[Lesson 31]

Mar. 3rd, 2009 09:53 pm
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[screened to Edward Elric and Pharaun Mizzrym//unhackable]

Hypothetical question. Something bad's coming, we all know that. It's probably the Entropi coming to destroy us and the world and all of everything, and everybody's in a tizzy getting ready to fight them. ...Question is this. If you had a possible means of escaping back to where you belong, and maybe everybody else who wants to go as well, would you? Even knowing you might be weakening the efforts of those who choose to stay, and endangering all that they're working for? Or would you, also, choose to stay and fight?

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[Screened to Faye//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-04 01:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] berranyrmizzrym.livejournal.com
Any sensible person would jump at the chance.

Then again, I never claimed to be sensible. In any case I'm rather attached to my home, and I'd just as soon see that the Entropi didn't have a chance to do to it what they'd done to this world.

[Screened to Pharaun//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-04 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-bounty.livejournal.com
You think the best chance to stop the Entropi is here, with just a handful of us, instead of, say, warning our home worlds of the danger? Perhaps allowing them to be ready and waiting before the Entropi get there?

[Screened to Faye//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-04 07:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] berranyrmizzrym.livejournal.com
You're forgetting one crucial detail, Mistress Faye:

How likely are the people on your home world to believe that they're in danger from life-draining balls of light from an alternate universe?

[Screened to Pharaun//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-05 04:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-bounty.livejournal.com
...Yeah, I know. They'd call us crazy and go back to their lives. I mean, I'm no one important, why would anyone listen to me?

I guess I just... I can't believe we're the best they've got. This is their plan to save the world? Their plan sucks!

...But I guess I'm just projecting my own feelings of uselessness. I can't do anything except sit and wait for them to come and kill me... I'm not doing any good here! You at least can help fight back.

Well, the point is moot anyway. It's much to late for clever escape plans.

...You ever talk to Gaz about sending your energy-draining spell through a barrier?

[Screened to Faye//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-05 04:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] berranyrmizzrym.livejournal.com
You don't think some of our friends with more psychoses than sense might try something while we're busy with the Entropi? Never mind that you're the only one who actually bothered to try digging out in the first place.

Things have been coming up; we never did get the opportunity to try.

[Screened to Pharaun//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-05 04:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-bounty.livejournal.com
...Only one that we know of, anyway... but I'd like to think I'm special~. ...But if the Entropi attack is anything like that hallucination the Keepers gave us... I doubt even the psychos are going to want to break cover.

Hmm. ...Well, we're running out of time.

[Screened to Faye//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-05 01:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] berranyrmizzrym.livejournal.com
The problem there is that you're considering them from the viewpoint of someone at least moderately sane.

I know, I know. If we're actually going to be attacked by more than one this time, though, it might be more expedient not to bother - take out more of them that way.

[Screened to Pharaun//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-05 04:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-bounty.livejournal.com
Well, let them get themselves killed, then. Not our problem, is it?

Good point, we never really figured out how to make that work for more than one at a time, did we? ...Out of curiosity, have you got a plan, or any ideas even, for how to defeat them?

[Screened to Faye//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-06 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] berranyrmizzrym.livejournal.com
That's where the people who can't fight the Entropi directly come in - those of us who can are going to be busy with them, aren't we?

None that are likely to survive contact with the enemy beyond "throw all the negative energy I can at them," I'm afraid.

[Screened to Pharaun//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-06 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-bounty.livejournal.com
I suppose. ...You seem so convinced they're going to be causing trouble, and that there's any trouble to cause.

How deeply reassuring. ...Well. Good luck. ...That's pretty much all I've got to contribute, so you're welcome to it.

[Screened to Faye//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-06 10:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] berranyrmizzrym.livejournal.com
It helps to expect the worst - makes life more of a series of pleasant surprises.

Plans are for people who can't deal with chaos, and can count on their enemies to do exactly what they expect. But thank you.

[Screened to Pharaun//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-09 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-bounty.livejournal.com
...That is the most optimistic take on pessimism I've ever heard of~.

Heh. I was never much of one for making plans before I got here. Reactive, not proactive, you know? Plotting all the time I feel like a fish out of water. ...I guess... sitting here staring at a wall, the wall's not doing anything I can react to, and staring gets old real fast. Puzzling out how to get past the wall becomes all that's left.

[Screened to Faye//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-09 10:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] berranyrmizzrym.livejournal.com
I suppose we simply have different outlooks.

Of course. I suppose that accounts for the fact that I never could beat Master Argith at sava...

[Screened to Pharaun//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-10 06:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-bounty.livejournal.com
No, actually I agree with you. It just occurred to me as funny, just then. ...My head's in a weird place right now.

[Screened to Faye//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-10 12:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] berranyrmizzrym.livejournal.com
I'm not surprised. That sort of thing can happen in situations like this.

[Screened to Pharaun//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-10 12:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-bounty.livejournal.com
...And I thought this place was driving me crazy before.

[Screened to Faye//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-04 04:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oneis-all-isone.livejournal.com
That's a hard one.

First impulse: Yes. No question. I want to go back to my brother more than anything. If I stayed here and died, I'd be breaking my promise to him.

But...The means are only "possible" and the chance for others to escape is just "maybe." It's a different situation, but Alphonse and I have already decided we wouldn't save ourselves at the expense of others. Al would forgive me if I stayed. I don't think he would if I left - not like that.

...I think I'd say, no. I'd stay.

[Screened to Ed//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-05 04:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-bounty.livejournal.com
...You're a good kid, Ed. ...Sorry. Man.

Re: [Screened to Faye//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-05 05:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oneis-all-isone.livejournal.com
Um...thanks. Sorry for what, though?

...Something wrong?

[Screened to Ed//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-06 06:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-bounty.livejournal.com
I was apologizing for calling you 'kid'. Last time I did that you complained. ...Anyway, I don't think it's accurate. You don't act like one.

Re: [Screened to Faye//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-06 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oneis-all-isone.livejournal.com
Oh yeah. Guess I need a list; I'm losing track of all the things I complain about. And thanks.

So what would your answer be? Equivalent exchange, you know.

[Screened to Ed//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-09 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-bounty.livejournal.com
Equivalent exchange...? ...I'm not sure the question really applies to me as stated. My presence here doesn't really effect the outcome of the battle.

Re: [Screened to Faye//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-09 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oneis-all-isone.livejournal.com
Eh, alchemy stuff. Equivalent exchange means to get something you have to give something of equal value. I was just thinking an answer for an answer, but it's all right.

I'm not sure I agree with your last sentence. Anyone of us could say the same thing seeing as we know so little about the Entropi's weaknesses.

[Screened to Ed//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-10 06:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-bounty.livejournal.com
Ah.

I know what worked last time, and what didn't work. People like Pharaun and Gaz, who can work with magic, they're the people that helped to bring down the Entropi that attacked the old compound. All I can do is fire a gun, and we know bullets don't hurt them. I'm a liability, not an asset. ...Not trying to throw a pity party here, just stating a fact.

Re: [Screened to Faye//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-11 12:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oneis-all-isone.livejournal.com
No, you're right. Not everyone will be able to help with the fighting. There are other things though.

Hmm. Bullet proof. That's not encouraging, is it? But we do know that they aren't unbeatable. I need to brush up more on that past attack, especially since I don't work with magic either.

[Screened to Ed//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-11 03:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-bounty.livejournal.com
"Other things". Right. Well, I could paint a target on myself and dance around....

Not so much "bullet proof" as "do not interact with matter in a normal way". ...Here, this is a pretty useful overview of what we know. It's not entirely up to date, but it's a good resource.

Re: [Screened to Faye//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-11 02:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oneis-all-isone.livejournal.com
...Yeeaah, there is always that. But I was thinking along the lines of making sure the other non-fighters have a safe place to go.

Awesome. That helps. And now that I know the Master Chief wrote it, maybe I'll go talk to him too. Thanks, Faye.

[Screened to Ed//Unhackable]

Date: 2009-03-11 02:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-bounty.livejournal.com
Well, okay, there is that. ...Heh. What can I say, I'm a God-damn hero.

Yeah, he seems like a pretty knowledgeable guy. I think he's been here a while. ...Sure thing, Ed.

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