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Log #23 - Mission II - Chapter 2 - May 6th 2014
04/17/10 AF

04:30pm

Bubbles grabs some food before heading to the barracks to catch some sleep.
Viktor talks to Lafeyette and recommends he uses his security credentials to do some reading of files concerning incidents from the first expedition. Laf has Bubbles plug him in at the lab (in the computer section).

8mins research

Finds a bunch of files (8-10) concerning incidents from previous expedition. Mainly reports of civilians or low ranking military cracking under the stresses. Some were restrained, sent to rehab, a few were reported AWOL but most of them were found again in the facility or having snuck back onto the aerostat.

Laf logs out, and attempts a standard hack to get Admin access. He gets an excellent success so has Admin privs and Hidden status.
Does a search for the keywords "incident, TITAN". Finds files on a nuclear demolition charge, more info about the Funhouse, fractals, and Richardson's shaft recording.
Does a search for keywords about machines that do "cognitive architecture, evidence of hardware performing computations" - Nothing found yet, but they sent more TITAN scientists to find out stuff.
Search for Exsurgent virus activity - Nothing concrete, but some of the folks sent back while isolated are still under study.
Laf does think that they can study corpses to find Exsurgent infection, but Dr. Haart hasn't uploaded any reports from the autopsy yet. He goes dormant after this.

5:30pm

time skip ahead 7 hours to 12:30am while Bubbles sleeps

Laf and Bubbles meet up again and then go to find Viktor. Laf wants to "interrogate" the scientists to see if they know of any specific areas where they can plug in and interface with the TITAN facility. They all line up to get some food, and check to see if any other Jovians are in the cafeteria.
Viktor's idea - cycle through all the staff run Cloud Memory, do some psychotherapy mumbo-jumbo, have them walk through their day while using Thoughtbrowse for keywords: "TITAN, Exsurgent, access point, weird/unexpected". Start with low-level grunts who have had field experience in the facility, and move up from there.
Decided to narrow it down to 5 key people. Techs who would be interfacing with equipment or TITAN tech, but not the lead scientists.
List: Dr. Haart, Dr. Thexall, Dr. Geiss, Dr. Ngyalla, Private Nof
At this hour only Private Nof responds personally, but he's on patrol.

Laf/Bubbles decide to walk to Dome 4 (passing by the Scar) to explore. 2.5mile walk, at 20min/mile.

1:30am

They break off to study Dome 3 a bit (Bubbles fails perception horribly) but find nothing.
At the Scar they see a fiber mesh stretched over the scar as it passes through the dome. Bubbles cuts out a chunk of it that Laf reaches in and touches around a bit (finding no connections).
They make it to Dome 4, and find an almost fully completed missile. Laf is able to interface with it and study it for a while. Obviously TITAN in origin, covered in shielding material to ward off radar and ECM, and has on-board AI that is more intelligent than some people making it a very self-contained weapon. Has a standard heat/fragmentation load on it, no radioactive material. They leave the missile and continue to explore.
In 34A they find an umbilicus tube that could connect to Dome 6 (to ship missiles?).
They trek to Dome 1 and see the bunker dug out for the demolition charge in one of the hills in the large large stretching landscape.
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Log #22 - Mission II - Chapter 2 - April 8th 2014
04/17/10 AF

11:00am

Bubbles & Lafeyette go to the Funhouse as it isn't that far of a walk and Bubbles won't get overexerted from the high gravity. After arriving at the maze, Bubbles plans to use grip tape to make X's and arrows as low-tech navigation, and is additionally going to tie some tape between the two of them. They explore for several hours with Lafeyette using thermographic vision to more easily navigate and do not find anything of interest.

~2:00pm

Bubbles sees some figures off in the distance in his peripheral vision, but can't determine what they are. Lafeyette determines that their path in the maze seems to want to lead them backwards, as if the maze was self contained with no exit on the other side. They opt to travel for another hour at the most before retracing their steps out of the maze. A little time passes and then Bubbles notices a putrid stench in the air. It smells like something rotting but neither of them have enhanced smell to be able to directly track the source. They start to carefully investigate all paths leading out from the place where the smell originally came from.

~3:00pm

They are able to find the source of the stench, it's a mundane Jovian body with some tools and a small side arm. The gloved hands are bloody and when the body is rolled over there is a large hole torn in the front and the name tag is missing. They immediately backtrack out of the maze with Lafeyette dragging the body behind them.

4:30pm

The pair exit the maze and are able to contact base camp again on wireless. They send a message to Viktor and he is busy eating...but eventually comes out to meet them. He does a brief examination on the body, but can't figure out anything more interesting.

They radio ahead to the camp directly to the main medical doctor on staff, Dr. Haart, concerning the body. They request a pickup from some of the soldiers since Bubbles is still pretty weak due to the gravity and she dispatches a pair of MPs. They arrive a few minutes later with a gurney that they strap the body to, and request that Bubbles follow them back to camp for a brief interview with Dr. Haart.

She interviews Bubbles (John) briefly on the body, and then excuses him if he doesn't want to watch a full autopsy. He requests a look at the spacesuit (with Lafeyette's hardware skills) to see if they can recover anything. Some simplified log files exist on the suit and it looks like a large breach in the suit was detected in the chest area near the end of the log. A countdown shows the suit quickly losing air pressure, more breach alerts appear for the glove areas, and then the log ceases at what they assume was the death of the wearer.

Dr. Haart proceeds with the autopsy during this. She determines the likely cause of death to be asphyxiation as the body has lungs filled primarily with hydrogen, and there are no other wounds on the body that would have led to death. Pattern matching on the face of the corpse has an 87% chance of matching a civilian engineer from the first expedition named Miguel Hernandez. Viktor arrives in the lab later (to avoid rousing suspicions) and has a brief conversation about the corpse with Dr. Haart. She lets on in whispers that their was some conflicts with the first expedition which led to some people abandoning their posts and going missing. Viktor decides to research personnel files and other documents further.

Bubbles leaves the laboratory to go get some food with Lafeyette accompanying him.

--FAVORS--

Viktor - Level 3 w/G-rep on 4/13/10 AF (returns 4/20/10 AF) to get a black market scan for infection, Level 3 w/I-Rep on 4/13/10 AF (returns 4/20/10 AF) to get info on Jovian personnel, Level 4 w/@-rep to get High Gravity Adaptation (returns 5/13/10 AF)
Bubbles - Level 2, 3 w/@-rep on 4/13/10 AF (returns 4/20/10 AF and 4/21/10 AF) to sell stuff, Level 4 w/@-rep on 4/13/10 AF (returns 5/13/10 AF) to score a Gravy blueprint
Lafeyette - Level 4 w/C-rep on 4/13/10 AF (returns 5/13/10 AF)
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Log #21 - Mission II - Chapter 1 & 2 - April 1st, 2014
04/17/10 AF

Before the gathered crowd the Commander Officer of the Jovians gives a speech explaining their mission here. They are all tasked with being the 2nd group of Jovians to lower themselves down to investigate a TITAN facility that was discovered hovering in Jupiter atmosphere. To maintain base morale the Jovian Navy decided it would work out best to rotate groups on and off of the facility due to the stressful alien environment. She goes on to explain that the way down is rather hazardous for traditional shuttles and other vessels, and instead they have to use a large elevator suspended on a tether cable between the facility and the aerostat Jovonavich.

Gas miners originally discovered the facility on accident and were quick to cover it up and report it directly to the Republic Navy. The Navy quickly set up a blanket of total secrecy and security surrounding the base to keep other groups from finding it and trying to exploit it. With the first mission complete they have a better idea of what to expect down below so the personnel for this mission are more focused and specialized in other areas. In very general terms they believe the facility is used as a very large scale fabrication plant, and was originally created by the TITANs. It appears to be utterly dormant now and there is ample evidence of work being done on the inside that was abruptly stopped and left incomplete.

No living beings have been discovered (alien or human in nature) and they haven't found any signs of previous explorers such as footprints/trash or other debris. For security reasons communications back to the Jovonavich are done through a hard wire that runs through the elevator tether. In cases of extreme emergency there are some neutrino communications devices on the base, but they avoid long distance wireless communication to avoid detection. She forwards a data packet of information to everyone on the crew that contains reams of information about current findings on the base, safety procedures and many warnings of things and places to avoid. Given the large size of the facility (over 10km across) there are large areas still unmapped or explored but extreme caution is advised when moving to unknown areas due to the hazardous and random nature of the base layout.

The information packets contain descriptions of the base exterior, interior, the dome buildings and hallways that connect them, and specifically named landmarks inside of the facility. The inner atmophere is largely composed of hydrogen so exploration will require spacesuits at all times. Their base camp consists of blown up bubble habitats in an "eastern" dome section of the base. Viktor's document includes some additional information concerning psychological stresses that team members will likely be facing and some of the countermeasures (drugs and other things) available to him and the other doctors on staff. Bubbles' packet has a more detailed explanation of the many hazards to be found in the base (high gravity, high interior temperature, electromagnetic interference and concentrations, holes in the habitat that can lead to falls, etc) as he will be expected to navigate these to help the team map them out.

After the speech the CO retires to look out one of the windows on the Jovonavich overlooking where the space elevator will climb. It arrives shortly afterwards (coated in sheets of ice) and slowly docks with the aerostat. The current crew makes space for the other team to disembark from the elevator and head up into the aerostat. They all look very tired, dirty and worn out from their long stint on the base. With the elevator unloaded the new team moves all of their gear on board and straps themselves in to seats along the edge of the elevator. The trip down is a bit harrowing with hurricane force winds buffeting the elevator and occasional lightning strikes. They make it down to the base in one piece though and dock at the man made entrance that the original crew had to open up with explosives.

The first day of the expedition is spent moving all of their gear into "Home Dome" and setting up their new bubble habs. These are all distributed at the edge of "Home Dome" to minimize risk of falls through the floor mesh as the only real dangers of this in this medium sized dome are right in the center. Bubbles and Lafeyette start to discuss plans of attempting to interface with the facility directly by finding some isolated areas in the base, or by creating them with distractions or false warnings. Lafeyette has a lot of interest in TITAN technology and he knows it will be a race between him and the other likely TITAN focused scientists on the mission to see who can fully communicate first. Viktor is tasked with smoozing among the crew to get them to trust him, and to perhaps start to get in the good graces of the other officers. He begins to plan out ways of increasing the mental stresses of the crew by instigating cabin fever or stir crazyness in case they need to cause trouble to get the Jovians to abandon the facility entirely.

--HOUSE RULE--
Synthmorphs start with a baseline 2G for their high gravity tolerance.

--FAVORS--

Viktor - Level 3 w/G-rep on 4/13/10 AF (returns 4/20/10 AF) to get a black market scan for infection, Level 3 w/I-Rep on 4/13/10 AF (returns 4/20/10 AF) to get info on Jovian personnel, Level 4 w/@-rep to get High Gravity Adaptation (returns 5/13/10 AF)
Bubbles - Level 2, 3 w/@-rep on 4/13/10 AF (returns 4/20/10 AF and 4/21/10 AF) to sell stuff, Level 4 w/@-rep on 4/13/10 AF (returns 5/13/10 AF) to score a Gravy blueprint
Lafeyette - Level 4 w/C-rep on 4/13/10 AF (returns 5/13/10 AF)
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Log #20 - Mission II - Chapter 1 - March 11th, 2014
04/15/10 AF

The team boards onto a ship and arrives on 04/16/10 AF at the aerostat in Jupiter atmosphere (named the Jovonavich). Lafeyette's false transfer documents from the random high up committee works easily and there are no questions when they dock. Rasputin's rank is Captain and John is a Tech. Sergeant.

The guys meet with a private who brings them to their quarters first, a small bunk bedded room, and then on to meet the officers. At the officer's lounge they recognize one of the Lieutenants they investigated, Vegard, who is sitting at a table talking to a civilian. Viktor quickly approaches him, slaps him on the back, and plants a subliminal suggestion in his mind.

Subliminal = It's me Romanov, we haven't seen each other in 3 years when I drank you under the table, good times!

The subliminal message went over well (amazing success) with Vegard and he accepts having met Romanov years ago. He introduces them around to several other high level officers, including the lead scientist, a high level bureaucrat, some other scientists, and the command officer of the mission; and then they go on their way. Laf uses some spare time and hacks the research computers, but only finds some scrubbed data. Everyone goes to sleep and they get up the next day.

04/17/10 AF

The team presents at morning muster with the rest of the military and the commander officer, Jo, begins to give a detailed speech concerning the real mission.

--HOUSE RULE--
Synthmorphs start with a baseline 2G for their high gravity tolerance.

--FAVORS--

Viktor - Level 3 w/G-rep on 4/13/10 AF (returns 4/20/10 AF) to get a black market scan for infection, Level 3 w/I-Rep on 4/13/10 AF (returns 4/20/10 AF) to get info on Jovian personnel, Level 4 w/@-rep to get High Gravity Adaptation (returns 5/13/10 AF)
Bubbles - Level 2, 3 w/@-rep on 4/13/10 AF (returns 4/20/10 AF and 4/21/10 AF) to sell stuff, Level 4 w/@-rep on 4/13/10 AF (returns 5/13/10 AF) to score a Gravy blueprint
Lafeyette - Level 4 w/C-rep on 4/13/10 AF (returns 5/13/10 AF)
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Log #19 - Mission II - Chapter 1 - March 4th, 2014
04/13/10 AF

Bubbles asks around a bit and is able to nab a second-hand bouncer morph that has a strange weakness (Zero-G Nausea) that makes it less desirable for it's normal uses, but perfectly fine for this mission. His cover story is going to be military drone operator (of Lafeyette). Lafeyette will be a sensor suite drone and a sample taking mechanism for dangerous situations. Viktor will be a psychoanalyst specializing in high tension military deployments.

Viktor calls in a favor (@-rep) to score High Gravity Adapation implant for himself (24 hours + 40% extra time = 33.6 hours for the favor, and then 12 hours surgery/recovery time). He gets stuck in a healing vat for a while.

Lafeyette does some online research and finds a really juicy Jovian recruitment portal used by less technically savvy members of their HR departments. Determines that the source site is encrypted, and decides to start sniffing for Admin level users, and finds one logging in from offsite. He hacks into there directly, and amazingly went in at Hidden status (amazing rolls). Programmed a Backdoor to give him direct access to the recruitment portal at will as an Administrator. Plans to take any IDs they get (fake or real) and insert them directly into the database using the admin account later. (1:15 passes for this)

Lafeyette uses a c-rep favor, with 60% extra time taken, 38.4 hours to look for a single Fake ID.
Success was so good it only took 24 hours
Lafeyette uses a g-rep favor, with 60% extra time taken, 38.4 hours to look for a single Fake ID
Success was so good it only took 21.6 hours

Fake ID for Bubbles = John Goodall
Before the war he was a safari leader in the congo
Fake ID for Viktor = Rasputin Romanov
St. Petersburg trained psychoanalyst

Items to leave behind:
Bubbles: Nanobandage, Fabber

Lafeyette does some research to determine what to put into the fake backgrounds for Viktor and Bubbles.
Bubbles = hostile research protector operator guy
Viktor = military attache psychoanalyst who specializes in helping groups survive in high stress environments and not kill each other
Laf's naiveté leads him to think that using Fruedian psychology and sexual deviancy to help a unit bond better is a good thing to put into Viktor's background.

Lafeyette drops the IDs into the Jovian database.

Bubbles spends a favor (G-rep rank 4), and after 36 hours and is able to score a Blueprint for the Gravy drug (albeit DRM ridden).

Viktor discusses with Lafeyette that he is going to need some sort of background or angle to go at a member of the military to jedi mind trick them into thinking that they know each other. Lafeyette does some research into both of the Lieutenants on the mission as possible targets for Viktor to push suggestions on.

Lafeyette in his downtime wants to work on a blueprint for a new strain of Petals to allow people to network together mentally and enter a euphoric state. In the backend of the Petal he wants to have the Petal do brainscans on all involved and download the contents to a shadow database.
(33.6 days in the background base Task time)
(Success = 16.8 days)

04/15/10 AF (max of 5 days left until the Jovian team leaves)

--FAVORS--

Viktor - Level 3 w/G-rep on 4/13/10 AF (returns 4/20/10 AF) to get a black market scan for infection, Level 3 w/I-Rep on 4/13/10 AF (returns 4/20/10 AF) to get info on Jovian personnel, Level 4 w/@-rep to get High Gravity Adaptation (returns 5/13/10 AF)
Bubbles - Level 2, 3 w/@-rep on 4/13/10 AF (returns 4/20/10 AF and 4/21/10 AF) to sell stuff, Level 4 w/@-rep on 4/13/10 AF (returns 5/13/10 AF) to score a Gravy blueprint
Lafeyette - Level 4 w/C-rep on 4/13/10 AF (returns 5/13/10 AF)

--GEAR--

Viktor - High Gravity Adaptation implant
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