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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by Damascus on Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:42 pm

"I'm afraid that will have to wait until after the briefing. Ah..." It finally clicked for Lev. "That's right. You two were contemporaries, were you not? As I'm sure is obvious, she's not quite how you remember her. Nevertheless, I'm sure she'll be happy to see you."

He gestured for the Masters to go inside the room, then led Lazarus, Yui, and family another way.

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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by Kittenboxxing on Mon May 01, 2017 8:39 pm

Ciara bounced up to her mom parents, "Hey if you want, I can summon Astolfo. Oh or Medea! It would take some of the pressure off of the other servants and masters." she focused her attention on Lev, "Actually, If I could be honest I'm rather capable. But the last time Marisbury saw me I was like, ten." she giggled, pushing her glasses up onto her nose.

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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by fuyumin on Mon May 01, 2017 8:46 pm

Chiaki idly twisted the tips of her braids, voice softer than her sister's but just as earnest. "If you summon Astolfo, I can summon Medea. We're not too different in age from Ayaka onee-san when she received her Commands, and just as gifted. Besides," she smiled lightly, "it would be nice to see both of them again."

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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by Damascus on Mon May 01, 2017 8:55 pm

Lev chuckled a little. "Yes, that's true. The former Chief recommended only the people he knew from experience were capable Masters. Now all the positions are taken, unfortunately. Of course, there's still no harm in summoning a few more Servants for companionship. Perhaps you can even switch them out with the active Servants periodically."

"We've also put in a system that will store the memories of the Servants you summon. That way, if one falls in battle, you can give them back their memories upon re-summon. We've also designed sets of Command Spells that will regenerate by one per day. Anyway, as we're almost here, I'll let Miss DaVinci explain the rest to you."

Lev had led them closer to the center of the complex, to the control rooms. He gestured them into a room, then left them. The room was filled with control panels and holographic screens. Waiting form then near the huge bay windows on the other side of the room was a Servant.



The windows overlooked the central room of the complex. In the middle of the room floated a huge glowing orb surrounded in metal bands, which rotated slowly around it.



The Servant smiled. "Hello, hello!" She hopped over toward them and bowed graciously. "It's so good to meet you! My name is Leonardo, but you can just call me daVinci!"

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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by Kittenboxxing on Mon May 01, 2017 8:59 pm

"How lovely to meet you! My goodness!" Lazarus eagerly shook her hand. "I'm sure my friend Phillipus will be extremely excited to see you!" He gestured to everyone else in the room, introducing them one by one. Chiara managed a firm handshake but couldn't help but gush about how pretty Leo was.

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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by fuyumin on Mon May 01, 2017 9:02 pm

Chiaki's own enthusiasm bubbled up, leaving da Vinci in the middle of a Quinlan Compliment Sandwich. Their eyes were positively starry with admiration.

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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by Damascus on Mon May 01, 2017 9:07 pm

da Vinci blushed and held a hand to her cheek. "Oh my, oh my, you flatter me! You are such sweethearts!" She smiled and pinched their cheeks.

"So!" She clapped her hands. "I will try to fill you in on whatever details Professor Lev left out. Come here to the window!"

She beckoned them over to get a better look at the orb in the central room, which, now that they saw it better, had what looked like continents and oceans on it just like Earth.

"This! Is our prize jewel. The Global Environmental Model, CHALDEAS. It's a perfect miniature replica of Planet Earth. It taps into the planet's very soul, and when combined with the data harvested from LAPLACE, allows us to gaze into past, present, and future eras of Earth. This is what allows Chaldea to safeguard humanity's future. And, unfortunately, what warned us that civilization was soon coming to an end."

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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by Kittenboxxing on Mon May 01, 2017 9:09 pm

As Chiara ooed and ahhhed Lazarus asked, "What exactly is it that will be bringing the world to an end?"

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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by Damascus on Mon May 01, 2017 9:19 pm

"That is the mystery we are currently trying to solve. Now, since CHALDEAS takes the form of a miniature Earth, we can really only observe it from far away. Like a satellite in orbit. The sure-fire way to tell that humanity is thriving is... the lights."

She pointed out the light on the planet's surface marking Earth's cities and population centers.

"As long as the lights are on, cities are thriving, and humanity is prospering. Up until recently, we could observe the existence of civilization for the next hundred years at least. Then, it suddenly changed."

"July of 2016. Poof. All the lights go out. Curious, isn't it? Even mass extinctions that we know of took centuries. Yet, there are no signs of any major catastrophe--no volcanoes, or comets, or earthquakes, or tsunamis. Humanity just... ended."

"We don't know how, but we are starting to figure out why. Since the future we observed changed right in front of us, we figured a change was made to human history. We searched through all the history we had recorded, searching for fluctuations in the data. And we found one."

She leveled a serious stare at Lazarus. "Fuyuki City, Japan, 2005. The Fifth Holy Grail War. For some reason, that period of history has suddenly become unobservable to us. A Singularity has formed around it."

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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by Kittenboxxing on Mon May 01, 2017 10:49 pm

"Oh my goodness. I wonder what could have happened! Luckily, we've kept very detailed records of that time. Hopefully we can spot any more specific anomolies. Are you hoping to go back to 2005 to set the timeline to it's proper course?"

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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by Damascus on Mon May 01, 2017 10:54 pm

da Vinci nodded happily. "That's exactly right, you catch on quick! We'll be Rayshifting teams into the Singularity to investigate the source of the Singularity. Whatever else may happen inside the Singularity, so long as we identify and deal with whatever created it, history should be corrected. And, hopefully, restore the future of civilization. That all depends on what we find out, of course."

"I think that sums up the bulk of it. Any other questions?"

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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by fuyumin on Mon May 01, 2017 10:57 pm

"Wait, there won't be any backlashes from paradoxes, right? Like, we won't explode if we accidentally meet our past selves? What are the rules?"

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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by Damascus on Mon May 01, 2017 11:08 pm

"Good question! In case of normal time travel, that's certainly a risk, but a Singularity actually gives you some measure of protection in this regard.

Think of it like this: a Singularity is a period of alternate history 'covering up' normal history. It's cut off from the timeline on both ends, so anything that happens inside the Singularity has no effect on the normal timeline. Anyone who dies in a Singularity stays alive outside of it.

It's only the Singularity's existence that's a problem. As long as it displaces normal history, it causes damage to the timeline, and if left alone for too long, it will permanently replace that period of history. But, if we go in and resolve whatever caused it, the Singularity will disappear, and history will turn back to normal.
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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by Kittenboxxing on Mon May 01, 2017 11:10 pm

He gave Chiaki an approving look before turning back to Da Vinci "Exciting! So, what would you like for me to do for you exactly?"

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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by Damascus on Mon May 01, 2017 11:14 pm

"Well, we figured since you worked on Rayshifting before, you might like to assist in the Rayshifting of Masters for each mission. If you'd like another role, we could always use someone to study incoming data from the mission, or someone to manage SHIVA and watch for changes to the timeline."

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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by fuyumin on Mon May 01, 2017 11:16 pm

Chiaki looked over at her sister with a faint smirk. She placed a silent bet on studying data, wondering if Ciara would pick the same.

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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by Kittenboxxing on Mon May 01, 2017 11:16 pm

"I'm happy in any of those departments! Though managing SHIVA does indeed peak my interest. I'll stick to helping out with rayshifting for now though. I want to make sure my friends stay safe."

Chiara, who had definitely picked up what her sister was throwing down, made a silent but exaggerated shocked expression, as she had also expected her to be right. She shrugged then, as if to say, 'well, almost'.

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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by fuyumin on Mon May 01, 2017 11:19 pm

She sighed quietly, looking askance and shrugging. Sometimes you could read Lazarus like a book, but no one is predictable 100% of the time.

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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by Damascus on Mon May 01, 2017 11:22 pm

"Excellent!" She clapped her hands. "The briefing shall begin soon. After that, we'll have a couple days before the mission for you to get used to the equipment."

"You're free to attend the briefing if you like, but I've pretty much told you everything they'll be going over. Otherwise, I'll take you to your rooms and you can make yourself at home!"

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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by Kittenboxxing on Mon May 01, 2017 11:23 pm

"When can we summon servants?!" Chiara bounced a bit, eyes sparkling with excitement.

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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by Damascus on Mon May 01, 2017 11:27 pm

"You can go ahead right after the briefing," she said, beaming. These children were PRECIOUS.

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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by Damascus on Mon May 01, 2017 11:39 pm

As they talked, the potential masters were doing their spirit diving trials, where they simulated the effects of Rayshifting. Though they were short, they came out of it feeling extremely dizzy and sleepy, though Aaron's rose seemed compensate for the effects somewhat.

As they left the room, they were greeted by a teenager in a casual Chaldea outfit. "Um... hello. I'm here to escort you to the briefing."


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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by fuyumin on Mon May 01, 2017 11:43 pm

Mari was leaning against Avalon's back, arms locked around her waist. "'S there a chair at the briefing?"

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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by Kittenboxxing on Mon May 01, 2017 11:43 pm

"Cool! Do you have any dramamine?" Aaron had noticed his companions' somewhat upset faces.

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Re: The Common Sense of Man

Post by Damascus on Mon May 01, 2017 11:45 pm

"Yes, there will be chairs. I'm sorry, we don't." She looked somewhat nervous. "I'm sorry, we must hurry. The Chief doesn't like people to be late." She hurried them down the corridor.

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