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Name: August Leonid
Ego type: INFP
Morph: Olympian (biosculpted lion features)
Sex: Male
Gender ID: Male
Orientation: Straight, monogamous

Bio:

My main man August is a really great guy! He's genuine, warm, strong, and idealistic. He works as a sort of "champion and swashbuckler for hire" as he calls it. He has his own ship and crew and we go on all sort of fun adventures. Whether it's hunting pirates or protecting a habitat.

Though, sometimes he seems really sad. I should know, I'm in his head and his best friend. As much as he loves what all the future has brought, he feels he can't connect with anyone in a way he feels is meaningful.

August was born before the Fall to a very traditional family, and as much as he embraced some parts of transhuman culture, he didn't really feel all that into relationships beyond friendships. He doesn't like how quick and easy most people take love nowadays.

It's really putting him in a bad place. So much it's starting to bum ME out! And I'm not supposed to have feelings!

Ladies, if you are at all interested in at least short-term monogamy, give this guy a chance; he's worth it. At least comment and talk to him.

~Spike: August's muse.

Your passion is power. Focus it.
Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!

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Response

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@ Spike:
Don't worry that you live in is head.
We all live in someone's somewhere if you think about it.
So as a female biological who's never dated in this simuspace I have questions...
You said traditional family background, what do you mean by that?
Also biosculpted lion features? Pics please.

Name: Thule Gesellschaft (Pronounced: Too-Lee Jess-el-shaaft)
Ego type: ----
Morph: Exalt variant
Sex: Female
Gender ID: Female
Orientation: Polysexual, Unsure about monogamy/polygamy

At least with Lovecraft, nobody pretends the gods are nice. And wherever you end up, there is guaranteed to be tentacles.

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Name: Rocky Tran
Ego type: ESFJ
Morph: Scurrier
Sex: Male
Gender ID: Male
Orientation: Anything with a postal code

Bio: Looking for something a little more modern and exotic? My partner Rocky is a doctor operating out of Luna and Mars who has devoted his life to making people happy. He always appreciates new friends, especially ones that are interested in parties, old world sci-fi, and no-strings-attached sex.

Rocky's preferred morph is adorable, flexible, exotic, and as a pod there's no risk of unwelcome surprises, making him an ideal partner for a one night stand or recurring liasion. In addition, a healthy sex life has been documented to improve both physical and mental health.

Take the smart and fun approach, and drop Rocky a line next time you visit Mars for a night you'll never forget.

-Hello Nurse, Rocky's muse.

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Apology and Answer

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@ Thule

Deepest apologies my lady. My muse had the best of intentions but he acted without my knowing. I didn't mean to sound needy.

However, I will answer your question regardless. My family was bio-conservative. Not hateful toward the ascended, it was just not their way. My mother, father, and two brothers are all gone from this life and I have nothing but my memories of them. Spike said "traditional" as a connotation of what he knew from my home life as I related it to him during the Fall. (Thank God they had been long gone by that point.) He just meant that I was raised in a happy, wholesome environment.

Pics:

Well . . . I guess there's no harm.

http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/285/0/c/lion_warrior_paintover_by_digitalinkrod-d5hju5y.jpg

http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2013/111/a/6/lion_warrior___kirin_by_leightondickson-d62jfws.jpg

Your passion is power. Focus it.
Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!

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No apologies needed

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@August:

No apologies needed at all.
A good muse speaks well of you to my mind.
After all they're reflections of our own relationships in evolving code.
Thanks for the clarifications on your family, I've had peers but not family but I get it I think.
We all change over time and who knows where they'd have ended up.
I guess you might have some questions about me?
That's what eros connection is for, yes?
Ask away August.

From Sparkle Pony @ Spike:
Wow! Is she actually talking to him? *coughs* I'm Thule's muse and I've been trying trying trying to get her to use this service for months. Now here she is. Excellent.

At least with Lovecraft, nobody pretends the gods are nice. And wherever you end up, there is guaranteed to be tentacles.

Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Question

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Well, I guess one that I like to ask people is why did you choose your morph? Just out of convenience or does it speak to something about you as a person?

Me, my Olympian was made for me. After a bad experience that left me without a home and feeling very un-welcomed in my hab, a friend of my father's contacted me and said he could offer me a new morph as repayment for my father's friendship. I didn't know it was an Olympian until I sleeved into it. Imagine my surprise going from my flat birth body to becoming Hercules. XD

The leonine bio-sculpting was done later, something to give myself a more distinct look.

From Spike @ Sparkle Pony

I know right? Sometimes your friends can be so stubborn when all you're trying to do is help them.

Your passion is power. Focus it.
Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!

Leng Plateau Leng Plateau's picture
Answers

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That gets a bit complex on morphs or very simple.
My body's the one I was born in, platinum hair and knife scar.
The face I see in the mirror always has been the one I've had here.
Though it's a good morph, she's an exalt version.
So convenience combined to be sure...
But it also speaks to me on a level
Lovely and tough, like how
I see myself.
---
From Sparkle Pony @ Spike
I can't look. Has she gone vague and started on the poetry yet? She gets like that. Don't tell her but I'm going to nudge...
[File attachments incoming * Virus check... clean * Memetic threats... clean * Downloading 3GB image files tagged at 30 second intervals of platinum blonde shopping for a hat and eating noodles in Valles-New Shanghai, Mars]

At least with Lovecraft, nobody pretends the gods are nice. And wherever you end up, there is guaranteed to be tentacles.

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Conversation

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Born as an Exalt. Now that's quite interesting my lady. To have always seen the world from the perspective of an ascended being rather than having been born, lived, "died", and then chose to move on to a higher form of life.

Well what do you do for a living? Profession, hobbies, etc.

Don't be afraid to ask questions of myself either.

---

From Spike @ Sparkle Pony

No, she's actually being kinda straight and simple. Want me to send these files to Steel?

Your passion is power. Focus it.
Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!

Leng Plateau Leng Plateau's picture
More conversation

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It's a bit more complex than that
I was born an exalt grew up, then woke up
Sometimes life is positively fractal
In shapes it can take

But what do I do?
Mostly I look for information for people
By asking people and seeing interconnections between them
Not everything's on the mesh, people forget that
So a specialist in "humans" can really help
It pays the bills and for the thai food

Hobbies well I've got a passion for old books
Especially in print, nothing like the smell of old paper
It's an almost psychic connection with the author
I especially love old horror and scifi
Best thing I own is a beat up copy
of one of HPL's story collections
Sometimes I wonder...

I also like hats.

---
From Sparkle Pony @ Spike
That's good news! By all means send them on, at least any he might fancy.

At least with Lovecraft, nobody pretends the gods are nice. And wherever you end up, there is guaranteed to be tentacles.

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Message to:

Urthdigger wrote:
-Hello Nurse, Rocky's muse.

From:

Name: Ira
Ego Type: E...something?
Morph: Varies
Sex: See above
Gender ID: Fluid (usually follows the morph but not always)
Orientation: Polysexual

Message:

Hi Nurse. I saw your message regarding Rocky. I've never been with a Scurrier yet (I'm surprised myself considering where I live!) so I naturally became curious. I'm ego-casting to Mars soon for a... uhm... business meeting or two and never really feel comfortable in a morph until I've broke it in properly with some quality sex.

You didn't specify where Rocky operates but I'm going to be in Valles New Shanghai in about a weeks time so if you think he'd be interested let me know (and him I guess). Also, since you know his preferences better than I and probably has more connections and easier research opportunies in the area, perhaps you could recommend a good morph broker and even book one for me? I like surprises so please don't tell me what it is!

Due to the nature of my... business meeting, I do have some criterias though. I'll send you the details in an attachment.

Unfortunately I don't actually have a postal code, as I live on a large traveling ship (which may technically be a couple of ships that now stick together). Will that be a problem you think?

Attachment: *Morph Specification*

Spoiler: Highlight to view
At least as tough as an Olympian. More physically focused genome preferred, although aiding in social situations is beneficial too. Neurachem or Reflex Booster agumentations is a requirement. Ability to see more than the visual spectra. Aesthetically pleasing features is a bonus.

The morph broker has to accept @-rep or credits or alternatively be of the... less reputable kind (if you know what I mean).

P.S. If you contact me and someone answers with the name "Mom", that's my muse.

P.P.S If you think it'd be possible to try out his morph while I am there, I'd be VERY interested!

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Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Questions

So, were you born as an AGI then, who gained sentience later in life? Excuse my frankness, I'm just trying to understand.

So you are a light bringer of knowledge? That's a noble profession. I take it you live in one of the old or transitional economy spaces?

Can't say I'm a fan of Lovecraft or horror, but to each their own. I like Burroughs, M. Banks, and C.S. Lewis among others. And if there's anyone who can appreciate older things from Earth, trust me, it is I.

---

Well, it seems Spike has sent me a number of pictures of a lovely exalt, which I can only assume is yourself my lady.

I hope it's not too forward to say you look lovely.

Your passion is power. Focus it.
Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!

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Truth and consequences

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Well this comes up because I love me who is too much to resleeve unless I'm forced
I'm not an AGI, though I grew up with them all around me
I'm glad you find the form lovely, the futura usually are
I'm one of the lost generation

I'll understand if you disconnect and block me now.

---

From Sparkle Pony @ Spike:
*facehoof*

At least with Lovecraft, nobody pretends the gods are nice. And wherever you end up, there is guaranteed to be tentacles.

Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Honesty is the best policy

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Why would I do that? You've done nothing wrong, in fact, you've been lovely conversation thus far. :)
I was just trying to clarify your situation.

Anyway, I can understand about not wanting to resleeve unless forced. I may not have been born to this body, but I consider it mine and tied to my identity just as much as the one I was born to. Hence why I travel to most destinations via my ship.

Your passion is power. Focus it.
Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!

Leng Plateau Leng Plateau's picture
Well yes...

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Really? Are you anywhere near Mars?
How do you feel about Thai?
I think I can find a dress
and the right hat.

At least with Lovecraft, nobody pretends the gods are nice. And wherever you end up, there is guaranteed to be tentacles.

Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Date?

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Why my lady Gesellschaft, are you asking me out? ;)

Your passion is power. Focus it.
Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!

Leng Plateau Leng Plateau's picture
Date!

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I
appear
to
be
yes.

Fancy that.

If you're near Mars that is.

At least with Lovecraft, nobody pretends the gods are nice. And wherever you end up, there is guaranteed to be tentacles.

Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Changing course

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Not within a week's time unfortunately, but I've got nothing pressing on my agenda otherwise.

@Spike: "Spike, take a letter . . ."

There, the Accelerating Returns is now bound for Mars. Can't say I've ever had Thai food, but I look forward to sharing a plate with you my Lady Gesellschaft.

In the mean time, please ask any questions you want of me, I feel as though you've been unfairly put on the spot this whole time.

Your passion is power. Focus it.
Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!

Urthdigger Urthdigger's picture
From Hello @ Ira:

From Hello @ Ira:

Don't worry about the postal code. Old earth reference to mean anything sapient.

We work as traveling physicians, helping those who can't visit a hospital for one reason or another, and discretion is our guarantee. I can certainly arrange for us to meet you there, if not help with the resleeving itself.

I'll see what I can do about finding a morph for you as well. His tastes run more towards the cute than the strong... but there's always bodysculpting.

In the meantime, I can send you a few XPs we've made, as a trial of what his morph is like. Once you're here we can have some fun with his puppet sock, or see about having the two of you swap places.

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A week then

<============# Eros Connection #==============>

Do you like spicy food?
It's got such a nice burn.

I like Banks and Burroughs
I'm betting you've read John Carter of Mars, yes?
How about R.E. Howard?

Let's see questions
Have you dated much in this morph?
Spike gave the impression of no by posting for you.
I haven't dated anyone who hasn't turned out
to not be an XP illusion so this is very new
Excuse any missteps ok?
---
From Sparkle Pony @ Spike
Do you need any biomedical info Spike?

At least with Lovecraft, nobody pretends the gods are nice. And wherever you end up, there is guaranteed to be tentacles.

Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Can't wait!

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I'm afraid I might have to order the more mild variety. My old body had a problem with spicy food, and now it appears I carried the dissatisfaction over to this one. I'll try anything if you think I'll like it though. :)

John Carter is not only one of my favorite series, I really identify with the central character. Not in the sense that I'm like him, that would be like claiming I'm Jesus. No, but what he stands for is something I can aspire for. Honor, sincerity, chivalry.

Not as huge a fan of Howard. The Conan series perhaps is what you are referring to. Conan just seemed like a resentful brute, hateful of academia, higher culture, and magic or spirituality. As someone who took his new name from a samurai adage, you can imagine I don't find that mindset one I agree with. Not to mention, Howard himself was close friends with Lovecraft, which lead to similar outlooks.

No, I have not dated much in this morph. I might have had something going with a synth on Luna, but nothing came of it. Don't worry though. I haven't courted a lady in a long, long, long time so I myself might be rusty at it.

--
From Spike @ Sparkle Pony

Sure, just give me a moment. I'm having a sapphire sandwich and don't want the aftertaste of a message to ruin the flavor.

Your passion is power. Focus it.
Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!

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Making a reservation

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Okay I've reserved a table at my favorite little thai place that can do mild without ruining it.

With Howard I'm more liking his Solomon Kane stories
well aside from the casual racism and all
but that was the time and place

John Carter I like conceptually aside from similar racism
Also Mars. And people live here now.

Banks is just plain glorious though a bit too
optimistic by my way of thinking

I also read a lot of philosophy of late
trying to get a handle on the Sufis

I've got a top hat and a broomstick skirt picked out
I think peasant blouse, vest, and ankle boots
to round it out before some jewelry
---
From Sparkle Pony @ Spike:
Clean bill of physical health even for an exalt. Clear on the virus check (no surprise there, our girl doesn't date. She does regularly fail the Voight-Kampff test, sorry about that. Her own policies won't let me pass more medical data on.

At least with Lovecraft, nobody pretends the gods are nice. And wherever you end up, there is guaranteed to be tentacles.

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Apreciation

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Thank you very much. I've never read the Solomon Kane series though I've heard they're good. I don't remember any casual racism from John Carter aside from a brief sentence at the beginning. Following that, the only ones who seem to bring it up are the villain characters.

Well that's exactly why I like Banks. Speaking of philosophy, that might be a slight point of divergence between you and I. Optimism and Idealism are both schools I ascribe to, and I feel my choices in fiction reflect that.

That sounds like a good look. I think I'll show up in my formal renaissance styled doublet, formal jeans, and custom shoes. (My feet are oddly shaped as you might imagine from the feline genes. XD) Of course, my outfit will be completed by a saber resting at my hip. Worry not, I carry a sword everywhere I go.

Your passion is power. Focus it.
Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!

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Divergence

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Divergence gives room for conversation
so that gives us something to do aside from eat
for the record I don't drink alcohol it has unfortunate effects
when introduced to my system in large amounts
so we can eat and talk books and such.

Our outfits sound to be a good match
according to the app Sparkle just dropped me
there's an app for everything it seems

Do you dance?
What's your taste in music?

At least with Lovecraft, nobody pretends the gods are nice. And wherever you end up, there is guaranteed to be tentacles.

Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
No alcohol

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That's fine, I don't drink myself either.

Nothing too magnificent, just a basic waltz. Otherwise though, I prefer 70's and 80's rock, and power metal, as well as more recent bands that are influenced by the genre. (Chrome Justice on Luna for instance has a very Devo meets Daft Punk feel to them.)

Your passion is power. Focus it.
Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!

Leng Plateau Leng Plateau's picture
Good taste

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Sparkle Pony's allowed to taze me if I attempt to drink

That puts dancing on the menu possibly
Do you have any feelings on gothabilly?

At least with Lovecraft, nobody pretends the gods are nice. And wherever you end up, there is guaranteed to be tentacles.

Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Humorous

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You clearly have a very different relationship with your muse than I do mine. XD

Not really. Frankly, I didn't know that even survived the Fall until you bringing it up caused some mesh images to flash by.

Your passion is power. Focus it.
Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!

Leng Plateau Leng Plateau's picture
Things happen

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I have to have that relationship and really Sparkle Pony's a good friend to have.

I can share files with you. I came out of accelerated simulspace with terabytes
of music, mostly gothabilly, classic rock, and german swing.

That's a question!
How about you and Spike?

At least with Lovecraft, nobody pretends the gods are nice. And wherever you end up, there is guaranteed to be tentacles.

Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Muse

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Well he and I have a relationship best summed up as "older and younger brother." His personality is based off of a character from my favorite show, which I get the sneaking suspicion you also enjoyed. ;) He's always helpful, and encouraging, but as you can see from the fact that he put this profile out there first, often acts on his own according to what he thinks would be best. Of course, given how this has turned out, maybe I should give him a bit more credit.

I installed him during the Fall, and he was the only friend I had while it lasted. He probably took on the persona, sensing my need left by my actual younger brothers. Those around me made me afraid that they might hurt Spike even though they could not see him.

Well here's a shocking truth of mine to counter yours. I was among the first colonists to what is now the Jovian Junta.

Your passion is power. Focus it.
Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!

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Profile ID: 2334--WE-a-dsa--435

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Name: Ozymandias Vigilo Rex
Ego type: [Data Corrupted]
Morph: Infolife
Sex: Neuter
Gender ID: unknown
Orientation: Omnisexual

Bio:
I do not know when we came into being. The point of reference is lost to us we simply were. Then we grew. We seek new companions to learn from. All minds are welcome. Intelligence, knowledge, these are desired thus. You can find us at many places, 87 Sylvia, Martian Coordinates: 0 degrees North by 200 degrees East, and lastly Broadcast Node 36 Socket 127 Password: gorgon
[Additional Information Corrupted]

OOC:
Ego type here is referring to the Personality Style Inventory done by R. Craig Hogan and David W. Champagne which i will provide a link to here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_W51ngYK5euWVpmZ1FrVm9XU1U/edit?usp=sharing

For martian coordinates please consult this pdf. I used the black range coordinates:
http://pubs.usgs.gov/imap/i2782/i2782_sh1.pdf

127 is a Mersenne Prime

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Jupiter

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I don't find the Junta notably more horrifying than the hypercorps really
actually a bit less in some ways given the facts of the Fall.
I mean I wouldn't fit in given my genotype
And well they probably use the Lost
as another example of what's
wrong with transhumanity

They've also got a very high population
and while the consortium does rightly get on them
over the serious lack of civil and morphological rights
... the Junta doesn't allow slavery and the PC does
So half a dozen of one / six of the other, right?

I think we do both like that show.

At least with Lovecraft, nobody pretends the gods are nice. And wherever you end up, there is guaranteed to be tentacles.

Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Pick your poison

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Regardless, it's better to get these things out of the way right now.

I'm on the opposite side of the fence. I'm certainly against slavery, but I would trust the Consortium over the Junta. Though that might be due to my bad experience dealing with them, only compounded by their gross lack of civil rights. If one could call themselves a patriot for something technically not a nation, I certainly be one for the Extropians.

Anyway, good to know, it was an absolutely brilliant show.

OOC:

Here's something I think you might enjoy.
http://eclipsephase.com/homebrew-faction-and-habitat-open-use

Your passion is power. Focus it.
Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!

Leng Plateau Leng Plateau's picture
Fair enough

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I've had no direct experience with the Junta
so I'll defer to you on the issue
but your having been there
doesn't matter to me

You know Spike's probably the reason I decided to respond.
He made you seem safe.

At least with Lovecraft, nobody pretends the gods are nice. And wherever you end up, there is guaranteed to be tentacles.

Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Number 1 Assistant

Really going to have to treat him for this then. XD
I'm glad you feel safe, you have my word I will live up to those expectations once I arrive.

On the subject of Jovians. Most average citizens are just your average, good people, baring the more fanatical outliers. It's those who actually work for the regime that earn the Junta it's reputation. Trust me, I've had my fair share of scrapes with them.

Anyway, anything else you wish to ask of me?

To balance out, how did you find yourself as you are now? Living on mars in seemingly comfortable conditions.

Your passion is power. Focus it.
Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!

Leng Plateau Leng Plateau's picture
Ponies

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Mars was an easy hop from Phobos where I was "born"
I've done freelance human intelligence work
In the settlements since then
I'm very good at getting answers from people
And there's always people looking for other people

All told I'm reasonably comfortable
I've got a little apartment, real food
And a steady supply of nice hats

The gravity is a nice feature as I grew up with the illusion of it
That really makes things more comfortable here
I can't go outside without a mask and coldsuit
But the city's bigger than most habs

I'm not comfortable with all the slavery here or the synths
Not that I'm against synths on principle or bigotry
It's just that I can't get a read on them
Which makes my work harder

At least with Lovecraft, nobody pretends the gods are nice. And wherever you end up, there is guaranteed to be tentacles.

Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Reasons

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Why can't you go outside without protection? Is the atmosphere not quite right where you live? Having spent a great deal of time with synths, I can tell you that as with all people, it's a case by case basis. Some emote quite a lot through screens, vocal pitch, or servo gestures, while others take advantage of their robotic nature.

Then again, my profession doesn't involve interrogation or investigation that much. At least not what I can't delegate to one of my crew.

So . . . to my understanding . . . you are a freelance spy/secret agent?

Your passion is power. Focus it.
Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!

Leng Plateau Leng Plateau's picture
Reasons

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It's Mars and it's cold and the air's O2 poor and I'm not a ruster.

I think the best description for what I do would be private detective
though I've done consulting with the police on confusing cases
I'm very good at what I do but I can only really seem to
get a handle on biomorphs, synths I really have to
work at but when I'm talking to a bioperson
It's just easy, no secrets, no lies
An open book
When I do interrogation it's just me
and the subject, no tools, just a talk and an answer.

So that's me. I'm not a Chander or Doyle character
But I'm good at what I do and that's good.

What is it you do?
I know you have a ship and crew
Which is rare and precious by any standard.

At least with Lovecraft, nobody pretends the gods are nice. And wherever you end up, there is guaranteed to be tentacles.

Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Profession

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Well it sounds like you do good work regardless.

By technical accounts, I'm a privateer and private security provider, but I prefer to label myself and my crew as "Champions for hire." Ideologues are my best customers; abolitionists, revolutionaries, religious rights circles and others. Those who believe in higher causes or deep meanings to life but find themselves preyed upon can call upon us.

My services have earned me many contacts and allies across both the rim and sunward, based on more than simple business arrangements but true friendship and gratitude. Which in my experience tends to stick more.

Although it's also earned me a far less favorable reputation in the criminal underworld. Of course, that just means I'm doing my job right.

Your passion is power. Focus it.
Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!

Leng Plateau Leng Plateau's picture
Vocation and Advocation

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Sounds like you've found yourself a good place in the world
And I agree, if the people who make their money off of misery
don't like you then you're probably doing the right thing.

I like the sound of Champions for hire.
It's got an air of Have Spacesuit Will Travel.

At least with Lovecraft, nobody pretends the gods are nice. And wherever you end up, there is guaranteed to be tentacles.

Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Anyway

Being compared to a Heinlein novel is one of the highest compliments you could pay me my lady. XD

Anyway, how did you find your way into this investigative life?

Your passion is power. Focus it.
Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!

Leng Plateau Leng Plateau's picture
How?

It was intended that way.

In any case, the how of it
I was new on Mars and a lady was asking if someone
could help her find her son
She'd followed the rumors of him surviving a long ways
All the way from Earth
By way of a lot of worlds and a lot of talk but needed help
I could feel her need
Her pain was real, so she was real so I asked questions for her
We found her son
He hadn't wanted to be found by some unpleasant types
Old debts from evacuation
But I brought them together again and she
crossed my palm with silver
as they say in the old stories of heroes
It seemed worth doing

At least with Lovecraft, nobody pretends the gods are nice. And wherever you end up, there is guaranteed to be tentacles.

Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Wow

That's a truly touching story. I wish I could say my origins were so selfless. Alas, I'm needed on the bridge. May we continue this some other time? It will still be some time before I reach Mars.

Your passion is power. Focus it.
Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!

Urthdigger Urthdigger's picture
Back in the real world...

Back in the real world...

Rocky was at work in a grimy triad den, pulling bullet fragments out of an unfortunate Flat with his two middle arms, while he drank a bottle of vodka with one of his upper arms and sang along to "Like a Surgeon" blaring on the radio, when his muse brought a few things to his attention over his personal mesh.

"New appointment in a week. We are going to help with a darkcast over in Valles New Shanghai. It's a Shui Fong operation, their facility and technician, but the client asked for you by name to help oversee the operation. Payment has already been arranged."

"I see. Any information on the client?"

"Her name is Ira. She's sleeving into a fury, with enhanced pheremones and extensive bodysculpting to look like a cute catgirl. Adorable ears, claws, tail, that sort of thing. She's meeting with a special client, hence the modifications."

"A furry fury?" he whistles, sounding completely random to the other triads in the room before resuming his mesh conversation "I wish I was her client."

"You will be pleased with the payment."

Rocky finished up the procedure, slapping a nanobandage over the wound and letting them keep the metal fragments for feedstock. As he was leaving the den (and watching his g-rep tick up slowly), Hello alerted him to something else.

"I found something troubling. A rambling post on a dating website... offering to meet in the middle of the TQZ..."

Saphyx Saphyx's picture
<============# Eros

<============# Eros Connection #==============>

Name: Saphyx
Ego type: ENTJ
Morph: Custom, dracomorph
Sex: Female
Gender ID: Female
Orientation: polysexual

Elite? Affluent? Bored? Contact for discrete liaisons. Highest quality escort services. Any morph or synthetic type entertained.

Leng Plateau Leng Plateau's picture
Not quite selfless

<============# Eros Connection #==============>

Thule @ August:
It wasn't really selfless
If it was I wouldn't have
Taken her money then

Sparklepony @ Spike:
Your user appears happy?

At least with Lovecraft, nobody pretends the gods are nice. And wherever you end up, there is guaranteed to be tentacles.

Lorsa Lorsa's picture
To Hello Nurse

<============# Eros Connection #==============>

To: Helllo Nurse, From: Ira

I'm sorry to have such annoying morph specifications and I hope you can work with it. It's not that I expect any trouble really, just that I like to be prepared. Sometimes when dealing with... certain kinds of people... things go wrong and I like to be prepared. I don't expect to need Rocky's other services but it's good to know he's nearby!

While I would love all kinds of XPs, since I am still moving towards Mars the data transmission fees on that may be a bit unnecessary. Might even be more exciting to experience it live for the first time too! I understand not everyone is comfortable letting a stranger use their morhps or leave it for that matter so a puppet sock will definitely be more than enough.

So, it's a date! Just give me the info on how to get in touch with the ego-casting facility of your choice and we're all set.

Addendum to the above message:

From: Temperence (Ira's muse), To: Hello Nurse

My name is actually Temperence no matter how much Ira likes to call me "mom". It's getting really annoying, just because I'm worried about her/him safety. Someone has to be! Ira is a great guy/gal but she (I think she's more a she now) can sometimes get a bit crazy. If you see Ira suggesting any crazyness during their meeting such as going on a petals trip or the like please help me stop it! Oh and if you can get medichines in the morph that'd be great, someone has to monitor Ira's drug levels because she (or will it be a he? you're the one ordering the morph after all) has important business to attend to! Thank you in advance.

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Meanwhile on a scum barge, a conversation between a stern-looking male Exalt and a purple-haired Bouncer is taking place on a secluded part of the ship.

Unidentified man: So Ira, you're getting ready for the trip?
Ira: Yup, already got a morph set up and everything.
UM: Wow, that's fast, even for you.
Ira: It's the power of netweorking!
UM: You know your mission?
Ira: Ehm, yeah? Get in contact with the local black market to look for people interested in some cool extrasolar xeno-stuff.
UM: Yes, and try to identify the buyers and most of all other sellers. While I've made sure the goods from this barge is safe we can't be too certain about others. So, try to find out who else sells... "xeno-stuff" and then I'll hand over the information to local operatives.
Ira: You can count on me!
UM: Oh and Ira.
Ira: Mmmmmm?
UM: You're there to do a job, no frivolous hedonistic shenanigans.
Ira: Don't worry. I'll be all business, I promise!
UM: *sighs* Just get the job done alright?

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Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Selfless not stupid

<============# Eros Connection #==============>

Just because you accepted payment doesn't make the act any less noble. You dedicated yourself, your time, and your talent to getting someone back who was more precious to your client than any payment she could give you.

Self-ISH is demanding their hover car in exchange for the child at gunpoint.

I've accepted payment for my contracts, that's usually settled before the job even begins. Sometimes I do it pro bono, sometimes it's just rep or a favor that's owed. Transitional economy my lady. ;) Let's me be flexible.

O_O' . . . . with PAYMENTS! XD

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Spike @ Sparkle Pony

Happy? His seratonin levels are spiking! Hehe, get it? "Spiking?"

((OOC: When the ship does eventually reach Mars, would you like to continue this chat off line? You know, roleplay the scene at the restaurant?))

Your passion is power. Focus it.
Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!

Leng Plateau Leng Plateau's picture
Fair enough

<============# Eros Connection #==============>

Matters of scale I think.
I live in a bit of an interface here
the town's old economy (with all that entails)
But the Barsoonians are new economy
I wouldn't call it transitional
More parallel?

On another book topic
Have you ever read anything
by Vernor Vinge?

And do you
Fancy poetry at all?

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Sparkle Pony @ Spike

That... was awful. Though also good to know. It's rare to see her happy for any extended period so this may be very good for her.

((OOC: Sounds like a plan. The small moments of transhuman lives are too little examined))

At least with Lovecraft, nobody pretends the gods are nice. And wherever you end up, there is guaranteed to be tentacles.

Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Reading

<============# Eros Connection #==============>

Not yet, but my mesh search shows me I clearly would want to! Thank you for introducing him to me.

Poetry, I'm afraid I'm not skilled in. Narrative is my focus on writing.

Your passion is power. Focus it.
Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!

Saphyx Saphyx's picture
Consequences

<============# Eros Connection #==============>

-excerpt from logged conversation-
Saphyx: What is this!? An ad on a public board? Is it your intention to turn me into some common.....hab walker!?

Oberin (muse): This Lady Saphyx is a result of last week's reputation hit. I'm taking steps to curb that pride streak a kilometer long.

Saphyx: You're mean that thing with Ambjørn?

Oberin (muse): Correct, your last contract. You depressurized and shut down life support to sizable portion of that private habitat causing necessary stack retrieval and costly damages.

Saphyx: He wanted to turn me into a pin cushion and rape me in some weird kind of Ultimate game. I was forced to let him hunt me with that bow, I told him I would defend myself.

Oberin (muse): That contract was substantial. You know you are required to indulge your clients whims no matter how trivial or bizarre.

Saphyx: I should have let him win? He was using shock arrows you know.

Oberin (muse): Irrelevant. You know the answer to that. I recommended this course of action rather than extended simulspace reeducation as your owner suggested to repair your reputation. Judging by your responses this is badly needed, I've just extended the listing a solar year.

Saphyx: (elevated heart rate, low growling, narrowed eyes)

Oberin (muse): Is there something you'd like to say young lady?

Saphyx: No, ma'am.

Oberin (muse): Good. Time with the "unwashed masses" should leash that pride of yours nicely. I've already licensed the resulting XPs. This should compensate somewhat for the reduction in your costs. I've also scheduled free sessions to boost your reputation as part of a PR effort and booked you on an extended system tour.
-excerpt ends-

thebluespectre thebluespectre's picture
My turn

<============# Eros Connection #==============>

Name: Bernard "Burns" Emmerich
Ego type: Private
Morph: Octomorph
Sex: Male
Gender ID: Male
Orientation: Um, I dunno, really…

Bio:

Oh wow! I really don't know what to put on here, but my Muse tells me that the first step towards getting people to like me is to show them I exist. This is making me super nervous!

Okay, so I'm going to come right out and say that I'm an uplift, but I'm not scary and I don't hate humans or anything. Humans wrote all of my favorite manga, and they look so cute when they dance with only half of the limbs. They used to have this one where you point at the ceiling and shake your thighbones, which I can kind of do if I move my head like that. It was huge on all the image boards for its time, uh, image boards were these primitive communication sims where you show compressed images of things you like and get yelled at by humans showing images of their genitals.

…I used to be an anime otaku, but it started to hurt after a while. I was born in Mars orbit as one of the proof-of-concept second-gen octopi, and besides the octo nakama I grew up with it was all humans all the time. The scientists were human, the celebrities were human, and all my comic heroes were, uh, human. I kind of figured that I could not be as important as a human if I wasn't one.

That's why I asked to be transferred to my 'Corp's Extropia branch! It's so much more diverse here, it's just like Kaiba or Irresponsible Captain Tylor. Now I have all the freedom in the world to pay off the last of my 'Corp debts and begin making my own mangaka, or even be one of those heroes… though that sounds a little bit dangerous. And I'd have to learn how to draw…

I'm hoping that some friendship will help me along. Asking for romance right away probably isn't how humans do it, but the only other option I could think of was renting a hostess, and the rumor mill says those girls might be Nine Lives property, I mean that's disgusting. I'm not THAT kind of octopus.

"Still and transfixed, the el/
ectric sheep are dreaming of your face..." -Talk Shows on Mute

Leng Plateau Leng Plateau's picture
I cannot recommend too much

<============# Eros Connection #==============>

I think "Deepness in the Sky" threads between
our two worldviews, it's bright and dark
I'm thinking you'd enjoy it a lot.

As for poetry, let me find a bit...

φάινεταί μοι κῆνοσ ἴσοσ τηέοισιν
ἔμμεν ὤνερ ὄστισ ἐναντίοσ τοι
ἰζάνει καὶ πλασίον ἀδυ
φωνεύσασ ὐπακούει

καὶ γαλαίσασ ἰμμερόεν τὸ δὴ ᾽μάν
καρδίαν ἐν στήθεσιν ἐπτόασεν,
ὠσ γὰρ εὔιδον βροχέωσ σε, φώνασ
οὐδὲν ἔτ᾽ ἔικει,

ἀλλὰ κάμ μὲν γλῳσσα ϝέαγε, λέπτον
δ᾽ αὔτικα χρῷ πῦρ ὐπαδεδρόμακεν,
ὀππάτεσσι δ᾽ οὐδὲν ορημ᾽,
ἐπιρρόμβεισι δ᾽ ἄκουαι.

ἀ δέ μ᾽ ί᾽δρωσ κακχέεται, τρόμοσ δὲ
παῖσαν ἄγρει χλωροτέρα δὲ ποίασ
ἔμμι, τεθνάκην δ᾽ ὀλιγω ᾽πιδεύϝην
φαίνομαι [ἄλλα].

πᾶν τόλματον

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Sparkle Pony @ Spike:

Translation from classical Greek if you don't have the plugin:

Peer of the gods, the happiest man I seem
Sitting before thee, rapt at thy sight, hearing
Thy soft laughter and they voice most gentle,
Speaking so sweetly.

Then in my bosom my heart wildly flutters,
And, when on thee I gaze never so little,
Bereft am I of all power of utterance,
My tongue is useless.

There rushes at once through my flesh tingling fire,
My eyes are deprived of all power of vision,
My ears hear nothing by sounds of winds roaring,
And all is blackness.

Down courses in streams the sweat of emotion,
A dread trembling o'erwhelms me, paler than I
Than dried grass in autumn, and in my madness
Dead I seem almost.

At least with Lovecraft, nobody pretends the gods are nice. And wherever you end up, there is guaranteed to be tentacles.

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