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Eternal Volunteers - The Manipulated Dead
Posted By: Steve LevinsonDate: 2/13/05 10:00 p.m.

Well, here we are once again at the end of another failure branch. We are on the fated UESC station that we have found so many times in our dreams, but this time we're apparently not dreaming. We're fortunate to hear from all of our favorite AI's on this level - there is a wealth of information here. The station is empty - for the first time we can fully explore it without fear, but this is the scariest condition of all, as there is no one left to fight except Hathor herself.

We start out in the usual place and read a terminal from Hathor. How can this be? We followed her again? But she makes it clear that it doesn't matter anymore. She's had her revenge and has become a God, as she herself puts it. Humanity is no more. She's even destroyed the Wr'kr in our Sun. She has her realm and it's hers alone. But if she has her Jjaro dreadnaught, what is she doing on this station? And how could she become more powerful than the Jjaro when they have far surpassed their own technology? In any case, you're free to go back in time and create another reality - as she puts it, she has what she wants and there is nothing you can do that will change it.

Next we hear from Leela/S'buth. Now this gets a bit complicated, but when you were thrown from the dreadnaught, Leela used your cybernetic junction to escape back to the future, but was surprised when you weren't there! I think the implication is that you cannot physically travel in time through your cybernetic junction, even though it may seem as such. You can only travel to your own self in another time, but how then did you go so far back in the past? Forrest, I need some help with this. In any case, Leela returned to Blake's ship and helped the UESC destroy S'buth before his madness could spread to all the S'pht. In the end she escaped to the "Outside" - a concept similar to subspace in Star Trek - a realm outside of the space-time continuum that is inhabited by the Jjaro. Most enlightening of all, she explains the importance of failure. You need to fail in order to set things right. Each failure branch is not in vain - it is a necessity in order to create the one true path.

Finally, we hear from Durandal/Thoth. It's time to go and put what we learned to work for us. It's time to succeed.

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Eternal Volunteers - The Manipulated DeadSteve Levinson 2/13/05 10:00 p.m.
     Re: Eternal Volunteers - The Manipulated DeadForrest of B.org 2/14/05 2:24 a.m.
     Re: Eternal Volunteers - The Manipulated DeadBlayne 2/14/05 5:39 a.m.
           Re: Eternal Volunteers - The Manipulated DeadForrest of B.org 2/14/05 10:00 a.m.
                 Haha I was waiting to mention this *NM*Dave 2/15/05 3:46 a.m.

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