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Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by Starrnico on Sun May 20, 2018 12:27 pm

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Skye nodded and smiled a little "It's a little scary though, when you only see your own kind then see a city with the others."
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Post by Kooshie on Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:38 am

"Thanks, man." James smiled weakly. He was trying to keep an optimistic attitude about all this, and he was genuinely proud to see his species preparing to step up and risk everything to make a change, but he'd be lying if he said he wasn't worried. "There's a lot of people smarter than I am working on this problem, and we'll just have to see how it turns out tomorrow, I guess." He shook his head, "Maybe, for now it's better not to think about it too much."

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"It's sorta like school, only instead of studying, you camp out in nature with a ton of other kids and the people who run the camp teach you how to weave baskets and interpret Humanist teachings, and you sing songs around the campfire," Ellie said. "Summer camp is AWESOME."

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Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:00 am

Armin smiled softly. "I wish you all the very best of luck and remind you to have faith. It will work out." He genuinely believed that.

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Matt nodded slowly. "Baskets huh? So... you can weave baskets?" Hey, there was another skill!

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Post by Starrnico on Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:03 am

"We will do our best to make this work for your people." Dawn agreed gently.
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"I don't know how to weave baskets." Shane said thoughtfully.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by Kooshie on Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:13 am

"Thanks guys," James smiled softly at Armin and Dawn. He was so glad for their support. "Come on, let's, I dunno, talk about something happier or watch a movie or something."

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"I mean, I wasn't very good at it, but sorta," Ellie said. She snorted, presumably thinking about the poorly shaped baskets she'd woven in her youth.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:29 am

"Yeah I can't weave baskets either, Olin just like.. bought buckets and baskets and stuff back from town." Matt shrugged. "You are also good at making hats." He grinned. "Hey, couldn't you like, weave hats?" He was thinking of those hats that looked pretty much like a basket with a ribbon on hah.

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Armin nodded. "As you wish my friend." He looked around. "What would you like to do?"
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Post by Kooshie on Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:29 pm

"Well then, all three of us are like, terrible basket weavers," Ellie said. She liked that for some reason. "Oh yeah! We could totally make basket hats. That's, like, the best idea ever!"

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"I'd like to do basically anything that doesn't have anything to do with people dying," James said. "Romcoms are good, or we could discuss silk weaving or something. I dunno, just not death." He didn't want to start thinking about what had happened to Emma, or how it could possibly happen to everyone else. Or at least, not think about it any more than he already was, ugh.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:59 pm

"Maybe the computer has like.. a how to on weaving hats and baskets?" Matt suggested.

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Armin bowed his head. "of course my friend." He frowned a little, looking sad. He patted James gently on the shoulder. He had no idea why James was so down, he knew nothing of Emma, but he knew he couldn't promise nobody would be hurt. Least not in a manner James would believe.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by Starrnico on Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:20 pm

Shane chuckled and went to look up tutorials on weaving baskets.
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Dawn went over to James to touch his arm gently too. "Yeah, we could do a romcom or something." She said softly.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by Kooshie on Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:01 pm

Vestia had a rather impressive number of basket weaving programs, just like she had impressive numbers of everything else. There were the typical tutors to help, as well as lots of materials and useful tools.

Ellie looked around. "Well, this should be interesting! Maybe we'll ALL discover a hidden talent."

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James smiled gratefully at his friends. "Thanks, guys. Something cheesy, I think. With a really contrived plot that makes very little sense, preferably. And a sensible but quirky sidekick who provides snarky commentary from time to time." He might be aromantic himself, but he could still appreciate a sappy love story as much as the next guy. Especially when he needed to avoid thinking about death and destruction.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:43 am

Armin smiled "that sounds like an excellent idea. "

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Matt laughed "I dunno... " He was pretty good with his hands but he'd never woven anything in his life, this was... gonna be interesting.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by Starrnico on Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:32 am

Dawn smiled again and chuckled softly, going to pick a random romcom before settling in with her friends.
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Shane was surprised by the options and picked one with a tutor. He looked around as the scene changed and the tutor appeared.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:05 am

Matt wheeled a bit closer. he'd never been so good at formal lessons.

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Armin found something for everyone to settle on, his room wasn't exactly kitted out for non vavare. They might have to pile into a hammock, oops?
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by Kooshie on Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:50 am

James would try not to squish anyone while they sat next to each other. He didn't want to be responsible for any of his friends getting hurt, thanks. Especially not Armin, since he was the guy's main nurse right now.
They'd all manage to settle in close enough to see the tablet screen, and they could find a movie fitting James's oddly detailed request.

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"Yay, tutors!" Ellie said. She started grabbing basket materials without bothering to wait. "This'll be like Human Summer Camp all over again, we can even do the songs."
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:15 am

"Are the songs all about how much better humans are?" Matt asked warily. He wasn't totally sure he liked humanists, least, humanists who weren't Ellie.

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Armin's exoskeleton had, thankfully, begun to harden up nicely now. He just wasn't quite strong enough to carry an oxygen tank on his back, those things were heavy, even magic ones.
He settled into his hammock, putting one arm around each of his friends so long as they didn't protest.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by Kooshie on Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:42 am

"Yeah!..." Ellie's enthusiasm trailed off. She tended to forget her friends weren't humans, and were therefore were kind of hated by her religion, and also how offensive the lyrics to some of the 'family friendly' songs she'd grown up with actually were. It was a bummer to remember that her entire culture was about staying as far away from aliens as they could. "Maybe no Human songs then," she decided, looking sheepish.

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James didn't care much about personal space, and he knew Armin's species liked physical contact, so he cuddled up against Armin, still making sure to keep most of his weight off the guy. Yay, friendship.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:01 am

Matt nodded. "Maybe we should write our own songs? Like, Vestia is awesome songs?" he suggested.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by Starrnico on Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:50 am

Dawn settled in next to Armin, smiling when he put his arm around her. She didn't mind the closeness as long as it was just friendly.
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Shane settled in and grabbed some of the materials. "Or just some of the songs we all know like at the party?"
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by Kooshie on Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:52 am

"I'm totally down for praising Vestia," Ellie said, snickering. "Or singing pop songs. Both sound great." She started following the tutor program's instructions to make a hat, humming to herself.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:04 pm

Matt made a note to write some silly songs of praise and celebration of Vestia and her crew, yes. That'd be fun.

He started trying to follow the instructions but found this far more complicated and confusing than he'd anticipated. He'd get the hang of it eventually, probably, though his poor eyesight wasn't helping him in weaving at all.

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Armin smiled happily and settled to watch the movie. He was most thankful for such fine friends.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by Starrnico on Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:00 pm

Shane watched the tutorial go over the weaving a couple of times before he tried making a hat with it. Weaving was some complicated stuff apparently.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by Kooshie on Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:48 pm

Ellie, like the others, would struggle a lot to make a hat. But hopefully in time, they'd all be able to weave something loosely resembling a basket of some sort.

(Sure. :) We can probably skip to tomorrow whenever you guys are ready, too.)
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:10 am

(yeah let's do this thing!)
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by Kooshie on Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:38 pm

(Okay, votes on whether we skip to the morning or to pretty soon before the protest? I'm kinda leaning toward pretty soon before the protest, but I admit I'm biased, heh.)
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by Starrnico on Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:49 pm

(I'm fine with either way Smile )
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:05 am

(protest protest protest! lol)
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by Kooshie on Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:17 am

(Haha, let's do this! *Lobs a large post into the thread*)

JUNE 30, 2790

The day of the robot rights protest arrived without fanfare. The weather was sunny and unremarkable, people trotted purposefully around the spaceport doing their daily errands, and tourists wandered the city, taking photos and speaking occasional phrases in butchered French accented heavily in Galactic Common.

Not many took notice of the androids around the city, who were skilled in being unobtrusive and unremarkable, but those who did might notice that they seemed a little more alert than usual, that sometimes they spoke quietly to each other, and that some of them could barely contain their nervous excitement about something. Not that it mattered. Their badges were a clear and comforting reminder that the androids were non-sentient, and that everything they did was just a result of their programming.

There was absolutely no reason to take notice.

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On Vestia, things were a little more eventful.

Asher had spent a lot of yesterday with Kay. He’d gone to talk to James at some point though, and the two had talked for a long while about the Mars visit, the protest, their plans, and most of all, their sisters. With everything that was coming up, they had a lot to discuss. James tried to get Asher to tell Lark about the freedom code and everything else that had happened in the past year, but Asher refused, saying that he wasn’t ready yet.

James wasn’t thrilled about that, but he nodded and said he’d keep not telling Lark anything secret until Asher was ready.

Lark sent them a message that she wouldn’t be protesting, she couldn’t in good conscience risk the lives of the younger androids and she needed to be near them to try to protect them tomorrow. Asher and James weren’t sure whether to be relieved by that, or scared at the thought of what might happen to the androids on the space station anyway.

The next day, the day of the protest, came all too soon.

Asher got up early, spent a lot of time checking his messages, writing motivational stuff on the forum, finding the right button-down shirt to wear, stowing his gun in one of Vestia’s safes, discussing the merits and issues of possible slogans to put on signs with the other androids, and generally worrying about anything and everything. He was trying to block out his fears with work, but it wasn’t entirely working; he kept remembering the laughter of the people who had attacked him, the panicked confusion as system after system reported catastrophic damage, and the horrible knowledge that he could do absolutely nothing in his last minutes except try to come to terms with the fact that he was about to die. He’d only survived that day because a police officer had been nearby and willing to intervene, if not for that, that alley and those people would have been the last thing he'd ever seen.

He doubted most of the androids who were going to be attacked after today were going to be that lucky.

Asher knew it was necessary, that some lives would have to be endangered in pursuit of the greater good. But that didn’t make the thought any less awful. So he threw himself into every bit of work he could find, hoping to make a difference, or at least distract himself, until it was time to head out.

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James didn’t have any major responsibilities assigned to him, but he did help in writing up signs to carry, and checking the forums for updates. He was thinking about Emma still, and how he wished she could be here today, and about Lark who was back at home with those poor younger androids who were going to be caught unawares in the middle of this. It was going to be a nerve wracking day.

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Tala didn’t really care what happened today. She liked the idea of Terran slaves being treated more fairly, but really, it wasn’t a big deal to her. Some cultures just had strange and backwards societal norms, right? She might go though, to keep an eye on the people who decided to attend.

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Ellie was still kind of indignant that the androids were complaining about their treatment. She stayed away from all the androids on board, and ate breakfast and gardened. She’d gone shopping last night and come back with a woven straw hat, because you couldn’t take holodeck hats out of the holodeck.

She wasn't going to the protest, she was going to do chores and wear her hat.

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Ethan couldn’t take part in the robot rights thing, nor did he want to, so he’d been busily researching psychology books to acquire for Esk instead. It was a good project. Earlier he'd probably done flying lessons with Luka, and had probably somewhat improved. Yay.

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The other androids, both MegaBrainTech and Terran United alike, made their own preparations for the protest. They were all attending. The felt like they needed to. No matter how dangerous this was, they’d all experienced first hand how badly things needed to be changed, and they all wanted to do their part to change it.

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A very large, rectangular box arrived at Vestia’s cargo bay at some point earlier in the day. It was branded with MegaBrainTech logo, brand name, and enthusiastic italic text proclaiming the android inside to be an Eight series.

Vestia took the box and scanned it warily, and decided the contents seemed legit. She'd set it somewhere out of the way, so nobody would trip on it. She was pretty sure it was Celia's new body, although there was no label to confirm that suspicion. Hopefully nobody had decided to impulse buy an Eight android, ha.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Thirty

Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:17 pm

Esk spent the morning preparing. While he had no real intention of attending the protest, he was realistic enough to realise that his crewmates were putting themselves in danger attending and that things could quite easily turn violent. If that happened, he wanted to be prepared to do his job and get his crew safely back to the ship.

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Kay was worried, but also cautiously optimistic. He was trying very hard not to fixate on the worst case scenario, but being the sort of person he was, that wasn't easy. He stuck close to Asher whenever he could, unwilling to let him out of his sight for too long. He was probably being a little bit too needy but hey, he was scared okay?

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Matt had gone about his day as usual, though Kay was too distracted to do their scheduled physio. He understood why. Poor guy was probably going nuts with worry.
He preferred to believe this would all be fine, terrans weren't monsters right?

He was optimistic today would be a turning point, so much so he was actually kinda looking forward to this protest.

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Mourn continued to work feverishly on this code. He'd decided it was more important to have that ready to go than attend a silly protest with signs and chanting. Like Matt, he was CERTAIN this was going to work. He was absolutely convinced that while terrans were very stupid, they weren't THAT stupid. They had to know their androids were sentient, they were just in denial.

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Luka slunk back to her room late, having spent several hours watching movies with Rigel.
It was nice.
Come morning she rose for her morning jog and had almost completely forgotten about Ethan's lesson till he reminded her. Oops? She did her best, she wasn't a natural teacher, but just being in a cockpit she was pretty sure he was already getting the hang of it.

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Swarm was excited about the protest, they knew this was history in the making no matter which way it went. They were gathering their number to attend and witness it first hand.

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Armin was still confined to his room, but he would watch the news once the protest started. He prayed to the Weaver to keep his friends safe and to help the terrans to see what was right and just.

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Hewitt couldn't care less about the protest, he went about his day as normal.

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Amity was oblivious to the robots rights movement, he just couldn't wrap his computer brain around it all. He did what he always did, bid everyone a pleasant day and was on hand to fetch coffee or baked goods for those who requested them.

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Ivor, sensing the tension in the air had curled up in his room and refused to leave.

Silence brought him food but after a while got bored of trying to get him to pull himself together and lumbered off to find something else to do. She was also aware of how tense several people were on board, but also how excited others were. It was curious. And of course, being the nosy sort she was, she wanted to know exactly what the big deal was. She really didn't understand the android things, at all. Then again, nobody had really bothered to try to explain it to her.
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