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Old 01-26-2018, 09:29 AM
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“Ah! You passed the test! I’m very disappointed with the rest of you. Please proceed with repairing the Q.”
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Old 01-26-2018, 09:34 AM
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"I, of course, would be glad to, if that is your order! However, don't you feel that our Communications Officer might be better suited to this task?"
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Old 01-26-2018, 09:46 AM
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“Normally yes, but Hamme will be too busy recording your efforts at fixing the Q. I do appreciate you volentieering, by the way. Your enthusiasm is noted.”
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Old 01-26-2018, 09:51 AM
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"Ah...yes...certainly, certainly. Very logical."

I open the emergency repairs compartment. Inside the compartment, there are a pile of components and circuit boards, and a list of the needed repairs. There are no tools in sight.

"Er. There do not appear to be any tools, team leader. Perhaps you might know where I could requisition some? I'd hate to inadvertently cause further damage to the system without them."
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Old 01-26-2018, 09:54 AM
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(Just to be clear, I'm not letting Dr. Nerd decide this stuff about the reality of the situation. He's just communicating things that he's been told via PM.)
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Old 01-26-2018, 10:05 AM
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"Ah...yes...certainly, certainly. Very logical."

I open the emergency repairs compartment. Inside the compartment, there are a pile of components and circuit boards, and a list of the needed repairs. There are no tools in sight.

"Er. There do not appear to be any tools, team leader. Perhaps you might know where I could requisition some? I'd hate to inadvertently cause further damage to the system without them."
“Of course. That’s the last thing any of us want. I bet you can request some tools at R&D, which we’ll get to as soon as you get the panel working.”
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Old 01-26-2018, 10:10 AM
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"If Infrareds paid any attention to their training like they used to, that box would have two full sets of tools in it. Public Discipline is what they need."
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Old 01-26-2018, 10:20 AM
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I purse my lips and read the repairs list in the opened box. "Er...it would appear that this box filled with "emergency repairs" items are literally just parts that need to be repaired at some point."

"Meaning...these are all defective junk."
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Old 01-26-2018, 10:28 AM
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“Just get the train started Sem. Recruit anyone else on the team to help if need be. Except Hamme, of course. And me, as I’m already supervising.”
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Old 01-26-2018, 10:31 AM
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"At once. Veryfaf-R-AID, please come over here and assist me. If you'd be so kind as to take off the panel..."
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Old 01-26-2018, 10:41 AM
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Unprecedentedc-R-ISIS is the last one to board the shuttle, being slowed down as they are by the cooler. They find a spot to set it down, then take a seat next to it. Having not received any further instructions, they remain here.
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Old 01-26-2018, 10:52 AM
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"At once. Veryfaf-R-AID, please come over here and assist me. If you'd be so kind as to take off the panel..."
I'm sorry, but I am prohibited from conducting repairs on that panel. If you would like some other form of assistance, I can, as the head chef, prepare you a drink."
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Old 01-26-2018, 10:55 AM
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Sits, continues note-taking.
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Old 01-26-2018, 10:56 AM
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"Prohibited by whom? Are you suggesting you are following some orders by a mysterious third party that you are hiding from our team?

Are you defying our team leader's explicit orders??"
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Old 01-26-2018, 10:58 AM
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"Prohibited by Alpha Complex and Friend Computer. Again, I will be happy to help you in any capacity that does not involve breaking Alpha Complex law."
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Old 01-26-2018, 01:48 PM
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Begins singing, quietly and absentmindedly: "Friend computer is a friend to me! Friend computer is a friend to all!"
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Old 01-26-2018, 05:18 PM
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"Prohibited by Alpha Complex and Friend Computer. Again, I will be happy to help you in any capacity that does not involve breaking Alpha Complex law."
"I expect you have some proof to back that up! Pfft. Useless. I'll open it up myself."

I reach for the panel and attempt to remove the entire covering myself.
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Old 01-26-2018, 11:36 PM
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You all watch as Sma-R-TIES attempts to remove the front of the panel with his bare hands. It's like watching someone try to pry the top and bottom halves of a keyboard apart with their bare hands. He is not particularly successful.

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Old 01-27-2018, 10:34 AM
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I wheeze and pant. "Doesn't look like it's coming off. Well...uh, it was probably nothing anyway."

I move back towards my seat.
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Old 01-28-2018, 06:24 AM
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"Noted"

*notes Sma's defeatist attitude and lack of sticktoitiveness, I mean, a real lack of gumption, this one, I notes"

"Since the instructions were to sit, I expect when we all sit the train will start. If not it looks like you're back on the hook Sem."
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Old 01-29-2018, 08:38 AM
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Breaking a long period of awkward silence, you again hear the same cheerful voice from the front of the cabin, mindlessly repeating its earlier statement:

"Greetings valued citizens, and welcome to another wonderful morning in Alpha Complex. Please be seated and secure your safety belts, and then enter your destination for today."
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Old 01-29-2018, 08:40 AM
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I sit down and buckle my seatbelt.
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Old 01-29-2018, 08:50 AM
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I wait and to see if the shuttle starts to move now that everyone's sitting as instructed.
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It does not.
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Old 01-29-2018, 08:52 AM
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"Fine! If you want something done around here you got to do it yourself it seems!"

I unbuckle and get up. I grab a piece of broken equipment from the repair box, snap off an appropriate piece of metal, wedge it behind the panel and start to pry.
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Old 01-29-2018, 08:54 AM
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I also follow the totally reasonable and not at all contradictory instructions, all the while thinking there should be an Infrared around that I could yell at to enter the destination on the keyboard, and then getting mad at the imaginary Infrared because they would probably do it wrong.
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I fasten my safety belt.
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Old 01-29-2018, 08:56 AM
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enter the destination
*blinks*

*stops prying for a moment and types in "R&D"
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Old 01-29-2018, 08:58 AM
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There is no "&" on the panel. Just 26 alphabetic characters. I'll assume you could see that, so what do you enter instead?
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Old 01-29-2018, 08:59 AM
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"Would the list of destinations near these posters be helpful?"

I point to a list of destinations that was partially-obscured by a poster.
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