Re: Regarding Robert Blake
Posted By: QuantumDate: 3/30/12 1:42 p.m.

In Response To: Regarding Robert Blake (XaleManix)

: I think, in the terminal messages, I can see a small ocular implant on his
: left eye. The first image on Terminal 1 of This Side Toward Enemy,
: especially, it pops out at me.

: I thought to look at this while reading the Facts and Puzzling Things
: About... page for the impromptu leader of the human forces on the S'phit
: homeworld.

: If I'm not seeing things in the garbled mess that is the left side of Blake's
: face, his ocular, unlike his men's, is smaller and more compact, only
: showing as a dark colored replacement for his eye.

: The Blake chapter screen also shows that his left eye is very dark, and, if
: it's to scale, his iris (if it's an actual eye) is absolutely massive and
: dark, especially in contrast to his right eye.

: Evidence that Blake is, perhaps, a proxy for Durandal? It's possible that any
: kind of storage implant would require a smaller ocular implant to fit the
: storage units (I assume that Durandal is smart enough to plan for a
: contingency like this, and make a backup of himself that would
: automatically re-upload and activate itself to more functional hardware
: when the coast is clear, and also that he would put the backup in the
: human with the greatest chance of surviving).

: Or perhaps I'm just [?rampant] and trying desperately to be productive and
: contribute.

If you check the Story page for June 28, 2011, you find Craig Mullins' original Blake chapter screen, which has no shadow—and no implant. (There's also a security helmet sitting on his desk...) Was the shadow added for the dramatic impact, or was it to hide the fact that there wasn't an implant in the picture? If the picture was touched up, why wasn't an implant added? I think it was intentionally ambiguous. You're not the only one to see something funny in his eye.

As for Blake being a proxy for Durandal, I'm pretty sure I remember speculation to the effect that Blake never existed—you never meet him in person—and that he was a Durandal sock puppet or subroutine to guide or manipulate you during his absence. Unfortunately, I can't find it at the moment. It might have been in one of the Volunteers threads.

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Regarding Robert BlakeXaleManix 3/28/12 9:14 p.m.
     Re: Regarding Robert BlakeXaleManix 3/28/12 9:16 p.m.
     Re: Regarding Robert BlakeQuantum 3/30/12 1:42 p.m.
           Re: Regarding Robert BlakeQuantum 3/30/12 2:01 p.m.
                 Re: Regarding Robert Blake *LINK*XaleManix 3/30/12 8:11 p.m.
                       Re: Regarding Robert Blakechiasaur11 4/4/12 7:37 p.m.
                             Re: Regarding Robert BlakeDiogenes 4/4/12 8:24 p.m.

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