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[Unichat log --]
etamnanki: OUROBOROS WARN: timestamp discrepancy: chronological inconsistency detected
etamnanki: OUROBOROS STAT: attempting resolution
etamnanki: OUROBOROS STAT: inconsistent span localized: thirty-seven (37) minutes affected
etamnanki: OUROBOROS WARN: resolution failure!
etamnanki: OUROBOROS STAT: attempting bypass
etamnanki: OUROBOROS WARN: bypass failure!
etamnanki: OUROBOROS STAT: updating projections...
etamnanki: branching factor is .8728 +- .031
etamnanki: WODIN WARN: one (1) outbound transnootic vector culled
etamnanki: OUROBOROS OPTION: attempt manual resolution? yes/no
> Yes
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[Unichat auxiliary records --]
Xenocartographer (Official Note): And now, the complicatedest page in all of Unichat. Ho-ly sheet, this was a piece of work, and I didn't even get everything I wanted, but heck, it was fun, so I'm calling this one a win.

Since I fully expect something somewhere in the combinatorial explosion to go wrong, I've created a bug report thread on the forum. Obviously, you can mention bugs here too, if you want, but having them all in one place is helpful for me.

(What combinatorial explosion, you ask? Try viewing the pages in different orders. :) )

And yes, OUROBOROS and WODIN are yet more weird-ass vocabulary related to Etamnanki. To avoid getting myself lynched, I'll just tell you that they're not particularly important - but they are hints, especially the return of the term "branching factor".
Arbiter: Wow, I honestly wasn’t expecting the Sonja PMs to get resolved anywhere near this quickly. Shub-Niggurath knows we flooded her inbox. I’m impressed. edit delete reply
Seabiscuit: There's no way I'd let The Cruel Mapmaker pull a cliffhanger here! edit delete reply
Arbiter: PS I just finished another piece of Unichat music, in case anyone's interested. edit delete reply
Wildcat: Fantastic timing! edit delete reply
Seabiscuit: Woah!! You can really feel the spess wizardry~ edit delete reply
Ravencorp: I love it! Do you plan on doing this for more of the characters? edit delete reply
Arbiter: Yes. I plan to write leitmotifs for every member of the Chess Club and the main cast (Sonja, EP, meta, and pwnz), and probably an Anarchon theme as well. I have some ideas for some of those songs but it’ll probably be a while before I’m done. edit delete reply
Wildcat: I'm looking forward to listening to them! :D edit delete reply
Xenocartographer: I think this is my favorite one yet. :) Sierra hotel. edit delete reply
Arbiter: I had to look up the meaning of “Sierra Hotel”, then proceeded to blush the colour of your text. I’m really glad you all like this one, I wasn’t too sure about it to be honest. edit delete reply
Little Guy: Well, damn. edit delete reply
Little Guy: I dont see my thing anywhere... suspicious. edit delete reply
Xenocartographer: It will happen, just not immediately: the conceit for this page was the chronological abnormality resulting from overwhelming nonlocal traffic, which your message didn't fit into. Some messages take longer than others for a variety of reasons (in fact, there are a few related to Hades' Realm slated for Act II). edit delete reply
Little Guy: Welp, I am now finally a square peg trying to fit into a round hole.
It’s okay, though. See you again on Sunday! (NZ time here, that is why, if you are wondering) edit delete reply
Arbiter: Oh, I see! So the conversations change slightly depending on the order you read them in. Impressive! Now I see why there was a delay. There’s what, 4!=24 different permutations here? Assuming the one that only gets unlocked after you’ve read the first four is always the same, that is (it was for the two sequences I’ve tried.) In any case, this must have been an absolute bitch to program. Well done.
By “bugs”, do you mean little continuity errors (like Sonja quoting Wildcat or Ravencorp as the person who first refers to you as “maroon” when I was the one who mentioned it first in this iteration), or actual code-breaking combinations? Because I’ve found a few of the former but none of the latter, and I don’t want to waste space on the forum with nitpicks. edit delete reply
Ravencorp: I did not notice that. Wow. edit delete reply
Xenocartographer: Arbiter: Either is fine. Forum posts aren't exactly a conserved quantity. :) edit delete reply
Ravencorp: Well, we can pat ourselves on the back guys, our avalanche of fanmail created a temporal anomaly that was traced back to Sonja's location. Oops. edit delete reply
CONNECT 1200: It had to happen after the fourth wall became transparent. Xeno's been creating time loops and timeline warps like there's no tomorrow.


Which may quite literally be the case. edit delete reply
Xenocartographer: Future!pwnz mentioned Christmas, so you've got at least ~two months before tomorrow becomes a concern. edit delete reply
CONNECT 1200: That would only work if our present is his past. Which is a possibility, but...


(What if we only can observe these multiple timelines because we soar above them in a spacetime bubble of our own? Would time repeat itself in our bubble, Groundhog Day style, or will we subjectively be living on while consuming this bubble of ours? I shouldn't have listened to physicists talking about Life, Universe, and Everything. Their madness is contagious.) edit delete reply
Xenocartographer: It's "currently" October, 2087. future!pwnz0rz and future!SecundaSonja are in December, 2087.

As for the parenthetical bit, I'm going to acknowledge that only enough to make it clear that I'm intentionally not answering it. edit delete reply
SansTheComic: so today we learned:
1. that sending messages back in time can cause temporal anomalies (as should have been obvious after my misposted wall of text to meta. argh.)
2. that the vampire etamnanki police can detect temporal anomalies and will attempt to find the cause.
3. therefore, our trolling can reach a whole new level by teaming up on them: first they'll get walls of text and then they'll get a vampchick on them. :P edit delete reply
Wildcat: Got someone in mind to troll? edit delete reply
SansTheComic: /message SonjaOfTheMoon oh god we screwed up.
/message SonjaOfTheMoon so... basically, us spamming you maaay have caused a temporal anomaly that our enemies can use to track you down?
/message SonjaOfTheMoon sorry about that.
/message SonjaOfTheMoon basically, they know it was from the plane you were on.
/message SonjaOfTheMoon, and at least one other person knows it was probably related to/originating from the really-not-secure-enough group all of us messaging you right now are in.
/message SonjaOfTheMoon and the person investigating is... the etamnanki mind control person.
/message SonjaOfTheMoon anyway, just remember that just because they already kidnapped you doesn't mean they can't try it on again.
/message SonjaOfTheMoon you know what they say: the first lightning strike can ionize the air, making it more likely for a second strike to follow that path!
/message SonjaOfTheMoon oh, i think that's my daily quota of paranoia and pessimism fulfilled. cya! edit delete reply
Ravencorp: (How the heck do i talk in the vague omnipresent council chat? Not sure, but please assume this text is whatever is needed to do so. Message to be sent is as follows)

FYI, in the near future I'm probably going to conduct an experiment, it may look bad, but I'll right whatever happens, and i think the information provided will be valuable. Please don't interfere.
Also, whoever keeps sabotaging RavenCorp's gastrointestinal manufactory needs to stop it, we're behind schedule. It might not be any of you, but if it is, it's not funny. edit delete reply
Sewer_Rat: You can join with the command:
/join #vague-omnipresent-council edit delete reply
Ravencorp: Thank you, the command has eluded me for quite a while. edit delete reply
argylefox: The super-friends are getting their act together! edit delete reply
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