"Where Everybody Knows Your Name"

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Blue Screen of Death Blue Screen of Death's picture
"Where Everybody Knows Your Name"

"Something to eat? Drink? Of course these things are contrivances, like so much here, for the sake of appearances."
The Merovingian, The Matrix Reloaded

Batman has his Batcave. King Arthur has Camelot. The Enterprise has Ten Forward.

Every hero seems to have a home base, a safe location where they can relax and be themselves. Even the most frantic adventure story has moments in a quiet refuge so as to contrast the action before and after.

Firewall can certainly see the need of a hideaway for its sentinels. But the problem is that characters are essentially a kind of ephemeral, transient data. They can't even call their ever-changing forms home, let alone an actual place. Still, some of Firewall's psychologists can see the need for a home, even one that doesn't technically exist.

It was often useful for a Sentinel cell to meet up in a simulspace environment but this was usually a utiliitarian office, a basic default of the network. Firewall set about designing a more personalized environment.

The early versions of the 'lounge' were based on the nearest historical and mythical analogues to Firewall, the French Resistance and Scarlet Pimpernel scenarios were popular.
As were the headquarters secretly worked into existing games such as Alien Raider or Gilded Empire.

Eventually Firewall learned that each server and cell would personalize their virtual headquarters. This led to two minor advantages; the first was that only the regulars might know which virtual book in the virtual bookcase opened up the data crypt and impostors could be fished out ("So, you are part of the cell in a stolen morph, eh? Where in Superopolis is the best coffee?")

"Your appearance now is what we call residual self image. It is the mental projection of your digital self."
Morpheus, The Matrix

In most cases, sentinels will appear as they wish to, a luxury for those who might have to body-swap randomly and often. For the most part, the sentinel's subconscious image is respected but the system may help the avatars 'fit in' better. The Alien Raider nook is particularly notorious for putting sentinel avatars into bad 70's outfits and hairstyles (but were there really any good outfits and hairstyles back then), psychic powers and high-tech represented by pyramid crystals and wood-and-chrome gadgets.

Once a virtual HQ is agreed upon by a cell, the HQ is forked for each remote location (generally those separated by so much distance there is too much latency) and merged later if necessary. As the HQ skin is just psychological fluff, merging is generally not necessary.

So my question to readers is, what kinds of virtual headquarters would you use in your campaign? Thanks in advance...

MrWigggles MrWigggles's picture
One with a slightly nicer

One with a slightly nicer office plant.

mellonbread mellonbread's picture
Psychic Powers?

What about asyncs? Do they sit there in meatspace scowling with their arms crossed while the other Sentinels have fun in virtuality?

Did you hear the one about the guy who became a fence?

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They say he was a real posthuman
MrWigggles MrWigggles's picture
Asyncs can go net diving.

Asyncs can go net diving.

mellonbread mellonbread's picture
Don't they get morph fever if

Don't they get morph fever if they spend any length of time as a digitized consciousness?

Did you hear the one about the guy who became a fence?

Spoiler: Highlight to view
They say he was a real posthuman
Trappedinwikipedia Trappedinwikipedia's picture
They're ok for about a month,

They're ok for about a month, and could last much longer than that if they roll well. Morph fever is mostly a long term problem.

trismegiste trismegiste's picture
When you dive into VR, you

When you dive into VR, you don't digitalized your brain like a resleeving into an infomorph, it's only a redirection of all your senses (like XP). Beside, morph fever occurs only after months.

For my sentinels' meeting, I often use VR simulspace or MMO but I never use the same for security reason.

Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced

ORCACommander ORCACommander's picture
*Hums the tune to Alice's

*Hums the tune to Alice's Restaurant*

Hey I looked long and hard for the right shade of puse.