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[ On screen is a middle aged woman rocking the modern/50s mashup aesthetic of this world in a very dignified and elegant sort of way. She sits in the deck chair of the backyard of Maurtia Falls #4 like it’s a throne. ]

It’s been roughly a month since I’ve arrived in this world -- I realize some of you may be newer and, uh, quite a few of you have been here for some time. In the month since I’ve arrived, I’ve learned a lot about this world, but I feel as though I’ve only just scratched the surface.

[ She pauses, thinking carefully over her next words. ]

The people native to this world either seem to put us on a very high pedestal, almost to the point of worship -- or we’re hated and viewed as a danger to the people here, with little sentiment in between. None of us asked to be here, I understand that, believe me. But for most of them? Neither did they. Even if we don’t, uh, become ‘heroes’, we have a responsibility not to make things worse at the very --

[ She jumps, stopping mid-sentence very abruptly, and looks down at something not visible on camera. Then she pinches the bridge of her nose, takes a deep breath, turns towards Maurtia Falls #3’s direction and: ]

TAAKO! Taako, please come get Taylor Swift off my leg!

She's just showing affection! Or trying to eat you. [ A pointy wizard hat and giant blond ponytail block the camera for a minute, before he extracts the giant black snake from his boss's leg. ] We're still kinda working on that. [ He peers into the camera. ] Is this thing on? Do any of you know anything about training snakes?

I could probably train a snake. I’ve got Animal Handling, you know, [ Magnus says for what must be the fiftieth time since Taako’s known him. Magnus is, naturally, in the background, climbing over the fence instead of just going through the goddamn door for no apparent reason other than the fact that he’s big enough to do it pretty easily and he doesn’t like being left out when everyone else is hanging out without him. There’s a creak from the fence. ]

Hey, your fence is kinda shitty, just for the record. I can fix it later. Anyway, I got some shit from the dollar store. [ He hurls two pairs of shutter shades at Lucretia and Taako, in blue and green respectively, before donning his own red pair. ] Now you can look super cool while you ask everyone about… uh… [ He leans over Lucretia’s shoulder to peer into the camera, all up in her personal space. ] What are we talking about?

[ Lucretia just barely catches the thrown shades, fumbling them a little in surprise. She absolutely does not put them on, though. Mild exasperation is coming off her in waves. ] As much as I appreciate the, uh, gift, Magnus, I was addressing the Network over a matter of some importance -- [ She pauses, as if realizing the futility of trying to continue with these chucklefucks getting all up in her business. She should cut her losses before any further affront to her dignity. ] But congratulations, it's now about snakes. Yes, snakes. Someone on this thing please tell Taako to put his in a tank, won't you?

((OOC: Blue is Lucretia, Green is Taako, Red is Magnus!))

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Aug. 27th, 2017 12:37 pm
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[ In Washington DC, the Senator is far and removed from a lot of the vandalism that the imports as a whole have been seeing. In some ways, it's good, in others, it's bad, and the Senator doesn't like feeling all that removed from the rest of the community. It's clear, when he turns on his comm that he hasn't been sleeping -- probably because he's been worrying about this.

Next to him are a stack of letters, and he pulls the one from the top, and starts reading.
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"Dear Senator Hundred, my name is Steven Stevenopholis." [ The paper lowers, Mitchell looks at the camera, deadpan. Really dude? ] "I am a contractor in De Chima, where I work very hard to support my wife and three daughters. We live modestly, in a small home on the outskirts of the city. My wife works as a teacher, and our three daughters are in school. We're trying to save money to give our girls the opportunity to go to college, but times are hard, and it can be difficult to save money on a good day, with the way the economy is. Last year, De Chima was ransacked by metahumans of your making, and De Chima was too dangerous for me to work, my wife and daughters had to stay home out of fear of their lives, and people were running the streets breathing fire, and lifting cars. It can be hard to keep going, when you fear for your life, and we try constantly to find a way to leave the city and move elsewhere, but there's nowhere to go. Right now, we have jobs, but leaving could mean that we can't support our family. I am writing to you because you are my senator, because you swore last year that you would help protect us, but... I'm starting to wonder if anyone can, when imports are involved."

[ Mitch put the letter down, and folded his hands. ]

Clearly, I could sit here all day and read these. [ The stack next to him is over a foot high of envelopes and letters. ] I... am somewhat removed from the vandalism up in DC, but that doesn't mean that I haven't felt the impact of what's happening. Just not... like the rest of you have.

I've been told by some of my colleagues in the Senate that there will be some organizing over the next few days, and we'll be trying to smooth things over starting tomorrow. I encourage each and every one of you to listen to what our companions in the world have to say. If we have the opportunity to listen, to learn what it is we've done, and it's the only way we can come together to move on.

If we can listen, and accept what we've done, we can move on. Please talk to the people who were here before us, listen to what they have to say. And maybe... let's try to build some positive relationships for the future. If we're reviled, we can't protect either ourselves or the people here. Trust me, I've, ah, been in that situation. [ He scratched the side of his face. ] We can't do anyone any good unless we can come together.

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Aug. 8th, 2017 08:55 pm
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[ Skeets is floating in front of a mirror, using the network with his brain because he can't be bothered to hold the communicator today. Yes, he is a football-sized small gold robot. ]

Hello Network, if we haven't met already my name is Skeets. Professor Skeets, actually. I teach history at De Chima University.

Recently I have been considering teaching something else, so this post is meant to gauge interest -- are you from a world that doesn't have the Internet? Are you from an era before and after contemporary Internet culture? Are you too old to get it? If you're interested, I can explain the Internet to you.

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Jul. 2nd, 2017 06:22 pm
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I'm gonna try and keep this short.

[says a smiling Sam Merlotte, wearing familiar plaid and jeans against the familiar wood and glass backdrop of his bar.]

My name's Sam Merlotte. I live in De Chima and I run Merlotte's, which - if I'm allowed to brag a bit - is probably about the best bar and grill you could stumble into or out. Now, this isn't the first time I've thrown my hat in this particular ring, and there's a lot about what I stand for that I think you're gonna find in common with the other candidates, but I don't think that's a bad thing. Core values are what shapes a community.

Community's my platform. People don't say it enough, but we're a remarkable group - and not really for the things people do talk about us for. ImPorts start off here a bunch of strangers with our lives turned upside down, and yet instead of scatterin' to the winds, we build somethin' together. You see it every month, how we offer help to newcomers and answer questions. And while we've also got our troublemakers, that exception doesn't break the rule. Time and again I've seen trouble hit and imPorts join one another to reach out and speak up.

And in the end, that's what an ambassador is: the voice of the community. Given the opportunity to be the Ambassador of De Chima, I'd like to use that voice to strengthen inter-community communication between ourselves, the government, and the natives. More specifically, I'd like to work with the other Ambassadors to start regular town halls in the imPort cities for community outreach, and to open the floor for imPorts to address concerns and discuss solutions. I'd also like to look into establishin' a more official welcome wagon for new imPorts, to ease the imPortation process. Both of which I'm perfectly willin' to get into more detail about with anyone who'd like to ask... but I think I've already pushed my own time limit.

[Sam straightens and nods to the camera.]

So lemme just leave you with this: however strong you are, I believe we're stronger together. And if that's somethin' you'd like to see represented in De Chima, I hope you'll vote Merlotte.
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I'm curious.

[ Raina is seated in her living room, legs tucked up beneath her on the couch. It's a relaxed and casual position, best suited for a relaxed and casual conversation. ]

So many people come and go here. There are very few of us who have been static for years. Even fewer who have been here since the beginning. But the longer you're here, the more losses you tend to face. And the more time that passes, the more everyone else forgets about some of those people who were once here. So I'd like to hear stories of friends who have gone, lovers who have vanished, and people you'll never forget. The only way we can keep memories alive is to share them. I mean, who knows when you or I could become nothing more than a memory...and the least we can do is honor those memories by talking about them.

[ She sits up slowly, draping her arm over her knees. ]

But more than all of that, and perhaps a more relevant question to the newer arrivals -- if you had the opportunity to visit a lost friend's world just to see them again, would you? Even knowing that there's a chance they might not remember you? It is a painful thing to be forgotten, but perhaps there could be a comfort in seeing them alive and happy once again -- a sense of closure that we so seldom receive in this world. Or as always, perhaps it's best to leave well enough alone. I'm just interested to hear where everyone falls in their opinions on the matter.
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[ The camera seems to artfully be placed on the edge of a desk. Behind the guy on screen is both an American flag, and the Virginia state flag. On the desk, at an extreme angle is the words S. 2549 ]

I know it's a little behind -- it's been a long couple of weeks since the blackout, and I meant to address everyone earlier than this, but... you know how the Senate can be, particularly at the beginning of a new session. [ A half-grin. He knows it's bullshit, but... ]

Anyway, I wanted to ask most of you who were affected the most by the blackout -- what kind of government response would you have found the most useful?

Or to any crisis, really. This isn't the first, and it won't be the last, and I want to make sure we have a plan in place to properly utilize the resources we have to make sure we all get out of this safely. Even if it's something small, it'll help.

[ A pause, and then a slight gesture. ] Obviously, I'm working on a bill, so it would help me to field the people who seem the most impacted by these sorts of things, you know?

[ He reaches to shut it off, before -- ] Oh, and for those of you who are new, welcome to your new reality. If you need anything, you can always reach out. Just because I'm a Senator for Virginia doesn't mean I'm not available for imports as a whole. I'm the only voice we have in the Federal Government, you know?

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Dec. 6th, 2016 10:00 pm
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Hey, imports. [ Mitchell waves at the camera, a duck of his head, and the smile shows that he's pretty pleased as punch, and for good reason. ]

I'm sure those of you in Virginia have already heard, given that elections were about a week ago, but my opponent conceded yesterday, so... I can finally share the good news.

But with that kind of good news comes work, and... well, I'm always the kind of person who's ready to put it in, but...what I'm really looking for, is an idea for who else is. Going to DC requires a lot of things, and thankfully, I've got some experience in building a staff -- even if it's not senatorial. I have a chief of staff, but... there's a lot more spaces to fill, and I don't want this to be just the best in the business, I want it to be imports, first and foremost. So I guess... this is something of a call to arms. You don't have to leave where you're living, but you'd have to work in DC, and...that's not exactly the place for the faint of heart, you know? I won't say it's a glamorous job, and you'll probably hear a lot of shit you wish you hadn't heard, but... but it's good work.

And don't let age dissuade you. If you're younger, and you still want to work with us, I'm setting up an internship program for young imports to sign on with us too. I feel like we have some of the most mature kids in the country, and I want everyone else to see it too.

[ But. ]

Anyway. I want to thank everyone who helped out, or supported us so far, but that was just the preliminary work, when we hit it in January, we're going to really get started.

[ A pause. ] And, you know, I say this a lot, but... my door's always open. If you want to tell me there's something you want to see done... or maybe just want to see me get my hands into something, just... let me know. I'll do what I can.

[ A pause. ] And I expect you all to hold me accountable, too. If shit goes down, or if we do something you don't like, or I'm...not able to stop something. I still want to hear your opinions. Anytime, anywhere.
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[The below posts to the mirror network around 3am on the morning of November 26th, the election of the Heropa ambassador.]

Greetings, fellow imPorts.

As you turn out to vote today for our ambassador of Heropa, our single sole voice of representation in this great nation, we urge you to ask yourselves: who is your neighbor?

Your vote is a empty gesture. A gesture designed to help keep us complacent, to make us feel that we have a part in a body, in a nation, that has nothing to do with us. These elections are coordinated by a government who does not care about you. These elections put into place the newest figurehead, in a series of figureheads, whose power is rendered meaningless by the very fact that we who live here have no rights. No control. We are brought here and we are taken out again.

So trust your neighbor, imPorts. They are the closest you have to a constant.

But we suggest that you trust your neighbor only if you know your neighbor.

Your candidates show one face. We show you now, LIVE, FROM HEROPA, some OTHER faces of 3 of the finest, to teach you, imPOrts, to be wary, and beware. Be wary of the rich who give from guilt, the men of means who claim to care. Beware the criminals who got off easy and now ask YOU to behave. Be wary of the cronies, the vote-buyers, the campaigners who seek not to enrich your lives but to profit, to increase their means and their research, to increase their bottom line off your backs. Beware the institutions, Big Med and Big Industry and Big Brother. Beware those who would see us as tools. Beware the socialists who would join the democratic machine. To enter into that game is to succumb to it.

To the candidates: we urge you to LISTEN TO YOURSELVES. Heed your own words and take your own advice. If you must participate in this dog and pony show that the government has constructed as a distracton, then participate by our rules, the rules of the imPorts. You should tear this fabric. You should not worry about playing the corrupt game. You should worry for your fellow imPOrts, and worry about us. We have the power.

And remember: it is in our hands to decide. Not just today, fellow imPorts, but every day. IT IS IN ALL OF OUR HANDS. You must pay attention. Don't make us pay attention for you.



[Following the text is a series of links and soundbytes, reposting the above for emphasis.]

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Nov. 24th, 2016 10:16 am
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[ This is Baelish, coming to you from the Maurtia Falls Ambassador office. Not Baelish coming to you from his casino or Baelish coming to you from his strip club. That makes this professional, right? ]

Greetings, my fellow imPorts. For those of you who do not know me, I am Lord Petyr Baelish, Ambassador for Maurtia Falls. I wished to address you all to talk about a few things, but most importantly this Nonah election. It is of utmost importance that we vote and show support for our fellow candidates. The job of ambassador is an important one, and I believe all of these candidates have qualities that would work to benefit Nonah. It is in your hands to decide who best will fit your city. But I implore you to truly look into who has the policies and qualities you seek. I would be more than happy to illuminate some of those to any imPort who may not have been following the race too closely.

[ And that's all he says on the matter since his good pal Dorian Gray had always harped on him about talking too much in his network posts. ]

Second of all, for those of you who recall the attack in Philadelphia at the ambassadorial celebration -- did any of you happen to return with the remains of one of those monstrosities, whether it be for scientific study or perhaps as a souvenir? I have been curious about what information can be gleaned from them -- especially in relation to the ImProcreats, if anyone still happens to have their little creature from that Swear In for comparison.

[ A beat. ]

And lastly, I understand this day to be a day of gratitude -- a nationwide celebration for families and friends to get together and sit down for a meal. Unfortunately, on this holiday I find myself largely alone and I am certain there are others who are in a similar position. If anyone has need of company, I can provide a place and wine if you can provide a dish of food or two. It does not have to be traditional in terms of what is served, but the important thing is that we are not alone when we could be together.

That is all. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thank you all for your time and wish you a wonderful holiday.

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Oct. 27th, 2016 09:25 pm
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Hey. [it's going to be hard to keep the grin from his face tonight, so Sam doesn't put in too much effort, boyish and excited.]

So I'm not gonna bury the lede here - I'll be officially openin' Merlotte's on November 11th. It's a bar and grill in beautiful De Chima, and I'm hopin' I can recruit some talent to help me get it up and runnin'. Those of you who know me should know I've been workin' on this one for a while, and with a little help it's finally come together. I don't want to spoil the surprise just yet, but the buildin' looks beautiful and I had some help puttin' the menu together by a very talented chef and friend of mine, Six, who's since Ported back home.

Nothin' too fancy, just good food and well-mixed drinks, with occasional specials featurin' foods and shots meant to sort of... bridge the gap between us and the natives. But no gimmicks, I promise - just a place people can feel comfortable to enjoy themselves, wind down after some of the shit this world can put us through. Bring us together.

[seriously, his eyes are practically sparkling with joy here. Finally - everything's coming together. Finally it's going to feel like he's got a foothold here.]

I hope I'll see a lot of you openin' night, I'll have specials and live music. And feel free to talk to me here or call me if you're interested in work; I'm hirin' across the board.

...And it's a little off-topic, but while I've got you here - I also wanted to hear from some of you on what you think an Ambassador ought to be. What you want to see out of the people you elect, what you feel needs to be brought to the table. Seein' as how they're meant to be representatives, I figured it'd be a good idea to get a handle on just what the community feels they should represent.
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[ Earlier this week, news reports were pumping up the Virginia Senate election, reporting that things were heating up. Democratic Incumbent Janet Stankavich spent the last two weeks slamming Import Candidate Hundred for actions enacted by other imports over the last month. She made the case recently that if other long-term import candidates can snap, what guarantee do the American people have that he also will not snap?

Which is why Hundred is on the network today. And all networks, actually -- if you've turned on a TV in the last 48 hours, he's gone from having the news covering protests at his campaign events, to actually showing up on the news. A lot of it is the same old, same old. Lots of statements about import solidarity, about how they were working to move on, but...

Some of it was clear -- about how you can't hold an entire community accountable for one person's actions. Just like when there were lone attackers from any other group. But there were still the facts, weren't there?

And while Mitchell had said time and time again on the local Virginia news circuits -- and they'd been picked up plenty by the larger news organizations from the sheer... historic nature of the vote, Mitchell still knows he has to speak to his people, if he doesn't want to lose any votes.
]

Hey, Imports.

I, ah, I know most of you know, but we have some new faces around here, so let me just formally introduce myself. I'm Mitchell Hundred -- former ambassador to the city of De Chima. Like a quickly diminishing number of us, I came from a world before this called the City, where I was the Mayor.

Before that I was both the Mayor of New York City, the Ambassador to the United Nations, and, [ A beat, here. He rarely talks about this ] Vice President of the United States. I promise, I'm not just throwing out my resumé for no good reason. If you're in Virginia, I'm going through one of the toughest resume processes around -- I'm running to be a Senator in the United States Senate -- and election day is just two weeks away. The reason I'm rearing my ugly head is to remind you -- remind all of you -- that just because you're an import here, doesn't mean you can't vote. We have the right to vote, as imports of voting age, and just like any other time, I'm encouraging each and every one of you to vote. [ A momentary pause. ] Even if it's for my opponent.

And if you're in Virginia, I really do hope you all will roll out the vote for me, but beyond that... I also need help.

If you've paid attention, I've slipped a little in the polls since... everything that happened last month. Not by much, within the margin of error, but... [ A hopeful grin. ] I'd like to have your voices, if I could.

We need to get the word out to other voters in Virginia, about what our stories are... where we come from, what our perspectives are. Most people haven't seen an import in their life, and while they've seen plenty of me... it's easy to dehumanize us when the only person going around door to door are politicians in suits who've been working this whole time to earn their vote. I think they would... do well, to hear from you. So what I'm asking for is your volunteerism, and time -- beyond just your vote. Even if you don't live in Virginia, you can still help us, share your stories, share who you are, maybe come out and go door to door with us. We need to let people know that there's nothing to be afraid of, and I promise that while I'm in the position, I'm not going to just be fighting for Virginia, but as the only import Senator, I want to use my powers to help us as a whole, and help with legislation to that effect.

So, uh, in short, if you want to sign up, you can check out my campaign website, it's attached to this long-winded speech, and as always, thanks for listening.

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Oct. 5th, 2016 06:35 pm
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...Dear gods, have I understood the news right? [is today's stricken query from Heropa's resident, weary wizzard.]

We've only just gotten over that business with people fighting suits and new idiots getting powers, I don't think it's asking too much for a small break. I mean, honestly, can't we go a single month without suffering a new damned disaster?

Are we really about to have to go through those bloody 'imPort elections' all over again?

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Oct. 4th, 2016 01:33 pm
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[ Today he is alone in addressing the network. That does not mean Damen is not nearby, he usually is. It was just easier to do this himself. And his lover would probably have something to say about the vaguely insulting tone in which he's doing it. That too. Laurent's clothing is still a little too severe for a person so young. Buttoned up all over, he looks like someone who should hold himself rigidly. And maybe he does, most of the time, but there is a languid set to his shoulders, a well-formed ease that could almost suggest he’s friendly, approachable as he holds the camera up.

When he talks, it is with the manner of one used to addressing people.
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Tell me of this world’s government. [ It's a command, thankfully softened at the edges by his countenance. ] Politics has always intrigued me, though I would not profess to be know it intimately. [ The thin lipped smile twitches almost bashfully, like an apology for his ignorance. ] I have heard, however, that there is no monarchy here, that those who rule this land are chosen by the people. Apparently that is a better way of things. [ He says apparently like someone has tried to tell him the sky is pink. ] I would like to know why.

Where I am from, we have kings. The right to rule is in their blood, and they will have been schooled for it from birth. They are therefore prepared for the role, more capable than the common man. [ Something like amusement crosses his face. It would be easy to fall for this act, to think that he's just a young man unused to a world like this, and not a king who considers the whole thing a ridiculous mess. ] But you would elect the common man in a king's place. How can you be sure, then, that it is the right choice? People are easily charmed, I understand that. [ Stupid people, he thinks. ] But a smiling face and a firm handshake does not make a clever man, nor a sane one. When I look at the choices that have been made here, I confess that it alarms me. [ Ronald Chump needs someone to run him through with a blade, honestly. ] I would not like my life to be led by an idiot. But people must sleep soundly at night and therefore you must be satisfied, I simply do not see how.

Though, like I said - [ He waves one hand loosely. ] - I don't know much about politics. Perhaps someone can educate me.

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Sep. 5th, 2016 08:04 am
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I would be happy if you'd do me the honor of answering a few questions.

First, I would have it known how a doctor sets about establishing their license to practice. Is it the case that such legality is established upon entrance to this world? I highly doubt any sane medical council would permit an unlicensed physician to remain in post, as negligence is surely as endemic in this world as anywhere else. Pertinently, what funding is available for research fellowships, or starting one's own practice?

Second, might those of you with an appreciation of medical science be willing to permit me to make an account of your state of health? A physical examination with all that's entailed. Were I so fortunate as to receive your participation in medical screening, I dare say that it would assist the future treatment of everyone.

Please do me the honor of withholding your response if it fails to address either point in question. You have my gratitude, in any case.


[Do reply though. That's just his ego showing.]
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[Superman looks honestly just....

Tired. He reaches to rub the bridge of his nose before he speaks, wondering how to even put it into words. Oh, he knows what he wants to say, knows what he wants to do. But it would be unfair to out someone without giving them a chance to work things out in this place, to become a better person.

Except, last time he tried that it ended up with him kidnapped in Crane’s basement.]


If someone from your world appeared here, someone who you knew was capable of really awful things… would you warn people?

Or would you give them a chance to be different in this place?

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Sep. 2nd, 2016 03:27 am
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[Bruce had spent the afternoon wandering De Chima-- he found it odd. It fed off of the presence of imPorts, a title given to him unceremoniously upon arrival, while at the same time rebuffing their presence entirely. He judged the city critically; it was too bright, its grasses too green compared to the noisy, dirty, troubled city he called home. Even more uncomforting to him was seeing a skyscraper with a large "W" emblazoned on the side standing statuesque in the middle of the city proper. 

He had thought about just walking in, maybe taking his chances, but he was dressed in the wrong sort of suit for that and his cuff links were expensive. In the end, he settled for the only other option he had-- he pulled the small phone-like device from his pant pocket and considered it critically. Essentially, he didn't have a choice; the small screen illuminated with a projection of his face, and he addressed whatever-- whoever-- was on the other end.]
 
Wayne Enterprises has been a part of my family and Gotham's history for as far back as anybody can remember. I didn't grow up with an appreciation for that, but an understanding that it and Gotham's foundations were intrinsically connected since the beginning. It's why I'm so curious to see a building with my name on it in the middle of Virginia.
 
In the late 19th century my ancestor, Alan Wayne, along with other prominent families undertook the project of modernizing Gotham Township. It all started with Wayne Shipping, sometime during the early Industrial Revolution. In time, small businesses became large corporations bookended by my father, Thomas, who created the Wayne Foundation.
 
My point is that this company couldn't have continued to grow without the help of family. You do what you can to help an idea grow, but as time goes on, for that idea to survive, you have to let other people share your dream with you.
 
I think it's something I've had trouble accepting for a long time... even as my predecessors had been doing it for centuries before me. Eventually, the people that you care about carry your torch when you can't do it any longer.
 
I don't expect this story to matter to any of you. Gotham doesn't even exist here, but my company... does. My point was to talk about the importance of family. It's why my next question is so important...
 
I'm looking for mine.

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Aug. 16th, 2016 10:28 pm
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[there's a frazzled shapeshifter on your screens today, imPorts. He rubs a hand against his mouth and the scruff of his chin awkwardly, like he's going to make an effort to collect his thoughts - then promptly throws that plan out the window.]

Hey, uh. Sorta a specific question, but has anyone ever... lost track of a day and shown up at the Porter? With somethin' changed? Is that just - somethin' that happens on top of all the other weird shit this place does to a person?
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[Lex has spent the better part of the day perusing the network. Learning the news of this place. Reading, watching, listening. Seeing the faces and names of those present. Experimenting with one of the new powers granted to him by the Porter by telling the communicator to speed up the playback- not enough to make everything unintelligible, but fast enough to speed the process up so that it isn't as much of a chore.

It's only after he decides that he has learned enough from this that he sets the communicator a distance away, and sits back, his hands folded together, looking perfectly relaxed. He activates it mentally before he begins speaking, in an almost bored tone.]


How interesting.

A world where the USSR never collapsed. Technology able to bring people from other, different worlds.

And here we are, so many of us now granted abilities we didn't have in our own worlds, with the option of doing things with them.

The decision of what to do in our hands. Do we play along with this government- continue to abide by our own loyalties in the case of those of us who were Americans in our own worlds- and their expectations of what we will do for them in exchange for a basic standard of living, or do we deride it and not accept their assistance, and not assist them in turn? Or do we take some middle position, accept their aid while criticizing them at every turn?

What a fascinating conundrum it must be for those who think about it, particularly over the political aspects, with the presence of elected ambassadors. Even a candidate for the Senate.

It's an interesting scenario where power is concerned, isn't it?

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Aug. 1st, 2016 08:10 pm
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[ This network post is brought to you from the Maurtia Falls ambassadorial office. Petyr Baelish and Count Dooku are seated together so amicably -- you would never guess they once went head to head in an election. And naturally, Petyr is the first to speak. ]

Greetings, fellow imPorts. There are a few matters I would like to address. First and foremost, I do hope everyone is well after the unexpected attacks in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago. As the Ambassador for Maurtia Falls, I believe this hits especially hard because it happened within my very state. But I want to thank the imPorts who fought and helped to subdue those creatures as well as the ones who helped lead those in need to safety. It could have been far worse without all of your efforts. As such, we must find out who was responsible for those attacks. It is the only way we will be able to prevent them from happening once again. If anyone has any information or would be willing to investigate these matters, please let me know and I will be sure to direct proper funding to your efforts.

[ A pause. ]

But the main reason we are here is to address another issue within our very community. During the debates, it became abundantly clear that many of you question RISE -- their organization, their methods, and their competency. I have been in contact with Lady Sabriel, and we have arranged an investigation that will hopefully answer questions and put minds at ease. [ One way or another. ] Count Dooku had already wisely suggested an investigation during the debates, and as such, I believe he is the best possible choice to lead this matter, not only because of his foresight but because he is a man dedicated to bringing the truth to light.

[ Baelish gives Dooku a small gesture. The floor is all yours, friend. ]

[The Count steps forward and bows his head as though humbled by Lord Baelish’s kind generosity toward his defeated rival. Yet when he speaks, his voice is strong and confident, earnest in his totally-legitimate pursuit of justice.]

Today, the Ambassador and I call upon imPorts to step forward as witnesses to testify regarding the activities of RISE. Anything you have to say, good or bad, will be welcomed into our report. Your voice shall be heard in the strictest of confidence. And further, we invite any Registered Hero to volunteer as an investigator as part of this inquiry. Help us to uncover the truth of these disputes by interviewing witnesses and determining where there is need for improvement. Together, we shall ensure that truth and justice are served.

Interviews will be held over the following week. If all goes as planned, we shall have gathered our testimony and submitted our report within the month. RISE will be compelled to adopt whatever recommendations we provide regarding their practices- and whatever recognition they receive for their brave service, of course.

[That’s all the Count has got. Back to you, Lord B.]


As always if you have any questions, you may direct them at Count Dooku or myself. We thank you for your participation and do hope that this will be to the benefit of all parties involved.

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Jun. 20th, 2016 08:58 pm
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[the Sam Merlotte addressing the camera from his desk is worn thin, circles under his eyes and stress at the tight line of his mouth. Not the best face for a video, but unfortunately necessary.

In his defense, he spent the better part of this weekend in jail.
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I don't know what happened. That's the first thing I'd like an answer on, if someone's got one. Magic bullshit is the best answer I've heard, and that's not enough. I also know someone wearin' my face and name went and dragged my reputation through the mud and worse, since he was kind enough to leave me a week's worth of fucked up memories and his goddamn mess to clean.

[Sam takes in a long breath through his nose and lets it out again - trying to keep calm. The whiskey glass he's holding out of sight has been helping.]

I almost lost my job 'cause of this. A lot worse did happen. And I was left holdin' the bag for that. I'd like to know why.

...But I also need to apologize to people who had to deal with it. Me. ...Him. However the fuck I should be talkin' 'bout this. So, I'm sorry. I'm sorry to a lot of people, some I never even met before. None of y'all should've had to put up with that. And if anyone needs me to keep away from 'em from now on I understand. Just -

[Sam licks his lips, then shakes his head]

- I'm sorry. That wasn't me. But I'm sorry.

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