Nikola's Journal ("Data Log A")

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MF99K    2,189

Cycle 110:

I convinced Eya to come with me for the meeting as Ellie had requested. Warper was nowhere to be found, which I decided was likely for the best (or perhaps worse) as Warper would likely object to me bringing Eya back into the colony.

Somewhat as I had expected, when I arrived, the mess hall was filled with what must have been the majority of the colony members, if not all of them. Some were eating, others were muttering amongst themselves as Ellie looked around with a somewhat smug expression. As she spotted Eya and I enter the room, her eyes narrowed and the murmur in the room quieted. 


Ellie: You guys showed up after all. Was beginning to think you were too chicken cause you knew everyone was gonna be mad at you for being evil. Cause I mean, you basically have a duplicant-eating monster as your pet, you befriended like this huge, crazy-looking giant who kidnapped my friend, and then helped said giant trick the colony into building a prison for my friend after you kidnapped her.

Nikola: For the record, I did not take any part in imprisoning Nisbet or helping construct the room she was kept in.

Ellie: But you admit to everything else then? 

Eya: (muttering) I'm not a pet...

Ellie: (gesturing to the room) Y'see? People not believing what I said about what Nisbet said. When have I ever lied to you?

Liam: Kinda a lot...

Hassan: Ok, but what if they're both lying? What if this is some weird conspiracy, hoax, whatever to hide what really happened to the binge eaters who went missing? I mean, Nisbet said Eya ate Bubbles, but Bubbles is still clearly sitting with us at this table so-

Banhi: We had to reprint her!

Hassan: Ok, so then if Eya really did eat people, why? And I wanna hear from Eya on this because she can clearly talk even though some people (glaring at Ellie) keep talking about her like she can't hear them.

Eya: I didn't want to. Nisbet made me. She locked us all in a room and didn't feed us anything and then I blacked out and then there were fewer people in the room and I wasn't hungry anymore...

Hassan: So Nisbet forced you to eat people then...?

Ellie: nno! Nisbet put Eya and all the other binge-eaters together because the colony was low on food and we were all gonna starve if the Binge eaters had access to the food. How was she supposed to know Eya was being controlled by a cannibalistic worm?

Nikola: She did not initially realize the threat Eya posed to the other duplicants, but she was very well aware of it in time that she could have saved Ashkan and Bubbles had she chosen to. Instead, she chose to keep them imprisoned, and attempted to imprison me as well once I started asking questions.

Ellie: What, are you trying to say that Nisbet was using Eya to off people?

Hassan: Didn't she explicitly threaten colonists with being forced to spend time with Eya after announcing that Eya ate people? Ellie, I get that she's your friend and all, but Nisbet kinda seems responsible for some bad things based on what people are saying.

Ellie: Well, maybe it looks bad, but... this isn't just about what Nisbet may or may not have done or whether she was nice about it! She thought it would help the colony overall, even if things or people had to be sacrificed to protect the rest of us. We're basically stuck in a set of small rooms, with limited food and oxygen, surrounded by weird giant creatures that can kidnap, poison, and potentially eat us, and we already have creatures closer to our size that will definitely eat us. And whatever's inside Eya is very much dangerous to be anywhere near, even if people avoiding her "hurts her feelings."

Joshua: But... she's not gonna, like, eat anyone right now, right?

Nikola: We have safety precautions in place. Plus, you're on the complete opposite side of the room whereas I would be the first to know if anything went wrong. As long as all safety protocols are followed, there should be no danger to anyone in her vicinity.

Hassan: And what exactly are these protocols?

Nikola: Eya is currently wearing a snare-like device that prevents objects above a certain size from being consumed. It has been tested and it does indeed work.

Eya: It's not very comfortable, but I can go to a safe location to remove it temporarily when no one's around so there wouldn't be a danger.

Hassan: Do you have control over it though? It doesn't seem like you're, er, eating them on purpose, right?

Eya: Of course not!

Nikola: The internal anatomy of how her duplicant and worm halves are connected prevents her from staying conscious if the worm is active.

Ellie: Show of hands, who's willing to let the person who "accidentally" ate people back into the colony?

(several duplicants raise their hands, most of the others squirm in their seats uncomfortably)

Ellie: And who's willing to be her roommate?

(all of the hands go down)

Nikola: No one ever said she was coming back into the colony. I simply brought her with me because you asked me to. What exactly is the purpose of this meeting other than to catch the rest of the colony up on what's been happening?

Ellie: I don't know. Nisbet just said I should convince you to bring Eya to the colony today temporarily, and when you came to me asking questions I was like, "hey, let's just get everyone involved so we can get some conversations going."

Nikola: So, this was Nisbet's idea. The same Nisbet, mind you, who is indirectly responsible and unremorseful for the deaths of multiple colony members.

(Ellie scoffs, duplicants start to murmer)

Eya: (muttering) Maybe we should go.

Nikola: We can't just leave in the middle like-

Banhi: You guys should go if you're worried about something. I know enough about what's been happening that I can fill everything else in.

(Nikola glances between Ellie, Eya, Banhi and the crowd before sighing)

Nikola: Ok

The meeting was rather unhelpful, especially as it seemed to have developed from Nisbet's interest in distracting us and Ellie's interest in causing drama. The colonists at least have a slightly better idea of what's going on, and people seem slightly less worried about Eya and I, but my thoughts are too focused on what Nisbet may be up to to think about how Banhi will be able to explain the rest and how this will pan out for the colony later.

As we approached the entrance to Warper's desk, we could hear Warper rummaging about the room. She was making vocalizations, and though she was her fully-sized self, I could understand enough to tell that she was worried about something. As soon as she saw us, her tone and volume changed to some mixture of frustration and relief, though with still a hint of panic. Eya and I had to cover our ears as her volume increased, and finally she had calmed herself down enough that she got us to come towards the translation device so that she could talk with us. She was worried that Eya had been missing and mad that I had brought her with me without telling her, but what was still bothering her was that in our absence, the 3DOP duplicator had vanished. Warper was blaming herself for possibly misplacing it, or maybe her friend had borrowed it, but I think deep down all of us had a pretty good idea who was behind its disappearance.


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Xenologist    1,255
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11 hours ago, MF99K said:

I think deep down all of us had a pretty good idea who was behind its disappearance.


Would happen, as dupes are able to lift objects over, oh, I don't know, probably over 30 60 times their weight with enough training

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minespatch    60,694

So... What made you decide to chose Nisbet for the antagonist role for your story?

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MF99K    2,189
7 hours ago, minespatch said:

So... What made you decide to chose Nisbet for the antagonist role for your story?

I'm not sure exactly but I think it was partially that her description says that a lot of other dupes are afraid of her and I figured whether or not she's aware of that it puts her in a good position for her to do whatever she thinks is best without too many people trying to stop her.

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MF99K    2,189

Cycle 118: Hassan was asking me about Warper earlier, and seems to be rather curious, or perhaps skeptical, about her and her size. I was debating whether I should allow him to come with me to the desk, but apparently word has gotten around enough that practically everyone in the colony wants to come see things for themselves so it's somewhat inevitable now that, for better or for worse, a large quantity of duplicants are going to confront a giant.

Momentum in the colony has started faster than anticipated, and people are already headed for the transit tubes that lead to the desk. I suppose I will have to join the crowd to make sure nothing bad happens with this turn of events.

Warper isn't here at the moment. I'm hoping the colonists will get bored enough before she returns and be satisfied with seeing the scale of the objects in this room. Or perhaps be scared enough to leave. Warper wasn't upset when I brought Banhi here, but I can't imagine I'll be able to explain my way out of this.

Warper may not be here, but I noticed that the strange dog-like creature I've seen with her before is here. I hadn't noticed him (I believe I remember Warper referring to it as a "he") until he lifted his head to look at all the colonists on the table. He seemed smaller than I remember him being, but it was still certainly the same creature, and he was still certainly big enough to be a danger to all of us who were on the table. Warper had said that he had tried to eat Nisbet, I believe. This might be worth warning the colonists about.

I suppose I had overestimated the intelligence of my peers in my attempts to alert the others of the creature hungrily watching us. Instead of leaving for safety, a good number of the colonists decided to get closer for a look. This made the odd canine get up to come towards us, surprisingly quickly considering the creature had no hind legs. Still no one bothered to flee at this point, though I could tell people had become more nervous on the creature's approach. He lifted his head so that it was on the same level as the desk. Some of the dupes had started to come to their senses and began backing away, but a few stood transfixed inches away from the creature's snout. He lifted up a paw and before anyone had time to react, he pinned one of the petrified dupes onto the table and dragged them towards his mouth. Warper fortunately was nearby at this point, and managed to rush in, free the duplicant, and wrangle the furry serpent before any harm could be done.

At this point, most of the colonists who had stayed on the table stood in silent shock, though it was impossible to determine if they were more surprised by the attack or by the giant that had come to rescue them. A couple dupes had gone to assist the one who had been grabbed, who I now realized was Gossmann. She seemed shaken but otherwise unharmed. 

As I looked around at the rest of the crowd, I noticed someone on the far side of the desk, holding something long and pointy, staring at the crowd with an incredibly frustrated and disappointed look.

It was someone I had hoped not to see.

It was Nisbet.


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