recording

<Sent a few earlier on, and I've got some more besides to share, along with those noted above. They'll all be arriving shortly on flash drives, have fun.


9c9e51 No.173

>>171

>Ilias smacked down by Marduk himself

Heilige Scheiße. That must have been a sight to see.

>items

No clue here.

>warlocksmithing

That's unfortunate. Best of luck on getting the synthetic replacements and making a speedy recovery.

>recordings

Many thanks, I'm going to enjoy this.

>>171

>put Phil through a proper fitness routine

I've put together a few things that may help make that a little easier on him. Should be on your desk shortly.

>sanitized

No comment.


29573c No.175

>>173

>sight to see

No kidding. I did my best to catch it on the recordings, but there's nothing quite like the sheer presence of two deities duking it out.

>no clue

I suppose I'll just have to hold onto them until it's cleared up, then. I'll try and get in contact with Marduk's Pals when they're available.

<If nothing else, they make a nice souvenir.


8d0bbf No.176

>>172

I checked the footage to see the dimensions the prosthetics will need. I'll have something whipped up in a bit, we'll paste them in with some soulclay and you'll be better than new.


b65558 No.179

[forwarded from an external mail server]

>>172

Looks like you've had even more excitement than me during the recent events, Shura. I hope everyone is ok, or at least mostly so. I don't know who among Illias's strategists decided that attacking my martial arts instructor and me during a lesson was a good idea, but the attack appeared to be directed more at Kyuba than me, and it did seem a bit personal.

So a large squad of Illias's murderpals charged in on us while I was in the middle of trying to catch Kyuba to get her cell phone away from her–don't ask, it's part of her training methods…also don't ask where she likes to keep said phone during the training. Kyuba winked at me, tossed me her phone, and asked me to step away for a bit and call one of the numbers stored in there. The last thing I saw before turning away was her flash stepping right behind one of the murderpals while saying "Itadakimasu" in a sing-song voice, and I will never forget the look on those guys' faces at that moment–well, after they finally processed what had just happened and what was about to happen.

Anyway, after teleporting out of earshot and having a nice little chat about the situation with her friend–some kitsune kid, apparently–I came back to find one very lively succubus, some extremely subdued, barely conscious murderpals, and an even larger group of rather angry looking Illian featherdusters (nice term, btw) who had just arrived. Fortunately, a bunch of kitsunes showed up out of nowhere not long afterward to even the odds–sent by the kid, I guess. Let's just say Kyuba, the kitsunes, and I all got a good workout that day, but in the end we managed to send the intruders ignominiously fleeing.

Stay safe out there, everyone. The remaining Illian cells could still do some damage before being rounded up.

[begin Psionomania perception filtering keyed to Shura, Kurt, Tandy, and Jade]

>eye and ear injuries

My condolences. For what it's worth, my coworkers and I have been tasked with personally hunting down those cells as well, and I intend to make them pay for that. Between the magic, combat, and stealth training at the new job and my kazejutsu style martial arts lessons, I'm already much more formidable than I was back at MamonoCorp. They'll also discover that our raiju friend can do more with her electricity and senbon than just acupuncture treatments, and I really doubt they'll like what she can do with mere pocket change–from several hundred meters away. The nekomata has also been pulled back to help with Illian cell cleanup since Maria is safely under the protection of das Haus der Nacht. We'll get the Illians, and we'll bring them to justice, so don't be too surprised when your people happen to find some of these holdouts all nicely gift wrapped and delivered to them. (The gift wrapping part may not be entirely figurative; I saw one of our cheshires actually picking out gift wrap colors and patterns earlier.) We already have several leads to go on, some of them provided by Kyuba's friend. I have no idea who that fox kid is, how she's getting this intel, or why so many other kitsunes follow her, but she's certainly no friend of Illias, it appears that she and the chief know each other somehow, and her information checks out.

Time to go to work. Zeke out.


29573c No.180

<Great, the server pigeons are drunk again. Did someone find, open, and leave out a bottle of Mad Slav's vodka? If so, it's their funeral.

>>176

The new eye and ear are working great, Zuzi. Thanks for getting this set up for me. It's kinda funky, being able to see and hear the same way I do as Tess, even if only through one side. Could be useful.

<Trying out subsonics and actually hearing it from both instances was bizarre. Kurt, Tandy, Zuzi, if you've any ideas for tests or mods for the new eye and ear, I'm interested.

>>179

Zeke, on the off chance you end up reading this, thanks once again. It'd be nice if there were a way to send our appreciation of your efforts. Best of luck and happy days to you. Looking forward to when we meet again - I'll bring the booze.

>zeke sends regards, still through untraceable connection (by my lack of skill, at least, good luck kurt)

I'd go about trying to find the guy, but chances are he'd be the one to find me…and I'd only realize it after he'd already walked off and disappeared again. I'll have to talk to Gran about that, see if the ancient cat can rustle something up with her own skills and resources. Still, good to know he's doing well, and still wish I could see or try the training myself; for some reason, I get the feeling this Kyuba is completely taking it easy on Zeke, and could be working him a lot harder. I'm not surprised that the murderpals and featherdusters tried wreaking havoc there, considering I found a group trying to break into my mountain when I got back. I'm guessing they found out about either myself or the angel I'm hosting, but it didn't work out so well for them either. Anyway, Kurt, I'd say it's a good idea to keep those additional forces on call. Even if they end up not seeing any action, knowing they're available should hopefully reduce worries until the rest of the murderous morons get swept up.


8f2383 No.183

>>179

>Zeke update

Is it just me, or is Zeke working with someone close to Inari-o-Kami? Regardless, it's good to hear you're doing well (yes, I know you can see this).

>>180

>prosthetic tests

The obvious one is a HUD/handsfree setup connected to a portable terminal.

>forces on call

Funny you should mention. Some idioten decided to make a move against my estate. They got right up to the gate, and were then given a rather thorough demonstration of why such actions were unwise. I'm going to be stepping out for a few hours later today to take part in teaching those who escaped why they should rethink their lives.


29573c No.189

The reforms program here in HR is progressing well. A few of our more rowdy members are lagging, but should catch up soon. Kurt, many thanks for the programs provided, they've made the remedial training sessions much smoother. Hopefully they'll be productive members of society by week's end.

Unrelated: with employees constantly chatting or disappearing to the far corners of the world at all hours, it's simply a miracle that we get any work done around here. I can only imagine how outsiders must view our antics. I know there was a list of explanations drawn up a few months ago regarding questions of how we excuse such activity, but with the various departmental restructurings and other events, perhaps a new set is merited. Even if not appropriate for use as informational materials, it might boost morale.


29573c No.192

Pigeons, I swear!

>>183

>obvious hud setup

Obvious for a reason, even I thought of that. Got a basic model installed; Cress, Nu, and Ro are working on adjusting the design for aesthetics.

<Still a good idea, and much appreciated. If you've got any feature suggestions or programs you could forward for said HUD, I'd gladly accept them.

>idiots attacking

Yeah, I'm getting reports of a few of those at various locations. Irritating, but easy enough to deal with. They won't last the week.

<Dispatch tells me we just received a literal clown car full of Illians, in full sad-clown makeup to boot.

Speaking of stepping out, I just got a response from Benny's Preceptor, and I've been asked to stop by their temple over lunch tomorrow. Not sure what we're going to cover, but hopefully the box will be explained. Should I try to get some of Marduk's Pals sent your way as reinforcements?


8f2383 No.193

>>192

>hud suggestions

Forwarding you the layout data I use for the HUD in my glasses. The "readouts" section is designed as a generic data display area, should prove helpful in your R&D work.

>reinforcements

The offer is appreciated, but this particular batch won't need it.

>>189

>HR reforms

Good to hear. I expect that'll make your job much easier.

>activity explanations

If I've fixed a problem before, I most likely have a script to make fixing it faster this time around.


29573c No.195

Zuzi, those mods you and Mog put in were just perfect, Phil loved them. The plan went off without a hitch, and if I'm not wrong, this "new me" that I am is now truly the "me" that is me. If that makes sense? Fuck it, you know what I mean - I love him, and that's that. Anyway, I've got Phil on exercises to hopefully bump up his Spirit throughput for more…intense activities, so to speak. Matter of fact, I didn't even get a chance to suggest the fitness regime - he brought it up himself, claimed he wanted to be able to keep up with me. Kurt, that package you made ready for the purpose is helping immensely. He's not up to Wizard training schedules yet, but I'll get him on par soon enough.

Of course, it's going to be a while before he's able to get much done in that respect, as he's currently taking lessons from both Yom and Mrs. Firewine. Seems they're fine with the brews being made more available, so long as the one crafting them puts time and care into the process…and if I know my boyfriend at all, he's going to do just that.

Morg, I'm still pissed with you about slapping down that pic I posted, it was completely within guidelines. Is this because I ate the last of your Thin Mints? Just get Doc to get you some more if that's the problem.

Doc, Kurt, could I ask you to make a few custom drones? Like the birds in the daycare, the glamour-focused kind, and about a half-dozen. I'm not up for multisleeving on a regular basis yet, but they'd let me keep in touch with Phil, and would help keep better watch over the department.

>activity explanation

The sales figures, you know they don't lie; whatever we're doing, we make people buy.


8d0bbf No.196

>>193

Kurt, dear, I caught Maria… inspecting your modded MCB, so we had a talk about respecting other people's things and I'm getting one of her own. I'll have it put on "educational" settings.


8d0bbf No.197

>>196

Pigeons, I swear.


8f2383 No.198

>>196

I suppose I should set the charging pod to lock when I'm not jumped into the unit stored there.

>>195

>package helpful

Glad to hear it. Most of the contents were selected from personal experience with their effects, so if you think of anything else that may help, please let me know.

>drones

On it, will let you know when ready.


29573c No.201

One of these days I'm going to come back from a meeting and not have more to say than how delicious the catering was. With all the crazy stuff that happens around here, the gods have been watching us for a while. And, well, apparently my activities, contributions, and general involvement in events have merited response, and I've been given boons. The bishop threw a joke about me being an "honorary dragon" due to various factors: I have a lair (my mountain), a hoard (riches both financial and otherwise), act a bit like a dragon (supposedly), and my sister Ada is one herself (yes, Wurms count). At least, I think it was a joke, but who even knows with that guy. Anyway, the items in the box represented the gifts. The parchment marks that my children and their future generations will have spiritual guidance and protection through Marduk and his angels; Jonno and Telia apparently petitioned the Lord of Light for that, as with the way things are they're understandably just not in any position to act as godparents. The coin stands for fortune: a portion of the valuables and resources from captured Illian compounds were set aside and sent to my home. (Jade, your own family's fortune is on its way, expect it soon.) The key represents ownership; my mountain is now somehow legally a sovereign territory encompassing the summit to the base and downward to bedrock, and I've been given the title of "The Old Man" in recognition of both the extensive periods I've spent in time dilation and the likelihood I'm simply not going to die of old age. Not entirely sure I understand the last item's implications with regards to meaning of title or land; would the Strausses or Sir be able to explain?

Also got news on Illias' trial and sentencing. One thing I truly respect about the gods is their lack of concern for bureaucracy; the trial was done with supreme efficiency, and she's been stripped of her mantle, station, and power. If she wants any of it back, she'll have to earn it like us base mortals, and prove she's responsible enough besides. Which won't be any time soon. Her first task is building homes - by hand - for those her murderpals inconvenienced on their merry marches. I don't envy the lot who have to keep track of her, she was swearing up a storm of Enochian last I heard.

<Anyway, to work. I'll take any projects available, as usual.


29573c No.202

>>193

>job easier

Easier indeed. With the improvements in workflow and general practice, safer online habits, and overall cleaner environment, there's now room to breathe. For those of us who breathe, at any rate. This should make our department less troubling for you as well, so long as this lot remembers their lessons. Considering the effort Alex went to during his portion of teaching, and the time Dana spent organizing things, I believe that should not be an issue. Some of them may need to attend your next standard seminar, of course, but the rest ought to be prepared for proper work now.

Additionally, your outfit order should be completed soon, Nathan will message you when ready.


8f2383 No.203

>>202

>reform results

Good to hear, I appreciate the effort to make my job easier as a part of the shakeup.

>outfit

Excellent, looking forward to it.

>>201

>boons

Wow. I'll let my folks know to call you about the title and land.

>Ililas' trial, result

I do love a happy ending. Maybe now that she's not leading a band of murderous crazies, she'll find someone to mellow her out?

>catering remark

Maybe, but we've garnered the attention of the gods, so it may be a while.

>projects

There was a request for custom drones a while ago, specifically requesting some "like the birds in daycare."


29573c No.204

>>198

>fit plan requests

Yeah, actually, I've got a few ideas for additions, forwarding the info. Phil's not anywhere near that point just yet, so there's no rush, dude can't practice brewing at the same time as this stuff. Might be fun to watch him try, but that's for later, eheh. Gonna need to buy some nice aprons…

Also, got a few requests of a more relevant-to-IT nature. First, some of the idiots in the department decided to try messing around on the net again; I cut them off at the pass, no need to go full-lecture, but I am gonna need some of that stuff you sent Morg on teaching sane practice. I'm not letting my dumb-Sidhes drag the department down, they can do better than that. Even if I have to learn them up right good first. Second, pretty much all the terminals in here are gonna need new, well, everything. All those things that Janet fairy did took their toll on the systems, and a couple of the drives are physically fucked up from the overdone forcible rewrite-erasures. I'm sending you the details.

Separately: R&D, a cousin of mine is need of an MCB, and asked if the whole "stands up to a full-moon crazed Ushi-Oni" thing is accurate. She's kinda new to being an Ushi, ended up getting turned in an emergency medical procedure recently, and is still learning her own strength.


29573c No.205

>>203

>illias mellow ever

<I dunno, do you think there's anyone out there besides Shinpuru with that level of chill?

>birds request

Thanks, I ended up missing that one. I'll have some ready shortly, and can add magic to any you've made if need be.

>folks will call

Much obliged.


8f2383 No.206

>>204

>ideas

Much appreciated.

>teaching assistance

The software I dug up for helping Morgan with the HR training was specific to the HR field. I'll let you know what I find with regard to advertising.

>Janet, ads terminals

Was haben jene Idioten dieses Mal getan? I'll work out the tickets from the details you've sent, then I'll need to have a word with Janet about hardware damage to company property.

>cousin

Might also want to look into getting a seal if she hasn't already.

>>205

>chill level

I think the man's got college-age grandkids who can match him, but I'm not sure.

>drones

Case full of them is on the way down there.


29573c No.207

>>206

>what'd they do

They haven't done anything recently, I'm pretty sure this is just the aftermath of that rampage the fairy did back when these morons tried making that VN. Might have been partly on the Warband, as well, considering what they did through Doc's robutt. Dumb-sidhes were too embarrassed and terrified to send tickets for getting things fixed, as the stuff's apparently been like this ever since. Only found out about it myself when I checked things personally.

>teaching tools soon

Good to hear.

>cousin seal

Oh, she's got a stack of the things, keeps spares with her at all times. Paid extra for added durability and reliability to boot.

>i see you guys are working on my birds

Damn you work fast. Thanks again. Doc, I'll be by shortly to pick them up.


8d0bbf No.209

>>204

Trust me, the Boyfriend dolls can stand up to some serious abuse. You should see the equipment we impact and crush test them with. The unit Kurt splits into didn't even need any structural reinforcement to stand up to my heavy loading sleeve frame.


29573c No.210

>>209

>they're durable as fuck

Definitely good to know. I've sent her the info, expect an order soon.

>splits

Oh, right, that mindsplit thing, like what Doc's got with Tess. I'm placing an order for the dreamlinker and batteries, plus a sleeve and MCB with some custom specs and mods. Phil's been asking me what it's like, the whole "being a robutt" thing…time to give him answers. Besides, I hear the dreamlinks are fun. It's not a rush order in the slightest - I'm gonna need to bring him around to the idea first anyway - but could you let me know when they're ready?


8d0bbf No.211

>>210

We've got link units and batteries ready to go, so you guys can play around with that while we get the robutt hardware ready. I mean, the mindsplit is only an incidental feature of the dreamlink, I highly recommend its intended main features as well.


29573c No.212

>>210

I'm seconding Tandy's recommendation, try the link to its fullest before worrying about the split. Aside from the more recreational aspects, it'll help you learn a lot about each other.

<The job is simple enough that it shouldn't take too long, but we'll make sure it's done right, so have fun in the meantime.

>>211

I still find it amazing that the thing took off so well. I mean, I originally put the idea forward due to lack of knowledge about just what an AI was capable of, basing it on things Nu showed me. Feels like so long ago.

<And the split itself, when I remember how that came about, I laugh. Now we're marketing it as a bloody feature. MamonoCorp, am I right?


29573c No.213

Thanks for all that work, guys. The drones are fucking sweet, easy to use and powerful besides. Might eventually consider multisleeving, but right now this feels just right for me. Also good news, the dreamlink thing worked like awesome. Here I thought Phil and I were close before. Morg, I've gotten a set for you and Nate, you two need to try this.

Separately, Jade, thanks for the card and the gift, I guess? Really, I appreciate the congratulations on my appointment to department head. I doubt I'm going to need the dildos to keep these dumb-sidhes in line, but having them handy won't hurt.


8d0bbf No.214

>>206

Kurt, I have to come clean. I have a bit of an ulterior motive for having you jump into that MCB so much. You see, I'm thinking about Junior Membership in the Sabbath like Maria has, for legal and paperwork purposes. It wouldn't require me to evangelize or attend anything weird, but I would have to "exhibit a proper aesthetic", which I've been trying to get you more willing to consider. I wouldn't have to go too extreme, 13 or 14 would fit the bylaws for Junior Members. That said, if it's something you just can't get used to I fully understand and I won't do it.


29573c No.215

>>214

Oh dear. Uh, before you two go any further, just what sort of legal and paperwork purposes are you talking? Hate to butt in here, but kinda required of me, Deacon thing and all.


8d0bbf No.216

>>215

It's just to make things easier. Reducing the intermediary steps, remove a number of hoops to jump through.


29573c No.217

>>216

Still not sure what could be made easier or simpler to such an extent by joining the Sabbath that it becomes an option worth willingly considering. I get away with a lot because of my circumstances, I am not an example to base things off of.

<If you two do decide to follow this madness, just…be careful, alright? I know it's obvious, but I'd feel off if I didn't at least say it. This is a cult, after all.


8d0bbf No.218

>>217

It's not like I'd be in deeper than Maria is already. I'm not about to autograph Nyaruko-sama's black ledger or anything. And I know we can approach them through you but being able to do it more directly would be better.


8f2383 No.219

>>213

Jade likes to stick those dildos to the furniture of people who make trouble, sometimes with more permanence than others. Not sure how it's relevant, but I'm fairly sure that it is.

>>214

>>216

>>218

>efforts, consideration

I think it speaks to your efforts that I'm considering this to this degree. I'm not ready to go even as far as you described, not by a long shot. Maybe in a few years time assuming positive interactions, but I'm rather markedly not there right now.


29573c No.220

>>218

>approach directly

…You do realize they'd probably assign me to be your contact anyway, right? You've met Jessy, you know she'd take any chance to try and drag me further into the family business.

<Seriously, that goat's been holding back.


29573c No.221

>>219

>jade and dildos

Yeah, I got that. Plenty of instructions on what to stick where if the punters got out of line.


8d0bbf No.222

>>219

>>220

There we go then, no reason for you to panic anymore, Shu.


29573c No.224

>>219

>>222

Honestly, I was more confused than anything else considering that, ideally, once this whole legal mess is over Maria should not even be in their ranks at all. I'm perfectly fine putting in the work until then.

<Getting in's easy, getting out isn't. Why take the risk when it's just a matter of time?


8d0bbf No.225

>>224

Wait, getting Maria off the books is not only possible, but in the works? Coulda told me sooner mister Deacon.


29573c No.227

>>225

>coulda told you sooner

Sorry about that, I thought you were aware already. Technically, it's been in the works ever since you two decided to take the plunge and fight the AI rights denial legislation, that whole "show of force" faux ultimatum, which I guarantee you've met. Realistically, it got into gear once we set you up as her Legal Guardians. Part of the Vendor Audit thing last week was a set of confirmations that you could, in fact, act as her parents in full without any trouble, and a lot of the information has gone into documents needed for the final adoption process. I wasn't kidding about getting out being difficult; there's already been a literal ton of paperwork involved, with more yet to do, and it's taking a while to collate things. Still, once the [REDACCCC-ERRORPLZSTOP] bureaucrats stop being such an issue and burn the unlawful laws, it won't be long before you're able to sign her exit forms.


29573c No.228

Addendum to the above: Kurt, Tandy, on further thinking, it occurs that even if the firewalls and mailing filters didn't interfere with anything, the server pigeons might have messed something up and blocked or corrupted information. So, I'm direct-sending you two a set of documents summing up everything that's gone on with regards to getting Maria out of the Sabbath, what's currently being dealt with, and what's left, as well as guest accounts to a private database where I'm storing copies of the actual forms so you can read them at your leisure. Hopefully that helps clear things up.

Speaking of documents, the Strausses' agency sent me a packet explaining the implications of Marduk's boons. Turns out the "honorary dragon" thing was legit, and a way for Marduk to justify extending his blessing on my family without requiring us to be members of his faith. It's also a bit of humor, but that's gods for you. The title and territory thing pretty much just mean my mountain's officially neutral ground, with all that entails. Admittedly the legalese surrounding that still makes my head spin, even with the dumbing-down of the explanation, but consider it ready for whatever. Been getting it warded up like mad over the past few days as part of that; Screyton's been on site walking me through some of the more tricky stuff now that I've got the capacity.

Two things I'm a little concerned by. First, on the document was a seemingly hastily scrawled post-it asking how soon we could have the mountain's interior made "properly presentable." Should I be worried about that? Also, I got a package from the Discordians this morning, a golden apple with an inscription translating to "for one with an interesting life." Tandy, you know their faith the best of us, any idea what that means?


8d0bbf No.229

>>228

>golden package

Could mean anything, from a joke to a harbinger of war. Probably means all of it.


8f2383 No.230

>>229

Ah yes, the good old "inclusive or."


29573c No.231

>>229

…Yeah, that sounds about right, all things considered. At least it isn't unnecessarily wordy convoluted legalese.

<You know what? I feel like going bowling. That at least is straightforward enough to understand.


8d0bbf No.232

>>231

And THAT is the proper response.


29573c No.233

Nullstricken, your order of Thin Mints is on its way. As are the other cookies.

>>232

I guess for once my gut instinct was correct. Still got other worries on the mind, like whatever that "get the home presentable" note means (easy enough to do, but the why of it eludes me), but at least this is right and proper.

<If only the same could be said of other confusing situations. Ah, well, at least I can be sure I'll never be bored. Not to mention I now have a solid gold apple for a paperweight. That alone is pretty neat.


29573c No.234

Security Bulletin:

Approximately three hours ago, the remaining Illian holdouts attempted a final assault; along with the martial portions of the two other recently-active major militant Human supremacist groups - the Daughters of Man, and The Order Unending - they attacked a temple of Marduk, one of the Corps academies, and, oddly, our home. Whatever spurred the decision - desperation, madness, simple indoctrinated programming - it matters little, as all of the hostile forces involved are now in various forms of custody. Moreover, thanks to the efforts of the sweep teams and certain concerned individuals, the hidden cells have been uncovered and detained. At this time we can say with confidence that the murderous faiths' most capable combatants - both Celestial and Human - have been neutralized, and what yet remain are mere bigoted individuals. Without the strength of the group to back up their rage and without their god to grant them protection, they are no more a threat than any other aggressor. We obviously do not advise outright ignoring the possibility of hazard, but the murderous faiths should at this time no longer be the threat they once were.


4f9fc9 No.235

Didn't notice the thread picked back up until now. Oops.

Please excuse my extended absence, everyone - religious shenanigans. Kept what contact I could, but I got wrangled into active religious bullshit. I figured the Nameless would drag me into the fray but I'd hoped She would have waited a month or twelve. Roaming the countryside, spreading the word, so on and so forth. Janet came along, as well - HR, take note.

Had a front-row seat for the Great Celestial Fuck-Up and the trial, though. Actually had to leave the room, I was laughing so hard. I might have gotten punched in the face by a long-lost relative for that, but fucked if it wasn't worth it. Lucky the Nameless is fine with me not being the forgiving type.

Excuse me while I roll through the archives and see what I missed…

>new hires

Ah yes. I think I sent one of you guys a box at some point. Ads and HR, if I remember right? Think I was midway across the Mist when that happened.

>Guardian Angel in service to the Nameless

Huh. I haven't heard anything about her from the Nameless - did She get things figured out, or do I need to put a word in?

>official orders

Uh. Oops? If it makes it any better, I actually was on the front lines myself, got caught up in Zipangu with a particularly crafty group of Illians and their featherduster figurehead. I may not be a front-line caster, but years of firearm experience and magic to hold steady aim make for one hell of a sniper. Had a few close calls - had to teleport out of the way of more than one artillery shell of divine intervention - but nothing too bad.

>younger family members

My issue is more that my old family were true believers - you don't get to the position my father was in as an indoc. To put it in perspective, it's entirely possible he was the warlock you ran afoul of. If any of them come out the other side as respectable individuals, cool, but I'm really not holding my breath.

Also, sorry about your face, dude. Hope your cybernetic replacements are up to snuff.

>assault on houses

Shura, tell your sister she's a genius for me. I got reports when I came home that an Archangel tried to kick my door in while I was gone, and the wards held. Nobody was there at the time, but still.

>family fortune

Oh, so that's why that pile of gold was in my room. I honestly figured they'd made Illias herself drop that in there. I'm actually slightly disappointed. Still nice to see some of the old heirlooms, though. I remember eating off some of this stuff when I was a boy.

>storm of enochian

I got to be a fly on the wall for that too. Had one of Her angels translate some of it, just for giggles. She was pissed.

>illias ever mellow

When hell freezes over. Probably not even then.

>damage to Adverts computers

Apparently that wasn't her - she says everything was mostly intact when she was through with it, the targets excepted. Given how furious she was, you might want to take that with a grain of salt.

>me and dildos

I know you've read the archives. Honestly, the whole thing started as a joke, back when I worked retail - I complained about how many dildos I had to handle in stock, and people started flinging them at me to get me to shut up. Picked up the idea when I moved to management myself and just ran with it.

>instructions

…that was not me. I make threats, but I do not actually use the things on anyone, nor would I suggest someone else do so. Might've been Janet sneaking something in.

>no more threat

The Nameless just dropped into my head and told me to inform you that, while she appreciates your zeal, your estimates are off. She did not elaborate. So, uh, watch this space?


921dac No.236

Whew… anyone who says lying down on a bed and talking for weeks isn't exhausting should try Prophecy. Honestly I'd rather have another throw-down fight with Machiko.

So according to whatever spirit of revelation The Lord jammed in my brain there, the 'Human Marduk' was essentially The Lord's messagebank while the greater part of 'Him' slept. (Apparently he was involved in something quite expansive, and seemingly even Gods can get tired.) His Dragon followers kept on keeping on as they were, but His human Dragon-Cultists took the absence of hands(or claws)-on direction (The 'Placeholder' didn't really do much in terms of direct action, content to give the Clergy a kind of vague "The Lord Approves", "The Lord Does Not Approve" and throw his pet angels at things that didn't stop the latter) as an excuse to shoot the moon. The 'Dragon' aspect was downplayed and His True Name was used as the final revelation for Senior Clergy.

However many centuries or millenia later combined with culture 'drift' and you have the Temple of Holy Light. Kinda funny how that works.

>>154

>Marduk Roaring

Half the damn world probably heard that. He's been dozing, kind of half-awake for about twenty years now (Hence why he shoved the revelation in my head instead of just calling the Bishop into the Sanctum Sanctorum and going 'new rules mate'), but something Ilias did recently brought him to ice-water-in-the-face-at-3am furious wakefulness. The Bishop won't say and apparently that part of my revelation is part of a number of chunks which have apparently been deemed 'Clergy Only' doctrine.

>>155

>Doesn't care for Ilias.

His Holiness the Bishop, after extensive consultation with The Lord, assures me that His most fervent desire at this point is to eat her piecemeal for the irritation caused by waking Him up alone, never mind the rest of it. Unfortunately He is required by custom to defer somewhat, Apparently there's a 'way things are done' amongst the Gods, and Lord Marduk DIRECTLY knocking the taste out of Ilias's mouth was very much 'not'. I have no doubt the Divines will argue about it for a few Eons before someone conveniently drops the 'Key' somewhere The Lord will find it.

I will admit to being somewhat concerned about what this would do to the Faith. I know we do have members who lean towards more Murderculty sympathies, and the last thing we need is a schism. Apparently there was at least one middling-high Cleric who tried to 'dial The Lord's old number' in the hopes of… fuck, I dunno, making him argue with himself? The Lord quickly disabused him of that notion. The sound of someone screaming so hard they tear their vocal chords is not one of my favourites. I'm told he is taking to his new role as a penitent monk quite well, though his vow of silence is more medical than voluntary.

Oh, and Shura? I've been exploring the differences in the dragon-religion and the human one with Machiko. Seems our side ommitted that the Lord, like other Dragons, likes to 'Keep' things. The Blessing? Yeah, He noticed you. You might want to pre-warn the Sabbath in case he decides He wants to keep you.


921dac No.237

>>235

Oh, one more thing. His Holiness did press The Lord on the nature of this "Nameless" Goddess. Apparently when the Bishop Remarked on her being 'of interest', The Lord replied simply "Isn't She?" and wouldn't elaborate further.

Do Gods get crushes? I can't explore that on account of I'm pretty sure the concept of Lord Marduk all dokidoki over the 'New Girl' is Heresy.


29573c No.238

>>235

>"guardian" angel with the nameless

The day Fiorenasallarioseth (Fio) ended up at my place, we went over to the Lotus temple and got her to talk with the Oracles. Technically she's not in the Nameless' service yet; we're waiting on official response, but the application's in, so to speak.

<The Nameless may simply just be too busy collaborating with Marduk on things like the issue of the murderpals to focus on what amounts to paperwork or something. Meantime, Fio's getting caught up on the world, hanging out in my library more often than not.

>"breaking" orders

Eh, you're an Appealant, "official orders" are more a strong suggestion than anything. As long as you're fine, it's fine. Either way, good that you're back.

>murderpals still a ruddy threat

Great. Just great. Oh well, after the events of the other day the various forces are still on alert, so keeping people on duty won't be a problem. Space watched, keep us posted.

<Should have figured it wouldn't have been so easy. Hey, might be a few good fights left - let me know if you get advance enough warning so I can gear up.

>>236

>blessing, warn the sabs

…I'm almost afraid to ask how I ended up getting Marduk's attention to such an extent. Consider the Sabs warned, I guess. And, uh, warn me if Marduk decides anything serious?


29573c No.239

>>235

>computer damage not janet (maybe)

Hey, all I know is they were messed up, and Janet and the Warband had some "fun" asserting their authority in here. Considering what these little fuckers did, I didn't really care who dunnit, just that it got fixed.

>instructions

Not threats, instructions. The note was describing how many to put on what furniture with what fastener, arrangements, color design, that sort of thing. Prankster-grade, not any sort of violent. Honestly pretty well-thought out, got a few ideas for my own methods out of it.


4f9fc9 No.240

>>236

>Marduk-senpai has noticed Shura

>half the damn world

Can confirm. I was in Zipangu at the time, going by the timestamps. She gave me enough of a warning to put my hands over my ears, which was nice because it sounded like every flashbang in the world going off at once.

>>237

>dokidoki

Pretty sure that's Heresy for me too. Still not used to caring about that sort of thing.

>>238

>Fio

Next I speak with Her I'll put a word in, see if we can't expedite the process.

>murderhobos

I'm not sure exactly what She meant - like I said, She didn't elaborate. I don't think any of us are naive enough to think that the world will be all fluffy bunnies now that Illias and Friends are out of power, but I'm not sure if She means to watch out for the mundane bigots or if there's another cult lying around that hasn't been caught.

Either way, She considered it of highest importance that I immediately went on my disciple pilgrimage thing. It was something I had to do - I can't actually be a disciple without doing it - but even Illias gave my parents a few years to get it done. Not that I remember, I think I was two or three at the time.

>>239

>"fun"

Understatement of the century. They were pissed.

>instructions

Oh. Still wasn't me, though. All I put in was a note that basically said "good luck have fun don't die". Probably Janet fucking around - she's due any day now and she's getting restless.


8f2383 No.241

>>234

>murdercult showing up at your door

That makes two of us. On a related note, it seems some members of the cult I was born into evaded capture back in the day. As of a couple hours ago, that's no longer the case.

>>235

>spreading the word

Welcome back, was your trip productive?

>computers

Regardless of the accuracy of her denial, please remind Janet to attempt to avoid damaging company property in the future. (Warband, that extends to you as well.)

>>236

>Prophecy, explanation

Interesting. I suppose we now understand the reason why Marduk's following is more benevolent than most celestial faiths.

>angry waking

I suspect it has something to do with that Archangel's boss. Perhaps Ilias stepped on Marduk's metaphysical tail as she went about the business of supporting that angel?

>knocking the taste out of Ilias's mouth

Care to see a recording of that? Shura caught it and it's a great watch.

>"Isn't She?", suggestion of heresy

If there's one thing Dame Nacht's taught me since reestablishing contact with my family, it's that even beings of unfathomable power have more in common with ordinary individuals than it first seems.

>>238

>how you garnered Marduk's attention

Read the logs, Shu. I'm honestly surprised it took this long for a divinity to take notice.

>>240

>murderhobo warning

Murdercults spring up as an extension of the natures of their founding members. It's not a matter of "if there's another one out there," but rather "when will the next one rear its ugly head".


29573c No.244

Pigeons, I swear I will have squab one of these days…

>>240

>put in a word to expedite

Much obliged. Like I said, Fio's keeping occupied, but I'd bet she'll be glad it's being taken care of, however it goes.

>lack of clarity in warning

Maybe the Nameless figured it best to just keep us ready for anything, rather than specify one threat and risk another catching us off-guard. Tunnel vision is its own weakness, after all.

<Or maybe she's just ruddy busy and went with a quick memo instead of a full bulletin. Or something else entirely. Whatever the reason, doesn't matter - preparations will be made.

>>241

>divines taking notice: read the logs

…This isn't related to that "saint" joke you guys keep throwing around, is it?


8f2383 No.245

>>244

>"saint" joke

The expression "You're a saint" or "You're a saint in the making" is an way to express that you're acting in a way that expresses a saintlike level of being an upstanding person. The fact that you regularly prompt such a response, combined with how much you get done, make it completely sensible that you'd attract the attention of the divinities.


921dac No.246

>>245

The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that good old Jas. Worthington Esq. (How IS that showpony, Kurt? Is that sister of yours leaving him able to work?) was right, some minor deity at some point is going to give Shura its mantle as 'Work Experience' and just 'forget' to take it back for a few eons while it goes on holiday somewhere in Paradiso.

>>240

>mundane bigots

I actually had a chat with Gaz after I'd finished the footnotes to what I'm HOPING nobody's stupid enough to title the Book of Benjamin. He revealed something interesting. The Hells in all their myriad permutations hold beings that are Dishonest, :Lustful, Selfish, Violent, Wrathful, even Sadistic, but even they are astonished sometimes at the Human capacity for real Evil. The Broken Mask? The 'organization' that used Gaz as a chew-toy since he was barely able to form words? Completely secular.

(Oh, and incidentally, do we have any Ammitians in the company? Gaz would like someone to ask their priest/ess if Ammit could please 'Lose' a few particular souls somewhere within his Wife's Domain should they come before the Scales of Ma'at. I'm not sure what he's going to do, but I'm sure it involves the spiritual equivalent of a rusty cheesegrater.)

Onto ACTUAL work shit, Machiko's still on Maternity leave and I'm on call for that as soon as the first cracks start appearing in the eggs. Ms. Leafowicz asked if folks can remember that Tax time is coming up and to please be gentle with the Danuki, who are likely to be somewhat fraught at one point or another.


29573c No.247

>>246

>human capacity for evil

Well, ours was the race to invent Warlocksmithing, so yeah, stands to reason. It's a pity, but what can you do.

<Just means we need to work harder to stay proper.

>children soon

Congratulations once again, and good bloody luck. I know you've likely set things up right strong at your home, but if you need something fixed, Ada's agency offers discounts for repairs on child-caused damages, and Wurm-grade, child-safe structural reinforcements besides.

>ask ammitians: ammit please "lose" some souls for gazza and clarice

There's this one village I know of that's full of them. Nice folks, amazing gardens…not sure if that's faith-relevant. I'll pass along Gazza's request when I get the chance. Shouldn't be too difficult to get over there for a couple hours.

>tax time

On the one hand, paperwork. I can do that. On the other hand, I don't even know what forms are appropriate any more with these insane circumstances. I may need to stop by Finance for help with that, or at least suggestions on who to consult.

<Apologies in advance for any madness that arises from attempts to work out the details on the bloody thing. If there are any services I can provide to ease the situation, such as time-dilated subplanes, let me know.


8f2383 No.248

>>246

>Herr Worthington

Between keeping up with Petra and working with my folks, he's keeping extremely busy. One of these days he'll disabuse himself of the hero-worship for Fredrick and be much the better for it.

>commentary on evil

Not surprised in the least bit.

>Danuki warning

I'm feeling generous. There's a crate of herbal teas good for stress relief on order for the department. Also, please remind them that filing tickets at the last minute tends to increase the stress involved, as do improperly filed and mismarked tickets.


4f9fc9 No.249

>>241

>productive

I am now an ordained disciple of the Nameless Goddess, with all the metaphysical divine power that implies. There's not much organized religion under the Nameless, but apparently I'm at the top of whatever exists. I've yet to work out what that actually means.

>message

…I think, for safety's sake, I'm going to take a rain check on that. Between hormones and being unable to fly on account of her two passengers, she's a bit irritable. Hopefully that'll pass once the bundles of joy arrive.

>>246

>>247

>human nature

Ever notice how much religious dogma centers around rejection of human impulses? There's a reason for that - we have trouble harming other humans, but we're really good at dehumanizing our enemies.


29573c No.250

Benny, I've spoken with the Ammitians, and the priestess involved should contact you shortly to confirm the details. I didn't go into too many specifics, figured you'd be better able to mark the targets, but the basic explanation got her attention like that.

<According to said priestess: "Officially, no promises. Have to follow protocol, after all. Unofficially, if the souls are from people like those, [Gazza and Clarice] may want to prepare for 'guests.'"

>>249

>disciple high in rank…whatever that means

Congrats, and good luck figuring things out.


921dac No.251

>>250

Goody Gumdrops, Cheers for that.

Gazza would ordinarily just do a nudie-run and attempt to headpat She-Who-Waits into submission, but the funny thing about Ammit… We've always held Lord Marduk in primacy, but even the most fanatical paladindu knows Ammit comes a very, very close second. Kinda hard to not hold a Goddess who's going to see everything you've ever done, or could ever do in some kind of reverent esteem.


dbf521 No.252

If the individual responsible for compromising our primary edge router in attempting to bypass the web filters would please report to my office, I will be far more lenient in my recommendations of disciplinary action than if I must track you down.

Related to the above: Benny, Finance should be getting paperwork for replacing our current backup internet trunk with one of several I've looked into that will do better about meeting our SLAs. I need someone with decision-making authority on the subject of billable services to look over the paperwork and make a recommendation from the options presented to be passed up to the appropriate desks.


29573c No.253

Kurt, Tandy, another chunk of the "get-Maria-out-of-the-Sabbath" paperwork is done, hitting the home stretch now. Even this blasted bureaucractic balderdash can't stand in the way forever. The next set on the agenda's one of the more critical pieces, and I need every eye that we can safely have checking it for accuracy. I'll be dropping off packets with warded copies of the documents' current drafts; could you go over them with the Strausses, verify the details, and notify me of any errors?

Unrelated: Ada and her husband are back from their honeymoon in the Mist, and it appears they were quite active, to the point of calling on Marduk's blessing. Yes, for that reason. Triplets, if you're wondering. Still waiting on the hatching for names. Source help them, they're in for it now; Ada was a joy to grow up with, but by the Unlit Suns she was trying on even Gran's extensive patience, and they've got three to take care of. It's a good thing their home's as sturdy as she makes them, because it's going to be tested to the end.


29573c No.254

>>252

Before you ask: no, it wasn't us.


29573c No.255

>>252

…Irritatingly, it was one of ours. Seems one of these lackluster hooligans didn't quite adhere to the lesson plan. Two of my sleeves are bringing her your way now.


4f9fc9 No.256

<Please excuse my feminine appearance; had to break out the old mindsplit. Janet's at a checkup so I have to be in two places at once. At least this time I didn't have a goddess try to jump into my head. Looking for name suggestions for the sleeve. No, I'm not accepting jadeite, that's the worst pun I've heard in a while.

<I apologize to all departments for the issues in logistics over the past month; I hadn't quite realized how much this department relied on my portal magics. That is in no way a slight on the Frans, by the way, they've done a good job with the tools I gave them. We should work our way through the backlog over the next week or so.

<I did notice that at least one person ordered contraband while I was absent, though. You know who you are. The Frans allowed it, probably in connection to some kind of prank, so I'll hold off on the dildo train. Just don't do it again.

>>252

>web filters

<It never ends, does it? Not sure if it's better or worse that whoever did it this time had at least some computer skills. A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing, I guess.


29573c No.257

>>256

>sleeve name suggestions

On the general gem theme, "Facet" might work to represent you being a part of the whole of Jade.


dbf521 No.258

>>256

>a little bit of knowledge

Indeed. This time it was just enough to find a piece of malware masquerading as a VPN. Luckily it was written by someone with mischief on the brain rather than doing any real harm, and just took down our primary internet trunk as opposed to something more insidious. Also, seconding "Facet".

>>255

When she gets back to your department, take whatever disciplinary action is appropriate for violation of the employee handbook with regard to internet access on company time. Additionally, unless this girl is duller than dried deadwood she'll be capable of some level of local support and intimately familiar with the tech-related parts of company policy.

>>254

>not us

If it was, I'd have marched into Advertising with the intent to teach the offender the error of their ways with far greater permanence than the previous incidents.

>>253

>paperwork

Good to hear about the progress. We'll go over the next set with Mina and Fredrick.

>Nieces

Pass my congratulations on to your sister and her husband.


29573c No.259

>>256

Good to hear the mindsplit's working properly this time.

<Bit of an odd feeling, isn't it?

>>258

>progress

Something to note about that. Even when the paperwork's done, Maria will still be tied to the Sabbath through her status as an AI under their Vendor license control. Obviously I'd rather the whole Vendor matter simply not be an issue anymore, but with the way things are going it doesn't look like that's going to be any time soon, confound those bureaucrats. As long as the Seattle Treaty mandates that said Vendor thing is required, the Sabs'll use that to keep her, and while there are technically options to transfer out, until recently there haven't been any destinations that the Sabs wouldn't reject. However, you remember how Jessy reacted to Dame Nacht getting involved, and her position on their "do not mess with" list, right? Would it be possible for das Haus der Nacht to act (or be set up to act) as a Vendor and the Dame as a Rep, at least until the Seattle thing's through? If that were the case, as soon as the paperwork's done I guarantee I could arrange a transfer without the Sabbath interfering. Would you mind bringing up the option when you're going over the forms, and if the consensus is positive, letting me know?


921dac No.262

>>259

Vendor licensing's pretty easy. Technically MamonoCorp's got one, but GremTech offers far too nice a Service Delivery package to want to have to go to the extra trouble and expense. Mostly it's to dot the 'T's and cross the 'I's for warranty issues involving our vehicle mods. Insurers, am I right?

Also IT, do you guys handle the monitors for the diagnostics systems down here on the motor pool? They've been flickering lately, lots of snow and weird noises through the onboard speakers… One of the guys swears he saw a girl with black hair in a monitor after he turned it off but I'm writing that up to fatigue.


29573c No.263

>>262

>it's reasonably easy

Thanks for confirming that. The documentation seemed to imply such, but good to know for certain.

Blazes, this could actually happen. Assuming the Dame agrees to take the Rep role for this matter, Maria could be out entirely of the Sabbath as soon as the transfer's done. Just a matter of getting the meeting set up.

<Won't even be too long before things are ready for that step. Aside from the critical detail control in this latest set of forms, the rest of the paperwork's turning out to be hilariously easy; seems like I grabbed all the irritating, tedious stuff at the start, and what remains is just confirmations.

Completely unrelated: Ada found out about the whole "honorary dragon, Noticed by Marduk" thing. Now there's a group of workers from her agency getting my mountain all gussied up, gold going everywhere. Ro's reaction when she saw things was a bit amusing, admittedly.

<At least it's being tastefully done, not just thrown on everything willy-nilly. I swear, dragons and their obsession with that silly soft shiny metal. Is there some significance to it that I'm just missing? I didn't think to ask before, and Ada didn't really explain too well.


dbf521 No.264

>>259

>vendor question

I'll ask. Meanwhile, some of the other estates have started leaning on politicians to get a move on with the treaty.

>>261

>shenanigans

I've no problem with good-natured fun, but the moment it crosses a line it'll get shut down hard.

>>262

>unusual activity

That sounds suspiciously like a spirit of some sort messing with your department's gear. If someone skilled in such matters could have a look at that situation, I'd be much obliged.

>>263

>dragons and gold

For one thing, gold is shiny. Shiny objects attract the attention of many predatory species by that virtue alone. On a more civilized level, gold is historically the most iconic symbol of value and wealth. By surrounding themselves in such a symbol, they mots likely satisfy an innate desire to have the wealth that they feel is due their status and power on a subconscious (and potentially conscious as well) level.


29573c No.269

>>264

>vendor inquiry, news on treaty

Thanks for checking into things, here's hoping for further good news.

<One way or another, it's a relief to know the end's in sight.

>an explanation for gold

Not as fancy as I expected from all the emphasis they place, but makes a significant amount of sense.


29573c No.270

FUCKING SERVER PIGEONS.

>>264

>spirit in motors terminals?

Ran a scan on that area, definitely a spirit in there. Seems like a Wisp took interest in that one guy, tried using the terminals to catch his eye, got stuck. That, plus the server pigeons getting riled up by her presence, ended up messing with things. She's been pulled out and apologizes for the problems, and will be making effort to not fuck up like that again. She's still hoping to meet the guy, though; not sure if it's professional interest or the normal kind. Wouldn't say.

>anything more than shenanigans will get shut down hard

Good to know. Also, seeing as the server pigeons burned the post in question: yes, the coffee and tea Phil's sending are still on their way.


dbf521 No.271

If the Frans would be so kind as to return the missing spool of ethernet cable to IT, I'd be much obliged. (If it wasn't you two, kindly give the real offender hell for me).

Jade, got a couple bones to pick with you:

Firstly, the shipment of networking gear that came in today wasn't ordered by anyone in our IT department, despite being marked as such. Any assistance you can provide on the matter will be appreciated.

Secondly, if you know who I can call to find out why a two-year-old order for a replacement copier got a tracking update today that it's en route to a local freight hub, I'm rather interested in getting some answers.

>>270

>coffee, tea

Much appreciated. I get the feeling it'll come in handy soon.

>>269

>gold explanation

Anything can sound ordinary or extraordinary when explained in the right terms.

Case in point: Despite how commonplace they are, computers are complex mundane assemblies of metals, minerals, and chemicals that do base mathematics at such a rapid pace that they can sustain the complexity of computation required for sapient thought using the power of tamed lightning.

>vendor inquiry

One of the companies Dame Nacht owns is in the process of getting certified to act as Maria's vendor until the treaty is settled.

Tangentially related, my folks have gone over the latest packet of paperwork, check your inbox for their notes on the matter.


29573c No.272

Good news! Fio's finally gotten confirmation of acceptance into the Nameless' service; apparently it really was simply a matter of Celestial bureaucracy, the issues being her previous employment under Illias, her less-than-official (and highly confusing) posting over the past three decades, and her involvement with the events at the Lotus temple immediately prior to Marduk's rude awakening. Whoever that Archangel and her boss were, clearly their connection complicated things. Anyway, Fio's first official assignment is still pending, but she's on-call for general work in the meantime.

Benny, I've a question I'm hoping you can answer. A package from your temple arrived at my home this morning, the contents a statue of a Draconic figure and an amulet with similar imagery. Any significance to this, or is it yet another of your bishop's jokes?

As for actual work stuff: Zuzi, got some files for you to look over regarding the MerMobility chairs, a set of ideas for efficiency and ergonomics tweaks.

<Also, a few upgrade plans for the Dreamlink devices that should reduce power consumption drastically, as well as a tweak to allow novice users an easier time of learning the system.

>>271

>vendor certification in progress

Excellent, looking forward to hearing when that's ready.

>paperwork

Received, and much obliged. On that note, I'm going to be unavailable much of the upcoming day, planning on checking through their notes and finalizing the rest of the guff. Management, HR, the appropriate forms are filed, and if necessary I can be reached on the standard channels.

<I should have the last of these dealt with by the day's end, the exit forms prepared for signatures as part of the transfer meeting.


4f9fc9 No.273

>>262

>insurers

Ugh, don't even get me started. One typo and the whole order's denied, and then I get to call in and shout until they get over themselves.

>>271

>frans, spool of ethernet cable

Wasn't them, if only because they don't repeat the same trick, and I'm pretty sure they already put stuff on the roof before. I'll have to get with the Warband and see who's to blame for this one.

>networking gear

Just from a cursory look, all I can tell you is that the order came from someone outside of IT that I'm not familiar with - I have your ID numbers more or less memorized because you guys order so much stuff. A question in turn: was it gear that you needed, or is it random kitschy overpriced underperforming LED-covered garbage? If it's the former, someone might have seen you commenting that the main internet trunk got eaten by a fake VPN and tried to be nice. If it's the latter, I need to trace an ID number because I know I warned someone about that at some point.

>two-year-old replacement copier

Passed you the number of the vendor, check your inbox. Before you go verbally eviscerate them, bear in mind that sometimes stuff falls through the cracks and gets forgotten. What probably happened here is the manufacturer or shipper dropped the ball and I didn't catch it because the order was placed before I took the department.

'Course, if you still want to call and yell, be my guest. One less call I have to make.

>>272

>fio, general work

Not any more she's not, because she's actually under my command somehow. She informed me of this by teleporting about two inches in front of my face and asking for something to do. I've got her on basic spread-the-word duty because honestly I don't know what else to have her do. Not sure why I'm commanding celestials in any capacity anyway, but the Nameless was quite insistent. Have the headache to prove it, on top of the one I got from the mindsplit day before yesterday.

Thinking about it, it's probably because She's still knee-deep in the celestial bureaucracy and can't take the time to command the troops, as it were. Still, not sure what I'm doing here. Without a defined goal, all I can do is station-keep.


dbf521 No.274

>>273

>cable, frans

That was fiber optic line, much more expensive stuff. Also, I checked the roof before asking, since they've done that one before.

>gear

It's a whole verdammt datacenter's worth of extra networking equipment. The labels seem to match those of previous orders from within the department, almost like somebody wanted it to look like an internal order. I'm going to be quarantining this stuff and inspecting it just in case.

>copier info

considering that the update before this was that it had arrived at the shipping hub local to the manufacturer, I'm guessing the shipper. No plans to shout, just politely inquire as to who screwed up and refer the relevant information to the C-levels along with a detailed analysis of how that screwup hurt the bottom line.

>leadership for the Nameless

She's probably also relying on you this much because you're one of her earliest, most significant followers. If you want my opinion, you should be prepping for the next murdercult to rear its ugly head in a big enough way to merit action.

>>272

>icons

I think that's something to do with the whole "Honorary Dragon" business.

>mermobility chairs

Speaking of, I've got a refinement of that mobility aid I fabbed for Sadie back when she got monsterized. Should work well for slimes who have trouble maintaining cohesion.


29573c No.275

>>271

>>273

>ethernet cable issue

The cables have been located, they were in a small breakroom. Expect them arriving in IT soon. You may possibly be inclined towards mercy toward the clerk involved, as he never intended to take the cables. He was a different Cheshire's target in a proactive dating incident, had been grabbed and dragged through a series of random teleports, and snagged the spool by sheer accident. The matter took place so quickly it almost didn't register on the security feeds. They are currently in Medical using one of the beds to rest from the events, if you wish to discuss the matter with either.


dbf521 No.276

>>275

>different cheshire, accident

I'll be sending the young lady an email suggesting that she may cause less injury by not teleporting into the IT supply cabinets. That should be sufficient for now.


4f9fc9 No.277

>>274

>gear order

Taking a closer look at the paperwork as I type this. Timestamps are all during my absence, a period of about two weeks. ID numbers change for each order, all random employees from different departments. All signs point to someone trying to take advantage of my absence to do something nefarious. @Finance, I've passed you guys the relevant invoices, you may want to see if things are as suspicious on your end as they are on mine.

>>275

>proactive dating target

Dropped a note on the offending cheshire, something something "keep your love life out of company time and away from company resources, heed my words or never again know peace." Gotta love magic.


dbf521 No.278

>>277

>information

I've yet to find anything out of the ordinary in the equipment itself, but there's still quite a bit of it to check.

>note

For the sake of not being too much a stick-in-the-mud, I'm going to state the obvious qualification to that: If you're not causing problems, you'll most likely be overlooked.


29573c No.279

>pranks…not pranks, but proactive dating event

Never a dull moment, eh?

>>273

Good to hear that Fio's gotten work so quick. Congrats on the command, and good luck setting things up; considering the Nameless' nebulous warning, I'm seconding Kurt's suggestion of defense prep. If nothing else, should provide a strong foundation.

<Separately, I am yet again glad the Source goes for a different sort of communication than what the Nameless evidently prefers, and I hope the Mindsplit headache was simply the expected disorientation rather than anything serious.

>>274

>likely the "honorary dragon" thing

Yeah, probably. Mostly it's just that, like last time, there wasn't any sort of explanation included - not even a short note. Rather confusing, figured it couldn't hurt to ask.

Separately, the Sabbath paperwork is done now, all verified and prepared for the Vendor transfer meeting and exit signatures. I'm forwarding you and Tandy some documents summing things up, full details available on the database noted in an earlier message.


29573c No.280

If the individual responsible for removing the blue cookie jar from my station in R&D could please return it, preferably with any missing biscuits replaced from fresh package(s), that would be greatly appreciated.

<Those belong to my Mofucore lab assistants, and the little puffs are quite out of sorts at the disappearance of their treats. They don't mind sharing, but taking the jar itself was entirely uncalled for.

Kurt, after taking a proper gander at the updated version of that slime mobility aid, it looks like something we could definitely add to the lineup. All the secondary-review test trials have come back green, and I'm forwarding you the data I'll be sending to Zuzi in case you'd like a set for your records. We technically already have something similar in the SlimeSkin envirosuits, but their flexy-soft nature is more focused on convenience factor, and this device would indeed be immensely useful for less-coherent individuals or those new to the state. Some might even simply prefer the style of the hardsuit over the softsuit more for aesthetic reasons. Always good to have additional options.


dbf521 No.281

Update on the unknown hardware: Almost all of it checked now, seems that there's some kind of insanely thinly distributed program on it. It almost seems like it's designed to interact with some weird variety of magic-induced signal. If someone with arcane knowledge could take a look at this I'd be highly appreciated.

>>280

One refilled cookie jar headed back to your desk. Someone dropped it in the hallway outside conference room 14, not sure who. Since it was empty, I had the drone that found it give it a washing before it got refilled. If I find out who took it, I'll let you know.

Additionally, Ältere Nacht Technologiekonsortium ltd should finish with the paperwork for undertaking vendor responsibilities by end-of-week. I'm told that you should hear from them as soon as they're ready.


4f9fc9 No.282

>>281

>magic signal

So, what we have is a set of hardware intended to be installed all over the building, something something magical signal. Seems to me like it's listening for it, rather than causing it - so something magical would happen, and cause something tech-related, not the other way around. You'd be able to tell better than I would what the thing's intended to do. What I can't tell is what this signal is, or where it would come from. It could be listening for something R&D is doing, or it could be listening for a signal from a remote actor. Might want to pass it to one of our resident Automata, they'd do better with magic/tech integration like that.


dbf521 No.283

>>282

>cause something tech-related

The software seems to be made to interact with whatever magic signal it's messing with in a two-way manner. It's more than a simple send/receive function, but I can't tell how much more. because of how the damn thing is broken up.


4f9fc9 No.284

>>283

>two-way

Yeah, I've got nothing, then. I'd say pass it to the local Algorithmancy expert - I've tried, but I can't make heads or tails of any of it.

On my end, I've run back through the ID numbers on the invoices and tracked down the people who ostensibly ordered these things. None of them knew anything about the situation, or at least that's what they told me. This was clearly an inside operation, so logically someone has to know something. Cassidy, I might need your help - I'm not good with Psionomania, or else I'd have gone full lie-detector. You might be able to pick up on someone acting shifty. I'll keep digging either way.


29573c No.285

HR Bulletin: Please do not be alarmed if you soon discover a new addition to our staff who acts as though she already knows you. Kaede was here for quite some time, unable to properly interact without being quickly forgotten. Measures are being taken to remedy this problem. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

>>283

>>284

>lie detection

Cassidy's specialty in Psionomania is in regards to illusions and glamours, but the information-gathering aspects are more my forte. I've investigated, and the individuals on your list were indeed involved, but not consciously. Each had been briefly under the effects of minor mind control. The one responsible left behind an explanation for any who might discover this, and directions for how to compensate those so controlled, as the actions were not taken out of malice but necessity.

>hardware and magical thing

This ties into the above mind control. Apparently we have on our staff an incredibly immature Nurarihyon. By immature, I mean that due to her relative youth, her capabilities are not quite under control. Kaede has been effectively invisible to everyone, not simply those she wished to avoid, lacking even a digital presence; careful Psionomania use is allowing me to temporarily counter the effect, but it is not a simple feat. I have before me a set of hardcopy documents regarding the matter, and it seems that Dana and Alex signed off on the request before themselves succumbing to the memory loss effect. An investigation by Finance will find a set of reimbursement forms from her estate regarding the purchases. She has been attending lessons at a temple to the Kami to learn how to reign in her powers, but until then this system should work to treat the symptoms. The program is intended to detect her jamming field and transmit various counter-effects both digitally and magically, overriding and reversing the memory and perception modification. It also doubles as a security system in the event someone with similar capabilities attempts to infiltrate the facility. Technically the hardware itself is not needed, only the program, and so long as the software is properly integrated and activated in our systems, the equipment is yours to use or dispose of as you see fit.


29573c No.287

Addendum: I obviously do not recommend blindly installing anything, as that would be peak foolishness. All systems and programs deserve the full care taken as usual. My willingness to trust the issue is based on hardcopy evidence, careful scrutiny, and verification by external sources of the systems' validity - notably the temple in question, and a confirmation from the White Lotus temple.


dbf521 No.288

>>285

>explanation

Knowing what it's supposed to do, I can confirm the tech side of the setup. The quality of the code is horrendous, but it does what it says on the tin. If somebody could double-check the magic side of this setup, and potentially put together a companion for the refactored version I'm taking a swipe at, I'd be highly appreciative.

Additionally, if Kaede could drop by the IT offices, I'd like to test this system on a small scale.


29573c No.289

Kaede and one of my Sleeves will be there momentarily. With any luck, soon she can return to duties in Medical as a friendly face rather than an invisible assistant.


dbf521 No.290

>>289

After testing by the IT department, new measures will be deployed to nullify a number of mind- and memory-altering capacities on the premises. These new measures will be deployed across the entirety of Mamonocorp's network by end-of-day the day after tomorrow. Deployment has already in IT, with Medical to follow shortly after.


29573c No.291

>>290

A potentially worrying situation turns out to be a bunch of tools meant to assist an employee in daily activities, and leads to the improvement of safety and security facility-wide. Just another quiet, relaxing Tuesday at MamonoCorp.

<Good to hear things turned out alright. Out of curiosity, could that program system be made viable for use on smaller platforms, like a Sleeve or set of cybernetic augments? Wouldn't mind having an additional security mod.

Anyway, work. Ro's passed me a request some of her sisters sent, a commission for Sleeves adjusted for Cursed Weapon use, so unless something comes up that's what I'll be busy with for a while. Still feels odd being relied on for tech support after so long being a techbane, but that's life.

<Shouldn't be too difficult, especially with my assistants for help. And to think I used to consider the little puffs nothing more than a hassle, like spiky Tribbles. Even if they mess with Moppo on occasion, they're ruddy good workers. Management, this absurd idea of yours has proven amazing.


dbf521 No.292

>>291

>sleeve mod

Given the absurdly bad job the programmer who wrote the software side of this did, I'm not going to mess with making a version for cybernetics or sleeves until it's been rewritten from scratch. Because of how badly it was written, I mistook it for an attack program of some sort at first. I'm sending you specifications for what I think the magic side of the rework will need.


dbf521 No.293

>>292

Now that I think about it, this would probably be more up Tee's alley. Tandy, details on the rework are in your inbox.


29573c No.295

HR, Management, we've got updates ready for our various products' ad campaigns, sending them to you for review.

Kurt, Tandy's been working with me and Morg on that program for Kaede, and we've got the magic side of things ready for at least a first release version of the system. Should have a small-scale compatible variant ready by the time the code side's done.

Also got an update for the glamour systems you and Doc have been using on the drones. Takes advantage of the stuff we're using for Kaede's med-tech, both simplifying things and expanding the options. The Birds 'n Bugs in the daycare can take advantage of it too, probably.

Jade, regarding that "not good with Psionomania" thing: if the problem's like what Doc's got where you can't get the right mindset, there's not much can be done. If it's something else, however, Morg and I can offer our old notebooks from the academy. Should be enough tricks and shortcuts in them to get you going.


29573c No.298

Server pigeons, I will have my revenge one of these days.

Ro, your sisters' Sleeves are ready, sending them off. Anyone with projects, send 'em my way.

>>292

>>293

…Yeah, going to need to defer to Tandy, Morgan and Cassidy on this one. I may be able to understand the stuff involved in this app, but even with Tess to adjust mindsets, Psionomania just isn't my School; I might be able to use it, but it'll be a long while yet before I'm willing to risk trying to craft with it for anything like this. Not fond of saying so, but this isn't a project I can help much with. Looking forward to what you guys come up with.

Speaking of mental magics: interestingly, I've found that the mental effects the Lotus monks have been training me with actually are up my alley. Obviously it'll take a good bit more training before I'd be able to filter things to this extent, but time, at least, is something I can afford.

<Not just the mental stuff, either. I'm not able to use Ki itself due to how thoroughly traditional magic is a part of who I am and what I do, but the teachings behind it have been most helpful, and I've already seen drastic increases in the efficiency of my casting across the board.

Also, got some news you might find positive, perhaps amusing. Apparently one of the Anti-AI groups Sir mentioned, the one described as "innawoods," I believe it was the Organic Primacy lot? Yeah, they're now a bit less of an Anti-AI organization, more of a lively commune.

<Seems those Wendigos and Skinwalkers that were watching them found a way in. With all the excitement, most of their base ended up getting seriously trashed, if not outright destroyed. Some Corps folks are on site to help with requested repairs, but not much is salvageable.


8d0bbf No.299

>>293

Ugh, this code is horrendous, needs a total overhaul. I'll have it done by tomorrow.


29573c No.300

Apologies for my absence much of the day, had to do the annual Corps capabilities/performance/health/etc. checkup. According to the documentation, I am indeed still alive and magicky. HR, I'll have the forms filed shortly.

<…I might have stuck around a bit to chat with some of my old professors, and possibly lost track of time. What can I say, they're good at keeping attention and know what they're talking about.

Kurt, Tandy, I just got a call from Ältere Nacht Technologiekonsortium ltd - they're ready for Vendor duties. Ryan was right, the licensing was easy to set up. We've got a meeting appointment set for the day after tomorrow; forwarding you the details. To sum it up: the Rep, a few techies, and a few lawyers from each Vendor will be in the meeting; as will you two, Maria, and whatever legal counsel you bring. We deal with the last few bits of bureaucracy for the transfer, you sign the final forms cutting her from the Sabbath, and it'll be done.


dbf521 No.301

>>300

>paperwork ready, meeting

Got it. I've forwarded the details to my folks. Also, I think it's probably wise to inform you that Ältere Nacht has picked a second-generation Spawn of Dame Nacht's as Maria's rep if you didn't already know.

>>299

>horrendous code

I know, right? I think the individual who wrote the original was either an amateur or drunk.

>>298

>innawoods Anti-AI group, new lease on life

One more problem dealt with, and so done in a decidedly positive way. Good.

>Ki, efficiency

Good to hear you're getting some benefit from training with the monks, even if you can't manage full-blown Ki abilities.

Benny (or Ms. L if Benny's unavailable), there are a couple software licenses that need renewing, and the approval paperwork is taking a while to get a response from anybody in Finance.

Jade, I got a message from one of my biological cousins who recently got out of rehab from his time in the Iron Cross cult. He's currently rather directionless without a religion to follow, and seems to have some impulses in line with the Nameless' domain. If you could arrange to pass me the appropriate contact info, I think he'd be able to do some real good (and it'd most likely be good for his mental health).


29573c No.303

In approximately three hours' time, the Warehouse subplane will be unavailable due to updating and overhauling various systems. This will last until the end of the day, at which point full functionality will be back online; a temporary stockpile will be available if resources are required during the upgrade. The full changelog can be viewed here, key notes being a doubled rate of resupply, and the interface of the system for viewing current stock and requesting additional resources being made significantly more responsive.

>>301

>rep detail

Yeah, that'll be the one I spoke with.


29573c No.304

The upgrade to the Warehouse subplane has completed and it is now back in operation, all systems and resources available as before. Thank you for your patience in the interim.

Separately: while I was busy with the upgrade, Maria was playing with my assistants, things like Uno and Scrabble. They were on break and she asked permission, no need to worry about her being a distraction; on the contrary, they had a blast and are highly motivated for work.

<Funnily, she ended up teaching them a bit, mostly by accident; they'd ask questions, she'd answer, it'd keep going like so. Mostly about aerodynamics, as it's their current interest. It was neat, watching the "lesson." She's got some real talent - the little puffs learned a lot in a short time.

…Speaking of the mofucores, I have to wonder: where did they even come from, anyway? I can't find any records for them before this place, and this group aren't of Mrs. Fallwalker's family. Did they just pop into existence or something?


4f9fc9 No.305

<Please excuse my absence, my current feminine appearance, and the ungodly hour I'm here - the twins got a bit impatient. Please welcome to the world Amber and Ruby Nephrite, born two days ago. Fatherhood is one hell of a drug, let me tell you.

<They're absolutely tiny, too - I mean, Janet's about two feet tall and they had to fit inside her, so I expected it, but tiny! I can't do but so much for them because I need tweezers for most things. Been spending most of my time helping Janet out. Figured I had enough spare cognitive power to get something done over here instead of just staring at the tiny little child processes. I'm still staring at the little child processes, if I'm honest, but at least I'm doing it productively.

>equipment purpose

<Alrighty then. I was half afraid I'd come back to Skynet, and half my psyche would be fed to the machine overlords or something. Good to see it's all resolved.

>>295

>psionomania

<I'll definitely take a look at those notes. I'm pretty sure it's just that I'm a hedge mage with a weird talent for Realitwisting coming back to bite me. One thing being easy makes the others harder by comparison, or something. Or I'm just rambling - haven't slept much. Need to pick up some real Syntropomancy at some point, if only because sleep is for the weak.

>>301

>cousin

<Details sent. If you think it'd help, I can toss a lower Celestial in his direction, for the personal touch. Keep me abreast of how it goes, if you don't mind - I'd normally be on top of it but, you know, kids.


dbf521 No.306

>>304

>warehouse upgrades

Good to hear. Related, the drone network should be fully interfaced with the warehouse system soon. That ought to decrease the response time for material-intensive jobs.

>Scrabble, lesson

I need to make sure Maria's tutor hears about this, it'll make her day in the most appropriate way.

>mofucores

If memory serves, we had an incident with some kind of duplication machine in R&D. Could that be the source?

>>305

>kids

Congratulations to you both! Expect a big box of specialty teas and coffee shortly.

>details sent

Much obliged, the cousin in question will be in touch. Additionally, he's mentioned a couple other ex-murderpals in similar circumstances. I mentioned the possibility of a personal contact in the message when forwarding the contact info, he'll ask if he feels it's needed.


29573c No.308

Kurt, Tandy: with the meeting done, Maria is now under the license of Ältere Nacht, and you should have all the relevant documentation. In addition, I am pleased to announce that all forms on the Sab side of things are now complete as well. Maria is, at this time, entirely out of the Sabbath.

>>305

>children arrival

Congratulations! Good to hear your family's doing well.

>sleep for the weak, getting around that

The tea and coffee Kurt's sending should help with waking activity. In addition, I've prepared a time-dilated subplane that should allow you and Janet chances to get shut-eye. You're going to need all the rest you can get, because it's likely your little ones are going to be after you or Janet for attention at all hours for a while. Syntropomancy will help eventually, but you'll need some serious practice to safely muck with your own systems for outright sleep denial; I'll pass along my notes on the subject so you can get to work on building the skill.

>>306

>dupe machine

I honestly forgot about that. Definitely something to look into later.


dbf521 No.309

>>308

>should have all the relevant documentation

And quite a bit of paperwork to complete. I think you were handling some of this when you were Maria's vendor rep. Regardless; paperwork's done, which means it's time to celebrate.

>check on duplication machine

I think that was around the time we were dealing with the fallout surrounding Sadie's monsterization. Not entirely sure on that, but that's about where I'd start looking in the logs.


29573c No.310

>>309

>time to celebrate

Bloody right it's time to rejoice! With all the good occurring recently - Jade's daughters arriving, Maria now in an far stronger position altogether, my own children receiving straight-ruddy-A's on their latest school report - how could we not? By the Source, life is good.

<I need to thank your family tutor, by the by. While my children were at your place, the tutor's help was of immense assistance. They dearly enjoyed the time spent, and are looking forward to the next term at school; Veris in particular is already planning on studying to become a historian.

>dupe machine check (sadie event?)

Turns out it goes back further than that, even all the way to before Gazza's wedding…and according to Management, it's something of a "hush-hush" affair, mostly due to absolutely no-one having any idea how or why it worked, all the way up to the "External Shareholders." The sum total of what's known for certain is that a non-functional machine was accessed by a child of an employee and suddenly Mofucores showed up en masse. The device and all associated research were confiscated, Mrs. Fallwalker received a payout of some kind, and the "duped" Mofucores became some sort of wards of the company, mostly staying in the Daycare. Officially, those acting as my assistants are a group who displayed aptitude for this sort of work and are getting job experience for later in life; that they're so insanely effective in the lab is an incidental benefit.

Unrelated: if one of the more religiously-connected folks could help explain why there are Angels holding formation around my mountain, I'd be obliged. No clue what faith, they're not showing any heraldry.

<It's a bit disconcerting, and I can't think of anything new that might give cause for them to show up just now. I've tried asking, not gotten a single response. Benny, Jade, any idea?


4f9fc9 No.311

I'm back, in person this time! Janet got tired of me hovering and threw me out, so here I am.

So would someone care to explain why my warehouse is a literal sea of packing peanuts? There's a full eight inches of these all over the floor. If I have to get the Warband on the cameras to find out who decided to make a discount ball pit out of my workspace, I'm going to port all of these things directly into their office. And car.

>>310

>rouge angels

Not mine. It's possible either the Nameless or Marduk set them there as security, but I'd expect them to respond to you were that the case. Also, you don't really need bodyguards, if we're honest. Are they still there?


dbf521 No.312

Apologies for the radio silence, I've been on running down some of our technology vendors for violating our SLAs. There will be a significant number of tickets that were held up getting fulfilled in the coming days as the relevant exterior elements are resolved.

>>310

>tutor

You still have her contact info, right? If not, check your inbox for said info. Sofia loves to hear that her students are doing well, especially when she had a significant part in it.

>angels

Ex-Ilian perhaps? I'm a bit lost here. Regardless, say the word and I'll scare up some reinforcements.

>>311

>packing peanuts

Drones en route to corral the mess until the offender is identified.

Unrelated, thanks again for the contact info for my cousin. He's doing much better, and has begun spreading the word to others in his social circles.


29573c No.315

Apologies for being absent these past few days. I've been figuratively buried under a literal ton of paperwork…again. Actually got buried for real at one point when some cabinets fell over.

>>311

>angels

Still there, but significantly more responsive now, conversational even. That icon-statue-thing Marduk's temple sent activated shortly after I posted the question. Apparently it can act as a glorified telephone, because Marduk was on the "line," so to speak. Not sure what else is going on with him or his faith, but apparently the bureaucracy involved in transferring unaligned Celestials to his service has just been building up to an absurd degree. And apparently my habit of dealing with paperwork is something he'd observed. So, he hired me to handle at least some of the forms, sending a few of his own Angels to act as assistants, along with a grand heap of gold and gems as pay; supposedly the Nameless has an option to send some of the stuff my way too. Those Angels waiting outside had been basically waiting in line for the equivalent of the Civil Services or DMV office to open up. So, yeah, I've been effectively working as a temporary secretary or clerk or whatever for Marduk.

Also, one of the assistants is currently trying to tutor Tess in Enochian. She's ruddy persistent, but only time will tell if she manages to get that absurdly difficult language into even one of my brains.

>supremely insulated floor

If the Lights in your department hadn't gotten around to cleaning it up as per their original purpose, then it could be one of your crew is playing a prank on you. Might be a "welcome back" thing: annoying enough to get you focused yet light-hearted enough to not be infuriating.

>>312

>ex-illian

Among others. Formerly part of the murderous faiths, only members in name but not beliefs, who'd ditched once the war started and they felt they finally had a way out. Pretty sure a lot of them are currently in the Nameless' service right now.


29573c No.316

>>311

>peanuts on the floor

That would be the work of one of your less-enjoyable subordinates, and based on the mumbling, this was the one who'd been hiding away staplers so many times. Forwarding you the relevant logs and recordings, have fun dispensing discipline.


dbf521 No.317

>>315

>divine paperwork

I still don't really understand how you enjoy that so much, but it seems to be doing some good.

>celestials' former affiliations

More goodness in one of them then the entirety of their former organizations by my estimation.

>>316

>stapler thief caught

Good, I was starting to get tired of recovering my stapler from all over the building.


29573c No.318

To the individuals responsible for filling every drawer in my lab station with glitter: congratulations, you've just won a complete set of lessons in how to clean the facility top-to-bottom by hand! Instruction starts in five minutes, and the class is mandatory.

<And yes, I know who did it. My assistants are neither stupid nor unobservant, and even if you managed to avoid them, I still have drones outside the Network. For instance, the sole Gen 4 unit, a mass of soulclay-nanomachines named Moppo, is on my desk.

>>317

>paperwork enjoyment confusion

It's a simple, straightforward task with clear directions and a generally-visible indication of progress as the forms move from the inbox to the outbox. It also helps practice patience and attention to detail.

<Even if most is tedious and some stuff can be mildly irritating to outright infuriating, getting into the right rhythm is relaxing in a way, like a bizarre form of meditation. Additionally, there's no denying the satisfaction felt when the job's done.


29573c No.319

Salutations, all! I have good bloody news! I'm out of the Sabbath, the goats have their claws in me no longer!

I didn't mention it due to other goings-on, but shortly after Ältere Nacht first contacted me I received a package from the Strausses containing a rather hefty set of documents - all sorts of legal precedents, publicly-available records of prior cases, loopholes, recommendations, and assorted instructions on how to get myself out of the cult. I don't know if this was the result of research your folks' agency had been doing on the side or what - the reason for its compilation and sending wasn't stated - but it was thorough enough that I was able to put it to use even on my own situation. Even in heavy time dilation it took a while to get all the associated forms in order, but eventually the paperwork came together…and as of roughly half an hour ago, I'm no longer a Sabbathite in any fashion. Fully excommunicated, fully removed from their books, fully out of their system. There's a few consequences, naturally. For one, while I may still be part of the Cadarach family, I'm no longer eligible to inherit as Heir of the House. Additionally, I have neither clout nor direct access to any of their facilities, so in the unlikely event we need anything from the goats I'd need to get Jessy or Kesseren to act as go-betweens. Finally, I can't outright prevent Sabs from showing up at this facility anymore like they used to, so I guess we restart the redirection tactics if they try that again.

Seriously, Kurt, I owe your family more than I can possibly hope to repay. Whatever their reason for preparing those documents, they gave me a way out when I thought I was permanently trapped. If there's ever anything you or yours need or want of me, just say the word.

<On an actually work-related note: Zuzi, some updates to Sleeve power storage systems have completed test trials, and I'm seeing a fifteen-percent improvement in effectiveness. Forwarding you the details.


dbf521 No.320

>>319

>no longer in the Sabbath

I was wondering if they'd pull that off. Tandy asked about the feasibility when we were discussing some way to thank you for the help you've been. If I'd known it was going anywhere I'd have let you know sooner. Congratulations.

>>318

>bizarre meditation

Given how much I enjoy working in the command line, I can see the sense in that explanation.

>work-related note

Benny, there's another software license renewal waiting on finance. Could you inform the relevant bean-counter that we're due for an external software audit soon and any out-of-date licenses will cause trouble for your department, IT, and Legal all at once?


29573c No.321

Daycare personnel, please note that the Gen 2 "Birds and Bugs" will be offline for a period of one hour this time tomorrow for basic maintenance and performance improvements.

>>320

>note regarding Strausses' work

Perhaps they intended it to be a surprise? If so, it was a ruddy good one.

>software renewals

One would think that after what you did the last time that department procrastinated on getting up-to-date with tech stuff, they'd get their act together. Gotta wonder what the holdup is on that.

<Unrelated: that crazy Angel who's been trying to teach me Enochian has had a surprising amount of success. Admittedly I'm still only a little better than a machine-translation - I'm not yet much good at reading it, definitely not ready for conversations.

Even so, the stuff I have gotten down is neat and it's fun to practice. Even if it takes a while, it's good to learn, and I intend to study well. You know what they say about knowledge:

IADNAHMAD I ALONUSAHI


d0567b No.322

Hey so I just started work here and I am supposed to be in the repair shop, but nobody will tell me where that is


8d0bbf No.323

>>322

That'll be in the motor pool.


d0567b No.324

>>323

Thanks miss.

I suppose I should find the IT guys and get my corporate email sorted. I could do it myself but most IT departments really hate having strangers in their stuff. >>323




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