30th Jul 2022, 2:54 AM



Red and yellow ports detected.

Momentum remains consistent.

Altering choir trajectory . . .

"Have you had an opportunity to check the sensors yet?" Her voice crackles through the phone. She's nervous, or the weather is affecting the signal strength. Or? No. Certainly both.

ERROR: Destination identification error.

Re-calibrating . . .

"I'm staring at them as we speak," you reply.

"Five lilin sensors were overloaded, the rest are untouched. You were right-- it must have been a concentrated blast."

"Now, when you say overloaded..."

"Fried," you state bluntly. "Five dead sensors. I doubt the damage is irreparable but it IS undoubtedly damage. Resetting the system may restore partial functionality to a few of them, but that'll take time. To really put this into perspective, we didn't design any shortcuts for a system reset. No one imagined a scenario where we'd need one. This is, as the parlance goes, a big deal."

Her voice sizzles louder, warping, distorting on its way through the speaker. You really doubt it's just the cell service going down. "Any chance it was a fluke?," she inquires. "An ionizing particle that scattered off the falling snow, mayhaps, orrr..."

"Oh, my sweet, innocent mayor ♥ if only all municipal government officials could be filled with so much hope. No, though, not a chance in hell. Those sensors were tested for up to 50 gigalilins. Unless ghosts have begun to spontaneously combust, a burst of lilins that size would take a tremendous amount of..." You pause. It's rare that you struggle for a word. Now you're getting nervous about this. "...Something. Something we haven't seen before."

"...Would it be possible to triangulate the source based on the position of the burned out sensors?," she asks. It's a good suggestion. Shame about the answer.

"No. Not with any real accuracy," you tell her. You've actually been going over the layout of that area in your head this entire time- but the burst was too large, and the sensors affected were too few to pin down a precise epicenter with. You don't know how far past each sensor the lilin wave extended, either. "We didn't position them with something like this in mind. It may have originated from one of MondolGroup's hideaways, or it could have come from the library. ...It may be prudent to remove yourself from the area."

"If it IS something Mondol is working on," she responds without pause, "then I'd much rather discover it in the testing phase, and not when they decide to march the finished product into my office."


you accept that she has a point. "How ♪are♪ things going on your end?"

"Uneventfully, I must say. I spotted one of those automated buses acting erratically, but I suspect it's just a side effect of the explosion- the EMF shell on all those lilins sparking a malfunction in the navigation systems or some such, I'm not quite sure. The snow is making it increasingly difficult to see, and the shifting barometric pressure is hindering my other senses. ...Perhaps you've the right of it," she finally concedes. "I shall start heading back soon if I find nothing else worth investigating."

"Call me back if you DO find something," you insist. "I'm ♪quite sure♪ I'll be here when you return."

"Of course." You can tell from her tone that she's smiling.

You can also tell from how badly she's cutting out that she's really sweating this one.


Not literally sweating.

You hang up the phone, and rise to your feet.

Your name is largely contextual.

Your age is up for debate. You are not a secretary.

You take a long look at the screen.

Second thoughts.

You can't triangulate anything by the initial event, but it wouldn't be impossible for an explosion of well over 50 gigalilins to leave some traces behind. If you can get the dead sensors to reset before that lingering fades, you may be able to get a clearer picture of where the whole thing started.

Or: Little Miss Mayor's strained optimism is rubbing off on you. You're speculating based on nothing of substance. Resetting the sensors would take time and require your attention at regular intervals. It's likely there's already a cavalcade of local yokels lining up at your empty desk, eager to complain that it's snowing. Returning to your ""job"" may be the wiser choice for avoiding overall suspicion and, more importantly, cutting down on the sheer volume of good ol' fashioned mountainfolk pissin' and moanin' you'll no doubt be subjected to once you return to your post.


You would hate to miss the chance to figure out this lilin burst situation. You would also hate to return to a freshly burned down mayor's office. You are not going to rush up and downstairs in a desperate bid to manage both like some sitcom dual-identity dating scenario.

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30th Jul 2022, 3:20 AM
No, it did not mean "nearest" in the spacial sense (as funny as that could have been)
30th Jul 2022, 10:29 AM
The Beardman
Big Bob's House O' Donut Delightz will forever live in our hearts
30th Jul 2022, 11:44 AM
<3 <3
30th Jul 2022, 12:16 PM
We may never learn his forbidden bagel recipe now 😔
30th Jul 2022, 3:40 AM
Screw the yokels, let’s get triangulatin’!
30th Jul 2022, 5:27 AM
The Beardman
-1 - it's a long shot, better get upstairs to minimise suspicion
3rd Aug 2022, 6:38 PM
+1, we can overhear the opinions of random Ninelivers any time, but who knows when the next time we can figure out what's going on here will be?
30th Jul 2022, 3:48 AM
The Beardman
I'm kind of cautious about how much of this comment section is going to be communicated through bleedthrough and general vibes, but the plot has thickened into a gosh darned brick
30th Jul 2022, 4:15 PM
Gingerbread Conductor
I'm curious about whether we'll be spotted. And if this would have happened regardless of where Haunt Butterfly sent us.
30th Jul 2022, 3:54 AM
[Manifesting my will to stop this from being broadcast]

Honestly, Y'all, I say we stay as quiet as humanly possible. We *do not* want them to become aware of us/more aware of us than they already are. Plus, it would be interesting to see how someone would handle having... us around, but getting nothing but silence. Would they be able to tell?

(Also, I would avoid using any sensitive terms, as well. No names, no key words, no locations.)

[Edit: Also, little bit of Meta talk, anyone who's not in the Discord should join it so we have a safe place to coordinate, in the event this happens again. o3o (No broadcast, no broadcast, no broadcast)]
30th Jul 2022, 3:57 AM
+1 (as quietly and unnoticeable as possible) to this, radio silence and carefully observation
30th Jul 2022, 4:21 AM
+1 to staying quiet. She should just behave as she usually does. Even if she is not trying to trap the choir, her noticing abnormalities still could lead us to being discovered and losing the opportunity to spy on her later
30th Jul 2022, 4:36 AM
[I'm actually going to, like, actively try to muffle the link, here. It wouldn't do much good if the majority vote was "quiet" and something slipped through anyway.]
30th Jul 2022, 5:29 AM
30th Jul 2022, 6:58 AM
I think refusing to speak at this scale is probably going to be noticable. We may end up communicating pure inertia and giving ourselves away.

We need to suggest things that they would normally do.
30th Jul 2022, 10:55 AM
Lilith Rose
30th Jul 2022, 4:41 AM
I say we channel strong relaxation vibes and give Tempy a "hunch" that Mondol had nothing to do with the Big Whammy, so it's nothing to put much effort into. (And the best part is, it's 100% true!) No, it'd be much more productive (i.e. hilarious) to deal with all the local yokels.
30th Jul 2022, 5:28 AM
The Beardman
-1 - we don't *know* it wasn't Mondol, and this is no time to relax - there's work to do!

Tedious work listening to complaints, true, but still
2nd Aug 2022, 3:14 AM
We do.
It was us and Plaire mega-serenity whammy-ing the ghost in the library
30th Jul 2022, 6:13 AM
-1 to channeling/giving things.
30th Jul 2022, 5:08 PM
-1 to all of that. A ‘hunch’ that Mondol wasn’t behind it would be a greater cause of concern than believing it was Mondol, and discovering later that it was only something else. And anyways, that many gigalilins would be a cause of concern whether it was Mondol behind it or not.
30th Jul 2022, 5:26 AM
The Beardman
- Sigh deeply. This is going to take *forever* to fix
- Quick diagnostic check, see if we can pinpoint the exact time of the Event. It might be useful later.
- Better go help the townspeople, we need to keep up appearances.
- Shouldn't take too much mental bandwidth, it might be good to mentally review possible future pain points to watch out for as well as how problems were avoided in the past. May yield some insights.
30th Jul 2022, 6:13 AM
+1, very good
30th Jul 2022, 7:02 AM
30th Jul 2022, 9:15 AM
This gets the +1 from me.
30th Jul 2022, 10:57 AM
Lilith Rose
Also add...
- reminisce about what lead to this point
30th Jul 2022, 11:09 AM
+1, including reminisce.
30th Jul 2022, 12:17 PM
+1, including reminiscance.
30th Jul 2022, 1:20 PM
30th Jul 2022, 3:02 PM
+1, and do so while reminiscing loudly about the life choices that lead to this particular "career" path.
31st Jul 2022, 8:10 AM
30th Jul 2022, 6:26 AM
Put up a "closed due to incliment weather" sign and lock the doors, showing the locals you are as mad about the snow as them without having to actually talk to them, and get back down there.
30th Jul 2022, 8:27 AM
+1. If this half-hour bounce is meant to level the playing field and give us some kind of edge then we're way more likely to learn something useful watching Temperance interacting with the technology than we are talking to locals.
30th Jul 2022, 9:11 AM
+1 to Xaralyth.
30th Jul 2022, 8:04 AM
I agree with not effecting her story too much, but she does have a choice she is having trouble with and we are quite capable of helping with choices. I say keeping up appearances for the locals is smart. And if you alleviate concerns now that could give you time to fix things later without being interrupted.
[On a different note for the rest of us: I think *we* may be the source of the surge, or that we took advantage of it to transfer]
30th Jul 2022, 9:11 AM
Hypothesis: Sealing the library's wound caused the surge.
30th Jul 2022, 8:14 AM
What are the real concerns in the town? What if the complaining locals are distracting from them?
30th Jul 2022, 8:57 AM
I think local politics will hold off on the torches and pickforks for a couple hours... probably. Isn't there a police security force to handle things like that?

(I want to see more of this operation)
30th Jul 2022, 11:22 AM
Check pockets.
30th Jul 2022, 11:45 AM
+1 to Inventory Mode, Go!
30th Jul 2022, 12:57 PM
The Beardman
30th Jul 2022, 2:46 PM
30th Jul 2022, 5:52 PM
30th Jul 2022, 12:15 PM

(minor BiM spoilers) Is that Liz with dyed hair? The sprites look really similar, especially height, and her rumored physical capabilities would fit with Mine's reconstruction job. Both are sort of secretaries. The fleshy bits of the room also could follow easily from some of the research that Finch and Fuse and the cultist dude who I've forgotten the name of were doing. Am I completely crazy or am I on to something?
30th Jul 2022, 1:50 PM
You know... side-by-side... I think you might be right? Their sprites are *eerily* similar. That said, Temperance's demeanor is waaayyyyy off from that of Liz.
30th Jul 2022, 7:15 PM
We know that Thale was growing *other* secretaries like Liz. Perhaps she's another one of them?
1st Aug 2022, 2:30 PM
Liz-sis! :o
30th Jul 2022, 1:19 PM
I wonder if it would be possible to figure out where the lilin sensors are positioned. When we get back to Plaire, we could see if Marlow has any idea what Temperance and Rill are talking about.
30th Jul 2022, 3:02 PM
I dunno about the whole stealth thing.
It's almost guaranteed that Plaire's library antics are linked to this current situation... and we can provide helpful info that can bump our (Choir) standing with the Mayor, which would transfer to our future host(s) when we eventually BOUNCE back.

I'd be all for it if we hit Mondol stuff, but these guys' only problem with Plaire so far is the information wall. We can show goodwill first and help with that situation later as reward.
Plus I'm almost sure Temperance didn't detect us yet only due to being focused on this critical event. I'm slightly surprised she's not well protected against noospheric connections, considering what she probably knows.

Anyway, from what I see so far...
- we help her with our clues to keep her focused on the crisis and away from us (which may not work, but hey we helped a bit). I'd go for that myself.
- we explicitely get her attention and start negotiating our info for whatever help she can grant Plaire (which may also not work, but hey no bad feelings).
- we try to guess what her usual routine could be and push towards that, which will definitely blow up in our collective faces at a very inconvenient later point (not good but not technically bad per se)...
- <del>we spy on her stuff all creepy-like, and</del> yeah no sorry I won't even consider that one, seriously. Count me out of that route.
30th Jul 2022, 5:24 PM
I don’t think building goodwill will transfer well to Plaire at all. And it can possibly backfire if we’re meddling too hard in her direction, and upsets the mayor or the assistant. If Mrs. Largely Contextual figures anything out, then great, but we shouldn’t point her towards that ourselves. And making ourselves obvious would only backfire more drastically if it doesn’t work.
The best course of action to let things play out would be the third one you offered. We don’t need to guess her usual routine itself; after all, this seems to be an emergency situation, and acting normally would be weird and unusual. Rather, we should just stick to our usual routine and keep mum about anything we know otherwise. This is basically chapter one all over again; we don’t need to force things, and we don’t need to try and manipulate anyone’s feelings. We just chill, and offer our usual opinions and suggestions. We’re reasonable most of the time, and if Mrs. Contextual decides to do something else we didn’t suggest then that’s fine. Let things ride, and have a light touch overall.
30th Jul 2022, 6:04 PM
I can get behind that reasoning.
The last thing I want is our presence here and now adding extra problems for Plaire with the Mayor down the line.
30th Jul 2022, 11:09 PM
A meat covered room?
30th Jul 2022, 11:44 PM

31st Jul 2022, 6:30 PM
Red and Yellow ports connect, then there's a visual with Red and Yellow conduits immediately present. Also, a similar Orange conduit...

Well, not actionable at the moment. I'll keep a mental note.

If Parsons is out, then she probably headed out to investigate something prior to the lilin explosion. That, which I expect was the ghost bomb, was not long ago; Parsons either deploys hella fast, or she was already scoping out something on the north side.

You already know which it is, Temperance, but consider Reflecting on that point.

Now, Get Those Lilin Sensors Rebooted. I'm surprised you're even considering any other course of action. How many things do you know of that can generate a spike of fifty gigalilins? I'm guessing not many, seeing as, and I quote, "No one imagined a scenario where we'd need [a fast system reset]. This is, as the parlance goes, a big deal."

The subset of fifty gigalilin phenomena that are also innocuous enough to be safe to ignore is not going to be a big set.

The mayor can shove her optimism where the sun don't shine, and the locals can torch the mundane office space for all you care. You know this is major; you need to make a priority of it.
31st Jul 2022, 6:35 PM
That post is mine. My cookies were thrown off by recent changes in my setup.
1st Aug 2022, 3:32 AM
To further your mental note, we also know of vast expanses of Red and Yellow right now. Might be related as well.
1st Aug 2022, 2:33 PM
Ohhh, so if it equates to The Red... then perhaps another way to describe the Xanthous/Alcazar/etc. space as a whole would be The Yellow?
1st Aug 2022, 8:43 PM
Golden Astronaut
Someone in the discord basically said the red is the body and the yellow is the mind.
So yes.
1st Aug 2022, 8:03 PM
Okay let's be on ghost mode for here. Our time is limited and we do Not want to tip off that we're riding piggyback through her head right now. With the level of WTF she's involved in it may be incredibly easy for her to damage us in a permanent manner. that being said, this was Definitely the right choice as long as can be quiet about it so Much learned and To learn, like yay for weather.
2nd Aug 2022, 3:18 AM
Take a breath before you make a decision, look around - is anything else malfunctioning?
3rd Aug 2022, 1:00 AM
A sense of ^&$#(!* gives you pause. The fact that you're not even sure what the sense is just balloons the idea that something is off. The impulse to re-evaluate the past few minutes tugs at your mind.
3rd Aug 2022, 5:48 AM
4th Aug 2022, 4:02 PM
Hello Ms. Contextual! May we call you Largely? (Well SOMEONE had to do it)
4th Aug 2022, 4:07 PM
I wish I could thumbs-up this post.
5th Aug 2022, 7:39 AM
+mild chuckle
5th Aug 2022, 9:36 AM
The Beardman