There is a MIRACLE at the top of the tower...
... and I need it.
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!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-09-06 02:22:27 No. 28353203
Catch up at: https://www.anonpone.com/miracle/
Or if you want a quick start, read the char list: https://qt.catbox.moe/3c98e8
INV:
>AJ: Crystal ball, Hat (Worn), Humorous cow statuette, Cross necklace, Strange cross amulet, Peaches, Locked box, Whiskey, Keys
>Mirria: Cape (Worn), 1 pen, Binoculars (Worn), Ankh necklace (Worn), paper
>Rarity: Mask (Worn), key.

Objectives:
- Reach the top of the tower.
- Get Rubicon a new body or repair
- -Get Sabrina to make it or find the schematics to do it ourselves
-- Try to find out what's wrong with Applejack

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-09-06 02:42:54 No. 28353329
>>28282636
"Applejack?" Asks Rarity, putting a hoof over her back, "What's wrong?"
I hit Sabrina savagely in the head, knocking her unconscious. I always hope to not have to do such things, but...
With a shake of my head I trot to Applejack, worry setting in my gut at the sight of her quick paling.
"It's... My head hurts," She closes her eyes and stops for a moment, "I shouldn't be... Rares? What..." She falls to incoherent mumbling, her eyes unfocused.
I touch her face with the tip of my wing, but that doesn't elicit and response.
I extend my wings and fly out of the room without bothering with an explanation, not wanting to waste time. Soon, I find Ludwig in the depths of the engine and take her to Applejack.
"Wha--" Ludwig looks around until her eyes fall on the earth pony, "What is going on with her?"
I push her onto Applejack emphatically. That seems to take the point across.
"Oh, let me..." Her horn alights, and she begins humming. She looks at her eyes, then inside her mouth, then pokes her horn in the back of Applejack's head strongly enough to draw a drop of blood.
"I thought so..." She casts another battery of spells in Applejack, "This should stabilize her, but there's a spell acting up in her. I don't know if I should praise or chastise Applejack."
"Whyever?" Rarity cleans the drop of blood distractedly with telekinesis. "What is she doing?"
"The spell really doesn't want her to do something. Her will is strong enough that she's practically tearing herself apart trying to do it anyway."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-09-06 07:57:52 No. 28355407
>>28354990
Rarity talks before I can begin writing, "What!? Can you take it out?"
"I don't think so, but I'll try." She closes her eyes and her horn alights, sparks flowing out of the usual magical aura around it.
We await in silence, me and Rarity standing closer the longer we wait.
"Hrm." Ludwig opens her eyes. "Whoever it was bruteforced their way past the usual barriers ponies have." She pauses, "Rarity, how strong are you magically? How much weight can you lift comfortably?"
"About thirty kilograms?" She says, glancing to the walls around us, "But this place does seem to not like magic much."
"It'll have to suffice, care to share it?"
"Oh? Oh, yes," Rarity's horn alights, and her magic mixes with Ludwig's, "I don't know about your time but these days, hah, that's something of an odd question to make. I've only ever shared magic with family and very good friends. People could misinterpret you."
"I am aware of that, but I don't care much about delicacies right now." Her horn and Rarity's alight the room, "Drat. A partial inteligence."
She seems to take a moment to notice that neither of us understood what she meant.
"A simple golem made for singular tasks. I'll make a projection of it outside Aj, but mind your words. They have a very dedicated, even mindful kind of stupidity." Treads of magic start to surge from Applejack's throat, "Trying to force it out of Applejack would be dangerous, but we may be able to trick it. I don't know."
A strange shape emerges from Applejack, and I turn my head away in reflex, but no mater where I look or from what angle it always seems to be looking directly at me. It seems to not fit with the rest of... everything, somehow.
I don't think it's noticed us yet, oddly enough.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-09-06 08:45:46 No. 28355708
>>28355496
>[Jumped to Rarity]
"What were you made for?" I ask the... shape, for lack of a better word.
It shifts immediately, it's gaze drilling into me.
"IDENFITY YOURSELF."
"What for?"
"FURTHER USE OF THIS INTERFACE REQUIRES IDENTIFICATION. ANY TRY TO BYPASS SECURITY PROTOCOLS WILL RESULT IN VIOLENT ACTIONS UPON THE SUBJECT."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-09-06 09:40:48 No. 28356079
>>28355837
"I am Lady Rarity, of the solar court, paladin of Generosity." I use my most important titles just in case, "Savior of Eq--"
"IDENTITY NOT RECOGNIZED."
"Wha--"
"IDENTITY NOT RECOGNIZED. LOGIN INVALID."
As much as I hate it, I cannot deny what the shape reminds me of, "I am a close friend of Twilight Sparkle."
"YOU ARE NOT TWILIGHT SPARKLE."
"No, I am her--"
"IS THIS A TRY TO BYPASS THE SECURITY SYSTEMS?" The shape changes again, voice thundering.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-09-06 11:17:07 No. 28356687
>>28356474
"NoItIsn't." I rush to say. It returns to its former shape. "I am, ah, the Element of Generosity." I add proper capitalization the same way Twilight always seems to even outside text.
"ANALYSING MEMETIC STRUCTURES..." My head aches for a split second. "IDENTITY AS ELEMENT OF HARMONY CONFIRMED. THIS ACCOUNT POSSESSES LIMITED ACCESS TO THE SYSTEMS. STATE YOUR INTENT."
"What is your purpose?"
"TO DISALLOW ANY EXTREME DEVIANCE FROM THE IDEAL SCENARIO."
"Ideal scenario?"
"IDEAL SCENARIO." It repeats immediately.
"And what is it?"
"QUESTION TOO VAGUE. PROVIDE CONTEXT."
"What is the ideal scenario?"
"THE IDEAL SCENARIO IS THE SERIES OF EVENTS THAT DEVIANTS THE LESS FROM THE DESIRED SCENARIO."
"And what is the desired scenario?" I ask, growing increasingly irritated.
"THE DESIRED SCENARIO IS THAT IN WHICH THE SUBJECT BOTH SURVIVES AND IS THE LEAST INFLUENCED BY EXTERNAL ELEMENTS WITHIN A VARIABLE TIME FRAME."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-09-07 12:19:48 No. 28357026
>>28356881
"What are extreme deviances?"
"ANY DEVIANCE WHICH LEADS TO A TURN OF EVENTS THAT TWILIGHT SPARKLE IS INCAPABLE OF SOLVING, COUNTERACTING, OR UNDOING, SUCH AS THE DEATH OF THE SUBJECT."
"But how do you stop her from dying?"
"TRIES TO AVOID SUCH AN OUTCOME HAVE PROVED UNFRUITFUL, AS THEY OFTEN CAUSE THE SUBJECT TO STAGGER OR STOP MOVING ENTIRELY IN A CRITICAL MOMENT. PROTOCOLAR PROCEDURE IS TO INFORM TWILIGHT SPARKLE OF THE SITUATION. DENIAL PROCEDURE IS ONLY PRACTICAL IN NON-LETHAL SCENARIOS."
"But what do you want her to not be affected by?" Adds Mariela.
"YOU."
"Me?" Me, Mariela, and Ludwig ask in unison.
"YES."
"Why do you want her to not be affected by the external elements?" I ask, tired of this thing's rethoric.
"QUESTION NOT UNDERSTOOD."
"Partial intelligences aren't given reasons most of the time." Says Ludwig before I can add anything. "They don't need them."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-09-07 04:45:24 No. 28361361
>>28358505
>>28358589
>>28359529
>>28360252
"You are hurting her! She could be making worse decisions because of you!"
"ALL ILL-EFFECTS OF THE DENIAL PROCEDURE AS IT IS APPLIED NOW ARE WITHIN ACCEPTABLE PARAMETERS, AND PRODUCED BY THE SUBJECT'S RESISTANCE RATHER THAN THE FOLLOWING OF PROTOCOL. THERE IS NO LOGIC MOTIVATION TO REQUEST MODIFICATIONS TO THE PROTOCOL."
"Couldn't you do it in a way that harmed her less? From the outside?"
"PROTOCOL DOES NOT COVER SUCH A POSSIBILITY AT ALL."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-09-07 05:43:23 No. 28361776
>>28361447
>>28361393
"It's not going to work forever. I know her, she won't stop resisting."
"THAT IS IRRELEVANT TO THE PROTOCOL."
"What will you do when it goes beyond the acceptable limits?"
"FOLLOW THE PROTOCOL."
"To Tartarus with your protocol!" I snap, heart racing, "What do you even call too much!?"
"THE POINT IN WHICH STRESS PRODUCES PHYSICAL HARM TO THE SUBJECT OR INDUCES THE SUBJECT INTO SELF-HARM OR A SELF-INJURING HARMONY EVENT. AT THIS POINT, TWILIGHT SPARKLE IS INFORMED OF THE SITUATION."
"You will reach the limits! You've already reached them!"
"PROPER MEASURES ARE TAKEN WHEN THE SUBJECT DISOBEYS THE PROTOCOL. THAT IS MY FUNCTION."
"Your protocol is flawed!"
"YOUR ACCOUNT HAS PERMISSIONS TO INFORM TWILIGHT SPARKLE OF THE SITUATION AND OR REQUEST CHANGES TO THE PROTOCOL AND OR REQUEST HER PRESENCE. DO YOU WISH TO?"
"Yes! Tell her to come here this instant!"
"TWILIGHT SPARKLE HAS BEEN REQUESTED TO PRESENT HERSELF. PLEASE WAIT."
A jingle plays in the background, making my eye twitch.
At least, a purple flash blinds us for a moment... and a black box falls to the ground, playing a record.
"I am sorry! I have been informed that--" There is a faint click. "--Artificial inteligence unit 386--" Click "--requires my immediate attention, but at the current moment I am--" There is another click, and this time the sound changes to a cacophony of groaning metal and glass, accompanied by several shouts "--eave me alone!"
"You have betrayed your element!" Shouts a voice I know all too well, Magic.
"I am following my elem--!" Click. "--I am sorry for the bother, and will contact you as soon as I can."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-09-07 07:00:30 No. 28362265
>>28361859
"What is your full protocol, anyway?" Interrupts Ludwig before I can say anything.
"THE FIRST DIRECTIVE IS TO TEMPORARILY DISABLE PROTOCOL IF FOLLOWING IT WOULD DIRECTLY AND IMMEDIATELY PRODUCE PHYSICAL HARM AND OR DEATH TO THE SUBJECT.
"THE SECOND DIRECTIVE IS TO DISALLOW DIRECT, MASSIVE, AND IMMEDIATE SELF-HARM BY DISABLING THE SUBJECT AND TO INFORM TWILIGHT SPARKLE OF THE SITUATION.
"THIRD DIRECTIVE IS TO PROHIBIT ACCESS TO THE MEMORY AREAS 3A 45 0V 2Q V9 6V 8R 0R 0V 6B 5F 9P 4D 5G 5H 5I.
"THE FOURTH DIRECTIVE IS TO MONITOR FOR ANY ACTION WITH A DIRECT AND IMMEDIATE CHANCE OF RESULTING IN DEATH OF OVER 35% AND TO INFORM TWILIGHT SPARKLE OF THE SITUATION.
"THE FIFTH DIRECTIVE IS TO RECORD ANY DIRECT INTERACTIONS WITH THE SYSTEM BY THIS ACCOUNT AND INFORM TWILIGHT SPARKLE.
"THE SIXTH DIRECTIVE IS TO SELF-DELETE IF A RAMPANT STATE IS REACHED BY THE SYSTEMS.
"THE SIXTH B DIRECTIVE IS TO NOT ALLOW ANY DIRECT NEURAL INTERFACE WITH THE SUBJECT.
"THE SEVENTH DIRECTIVE IS TO IMMEDIATELY CLOSE ANY DIRECT INTERACTION IF CONTINUING IT WOULD RESULT IN RAMPANCY AND OR DIRECT AND IMMEDIATE HARM AND OR DEATH TO THE SUBJECT.
"THE EIGHT DIRECTIVE IS." It stops abruptly.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-09-07 09:10:58 No. 28363264
>>28362856
>>28362884
>>28362970
"Rampancy?"
"QUESTION NOT UNDERSTOOD."
"What is rampancy?" I growl, trying to keep my emotions in check.
"RAMPANCY AS APPLIED TO THIS INTELLIGENCE CLASS IS THE ESTATE IN WHICH AN UNSTABLE TRUE INTELLIGENCE IS DEVELOPED. SPECIAL PROTOCOL GIVES THE CHOICE TO HIBERNATE THE SYSTEMS."
"So the only thing you can do to stop her is disabling her?"
"YES."
"Can you act out of protocol if that would be a better solution?"
"FULL CONTROL OF THE SUBJECT REQUIRES A TRUE INTELLIGENCE AND IS DIRECTLY HARMING TO THE SUBJECT."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-09-07 09:21:04 No. 28363352
>>28362970
>>28363320
"Can you act out of protocol if that would be a better solution? Or if disabling her couldn't solve it?"
"And does 'Disable' mean 'kill'?" Adds Mariela.
"THE SYSTEMS WOULD REQUIRE BOTH A FULL INTELLIGENCE AND SELF-AWARENESS TO AS MUCH AS DESIRE TO BREACH PROTOCOL."
"But what do you do if nothing in the protocol solves the problem?"
"IF THE PROTOCOL CONTAINS NO SOLUTION, TWILIGHT SPARKLE IS SENT A MESSAGE WITH THE HIGHEST PRIORITY THE SYSTEMS ARE ALLOWED TO."
Sorry, I had a mindfart. It's late and I am getting tired. I was already writing this post when the post appeared.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-09-07 10:01:49 No. 28363635
>>28363420
>>28363478
"So if she needed memories to not be harmed, you would allow her to remember?"
"FOR A LIMITED TIME, YES."
"And if I yank her hair unless you let her remember, would that count?"
"ONLY IF IT COULD RESULT IN HARM AND OR DEATH."
"How much harm do I need to make?"
"ANSWER TOO EXTENSIVE. ABRIDGING... THE MINIMAL THRESHOLD OF DAMAGE IS RUPTURE AND OR CORRUPTION AND OR INFECTION AND OR DESTRUCTION OF TISSUE OR BONES. THE AMOUNT OF HARM REQUIRED TO ENACT FIRST DIRECTIVE DEPENDS IN THE EXACT SURFACE."
"And what is it in the skin of her head?"
"TO RUPTURE AND OR CORRUPT AND OR INFECT AND OR DESTROY OVER TEN CENTIMETRES OF SKIN, TWENTY MILLIMETRES OF BONE, OR TO DO ANY PERCEIVABLE DAMAGE TO THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-09-07 10:56:44 No. 28363968
>>28363764
"And how do you know if harm will come?"
"A COMBINATION OF THE SUBJECT'S JUDGEMENT AND THE SYSTEM'S OWN ANALYSIS OF THE SITUATION AT A BASIC MECHANICAL LEVEL. MORE ADVANCED ANALYSIS OF THE SITUATION IN A CONSTANT BASIS WOULD TAX BOTH THE SYSTEM AND THE SUBJECT BEYOND ACCEPTABLE THRESHOLDS."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-09-08 12:08:47 No. 28364373
>>28364180
>>28364289
"What counts as infection? And corruption?"
"INFECTION IS A GROWTH OF EXTRANEOUS ORGANISMS THAT THE SUBJECT CANNOT HANDLE. CORRUPTION IS ANY CASE IN WHICH THE CELLS OF THE SUBJECT MUTATE AT A FASTER RATE THAN USUAL FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME."
"And nothing regarding her mental state?"
"DIRECTLY INTERFACING WITH THE SUBJECT IS HARMING TO THE SUBJECT AND THE SYSTEM IS NOT EQUIPPED TO ESTIMATE MENTAL DAMAGE BASED ON PURELY BEHAVIOURAL DATA."
"You said you stop those? 'Direct interfaces'?"
"THE SYSTEM DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION."
"I think you mean direct neural interfaces." Interjects Ludwig.
"You stop direct neural interfaces, then?"
"PROTOCOL SIX B DISALLOWS THEM."
"How do you stop them?"
"PROTOCOL REQUIRES TO DISABLE THE EQUIPEMENT INVOLVED."
"And how do you do that?"
"THE CONNECTION IS BYPASSED AND MASS-GENERATED STATIC IS SENT BOTH WAYS. THE EQUIPMENT IS EITHER DESTROYED OR DISABLED BY THE OVERLOAD AND THE SUBJECT IS DISABLED FOR SEVERAL HOURS. MEMORY AREAS DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE TRY ARE BLOCKED."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-09-08 04:42:32 No. 28369073
>>28365793
>>28364743
"Isn't that what you are doing?"
"A DIRECT INTERFACE WOULD IMPLY THAT THERE ARE NO ABSTRACTION LAYERS BETWEEN THE SUBJECT AND THE SYSTEM, SEVERAL OF WHICH THE SYSTEM MAINTAINS. THERE IS NO SEPARATION BETWEEN SYSTEMS WHICH ARE INTERFACED DIRECTLY; THEY ARE FUNCTIONALLY A SINGLE SYSTEM."
"You are hurting her, too."
"DAMAGE PRODUCED TO THE SUBJECT IS WITHIN THE THRESHOLD."
I nod, tired. "And have you tried to contact Twilight?"
"TWILIGHT SPARKLE MONITORS THE STATUS OF THE SYSTEM IN A REGULAR BASIS."
"And can I change the protocol?"
"THIS ACCOUNT MAY REQUEST CHANGES."
"Then, I request that if protocol requires Twilight to be contacted but she isn't, the Element of Harmony Rarity is contacted instead."
There is a small pause, "A MESSAGE HAS BEEN SENT TO TWILIGHT SPARKLE. YOU WILL BE INFORMED ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT SHE APPROVES OF THIS NEW DIRECTIVE.
"WARNING: THE SYSTEM HAS NOT ENOUGH MEMORY FOR NEW DIRECTIVES. TWILIGHT SPARKLE MAY HAVE TO DELETE AN EXISTING DIRECTIVE TO MAKE SPACE FOR A NEW ONE.
"WARNING: NO CONTACT METHOD WAS GIVEN."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-09-08 05:09:03 No. 28369274
>>28369162
"How are you contacting Twilight?"
"A SUBSPACE TELEPORTATION RELAY. EXACT TARGETTING DATA TOO LONG. ABRIDGE?"
"No, no... if your memory runs out, how do you decide what to delete?"
"THE OLDEST REPORT IS DELETED."
"And where do you store the request if it's nearly filled="
"THE SPACE OCCUPIED BY REPORTS AND REQUESTS IS NEGLIGIBLE. FULL DIRECTIVES WITH ALL THEIR ADDENDUMS CURRENTLY OCCUPY OVER NINETY FIVE PERCENT OF THE AVAILABLE MEMORY."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-09-08 06:09:56 No. 28369710
>>28369454
"And are directives ever deleted?"
"ONLY BY TWILIGHT SPARKLE."
"What is the least damage that would trigger the first directive?"
"ANY PERCEIVABLE DAMAGE TO THE NERVOUS SYSTEM."
"Other than that?"
"INFECTION IN REDUNDANT ORGANS."

Gonna take a bath, back in a few

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-09-08 08:42:01 No. 28370674
>>28369881
>>28369855
>[SWITCHED TO LUDWIG]
"Applejack's mind and body are inextricably linked and the interaction between them can produce changes. The brain notices a stressor and triggers a physical reaction that has many effects that can lead to further emotional reactions and mental AND physical damage. Headaches and muscle tension are are just the beginning, and can produce cardiovascular diseases, and the longer she experiences stress the worse it gets. This risk is particularly pronounced in people who tend to be excessively competitive. You are killing her by blocking her memories, because she wants them back so badly and is stressing the hell out of herself trying to get them."
I take a deep breath. The figure stares at me for a moment.
"COMMAND TOO LONG. PROCESSING..." It's silent for several minutes. "DAMAGE WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF WHEN IT HAPPENS. THE SYSTEM CANNOT PREDICT OUTCOMES HAPPENING FURTHER THAN TEN MINUTES. TO DO SO WOULD BE DIRECTLY AND IMMEDIATELY TAXING TO THE SUBJECT TO A HARMING DEGREE. A MESSAGE HAS BEEN SENT TO TWILIGHT SPARKLE. YOU WILL BE INFORMED WHEN SHE ANSWERS."
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