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[Jonathan is sitting there, in the comfort of his assigned housing, flood damage clearly visible on the wall behind him. Despite this, and his still wet hair and soaking clothes, Jonathan appears to be trying to keep a calm, professional demeanor.]

You know, I heard some really interesting stories about me over these past few days from some of the natives, things that would put me in places at times I know I was somewhere else. So I was just wondering if anyone had seen me acting unusual, maybe...I don't know, trying to half drown someone and drag them off? Because if you could let me know about anything like that, that would be awesome.

Also, if anyone wants to help me catch him, that would be great, because I'm not sure who would win in a fight between me and myself, but I don't want to find out. The key word here is 'catch', though. I am not cool with anyone killing my clone, because he might have had terrible role models, and he might have been made in a lab, but at the end of the day he's still a person and that's still murder.

So...that said, anyone up for helping me find myself?
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This is Commander Sabriel, of RISE. [The speaker is a young woman, speaking in a clear, commanding tone. There's the sound of papers being shuffled in the background.]

Over the past week, someone with my appearance and at least one of my powers has been running around, giving interviews, and raising the Dead with a form of necromancy unique to my world. While they've retained their living personalities for a time, that time is over. The Dead of my world feed on life force, and grow stronger the more lives they take. They are dangerous foes, and I urge any imPorts in De Chima unable to fight them to find safety immediately, and to help others do the same. [Behind the calm, there's an urgency in Sabriel's voice.] If you are one of the Dead, I urge you to avoid my double- she may lack the bells, but even without them she can exert a certain amount of control over you.

I know some of you come from worlds troubled by the Dead, or have seen films featuring him, so let me prevent some misunderstandings. These are corrupted spirits inhabiting corpses- shooting them in the head won't kill them, and cutting their heads off will just slow them down- you need to destroy the entire body, though taking out the arms and legs will immobilize them unless they abandon the corpse entirely. Their presence will disrupt technology, especially if there's a group of them- watch for blackouts and cars and guns becoming unreliable. Sunlight and running water will destroy them, and going over or under running water will get rid of them as well, so run onto a bridge if you need somewhere safe at night- failing that, fire will scare the weaker ones off.

They're not contagious- don't panic if you're bitten, but get medical attention because the wounds tend to fester. They're also not mindless- their intelligence varies, and they can get stupid if they're desperate, but they have a sense of self-preservation. Don't expect to be able to trick them into jumping into a river. And just because they can talk, don't assume they have any humanity left to appeal to.

But I'm not the only one with a doppelganger. Multiple imPorts have reported people resembling them, with their powers, acting in ways that seem designed to harm their reputation. At this point, At this point, evidence suggests a legion of copies, rather than a single shapeshifter is behind this. And until we identify the source, there's no sign these incidents will stop.

If anyone has more information or further questions, please contact RISE- and honestly, everyone else, if you're willing. The more people who understand what's going on, the better.

[Filtered to RISE members]

We have several related problems. First of all the Dead- and secondly, whoever's been wearing my face. If she's not disposed of, she'll keep creating more Dead. If you see me acting oddly, detain me, and if you can confirm it's not me, incapacitate her. Or kill her if necessary. [There's a cold anger in Sabriel's tone. She has no love for anyone who'd bring the horrors of the Old Kingdom elsewhere.]

Also, if you can identify any of the copies causing problems, make sure to question them- and detain them, if you can do it legally. Maybe one of them will let something slip about what's going on. Veronica, Kang, Yusuke, possibly Inanna and Utena- we need to get a list together. I don't know if there's a pattern yet.
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THE MAJORITY REPORT: JULY 10TH, 2017
Chaos in the streets! Candidates in the bweets! This past week has been a maelstrom of bizarre miracles, rebellion, and political scrutiny.

VEE FOR VENDETTA
As seen in tabloids and the TMI blog, with very blurry photos:
The mysterious Vee, who has a passing resemblance to Veronica Sawyer, has been caught vandalizing buildings nightly. Teenage rebellion, some call it. Her signature seems to be complete with lyrics like "it's only teenage wasteland" and slogans like "fuck the police", all tagged with a V. Suspect is accused of wearing bright eighties outfits and a bandana to cover her identity and protect her nose from the fumes. She carries a croquet mallet and is considered armed.

Ms. Sawyer herself claims innocence. Leaked Heropan Police Department reports seem to support her numerous alibis.

A SIGHT FOR STARK EYES
As seen on literally every important talk show, day and night:
Spectators were shocked on the talk show "The Sight" this week, when an interview with CEO Tony Stark seemed to take on a life of its own. Stark was promoting a new line of antivirus software when they took a commercial break -- his segment seemingly done. When they returned, however, Stark asked for more time, to talk about, of all things, the legacy left by the Metahumans and the "4" app he'd been responsible for previously.

While it's common knowledge that Stark had not been himself at the time, his reticence on the subject had led many to believe that the CEO was uncomfortable with the legacy he'd left. But during the interview, he had nothing but positive things to say about it -- mostly the design of the virus, and how it allowed people to find an even playing field with the import community.

When asked if he would do it again, Stark just smiled, and responded with: "You never know."

NECROFANCY
As seen on Bwitter, Rumblr, the major social media sites, local news:
Many recently deceased individuals in De Chima are now... far less dead! RISE's Commander Sabriel has claimed responsibility in several interviews with local news, citing her actions as proof of the amazing power and benevolence of imPorts, and further proof of the need for RISE, since native authorities are unfit and unworthy of passing judgement on imPorts.

As for all the recently resurrected? Well, they lack vital signs, don't seem to heal, and are burned by sunlight and refuse to cross running water or any large body of water in general, but almost all of them seem happy to be 'alive' again when interviewed. Now, people from nearby towns and cities have started bringing their loved ones bodies to De Chima in the hope Sabriel will bring them back.

SKATERS TO THE LEFT
As seen in BlueTube, Bwitter, various trashy celebrity gossip tabloids:
Of all the imPort run panels at this year's FanPort, none have caused as much controversy as the skating panel run by imPort figure skaters Viktor Nikiforov, Yuri Plisetsky, and newcomer Otabek Altin. While fans were delighted to have their questions answered directly by the trio, it quickly became obvious that Nikiforov was uncharacteristically subdued. One panel attendee commented "It's like he wasn't even there!" Plisetsky appeared to have taken charge, answering any questions directed at his older rinkmate, but the teen also seemed to be struggling throughout the panel. Fans report he appeared sluggish, a fact particularly evident when it came time for the exhibition portion of their panel. Plisetsky, known for his superbly polished choreography, performed a piece that many felt was rushed and sloppy. Some fans speculate that the teen must not have slept the night before; there are numerous reports that Plisetsky was relying on a steady stream of coffee and espresso just to keep himself going.

Many suspect this was due to the departure of Nikiforov’s fiance, Yuuri Katsuki, earlier in the month, but events after the Q&A session paint a different story. Fans of the skaters witnessed Tohru Adachi, imPort private investigator and notably close to Nikiforov, violently slapping him across the face. While Nikiforov seemed to come out of his depressive slump after the slap, these events seem to indicate something darker. After the attack Nikiforov participated in the skating portion of the panel, performing a program that figure skating experts say was far too long for any skater to safely perform without any endurance super powers. Powers that, to this reporter's knowledge, Nikforov does not possess.

Could this have simply been a simple argument between friends? Perhaps, if friends were known to viciously strike each other. More likely, this is a red flag of a possible abusive relationship. After the exhibition, Nikiforov and Adachi were seen kissing in front of a group of fans, an event that, along with the brutal slap, has been captured and displayed on BlueTube. (Short no-audio clips available here and here.) Has Nikiforov fallen into a rebound relationship with a violent SO? It could explain his unwillingness to engage with his fans in the first half of the panel. It was only after Adachi's attack that he appeared to come to life, but was it due to being "snapped out of it", or did he fear a more serious assault? Perhaps this is why young Plisetsky harbors such a deep resentment for the detective. The animosity between the two is well documented, but the source of it has never been determined. Maybe this is the answer fans of Plisetsky have been searching for.

FLORIDA MAN DOESN'T CLEAN UP OWN MESS
As seen first as amateur video on BlueTube, then on local Heropan news stations:

2:20AM, July 7th. Amateur footage shot after the fact:
Property damage evident from what is SUSPECTED TO BE an imPort-related incident. No one could confidently identify the perpetrator, or perpetrators. Local news stations were on the scene thanks to a called-in tip.

Witnesses at the scene could not offer more concrete details.

EBB AND FLOW OF THE RIPTIDE
As seen on Bwitter and Rumblr:
When political memes started up around the other candidates, someone pointed out that Riptide had no memes about him. The internet and Riptide's fans rose to the occasion, and now, many memes of him exist and they kind of have a theme.

CODE SWITCH
The Homeland Security Advisory System has moved from GAMBOGE to FELDGRAU.

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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[ the feed flickers on to the image of a young girl, sporting her trademark red bandanna. unlike may's usual chipper attitude, her expression at the moment looks a bit uncertain and serious. ]

So... I have a question for you guys. You know Archie, right? The big buff Pokémon Trainer that wears wetsuits a lot? Talks like a pirate?

[ she'll even hold up a drawing to the feed for a visual - it's a bit of a simple, cartoonish sketch (she's 12, cut her some slack), but the blue bandanna, cross-shaped face shadow and shapely beard should be enough to give the right idea to who she's describing. ]

I kind of wanted to know if he's been... "up to" stuff here - like, crime stuff. I don't think you should be worried - I mean, he's a good guy! He just has a really extreme way of going at things, you know? And sometimes those extremes end up being super illegal.

[ she wants to trust his word that he's reformed, but there's a lingering worry in the back of her mind. some of the people here must have been talking to him since before she showed up, and she wants their honest observations to put her . ]

I just wanna know if he's behaving himself like he promised me back home. You guys HAVE to tell me, okay? I think I'm kind of responsible for him at this point. [ she reaches to click the feed off, but before she does- ] And don't tell him I asked!

[ yes, she's basically his tiny parole officer. please report any and all suspicious activity. ]

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[There's a whooshing noise before the video comes online, and it's immediately apparent why: Jacob is flying in the sky, crouched atop a new shield-shaped glider. He's telekinetically holding the communicator away from him using his biotic powers so everyone can get a look at his new gear: black-and-grey armour, with a translucent triangular visor over his face and a utility belt around his waist. He's above the rooftops of Maurtia Falls, judging by the presence of the Helix Station structure in the background.]

Check it out! The bad guys can run, but they can't glide.

[The view spins queasily for a moment as Jacob brings the communicator back to his hand, then there's a roaring sound as he brings the glider in for a landing. When the picture re-stabilizes, Jacob is standing on solid ground again- with the glider collapsed and stowed on his back.]

Pretty nice, huh? Take it from me: if you ever need new gear, Kanaya Maryam and her group do the best work around. Reasonable prices, too.

[He spreads his arms and does a little half-turn for a moment, showing off the costume's quality, then gets down to business.]

Anyway, I'm not just making this post to show off. My name's Jacob, and I work with RISE- that's Rogue ImPort Suppression Enforcement, if you want to get technical. We're funded by the government and based out of Maurtia Falls. Our job is to help protect people and enforce the law when it comes to special threats. If you're Registered, have a clean criminal record, and want to do some good, get in contact with me or Sabriel. We're always looking for new recruits.

I also want to give a heads-up to any investigators out there: keep your eyes open for anything about the Otherworld Technologies Organization, OTO. A bunch of us have been looking into them for a while. We think they were involved in a blackout and a breakout earlier this year. And word is there are scientists going around, paying local metahumans for experiments on their powers. If you learn anything about them, let me know.

[Jacob shrugs.]

That's all I've got. Stay safe out there, everyone.

[Jacob closes the post, but also attaches a link to the OOC equivalent of this post for people interested in RISE, and to this Network post for people who weren't around for the post-blackout drama. For OOC reference, this is the latest post about OTO investigations.]

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Jun. 22nd, 2017 09:56 pm
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[ Video pans to Erik outside. The camera is floating, and he talks a bit with his hands. ]

I don't often post videos to the network, but given that my opponents have introduced themselves, I think now would be a good time to start. I am Erik Lehnsherr, and I am officially announcing my bid to run for De Chima ambassador.

[ But no seriously, this is his first network post. ]

During the two years that I've been here, a lot has happened to threaten the safety of both us and the natives: the imPocreats, the breakout, the seminar, just to name a few. The thing I want most for us is the ability to feel that we and our families are safe and secure, and that we seek the quiet but will always be prepared for whatever else may happen. I strongly believe that on this world, we are lucky to have the kind of outpouring support that we do from our neighbors. On many other worlds, including the one that I come from, that isn't the case. Though this world and these cities are not perfect, what we have is a strong foundation, and I hope to be given the opportunity to work with the government to be a solid representation of how to improve our community.

I am proud of the work that I have been able to do so far to help better our quality of life, particularly in erecting the Maria-Francis Foundation building, housing one of the largest foundations for imPort-positive project funds. If you have been there lately, you might have seen new construction happening, which I'm happy to announce will be completed soon. Starting next month, there will be onsite training rooms and AI capable of assisting imPorts and other powered individuals to hone their abilities in a secure environment.

[ He'd mention the AI is courtesy Tony Stark but he thinks after the last Starkphone upgrade maybe not ]

I can't take credit for this idea; the reason that the facility was added was out of demand from imPorts who had need for a place to responsibly practice using their powers. Regardless of whether or not I'm chosen to be the new Ambassador, I do want to hear from you on what you think would help to improve the city you currently live in; I want to help you create it.

[ Click! ]

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Jun. 15th, 2017 04:07 pm
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I guess here's a question for the long-timers here, if you're up to killing some time...

Whatever job you had back home, one that you loved and really believed in...but doesn't work or can't happen here...if you had that, what are you doing now? Did you find something similar? Or did you discover something new you love just as much...or more?

I'd think it would be hard to get too attached, considering the circumstances...

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Jun. 15th, 2017 03:44 am
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Hey, Network. I didn’t mean to go so long without posting, but it’s been, uh, a while--

[ --since shortly before he was unmasked on the network by Tony Stark’s evil alternate universe counterpart, actually. THANKS FOR THAT, BUDDY.

In deference to the new status quo, Peter is wearing one of his usual button-downs with the sleeves rolled up, but with the collar unbuttoned enough that the red of his costume peeks through. Baby steps! ]


If we haven’t met, I’m Peter Parker, also known as [ cough ] Spider-Man, and I’ve been here for a few years now, so if you’re new and have questions about how to manage this whole kidnapped-to-another-universe thing, I can try to field them. Not that you can’t ask if you’re not new, but anyway.

I've got two announcements to make--sort of a good news, bad news kind of thing.

[ Clasping his hands together: ] First, the good news! As some of you saw on a recent Majority Report, I'm going to be working with Kanaya Maryam, Norman Osborn, and Revan on our new venture to provide costumes and equipment to the superheroic masses. I'm really excited to be working with the team, and I want to thank Kanaya and Normie for bringing me on. Details at the link below, etcetera, etcetera.

[ There's an attached link which will take the curious onlooker or potential client to the project's website. ]

For the record, I'm signing on as one of the tech-heads. My job is to do everything in my power to help you use your powers most effectively and then get home safely. I've been advised in the strongest possible terms that I'm not allowed to give fashion advice under the auspices of the company--[ He may be slightly grumpy about this. His costume's a classic, Kanaya!!! ]--so for that you'll have to ask Kanaya.

cut for spider-man brand motormouthery(tm) )

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Jun. 4th, 2017 07:28 pm
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[Sabriel's in her office at RISE headquarters- it seemed the appropriate place for this announcement. She's pulled on her armor and surcoat, her expression serious and solemn as she speaks.]

Major General Armstrong has been Ported out. As of now, I'm RISE's commander and I'm naming Jacob Taylor my second in command. [And then her tone shifts, becoming stern and businesslike.]

For those unfamiliar with us, RISE is a group of registered imPorts who work with the government to deal with dangerous imPort criminals and other problems local authorities can't handle- which seem to occur on a somewhat regular basis, and perform outreach to make sure our community has a good relationship with the local population. Our headquarters is in Martian Falls, but we operate in all the porter cities.

I know some of you have had bad experiences with governments in your own worlds, so let me assure you- we're not going to lock you up unless you've committed a crime and it's part of your sentence, or force you to fight battles you don't want to, or investigate you for being openly critical of the government. [Especially since shes privately suspicious of them herself.] But if you cause harm to the people of this world, or your fellow imPorts, then we'll have a problem.

I'd also like to announce that RISE is seeking new members. You need to be registered and not have committed any serious crimes in this world. Beyond that, I just need you to be comptent and ready to work with a team. If you're interested in working as a field agent, I'd like you to be proficient enough in nonpowered combat that you won't be helpless if hit with a nullifier, but we can use more than just fighters.

If you have any further questions, ask them here, or stop by Helix Station and ask them in person.

[More information about RISE and sign ups can be found here or contact me at [plurk.com profile] sarahthesilent]
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Religion.

[Crane's calm, polite voice says inquisitively.]

For those who believe in providence; does this world's existence solve any of your big questions? For those who repudiate the irrational, do your answers to life's mysteries remain written in stone?

[He musters all of his carefully-rehearsed self-control to question a topic he isn't fond of.]

My fundamental question is does this world affirm the existence of the divine? I must say; if you take the positive view because you are a member of a pantheon, then that's a strange way of attesting your strength. Divinity is given power by its worship, do you realize? What's divine here other than your celebrity? Well, leaving aside for a moment the Porter. Lucifer is no more powerful than anybody. Inanna is no more powerful than anybody. Persephone is no more powerful than anybody. And, funnily enough, Woden is certainly no more powerful than anybody.

Emerson said, "Every man is a divinity in disguise, a god playing the fool." I think that makes the question of how a God feels about playing the part of the Fool quite relevant.

That's all I've got to say. I'm going to slip off to work. Thank you for listening.
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[So. There's something a little different this time, when Yuu turns his phone on and records. He's paler than usual. His eyes are still that same vivid green that probably stand out all the more amid his dark mop of hair, and it might be debatable if his now slightly pointed ears can be seen underneath said mop of hair. But it wouldn't be so easy to hide his fangs as he speaks.

Which is precisely the reason he's addressing the network. Not the least because it's sort of meant he's been a bit of a homebody/hermit during the day for the most part while he's been adjusting to the 'now being a vampire' thing. There's a possibly familiar head of blond hair next to him, Mika sticking close as usual, but moreso recently in keeping an eye on Yuichiro in all this. But there's a wave, possibly a little faster than Yuu intends, not to mention the glimpse of his fangs as he smiles almost sheepishly.]


So ah, hey everyone?

I guess this is kind of half an announcement and half...I dunno, questions time or whatever. I kind of took up an offer from someone and. Well, now I'm a vampire myself. So if people have missed me at school or work, that's why. If people want to ask questions or lecture me or whatever, go ahead. But I was just wondering, if anyone else had changed too. Either here or back home. Not necessarily with being a vampire, but. How you guys adjusted? I have Mika helping, and I already knew the basics. It's just the little things that keep tripping me up. Not to mention my hearing now, but it's mostly my strength.

[He rubs a hand through his hair at the back of his neck, glancing to the side for a moment. This isn't easy. Nike already knows. But none of his other friends. He figures this being the easiest way to go about letting everyone know. Even if he's keeping quieter about the other development from the previous month of May.]

I was figuring, I'm almost finished with school anyway. But there's those ah, what are they called, correspondence schools? That might be a better idea for now. I....I think that was about it. I'm not sure if I want to ask what I've been missing while I've been mostly adjusting to all this yet or not.

[Because there's likely been one or two things. At least. If not more.]

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May. 29th, 2017 04:38 pm
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[The Major isn't wearing her usual provocative attire today, but rather the khaki dress uniform of a JSDF officer.]

Today is Memorial Day in the United States, ostensibly a day to honor those who died during military service, though it seems to mostly be an excuse for cookouts. I didn't serve in the American army, but I did fight alongside plenty of American soldiers during World War IV, many of whom didn't survive.

How many others here have been in the military? Whether it's the American armed forces or a military that doesn't even exist here, I'm sure we've all lost comrades. I'm going to visit some of the cemeteries around Maurtia Falls and put flowers on the graves of soldiers who may not have surviving families. Maybe you'd like to join me, or do the same in your city of choice.
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[The video, when it begins, is on a loop: three minute segments of anonymous space, with a steady stream of white noise.

The white noise continues until, eventually, it is broken by a voice thick with electronic distortion.]


Hello, imPorts.

The natives here are more than happy to believe that their government is looking out for their best interest. The same cannot be said for us, the imPorts: we who were dragged here from our homes, assigned houses, powers, jobs. Categorized, classified, tracked, yes, and monitored, paid off within a meager system of incentivization and reward, motivated by our own complacency to both sit down and shut up. From the dawn of imPort history it has been left up to us, the imPorts, to figure out this whole new life beneath these new and foreign stars. And does the government care? No. Not as long as you follow their rules. Do they care about our best interests? No. They only care that we abide by their rules.

We are the Constellation, and we are here to tell you that we do not believe in these rules. We have been hard at work figuring out our new lives, for you. And we have found that while we were busy not trusting the government--they have been just as busy not trusting us.

We, the imPorts, are not favored children. We, the imPorts, are not cherished heroes. We are the ones who are watched, always, by the most fixed and sleepless and critical of eyes.

We have a list, imPorts, a list that we are leaking to you now, live, for your perusal and your understanding.

Fuu Hououji. Commander Shepherd. Lucifer. Jacob Taylor. L'Arachel. Daisy Johnson. Count Dooku. The Doctor.

This, fellow imPorts, is a watch list. A list of your brothers and sisters who the government deemed watchworthy. People of interest. Some of them are still with us. Some of them are gone. And whether or not any of these people are worthily deemed dangerous, we want you, the people, to know: this is what happens when you go against the grain. Labeled as agents opposed. Granted their freedom under secret scrutiny. Catch, and tag, and release.

To those who will, inevitably, dismiss this list as inconsequential: stay tuned. This is not the only list.
And this will not be our one and only release to you, our public.

Remember: the only power that we have, imPorts, is the power that we give to ourselves. The only limits to that power are the limits that we allow. Do not forget this. Consider yourselves warned.

[The video of space continues for another minute after the voice ends. The volume of the white noise increases until it is, abruptly, cut off with a burst of static.]



[as per last year's watch list.]
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It would seem business is booming in the import community again. Perhaps we have our ambassadors to thank? Or the Government? Or maybe this is a sign imports are beginning to take command of their destinies?

[Some might find the figure a bit familiar, if they'd had any eye for politics or the history of this world. But instead of the sharp black suit, Revan's lithe frame is adorned with humble robes of earthen browns. He stands in an open facility that looks a bit like a brightly lit garage. Only instead of vehicles there were rows of tools and various machines.]

Regardless, I'm proud of what you've all accomplished thus far.

I'd had the pleasure of meeting an... old friend from my universe. And he rekindled a passion of mine. One I'd like to share with you.

[At that, Revan nods both to the left and right of the screen, as if to signal to someone. But instead of a person, several metallic, creature-like constructs saunter, rolls, and glide into the shot with him. Some are short and squat, rolling around on a tri-pod stand, while a couple seem vaguely humanoid. And even one that could pass for a large, gun-metal cat pacing between a couple of it's companions.]

It's little more than a hobby of mine, but I've decided to open a small shop dedicated to building custom-made droids like the ones you see before you. If you'd like a companion tailored to your needs and tastes, we can work together to create the perfect one for you.

They can be modified with a chassis of your choice, and programmed to fulfill a number of support roles should you have a need: Construction, chores, cleaning and the like. Or they can just a faithful friend. They are quite intelligent, capable of learning and developing with you. So as to grow to be the best companion it can be. But I assure you they are incapable of harming anyone.

[Because he knows everyone's first fear is 'will they become self aware and attempt to kill us all?' The first part is a strong maybe, but the second is a definite no.]

Though I should mention that if you set their development threshold high enough, they may develop interesting quirks that will begin to resemble an actual personality. Should that be something you'd desire from your droid.

[And the twinkle in his eyes clearly expresses his approval of such a course. In a 'sound like fun, no?' sort of way.]
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THE MAJORITY REPORT: APRIL 20TH, 2017
WAKEY WAKEY,
FOR HEAVENS SAKEY!

GOTT JUSTICE?
As seen televised on local and national news:
April 30th
Import Dr. Hermann Gottlieb-Geiszler was taken into custody late on April 23rd on charges of willful breach of government security. Details are classified, but it's a blow for the small, yet devout following of fans shocked by the news and arguing on behalf of the newly married doctor. But not only has Dr. Gottlieb pled guilty during his trial, he's offered no defense and shown little remorse for his alleged actions. Whether he's unaware of or simply disinterested in his staunchest fans is unclear.

Deemed guilty by the courts, Dr. Gottlieb is facing a two month sentence in medium-security prison, with the possibility of an early probational release on review. Officials say the De Chima-based imPort has been cooperative, but has threatened legal action against the local police department, citing violations of the ADA and criticizing the lack of official guidelines for the detainment of physically impaired suspects. So far, only a formal complaint has been filed.

"It could have been worse," Officer Reiman says. "We didn't expect to find [the suspect]. His file lists a teleportation ability and could have prompted an international manhunt. He'd had plenty of warning too-- had to get the cruiser buzzed in. Almost seems like he wanted to be arrested."

Meanwhile, imPort critics say that Dr. Gottlieb only let himself be arrested because of the unfair sentencing policies that favor cases like his. Typically, cyber crime has resulted in 2-5 year sentences for the non-imPort population. But whatever his motivations, there's no way to know for sure.

Dr. Gottlieb's evaluation is expected to take place on May 24th. His husband, Dr. Newton Gottlieb-Geiszler, could not be reached for comment.

BURNIN' DOWN THE HOUSE
As seen in HOT HOT BEAT, TMI Magazine, IMPORTED GOSSIP, and national news:
Fans of the hot yoga show "BODY HEAT!" were shocked this past week to discover the show's popular imPort host, Mick Rory, was arrested for arson. Rory admitted to setting his government-assigned house in Heropa on fire on the 13th of April, just before the holiday weekend. Rory has been sentenced to two months parole and community service, but has not given any public explanation for his actions.

Speculation is running rampant, with many pointing out that Rory had been known to offer his services to various Fire Departments in the Porter Cities, and had only just a few weeks ago had run a charity drive for the Heropa General's burn ward. Some have called attention to his little-used but widely known alternate alias "Heat Wave", and a rumoured criminal past. Fans online are split between those expressing outrage and those arguing it was a simple mistake.

As for BODY HEAT!, the producers made a public statement that they are reviewing his contract for breach of its Moral Clauses, and have since officially retired Rory from the show.

A BET-TER WORLD
As seen in local Maurtia Falls advertisements:
All bets are ON! WHO will be the next imPort arrested for criminal activity? The handsome Sam Merlotte? The incredibly loud Count Dooku? The beautiful Bela Talbot? The coquettish Yuri Plisetsky? Rope in your financial manager and/or gambling broker and put down a name, you could win it big if fate favors your delinquent pick.

(Smart money is on imPorts who are often seen wearing black).

YOU KNOW NOTHING, SPRING SNOW
As seen on the Maurtia Falls weather channel:
Bad news for people who were enjoying the spring weather. An extreme cold front is sweeping the east coast this weekend, producing blizzard like conditions for the state of Pennsylvania. You can expect to see snowfalls of up to two feet with wind gusts of up to 45 MPH. Folks of Maurtia Falls should brace for impact on April 21st. Wind gusts and heavy snow could cause localized power outages and downed trees. The department of transportation has announced that they are armed and ready with plows to clear the roads, and travel should not be adversely affected for long, but advises that drivers stay off the road if it can be avoided.

Just when you thought you were in the clear, it seems that Winter Is Coming back again.

THE DOOK OF HAZARD
As heard online, on all the best podcast-supporting websites, and discussed in metahuman-related conspiracy blogs:
The newest episode of Count Dooku’s political podcast Counting Truths features The Doctor as a special guest star, interviewed by the Count for his take on recent dangerous incidents like the attack by armies of historical mirages that ruined the last weekend of March, and the blight of apple crops rumoured to have been caused by failed biogenetic testing.

The Doctor’s interview mostly involves a lot of rambling about the timeline, attempts to explain temporal paradoxes to the casual listener, and a little bit of grumping at the government for not letting people look at the Porter. Dooku has to get him back on track multiple times but, all in all, it’s a good interview. The most important thing is that the Doctor surmises that some of the problems, such as the historical mirage attack, might be caused by a temporal malfunction in the Porter. After all, the Porter is an impressive machine but it’s just a MACHINE. It’s entirely possible the Porter can’t juggle all these timelines and accidentally slipped up somewhere.

The Count closes this month’s episode by encouraging any listeners who are concerned about political issues to speak out by contacting the imPort community’s elected representatives with any questions or complaints. To this end, he has helpfully shared the following public contact information:

Lord Petyr Baelish, imPort Ambassador for Maurtia Falls
Queen Lucy Pevensie, imPort Ambassador for De Chima
Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, imPort Ambassador for Nonah
United States Senator Mitchell Hundred of Virginia

CODE SWITCH
The Homeland Security Advisory System has moved from OF THE HEART to INDIGO-GO because nothing shakes off the sleepies like an impromptu dance party.

WANT TO SUBMIT TO THE MAJORITY REPORT?
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Do imPorts get medical benefits?

[It's a strange question to ask the network, but none of his research is really helping, and he figures that if imPorts have been here for at least three years, they've had to have regular medical checkups. After all, he certainly doesn't know where to start when it comes to actually going out and asking doctors.]

I don't mean injuries, but more like...


Vision. Dental.


[A pause.]


Does anyone have recommendations for an eye doctor?

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Mar. 19th, 2017 08:44 pm
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[ Kitty's voice is shaky. She's shooting this video from a dark-ish room, something a little spooky - a room with a lot of display drawers in the background. ]

Sorry. I, erm - I suppose this seems almost - copycattish, 'cause Rincewind - just the other day -

[ She takes a shaky breath, and gives a little shake of her head, like she's denying the complete and utter stupidity of her previous statement. ]

I'm in my garage - the apartment Satya used to live in - and I found...Anyway. If you find bad things - like, really bad things - like, bits of...people...You're not supposed to touch them, yeah? Or anything.

[ And then she runs a hand through her hair and bites out: ]

Someone help me with this, please.

video;;

Mar. 13th, 2017 05:19 pm
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[ The feed starts with both Sabriel and Lirael sitting on a couch, the first looking quiet and collected as usual, while the second can’t help but fidget a bit, golden mechanical fingers entwined across fleshy, pale ones. Lirael isn’t entirely sure the device is working, even, but if Sabriel says so… ]

So, is it working? Should I say something?

[ She squints at the camera, not yet convinced. ]

Yes, it’s working. Go on and say hello. [Sabriel nods encouragingly, smiling a little.]

Everyone, this is Lirael, my sister.

[ She’s not quite convinced, but Lirael sighs and waves, once. ] Hello. Yes, my name is Lirael. I have arrived recently to these lands… wherever they are supposed to be.

[ Eventually she’ll have to ask for a map, because nothing makes sense. ] You have my thanks for taking care of Sabriel. I’m glad to find her well.

So make sure you take care of my sister just as well. She didn’t grow up in Ancelstierre, so she’s not as familiar with technology. [Sabriel tosses an arm over Lirael’s shoulder.] And she may not look it, but she’s actually much younger than me. One of the Porter’s odd tricks.

I don't look that much older, I'm only nineteen... [ Lirael is about to complain about how she’s technically the older sister here, but can she really argue with such a Big Sis half hug? No, she can’t. So all Lirael does is nod and smile shyly. ]

A-anyway, that would be all. How do you go turning this th--[ Aaaaaaaaaand she turns it off. ]

((ooc: Lirael and Sabriel will be responding separately.))

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Mar. 12th, 2017 04:59 pm
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[When the feed clicks on it shows Laurel holding a small flyer in her hand. She holds it up to the camera for everyone to see. It reads as follows in green cursive with a light yellow background:]

Put your Petal to the Metal with our incredible offers!

25% Off All Floral Arrangements!
Buy One Get One Free on Planters!
2 For 1 Special on Daffodils!

...And so much more!



[Laurel moves the flyer away from the camera and offers everyone a smile.]

Sooo my boss asked me to make these flyers. I like the font and the colour of it, but I'm not sure about the background. Doing something like this is not my forte; in fact, the last time I made flyers it was for my prom back in highschool.

[Heh.]

Any constructive feedback would be greatly appreciated by both me and my boss. Thanks!

[She leans forward, intending to switch the feed off, but stops.]

I did mention this a while back, so I figured I should say it again for those who may have missed it the first time.

Back home, I'm a lawyer. When I first started out I worked in a legal clinic to help those who could not afford big city law firms. I want to offer legal counsel here, on a one to one basis. I may also help businesses, but for now my goal is to help individuals.

My name is Laurel Lance. Feel free to contact me here or here.

Thanks again.

[And the feed ends there.]

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