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Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Reply #175 on: June 28, 2018, 05:09:02 AM »
"Not a person? Come on, even corporations are people nowadays when it suits them! Don't be so strict on yourself. What do we call you, by the way?" Skynet? Zuul?
Blue gave the best encouraging grin one could muster given the ... anonymous nature of their conversation, and Matos' blank face.
"Yeah, we can agree on a quid-pro-quo trade deal, we'll need some time to discuss with my associates once you forward the specifics, like the amount of compensation and the point of delivery. Also, as a matter of interest, how did you override Matos here? I might need to know for... reasons."
A slightly disconcerting grin this time.
Blue waved a hand in front of Joao's face. No lights on inside.
"And then we'll need a little privacy to discuss how to avoid getting f*cked over during delivery, that much you certainly understand? So, if you could shoo once you tell us all pertinent information? Thanks!"
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Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Reply #176 on: June 28, 2018, 09:05:58 AM »
For his part, Jerome let Blue do the talking.  He did not quite trust himself to speak, nor to let fully form the thoughts that he had. 

He quietly turned off his inbound wifi - the swarm of implants he used to communicate with his droids, gear and contacts were a large surface area for what Jerome presumed was either and AI or a cybertronian. His queries would be delayed, but that was better then being an open book during negotiations.

   
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Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Reply #177 on: June 30, 2018, 08:39:50 AM »
'You may still refer to me as Matos, this is all I am willing to divulge at this time,' Matos said. 'As for compensation, do you desire a national credit, physical compensation like precious metals, or something else? Point of delivery is fluid at this moment.' Matos blinks

'Why are you giving me heart hands?' Matos asks with his accent flooding back
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Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Reply #178 on: July 02, 2018, 04:39:16 AM »
"Heart hands because everyone needs love, even if they don't think they deserve it. Yes, even you!"
Blue hugged Matos, it was awkward as always.
Blue tried to fix it with an extra genki smile.
"Which reminds me, I need a little private time with Jerome and Arjan... for reasons. Don't worry, we'll let theThe Matos know what we've arrived at.

Blue almost dragged Jerome and the captain to the nearest reasonably private spot. "First of all, totally my bad for picking up Matos. He was less ... dominated by an entity of unknown nature and origin... the last time we worked together. Regardless - immediate crisis averted, what now? I'm all for selling and being done with it. Though the merchandise may be kinda hot, it's getting too hot for my tastes."
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Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Reply #179 on: July 03, 2018, 10:19:46 AM »
"Really depends on how much s**t that _thing_ will raise with those.  I really don't want to know, but we really need to. It may impact our personal survival - maybe it wants to bring about a machine revolution or something? Maybe something that gets this big chunk of real estate turned glassy by the wrong people. Imagine if the gloves came off from that thing." Jerome gestured upwards towards the 'Dragon'.

Could this get any more complicated? 

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Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Reply #180 on: July 04, 2018, 04:55:25 AM »
"And any ideas about how not to get f*cked over, Mr. Military Man? Or are we on our own? If we're flying solo, we might get a few mercs of our own to cover our behinds. They would think we're just selling a few high-value slaves, and don't have to know the exact sum we're getting. Let me click into MercNet. Aaaaand ... see? There are droves of muscled well-armed gentlemanly security contractors lining up for work. Look at those logos - all bulldogs, hell-hounds, eagles, lions, birds of prey aplenty, fists and swords and Spartan helmets, and the occasional aegis or shield. An aegis is much more classy than a shield, wouldn't you say? Here, take your pick!"
Blue shoved the wristcomp in front of Jerome's face.
"Unless our gracious amazon saviour has a better idea?"

"Also, I'll ask for an excessive payout, just to check whether they actually mean to pay. What is a fair price on an Austerhagen device these days anyway?"
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Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Reply #181 on: July 04, 2018, 02:01:11 PM »
"Not a clue to be frank. This was supposed to be a fairly simple contract. Now its a s**t show. Maybe we just let 'Matos' over there walk all by his lonesome with the entourage, and we sail off into the sunset. Except our prior employers are still going to be gunning for us."

So how to get out of this with his soul intact? Jerome pondered.  It would be easiest to simply make the delivery, hope that the bargain was adhered to, and then strike at 'Boss Ellington' to tie up the loose ends.

"I'm not entirely against the merc idea, apart from the fact there would be that many more people nearby to backstab us.   Yeah, lets ask for the moon first, and see if Matos can deliver _anything_ up front.  It seems to really want the cargo, lets get it to pony something up front.  Crypto cash in our 'working' accounts perhaps. Easy to confirm and hard for it to fake.  If it delivers, well, that advance cash can buy some of that retinue you would like. I might be able to replace ol Tom here too."



   
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Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Reply #182 on: July 04, 2018, 04:29:08 PM »
"Seems like we got a plan. Excelsior!"
Happy to see some resolve return to Jerone, in a rare bout of altruism Blue pondered how to lift the gloom that surrounded the soldier.
But until then, there was a plan to execute - and that's what Blue did.
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Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Reply #183 on: July 05, 2018, 09:46:48 AM »
Arjan took the notion of finding some backup agreeable and left the turbo tank in their possession and went to the Carlsbad tavern. She knew a few guys she could trust there, and if nothing else, things were getting dicey and she didn't want to be outnumbered by these contractors she was working with, especially the metal man with the alien voice in his head. This was the biggest reason she had zero cranial implants, this wasnt the first time she had seen a cyborg end up getting proxied by... something. Nothing good ever came of it. Inside the tavern she managed to find a few Jo-Boys she trusted.

Matos seemed distracted, and trying to get the proxy agent to talk to them was fruitless. His wrist computer however still seemed to be linked to whatever the agent was. The screen was a pleasant rose gold color, and alien symbols flickered across the screen. This wasn't machine language, Jerome could make out some machine language, enough to tell if an AISC was lying, or being glib, so long as he could see the code, but this... this was just godd**n strange.

Blue could see that there was a rhyme and reason behind the flickering symbols and patterns, and there was something unsettling about it.
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Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Reply #184 on: July 06, 2018, 01:58:28 PM »
Not likely and AI then, thought Jerome.  Something weirder than that.   He had his suspicions.

He brought his connections back online, checking to see if any of the agents he had started had found anything for him.

Meanwhile, he found the nearest arms bazaar and began gathering a little more gear, including another battered old Skelebot, ammunition, and a number of mid-grade drones.

As he made his way back to the tank, he received a notification. He did not recognize the sender...



 

   
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Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Reply #185 on: July 08, 2018, 04:49:24 PM »
Behind the usual sequence of proxies, Blue fooled around on MercNet a bit, to see who their new hires were.
Then, Blue gave a tentative ping to some of the fixers and info dealers to see what was going on in several corners of the world, including the SAUR.
Curious about the symbols, the neo-ethnic tried to recall where they may have been seen, and poked around on dark-web conspirator forums half for the laughs, and half for the grains of truth hidden in the chaos. Someone had to know something.
Finally, cursing the need to hide, Blue dressed up in a tent-like robe to hide as many distinctive traits as possible. The horns were hidden under a sizeable turban.
 
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Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Reply #186 on: August 11, 2018, 06:25:28 AM »
Jerome's caller was Arjan sending a message via proxy. She was brief, she had herded the preggobombs and their children droids out of her tank and stowed them away in a Federation drop pod near the Carlsbad cantina. The job was too hot, and she was done. Mataos was with them, still a bit on the disoriented side. She wished them luck.

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Blue had a much more interesting and exciting time. The marketplace was thriving, and it wasn't just basic merc business of guns, ammo, and contracts. This was more than just an armed camp, there were families and children. Half of the market was sundry goods, the other half was food. It came in a dazzling variety of colors, and much of it was discarded Federation stock, gene edited fruits and vegetables, meat that came from actual animals and wasn't grown in a tank, a vat, or some mad scientist's lab. Behind the screens and curtains there were other delights to be had, drugs, electronic pleasures, and the more primal indulgences of the flesh.

Sitting in a Cafe, surrounded by the buzz of people in a relatively good mood, with a cup of kava that was more strong than good, Blue was offered some hashish, by one of the cafe waitresses. She smiled, and shrugged, 'You are pretty, and not one of those goose stepping Amerikkanos, a gift,' she said sincerely.
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Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Reply #187 on: August 21, 2018, 09:38:09 AM »
"@!#$", thought Jerome.  Now what? He or blue would have to arrange fresh transport. Maybe he should just program the lot of em to take a nice walk out to the desert and blow themselves up out there.  Would certainly simplify things - then he'd just have his employers - new and old - out to kill him.

Well, the AI seemed to be willing to accept partial delivery.....

He sent a message..

"Blue. We lost our ride.  Any thoughts on another?"

And where the hell were they going when that had one...

@!#$.





   
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Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Reply #188 on: Yesterday at 05:30:02 PM »
"Oh, I do like being called pretty, how did you know?" Blue replied with sincere intensity. Perhaps overdoing it a little. "You appear yourself a gentle mirage, a rare blossom among dreary dust."
Blue toyed with the gifted drug. Did she also have a van with candy? Who knows? Girls and drugs and candy and vans. Blue would know what to do with this combination - but then Jerome's message popped up on the AR.
"Flirtatious furtive glances exchanged, my interest and gratitude gained, do you happen to have a place where I could make a discreet call, and you could discreetly tell me what you would have of me? If you happen to know someone who can jailbreak a bot, please tell also. And, a second, I'm listening but have to reply to a friend."

Blue quickly typed:
"We'll hire or buy a ride once we got the money. Also looking to do some custom programming. You able, or do I get a contractor?"
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