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mask or menace mods ([personal profile] maskormods) wrote in [community profile] maskormenacelogs2016-05-21 09:26 am

MAY 2016 SWEARING-IN

WHO: Participating imPorts!
WHERE: THE SHUDDER and THE EVENING STAR, Covington, Virginia.
WHEN: May 21st, 2016 - May 22nd, 2016
WHAT: The OTO branch of DARPA has created imPocreats for imPort engagement and local enjoyment! Come and play, if you want to be the very best -- like no one ever was!
WARNINGS: Please contact the mods if this needs to be updated.

GREETINGS, IMPORTS! And welcome to the Swearing-In Ceremony of May 2016! If you choose to partake in the ceremony, you are in for a treat: prepare for trouble, and make it double! You will be testing DARPA’s brand new holographic-and-cyborg technology called imPocreats. Yes, “imPocreat”, as in Impossible Creations. While the physical body of imPocreats are made of synthesized organic material and robotics, the “attacks” that these inventions have are purely theoretical. That’s where the holographic tech comes into play, for entertainment purposes only! Every imPocreat is programmed to deliver a hit or take a hit, though the impact of attacks may vary depending on environmental or random influences.

Each participating imPort who is physically at this Swearing-In will be given an imPocreat of their own choosing. They are listed below. All imPocreats are products of DARPA’s Otherworldly Technologies Organization (OTO).

The actual Swearing-In will take place in the six mile long, four mile wide mega biome dome called The Shudder, located in Covington, Virginia. Within The Shudder are man-made terrains designed to provide a challenging atmosphere for participating imPorts as they battle with their imPocreats.

There will not be a singular champion of this Swearing-In. In fact, there may be none at all, or there may be dozens. Anyone who has won two imPocreat battles will be considered a champion of The Shudder. Players may plot with each other to determine battle outcomes -- Mods will NOT determine battle outcomes.

All imPorts will be housed in a country Bed & Breakfast called Evening Star for the weekend, unless they pursue other arrangements.

Any champion may keep their imPocreat -- but remember, the holographic attacks are not REAL. They will not induce actual damage on non-imPocreats. And if you're an imPort who isn't COMPETING with an imPocreat, but you're just along for the ride (or maybe you want to play with an imPocreat for a weekend, if you're that lonely/curious) you're also invited to come along, but you are excluded from being able to keep your imPocreat past the event. It is legally understood that any personal damage incurred upon competitors and in-dome onlooker imPorts comes at their own risk.

Remember that this entire event will be televised for an American audience. All of it, unfiltered. Cameras will be in the air, in the ground, in the water. Your personal drama may very well be displayed in High Definition. Any participating imPort will need to sign a waiver consenting to the cameras. This can be an opportunity for your countrymen to learn what kind of imPort you truly are.
superposition: ((one man's trash))

Qubit | ota

[personal profile] superposition 2016-05-22 03:37 am (UTC)(link)

A. Choose your starter

[Qubit's initial reaction to this event was threefold. One: How long has DARPA had this megadome?! Two: How much did it cost?? and Three: How on Earth is he supposed to secure it? Well, we'll handwave 3 a little for now...

Second issue - these weird little cybernetic abominations. Oh, don't get him wrong, Qubit definitely wants one to study, but that doesn't stop him complaining aloud to nobody specific as he inspects the available options.]


Do they really have to look so... marketable? Why not just go with regular animals? Why are the tigers purple, for heaven's sake?

[But then again, given this government's penchant for melodrama, is it really all that surprising...]

B. Scientist QUBIT wants to battle!

[Ultimately, he settled on a Lamb-Obama Lamabama. If you don't count the hair and/or wool, it is at least as tall as he is. He feels kind of ridiculous walking around with it, but it's for science, okay. Given that this is almost definitely a bioweapons test - I mean, it's DARPA - he ought to get some data of his own. And if that involves gladiatorial combat between two ugly robot animals, then so be it.

Now, who to challenge...]


C. Wildcard

[Just note that he's not staying at the B&B, he can just teleport home in between days. Housemates are free to come with. If the Pokemans come home, though, the independent-minded puppies might very well not get along with them...]
Edited 2016-05-22 03:38 (UTC)
glitterateur: aces (I carved my initials into Channing Tatum)

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[personal profile] glitterateur 2016-05-23 05:07 am (UTC)(link)
Because it's flattering!

[Mabel says it from atop her purple tiger, patting its head fondly. A giant lavender kitty? This is basically a dream come true for her.]

Everybody can see regular animals any time anyway! That's what zoos and the internet are for.
superposition: ((what are we talking about?))

[personal profile] superposition 2016-05-25 01:17 am (UTC)(link)
[Oh look, it's the smol troublemaker again! And oh dear she has a tiger. Man, they'd all better hope these things are as tame as advertised.]

Oh, sure, it makes sense if they're going for spectacle - which, of course, they always do at Swear-Ins. But these are military-grade robots. If not for camouflage, what's the point of dressing them up as animals?
glitterateur: aces (Grammar Goofus. Kelsey Grammar Girl.)

[personal profile] glitterateur 2016-05-27 04:43 pm (UTC)(link)
They're cuddly? [The tone is clear: duh, who wouldn't want cuddlebots.] Plus maybe the military doesn't want people to know they're robots at first! That's what this guy did back home, he built a robot that looked like a sea monster to try to get people's attention.
superposition: ((walk between worlds))

[personal profile] superposition 2016-05-29 03:01 am (UTC)(link)
Really. How'd that turn out for him?
glitterateur: aces (Yeah. I'm dating my CamelBak.)

[personal profile] glitterateur 2016-05-30 03:41 am (UTC)(link)
[She wriggles a hand in the air in the universal ehhh motion.]

Could've been better! But him and his son started talking again so that's something?
superposition: ((the implications))

[personal profile] superposition 2016-05-30 04:49 am (UTC)(link)
Heh, maybe that's it. Somebody at DARPA is trying to reconnect with their estranged family, in the most expensive and convoluted way they could think of.
glitterateur: (I fucked a tree to summon aliens.)

[personal profile] glitterateur 2016-05-31 01:23 am (UTC)(link)
People do crazy things for family! And this is gonna be on television, right? So maybe halfway through all the impocreats are gonna ditch us and go stand in the middle of a field and spell out something like I miss you, Darla! from above!
Edited 2016-05-31 01:24 (UTC)
superposition: (Because you asked me to)

[personal profile] superposition 2016-06-02 05:41 pm (UTC)(link)
And then, just as icing on the cake, poor Darla is working a double and doesn't see it.
glitterateur: I am! I'm definitely ready for that! (Are you ready to get zesty?)

[personal profile] glitterateur 2016-06-02 10:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Nooo! No, they've got a TV on wherever she's working and people start yelling go, Darla, run! And she does and a family is reunited!
superposition: (The devil will find work)

[personal profile] superposition 2016-06-03 12:11 am (UTC)(link)
[He has to chuckle at that. Well, who is he to crush a child's hopes and dreams?]

Sure, all right, we'll say that's how it goes.

[Turning his attention back to the robots, though...] Pity they haven't got a pig, isn't it? Don't you like those?
glitterateur: aces (¿dónde están los thunder lizards?)

[personal profile] glitterateur 2016-06-04 06:13 pm (UTC)(link)
[He's a hero. Mabel shrugs petting her giant tiger in a reassuring way.]

Pigs're my favorite! But I've already got a robot pig and cats are my second favorite. It's like I can finally hang out with one of the big cats in the zoo without people freaking out about it.
superposition: ((tight-lipped))

[personal profile] superposition 2016-06-07 01:17 am (UTC)(link)
And I suppose not getting mauled by said cats is just icing on the cake.
glitterateur: aces (I carved my initials into Channing Tatum)

[personal profile] glitterateur 2016-06-07 07:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Also that! Though here we've got nanites and superpowers so I bet I wouldn't get mauled anyway.

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heliophilic: M- (But I'm not going to stop)

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[personal profile] heliophilic 2016-05-24 02:42 am (UTC)(link)
If they were regular animals, animal rights groups would be all over this in a second even if they are just androids. By making them purple they ensure no one cares about the ramifications of creating something to fight for their amusement.

[M just manages to keep his voice level as he answers the man with the horrible hair. This whole scenario is hitting a little too close to home for his tastes, and he doesn't like it. Still, he at least appears to be playing the game as he picks up a Dragprawn and drapes it across his shoulders.]
superposition: (And why?)

[personal profile] superposition 2016-05-25 01:21 am (UTC)(link)
But then that begs the question, why bother dressing them up at all? I can't imagine it's more effort to leave them mechanical. People would still watch that.

[And also it would be cooler in general. Who doesn't love a good robot fight?]
heliophilic: M- (It's all... clean)

[personal profile] heliophilic 2016-05-25 03:26 am (UTC)(link)
You said the reason why yourself: they're more marketable that way. People want cute things.
superposition: ((walk between worlds))

[personal profile] superposition 2016-05-25 03:59 pm (UTC)(link)
[But... but robots. You'd think Americans would go nuts for robots! That's what's keeping Michael Bay in business! Taking your army of death bots and making them adorable sounds more like something Japan would do, tbh.]

Somehow I doubt the toy revenue is going to make back much of what they spent on this. [Shakes his head disapprovingly.] Bunch of extravagant nonsense. Imagine if they'd put even a fraction of this toward something worthwhile. The Red Cross, or AIDS research, or something.
heliophilic: M- (Ever done anything else with one?)

[personal profile] heliophilic 2016-05-27 02:00 am (UTC)(link)
[Oh that just makes him want to laugh. You're a comedian, aren't you??]

The whole point of capitalism is so selfish bastards milk every penny for themselves. Something "worthwhile" isn't profitable. Making colorful crayfish that spit holographic fire is.
superposition: (So what difference does it make?)

[personal profile] superposition 2016-05-29 03:10 am (UTC)(link)
[He's a hopeless idealist, same thing really... But yeah, M's not wrong there, sadly.]

More's the pity. [He pokes idly at one of the aforementioned crayfish, and is a little disappointed that it doesn't try to take his finger off. Not the most animal-like AI, apparently.]
heliophilic: M- (Some ponies have no tricks)

[personal profile] heliophilic 2016-06-02 02:05 am (UTC)(link)
Yet you're here, and you're poking the merchandise. What does that say about you?
superposition: (But no more apologies)

[personal profile] superposition 2016-06-02 05:38 pm (UTC)(link)
[okay first of all how dare you. Qubit straightens and folds his arms, facing M.]

I'm here because I'm security. I'm here because people have died at these events. Don't mistake that for endorsement, it's quite the opposite.
heliophilic: M- (That's not a reality I allow)

[personal profile] heliophilic 2016-06-06 02:18 am (UTC)(link)
[Oooh touchy touchy. Did he strike a nerve?]

And how will a wigglearms protect the good people beneath the poorly-named shudderdome?
superposition: ((tight-lipped))

[personal profile] superposition 2016-06-06 01:43 pm (UTC)(link)
[A tight-lipped smile. He's irritated, sure, but it takes more than that to intimidate him.]

How badly do you want to find out?
heliophilic: M- (I'm perpetually ready)

[personal profile] heliophilic 2016-06-09 06:47 pm (UTC)(link)
[M gingerly puts his hands to his chest.]

You certainly don't think I'm a danger to the welfare of this swearing-in ceremony, do you?