Eclipse Phase: Devoted

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Eclipse Phase: Devoted

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Alrighty then, lets go again!

Fab, DP and FJ are signed up for this, but if anyone does want to join now is your last opportunity to do so for this adventure. Give me a shout if you do and I will take you through character generation (although they have vastly improved things since the original release so most of you would be just fine by yourself really.) Don't worry about being behind on XP, this isn't D&D, it really doesn't matter at all.

Its been just over a couple of weeks since you arrived back from the previous mission and were given the all clear from the clinic (on, in the case of Unlabelled, resleeved) and Firewall has left you all entirely alone to get on with your day to day lives in that time. Then, the Prof sends you all a message. To the casual observer it looks like a casual invitation to a small lecture on an obscure but dull topic, but you pick up the Firewall keywords he has used to give you the true message: He needs to meet you all for another mission, travel funding is limited but he can cover you egocasting yourself or a fork to Titan if you cannot get proper transport sorted for yourself. Once there either the whole thing can be done virtually in simulspace or, being Titan, you can use one of the publicly provided morphs. Of course, publicly provided morphs tend to be about as good as you would expect. Don't think you will get anything more snazzy than a basic case (shit synthmorph). You can always try and organise a better morph for yourself if you so wish.

So, your starter questions:

Do you even need transport (if you chose to hang out on Titan after the last mission you can get to the meeting on public transport easily)?
Are you going to try and organise your own transport?
Or are you going for Egocasting?
If you are Egocasting, do you want to fork?
If you are Egocasting, do you want to stay as an infomorph at the other end, sleeve into a public morph or get your own organised?
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I'm happy being an infomorph at the other end. God knows I've spent enough time as one.
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Dog Pants wrote:I'm happy being an infomorph at the other end. God knows I've spent enough time as one.
Full Egocast or Fork?

In case anyone is not sure what this is:

Full Egocast is uploading your ego (your current morph gets put into a secure storage for the duration) and sending yourself through. Its the full you that gets to the other end, with all your skills and knowledge intact.

Forking is taking a copy of your ego and sending that instead. The fork can be "pruned", removing knowledge and skills that are not required for the job at hand.

The advantage of the full egocast is obvious: its you that goes there so you are prepared for any situation (as much as you ever would be).

The advantage of Forking is twofold: Sending a copy means that the original you can carry on with their day to day life whilst the fork goes off for the boring meeting, but the fact you can prune a fork makes it less of a target. Crims like to kidnap people using egocasting, sometimes to steal useful information from their minds, sometimes to sell them into slavery, usually both. Pruning your fork makes it a less valuable target. If you don't need your bank details and the military secrets your ego knows for a small business meeting, prune them. Pruning your combat skills means your ego would be less likely to be sold for gladiatorial combat, and so on. If you just send a copy of your mind with the skills and information it needs for the job its doing it means it only has value to forknappers who want someone who can do the exact job you set it up for.

Forknapping isnt massively common, but it happens. The big scary for people in the EP world is of course that you might not even know it has happened: they can take a copy of your transmitted ego and let the original carry on as planned.
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Pretty sure I stayed put so I'm happy with public transport
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I'll go myself. It's not like it's a trivial meeting.
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Will attend in person, don't remember doing anything which would cause me to have left. Not sure if I've done and gotten the things I talked about doing and getting in the downtime, other than spending points. Did we get paid anything? If not I won't have gotten anything.
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FatherJack wrote:Did we get paid anything? If not I won't have gotten anything.
Nope. You don't tend to get paid in cash for Firewall stuff: partly because in the majority of the solar system rep is worth more than money anyway, and partly because firewall agents tend to be in it because they feel it is the right thing to do, or because it opens up opportunities for them. Its not really something you do for personal profit (most of the time).

Right, so Usagi (FJ) and Unlabelled (Fab) were on Titan anyway, so for them its just a matter of hopping on public transport to get to Prof Mings garden based meeting place. DCOM (Pants) needs to cast in from Locus (I think. Is that right Pants?), but being a synth thats a piece of cake. You go to the Egocasting company the Prof gives you the details of, they plug you in to their server, download your Ego and transmit it. The process takes a few hours to complete, but once on the other end you are an informorph floating about Titans mesh network. As you are not sleeving into a morph at the other end, there are no tests you need to make.

When you arrive (physically or virtually), the Prof invites you all to a simulspace environment for the meeting itself. The environment has been made to look like an amphitheatre built into the side of a Mediterranean cliff. The sky is locked in a permanent sunset and you can hear the distant crashing of waves and the call of seabirds. The Profs avatar is sat on one of the stone seats, and he gestures for you to join him.
Prof Ming wrote:Welcome, welcome! I have invited along a colleague of mine and fellow Firewall proxy named Pyrrhos to brief you. The situation involves an unpleasant bunch called the Nine Lives gang, and he is quite the expert on the subject. He will be here any moment, please take a seat.
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Yeah, I was in Locus. DCOM's avatar looks just on the male side of asexual, slightly oriental, and no more emotive than his synth shell.
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