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Interdimensional Managers ([personal profile] interdimanagers) wrote in [community profile] interstellar55552016-01-19 04:25 pm

☆TRACK VI: THE NEW AMERICANA

Who: All the rescuers...and DAFT PUNK.
What: The rescuers enter Vista City for the first time.
When: January 20th, 2055
Where: The ship, the coast, and outer Vista City.
Warnings: Could basically be anything.

“Viral mess turned dreams into an empire.
Self-made success now she rolls with Rockefellers.
Survival of the richest, the city's ours until the fall.
But we don't feel like outsiders at all.”

☆THE NEW AMERICANA



Your arrival on Tera doesn’t exactly happen with a bang – though maybe that’s a good thing, given that this is supposedly a stealth operation. The ship firsts touches down somewhere in the ocean, at which point it hovers above the waves for a few hours while Shep “touches base” with some “contacts.”

This is your time to get ready, to collect any gear you’ve been assigned, and to talk over initial plans with your new teammates. You’ve been given a rough outline of what to expect upon reaching actual land. You’re going to be dropped off in the ring of forested land outside of the city, at which point you are to access a hidden stash of supplies that has been planted there for you and head into the city, where a second stash of supplies will be waiting for you in the outer ring of the city.

It will probably be a long walk. From the onboard supplies everyone will be given the following:

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE TRAINING: if your character doesn’t already speak English, they will be given some time with a crown like technological device that seems the be able to psychically teach people languages at a rapid pace. Whatever has been enabling communication so far won’t cover you once you enter the city, so it’s important that you’re prepared. How easily a person’s brain accepts this information will vary based on unseen neurological factors, and can range from perfect fluency to an uneasy second language. (On an OOC level, whether or not your character struggles with picking up English is completely up to you.) Most of this training will be done on the trip to Tera.
  • THEIR DESIGNATED TOOLS: any items your character was designated on your application will be given to them now. They’ll have some degree of choice in what they get, but everything is limited in supply. There are manuals for everything, but how much you can be fucked to read them will vary. Also, some of them aren’t in English or anything else even remotely recognizable.
  • COMMUNICATION DEVICES: Everybody will get a communicator, which are worn around the back of your ear and project a holographic field over your eyes when activated. The device itself must be manually switched on with your fingers, and from there on out your exact method of controlling it depends on the settings. Some of the more basic functions can be manipulated with “brain waves” (though nothing very complicated) and the rest is mostly voice or touch activated, though you can also set it up to be controlled with blinking and eye movement if you are a “pro”. Its functions include voice, voice-to-text, and a sort of janky manual text mode that you have to touch the screen to use. Video chat is not available, though it is capable of recording video from your POV to be shared manually after the fact. It can also share still images. Various channels can be set up and accessed, both private and public, much like a Teamspeak server is used in gaming.
  • HOLO EMITTERS (LIMITED): The amount of these available are limited by “plot convenience.” Do you want your character to have to struggle with their alien appearance to get by constantly? Then imagine there wasn’t enough of them to go around and your character was unlikely or benevolent enough to not receive one. Would you rather they have access to one? Then you can have one. A holo emitter is capable of projecting a holographic image around your character and disguising their appearance, the complexity of which is entirely up to you. The major problems with it are that 1) it can’t conceal things that the hologram doesn’t actually touch – cow horns could be covered in a hologram to look like a hat, but it couldn’t make them look as if there is nothing there at all, and 2) the holograms have no mass, and so if anyone tries to touch them they’ll realize they are just light projections. Also, like most of the equipment, they only work for a few hours before running out of power.


☆STASH NUMBER ONE: THE FOREST
Once Shep has made sure things are prepared and everyone has their stuff, the ship will very briefly skirt close enough to the shore for people to disembark. The beach seems totally free of witnesses, and once you’ve hit land it’s a short run to the tree line. A few random people will have map information uploaded into their communicators (Usagi, Saitama, Reborn, Pearl, and Sparks Nevada are the lucky winners) and will be put in charge of making sure everyone navigates to the first stash correctly, and then into the outskirts of the city where a meet-up point and a second stash of equipment is located. The directions are not complicated, but it’s a lot of people to shepherd around incognito. How everybody handles this is completely up to the characters.

Meanwhile, Shep is piloting the ship back off into the ocean to hide it somewhere. He says he’ll meet you in the city at some point, and that he’ll keep in contact via the communicators. Stay safe, and good luck!

The first stash is about a twenty minute walk into the forest, and should be found with relative ease. It is basically just a few large, plastic tubs buried beneath soil and moss, and has to be dug up like treasure. Inside of it lies the following:

  • AMERICANA DISGUISES: Clothing, make up, the works – everything the average joe needs to pass themselves off as a resident of Vista City. Outfits are perhaps a bit more eccentric and flashy than you’re used to...or maybe a bit less, depending where you come from. Either way, it’s a specific look, and there should be enough here to accommodate new outfits for all the humanoids. If you’re a horse, you’re sort of on your own. What your character ends up with is up to you, though “space rave” is a good way to describe common aesthetics. There are also a lot of hooded coats, hats, and other articles that would be good for hiding inhuman characteristics.
  • RATIONS: Enough food at water, tightly compact, to last everyone for a few days. It’s going to start to run out quickly, though, so the group is going to need some breadwinners sooner rather than later.
  • A WELCOME CARD: A welcome message from these two with their selfie printed on the front. Written inside are the following messages: “Glad you could make It! ♥ –Gold” and ”Welcome to hell. ☺ -Silver”. They are both in the same handwriting.

From there, the maps only lead further into the city.

☆STASH NUMBER TWO: CITY BOUND



You'll quickly notice that Vista City comes with multiple levels - the ground level, that actually touches the earth, and then a second level of streets and walkways that occurs halfway up the mountainous buildings. Cars streak down both sets of speedways, and the signs of life scatter every inch of the towers surrounding you. At the same time, though, a city of this magnitude leaves a lot of nooks and crannies left frequently unseen - something you'll definitely have to take advantage of. In the outer ring of the city the population is less dense than it gets towards the center, so at the least it gives you the opportunity to get your bearings.

You'll find that there is no shortage of people stalking around in the darkness, even as the sun sets and night totally takes hold. A lot of them are dressed pretty funny, too, and any insecurities you had about looking ridiculous can tentatively be put aside. The costumes you were left do allow you to blend in about as well as you could hope. If the navigation team holds true, you'll be able to make it to the next stash in good time. You've been advised to avoid talking to locals as much as possible, at least until you've figured things out better. There is a notable absence of homeless people on the streets, which could mean any number of things.

The place you end up at is, unsurprisingly, a warehouse. One of the few entirely flat buildings in the cityscape, the maps will lead into the center of the building. You try the door. It opens. When you go inside, you aren't alone.

The floor is littered in blankets and what passes for foam mattresses. Waiting with them is the silver helmeted figure from the welcome card earlier. They usher you in hastily and ask you some cursory questions about whether you've been followed. When they seem satisfied, they'll tell you that you can spend the night here.

"This is the first and last time you can stay here," they'll say, gesturing around. "This was Gold and I's launchpad for the last little while, and we're junking it after this. I recommend you follow our example. Don't stay any one place too long, and don't travel in one huge group. If you do that, one bad night will pin you all down."

Silver will pass out what is apparently enough fake IDs for everyone in the ship - complete with each individual's image (or a human approximation) and a made up name. It's enough info to get a job with, they'll explain, if you can manage it. Avoid pushing the forgery's limits, though, if you can. They made them themselves so they expect they are excellent quality, but you can never be too careful.

"...Most importantly," they'll finish. "Don't go looking for the prisoners right now, as much as you might want to. If you fuck that up, you'll fuck this up for everyone - and I'll tell you right now, other people have already invested a lot more blood and tears into this than you have. Respect that."

Silver will stay for a few more hours, and then Gold will appear to take over, bringing snacks and hot chocolate with them. Get a good sleep, you'll need it.

“We are the new Americana.
High on legal marijuana,
Raised on Biggie and Nirvana.
We are the new Americana.”
woomy: icon of a confused Agent 3 (Are you squidding me?)

[personal profile] woomy 2016-01-21 07:00 am (UTC)(link)
"It'll be more like home then but with a lot less water." 3 pokes her head out of the leaves. "Well. Maybe. The polar ice caps must not have melted yet if we can keep walking this long and not see water again."

Again, she's trying to picture what a human city will look like.
avidita: (sassybird) (He told me I'm a small core of pure)

[personal profile] avidita 2016-01-22 08:17 am (UTC)(link)
"There might be libraries here, for us to see just what the state of the world is like..." It seems similar enough to Mammon's own home that they imagine they could get past things well enough, but they don't want to make a fool of themself.

...Speaking of which. "Do they have that back where you're from? Libraries?"
woomy: icon of a smiling Agent 3 (Just keeping swimming)

[personal profile] woomy 2016-01-23 08:14 am (UTC)(link)
"We do. I studied in there all the time for school. It's one of the few places I know where inking everything isn't a good idea." Sure, the ink will eventually disappear, but in the meantime, the books can't be read!

She... wasn't the one responsible for discovering that. Just one of the victims in the prank.

"Do you think they'll let us have a library card?"
avidita: (sassybird) (I think I sold my soul to a dominatrix)

[personal profile] avidita 2016-01-24 05:07 pm (UTC)(link)
"Most likely." Mammon shrugs as they keep going, curious about the city that waits for them. "It's not something you exactly need a background check for. Out of this whole mission, that will probably be the easiest thing to get, in fact."

A thought occurs to them, and they cross their arms. "And there might be computers for use as well there..."
woomy: icon of a smiling Agent 3 (I just can't kelp myself)

[personal profile] woomy 2016-01-25 08:18 am (UTC)(link)
"I know how to use those, and it's not suspicious for people to look up their favorite singers." There are many bands back home, and it would be hard to keep up with all of them without the use of technology. Everyone loves to talk about the newest album release or TV performance.

"It sounds like a good first mission: locate a library."
avidita: (pixiv 4925030) (I've done dumber things than this)

[personal profile] avidita 2016-01-26 09:36 am (UTC)(link)
"We can split up for that." Mammon reaches up to tug back their hood enough to show off the device curled around their ear. "It'll be easy to alert each other when we've found the appropriate place with these, at least."

Thank goodness for easy communication.
woomy: icon of a happy Agent 3 (Inkin' awesome!)

/connects this to the other thread =U

[personal profile] woomy 2016-01-28 12:48 am (UTC)(link)
"And we can start looking for the city's power source and radio towers." Agent 3 hasn't forgotten about what they talked about previously.
avidita: (pixiv 1627033) (I found out that my first kiss was)

\o/

[personal profile] avidita 2016-01-28 08:54 am (UTC)(link)
"That's right." A small pleased smile makes an appearance on Mammon's face. "If you do research on how the power grid for this place looks, then I can go around taking notes on the layouts of the radio towers and where they reach. I plan on moving around quite a bit anyway."
woomy: icon of a smiling Agent 3 (Just keeping swimming)

[personal profile] woomy 2016-01-30 01:27 am (UTC)(link)
"I can pretend I'm doing a research project for school. That's a good cover story, right?" It's not at all suspicious for a kid to be looking up all the ways the city gets electricity. Not at all.
avidita: (pixiv 1810447) (I say this as a friend: you would make)

[personal profile] avidita 2016-02-01 06:05 am (UTC)(link)
"It should work well enough, so long as no one gets indepth in questioning you. I doubt that will happen right away... But take care regardless." Tracking as little attention as possible is their goal. Mammon knows that much even without any other details.
woomy: icon of a side glancing Agent 3 (Don't be shellfish)

[personal profile] woomy 2016-02-01 07:20 am (UTC)(link)
"I will. A city as big as this has to have more than one library. I can bounce around them if I need to." But she's going to do her best not to cause a fuss in the first one she goes to.
avidita: (sassybird) (I should not be allowed to reproduce.)

[personal profile] avidita 2016-02-03 12:02 am (UTC)(link)
"A wise choice." They pause, thinking things over. "If you need help finding the locations of those libraries, or anything else... Let me know. I'll see what I can do." So long as it's something as minor as that, they can do it.
woomy: icon of a smiling Agent 3 (Just keeping swimming)

[personal profile] woomy 2016-02-03 07:31 am (UTC)(link)
"You'll help with that? Thanks, Mammon." For better or for worse, she's considering Mammon a friend.
avidita: (sassybird) (I'm over here willing to be the Yoda)

[personal profile] avidita 2016-02-05 04:10 am (UTC)(link)
Don't make this weird, 3. "Well, for the time being, we are teammates, right?"
woomy: icon of a smiling Agent 3 (I just can't kelp myself)

[personal profile] woomy 2016-02-05 07:04 am (UTC)(link)
Friendship!

"Yup, until we go our separate ways and go home with everyone else."

Because Mammon won't stab this kid in the back, right?
avidita: (pixiv 512768) (You're like a human soul vacuum)

[personal profile] avidita 2016-02-06 09:54 pm (UTC)(link)
Surprisingly enough... Mammon really might not.

Not that they'll tell anyone that.

"Exactly. We're all here for a common purpose." They sigh and roll their neck. "I just hope we finish this up quickly..."
woomy: icon of a huffy Agent 3 (Glubbin' fintastic...)

[personal profile] woomy 2016-02-07 03:05 am (UTC)(link)
It's okay. Agent 3 knows the truth in her heart.

"The quicker the better. We have to get them home and stop the bad guys from capturing more people."
avidita: (xfinal_fantasyx) (It was kind of like a trainwreck)

[personal profile] avidita 2016-02-09 12:56 am (UTC)(link)
"I wonder what their capture rate is..." Mammon taps their fingers against their arms.

"How often are they kidnapping others? I doubt this is a new occurrence."
woomy: icon of an unsure Agent 3 (Water you talkin' about?)

[personal profile] woomy 2016-02-09 06:57 am (UTC)(link)
"We're supposed to find another point like this in a city, right? Maybe someone there will have the answer."

Or maybe they won't divulge that much info.
avidita: (pixiv 1810447) (Which one of you assholes put my)

[personal profile] avidita 2016-02-09 11:10 am (UTC)(link)
"Hopefully they're expecting to be hassled a lot. It's not as though we were given a decent primer before being shoved here.

[Which Mammon has a lot to say about, and everyone else is probably lucky they're mostly keeping it to themself for the time being.]
woomy: icon of Agent 3 charging ahead (The agentsea is ready to rock)

[personal profile] woomy 2016-02-10 06:41 am (UTC)(link)
"I guess we'll find out," Agent 3 says with a sigh. She kicks her legs back and forth from the branch she's sitting on. "I'm not sure if I see the city in the distance... or if the sky is tricking me."
avidita: (pixiv 1201087) (I made the cop pinkie promise)

[personal profile] avidita 2016-02-11 04:40 am (UTC)(link)
"It's a big city, I imagine. You likely can." They give a nod. "Think you'll be alright there then?"
woomy: icon of a smiling Agent 3 (Just keeping swimming)

[personal profile] woomy 2016-02-11 07:33 am (UTC)(link)
"Yeah. I'll see you there if you're going to split up from us for a while."