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Jacob Taylor here. I've got an update on the investigation into the OTO. That's Otherworld Technologies Organization for the new people on the Network: they're a group that's been responsible for a lot of the bad things that have happened this year. The report is here for anyone who wants to take a look at it.

If you're going after the OTO, be careful. They're seriously bad news. But we need to keep chasing them down, before they hurt more people. The government's been supporting our operations so far: they're on our side on this one. If you find anything out, you can tell me or another member of the RISE team.

That's not the only thing I wanted to talk about, though. Last week, a friend of mine took a life in combat. He's facing the consequences for it now. I've done the same thing plenty of times, in the military and out of it. And I know some of the OTO's scientists didn't survive the raid on their cloning facility last month.

It's a heavy thing to deal with. Sometimes it's necessary. But a lot of people think imPorts are dangerous right now. If we do too much damage, we're going to risk proving them right about us. Doesn't matter if it's because we're battling bad guys.

I think this fight with the OTO is just getting started. It's not going to be the last time we have to make those kinds of choices. And we need to work together if we're going to beat them. I figure that'll be easier if we're all clear on where we stand. About what we're willing to do to get it done.

So here's what I want to ask you: would you kill, to save a life? Or is that going too far for you? And how do you want to hold people accountable for something like that?
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[personal profile] h2no
LET'S SAY YOUR POWERS DON'T COVER BEING SUPER DURABLE OR ABLE TO SET SOMEONE ON FIRE WITH YOUR MIND OR WHATEVER.
LET'S IMAGINE THAT WHAT YOU DID FOR SELF DEFENSE DUE TO UNIVERSAL DIFFERENCES ISN'T VIABLE ANYMORE.

WHERE WOULD YOU GO FROM THERE?
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[personal profile] stylistic_disloyalty
Here's a great way to pass those free hours you don't know how to fill:

Bring me one of these posters with Persephone on it, I'll sing some lyrics right in your face. Live. If you don't know why that's totally worth it, ask someone who's been to one of my shows.
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yo any of u kno stuff like accountin n shit?
not like bookies lil black note books n how much 4 a teenth or a 8ball
actual legit bean counting accounting
4 business

speaking of
any1 got experence getting set up w a place 4 a shop??
nvr rly needed a place 2 sell shit b4
usually just had dudes pick out shit frm a car trunk u kno



ps, still got the car trunk thing goin if any1 wants 2 buy a piece
aka guns im selling guns
knives still 2
its legal ok i got papers just need a shop so
ghetto car trunk discount, 15% off


[ also drugs. the less legal part. that he will not say anything about on the network. shh. ]
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THE MAJORITY REPORT: SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2017
ImPort chic is on the rise in the streets thanks to the looks that catwalked out of the Lounge from the recent Swearing-In. The house of STORMBORN X MARQ has become synonymous with otherworldly, powerful fashion (along with an edge on female empowerment). In the more specific streets of De Chima, this eerie poster sign has been plastered on every other streetlight and mail box. Weird.

A-LISTERS
As seen on Bwitter, imPort gossip blogs, and The Daily Snail:
Posters accusing imPorts of attacking government policies appeared around the Porter cities this weekend and were quickly condemned by city authorities.

Pasted overnight by mystery activists, over 200 posters featured the photographs of several named imPorts with the slogan: Where's your justice?

This is believed to be a reference to the Five-Point Petition which the outspoken Count Dooku circulated in protest against the government one month ago. Sources report that the posters name Hans Gruber, Persephone, Utena Tenjou, Yusuke Kitagawa, Daisy Johnson and Count Dooku himself in particular, as well as local supporters, all of whom have voiced criticism of the government.

Now it has been learned that further posters featuring imPorts might be on their way. A local witness could not help but speculate that, "There could be more? I mean, I swear all these names spell Rincewind through the middle like a wordsearch or something."

COUNT ON HIM
As heard online, on all the best podcast-supporting websites, and discussed in metahuman-related conspiracy blogs:
This month’s episode of Count Dooku’s political podcast Counting Truths guest stars Archie and Yusuke being interviewed on imPort safety. Dooku asks his guests how they felt during the recent wave of vandalism and threats imPorts faced in August.

Archie's contribution is prefaced with a very strong "Fuck, bro," mostly to annoy the good Count. He tells about how his rabbits were stolen - adding that if the people responsible are listening, he's gonna kick the shit out of them. (Dooku meaningfully clears his throat here to slow Archie’s roll.) Derailed, Archie moves onto the Forgiveness Ceremony - commenting that it was a nice idea but he's not sure it's a long term solution. His general stance isn't optimistic, but he understands that both sides are complex and it's not as simple as discussing it on one talk show. He doesn't think talking is the way forward; it's action and it always has been. Does this mean he thinks the segment on the show right this moment is pointless?

Yes. Yes he does.

Yusuke begins by explaining that his mural in Nonah, kindly supported by Ambassador Vorkosigan, was vandalized by natives that ostensibly disagree with the message that imPorts are simply people just like they are, doing their best to live the lives of unearned power and fame they didn’t ask for. Rather than be discouraged, he says that it has only strengthened his resolve to spread that message, one that shouldn’t be radical at all, but in the current climate, seems to be. The best revenge is not petty violence like Archie suggests, it is to remain strong despite any threat, as they always do. ImPorts as a whole never will, and should not aim to, please everyone.

The Count closes the episode by thanking his guests and encouraging concerned listeners to take action by organizing, speaking out in the media or Network, and lobbying their elected imPort Ambassadors. He also suggests his listeners stay alert for the opening of the Endeavour Centre in Maurtia Falls, a new community youth initiative from Ambassador Petyr Baelish.

DISCO NEVER DIED
As seen on Welp.com and Nonah newspapers:
Many local businesses in Nonah were hit by clone Mick Rory's arson spree, and the rash of copycat arsonists that followed. Not all these businesses have been able to reopen. But, this October, one Nonah staple is coming back, new and improved and more fabulous than ever before! That's right, folks, Disco Dan's House Of Moves is back, offering fifty percent off on your first five lessons if you sign up before October 7th! And to celebrate their grand reopening, imPort celebrity and Disco Dan's alum Lando Calrissian will be hosting a two-night extravaganza October 6th and 7th. It's a dance marathon, folks, with fifty percent off the proceeds going to help fund the rebuilding of other Nonah businesses affected by the fires. So dust off your dancing shoes, it's time for disco fever!

ARCHANGEL ON YOUR SHOULDER
As seen on imPort-centric news sites and the Maurtia Falls local papers:
A fresh outburst of gang violence rocked Maurtia Falls last week, as five imPorts were ambushed in what authorities are calling 'a well-planned plot for revenge.' Jacob Taylor, Manabu Yuuki, Motoko Kusanagi, Kanaya Maryam, and Sabriel are all former members of the disbanded vigilante team 'Archangel' which launched a renegade campaign against local organized crime two years ago. It seems some people have grudges with long memories, as a gang calling themselves the 'Archdemons' lured the imPorts to a building rigged with power nullifiers before launching an attack from all sides.

A swift response by local police and nearby imPort heroes brought an end to the violence, but not before casualties on both sides. Cyber-hero Motoko Kusanagi was disarmed by a metahuman super-criminal, in the sense that she literally lost an arm. The leader of the Archdemons, metahuman Kyran Rand AKA 'Asmodeus', was killed in the fighting by police trainee Manabu Yuuki. Manabu has been placed on probation pending a review of his actions on this fateful night. At least twenty gang members are also reported to be in custody, many of them with injuries of their own.

No statement to the media has yet been given by any of the former Archangel members involved. It remains to be seen whether this is an isolated incident, or the beginning of a new escalation in crime and anti-imPort violence in Maurtia Falls.

CODE SWITCH
The Homeland Security Advisory System has moved from EBURNEAN to BROWNIE POINTS, because imPorts have been so well-behaved. Even Count Dooku, and you know his deal.

WANT TO SUBMIT TO THE MAJORITY REPORT?
The Majority Report comes out the 10th and 20th of every month. You may find details and submit here. The cut-off time is 12:01 AM PST on the 9th and the 19th for the corresponding dates.

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Sep. 19th, 2017 10:00 pm
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Do you suffer from depression?

[good afternoon from this world's resident redheaded Wizzard, who's sitting at an office desk and wearing a green uniform matched with a pointy red hat like that isn't a terrible fashion choice or general life decision. He's attempting to smile. It mostly looks queasy.

Anxiety? Do you have violent thoughts or tendencies? Trouble sleeping? Have you suffered traumatic events in your childhood and/or adulthood, culminating in what most would agree is a rather tragic backstory?

Then perhaps it's time you try - oh, hold on, I had something for this -

[Rincewind pats frantically at his pockets, then bends out of view. When he comes back up, it's to throw a handful of glitter, which shimmers down in a sparkling cloud around, in front of, and ultimately on him. This results in an immediate coughing spell and some swatting at the pieces in his beard.]

- Try - [cough, cough] - psychiatric help!

[cough, curse, gods damn it.]

Er, yes. Conveniently located in Maurtia Falls, Pennsylvania, the doctors at the Maurtia Falls Hos- um, the Maurtia Falls Psychiatric... [oh no. Oh no, what is it called? He works there, what is it called, he knows this! Rincewind's smile twitches, a bead of sweat glistening amidst the glitter on his forehead. He glances quickly to the prepared statement on his desk.]

- Maurtia Falls Psychiatric Hospital for Abnormal Conditions!

[phew.]

This advanced hospital is overseen by imPort psychiatrist Dr. Chilton himself, and is staffed with all sorts of talented individuals ready to assist in bringing out the best -[another glance at the paper, a small wince] - you. That you can be.

Whether you need medication, guided psychological interaction, or even just to talk to someone, therapy can work for you. And I can tell you, because I'm, ah, a success story. Myself.

[honestly, why did they leave that in the script.]

No matter the size your mental troubles, Dr. Chilton and the staff of the Maurtia Falls Psychiatric Hospital are here to help. Appointments can always be scheduled through the front desk, but if you've any questions - [please, oh please don't have questions] - I'm here to answer them as well.
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[personal profile] devoutish
[These days, when Alfie gets on the network to make a post - not just a comment, but a full post - it's generally because he's at least a little bit drunk. Today is no exception. He's also even more grumbly and mumbly than usual, and that combined with his thick accent means he's also probably even harder to understand than normal, so apologies for that, world.]

Twelve months I've been here, now; that's edging toward outlier status, isn't it? Mm, yeah. I've seen people come, I've seen people go, I've made a call to invite someone over for dinner during the holidays only to find out they've fucking vanished into thin air overnight.

[Pour one out for Dr. Eldarov. He grunts, irritably, and then abruptly changes the subject.]

Right - but I've decided to quit my job. Yeah, that's gonna be my gift to myself for my one-year anniversary, and for the new year; my people's new year. And as such, I'll be taking bets on how long it'll be before they notice.

[Because of course he's not just going to call up and let them know he's leaving. He's made a hobby out of being irritating at work, so why stop now?]

It was a weekly thing, my radio show, so I'll take guesses at one week, two weeks, three, and so on. Winner, I'll buy a drink; whatever you like. Unless you're a kid or something, I dunno; then I'll buy you a lolly. I'd suggest getting your bets in before Sir Robot makes headway on his surely-doomed plan to destroy the porter and fucks everything up for a bit. Shanah fucking Tovah.

{TEXT}

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:43 pm
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[personal profile] tauraran
Tell me of these holidays. Why are Men so fixated on them? I can understand the necessity for lifting spirits if that is indeed the reason for them. Living in these dreary cities has left me diminished.

{His modeling schedule doesn't help. Thranduil is not accustomed to being expected so many places - only to have bright lights flashed before his eyes. Then there are the commercials...}

If I were to take a..."vacation"...where would you suggest I go? I am fond of nature, unspoiled by the touch of Man.
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[personal profile] sciencestyle
[A dog appears on the camera. It's a fluffy white Samoyed, to be precise, looking happy as it usually does. A beat begins to play, and the dog appears to dance, flapping her ears to the music.

Or not. Doc pops up from behind her at the end, giving the pup a generous skritch. She wags her tail, making a familiar thump-thump against Doc's arm.]


That's my girl! Excellent work, Christmas.

[He finally addresses the camera himself with a sheepish smile and cough, still petting her.]

The moving process is nothing if not long and boring, and I thought we ought to have some fun. And while I'm on the subject---if any of you lack plans, I'll be hosting a barbecue next Saturday, from our new home on the outskirts of Heropa. I can assure you you'll be well fed. My partner's an excellent cook, and I'm not too terrible at side dishes if I may say so.

Hope to see you then!
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[personal profile] doctopussy
[ The voice that speaks isn't Otto's; it's a Voice-To-Text robot. He then includes a text transcription to reach the widest audience possible. ]

Good evening, imPorts.

There is a significant matter which we need to discuss:

How shall we destroy the Porter?
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Thanks to a team of imPort scientists who took their time and resources to investigate and research imPocreats, we finally have some news regarding them. To those who aren't familiar, ImPocreats - also known as Impossible Creations - are a holographic-and-cyborg technology developed by OTO when it was still one of DARPA's branch.

OTO offered some to imPorts during a Swear-In, and even though we have learned OTO is trying to clone us, steal our powers, attack us and probably create some sort of genetic aberrations that might eventually try to kill us, some imPorts still kept those things around.
[ he is sort of judging you for that, to be honest. ] In any case, apart from the first imPocreats that some imPorts were willing to give us to study, we found mutated imPocreats during the Liechtenstein mission and also during the Heaven Scent raid which we took to study, and someone was able to retrieve an imPocreat that attacked Philadelphia during July last year.

Our team of scientists was able to conclude that the first imPocreats offered by OTO at the Swear-In were a prototype and they are seemingly harmless. For now. The mutated cyborgs were modified in several different ways, however. It was clear that OTO and Heaven Scent scientists were trying to give the cyborgs imPort powers, which didn't seem to quite work; they also tried to see how far the imPocreats' biology could be modified, like trying to create powers for them or trying to make them survive in surreal conditions.

For now, none of these experiments seem to have worked, but I think it's safe to say OTO will keep trying.

I am not a scientist so I can't give you more details, but the team of imPorts who worked on this are around the network and if they wish to make themselves known, they'll answer.


[ ooc: important links:
- What is the Mirror!Network
- February Investigation
- OOC info on heaven Scent raid
]
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Hello dears, I hope everyone is enjoying their day! I have an exciting thing to share on behalf of Ambassador Baelish and myself.

[ She looks brilliantly happy and equal parts proud; this has been an idea fostered for a little bit, but with all the back end hurdles cleared, Haen can hardly wait to reveal the plan. ]

Over the course of the next month or two, we are pleased to announce the beginning of a new community youth initiative for Maurtia Falls called the Endeavor Center, near downtown. Once the building is done being renovated, there will be space for creative arts, for performances, and for intramural teams. It's been Petyr's wish to bring a stronger sense of community to Maurtia Falls, not just for imPorts but everyone living there, and I'm pleased that I'll be coordinating things after the Center opens.

I don't have an exact date yet, but I hope many of you will come celebrate its grand opening~!
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[personal profile] fehus
hey. two things:

1. where do unsettled imPorts go to get their non-standard gear? trying search terms like "Big Al's Wild'N'Crazy Battle Boy Emporium" is bringing me to some cool sites (did you guys know there's a developing roomba ultimate fighting ring in MF?) but not the ones i'm actually looking for. thanks.

2. what would you do with your last day on whatever-non-specific-planet-or-plane-of-existence you came from? inquiring battle boys want to know, i guess.

EDIT: a third thing 3. where are there chocolate fountains?
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[personal profile] wordaday
[Today's video is coming straight to you from the Y'all-Mart, as you do. Sookie is standing in front of the "Falloween" aisle, though she doesn't seem very happy.]

Y'all.

[She frowns, then flips the camera around to show a section of shelves covered with red and green and Santas, not the more time appropriate orange and purple and black and brown. She's not really all that offended, more like mock offended. The offended you get when you wanna complain but have nothing to complain about. ]

Y'ALL. [The second y'all is for emphasis, of course.] Are we really letting this happen, now? It's not two months to Halloween, and Santa's already out.

I haven't even gotten anything pumpkin spice yet, this is rediculous.

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Sep. 16th, 2017 10:40 am
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[personal profile] carbonfrozen
[It's 2 AM when this message pops up on the network—it had been meant for Lando's more private channel, but. Well. Considering Han's early morning texting habits, this was bound to happen at some point.]

hey Lando if you're still up I need some help

where are all the best places to take someone out for a classy first date


[Oops.

He doesn't wait for a response or even check if he posted it to the right place before he passes out for an hour or two. In the very near future, he's going to come to regret that.]
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I'd like to foster discussion about the combined application of imPort powers. Aside from a motley of crime-fighting (or crime-causing, as the case may be) teams, I don't think that imPorts as a group give enough consideration to the combined application of powers. Each of us has a limited scope of powers, but when strategically combined with the powers of other imPorts, our abilities can be amplified exponentially.

I'd like to discuss this hypothesis and the practical applications of such efforts.

For example, if someone with power over metal or mechanical systems were to team up with someone with the power to manipulate electrical systems, someone with the ability to generate weather systems (specifically, to create atmosphere, if only on a small scale), and perhaps someone with the ability to teleport, could we not--with four people of moderate ability and a reasonable amount of technical knowledge--create a colony on the moon?

What other accomplishments might we be able to create? I've got the ability to manipulate electrical systems and the ability to amplify the magical fields and abilities of others, in addition to an enthusiast's knowledge of engineering and mechanical science. And I've got a friend who can teleport. So we're theoretically halfway to a moon colony already.
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[ You know, Arthur was not actually intending to show his face on the network anytime soon, but circumstances kind of intervened. Okay, mostly it's just that he's bored and presenting an innocuous persona publicly is a good idea, even if he doesn't particularly want his face to be super recognizable to everyone. Oh well.

So for those who haven't seen him before, here he is, in all his glory. Maroon shirt, purple striped tie, no jacket, sleeves rolled up to his elbows, in the still pretty immaculate government housing provided to him because he just got here and also he sucks at personalizing his space. ]


Okay, I've only been here a couple of weeks but I've already had at least one person asking me for fashion advice, of all things, because I guess I'm an outlier here in actually knowing how to dress myself in something other than jeans and a henley.

[ Is he calling out someone specific there? You decide. ]

Nothing wrong with a good pair of jeans, but a friend of mine once said that any man over the age of seventeen really should own one decent suit and know how to tie his tie.

Cutting this for length omg )
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[personal profile] bookkeeper
WHICH ONE OF YOU DID THIS
THIS ISNT FUNMY
I MEAN IT
WHAT THE CRAP
IS THIS PAYBACK FOR NOT PUTTING A SOCK ON THE DOOR???


[ This was MEANT to be a private message sent to the folks living with him in Heropa #005, all of three or four others, but Nathan Drake and some bits of technology don't tend to mix very well. Especially when he's both furious and freaked out, his hands shaky as he types - god bless autocorrect.

This ends up going out to everyone on the network, however. All those lines. Mostly all caps.
]


(ooc: there ended up being a MoM IT version left in the DVD player, though Nate doesn't show it on the feed because that would involve reliving the horror, this scene in particular— warning: clown + blood effects — 90s Pennywise PRINCE ALBERT IN A CAN?? )

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Sep. 12th, 2017 02:40 am
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[It never bodes well when Anakin Skywalker sticks to text only. He has manufactured many reasons to lay low and to generally behave himself, however one reason trumps them all. Why is fatherhood so complicated?]

Parenting books. I need them.

Does anyone even make those?

I don't have the experience necessary to not screw this up.


[Progress comes in uneven spurts for the once-Jedi-now-a-Sith Lord. Who knows if it will last or lead to even new heights of inspiration! Spoiler: it probably won't on both accounts.]

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Sep. 12th, 2017 12:03 pm
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[Grievous appears today in his rarely seen human form - but it is more clear-minded than being in his cyborg body as well as less emotionally painful than his alien form, and he is pondering some things.]

Do you ever have the feeling that something important is being overlooked or that it is actually missing? Do you have the sense that something is there just mentally out of your grasp and you know that you should remember it but you're not even sure what it was or why it is so crucial...

[He frowns; shakes his head. Some deeper memories continue to elude him and something feels very wrong.]

I wish for more clarity.

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