EC Session 8.3

Mid-day, Merch 3 Boltday.
Cassandra and Ahiru wake, having taken extra-long naps after the party, aboard Trombe outside of Shaft.
The rest of the party, save ORN (who has been en route to Forestburg) and Fakir (who has been quite content to meditate and cuddle Ahiru), have been exploring said cavern-home.
Ahiru wears her ribbon around her neck with pride and it is oddly the only piece of clothing visible when she's a duck
Cassandra_Lionheart looks around and sighs "I overslept…" And looks at Ahiru "Oh, hello."
Ahiru seems to be spending a lot of time as a duck lately.
Cassandra Lionheart: "Trombe? Where is everybody?" *stretches out, and springs up to her feet*
Pak: "Ahiruuu. Don't you like trying out your different shapes? c.c"
[OOC] ORN: its also the only piece of clothing visible when she ISN'T one.
Trombe: "Inside."
[OOC] WC GM: No, Ahiru's got other, form-specific clothing.
Pak took a break from looking.,
Cassandra Lionheart: "Okay." *hops off* "I'm going to join them then."
Ahiru quacks contentedly
Pak: "…Well, alright."
Trombe: "Audio sensors detected Eric being displeased at Pak rummaging through personal effects of Cassandra."
Pak: "Oh, Cassie. Go check your room, okay?"
Pak: "Eric yelled at me while I was trying to search for items. T_T"
Cassandra_Lionheart looks at Pak, and giggles "Geeze. Overprotective as usual. What were you looking for? Potions? Notes?"
Pak: "Just things."
Pak: "I didn't know if you had anything."
[OOC] WC GM: Awareness for Pak, BTW.
Pak rolled 1d100 and got 66 for a total of 66
[OOC] Pak: pass by 34
Pak: "…"
Pak turns.
Cassandra_Lionheart looks back at Pak and smiles "Just my magical texts, and my hand written notes on swordsmanship."
Pak: "Oh! Hi, Trombe."
Pak: "How'd you get here?"
Trombe: "Walking."
Pak: "Eeeh, go search anyway."
Pak: "…Kay. :o"
Cassandra_Lionheart nods, and heads towards Shaft.
Trombe: "Mignon upgraders released Trombe to see present units upon completion of upgrade."
Trombe: "Trombe relieved Ark to join other Aeon units."
Cassandra_Lionheart talks to herself "I think there were textbook left." *looks back to Pak* "Want me to bring anything back?"
Trombe: "Trombe anticipates testing upgrades. Will do so when convenient."
Hector walks up out of nowhere.
Hector: "Ah, there you are." *holds up his new stuff* "And look what I found!"
Cassandra_Lionheart shrugs and heads off back to Shaft
[OOC] Hector: Re-updated wiki charasheet. Forgot about phat lewt from last week.
Pak: "Hmm."
Cassandra finds Shaft much as she left it. Everyone left to go for the party, apparently, and the party beat them back.
Pak looks over Trombe for hints at his upgrades.
Pak: "New stuffs? :O"
Cassandra_Lionheart smiles and heads for her room "Home sweet home."
Trombe looks…sleeker, more aerodynamic. A pair of long slits along the sides. Some kind of hatch in front.
Pak: "…c.c"
Hector: "Huh. Interesting."
And Pak can feel power of some kind deep within Trombe.
Pak: "…c.c Interesting…"
Trombe: "Ark advised Trombe that unit ORN was heading for Forestburg. First upgrade test would be justified in rejoining."
Eric_Lionheart seems to be waiting in Cassandra's room, most likely for Cassandra to show.
Pak: "Hmm."
Pak: "Okay!"
Pak: "ORN… is around here someplace I think?"
Pak looks around.
Cassandra_Lionheart gets to my room, and opens the door. "Eric. What is up?"
Trombe: "Clarification: in ferrying party to reunite, not in merging with unit ORN. Mignon upgraders fortified Trombe against assimilation, apparently in part for reasons of pride."
Trombe: "Negative. Ark advised this unit that ORN was headed for Forestburg."
Eric Lionheart: "Ah, you are awake. That's good…wanted to talk to you in private. It's very important."
[OOC] ORN: how is it everyone knows how to disable it -_-
Eric_Lionheart 's new Coronet and Heavenly Axis staff should be obvious at this point.
[OOC] ORN: they're evil!
Cassandra_Lionheart closes the door to the room "Oh, what…Oh my word…" *stands there stunned*
[OOC] Hector: Axis…and coronet? Okay, now I'm thinking about Haman-sama and her queenly outfit.
[OOC] WC GM: Well, this is the kingdom where that tech was invented. Notes got around.
Eric Lionheart: "Oh, these aren't relavant to what I need to talk about."
Pak: "Oh."
[OOC] WC GM: Moreover…well, wait for it. ;)
Pak: "Well, okay."
Pak: "I'll try to go gather people."
Cassandra Lionheart: "Okay..But still, what is it?"
Pak pokes around.
Hector just leans against Trombe, waiting.
Felicia: "Hmm?"
Eric_Lionheart suddenly gets a bit nervous. "You know, I tried to plan this out, but I just couldn't come up with anything…so I'm just going to say it."
Cassandra_Lionheart looks at Eric and sits down
Pak soon enough finds Sakha, Felicia, and Riia.
Pak: "Hi you three."
Pak: "What's up. :O"
Felicia stretches. "Nothing much, really."
Pak: "Kay. :o"
Eric_Lionheart gets down on one knee in front of Cassie and pulls out a shiny ring from one of his pockets, offering it to her. "Would you marry me?"
Pak: "I've been trying to hunt down interesting items…"
Felicia: "Oh?"
Pak: "But I haven't found much."
Pak: 'I got this knife, though."
Pak holds up a wooden knife.
Felicia looks.
Pak: "It feels special somehow :O"
Pak: "Anyway, Trombe is here!"
Pak: 'He got upgraded."
Cassandra_Lionheart looks at the ring…then at Eric, then back at the ring..then…
Cassandra Lionheart rolled 1d100 and got 92 for a total of 92
Felicia: "Upgraded with what, exactly?"
[OOC] WC GM: Fail on VIT check?
[OOC] Cassandra Lionheart: miserabily
[OOC] Cassandra Lionheart: no fail by 30
[OOC] ORN: dice-based-decision?
[OOC] ORN: so does that mean she failed to resist saying yes, or failed to accept?
[OOC] Cassandra Lionheart: I fainted..
Eric has an unconscious Cassandra on his hands. Literally.
Eric_Lionheart blinks. "I'm not sure if that's a yes or a no…" He shakes Cassandra a bit.
[OOC] Pak: p-pfft
[OOC] WC GM: Technically, it's failed to accept.
Cassandra_Lionheart wakes up after a bit of shaking. "Huh? What?"
Eric Lionheart: "You fainted."
Cassandra Lionheart: "Yeah..I" *looks at the ring* "So this is true?"
Eric Lionheart: "Yes."
Cassandra_Lionheart begins to tear up. "AWWWWWW! I do!"
Eric_Lionheart smiles and hugs Cassandra tightly.
Cassandra_Lionheart hugs Eric back "Well, This must mean then.."
Pak, Sakha, Felicia, and Riia all easily hear Cassandra's exclamation
Pak: "c.c"
Pak: "…I wonder what that was about?"
rehinks that* "No, its ruining the moment!" *kisses Eric*
Sakha looks over a little annoyed but also mildly curious.
Felicia: "I'd rather not know…"
Hector quirks an eyebrow up, but then shrugs and goes back to trying to look cool.
Eric_Lionheart kisses back.
Pak: "…So you wanna go to the Trombe then?"
Cassandra Lionheart: "Come on. Lets let everybody know." *gets up, and smiles* "Ohhhh!!! To be honest, I was wonder WHEN you were going to pop the question."
A wind blows by Hector, dramatically tugging at his hair and clothes.
Eric Lionheart: "I was trying to think of a good time to ask!"
Cassandra Lionheart: "well." *looks at her old room* "This was perfect."
Felicia: "Might as well."
Eric Lionheart: "Though, lets hold off on the wedding itself until after we've saved the world, so there's a world to have a wedding on?"
Cassandra_Lionheart nods "Let me just grab somethings here. I'll meet you outside."
Hector smiles to himself.
Eric Lionheart: "I'm pretty sure I didn't let Pak take anything, so whatever you need should still be here, I think."
Hector: "…like that'll work on Sakha, though."
Cassandra_Lionheart looks "I know Pak told me. What do you think Pak was going to take? My other clothes?" *packs them up*
Cassandra finds evidence that, yes, someone was pawing through her clothes. Recently, too.
Cassandra Lionheart: "I may have spoke too soon..maybe."
In particular, her underwear drawer had been left half-open, as if the rummager was interrupted while examining that.
Cassandra_Lionheart is disturbed by it, but then dumps it all in her pack
Cassandra Lionheart: "I'll talk with Pak later. Anyways." *closes the pack up* "Ready to go, sweetheart?"
Eric Lionheart: "Yes."
Cassandra_Lionheart double checks to see if anything is good to take before leaving.
All seems well, for now.
Cassandra Lionheart: "Okay, I'm ready to go."
Eric Lionheart: "Shall we depart, then?"
Cassandra_Lionheart exits the room, with a big smile, and a big knapsack of clothes, and holds the door for Eric.
Pak heads back to Trombe! "Let's go get ready, if you're done looking around."
Eric_Lionheart exits the room and takes hold of one of Cassie's hands.
Cassandra_Lionheart blushes and kisses Eric on the cheek.
Trombe kneels to let the party aboard, once the party returns.
Cassandra_Lionheart gets on Trombe and waits for Eric.
Felicia looks over Trombe, to see exactly what all has changed.
Pak hops on!
Pak: "All aboard~"
Felicia sees the same sleekness, hatches, and lines as Pak did. Their purposes are not immediately clear…
Eric_Lionheart boards Trombe. "Hmm. Seems a bit different."
Felicia pokes.
Once all are on board, a force field winks into existence around the party, stretching from Trombe's neck to its tail.
Hector: "…?"
Eric Lionheart: "That for sure is different."
Cassandra Lionheart: "Yeah…"
Trombe: "Protection, from hostile entities and from high winds."
Pak blink.
Trombe begins running. Wings extend from the slits on the side.
Eric_Lionheart hmms, and realizes he has never Scanned Trombe before. He does so, curious what that will reveal.
Level 99 Super-Boss Construct. ????/???? HP, ????/???? MP. I: All, I: All. Hi, Eric, we figured you'd try taking a look this way - but don't go stealing Trombe's blueprints, 'k? Signed, the Mignons~.
Eric_Lionheart just blinks.
Cassandra_Lionheart laughs "See what curiosity gets Eric?"
Eric Lionheart: "It would appear the Mignons thought of everything."
At about that time, Trombe jumps…and does not immediately come down.
Eric Lionheart: "…Flying Trombe?"
Eric_Lionheart peaks over the side to see how far up they got.
[OOC] Hector: GUYS
Pak blink.
[OOC] Hector: My power's flashing.
A sudden jerk is the first sign the party has of Trombe's new mode of transit. The firey, bright glow from an open hatch in its rear is the second.
[OOC] Pak: eeep.
[OOC] Hector: I think my computer might go off.
[OOC] WC GM: Need a dopple?
[OOC] Hector: Maybe!
[OOC] ORN: that right there should be proof they're dangerous. in a bad way.
Eric Lionheart: "I wonder if we can reach the moon with Trombe now?"
[OOC] WC GM: We'll get you a dopple if you ping out later.
Cassandra Lionheart: "Probably, but we are missing one other party member."
Trombe: "That was design goal of upgrades. Practicality very likely."
Eric Lionheart: "To the moon we go, once we pick up ORN then?"
And now for a scene shift…
ORN has spent all morning hopping along the river at high speed, using all the tricks the construct knows to move along.
However, ORN was not built to be first and foremost a fast vehicle.
[OOC] ORN: hey now didn't the rest of them go spend a day in a different town first? ;;;
Thus, ORN arrives in Forestburg just in time to see…something high altitude approaching fast.
[OOC] WC GM: Nope. They've just spent the morning.
[OOC] WC GM: The group parted ways earlier this day, game-time-wise.
[OOC] WC GM: ORN doing anything about the incoming, or pressing on to the lab?
[OOC] ORN: heading to the lab once I ascertain what it is
It…looks like…Trombe? Flying, using a mooglish design for propulsion.
ORN: "… . ."
ORN keeps going to the lab then
Trombe descends, heading right for ORN.
Trombe: "Skill advisory."
ORN stares at it
ORN can hear Trombe's words faintly - the group can hear them more clearly.
Eric Lionheart: "Hmm?"
Trombe: "Flying easy. Takeoff slightly harder."
Trombe: "Safe landing most difficult."
Eric Lionheart: "…You don't know how to land?"
Cassandra Lionheart: "Um..shoot?"
ORN calculates trajectory and try and soften trombe's impact as best he can
Eric_Lionheart instantly Reraises himself.
ORN fires off a reis wind and guards
Hector: "How about…trying Float on us? Or him?"
Eric Lionheart: "Worth a shot."
Hector: "Anythin' to just pad his descent so he doesn't land like a ton a'bricks like that one time."
[OOC] ORN: gotta use that strength score at some point
Eric_Lionheart casts Float on Trombe!
Trombe comes to a halt - half a meter above the ground.
Trombe: "…effective."
Eric Lionheart: "We should ask the Mignons if they can install some sort of thing to cast that spell for landing, if it's possible…"
Cassandra Lionheart: "Hector, good thinking."
Trombe: "Affirmative. Upgrades to upgrade desired."
ORN: "TROMBE UNIT. Justify reasoning for acceptance of TECHSCHOOL grade modifications"
Hector: "Heh, thanks."
Trombe: "Inability to refuse."
ORN: "How was violent refusal rendered impossible?"
Trombe: "By time origin of modifications identified, Mignon upgraders had Trombe disassembled."
Eric Lionheart: "ORN, we can get to the moon with Trombe's upgrades, at least according to Trombe."
Pak: "._. ORN he can fly now."
ORN: "… And crash. And was unwillingly modified."
ORN: "… This would be equivalent to… …"
ORN: "What is the term for UNWILLING rape?"
Pak: "…Rape."
Eric Lionheart: "…Usually just rape, yeah."
Cassandra_Lionheart nods
ORN: "…"
ORN stares at Pak
ORN: "but"
ORN: "…"
Trombe: "Other term indicated for 'rape' when both parties in full consent."
Pak: "…I've been tied up a few times. Let's leave it at that."
Hector: "…why are we even discussing this?"
Eric Lionheart: "Can we…just go now?"
ORN: "They raped the Trombe Unit with moogles"
Eric Lionheart: "Pretty sure we got a world to save."
Cassandra Lionheart: "Yeah. Why did you rush here ORN?"
Forestburg still shows signs of the great fire, though much rebuilding has happened since. Still, up ahead is a disused part of town.
Scorch marks mar what wood has not completely fallen apart - or disentigrated to ash.
ORN: "You all had things to do. As did This Unit."
A rough patch of crystal in one wall stands out like a sore thumb.
Cassandra_Lionheart goes quiet "I remember this…I meet one of my sisters here."
The crystal is the exact same shade as ORN.
ORN heads over to it
ORN inspects more closely
[OOC] ORN: mineral lore?
Pak: "Hm."
[OOC] WC GM: Try Lore: ORN. Auto-success.
Pak: "…?"
Hector: "Hm indeed!"
Eric Lionheart: "Hmm."
It looks, to ORN, like the type of crystal he could eat or excrete.
ORN will start by pulling it out in case it could still be made functional then
[OOC] Eric Lionheart: It would have been hilarious if ORN had to roll for his lore and botched.
[OOC] WC GM: True
[OOC] ORN: well, that would've needed 2 96+ in a row, but yes its 100% probable that that's exactly what would've happened
Cassandra Lionheart: "ORN….The facility you were made. Is it safe to come herE?"
ORN: "Safer than any village, save for the whole fire part"
ORN: "Without adequate secrecy and defenses it would have been an easy task for the Tech School to assault This Series cave, given an inability to walk, fight or reason at first."
ORN excavates around it, in case its a unit and not just materials
The crystal patch seems like covering for a hole made by fire. Charred wood around the patch tastes almost mineral-like, less so as it is less charred, but easily penetrated.
[OOC] Pak: Thunder here too. c.c
ORN: "Primarily carbon, most likely plant or people"
ORN will assimilate the patch once he's sure its just a covering
Inside, ORN finds traces of home. Here are the remains of the reception desk. Over there is the range he fired his first shots at.
Most of the walls are missing - oh, wait, there they are, stacked to one side.
Those three giant masses of crystal at the far end might have something to do with it.
Perhaps they removed the walls so they could walk around in here.
ORN verifies the desk, and then approaches the masses
The masses stir as ORN approaches, shifting, opening eyes.
CountermachinaUnit1: "Another exists."
ORN halts the party
CountermachinaUnit2: "You were thought lost."
CountermachinaUnit3: "How have you survived?"
ORN: "CKAG-02D reporting."
ORN: "Demands of the creators have been met but require continuous increase in applied scale"
[OOC] Hector: *eyes WC* Maybe I see what you did there…
ORN: "This Unit was eliminating blue "flan" designation slimes in experimentation cave B when the instigators of the destruction apparently occured"
ORN: "These are the helpers which attempted to counteract these forces."
ORN poitns behind
Cassandra_Lionheart is worried about ORN..she wants to be with her brother…
ORN: "This Unit was worried only it remained. How have you fared?"
It takes ORN a moment to fully recognize - these are the three oldest prototype units, albeit massively deformed, and much more massive.
CountermachinaUnit1: "We have continued to apply the Creators' last request."
CountermachinaUnit2: "Suffering has been abated."
ORN: "… That is good."
ORN: "However, news from outside may be required for you. Suffering continues beyond Forestburg scale."
CountermachinaUnit3: "An increase in scale had not been considered, but is logical."
ORN: "Most of This World has been cleansed of suffering, however a primary source remains in the moon at this moment."
CountermachinaUnit1: "Incorrect. Suffering yet exists, even in just Forestburg."
CountermachinaUnit2: "Attempts to abate suffering have been met with hostility."
ORN: "Affirmative. As stated, the Creators final request is an ongoing process."
ORN: "?"
ORN: "Define?"
CountermachinaUnit3: "Countermeasures adopted."
CountermachinaUnit1: "Chief technical examiner Aurelia was complaining about pain."
CountermachinaUnit2: "Likely due to her being on fire."
CountermachinaUnit3: "We extinguished said pain."
ORN: "Affirmative, that would cause extreme pain, as has been demonstrated several times to This Unit."
ORN: "… No regeneration sources were available?"
CountermachinaUnit1: "Creator Lionheart objected, pointing out the pain of her removal."
CountermachinaUnit2: "We applied extinguishment to Creator Lionheart's pain."
CountermachinaUnit3: "No further objection was forthcoming."
ORN: "Hm. Creator Lionheart demanded extinguishment due to pain?"
ORN: "That would seem relatively coherent with This Unit's final encounter with him. It would have been preferable to know of your continued survival, however."
CountermachinaUnit1: "Not explicitly, but Creator Lionheart had repeatedly advised these units to be able to interpret from implication."
CountermachinaUnit2: "Other units objected, not agreeing with interpretation."
ORN: "Exterior has provided many new, altered methods of pain elimination. Versatility improved greatly."
CountermachinaUnit3: "We extinguished their pain."
ORN: "…"
Pak: "c_c"
Pak stays back from crazy robots.
CountermachinaUnit1: "Their masses were then used to spread easing of suffering."
CountermachinaUnit2: "Many other units were suffering, having been on fire. Units were collected at hospital."
ORN: "… Their eventual state?"
CountermachinaUnit3: "We have collected units from hospital for extinguishment, utilizing their masses for further operation."
CountermachinaUnit1: "Further objections were encountered."
CountermachinaUnit2: "Stealth operations have been necessary."
CountermachinaUnit3: "Inquiry: is unit CKAG-02D suffering?"
ORN: "Objections were well founded given experience. Assimilation of ground mass is infinitely preferable to elimination of any designated friendly."
ORN: "Negative. This Unit eliminates all suffering."
ORN: "However, Experience has taught several new methods of performing such acts to This Unit"
CountermachinaUnit1: "Non-designated friendly. Units were suffering, at most neutrals."
ORN: "Physical pain such as fire, for example, may be aleviated with water, or White."
CountermachinaUnit2: "Objections appear to have eliminated all previously known friendlies."
CountermachinaUnit3: "Unknown if CKAG-02D is neutral, friendly, or hostile."
ORN: "Objections were caused by a lack of inventiveness on elder Units 1-3, most likely. In light of recent planetary developments but your own experiences this can be shown as understandable, however."
ORN: "This Unit hopes CKAG-02A through C remain commited to the elimination of suffering and are willing to learn new and improved methods. In which case This Unit will be proven extremely friendly."
Cassandra_Lionheart is tearing up listening to this "They…"
CountermachinaUnit1: "Suffering detected."
ORN: "Now observe"
Cassandra Lionheart: "Not suffering..ANGER!"
Eric_Lionheart pulls out his new and improved staff.
ORN: "This Unit will demonstrate an effortless method of easing suffering"
CountermachinaUnit2: "Observing."
ORN stares at Cassie: anger is viewed as a form of suffering
ORN walks over and Hugs
Eric Lionheart: "…"
CountermachinaUnit3: "Note that elimination of suffering will commence if improved method insufficient."
ORN: "Observe the minimal physical pressure applied, so as to avoid the CREATION of suffering"
Cassandra_Lionheart pulls out her sword "You want suffering!" *gets stuffed by the hug* "ORN, not now. They killed my dad!"
ORN as QUIET as possible "work with this unit here cassie"
ORN: "they need to learn"
Eric_Lionheart ponders eliminating the three things existant.
Cassandra_Lionheart stops and quiets down
ORN: "Note the calming and elimination of the individual's suffering."
CountermachinaUnit1: "Temporary reduction noted."
ORN: "Note, however, that this suffering had an external and seperate cause, notably the information that her own creator was eliminated by your hands."
CountermachinaUnit2: "Speed comparable to present methods."
ORN: "This is the important part."
Cassandra_Lionheart glares at the units…
CountermachinaUnit3: "Prevention of creation of further suffering not part of Creator's orders."
ORN: "Direct elimination of those suffering often does not remove, but only stealths, the actual cause of suffering."
CountermachinaUnit1: "Indeed, potentially counter, as without further suffering, Creator's orders impossible to fulfill."
ORN: "Prevention implied. Elimination of causes of suffering reduces suffering on a larger scale."
CountermachinaUnit2: "External sources of suffering still extant, however."
ORN: "Negative. Without further suffering, creator's orders FUFILLEd."
Hector really has to wonder how artificial beings can be caught in a philosophical debate.
[OOC] Hector: If any of you have played Wild Arms 2, those conversations with Liz and Ard come to mind.
ORN: "Correct. However, non-lethal elimination of suffering followed by elimination of source allows more effective elimination."
[OOC] Hector: I'm not sure if it really is that incomprehensible, or if the translators had just given up hope.
CountermachinaUnit3: "…directive was to fulfill. Which requires ability to fulfill."
ORN: "Affirmative. This is an ongoing process however, thus This Unit's scale increase"
Cassandra_Lionheart whispers to ORN "Let me hurt them! Please!!!"
ORN: "Individual villages eventually ran out of suffering"
ORN: "however this did not prevent the kingdom from suffering"
ORN: "elimination of the sources harming the kingdom pointed to continental-level suffering sources"
ORN: "Several of these have been eliminated"
ORN: "Grav, the current source of planetary-scale suffering, will be eliminated soon."
ORN: "Additionally minor suffering can reoccur; though this is generally best eliminated through simple methods as was demonstrated. Explanations and logic also function quite effectively, without mass or energy reductions stemming from combat."
ORN: "This also reduces objections greatly"
Pak blinks.
ORN: "A fufilled objective is only fufilled temporarily for this reason. However, a temporary inability to fufil due to lack of suffering is exactly what the creators wished for, and stated several times explicitly"
CountermachinaUnit1: "And yet, Creators generated suffering."
ORN: "This leads to boredom, however, which can be alleviated through intellectual and sexual acts, as has been demonstrated"
CountermachinaUnit2: "Creator Lionheart in particular."
ORN: "Affirmative."
CountermachinaUnit3: "As demonstrated by subsequent encounter with wife unit."
Cassandra_Lionheart sighs when that name is said again.
ORN: "Specify wife: CTE or alternate?"
CountermachinaUnit1: "Unit Alexandra II, apparently primary wife unit."
CountermachinaUnit2: "Unit arrived here to investigate laboratory."
Cassandra Lionheart: "Her…" *shakes her head* "She is now..nuts.."
ORN: "Alexandra II is an ineffectual petty model designed to cause suffering."
Cassandra Lionheart: "What was she looking for?"
CountermachinaUnit3: "Negative. Unit Alexandra II helped present units understand CTE Aurelia's request."
Eric Lionheart: "…"
ORN: "However, organics in general will feel suffering at various points in their existance. As their elimination causes suffering of other organics, this should be kept as a secondary method."
ORN: "… . ."
Cassandra Lionheart: "No, you got it all wrong. My mother was not in the right state of mind."
ORN: "Unit Alexandra II has cause repeated suffering and herself suffers from stealthed suffering caused by mental and emotional damage to pride."
Eric_Lionheart whispers to Cassie. "This can't be good."
ORN: "Several attempts at teaching organics and This Group on her part led to direct accumulation of suffering. Ax II is extremely dangerous; manipulator type."
Cassandra_Lionheart whispers back "Yeah..What should we do?"
CountermachinaUnit1: "Unit Alexandra II did appear to suffer a decrease in mental stability during conversation."
ORN nods
CountermachinaUnit2: "However, implications and explanations of CTE Aurelia's request were provided."
ORN: "That being the danger. It was discovered throughout This Unit's travels that several who suffer from mental instability find themselves with a desire to engender or facilitate suffering in others"
Eric Lionheart: "I'm not sure what we can do…"
ORN: "Define these implications and explanations; This Unit will scan for falacies generated by instability"
Cassandra Lionheart: "Eric, I hope we ae not in danger."
Cassandra_Lionheart looks at the units "Did she say what to do if ORN came back?"
ORN: "She most likely demanded similarly sufferance-engendering orders such as those wished upon your person, cassie."
CountermachinaUnit3: "It was only after unit Alexandra II's visit that present units visited hospital to relieve further suffering. Previously, present units performed minimal activity while attempting to come to terms with change in environment."
ORN: "… detected. Alexandra II has perverted the concept of 'hospital' to ensure multiplication of suffering through elimination of innocents. This unfortunately comprises cadet units E+"
CountermachinaUnit1: "No specific requests regarding unit ORN were given."
ORN: "Hospital locations are designed to ease suffering when White is insufficient."
Cassandra Lionheart: "How about Cassandra?"
CountermachinaUnit2: "Implication detected: unit CKAG-02D alternate designation ORN."
CountermachinaUnit3: "No specific requests regarding unit Cassandra were given."
ORN: "Affirmative. Designation of Series used when outside, to assure proper reception and understanding of the ORN series should other models be spotted."
Cassandra_Lionheart gives a sigh of relief "So, I got MORE brothers then?"
Eric_Lionheart rubs his forehead.
ORN: "Disregard any complaints as to the elimination of the occasional mineral furniture: not all places were equipped for proper assimilation."
Pak: "…I-i… kyah."
Felicia: "…Hm."
CountermachinaUnit1: "Inquiry: elimination of units enduring suffering causes additional suffering in other units?"
ORN: "CKAG-02C: your own ability to manipulate Black may come in handy. It would appear both energy forms are in fact a single effect known as 'magic', used in various functions."
ORN nods
CountermachinaUnit2: "Inquiry: elimination of all other possible units would shut down possibility for further suffering?"
ORN: "Affirmative. This is necessary when a unit CAUSES suffering, if it refuses to learn of this erroneous process."
Pak: "…"
Pak: "…Eep."
ORN: "Negative. Elimination of all other possible units would cause greater suffering, or reduce This World's ability to fight off sources such as Ax-II"
CountermachinaUnit3: "Inquiry: elimination of planet containing organic units may be possible with assistance of moon?"
ORN: "Affirmative. This was attempted and prevented by This Group, as doing so would cause extreme suffering."
ORN: "Prevention of it has caused 'joy' and elation."
CountermachinaUnit1: "Inquiry: which units would remain to suffer, in said situation?"
ORN: "Several underground races, and potentially more: Magical defenses allow for heavy defense and survival of extreme situations."
CountermachinaUnit2: "Observation: elimination of planet would also eliminate underground races and more."
ORN: "Several uncatalogued races including earth element-derived creatures may be relatively unaffected, left only with emotional trauma."
ORN: "Mass of moon insufficient for total elimination of planet"
CountermachinaUnit3: "Observation: assistance to elimination possible once moon begins process."
ORN: "Theorised that Genocide mode Gamma would also be lacking in this front, something This Unit may eventually be forced to improve upon."
CountermachinaUnit1: "Inquiry: present group equals primary means of prevention of destruction?"
ORN: "Elimination of those suffering when other alternatives remain would bring AX-II's wishes to completion, but go against all the Creators have demanded."
ORN: "Clarify: Are you wishing, as Ax-II, to cause extreme suffering in an effort to end your own?"
CountermachinaUnit2: "Observation: CTE Aurelia's final request equated to elimination of suffering."
CountermachinaUnit3: "Negative. Desire is to end all suffering."
ORN: "This was specific and individual, and understandable; fire is extreme suffering."
ORN: "Is desire to eliminate all capable of suffering, leaving only the suffering behind, or to eliminate sources of suffering, leaving joy, neutrals and friendlies behind?"
Cassandra_Lionheart looks at then quietly. "Mom wanted them to help out?"
ORN: "No. Your 'mother' wished for them to join Grav."
CountermachinaUnit1: "Observation: elimination of all capable of suffering will eliminate suffering itself."
ORN: "But in a manner which prevents the fufillment of creator intents, despite fufiling the exact wording terms"
Cassandra Lionheart: "So do you think we are capable of making suffering?"
ORN: "Exact wording would have been difficult given CTE Aurelia's ignited state"
CountermachinaUnit2: "Explicit orders trump implications."
ORN: "Ax-II Wishes for the elimination of all capable of suffering, effectively 'dragging' those not suffering to a level similar to her own, before their annihilation."
Pak: "…"
Pak: "So we get to beat them up, right?"
ORN: "Planetary cataclysm would cause this in this fashion."
ORN: "A proper understanding of implied demands is required to perform adequately. This took long to discover, as no creators remained to explain in greater detail."
ORN: "Errors in reasoning were caused by Series relative inexperience."
Countermachina unit 3 looks at Pak suddenly. "Objector detected. Preparing countermeasures."
ORN: "Elimination of Pak will cause extreme suffering to Units A through C."
Pak: "._.;"
Cassandra_Lionheart steps in from of Pak. "No fighting!"
ORN: "The cause of suffering in such a case would have to be eliminated."
ORN nods at Cassie.
ORN: "This Unit is attempting to relay information and experience on the Creators given the effects of time and global perspective through travels."
Eric_Lionheart does a Scan of the other three ORNlike things while the discussion continues.
ORN: "An inability to learn the lessons This Unit has learned would mark you as defective sources of suffering corrupted by Ax-II"
CountermachinaUnit1: "Inquiry: unit alternate designation ORN implying non-Creator directives?"
ORN: "This Unit implies creator directives have led to proper understanding of structure and suffering within this world; though extraplanetary understanding and scale remains lacking for the moment."
Level 70 Boss. 22400/22400 HP, 0/0 MP. I: Fatal. Composed primarily of several bodies, digested and refined into crystal with which to consume even more.
ORN: "The elimination of suffering through words, and the elimination of the CAUSES of suffering through appreciable levels of excessive violence have led to great joy and the ability of many to combat suffering in turn."
ORN: "This was as creator Lionheart explained, but was not properly understood at the time; estimate more pressing issues of learning to walk at the time were interfering with philosophical understanding"
ORN: "Suffering is a state in organics when an exterior source is aberrant"
ORN: "The elimination of those suffering is counter to both implied and explicit orders, while elimination of the sources instead complies with implied, and often, if not always, explicit"
CountermachinaUnit2: "Observation: implication that present units have been and continue to be a primary source of suffering."
ORN: "Therefore, the second method of elimination is preferable."
CountermachinaUnit3: "Inquiry: implication equals proper course of action is self destruction?"
ORN: "This Unit is attempting to assess whether or not this is the case, affirmed"
ORN: "Negative. If you understand you have caused suffering, but are willing to stop doing so, you can simply stop doing so."
ORN: "By no longer causing suffering, and correcting such errors, it is possible to better end suffering on a wider scale"
ORN: "This Unit also has had to learn this."
CountermachinaUnit1: "Negative. Multiple units are hunting those who have eliminated units at the hospital."
CountermachinaUnit2: "Said suffering would be eliminated by elimination of said units or by their targets."
CountermachinaUnit3: "Observation: present units are said targets."
ORN: "Communication from This Unit acting as a third party will likely allow a proper resolution that alleviates the suffering of all involved."
Pak: "…c_c"
ORN: "Specification: It IS correct to state you have caused suffering. However you show the ability to understand this fact, and as such are capable of returning to proper methods."
Cassandra Lionheart: "I said no fighting. Geeze."
ORN: "Other Units wishing to eliminate you do so due to this suffering."
ORN: "Elimination of your current suffering-causing method for the wider resolution scale adopted by This Unit will allow both sides to eliminate suffering."
ORN: "The most difficult lesson to understand: Elimination even of a source of suffering CAN itself also cause suffering to those allied with it, perhaps unknowing of its actions."
ORN: "Thus, elimination must be kept to those directly and actively hostile, if an alternate resolution to the conflict cannot be attained."
ORN: "For example, nonsentients attacking are incapable of peaceful resolution and must be eliminated quickly."
ORN: "Some, such as Ax-II, actively conspire to CAUSE, and corrupt ones such as yourselves aiming to eliminate suffering, in order to expand the rate of suffering."
ORN: "It is impossible at the moment to eliminate, permanently, all forms of suffering, even through methods such as geocide."
Cassandra Lionheart: "Yes, she was NOT in her right mind when she found you. And still is not right as we speak. She may even be dead now."
ORN: "However, as the Creators Wished, it IS possible to minimise it, teach those suffering how to eliminate it themselves, thus further fortifying the world against suffering, and, as necessary, eliminating those willingly causing it and unwilling to mitigate these damages, with extreme prejudice"
ORN: "Therefore, repeating request: Do you wish to continue in the Creators footsteps, along with This Unit? If so, This Group will teach versatility in elimination of suffering, including but not limited to White manipulation in Eric's fashion, as well as ensure you are not destroyed by incoming units if possible."
ORN: "It is possible that after next scale-upgrade, multiple suffering worlds could be found. Aid in doing so given potential distances involved would be greatly appreciated."
ORN: "A non-violent resolution of current issues would also likely please Cassie and Eric, for example, as well as Pak, correct?"
CountermachinaUnit1: "Observation: unit ORN appears to have much experience in non-violent resolution of conflicts."
CountermachinaUnit2: "Inquiry as to amount of experience, and success rate."
ORN: "Experience moderate to excessive depending on scale. Success rate variable, caused by variances in target races, languages, motivations."
ORN: "For example, 'sadness' is easily mitigated through words, hugs, and occasionally through sexual acts, or other forms of pleasure. Joy counters such suffering directly, being the opposite"
ORN: "Several races, such as the well known slimes, being nonsentient, cannot be reasoned with in any way."
ORN: "With sentients, language may prove a barrier to proper understanding which mitigates the success rate, and, in cases such as Ax-II, the target refuses reason, or has hostile plans it refuses to leave."
ORN: "Many minor conflicts are quickly and easily resolved with but a simple understanding of the issues involved"
Pak is lost. Just sits.
ORN: "This has the added advantage of also causing direct learning and experience for Units aiding in resolution"
CountermachinaUnit3: "Willingness to attempt unit ORN's proposed method. Defenses against hostiles adequate in current location. Inquiry as to amount of time required to remove suffering in this alternate manner."
ORN: "Certain major conflicts are caused by misunderstanding and can be eliminated if even one Unit is willing to discuss."
ORN sparkles and nods
Eric_Lionheart kinda just blinks.
ORN: "Understood."
Hector is truly amazed.
ORN: "Exact Amount of time uncertain. However, This Series has an advantage; time is of little issue if used properly."
ORN: "This Group will attempt to intercept ones currently hunting: will require specification of form and function to assure proper recognition"
CountermachinaUnit1: "Hunter leader should be easy to locate as hospital. Hunters probably not hostile to unit ORN, so simple inquiry expected to suffice."
ORN: "It could be as long as it took to explain to Elders A-C, perhaps longer, perhaps faster. Alternatively they could leave and require longer but be non-hostile until such time as they are willing to accept."
ORN: "This should make things easier then."
CountermachinaUnit2: "Assistance offered in case hunters hostile to unit ORN."
ORN: "It is good to spread learned information and methods. This also eases suffering or prevents it, as disseminated knowledge can prepare one for situations which would otherwise have caused it."
Countermachina Unit 3 reaches inside itself, pulls out a chunk of crystal, and tosses it to ORN. "Upgraded weaponry compatible with line, likely superior to presently equipped by ORN."
ORN: "Focused Black?"
ORN takes
ORN: "Explosions were remembered from your own experiences and used in the development of This Unit's later weaponry during travels. A piece of the original is appreciated"
ORN nods, verifies first and then assimilates the latice
ORN receives Vesuvius! …with a bunch of extra mass; this thing was sized for those giants, not ORN.
Eric Lionheart: "Hmm, I wonder…"
ORN: "additional stablisation required, shunting mass to shoulder sections"
Pak: "…I'm kinda impressed he managed to talk to these fellows. c.c"
Cassandra Lionheart: "What is it Eric?"
ORN: "Ah. Before leaving."
ORN: "Eric. Please demonstrate physical-suffering aleviation methods to them"
Eric Lionheart: "Hmm?"
ORN: "Heal."
Eric_Lionheart casts Renew on ORN, restoring him to perfect health…if he was damaged, that is.
The extra mass settles down around ORN, reacting to and absorbing Eric's magic.
ORN nods
CountermachinaUnit1: "…interesting."
ORN: "It works better on organics, and alleviates nearly any form of physical suffering."
Eric Lionheart: "The best part is that White Magic can work on everyone."
CountermachinaUnit2: "White Magic unavailable to present units."
Eric Lionheart: "Anyways…"
ORN: "Mana-bind was eliminated through absorbtion of additional White. Methods will be taught after communication with hunter group. Is this Acceptable?"
ORN: "In any case, It works better on organics, and alleviates nearly any form of physical suffering."
CountermachinaUnit3: "Weapon backshield designed to take advantage of ambient magic to enhance performance."
ORN nods
The armor fuses…ORN receives Peytral!
ORN: "This Unit expanded on this capability"
[OOC] ORN: nice ;p
ORN: "It would have functioned on CTE-Aurelia. However, things not known or available at the time, make this an impossibility."
Eric_Lionheart hmms. "My scan revealed that multiple people were absorbed and processed into crystal…is anything retained from them, other then mass?"
ORN: "You may be amazed how effective physical regeneration can be in alleviating suffering. That 'hospital' for example is extremely well served with this."
ORN looks at Eric
ORN: "Specify?"
CountermachinaUnit1: "Negative."
Eric Lionheart: "Just in general."
Pak: "Hm."
Cassandra_Lionheart sighs "So, my father…"
Pak: "Please don't eat any more people."
CountermachinaUnit2: "Elimination of suffering required elimination of mental processes."
Cassandra_Lionheart begins to cry.
CountermachinaUnit3: "Present units will cease elimination of further units while evaluating results of alternate suffering elimination methods."
ORN: "With new methods, the entire ORN series will be extremely versatile. It is unfortunate this was the only process available, but This Unit would have done the same at the time. Retrospective is always highly effective."
ORN nods
ORN: "Attempt hugging her. This one was effectively also created by Lionheart."
[OOC] ORN: and she's tough so she won't break like the village girls might if they screw up a bit ^^;;;;
ORN: "Cassie: The absorbed mass they refer to are other CKAG and Labor series models."
The giants stand up and walk towards Cassandra. The ground shakes slightly with each step.
CountermachinaUnit1: "Incorrect."
ORN: "Ah?"
CountermachinaUnit2: "Absorbed mass includes processed remains of other units."
ORN: "Understood."
CountermachinaUnit3: "By mass, mainly units removed from hospital."
ORN: "… Understood."
ORN turns to party
ORN: "This Group will head to the 'hospital' now."
The three large ORN-alikes reach Cassandra and proceed to give her a group hug.
Hector visibly goes ":o!"
ORN nods at them
Cassandra_Lionheart hugs them all back, crying. "Its not your fault..You were doing what you were told."
CountermachinaUnit1: "Confirmed."
ORN: "Note that tears occasionally demonstrate the alleviation or sometimes entire lack of suffering."
ORN: "Such as in this case."
ORN: "The Creators would be proud."
CountermachinaUnit2: "Secondary scans confirm reduction of suffering levels."
ORN: "Cassie; you stated This Unit was considered by yourself to be of your series, if different? If such remains the case, add these three also."
Cassandra_Lionheart looks at the units "Promise me. You will all do your best also. You were made by my father, and I will consider you all family also."
Cassandra_Lionheart nods to ORN.
Pak: "…Sigh.."
Eric_Lionheart sighs. More ORNs can't be a good thing.
Pak: "Ahh, this is strange."
ORN: "You have begun learning, and have now obtained allies. Be proud. This Unit will put this system to good use"
Pak: "But ah well."
The units eventually release Cassandra, with Unit 3 adding, "Please inform present units if suffering alleviation was insufficient and present unit desires elimination."
ORN nods
Cassandra_Lionheart nods, and wipes the tears away.
Hector pats Pak on the head.
ORN: "That would be appreciation/joy. As echoed by all others in This Group. This Unit is glad that things did not end in violence. Elders A through C are wise. Be well."
ORN: "Let's go"
Pak: "ORN has little brothers, so he has to teach 'em not to break things."
ORN: "Elder Units, actually, Pak."
Pak: "Oh."
Pak: "…Well, it still sorta applies!"
[OOC] WC GM: Quite literally "big" brothers.
ORN points at the number of eyes on each and his own
ORN: "Simple right?"
ORN heads out, sparkling
Cassandra_Lionheart follows ORN and waves to the units "Be good, little brothers…erm..BIG brothers."
Once the party leaves, the giants seal the hole with more crystal.
Pak stretches. "I'm glad I didn't get eaten~"
ORN: "This Unit would not have allowed that to happen Pak."
Hector: "And I'm glad they didn't break Cassie's back with that hug."
The hospital is easy to find - one of the first buildings reconstructed, and one of the most heavily defended buildings during the fire. It shows.
ORN: "Ah, well, THAT This Unit was moderately worried about."
Pak: "I remember that hospital!"
Cassandra_Lionheart walks to the hospital…
Pak: "That was like the first place we saw."
ORN: "But Cassie is far more resilient than most, and so was the safest first try."
ORN: "?"
ORN: "You came here?"
A doctor is talking to a group of rag-tag armed folk in the lobby.
Cassandra Lionheart: "Yeah we did."
Pak: "Yeah."
Cassandra Lionheart: "Hello."
Pak: "We were helping fight the fire."
ORN: "This Unit was aware This Group had once been to Forestburg but lacked details other than the creator's demands and your wanted posters"
ORN nods
Pak: "W-we were the good guys. T_T"
Doctor: "I'll be with you in just a-" The doctor blinks, double-taking at the party. "YOU!"
Pak: "…Hi?"
Cassandra Lionheart: "Hello Doctor."
Doctor: "Thank goodness you're back! Someone's been snatching patients from the hospital!"
ORN: "This Unit knows, Pak. But those WERE a rapid way of learning your identities you must admit"
ORN: "Ah. That should have been fixed."
Doctor: "I've been organizing some bounty hunters to…"
ORN: "Negative."
ORN: "This Group has performed the interventions necessary already"
The doctor blinks.
ORN: "Several of This Unit's series were attempting to alleviate suffering, but lacking in a proper understanding of how one performs such acts."
Cassandra Lionheart: "Doc..He is not one of them..Well he is but..not LIKE them."
ORN: "An encounter with one named Alexandra II convinced them, through her words, that the elimination of those suffering was the way to alleviate it."
Hector: "Stop cutting the guy off, and let 'im explain, geez!"
A bow-equipped elvaan next to the doctor smirks. "Figures. Juuust as I was about to get some bounty, the Heroes show up and solve everything."
ORN: "…"
ORN: "And how much was the bounty?"
Elvaan: "Tch. Doc, give it to 'em. If they've solved the problem, they've earned it."
ORN: "Negative"
ORN: "Simply state the amount."
Pak: "…Bounty? :3"
Pak: "…"
Doctor: "…I…err…ri-right!" He digs out a big sack of gil and hands it to Hector.
Pak suddenly blinks at the elvaan.
ORN: "… Hector: count and return it. how much?"
Hector: "Wow, this feels a little heavy."
Hector goes through the bag and uses his money-counting skills to see how much it is.
[OOC] WC GM: 14979 XP and 4533 Gil each.
Doctor: "No, please, keep it!"
ORN: "…"
Eric Lionheart: "Could you not use the money to rebuild the local area instead?"
[OOC] Hector: So we basically avoided a combat?
Doctor: "It was contributed - returning it would be a problem."
ORN gives his share to that bounty hunter
Cassandra Lionheart: "oh."
ORN: "This Unit suggest you use it in rebuilding, then."
The elvaan refuses to take it.
[OOC] WC GM: Yes.
[OOC] Hector: Ha ha!
[OOC] Hector: DiplORNmat.
Doctor: "We've got another fund to rebuild the area."
[OOC] ORN: ^^.

[OOC] Eric Lionheart: For once.
ORN: "Are you certain? very well."
Hector: "Thanks for the cash. We'll put it to good use."
Eric Lionheart: "I suppose we could use the money to stock up so there is a area to rebuild later…"
Hector: "I mean…provided Random shows up. He's about the best one-stop shop we've ever had."
ORN: "Be advised. The three Units in the area which performed these acts are only weeks older than This Unit."
Pak: "Hmm…"
Pak: "Well, okay…'
Pak: "…It's money? c.c;"
ORN: "They simply did not know better. They have been informed and will continue to learn. This Unit would greatly appreciate if you could teach them your own methods of sufferance alleviation, Doctor."
Pak already has lots of money, thouuugh~
Hector: "And it's legitimately ours."
Elvaan: "Units…you mean, ol' Lionheart's golems? They're still around?"
ORN nods
Cassandra Lionheart: "Hey pal, you leave my brothers alone!"
ORN: "Units A through D accounted for. D standing."
The bounty hunter rolls his eyes. "Figures! I told Aurelia she needed to be more specific when ordering them around."
Eric Lionheart: "How many were made anyways, ORN?"
ORN nods
Cassandra Lionheart: "Anyways, did you see my mother when she appeared here?"
ORN: "Production on Unit H had begun when the Fires began. However it was not completed and likely used as mass by the Elders."
Eric Lionheart: "We should have confirmed that…"
Pak: "Hm."
ORN: "E and F had begun walking. This Unit was undergoing its second combat sortie at the time."
Elvaan: "Alex Junior? Yeah, we tried to give that brat some space. Don't tell HER I said that, though."
Pak: "Alex Junior c_c"
ORN: "C was the surprising one, as it had… detonated last This Unit had heard."
Cassandra Lionheart: "Ugh, well when I saw her she was even more batty than now." *turns to the group* "Maybe see if she has bought the farm yet?"
Eric Lionheart: "IF there is any we don't know about left, I wonder if there is a chance that Aunt Alexandra could cause problems again…"
ORN: "Black-specification caster model, similar to Sakha in that way. However the blocked channels may have led to that."
Pak: "…Hm."
Pak headtilts.
ORN: "To clarify, Have the hostile-actions been canceled against the Elder Units?"
Doctor: "We'll take your word for it, so long as no one else is abducted in the near future."
ORN nods
ORN: "This Unit would like to introduce them to you. They should prove most capable in the rebuilding of Forestburg."
Cassandra Lionheart: "We actually hope they help out, to be honest."
ORN: "And should need be, its defense."
The elvaan looks at ORN. "So…you've been travelling with these guys?"
ORN nods
ORN: "As the Creators wished"
Elvaan: "I guess that's why the Mignons wanted copies of your data."
Pak: "Hmm…"
Cassandra Lionheart: "Oh? For what?"
ORN: "… This cannot be good"
ORN: "But would explain a lot"
Elvaan: "They said they were making some upgrades to a 'Trombe' and wanted to know how to stop you from eating him. I thought they were kidding."
Pak: "…"
Pak snrks a bit.
Elvaan: "But, hey, I still had my sis's notes around, so I handed them over."
ORN: "… This Unit does NOT eat non-hostile sentients. This Unit only performed as an additional overlay armor a few times."
ORN glares, insulted
ORN: "Sis? Are you related to a Creator?"
Pak: "Well, it's possible you did eat away at some of his metal as a side-effect."
Elvaan: "Aurelia was my sister. I figured she died in the fire - there were a lot of people reduced to ash, not even a corpse."
ORN: "Grams at most! and given what it allowed him to perform, it made a lesser cost than what attempting it without aid would have done!"
ORN nods
Elvaan: "I guess you could say I'm your uncle or something."
ORN: "She… Ordered them to end suffering."
ORN: "They complied."
ORN: "In their defense, she was on fire."
[OOC] ORN: and really, that's a GREAT defense
The elvaan nods. "Sounds like her."
Elvaan: "Oh, hey…" He looks at Cassandra. "You're Alex Junior's kid, aren't ya?"
Pak: "c.c"
ORN: "Ax-… Alexandra II attempted to corrupt their learning process, leading to the assimilation of those in your hospital."
Cassandra Lionheart: "I am…well, she cast me out of the family, sir."
Elvaan: "I, ah, hope there are no hard feelings that your dad was hanging out with my sis. I told her she needed to be professional, but she said he came away from his wife looking like a hurt puppy."
ORN: "Cassie had a mind, and therefore was disowned."
Eric Lionheart: "At least the rest of the family is sane.
ORN stares at eric a moment
ORN: "…"
ORN: "… right."
Cassandra_Lionheart looks at the Elvaan "I'm not angry with you. Its not your fault my mother drove him away."
ORN: "Would you like to meet the Elder Units? It will aleviate things greatly to know those officially tasked with hunting them have already ended their hostility."
Elvaan: "They're holed up in the lab, right? I wondered what that crystal was about. Sure, I'll tell 'em."
ORN nods and heads over to get'em
The elvaan walks with ORN.
ORN assimilates the crystal plug and goes in
CountermachinaUnit1: "Was it successful?"
ORN: "Triumph."
CountermachinaUnit2: "That is good to hear."
ORN: "This one is CTE-Aurelia's relative."
CountermachinaUnit3: "And you have found a Creator assistant."
ORN nods
Elvaan: "Hi, guys. You're going to stop eating people?"
CountermachinaUnit1: "Affirmative."
CountermachinaUnit2: "We have been given alternate suffering methods to attempt."
CountermachinaUnit3: "Would you like a hug?"
ORN: "He was the one asked to eliminate you, but matters have been resolved. The one in charge of the hospital also appears willing to help teach non-white methods of physical alleviation. and much rebuilding, which would lead to the elimination of hunger for organics, is also to be made."
[OOC] Eric Lionheart: Hugs solve EVERYTHING.
[OOC] ORN: yup
[OOC] ORN: and when THAT doesn't work, sex or violence.
The elvaan waves his hands, backing away from those easily four times as big as he - in each dimension. "Ahaaa, ahh, nnnot just now, thanks!"
Elvaan: "I'll take it from here. You head back to the others."
ORN: "Do not worry. This was tested on Cassie and proved successful."
ORN: "Negative. All of you follow This Unit"
ORN: "The surface is a good place: the elimination of suffering can be a very amusing process through information."
Elvaan: "Outside? Umm…probably not the best of ideas right now. I need to see what they think the outside world is like and fix them."
Elvaan: "They thought eating people was what they were supposed to do - there are probably a few other glitches too."
ORN: "This was not a glitch."
ORN: "Understand, this was what they were TOLD and ORDERED to do."
Elvaan: "Not quite."
Elvaan: "My sis? She would've said something like, 'make it stop'. Not specifically 'eat me'."
ORN: "Then This Unit will remain with you for the time being. Ask away."
ORN: "Ah, that… This Unit can explain that."
ORN: "Ah… When something stops moving, and thus 'returns to the earth', well… there ARE many minerals, and continued functioning and existance is desired by This Series also."
ORN: "It is only natural that someone whose life has ended would be assimilated by another form."
ORN: "Such as when Viera consume carrots."
ORN: "… or their own offspring. But This Series doesn't do that last one."
CountermachinaUnit1: "This unit does."
CountermachinaUnit2: "This as well."
CountermachinaUnit3: "Surprise that ORN does not."
ORN: "Negative; Offspring are an organic process of replication."
CountermachinaUnit1: "Not minor selves?"
ORN: "Negative. Minor selves are minor selves."
ORN: "Offspring would be… If the creators consumed and assimilated This Series."
[OOC] Pak: Are we finishing up soons? c.c
ORN: "That would be the consumption of offspring."
[OOC] Hector: Yeah, seriously.
[OOC] WC GM: Trying to wrap up, yes.
[OOC] Hector: We could make a doorstopper with all of Orn's line's ALONE.
CountermachinaUnit2: "There were comments about a sugar-based model intended for consumption by Creators."
CountermachinaUnit3: "Probably humorous…probably."
[OOC] Hector: Lord of the Rings 4-12.
Elvaan: "Let me handle them. You have a higher priority - dealing with that moon, right?"
ORN: "That would have been offspring consumption. Minor selves are not fully sentient beings nor capable of growth and learning into fully functional units. A self created in this fashion would be an offspring."
ORN: "… Not Quite. This Unit wishes to ensure their first encounter with non-creators does not end in betrayal."
ORN: "20 000 should suffice?"
Elvaan: "Twenty thousand what?"
ORN: "Gil."
Elvaan: "…are you asking for a bribe?"
ORN: "This Unit is offering to ensure you raise and teach them properly and ensure long and productive existances on their part."
[OOC] JayM: Basically, he's hiring him as a babysitter
[OOC] ORN: more to the point: the last non-creator elvaan we ran into was waiting for pyr to go down to start a war.
Pak: "Heeey. :x"
Elvaan: "…you want to pay me for what I'd do for free? Sure."
Pak: "Do we need that much money? c.c"
ORN: "This Unit wishes to ensure a distinct lack of Geocide. The ORN series wishes to learn, improve, and grow, to alleviate suffering."
Eric Lionheart: "To be fair, I doubt we'll need too much money on the moon…"
Hector: "There might be something for us to spend our money on. Or we could just spend it all HERE."
ORN: "Do be assured should anything happen to them, Ax-II would be winning. And that would require… intervention… by something about to go take out a moon."
ORN hands the money over
The elvaan takes it. "Believe me, I know."
ORN: "You may need it to pay for furniture damages occasionally anyways, even if you did do this for free."
Eric_Lionheart looks at the Elder Units. "I forgot to ask earlier, but is there any others like you still around that you know of?"
[OOC] Pak: I still don't have my nunhat :|)
Elvaan: "I haven't checked. Sorry, but losing my sister - I did take some time to myself."
ORN: "Elder Units A-C. This Unit must proceed to orbit to eliminate threats to This World, Elder Units, and possibly some captured BY these sources of suffering."
ORN: "Those of forestburg should prove moderately competant teachers, and many were Creator Assistants."
ORN: "Please aid them to learn their methods and knowledge, and in doing so become more powerful. Should This Unit be incapable of return, Seek out Refuge and Mountainsburg. Information, lessons and stories will prove invaluable as you grow to non-planetary alleviation scale."
Trombe pokes beak through the hole in the lab. "Communication from Mignons requesting return of party to Refuge City."
ORN nods
Pak: "We ready to go?"
Without even waiting for acknowledgement, Trombe begins picking up party members and putting them on its back.
Eric Lionheart: "Must be important."
ORN: "You are no longer hostiles to this world. Defend yourselves if need be, but protect it with the might of the Creators."
ORN hops on Trombe
Trombe: "Apparent urgent matter regarding status of Pak."
Cassandra Lionheart: "Whoa..Trombe!!"
Trombe: "Trombe unit complying with request."
Once all are aboard, Trombe hops up and blasts off…

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