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Event Update: Elliot

by Lycus » March 14, 2019 04:12 PM

Last Edited: March 14, 2019 10:56 PM

H-hello?



Mr. Grant? …Elliot? Uh, if that’s actually what your name is… Apparently you wanted me to come down to the Core to t-talk to you about something? I’ve, uh, I’ve shut off my long-range livestream, so I’m not broadcasting this conversation back home. I know how you feel about your technological secrets, and, er… your privacy…



L-listen, I’m really sorry that I mentioned you to the Commander when you told me that I shouldn’t… I just got carried away in the moment. I realized it was a m-mistake right away.



…B-but the good news is, it sounds like he really trusts your judgement? I mean… certainly he got much more receptive to the things that I had to say. So don’t worry, it didn’t sabotage our r-relief efforts. In fact, I believe it was pretty beneficial, because… a few hours ago, I received a transmission from one of his crew members, saying that they’ve granted our Remnants provisional permission to trade with the Solarium! There’s a big set of regulatory d-documents attached, of course, but still — this will make a big difference to all the people we’ve met, from broken robots like Rigby to botanists like Marisol! Easier access to food, tons of tools and materials, and all the water you can imagine!



So… um… it all worked out.
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Re: Event Update: Elliot

by Elliot » March 14, 2019 04:20 PM

Really. Did it, now.
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Re: Event Update: Elliot

by Lycus » March 14, 2019 04:21 PM

Hello? You sound like you’re s-somewhere nearby, but… uh, I c-can’t see you… It’s pretty dark in here, even with the light from my holo-map…

Um... I was looking at some of those blueprints that you’ve been transmitting to me over the past few weeks, like the desalination ray and the solar-powered holograph simulator, and I had a few questions about some of their underlying theories! So I was h-hoping that you might be willing to spend some time collaborating on m-my newest equations for-
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Re: Event Update: Elliot

by Elliot » March 14, 2019 04:21 PM

Lycus.

How long, exactly, have you been so goddamn stupid.
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Re: Event Update: Elliot

by Lycus » March 14, 2019 04:22 PM

What?
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Re: Event Update: Elliot

by Elliot » March 14, 2019 04:22 PM

“Doing experiments on the Tatters”? In your lab? In a town filled with civilians? No wonder you need this “Review Committee” to babysit you! Gee, you sure you don’t want me to arrange a caretaker droid for you to take back with you, too?

What is wrong with me… I can’t believe I thought that you could be trusted with my technology prototypes just because you seemed to have some sunny book smarts, just because you reminded me of- I should have known. That should have been my first warning. Or, no! Wait! Maybe I should have been clued in by the fact that you’re constantly cozying up with some of the aliens that tore the hull of this damn station to shreds! That seems so reasonable and trustworthy, right?! Because it’s all fun and games until the entire Bridge is drenched in blood and wreckage, right?!

FUCK! Lycus! Your Remnant doesn’t need you to mess around with inane experiments, trying to find ways to create water! You live in a damn paradise! Plants that just- grow everywhere! Animals! Fertile land, and surplus population, and everything that this Solarium lost sixty years ago. You live in the kind of place that my parents used to tell me stories about before they died, and yet you’re still tromping around your precious "Tattered Weave" like some idiotic Golden Age explorer?! Nobody needs you to do that! You’re not making any kind of impact!

You scorched- Moronic-
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Re: Event Update: Elliot

by Lycus » March 14, 2019 04:23 PM

SHUT UP!!!



…You think you’re the only p-person who’s ever mocked my experiments? You think I don’t have to see people constantly looking at me with glazed-over expressions when I try to explain my theories to them? You think you’re the only person I’ve ever met who acts like everything I do is- is- p-pointless?!

You think I’m not used to people patronizing me? “Oh, look, it’s the Headmaster’s kid.” “Oh, isn’t he c-cute, with that little lab of his!” “You’re ‘sickeningly earnest’, Goggles, people must want to pat you on the head.” Well, I’m not a kid anymore!

Sure, maybe I started my experiments on the Tattered Weave when I was fresh out of college, but I’ve been working on these theorems ever since. I’ve been rebuilding technology that’s unlike anything we’ve had in the centuries since the Cataclysm d-destroyed everything! My family finally decided to treat me like an adult and send me here, and I’ve b-been struggling to do everything that I can to help your stupid Solarium. I’ve been fixing robots and analyzing seeds and running tests and you’re still going to scream at me? I don’t even know you! You… You’re…

You are s-such a jerk! Do you know that? It’s a good thing you’re always talking at us through your PA System, because I bet n-nobody ever wants to talk to you! I mean, you’re constantly obsessing over that Commander of yours, but for some reason he thinks that you h-hate him, and I c-can’t possibly guess why! Isn’t that the kind of thing that you w-would say? “Gee! It’s a m-mystery!”

So I’m sorry, but I’m not going to stop my life’s work because some- intentionally cruel stranger thinks that everything I’ve accomplished over the past three years is useless! Because you know what?! I don’t c-care if you don’t think I can make a difference. I’ve dealt with doubters before! I’ve proved them wrong! I’ll do it again!! I’ll do it as m-many times as it takes!!! I know for a fact that my experiments on the Tatters are starting to work, and there is so much to gain-
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Re: Event Update: Elliot

by Elliot » March 14, 2019 04:24 PM

IT’S NOT ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE TO GAIN!









It’s about what you have to lose.
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Re: Event Update: Elliot

by Lycus » March 14, 2019 04:24 PM



—I —you—!

Your skin

Y-You’re—!
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Re: Event Update: Elliot

by Elliot » March 14, 2019 04:25 PM

Last Edited: April 26, 2019 08:17 PM

Can’t look away, right? It’s fascinating, actually - you can see my body unraveling in real-time! I’ve had three years to theorize about the atomic implications while my skin slowly dissolves. Feast your damn eyes!

Because yeah, Lycus, I know what it’s like to have people patronize you because they don’t understand what you’re saying. I know that visceral joy when you see the shining line between two ideas, when you make that mental leap that nobody else around you can make, when it feels like everyone is busier inventing restrictions for you than listening to you. You say that you don’t know me - hah! Well, I know you, Lycus! I was you!

Your theory about getting resources by breaking down material with the Black Hole- it works, by the way. I do it every day. I volunteer. I mean, our situation can’t get any more desperate, right? The Bridge Crew knows it. I know it. …Kyprian sure as hell knows it.

But we’ve got to protect the starry-eyed civilians. …Keep them from realizing just how close we’re spiraling towards total breakdown and mass starvation…



Listen. Lycus, I… I shouldn’t have said…

It’s just… I made a choice, once. I’d make it again. I’ll keep making that choice until my injuries finally kill me. But you-

You live in a world that’s so- perfect, and… and abundant, that you started putting together packages to ship off to us by the dozen, even though you didn’t know anything about us. And you’re not some scrawny orphan in the Core, sleeping in vents and dodging authorities - you have people who care about you. You think I haven’t seen you beaming when you talk through that livestream of yours? You think I haven’t heard you happily chattering about all the souvenirs that you’ve been collecting to send back to your family? People are watching you, but they're also watching out for you, Lycus.

…People are waiting for you.

I made a choice, once, but I knew the risks.

I just… thought that you should know them, too.







I should go.







Listen, what you’re doing for the Solarium, the resources that you’ve been gathering… Getting the Bridge Crew to open trade routes… It’ll make a difference for people. Whether they know it or not.

…You did good.







…Well.

Safe travels home, Lycus.

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Re: Event Update: Elliot

by Adhari » March 14, 2019 04:26 PM

OH MY EFFING GODS
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