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Tristero ([personal profile] el_desheredado) wrote in [community profile] poly_chromatic2013-08-02 12:23 pm
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Okay, Cityzens. Let's talk.

Serious conversation here. Because, really, you guys deserve a hell of a lot more honesty than you ever got with the old order that was in charge around here.

We're gonna talk about the City's famous curses.

Early last month, we thought that we'd figured out a way to keep the curses at bay. We'd set up kinda like a block around them--like a buffer or a barrier, and, yeah, I know you know barriers--so that we could contain their energy and dissipate it. To get a little more technical, we set up a block in a certain configuration so that the curse energy couldn't filter out into the City at large and do its work. It was like stopping a gas leak or an oil spill: it had to be contained and removed. And, cool, it worked. Nobody got turned into sheep, nobody had to rollerskate all day (unless they wanted to, which is fine), nobody was covered in blood (not on account of a curse, anyway). You get the idea.

And it worked--for a while. I mean, really, the first part of last month wasn't so bad. I didn't think it was, anyway. But if you were paying attention, you probably noticed that things started going wrong pretty quick. Trees started dying, water dried up, and then a non-zero number of residents of the City became seriously ill. Yeah, that's politi-speak for you, right? But you saw it happen. And you saw what you had to do to get everyone back to health and everything back to normal.

I know Blackdog told you, more or less, what we had to do: we sent a pulse through the blocks we had set up, which was designed to shake loose enough of the necessary power to create a curse-like situation without actually bringing on the curses themselves again. That was that whole thing with those dreams you had and your "essence" and all. No, I don't know why he liked that word either, but he did. It's Blackdog. I don't know what the fuck he's thinking sometimes. So you and we had to do twenty-seven different things to try and save everyone's lives. But you did and, okay, good job. You guys rock. It was like a curse without being a curse. And it was a necessary evil at the moment.

But, seriously, the blocks we set up were the actual problem. They cut you--all of you living in the City--off from the sources of energy that basically hold all this crazy shit together.

Yeah, we Clock-blocked you.

So here's the pisser: you're in the City, so you're effectively part of the City. If you're kept from appearing to the City and the Clock and whatever and everything else as though you don't belong here, like you're not in contact with its energy or its energy is prevented from working like it wants it to, then it thinks you're an outside invader and it starts to get rid of you. That's basically why everyone got sick or started disappearing and all that shit. You didn't belong here, so far as those things were concerned, so you had to get gone. The trees and the water were sort of the symptoms and getting rid of you was the cure. It was like a giant immune reaction, if you want a metaphor.

So we're going to be modifying those existing blocks.

Actually, fuck it, we're as good as going to have to take them down. Ha ha, awesome, I know.

What that means for you is that, yeah, the curses are going to be coming back.

No, we don't know for how long. Yes, we are working on it. No, we can't stop the curses again yet. Yes, we're pissed off too. Yell and scream and complain all you want. I'm telling it to you straight because you fucking deserve to know what's going on in your own City. Transparency is fucking radical.

And if you can stop being angry about it for long enough, I can tell you that we think a smaller-scale version of the blocks might work. We're doing the last tests on one right now and we're hoping to get some things in place before shit gets real. We'll tell you when we've got it worked out.

Also, the curse energy itself is also pretty fucked up on account of having been blocked for, oh, a whole fucking month. I don't know if it's going to be a veritable flood of curses here or what. There could be. I honestly don't know. So, you know, hold on to your butts, as they say.

What I do know is that we're working out how to interpret the curse energy and its patterns. The old order had this down to a fucking science, so they were probably telling it what to do as much as anything. From what I can see? They were programming curses in advance. They had schedules mapped out for months. They were like...they were like fucking Wilhelm Reich and his cloudbusters going on here. I just... I can't...

That ain't us.

Give us a little while and we might be able to control the scale of the curses and the manifestations. Which, if we're really fucking lucky, and I mean really, will mean fewer and easier curses for you. I'm not promising anything. Hell, maybe we'll be able to give you a forecast for the curses. That's something. Better than nothing. We're working on it. Fuck, but I'm sick of saying that. I want it working, not being worked on.

And I'm...I'm sorry. Yeah, that's all I got, Cityzens. I'm sorry. I've been sitting here for weeks waiting to give you some good news for once and it just keeps coming up bad. And I'm sorry.

And now I gotta get back to work too.

[ooc: As you can see on the August calendar, curses will be running on a pretty familiar schedule for the coming month. But the members of the Anonymous Movement do have a few other things they're working on, so stay tuned for some new potential solutions to the curses. More announcements to come!]
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[personal profile] affectioning 2013-08-02 06:29 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Scott didn't sign up for any classes. But, nonetheless, when this guy comes up he grabs his device and watches, listening closely.

This is more information than he's had. A lot more than "A" gave. Clock-blocked. Clever. But, only reiterating what he already knows.

Okay, this is a lot more information. But, it all just sounds so convenient. For them. A reason for everything. ]


Wait.
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[personal profile] affectioning 2013-08-02 06:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Who are you? Anonymous? Are you from here or did you end up here like all of us?
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[personal profile] affectioning 2013-08-02 07:18 pm (UTC)(link)
[ A real name. He wasn't expecting a real name. This is already a lot more helpful then the woman who looked like porcelain - named A. Worst name ever. ]

Was there someone above them?

[ Okay. ] What did you do with them? [ They want to make it so that people can come and go? ]

Right. Your first try at helping us got everyone sick.
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[personal profile] affectioning 2013-08-02 07:30 pm (UTC)(link)
I wasn't here when they were. [ He was just making sure you didn't kill them or wound them or even capture them? Those aren't nice things to do. ]

Why? Why were they required? Is it some kind of experiment?
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[personal profile] affectioning 2013-08-02 07:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Messing with everyone was their job?

That's how it goes, though, right? The Man always works for the Man. It's why they're called the man. [ If he read his seventies history right. ]
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[personal profile] affectioning 2013-08-02 08:03 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Rude. You are not talking to a vacuum. You're talking to an inquisitive, smart teenager. Who is trying to learn everything he can, establish an animal clinic and get it up and running enough to run without him. Eventually. Also, he wants to keep his best friend safe. And Derek safe. And everyone safe. ]

It's just, job implies they were being paid. I guess I don't know what they'd be paid in. [ That's his thought process. ] I read about it. Heard things. [ So, every world ends at the same time? How coincidental. Or, not. It's probably not. ]

And, to help those who don't want to stay, get back. [ So, you're SAYING you're the good guys. ]

Oh, I'm Scott.
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[personal profile] affectioning 2013-08-02 11:39 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Now he'd have to wonder that. How would he know? ]

How can we help?
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[personal profile] affectioning 2013-08-02 11:51 pm (UTC)(link)
[ You want them to sit back.

Scott's not always good at that unless someone's in danger or being threatened and he has to. But, he's probably learned all he could. This is a nice change from the nonanswers they got. It's also a nice change from the carnage he'd seen lately. The danger everyone had been in. But, this sounds like a separate danger. One, he'll need to brace for.

Curses. Worse

They'll get through it.

He nods. ]


Thanks. For waiting.
mortemscintilla: ∅ Until we close our eyes for good (Hei - Glance Over Shoulder)

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[personal profile] mortemscintilla 2013-08-02 11:22 pm (UTC)(link)
[ He takes precisely five beats to absorb the info. He'd allow himself more time, but it's better not to get caught up in the technicalities of ... This. Magic, science, the Frankenstein-monster it breeds. It makes him uncomfortable. ]

Since it's Q&A session, I want an explanation on what the City actually is. [ A beat. ] Preferably in less than 100 words.
mortemscintilla: ∅ Until we close our eyes for good (Hei - Dead Eyes)

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[personal profile] mortemscintilla 2013-08-02 11:36 pm (UTC)(link)
One of them.

Hm. A convenient way to discourage attacks on the City, for fear of damaging your own world.
[ doot doot ] I'm not sure I believe you.
mortemscintilla: ∅ The day was winding down and coming to an end (Hei - Grim Stare/Is that a zit?)

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[personal profile] mortemscintilla 2013-08-02 11:59 pm (UTC)(link)
There's more than a little truth to Pinocchio too. No reason to look for talking crickets on my shoulder.

Didn't the 'old order' leave behind any notes? Some type of schematic to better understand the curses?
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[personal profile] mortemscintilla 2013-08-03 12:13 am (UTC)(link)
I see. Too many chefs, spoiled kimchi etc.

Who were the Deities working under?


[ The arrangement seems as familiar and hierarchical as the different factions under the Syndicate. Or what's left of it, back home. ]
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[personal profile] mortemscintilla 2013-08-03 05:22 am (UTC)(link)
[ The name -- Coutura -- matches with the one in old Network entries. Still, the information, like everything else about the City, is dubious. He's left with more questions than answers. ]

How does one 'drive' out of the City? A magic Route 66?

[ A pause, as he mulls the last factoid over. ]

You're a hacker?
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[personal profile] mortemscintilla 2013-08-04 01:26 am (UTC)(link)
[ Hnnnnnngh. ]

You and that Talking Dog must be very good friends.

What's your name?

mortemscintilla: ∅ Though you know, I wish I could (Hei - Creeper/DeadEyes)

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[personal profile] mortemscintilla 2013-08-04 05:09 am (UTC)(link)
I have.

Has it a always been just this Fourfecta? Or are there other major players in your Anonymous movement?


[ Where did you come from? Who are you working for? What is your true objective? What color underwear are you wearing? THE LIST GOES ON!!! ]
mortemscintilla: ∅ Until we close our eyes for good (Hei - Glance Over Shoulder)

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[personal profile] mortemscintilla 2013-08-06 01:20 am (UTC)(link)
Too obvious. And let's not get started on the Chinese 4/Death homophone.

I see. But collectives can become clusterfucks if they're not careful.
mortemscintilla: ∅ Money don't grow on trees (Hei - Eyes Of The Dead)

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[personal profile] mortemscintilla 2013-08-07 11:01 pm (UTC)(link)
A hacker and a polyglot too. Will wonders never cease.

[ Except Hei's not from a world that puts stock in wonders, or in good intentions. (Is anyone, really?) ]

Keep trying. The Citizens will keep watching. Life in the City's a waiting game; this should at least take the edge off it.
flammiferous: (This is so fucking complicated.)

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[personal profile] flammiferous 2013-08-02 11:37 pm (UTC)(link)
[oh god he had to run this like five times to get an understanding of it. he'd ask for a transcription, but words are difficult to read for a street rat like him.

He sighs and rubs his temples as he emits the feed. Bo sure picked a good time to leave.]


That woman who spoke to us about the curses earlier— you're in touch with her, aren't you?
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[personal profile] flammiferous 2013-08-02 11:57 pm (UTC)(link)
[He shrugs, appearing thoughtful.]

Leaves less to the imagination. My— [girlfriend. That's wrong, though it continues to be on the edge of his tongue.] —friend jumped on her request to help you guys out earlier. You know how the missions she mentioned will play into adjusting to the curses?
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[personal profile] flammiferous 2013-08-03 12:29 am (UTC)(link)
[Mako remains pensive. He wishes he could hop on board like Korra, but he doesn't have enough time and experience here to make an accurate judgment. All he knows is that this guy possesses a wealth of information, and he doesn't appear to be shy about sharing it.

He wishes he were more prepared.]


You guys sound like you know way more than anyone who was ever transferred here. You're native to this place, aren't you.